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Longtime Santa Rosa goalie Cornelius leaves California, will play ’21-22 for USPHL’s Cherokee

September 23rd, 2021

For Will Cornelius, leaving California to play junior hockey wasn’t an easy decision, but one he said he had to make to follow his dreams. A Santa Rosa native, Cornelius will be one of the goaltenders this season for the USPHL’s Toledo Cherokee, one of the top teams in the league’s Great Lakes Division. “I…

Glendale native, California youth hockey product Avakyan signs WHL contract with Tri-City

September 18th, 2021

The WHL’s Tri-City Americans announced this week that the team has signed 2004-born goaltender Nick Avakyan to a WHL standard player agreement. “Nick is a young goaltender with tremendous potential,” said Tri-City general manager Bob Tory. “This signing improves our depth at the goaltending position for the present and the future.” The Glendale native played last…

Longtime Santa Rosa youth standout DiNardo starting junior career with USPHL’s Mullets

September 17th, 2021

After playing his entire youth hockey career for his hometown Santa Rosa Flyers organization, Jack DiNardo will spend his senior year out of state playing junior hockey for the USPHL’s Minnesota Mullets. DiNardo said that in the short time he has been in town so far, he’s enjoying every minute. “I got an email about…

Inland Empire Tournament series kicks off 2021-22 crowning eight champions at Labor Day Invitational

September 16th, 2021

The Jr. Reign hosted the first of its Inland Empire Tournament Series events with the Jr. Reign Labor Day Invitational, which was played September 3-6 at Icetown Riverside. Eight teams were crowned division champions as the event wrapped up on Labor Day. 8UA Pool 1 Champion: SDIA Oilers Runner-up: California Golden Bears The Oilers scored…

Jr. Reign announces new Inland Empire Tournament Series for 2021-22 youth hockey season

July 21st, 2021

The Jr. Reign youth hockey program has announced the new Inland Empire Tournament Series for the 2021- 22 season. The series will feature five tournaments throughout the season for all age levels and will be played at LA Kings Icetown and Toyota Arena. “This tournament series will bring premiere events to the Inland Empire in…

Anaheim native, Jr. Ducks graduate Goode inks NAHL tender agreement with Jackalopes

July 12th, 2021

The Biggby Coffee AAA hockey club (formerly Meijer AAA) announced today that 18U forward Emerson Goode has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Odessa Jackalopes. Goode just completed his first season playing in the NAHL for Meijer in 2020-21. The Anaheim native was tied for fifth in team scoring this past season, recording 17…

Jr. Gulls pick Dufour to succeed Carlyle as youth club’s hockey director

July 8th, 2021

The San Diego Jr. Gulls have selected longtime coach and rink executive Pierre Dufour as their new director of hockey. Dufour will succeed Craig Carlyle, the club’s director for the past six years. Carlyle recently stepped down to take a job outside of hockey that will necessitate a family move. In Dufour, the Jr. Gulls…

Jr. Reign announces coaching staff for upcoming 2021-22 youth hockey season

June 4th, 2021

The Jr. Reign is planning ahead for the 2021-22 season and has announced its teams and coaches for teams ranging from 6U to 18U B, BB, A, AA and AAA levels. 18U AAA – Tomas Kapusta, David Vychodil 18U AA – David Vychodil 16U AAA – Tomas Kapusta, David Vychodil 16U AA – David Vychodil…

Rose City Pats growing program in Pasadena, booming with confidence for ’21-22 season

May 20th, 2021

The Pasadena Maples Leafs youth hockey organization is the longest standing club in Southern California, having been in existence since 1964. Over the years the club has had some notable alumni like Nick Robertson of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jason Robertson of the Dallas Stars, Brett Sterling, who played 13 seasons in the NHL, and…

Five Jr. Reign standouts pick up postseason honors, camp invitations

April 29th, 2021

As the 2020-21 youth hockey season nears its conclusion with just national tournaments left on the dockets, five Jr. Reign players have earned recognition for the past season. Jr. Reign 18U AAA defenseman Justin Koepke has been named an NAPHL Tier I division All-Star this season and has also been confirmed as an invite to…

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