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Bowkus monumental helping shape California’s youth hockey landscape

June 24th, 2020

If you’re debating the Mount Rushmore of California youth hockey coaches, you’d be hard-pressed not to include Jack Bowkus on that distinguished shrine of four. A trailblazer who never surrendered his blue-collar approach towards his craft, Bowkus was revered as a respected and trusted leader and mentor thanks to his hard work and brutal honesty…

Jr. Sharks fare well at states, districts, WHL U.S. Prospects Draft

June 17th, 2020

Before the COVID-19 outbreak prematurely ended 2019-20 hockey seasons across the country, the San Jose Jr. Sharks found success, both on and off the ice. On the ice in March, the Jr. Sharks’ 18U AAA team captured the CAHA state championship and then went on to Tacoma, Wash., to win the Pacific District title, while…

Jr. Gulls conclude ’19-20 season, look ahead to ’20-21

June 15th, 2020

The San Diego Jr. Gulls organization saw its 2019-20 season end prematurely, with many memories yet to be made that will now have to be the answer to the question, “What if?” That said, the club experienced several outstanding highlights during the season, including the 10U A team skating to an undefeated SCAHA season and…

WHL teams select four with ties to Jr. Ducks in U.S. Draft

June 10th, 2020

A total of four 2005 birth year players with ties to the Anaheim Jr. Ducks were selected in the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) inaugural U.S. Prospects Draft on March 25. The quartet included current Jr. Ducks goalie Miles Roberts and defenseman Jason Zaccari and former Jr. Ducks defenseman Ze’ev Buium and forward Ty Henricks. READ…

THE RINKS, Great Park Ice introduce ‘Hockey at Home’ program

May 8th, 2020

It’s been said that home is where the heart is, and with the unique times the world is currently living through, home is also where people are spending most of their days. However, just because rinks have been temporarily replaced by living rooms and ice and sport courts have been replaced by hardwood floors and…

Jr. Sharks’ yearly Quebec Pee Wee tournament trip a slew of good times, on and off the ice

April 10th, 2020

The San Jose Jr. Sharks’ 12U AAA team traveled roughly 3,200 miles this past February to play in the esteemed Quebec International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament. The event has been around more than 60 years and the Jr. Sharks have taken part the last several years. And while teams from all over the globe converge…

NCAA Division I St. Lawrence the next stop for San Diego’s Deckhut

April 8th, 2020

St. Lawrence University checked a lot of boxes for San Diego native Sam Deckhut. “I liked the coaches, and I knew (head coach) Brent Brekke from his time at Miami,” said Deckhut, who committed to the NCAA Division I Saints (ECAC Hockey) in mid-February. “I like that it’s a smaller school, the academics are strong,…

Quebec Pee Wee tourney just one special offering Jr. Gulls provide players, families

April 7th, 2020

The San Diego Jr. Gulls are more than a high-end youth hockey organization. Creating and sustaining a family-like atmosphere and fostering that environment within the program has helped the organization grow to new heights in 2019-20. And with the Jr. Gulls’ 2007 birth year team recently returning from the prestigious Quebec International Pee Wee Hockey…

All-World Hockey Institute camps coming to THE RINKS

April 6th, 2020

Get the fire inside going, trade the s’mores skewers for hockey sticks and get ready for All World Hockey Camps this spring and summer, hosted by THE RINKS. The All-World Hockey Institute, founded on the philosophy of grassroots skill development, has proudly announced the Spring 2020 Highlight Series at select RINKS facilities and Great Park…

USA Hockey announces revisions to 2020 player development plans

March 21st, 2020

USA Hockey announced today the revision of its national player development plans for 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE • USA Hockey has canceled the 2020 Boys Select 15 National Camp (2005 birth year) • USA Hockey has canceled the 2020 Girls 15 National Camp (2005 birth year) • USA…