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Category Archives: Youth

Longtime Jr. Gull, current Jr. Duck Groll commits to Michigan

November 29th, 2017

A weekend in Pittsburgh at the end of September helped determine Josh Groll’s future course. The performances by the Anaheim Jr. Ducks center and his 16U AAA team at the United States Hockey League (USHL) Fall Classic drew a lot of attention from college coaches, including the University of Michigan, which Groll ultimately committed to…

Frozen Fairgrounds hockey festival coming to San Diego in December

November 28th, 2017

When you think of San Diego, the first thought that comes to mind isn’t usually hockey. After all, with temperatures hovering around 70 degrees year-round, finding a frozen pond with kids playing pickup games in the winter is out of the question, and rinks aren’t nearly as plentiful as they are in other parts of…

Grimm, Cafrelli goalie coach tandem boosting Jr. Sharks

November 28th, 2017

It’s one thing to have a youth hockey organization bring aboard top-notch goalie coaches. It’s another to have those coaches be graduates of that program and do their part to give back to the organization that gave them that extra push as youths. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Nick Cafrelli and Geoff Grimm are San Jose…

Jr. Kings launch new Web site, fundraising program

November 22nd, 2017

Ever since the Los Angeles Kings assumed operations of the Los Angeles Jr. Kings over a year ago, the organization has been provided with countless resources in an effort to help push the club to new heights. Another case in point: The recent launch of the Jr. Kings’ brand-new Web site. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE…

‘Tis the season for THE RINKS All-World Winter Camps

November 21st, 2017

Winters in Southern California are not your typical wintery wonderland as children play and have snowball fights while schools are out for a snow day. Instead, Christmas lights are wrapped around palm trees, Christmas music is on the radios of beachgoers, and the chillingly cold of 60-degree weather makes some people put on a light…

Burbank residents looking to keep Pickwick Ice up and running

November 10th, 2017

Pickwick Ice may be no more if a land developer has its way. Shea Properties, an Aliso Viejo-based developer with no pre-existing properties within Burbank or the entire San Fernando Valley, hosted a community meeting on the evening of Sept. 14 about their proposed plans for the redevelopment of the Pickwick property and Viva Cantina…

THE RINKS, Ducks pushing girls hockey growth with free events

November 8th, 2017

Back on Sunday, Oct. 8, THE RINKS and the Anaheim Ducks hosted “Girls Try Hockey For Free Day” at The Rinks – Anaheim ICE as part of the International Ice Hockey Federation and USA Hockey’s campaign to encourage girls to play hockey. Over 50 girls from ages four to 12 participated in the hour-long session…

Irvine, San Jose selected as host cities for 2019 USA Hockey National Championships

November 8th, 2017

USA Hockey announced today the host sites for its slate of 2019 USA Hockey National Championships, with each tournament to be contested in March/April 2019. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The 2019 USA Hockey National Championships will mark the 70th anniversary of USA Hockey crowning the nation’s best in youth hockey, a tradition that dates back…

Jr. Ducks community mourns the passing of coach Mitch Lane

November 6th, 2017

When hockey players face adversity, they have several choices. Longtime Anaheim Jr. Ducks coach Mitch Lane chose to battle. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Lane, who was given three to six months to live after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2014, outlived his prognosis by three years and in the process continued to do what…

Little Sharks leading the way in Bay Area hockey growth

October 26th, 2017

Amber Cottle is the marketing coordinator for the San Jose Sharks and part of her duties is to manage all of the planning and logistics related to the Little Sharks program. The Little Sharks program hosts two sessions of “Learn to Play” classes every year. During the 2016-17 season, the Sharks had approximately 800 participants…