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Category Archives: Youth

Jr. Sharks continue to be total package of player development, team success

July 30th, 2020

The San Jose Jr. Sharks were set to send two teams to various USA Hockey national tournaments in March and April before the COVID-19 crisis put a halt to hockey not only in the United States, but across the world. Did the Jr. Sharks sulk and sit back? Far from it. Truth be told, the…

Junior hockey clubs draft 18 current, former Jr. Ducks players

July 30th, 2020

Suffice to say North American junior hockey leagues are well aware of the Anaheim Jr. Ducks. Nine players with ties to the Jr. Ducks were selected in the USHL’s Phase I and II drafts on May 4-5. Previously, another nine players were taken in separate WHL and NA3HL drafts. The USHL total is the most…

Great Park Ice converts to food bank storage facility

July 23rd, 2020

Although the doors to THE RINKS facilities and Great Park Ice have been closed since March 12, that does not mean they have stopped impacting their community in a positive way. Instead of lacing up skates on new youth and adult players, they have focused on how to help the Southern California community off the…

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…

Nikulin’s passing leaves huge void in California youth hockey scene

May 1st, 2020

Longtime California youth hockey coach Igor Nikulin passed away on April 27 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Nikulin was an influential coaching force in Southern California since his arrival in 1996, leading Los Angeles Jr. Kings teams to three USA Hockey national championships, including the state’s first-ever Tier I title in 2000 at…

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…