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Admitted late bloomer Gilroy, who later won Hobey Baker, elated with direction of RAD

February 27th, 2021

Matt Gilroy tasted the highest honor of individual college hockey success when he won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award in 2009 as a senior at Boston University. A day later, the Terriers captured the NCAA national championship in a thrilling 4-3 overtime win over Miami University. Not too shabby for Gilroy, who said he was…

Rapid Athlete Development the best option for elite-level hockey players

February 12th, 2021

Admittedly, Brett Beebe says there are many hockey camps for parents and players to choose from, but he always noticed that there were some major details missing when it came to camps for high-end players. So the Redondo Beach native decided to take the bull by the horns and create his own entity – Rapid…

Former Jr. Sharks captain Laubach commits to NCAA Division I powerhouse Minnesota State

January 27th, 2021

San Jose native Reese Laubach has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Minnesota State University. Laubach, who played his entire career for the San Jose Jr. Sharks before leaving this season due to the pandemic, will begin his college career with the 2022-23 season. Last season, Laubach captained the Jr. Sharks’ 16U AAA…

New virtual program aims to provide Jr. Reign players with needed tools to improve game

January 24th, 2021

As all Jr. Reign players now get full access to, the club has sweetened the opportunities with a new virtual training program exclusively for all association players via In the past, the online element to the club consisted of calendars and schedules of games and practices for each team, but now, the new… introduces new hockey training virtual platform, looks to be part of game’s future

January 22nd, 2021

Like most people in any line of work, even hockey, Ben Frank scrambled to adjust to the COVID-19 regulations and restrictions last spring as the pandemic gripped the world. The president of the Jr. Reign, a USA Hockey Model Association operating out of LA Kings Icetown Riverside and Carlsbad Icetown, Frank didn’t miss a beat,…

Jr. Sharks’ standout blueliner Brown commits to NCAA Division I Denver

November 21st, 2020

San Jose Jr. Sharks’ 16U AAA defenseman Garrett Brown has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at the University of Denver. The 2004 birth year and San Jose native had a strong year in 2019-20, which was capped off by being drafted by the Sioux City Musketeers in the third round (32nd overall) of…

Former Sharks player, coach, broadcaster Zettler giving back mentoring youth hockey hopefuls

October 14th, 2020

Rob Zettler played 569 games in the NHL over 10 seasons, including nearly 200 games with the San Jose Sharks in the early 1990s. More than skill, Zettler said his commitment to stay motivated to play the game kept him going until he retired after the 2001-02 season. These days, Zettler is working with former…

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…