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Little Sharks continuing to grow youth game in San Jose, around local Bay Area

August 8th, 2019

In yet another sign that the game of hockey continues to grow in Northern California, the Little Sharks Learn to Play program is not only seeing exponential growth in San Jose, but also in surrounding communities. In partnership with the NHL and NHLPA, the Little Sharks program is designed for children ages 5-9 who have…

Jr. Ducks, Lady Ducks cap successful 2018-19 campaigns in style

July 30th, 2019

The 2018-19 season will be a tough one to top for the various entities under the umbrella of the Irvine ICE Foundation Amateur Hockey Association and their alumni. Those include the Anaheim Jr. Ducks and Anaheim Lady Ducks. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Any discussion has to begin with the opening of the state-of-the-art Great Park…

USHL, WHL draft success continues for Jr. Kings

July 1st, 2019

As one of the premier youth hockey organizations in all of North America, the Los Angeles Jr. Kings regularly attract scouting attention from elite junior leagues. This past season was no exception. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Fourteen players with ties to the organization were selected in this year’s United States Hockey League (USHL) Draft and…

WHL, USHL teams choose five current, former Jr. Ducks standouts

June 27th, 2019

Five players with ties to the Anaheim Jr. Ducks were selected in the recent Western Hockey League (WHL) and United States Hockey League (USHL) junior drafts. Four 2004 birth year players went to WHL teams in that league’s Bantam draft on May 2 – defenseman Josh Niedermayer, center James Hong, goaltender Dylan Silverstein and defenseman…

Jr. Sharks’ WHL picks show staying in San Jose pays off

June 26th, 2019

Three players from this past season’s San Jose Jr. Sharks’ 14U AAA team became property of Western Hockey League (WHL) teams during the league’s annual Bantam Draft on May 4. Defenseman Garrett Brown (pictured above) went to the Spokane Chiefs in the fourth round (85th overall), forward Tyler Dysart was taken by the Prince Albert…

All in the family: Jr. Gulls more than a youth hockey organization

June 18th, 2019

For Phil and Val Makrogiannis, having their three children in the San Diego Jr. Gulls youth program has been a home away from home, as well as a second family. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The oldest, Niko, has been playing ice hockey for seven years, starting in the Learn to Skate program and progressing to…

Casey Strale continues to inspire local California hockey community

June 11th, 2019

Casey Strale lost his battle with adrenal cortical carcinoma, a rare form of cancer that affects only one or two individuals out of 1.7 million, at the age of 16 in June 2013. An avid ice and roller youth roller hockey player whose incredible work ethic and sportsmanship placed him above his peers, Casey lived…

THE RINKS, Great Park Ice succeeding with adult hockey

May 31st, 2019

If you have not noticed, hockey in California is growing. With the addition of the largest facility on the West Coast, Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena, the number of new participants is increasing in all ages. While THE RINKS and Great Park Ice offer programming for youth hockey players to experience the sport, including…

Beat the heat this summer with THE RINKS’ 2019 camps

May 13th, 2019

Usually, summer in California means warmer weather to enjoy days at the beach or heading on vacation with schools taking their annual break. For dedicated hockey players, though, summer is a time to prepare for the next season and get ahead of everybody else. With the extra free time, summer provides players the best opportunity…

San Jose’s Lee joins Cape Cod team for deep USA Hockey Nationals run

May 10th, 2019

Jeffrey Lee is confident in his Cape Cod Whalers organization that he can once again return and compete for a USA Hockey national championship. The 2002-born defenseman from San Jose, and his Whalers’ 16U Tier I teammates, were just two games away from reaching the game played for all the marbles in Grand Rapids, Mich.,…