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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.,…

Fresh off another grand season, Jr. Ducks announce Tier coaches for ’19-20 season

May 4th, 2019

The Anaheim Jr. Ducks have announced their Tier I and Tier II coaching lineups for the 2019-20 season. The Jr. Ducks, under the guidance of director of coaches Craig Johnson, qualified a club-record three Tier I teams for the recent USA Hockey National Championships, and have sent 10 teams to Nationals and won 11 CAHA…

Resilient Jr. Kings’ 12U AAA team reigns supreme in Quebec

April 11th, 2019

It’s tough to win them all at the Quebec Pee Wee International Tournament, but that didn’t matter for this year’s Los Angeles Jr. Kings’ 12U AAA team; it just won the five that counted most. After opening the famed event, which regularly attracts the best Pee Wee-aged teams from around the globe, with a 5-2…

Jr. Sharks teams gain valuable experience at Nationals

April 10th, 2019

The month of April is always a time to get excited, as the month brings a slew of USA Hockey National Championships. This year, the San Jose Jr. Sharks sent four teams to various locations across the country. And while no Jr. Sharks teams brought home a championship banner, the continued experience of playing at…

SDIA placing extra emphasis on Mites as way to keep growing overall program

April 10th, 2019

Walk into the rink at San Diego Ice Arena (SDIA) in the suburbs of America’s Finest City on any given day, and there’s a good chance you’ll see the place overrun by seven- and eight-year-olds wearing the Oilers’ distinctive navy blue, red and white sweaters. That’s because the program places a heavy emphasis on developing…

Irvine’s Great Park Ice facility truly a sight to behold

April 5th, 2019

It was a mission that began in 2005 when Henry and Susan Samueli purchased the Anaheim Ducks from the Walt Disney Company – to grow the sport of hockey and build a community around it at a grassroots level. But at the time, the demand for ice far exceeded the resources. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE…

Puck to drop on Casey’s Cup 2019 at new Great Park Ice facility

April 2nd, 2019

After a one-year absence from the ice, Casey’s Cup 2019 will make its debut April 13 at the new Great Park Ice facility in Irvine. The charity three-on-three ironman cross-ice hockey tournament is named in memory of Casey Strale, an avid ice and roller youth hockey player who captured the hearts of the Southern California’s…