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San Diego Ice Arena placing heavy focus on supporting military members, families

January 9th, 2020

If you have ever seen the movie “Top Gun,” or you’re looking forward to the sequel coming in 2020, you know that San Diego is a military town. With bases representing nearly all branches of the United States Armed Forces spread out throughout San Diego County, it is one of the area’s biggest industries and…

Host Jr. Kings impress at 12U AAA Thanksgiving event

December 27th, 2019

Outside of the odd national tournament, it isn’t easy attracting a group of elite-level hockey teams from across North America to play in Southern California. But, over Thanksgiving Weekend, the Los Angeles Jr. Kings’ 12U AAA 2007 squad did just that, welcoming six highly-regarded programs – including three from Canada and one each from Alaska…

‘Tis the season to get ready for THE RINKS’ winter camps

December 26th, 2019

Winters in Southern California are not your typical wintery wonderland as children play and have snowball fights and 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 60-degree weather makes some people put on a light jacket….

Cypress native, former Jr. Kings standout Minnehan commits to NCAA D-I Arizona State

December 10th, 2019

Former Los Angeles Jr. Kings forward Danny Minnehan has announced his commitment to attend and play his NCAA Division I hockey at Arizona State University following his junior career. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Minnehan, a Cypress native, has six goals and six assists for 12 points in nine games this season with the Atlantic Youth…

Fowler, Great Park Ice host C4Kids Ball Hockey Bonanza

December 4th, 2019

Even under a blazing sun, Cam Fowler managed to keep his cool. Sweat started to bead just beneath the bill of his Ducks hat, and the back of his gray T-shirt began to speckle as the ambient temperature rose above the 90-degree mark. But no sort of heat was going to bring him down. Not…

Jr. Kings, Lions continue to prosper at 8U level

November 21st, 2019

Keeping the cupboards stocked at the youngest levels is paramount to the sustainability and success of any youth hockey program, and the Los Angeles Jr. Kings hold that reality in high regard. Year after year, the club, thanks in part to the highly-successful learn-to-skate and learn-to-play programs offered at El Segundo’s Toyota Sports Performance Center…

Jr. Ducks, Lady Ducks host Finland coaches, USA Hockey’s Martel, showcase growing clubs

November 21st, 2019

It turns out the exchange rate with Finland is a positive one. The Anaheim Jr. Ducks and Lady Ducks played host to two regional coaches from the Finland International Hockey Association (FIHA) and Ken Martel, USA Hockey’s technical director for the American Development Model, on Oct. 28-30. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE USA Hockey and FIHA…

Quartet of Jr. Ducks teams get early exposure at USHL Fall Classic

October 30th, 2019

A good portion of the hockey world converged on suburban Pittsburgh during the last week in September, and the Anaheim Jr. Ducks were no exception. Four Jr. Ducks AAA teams – 14U, 15U, 16U and 18U – participated in the fourth annual USHL Fall Classic, one of the sport’s ultimate see-and-be-seen events. More than 300…

Jr. Gulls coach Babin takes long, winding road to San Diego

October 22nd, 2019

Noah Babin grew up playing hockey in Florida, so it only makes sense that he feels at home coaching youth hockey in California. A coach with the San Diego Jr. Gulls since 2012, Babin has immersed himself in the program and prides himself on being part of a staff that is always doing what’s best…

Golden State Elite program continues to shine, grow in Northern California

October 14th, 2019

When Chris Hathaway, Larry Cahn and William Stone first came together to start the Golden State Elite Eagles program back during the 2012-13 season, none of them could have imagined the success it would become. Of course, they put significant planning and forethought into it and set their goals high, but very little was certain….