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Jr. Gulls making major strides with goaltending development

November 27th, 2018

Following in the footsteps of San Diego native and former Jr. Gulls goaltender Thatcher Demko, now in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks, the Jr. Gulls have taken their goaltending development program to a new level. Led by the organization’s goalie coaches Reed Kinsey, Garry Burgess, Jonah Munholland and Juha Kanervisto, the Jr. Gulls are…

THE RINKS continuing to grow the game with recent Try Hockey For Free Day

November 26th, 2018

In October, THE RINKS hosted over 100 girls as a part of Girls Try Hockey For Free Day in an effort to continue to grow the sport of hockey in Southern California. Earlier this month, THE RINKS was at it again, hosting USA Hockey’s Try Hockey For Free Day for both boys and girls ranging…

Kings start Beijing program, will help grow game in China

November 20th, 2018

The Los Angeles Kings and the NHL are strengthening their presence in China and expanding their relationship with ORG Packaging, a packaging and containers company based in Beijing, with the launch of the Beijing Jr. Kings. The agreement makes the Beijing Jr. Kings the first-ever youth hockey development program created (jointly created with ORG Packaging),…

Jr. Kings, Lions embrace major fundraising opportunity

November 19th, 2018

‘Tis the season of giving, and the Los Angeles Jr. Kings and LA Lions are embracing that mantra to its fullest and want nothing more than supporters of the programs to channel that same philanthropic spirit. Always on a sometimes unassuming – but, make no mistake, steadfast – mission to make the game more affordable…

Jr. Gulls’ Hebert making impact on lives of San Diego youth

October 19th, 2018

Jay Hebert knows the meaning of the phrase “when one door closes, another one opens.” After he retired from playing hockey professionally in 2003, Hebert moved to San Diego in 2004 to start his new career as a strength and conditioning coach at a sports performance center. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “I ended up training…

Home again: Jr. Sharks grads back coaching youth teams

October 18th, 2018

For eight San Jose Jr. Sharks coaches, the adage “you can’t go home again” is not very accurate. Greg Angus, Jacquie Audet, Chris Buchanan, Ryan Gaynor, Roy Grandov, Vaughn Reuter, Will Shukait and Theo Tydingco all grew up playing for the Jr. Sharks and are back coaching in the club this season after being away…

Kings’ summertime Mountain Town Series camps take to Utah, Montana

October 17th, 2018

The L.A. Kings High School Hockey League (LAKHSHL) may represent one of the top levels of play for older skaters, but that doesn’t mean the team isn’t also working to develop even younger talent across the country. The Kings’ hockey development staff had a busy summer traveling across the northwestern United States, continuing a string…

Special needs hockey stars take in Ducks’ Top Flight Program

September 21st, 2018

Back on Aug. 2, members of the Anaheim Ducks staff, THE RINKS, Fox Sports and the Albert Pujols Foundation came together to offer Southern California’s special needs community a unique introduction to the Anaheim Ducks’ Top Flight Program at The Rinks-Anaheim ICE. The program which encompasses street hockey, ice hockey and Learn to Skate classes,…

Jr. Sharks alum Cassetti credits association for success

September 20th, 2018

Advancing past AAA hockey is no easy task, but Joey Cassetti has succeeded the past number of years with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) and in the USHL. Next season, the Pleasanton native will suit up for Merrimack College, an NCAA Division I school located near Boston that plays in the powerhouse Hockey…

Like father, like son: Jr. Ducks grad Johnson commits to NCAA D-I Minnesota

September 20th, 2018

Hockey came full circle for the Johnson family in August. Longtime Anaheim Jr. Ducks defenseman Ryan Johnson committed to the University of Minnesota, the same school his father, Craig, played for in the early 1990s. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “I went on a couple of visits there and just fell in love with the school,”…