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Category Archives: Youth

The Rinks offering up beginner programs for adult players

August 3rd, 2017

The continued success of the Anaheim Ducks has fueled not only Orange County residents’ hockey fandom, but their desire to play themselves. While beginner programs are typically aimed towards children, adults are discovering there is a whole world of hockey programs available for them. Just like kids, adults can learn the basics of skating and…

Sad times as state’s youth scene mourns DeClerck, Harlan

August 2nd, 2017

Early June was not kind to the California youth scene as former California Golden Bears standout Dylan Harlan and former San Jose Jr. Sharks player Stefan DeClerck each passed away. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE On June 4, Dylan and his father, Jim, were flying a single-engine Piper PA-28 airplane that crashed in the Santa Rosa…

Groll, Johnson make cut for Team USA Under-17 Select Team for Five Nations Tournament

July 13th, 2017

Twenty players who participated at the USA Hockey Boys Select 16 Player Development Camp have been chosen for the 2017 United States Under-17 Select Team that will compete Aug. 23-27 at the Five Nations Tournament in Ostrava, Czech Republic. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The week-long Boys Select 16 Player Development Camp concluded today (July 13)…

Jr. Sharks bring back alum Richardson to coach 18U AAA team

June 15th, 2017

Mike Richardson played for the San Jose Jr. Sharks organization back when it was known as the Blades. Now some 20 years later, he’s back to coach the Jr. Sharks’ 18U AAA team and wants to do more than just be behind the bench during games and run practices multiple times a week. READ OUR…

Wildcats have new identity as Jr. Reign, develop mutually beneficial relationship with AHL’s Reign

June 6th, 2017

To say that the confluence of events that led to the Wildcats youth hockey program becoming the Jr. Reign this spring was meant to be seems like a gross understatement. The Wildcats had been on a steady rise since Ben Frank took over as president six years ago, having established themselves as one of the…

Souto’s role expands within Jr. Kings program

June 4th, 2017

It wasn’t too long ago when Chase Souto was racing up and down the wing as a member of the Los Angeles Jr. Kings. These days, he’s proving himself as a vital coaching and administrative cog within the program. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Recently appointed the Jr. Kings’ assistant general manager of hockey operations, Souto…

Jr. Ducks’ Johnson makes history as USHL’s highest drafted Californian ever

June 1st, 2017

Anaheim Jr. Ducks 16U AAA defenseman Ryan Johnson found himself in uncharted territory during the first week of May. The 2001 birth year was selected third overall in Phase I of the United States Hockey League (USHL) Draft, by the Sioux Falls Stampede, making him the highest drafted Californian in Phase I of the junior…

67 teams ready for Jr. Kings’ Carmen Starr Classic

May 26th, 2017

The Los Angeles Jr. Kings have announced the field and schedule for their upcoming Carmen Starr Memorial Day Classic, which will run from May 26-29 at three Southern California rinks. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Sixty-seven teams from Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas, Alberta and British Columbia, as well as the Czech Republic and Russia, will compete…

Jr. Sharks celebrate extraordinary ‘16-17 on-ice success

May 15th, 2017

It’s been a banner year for the San Jose Jr. Sharks. Literally. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Led by two national championship-winning teams, the Jr. Sharks are enjoying the aftermath of one of the most successful seasons in the organization’s history. The Jr. Sharks’ 2016-17 campaign saw champions at the state, regional and national levels across…

Summer camps aplenty quickly approaching at The Rinks

May 9th, 2017

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 the best opportunity for…