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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…

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…

Riley key component to keeping Jr. Gulls firing on all cylinders

April 1st, 2019

As the San Diego Jr. Gulls’ registrar and treasurer, Tori Riley keeps a low profile behind the scenes. But she’s hardly one to be overlooked when it comes to the day-to-day operations of the program. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “The role of a registrar is an important one to any hockey club,” Riley said. “My…

Jr. Ducks teams capture trio of Tier I Pacific District titles

March 29th, 2019

Even by Anaheim Jr. Ducks’ standards, this was quite a successful weekend. Three of the club’s Tier I boys teams – the Bantams, 16Us and 18Us – qualified for the USA Youth Hockey Nationals with triumphs at various Pacific District tournaments from March 7-10. The three District titles are a high-water mark at Tier I…

One Step Sharks provides opportunities for those with intellectual, physical disabilities

March 19th, 2019

The saying “hockey is for everyone” has an emphatic meaning in San Jose these days. The One Step Sharks program, designed for individuals with intellectual or physical disabilities, came to fruition last fall and has taken off in the Bay Area. A similar program – One Step Coyotes – is in its second season in…

Ducks’ Fowler, Find Your Grind announce new partnership

March 4th, 2019

On the ice, Cam Fowler spent the 2017-18 season continuing his growth as a veteran leader on the Anaheim Ducks’ blue line. Off the ice, though, he felt something was still missing. “I felt maybe I wasn’t as involved in the community as I could have been, and the kids playing hockey means a lot…

Spring hockey happenings galore at Ice Center Cupertino

February 28th, 2019

The California Cougars and the Golden State Elite Eagles, in conjunction with the Ice Center of Cupertino, is expanding the spring hockey program again this year. After a sellout 2018 spring program, the 2019 spring program will offer more of what made last year’s program so well received, as well as adding a few additional…

Moy, Pruden find way back to San Diego coaching with Jr. Gulls

February 19th, 2019

The journey started 40 years ago for Greg Pruden and Randy Moy. Moy picked up Pruden at the airport when he arrived to play hockey for U.S. International University and Moy was an assistant coach there. At that time, USIU was an NCAA Division I hockey program and Pruden, an Edmonton native, wound up playing…