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Category Archives: Youth

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…

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,”…

Model Association status a feather in Jr. Kings’ cap

September 19th, 2018

Ever since the Los Angeles Kings assumed operations of the Los Angeles Jr. Kings organization back in the summer of 2016, the NHL club has put forth a renewed and noticeable commitment towards nurturing all levels of hockey across Southern California. The fruits of their labors resonated loud and clear again last month when USA…

Heat recognized with ‘beyond huge’ achievement of USA Hockey Model Association status

September 19th, 2018

The California Heat has now accomplished something just 23 other youth hockey associations across the country have – attained USA Hockey Model Association status. With this designation, each has committed to fully implement programming dedicated to age-appropriate, age-specific skill development in accordance with USA Hockey’s American Development Model (ADM) throughout the 8U, 10U and 12U…

Jr. Kings look forward to new season with excitement

August 29th, 2018

There isn’t any question the entire Los Angeles Jr. Kings organization hit one of its highest notes during the 2017-18 campaign, and it can’t wait to ride that winning wave into the new season. “Both on the ice and administratively, it was without a doubt a year everyone within our club should be proud of,”…

Time to gear up for Homeschool Hockey with THE RINKS

August 16th, 2018

For many families, August is a month where heading back to school seems to be all that anyone can talk about. Whether it’s going back-to-school shopping and getting new supplies for the upcoming year or trying to squeeze in every extra second of sleep or those last few days at the beach, most kids in…

Groll second Jr. Ducks player in two years chosen for Team USA U18 Selects

August 14th, 2018

For the second summer in a row, the Anaheim Jr. Ducks had a player selected to USA Hockey’s Under-18 Select Team. Forward Josh Groll, who played for the Jr. Ducks 16U AAA team that reached the semifinals at USA Hockey Youth Nationals in April, was one of 23 players chosen for Team USA’s entry at…