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Category Archives: Youth

‘Tis the season for THE RINKS All-World Winter Camps

November 21st, 2017

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

Burbank residents looking to keep Pickwick Ice up and running

November 10th, 2017

Pickwick Ice may be no more if a land developer has its way. Shea Properties, an Aliso Viejo-based developer with no pre-existing properties within Burbank or the entire San Fernando Valley, hosted a community meeting on the evening of Sept. 14 about their proposed plans for the redevelopment of the Pickwick property and Viva Cantina…

THE RINKS, Ducks pushing girls hockey growth with free events

November 8th, 2017

Back on Sunday, Oct. 8, THE RINKS and the Anaheim Ducks hosted “Girls Try Hockey For Free Day” at The Rinks – Anaheim ICE as part of the International Ice Hockey Federation and USA Hockey’s campaign to encourage girls to play hockey. Over 50 girls from ages four to 12 participated in the hour-long session…

Irvine, San Jose selected as host cities for 2019 USA Hockey National Championships

November 8th, 2017

USA Hockey announced today the host sites for its slate of 2019 USA Hockey National Championships, with each tournament to be contested in March/April 2019. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The 2019 USA Hockey National Championships will mark the 70th anniversary of USA Hockey crowning the nation’s best in youth hockey, a tradition that dates back…

Jr. Ducks community mourns the passing of coach Mitch Lane

November 6th, 2017

When hockey players face adversity, they have several choices. Longtime Anaheim Jr. Ducks coach Mitch Lane chose to battle. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Lane, who was given three to six months to live after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2014, outlived his prognosis by three years and in the process continued to do what…

Little Sharks leading the way in Bay Area hockey growth

October 26th, 2017

Amber Cottle is the marketing coordinator for the San Jose Sharks and part of her duties is to manage all of the planning and logistics related to the Little Sharks program. The Little Sharks program hosts two sessions of “Learn to Play” classes every year. During the 2016-17 season, the Sharks had approximately 800 participants…

Jr. Kings graduates making waves at higher levels

October 24th, 2017

When it comes to advancing players to higher levels of the game, few do it better than the Los Angeles Jr. Kings organization. Over the years, thanks in part to its experienced and well-connected coaching staff, the program has helped dozens of its players reach the professional, NCAA and elite-level junior ranks – and it’s…

Groll, Johnson guide U.S. to Five Nations championship

October 6th, 2017

Californians Josh Groll and Ryan Johnson proved the international stage wasn’t too big in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The duo, who is playing for the Anaheim Jr. Ducks 16U AAA team this season, helped Team USA win the U17 Five Nations Tournament for the sixth time in seven years during the last week in August. The…

Golden Bears’ Garcia uses program to blaze path to Boston prep school

October 5th, 2017

Aidan Garcia was a standout with the California Golden Bears for seven seasons. As a 14U AA player, he was a star on the Bears state championship team and invited to the Pacific District Select Camp. For the Bears organization, he was also a trailblazer. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Last season, the club began an…

Golden Bears continue to gain momentum in California youth hockey realm

October 4th, 2017

Six years ago, the California Golden Bears Hockey Club was struggling, both on and off the ice. The Bears, one of the oldest clubs in California, was teetering on the brink of financial ruin when Todd Thomasy and Paul Kaplan took the reins. Thomasy and Kaplan were hockey dads whose initial goal was to ensure…