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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…

Bruyere, Campbell, Laing honored with prestigious USA Hockey awards

August 6th, 2018

A trio of individuals involved with California youth hockey was recently honored by USA Hockey at its Annual Congress, which was held in June in Colorado Springs. Jaime Campbell and Steve Laing (pictured above) were named the Excellence in Safety Award winners, while Larry Bruyere took home the Walter Yaciuk Award. The Excellence in Safety…

California Heat, LA Jr. Kings attain USA Hockey Model Association status

August 3rd, 2018

USA Hockey announced Thursday the addition of three youth hockey organizations which have earned designation as USA Hockey Model Associations, increasing the total number nationwide to 24. 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 throughout the 8-and-Under, 10-and-Under…

China trip all about the experience for Golden Bears

August 1st, 2018

The California Golden Bears went West earlier this offseason. Way West. From April 28-May 5, the Golden Bears played in the Olympic City Cup Beijing World Minor Hockey Invitational Tournament 2018. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The tournament had two divisions – 2003 and 2005 – and had teams from all around the world. The 2003…

Jr. Sharks’ Janda adds to duties with CAHA, NorCal roles

July 30th, 2018

Mike Janda is already the San Jose Jr. Sharks’ director of coaches and player development and the club’s 16U AAA coach, but when you have the passion to be involved in the game, that isn’t enough. Janda will be taking on additional roles next season as coach-in-chief for the California Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) and…

For Jr. Gulls’ Leibl, daytime job and youth hockey go hand in hand

July 26th, 2018

During business hours, Geoff Leibl works to provide for his family. At the rink, Leibl works to provide for his hockey family. Leibl, the president of the San Diego Jr. Gulls, is entering his third season in that role and has also coached numerous youth teams in the association. Previously, he was a coach and…