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Ringing in the New Year with a decade of THE RINKS hockey

December 27th, 2018

The year 2019 promises to be an exciting year for Southern California hockey. With Great Park ICE & Five Point Arena opening its doors on Jan. 4, THE RINKS will consist of nine local hockey and skating facilities throughout Southern California, including five other ice rinks (The Rinks-Anaheim ICE, The Rinks-Lakewood ICE, The Rinks-Westminster ICE,…

‘Match Game’ already paying dividends for Jr. Kings, Lions families

December 24th, 2018

With the Los Angeles Jr. Kings’ and LA Lions’ “Match Game: The Play for Sixty K” fundraising challenge hitting the home stretch – the clubs were only $17,160 away from reaching their end-of-the-year goal as the calendar turned to December – the organizations have wasted zero time moving a good chunk of the money already…

Jr. Sharks’ 10U B team finds success at Silver Sticks playing on home ice

December 21st, 2018

Last month, the San Jose Jr. Sharks’ 10U B team played on home ice at the Pacific Regional Silver Stick Championships. And won the regional title at Solar4America Ice at San Jose on Nov. 25 with a 9-0 win over the Vacaville Jets, thus earning the right to play in the International Silver Stick Finals…

Chicago sweep gives Jr. Ducks’ 2006s CCM World Invite championship

December 20th, 2018

The Anaheim Jr. Ducks’ Pee Wee AAA team owned Chicago for a day. The 2006 birth year squad won three consecutive playoff games against teams from the Windy City to win the SuperTacks Division at the CCM World Invite in Chicago on Nov. 4. The tournament included 526 teams, including 24 in the Jr. Ducks’…

Jr. Gulls making major strides with goaltending development

November 27th, 2018

Following in the footsteps of San Diego native and former Jr. Gulls goaltender Thatcher Demko, now in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks, the Jr. Gulls have taken their goaltending development program to a new level. Led by the organization’s goalie coaches Reed Kinsey, Garry Burgess, Jonah Munholland and Juha Kanervisto, the Jr. Gulls are…

THE RINKS continuing to grow the game with recent Try Hockey For Free Day

November 26th, 2018

In October, THE RINKS hosted over 100 girls as a part of Girls Try Hockey For Free Day in an effort to continue to grow the sport of hockey in Southern California. Earlier this month, THE RINKS was at it again, hosting USA Hockey’s Try Hockey For Free Day for both boys and girls ranging…

Kings start Beijing program, will help grow game in China

November 20th, 2018

The Los Angeles Kings and the NHL are strengthening their presence in China and expanding their relationship with ORG Packaging, a packaging and containers company based in Beijing, with the launch of the Beijing Jr. Kings. The agreement makes the Beijing Jr. Kings the first-ever youth hockey development program created (jointly created with ORG Packaging),…

Jr. Kings, Lions embrace major fundraising opportunity

November 19th, 2018

‘Tis the season of giving, and the Los Angeles Jr. Kings and LA Lions are embracing that mantra to its fullest and want nothing more than supporters of the programs to channel that same philanthropic spirit. Always on a sometimes unassuming – but, make no mistake, steadfast – mission to make the game more affordable…

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…

Home again: Jr. Sharks grads back coaching youth teams

October 18th, 2018

For eight San Jose Jr. Sharks coaches, the adage “you can’t go home again” is not very accurate. Greg Angus, Jacquie Audet, Chris Buchanan, Ryan Gaynor, Roy Grandov, Vaughn Reuter, Will Shukait and Theo Tydingco all grew up playing for the Jr. Sharks and are back coaching in the club this season after being away…