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Jr. Ducks, Lady Ducks host Finland coaches, USA Hockey’s Martel, showcase growing clubs

November 21st, 2019

It turns out the exchange rate with Finland is a positive one. The Anaheim Jr. Ducks and Lady Ducks played host to two regional coaches from the Finland International Hockey Association (FIHA) and Ken Martel, USA Hockey’s technical director for the American Development Model, on Oct. 28-30. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE USA Hockey and FIHA…

Quartet of Jr. Ducks teams get early exposure at USHL Fall Classic

October 30th, 2019

A good portion of the hockey world converged on suburban Pittsburgh during the last week in September, and the Anaheim Jr. Ducks were no exception. Four Jr. Ducks AAA teams – 14U, 15U, 16U and 18U – participated in the fourth annual USHL Fall Classic, one of the sport’s ultimate see-and-be-seen events. More than 300…

Jr. Gulls coach Babin takes long, winding road to San Diego

October 22nd, 2019

Noah Babin grew up playing hockey in Florida, so it only makes sense that he feels at home coaching youth hockey in California. A coach with the San Diego Jr. Gulls since 2012, Babin has immersed himself in the program and prides himself on being part of a staff that is always doing what’s best…

Golden State Elite program continues to shine, grow in Northern California

October 14th, 2019

When Chris Hathaway, Larry Cahn and William Stone first came together to start the Golden State Elite Eagles program back during the 2012-13 season, none of them could have imagined the success it would become. Of course, they put significant planning and forethought into it and set their goals high, but very little was certain….

DWA foundation addresses mental health awareness

October 10th, 2019

It’s okay not to be okay. That’s the message the newfound “Don’t Walk Alone: The Walker Tobin Memorial Foundation” is committed to embracing as it focuses on raising the awareness of the importance of mental health education and action amongst young athletes. The foundation, which was formally introduced in August at the Los Angeles Jr….

Little Sharks continuing to grow youth game in San Jose, around local Bay Area

August 8th, 2019

In yet another sign that the game of hockey continues to grow in Northern California, the Little Sharks Learn to Play program is not only seeing exponential growth in San Jose, but also in surrounding communities. In partnership with the NHL and NHLPA, the Little Sharks program is designed for children ages 5-9 who have…

Jr. Gulls grads excelling at all levels of college game

August 6th, 2019

Playing for the San Diego Jr. Gulls opens up different paths for players to take once their youth hockey career comes to an end. Going into the 2019-20 season, several former Jr. Gulls will dot college hockey rosters at all levels of the game. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Nate Kallen is a senior captain at…

Jr. Ducks, Lady Ducks cap successful 2018-19 campaigns in style

July 30th, 2019

The 2018-19 season will be a tough one to top for the various entities under the umbrella of the Irvine ICE Foundation Amateur Hockey Association and their alumni. Those include the Anaheim Jr. Ducks and Anaheim Lady Ducks. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Any discussion has to begin with the opening of the state-of-the-art Great Park…

USHL, WHL draft success continues for Jr. Kings

July 1st, 2019

As one of the premier youth hockey organizations in all of North America, the Los Angeles Jr. Kings regularly attract scouting attention from elite junior leagues. This past season was no exception. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Fourteen players with ties to the organization were selected in this year’s United States Hockey League (USHL) Draft and…

WHL, USHL teams choose five current, former Jr. Ducks standouts

June 27th, 2019

Five players with ties to the Anaheim Jr. Ducks were selected in the recent Western Hockey League (WHL) and United States Hockey League (USHL) junior drafts. Four 2004 birth year players went to WHL teams in that league’s Bantam draft on May 2 – defenseman Josh Niedermayer, center James Hong, goaltender Dylan Silverstein and defenseman…