Jr. Ducks name ’17-18 coaches, set Tier I tryouts for May 12-13
The Anaheim Jr. Ducks’ Tier I program continued to build momentum during the 2016-17 season, adding two more CAHA titles and moving six more players on to NCAA Division I college hockey.
The next chapter in the Jr. Ducks’ story will begin to be written the weekend of May 12-13 when the club holds its Tier I tryouts, primarily at The Rinks – Anaheim Ice. They begin that Friday night at 5:45 p.m. and continue Saturday morning at 8:10 a.m. Specific times and coaches’ contact information for each team are available at www.JrDucks.com.
The Jr. Ducks also announced their Tier I coaching lineup.
August Aiken, who led the Midget 18U team to the USA Hockey Youth Nationals last month, will again guide that team.
Jr. Ducks director of coaches Craig Johnson and director of player personnel Alex Kim again will co-coach the 16U team, which went to Nationals for the second time in three seasons in addition to winning a CAHA title.
Darryl Tiveron again will coach the 15U team. Tiveron’s team went to the Pacific District tournament in March.
T.J. Miller will coach the Bantam Major team (2003 birth year), while David Walker and Alex Vasilevsky will guide the Bantam Minor team (2004). The 2004 group also won a CAHA title in February.
Sandy Gasseau will coach the Pee Wee Major team (2005), while Eugene Kabanets will guide the 2006 Pee Wees.
The Jr. Ducks have had a total of nine CAHA champions and five Nationals qualifiers in the past three seasons at the Tier I level. The 18U and 16U teams won their Tier I Elite Hockey League divisions and six teams (18U, 16U, 15U, Bantam Major and both Pee Wee teams) finished the season as the top-ranked Tier I teams in California in the www.myhockeyrankings.com rankings.
The six college commitments give the club a total of 10 over the past three seasons.
— Chris Bayee