Nevada Storm program morphs into Vegas Jr. Golden Knights
The NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights are putting a firm stamp on youth hockey in and around town.
Back on April 4, the team announced a partnership with the Nevada Storm to create a new youth hockey travel program – the Vegas Jr. Golden Knights. The program will initially feature teams from the Mite level through Midgets and will utilize all three city rinks, including the Golden Knights’ unnamed practice facility, the Las Vegas Ice Center and the SoBe Ice Arena.
All existing Storm teams will be re-branded under the Jr. Golden Knights name.
“We have a long-term commitment to growing the sport of hockey in our community, especially at the youth level,” said Golden Knights senior VP Murray Craven. “The Nevada Storm organization has done an incredible job in the youth hockey space and we believe this strategic partnership will help take youth hockey in Southern Nevada to new heights in terms of participation, interest and quality. We hope kids in Las Vegas will be proud to share the same Vegas Golden Knights name, colors and logos as our NHL players.”
“We are really excited to partner with the Vegas Golden Knights and the opportunity to take Nevada youth hockey to a whole new level,” added Las Vegas Ice Center owner and Storm founder Kirk Brooks.
Tryout dates for the upcoming season, as well as a complete list of coaches, teams and executive board will be announced in the coming weeks.
Helping lead the Golden Knights youth hockey efforts will be Brad Sholl, who joins the organization as GM of the Golden Knights practice facility. Sholl will oversee all daily youth hockey activities at the venue.
Sholl most recently served as the GM of the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, Calif., from 2001-16. He helped develop learn to skate programs, the Lil’ Kings program and the LA Jr. Kings AAA program, where he served on the Executive Board of Directors.
— Matt Mackinder