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Jr. Reign ‘family’ out to make impact in USPHL Premier for ’23-24 season

September 18th, 2023

Ontario Jr. Reign coach-GM Jeremy Blumes gets it. He understands that junior hockey is all about development and improvement for the players. If the players buy in to what the coaching staff teaches, then everything else will take care of itself. “Our organization’s objective is player development, both on and off the ice,” said Blumes….

USPHL Premier 2023-24 Division Preview Series: Pacific Division

September 17th, 2023

The USPHL Pacific Division has settled in very well to the Premier Conference, and will now enter its fourth campaign. For the first time last year, the Las Vegas Thunderbirds powered their way into the USPHL Nationals following two prior trips by division representatives the Fresno Monsters.  There’s every indication that it could be even…

Fifteen teams claim championships at IE Sun and Surf Labor Day Tournament

September 11th, 2023

The Inland Empire Tournament Series kicked off the 2023-24 season Sept. 1-4 with 70 teams competing at the Sun and Surf Labor Day Tournament at Ontario Center Ice. A total of 15 teams brought home championship banners at the conclusion of the exciting weekend. 8U AChampion: Goldrush A1Runner-up: Anaheim Jr. Ducks AThe Goldrush team brought…

Fairfield native, Jr. Kings, GSE alum Kevan commits to NCAA Division I Arizona State

September 7th, 2023

Ben Kevan, a 2023 USHL Phase I draft pick of the Des Moines Buccaneers, has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Arizona State University. Kevan is a 2007-born forward and native of Fairfield. Last season with the Los Angeles Jr. Kings’ 15U AAA team, Kevan tallied 58 goals and 105 points over 71…

ACHA training camps ready to face off upcoming 2023-24 season

August 17th, 2023

The 2023-24 American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) season is a month away, and coaches have obviously been working hard over the off-season putting together training camp rosters. San Diego State University has scheduled tryouts Aug. 26-29 at the Kroc Center Ice Arena. Aztec head coach Phil Bateman is hoping his team’s second season at the…

Determination a key ingredient to Vegas’ Smejkal earning NCAA D-III commitment to Anna Maria

July 19th, 2023

Noah Smejkal only started playing hockey when he was 14. Just seven years later, the Las Vegas native is taking his game to the NCAA ranks after recently committing to Anna Maria College, a Division III school in Paxton, Mass. “Me and the coaching staff had been talking since the start of the season,” said…

New ECHL team to start play at new Tahoe Blue Event Center, beginning with 2024-25 season

July 10th, 2023

The ECHL announced today that the League’s Board of Governors has approved the expansion application of Lake Tahoe for admittance into the league. The team, which will be named later, will be owned by 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, along with David Hodges, CEO of Hodges Management Group, LLC. The…

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