Jason Zucker Reports to NHL Minnesota Wild Training Camp on Friday

Thursday, September 18, 2014

http://wild.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=730820&navid

Training camp opens Friday for Jason Zucker of Las Vegas and the NHL Minnesota Wild. The invited 56 players will be skating at the Xcel Center in St. Paul, Minn.

“I am super-excited to be back again,” Jason told the Minneapolis StarTribune.

//Cory Ward of Las Vegas will wear jersey #13 again for Bemidji State College. He led the team in scoring with 18 goals, 11 assists last season. He is a business major going into his junior year at college. Bemidji State opens its season against North Dakota on October 10.

//Gage Quinney of Las Vegas and the WHL Prince Albert Raiders open their season on home ice Friday night, taking on the Saskatoon Blades. The Raiders announced they have sold 1,600+ season tickets but the club needs 1,700 season season tickets sold to meet their hockey budget.

//Brendan Harris of Las Vegas and the USHL Cedar Rapids Roughriders have a two-game pre-season weekend against Waterloo. The Friday night at game is at Cedar Rapids.

//Las Vegas defenseman Mike Trimboli and Utah State are off to Utah this weekend.

//The AA/A Las Vegas Storm 16u team is off to Arizona for the IceBreaker Tournament.  The Storm opens against AA Golden State Elite, coached by Larry Cahn, at the Polar Ice Arena in Gilbert, Az on Friday night. The Storm is coached by Evan Zucker.

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#8 – Vito Carlo, Gage Roberts AAA West Coast Renegades-Utah

The Ticker – Hockey at The Orleans Arena – Maybe; Zach Pochiro Update

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers will return to town in 2015-16. It looks like they might be back at The Orleans Arena on Tropicana Avenue. Negotiations are underway. The Wranglers are a perfect fit for The Orleans Arena. The buzz about an AHL team coming here is fading.

Zach Pochiro of Las Vegas and the NHL St. Louis Blues went 1-1-2 at the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan this week.

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Vito Carlo of Las Vegas 2 goals including a game-winner plus one assist for the AAA West Coast Renegades-Utah 16u in a 5-4 over the Davis County 18u this past weekend. Vito has 4 goals, 2 assists this season.

Las Vegas defenseman Mike Trimboli, now a junior at Utah State, +3 on the ice in a 5-4 loss to Weber State. Utah State has been a powerful force, qualifiying for the U.S. Nationals the last three seasons. The club has 10 new skaters and its top goal scorer is out for about a month. Utah State goes to Utah this weekend.

Brendan Harris of the USHL Cedar Rapids Roughriders 5-1 over the Green Bay Gamblers in a USHL Fall Class game at Green Bay.

AAA Las Vegas Storm alum goalie Talon Miller is home in Bird Creek, Alaska. He is eligible for another season of junior hockey but so far nothing yet.

2014-15 Las Vegas Players Away From Home

Goal scorer Jason Zucker of Las Vegas with the NHL Minnesota Wild

2014-15 LAS VEGAS PLAYERS AWAY FROM HOME

PRO

JASON ZUCKER, NHL MINNESOTA WILD

ZACH POCHIRO, NHL ST. LOUIS BLUES

CHRIS FRANCIS, ECHL ALASKA ACES

CONNOR HANEY, SPHL LOUISIANA ICEGATORS

ADAM NAGLICH, VIENNA CAPITALS, AUSTRIA

BRYCE REDDICK, BREST ALBATROS, FRANCE

COLLEGE

KENNY BROOKS, PENN STATE

MICHAEL McNICHOLAS, NEW HAMPSHIRE

CONNOR NICHOLAS, ST. MARY’S

CHRIS RIAL, ST. NORBERT’S

JOE SULLIVAN, ST. LAWRENCE

MIKE TRIMBOLI, UTAH STATE

CORY WARD, BEMIDJI STATE

WHL

GAGE QUINNEY, PRINCE ALBERT RAIDERS

USHL

BRENDAN HARRIS, CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS

JUNIOR

ADRIAN NICHOLAS, ESPANOLA RIVERMEN, NOJHL

DANIEL NICHOLAS, ABITBI ESKIMOS, NOJHL

AAA/AA

VITO CARLO, WEST COAST RENEGADES 16U – UTAH

ETHAN MONTOYA, ONTARIO AVALANCHE 18U

GAGE ROBERTS, WEST COAST RENEGADEES 16U – UTAH

DREW SCHILLETTER, ARIZONA HOCKEY UNION 18U

JIMMY SCHILLETTER, AAA PHOENIX COYOTES 16U/15U

CHASE SMITH, MISSION ARIZONA RED 18U

ERIC WILLIAMS, AAA WENATCHEE WOLVES 18U

Connor Haney Finds the Right Club, Signs With SPHL Louisiana IceGators

Connor Haney – wearing the C – for the Seattle Jr Totems

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CONNOR HANEY OF LAS VEGAS SIGNS -
WILL PLAY IN SOUTHERN PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

By Lee Samuels

When you love the game, it’s hard to walk away.

That’s what 6’6″ defenseman Connor Haney of Las Vegas was saying late last night.

He is 22 and was hoping to hook up with the ECHL Bakersfield Condors. But they are owned by the NHL Edmonton Oilers and are in good shape with big defenseman who can also score. That’s what they told him.

Connor pressed on, locating a coach who was a former assistant at Brown University. The other night Connor and head coach Drew Omicioli of the Louisiana IceGators talked on the phone for over two hours. Connor felt the right vibe. In mid October he heads to Lafayette, La. His new team plays in the Southern Professional Hockey League.

“When someone like coach Drew spends that kind of time with you talking hockey it means a lot. I know the kind of role I would like to play – an offensive defenseman, one who can work on power play special teams and contribute with goals and assists.”

Connor grew up in Las Vegas and played in the Nevada Stars program at the Las Vegas Ice Center. He said one of the best hometown coaches he played for was Ken Quinney with the Stars. That was years ago when Connor was a young peewee player at the Las Vegas Ice Center. As a top AAA midget level player one of his best defensive partners was Jake Horst.

After skating in Roy Henderson’s Global Las Vegas Connor signed and was a star player three seasons with the Seattle Jr Totems. The team played in the NorPac for two seasons, then joined the WSHL. Connor scored 31 career goals there including 19 he scored when he was Captain in his final season. He tried playing in Europe last season but that did not work out as well as he had hoped

“The IceGators have a good fan base, maybe 3,000 a game. They have a new coach in Drew who has a good hockey background, was an assistant at Brown University and is a coach who cares about his players. That’s the impression I got on the phone and one of the big reasons I am going there. This is a very hard game to walk away from. I want to play as long as the teams let me. My parents are supportive and are just as excited as I am. That counts too.”

http://www.icegators.com/news/index.html?article_id=361

AA Las Vegas Storm 16u Will Skate at the IceBreaker in Az

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Las Vegas – The Evan Zucker-coached AA/A Las Vegas Storm midget 16u team is off to Arizona this weekend to skate in the IceBreaker Tournament. The Storm will play at two rinks – one in Gilbert, Az. and in Chandler, Az.

LAS VEGAS STORM
Fri Sep 19
vs Golden State Elite
AZ Ice Gilbert North
7:00 PM MDT

Sat Sep 20
vs DYHA U15
Ice Den Chandler East
10:20 AM MDT

Sat Sep 20
AHU White
Ice Den Chandler East
3:50 PM MDT

Sunday game TBD based on seeding…latest start is 1:50 pm for championship game.

The Monday Ticker

Monday, September 15, 2014

Brendan Harris of Las Vegas and the USHL Cedar Rapids Roughriders are in a pre-season game in the USHL Fall Classic East. Tonight Cedar Rapids takes on the Green Bay Gamblers on their home ice. Cedar Rapids is 1-2-1 in pre-season games.

Gage Quinney of Las Vegas leads all of out of town players with 3 goals in pre-season games for the WHL Prince Albert Raiders.

Chris Francis looking very sharp in his hard skating while getting prepared to leave soon to play for the ECHL Alaska Aces.

Adrain Nicholas of Las Vegas was traded from the NOJHL Mattawan Blackhawks to the NOJHL Espanola Rivermen over the weekend.

Kyle Curry in the SoBe Ice Arena Pro Shop says the #1 goal-scoring hockey stick is the Bauer Supreme MX3. It’s a big seller.

We’re told players from the AA Las Vegas Jr Wranglers Bantam team will first autograph the Anaheim banner they won two weeks ago. Then it gets raised at the SoBe Ice Arena. Where, we don’t know. It’s getting crowded on all walls at the big rink.

If you look at the south wall there, there are retired framed jerseys of UNLV’s Anthony Greener and Ryan Krametbauer.

More on Jessica, who drives the Zamboni at the SoBe Ice Arena. She’s been driving it for two years on that sheet of ice.

At the Captain’s Scrimmage (no coaches) on Friday night UNLV scored quite a few goals against the WSHL Las Vegas Storm at the SoBe Ice Arena. UNLV goal scorers were Arturo Castro 2 goals while Drew Bryan, Chris Jones, Anthony Robone and Austin Shannon also scored. New goalie Terry Martin played well for the Rebels.

According to our host wordpress.com some folks visiting Vegashockey.net dig deep into the site, looking for stories posted six months to a year ago. Most of those stories are called ‘Ten Questions’ which include coaches and star players. The #1 one most read is Rob Pallin – Ten Questions; #2 is Megan Myers Ten Questions. Her responses were unreal and a must-read.

August was by far the best-ever here for total views, probably because of so many major roller tournaments. There are many roller hockey fans and readers who stop by here for a visit.

We were hoping to see – but did not – Frank ‘Gramps’ Perone at the two UNLV scrimmage games this past weekend. Hockey coach Anthony Greener says not to worry, his grandfather is feeling well.

The Ticker

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Las Vegas – When WSHL Las Vegas Storm coach Gabe Gauthier was winding down his playing career in Germany he knew he would soon be coaching. He made a number of contacts in Europe including an agent from Austria.

“The agent from Austria called during the summer and told me had three really good players,” Gabe said last night after the scrimmage with the UNLV Rebels at the SoBe Ice Arena. “We had the players come over, kept them all.”

One player from Austria is goalie Gernot Wegerer. The Storm also has goalie Dennis Busch from San Jose. Both are outstanding.

“Yes, we are good in the net. One more goalie and we will be set for the season. I think we’ve looked at over 30 goalies in tryouts for far,” Gabe said.

Gabe grew up in Torence, California. He played for a legendary junior coach, Harvey Smyl of the BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs. Gabe was center, Micah Sanford of Las Vegas was at right wing. “Different lines sometimes, but we were together on special teams, particularly on the power play setups,” Gabe said

At Denver University, Gabe was a captain in his senior season. He was drafted by the NHL Los Angeles Kings and went to the show twice, first for five games in 2006-07, then for three games in 2007-8.

At the scrimmage game against UNLV last night we circled the number 3 Red. That was, Gabe said, Quinn Travis of Colorado. Quinn burned down the ice with the puck a number of times. He’s a dynamic, exciting player.

“We have a fast, speedy team. We have mostly 17 to 18 year olds (Jake McKenna of Las Vegas is one of the youngest) who can move. We still have players to get. There will player cuts available when the NAHL teams get their rosters squared away,” the coach said.

What we liked the most last night was defensively how the Storm handled UNLV’s 5 on 4 and 4 on 3 attacks. The Storm played smart in a tactical defensive setup to handle those key situations.

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While UNLV and the Las Vegas Storm were chewing up the ice last night, Jessica – who drives the SoBe Ice Arena Zamboni – was at the rink glass looking at the ice situation which looked like a mess at center ice. There were small piles of what looked like snow drifts.

She laughed. “Nothing we can’t handle,” she said. “I’ve been driving our Zamboni for two years now. Rob Pallin and Hector Toth taught me. We’ll get this cleaned up real quick.”

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WSHL Las Vegas Storm Flashes About in Scrimmage Game at the Sobe Ice Arena

Saturday, September 13, 2014

By Lee Samuels

Las Vegas – First thing WSHL Las Vegas Storm hockey coach Gabe Gauthier did on the ice was bring out his red magic marker, draw squiggly lines to outline flow drills on his white hockey erase board. He showed them to UNLV Rebels coach JJ Hartmann and technically the scrimmage between the WSHL Las Vegas Storm and the WSHL Las Vegas Storm got the green light and was underway at the SoBe Ice Arena last night.

The two teams worked together in skating drills before a nice crowd and some little ones upstairs in the bleachers. They brought red and white Rebels shakers.

“JJ and I spoke on Wednesday night,” said Gabe. “We wanted to have some fun, be competitive and have it all controlled.”

No officals, no icing, no one getting smashed to bits into the rinkboards. Both coaches were on the ice, giving instructions, mostly positional advice. There were some 5 on 4 and 4 on 3 drills.

At last, finally, fans inched closer to the rink glass as it was game time – Storm vs Rebels. The Rebels scored first, then the Storm rattled in a goal and the temperature gauge of the scrimmage heated up, but not all that much. This didn’t have a playoff feel to it. Afterwards both coaches called it a good skate and attended to their players.

For the Storm, it was good stuff. They were fast, moved the puck, attacked precisely and got outstanding goalie play. The Storm’s young Jake McKenna played remarkably well defensively, an exciting Quinn Travis rocketed about and made some daring moves while manuvering towards the net and a rugged Jake Pacheco was there to provide defensive muscle if necessary.

“One a scale of 1 to 10, we were a 6 tonight,” said Gauthier. “We have fast, skilled guys and I was happy with our top two lines and the play from our goalies. We want to add a third line, add one more goalie and get ready for our opening weekend (Sept. 26, at San Diego).

It was unfair to grade the UNLV team which has only been on the ice for about a week. The Rebels have a great number of new skaters and its top goalie Terry Martin was a star in roller hockey last season. Terry has been working on sliding techniques on the ice to make saves during UNLV practices.

Rebels coach JJ will need time to teach and he has it.

UNLV also goes into live-fire action on September 26, at San Diego.

From the Blue Line - The Storm had more goals, how many, we don’t know because the Pepsi scoreboard went to 0-0 all of a sudden….There was a nice crowd and lot of the younger ones in the bleachers wore Storm jerseys….One thing is for sure: coach Gabe blueprinted some well-planned 5 on 3s and 4 on 3s battle plans. We saw them, we think, when he drew something in blue ballpoint onto our notepad after the big scrimmage was over….Las Vegas goal scorer Chris Francis, who reports to the ECHL Alaska Aces in two weeks, got a good, hard skate in with the Storm.

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