Rob Pallin: “The Greatest AAA Players I Ever Coached in Las Vegas”

Hockey coach Rob Pallin coached his first midget-level hockey club in the 1999-2000 season in Las Vegas. His Las Vegas teams collectively played in the biggest of games, skated at the U.S. Nationals and players from his AAA/AA clubs advanced to juniors, colleges and professional play. Coach Rob, now coaching Sapa Fehervar AV19 in Hungary, said he put this list together because he “wanted to bring recognition to the Las Vegas players who always gave it their all.” The players listed skated for Pallin at either the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena or at the SoBe Ice Arena.

ROB PALLIN’S ALL-TIME AAA TEAM IN LAS VEGAS

FIRST LINE

Adam Naglich, Josh Jasek, Chris Francis

SECOND LINE

Eddie Samuels, Conrad Trimbath, Anthony Greener

THIRD LINE

Nate Rein, Ryan King, Evan Zucker

TOP DEFENSEMEN

Eddie Del Grosso, Justin Johnson, Eric Williams

GOALIES

Tim Douglas, Paul Lowden

ALL HEART

Spike Neely, JC Caron, Ethan Montoya

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW

JC Caron – house hockey

Eddie Del Grosso – not active

Tim Douglas – not active

Chris Francis – Sapa Fehervar AV19, Hungary

Anthony Greener – Head coach UNLV Rebels

Josh Jasek – retired

Justin Johnson – retired

Paul Lowden – retired

Ethan Montoya – will announce for this fall

Adam Naglich – skated in Italy last winter

Spike Neely – house hockey

Nate Rein – not active

Eddie Samuels – scouting

Conrad Trimbath – out of hockey

Eric Williams – will announce for this fall

Evan Zucker – Coach AA Las Vegas Storm bantams

THE VEGAS FIVE

Here are the Top 5 Las Vegas skaters away from home for 2014-15

Points……………………………………………..Goals/Assists

62 – CHRIS FRANCIS, ECHL ALASKA ACES 26/36

60 – GAGE QUINNEY, WHL KELOWNA ROCKETS 23/37

58 – LANDON QUINNEY, AAA ARIZONA BOBCATS 16U 27/30, NAHL CORPUS CHRISTI ICERAYS 1/0

48 – BRENDAN HARRIS, NAHL WENATCHEE WILD 18/30

47 – ZACH POCHIRO, WHL PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS 23/24

GAGE QUINNEY SCORES FOR KELOWNA ROCKETS BEFORE 9497 IN QUEBEC CITY

Friday, May 22, 2013

Quebec City – Gage Quinney of Las Vegas scored a powerplay goal for the WHL Kelowna Rockets in the third period in a tough 4-3 loss to the Qubec Rements before 9497 at the Colisee Pepsi Arena in the opening game of the Memorial Cup here Friday night.  It was Gage’s 7th goal in post-season action for the Rockets. For the season Gage has 23 goals, 37 assists for 60 points. The next game here for Gage and the Rockets will be on Monday.

Flashback – May, 2004 – The Day the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena Shut Down in Las Vegas

5.17.04
SPECIAL REPORT: SANTA FE STATION ICE ARENA IS HISTORY…

By Lee Samuels

LAS VEGAS – That’s it. It’s all over at the Santa Fe Ice Arena.

The figure skaters whirled about at center ice. The hockey skaters, in multi-colored jerseys, did laps around the outside lanes. Rinkboard parents sipped coffee and bunched near the south end. The music was nice and loud.

And all of a sudden, at 4:00 pm, it was over.

There will be no more skating at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena which has been opened since 1991.

The first skaters to take advantage of the ‘Free Skate’ on the final day the Santa Fe Station Ice Arena will be open to the public, hit the ice for one last time on Sunday afternoon.

No more enemy teams coming in. No more big hockey tournaments with those invading, imposing, hard-hitting AAA teams in town. No more Buddy on the Zamboni. No more clanging gates. No more Hockey Sister spinning CDs at faceoffs. No more heading to the Food Court and asking for a slice of the good stuff from Village Pizza. No more walking to Starbucks for a pre-game cup.

Even the big Pepsi scoreboard was dark.

Rink manager Rob Pallin, wearing his new Fiesta Ice Arena Manager badge, proudly showed off new blueprints of the new rink which will open on Rancho Drive this fall.

John J. James, general manager of the Fiesta, said the Santa Fe rinkboards, the thick rink glass and one Zamboni will be heading to a rink in Utah.

And the sheet of ice?

“There are 30,000 gallons of water out there,” said James, peering through the rink glass and looking at the sheet of ice. “So you have start shaving down the ice maybe a half-inch at a time, then begin to melt it down.”

It’s a process which will begin in a day or two.

Meanwhile, no more ice time is scheduled.

“The sign company YesCo will take down the Santa Fe scoreboard and take it to the Fiesta,” James said. “We’ve bought a new Zamboni and we’re taking one from here. We plan to get a front-loader, lift the Zamboni and drive it over to the Fiesta.”

“So many things to do”. Santa Fe Rink Manager and Las Vegas Rebels Midget-Major Head Coach Rob Pallin sits in his rink office among the mass of memorabilia he has collected while coaching ice hockey at the Santa Fe over the years. Pallin will be packing up and moving out in a couple weeks for the Fiesta.

Pallin will work out of his office here for the next several weeks before heading to the Fiesta.

“So many things to do,” said Rob. “We’re in a shutdown phase and we need to move a lot of things to the new arena.”

The banners, including the coveted, giant 2001-02 Mustangs Pacific District Champions one, have been taken down and carefully packed.

“The Fiesta is going to a vibrant, brilliant ice arena,” said James, speaking to the rinkboard parents. “We are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a snack bar. Wait until you see it. We will have a community trophy case, on the right side as you walk in. We will have a First Aid Station. We will have 500 seats in the bleachers. The new Arcade will have 23 machines. Hot coffee? We have a contract with Boyd’s and it’s good stuff.

“We’ve got new nets coming in too,” James added.

Still, for many rinkboard parents, who huddled about making small talk here, the rink closure is a total shock.

We’ve been coming into this ice-cold, refrigerator-like arena for years, for practices and for games.

When the Final Skate was almost over, Tanya Root – a Team Mom for so many hockey teams here – took one last look towards the ice and said “I’m heading for Starbucks in the casino…..for one last cup.”

Final Rinkboard Notebook at the Santa Fe – There were over 100 skaters on the ice….then, some of the older skaters stayed over for a pickup game. Sammy Micco was the goalie….Chris Francis, Ryan Krametbauer, Eddie Del Grosso, Eddie Samuels, Josh Odoms, Chad Butcher, Sean Stackhouse, Jeff Root were among those on the ice…Also skating was coach Rob who actually looked pretty sharp….

In the bleachers, for the record, Patty DeGrosso was the last to take photographs….

There are 3 men’s leagues games scheduled to start at 6:00, 7:30 and 9:00 pm Sunday and that’s it – no more games at the Santa Fe….

A Look at Cory Ward of Las Vegas at Bemidji State for the 2015-16 Season

CORY WARD #13
BEMIDJI STATE
5-11, 200 
Senior

Las Vegas, Nev. (NAHL-Aberdeen)

2014-15
Played in all 38 games… Recorded 17 points (9g-8a)… Led team in shots on goal with 121.

2013-14 / Sophomore
Played in all 38 games as a sophomore… Was the leading scorer with 29 points (18g-11a)… Team leader in goals (18), shots on goal (101), and plus/minus (+5)… Scored a goal in the first game of the season at St. Cloud State (10/11/13)… Registerd a career high in goals (2x) at Michigan Tech (12/6/13) and at Alaska (1/25/14)… Recorded a career high in assists with 3 at Lake Superior State (1/10/14)… Also posted a career high shots on goal with 6 against Lake Superior State (11/23/13)… Recorded a season-best five-game point scoring streak Nov.22-Dec.6… Scored three game winning goals and three unassisted goals to lead the team in both categories.

2012-13 / Freshman
Appeared in all 36 games as a freshman… Scored 15 points (9g-6a) to establish the scoring lead among freshman… Scored his first career goal in the second game of the season against Lake Superior State (10/20/12)… Had 53 shots on goal and 22 blocked shots… Posted a career high in penalty minutes with 15 against Denver (12/14/12)… WCHA Rookie of the Week (3/5/13).

Prior to BSU
Cory Ward begins his Bemidji State career after two seasons as a forward for the Aberdeen Wings of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). In 2011-12, he posted a team-best 35 goals and 63 points (35g-28a) to lead the Wings to a 29-24-7 record during the regular season. He played in 57 of 62 games for Aberdeen and ranked 11th in the league in scoring, fifth in goal scoring and his seven game-winning goals placed him third among the NAHL’s top scorers.

Ward solidified himself as vital power-play cog netting nine goals to go with 10 assists on the man advantage. He also recorded a team-best three short-handed tallies.

Netting at least a point in 39 games, which included a season-long nine-game scoring streak stretching from Feb. 24 to March 23, Ward posted 16 multi-point games. October 22, the Las Vegas native registered a season-best five points (1g-4a) in a 6-5 overtime loss to Bismarck. Ward also netted a hat trick Dec. 17 in a 5-1 victory over Minot. He was selected as the NAHL’s First Star March 5 and earned Third Star accolades Dec. 20.

The Wings, the No. 4 seed in the NAHL’s Central Division were bumped from the postseason in the divisional semifinals by Central Division Champion Bismarck.

In 113 games during two seasons with Aberdeen, the 2010-11 NAHL All-Rookie First Team selection recorded 120 points (67g-53a), had 42 power-play points (22g-20a) and 12 game-winners.

Personal
Born to Pete and Sheri Ward Sept. 23, 1993, Cory Mikel Ward is a business major…Is the first player to hail from Nevada to play for the Beavers.

Career Highs
Goals: 2, 3x, Last at Alaska (Jan. 25, 2014); Assists: 3, at Lake Superior State (Jan. 10, 2014); Points: 3, at Lake Superior State (Jan. 10, 2014); SOG: 8, 2x, Last at Northern Michigan (Feb. 13, 2015); PIM: 15, vs Denver (Dec. 14, 2012).

Joey Raats Update

Thursday, May 21, 2015 Sioux Falls, S.D. –  Saying he couldn’t come to terms for a contract extension, head coach Cary Eades – who coached Joey Raats of Las Vegas and the USHL Sioux Falls Stampede to a USHL Clark Cup Championship – was introduced Wednesday as the new head coach of rival USHL Fargo Force. Eades, 53, had a 125-70-14 coaching record with the Sioux Falls Stampede.

Here is Team List – Including Las Vegas Teams – for NARCh Huntington Beach May 29-31

Huntington Beach – Micah Sanford and Nick Robone of Las Vegas will skate with Mission Bauer Outcasts of Arizona in a NARCh Pro Regional Qualifier at The Rinks in Huntington Beach during Memorial Day weekend.  Micah and Nick are also coaching three Las Vegas Tour Rebels roller teams – one in 12u, two in 14u.  The Las Vegas based teams practiced the last few weeks at the Las Vegas Roller Hockey Center on Karen Ave. – Lee

http://www.narch.com/sp-datastore/media-files/2015HuntingtonBeachTeamList0.pdf

2015-16 Las Vegas Players Away From Home

Jason Zucker of Las Vegas winds up and fires for the NHL Minnesota Wild

2015-16 LAS VEGAS PLAYERS AWAY FROM HOME

NHL

Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild

PRO

Chris Francis, Sapa Fehervar AV19, Hungary

NCAA

Brendan Harris, St. Cloud University

Michael McNicholas, New Hampshire

Joey Raats, Arizona State

Joe Sullivan, St. Lawrence University

Derek Sutliffe, St. Scholastica

Cory Ward, Bemidji State

ACHA

Mike Trimboli, Utah State

NAHL

Landon Quinney, Corpus Christi IceRays

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