Ashley Printzen of Las Vegas Will Skate This Season at NAHA Hockey Academy in Stowe, Vermont

Ashley Printzen, a top skilled Las Vegas skater and goal scorer, will play for the North American Hockey Academy in Vermont this season. She will depart Las Vegas on September 2. Her brother Cody plays in the Nevada Storm hockey program at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

Ashley will play on a NAHA AAA 16u team. She will play forward and be on a penalty kill unit as well. Her brother Cody will be skating on the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Nevada Storm 16u team.

The North American Hockey Academy is located in Stowe, Vermont, half way between the scenic New England village and the Stowe Mountain Resort Ski area, right on the Mountain Road. We offer girls in grades 8-12 and PG’s the opportunity to receive an excellent education while pursuing a competitive hockey program for elite and developmental level athletes.

This program is unique in the world of girls hockey, and is comparable in many ways to a Junior “A” Hockey for boys. It offers an intensive season of training and competition in preparation for playing at the college level. Girls gain experience and knowledge in many areas that will help in the transition to college; independent learning and study skills, time management, living away from home, the nutrition and healthy living habits required for athletes, travel and its effects on a player’s schedule, fitness and training principles, and much more.

NHL Wild Training Camp Begins Sept. 22 for Jason Zucker of Las Vegas

Monday, August 29, 2016

St. Paul, Minnesota –  Jason Zucker of Las Vegas will report for training camp with the NHL Minnesota Wild on September 22.  Four days later, NHL exhibition games will get underway.

NHL MINNESOTA WILD EXHIBITION GAMES

Monday, September 26 – Minnesota at Buffalo Sabres

Tuesday, September 27 – Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild

Thursday, September 29 – Minnesota Wild at Winnipeg Jets

Sunday, October 2 – Carolina Hurricanes at Minnesota Wild

Tuesday, October 4 – Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche

Saturday, October 8 – Winnipeg Jets at Minnesota Wild

The Greatness of Micah Sanford of Las Vegas – 78 Goals, 80 Assists for BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs in 2001-02

 

 

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MICAH SANFORD, HEAD COACH, AAA NEVADA STORM 16U

Monday, August 29, 2016

THE GREATNESS OF MICAH SANFORD

By Bob Wright

Las Vegas – For the out of town AAA skaters over at the Las Vegas Ice Center he is Micah Sanford, head coach. But to those who know him here in Las Vegas, Micah Sanford is one of the greatest star players of all time in roller and in ice hockey.

He was the first from Las Vegas to leave home and play on the AAA level ice hockey with the AAA Vail, Colorado, Avalanche midget 18u team, the first to play in the BCHL with the Chilliwack Chiefs Jr A in Canada, and the first to play on a college scholarship at NCAA Division One Nebraska Omaha.

Micah launched his career here in Las Vegas in roller hockey which is the same route star players such as ice hockey stars Jason Zucker, Chris Francis, Eddie Samuels and Eddie Del Grosso also took.

Micah’s father Larry Sanford was the head roller hockey coach who took Las Vegas teams to major tournaments throughout the country. Big rivals for Las Vegas back then included the Orange County Blades, Brea Bulldogs, Arizona Stars and the Northern Colorado Blast.

When Micah was 16, he was named the National Roller Hockey Player of the Year.

“My Dad (Larry) played a lot of roller hockey when he was in his early 20’s,” said Micah. “He played for a team out of Louisana that was one of the best in the nation. He held the scoring title nationwide for about five years. We moved to Las Vegas because my folks thought roller rinks would do well here in town.”

That big roller rink was called Crystal Place built on North Rancho Drive. They call it “The Little House of Champions.”

“My favorite teammates in roller hockey were Freddie Young, Patrick Stevenson, Travis Gunderson and Leroy Garcia. We really meshed well together and we were all work horses – never getting out-competed,” Micah said.

That roller team – the Las Vegas Rolling Thunder – was an unstoppable force on a national level.

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MICAH’S GREATEST HOCKEY COACH

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Micah Sanford had many great coaches starting with his father Larry in roller hockey. Larry is a six-time Vegas Hockey Roller Coach of the Year.

Micah’s first travel ice hockey team was the AAA Vail Avalanche 18u in Colorado. Brad Buetow was the head coach. Brad was a former head coach at the Minnesota University and Colorado College hockey programs.

To get to Vail, Colorado, Micah packed up his gear in his pickup truck, then he drove back to the Crystal Palace roller rink where he grew up in Las Vegas. There was a group of younger players and hometown hockey moms and dads who were there and who wished him well and watched him drive off on North Rancho Drive. Micah was the first to leave Las Vegas to play the game and it was big news in the world of hometown hockey.

Micah also played for one of the greatest coaches in Harvey Smyl, a legend with the BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs in Canada. When Micah played for Chilliwack hockey dad Larry Sanford would wear his black and yellow-striped Chilliwack jacket at Crystal Palace.

When Micah was at Chilliwack he told Vegashockey.com in 2000 “…I could always stick-handle and score but they worked on my skating and made me more of a complete player.”

After his first season with Chilliwack Micah went to the Peter Twist Skating School in Vancouver.

But who was Micah’s best coach?

“Harvey Smyl at Chilliwack was the best coach I ever had on the bench during a game. But Brad Buetow was the best coach I ever had at running a practice and teaching skills.

“Harvey was great managing his bench, knowing game situations and who to put onto the ice.

“Brad Buetow was the best at motivating his players and getting the best out of them,” said Micah.

Brad Buetow retired a few years ago, as did Harvey Smyl.

Micah is carrying the torch for both of them now in Las Vegas. 

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MICAH’S ASTOUNDING GOAL-SCORING IN 2001-02 PLAYOFFS

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When Micah played for the BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs in Canada hometown fans back in Las Vegas listened to the play by play on radio from the Chiefs two great announcers Barry Douglas and Richard Brew who called the game from the press boxes no matter where the Chiefs were playing. And little did Barry and Rich know  – and their radio listeners – they were about to go onto the biggest ride of their lives.

Chilliwack finished the regular season with a record of 46-10-4. Micah, on the top line, led the team with 47 goals. He was 19 years old.  His linemates and best rink friends were Kaleb Betts with 35 goals and Matt Gibbons with 28 goals.

On this same Chilliwack team was 17-year-old Gabe Gauthier who is now the GM/head coach of the WSHL Las Vegas Storm and the Hockey Director at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Gabe had 37 goals that season for Chilliwack. His linemates were David Van Der Gulik, 38 goals, and Jeff Tambellini with 46 goals.

Micah had always played on top lines. When he was with AAA Vail midget majors he was on a line with the great Teddy O’Leary.

Micah was now in his second season with Chilliwack and suddenly – and no one, including him – knows how and why Micah Sanford began scoring so many goals in the playoffs.

While Chilliwack was winning the Nowat Cup and the Doyle Cup and qualifying for the grand finale – the Royal Bank Cup in Halifax – Micah had racked up 31 playoff goals. When he was interviewed by Lee Samuels at Vegashockey.com (the old site, not this one) Micah said “I’m not doing anything differently. It’s like everything I shoot – no matter what part of the net – the puck goes right into the net. I cannot explain it.”

On the Chiefs radio Barry Douglas and Richard Brew were going insanely wild calling the games.  Gauthier said “…it was unreal, so intense.”

At the Royal Bank Cup in Halifax – the one last crown to capture – Micah and the Chiefs worked their way to the Final 4.

They took on the OCN Blizzard from the Manitoba Hockey League.  It was a close, tight game, right down to the final buzzer at the Halifax Forum.

OCN won 4-3.

When the game was over – and maybe it was the pressure of winning so many times – the Chiefs players collapsed onto the ice in all parts of the arena.

On the radio Barry and Richard lost it – they both wept.

They were trying to describe and capture in their own words the final time this great Chilliwacks Chiefs team would ever be on the ice.

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Micah scored 31 goals during the playoffs. For the season he had 78 goals, 80 assists – by far the most goal and assists and points by any Las Vegas skater on any level of the game.

Gauthier said “this was such a great team. Micah was a big part of it. I counted 12 of our players who went to NCAA Division 1 teams.

Chilliwack coach Harvey Smyl sized it all up when he said “Micah was a man among boys with his determination and strength.”

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Micah got a scholarship to play at Nebraska-Omaha. After four years he played professionally signing with the ECHL Bakersfield Condors.

In 2009 Micah retired as an active player.

He is now the head coach of the AAA Nevada Storm 16u team which will tour throughout the country just the way he did so magnificently when he played the game.

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MICAH SANFORD CAREER ICE HOCKEY RECORD

1997-98 – Las Vegas Mustangs Midget A

1998-99 – Las Vegas Blackjacks Jr B

1999-20 – AAA Vail Avalanche midget major – 49 goals/35 assists

2000-01 – BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs Jr A – 12 goals/9 assists

2001-02 – BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs Jr A – 78 goals/80 assists

2002-03 – Nebraska-Omaha 8 goals/9 assists

2003-04 – Nebraska-Omaha 1 goal/0 assists

2005-05 – Nebraska-Omaha 1 goal/6 assists

2005-06 – Nebraska-Omaha 1 goal/0 assists

2008-09 – ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers 0 goals/0 assists

Quote of the Day

Sunday, August 28, 2016

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I don’t coach or teach players to be someone else. I coach them to be the best they can be – to get the most out of their talent and nothing else.”

— Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin in the the book Puck Dreams and Other Stories by Joe McCauley, 1st Books Library, 2003

AAA Nevada Storm 16u Open Season September 10-11 at Las Vegas Ice Center

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Las Vegas – Head coach Micah Sanford announced today his AAA Nevada Storm 16u team will open with games against the AAA Arizona Bobcats and the AAA Utah Renegades on September 10, 11 at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue.

“Our team looks good in practice right now. We will know more when we begin playing the games,” coach Micah said.

The Las Vegas players skating for the Storm include:

Steven Avalone

Tyler Brooks

Zack McClanahan

Aidan McNabe

Anthony Rodriguez

Jaiden Wild

Cameron Zucker

Goalies

Anthony Bonaldi, Las Vegas

Cameron Burchill, Portland

 

Wedding Bells for Star Defenseman Eddie Del Grosso

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Las Vegas – Star defenseman Eddie Del Grosso of Las Vegas is getting married. Eddie, 31 and regarded as one of the greatest defensemen in Las Vegas hockey history, is marrying Victoria Depalo in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 23.

Eddie played high level hockey starting with the Rob Pallin-coached 2001-02 AA Las Vegas Mustangs who played in the U.S. Nationals, with the Rob Neumann-coached AAA San Diego Jr Gulls, in the USHL with the Indiana Ice, four seasons with University of Nebraska-Omaha and more recently with the ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers. 

LAS VEGAS/NEVADA STORM COACHES – 2016-17

Gabe Gauthier, Las Vegas Ice Center Hockey Director and Head Coach, WSHL Las Vegas Storm

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With the merger of the Nevada Storm/Las Vegas Flames youth hockey organizations here are the head coaches for 2016-17 season

Junior A – Gabe Gauthier

AAA Midget 16u – Micah Sanford

AA Midget 16u – Wally Lacroix

Bantam AA – Eric Lacroix

Bantam A – Evan and Adam Zucker

AA Peewee – Jeff Bruckner

Peewee A – Dell Truax

Squirt A – Bo Lackas

Squirt B – Scott Rensmon, Jeff Bruckner

Mite Track 1 & 2 – Brian Fox, Jim Nyznyk

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