“My First Goal”


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By Lee Samuels

The greatest players here
in the West – and primarily
Las Vegas – look back at their
very first goal in ice and roller.

Erik is a hard-skating
defenseman – first with the
AA Las Vegas Jr Wranglers
16u, then with the WSHL
Ogden Mustangs in Utah.

Like many Las Vegas
players, Erik scored his
first goal while playing
roller at Larry Sanford’s
Crystal Palace on North
Rancho Drive. Erik
blasted a slapshot for a
goal. He raised his stick
to celebrate. He was
five years old.

One of the greatest goal
scorers in Las Vegas – now
with the ECHL Quad City Mallards

“I was six years old playing
house league roller hockey
at the Boulder Highway rink
where they used to have
hockey. I played for the Vipers
when I scored my first goal –
a wrist shot, right in front
of the net.”

Matt is a former president of the
Las Vegas Jr Wranglers. He
was one of the top coaches
in town as well.

“My first goal was in Mite C
hockey at the Pilgrim Arena
in Hingiam, Mass. It was in
overtime, so that is the one
which really sticks out.”

For years, the heart, soul and
a giant goal scorer for UNLV

“The first year I played was
second-year squirts – the Las
Vegas Flames with Earl Brady
and my dad Sean Greener as
my coaches. I scored in my
first game ever. I wasn’t the
best skater but I could score.
And, it was a breakaway.
Once I scored that first goal
I knew hockey was for me.”

Founder of the Global Showcases
and one of the owners of the
BCHL Langley Rivermen,
Roy years ago was a top player.

“I scored my first goal on a
team called the PNE All-Stars
in Vancouver BC in 1957.
I was 6 years old. It was my
first game.”

Zack is a rugged athlete,
who played for the Eddie Samuels coached
WSHL Salt Lake City Moose Jr A

“I was real young, about 10,
playing for the Metro Maple
Leafs in Laurel, Md. I don’t
remember my first goal but
I do remember my first scrap.
There was a problem in front
of the net and I came charging
in to clear things out.

Aaron was a former coach
of the Salt Lake City Moose
in the WSHL. Previously,
he was an assistant in the
NAHL with the Bismarck

“I was a goalie when I
started out. I was 13 when
I got into my first game
in 1992, playing for the
Fargo Patriots against the
Fargo South Bruins. We
won 6-1.”

Talon Miller wasn’t always an
all-star goalie. The Vegas Hockey
‘Goalie of the Year’ for the AAA
Las Vegas Storm 16u years ago
was a forward. His hockey dad
Tim explains how it all started.

“When Talon was a mite he played
for a house team in Anchorage called
the Lightning Raptors. They wanted
everyone to take a turn at being a
goalie and when it came to Talon’s
turn he played so well his teammates
and coach decided their best shot to
win was with him in the net. It’s been
that way ever since.”

When Will played for the Billings
Jr Bulls he was called ‘Money’
by head coach Doug Johnson.
“Will always seems to score the
big goal when the game is on the
line,” Johnson said. A picture of
Will in a Bulls jersey that year was
on many billboards in Billings. He
is a very popular player who grew
up in the San Diego Jr Gulls

“I was seven years old playing
for a team called the Ducks in
ball hockey on an outdoor rink
in Corona, California. I will
never forget my first goal –
wrist shot, top corner.”

One of the most popular
players in Las Vegas, JP
played the last seasons
with the Cal Bears.

His father John recalls JP’s first

“It took a few games for John
Paul to get his first goal. He
scored in a Mite B tournament
in 1996 at the Santa Fe Station
Ice Arena in Las Vegas. John
Paul played for the Las Vegas
Mustangs against the South
Coast Sabers. It was a shot
from outside the blue line.
The goalie never saw it. We
were so proud we framed the
scoresheet and today it sits
on JP’s dresser.”

Michael is a gifted young
player who initally played
in Las Vegas, then in LA.

His hockey dad John
recalls Michael’s very first

“Michael scored his first
goal in 1999 in a mite house
league game at the Las Vegas
Sportspark rink. He was
playing on Bobby Burns’
Bluejacks. Michael had an
open shot in front of the net
and hit a backhander over
the goalie’s shoulder.”

Nolan was a top defenseman
for the WSHL Salt Lake
City Moose.

“I was five years old playing
roller hockey for the
Savannah Super Goose in
Georgia. It was like rec
league hockey. I scored and
it was exciting.”

Ethan is a hard worker
on the ice who can score –
56 goals for the AA Las
Vegas Jr Wranglers 16u
years ago. He is now
skating with the
UNLV Rebels.
Like many Las Vegas
players, Ethan’s roots
are in roller hockey.
As hockey dad Orlando
Montoya says…

“Last year we were in Omaha getting
Ethan ready for school and
his billet family and I asked Ethan about his first
goal and he said it was in roller
at Crystal Palace – now known
as the Las Vegas Ice Center.
It was a wraparound shot.
He was six years old.”

Angelo is one of the top coaches
in the USA and hockey director
of the powerful AAA Colorado
Thunderbirds program.

“I was six years old when I scored
my first goal in my first ever game.
I was a mite playing for the
Franklin Park Jets in Illinois.
I was shocked as I was in the
clear not really knowing what to
do but went in to deke the goaltender
and scored with a deke to my

Four-Time Vegas Hockey
Roller Player of the Year
Nick Robone has been a
star performer for years
with the Las Vegas Tour
Rebels travel teams and
with UNLV. 

“My first goal was at
Larry’s house league in
Crystal Palace. My team
name was the Rattlers.
I was on a team with
Nick Dobranich. I think
Landon Kraige was the
goalie. Nick sent over a
pass in the slot area and
I put the puck in the

Three-time Playmaker of the
Year when he played hockey
for the Las Vegas Mustangs.

“I was playing for the
Falcons squirt team at the
Santa Fe Station Ice Arena
when I got my first goal. I
was at the blue line and took
a wrist shot – the puck lifted
and went through the goalie’s
five-hole – pretty exciting
actually. I still think about
that goal.”


Jimmy two years ago played
for the Las Vegas Storm
bantam ice team. He also
plays house roller at
Crystal Palace.

“I was maybe 5 years old and
over at the Las Vegas Sports
Center on Rampart. A guy came
up to me and my mom and asked
if I would like to play in a hockey
league on Saturdays. Of course
I did and in the first weekend I
scored my first goal – I could not
tell you what kind of goal it was –
guessing low corner because I
was real young and didn’t know
how to shoot the puck that much.”

Micah is the all-time goal scorer
in Las Vegas in ice and roller and
the first to be inducted into the
Vegas Hockey Hall of Fame.

“I scored my first goal in house
league roller at my Dad’s rink.
I believe I shot a muffin on the
ground and it went in. Sometimes
it’s better to be lucky I guess. I
don’t remember the name of the
team but I think my Dad was
coaching me. I was 10 years old.”

A dynamic athlete, Jason is
the first Las Vegas player
to skate in the NHL. Jason
plays for the Minnesota Wild.
Jason’s hockey dad Scott
remembers Jason’s first

“Jason’s first goal was in a
house roller hockey at Dave’s
rink on Tropicana and Decatur.
His older brother Evan scored
his first goal when he was
5 years old, playing for
PMQT at the Santa Fe Ice

Looking for the Whereabouts….

We are looking for the whereabouts of the following coaches and players…

Brandon Bavis, popular player for WSHL LV Storm

Ryan Bowman, top defenseman UNLV

Brittany Brooks, premier goalie

Derek Eisler, head coach AAA San Jose Jr Sharks years ago

Jeff Hajner, Las Vegas goal scorer – star player at Air Force

Gene Krametbauer, GM of many youth hockey teams in Las Vegas

Paul Lowden, top goalie Las Vegas

Jamie O’Leary, AAA Vail Avalanche bantams with the Vegas Connection

Troy Mueller, goal scorer – maybe in Chicago area

Will ‘Money’ Munson, star player in Riverside/San Diego area

Tanar Nobles, Colorado player last seen at Las Vegas Global years ago

Alex ‘Blackjack’ Redmond – last played for ACHA D2 San Jose State

Katie Schaefer, top Las Vegas goalie

Matt Stang, hockey coach said to be in Canada

Hamilton Whyte, for years a top player in Las Vegas

Tyler Wilson, premier defenseman UNLV

Mike Zenzola, one of the greatest UNLV goal scorers ever


Are you looking for a former Las Vegas player, goalie or coach. Let us know


Please send info to leesamuels07@aol.com




Cory Ward & ECHL Manchester Monarchs Win 3-1


Final Score – Cory Ward and ECHL Manchester Monarchs won 3-1 on Saturday night. The crowd was 2583. Game Three of the Best of Seven will at the SNHU Arena, Manchester, NH on Monday, May 1


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Brampton, Ontario, Canada –  Cory Ward of Las Vegas and the ECHL Manchester Monarchs are in Game Two of a Best of Seven tonight against the ECHL Brampton Beast. The game will be here at the Powerade Centre. Brampton leads the Best of Seven, 1-0. There are eight ECHL teams still in the playoff field. Cory is the last Las Vegas skater still active in the 2016-17 season.

New Owner for the WSHL San Diego Sabers

The Western States Hockey League (WSHL) announces the sale of the San Diego Sabers, a long-standing member team since 2002 to Tomas Kapusta.  The Sabers in their 15-year membership in the WSHL are one of the oldest teams in the WSHL and one of only 4 teams currently that were in existence in 2002.  The Sabers will continue operation at the Iceoplex located in Escondido CA.
Tomas Kapusta a resident of Irvine, the Edmonton Oilers 5th round draft pick and Olympian played professionally in Canada, Finland, Czech Republic. Tomas played the end of his professional ice hockey career in Southern California formerly with the Long Beach Ice Dogs.  Kapusta spent 10 years coaching at the Junior Kings and is a coach with the former Wildcats and now newly branded Junior Reign Youth Hockey Club whose youth membership are headquartered in Riverside and Carlsbad.
With connections, both in the California youth hockey leagues coupled with his strong ties to the European hockey clubs, the Sabers should see a influx in high quality players coming to the Sabers to compete for the 17-18 Thorne Cup.

Cory Ward Playoff Update

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Brampton, Ontario, Canada –  Cory Ward of Las Vegas and the ECHL Manchester Monarchs lost 3-2 in OT to the ECHL Brampton Beast before 2071 at the Powerade Centre on Thursday night. Manchester had more shots 47-34. This was Game One of a Best of Seven series. Game Two will be here on Saturday.

Joe Sullivan of Las Vegas Named Captain for St. Lawrence Hockey 2017-18

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 Joe Sullivan (20) of Las Vegas new captain for St. Lawrence University 2017-18
Men’s Hockey Announces 2017-18 Captains

The St. Lawrence men’s hockey team has selected its captains for the 2017-18 season, naming Joe Sullivan of the next Saints captain and Ryan Lough, Nolan Gluchowski and Michael Laidley as assistants. Each of the four players selected to wear a letter next season will be first-time captains.

“Our leadership group are men of sound character and they each bring elements of their personalities that will help our staff and our program max out our potential,” head coach Mark Morris said. “The expectation for our leaders is to create a high standard for team members and to create a trusting, caring environment.”

Sullivan, who recorded career highs in goals, assists and points last season, and Lough were two of just a handful of players to play in all 34 games for the Saints in 2016-17. Gluchowski also set career highs in both assists and points, while Laidley was on pace to do so before suffering an injury early in the season.

Sullivan, who played as the Saints top-line center all season long and finished third on the team in scoring, made an immediate impact on first-year coach Mark Morris for his work ethic and determination both on and off the ice.

Joe Sullivan is a heart and soul type of player,” Morris said of the Las Vegas, Nevada, native. “His compete level and work habits are contagious and he gives his all every shift. He has earned the respect of his peers, the coaching staff and those closely connected to our Saints Hockey program. I am quite certain his example will serve our team well moving forward. He will be an excellent captain.”

Cory Ward Playoff Update

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Brampton, Ontario, Canada – Cory Ward of Las Vegas and the ECHL Manchester Monarchs open a Best of Seven tonight against the Brampton Beast at the Powerade Centre. Cory and the Monarchs eliminated the Adirondack Thunder in a very tough series earlier this week. Cory has 18 goals this season. The weather here is cool, overcast with thunderstorms expected when the game gets underway.

2017 Great Western Futures Super Camp at SoBe Ice Arena


Great Western Futures Super Camp llc is proud to announce we have secured  USHL head coaches, WHL head coaches, BCHL head coaches,  NAHL head coaches, minor pro coaches, and  NCAA division one coaches, each to coach a team in the Showcase. In addition to the coaches that coach in the camp we have about 30 to 40 other teams that have scouted this event in the past and have indicated that they plan on recruiting this event again. The teams included Junior A Tier 1,2,3,  Major junior,  college Division 1,3 and club as well as some professional teams. Do not be shy about calling some of the coaches that are listed here or on other showcase event sites. We feel that this camp has a staff that is outstanding. If you can only get to one exposure camp this summer this camp will be well worth your money and time. We understand that their are many exposure camps out there to choose from. When picking the camp or camps you will be attending make sure the coaches you want to be scouted by are actually going to be there. This camp has turned into a cant miss for exposure camps in the summer for the player looking for more exposure to USHL, WHL, BCHL, NAHL, coaches as well as many other junior and college coaches.


Mark Carlson, USHL Head coach/General Manager, Cedar Rapids Roughriders

Bliss Littler, BCHL, Head coach/GM, Wenatchee Wild

Jason Tatarnic, BCHL, Head coach/ GM, Chilliwack Chiefs

Mike Hastings, WCHA Division One,  Head coach, Minnesota State Mankato

Fred Harbinson, BCHL, President, GM, Head coach, Penticton Vees

Carey Eades, USHL Head coach/GM Fargo Force

Keith Sullivan, USHL GM, Omaha Lancers

Barry Wolff, BCHL, Head coach/GM, Coquitlam Express

Don Nachbaur, WHL, Head coach, Spokane Chiefs

Rob Pallin, Pro Europe, Head coach, HC Innsbruck

Scott Langer, NAHL, Head coach/GM Aberdeen Wings