Flashback Story 2014 Memorial Day Here in Las Vegas – Six Seasons Ago……

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Sunday, May 24, 2014

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FLASHBACK –
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2014 IN LAS VEGAS – SIX SEASONS AGO……..

Las Vegas (2014) – That was BCHL West Kelowna Warriors coach Rylan Ferster who called Las Vegas skater Vito Carlo on Saturday night. Vito got hit with a bad check – a rough one, actually – during a West Kelowna Las Vegas Prospects Camp scrimmage game earlier that day at the SoBe Ice Arena in Las Vegas. Kelowna scout Eddie Samuels was concerned as well. He sent a text to Vito asking if he was ok.

“Yes, coach Ferster called and asked me how I was,” said Vito, who was in the bleachers on Sunday. “I was really concerned what he was going to say but he asked me how I was and then said he was happy with the way I played in camp. It was a great call.”

“Rylan is a class act, as is the entire Kelowna organization,” Eddie said.

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Vito meanwhile plans to skate in the USHL Lincoln Stars main camp and for sure he will be at Roy Henderson’s Global Showcase at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Vito, 16, plans to play for a new club this season – AAA West Coast Renegades 16u which will skate out of Park City and Salt Lake City this autumn.

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Alec Mono of Las Vegas had a great skate all weekend at the Kelowna camp. Someone at the rinkboards asked his hockey mom Cindy why he was named Alec and not Alex.

“At the time Alec was born, the actor Alec Baldwin was a big deal,” she said, smiling.

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That was Hamilton Whyte of Las Vegas who scored the winning goal in the final game in camp. The two teams were tied so they went to a 4 on 4, then a 3 on 3 at the finish.

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Kelowna brought two of its returning starting players – Jason Cotton and Ryan Ivey – who spoke to all of the prospects.

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About six to seven skaters in Kelowna camp here are expected to get main camp invites. Those will be mailed out to the players in June.

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The goalies in camp included TJ Yochum and Gage Roberts of Las Vegas. Jimmy Schilletter and Stephen Smetany of Las Vegas played for Team Green. Schilletter last winter skated for the AAA Utah Jr Regulators.

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One of the referees this weekend was Justin Grossman. Years ago, back in 2001-02, he was a very tough, hard-working player for the AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u team which went to the U.S. Nationals.

After the last game was over Sunday, hockey coach Rob Pallin went to the Fiesta Festival Buffet. He talked hockey for almost two hours while working on an omelet, no toast, chased with a Diet Coke. A few folks stopped by his table to say hello. Hockey mom Mary Margaret Samuels passed around pictures of grandchildren.

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Trending on Vegas Hockey.net on Memorial Day – #1 BCHL West Kelowna Warriors Las Vegas Prospect Camp; #2 Ethan Montoya; #3 Rob Pallin – Ten Questions; #4 Eddie Samuels My Greatest Goal; #5 Vito Carlo; #6 Sean Darby; #7 NARCh Nationals

Today’s readers are from all parts of the USA and Canada

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MY GREATEST GOAL – JASON ZUCKER, ADAM NAGLICH ANTHONY GREENER, NICK ROBONE, GIA AND STEVEN AVALONE, JASON ALLEN, ‘MIRACLE’ HARRIS WHISSEL, MICHAEL YOCHUM

13-time Vegas Hockey Player of the Year Jason Zucker said his greatest goal was the very first NHL goal he scored for the Minnesota Wild in his 2012-13 rookie season. Jason got the puck, blasted down the right side of the ice, veered to the left and blasted a high rocket shot which smoked into the net against the Detroit Red Wings – a spectacular goal which tied the game 2-2 on Feb 17, 2013. Jason now plays on the top line with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Star Las Vegas players and their Greatest Goals…….

Jason Allen, Las Vegas – “We were playing for the AAA L.A. Jr Kings in a game against the Riverside Jets and we scored the winning goal with just a little bit of time left on the clock in what really was a very super-heated game. The game was at the Riverside Ice Town Center. We will never forget it.”

Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Jr Lady Ducks girls 19u. Gia said her greatest goal was her game-winning goal playing for Lady Ducks 16AAA against the San Jose Sharks Girls 19U AAA in the Fall-Classic tournament, Lakewood California 2018. It was the championship game of the tournament and the score was 1-1 with about a minute remaining in the 3rd period and she scored on a snapshot from the point.

Steven Avalone of Las Vegas said his greatest goal was his game-winning goal in the Can-Am Peewee Division Tournament. In the championship game, his team, (Nevada Jr. Storm) was down 2-0 in the 3rd against San Diego Oilers and they came back to win 3-2, Steven having the 3rd goal on a wrist shot from the point.

Anthony Greener, Head Coach, UNLV Rebels – “We were playing with the WSHL Las Vegas Rattlers – Randy Burridge was our coach – and I was just 16 years old. We scored an OT game winning goal against the San Diego Gulls in our opening weekend. It was awesome being my first goal in junior hockey and having all of our family there.”

Matt Johnson, youth hockey coach with Vegas Jr Golden Knights

“It was the Argus Tournament in Norwich. We were playing Utica and it was 1-1 late in the third period. I was pressuring the forecheck. The goalie went to play it – I then knocked the puck down out of the air and put it home. We went on to score another goal to put our stamp onto it – but having 3500 people erupt was pretty cool.”

Adam Naglich

“I would have to say my greatest goal would have to be when I was playing in college with NCAA Alaska Fairbanks.

“I scored against Ohio State in the playoffs. We went on to win the Best of 3 series and got to play in the CCHA Finals at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. It was my senior year and it was the first time that our team made it to the Joe in my time playing in Alaska.

“My linemates at the time were Braden Walls and Ryan Hohl.

“The actual goal wasn’t anything fancy or special. I received a pass right around the top of the left face off circle and put it low glove.

“But it really felt great winning that important series on home ice — something that meant a lot to me and I will never, ever forget it.”

Zach Pochiro, who played in Denmark last season, said his greatest goal was for the (WHL)Prince George Cougars in a playoff game vs the Vancouver Giants. Zach scored the decisive game-winner to force a Game Five.

Nick Robone, assistant coach, chief recruiter for UNLV Rebels – “My biggest goal was at the NCRHA National Championships for UNLV. We were pitted against defending champions Lindenwood and we were down 4-3 with three minutes to go. We went onto a powerplay and Alex Yug fed me a great pass in the slot for a quick one timer blocker side. Andrew Tamura would score a few minutes into overtime to send us to the national championship game. It was one of my favorite tournaments on and off the rink.”

Micah Sanford, The Star who Started it All in Las Vegas

“I scored my first goal in house league roller hockey at my Dad’s rink (Crystal Palace Roller Rink on North Rancho Drive.) 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.”

Harris Whissel – who is called the Miracle on Ice for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

“My greatest goal was in the championship game in December 2019. It was against the Charleston Colonials. I kept the puck in the zone by hitting two players and knocking the puck over to Heath Mensch who brought it behind the net and skated a little further out to the corner and passed it to Tony Mazza who then chipped the puck to me where we had snuck behind the defense in front of the net. I got the puck and brought it from my backhand to my forehand and chipped it in – and celebrated by swinging my arms upwards towards one of the hockey moms and then hitting the rink glass.”

Michael Yochum, Las Vegas – ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins – “It was my first game with Canisus College and my first game after two years off from multiple knee injuries. We were playing against Slippery Rock University at the Lemieux Center in Pittsburgh. I received a pass right in front of the net and I turned around and shot it 5-hole to tie the game. It wasn’t a pretty goal – but it was my first goal in two seasons so it was pretty special.”

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Years ago it was very common for top Las Vegas ice hockey and roller hockey teams to play in big Memorial Day Tournaments in SoCal. Here is an example of that in these stories which include Las Vegas players, coaches and teams in that era.

5.28.01
Two Unbeatens Collide In Memorial Day Gold Medal Game, As…
CODY FULWEILER NAMED MVP AS ARIZONA 
STUNS LANGLEY HORNETS IN DOUBLE OT!!!!

Anaheim, Calif. –– Joe Morin’s Arizona Roadrunners, which included some top AA Las Vegas Mustangs, won a stunner here on Monday. The Roadrunners beat a highly energized, hard-hitting Langley Hornets ice team, 3-2 in an overtime shootout in the 17-and-under gold medal game at the Disney Ice Arena.

Morin’s team was in the finals last Memorial Day, but lost to Todd Collins’ AAA Polar Bears of Peoria, Az.

This time, Morin had a top goalie in Cody Fulweiler who plays for Rob Pallin’s 17-and-under AA Mustangs ice team. Fulweiler allowed only three goals all weekend and was named the tournament MVP.

Arizona and Langley were both 4-0 going into the final game. Josh Jasek of Las Vegas and Shane Palmer of Flagstaff scored goals to help Arizona battle to a 2-2 tie in regulation.

The game was not decided until the second OT shootout, when Palmer scored again and Arizona got the win, 3-2.

The Las Vegas skaters on the Arizona roster included Josh Jasek, Travis Roseberry, Spike Neely, T.J. Craig and J.C. Caron.

I’ve seen a lot of hockey,” said Bob Roseberry, GM for the Las Vegas Mustangs, “and this was about as good as it gets. That was an exceptional Langley team which came out hitting hard.”

From the Blue Line, Lee

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2001 Memorial Day Weekend Roller Hockey…
SANFORD’S TITANS WIN 2 OF 3 IN ANAHEIM!!!

Anaheim, Calif. — Ryan Hobbs of Las Vegas usually winds up and cranks in blue-streak shots from long range. In house roller leagues, when he sets up, defensemen run for cover. That’s how brutally-fast the shots are.

However, Hobbs scored on two breakaways, used a nice backhand and netted three goals from close range as coach Larry Sanford’s Las Vegas Titans AAA 16-and-under roller bantam team closed out with an 8-0 win over the Anaheim Mission Bulldogs late Sunday night.

That gave Las Vegas a 2-1 record for the weekend.

Here’s what happened:

AAA KOHO Bantam Roller, 16-and-under

Las Vegas Titans 6, NorCal Extreme 1
Pro Joy Valley Stars 4, Las Vegas Titans 2
Las Vegas Titans 8, Anaheim Mission Bulldogs 0

Billy Tufano, Jason Allen and Evan Zucker scored two goals each in the three games. Eddie Del Grosso played, but complained of a thumb injury on the shooting hand. Goalie Cody Fulweiler, who was also playing ice here for the Arizona Roadrunners at the Disney Arena, started the second game.

That was the toughest one, as the Pro Joy Valley Stars got off to a 4-0 lead. The Stars play out of Northern California and are regarded as one of the top KOHO roller teams from that region.

Pro Joy won this regional, beating NorCal and
Anaheim by scores of 4-3 and 4-3.

NOTEBOOK — Michael Morton, who is tearing up house league action this summer, also scored a goal for the Titans…..Spike Neely pulled a ‘double,’ playing ice and roller this weekend…Joe Morin’s Arizona Roadrunners won two more games, 9-0 and 9-3, and are taking on the high-powered Langley Hornets of Canada on Monday at the Disney Ice Arena.

From the Blue Line, Lee

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RON WHITE’S WSHL LEAGUE GREEN-LIT FOR 2020 SEASON

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Two months ago eight junior hockey teams – including the hometown Las Vegas Thunderbirds – departed Ron White’s Western States Hockey League for the USPHL Premier’s newly branded Pacific Division. That is, for any league, a staggering development.

In a news release WSHL Commissioner Ron White said his league is still in a green-light active situation and added that “….new teams – some from the United States, some from Canada – will be coming into our league for this coming season. We are looking for a start date for games during the first weekend in October.”

The WSHL plans to run its usual holiday WSHL Showcase with all teams going to the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue December 18-21. There will be an awesome number of hockey scouts at this particular showcase.
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COACH ROB PALLIN’S GROUP WORKOUTS AT PALO VERDE HIGH SCHOOL IN LAS VEGAS

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Las Vegas – Hockey coach Rob Pallin, who has won many coaching awards here on Vegas Hockey, has a dryland workout group every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Palo Verde High School. The start time is 9 am. Any Las Vegas hockey player is invited. Coach Rob is the new head coach of ESV Kaufbeuren in Germany.

Las Vegas players currently in this workout group include…

Steven Avalone – SJHL Kindersley Klippers
Brennan Blasczak – SPHL Pensacola Ice Flyers
Anthony Bonaldi – Las Vegas Thunderbirds
Nick Bonaldi – Las Vegas Thunderbirds
Jerrett Overland – NCAA Air Force Academy

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Jimmy Samuels, who grew up playing roller hockey and ice hockey in Las Vegas, has graduated from Kansas University where he majored in Film and Media Studies. On July 15, he plans to move to Austin, Texas to explore opportunities in that area.

“Not only that, but Austin is one of the best places to live in the world,” said Jimmy, 22.

He played roller hockey at Larry Sanford’s ‘Little Home of Champions’ Crystal Palace Roller Rink on North Rancho Drive. Jimmy played ice hockey with his dear friend Vito Carlo at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue. Jimmy’s uncle is Eddie Samuels and his grandmother is hockey mom Mary Margaret Samuels. Jimmy was also a close friend of the late great Las Vegas hockey dad Tommy Ricketts.

In Kansas Jimmy played one season with Kansas ACHA D3 hockey team, then became the general manager of the team a year later when KU played in the ACHA D3 Nationals.

Jimmy in 2019 won the Golden Gnome Award for Best Film Production.

He accepted the award at the Runefest Festival in London

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Monday, May 18, 2020

LAS VEGAS PLAYERS AWAY FROM HOME 2020-21

Joey Allegrini, NCAA Nichols College
Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs
Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Jr Lady Ducks girls 19u
Steven Avalone, to be announced
Hunter Barto, USPHL Minnesota Moose
Brennan Blaszczak, to be announced
Rhett Bruckner, to be announced
Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce
Joey DiBenedetto, to be announced
Brett Harpling, NA3HL Helen BigHorns
Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Matthew Johnson, ACHA D2 Boise State
Jerett Overland, NCAA Air Force Academy
Zach Pochiro, to be announced
Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u
Gage Quinney, AHL Chicago Wolves
Tristan Nelson, USPHL Northern Cyclones Jr A
Joey Raats, to be announced
Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel
Derek Sutliffe, to be announced
Gabriel Testa, to be announced
Jacob Underhill, AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u
Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisius Golden Griffins
Harris Whissel, AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u
Cody Williams, to be announced
Ian Williams, AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u

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THE SAGA OF ALEX ‘BLACKJACK’ REDMOND OF LAS VEGAS
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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Las Vegas – In the 2001-07 era big, rugged defenseman Alex ‘Blackjack’ Redmond was one of the most popular hometown players in Las Vegas roller hockey and ice hockey.

He initally played roller hockey with the great Adam ‘Stick’ Naglich and Eddie Samuels with the Larry Sanford coached roller team at the ‘Little Home of Champions’ Crystal Palace roller rink on North Rancho Drive. This roller team won a qualifying tournament and then played in the 2001 U.S. Nationals in Florida.

Alex, listed at 6’2, 200, then made the roster of the 2002-03 AAA Las Vegas Outlaws 18u ice hockey team – coached by Rob Pallin – which had one of its biggest wins of all-time, 6-5 OT over the AAA Alaska All Stars in a Pacific District Regional game.

When Alex was signed by the Peninsula Panthers Jr B in Canada he was an immediate smash hit with the hometown fans.

He wore the name of ‘Blackjack’ on the back of his jersey. Alex and Las Vegas goalie Paul Lowden helped the Peninsula Panthers Jr B battle for the league gold against the powerful Campbell River Storm on Vancouver Island.

In 2005-06 Alex signed with the ACHA D2 San Jose State Spartans – a mega power in that era – and Alex in one of his best games had a goal and assist to help San Jose shock Denver University 6-5 which advanced San Jose State to the U.S. Nationals.

And where is Alex today?

He’s 35 and out of the game.

ALEX BLACKJACK REDMOND
LAS VEGAS

2001-02 – Las Vegas Mustangs Midget A …….17 goals, 21 assists
2002-03 – AAA Las Vegas Outlaws 18u………..6 goals, 13 assists
2003-04 – Peninsula Panthers Jr B………………4 goals, 11 assists
2004-05 – Peninsula Panthers Jr B …………….. 16 goals, 16 assists
2004-05 – BCHL Victoria Salsa Jr A…………………0 goals, 0 assists
2005-06 – ACHA D2 San Jose State……………….7 goals, 10 assists
2006-07 – ACHA D2 San Jose State……………..15 goals, 26 assists

Total………………………………………………………..65 goals, 97 assists

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BIG GAME GOAL SCORER IAN WILLIAMS OF AA VEGAS JR GOLDEN KNIGHTS 16U TO AAA WENATCHEE WOLVES 18U
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Friday, May 15, 2020

Las Vegas – Big game goal scorer Ian Williams of the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u has signed with the AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u for this coming season. He will report to his new team in August.

Head coach Wally Lacroix of the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u said “…Ian is a great young man with a great family. Todd (Owen, assistant coach) and I both agree Ian will succeed in his next hockey endeavors. Ian can be used as a skilled forward and as a defensive specialist. He excels at both. We both wish Ian all the best and we are very proud of him.”

The AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u are in the Tier 1 NAPHL League and are an affiliate of the Bliss Littler-coached BCHL Wenatchee Wild.

Ryan McKelvie is the head coach of the AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u.

Ian, 17, is listed at 6’1, 170, and has played his last two seasons here with coach Wally Lacroix and assistant Todd Owen on the AA 16u level. Previously as an AA 14u bantam he was on a Las Vegas team coached by Wally Lacroix. Ian played on an AA Las Vegas Storm 12u peewee team. Eric LaCroix was the head coach.

Ian has tremendous acceleration on the ice, is hockey smart, and has played at a high level particuarly in the closing moments of a big game. In Blaine, Minnesota last winter Ian scored a dramatic OT/Shootout goal to help AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u beat the Illinois-based AA West Dundee Leafs 16u 5-4.

Earlier his OT/Shootout blast of a goal helped the the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u beat the McKinney, Texas North Stars.

Ian scored four times in a win over AA Wyoming.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

This Vegas Hockey website was launched in 2013. There are hundreds of treasured posts here. Readers each and every day from all parts of the USA dig into our archives.

Here are the Top 25 most searched and most read stories.

Vegas Hockey
All-Time Most Searched Stories

#1 Jason Zucker (2019) Vegas Hockey Player of the Year for 12th Straight Time, Anthony Greener, Wally Lacroix Best Coaches.

#2 AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u Go All The Way – Battle to 2-1 win in Overtime to win U.S. National Championship

#3 Big W for Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin

#4 Flashback 2004 – The Last Skate at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena

#5 Eddie Samuels – My Greatest Goals

#6 Micah Sanford – The Star Goal Scorer Who Started it All in Las Vegas

#7 Shock City – UNLV Rebels Beat #1 Ranked Minot at City National Arena

#8 Harris Whissel is a Miracle, a Miracle on ice when he plays for AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

#8 For the Love of Hockey, a Look at Brendan Manning of UNLV Rebels by Bethany Drysdale, Kat Craner and Christina Oka

#9 RIP Sean Darby – 2001-02 AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u

#10 RIP Rosie Carlo – mother of Las Vegas star player Vito Carlo

#11 Shock City – Sin City Barons roller team wins NARCh Gold. Darion Conaway named MVP.

#12 The Ticker – The Ash Printzen Story

#13 Another Gold! Vegas Jr Golden Knights 12u win gold at Can Am Tournament

#14 Patrick Voors MVP, Michael Yochum Hobey Baker winner at Vegas Jr Golden Knights HS Team wins gold in Anaheim Ducks League

#15 Just in Time for Christmas, The Unstoppable Johnnie Gold at SoBe Ice Arena

#16 Joey Raats signs with Briancon Red Devils in France

#17 Pokey Reddick, Head Coach, Faith Lutheran High School ice hockey team

#18 Larry Sanford, Vegas Hockey Hall of Fame roller hockey coach

#19 Goalie Luke Fundator goes to USA High Performance camp

#20 RIP hockey dad Tommy Ricketts

#21 A Look at Coach Rob Pallin in his Early Years

#22 Jared Turcotte of UNLV to Play in World Winter Games in Russia

#23 The Wedding – Eddie and Victoria DelGrosso

#24 RIP roller star Johnny Oakes — teammate of Micah Sanford

#24 My Greatest Game – Jeff Hajner

#25 The Genius vaporizes hockey Dad Steve Allen at the Sobe Ice Arena in a summertime hockey adventure story

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The story – Flashback 2004, The Last Skate at the Santa Fe Stations is read here practically every day. The story includes the names of the hometown Las Vegas players who took their last skate collectively on the day this famous ice arena closed on North Rancho Drive.

This Vegas Hockey website was launched in 2013; Here are the year by year hits on this story. Keep in mind practically all of the stories here are searched for a week or so. It is rare when a story like this is still being sought and read by our USA readers.

Flashback 2004, The Last Skate at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena.

2014 16 times; 2015 57; 2016 133, 2017 222, 2018 236, 2019 164, 2020 130

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

TIME TO CELBRATE FOR COACH MATT EDLIN OF LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas – For Las Vegas coach Matt Edlin – who coaches in the world of the Vegas Jr Golden Knights youth hockey here in town – it is a time for celebration. He and his wife Alexis just had a beautiful baby boy – Carter.

Matt is one of the great ones here in town winning many Vegas Hockey awards as a youth hockey director and as a coach.

He grew up in Massachusetts and played hockey for his hometown team Needham High School. Matt was also a walk-on freshman player at UMass Amherst.

“My son Jason has played men’s league hockey with Matt. He’s a good player and such a nice person,” said hockey dad Steve Allen of Las Vegas.

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Bet You Didn’t Know…
Wally Lacroix, one of the best coaches in Las Vegas, was a referee in the ECHL for 14 seasons.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Breaking News Just Flashed In…

Brett Harpling, a top player with the Daryl Wademan-coached Vegas Jr Golden Knights Varsity High School team, has signed with the NA3HL Helena BigHorns junior hockey team in Montana. Brett, 19, and listed at 6’3, 170, is one of the top young players in Las Vegas.

Brett wants to thank all of his Las Vegas coaches including Jeff Bruckner, the Zucker brothers, Daryl Wademan and his personal skills coach Rocco Cammarata.

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HERE IS HOW COACH ROB PALLIN WORKS HIS MAGIC IN TEAM PRACTICES…..

Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin has won many awards here on Vegas Hockey. He has coached here in town on a variety of different levels and is now the new head coach of the ESV Kaufbeuren pro team in Germany.

Coach Rob, at a quiet lunch with a couple of reporters, outlined what is a good effective practice for pro level players.

So let’s go to the ice rink, head to the rinkboards and watch one of coach Rob’s practices….

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Warm up goalies with pace. Everything at a very high pace.

Then 2 on 2s or 3 on 3s games to set the tone of practice

1 on 1 drill

2 on 1 high speed

Skating drill

2 on 2 high speed

Skating drill

3 on 2 high speed

Skating drill

3 on 3 high speed, very competitive drill

Skating drill

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And when recruiting a player coach Rob looks for each of these categories

#1 Hockey IQ

#2 Great skater

#3 Very competitive player

#4 All out effort/attitude

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Check out this Las Vegas flashback game…

December 9, 2001 – 19 seasons ago

Westminster, Colorado – The first reaction was bleacher shock, then lots of hugging and high-fiving. Team captain and the heart of the AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u, center Josh Jasek, slammed in a super-clutch shot with 0:47 to play lifting the Rob Pallin-coached Las Vegas skaters to a staggering 3-2 win over powerful Shattuck St. Mary’s in a Silver Sticks Final 4 game on a Sunday morning.

“There was a celebration we’ve never seen before on our side of the bleachers,” said Las Vegas hockey dad and stat-keeper Dan Shiode.

“Lots of embracing, some of our parents wept. I’m not sure who was hugging who, but a lot of it was going on.

“And you should have seen our players on the ice.”

Next: Las Vegas takes on three-time defending national champion Arvada later today at 3:20 pm in the Silver Sticks gold medal game.

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From the Blue Line – Las Vegas’ Justin Johnson played for Shattuck St. Mary’s last season.

He was immediately roughed up by Shattuck enforcers.

With a Shattuck d-man in the penalty box Adam Naglich of Las Vegas scored with assists from Josh Jasek and Justin Johnson.

Naglich scored again with assists from Jasek and Eddie Samuels.

The winning goalie in this game was Paul Lowden who had not lost a game all season going into this tournament. He has a record of 9-0-1. Goalie Cody Fulwiler, 22-3-1, 1.20 gaa, gets the start tonight against mighty Arvada.

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#1 Most Searched Tuesday

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Heath Mensch, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

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Monday, May 11, 2020

STAR DEFENSEMAN TRISTAN NELSON OF AA VEGAS JR GOLDEN KNIGHTS 16U TO USPHL PREMIER NORTHERN CYCLONES

Breaking News Today

Star defenseman Tristan Nelson of the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u team has signed with the USPHL Northern Cyclones Jr A for this coming season.

Nelson last season organized fund raisers to help the homeless and the less fortunate in Las Vegas.

“We’ve been helping others since we joined the Boy Scouts,” said Tristan. “No one likes to live without shelter or with very little to eat. Helping others is what is all about – getting blankets, gloves, hats and food for those in need.

Tristan said he wants to thank “all of the Vegas Jr Golden Knights coaches who believed in me and who helped me become the player and person we are today.”


The USPHL Premier Northern Cyclones play home games at the Cyclones Arena in Hudson, New Hampshire

LAS VEGAS PLAYERS AWAY FROM HOME 2020-21 SEASON

Joey Allegrini, NCAA Nicholas College
Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs
Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Lady Ducks girls 19u
Steven Avalone, to be announced
Rhett Bruckner, to be announced
Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce
Brett Harpling, NA3HL Helena BigHorns
Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Matthew Johnson, ACHA D2 Boise State
Michael McNicholas, ECHL Maine Mariners
Jerett Overland, NCAA Air Force Academy
Zach Pochiro, to be announced
Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u
Gage Quinney, AHL Chicago Wolves
Tristan Nelson, USPHL Northern Cyclones Jr A
Joey Raats, to be announced
Noah Smejkal, NAHL Northeast Generals
Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel
Derek Sutliffe, to be announced
Jacob Underhill, AAA Wenatchee Wild 18u
Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins
Cory Ward, ECHL Tulsa Oilers
Harris Whissel, AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u
Cody Williams, to be announced

Ian Williams, AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u

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Most Searched Last 30 Days – In Order

#1 Eddie Del Grosso, Johnny Kemp, Rob Pallin Update story – posted July 5, 2019
#2 For the Love of Hockey a Look at UNLV’s Brendan Manning by Bethany Drysdale, Kat Craner and Christina Oka
#3 Flashback 2004 – The Last Skate at a Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena
#4 Bliss Littler, Mike Hastings, Rob Pallin at Great Westerns Futures Camp at Pepsi Arena (formerly SoBe Ice Arena) on North Rancho Drive – July 6 to 9.
#5 When Harris Whissel Gets onto the Ice, He is a Miracle – a Miracle on Ice for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u.

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#1 Most Searched Monday
Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs

#2 Most Searched Monday
Big game Las Vegas goal scorer Ryan Pavlinsky – repeated searches

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Monday readers are from all parts of the USA, Canada and France

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IT’S MOTHERS DAY IN LAS VEGAS

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Las Vegas – It’s Mother’s Day, time to celebrate.

UNLV Rebels hockey coach Nick Robone knows.

“Hockey Moms are the best. I know personally my mom and dad sacrificed a lot of time and money for my brother and me to enjoy the sport.

“Plus Moms are always there to pick you up after a tough loss!”

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UNLV Rebels head coach Anthony Greener said “My mom and parents are a huge part of my life. The time and devotion they gave no amount of money or love could pay them back. They are a huge part of our success in life.”

Many years ago our wife Mary Margaret was driving on Rancho Drive in Las Vegas and noticed a large banner saying ‘Learn to Skate – $10’ sign on the front of the Crystal Palace Roller Hockey Rink

A week later she took our son Eddie there. In a few weeks he and best friend Travis Hackney were on a roller hockey team coached by Larry Sanford and playing against top youth roller teams from LA and San Diego.

That was Natalie Zucker, mother of Jason Zucker, who used to take Jason to SoCal youth ice hockey tournaments week after week, season after season.

It was Patty Del Grosso, mother of Eddie Del Grosso, who shook the cowbells in the arena whenever Eddie and the Las Vegas Mustangs scored a goal. When Eddie played in junior hockey and scored his first goal Patty, at home, was so excited she began “…hopping around our living room and unexpectedly wound up hopping to our favorite spot – next to our coffee pot in our kitchen.”

Jennifer Lener, mother of top player William Jacob on Wally Lacroix’ powerful AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u, took the time after a big game to get a scoresheet to send over here to Vegas Hockey. And then tell us what was next on the team’s game schedule.

Hockey mom Aimee Printzen, whose daughter Ash is a premier skater and son Cody who played ice hockey and roller hockey for many seasons, keeps us totally updated about both of her son and daughter – and that is very appreciated.

The late great caring hockey mom Rosie Carlo of Las Vegas was a fixture at Las Vegas rinkboards for years whenever her great hockey son Vito Carlo was in a game. She is dearly dearly missed at the big rinks in town.

“My mom was my hero – driving me to be the very best I could be,” said Vito

And who’s a better hockey mom than Nancy Whissel of Las Vegas. After her son Harris and a friend tumbled down a mountain three years ago here in Las Vegas she kept her son Harris’ hockey hopes alive. After recovering – which took over a year – Harris last season played competitively for the Wally LaCroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u. Harris was a miracle, a Miracle on ice when he played the game which he will for the AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u this coming season

All of this hockey mom love collectively means so much to the sons and daughters who play the game.

And today – Sunday – is Mother’s Day..

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STAT OF THE DAY
LAS VEGAS THUNDERBIRDS JR A
Top Goals Scorers This Past Season
22 – Tomas Urbanc
20 – Joe Terrana
19 – Nikolas Sotiriou
18 – Anthony Rodriguez
15 – Mikhail Gerasin
13 – Joe Wheeler
12 – Austin Kerridge
11 – Owen Webster
8 – Yegor Khomyakov

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#1 Most Searched Story Sunday

For the Love of Hockey, a Look at UNLV’s Brendan Manning by Bethany Drysdale, Kat Craner and Christina Oka

#2 Most Searched Story

Flashback 2004 – The Last Skate at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena
//This story is read here everyday on Vegas Hockey

#3 Most Searched Story

JJ Williamson, William Jacob Score; Zackary Ortolano Strong in Net for AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

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Looking for the whereabouts of Las Vegas hockey dad Harry Long, father of the big Vegas goal scorer Kurt Long.

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Sunday readers are from all parts of the USA and Canada

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Great Western Futures Camp
Pepsi Arena (formerly SoBe Arena)
North Rancho Drive
July 6-9

Roy Henderson’s Las Vegas Global Camp
Las Vegas Ice Center
Flamingo Avenue
July 27-30

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Contact Vegas Hockey leesamuels07@aol.com

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THE INSIDE STORY – WHAT HAPPENS DURING GAME WEEK FOR UNLV REBELS

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Las Vegas – Ever wonder how the big teams – like the Anthony Greener-coached UNLV Rebels – prepare during game week for high action Friday, Saturday games on home ice at City National Arena.

Greener and Nick Robone are two of the best coaches in town. They have won, by a vote of our readers, many awards here on Vegas Hockey.

Here is how they prepare for a Friday/Saturday weekend on home ice at City National Arena.

Greener said “we have 16 forwards so we work five lines during the week – Red Line, White, Blue, Gray and Orange. These lines work together all week long. We use four goalies – two wearing red jerseys, two wearing grey jerseys.

“On Wednesday of game week it is all flow and tempo at practice with a lot of scoring chances.

“We post the lineup on Thursday.

And, the Thursday practice is all about systems – powerplay setup, penalty kills, breakouts, zone coverage, things like that.

“On game night Nick from our bench watches the visiting team warm up. On a small piece of paper he writes down the jersey numbers of the players on each of their lines as they we get ready for the opening faceoff.

“That way we will know how to match with their forward lines. Or, maybe we already have a plan in place for our defensemen to work against certain lines.

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Greener added “on the day of the game we will have a morning pre-game skate, right around 8 am or so.

“We then get back to the arena around 4:30 pm for a 7 pm faceoff.

“At 6 pm our players go onto the ice for warmups.

“At 6:15 pm we will look at some film – usually a short look at the other teams’s powerplay and penalty kill setup.

At 6:45 pm we go over the game plan one more time – short and sweet.

“At 7 pm it’s puck drop.”

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A Look at Las Vegas goal scorer Conrad Trimbath
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Team leader, got the puck deep in attack areas, set up his lines, unselfish with puck, great close-range sniper.

In 2003-04 Conrad worked on a line with Anthony Greener and Kurt Long on an AA Las Vegas Rebels 18u team which got to a team record 13-0-2 start and did not lose a game until late October.

At the 2004 Pacific Districts, Conrad scored a key goal and dealt an assist as Las Vegas worked extremely hard and captured one of their greatest victories 4-3 over the rugged Paramount Panthers which had beaten Las Vegas earlier.

CONRAD TRIMBATH
Las Vegas

2003-04 – AA Las Vegas Rebels 18u………………15 goals, 31 assists
2004-05 – AA Las Vegas Outlaws 18u……………29 goals, 35 assists
2005-06 – Northern Mass. Jr Cyclones Jr A………7 goals, 13 assists
2006-07 – Northern Mass. Jr Cyclones Jr A………7 goals, 17 assists

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Most Searched Stories on Friday/Saturday

#1 Big W for Coach Rob Pallin of Las Vegas

#2 For the Love of Hockey, A Look at UNLV’s Tommy Harrison by star reporter Bethany Drysdale

#3 JJ Williamson, William Jacob Score, Zackary Ortolano Strong in Net for AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

#4 “My Greatest Game” by goal scorer Jeff Hajner of Las Vegas

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Fairbanks Arctic Cam – Saturday

49 degrees – partly cloudy

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Friday, May 8, 2020

LAS VEGAS PLAYERS AWAY FROM HOME – 2020-21

Joey Allegrini, NCAA Nichols College
Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs
Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Lady Ducks girls 19u
Steven Avalone, to be announced
Rhett Bruckner, to be announced
Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce
Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u

Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Michael McNicholas, ECHL Maine Mariners
Jerrett Overland, NCAA Air Force Academy
Zach Pochiro, to be announced
Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u
Gage Quinney, AHL Chicago Wolves
Joey Raats, to be announced
Noah Smejkal, NAHL Northeast Generals
Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel
Derek Sutliffe, to be announced
Jacob Underhill, AAA Wenatchee Wild 18u
Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins
Cory Ward, ECHL Tulsa Oilers
Harris Whissel, AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u
Cody Williams, to be announced


#1 Most Searched Friday
Las Vegas goal scorer Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u

#2 Most Searched Friday
Joey Hallet, goalie, Faith Lutheran HS Las Vegas

#3 Most Searched Story Friday
For The Love of Hockey, a Look at Freshman Angelos Tsalafos by star reporter Bethany Drysdale of Vegas Hockey

#4 Most Searched Story Friday
For the Love of Hockey, a Deeper Look at Las Vegas Referee Ryan Townsend by star reporter Bethany Drysdale of Vegas Hockey
//Bethany’s in depth hockey stories are read here every day on Vegas Hockey

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A LOOK AT LAS VEGAS GOALS SCORER TRAVIS ROSEBERRY
In 2000-01 Travis was on the Triple Threat Line with Spike Neely, JC Caron for the Rob Pallin-coached AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u who had an awesome season at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive. This was the first Las Vegas team on this level to have a winning record. Travis’ hockey dad Bob Roseberry was a team manager for many of the teams Travis played on.

Travis Roseberry
1998-99 – AA Team Las Vegas bantams……………35 goals, 21 assists
1999-20 – AAA Vail, Colorado Avalanche bantams….36 goals, 25 assists
2000-01 – AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u……………39 goals, 45 assists
2001-02 – AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u……………23 goals, 30 assists
2002-03 – AAA Las Vegas Outlaws 18u…………….7 goals, 6 assists
Total……………………………………………………………140 goals, 128 assists

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Fairbanks Arctic Cam – 52 degrees, cloudy

Today’s readers are from all parts of the USA, Canada, Austria, France, Germany, Slovakia, Ukraine

How to contact Vegas Hockey – leesamuels07@aol.com

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

SECONDS TO PLAY, TIE SCORE, A GOAL SCORER BREAKS OUT – HOW DO YOU DEFEND

Las Vegas – Jimmy Samuels of Las Vegas a few years ago asked his uncle Eddie Samuels about this late-game situation: seconds to play, a goal scorer breaks out of pack right towards to you, how do you defend. This conversation took place when both were skating on the ice over at the SoBe Ice Arena.

Eddie told Jimmy “….When a goal scorer is coming down at you for a one on one, you look towards his chest area and nothing else. Looking at that spot – the chest – and it will indicate what route he will be taking trying to score.”

We asked Matt Johnson, a premier Las Vegas coach, the same question.

Matt said “…in that breakaway situation you defend this way….stick on puck, eyes up on the chest.”

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#1 Most Searched Thursday
Las Vegas goal scorer Chris Francis. For years his father Dave worked at the SoBe Ice Arena Pro Shop on North Rancho Drive. Dave always had a pot of coffee pot working there in the pro shop. And candy canes for the young skaters. When he sharpened skates, he would return them to the skater and say “…that’s good for two big goals tonight.” Dave is dearly missed. His hockey son Chris has been a massive goal scorer at every level of the game.

#2 Most Searched
Hockey coach Adam Stio. Adam has coached high level both in ice hockey and in roller hockey.

#3 Most Searched
Heath Mensch, big goal scorer for the AA Las Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – repeated searches for Heath. Scouts say he’s the real deal.

#4 Most Searched
Premier skater and goal scorer Ash Printzen of Las Vegas. She will play again this season with AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u.

#5 Most Searched Story
“For the Love of Hockey, A Look at the Greatness of Las Vegas Goal Scorer Derek Sutliffe” by Vegas Hockey star reporter Bethany Drysdale.

#6 Most Searched
Vito Carlo, a premier Las Vegas player at different levels of the game. He will playing at NCAA Franklin Pierce this season.

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Thursday readers are from all parts of the USA, Canada, plus Austria, Germany

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

OH THOSE COWBELLS AND THE GREATEST OF LV HOCKEY MOM PATTY DEL GROSSO

Back in the 1999-2002 era Las Vegas hockey mom Patty DelGrosso shook cowbells when her son Eddie’s team – the Rob Pallin-coached AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u – scored. No matter who the Mustangs played, when they scored the cowbells rang loud and clear. She even took them to Vancouver Island when Las Vegas played in the annual Christmas Tournament there.

And where are those cowbells now?

“Safe and sound,” Patty said. “The hockey bells are in the garage guarding my hot water tank.”

At the same time this conversation was going her famous hockey son Eddie Del Grosso walked into the living room not wearing a beard – which he has worn for over 10 seasons. He was totally cleaned shaven. Even his little girl Scarlet was taken aback.

“Do you like it like this,” he asked and Scarlet nodded her head yes. Then she shook her little head and ran into the arms of her grandmother Patty.

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DelGrosso, 34, is the greatest goal scoring d-man of all time in Las Vegas. He always played at a high level – after starring for the AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u, he played for the USHL Indiana Ice, them four seasons with NCAA Nebraska-Omaha, then turned pro initially with the AHL Springfield Falcons, then with the ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers. Eddie finished playing pro hockey in Europe. He scored over 100 goals overall on different levels of the game. He retired in 2014.

“In Las Vegas Eddie DelGrosso was – and will always be – the best defenseman we ever had,” said Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin.

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And who else shook cowbells when their team scored?

When the ECHL Alaska Aces scored against the Las Vegas Wranglers at The Orleans Arena here in town the visiting Alaska Aces fans stood and shook their cowbells for what seemed to be forever.

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#1 Most Searched Wednesday
Brendan Manning, UNLV Rebels – second day #1 most searched

#2 Most Searched Story Wednesday
When Harris Whissel of the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights gets onto the ice he’s a miracle – a miracle on ice

#3 Most Searched
Las Vegas goalie Rhett Bruckner

#4 Most Searched Wednesday
Austin Moline, Las Vegas – AAA LA Jr Kings 14u

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Fairbanks Arctic Cam

49 degrees – clear, sunny

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Would you like to write hometown hockey stories? Just contact me leesamuels07@aol.com

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

THE NIGHT AUTHOR JAY ATKINSON DISCOVERED HIS PASSION FOR ICE HOCKEY

“One night a certain kid failed to show up, and they asked me to play goalie. At the end of the frozen swamp closest to the streetlight, there was a ‘net’ that someone had knocked together from two by fours and rusty chicken wire. I was handed a pair of battered sofa cushions for leg pads and an old catcher’s mask and a first baseman’s mitt and was directed into the crease.

“The game began and one of the players streaked towards me. He rifled a shot on goal and I came sliding out knocking it away. My teammates cheered as the loose puck was gathered up and they all went zooming the other way.

“I cleared ice shavings from in front of the net, like an old pro.

“In that instant, I discovered my passion for the sport.”

— Jay Atkinson, author of Ice Time – a Tale of Fathers, Sons and Hometown Heroes. Three Rivers Press 2001.

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Great Western Futures Super Camp
July 8-11
Pepsi Arena (formerly the SoBe Ice Arena)
North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas
//Coaches include Bliss Littler, Mike Hastings, Mark Carlson and Rob Pallin

Roy Henderson’s Vegas Global Showcase
July 27-30
Las Vegas Ice Center
Flamingo Ave., Las Vegas

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#1 Most Searched Tuesday
For the Love of Hockey, a Look at UNLV’s Brendan Manning by Bethany Drysdale, Kat Craner and Christina Oka

#2 Most Searched Tuesday
Las Vegas goal scorer Ash Printzen

#3 Most Searched Tuesday
Head Coach Wally Lacroix, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

#4 Most Searched Tuesday
Jared Turcotte, UNLV Rebels

Today’s readers are from all parts of the USA and Canada and Mexico

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Monday, May 4, 2020

LAS VEGAS THUNDERBIRDS MOVE TO USPHL PREMIER HOCKEY LEAGUE

In a stunner USA Jr Hockey Magazine announced that a number of Pacific area teams – including the Las Vegas Thunderbirds – have departed the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) and will play in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) this coming season. USPHL Premier League is calling this their 2020 Western Expansion

A staggering number of WSHL teams moved with the T-Birds include rivals San Diego Sabers, Fresno Monsters, Anaheim Avalanche, Northern Colorado Eagles, Ogden Mustangs, Pueblo Bulls, Southern Oregon Spartans and Utah Outliers. They will play in a new USPHL Premier Pacific Division.

Each of these teams including the T-Birds who will make an East Coast trip to take on top eastern USPHL Premier teams.

The WSHL meanwhile announced this week they will do their 20th annual WSHL Showcase – which includes every team in their league, on December 18-21 at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue. These teams will include the Valencia Flyers, a WSHL Pacific Division team.

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#1 Most Searched Monday
Joey Raats of Las Vegas – a number of weekend searches

#2 Most Searched
Anthony Rodriguez, USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds

#3 Most Searched
Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffens

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

BACK IN 2002 THE ROB PALLIN-COACHED AA LAS VEGAS MUSTANGS TOOK DOWN THE AAA LA JR KINGS 18U

Somehow, someway – don’t ask me how – but Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin of the 2001-02 AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u convinced the mighty nationally-ranked AAA L.A. Jr Kings 18u to come into the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena in Las Vegas on January 19, 2002. And on that day Pallin’s Mustangs put it all together and won their biggest game of all-time.

Here is our game story…..18 seasons ago right here in Las Vegas.

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January 19, 2002

Las Vegas – Shot after shot. Low-liner blue-streak tracers, high fliers, tricky bouncers, rockets fired in from the blue line.

The mighty AAA L.A. Jr Kings 18u lit the fuse and had the cannons smoking in the third period at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena before a sold out crowd on Saturday night.

Las Vegas goalie Paul Lowden stopped them all, unleashing a super-human effort in the net in which was the biggest all-time win in Mustangs hockey history.

Final Score – AA Las Vegas Mustangs 2, nationally ranked AAA L.A. Jr Kings 18u 1

“Sometimes you need your goalie to steal one for you,” Pallin said. “That was exactly what Paul Lowden did for us in the third period.”

In the 3rd period the Kings had more shots 18-3.

Pallin’s heart was pounding as he stood tall on the Mustangs bench.

“I thought the game would never end. I kept looking up at the scoreboard,” he said.

It was one of the most riveting hockey experiences ever in the big rink, with hometown heroes all over the ice.

They included Las Vegas defenseman Justin Johnson who was the quarterback of what the Mustangs skaters call the offensive trap zone.

Johnson, standing near goalie Lowden at the Mustangs net, held the puck, waiting for Kings skaters to roar in and then Johnson ripped long fiery passes to Mustangs breaking wingers who went off to the Kings net.

That strategy worked perfectly as the Mustangs put on a lot of heat on Kings star goalie Troy Redmann.

Adam Naglich scored both goals, getting passes from Justin Johnson and Spike Neely.

Eddie Del Grosso and Johnson were brilliant protecting the Mustangs net. It was a hard-hitting game as both were powdered by the Kings toughman #13 Archie Dessert. The Mustangs d-men Josh Shiode, Steve Novotny and Chris Anderson took turns shutting down Kings star forwards who included Shane Mohr, Chris Finley and Nico Rodriguez.

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Before the game Kelly Crossley sang the National Anthem and players from both teams tapped their sticks when she came to….”and the home of the brave.”…The hockey sister, Jessica Jasek, brought her CDs and played rock music during the entire game.

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#1 Most Searched Sunday

Flashback 2004 – The Last Skate at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena

#2 Most Searched

Harris Whissel of Las Vegas to AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u

#3 Most Searched

Las Vegas goalie Anthony Bonaldi – repeated searches

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Fairbanks Arctic Cam on Sunday

42 degrees – sunny, clear today

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‘OUR GOAL IS TO HAVE NARCH WEST COAST ROLLER FINALS ON JULY 10-19’

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Irvine, California – As of this very moment the biggest roller hockey event of the summer – the NARCh West Coast Finals here at The Rinks – is a go on July 10 to 19.

However Daryn Goodwyn, president of NARCh, is playing the waiting game.

NARCh East Coast Finals were cancelled and all NARCh roller events in May are off to the coronavirius epidemic. NARCh’s biggest event – the West Coast Finals where many Las Vegas teams and skaters go to each summer – is on the green light active schedule.

“Obviously adjustments must be made – how players react during a game, how fans will watch the West Coast Finals. But at this very moment we are a ‘go,'” said Daryn.

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The historic Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Ave is closed until May 15.

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Most Searched on Saturday

#1 “A Look at Dave Hrysky, GM/Head Coach WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds’ story.

#2 Heath Mensch 4 Goals, Anthony Mazza, William Jacob also score for AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u in 6-0 win in Minnesota story

#3 Kenny Brooks

#4 Austin Moline, Las Vegas, AAA LA Jr Kings 14u – repeated searches

#5 Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin

#6 Star skater ‘The Genius’ vaporizes Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen at the Pepsi Ice Arena rinkboards on North Rancho Drive in a 2019 Vegas Hockey summertime adventure story – Steve, in real life, says he’s ok but his favorite rinkboard coffee mug is missing.

Flashback Game – 13 Seasons Ago – 2007

Eddie Samuels of Las Vegas scored twice including a dramatic goal in an OT/Shootout to lead the Rob Proffit-coached NAHL Fairbanks Ice Dogs Jr A to a big 4-3 win over the Wichita Falls Wildcats at the Big Dipper Arena in Fairbanks on a Sunday night. The game was tied 3-3 when Samuels, getting a drop pass from Craig Johnson, scored the go-ahead goal. When Wichita Falls scored to tie the game, Samuels was the only Fairbanks shooter to get a goal on Wichita goalie Tom Billick in an OT/Shootout.

After the game Eddie told the Fairbanks Daily Miner “…for the shootout goal I just went in, faked a shot and went to my backhand – I just tucked it in.”

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‘MIRACLE ON ICE’ HARRIS WHISSEL TO AAA CONNECTICUT CHIEFS 18U

Friday, May 1, 2020

Las Vegas – ‘Miracle on Ice’ Harris Whissel of the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u has signed with the AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u for the 2020-21 season.

Harris, after falling during a mountain climb two seasons ago, amazingly recovered and was a force offensively this past season for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u.

So how did Harris discover AAA Connecticut Chiefs?

“We researched teams with winning records and player advancement,” Harris said. “And, we chose the Chiefs because of their record, player advancement, finished wooden locker room and they have an equipment manager.

“Everyone welcomed me on the team through groupme and we thought that was pretty cool.

“Seems like we had a good connection with the coach as we are both survivors of trauma – the coach had a serious car accident a couple of weeks before he got married

“It feels surreal to be part of an AAA Tier 1 program with a big weight on my shoulders to be on a team.

“One of the worst things to happen in my life was when our U.S. Nationals were cancelled this season. But it was good when tryouts were cancelled for so many teams because it gave me an opportunity to play on a team back East since they were recruiting virtually this year.”

Vegas Hockey Coach of the Year Wally Lacroix, head coach of the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u, said “…Harris is a good role player on any team. He understands his role and responsiblities on the ice. He’s a great teammate who always gives well above 100%. Coach Todd (Owen)and myself wish him all the best.

“We know Harris will have success anywhere he goes.”

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Las Vegas Players Away From Home 2020-21 Season

Joey Allegrini, NCAA Nichols College
Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs
Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Lady Ducks 19u
Steven Avalone, To Be Announced
Rhett Bruckner, To Be Announced
Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce
Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Michael McNicholas, ECHL Maine Mariners
Jerrett Overland, NCAA Air Force Academy
Zach Pochiro, To Be Announced
Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u
Gage Quinney, AHL Chicago Wolves
Joey Raats, To be announced
Noah Smejkal, NAHL Northeast Generals
Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel
Derek Sutliffe, To Be Announced
Jacob Underwood, AAA Wenatchee Wild 18u
Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins
Cory Ward, ECHL Tulsa Oilers
Harris Whissel, AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u

Cody Williams, To Be Announced

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#1 Most Searched Friday
Steven Avalone, Las Vegas, Kindersley Klippers in Saskatchewan League
#2 Most Searched
Heath Mensch, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – 6th time in two weeks
#3 Most Searched
Wally Lacroix, Todd Owen – coaches of AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

#4 Most Searched
Las Vegas goal scorer Austin Moline, AAA LA Jr Kings 14u – repeated searches for Austin
#5 Most Searched
Star reporter Bethany Drysdale’s well-researched and written profiles about a number of UNLV’s star players this past season.

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Flashback 15 Seasons Ago on Vegas Hockey – 2005
Jeff Hajner became the first Las Vegas skater to score in a NCAA Tournament game
when he scored the first goal of the game for Air Force Academy against #1 seed Minnesota before 11,161 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Hajner and Air Force took a 3-1 lead, then Minnesota lit a massive late-game rally scoring three times to win 4-3.
“We gave it our all – our skill, our heart every single second tonight,” said Air Force Academy head coach Frank Serratore.

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Fairbanks Arctic Cam Today
38 degrees, clear skies

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Contact Vegas Hockey 24/7 leesamuels07@aol.com

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

2019 VEGAS HOCKEY AWARDS
As we proceed to a new season let’s look back who were the best of the best in Las Vegas. You, the readers here, voted for these award winners.

BEST COACHES
Anthony Greener, UNLV
Dave Hrysky, WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds
Matt Johnson, Vegas Jr Golden Knights
Wally Lacroix, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u
Todd Owen, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u
Rob Pallin, HC TWK Innsbruck
Pokey Reddick, Faith Lutheran H.S.
Frank Salcido, Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u
Adam Tamura – Las Vegas Rebels roller hockey team – NARCh West Coast Champions
Daryl Wademan, Vegas Jr Golden Knights H.S. Team

BEST GM
Zee Khan, UNLV Rebels – winner multiple times

BEST PLAYER
Jason Zucker, NHL Pittsburgh Penguins – winner 13 straight years

BEST AHL PLAYER
Gage Quinney, AHL Chicago Wolves

BEST DEFENSEMAN
Eric Williams, UNLV Rebels – winner multiple times

ALL HEART
Tristan Mayer, UNLV Rebels
Tristan Nelson, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

BEST ACHA D1
Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins

BEST HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER
Brett Harpling, Vegas Jr Golden Knights

BEST GOALIES
Rhett Bruckner, WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds
Morgan Marinello, Las Vegas Rebels roller hockey
Colton Miller, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u
Zackary Ortolano, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

BEST HARD BLAST GOAL OF THE YEAR
John Purdy, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

MOST INSPIRATIONAL
‘Miracle on Ice’ Harris Whissel, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

BEST GIRLS PLAYERS
Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Lady Ducks 16u
Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u
Zoe Zamora, Vegas Jr Golden Knights H.S. Team

BEST TEAM MOM
Jen Lener, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

BEST PR AND SOCIAL
UNLV Rebels – winner multiple times

BEST REFEREE
Ryan Townsend

BEST WEBSITE
Las Vegas Ice Center – winner multiple times – easy to navigate; updated daily

BEST RINK COFFEE
City National Arena – first time winner

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BREAKING NEWS – ROB PALLIN OF LAS VEGAS NEW HEAD COACH OF ESV KAUFBEUREN IN GERMANY

Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin is the new head coach of ESV Kaufbeuren in Germany for this coming season. “I’m excited, it’s a new challenge, we have great players there and we cannot wait until the season begins.”

Coach Rob spent the last four seasons with HC TWK Innsbruck and said “we are proud of what we accomplished there. We had many great wins before sold out crowds.”

In Las Vegas coach Rob was the first to ever have a winning team on the AA 18u level. He put together the 1999-2000 Triple Threat Line of Travis Roseberry, JC Caron and Spike Neely with the AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u which was an awesome force in an era when the AAA LA Jr Kings, AA San Jose Jr Sharks and the AA Washington Totems ruled the West.

And how did Pallin do all of that?

Las Vegas goal scorer Spike Neely said “coach Rob made us believe we were better players than who we really were. If we had a tough loss he never raised his voice at us in the locker room. He never really messed with any of the referees even in the closing moments of a really heated game. And, he put the right lines on the ice at the right time.”

The following year Pallin put together the Red Line of Josh Jasek, Adam Naglich and Eddie Samuels on an AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u team which was the first to win a Pacific District title and play in the U.S. Nationals.

Coach Rob’s new team plays home games at the 3100-seat Erdgas Schwaben Arena which is located in southern Germany.

ESV Kaufbeuren has top returning goal scorers including Joey Lewis (19 goals last season), Branden Gracel (from Calgary, 17 goals) and Max Lukes (14 goals) from Germany. Goalies are Jan Dalgic and Stefan Vajs.

ESV Kaufbeuren’s #1 most biggest ultra-heated rival are the Ravensburg Towerstars

Coach Rob, his wife Dora and two young daughters are presently in Las Vegas. They will soon make their way to Germany.

From the Blue Line — Gregg Drinnan in Canada reports the WHL Victoria Royals have let go president/GM Cam Hope. He was with the program 8 seasons…Drinnan also noted that SoCal hockey star Rocco Grimaldi told SportsNet’s famous hockey writer Elliott Friedman…”Hockey in SoCal is where it is because of coach Jack Bowkus.”

Flashback Story – 15 Seasons Ago – April, 2005

Bryce Reddick of Las Vegas and the BCHL Cowichan Valley Capitals Jr A won a huge road game 2-1 over the hometown Nanaimo Clippers to tie the best of seven playoff series 1-1 at the sold out Frank Crane Arena on Thursday night. The next two playoff games will be at Cowichan.

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Thursday – Most Searched

#1 Heath Mensch, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – 5th time last two weeks

#2 Zach Pochiro, Las Vegas goal scorer

#3 Luke Fundator, Las Vegas goalie – w/NA3HL Sheridan Hawks, Wyoming, last season

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

MICHAEL MCNICHOLAS GETS ‘BEST GOAL OF THE YEAR’ FOR ECHL MAINE MARINERS;
BONALDI BROTHERS – ANTHONY & NICK – DRAFTED BY NA3HL SHERIDAN HAWKS

Hometown fans voted that Michael McNicholas of Las Vegas scored the ‘Best Goal of the Year’ for the ECHL Maine Mariners the team announced today. On February 1 and wearing a special jersey designed by ‘Wish Kid’ Ellie Labree, McNicholas took a pass from linemate Sean Day and drilled the puck just under the crossbar for an OT game-winner against Adirondack.

McNicholas in his two seasons with the ECHL Maine Mariners has 24 goals, 67 assists for 91 points. He is the all-time leader for the Maine Mariners in points, assists and games played.

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The NA3HL Sheridan Hawks in Wyoming drafted the Las Vegas Bonaldi Brothers – Anthony and Nick.

Anthony, 19, last season was goalie for the AAA Phoenix Jr Coyotes 18u. In 11 games Anthony had a 3.13 gaa and a 88.9% save percentage.

Nick, 16, played with the WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds. He is listed at 6’0, 170. He played in 21 games for the T-Birds.

The Sheradin Hawks also have premier Las Vegas goalie Luke Fundator on their roster.

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#1 Most Searched Today

Heath Mensch, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

#2 Most Searched

John Purdy, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

#3 Most Searched

William Jacob, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

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Flashback Story – 14 seasons ago – Nov 2, 2006

On a very cold icy night Stephen Leypoldt of Las Vegas scored a very dramatic goal in the third period as the Butte Roughriders Jr B put together a late-game three goal rally to shock Helena BigHorns Jr B 3-2 before a jammed sold out crowd of 519 at the Helena Ice Arena. It was the second straight road win for Butte which stunned big rival Bozeman the previous night.

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Fairbanks Arctic Cam – Tuesday

33 degree, cloudy – warming trend this week

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Monday, April 27, 2020

JASON ZUCKERS SAYS “IT IS SPECIAL AND EDUCATIONAL” TO PLAY ON SIDNEY CROSBY’S LINE FOR PENGUINS

Jason Zucker of Las Vegas took questions from NHL Pittsburgh Penguins fans on his twitter feed and was asked “…what’s it like to be on the same line as Sidney Crosby.”……

Jason tweeted “it is special and educational. I feel lucky to be playing on his line. You learn new things everyday. You don’t realize how great he is until you play together with him everyday.”

Jason has played seven seasons in the NHL – six and a half of those with the Minnesota Wild. Jason was moved to the Penguins this past season.

Jason grew up playing youth hockey at the Las Vegas Ice Center. His last team here was the AAA Nevada Storm 16u. Wally Lacroix was head coach.

In the NHL Jason has 138 career goals, 117 assists, 255 points

Hometown fans here have voted Jason a record 13-time Vegas Hockey Player of the Year.

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Flashback Hockey Note – 2007 – 13 Seasons Ago

Las Vegas goal scorer Ryan Townsend, who skated with the AAA Dallas Ice Jets minors last season, has been invited to the AAA Dallas Stars midget major camp on June 16-19, 2007. Ryan just returned from the Selects ’89 tryouts.

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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – Let’s get ready for the big camps and the bigtime hockey coaches who are coming here to town.

The Great Western Futures Camp is set for July 6-9 at the Pepsi Arena (formerly the SoBe Ice Arena) on North Rancho Drive.

Star coaches coming include Bliss Littler of BCHL Wenatchee Wild, Mark Carlson, USHL Cedar Rapids Roughriders, Mike Hastings, NCAA Minnesota State Mankato, Scott Langer, head coach/GM of the NAHL Aberdeen Wings and Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin.

Pallin said “…I’ve watched this Futures Camp grow and turn into one the best camps over the last 15 years. It has helped many young players attract the eyes of many junior hockey and college coaches.”

Roy Henderson’s legendary Las Vegas Global camp has a new date – July 27-30 – at the historic Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue. Roy has over 50 coaches coming to look at players who will be coming in from all Western States.

Last year Roy said “we have a spot for practically every player who attends this camp.”

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#1 Most Searched Sunday
Team Zucker Update (written in 2015) – 2nd straight day Most Searched

#2 Most Searched Story
When Harris Whissel Gets into the game he’s a Miracle on Ice for AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – #1 most read story of all-time on Vegas Hockey

#3 Most Searched
Las Vegas Hockey coach Rob Pallin

#4 Most Searched
Las Vegas coach Adam Stio – 4th time last two weeks

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Sunday readers are from all parts of the USA, Canada plus South Korea, and Luxembourg (first time) which is bordered by Germany, France and Belgium

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Fairbanks Arctic Cam

25 degrees, sunny, clear

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

LAS VEGAS PLAYERS AWAY FROM HOME 2020-21 SEASON

Joey Allegrini, NCAA Nichols College
Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs
Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Lady Ducks 19u
Steven Avalone, To Be Announced
Rhett Bruckner, To Be Announced
Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce
Brendan Harris, NCAA Bemidji State
Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Michael McNicholas, ECHL Maine Mariners
Jerrett Overland, NCAA Air Force Academy
Zach Pochiro, To Be Announced
Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u
Noah Smejkal, NAHL Northeast Generals
Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel
Derek Sutliffe, To Be Announced
Gage Quinney, AHL Chicago Wolves
Jacob Underwood, AAA Wenatchee Wild 18u
Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins
Cory Ward, ECHL Tulsa Oilers
Cody Williams, To Be Announced

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Gregg Drinnan in Canada noted that the Everett Herald in Washington laid off the great hockey writer Josh Horton. “This is a tough time for newspapers,” Gregg said. “Josh was the primary writer covering the WHL Everett Silvertips. It was a beat he covered with discipline, enthusiasm and thoroughness.”

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To SoBe Rink Rat – Jason Zucker and his family are in Pittsburgh

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#1 Most Searched Story – Team Zucker Update – a story posted here in 2015

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Friday, April 24, 2020

NICK ROBONE RELEASES HIS VEGAS TOP 10 ROLLER HOCKEY PLAYERS OF ALL TIME

Las Vegas – Nick Robone, one of the greatest Las Vegas roller hockey players – and an elite roller coach – here in town released his Top 10 Best Roller Hockey Players of all time. The roller legend Micah Sanford is in the #1 spot.

Nick is presently the top assistant coach – and a recruiter – with head coach Anthony Greener with the UNLV Rebels ice hockey team.

NICK ROBONE’S LIST
LAS VEGAS GREATEST ROLLER HOCKEY PLAYERS

#1 Micah Sanford
#2 Chris Francis
#3 Billy Tufano
#4 Jason Zucker
#5 Adam ‘Stick’ Naglich
#6 Adam Tamura
#7 Evan Zucker
#8 Kris Carter
#9 Anthony Robone
#10 Leroy Garcia

Honorable Mention – Shawn Pearson

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Connor Bedard, 14, of West Vancouver Prep, was the #1 pick by the WHL Regina Pats in the WHL Bantam Draft on Thursday. Connor had 43 goals, 41 assists in 36 games.

Two USA players – Max Lightwood of Team Alaska and Luke Anderson of the Northstar Christian Academy in Alaska – were drafted by the Tri City Americans who are are based in Kennewick, Washington. Max was picked in Round 8, Luke in Round 11.

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#1 Most Searched Story Friday

The Amazing Kendell Galor of Las Vegas

#2 Most Searched Friday

Flashback 2004 – The Last Skate at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena
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Breaking News – Roy Henderson’s Las Vegas Global has a new date – July 27-30 – at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue.

Friday readers are from all parts of the USA, Canada plus Germany

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

GIA AVALONE OF LAS VEGAS WITH AAA ANAHEIM LADY DUCKS 19U THIS SEASON

Las Vegas – Dynamic goal score Gia Avalone of Las Vegas will play for the AAA Anaheim Lady Ducks 19u this season. Gia, a very hockey smart skilled player, has been playing in the Lady Ducks hockey program. Her older brother Steven last year played for the Kindersley Klippers in the Saskatchewan Hockey League

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For the 4th time in two weeks goal scorer Heath Mensch of the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u is the Most Searched skater here on Vegas Hockey.

Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin said “…Heath has a great hockey IQ. He isn’t afraid to skate right into the hard areas on the ice right around the crease area. There is a lot to like seeing him on an attack run.”

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Today’s readers are from all parts of the USA, Canada and Germany.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

ASH PRINTZEN OF LAS VEGAS RETURNING TO AAA MEIJER WESTERN MICHIGAN GIRLS 19U

Las Vegas – Ash Printzen, one of the greatest Las Vegas girls goal scorers in ice hockey and in roller hockey, is returning to Top 20-ranked AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u this fall. She is a big game player and is coming off a 20-goal season. She competes in ice hockey and during the off-season plays in high level international roller hockey tournaments.

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The Vegas Jr Golden Knights are planning to have girls ice hockey teams in 10a, 12a and 14a this season. Go the Vegas Jr Golden Knights website for signup and tryout details

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Let’s look at this interesting chart – the all-time leaders in most assists for the UNLV Rebels ice hockey team.

Most UNLV Career Assists
169 – Anthony Greener – head coach of the UNLV Rebels
156 – Chris Jones
151 – Sam Branif
125 – Mike Zenzola
98 – Robbie Silvernail
92 – Cody Williams
80 – Bas Assaf
64 – Tyler Wilson
57 – Adam Siavelis
50 – Jake Saxe

#1 Most Searched Story Today

USHL Tri City Storm Drafts Dynamic Goal Scorer Matthew Gross, 15, of Las Vegas

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Fairbanks Arctic Cam Wednesday

31 degrees – Flood Advisory

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Today’s readers are from all parts of the USA and Canada
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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

AMAZING BUT TRUE – BCHL HAS 166 PLAYERS COMMITTED TO NCAA COLLEGES

Jerrett Overland of Las Vegas and the BCHL Wenatchee Wild is one of 166 BCHL players committed to NCAA college hockey this coming season. Jerrett is going to NCAA Air Force Academy to play hockey.

BCHL executive director Steve Cocker of the BCHL said “…the BCHL prides itself on moving its players to the NCAA ranks. Our BCHL alumni are tremendous on the college level as leaders and captains of their respective schools.”

“When it’s seeing our BCHL alumni play in the NCAA, the NHL or moving on to becoming CEOs, lawyers or doctors we are incredibly proud to call them our alumni.”

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#1 Most Searched Tuesday

Heath Mensch, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16 (4th time last two weeks)

#2 Most Searched

Great Western Futures Super Camp at Pepsi Arena (formerly SoBe Arena) in Las Vegas July 6-9

#3 Most Searched

UNLV Rebels hockey feature stories here written by star reporter Bethany Drysdale

#4 Most Searched

‘A Miracle on Ice’ – Harris Whissel, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

#5 Most Searched

After calling star hockey player The Genius ‘a total fraud,’ the Genius vaporizes Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen at the rink glass over at the Sobe Ice Arena in a summertime adventure story here on Vegas Hockey. Steve said it “didn’t hurt that much because it was just a story.”
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Fairbanks Arctic Cam Tuesday

36 degrees, dark, cold, foggy
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Monday, April 20, 2020

VEGAS STAR GOAL SCORER BEAU RICKETTS IN MINOT, NORTH DAKOTA

Beau Ricketts, who scored 30 goals for the Gabe Gauthier-coached WSHL Las Vegas Storm in 2014-15 at the Las Vegas Ice Center, is back in Minot, N.D. Beau, 25, earlier played two seasons with the NAHL Minot Minotauros at the famous 1,800-seat Maysa Ice Arena. In 2011-12 Beau was a 24-goal scorer for the Helena Bighorns in Montana. In Helena, even on the most coldest, snowy nights every home game was sold out at the Helena Ice Arena.

Now during the summer and winter months Beau plays on his men’s league ice hockey team at the Maysa. Outside the game Beau is in his electricians apprenticeship.

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Las Vegas – The historic Las Vegas Ice Center – with its North and South rinks – is closed until April 30. And, it is still uncertain if the Ice Center will open on that date. The fate of the Ice Center – where Jason Zucker skated as a young teenager – and the other ice arenas in Las Vegas will be determined by the Nevada Governor’s team.
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#1 Most Searched Monday

Micah Sanford, The Star Las Vegas Player Who Started it All

#2 Most Searched

WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds goalie Jesper Ahlberg signs with Adrian College

#3 Most Searched

Matt Stang, former Las Vegas hockey coach, update in Canada

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Fairbanks Arctic Cam

It’s cloudy, overcast, 38 degrees with rain showers all day long

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Las Vegas – The AHL Vegas Golden Knights will be playing home games at The Orleans Arena on Tropicana during the 2020-21 season. The NHL Vegas Golden Knights last season bought the AHL San Antonio Rampage franchise and transfered it here. The plan is to have the AHL Vegas Golden Knights play one season at The Orleans Arena, then move across town into their new ice arena facility in Henderson NV the following season.

Last season the NHL Vegas Golden Knights were affiliated with the AHL Chicago Wolves.

#1 Most Searched Sunday

GAGE QUINNEY

#2 Most Searched

EDDIE DEL GROSSO

#3 Most Searched

JOHN PURDY, AA VEGAS JR GOLDEN KNIGHTS 16U

Fairbanks Arctic Cam on Sunday

36 degrees with an icy rain all day long

How to contact Vegashockey.net

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Saturday, April 28, 2020

MICAH SANFORD’S 31 PLAYOFF GOALS LEADS ALL LAS VEGAS GOAL SCORERS

It’s hard to score in the biggest of games.

It’s harder to score in a playoff game against fire-breathing defensemen before sold out crowds.

So let’s take a look at the all-time Las Vegas playoff goal scorers in pro hockey, NCAA and in junior hockey.

Las Vegas Playoff Goals
31 – Micah Sanford – He scored 31 times in playoffs for BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs
17 – Chris Francis
13 – Adam Naglich
13 – Gage Quinney
9 – Cory Ward

8 – Aidan McNabb
7 – Joe Sullivan
6 – Rod Butler
6 – Landon Quinney
5 – Joseph Kaszupski
5 – Michael McNicholas
5 – Cody Milligan
4 – Dylan Miller
4 – Derek Sutliffe
3 – Eddie Del Grosso
2 – Corbin Brown
2 – Michael Chiasson
2 – Hayden Knight
2 – Tanner Todd
1 – Jeff Hajner
1 – Josh Jasek
1 – Ross McMullen
1 – Ben Mercurio
1 – Ethan Montoya
1 – Joey Raats
1 – Beau Ricketts
1 – Gabriel Testa

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Las Vegas – The T-Birds are coming back for sure this coming season. The WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds junior hockey team plans to return to practice and play home games at the Pepsi Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive. The T-Birds were in a playoff spot when the season suddenly ended with the coronavirus epidemic. John Marks is president of the Thunderbirds and Dave Hyrsky is GM/Head Coach. Hyrsky is one of the best most premier coaches in the WSHL. Matt Johnson, who has coached on a variety of levels in Las Vegas, is a top assistant coach with the T-Birds.

T-Birds Top 5 Goal Scorers
2019-20 Season
Goals
20 – Joe Terrana
18 – Anthony Rodriguez
16 – Mikhail Gerasin
13 – Joe Wheeler
8 – Gleb Schlyaiger
8 – Egor Khomyakow

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Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen texts that the SoBe Ice Arena is now known as the Pepsi Arena. The name change was just announced for this ice arena inside of the Fiesta Stations Hotel-Casino on North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas.

The great T-Birds goalie Rhett Bruckner, who graduated from the program this past season, looking for a spot on a pro team……

The most sincere condolances from all at Vegashockey.net to assistant captain Spencer Harvey of the WSHL Oklahoma Blazers. His very dear hockey mom Kelley Harvey passed unexpectedly…..

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#1 Most Searched on Friday

Ian Williams, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – The Golden Ones

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Las Vegas Players Away from Home – 2020-2021 Season

Joey Allegrini, NCAA Nichols,College
Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs
Fuzzy Atchsion, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Lady Ducks 19u
Steven Avalone, To Be Announced
Anthony Bonaldi, NA3HL Sheridan Hawks – Wyoming
Nick Bonaldi, NA3HL Sheridan Hawks – Wyoming
Rhett Bruckner, To Be Announced
Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce College
Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Michael McNicholas, ECHL Maine Mariners
Jerrett Overland, NCAA Air Force Academy
Zach Pochiro, to be announced
Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u
Noah Smejkal, NAHL Northeast Generals
Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel
Gage Quinney, AHL Chicago Wolves
Jacob Underhill, AA Wenatchee Wild 18u
Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins

Cory Ward, ECHL Tulsa Oilers

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#1 Most Searched Thursday

THE GREATNESS OF DEREK SUTLIFFE OF LAS VEGAS BY BETHANY DRYSDALE

#2 Most Searched

JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS JOHNNIE GOLD AND THE BARSTOW BROTHERS PLANNING A TAKEOVER OF THE SOBE ICE ARENA
//A Vegas Hockey Christmas week adventure story

#3 Most Searched
MEGAN MYERS

#4 Most Searched
SIN CITY BARONS ROLLER TEAM


Best quote of the Day

“We managed to get a few rounds of golf in at the Red Rock course in Las Vegas before it got shut down” — Las Vegas hockey dad John McNicholas whose son Michael plays for the ECHL Maine Mariners

Fairbanks Arctic Cam today – 38-degrees, icy-rain coming down

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

ROB PALLIN – “THE TOUGHEST PLAYERS WE EVER COACHED”

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – Vegas Hockey HOF coach Rob Pallin today listed “…the toughest Las Vegas players we ever coached.”

Sean Darby

Sean Fox

Nick Jackson

“Each played a hard game and wore down opposing teams.

“As a coach you need these kind of high compete players to help your more skilled players to drive towards the net and score in the biggest most meaninful games,” said coach Rob.

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The great hockey writer Gregg Drinnan in Canada yesterday asked his 4-year old grandaughter Kara what she is doing in the off-season.

“Working on a vaccine to help everyone,” she said, stunning Gregg……

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Breaking news – Noah Smejkal of the Vegas Jr Golden Knights Varsity High School team to NAHL Northeast Generals this coming season. Noah scored 14 goals last winter….

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Here are the answers to our week-long Vegas True/False hometown hockey quiz…

#1 Hockey coach Wally Lacroix of Las Vegas was an ECHL referee for 14 seasons. True or false.

//Wally is not only a premier hockey coach but a top hockey official – and yes he did work in the ECHL as a referee for 14 seasons. He is now the head coach of the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – USA National Champions two seasons ago.

#2 Right wing forward Harris Whissel is called ‘A Miracle on Ice’ for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u because he can see the future – actually tell you who will win each game.

//Here is the real reason Harris is called ‘A Miracle on Ice.’ Two years ago Harris and a friend on New Year’s Eve climbed Blue Diamond Mountain here in town – the two slipped and fell 110-feet. Both were terribly injured. Harris, rescued by helicopter, amazingly returned to the game and had an awesome hockey season in 2019-20. This is why hockey writers refer to Harris as a ‘Miracle on Ice.’

#3 When Richie Crossley and Devin Lane were a defensive pair for the AA Las Vegas Ice Cats 18u they were – and are – regarded as the all-time best defensive pair in Vegas.

//Richie and Devin unquestionably were one of the greatest ice hockey-smart defensive pairs in Las Vegas

#4 The Scoreboard hanging center ice at the Sobe Ice Arena is the same one which was at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena.

//Yes it is, the one and only, originally known as the Pepsi Scoreboard…

#5 Defensive star Eddie Del Grosso once skated in the NHL Rookie Camp with the Washington Capitals.

//Yes Eddie, one of the greatest d-men ever in Las Vegas, was in the Stars rookie camp

#6 Roller hockey legend coach Larry Sanford played college basketball.

//Larry never spoke about it but he did play college basketball

#7 Anthony Greener’s #96 jersey is the only one officially retired by UNLV. Think carefully on this.

//Anthony Greener’s #96 and Ryan Krametbauer’s #13 jerseys are offically retired – UNLV’s premier d-man Eric Williams asked – and was told it was ok – to wear #13 this past season.

#8 Jason Allen of Las Vegas in one season played for the AAA Jr Gulls, AAA L.A. Jr Kings and the AAA Las Vegas Outlaws.

//This is true – what a season Jason had that year.

#9 Athletic trainer Kendell Galor’s father is one of the legendary roller hockey coaches in town – Oren Galor

//When Kendell was a small girl she and her father would roller skate together at Crystal Palace on North Rancho Drive. Oren was an elite roller coach at that time.

#10 Jason Zucker was 3 1/2 years old when his father Scott took him to meet legend coach Larry Sanford at Crystal Palace roller rink.

//That was Jason’s introduction to the sport of hockey – all true.

#11 The very first Las Vegas score-king Micah Sanford was scouted by the NHL Dallas Stars

//Yes, he sure was…

#12 There is a totally intact roller rink underneath the ice at the North Rink at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue. Take a blowtorch, melt the ice, the roller rink is there.

//This has been a raging story for years – there was a roller rink on now what is called the North Rink at the Las Vegas Ice Center. The folks at the Ice Center say there is no roller floor underneath the ice.

#13 – Josh Jasek, Adam Naglich and Eddie Samuels played on the Red Line for the AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u for coach Rob Pallin in 2001-02. Jasek, Naglich and Samuels played on same line for one shift for the BCHL Victoria Salsa. True or false. It cannot be true – right?

//The ‘Red Line’ of Jasek, Naglich and Samuels was signed collectively by the BCHL Victoria Salsa. Once they were there they did one shift together. Tyler Bozak, long-time NHL hockey star, was on that Victoria Salsa team as well.

#14 – Nick Robone is an awesome coach for the nationally ranked UNLV Rebels ice hockey team. Previously, Nick was a 4-time Vegas Hockey Roller Player of the Year. That seems like a lot of years as the best most elite roller player don’t you think. Yes or no.

//Nick is one of the greatest roller players – and a great roller coach – who was a 4-Time award winner here on Vegas Hockey. Nick is now a top assistant coach and recruiter with head coach Anthony Greener with the nationally-ranked UNLV Rebels ice hockey team.

Tiebreaker right here…

#15 – Pokey Reddick is an awesome hockey coach – a legend – here in Las Vegas. As an active NHL goalie he played with the 1989-90 Stanley Cup Champions Edmonton Oilers. Really? Yes or no….

//Absolutely true. Pokey most recently has been head coach of the Faith Lutheran High School hockey team here in Las Vegas.

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TOP 10 WEST
2019-20

Pro, NCAA, ACHA

Goals
27 – Chris Francis, Salle Bulls, Germany3
22 – Derek Sutliffe, SPHL Evansville Thunderbolts
20 – Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u
19 – Brenden Fehlig, NA3HL Coulee Region Chill – Wisconsin
17 – Gage Quinney, AHL Chicago Wolves
17 – Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins

AAA/AA/High School

Goals
40 – Matthew Gross, AAA Phoenix Jr Coyotes 16u
39 – Fuzzzy Atchison AAA Arizona Bobcats 13u
22 – Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats 13u
21 – Tristan Toth, Vegas Jr Golden Knights High School Team
21 – Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 13u
19 – Austin Moline, AAA LA Jr Kings Team 2005

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Las Vegas Players Away from Home 2020-21 Season

Joey Allegrini, NCAA Nichols College
Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce
Jerrett Overland, NCAA Air Force Academy
Noah Smekal, NAHL Northeast Generals
Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

THE DAY MIGHTY GOAL SCORER MICAH SANFORD LEFT LAS VEGAS……..

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – We remember it like it happened yesterday. Twenty seasons ago the greatest Las Vegas goal scorer in ice hockey and roller hockey – Micah Sanford – drove his pickup truck to Crystal Palace Roller Rink on North Rancho on a warm August afternoon. The truck bed was loaded with his hockey bags and sticks. Micah Sanford, one of the greatest ever hometown players, was about to say goodbye to teammates, moms and dads.

There were hugs and handshakes and all sorts of best wishes.

It was summer 1999. Micah then drove off to Colorado to play for the Brad Buetow-coached AAA Vail Avalanche 18u ice hockey team. One of Micah’s new teammates would be the the great Teddy O’Leary.

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Micah was initially a star player in roller hockey. He said his favorite hometown teammates were Freddy Young, Patrick Stevenson, Travis Gunderson and Leroy Garcia – all from Las Vegas. This touring roller team coached by Micah’s hockey dad Larry ruled the West playing out of the Little Home of Champions on North Rancho Drive in Las Vegas.

Micah was named that season the National Roller Hockey Player of the Year.

He played a season in ice hockey at Vail where he scored 49 goals, then was signed by legend coach Harvey Smyl of the BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs. One of Micah’s teammates was Gabe Gauthier.

In a more than an amazing story Micah and Chilliwack went 46-10-4 and the Chiefs had an awesome two-month run in the playoffs.

Micah scored 31 goals in the playoffs.

Yes 31 playoffs goals – think about that.

“I didn’t do anything different,” he said. “No matter where we shot the puck it went right into the net.”

Smyl, whose Chiefs got the silver medal in the playoffs, said Micah was “a man among boys with his determination and strength.”

Micah finished that season with 78 goals, 80 assists.

After playing with the NCAA Nebraska University and a few games with the Las Vegas Wranglers pro team, Micah left the game and began to coach.

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Vegas Ice Center is scheduled for June 22-25. Taylor Henderson of The Global Showcase announced today if necessary the alternate date will be July 27-30.
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Monday, April 6, 2020

CHECK OUT JASON ZUCKER’S TREMENDOUS NHL STATISTICS

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – Just take a look at Jason Zucker’s amazing career statistics in the NHL – first playing for the Minnesota Wild and now with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Jason Zucker
Minnesota Wild
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL
471 Games
142 Goals
121 Assists
263 Points

He is a 13-time Vegas Hockey Player of the Year voted by the readers on this hockey website.

Like 13 straight years, a record which will never be broken here.

His last Las Vegas ice hockey coach was the great Wally Lacroix with the AA Las Vegas Outlaws 16u who in the 2006-07 season played home games and practiced on the South Rink at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Jason had jet-like speed, tremendous hockey sense in the biggest of games against the LA teams, was unselfish with the puck and when it was time to take a penalty shot coach Wally would tell him “…do whatever you think will work best.”

Before his awesome season with the AA Las Vegas Outlaws Jason was playing at a fiery high level in roller hockey with HOF coach Larry Sanford over at the ‘Little Home of Champions’ Crystal Palace roller hockey rink on North Rancho Drive.

When Jason was drafted into the NHL during a ceremony in Los Angeles his parents – Scott and Natalie – were invited as well as Rob Pallin, who helped Jason in hard conditioning skates to prepare for the draft, Larry Sanford, and Adam Naglich – a goal scorer who was called ‘Stick’ in roller hockey and who later played college and pro hockey.

Jason has three tatoos: USA on his back (for playing with Team USA), Game Time on his chest (in memory of best friend Nicholas Schaefer of Las Vegas) and In Pursuit of Perfection on his left arm.

There are giant banners of Jason hanging in two of the ice rinks in town – the Las Vegas Ice Center where Jason played and at the SoBe Ice Arena where Wally Lacroix, Jason’s former coach, is head coach of the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights – the Golden Ones – are defending National Champion.

Jason’s brothers include Adam, a tough physical hockey player with the UNLV Rebels here in town, Evan – a tremendous sharpshooter in ice and roller, Cameron who was quick, smart with the puck and played at a high level in junior hockey – and sister Kimmie who was a legend while playing roller at Crystal Palace. The sea of defenders would disappear when Kimmie with the puck power-skated down the center of the floor at Crystal Palace. It really was something to see.

Jason’s hockey dad Scott and hockey mom Natalie – who took Jason on many hockey road trips when he was a pre-teen – are fine and living in Las Vegas.

And where is Jason right now?

He, his dear wife Carly and family are together in Pittsburgh.

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HERE IS WHAT HOCKEY SCOUTS WILL BE LOOKING FOR AT LAS VEGAS GLOBAL AND THE GREAT WESTERN FUTURES SUPER CAMP
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Friday, April 3, 2020

By Charles V Reilly

Las Vegas – Here is what hockey scouts will be looking for when the two biggest summer Showcases – Las Vegas Global June 22-25 at the Las Vegas Ice Center and the Great Western Futures Super Camp July 8-11 at the Sobe Ice Arena.

First and most important …

Skate Speed. Scouts like to see a lot of speed from forwards and particularly from defensemen. The D-Men should skate as fast at those lightning-like forwards who dart about in deep attack areas.

Hockey Sense – When pressured, how quickly do you react and fire off a pass to a teammate. Or on a 3 on 1 break who are you passing to….

Do not bark at the officials – The top coaches in hockey do not fuss with the officials. When a penalty is called go right to the penalty box. Top coaches in games will deal with what they are dealt with – getting the right players on the ice in say a very tough spot like defending against a 5 on 3.

Scouts watch what you do on the bench – After a tough shift scouts will look at your behaviour on the bench. Did you slam or throw your stick there – that is a no.

Make sure your hockey equipment is good. Skates sharpened and working properly. Bring several hockey sticks.

There are top coaches at all levels of play. The WSHL, NA3HL, NAHL each have solid programs. Eddie Samuels of Las Vegas was a captain with the NAHL Fairbanks Ice Dogs coached by the great legend-like Rob Proffit. Home games were always sold out.

If you get an offer to play on a certain team, consult with a coach or hockey person you trust to review it.

When you make a team always report to practice on time.

There are different sort of hockey coaches outlined perfectly by the great Las Vegas hockey star Micah Sanford. He played for coach Brad Buetow with the AAA Vail Avalanche in Colorado who had put together tremendous practices with awesome strategy-making for the next game. Micah then played with the legend Harvey Smyl-coached BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs and said “Harvey was great managing his bench, knowing all about late-game situations and who exactly to put onto the ice.”

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One of the best ever Las Vegas hockey coaches – Rob Pallin – will be at the Great Western Futures Super Camp at the SoBe Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive. Rob is the head coach at HC TWK Innsbruck.
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From the Blue Line – Connor Haney, a top goal scorer for years from Las Vegas, is in Riverside, Ca. “When this coronavirus thing comes to an end, we will go to a new job we have in the Bay Area.” Connor, 28, was captain of the WSHL Seattle Totems in 2012-13 – tremendous player.

Will ‘Money’ Munson, who played with Eddie Samuels of Las Vegas with the NAHL Billings Jr Bulls, plays house hockey at the IceTown Arena in Riverside,Ca.


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Friday, April 3, 2020

SNIPER GOAL SCORER KYLE QUINN OF CANADA SIGNS WITH UNLV REBELS

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – Big UNLV news today. UNLV Rebels head coach Anthony Greener announced today that sniper goal scorer Kyle Quinn – 17 goals, 19 assists last season with the NOJHL Blind River Beavers in Ontario, Canada – will play for the Rebels this fall.

And, there is more big news.

The UNLV Rebels will open their season on the road against #2 ranked 33-4-0 Liberty University in September. Liberty was 23-0-0 on home ice in Lynchburg, Virginia last season.

“Yes, we’re going to open up our season against a great team,” Greener said. “We will play Grand Canyon University next, then home against Utah in our first three weekends.

“Kyle Quinn is a very big forward (6’2”, 185) and he is definitely going to help us in the center of the ice. He’s a looming tough forward on the ice and we’re very happy to have him here.

“Nick Robone (assistant coach) has been talking to the NOJHL coaches for the last two years. Nick’s done a good job of staying in touch with Kyle and he got him to commit. He has a good linemate who we also like – Caleb Serre.”

Utah, which always plays a hard ultra-heated physical game, will be coming into City National Arena for UNLV’s first home games.

From the Blue Line – UNLV last season was 22-13-1, ranked #15 and qualified for the ACHA Nationals for the 4th straight season….The Rebels home games were sold out each time at the City National Arena on Charleston Avenue, next to the Red Rock Casino.

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Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen said he likes the UNLV Rebels season opening game against #2 ranked Liberty College. “UNLV should play the toughest teams out there if they want to be the best – every single person in the UNLV program has done a great job.”

#1 Most Searched Today – the dynamite and explosive Ian Williams, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

DEREK SUTLIFFE’S GREATEST SEASON CUT SHORT FOR EVANSVILLE THUNDERBOLTS

Evansville, Indiana – Derek Sutliffe of Las Vegas was having his greatest pro goal scoring season ever – he had 22 goals, 33 assists – for the SPHL Evansville Thunderbolts when the coronavirius epicdemic shut down the season.

Evansville had a 25-14-7 record in the regular season in the Southern Professional Hockey League and Sutliffe, 28, was a big part of it. Evansville had a awesome season with hometown fans jammed in on game nights at the Ford Center.

Head coach Jeff Bes said “we had a special group of players and we could have had a long run in the playoffs. Our players really believed in each other.”

Sutliffe, who grew up playing tier hockey over at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue, was a star player earlier with the BCHL Langley Rivermen and also at NCAA St. Scholastica College in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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#1 Most Searched Today – Big goal scorer Heath Mensch, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

Today’s readers are from all parts of the USA and Canada plus France, South Korea

Coming tomorrow – UNLV Rebels sign a sniper-like goal scorer for extra firepower next season.

leesamuels07@aol.com

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Quote of the Day
“Life is Difficult Without Hockey” – from Nancy Whissel, mother of Harris Whissel who plays for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u.

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ALL LAS VEGAS ICE ARENAS ARE CLOSED

Las Vegas – The historic Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue earlier announced it was shutting down beginning March 18 for 30 days due to the coronavirus epidemic. Also, City National Arena – home of the UNLV Rebels – is closed as is the SoBe Ice Arena – home of the Wally Lacroix coached defending National Champions AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u on North Rancho Drive. It is uncertain what exact dates these three great hometown arenas will re-open.

There have been searches today for the dynamic goal scorer Ash Printzen of Las Vegas. She played for AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u last season. There are also searches for Vincent Dekumbis, the electric-like goal scorer a few seasons ago with the WSHL Las Vegas Storm junior team at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Good times for hometown fans when Vincent Dekumbis was blasting about on the ice. Vincent, 22, is going into his junior season at NCAA Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

SoBe Rink Rat reminds Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen to “keep washing your hands, stay home in isolation and do what the hometown health officials say.” Rink Rat is trying to patch up Steve and hockey star The Genius when the SoBe re-opens.

The Fairbanks Arctic cam, which we check daily, was at 15 degrees this morning.

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LEGENDARY AAA LA JR KINGS HOCKEY COACH JACK BOWKUS PASSES

Hockey Dad Charles Moline, father of Las Vegas’ Austin Moline who played for the AAA LA Jr Kings 14u team said on Sunday “….Jack Bowkus was an unbelievable coach, the team and the hockey community has lost a great man.”

Former Kings player Brandon Underwood texted “This is a very sad day for the sport of hockey. Jack taught me the game of hockey beginning at the age of 11. He moved me to defense, began calling me ‘Woody,’ a nickname we still have.”

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Reports came in Sunday – and were confirmed on the AAA LA Jr Kings hockey website – that legendary AAA L.A. Jr Kings coach Jack Bowkus has passed. According to Elite Prospects this past season Jack was the head coach of the AAA L.A. Jr Kings bantam team which included Las Vegas goal scoring phenom Austin Moline. This Kings bantam team won CAHA gold, Pacific District Region gold and was set to advance to the US Nationals which were unfortunately cancelled because of the coronavirus epidemic.

Jack was a former head coach of the USHL Indiana Ice. He was also the owner of the Cali Prospects Camp which ran each year in El Segundo, Ca.

Jack was born in Lansing, Michigan on Feb 19, 1967. He was widely respected as one of all-time best ever tier hockey coaches in the USA.

Las Vegas hockey Dad Steve Allen said “…what a tragedy…Jack was a legend in all of youth hockey.”

Brian McDonough, writing on the AAA LA Kings hockey website, wrote …”Jack passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Saturday after a courageous battle with cancer.”

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Monday, March 30, 2020

//There are searches today for Ash Printzen and Ryan Pavlinsky of Las Vegas

//In Canada Gregg Drinnan writes that former assistant coach Brock Sawyer is the new head coach of the BCHL Powell River Kings. He replaces Tyler Kuntz who stepped down noting there are family reasons for his decision to leave the program. Powell River Kings were 29-23-6 last season.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

//Las Vegas goal scorer Kyle Callahan of Las Vegas is now working as a utility designer for Nevada Power. Years ago he played for AA Las Vegas Outlaws bantams, AA Las Vegas Ice Cats 18u and then played played for famous coach Kurt Goar with AA Arizona Hockey Union 18u…Years ago when we wrote Just in Time for Christmas the Unstoppable Johnnie Gold it was Kyle’s younger brother Gunnar – an outstanding artist – who drew tremendous very creative images of Johnnie Gold which we posted with the story here on Vegas Hockey. We thank you Gunnar and yes so does the unstoppable Johnnie Gold and his head coach Jack Black.

//More good news here today – it looks like our star writer Bethany Drysdale may be soon sending in one of her very very good Vegas hockey stories….We want to say hello to one of the great ones – Las Vegas hockey mom Patty Del Grosso……

Friday, March 27, 2020

Las Vegas – Seventeen seasons ago the Rob Pallin-coached AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u won the Southwest League gold medal. Las Vegas beat a very strong and fierce AA San Jose Jr Sharks 18u team on their home ice by 4-2. After the game Justin Grossman, Sean Darby, Steve Novotny and Paul Lowden of Las Vegas went to center ice to get the golden trophy. “They first played together on a 4-31 Vegas team. They played hard this season and earned the right to go get that trophy,” Pallin said that day. It was the very first banner this team won.This Las Vegas team included the famous Triple Threat Line of Travis Roseberry, JC Caron and Spike Neely. A year later this AA Vegas Mustangs 18u team won many golds and played in the U.S. Nationals.

//And how and why did Rob Pallin teams do so much. Spike Neely, at Eddie Del Grosso’s wedding, said “…coach Rob made us believe we were better players than what we really were. When we went over the wall and onto the ice in big games we knew we were going to win.”

//For the 4th straight day there have been searches here for awesome goal scorer Heath Mensch who plays for the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

//In his last two seasons Chris Francis of Las Vegas has awesome numbers with Salle Bulls Halle Germany3. Chris has 43 goals, 67 assists for 110 points.

//Former AA Las Vegas Ice Cats 18u hockey coach Matt Stang is home in isolation with family in Prince Albert, BC. He is now a top scout for the WHL Prince Albert Raiders – Lee

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Friday, March 27, 2020

BIG GOAL SCORER AUSTIN MOLINE OF LAS VEGAS DRAFTED IN 1ST ROUND BY WHL SWIFT CURRENT BRONCOS

Special to Vegas Hockey

Defenseman Austin Moline, a goal scoring force from Las Vegas, was selected by WHL Swift Current Broncos in the first round of the WHL Top Prospects Draft. Austin, 14, had 18 goals, 14 assists for the Jack Bowkus-coached AAA LA Jr Kings bantam team this past season. Austin is listed at 6’2, 150. Dean Brockman is GM/Head Coach of the Broncos. Dean noted that Moline has a hard right-handed shot and led all AAA Jr Kings bantam defensemen in scoring this season. Moline was scouted when he scored three times for the Jr Kings at the famous John Reid Memorial Bantam Tournament in Canada. The WHL Swift Current Broncos play home games at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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More on Austin Moline – He grew up playing hockey here in Las Vegas. When he was 4 1/2 he learned to skate at the Las Vegas Ice Center. He played for a number of Las Vegas ice hockey teams and his coaches (who Austin wants to mention) included Tom Lackas, Bo Lackas, Jeff Bruckner, Dell Truax, Matt Johnson and with the Faith Lutheran HS Crusaders where Austin was coached by Pokey Reddick, Craig Thornton and Shane Hnidy…

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Wednesday, March 25,2020

THE JERRETT OVERLAND, ROB PALLIN, FRANK SERRATORE CONNECTION

By Lee Samuels

See hockey miracles do happen.

Las Vegas defenseman Jerrett Overland, who played for the BCHL Wenatchee Wild last season, will play for the Frank Serratore-coached NCAA Air Force Academy this fall.

Serratore, 62, is same hockey coach who Rob Pallin of Las Vegas played for in 1984-85 with the USHL Austin Mavericks in Minnesota. At the time Rob, from Chisholm, Minnesota, was just 16, the youngest player on the Mavericks. Mike Hastings, a top coach now with St. Cloud State, was also on that Mavericks team.

“I will always think of Rob Pallin that season as that up and coming youngster with such wonderfull skills,” Serratore told writer Joe McCauley in his 2003 book Puck Dreams and Other Stories

Coach Rob knows Jerrett Overland very well working with him during off-season skate sessions. When you take an overlook look at this it’s an amazing connection we think.

Overland, 18, is a very gifted defenseman who earlier played in the AAA Anaheim Jr Ducks program.

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Flash Update

Tuseday, March 24, 2020

Las Vegas – One of UNLV’s greatest-ever defensemen Eric Williams of Las Vegas is predicting big things – like alot of pure gold – for the Anthony Greener-coached Rebels in the upcoming 2020-21 season.

“We have a lot of great players coming back next season, we have a great exciting fan atmosphere whenever we play home games at City National Arena and we’re going to pick up where we left off – we’re going right for a National Championship.”

UNLV has qualified to play in the ACHA D1 Nationals four straight years.

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Roy Henderson’s Las Vegas Global Showcase with lots of Western scouts set for June 22-25 at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Buffalo, NY – Michael Yochum, a Las Vegas goal scorer at every level of the game, will return and play for ACHA D1 Canisius Golden Griffins in the 2020-21 season. Michael, a sophomore, had 17 goals, 7 assists this past season. Michael, 20, has a dual major in economics and sports management. Canisus went 17-11-0 this past season.

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Most Searched Today –
Heath Mensch, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – tremendous high action goal scorer
Hamilton Whyte, Las Vegas goal scorer who played years ago at Las Vegas Ice Center
Hunter Toms, Las Vegas, AAA LA Jr Kings 14u

For The Love of Hockey – Bethany Drysdale interviews Colin Robin of UNLV

Today’s readers are from all parts of the USA and Canada plus India, South Korea

To SoBe Rink Rat – Skitters, the baby rink kitten who appears in all of our Christmas stories here on Vegas Hockey, is not real – She was created by Las Vegas hockey dad Jay Zurfluh. During the games Skitters usually hangs with Gramps behind the bench over where the sticks are. She is, judging by emails sent here, one of the most enduring unforgettable characters we’ve ever had. Gramps is the legend, the late great grandfather of UNLV Rebels Anthony Greener who kindly gave us permission to use Gramps in our Christmas stories here.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin of HC TWK Innsbruck, wife Dora and daughters Emily Charlotte and Lina Rose, have returned safely to Las Vegas.
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Also Today….
Jimmy Samuels of Las Vegas played youth hockey in Las Vegas, then went to Kansas University where he majored in Film. He played one season for the ACHA D3 KU hockey team, then became the team’s GM for two seasons. Now Jimmy is graduating with a major in Film. He and Vito Carlo are best friends. The late great Las Vegas hockey dad Tommy Ricketts whose hockey son Beau Ricketts was an all-out goal scoring force for many teams including the WSHL Las Vegas Storm – gave Jimmy lots of hockey cards when the two met over at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Jimmy is our grandson, for those who may not know….Best to all reading here today, Lee….

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Las Vegas – After taking a season off the very popular star defenseman Vito Carlo of Las Vegas plans to return to the game and play for NCAA Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire this coming season. Vito, whose dear hockey mom Rosie passed last year, went to classes at Franklin Pierce but decided to take off a season from the game. Vito was a star performer for the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals where he won many awards as a defenseman. Vito had 7 goals, 36 assists in his final season with the Atlanta Capitals. He earlier played in a key defensive role for Gabe Gauthier’s WSHL Las Vegas Storm which practiced and played home games at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Vito, 21, is listed at 6’1, 180.

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Special to Vegas Hockey

UNLV REBELS SIGN PREMIER GOALIE VINCE BENEDETTO OF SIJHL CHASE HEAT

Las Vegas – UNLV coaches Anthony Greener and Nick Robone know how to construct championship teams – you start building at the net, then signed premier defensemen and then go after the best available sharpshooters. Which is why the UNLV Rebels signed premier goalie Vince Benedetto of the KIJHL Chase Heat who play home games in Chase, BC Canada.

Benedetto, 20, last season in 30 regular season games had a 2.69 gaa and a 92.0% save percentage. In five playoff games Benedetto had a 2.87 gaa and a 90.2% save percentage. Benedetto, who is from Edmonton, is listed at 5’10, 180.

Coach Greener said “…we’re coming off a great season and adding Vince Benedetto will give us even more depth in the goalie spot. We are looking to have 4 goalies on our roster for next season.

Robone noted Benedetto was first spotted on HockeyTV where Rebels coaches watch to track down available players who have a great skillset.

“Benedetto is a very athletic goalie, he had great numbers last season with the Chase Heat and is a good person as well.

“Our blueprint to to have 4 goalies on our roster leading into the new season,” said coach Robone.

UNLV has had top teams who have qualified for the ACHA D1 Nationals for four straight years – a club record.

Rebels Notebook – On the Rebels twitter feed it was noted that “95% of Rebels players are recruited from junior hockey teams.”

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JOEY ALLEGRINI OF LAS VEGAS COMMITS TO NCAA NICHOLS COLLEGE
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Breaking news – Captain Joey Allegrini of Las Vegas and the NAHL Atlanta Capitals has committed to NCAA Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts. Congratulations to Joey – a hard working team leader who had a huge season with 15 goals, 39 assists….Gregg Drinnan in Canada reporting former Yale assistant coach Ryan Donald will be head coach of a new team – the BCHL Cranbrook Bucks….The WHL season has come to a close. Erik Atchison of Las Vegas is a strong, top player for the Spokane Chiefs…..Rob Profitt’s NAHL Fairbanks Ice Dogs announced that goal scorer Adam Eisle – 18 goals, 15 assists – has committed to NCAA Minnesota State…City National Arena off of Charleston Avenue near the Red Rock Casino – and the home of the UNLV Rebels – has shut down due to the coronavirus situation…The Genius, a goal scorer from parts unknown, texts that he was surprised Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen was quoted here. The Genius accidently vaporized Steve in a rinkboard incident last July 4 in one of our summertime hockey adventure stories over at the SoBe Ice Arena.

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UNLV’s Top 15 All-Time Goal Scorers
Goals
138 – Mike Zenzola
100 – Cody Williams
96 – Anthony Greener
83 – Sam Braniff
67 – Chris Jones

59 – Robbie Silvernail
55 – Jake Saxe
54 – Josh Jasek
40 – Drew Bryan
39 – Tristan Mayer
38 – Paxton Malone
35 – Zach Richards
34 – Bryden Marsh
31 – Viktor Brask

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

WHEN IN DOUBT, GIVE THE PUCK TO UNLV’S MIKE ZENZOLA

By Lee Samuels – Flashback Story

Las Vegas – UNLV alum Chris Tate peered through his goalie facemask and saw trouble coming. At mid ice three red-jersey UNLV forwards broke through the pack and were heading his way on Saturday night at the SoBe Ice Arena.

Chris looked to his left, then to the right.

Not a defenseman in sight or was on his radar.

He looked again and leading the attack run was #18 Mike Zenzola, the greatest goal scorer in the history of UNLV Rebels hockey.

The three forwards arrived, sprayed ice at the net, the puck was quickly shot and rocketed into a far corner of the net. The three forwards then turned as a unit and sped back down the ice.

It was a quick strike and score, the way Mike Zenzola of UNLV used to do it so many times when the big teams rolled into town.

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It was the annual UNLV Alumni Game at the SoBe Ice Arena on a warm Saturday night. Zenzola looked the same – tall, lean, ready to rock down the ice and unleash blasts of shots from a variety of distances.

Officially he is 6’2, 200.

He scored 138 career goals and the only other Rebel remotely close to that was Anthony Greener who played a different kind of game. Greener usually played much closer in the shark waters around enemy nets when big teams like Michigan, Texas, San Diego State and yes, even UCLA got into UNLV’s grill.

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Mike Zenzola said he couldn’t have scored all of the goals without his longtime linemate Sam Braniff. They played on the same AA midget team, the Inland Valley Coyotes in the Riverside area, then with the Fort Vancouver Pioneers in junior hockey, then together with UNLV. It was Rob Pallin, Mike said, who recruited he and Sam.

Biggest goals ever? Zenzola, like most great athletes, laughed and said he had just a few. Well he scored over a hundred of them, including six goals in one game against Cal State Fullerton. Zenzola said he had a big game against Colorado and he mentioned one or two more.

His best line? Zenzola, Braniff and Greener or with the explosive goal scorer Josh Jasek.

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Practically all of the top UNLV alum players were in the game. Tate, who was in the net in the very first UNLV game in 2005-06 season, wore a powder blue jersey. Years ago he said he never looked at the Pepsi scoreboard during the closest of games at the SoBe Ice Arena. “My only concern was keeping any eye on the puck and keeping it out of out net,” he said.

Greener, whose #96 jersey is framed and hanging on the south wall at the SoBe, was handed red jersey #3 to start the game.

“Never wore a #3 before,” he said. “But here we go.”

Moments later his hockey mom Sue, in the cold bleachers, told everyone “Anthony is now wearing number 20 red.”

Greener had a great game, chipping passes, setting up linemates. Ryan Krametbauer, whose #13 jersey is also framed and hanging on the wall at the SoBe, is an attorney now. He gave me his card, just in case, you never know when you need a good attorney he said. He plays in a men’s league on Sunday nights. A former Rebel, Danny Kaminski, is on the team.

Arturo Castro wanted to play but didn’t. He is still recovering from a serious back and neck injury in a game against Long Beach State. Will he play this fall? Doesn’t think he can do it. Too much at risk in the health area. He now works in UNLV Rebels hockey promotions. He is very popular and the players call him Arty.

Even UNLV defensemen like Doug Wenglare got into the goal scoring. He made it look easy, getting to the net, feinting and scoring.

UNLV enforcer Kyle Curry was prowling around on the ice. He had a great skate, just like his former teammates. Kyle’s temperature never red-lined, so that was good for all.

No one skated harder than an active Rebel, Trey Johnson. He went up and down the ice high speed.

Just the way he always does in the real Rebels games.

The game? It was a scorefest. Final score was 14-14. No goals were announced. Rock music blasted during the game, not just during timeouts.

We asked one of the goalies Katie Scheafer who was the most dangerous goal scorer out there.

She said didn’t track many of the jersey numbers who were at the net.

But she said #18 was pretty good.

That was the Great One, Mike Zenzola.

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Today’s #1 Most Read Story
For the Love of Hockey – A Look at UNLV’s Brendan Manning by Bethany Drysdale, Kat Craner and Christina Oka

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Las Vegas – Back in 2015-16 the Gabe Gauthier-coached WSHL Las Vegas Storm was a mighty force over at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Hometown skaters Beau Ricketts, Vito Carlo, Joey Allegrini, Steven Avalone and Jake McKenna were on this team.

And then there was Vincent Dekumbis from Fribourg, Switzerland.

During that season Vincent blazed about and had 31 goals, 15 assists for 46 points. He was selected to the WSHL All-Star team and, while accompanied by coach Gauthier, won the WSHL Fastest Skater Award.

Vincent was voted by our readers as the 2016 Vegas Hockey Player of the Year

And where is Dekumbus now?

Vincent will be going into his junior season with the NCAA D3 Lawrence University hockey team in Appleton, Wisconsin.

WSHL Las Vegas Storm
All-Time Goal Scorers

Goals
49 – Isaiah Letendre
48 – Vincent Dekumbis
43 – Nikita Pintsuv
32 – Jeffrey Morgan
30 – Beau Ricketts
29 – Arrigo Burgener
22 – Teddy Astrom
20 – Sam Sykes

Sam Sykes had 34 goals this season for the WSHL El Paso Rhinos

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Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen notes that practically all adult league ice hockey games have come to a halt here in Las Vegas. “Very sad,” he said.

Steve added “We also feel very sad for the UNLV Rebels and for Wally’s AA Jr Golden Knights 16u teams who could not go to their tournaments.”

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Today’s readers are from all parts of the USA, Canada, Austria, Germany and South Korea

Coming tomorrow – When in doubt, Give the Puck to Mike Zenzola

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Las Vegas – For these great UNLV Rebels seniors there are no U.S. Nationals. UNLV qualified for the 20-team ACHA D1 Nationals but the cornonavirus epidemic took it down for this season.

UNLV Seniors
#7 Connor Hetzel – 0 goals, 3 assists, 3 points
#13 Jake Saxe – Assistant Captain – 16 goals, 13 assists, 31 points
#23 Tristan Mayer – 3 goals, 4 assist, 7 points
#27 Erik Eidissen, goalie – 9 games, 3.23 gaa, 87.6% save percentage

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Transaction of the Day – Rhett Rakhshani, a massive 54-goal scorer for the AAA Cal Wave 16 in 2003-04, has re-signed with Frolunda HC in Switzerland.

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

The historic and very famous Las Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue is shutting down for two weeks from March 16 to March 29 as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. The biggest stars from Las Vegas including Jason Zucker, Gage Quinney, Cory Ward, Kenny Brooks, Zach Pochiro, Joe Sullivan, Derek Sutliffe, Beau Ricketts, Vito Carlo, Vincent Dekumbis, Steven Avalone, Rhett Bruckner and many others played on youth teams at the Ice Center. Pokey Reddick for years was a top tier hockey coach there.

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The NAHL, which includes the famous Fairbanks Ice Dogs, has “paused its playoffs – but has not cancelled it.”

Saturday, March 14, 2020

It was announced that Rob Pallin of Las Vegas will return as Head Coach of HC TWK Innsbruck in Austria for 2021.

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TOP FIVE GOAL SCORERS
UNLV REBELS
22 – Paxton Malone
16 – Jake Saxe
13 – John Moeller
12 – Kane Toriumi
10 – Brendan Manning

WSHL LAS VEGAS THUNDERBIRDS

20 – Joe Terrana
18 – Anthony Rodriguez
16 – Mikhail Gerasin
13 – Joe Wheeler
8 – Gleb Schlyaiger
8 – Egor Khomyakov

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To SoBe Rink Rat – Yes, coach Rob Pallin of Las Vegas will return as Head Coach of TWK Innsbruck in Austria 2020-21 season.

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Four more leagues – the NHL, AHL, ECHL and SPHL

    – have suspended play as well – Lee

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    More Breaking News – The WSHL has shut down operations for this season – meaning the season has come to an unexpected close for the WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds who practice and play home games at the SoBe Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive.

    Thursday, March 12, 2020

    Special to Vegas Hockey

    The UNLV Rebels who worked so hard to get eligible for the ACHA D1 Nationals – their 4th straight time playing in the Nationals – were told the 20-team tournament is shut down as result of the coronavirus epidemic. Anthony Greener is the head coach of the Rebels who were ranked #15 and scheduled to take on big rival Arizona State in Texas. The Rebels tweeted “…we cannot wait to begin prepping for next season.”

    At the same time the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – defending National Champions – and who were called The Golden Ones this season – will be not be able to defend their gold. USA Hockey has shut down the Nationals in all ages of youth hockey.

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    THE VEGAS FIVE

    2019-20

    PRO, NCAA, WHL, ACHA, JUNIOR HOCKEY

    Goals

    22 – CHRIS FRANCIS, SALLE BULLS HALLE, GERMANY3

    22 – DEREK SUTLIFFE, SPHL EVANSVILLE THUNDERBOLTS

    20 – ASH PRINTZEN, AAA MEIJER WESTERN MICHIGAN GIRLS 19U

    19 – BRENDEN FEHLIG, NA3HL COULEE REGION CHILL – WISCONSIN

    17 – GAGE QUINNEY, AHL CHICAGO WOLVES

    17 – MICHAEL YOCHUM, ACHA D1 CANISIUS GOLDEN GRIFFINS

    AAA/AA/High School

    Goals

    40 – MATTHEW GROSS, AAA PHOENIX JR COYOTES 16U

    39 – FUZZY ATCHISON, AAA ARIZONA BOBCATS 13U

    22 – JACK LACKAS, AAA ARIZONA BOBCATS 13U

    21 – CHASE LAURIE, AAA ARIZONA BOBCATS 13U

    21 – TRISTAN TOTH, VEGAS JR GOLDEN KNIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

    19 – AUSTIN MOLINE, AAA L.A. JR KINGS 2005

    For revises or additions send to leesamuels07@aol.com

    THE TICKER….

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    ACHA D1 CANCELS 2020 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT IN TEXAS

    Anthony Greener, head coach of the UNLV Rebels, learned today that the ACHA D1 cancelled the 2020 National Tournament in Texas. ACHA Director Craig Barnett said he had deep concerns about the worldwide coronavirus epidemic. UNLV, ranked #15 nationally, was scheduled to take on Arizona State in their opening round elimination game.

    USA HOCKEY CANCELS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS INCLUDING YOUTH HOCKEY

    In a staggering announcement USA Hockey has canceled all their National Championships for 2020 – including High School, Youth, Girls, Adults and Sled. Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey, said “the safety of our participants has always been our top priority.”

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    BIG ROAD WIN FOR JOE SULLIVAN OF LAS VEGAS AND ECHL INDY FUEL

    Kalamazoo, Michigan – Joe Sullivan of Las Vegas and the ECHL Indy Fuel held off the hometown Kalamazoo Wings to win 1-0 here at the Wings Arena. Joe, who wears jersey #18, had one shot on goal. He has seven goals, eight assists this season. As a tier hockey player Joe played for a number of teams over at the Las Vegas Ice Center. The crowd for this game was 1552. Indy Fuel is an affiliate of the NHL Chicago Blackhawks.

    ERIK ATCHISON OF LAS VEGAS AND WHL SPOKANE CHIEFS WIN 3-0

    Spokane, Washington – Erik Atchison of Las Vegas and the WHL Spokane Chiefs beat the Kamloops Blazers 3-0 on Tuesday night before 4159 at the Spokane Memorial Arena. Erik this season has 6 goals, 8 assists, 14 points and is +3 on the ice. Erik and Spokane close out their regular season with games vs the Portland Winterhawks here Friday and Saturday nights.

    NEW RULES FOR UNLV REBELS AND OTHER TEAMS AT ACHA D1 NATIONALS IN TEXAS

    When the UNLV Rebels hit Texas and take on Arizona State in a first-round game in the ACHA D1 Nationals on March 19 there will be new rules and regulations –including (a) no hand-shake line after a game; gloved fist bumps will be ok and (b) each player will have an individual bottle of water on the bench. The games will be played in Austin, Texas. UNLV vs ASU is set for March 19. The winner of UNLV/ASU gets to tangle with 31-4-0 Liberty College. And yes, UNLV played ASU twice during the regular season – in fact the opening games of the 2019-2020 season. On the road UNLV lost 3-1 to ASU at the Oceanside Arena in Tempe, Az. In Game Two UNLV beat ASU 4-2. Oh, get this – this will be the 4th straight year UNLV will play in the ACHA D1 Nationals. You can congratulate Rebels head coach Anthony Greener, #1 assistant Nick Robone, GM Zee Khan and the rest of the great coaches who guide the way.

    It was just announced that Grand Valley State University in Michigan will compete in ACHA D1 next season. There will be 72 teams in ACHA D1 in 2020-21.

    Fairbanks Arctic Cam – It’s on 24/7 and as we write this it is 6 degrees and going down to minus-13 degrees overnight. Many Las Vegas teams for years have played in Fairbanks. And it’s the home of legend GM Rob Profitt and the NAHL Fairbanks Ice Dogs hockey team…

    BREAKING NEWS – JOEY ALLEGRINI OF LAS VEGAS TO NCAA D3 NICHOLS COLLEGE IN MASSACHUSETTS IN 2020-21

    Joey Allegrini of Las Vegas and the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals has committed to NCAA Nichols College D3 in Massachusetts for the 2020-21 season. Joey has 15 goals this season. Joey played for the Gabe Gauthier-coached WSHL Las Vegas Storm in 2016-17 at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Joey had 16 goals while playing for the Storm.

    GAGE QUINNEY DEALS GAME-WINNING OT ASSIST FOR CHICAGO WOLVES

    Chicago – Gage Quinney of Las Vegas dealt an OT game-winning pass to Dylan Coghlan whose powerplay goal clinched a 3-2 OT win for the AHL Chicago Wolves over the Rockford Ice Dogs at the All State Arena on Sunday night. The crowd was 9808. Gage this season has 17 goals, 19 assists, 36 points and is +6 on the ice for Chicago – an afffiliate of the NHL Vegas Golden Knights.

    COUNTDOWN CLOCK TICKING FOR UNLV REBELS AND ACHA D1 NATIONALS

    It’s crunch time for UNLV Rebels head coach Anthony Greener as his team is wiring in for the ACHA D1 Nationals in Texas. On March 19 the Rebels will take on Arizona State in a first-round game. The Countdown Clock is ticking, like loudly.

    So what’s the blueprint now?

    We asked coach Greener exactly that.

    “Monday we have a team workout. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday practices with film mixed in. Saturday we have a team building activity. Next Monday and Tuesday we practice again. We take a flight next Wednesday and practice again this time in Texas.”

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    AUSTIN MOLINE OF LAS VEGAS AND AAA L.A. KINGS 2005 GOING TO USA NATIONALS

    Austin Moline, a premier defenseman from Las Vegas, scored in the gold medal game this past weekend to help the AAA L.A. Jr Kings 2005 team win in the gold medal game and advance to USA Nationals.

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    Arch Ecker, the voice of the BCHL Wenatchee Wild, is one of the best ever at doing game broadcasts for hometown hockey teams. We asked Arch what other teams has he called games for and he replied…”the AWHL Butte Irish in 1996-2002, Helena BigHorns 2002-06, Santa Fe Roadrunners 2006-7 and then we went to Topeka with them where they played through 2015-16 and from 2016 we’ve been on the BCHL Wenatchee Wild broadcasts.”

    FLASH SATURDAY, MARCH 7 SCORE
    WSHL
    Final Score
    Las Vegas Thunderbirds 1, Fresno Monsters 7
    Las Vegas goal – Linus Lomander (Sweden) – 2nd goal of season – from Egor Khomyakov, Joe Terrana
    Shots on goal – Fresno 38-19
    Las Vegas goalie – Owen Kennedy

    FLASH FRIDAY MARCH 6 SCORES
    BCHL
    Friday Final Score – Vernon Vipers 8, Wenatchee Wild 3
    //Season comes to a close for premier defenseman Jerrett Overland of Las Vegas and the BCHL Wenatchee Wild. Vernon Vipers win the Best of of Five series, 4-1. The great Bliss Littler is the GM/Head Coach of the Wenatchee Wild for eight seasons. The Wild has a great play by play broadcaster in Arch Ecker. The crowd for this game was a big one – 1,979.

    WSHL
    Friday Final Score – Las Vegas Thunderbirds 1, Fresno Monsters 5

    //Joe Terrana scored his 20th goal of the season for the T-Birds in 3rd period; Mikhail Gerasin with the assist
    //Las Vegas had more shots 37-32
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    WSHL LAS VEGAS THUNDERBIRDS VS FRESNO MONSTERS SATURDAY

    The WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds are on the road Saturday, March 7 taking on the Fresno Monsters at the Gateway Ice Center. Top goal scorers for the T-Birds are Joe Terrana 20, Nikolas Sotiriou 19 and Anthony Rodriguez 18. Fresno’s season record is 33-13-2. The T-Birds in their debut season are 26-21-2. Game time is 6 pm.

    http://www.wshlstats.com/live_scoreboard.php

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    Las Vegas Weekend Goal Scorers – March 6-8, 2019
    1 – Brenden Fehlig, NA3HL Coulee Region Chill – La Crosse, Wisconsin
    1 – Linus Lomander, WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds
    1 – Austin Moline, AAA L.A. Jr Kings 2005
    1 – Joe Terrana, WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds

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    Down 3-1 in a Best of Seven playoff series premier defenseman Jerrett Overland of Las Vegas and the BCHL Wenatchee Wild are in a must win game tonight — Friday — against the Vernon Vipers at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee, Washington. The great Bliss Littler is the GM/Head Coach of the BCHL Wenatchee Wild. There will be $1 hot dogs and $1 soft drinks at this game.

    The Anthony Greener-coached UNLV Rebels are seeded 15th in a field of 20 teams and will take on big rival Arizona State in a first-round game in the ACHA D1 Nationals which is set March 19 at the Comercia Center – formerly known as the Dr. Pepper Center – in Frisco, Texas. ASU is seeded #18.

    Coach Greener said “…little upset winning the last three games and dropping two spots in the rankings but there is nothing we can do about it. We can use it as ammo. ASU is going to be tough for us for sure. They are a rough team with a lot of energy. We will have to play them tough and stick to our game plan. We definitely have our hands full.”

    Today’s #1 Most Read Story – A Look at UNLV’s Brendan Manning by Bethany Drysdale, Kat Craner and Christina Oka. This has been the #1 most read story for three straight weeks. Bethany Drysdale is a two-time Vegas Hockey Writer of the Year and the interviewing/writing team of Bethany, Kat and Christina is the best all-time on Vegas Hockey.

    Ash Printzen of Las Vegas scored for AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u in a big 3-2 OT win over Honeybaked girls 19u in a Michigan State Playoff Game..

    The Golden Ones – the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – will take on the AA L.A. Jr Kings 16u in Las Vegas on March 21 (9:15 am Sobe Ice Arena, 3:30 pm Las Vegas Ice Center) and March 22 9:15 am faceoff at the Sobe Ice Arena…Jimmy Samuels, who played youth hockey in Las Vegas and later played a season with ACHA D3 Kansas University, will graduate from KU this spring with a degree in Film….. The Ticker is told that Las Vegas goal scorer Vito Carlo, out since the loss of his dear hockey mom Rosie, will be back onto the ice next season….Michael McNicholas of Las Vegas during the weekend scored his 10th goal of the season and dealt an assist for the ECHL Maine Mariners in a 6-4 loss to the South Carolina Stingrays…..It looks like the new AHL Golden Knights minor league team will play at The Orleans Arena here in town next season. The Golden Knights bought the AHL San Antonio Rampage franchise..RIP to #88 Sean Fox, a tremendous Las Vegas player in his era for Rob Pallin-coached tier teams. There is an family rememberence for him – Sean passed in 2018.

Bliss Littler, Mike Hastings and Rob Pallin at Great Western Futures Super Camp; Roy Henderson’s Vegas Global at Las Vegas Ice Center

Las Vegas – Get ready for the two biggest summer hockey camps coming to town.

Great Western Futures Camp
July 6-9
Pepsi Arena (formerly SoBe Ice Arena), North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas
Coaches Include…
Bliss Littler of the BCHL Wenatchee Wild; Mike Hastings, NCAA Minnesota State Mankato; legend Rob Pallin of Las Vegas; Mark Carlson, USHL Cedar Rapids Roughriders; Fred Harbeson, USHL Penticton Vees plus many more.

July 27-30
Roy Henderson’s Vegas Global
Las Vegas Ice Center
Flamingo Ave, Las Vegas

Over 50 coaches, hockey execs and recruiters. Tremendous opportunities here for Western goal scorers, defensemen and goalies.

For The Love of Hockey – a Look at UNLV’s Brendan Manning by Bethany Drysdale, Kat Craner and Christina Oka

By Bethany Drysdale, Kat Craner and Christina Oka

With the UNLV regular season coming to a close, the playoff picture is coming into focus for the Rebels. One reason for their continued success this season has been a freshman forward from Victor, New York. Not far from Lake Placid, where the 1980 Miracle on ice pushed USA hockey into the spotlight, Victor is a small town just outside of Rochester. A place where hockey and lacrosse are popular sports; Brendan Manning started playing hockey with his older brother. At age 3 or 4, Brendan started ice skating. He credits his love of hockey to his family. His father grew up playing hockey and his mother was a big supporter of both her sons playing on the ice.

This season, as a UNLV forward, Manning has played 28 games, tallying 10 goals and 6 assists. Last season, the 20-year-old Manning spent his time in the EHL, playing 29 games with 12 goals and 13 assists, keeping up a consistent presence on the ice.

His most memorable hockey moment, “I would have to say, probably, playing hockey for one year with my brother. My brother was always one grade ahead of me, and he played high school hockey growing up, but I never did, because my team, when I was playing youth hockey, was always full season for travel, and it wasn’t half a season for travel AND high school, so I never had that chance to play with him until one year, finally, my team was a split team, it was travel AND high school, so I had the ability to play with my brother, which I did, and it was really fun.

“We won our high school championship and everything, and it was a really fun year. I would say that was probably, like, the best memory. But I would say probably that playing for a Canadian league when I was a sophomore was probably one of the most exciting moments of my hockey career because not every kid gets the opportunity to play in a really profound league like that. I was 15 years old, and I was going to Toronto on a Tuesday to have a game at 7:00 at night, and then I would have to drive, 4 hours back home, and I would literally get home at 3 in the morning and have to get up and go to class the next day. It kind of separated me from others, in terms of a normal school life, and, like, a normal teenager’s life, so, I would say that was probably one of the things I will always remember is the dedication I needed to have at 15 years old to play hockey.

We asked Brendan what advice he has for young kids in Las Vegas who are now catching on to hockey now.

“I would say that, if you’re young, I don’t think that you should go 100% into hockey, that you should try other things. Other sports are going to compliment hockey as well. I don’t think a kid should play one sport when he’s young. I think a kid should play more sports because, you know, if you play baseball, if you play soccer, all of those things are going to compliment hockey. If hockey is your favorite thing, that’s fine. But as you get older you can start to fade away from your other sports and take hockey a little more seriously. But you have so much time, and, you know, when you’re that young, it doesn’t really matter. Everybody, you know, hits a growth spurt at a different age, and that’s the best thing you can do is stay active when you are young. It’s just going to make you a better hockey player, in 5 or 10 years.

“I don’t think training and lifting weights at 10 or 12 years old is going to be beneficial when you’re 20. I think that everybody should just be active, be a kid. Don’t take it so seriously. You don’t have to live the life of an NHL kid when you’re 10 years old. There’s no point in that, it’s not going to make you any better. It’s just really demanding, and I don’t think that kids realize that when they’re that young, and the same with parents. It can be a lot, and it just catches up to you so quick. So, just, there’s so much time for hockey, and you’re going to be playing it for so long. When you’re young, those are the things that you’re going to enjoy the most, so just go with your friends and school, just playing baseball, playing soccer… You want to have three sports in the year. That’s the goal, to be active year-round. That will make you a better hockey player.”

As for his Brendan’s long-term plans, “In 5 years, I will hopefully be graduated from UNLV, but I think I’m going to try to play a year or two, or maybe more than that, in Europe. I’m not sure where. I just know that I’ve always kind of wanted to see something different and play in an area I’ve never seen before. I think playing in Europe is always something that I’ve wanted to do because it’s something different.

“I’ve never even been to Europe, so I feel like my first time to go play hockey there would be special. I also know that hockey in Europe is a little bit different of a style of game. There’s nothing for sure yet. I’m just trying to kind of go with the flow, and I’m going to try to enjoy UNLV while I’m here, and then whatever happens, happens after that.”

Manning is an International Business major and thinks the idea of commercial real estate is a possibility for a career outside of hockey.

For now, The Rebels are focused on bringing home a division 1 ACHA title to Las Vegas. Follow Brendan’s team the Rebels as they make their way to Frisco, Texas and fight it out March 19-24 for a National title.

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Saturday, February 29, 2020 – The Anthony Greener-coached UNLV Rebels went 3-for-3 in Colorado including a 5-4 win over Colorado University on Saturday night in Boulder, Colorado. The Rebels will now return home and gear up for the upcoming ACHA D1 20-team US Nationals. – Lee
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SATURDAY SCOREBOARD

FINAL SCORE
UNLV REBELS 5
COLORADO UNIVERSITY 4

UNLV goal – Paxton Malone from Jayson Dimizio
UNLV goal – Kirk Underwood from Jake Saxe
UNLV goal – Kirk Underwood from Jake Saxe, Orion Linnehan
UNLV goal – Paxton Malone from Jared Turcotte, Liam Gentile
UNLV goal – Eric Williams – long blast – powerplay goal

UNLV goalie – David Anderson
Colorado goalie – Grant Payne – his final game as a great graduating CU goalie

With the 5-4 win over Colorado the Rebels are now 22-13-1 this season – ACHA D1 Ranked #13

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1st Period Notebook….

Only one senior in CU lineup tonight

Muzzillo wide left with a shot for Rebels

Muzzillo crashes net, shoots – shot is blocked

48 fans on the stream right now

CU’s David Mitchell blasts down the ice, fires on Anderson – no goal

McIntosh scores for CU

Paxton Malone scores for UNLV

Scrap, not a great one, on the ice

End of 1st Period – Game is tied 1-1

2nd Period

Zamboni issue – we’re in a delay….one Zamboni broke down, the second Zamboni needed water in its tank….however it is back onto the ice…..players are back onto the ice….

50 fans on the stream right now……

CU long blast goes in – Colorado takes 2-1 lead…..

Getting physical on the ice…

UNLV leads 4-2 near end of second period…

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CU broadcaster Chase Howell calling the game tonight

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FRIDAY FEB 28 FINAL SCORE
UNLV Rebels (21-13-1) 8
Colorado University 2
Colorado goalie – Grant Payne
UNLV goalie – David Anderson
Shots on Goal – UNLV 33-25

1st Period
UNLV goal – David Lenzin from Adam Nishino and Daniel Fisher
UNLV goal – Eric Williams from Paxton Malone and Jared Erickson

UNLV goal – Paxton Malone 20th from Bas Assaf
UNLV goal – Orion Linnehan from Sean Plonski, Kirk Underwood
2nd Period
UNLV goal – Daniel Fisher from Hunter Muzzillo, David Lenzin
UNLV goal – Jared Turcotte
3rd Period
UNLV goal – Jake Saxe – late-game powerplay goal from right side – from Jake Berry
UNLV goal – Jared Turcotte – his 2nd goal this game

Anderson stops breakaway shot in 3rd period
CU puts together a hard skating late-game attack run at Anderson
UNLV on powerplay with 4:40 left in the game
That is it – game is over…

CU had no broadcasters calling this game – we only saw the video

UNLV is down to its final regular-season game here Saturday night

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

Boulder, Colorado – This is it – the final two games of the regular season for the Anthony Greener-coached UNLV Rebels who take on ACHA D1 Colorado. The games will be at the Williams Village Recreational Center. Both of the games – Friday, Saturday nights – will begin 6 pm local time. After these games the field of 20 teams will be announced for the ACHA D1 Nationals.

Escondido, Ca. – The WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds will open a weekend series of games tonight on the road vs the San Diego Sabers here at the famous Iceoplex. Faceoff, 7:45 pm.

BREAKING NEWS – UNLV REBELS VS ARIZONA STATE – THURSDAY, MARCH 19 – ACHA D1 NATIONALS IN FRISCO, TEXAS

BREAKING NEWS – THE ANTHONY GREENER-COACHED UNLV REBELS HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THE ACHA NATIONALS FOR THE 4TH STRAIGHT TIME AND WILL TAKE ON ARIZONA STATE IN AN OPENING ROUND GAME ON MARCH 19 IN FRISCO, TEXAS.

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Thursday Flash Update
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Final Score
UNLV Rebels (20-13-1) 4
Colorado State 1

UNLV goal – Daniel Fisher (4th goal of season) from Jared Turcotte and Eric Williams

UNLV – Jake Saxe (14th) from Jayson Dimizio and Kirk Underwood

Third period

CSU breakaway shot high right

CSU net pressure

UNLV – Jake Saxe (15th) scores from left side – short-handed goal – from Kirk Underwood

UNLV – Paxton Malone (19th) short-range blast from Jake Saxe and Jayson Dimizio

Wild, frantic finish as CSU turns up the heat

UNLV goalie – David Anderson

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Flash Update – 

Rebels head coach Anthony Greener said “….this is a huge weekend for us. We stayed at number 13 in the ratings but we have to take care of business by winning all 3 of these road games to move up in the rankings. We need to to be really focused and buy into this weekend – we are beat up and hurt, but so is everyone else. We have to go to battle and get onto a win streak before The Nationals get underway.”

Special to Vegas Hockey

Fort Collins, Colorado – It’s Crunch Time for the Anthony Greener coached #13-ranked UNLV Rebels who close out the regular season with three road games this week in Colorado. These are ulta-important games for UNLV which is trying to heighten their national ranking. In order – UNLV opens the weekend on Thursday at Colorado State at the EPIC Arena in Fort Collins, Colorado, then go to Colorado University to finish the season with two games – the first on Friday, the second on Saturday night. The games at Colorado are at the Williams Village Rec Center. The Thursday game begins 8:30 pm local time.

UNLV’s top line will include Brendan Manning (10 goals), Jared Turcotte (7) and Paxton Malone (18). Bas Assaf and Eric Williams will be the top defensive pair. Star goalie David Anderson – 2.32 gaa, 90.6% save percentage – will start in Game One vs Colorado State on Thursday.

Team records:

UNLV Rebels are 19-13-1 overall; 4-7-1 overall on road

Colorado State is 7-16-1 overall; 7-10-1 on home ice (all wins at home)

http://csuhockey.pointstreaksites.com/view/csuhockey/

Colorado is 1-23-2 overall; 0-12-2 on home ice

http://cuhockey.pointstreaksites.com/view/uofc

After these games the ACHA D1 Final Rankings will be released – the Top 20 teams head to The Nationals.

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Meanwhile in other important updates…

After two games it was annnounced the Vegas Golden Knights have returned Gage Quinney to the AHL Chicago Wolves.

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Gage Quinney of Las Vegas got his first point – an assist – on the first goal of the game scored by Patrick Brown for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 6-5 OT road win over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

In Austria, Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin and his HC TWK Innsbruck stunned the hometown Dorbirn Bulldogs 2-1 when Tyler Spurgeon scored in OT. That keeps coach Rob and HC TWK Innsbruck still alive in the playoffs.

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Special to Vegas Hockey

Big goal scorer Gage Quinney of Las Vegas who played much of his tier hockey at the Las Vegas Ice Center, was called up from the AHL Chicago Wolves. He was in action for the NHL Vegas Golden Knights tonight – Saturday. He had one shot on goal for the Golden Knights in a 5-3 win over the Florida Panthers.

Gage, 24, is listed at 5’11” and 185.

He last played in Las Vegas for an AAA Las Vegas Storm 18u team in 2012-13. He had 24 goals, 16 assists that season.

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Also on Saturday..

//Caleb Herbert, John Lammers, Miha Zajc and Joel Broda scored the first four goals as the Rob Pallin-coached HC TWK Innsbruck stayed alive in the Austria League playoffs with a 5-2 win over Fehervar AV19. Now coach Rob faces a ‘must win’ playoff game vs the Dorbirn Bulldogs to keep the season going.

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Joey Allegrini of Las Vegas had two goals for the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals in a big 6-0 win over the Louisana Drillers. Those were Joey’s 14th, 15th goals this season.

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WHAT A SEASON FOR VEGAS GOALIE LUKE FUNDATOR

Las Vegas goalie Luke Fundator won his 12th straight game while staying unbeaten for the NA3HL Sheridan Hawks in a 10-0 win over the Gillette Wild last night. Luke, 17, told the Sheridan Press newspaper “..every game I play my game and play it as hard as I can- and hopefully we come out with a good win and some good statistics as well.” Luke has a 12-0-0 record with a 2.25 gaa and a 92.1% save percentage. The team has three goalies and Luke is now the number two goalie on the club.

https://thesheridanpress.com/118306/gaining-experience-on-and-off-the-ice/

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No one has scored more goals this season than Fuzzy Atchison of Las Vegas and the AAA Arizona Bobcats 13u. Last weekend in Las Vegas Fuzzy had three goals, Jack Lackas had three and Chayse Laurie two as the Bobcats upset the AAA Dallas Jr Stars and the Colorado Thunderbirds before losing to eventual gold medal winner the legendary Burnaby Winter Club.

Sunday – Mikhail Gerasin Gets 2 Goals – His 15th, 16th – for the WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds in Tough 6-4 Loss to Ontario Avalanche

Sunday, March 1, 2020 – Big game goal scorer Mikail Gerasin of the WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds scored two goals – his 15th, 16th of the season – in a tough 6-4 loss on home ice against the Ontario Avalanche at the Sobe Ice Arena. The T-Birds, in their debut season, are now 26-20-2.

Mikhail, 18 , is having his best goal scoring season since he played youth hockey in Russia.

Final Score
Ontario Avalanche 6, Las Vegas Thunderbirds 4
Las Vegas goal – Mikail Gerasin 15th goal this season from Kiel Nance
Las Vegas goal – Egor Khomyakov 8th from Nikolas Sotiriou
Las Vegas goal – Nikolas Sotiriou 19th from Egor Khomyakov, Yevgeni Govorushko
Las Vegas goal – Mikhail Gerasin 16th goal

Ontario goalie – Romi Huuonan
Las Vegas goalie – Rhett Bruckner, Jesper Ahlberg

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Saturday, Feb 29, 2020

Escondido, Calif – The hometown WSHL San Diego Sabers had a strong start enroute to a 4-0 win over the Las Vegas Thunderbirds here at the famous Iceoplex Ice Arena.

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Friday, Feb 28, 2020

Final Score – San Diego Sabers 3, LV Thunderbirds 2

LV goal – Mikhail Gerasin
LV goal – Egor Khomyakov
LV goalie – Jesper Ahlberg

http://www.wshlstats.com/live_scoreboard.php

Saturday -The Final Home Game of the Season for the UNLV Rebels; Plus the ACHA D1 Weekend Scoreboard

Sunday ACHA D1 Scores
Lindenwood 3, Iowa State 2 — Lindenwood wins OT/Shootout 2-1

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Saturday ACHA D1 Scores
Villanova 8, Penn State Berks 4
Navy 9 Towson 2
Robert Morris Illinois 4, Illinois State 1

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Saturday, Feb 22, 2020

Final Score

Oakland 5, UNLV Rebels 2

UNLV goals
Tsalafos from Fisher
Turcotte from Malone

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – This is it – the final home game of the season for the UNLV Rebels will be tonight 7 pm at the City National Arena.

This will also be the final home game for the great senior sharpshooter Jake Saxe who has 50 career goals in four seasons with the Rebels.  It is also the final home game for Tristan Mayer, an extremely hard worker on the ice with 39 career goals, and the very popular goalie Erik Eidissen from Sweden.

The Rebels will take on Top 25 ranked Oakland. Then next weekend UNLV will go onto the road and play Colorado State, then two games vs Colorado to close out the regular season.

Super Friday in Las Vegas – UNLV Beats Oakland 6-3; Las Vegas Thunderbirds Rocket to a Big 10-0 Win

Super Friday in Las Vegas

February 21, 2020

ACHA D1

City National Arena

Final Score

Oakland 3, UNLV Rebels 6

UNLV goals

UNLV – Paxton Malone from Jared Turcotte

UNLV – Paxton Malone from Jared Turcotte, John Moeller

UNLV – Jake Saxe from Hunter Muzzillo

UNLV – Jared Erickson from Angelos Tsalafos

UNLV – Jake Saxe from Hunter Muzzillo, Jake Berry

UNLV – Eric Williams from Paxton Malone, John Moeller – powerplay

UNLV goalie – David Anderson

UNLV Rebels raise season record to 19-12-1; 15-5-0 on home ice

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WSHL 

SoBe Ice Arena, Las Vegas 

Final Score

Valencia Flyers 0, Las Vegas Thunderbirds 10

Thunderbirds Scoring

Joe Terrana from Niklolas Sotiriou, Darion Conaway

Austen Kerridge from Joe Wheeler, Yvengeni Govorushko

Joe Wheeler from Austen Kerridge

John Macdonald from Joe Wheeler

Yvengeni Govorushko from John Macdonald

Anthony Rodriguez from Jerry Gus, Joe Wheeler

Austin Kerridge from Yvengeni Govorushko

Yevgeni Govorushko

Austen Kerridge from John Macdonald, Joe Wheeler

Austen Kerridege from Joe Wheeler

Thunderbirds goalie – Owen Kennedy

 

 

 

T-Birds Goalie Jesper Ahlberg Signs With Adrian College

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – Goalie Jesper Ahlberg, who has a 94.0% save percentage this season with the WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds in their debut season, has signed with Adrian College in Michigan for next year. Jesper, 20, is from Sweden. He was a goalie for 16 games this season with the USPHL Florida Eels, then was signed by the T-Birds.

The Thunderbirds, 25-17-2, will play this weekend in a home weekend series against the Valencia Flyers. Game time Friday is 7 pm at the SoBe Ice Arena.

UNLV Rebels Coach Anthony Greener – ‘We’re Peaking at the Right Time”

Friday/Saturday – Oakland at UNLV Rebels, City National Arena, 7 pm

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – With Top 20 ranked Oakland University invading City National Arena this weekend UNLV head coach Anthony Greener said he doesn’t plan any special tweaks or brand new blueprints for his players.

“We are peaking at the right time,” he said. “Everything is staying the same.

“Why try to fix something if it’s not broke.”

The two weekend games on Friday and Saturday nights close out the regular season for UNLV. After this weekend the field of 20 teams for the U.S. Nationals will be announced.

And, UNLV is coming off two explosive wins over Top 20 Arizona State here last weekend.

“We just need to continue doing the little things. We are playing good hockey right now. I am excited to see how we will respond to all of that this weekend,” coach Greener said.