Tryouts for WSHL Las Vegas Storm on August 25-27

Monday, August 14, 2017

Las Vegas –  Tryouts for the WSHL Las Vegas Storm will be at the Las Vegas Ice Center on August 25-27. Players should register at – go the Team tab and look for Main Camp which includes an on-line registration form.

The tryouts begin Friday, August 25 at 6 pm and continue through the weekend at the Ice Center.

Gabe Gauthier is the GM/Head coach of the Storm.

Jimmy Samuels Update; Derek Sutliffe 4 Gs in Charity Game

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday Travel update – After 11 hours and enountering heavy traffic Jimmy stopped and stayed overnight in Denver; Jimmy arrived into Lawrence, Kansas safely on Monday afternoon. He will begin classes at KU next week.

Jimmy Samuels left Las Vegas on Sunday morning – a 5 am start – to drive to Kansas University to begin classes. He is the GM of the ACHA D3 KU hockey team. For the journey Jimmy brought a case of Gatorade Cool Blue for the long journey. He is majoring in Film.

//At the annual Southern Nevada Firefighters charity ice hockey game on Saturday night Derek Sutliffe of Las Vegas scored 4 times to help Team White win 10-8 at the SoBe Ice Arena. Defenseman Deryk Engelland of the NHL Vegas Golden Knights played and signed autographs before and after the game.

Vito Carlo Update

Thursday, August 10, 2017

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Vito Carlo, a very popular player from Las Vegas, is listed on roster of the Humboldt Broncos in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League in Canada. Vito, 19, is 6’0″, 185. Last winter Vito played for the WSHL Las Vegas Storm and the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals. The Humboldt Broncos, 31-25-1 last season, are two-time Royal Bank Cup national champions. Vito will soon be off to the Humboldt Broncos training camp in Saskatchewan.

Update – Vito will depart Las Vegas on August 30 to skate in Humboldt’s training camp August 31 – September 3.

New ACHA Hockey Director Announced

TROY, Michigan – The American Collegiate Hockey Association, the governing body for non-varsity college hockey in the United States, has selected Maurice “Mo” Stroemel, Jr. to serve as the ACHA Director of Hockey Operations.

In his position as ACHA Director of Hockey Operations, Stroemel will be responsible for the administrative and operational hockey functions of the ACHA. Stroemel will work with the ACHA Executive Board and the respective ACHA Division Commissioners to ensure the policies of the ACHA and USA Hockey are observed. Issues such as eligibility, compliance, discipline, and site selection for Regional Tournaments will fall under Stroemel’s purview. Stroemel will also assist with the Select Team process and execution.

“We are very excited to have Mo joining our ACHA staff,” ACHA Executive Board President Paul Hebert said. “Mo has an outstanding work ethic, a familiarity with our organization and fits in very well with our existing staff. He will be great in his new position.”

Stroemel is no stranger to the ACHA, having served multiple roles with Penn State’s hockey programs since 1994, including Director of Hockey Operations for the inaugural season of PSU’s NCAA Women’s varsity program.

In the last three years, Stroemel has been Head Coach of the Penn State Ice Lions, PSU’s ACHA Division 2 Men’s team. The team won three regular season MACH championships, made three regional appearances and one National Tournament appearance. Stroemel stepped down as Head Coach in April 2017 with 250 ACHA wins through two ACHA divisions to his credit.

Stroemel graduated from Penn State in 1980 with a B.A. in advertising and earned his M.F.A. Theatre degree from Penn State in 2002. An avid music buff and guitarist, Mo has performed in State College, Nashville, Philadelphia, London, Toronto and Naples, Florida. He resides in State College with his wife, Joan, and has two adult children, Sarah and Tom.

For further information, please contact ACHA Director of Hockey operations Mo Stroemel at

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Coming Here Thanksgiving Day Eve….


By Lee Samuels and Mary Cate Zurfluh

Writing is underway for our annual Christmas story. This one features a Las Vegas team which has to deal with an unstoppable goal scoring force in Johnnie Gold. His stick is pure gold, he wears blue-tinted gold rimmed sunglasses when he plays, he thinks he’s the best there is. And he’s from LA. The setting is a snowy Christmas week in the annual tournament in Vancouver. It will be a must read story which will feature many of our hometown hockey folks who will be at this gold medal game.


Hometown characters will include

Coach Rob

GM Pete Trimboli

Super Scout Tommy Ricketts

Team Dad – Gramps – grandfather of Anthony Greener, UNLV head coach

Johnnie Gold artist – Gunnar Roksvold, age 11, is our artist

Cheerleader captain – Emily Charlotte

Vegashockey writer at the game – Miss Leah, her first time writing about the biggest game of all.

This story is dedicated to the late Dave Francis, the kind, caring gatekeeper at the SoBe Ice Arena Pro Shop. Dave’s son is Chris Francis, the great Las Vegas goal goal scorer. And a dedication goes to our dear hockey son, Eddie Samuels who gave it all he had in every game he played.

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