July 4 Week Flashback in 2001 – Vegas Hockey 16 Seasons Ago!

July 4, 2001 

Another Thrilling Win For AAA Las Vegas!!!!

Anaheim, Calif. — Adam Naglich drove in from the left side, angled towards the net, deked the goalie and scored a super-clutch goal as the AAA Las Vegas Titans roller team fought off and beat the Tour EPH Oilers, 4-3, in overtime on Monday afternoon.

The victory put Larry Sanford’s AAA Titans roller team into the Pacific Cup 16-and-under gold medal game.

At 6:45 p.m. Monday evening, the Titans will take on Ken Gibo’s Orange County Blades who stunned and eliminated the #1 seed Anaheim Mission Bulldogs, 1-0.

Naglich, playing spectacular hockey here, scored two goals. Alex Redmond scored, as did Evan Zucker.

Cody Fulweiler had a huge game in the net and got the win.

AAA Las Vegas is 3-1 here, as are the O.C. Blades.

Here’s how the two teams have done so far in this eight-team Pacific Cup AAA tournament.

AAA Las Vegas Titans
Head Coach – Larry Sanford
4-1 over Pro Joy Valley Stars
1-6 to Anaheim Mission Bulldogs
4-2 over Mission Gretzky Armadillos
4-3 OT over EPH Oilers

AAA Orange County Blades
Head Coach – Ken Gibo
1-2 to EPH Oilers
5-2 over San Diego Gulls
3-2 over Anaheim Mission Bulldogs #2
1-0 over Anaheim Mission Bulldogs


Here are the scoring details from AAA Las Vegas Titans 4-2 shocker over the Armadillos midnight Sunday in Anaheim:

1st goal – Billy Tufano (power play)
2nd goal – Adam Naglich (from Tufano)
3rd goal – Evan Zucker (from Naglich)
4th goal – Adam Naglich (unassisted)

Goalie – Tyler Woodbury

From the Blue Line, Lee




A Look at Cody Glass – 1st Round Draft Pick – NHL Vegas Golden Knights

Saturday, June 24, 2017

By Bob Wright

The NHL Vegas Golden Knights went for a power goal scorer when they selected Cody Glass of the WHL Portland Winterhawks in the first round of the NHL player draft on Friday.

Cody, 18, is from Winnipeg. He first played for the AAA Winnipeg Hawks Bantam team, then the AAA Winnipeg Hawks midget major team. From there Cody skated two seasons with the WHL Portland Winterhawks.

This past season Cody skated in 69 games for Portland with 32 goals, 62 assists, 94 points. He has great size, listed at 6’2 and 185. Cody was the top scorer for Portland which went 40-28-1 in the regular season and went into the second round of the playoffs.

Here is where the NHL draft picks are from:

81 – Canada

47 – USA

27 – Sweden

23 – Finland

18 – Russia

9 – Czech Republic

3 – Switzerland

2 – Denmark, Slovakia

1 – Belarus, France, Germany, Norway, Slovena

Some of the leagues which had the most draft picks – OHL 42, WHL 33, USHL 20, Sweden Jr 17, QMJHL 14, U.S. High School 12, Sweden 12, NCAA 9 – also the BCHL had 1, as did the NAHL.


Ivan Lodnia Drafted by NHL Minnesota Wild

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Special to Vegashockey.net

Ivan Lodnia, the hockey son of coach Konstantine Lodnia, was drafted by the NHL Minnesota Wild in their first pick for the player draft on Friday. Ivan, selected in the 3rd round – the 85th pick overall – played for the OHL Erie Otters this past season.

The Wild traded their round one and two draft picks to obtain Martin Hanzel from the NHL Arizona Coyotes. Ivan Lodnia was then selected by the Wild in round three.

Years ago Konstantine was the head coach of the AA Long Beach Ice Dogs 18u who were the first most fierce rival for hockey coach Rob Pallin of the AA Las Vegas Mustangs in the 1999-2002 era. The two teams locked up in historical games. At the time in AA hockey history here in town the big Pacific rivals were the L.A. Jr Kings, Long Beach Ice Dogs, San Diego Gulls, Alaska All-Stars and the Anchorage Jr Aces.

Long Beach skated out of the historic Glacial Gardens.

In 2001-02 Las Vegas – with the Red Line of Josh Jasek, Adam Naglich and Eddie Samuels – beat the Long Beach Ice Dogs 4-1 in a Pacific District Regional game enroute to winning a gold medal there and advance to the U.S. Nationals. Las Vegas defenseman Justin Johnson scored 2 goals and Naglich, Jasek also scored to beat Long Beach – a very tough hard-skating club.

Two More Games Today for Las Vegas Rebels at NARCh Roller West Coast Finals

Saturday, June 24, 2017

San Jose – Captain Ian Davis and the Las Vegas Rebels return to action in two games today – Saturday – in the NARCh Roller West Coast Finals at the Silvercreek Complex. The Las Vegas lineup includes Cody Williams who is one of the all-time goal scorers for the ACHA D1 UNLV Rebels ice hockey team. Travis Barendt is the Rebels goalie.

NARCh Men’s Gold Division

Friday Scores

Revision Revolution 3, Las Vegas Rebels 1 (Ethan Montoya goal)

Mr Lynx2 Vets, California 4, Las Vegas Rebels 0

Saturday Scores

Verbero Express 5, Las Vegas Rebels 0

Bend Bullets, Oregon 10, Las Vegas Rebels 2

//For Las Vegas Mitchell Province was in goal; regular goalie Travis Barendt skated as a forward. Scoring were Travis Barendt, assisted by Ian Davis and a goal from Eddie Davis which was also assisted by Ian.


Special Report – Precious Moments with Rob, Dora and Baby Emily Charlotte Pallin

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Team Pallin – Coach Rob, Dora and Emily



By Lee Samuels

Las Vegas – There we were in church and Emily Charlotte Pallin, age nine months, was getting baptized.

Handwritten invitations had been sent. Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin – now the head coach at TWK HC Innsbruck – was there with his lovely wife Dora, baby Emily Charlotte and dear friends. One friend was Vancouver Dave, parts unknown. Hockey mom Mary Margaret Samuels was there and so were others including hockey dad Greg Yochum, his wife and coach Rob’s sister Blanche all the way from Minnesota.

After picture-taking at the church our group in a caravan of cars went over to celebrate at The Cheesecake Factory on Rampart Blvd here in town.

Sister Blanche got to hockey talk quick. We looked for a pen and some paper. We had no paper so we asked the waiter for some napkins to write on.

Blanche said “did Rob ever tell you about the time he was about 2 years old and his mother put him onto a sled and pulled him to the ice arena. There was a lot of snow and it was like 20 below. The rink was three blocks from our house. Did my brother ever tell you that?”

We said no, then noticed baby Emily was dealing with some issues with baptism gift wrapping paper. It was quite a scene. 

Then sister Blanche said Rob years ago got the call which turned his life around.

Rob was spotted playing hockey in a high school tournanment by Frank Serratore who was then the head coach of the USHL Austin Mavericks.

Frank invited Rob to go to a tryout camp.

“But at the time I was big into baseball. I was a pitcher who did very well in high school so I took a pass on the hockey tryout,” Rob said

But Serratore, now the head coach at NCAA Air Force, didn’t give up.

Just then someone – pretty sure it was Blanche – pulled a small brown glass jar of Gerber Oatmeal and Prunes babyfood from a paper bag. Baby Emily was getting excited. She spotted it. Lunch was on the way. One of the hockey Dads groaned as he saw what was happening. He was working on his slab of cherry-covered cheesecake.

Then Blanche said “well, the hockey coach Frank Serratore didn’t give up. He called Rob again.”

This time Rob went to the main camp of the USHL Austin Mavericks.

“Never thought I would even make the team but I went anyway.”

Rob did make the team. He played for two seasons. And while he was playing in games he watched the way Frank Serratore handled the team in the biggest of games – particularly at a finish of a very close intense game.

“I saw his intensity of coaching, the way he worked the lines in a big game, the way he handled us in the closing seconds. 

“Everything Frank Serratore said and did stayed with me and is a part of me when I get onto the bench and coach today,” Rob said.

All of that happened many winters ago.

Then coach Rob laughed.

One of the hockey Dads earlier had mistakenly given baby Emily a Raggedy Andy instead of a Raggedy Ann.

Baby Emily, nine month old, didn’t seem to mind at all.

She was the shining star at the table.

And for all of us watching her these were….precious moments.


Seven-time Vegas Hockey Coach of the Year Rob Pallin is now head coach of TWK HC Innsbruck in the Austria Hockey League.Image result for photo of hockey coach Rob Pallin

Ethan Montoya Scores for Las Vegas Rebels at NARCh Roller West Coast Finals

Friday, June 23, 2017

NARCh Roller West Coast Finals

Men’s Gold Division


Game Two – Final Score – Mr2 Lynx Vets, California 4, Las Vegas Rebels 0

Game One – Final Score – Revision Revolution 3, Las Vegas Rebels 1

San Jose – Ethan Montoya scored the first goal of the game for the Las Vegas Rebels, then the Revision Revolution scored the last three in the second half here Friday morning in a Men’s Gold Division roller hockey game at the NARCh West Coast Finals. Revision won 3-1. Las Vegas returns to action in its Game Two here tonight at the Silvercreek Sports Complex.


San Jose – Captain Ian Davis and the Las Vegas Rebels men’s roller team go in action today at the NARCh Roller West Coast Finals at the Silvercreek Sports Complex. Las Vegas is skating the Men’s Gold Division and will take on Revision Revolution (9:20 am) and Mr2 Lynx Vets of California (6:20 pm). Las Vegas will play two more games Saturday, then the top teams break out for playoff games.

Great Western Futures Super Camp at SoBe Ice Arena on July 9-12 – Sign Up Here


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

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

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

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

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

Carey Eades, USHL Head coach/GM Fargo Force

Keith Sullivan, USHL GM, Omaha Lancers

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

Don Nachbaur, WHL, Head coach, Spokane Chiefs

Rob Pallin, Pro Europe, Head coach, HC Innsbruck

Scott Langer, NAHL, Head coach/GM Aberdeen Wings

Jason Zucker’s Good Friend Deryk Engelland to NHL Vegas Golden Knights

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Defenseman Deryk Engelland – From Calgary Flames to Vegas Golden Knights


Thursday, June 22, 2017

By Bob Wright

Jason Zucker’s good hockey friend defenseman Deryk Engelland of the Calgary Flames is now with the NHL Vegas Golden Knights.

Jason and Deryk each summer skate in a Firefighters charity game at the Sobe Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive. Both sign sticks and jerseys which are auctioned for charity on game night and they each sign autographs for the fans who pack into the arena. It’s been a big summertime event for the past several years.

Deryk is listed at 6’2, 215. He is from Edmonton, Canada. He has a home in Las Vegas.

Jason’s best hockey friend is teammate Charlie Coyle who was the best man at the wedding of Jason and Carly.

Jason – the first Las Vegas player in the NHL – is staying with the NHL Minnesota Wild this coming season. The Wild put him on its protected roster list.


Here is What a Super Scout Looks for at the Global Showcase at the Ice Center

Thursday, June 22, 2017

By Lee Samuels

Las Vegas – In the cold North Rink at the Las Vegas Ice Center last night we asked a super scout what exactly is he looking for in a player or a goalie at Roy Henderson’s Global Showcase.

He had a large notebook, a marked up roster of players and was right next to the rink glass whlle peering towards the ice.

Here were his checkpoints in this order:

#1 HOCKEY SENSE – Does a player understand the game, does he know where to be on a break out, does he know his ice positioning to set up a scoring play

#2 SKATING – To play in the WSHL, BCHL or NAHL a player must have tremendous acceleration and quickness. Each player is graded on his skating.

#3 COMPETE LEVEL – How hard does a player compete – does he win puck battles, is he willing to go to the boards and battle for puck possession.

#4 BEHAVIOUR ON AND OFF THE ICE – After a player gets a penalty a scout will look at the behaviour of the player on the bench – does he keep his cool, bark at an official or worse. Top players stay composed.

The scout concensus here, at least the ones we spoke to, say this is the best talent pool ever put together by Global Las Vegas and there are a large number of players here who can go directly into junior level hockey.