Breaking News – Gia Avalone of Las Vegas Selected to Go to USA Hockey Girls AAA 15u National Camp in Minnesota

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Special to Vegas Hockey

Gia Avalone of Las Vegas has been selected to skate at the USA Girls 15u National Hockey Camp which begins July 7 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Gia is 15 years old with a 2003 birthyear. Last season she skated for the AAA Anaheim Lady Ducks 16u who played in the U.S. Nationals. Gia, who wore #9 jersey last season, played defensively for the Lady Ducks.

Her older brother Steve Avalone, a premier defenseman, is presently at the West Coast Elite Hockey Camp in Arizona. Steven’s plans for this coming season will soon be announced.

 

Las Vegas Players Away from Home – 2018-19

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Brendan Harris of Las Vegas and NCAA Bemidji State on the move….

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Las Vegas players away from home 2018-19 season

GIA AVALONE, AAA ANAHEIM LADY DUCKS 16U

BRENNAN BLASZCZAK, NCAA UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA-FAIRBANKS

BRENDAN HARRIS, NCAA BEMIDJI STATE

GAGE QUINNEY, AHL CHICAGO WOLVES

LANDON QUINNEY, QMJHL SAINT JOHN SEADOGS

JERRETT OVERLAND, AAA ANAHEIM JR DUCKS 18U

ZACH POCHIRO, ECHL ALLEN AMERICANS – TEXAS

JOEY RAATS, NCAA ARIZONA STATE

MIKE YOCHUM, CANISUS COLLEGE ACHA D1 – BUFFALO NY

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More on Jerret Overland….

Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin recently scouted Jerrett Overland of Las Vegas at the Pacific District tryouts in San Jose. Rob is head coach at HC TWK Innsbruck in Austria.

“Jerrett Overland is a very solid defenseman with a great skillset. Defends really well with his skating ability. I believe his best asset is moving pucks. He is able to move pucks with a purpose.

“My opinion is that he is a Division 1 player. I hope he is a good teammate and possesses a great attitude.

Nick Robone Introduces Gerard Gallant of Vegas Golden Knights as NHL ‘Coach of the Year’

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – Nick Robone, the great UNLV player and coach from Las Vegas, tonight formally introduced Gerard Gallant as the “NHL Coach of the Year” at The Joint inside of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Gallant, 54, amazingly took the expansion NHL Vegas Golden Knights to a 51-24-7 record which included eliminating the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Winnipeg Jets in the playoffs before taking on the Washington Capitals for the Stanley Cup. The NHL Golden Knights played before sold out crowds all season at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Global Las Vegas – Who The Scouts Were Looking For, Talking About at Las Vegas Ice Center

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

By Lee Samuels

Las Vegas – Scouts and reps from the Boston Jr Rangers, Kingston Voyageurs Hockey Club in Canada, Southern Oregon Spartans, EHL Premier Vermont Lumberjacks, Wichita Jr Thunder, Wisconsin RiverKings were among the dozens who were looking for players for their teams last night at Roy Henderson’s Global Las Vegas over at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

And then there was head coach and GM Steven Kruk of the NA3HL Gillette Wild who skate on home ice in Wyoming.

At the rinkboards Coach K had a notebook, roster of players, a cellular to stay on top of things while doing the big player search for his club.

And what exactly was he looking for?

At least four things in a player.

Kruk’s checklist included:

#1 Skate speed on the ice

#2 Compete level.

#3 Body Language during certain plays

#4 Hockey IQ

He likes to watch skaters in certain situations on the ice – how they move the puck, the method they use, and the quickness it takes to do it.

“I like what I see at Global Las Vegas,” Kruk said. “Lots of good players here.”

This is Kruk’s first season as head coach and GM of the Gillette Wild who are in their 8th season in the league.  Last season coach K was an Associate coach with the NA3HL Metro Jets who are based in Fraser, Michigan.

Since they launched the hockey program the Gillette Wild has had over 40 college commitments, 5 NAHL callups and over $145,000 has been donated to the greater Gillette community in Wyoming.

Las Vegas goal scorer Gage Quinney, who just signed a contract with the NHL Golden Knights of Las Vegas, and his hockey father Ken stopped by at the boards.

“Heading for the treadmill here actually,” said Gage, smiling. “Developmental camp begins real soon with the Golden Knights.”


There was a lot of buzz about Las Vegas defenseman Daniel Ramos. Several coaches mentioned him. Ramos, a smart puck-moving d-man, was the Defenseman of the Year for the Vegas Jr Golden Knights High School Team. Ramos has speed, plays with a grit to his game and stirred a lot of interest here.


Banners on the walls at the Ice Center included Jason Zucker, who skated as a bantam level hockey player here, Kenny Brooks, Brittany Brooks, Ryan Chiasson, Joe Sullivan and Bryce Reddick.  

In the coach’s room Las Vegas referees Justin Grossman and Robbie Silvernail were getting ready to officiate a game.

“Can you please tell Robbie how great I was as a player years ago,” Justin asked.

Grossman was great. He and Sean Darby had a rough edge to their game – they protected all of the great goal scorers on coach Rob Pallin’s AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u 2001-02 team which was the first from Las Vegas to play in the U.S. Nationals.

And Robbie Silvernail was one of the great goal scorers for the UNLV Rebels.

 

Most Searches Today – Sunday

Sunday, June 24, 2018

MOST SEARCHES TODAY ON VEGASHOCKEY.NET

#1 JASON ZUCKER

#2 NICK ROBONE WILL PLAY IN NARCH ROLLER WEST COACH FINALS IN IRVINE THIS WEEK

#3 SEAN FOX

#4 GAGE QUINNEY SIGNS WITH NHL VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS

#5 ALEC MONO, ERIC WILLIAMS SIGN WITH UNLV REBELS

#6 GIA AVALONE, ZOE ZAMORA GOING TO U.S. NATIONAL HOCKEY CAMP

#7 GREAT WESTERN FUTURES CAMP SOBE ICE ARENA – JULY 9-12

#8 ROB PALLIN THE GREATEST AAA LAS VEGAS PLAYERS I EVER COACHED

#9 JERRETT OVERLAND, AAA ANAHEIM JR DUCKS 18U

#10 DANIEL RAMOS, LAS VEGAS DEFENSEMAN

#11 ASHLEY PRINTZEN, AAA DETROIT BELLE TIRE 16u

#12 ERIC ATCHISON, LAS VEGAS

#13 WHL PRINCE ALBERT RAIDERS DRAFT MATTHEW GROSS OF LAS VEGAS

#14 – FLASHBACK 2004 – THE LAST SKATE AT SANTA FE STATIONS ICE ARENA

#15 – VINCENT DEKUMBIS, WSHL LAS VEGAS STORM

#16 – FOR CHASE SMITH AND THE YUMA BLAZE IT’S MORE THAN JUST A GAME

Flashback 14 Seasons Ago – 2004 – in Las Vegas

Here we go – the start of a new year 2004 season in Las Vegas

Jan. 4 – AA Las Vegas Rebels go 5-0-2 in Southwest League action but pay the price: coach Rob Pallin said there were injuries to top skaters including Jason Allen who hurt his left knee. Rebels, at 22-10-6, plan no-contact, flow-drill type practices to get ready for the next tournament, in Denver, starting on the 16th.

Jan 5 – Las Vegas ‘Skater of the Year’ Adam Naglich has 16 goals, 24 assists for 40 points with the Victoria Salsa Jr. A. Last season, Naglich had a total of 13 goals, 24 assists for 37 points.

Jan. 16 – Kurt Long scores his 30th goal and becomes only the seventh Las Vegas skater to score 30 or more in a single season. Long and the AA Las Vegas Rebels midget majors were in the 16-team Outlaws Shootout Tournament in Westminster, Colorado.

Jan. 19 – Chris Francis scores a dramatic goal in overtime as the AA Las Vegas Tour Rebels 14-and-under roller team beats Irvine, Calif. 6-5, to capture gold medal at the NARCH Winternationals over at Crystal Palace on Flamingo. The championship game is played on a Monday morning, goes 5-5 in regulation and Francis scores two minutes into the OT.

Jan. 20 – The Las Vegas Outlaws squirt A team works it way into the gold medal game, beats Chandler 4-3, and becomes the first Las Vegas-based ice team to twice win a Southwest Youth Hockey League championship. McNicholas, with 3 goals, and Sewald, with one, are the goal scorers. McNicholas is the first Las Vegas skater to play on two teams which won Southwest titles.

Jan. 21 – Defenseman Eddie Del Grosso has a career-best 31 goals, getting 15 of those with AAA S.D. Gulls and 16 with AAA Cal Senators midget majors. Already, Del Grosso has made the All-Tournament teams at the USHN Hockey Challenge in Chicago Cup; the Kelowna, B.C. Tournament and at the AAA National Silver Sticks Championships in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

Jan 27 – The biggest, most exciting ‘City Series’ ever is scheduled to begin on Tuesday night as the AA Las Vegas Outlaws bantams take on the AA Las Vegas Rebels bantams in a best-of-three for the Nevada Championship. The winner here heads for the Pacific District regional championships. All the games are scheduled at the Santa Fe.

Jan 30 – The Rebels bantams lost the first game but came back to win games two and three over the Las Vegas Outlaws win the City Series, Nevada championship and earn the right to go to the Pacific District Tier 11 regionals in March. The Outlaws won the first game, 6-3. The Rebels won the next two, 7-4, 8-5. There were many outstanding moments, although the Rebels’ top line of Ryan Townsend, Chris Francis and Robbie Silvernail played well in all three games.

Feb 2 – Southwest League announces two major awards:

Hamilton Whyte of the Las Vegas Outlaws Mite A team, is top scorer in that division with an astounding 52 goals, 22 assists.

Morgan Morinello of the Las Vegas Outlaws Tier 11 Pee Wee team, is top goalie in that division with a 90.9 save percentage and an outstanding 1.7 goals against average.

Feb 6 – An excited AA Las Vegas Rebels midget majors will open vs. Beach City Lightning, then take on the L.A. Jr. Kings in the Southwest League Championships in San Jose, Calif. Rebs, 12-1-3 in league play, and Chandler Polar Bear Ice, 14-1-1, are the top seeds in the 10-team playoffs.

Feb. 8 – In the most amazing story of the year, Tim Mueller’s AA Las Vegas Outlaws 16-and-under midget minors catch fire in the Southwest League Championships at San Jose. The Outlaws 16s play in three straight overtime “shootout” games and get to the Final Four, win that game and head for the gold medal game.

Here’s how the Outlaws did it:

AA LAS VEGAS OUTLAWS
Midget Minor 16s
0-3 to San Jose Jr. Sharks
5-4 over Tri-Valley Vipers
5-6 vs. L.A. Hockey Club (shootout)
4-3 over L.A. Jr. Kings (shootout)
Quarter-Finals
3-2 over Tri-Valley Vipers (shootout)
Monday
Final Four
3-2 over L.A. Hockey Club
Championship
2-3 vs. L.A. Jr. Kings 16s

Feb. 11 – Although he’s been out of hockey for almost a year, right wing Sean Fox, 19, begins working out with coach Rob and the AA Las Vegas Rebels. Fox gets a call from the head coach of the Peninsula, B.C. Panthers Jr. B and is invited to join the top team for the playoffs. On Thursday, Fox heads out to join his new team.

Feb 12 – They’re off to Quebec. Ken Quinney and a Las Vegas Outlaws peewee team are heading to Quebec for the biggest tournament of the year.

Feb 13 – The compressors are broken and the ice is gone. It looks like it’s over for the ice rink at the SportPark on Rampart. A sign on the glass rink door reads ‘Rink is Closed.’

Feb 16 – Matt Hedderly scores 3 goals, Nicky Robone one as the Las Vegas Rebels Bantam A team beats the Anaheim Jr. Ducks 4-0 to win the President’s Day Tournament at the Center Ice Arena in Ontario, Calif. The Rebels A’s go 4-0-0, running their win streak to nine in a row and winning their second straight tournament title this season.

Feb 23 – Adam Naglich, who skated on AA Las Vegas Mustangs’ famous “Red Line” three years ago, is getting a collegiate hockey scholarship to the University of Alaska at Fairbanks in 2005-06. Adam will skate one more season with the Victoria Salsa Jr. A.

March 11 – At last, the Pacific District Championships arrive at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena. In the very first game, on Thursday morning, the AA Las Vegas Rebels played their best game of the season and upset the powerful AA Paramount Panthers, 4-3.

March – With a large crowd packed in the Santa Fe bleachers, Tim Mueller’s AA Las Vegas Outlaws 16s look sharp while taking apart the Tri-Cities midget minors, 7-1, to open action in the Pacific District Championships.

March 14 – Eddie Samuels and Eddie Del Grosso play their last midget major game, skating for the AAA California Senators in the Tier 1 Pacific District Championship game in Seattle. After going 3-1-0 earlier, including two wins over the Alaska All-Stars midget majors, the Senators lose to the LA Stars, 7-2.

March 14 – AA Las Vegas Rebels midget majors, 3-0-0, head into the Final 4 and take on the Tri-Cities Americans of Washington in a Pacific District ‘Final Four’ playoff game at the Santa Fe. Tri-Cities gets a 4-0 lead, Las Vegas rallies for two scores in the third but a goal is disallowed with 1:01 to play. Tri-Cities wins 4-2 and advances to the championship game. There, the AA Long Beach Jr. Ice Dogs midget majors win, 7-1.

March 15 – It is announced that the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena will host some clinics and small tournaments and then shut down around June 1.

March 29 – Evan Zucker, skating for Jamie O’Leary’s AAA Team Colorado midget minors, heads for the U.S. Nationals in West Chester, Pa. Team Colorado opens action on Wednesday, March 31.

March 29 – Anthony Greener is named ‘Las Vegas Skater of the Year’ during AA Rebels midget major team banquet at the downtown Las Vegas Club. Greener led the Rebs in scoring. Nick Jackson and Ryan Krametbauer shared the coveted ‘All Heart Award,’ named after former Las Vegas skater Spike Neely who buzzed around the ice for years.

AA Rebels Awards:

SKATER OF THE YEAR
Anthony Greener

PLAYMAKER OF THE YEAR
Conrad Trimbath

ALL HEART
Nick Jackson
Ryan Krametbauer

BEST DEFENSEMAN
Jeff Root

MOST IMPROVED
Kurt Long
Danny Kaminski

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Billy Policano

MOST INSPIRATIONAL
Bobby Kintzler

TEAM MOM AWARD
Tanya Root

Tuesday, April 13 – We have a month to go before the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena will shut down. That will leave just one sheet of ice, at Crystal Palace on Flamingo, before the new Fiesta rink opens in September.

Tuesday, April 13 – Rob Pallin announces he will return as head coach of the AA Las Vegas Rebels midget major teams. This will be his fifth season of coaching the top ice team in the city. Pallin’s midget major teams have won 30+ games each during his first four seasons.