By Lee Samuels

At last, the summertime skates are over – no more 3 on 3s, flow drills, stick and puck. The season official opens on Friday night when the Anthony Greener-coached AA Las Vegas Jr Wranglers 18u head out on 1-15 South and take on Santa Margarita Catholic High School in the Orange County Labor Day Hockey Festival. Faceoff tonight is at 8 pm.

Santa Margarita H.S. is the defending national high school champion, winning a bright gold team medal in the U.S. Nationals played in Coral Gables, Fla. last March.

The Las Vegas vs Santa Margarita H.S. game tonight will be played at the Lake Forest Ice Palace in Southern California. Then, two games are set this weekend against AA Orange County #1 18u and Orange County #2 18u on their home rink Yorba Linda Ice on LaPalma Road in Yorba Linda, California.

This looks like one of the best AA Las Vegas 18u team in years with awesome firepower on the top line, pretty good depth on the other lines and a top, hard-working goalie in TJ Yocum.

Greener, who played all of his hockey in Las Vegas, said “…we have a good team with a lot of potential. I’m excited to see if they will get their noses dirty and see where we really stack up.

“All I ask is that everyone buys into our systems and gives us 110 percent on the ice.”

+++

Here is a link to the OC tournament schedule:

http://www.internationalhockeyevents.com/images/2013-labor-day-schedule.pdf

Here is a look at the Santa Margarita H.S. website:

http://www.smhs.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=152947&type=d

Here is link to the OC Hockey Club site:

http://www.yorbalindaicerink.com/OCicepalace.aspx?page=ochc.aspx

+++

The Jr Wranglers are also taking their AA 16u team which opens Friday against the San Diego Oilers, 5 pm, at the Aliseo Vijeo rink. Jake McKenna, a strong skater and team leader, will play in his first game on this midget tier level.

+++

From the Blue Line – Gage Quinney, who played for the AAA Las Vegas Storm 18u last winter, is on the roster of players skating in the WHL Prince Albert Raiders rookie camp….Vito Carlo of Las Vegas and the AAA Utah Regulators 16u are in San Jose for the USHL Labor Day Tournament…Joey Raats, a ’95 from Las Vegas, is on the camp roster of the Drumheller Dragons in Canada….