Think you know Las Vegas hockey? Take the True/False Test Now
Here are the answers …..
Beneath the ice on the south rink at the Las Vegas Ice Center is a roller rink. You can blowtorch and melt the ice, bring in the roller tournments.
False – There has been a rumor about this for years – actually, there was a roller rink there but it was removed years ago when the sheets of ice were installed
Years ago the NHL Dallas Stars had their radar locked onto Micah Sanford of Las Vegas.
True – Years ago Micah was a very hot pro prospect
Rob Pallin once skated for the Las Vegas Flash pro roller team at the Thomas and Mack here in town.
True – Rob played pro roller for a number of seasons
Years ago midget-level skater Jason Allen – in a single season – played for the AAA San Diego Jr Gulls, AAA L.A. Jr Kings and AAA Las Vegas. Seriously?
True – Yes he did – all of it is true – I don’t think we will ever see this again
The ‘Red Line’ of Josh Jasek, Adam Naglich and Eddie Samuels of the AA Las Vegas Mustangs in 2001-02 was reunited as a line for one game in junior hockey with the BCHL Victoira Salsa.
True – They played one shift during an actual BCHL game
Jason Zucker is one of the greatest roller players ever in Las Vegas.
True – Jason is one of the greatest in ice…and in roller.
The only hockey jersey ever retired in Las Vegas is Number 96 worn by long-time captain Anthony Greener with the UNLV Rebels.
True – UNLV jersey number 96 is framed and hung with care on the south wall of the SoBe Ice Arena
The Pepsi scoreboard above center ice at the SoBe Ice Arena is the very same scoreboard which hung center ice for years at the Santa Fe Ice Arena in Las Vegas.
True – The Pepsi scoreboard and one of the Santa Fe Zambonis were boxed up and driven over to the SoBe just before the arena opened.
Vegas Hockey Hall of Fame roller coach Larry Sanford played collegiate basketball.
True – Yes he did
Defensive star Eddie Del Grosso skated years ago in a rookie camp with the NHL Washington Capitals.
True – Years ago Eddie skated in rookie camp for about a week with the NHL Washington Capitals
#11 (Bonus) When Richie Crossley played for the AA Las Vegas Ice Cats 18u his defensive partner was Devin Lane – one of the greatest defensive pairings ever.
True – Crossley and Lane were the top defensive pair for a Matt Stang-coached Las Vegas Ice Cats 18u team – a joy to watch them work together and move the puck to their forwards
Hope you enjoyed it – Lee