Monday, March 31, 2014

That was Gage Quinney, Vito Carlo, Dylan Miller, Al Mono and Jimmy Samuels of Las Vegas in a pickup ice game over the weekend. “Great experience for me who grew up with all,” said Jimmy. “Vito and I started on a 2007 Squirt A team for the Las Vegas Outlaws. Vito had never played travel hockey before so I let him use my TPS R4 Redlite stick with a ‘Frolov’ blade. Vito scored his first goal and we’ve been brothers ever since. Now Vito is being scouted and he will go far in the hockey world. Me, I will always wonder late at night how much that TPS stick played a part in his success – the best thing in hockey I ever did.”

While the AA Las Vegas Jr Wranglers 18u and bantam teams skate in the super-heated US Nationals in upstate New Jersey this week, some of the hockey moms and dads are making plans to take skaters to a NHL Jersey Devils game or in the case of hockey dad Joe Battaglia maybe catch a New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden.

“The Rangers and maybe some Brooklyn pizza,” said Joe, whose son Justin skates for the 18s. “That’s been on my mind for some time now.”

Robert Purdy, whose son is on the Jr Wranglers bantam team, has been looking at the Broadway shows.

Les Miserables is playing,” he said. “Or maybe we go to the Book of Mormon. I know both are great. I’ve already seen the Jersey Boys and the Rockettes in New York.

“This is our opportunity to go to Broadway. See a great show and have a nice dinner to talk about it.”

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