Monday, May 26, 2014 – It’s Memorial Day – Time to Reflect


That was West Kelowna Warriors coach Rylan Ferster who called Las Vegas skater Vito Carlo on Saturday night. Vito got hit with a bad check – a rough one, actually – during a West Kelowna Las Vegas Prospects Camp scrimmage game earlier that day at the SoBe Ice Arena. Kelowna scout Eddie Samuels was concerned as well. He sent a text to Vito asking if he was ok.

“Yes, coach Ferster called and asked me how I was,” said Vito, who was in the bleachers on Sunday. “I was really concerned what he was going to say but he asked me how I was and then said he was happy with the way I played in camp. It was a great call.”

“Rylan is a class act, as is the entire Kelowna organization,” Eddie said.


Vito meanwhile plans to skate in the USHL Lincoln Stars main camp and for sure he will be at Roy Henderson’s Global Showcase at the Las Vegas Ice Center.  Vito, 16, plans to play for a new club this season – AAA West Coast Renegades 16u which will skate out of Park City and Salt Lake City this autumn.


Alec Mono of Las Vegas had a great skate all weekend at the Kelowna camp. Someone at the rinkboards asked his hockey mom Cindy why he was named Alec and not Alex.

“At the time Alec was born, the actor Alec Baldwin was a big deal,” she said, smiling.


That was Hamilton Whyte of Las Vegas who scored the winning goal in the final game in camp. The two teams were tied so they went to a 4 on 4, then a 3 on 3 at the finish.


Kelowna brought two of its returning starting players – Jason Cotton and Ryan Ivey – who spoke to all of the prospects.


About six to seven skaters in Kelowna camp here are expected to get main camp invites. Those will be mailed out to the players in June.


The goalies in camp included TJ Yocum and Gage Roberts of Las Vegas.  Jimmy Schilletter and Stephen Smetany of Las Vegas played for Team Green. Schilletter last winter skated for the AAA Utah Jr Regulators.


One of the referees this weekend was Justin Grossman. Years ago, back in 2001-02, he was a very tough, hard-working player for the AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u team which went to the U.S. Nationals.

After the last game was over Sunday, hockey coach Rob Pallin went to the Fiesta Festival Buffet. He talked hockey for almost two hours while working on an omelet, no toast, chased with a Diet Coke. A few folks stopped by his table to say hello. Hockey mom Mary Margaret Samuels passed around pictures of grandchildren.


Trending on Vegas on Memorial Day – #1 BCHL West Kelowna Warriors Las Vegas Prospect Camp; #2 Ethan Montoya; #3 Rob Pallin – Ten Questions; #4 Eddie Samuels My Greatest Goal; #5 Vito Carlo; #6 Sean Darby; #7 NARCh Nationals

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