Saturday, June 21, 2014

Las Vegas – Micah Sanford, the scoreking in ice and roller in Las Vegas, is back on the bench. He will be reunited with former BCHL Chilliwack Chief teammate Gabe Gauthier who is the new hockey director at the Las Vegas Ice Center and the head coach of the new WSHL Las Vegas Storm junior club.

“Gabe called me back in April and I decided to coach again,” Micah said on Friday.

Micah will be the head coach of AA Las Vegas Storm bantam 14u ice team. It will be the first time he has coached at the Ice Center in four seasons, the last being when he was head coach of an AAA Nevada Storm 16u team and was a top assistant for an AAA Nevada Storm 18u team. Pokey Reddick was the head coach of the 18s that season.

Micah and Gabe Gauthier skated together in 2001-02 on an awesome BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs team which went 47-10-4 in the regular season, then won the Doyle Cup and qualified and competed in the Royal Bank Cup.

Micah had 47 goals, 58 assists in the regular season, set a BCHL record in the playoffs with 21 goals, 11 assists – breaking a record held by Brett Hull – then had 4 goals, 3 assists in Doyle Cup action and another 4 goals, 8 assists in the RBC – the Royal Bank Cup Championships.

Totalled, Micah had 76 goals, 80 assists for the Chilliwack Chiefs that season. Or, as head coach Harvey Smyl said, “He was a man among boys in the biggest of games.”

When Gauthier was hired and came into Las Vegas earlier this year, he hooked up with Micah.

“Gabe and I were teammates but we never really played on the same line at Chilliwack,” Micah said. “Rather, we played on power plays and penalty kills together.”

Micah and his older brother David run the Crystal Palace roller rink on North Rancho Drive. Micah’s father Larry has retired although he usually will get back onto the bench when the Las Vegas Tour Rebels NARCh Pro team competes in the summertime NARCh Nationals.

As an ice coach this autumn, Micah will be assisted by Evan Zucker who is one of the all-time goal scoring leaders in Las Vegas hockey in ice and roller, like Micah.

“Yes, Evan will helping me at practices and will be running the bench during tournaments this year,” Micah said.