Friday, December 26, 2014

Las Vegas – Kirk Brooks says he plans to keep the Las Vegas Ice Center open “for a very long time.”

And now, he says, he sleeps much better at night.

That’s because he spent $300k recently on two electric Zambonis, meaning there is no danger of carbon monoxide leaks which have plagued older ice arenas across the nation.

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At the Alumni game this week, players said Gage Quinney was a hoot in the locker room, improvising gear which explains why he wore bright yellow hockey pants during the game at the Ice Center earlier this week. Gage, who skates for the WHL Kelowna Rockets, came into the arena with rink pal Kenny Lusak. Gage’s younger brother Langdon – who is skating for the AAA Arizona Bobcats 16u this season – has been tendered by the NAHL Corpus Christi IceRays. Hockey dad Ken Quinney is a top coach, one of the very best here in town, with the Las Vegas Jr Wranglers youth teams.

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Jimmy Samuels and Vito Carlo of Las Vegas like to the tell the story of the first “monster hit” they ever saw while at a game years ago in the Ice Center.

“We were at the rinkboards and it was Beau Ricketts, playing in a bantam level game. He checked a player so hard we were stunned watching it happen,” said Jimmy.

That is the very same Beau Ricketts who is captain of the WSHL Las Vegas Storm.

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Hockey dad Bobby Burns of Las Vegas says Jason Zucker was “around 14 years old” when he last played in Las Vegas on an AAA Nevada Stars 16u travel team which was coached by Wally Lacroix.
Wally was one of the officials on the ice for the Alumni game earlier this week.

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Cool Blue Powerade was the #1 most-requested drink by a landslide this past week at the Las Vegas Ice Center. The folks at the Ice Center snack bar were stunned by awesome sales of it.