Wednesday, December 30, 2015

By Lee Samuels

Las Vegas – Jake McKenna, a hard worker on the ice for the WSHL Las Vegas Storm, has been voted All Heart for the second straight season.

Jake received the most votes for All Heart at all age levels for the 2015 Vegas Hockey Awards. All Heart was an award first given to Spike Neely, an action skater who went over the wall and onto the ice and give it his all no matter what the score for the 1999, 2000 AA Las Vegas Mustangs midget major teams. Spike and the 2000-01 Mustangs were the first from Las Vegas to play in the U.S. Nationals.

Storm head coach Gabe Gauthier said “Jake is a very hard worker on and off the ice. He also takes the time to help younger players in our organization.”

Hockey mom Alicia added “…Jake’s love for the sport is what he is all about. He eats, sleeps and dreams hockey and would rather spend every waking moment on the ice than anywhere else. He’s been a natural motivator and leader for most of his hockey life and is always there to take on a new challenge, to lead by example. He is truly All Heart.”

Reader Barbara Kusak wrote “….Jake embodies the qualities of character — leadership, ability and that does the sport proud.”



Las Vegas –  Right wing Steven Scamorza was voted as the All Heart player for the Top 10 ranked UNLV Rebels in the 2015 Vegas Hockey Awards.

Nick Robone, co-head coach with Anthony Greener, said today “….I don’t think any team can be successful unless you have a player like Steven. He loves to learn. He asks questions because he wants he wants to get better every day. He deserves the All Heart award because all of his efforts goes to whatever makes our team better. He has no interest in personal statistics. That is what All Heart players are all about.”