The Las Vegas hockey community cares for each other in time of need. Let’s not forget…

HOCKEY DAD TOMMY RICKETTS –  Tommy is now living in Utah battling assorted health issues. He was always in the bleachers last season when his son Beau skated for the WSHL Las Vegas Storm. Tommy’s younger son Blade skates in the Las Vegas Storm program at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

HOCKEY COACH OREN GALOR – Coach Oren for years was a top roller coach in Las Vegas.  It doesn’t seem that long ago when he and his daughter Kendall – when she was a little girl – skated together at the Crystal Palace on North Rancho Drive. Coach Oren underwent a medical procedure recently in Southern California and is now recovering. Kendall Galor is now the athletic trainer for the UNLV Rebels and the WSHL Las Vegas Storm.

TINO NUMMELA –  Tino is a highly-skilled defenseman for the WSHL Las Vegas Storm. He took a very hard check in a game against the WSHL Long Beach Bombers a few weeks ago at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Tino is from Finland, far away from home. He is a very popular player on the hometown team and has been recovering at his Las Vegas billet home.

REST IN PEACE

In the fall of 2003, roller hockey star Johnny Oakes passed in a car accident on Charleston and Durango. He was on his way to see one of his best friends and teammate J.C. Caron. Johnny was a very popular player who skated and played the game with dignity with Micah Sanford, Freddy Young, Patrick Stevenson and Leroy Garcia on the Tour Rebels roller travel team which skated out of Crystal Palace on North Rancho Drive. Johnny was just 21 when he left us. We think of him every day –  Lee

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