Saturday, March 26, 2016

THE TICKER

This summer – probably in June – there will be a group of Las Vegas roller players including Micah Sanford, Nick Robone, Adam Naglich and Billy Tufano – who are putting together a NARCh Men’s Platinum Team at NARCH’s West Coast Finals in June.  They collectively are planning to ask Larry Sanford the retired seven-time Vegas Hockey Roller Coach of the Year to return to the bench and coach.

“We all played for Larry while growing up,” said Nick. “We are playing together because we want to be together as a team one more time.”

Will Larry say yes, say no…

“We’re hoping it will be a yes,” said Nick.

Others skating with the Las Vegas roller team include Kris Carter, Shawn Pearson and Will Hienze. The goalie will be Morgan Marinello who has been playing in men’s league roller here in town.

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When hockey dad John McNicholas saw Merrick Madsen in the net for Harvard against Boston College last night it all came flashing back.

Like when Merrick was a goalie here in Las Vegas.

“I hope you note this about Merrick,” John said last night. “Merrick played two years in town when we started an ice program at the Sports Park in Las Vegas. Merrick played goalie on a mini-mites team coached by Mark Whyte and then a Mites BB team coached by Joe Raats.

“From there Merrick and his family moved to California. He spent several years playing in Valencia and Panorama City before prep school. Flyers draft pick. Hobey Baker nominee.”

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From the Blue Line –  Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin today is taking a flight to Innsbruck, Austria – where he is coaching next season – to get organized and set for his pre-season training camp there this summer. He is also on hunt for some USA skaters for the team. Coach Rob plans to spend a week in Innsbruck….There has been an major uptick in searches for stories here on isiah Letrende who played for the WSHL Las Vegas Storm last season.  Storm GM and head coach Gabe Gauthier said Isiah – a very fast skater who strikes quick for his goals – has been invited to return to the Storm for the new season.