After scoring Vincent Dekumbis (23) taps gloves at the WSHL Las Vegas Storm bench area at the Las Vegas Ice Center
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Las Vegas – Hockey fans from all parts of the world voted three from the WSHL Las Vegas Storm including the dynamic, lightning-quick Vincent Dekumbis, team leader Beau Ricketts and GM/Head Coach Gabe Gauthier who is also the Director of Hockey at the Las Vegas Ice Center to the Vegas Hockey Hall of Fame today.
There was massive voting from readers of Vegashockey.net to determine who would be inducted into the Class of 2016.
Dekumbis, from Fribourg, Switzerland, scored 48 goals in two seasons, was selected to the WSHL All-Star Team last winter and was named the ‘Fastest Skater’ among all of the All-Stars. He received the most Hall of Fame votes this week.
Ricketts, a star player with the Helena Bighorns in his first season of junior hockey, played two seasons in the NAHL and then was asked by coach Gauthier to play for his hometown team the WSHL Las Vegas Storm two years ago. Ricketts, a powerful force with the puck, worked hard on the ice, scored 30 goals and led the Storm – in its first season – to the playoffs.
Gauthier not only launched the WSHL Las Vegas Storm junior hockey program but as Director of Hockey at the Las Vegas Ice Center help to merge the Storm’s hockey program with cross-town rival Las Vegas Flames who skate out of the SoBe Ice Arena. When that was accomplished Gauthier announced the Storm would put together an AAA Las Vegas Storm 16u tier travel team for 2016-17.
Megan Edmunds, a junior majoring in Journalism and Media Studies with a concentration in Integrated Marketing Communications at UNLV, is the first media person to be voted into the Las Vegas Hockey Hall of Fame. Hired by UNLV Rebels President Arturo Castro, she was the first to grasp the power of Social Media to heighten the awareness of the UNLV Rebels hockey program. Her work was not only the best in Las Vegas but the best throughout the West among all ACHA hockey programs. She and photographer Allie Armendairz – who takes unique action photos during a game – were recognized by voters here on Vegashockey.net. One voter commented “…Megan has loved the sport of hockey since she was a small girl.”
Megan Myers is the first from Las Vegas to play in professional women’s hockey. She skates for the Boston Blades, is a dynamic team leader and she also coaches women’s college hockey. Megan recently played for the Orange County Blades women’s roller team – Platinum level – last week at the NARCh West Finals in Huntington Beach, Ca.
Spike Neely was a high-action player on the first powerful line in Las Vegas, the ‘Triple Threat Line‘ which included Travis Roseberry and JC Caron for the 1999-2000 AA Las Vegas Mustangs coached by Rob Pallin. It was Pallin who said Spike was “all heart” and today Vegas Hockey’s All Heart awards are named after Spike Neely.
Zach Pochiro, a draft pick of the NHL St. Louis Blues, was a star player for the WHL Prince George Cougars for three seasons, then began to play professionally in the Blues system. He skated for the ECHL Quad City Mallards for most of last winter.
Mike Trimboli was a star defenseman for four seasons with Utah State which was a Western Top 10 power each year. He is a very popular Las Vegas player.
Cory Ward scored 67 times in his career with the NAHL Aberdeen Wings, then played in a team record 151 games for NCAA Bemidji State where he scored 45 goals. When his college career was over last winter, Cory was signed by the AHL St John’s Icecaps who are affiliated with the NHL Montreal Canadiens.
CLASS OF 2016 VEGAS HOCKEY HALL OF FAME
VINCENT DEKUMBIS, WSHL LAS VEGAS STORM
MEGAN MYERS, BOSTON BLADES
SPIKE NEELY, AA LAS VEGAS MUSTANGS
ZACH POCHIRO, WHL PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS – DRAFT PICK, NHL ST. LOUIS BLUES
BEAU RICKETTS, WSHL LAS VEGAS STORM
MIKE TRIMBOLI, UTAH STATE
CORY WARD, NCAA BEMIDJI STATE
GABE GAUTHIER, HEAD COACH, WSHL LAS VEGAS STORM
MEGAN EDMUNDS, SOCIAL MEDIA AND PR, UNLV REBELS