The VEGAS JUNIOR GOLDEN KNIGHTS are proud to announce that we will be fielding U16 AAA hockey again this season and continue to build on the development that was put in place last season and led to a team that was competitive at Pacific District Regionals.
We are especially excited that the team will be led by Head Coach Frank Salcido with Assistant coaches Robbert McDonald and Adam Naglich.
Coach Salcido has a long history of playing and Coaching hockey and has helped navigate his own son, Brian Salcido’s, development that led an NHL draft and contract. Salcido has decades of coaching experience with 8 years at the AAA level with the Junior Kings and is looking forward to building the Vegas Knights Program.
Coach McDonald has been coaching in Southern California for over a decade most recently as a Head Coach for AA and Assistant Coach on the Kings U16 AAA team. He has coached youth teams to both SCAHA and National Championship titles.
Vegas’ own Coach Adam Naglich played in the BCHL and for the University of Alaska before moving on to play 6 years of pro hockey in the ECHL and Austria. Naglich coached along with Micah Sanford on last year’s Vegas Storm AAA team and looks forward to continuing growth for the Vegas Junior Knights.
Along with the Coaches connections and those of Coach in Chief, Gabe Gauthier, Executive Board Members Brad Sholl, Scott Allegrini, Murray Craven, Misha Donskov Wally Lacroix and John Brooks we are confident that we will have recruiting and on Ice success in 2017.
As a first-year team in 2016 the Las Vegas Storm U16AAA were competitive in several AAA tournaments losing in overtime at the Bauer Invitational in the middle division. In 2017 we look to build on that success. Many teams have indicated a desire to play us this coming season and with the connections added by the Golden Knights’ Staff we are in the process of building a competitive and well scouted schedule that will include the Bauer as well as expected NAPHL weekends. With an automatic bid the players are guaranteed and opportunity to perform at the highly scouted Pacific District tournament.
The team will have 4 practice/skills sessions a week between the Las Vegas Ice Center and the new Vegas Golden Knights Practice Facility with tracked gym workouts and off ice training as well as nutritional guidance. More information including tryout details will be forthcoming in the days ahead.