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Beau Ricketts – the first hometown star goal scorer for the WSHL Las Vegas Storm three seasons ago. Beau is now living in Minot, North Dakota.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

By Lee Samuels

The Gabe Gauthier-coached WSHL Las Vegas Storm is going into its 4th season this fall at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

But where are the Storm’s top players from their first three seasons.

We have tracked down some of the great Storm players who have graduated from the program including the Storm’s first star player Beau Ricketts.

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Beau Ricketts, team leader and big goal scorer in the Storm’s first season, is working for a hydraulic company in Minot, North Dakota. Beau is planning on buying a house there as well. He is skating on a men’s league team there at the Maysa Arena and “scoring some goals.”  Beau played in that arena on very cold winter nights when he skated for the NAHL Minot Minotauras before playing his final junior hockey season for coach Gauthier and the Storm at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

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Quinn Travis was a very popular goal scorer from Gunnison, Colorado who played two seasons with the Storm at the Ice Center. At 6’1, 181 he had the look of a big goal scorer and he was with 37 goals in his two winters here in Las Vegas. Quinn last season was a freshman in a top collegiate program at Northern Arizona University ACHA D2 who are a big rival of the UNLV Rebels. Quinn played in 33 games with NAU and had 2 goals, 6 assists.

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Two seasons ago Vincent Dekumbis from Fribourg, Switzerland was a giant electrifying goal scorer and the first and only WSHL All Star for the WSHL Las Vegas Storm. He had tremendous acceleration winning the Fastest Skater Award during WSHL All-Star week and in his two seasons here scored 17 goals, then 31 goals. In his final season with the Storm Vincent was moved to the WSHL Valencia Flyers who were going into their playoff run. This past season Vincent played 8 games with the NAHL Texas Lone Star Brahmas and 40 games with the NA3HL Texas Jr Brahmas. Totalled, Vincent had 15 goals, 35 assists. He is listed at 5’10” and 176 and is still a very young skater. Vincent is just 19.

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Braxton Davis and Brandon Bavis were very popular players for the Storm. They were best friends on and off the ice, helped coached youth pickup hockey together at the Las Vegas Ice Center and seemed to be inseparable. That was two seasons ago. Since Braxton, from Hermosa Beach, California, has played defensively for NOJHL Timmins Rock, USPHL Midwest Forest Lake Lakers, EHL Philadelphia Revolution and is presently enrolled – and playing hockey collegiately – for ACHA D2 Marian University. Braxton is 6’6 and 210. Brandon, from Mount Pearl, Canada, since leaving here has played for the GMHL Meaford Knights, FHL Berlin River Drivers and the NCHL Devon Barons in a no-contact league. Brandon is 22, the same age as his former Las Vegas teammate. Brandon is a 6’0″, 185 pound skater who can play defensively or go over to the offensive side. He scored 3 goals and had 5 assists in his season here with the Storm at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

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Nikita Tsvetov was a two-time Vegas Hockey Defenseman of the Year while playing for the WSHL Las Vegas Storm. He was ultra skilled, easily moved the puck to his forwards and was a high level performer when he last played here in 2015-16. This past season Nikita played 5 games for Severskie Volki in Russia. He is 20 years old. 

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Nathan Fournier was a rugged 6’1, 2015 defenseman who played two seasons for the WSHL Las Vegas Storm – in 2014-15, 2015-16. He is from Rancho Cucamonga, California and played in the Cal Wave youth hockey program. He skated for a bit with the MNJA Minnesota Owls, then was moved to Las Vegas where he was a skilled defenseman, team leader and fighter. Nathan always protected the Storm’s forwards. At the end of his final season here he was moved to the WSHL Ontario Avalanche who were going into a playoff run. After those games he has not played following his junior hockey career. He was one of the big stars for the Storm – an unforgettable player who always gave it his all. He is 21 years old.

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One of the best trade deals made by coach Gabe Gauthier was one with the Butte Cobras which brought dynamic goal scorer Ted Astrom of Sweden to the Storm last season. Ted scored 23 goals include a game-winner in the closing moments of a game which beat the Vancouver Rangers in the opening game of the WSHL Shootout last December. Ted is 21. He was one a number of top players who graduated. Ted has returned to Sweden where he will be playing for Solletea HC, Sweden, Division One.

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