Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bet You Didn’t Know….

By Lee Samuels

Years ago the Las Vegas Ice Center was a roller rink. Big powerful roller teams including the Armadillos from SoCal came into town to take on top Las Vegas teams. In those days the top roller coaches included Oren Galor and for older players the coach was Dennis Parker. And the roller legend coach Larry Sanford was also around with a top team. There were big crowds in the stands when the Las Vegas team took on teams like the powerful hard-skating Orange County Blades roller team coached by Ken Gibo. The hometown team at that rink was called the Las Vegas Titans.

Adam Naglich of Las Vegas was a top roller player then. Teammates called him Stick.

The greatest Las Vegas goal scorers ever in roller hockey include Jason Zucker, Chris Francis, Billy Tufano and Evan Zucker. Jason and Chris had awesome speed, Evan had that too with a close-range scoring touch scoring from all sorts of angles. Tufano was a pure roller player.

A few years ago the great Las Vegas roller hockey coach Curt Weiman named his “five best roller players I ever coached” and the list included in order Nick Robone, Adam Tamura, Eddie Samuels, Billy Tufano and Micah Sanford.

Bet you didn’t know Micah Sanford of Las Vegas once played for the Las Vegas Blackjacks Jr B at the Sahara Ice Rink. There were a lot of line brawls that season. One of Micah’s linemates was the gifted roller hockey star Leroy Garcia.


Back in 2003-04 the top line in town was Anthony Greener, Kurt Long and Conrad Trimbath on the AA Las Vegas Rebels. The team got off to a 13-0-2 start – a record at that time – and didn’t lose a game until late October. Conrad scored 29 goals that season.

Bet you didn’t know hockey coach Rob Pallin played pro beach roller hockey and was seen on ESPN.

When Alex Redmond of Las Vegas years ago was signed by the Peninsula Panthers Jr B he wore the name ‘Blackjack’ on the back of his jersey. He was a smash hit as a player skating that season on Vancouver Island.

Back in 2001 Travis Roseberry was named Skater of the Year for the AA Las Vegas Mustangs. He was the centerpiece of the Triple Threat Line with Spike Neely and JC Caron.

Before the 2001-02 Las Vegas Mustangs played in the U.S. Nationals coach Rob Pallin took them to Mount Charleston for long mountain runs.

The first to play rock music at hometown games was The Hockey Sister – Jessica Jasek, sister of 61-goal scorer Josh Jasek. Back then the games were played at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena.

The scoreboard at Santa Fe is now at the Sobe Ice Arena. So is one of the Zambonis.

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