Coming This Summer – A New Hockey Adventure….July 4, 2018


Based on a True Story

By Lee Samuels and Mary Kate Zurfluh

When Apache Jones grew up in Utah he made goal scoring look so easy.

He and the Utah Red Stars used to beat all of the teams – including the ones right here in Las Vegas at all age levels.

But when Apache Jones missed scoring a game-winning goal in a gold medal game his hockey coach R.C. Rock in the locker room took Apache’s hockey stick and broke it in half.

He told Apache to go home.

And home he went, never to play hockey again….

The hockey folks said he and his family went to Las Vegas but no one really knew.


Seven years later the AAA Utah Red Stars coached by R.C. Rock are coming into Las Vegas for Summer Blast 2018.

And when coach Rob and his Vegas team are short on goal scorers he, Anthony Greener, Tommy Rickets, Dave Francis and Gramps go onto a citywide search to track down Apache Jones and ask him to return to the game he loves so much in the biggest summer game ever right here in Las Vegas.

That is, if they can find him.


This story is being written by Lee Samuels and daughter Mary Kate Zurfluh who last winter wrote ‘Just in Time for Christmas the Unstoppable Johnnie Gold’ and  earlier “The Kid Who Never Scored a Goal”  here on

This story will feature

Coach Rob

Anthony Greener and his grandfather Gramps

Tommy Ricketts – one of the greatest Las Vegas hockey dads of our time

Dave Francis – for years the friendly gatekeeper at the SoBe Arena Pro Shop. His hockey son Chris plays for the ECHL Wheeling Nailers.

Adam Stio – referee in the biggest game of his officiating career – Summer Blast 2018

Peppers – Zamboni driver created by hockey dad Jay Zurfluh

Skeeter – A rink cat, very young, who wanders over to the wrong bench on game night – new character created by Jay Zurfluh.

Steve Allen – Las Vegas hockey dad 

Apache Jones and R.C. Rock – Both were created by Lee Samuels

Johnnie Gold – guest appearance – he wants his pure gold hockey stick back


This story is dedicated to the memory of Las Vegas roller hockey star Johnny Oakes who passed unexpectedly years ago. He played high level roller with dignity and grace along with Micah Sanford, Patrick Stevenson, Leroy Garcia, Adam Naglich, Billy Tufano and so many hometown roller stars who skated together in the biggest greatest tournaments nationally while playing out of the ‘Little House of Champions’ – Crystal Palace Roller Rink on North Rancho Drive. 

Their collective greatness in a very early era of high level hockey in Las Vegas will never be forgotten.