Coming Here on July 4….A Hockey Adventure You Will Never Forget


Based on a True Story

By Lee Samuels and Mary Cate 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.


Now, a few 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 Ricketts, Dave Francis, Gramps and Kendell Galor 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 Cate 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

Mary Cate is the author of the children’s book Flash The Cat.

This story will feature

Coach Rob Pallin

Anthony Greener and his grandfather Gramps

Kendell Galor – She will be on Vegas bench as an athletic trainer in her biggest most meaningful game.

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 is one of the all-time goal scorers in Las Vegas.

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 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. 


An excerpt from this story….

“Tell me more about Apache Jones,” coach Rob asked Tommy Ricketts in a group meeting which included Anthony Greener, Gramps, Dave Francis and Kendell Galor.

Tommy leafed through pages in a black binder and said…

“Apache grew up in Utah. Set all of the youth hockey scoring records. Beat all of the Vegas teams. Then in a regional final Apache missed the game-winning shot. His coach R.C. Rock gave it to him after the game. Apache has been gone since.

“Oh another thing. He practices remote viewing,” Tommy said.

“What exactly is that,” asked Rob.

“Apache Jones can see the future.”

Kendell said “hold on everyone….

She paused, then brushed a tear from her eye.

“Oh he wants to play. I can sense it. 

“He knows we are looking for him.”