It’s time to celebrate our July 4 holiday. Here is how some Las Vegas players, coaches, parents are doing it:
Hockey Dad Steven Avalone – his son Steven plays for the Kindersley Klippers in the Saskatchewan League and daughter Gia plays for the AAA Anaheim Lady Ducks 16u
“We are staying local for a family barbecue for the 4th of July. I hope everyone reading this has a wonderful 4th.”
Vito Carlo, defenseman, Las Vegas – Vito will be leaving town to play college hockey in mid-August. For July 4 he will be with his hockey mom Rosie, eat BBQ there and then the family will go to a casino which will be having fireworks.
Kevin and Alysia Conaway, Sin City Barons roller hockey team – Alysia writes “we don’t have any set plans for the 4th as Kevin is working and we will probably stay home with the dogs. We depart the 7th for the international roller hockey games that begin on the 8th. Darion Conaway will be playing with KIHA Warriors and Antonio Buck with Team USA. Our Sin City Barons roller team arrives into Hawaii on the 10th and plays until the 14th.”
Eddie Del Grosso – voted Best Las Vegas Defenseman of all time on Vegas Hockey – Eddie is having a July 4 celebration at his house which includes his famous hockey mom Patty – years ago she shook the cowbells whenever the AA Las Vegas Mustangs scored a goal back in 2001-02 season.
Bethany Drysdale, star hockey reporter for Vegas Hockey – “We spend 4th of July in Ohio. It’s almost always been in front of the McKinley Monument, listening to the Canton Symphony orchestra or Army Army National guard band play patriotic music. When it gets dark, they have an amazing display of fireworks. All with the monument & pro football HOF in the foreground. We’ve been able to do that for about 25 years now.
“Food is always hamburgers and hot dogs at friends/families house.
Erik Fisher, lightning-quick Las Vegas defenseman who played for AWHL Great Falls Americans and the WSHL Ogden Mustangs.
“My wife is having a baby so we are having family and friends come over to my parent in laws house for a gender reveal. Meanwhile we are still playing men’s league hockey at the Fiesta with my brother Kyle, Hayden Breceda and Ethan Montoya.”
Anthony Greener, Head Coach, UNLV Rebels
“We are going to do a pool day, then go to my Aunt’s house for the 4th.”
Connor Haney, tremendous Las Vegas defenseman who was captain with the WSHL Seattle Totems
Connor’s hockey mom Lori says “we are all in Reno now for Connor’s younger sister’s wedding. He goes back to San Clemente on Tuesday and is planning to celebrate the 4th with one of his former teammates Kyle Blondin with the Seattle Totems and his friends in California.”
JJ Hartmann, Las Vegas hockey coach
“We will be with our family on the 4th. We will be helping out a number of the Las Vegas youth teams this coming season as we will be a coach at the youth skills lessons.”
Matt Johnson, coach of AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights bantams who had a tremendous run at the U.S. Nationals last season.
“For 4th of July no plans really set yet. Probably will go to a friends house for a cook out. Heading to Boston on July 6 for a hockey tournament which will feature some great Las Vegas players as well – Tournament is Hockey Night in Boston.”
Zee Khan, GM, UNLV Rebels
“Myself, Jen and Baby Olivia are travelling to Wisconsin to spend the 4th with some former teammates from ASU and their families – on the lake. We do this every year and each year our families grow and it is always great. We will also be playing golf at Erin Hills, the best course of the 2017 US Open.”
Wally Lacroix, coach of the USA National Champions AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u team at the SoBe Ice Arena.
“Golfing in the morning, then celebrating the 4th in our neighborhood with friends.”
Will ‘Money’ Munson – former teammate of Eddie Samuels when they played for the NAHL Billings Jr. Bulls – “Still playing house hockey for a team called SNAFU at the Riverside Ice Arena. For the 4th we are going to friends house with wife and kids for a pool party.”
Adam Naglich, Las Vegas Hall of Fame goal scorer:
“My wife and I are heading to France. I have a friend – Braden Walls – who we played hockey with (NCAA) Fairbanks Alaska there who is getting married. We will actually be getting onto an international flight on the 4th.
Rob Pallin, Las Vegas, Head Coach TWK HC Innsbruck – Austria
“It’s going to be a big day – Summerlin parade, Summerlin 5k – looking forward to all of this with our family.”
Zach Pochiro, big goal scorer who will be playing in Denmark this season.
Hockey dad Steve says “We will be having a party at the Sky Condos on the casino strip and will watch the fireworks from the 30th floor.”
Rob Proffitt, GM NAHL Fairbanks Ice Dogs
“Gulkana River. King salmon fishing! Just finished our main camp.”
Beau Ricketts, tremendous goal scorer – his last team here in town was the WSHL Las Vegas Storm
Hockey mom Charla: “Beau is celebrating his 25th birthday on July 4. He plans to go fishing on the 4th in Minot, ND where he now lives. He bought a house and got accepted into the electricians apprentice program so I guess this is where is putting down his roots.”
Nick Robone, assistant coach of the UNLV Rebels
“Normally my brother and I have a big party at our house but I think this year we are going down to San Diego. Hope all is well to all.”
Robbie Silvernail, tremendous goal scorer and top line goal scorer for UNLV Rebels
“My wife and I are having a BBQ at her parents home along with a few hockey guys we grew up together playing the game.”
Adam Stio, GM
“We spent last season as a GM in Evansville in the Southern Professional Hockey League. We have a new GM opportunity in the Michigan area so we will be hanging out in Battle Creek for the 4th. Hope everyone back home in Las Vegas is doing well.”
Mike and Joe Trimboli, elite Las Vegas defensemen
Hockey dad Pete Trimboli says “we are staying here in Las Vegas and watching fireworks at the M Hotel. Mike, who lives in Dallas now, will be in Huntington Beach visiting his brother Joe who lives there now. They will do a big BBQ there. Hope all in Las Vegas will be enjoying this special holiday.”
Scott Zucker, the most famous Las Vegas hockey Dad of all:
“Family coming over to our house for a BBQ and swim. Just a nice casual day.”
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