By Lee Samuels

Why is there a Vegashockey.net….

Years ago, back in the 1999-2002 era there were great tier hockey teams here in town. Rob Pallin was the head coach. The first big star in town was Micah Sanford.  In 1999-2000 we had the first winning tier AA 18u team with the famous Triple Threat Line of Travis Roseberry, JC Caron and Spike Neely playing for the AA Las Vegas Mustangs at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive. They were an explosive unit who took down powers like – in that era – from LA, San Diego and San Jose. The following season our son Eddie Samuels played on the Red Line with Josh Jasek and Adam Naglich with famous defenseman Eddie Del Grosso. Pallin dramatically booked the AAA LA Kings midget major team  – a very powerful club in that era – to come into Las Vegas in a magical weekend of sold-out crowds. Our top Las Vegas line was signed collectively by the BCHL Victoria Salsa. Del Grosso became a major star in college and professionally. In that era we wrote short stories and sent them to mainstream media. We got practically zero coverage even with a 2001-02 AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u team which was the first to win a Pacific Division title and advance to the U.S. Nationals. So we went to the internet to put together a number of hockey sites with edsamuels.com first and then Vegashockey.com being the best early one. The reason: if we could draw attention to a top Las Vegas player, goalie in the sport of ice hockey and help him or her move to the next level – wherever that might be – it would be worth the effort. So now you, dear readers – all of you – now you know the story behind the story when you click on Vegashockey.net