Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Aidan McNabb, who played youth hockey at the Las Vegas Ice Center, will skate this season with the USPHL Premier Carolina Jr Hurricanes. Aidan, 20, played for the 2016-17 AAA Las Vegas Storm 16u travel team. He is listed at 6’1, 195. This will be Aidan’s second straight season with the Carolina Jr Hurricanes.

Kirk Underwood will be captain and Bas Assaf, Eric Williams and Jared Erickson will be co-captains for the UNLV Rebels this coming 2020-21 season. The Anthony Greener coached UNLV Rebels will begin their season in early January 2021. Home games again will be at the City National Arena on Charleston Ave – near the Red Rock Hotel-Casino.

Photo Special to Vegas HockeyRob Pallin of Las Vegas is the new head coach of ESV Kaufburen in Germany this season.

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Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin and his ESV Kaufburen pro team in Germany will open their season vs the Dresden Ice Lions on November 6, then take on Bietigheim Steelers the next day. Coach Rob and ESV Kaufburen are in the Germany Ice Hockey League.

Matt Johnson, one of the best youth ice hockey coaches in town, and the Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u bantams, played in some pre-season road games over the weekend and went 2-2-1. Kam Laskaska and Will Harris were the goalies for the Jr Golden Knights 14u.

In Canada hockey writer Gregg Drinnan tweets that the NAHL Corpus Christi Ice Rays, Springfield Jr Blues and Kansas City Scouts 21u junior teams have opted out of the 2020-21 season.

Two USHL teams – the legendary Cedar Rapids Roughriders and the Madison Capitals each announced they are shutting down operations this season. For their players who want to continue playing in the USHL a player draft is being arranged.

John Purdy, a high-octane player with firepower – like wicked blasts for shots – last season played for Wally Lacroix’s AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u. This season Purdy will play for the Pokey Reddick-coached Faith Lutheran High School team in Las Vegas.

Big goal scorer Cody Williams of Las Vegas will wear jersey #98 for the Motor City Rockers pro hockey ice team in Detroit this season. Adam Stio of Las Vegas is the GM there...looking for the whereabouts of skater John Purdy who had a wicked-hard blast of a shot last season for the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u..

Las Vegas – Huge news today. Premier defenseman Steven Avalone of Las Vegas is returning home to play for the Las Vegas Thunderbirds junior 21u hockey team which will play at the City National Arena on Charleston Ave. The T-Birds this season will play in the United States Premier Hockey League.

Steven played with the Kindersley Klippers in the Saskatchewan Hockey League in Canada the last two years. The T-Birds, loaded with hometown star players – including the awesome Darion Conaway, AJ Lackas, Heath Mensch, Trent Carter and Joe Terrana, will play in the United States Premier Hockey League this season.

The Las Vegas players include….

Goalie

Anthony Bonaldi

Forwards

Anthony Jurcic

AJ Lackas

Zach McClenahan

Heath Mensch

Deric Prier

Joe Terrana

Caden Thorne

Defensemen

Steven Avalone

Nicolas Bonaldi

Trent Carter

Darion Conaway

Mark Nowag

//John Marks is the president of the Las Vegas Thunderbirds. Dave Hyrsky is returning as head coach

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

HOCKEY ON THE ROCKS – PAINTING BY TERRENCE FOGARTY

"On The Rocks" oil on canvas by Terrence Fogarty, www.terrencefogarty.com

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Sunday, Sept. 13 Game 3 Update – Johnny Sinagra and Kevin Hanley scored in an OT/Shootout to help the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u beat the hometown AA Park City Miners 4-3 Sunday morning at the Peaks Ice Arena in Provo, Utah. “We got into some penalty problems, but we held our own. Both of our goalies played. We now move on as a group and build as group,” said Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u coach Wally Lacroix.

Sunday Breaking News – Coach Wally Lacroix’s AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u close out their weekend series vs the Park City Miners 9 am today at the Peaks Arena in Provo, Utah. The temperature there was 44 degrees outside of the arena this morning. The AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u, U.S.A. Champions two seasons ago, are one of the best tier hockey programs in the West – with Lacroix and Todd Owen teaching the intricacies of the game – Lee, reporting.

Game Two Saturday – Kevin Hanley – getting assists from Micah Williamson and Matt Lackas – scored a dramatic game-winning OT goal as the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights beat the AA Park City Miners by 3-2 here at the Peaks Ice Area in Provo, Utah. Both Vegas Jr Golden Knights goalies – Johnny NG and Austin Scharetel played in this game.

The AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights, 2-0-0 this weekend in their season-opening games, take on AA Park City Miners again here on Sunday.

Game One Today – AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u 2, AA Park City Miners 16u 1 – Both Vegas goalies – Johnny NG, Austin Schaertel played this morning at Peaks Ice Arena in Provo, Utah. Vegas coach Wally Lacroix said “…our athletes are learning new things and I believe we can get there as a group. Structure is a key to winning big games.”

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Provo, Utah – The hockey season begins today – Saturday – for Vegas Hockey Coach of the Year Wally LaCroix and assistant coach Todd Owen whose AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u won a U.S. National Championship two years ago and was a mighty exciting hard-skating force last winter. Now…the reconstruction begins when the Jr Golden Knights 16u take on the AA Park City Miners 16u in a three-game weekend series here at the Peaks Ice Arena.

Returning and new players include Micah Williamson, Kenneth Curtis lll plus Ty Phillips, Matt Lackas, John Sinagra and Austin Schaertel from Phoenix who will be here in Utah. One of the goalies is Johnny NG who should get some action this weekend. Coach LaCroix said the art of blue-printing and rebuilding a power team begins this weekend.

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We are told that one of coach Wally’s graduated star goalies last season – Zackary Ortolano – is now with Shattuck St. Mary’s famous hockey program.

Here is the weekend schedule:

AA VEGAS JR GOLDEN KNIGHTS 16U

Saturday, 10 am – Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u 2, Park City Miners 1

Saturday, 5 pm – Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u 3, Park City Miners 2 OT

Sunday, 9 am – Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u 4, Park City Miners 3 OT/Shootout

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Breaker – Adam Cracknell, who played for the 2007-08 Las Vegas Wranglers at The Orleans Arena on Tropicana Ave., has just signed a deal with the NHL Edmonton Oilers. Adam, 35, is listed at 6′, 3″ and 195.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Special to Vegas Hockey

This year the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u are very different this coming season. Coach Matt Johnson noted “we had a couple pleasant surprises at tryouts.

“We have some real firepower on the forward side. We have some pure goal scorers, playmakers and some blue chip type players. We are going to be tough and physical blended with poise and finesse. We have great depth up front. So players will be challenged and required to compete every day, which will in turn make each player better.

On the back end we have our top 2 D-men from last year in Kaden Mulcahy and Connor Beers, returning. Hunter Toms has come back from playing for the AAA L.A. Jr Kings and Trevor Abele has returned after playing last season for Faith Lutheran High School. We also added Carson Craig and Luke Miller who were members of the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights Peewee team last season.

Kam Laskaska, moving up from the PW AA, is between the pipes, and is going to be our backbone in net.

We have high expectations for this season. Coach Kevin Mulcahy and myself have known these players for a long time, since back in our days of coaching for the Storm. He also coached a majority of them at the Quebec International Peewee Tournament where they had great success. We are hoping to continue on the path. We hope that we can reach the pinnacle of success that Coach Wally Lacroix and Todd Owen did the last two seasons with their 16u team.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Dom Garcia of Las Vegas will return and play for NCAA Arizona State’s hockey team this season. Dom was an assistant captain with Arizona State last winter. He is going into his senior season

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Sunday game – Ash Printzen of Las Vegas one assist today for AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u in a 3-1 loss to the AAA Saginaw Valley Eagles girls 19u at the NAHA Labor Day Tournament in Connecticut. This was the final game of the tournament for Ash and AAA Meijer Western Michigan this weekend.

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Las Vegas goal scorer Zach Pochiro, who played for the AAA Nevada Stars 16u team at the Las Vegas Ice Center back in 2009-10, has signed with the ECHL Fort Wayne Komets for this season. The Komets are affiliated with the NHL Vegas Golden Knights. Zach, 26, is listed at 6’1, 186. Last season Zach played for Esberg Energy in Denmark

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Friday Flash Final – OT – AAA Buffalo Bisons 19u girls 1, AAA Western Michigan Meijer 19u girls 0; In the second game Ash Printzen of Las Vegas scored for AAA Western Michigan Meijer girls 19u in a very tough 2-1 loss to AAA Little Caesars-Detroit girls 19u; In game three Ash and AAA Western Michigan lost 6-0 to the Bay State Breakers. The Bay State Breakers are from the New England area. In the 4th game of the weekend Ash and AAA Meijer Western Michigan lost 4-0 to the NAHA girls 19u team.

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Breaking News – Ash Printzen of Las Vegas and the AAA Western Michigan Meijer girls 19u are off to Connecticut this weekend to begin play in the mega 15-team 20th Annual NAHA North American Labor Day Tournament. Ash and AAA Western Michigan will take on the Buffalo Bisons girls 19u in a first-round game Friday, Sept. 4. AAA Little-Caesars-Detroit has a girls 19u team in this tournament as well.

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In other news today hockey coach Jamie O’Leary who years ago coached the ‘Vegas Connection’ of Travis Roseberry, Eddie Samuels and premier defenseman TJ Craig with the AAA Vail, Colorado Avalanche tier travel bantam team, is coaching this season in the Hyland Hills, Colorado youth hockey program in Westminster, Colorado.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The NHL Vegas Golden Knights announced that Manny Viveriros, 54, of St. Albert, AB, Canada will be the head coach of their top affiliate AHL Henderson NV Silver Knights this season. Manny has NHL coaching experience – he was an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers in 2018-19 – and he was a very successful head coach of the WHL Swift Current Broncos and the WHL Spokane Chiefs. The AHL Henderson Silver Knights will play their home games this season at The Orleans Arena on Tropicana Avenue.

Monday, August 31, 2020

COACH ROB PALLIN OF LAS VEGAS UPDATE IN GERMANY

Media News Release

With a two-week training camp under the new ESVK coach Rob Pallin, on 1. September 2020/2021 season preparation for the Joker. In the further preparation period for the DEL2 season, which will hopefully start on October 2nd, six test games have been agreed. The ESVK meets the EHC Lustenau (AlpsHL) as well as the league competitors Ravensburg Towerstars and Tölzer Löwen. There will also be a second leg against the Tölzer Löwen. The Joker continue to test against the Bietigheim Steelers and for the first time in seven years against EV Füssen from the Oberliga Süd. The exact schedules of the games will be announced at a later date. We ask for your understanding.

The obligatory and always very popular first public ice training is currently scheduled to take place on Friday, September 4th. Independently Whether or not spectators are allowed by then, the training will of course be broadcast live and free of charge via ESVK.TV in the living room at home.

The entire planning of the pre-season as well as the mentioned test matches were of course agreed with the proviso that the official requirements allow the DEL2 season 2020/2021 to start as planned on October 2nd. Whether at all, and if so, with how many and under what conditions viewers are allowed to play in the test matches and, above all, in the league, is of course the decisive factor as to whether a league game is possible from October 2nd. Until these decisions have been made, the ESVK asks its fans for a lot of understanding and the necessary patience.

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Saturday August 29, 2020

MICHAEL YOCHUM OF LAS VEGAS NAMED CAPTAIN

ACHA D1 CANISIUS GOLDEN GRIFFINS 2020-21 SEASON

Special to Vegas Hockey

Canisius College’s American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division 1 men’s program is proud to announce that returning players, Matt Canada (Niagara Falls, NY / Niagara Wheatfield HS) and Mike Yochum (Las Vegas,NV / Vegas Jr. Golden Knights) have been named co-captains for the upcoming 2020-2021 season. Canada will be suiting up for his fifth year as a Griff as he returns to start his Master’s of Sport Product Development next year. Yochum will be entering his third year with Canisius continuing focusing on Economics and Sports Management.

We are ecstatic to have both Canada and Yochs back for another year leading this team together. After having a large graduating class last year it is great to have these two tremendous gentlemen lead our team into a new era of hockey at Canisius.” said head coach Steve Hurtubise. “Matt has a great attitude and has done a fantastic job as a captain for our team for a few seasons now. He has an uncanny ability to bring everyone together which has been paramount to our success for the past few seasons. Yoch’s love for the game is shown each and every day as you will find a tough time finding another player in the country working as hard as him. He is always thinking of new ideas to help not only himself but the team to get better and we are lucky to have him in our program.” 

We reached out to both players to do a quick ten questions to see what they have been up to and to share a few fun facts about both below:

  • Who did you look up to the most as a hockey player growing up?

           Canada – Growing up my favorite player was Dion Phaneuf

           Yochum – Brian Campbell was my favorite player and inspiration when I was little

  • Name something most people don’t know about you?

           Canada – One thing most people don’t know about me is I only like red M&Ms

           Yochum – I’m a huge NASCAR, Formula 1 and Indy Car Fan

  • What music have you been listening to lately?

           Canada – I mostly listen to country music but I’ll mix in some DaBaby every now and then

           Yochum – I’ve been on an EDM and Country kick over the summer

  • Favorite Number?

           Canada – My favorite number is 5

           Yochum – 51 for Brian Campbell

  • Name a movie you can watch over and over without hesitation

           Canada – Caddyshack

           Yochum – Ocean’s Eleven

  • Favorite subject at Canisius?

           Canada – Economics and Fiance of Sport with Dr. O’Rourke

           Yochum – I am a big fan of all of my economic classes

  • If you had your own goal song what would it be?

           Canada – Losing It by Fisher

           Yochum – You Belong with Me (Taylor Swift) or Don’t Stop Me Now (Queen)

  • Comedies, dramas, documentaries – what would you watch the most?

           Canada – I mostly watch action movies and comedies but I can get into a good documentary if I am feeling it

           Yochum – I would go Action/Drama with comedies as a close second

  • Drums or Flats?

           Canada – Flats all day

           Yochum- Flats by far. Big flats guy!

  • Post Graduate plans?

           Canada – I plan to work in the sports industry in hopes to one day start my own sport and entertainment company

           Yochum – Not entirely sure yet but I’d love to work for a pro sports team in analytics

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

NOT JUST ANOTHER ROAD TRIP FOR COACH ROB PALLIN OF LAS VEGAS….

By Lee Samuels

Just one more sip of coffee hockey coach Rob Pallin of Las Vegas was saying yesterday on the outdoor patio at Eggworks on Centennial here in town. Coach Rob was working on his second cup. The great hockey dad Greg Yochum – whose son Michael plays for ACHA D1 Canisius Golden Griffins – was at the table messing around with scrambled eggs, rye toast and so were we….

Coach Rob and family – his wife Dora and the little ones – today are taking a 7 am flight from Las Vegas to Chicago, then Copenhagen, then Munich to coach ESV Kaufburen in Germany.

Yes, one of the greatest ever coaches from Las Vegas, said he was excited to be with his new European team which includes two familiar players – John Lammers and Tyler Spurgeon – who played for coach Rob on previous pro teams.

And then out of no where coach Pallin talked about one of first-ever great lines he had put together – the Triple Threat Line of Travis Roseberry, JC Caron and Spike Neely – on a 1999-2000 AA Las Vegas 18u team over at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive. It was the very first bigtime electrying goal-scoring line in Vegas history. Which soon attracted, for the first time, large excited bell-ringing crowds to watch that team take on the L.A. teams, the ones from San Jose and Arizona. This was the first Las Vegas 18u team ever to have a winning record.

“Travis competed hard and always seemed to win his faceoffs,” said Rob. “J.C. played great in the hard areas on the ice. And Spike – he was all heart and soul.”

That table got quiet for a moment.

“Those were good times,” he said.

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And how did Pallin raise the compete level of that team and many others here in Las Vegas.

At defenseman Eddie Del Grosso’s wedding a few years ago Spike Neely said this about coach Rob.

“He made us believe we were better players than who we really were – that we will always be a winning team,” Spike said. “So when a game started and we went over the wall we knew were going to win.”

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

The great hockey writer Gregg Drinnan in Canada put together this insightful list when hockey leagues plan to begin their seasons.

source – greggdrinnan.com

ACHA D1: to be announced

AHL: Dec. 4

AJHL: Sept. 18

BCHL: Dec. 1

ECHL: Dec. 4

Heritage Junior B Hockey League: Oct. 28

KHL: Sept. 2

KIJHL: Oct. 2

MJHL: Sept. 25

NAHL: Oct. 9

NHL: Dec. 1

OHL: Dec. 1

Pacific Junior Hockey League: Sept. 29

QMJHL: OCT. 1

SJHL: Oct. 9

UNLV Rebels: January 2021

USHL: Nov. 6

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League: Sept. 7 (48 games), Oct. 12 (40), Nov. 16 (40), Dec. 14 (32)

WHL: Dec 4

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Richie Crossley, a premier defenseman when he played tier hockey here in Las Vegas, will again drive the VGK Zamboni before games and between periods during the home games at the T-Mobile Arena this coming regular season. He is hoping to drive the Zamboni at home games for the AHL Henderson Golden Knights at The Orleans Arena on Tropicana Ave but that has not yet been confirmed.

“There’s no real secrets to driving the Zamboni,” Richie said. “You need to focus on certain things on the ice and pay attention how warm the building is.”

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Breaking News – UNLV Rebels legend 100 goals career goal scorer Cody Williams, a dynamic offensive force at all levels of the game from Las Vegas, has just signed with the Motor City Rockers. Motor City Rockers are in the Federal Prospects Hockey League and play home games at the Hockeyland Arena in Fraser, Michigan which is just north of Detroit.

Adam Stio of Las Vegas is the President of the Rockers who are playing in their debut season.

Adam said “when our coach Kahlil Thomas got on board he was already talking to Cody’s agent. We both wanted Cody but our coach got to him first – great minds think alike!”

Last season Cody played in pro hockey for Evry-Viry in the France3 League. He had 16 goals.

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Friday, August 14, 2020

Rebels Flash Update – During the shutdown the UNLV Rebels are not permitted to practice, train or meet in team groups over 10 players.

“I am heartbroken for our players but we will all get through this – we really will,” said Rebels head coach Anthony Greener

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Las Vegas The Anthony Greener-coached UNLV Rebels, a nationally ranked hockey program for years, announced today the new season will now begin in January 2021. The Rebels tweeted “…we’ll be back stronger than ever.” The UNLV Rebels practice and play home games at City National Arena.

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Monday, August 18, 2020

Las Vegas Goal Scorers Away from Home – 2019-20 | Vegashockey.net
Derek Sutliffe of Las Vegas getting set up
for the SPHL Evansville Thunderbolts

LAS VEGAS PLAYERS AWAY FROM HOME 2020-21

Joey Allegrini, NCAA Nichols College

Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs

Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u

Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Jr Ducks 19u

Hunter Barto, USPHL Minnesota Moose

Brennan Blaszak, SPHL Pensacola Flyers

Rhett Bruckner, to be announced

Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce

Joey DiBenedetto, ACHA D1 Utah University

Brenden Fehlig, to be announced

Dom Garcia, NCAA Arizona State

Matthew Gross, to be announced

John Hallet, to be announced

Brett Harpling, NA3HL Helena BigHorns

Brendan Harris, NCAA Bemidji State

Dexter Kichline, to be announced

Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u

Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u

Matthew Johnson, ACHA D2 Boise State

Emily Kline, Arizona State women’s team

Michael McNicholas, ECHL Maine Mariners

Colton Miller, EHL Premier New York Bridgemen

Austin Moline, AAA Northstar Academy Warriors 16u – Minnesota

Tristan Nelson, USPHL Northern Cyclones Jr A

Jerrett Overland, NCDC New Jersey Hitmen

Logan Perez, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u

Zach Pochiro, ECHL Fort Wayne Komets

Spencer Poscente, ACHA Eastern Michigan

Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u

Noah Smejkal, Northeast Generals

Gage Quinney, To Be Announced

Bryce Reddick, ECHL Atlanta Gladiators

Joey Raats, to be announced

Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel

Derek Sutliffe, SPHL Evansville Thunderbolts

Blade Taylor, USPHL Elmira Jr Enforcers

Gabriel Testa, to be announced

Jacob Underhill, AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u

Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins

Harris Whissel, AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u

Cody Williams, FPHL Motor City Rockers

Ian Williams, AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u

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Friday, August 7, 2020

Breaking News The Western Hockey League (WHL) will begin play on Friday, December 4 with a full schedule of 68 regular season games plus four rounds of playoffs as usual. Erik Atchison of Las Vegas plays for the WHL Spokane Chiefs.

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

UNLV’s new explosive 56-goal scorer Brock Palmer’s former linemate – Jack Verstraete of the KIJL Kimberly Dynamiters – will play for the Rebels this coming season. UNLV head coach Anthony Greener said today “…He and Palmer come from the same team and they really work well together. We’re excited to see what they can do this season for us.” Verstraete, 20, is listed at 6’0″, 180.

The ECHL, which usually opens play in October, announced it will begin its season on December 4.

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Final Score – Vegas Golden Knights 5, Dallas Stars 3

Down 3-1, VGK rallies dramatically to win in Edmonton

VGK Goals in order

Chandler Stephenson

Mark Stone

Nate Schmidt

William Carrier – first playoff goal

William Karlson

VGK goalie – Robin Lehner24 saves

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Jason Zucker Update in Toronto

Final Score – Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Montreal Canadiens 1

//Jason Zucker scored for Pittsburgh in 2nd Period; Best of Five is now tied 1-1.

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Jason Zucker of Las Vegas and the Pittsburgh Penguins are going into Game 2 of their Best of Five series in Toronto on Monday. Jason has been skating on the Crosby line for the Penguins. Game time is 5 pm pacific on the AT&T Sports Network. Montreal leads 1-0 in this series.

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Saturday Overtime Final Score

Montreal Canadiens 3

Pittsburgh Penguins 2

//Heated, physical game; Jason Zucker of Las Vegas skating on Crosby line; this is Game One of a Best of Five in playoffs. Montreal had a 2-0 lead in this game….2-2 at the end of regulation; now in overtime….Montreal scores in OT and wins 3-2 in first game of this Best of Five series…Next game Monday 5 pm – Game Two, Pittsburgh Penguins vs Montreal Canadiens….

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Toronto – Jason Zucker of Las Vegas and the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins are beginning a best of five playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens at the Scotiabank Arena on Saturday, 5 pm pacific. The game will be televised live nationally on NBC. Jason, who played youth hockey at the Las Vegas Ice Center, is a 13-time Vegas Hockey Player of the Year. His last tier ice hockey coach in Las Vegas was Wally LaCroix at the Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Las Vegas – The AHL Henderson NV Silver Knights will begin play on December 4 at the 7300-seat Orleans Arena on Tropicana Avenue it was announced today.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Gage Quinney of Las Vegas is with the NHL Vegas Golden Knights who are off to Edmonton – first to play against the Arizona Coyotes in an exhibition game on Thursday and then begin to play in the NHL post-season games. Gage, who grew up skating at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue, played three NHL games with the Golden Knights late last season.

Vegas Golden Knights

All Games in Edmonton

Thursday, July 30

Final Score – Thursday

Vegas Golden Knights 4, Arizona Coyotes 1

VGK – Reilly Smith powerplay goal

VGK – Reilly Smith short-handed goal

Phoenix – Taylor Hall – close range goal

VGK – Alex Tuch side-angle goal

VGK – Nick Cousins – empty net goal

VGK Goalie – Marc-Andre Fleury

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NHL Round Robin Playoff Games

Monday, August 3 – VGK 5, Dallas Stars 3

Thursday, August 6 – VGK vs St. Louis Blues, time tba (ATTSN)

Saturday, August 8 – VGK vs Colorado Avalanche, time tba

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Toronto – Jason Zucker of Las Vegas and the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins are beginning a best of five playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens here at the Scotiabank Arena on Saturday, 5 pm pacific.

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LAS VEGAS PLAYERS AWAY FROM HOME 2020-21

Joey Allegrini, NCAA Nichols College

Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs

Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u

Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Jr Ducks 19u

Steven Avalone, to be announced

Hunter Barto, USPHL Minnesota Moose

Brennan Blaszak, SPHL Pensacola Flyers

Rhett Bruckner, to be announced

Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce

Joey DiBenedetto, ACHA D1 Utah University

Brenden Fehlig, to be announced

Matthew Gross, to be announced

Brett Harpling, NA3HL Helena BigHorns

Dexter Kichline, to be announced

Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u

Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u

Matthew Johnson, ACHA D2 Boise State

Emily Kline, Arizona State women’s team

Michael McNicholas, ECHL Maine Mariners

Colton Miller, EHL Premier New York Bridgemen

Austin Moline, AAA Northstar Academy Warriors 16u – Minnesota

Tristan Nelson, USPHL Northern Cyclones Jr A

Jerrett Overland, NCDC New Jersey Hitmen

Logan Perez, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u

Zach Pochiro, to be announced

Spencer Poscente, ACHA Eastern Michigan

Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u

Noah Smejkal, Northeast Generals

Gage Quinney, To Be Announced

Bryce Reddick, ECHL Atlanta Gladiators

Joey Raats, to be announced

Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel

Derek Sutliffe, SPHL Evansville Thunderbolts

Blade Taylor, USPHL Elmira Jr Enforcers

Gabriel Testa, to be announced

Jacob Underhill, AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u

Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins

Harris Whissel, AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u

Cody Williams, to be announced

Ian Williams, AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u

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HOCKEY ON THE ROCKS – PAINTING BY TERRENCE FOGARTY

"On The Rocks" oil on canvas by Terrence Fogarty, www.terrencefogarty.com

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JOE SULLIVAN OF LAS VEGAS RETURNING TO ECHL INDY FUEL

Las Vegas – Joe Sullivan, one of the great, hard-working fiery goal scorers from Las Vegas, has re-signed with ECHL Indy Fuel for this coming season.

Sullivan has been a premier player for years starting with the 2009-10 AAA Nevada Storm 16u which included star players Cory Ward, Zach Pochiro, Beau Ricketts and Cody Milligan at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

Joe, 26, is listed at 5’10, 190. He played at a high level with NAHL Aberdeen Wings, BCHL Wenatchee Wild, USHL Indiana Ice and was captain while playing for NCAA St. Lawrence University and who also skated for the ECHL Manchester Monarchs in New Hampshire during the 2018-19 season.

ECHL Indy Fuel is an affiliate of the NHL Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL Rockford Ice Hogs.

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BRYCE REDDICK GOING TO ECHL ATLANTA GLADIATORS

Breaking News – Defenseman Bryce Reddick of Las Vegas has signed with the ECHL Atlanta Gladiators for the 2020-21 season. Jeff Pyle, coach of the Gladiators, said “Bryce is a very smart two-way defenseman who really moves the puck and who has the ability to get the puck to the net area.”

Bryce, 30, is the son of the famous Pokey Reddick who played in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers and is a premier ice hockey coach in Las Vegas.

Bryce is listed at 5’10, 185. He played the last three seasons with the Cardiff Devils. Earlier Bryce played for the BCHL Cowichan Valley Capitals, NCAA Michigan Tech, the ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers and also played for pro teams in Denmark, France and Norway.

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Las Vegas defenseman Austin Moline, a star player last season with the AAA L.A. Jr Kings 14u bantam team, has signed with AAA NorthStar Christian Academy Warriors 16u in Minnesota for 2020-21. Austin is listed at 6’3, 170 and is regarded as a premier player

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THE GREATNESS OF MICAH SANFORD

Lee Samuels

Micah Sanford of Las Vegas was our first star player – in ice and roller – here in Las Vegas. 

He was the first from Las Vegas to leave home and play on the AAA level ice hockey with the AAA Vail, Colorado, Avalanche midget 18u team, the first to play in the BCHL with the Chilliwack Chiefs Jr A in Canada, and the first to play on a college scholarship at NCAA Division One Nebraska Omaha.

Micah launched his career here in Las Vegas in roller hockey which is the same route star players such as ice hockey stars Jason Zucker, Adam Naglich, Chris Francis, Eddie Samuels and Eddie Del Grosso also took.

Micah’s father Larry Sanford was the head roller hockey coach who took Las Vegas teams to major tournaments throughout the country. Big rivals for Las Vegas back then included the Orange County Blades, Brea Bulldogs, Arizona Stars and the Northern Colorado Blast.

When Micah was 16, he was named the National Roller Hockey Player of the Year.

“My Dad (Larry) played a lot of roller hockey when he was in his early 20’s,” said Micah. “He played for a team out of Louisana that was one of the best in the nation. He held the scoring title nationwide for about five years. We moved to Las Vegas because my folks thought roller rinks would do well here in town.”

That big roller rink was called Crystal Place built on North Rancho Drive. They call it “The Little House of Champions.”

“My favorite teammates in roller hockey were Freddie Young, Patrick Stevenson, Travis Gunderson and Leroy Garcia. We really meshed well together and we were all work horses – never getting out-competed,” Micah said.

That roller team – the Las Vegas Rolling Thunder – was an unstoppable force on a national level.

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MICAH’S GREATEST HOCKEY COACH

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Micah Sanford had many great coaches starting with his father Larry in roller hockey. Larry is a six-time Vegas Hockey Roller Coach of the Year.

Micah’s first travel ice hockey team was the AAA Vail Avalanche 18u in Colorado. Brad Buetow was the head coach. Brad was a former head coach at the Minnesota University and Colorado College hockey programs.

To get to Vail, Colorado, Micah packed up his gear in his pickup truck, then he drove back to the Crystal Palace roller rink where he grew up in Las Vegas. There was a group of younger players and hometown hockey moms and dads who were there and who wished him well and watched him drive off on North Rancho Drive. Micah was the first to leave Las Vegas to play the game and it was big news in the world of hometown hockey.

Micah also played for one of the greatest coaches in Harvey Smyl, a legend with the BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs in Canada. When Micah played for Chilliwack hockey dad Larry Sanford would wear his black and yellow-striped Chilliwack jacket at Crystal Palace.

When Micah was at Chilliwack he told Vegashockey.com in 2000 “…I could always stick-handle and score but they worked on my skating and made me more of a complete player.”

After his first season with Chilliwack Micah went to the Peter Twist Skating School in Vancouver.

But who was Micah’s best coach?

“Harvey Smyl at Chilliwack was the best coach I ever had on the bench during a game. But Brad Buetow was the best coach I ever had at running a practice and teaching skills.

“Harvey was great managing his bench, knowing game situations and who to put onto the ice.

“Brad Buetow was the best at motivating his players and getting the best out of them,” said Micah.

Brad Buetow retired a few years ago, as did Harvey Smyl.

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MICAH’S ASTOUNDING GOAL-SCORING IN 2001-02 PLAYOFFS

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When Micah played for the BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs in Canada hometown fans back in Las Vegas listened to the play by play on radio from the Chiefs two great announcers Barry Douglas and Richard Brew who called the game from the press boxes no matter where the Chiefs were playing. And little did Barry and Rich know  – and their radio listeners – they were about to go onto the biggest ride of their lives.

Chilliwack finished the regular season with a record of 46-10-4. Micah, on the top line, led the team with 47 goals. He was 19 years old.  His linemates and best rink friends were Kaleb Betts with 35 goals and Matt Gibbons with 28 goals.

On this same Chilliwack team was 17-year-old Gabe Gauthier the former GM/head coach of the WSHL Las Vegas Storm and the Hockey Director at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Gabe had 37 goals that season for Chilliwack. Gabe’s linemates were David Van Der Gulik, 38 goals, and Jeff Tambellini with 46 goals.

Micah always played on top lines. When he was with AAA Vail midget majors he was on the number one line with the great Teddy O’Leary.

Micah was now in his second season with Chilliwack and suddenly – and no one, including him – knows how and why Micah Sanford began scoring so many goals in the playoffs.

While Chilliwack was winning the Nowat Cup and the Doyle Cup and qualifying for the grand finale – the Royal Bank Cup in Halifax – Micah had racked up 31 playoff goals. When he was interviewed by me at Vegashockey.com (the old site, not this one) Micah said….

“I’m not doing anything differently. It’s like everything I shoot – no matter what part of the net – the puck goes right into the net. I cannot explain it.”

On the Chiefs radio Barry Douglas and Richard Brew were going insanely wild calling the games.  Gauthier said “…it was unreal, so intense.”

At the Royal Bank Cup in Halifax – the one last crown to capture – Micah and the Chiefs worked their way to the Final 4.

They took on the OCN Blizzard from the Manitoba Hockey League.  It was a close, tight game, right down to the final buzzer at the Halifax Forum.

OCN won 4-3.

When the game was over – and maybe it was the pressure of winning so many times – the Chiefs players collapsed onto the ice in all parts of the arena.

On the radio Barry and Richard lost it – they both wept.

They were trying to describe and capture in their own words the final time this great Chilliwacks Chiefs team would ever be on the ice.

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Micah scored 31 goals during the playoffs. For the season he had 78 goals, 80 assists – by far the most goal and assists and points by any Las Vegas skater on any level of the game.

Gauthier said “this was such a great team. Micah was a big part of it. I counted 12 of our players who went to NCAA Division 1 teams.

Chilliwack coach Harvey Smyl sized it all up when he said “Micah was a man among boys with his determination and strength.”

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Micah got a scholarship to play at Nebraska-Omaha. After four years he played professionally signing with the ECHL Bakersfield Condors.

In 2009 Micah retired as an active player.

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MICAH SANFORD CAREER ICE HOCKEY RECORD

1997-98 – Las Vegas Mustangs Midget A

1998-99 – Las Vegas Blackjacks Jr B

1999-20 – AAA Vail Avalanche midget major – 49 goals/35 assists

2000-01 – BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs Jr A – 12 goals/9 assists

2001-02 – BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs Jr A – 78 goals/80 assists

2002-03 – Nebraska-Omaha 8 goals/9 assists

2003-04 – Nebraska-Omaha 1 goal/0 assists

2005-05 – Nebraska-Omaha 1 goal/6 assists

2005-06 – Nebraska-Omaha 1 goal/0 assists

2008-09 – ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers 0 goals/0 assists

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Monday, July 20, 2020

CHICAGO, IL – The United States Hockey League (USHL), the only Tier I junior hockey league in the United States, announced Friday its plan to start the 2020-21 season this fall with the intention to play a full schedule. The Board of Directors met Thursday in the first of a series of weekly scheduled Zoom calls to review Return to Play protocols for the coming season based on the latest recommended COVID-19 health precautions.

“Our Board of Directors meetings have been another great example of how in a time of uncertainty across sports, our Clubs are coming together to provide the best opportunity for our players to continue their development in the safest manner possible,” said USHL President and Commissioner Tom Garrity. “Each of our Member Clubs was represented as we discussed the best way to return to play for the 2020-21 season while ensuring the safety of everyone involved in returning to the ice.”

The Board of Directors meetings use information provided by separate USHL committees including the COVID-19 Taskforce, Scheduling Committee and Competition Committee, which all have separate, specialized focuses to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information for the discussion of the Return to Play protocol.

Return to Play

The USHL has created a working Return to Play document, updated daily, which features guidance on safety protocols at local, state and national levels. USHL front office members are utilizing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and collaborating with representatives from the NHL and USA Hockey. Each Member Club is responsible for working directly with local health officials to ensure they are up-to-date with the latest information in their market. The main emphasis of the document is providing guidelines and recommendations for the safety of players, coaches, staff, billets and fans, as well as ensuring Clubs are taking all available precautions against the spread of COVID-19.

Executive Committee Members Announced

After a ballot voting process during the Board meetings, Ryan Schiff (Lincoln Stars) was re-elected as Chairman of the Board while Brian Schoenborn (Sioux Falls Stampede) was also re-elected to the Executive Committee and Ryan Suter (Madison Capitols) was elected to the Committee for the first time. The trio join Brendan Bruss (Green Bay Gamblers), Koots DiCesare (Omaha Lancers) and Dan Lehv (Chicago Steel).

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JIMMY SAMUELS NOW IN AUSTIN, TEXAS

Las Vegas skater Jimmy Samuels, who just graduated from Kansas University with a degree in Film and Production, has relocated to Austin, Texas. “We were looking for a great affordable city with opportunities,” Jimmy said.

His first Las Vegas ice hockey coach was Drew English while playing on a youth team at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Jimmy and Vito Carlo were teammates and best friends on a number of teams. Jimmy also played roller hockey at Larry Sanford’s ‘Little Home of Champions’ Crystal Palace on North Rancho Drive. When Jimmy went to Kansas University he played on the team’s ACHA D3 team for one season, then became the General Manager the following season. KU, with Jimmy as GM, qualified and played in the ACHA D3 U.S. Nationals for the first time in school history.

While at KU, Jimmy won a number of major awards in video and film production. Jimmy’s uncle is Eddie Samuels.

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Las Vegas defenseman Austin Moline, a star player last season with the AAA L.A. Jr Kings 14u bantam team, has signed with AAA NorthStar Christian Academy Warriors 16u in Minnesota for 2020-21. Austin is listed at 6’3, 170 and is regarded as a premier player.

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

BURNABY, B.C. – The BC Hockey League announced today that it is planning to start the 2020-21 regular season on Dec. 1, pending approval from the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

A full schedule with a December start date will be announced at a later date. The pushback to Dec. 1 aligns with the NHL’s plan to start their 2020-21 season.

“The reality is that, for us to be able to operate, we need to have fans in our buildings,” said Chairman of the BCHL Board of Directors Graham Fraser. “It became clear from our discussions with the PHO that the best way to accomplish this would be to delay the start of our season to give them time to assess the effects of a potential second wave of COVID-19 during flu season.”

MEGAN MYERS SIGNS WITH NEW TEAM

Megan Myers, one of the greatest women’s ice hockey players ever from Las Vegas, will be in action this season in the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association which has teams in Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, Minnesota and New Hampshire. Megan, 28, last played with the Worcester Blades two seasons ago. Eliteprospects.com released Megan’s hockey plans for this year.

Friday, July 17, 2020

MAJOR SIGNING FOR COACH ROB PALLIN – AGAIN!

Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin signed another great one – John Lammers who years ago was a draft pick of the NHL Dallas Stars and who played the last five seasons with HC TWK Innsbruck in Austria. Lammers was an Assistant Captain for two of his seasons in Innsbruck. This past season he had 14 goals, 16 assists. He is from Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. Pallin is going into his first season as head coach of ESV Kaufbeuren in Germany.

Coach Rob said “John Lammers is a very skilled forward. Great stick skills, shoots the puck extremely well and he is a very intelligent player. Most important, he is a great teammate. Always puts the team first.

“His fitness preparation always helps him succeed. He never takes any shortcuts.

“Third round pick of NHL Dallas. Lammers has an average of 48 points in the Austrian Elite the past six seasons.”

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Las Vegas – Let’s Get Ready to Score – like, a lot of times.

Brock Palmer, a massive 56-goal scorer for the 43-4-1 Kimberley Dynamiters in Canada, leads a pack of new goal scorers for the UNLV Rebels this coming season. It was UNLV head coach Anthony Greener and top assistant coach/recruiter Nick Robone who put together one of their best recruiting classes.

UNLV’s freshmen include…

Blaise Arkle, Hearst Lumberjacks – Northern Ontario League

Alec Johnson, NAHL St. Cloud Blizzard

Max Johnson, NAHL St. Cloud Blizzard

Jack Kennedy, Waywayseecaps Wolverines – Manitoba

Brock Palmer, Kimberley Dynamiters

Kyle Quinn, Blind River Beavers – Canada

Grant Smith, Minnesota Blue Ox

Jack Verstraete, Kimberley Dynamiters

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GAGE QUINNEY CALLED UP TO NHL VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Las VegasGage Quinney of Las Vegas has been called up by the NHL Vegas Golden Knights. Gage, who played three games with the Golden Knights last winter, skated primarily with the Golden Knights affiliate AHL Chicago Wolves last winter. Gage played youth hockey here in town at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue. Gage, 24, is listed at 5’11, 180.

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TYLER SPURGEON SIGNS WITH ROB PALLIN’S ESV KAUFBUREN

“He’s the best Captain you can ever have on a team – and now we have him, what a signing,” said Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin who announced he has signed Tyler Spurgeon of Edmonton with his new team ESV Kaufburen in Germany.

Tyler was captain of coach Pallin’s last four teams with HC Innsbruck.

Tyler will be the captain of coach Rob’s new team as well.

“On the ice he is the ultimate team leader. And he always seems to win those faceoffs whenever we need them the most. He leads by example. As a coach we like to teach. Tyler is the kind of player you want to fire up and lead your team against the best teams – home or away – on game nights.

Tyler, 34, scored 80 goals during his last four seasons with Pallin-coached TWK HC Innsbruck teams in Austria.

Coach Rob, living with his family here in Las Vegas, plans to depart to Germany around August 10 to 15.

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FOR THE LOVE OF HOCKEY – A LOOK AT RYAN TOWNSEND BY BETHANY DRYSDALE
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I’m not sure anyone predicted what 2020 had in store for us, but despite the setbacks, good things are still happening in our community. With hockey on hold in many places, our good friend Ryan Townsend traded his skates for bunker pants and fire boots. Townsend recently graduated second in his fire academy class on June 12, 2020. “I started the application process, written testing, interviewing, and physical fitness testing in July of 2019. The Academy began on February 24th of 2020,” he said in a recent follow-up interview. Hockey was never far from his fire training, as the academy training grounds are in Las Vegas, on Tropicana and Arville, directly across from The Orleans, where the new Henderson Silver Knights are scheduled to play their upcoming AHL season.
I asked Ryan his thoughts on being a newly minted firefighter and where he will be stationed in town. “I have not been assigned a station yet. The Fire Service is rooted deeply in family. The Fire Station is the crew’s home. I have to be accepted into that family by showing I am a hard worker, competent at my job and someone that the crew wants to be around for 24 hours at a time. For me to become a permanent member of the crew’s home I must bid into the station and the crew has to accept my bid. For now, I will have the opportunity to be a rover. I will bounce from station to station dependent on the needs of the department. It is a great opportunity to gain a tremendous amount of experience from different captain and fire fighters. It is also very beneficial to be in different areas of town with different build construction; i.e. new residential homes, older homes, mobile homes, high rise, shopping malls, apartment buildings, and of course the Las Vegas strip.” Just like a hockey team, the family bonds are very much a part of the fire service.
            Training in the middle of a global pandemic had its own unique challenges, in addition to the already rigorous training trainees face normally. For a guy at ease on the ice, it was the heat that became his biggest obstacle. Not many realize how heavy bunker gear weighs, in addition to a full air tank, mask, helmet and a tool or hose, the weight can be upwards of 75% of a person’s body weight. Trainees must scale steps quickly, crawl in tight spaces in the dark on their knees, and be able to carry a comrade on their back, out of danger. “We would do skills courses weekly. It’s basically a series of fire ground tasks like throwing ladders, extending hose lines, forcible entry through doors; mixed with physical training. The skills courses would take anywhere between 10 to 45 minutes depending on the course. The courses were physically challenging. Mentally I knew I could push harder but harder meant increasing my core temperature and there were many times I walked a fine line from passing out from overheating.” Being a firefighter is no easy task. It is mentally and physically challenging at all levels of training.

            So what’s next for our friend Ryan? “I will continue to play on the local men’s hockey league. Our team has a few police officers and firefighters on it already. There’s a lot of banter back and forth. Vegas hosts a guns and hoses game annually I’m excited to get to play in. For refereeing I will always continue to give back to the young officials in the valley by teaching seminars, supervising games and being on the ice. I hope to lace them back up for the Henderson Silver Knights as a linesmen in the AHL.” As for his personal life, Ryan is preparing for his biggest adventure yet in November, when he will settle down with his lovely fiancée and get married.
            We wish Ryan all the very best in his many jobs. He continues to serve as a medic in the Army Reserves as well as finding a permanent fire station for his new career. Hockey planted the roots of teamwork, hard work, and determination that continues to define Ryan’s work ethic today. In a world where things seem uncertain, it’s good to be reminded that positive role models and men of character still work hard to help our community. 

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“Our League” – Painting by Terrence Fogarty

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The Global Las Vegas Showcase is officially postponed till 2021 due to federal/state/county restrictions on gathering/group size, social distancing requirements during on-ice activities, competition, continued travel restrictions, coaching restrictions and spectator limitations (Scouts and family) preventing the camp from operating. 

This is the first time in 30 years a Global camp has had to be postponed but the health and safety of you our customers, and our staff is the upmost importance, as well as keeping our high camp standards.

Global LV has been a tradition for many years and continually sells out very quickly. We understand many players look forward to the opportunities Global provides, but with some patience, we will have great 2021 camp ready for you to come back too and will work even harder to provide a great camp experience. With missing most of spring and summer hockey in 2020, which is prime time for coaches to be out on the recruiting trails and forthcoming budget restrictions, 2021 Global camps will be even more important to players, Global will be even more important to be seen and mentored by the coaches that attend.

As we gear up for 2021 from these unprecedented times, Global is committed to providing players the best opportunities/education in hockey and we will continue to do that into the future. As our great sport changes and adopts during this pandemic, 2021 will bring many exciting opportunities for players, and Global will be at the forefront at bringing those opportunities to you through our camps and clinics.

Please do not forget to cancel your hotel bookings at the Orleans/Suncoast 

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THREE TOP PLAYERS WITH LAS VEGAS THUNDERBIRDS GOING TO EUROPEAN TEAMS

Three top players with the Las Vegas Thunderbirds junior hockey team – Tomas Urbanec, Emil Svartbro and Christopher Juvas have signed with European teams for this season.

//Urbanec, the all-time scorer in the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) with 362 points in 241 games, will play for HC Dukla Jihlava of the Czech Republic.

//Emil Svartbro is going to Tyreso/Hanikan SK in Sweden.

//Christopher Juvas has signed with Hammarby IF in Sweden.

Las Vegas Thunderbirds coach Dave Hyrsky said “….they are all gifted offensively and have great character.”

(Thank you, Scott Ludwig, publicist of the Thunderbirds.

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GAGE QUINNEY’S AWESOME STATISTICS WITH AHL CHICAGO WOLVES

Gage Quinney of Las Vegas and the AHL Chicago Wolves has racked up some awesome numbers in his two seasons on this level. Gage, who grew up playing ice hockey at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue is in the NHL Vegas Golden Knights system. In his two seasons with the AHL Chicago Wolves Gage had – including playoff statistics – 40 goals, 48 assists, 88 points and was +42 on the ice.

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July 4, 2001 19 Seasons Ago!

Another Thrilling Win For AAA Las Vegas!!!!
ADAM NAGLICH SCORES IN OT, AAA TITANS
TAKE ON O.C. BLADES FOR GOLD MEDAL!!!

Anaheim, Calif. — Adam Naglich drove in from the left side, angled towards the net, deked the goalie and scored a super-clutch goal as the AAA Las Vegas Titans roller team fought off and beat the Tour EPH Oilers, 4-3, in overtime on Monday afternoon.

The victory put Larry Sanford’s AAA Titans roller team into the Pacific Cup 16-and-under gold medal game.

At 6:45 p.m. Monday evening, the Titans will take on Ken Gibo’s Orange County Blades who stunned and eliminated the #1 seed Anaheim Mission Bulldogs, 1-0.

Naglich, playing spectacular hockey here, scored two goals. Alex Redmond scored, as did Evan Zucker.

Cody Fulweiler had a huge game in the net and got the win.

AAA Las Vegas is 3-1 here, as are the O.C. Blades.

Here’s how the two teams have done so far in this eight-team Pacific Cup AAA tournament.

AAA Las Vegas Titans
Head Coach – Larry Sanford
4-1 over Pro Joy Valley Stars
1-6 to Anaheim Mission Bulldogs
4-2 over Mission Gretzky Armadillos
4-3 OT over EPH Oilers

AAA Orange County Blades
Head Coach – Ken Gibo
1-2 to EPH Oilers
5-2 over San Diego Gulls
3-2 over Anaheim Mission Bulldogs #2
1-0 over Anaheim Mission Bulldogs

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Here are the scoring details from AAA Las Vegas Titans 4-2 shocker over the Armadillos midnight Sunday in Anaheim:

1st goal – Billy Tufano (power play)
2nd goal – Adam Naglich (from Tufano)
3rd goal – Evan Zucker (from Naglich)
4th goal – Adam Naglich (unassisted)

Goalie – Tyler Woodbury

From the Blue Line, Lee
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Sunday, July 5 Top Searches

#1 Chris Francisrepeated searches

#2 Dexter Kichline Listed as a Top Prospect

#3 Ash Printzen

#4 Jared Erickson, UNLV Rebels

#5 Bryce Reddick

#6 The Rob Pallin-coached AA Las Vegas Mustangs 2001-02 Red Line

#7 A Miracle on Ice – Harris Whissel, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

#8 RIP to the late, great roller star Johnny Oakes on the Micah Sanford line

Next – The rinkboard dustup between The Genius and Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen in a Vegas Hockey summertime adventure hockey story

How to contact Vegas Hockey – leesamuels07@aol.com

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Philadelphia Hockey Club of the National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) announced an affiliation agreement with the Las Vegas Thunderbirds for the 2020-21 season.

“We are excited to announce a new affiliation agreement with the Las Vegas Thunderbirds,” said PHC General Manager Troy Mick. “Las Vegas enjoyed tremendous success in their first year of Junior hockey last season and recently became members of the USPHL-Premier West Division and we are thrilled to add the Thunderbirds as a development affiliate for our players.”

Under the affiliation agreement, the Thunderbirds will serve as a resource for the development efforts and personnel needs of the Philadelphia Hockey Club. The agreement allows PHC-NCDC prospects to be assigned to the Thunderbirds for developmental purposes throughout the season.

“We feel that Philadelphia is the perfect fit as our NCDC affiliate,” stated Head Coach Dave Hyrsky. “The commitment they have to developing and progressing players, is exactly in line with what we are looking to do in Las Vegas.”

Additionally, the PHC-NCDC staff will work along the Thunderbirds to promote their players to our tuition-free NCDC league and will be involved with their summer camp in Las Vegas tentatively set for August 2020.

— Scott Ludwig, director of publicity, Las Vegas Thunderbirds

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LAS VEGAS PLAYERS AWAY FROM HOME 2020-21

Joey Allegrini, NCAA Nichols College

Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs

Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u

Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Jr Ducks 19u

Steven Avalone, to be announced

Hunter Barto, USPHL Minnesota Moose

Brennan Blaszak, SPHL Pensacola Flyers

Rhett Bruckner, to be announced

Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce

Joey DiBenedetto, ACHA D1 Utah University

Brenden Fehlig, to be announced

Brett Harpling, NA3HL Helena BigHorns

Dexter Kichline, AAA L.A. Jr Kings Bantams

Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u

Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u

Matthew Johnson, ACHA D2 Boise State

Emily Kline, Arizona State women’s team

Michael McNicholas, ECHL Maine Mariners

Colton Miller, EHL Premier New York Bridgemen

Austin Moline, AAA Northstar Academy Warriors 16u – Minnesota

Tristan Nelson, USPHL Northern Cyclones Jr A

Jerrett Overland, NCDC New Jersey Hitmen

Logan Perez, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u

Zach Pochiro, to be announced

Spencer Poscente, ACHA Eastern Michigan

Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u

Noah Smejkal, Northeast Generals

Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel

Gage Quinney, AHL Henderson Silver Knights

Bryce Reddick, ECHL Atlanta Gladiators

Joey Raats, to be announced

Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel

Derek Sutliffe, SPHL Evansville Thunderbolts

Blade Taylor, USPHL Elmira Jr Enforcers

Gabriel Testa, to be announced

Jacob Underhill, AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u

Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins

Harris Whissel, AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u

Cody Williams, to be announced

Ian Williams, AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u

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Hunter Barto, 18, of Las Vegas is returning to the USPHL Minnesota Moose this coming season. Hunter is listed at 5’11, 180. He had 11 goals, 15 assists for Minnesota last season. Hunter’s signing was noted on eliteprospects.com

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Brock Palmer, a massive 56-goal scorer last winter for the KIJHL Kimberly Dynamiters in Alberta, Canada, will play for the Anthony Greener-coached UNLV Rebels this coming season. Brock, the MVP in the KIJHL last season, is 21 years old and listed at 5’10, 170.

UNLV head coach Anthony Greener said “…This is exciting for sure. Brock has a knack for scoring – he’s fast and shifty.

“We began to watch him him two years ago and then Nick (Robone) began talking to Brock about six months ago. Nick and I went to the KIJL Showcase in Kamloops, Canada and met some of the coaches there.

Nick and I then worked together to get Brock here.

“For sure we expect Brock to score some goals for us. As far as which line he will be on I want everyone to know we have a very talented lineup and it’s going to a battle in practices for our players to get into our starting lineup.”

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Vegas Hockey reporter Bethany Drysdale writes that VGK team dog Winston Doodle is undergoing a medical procedure today. Winston’s handlers wrote to Bethany ‘Paws Crossed” for a good outcome.

Joe Sullivan of Las Vegas has re-signed with ECHL Indy Fuel. Joe, 26 and listed at 5’10, 185, is a hard worker on the ice. He had 7 goals, 8 assists for Indy Fuel last season.

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NARCh ROLLER WEST COAST FINALS TEAM LIST – JULY 10-19 – CORONA, CA

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Like mighty star goal scorer Micah Sanford said recently “we’re not teenagers anymore.” And boy is he right about that. Let’s play the Las Vegas Age Game…

Age

38 – Micah Sanford

36 – Adam Naglich

35 – Josh Jasek

35 – Justin Johnson

35 – Alex ‘Blackjack’ Redmond

34 – Jason Allen

34 – Eddie Del Grosso

34 – Jeff Hajner

34 – Eddie Samuels

32 – Shaun Stackhouse

31 – Kyle Clay

31 – Chris Francis

31 – Ryan Townsend

31 – Alex Winnik

30 – Bryce Reddick

29 – Michael Chiasson

29 – Chris Rial

28 – Kenny Brooks

28 – Megan Myers

28 – Ryan Rivera

28 – Derek Sutliffe

28 – Andrew Tamura

28 – Sonny Zuloga

28 – Jason Zucker

27 – Brittany Brooks

27 – Mike Trimboli

26 – Erik Fisher

26 – Michael McNicholas

26 – Cody Milligan

26 – Zach Pochiro

26 – Joe Sullivan

26 – Cory Ward

26 – Cody Williams

25 – Beau Ricketts

25 – Hamilton Whyte

24 – Jason Allen

24 – Joseph Kaszupski

24 – Ethan Montoya

24 – Gage Quinney

24 – Joey Raats

24 – Eric Williams

23 – Spencer Poscente

22 – Vito Carlo

22 – Vincent Dekumbis

22 Landon Quinney

21 Rhett Bruckner

21 – Michael Cichy

20 – Steven Avalone, Caleb Day, Brenden Fehlig, Aiden McNabb, Cody Printzen

19 – Gunner Moore, Jerrett Overland

18 – Erik Atchison

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NA3HL announces new team in El Paso, Texas

The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced that it has approved the membership of the El Paso Rhinos Hockey Club. The El Paso Rhinos are located in El Paso, Texas and will begin play in the NA3HL’s South Division beginning in the 2020-21 season. The team plays out El Paso County Events Center.

“We are excited to continue our growth in the South Division with the addition of the El Paso Rhinos. The Rhinos have an established organization with a focus on player development and advancement, along with a rich tradition of community outreach and support. I think the passionate fans of the El Paso Rhinos will enjoy the brand of hockey the NA3HL will being and also the new rivalries that will be established,” said NA3HL Commissioner Blake MacNicol.

Founded in 2001 as a youth hockey team, the El Paso Rhinos played their first junior hockey game in 2006. Since that game, the Rhino staff has strived to improve every facet of hockey and business operations, develop players, and grow the program each season.

Over the past four seasons, 90% of all the El Paso Rhinos home games have sold out. Between 2017 and 2019, the Rhinos had 37 straight sellouts. Each game, over 15 off-ice officials volunteer to provide a professional experience for teams, referees, and fans. All off-ice officials previously worked for the semi-professional team, the El Paso Buzzards, and have volunteered with the Rhinos since the team’s inception. At the El Paso County Events Center, the Rhinos’ locker room contains 25 player stalls, a flat screen television, and a surround-sound system. Connected to the locker room is the bathroom, with five showers, and the training room, fully stocked with all practice and game-day essentials.

“The Rhino franchise has modeled their objectives after the NAHL and NA3HL’s excellent level of play, commitment to players’ career advancement and personal development, and the league’s overall business professionalism. As an organization and ownership group, we believe that the step to the NAHL will facilitate the growth and development of the Rhinos’ program and athletes, and in turn, help the organization continue to expand and succeed in the years to come,” said Rhinos Owner and Head Coach Cory Herman.

A big part of the Rhinos success since 2006 has been their connection with the surrounding community. During the 2019-20 season alone, players volunteered over 8000 hours. Each season, players make a minimum of 200 local appearances. Players visited hospitals, charity fundraising races, crisis shelters, other non-profit events and even rang bells to collect money for the Salvation Army. Through the Rhinos’ Skate Mates Educational Program, the organization has sent players to dozens of El Paso County schools for the past 12 seasons. Players regularly visit schools, become interactive role models and work closely with students, encouraging them to excel inside and outside of the classroom.

Any team inquiries can be directed to Director of Operations, Tyler Deloach at: tdeloach@elpasorhinos.com

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ADAM TAMURA TAKING 2 ROLLER TEAMS TO NARCH WC FINALS

Las Vegas roller coach Adam Tamura, one of the best coaches in the city, is taking two Vegas teams with star players to the NARCh West Coast Finals which are scheduled July 10-19 at the Corona Inline Arena in Southern California. There will be other Las Vegas roller teams participating in the NARCh West Coast Finals as well.

Here is a look at coach Tamura’s two teams:

Resys Rebels

Forwards

Austin Shannon

Emmanuel Baez

Ethan Montoya

Tim Mullis

Defense

Ian Davis

Eddie Davis

Logan Sussman

Goalie

Johne Eugenio

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Vegas United

Forwards

Ryland Johnson

Vlad Voican

Paul Nguyen

Jake Baba

Defense

Adam Tamura

Nate Valdez

Dario Valdez

Phillip Freedman

Goalie

Matt Strickler

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Thursday Searches

#1 The Wally Lacroix/Todd Owen coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

#2 Hockey coach Rob Pallin

#3 For goalie Chase Smith of Las Vegas and the Yuma Blaze, It’s More Than Just a Game.

Thursday Fairbanks Arctic Cam

49 degrees, dark and cloudy

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LAS VEGAS PLAYERS AWAY FROM HOME 2020-21

Joey Allegrini, NCAA Nichols College

Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs

Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u

Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Jr Ducks 19u

Steven Avalone, to be announced

Hunter Barto, USPHL Minnesota Moose

Brennan Blaszak, SPHL Pensacola Flyers

Rhett Bruckner, to be announced

Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce

Joey DiBenedetto, ACHA D1 Utah University

Brenden Fehlig, to be announced

Brett Harpling, NA3HL Helena BigHorns

Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u

Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u

Matthew Johnson, ACHA D2 Boise State

Emily Kline, Arizona State women’s team

Michael McNicholas, ECHL Maine Mariners

Colton Miller, EHL Premier New York Bridgemen

Tristan Nelson, USPHL Northern Cyclones Jr A

Jerrett Overland, NCDC New Jersey Hitmen

Logan Perez, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u

Zach Pochiro, to be announced

Spencer Poscente, ACHA Eastern Michigan

Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u

Noah Smejkal, Northeast Generals

Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel

Gage Quinney, AHL Henderson Silver Knights

Bryce Reddick, to be announced

Joey Raats, to be announced

Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel

Derek Sutliffe, SPHL Evansville Thunderbolts

Blade Taylor, USPHL Elmira Jr Enforcers

Gabriel Testa, to be announced

Jacob Underhill, AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u

Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins

Harris Whissel, AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u

Cody Williams, to be announced

Ian Williams, AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u

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Tuesday Top Searches

#1 Gage Quinney

#2 Coach of the Year Wally Lacroix, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

#3 Minnesota hockey artist Terence Fogarty

#4 Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen, The Genius dustup at the SoBe Ice Arena rinkboards in a Vegas Hockey adventure story.

#5 Cody Williams, one of the greatest UNLV Rebels goal scorers

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The Atlanta Capitals of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that Top Prospects defenseman Vito Carlo has committed to play NCAA Division II hockey for Franklin Pierce University. Carlo, 20, just completed his third and final season playing in the NA3HL for the Capitals. The 6’1/180 lbs. native of Las Vegas, Nevada, appeared in all 47 games during the regular season and recorded 43 points (7 goals, 36 assists). Carlo was also selected to and played in the 2019 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament for the South Division team, where he had two points in three games. Overall in his three-year NA3HL career, Carlo played in the 119 career games and recorded 98 career points.

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A LOOK AT VEGAS HOCKEY COACH ROB PALLIN

Years ago hockey coach Rob Pallin helped turned Las Vegas hockey around, putting it on a national map. He has coached on the AA midget 18u/16u level, AAA midget 18u, UNLV college hockey, the ECHL level with the Las Vegas Wranglers. He is a Seven-Time Vegas Hockey Coach of the Year.

Here is a look at his ‘early years’ of coaching when the AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u were coming off a 4-21-0 season.

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Coach Rob began skating at the age of three on ponds in Chisholm, Minnesota. He is the youngest of nine children. His father was a math and science teacher at a Catholic high school in Minnesota. Rob skated on local teams and then was recruited by Frank Serratore, now the head coach at the Air Force Academy, to skate on his Junior A team – the Austin, Minnesota, Mavericks. Rob, at 16, was one of the youngest skaters on the team.

While skating Junior A hockey, the Mavericks won the 1984-84 USHL championship and Rob was named to the U.S. National Junior team. He was recruited by many colleges and played initially at Minnesota-Duluth and later transferred to Western Michigan.

Following college, he skated in Germany and then found his way to Las Vegas when he played professionally for the Las Vegas Aces who played out of the now-closed Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena. Rob also skated roller professionally on the Pro Beach Hockey’s Heavy Metal team whose games were televised on ESPN and later with the Las Vegas Coyotes.

Serratore said Pallin was one of his best players.

”I picture Rob, and always will, as the up and coming youngster with the wonderful skills,” Serratore told author Joe McCauley who wrote about Rob in the book ‘Puck Dreams & Other Stories’ published by 1st Books Library in 2003.

Here is Rob’s Las Vegas midget major coaching record:

ROB PALLIN EARLY YEARS COACHING RECORD

2000-01
AA Las Vegas Mustangs………………..36-15-3
//Rob puts together the Triple Threat Line featuring Travis Roseberry, J.C. Caron and Spike Neely which was one of the most powerful lines in the West. Spike said years later “…somehow, someway coach Rob made us believe we were better players than what we really were. When a game started, we know we were going to win.
//A young dynamic Eddie Del Grosso plays defense for the first time.

2001-02
AA Las Vegas Mustangs ………………..60-11-3
//Powerful ‘Red Line’ of Josh Jasek, Adam Naglich and Eddie Samuels set 10 team scoring records. Each advanced to Jr. A level hockey. This was the very first AA Las Vegas team to play in the U.S. Nationals.
//Cody Fulwiler and Paul Lowden are the two best goalies in the West. Combined, the two had a club-record 10 shutouts.
//Southwest League Champions
//Pacific District Regional Champions
//5-0-0 at Pacific District Championships
//3-1-0 at U.S. Nationals 

2002-03
AAA Las Vegas Outlaws………………..33-24-5
//First Las Vegas AAA midget level team.
//Cody Morin top goal scorer.
//Vancouver Sun Silver Division Champions
//First Las Vegas team nationally rated
//2-2-1 at Pacific District Championships including a riveting 6-5 OT win over the Alaska All-Stars in a game played in Fairbanks.

2003-04
AA Las Vegas Rebels…………………….30-19-9
//Huge season for top line of Anthony Greener, Conrad Trimbath and Kurt Long.
//Opened season 13-0-2, a club record
//3-1-0 record at Pacific District Championships

2004-05
AA Las Vegas Outlaws……………………31-24-3
//First team to skate at new Fiesta Stations Ice Arena
//Beat Arvada in 4-3 thriller to win Holiday Blast Tournament on home
ice.
//Silver medalists at Richmond, B.C. Tournament
//Beat AAA L.A. Jr. Kings minors in thriller 3-2 and then defeated AA Long Beach midget majors 3-0 to capture Tier 1 Southwest League Championship.
//Chris Francis and Evan Zucker were leading goal scorers – with 31 apiece. Conrad Trimbath is named MVP.

2005-06
AA Las Vegas Rebels……………………………56-11-4
//For the 6th straight season, Las Vegas wins its opening game of the season. The Rebels beat the So-Cal Vipers 9-0.
//Chris Francis and Evan Zucker set a club record by recording back-to-back hat tricks during the Labor Day Blast at Las Vegas.
//In 5 away games, the Rebels score 45 goals and win all 5 games at the Duel in the Desert in Phoenix.
//On Oct. 4, Las Vegas defeats the Cal Cougars 4-2 for coach Rob’s 200th career win.
//Las Vegas wins all 5 games in Southwest League competition in Peoria, Arizona and is unbeaten in 10 straight.
//Ryan King has 16-point weekend as Rebels go 4-1-0 in Southwest League action at the Glacial Gardens. Chris Francis gets his 5th hat trick of the season, tying record held by Adam Naglich.
//Chris Francis scores 7 goals as Las Vegas wins all five games to capture the gold medal at the Silversticks Regionals in Portland during Thanksgiving weekend.
//On Dec. 22, Rebels beat the Alumni skaters 7-4 before a big crowd in their annual charity game.
//On Dec. 26, the Rebels beat the Phoenix Firebirds 2-0 win a Southwest League game and won their 30th game of the season. The Rebels, with Pallin as head coach, have won 30 or more games six straight seasons.
//On Dec 29, the Rebels beat the L.A. Jr. Kings 6-5 to win all five SWYHL games and raise their unbeaten record to a team-record 18-0-1.
//On Dec 31, coach Rob is named the 2005 Las Vegas ‘Coach of the Year’
//On Jan 16, the Rebels beat Cal North Stars 7-2 to win MLK tournament, raise record to 40-6-1 and extend unbeaten record to 24 straight.
//Rebels go unbeaten 27 straight games, a new team record.
//Rebels beat L.A. Hockey Club AAA 16u 3-2 to win the gold medal at Kings Challenge Cup during President’s Day weekend in El Segundo, Calif.
//Rebels go 5-0-0 including thrilling 5-4 OT win over Cal North Stars in gold medal game to win the Pacific District Regional Championship.
//Rebels 3-2-0 at U.S. Nationals, beating New Jersey Devils 6-5 OT in Final Eight game before losing 3-2 to Butler Valley, Pa. in a thrilling Final 4 game in Pittsburgh. Rebels broke over a dozen records this season including most goals, 404, and had nine skaters with 20+ goals for the year. Chris Francis was top scorer at U.S. Nationals with 7 goals, 6 assists.

Las Vegas Career Record……………………………………………..247-94-26

//Coach Rob is presently in Las Vegas. He will soon depart for Germany where is the head coach of the pro team ESV Kaufbeuren.

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Sunday Top Searches

#1 Rob Pallin

#2 UNLV Rebels head coach Anthony Greener

#3 Miracle on Ice Harris Whissel, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

#4 Ian Williams, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – 2nd straight day

#5 The Return of Johnnie Gold and the Barstow Brothers this Dec 24 at SoBe Ice Arena

#6 For Chase Smith and the Yuma Blaze It’s More Than Just a Game

#7 Goal Scorer John Purdy, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

#8 Hockey artist Terrence Fogarty – many searches

#9 Hockey dad – a great unforgettabe one – Tommy Ricketts

#10 Vito Carlo and Jimmy Samuels hockey connection

Sunday Fairbanks Arctic Cam

54 degrees – dark, rainy all day

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Flash Back Story – Seven Seasons Ago

Game Three – Las Vegas, HB Hurricanes Tie 3-3

June | 2013 | Vegashockey.net

Irvine, California – The Micah Sanford-coached Las Vegas Tour Rebels Squirts 12u roller hockey team tied the Huntington Beach Hurricanes 3-3 in their third game of the day Sunday afternoon at the WIHA Finals at The Rinks Inline Arena.

Goals scorers for Las Vegas were Cody Printzen, Kaitlyn Barto and Eric Atchinson.

Hunter Barto had two assists.

Las Vegas, 2-0-1 overall, plays again Monday morning, then the Final 4 eliminator games get underway.

Game Two – Las Vegas Wins, 4-2

Irvine, California – Hunter Barto scored 2 goals, Cody Printzen scored 2 and Kaitlyn Barto dealt two assists as the Las Vegas Tour Rebels Squirts 12u beat the Reebok Jr Ducks 4-2 to go 2-0-0 here at the WIHA Finals.

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Game One – Las Vegas Wins, 1-0

Irvine, California – Cody Printzen scored the only goal of the game and the Las Vegas Tour Rebels Squirts 12u roller team got a huge effort from goalie Jessie Grycowski to beat the Puckhogs 2000 1-0 in the opening game of the Western Inline Hockey Association (WIHA) Finals at The Rinks Inline Arena on Sunday.

The Rebels 12u are coached by Micah Sanford. The team skates out of Crystal Palace on North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS TOUR REBELS 12U

Western Inline Finals

  • 1-0 over Puckhogs 2000
  • 4-2 over Reebok Jr Ducks Gold
  • 3-3 vs vs HB Hurricanes

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ACHA COLLEGE TEAMS – INCLUDING UNLV REBELS – WILL PLAY THIS SEASON

The ACHA intends to have a regular start to the 2020-21 season for all members that are permitted by their respective colleges and universities to compete this fall.

We anticipate our annual Team Declaration and Registration process to begin in July and will be providing all those details shortly.

The ACHA strongly encourages our member Team Reps and Coaches to be in regular contact with their respective athletic and club sports departments so you are aware of any decisions being made on reintroducing students back to campus as well as restarting sports and competition. We also recommend communicating with your local home ice rink (if you utilize a non-campus facility) as to their policies and possible restrictions to ensure your team will be compliant.

It is the responsibility of each ACHA team to make sure they are in compliance with their respective institution, state and local guidelines to resume competition. The ACHA’s primary concern is the well-being and best interests of our student-athletes, coaches and fans, so we want to make sure that all ACHA teams meet these requirements and are eligible to participate during the 2020-21 season.

The ACHA continues to monitor college and university plans on returning to campus and sports as well as the lead of several organizations such as the CDC, NCAA and USA Hockey regarding the COVID-19 situation. We are also working on several contingency plans to implement if need be due to the fluidity of these uncertain times.

Top Friday Searches

#1 Coach Rob Pallin

#2 For Chase Smith and the Yuma Blaze It’s More Than Just a Game

#3 For the Love of Hockey A Look at UNLV’s Jordan Rea by star reporter Bethany Drysdale

#4 Ian Williams, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

#5 A Miracle on Ice – Harris Whissel, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

#7 The Return of Johnnie Gold this December 24 at SoBe Ice Arena

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Friday Fairbanks Arctic Cam

55 degrees, rainy all day

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Friday readers are from all parts of the USA, Canada and Austria

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NARCh West Coast Finals Update Right Here….

by Daryn Goodwin

We are getting a lot of repeated questions daily, so we thought we’d address some of those most common questions.

  • Due to the fact that there wasn’t an opportunity to play in a regional qualifier, teams/players can participate in the NARCh FINALS without attending a regional qualifier.
  • We are getting a lot of questions regarding particulars with the event as it relates to Covid-19.  Most of these questions cannot be answered yet because they are based on the continuing re-opening process.  We will definitely send updates as the event gets closer with guidelines that will be in place to assure everyone’s safety.
  • If you are a player looking for a team, or a team looking for a player, please email daryn@narch.com and we will be happy to post to the Player Finder.  http://www.narch.com/player-finder
  • We will also take Venmo for the NARCh FINALS Fee.   Send to Daryn-Goodwin and make sure to include your contact info, team and division.
  • 6u Division is half price, $650 per team.
  • There’s NO WAY to possibly know what times of the day teams will play.  The block schedule can be found at http://www.narch.com/2020-finals-info
  • The cutoff to play any men’s division is a 2002 birthyear, younger is not permitted.
  • Don’t forget the registration deadline is June 22nd

TOP FIVE SEARCHES TODAY

#1 Hockey coach Rob Pallin

#2 Miracle on Ice Harris Whissel, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

#3 The Red Line

#4 Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins

#5 The hockey dad Steve Allen/Genius rinkboard dustup at the SoBe Ice Arena

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MY FIRST GOAL

ANTHONY GREENER
For years, the heart, soul and a giant big game goal scorer for the UNLV Rebels and now the head coach of the nationally-ranked Rebels.

“The first year I played was as a second-year squirt – an ice hockey team called the Las Vegas Flames with Earl Brady and my dad Sean Greener as my coaches.

I scored in my first game ever. I wasn’t the best skater but I could score.

And, it was on a breakaway.

Once I scored that first goal I knew hockey was for me.”

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FUZZY ATCHINSON, JACK LACKAS, CHAYSE LAURIE, LOGAN PEREZ HEADING TO USHL PLAYERS DEVELOPMENTAL CAMP IN GREEN BAY

Las Vegas – Fuzzy Atchison, Jack Lackas, Chayse Laurie and Logan Perez of Las Vegas who play for the AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006 have been invited to go to the USHL Player Developmental camp in Green Bay, Wisconsin on July 23-26.

Every USHL team with their coaches and scouts will be there to look at invited players.

Top Sunday Searches

#1 Jeff Hajner ‘My Greatest Game’

#2 Star defenseman Mike Trimboli – 2nd day most searched list

#3 Kenny Brooks

#4 Jake McKenna

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Star goalie Colton Miller of the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u will be playing this coming season for the EHL Premier New York Bridgemen junior hockey team who play their home games at the Staten Island Skating Pavilion in Staten Island, New York.

Eliteprospects.com reported the transaction

Colton and his goalie teammate Zackary Ortolano two seasons ago helped the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u win a U.S. National Championship. This past season Colton and Ortolano again played at a very high compete level and helped the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u in riveting games take down top teams from Arizona, California and Texas.

The Miller/Ortolano goalie connection is up there with some of the greatest goalies in Las Vegas including UNLV’s star goalies Chris Tate and Terry Martin and coach Rob Pallin’s top tier goalies including Tim Douglas, Cody Fulwiler and Paul Lowden. In the world of Las Vegas roller hockey legend coach Curt Weiman said the star roller goalies here include Travis Barendt, Chris Franco and Johnny Eugenio.

Top Saturday Searches

#1 Wedding Bells for Las Vegas goal scorer Kyle Callahan

#2 New Baby for the Anthony Greener bockey family

#3 Jacob Underhill

#3 Just in Time for Christmas – The Return of Johnnie Gold

#4 Defensive pair Richie Crossley, Devin Lane – Las Vegas Ice Cats

#5 Defenseman Mike Trimboli of Las Vegas

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Provo Riverblades To Join Elite U-20 Junior Hockey League – KSL Sports

PROVO, Utah – The Provo Riverblades announced their formation as an elite U20 Junior hockey team at a press conference on Thursday.

The Riverblades will join junior hockey which is the highest level played by amateur athletes in the world in the sport. It is a league with players aged under 20 who are competing to advance to NCAA and professional hockey.

“In the absence of sports due to COVID-19, it’s particularly exciting to announce a new community sports offering for Provo and Utah County,” said Mayor Michelle Kaufusi. “The Provo Riverblades have already shown their strong community support by choosing a name reflective of our identity and history.”

The Provo Riverblades will play in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL). The USPHL is widely respected as one of the top developmental leagues in North America. It’s the largest junior hockey league with teams all across the United States. Thousands of alumni from the USPHL are playing NCAA Division I and III as well as professional hockey in North America and Europe.

The Provo Riverblades will compete in the Mountain Conference. Teams in the conference will include the Northern Colorado Eagles, Pueblo Bulls, Utah Outliers (SLC).

“The teams in both Colorado and Utah have generated large crowds and packed stands,” said Kevin McCloskey, Provo Riverblades Managing Partner. “We believe we will achieve the same level of interest and excitement here in Provo with the Riverblades and having two other Utah teams in the league will make for great rivalries.”

In addition to the entertainment, we expect to see a positive economic impact in Provo. A 22-home game schedule equates to visiting teams and spectators staying in hotels, dining, shopping and enjoying all our city has to offer,” said Mayor Kaufusi.

The head coach of the Riverblades will be Mike Callan, who was recruited from Pittsburgh will be recruiting players from all over the world to come and live in the community for seven months during hockey season. Players will live with host families during their stay.

Players will report late August and the season will begin mid-September and conclude in mid-March. The team will play a 53-game regular season schedule with 22 home games. Playoff games will be determined based on the team’s seeding in its division.

Additional information can be found at ProvoRiverblades.com and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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NARCh FINALS UPDATE RIGHT HERE

The NARCh FINALS WILL take place as scheduled July 10th-19th.   The Rinks in Irvine are currently still closed due to Covid-19.  We are hoping that they will re-open in the next few weeks and we will host the NARCh FINALS in Irvine as scheduled.  If the facility in Irvine is not open to host the event, we will instead host the tournament at Corona Inline.

We still have 35 days before the tournament starts and are hopeful and somewhat confident that the event will take place in Irvine, but also felt the need to have a backup plan in place.

Corona Inline is currently open for practices and will be restarting league games next week.  Each county is in a different phase of re-opening, and Riverside County is ahead of Orange County in the re-opening process, which is why Corona is currently open and Irvine is not.

The Block Schedule and Registration Link – http://www.narch.com/2020-finals-info

Registration Deadline is June 22nd!

If you registered for the Huntington Beach Regional, we will be in contact to confirm whether you plan to participate in the NARCh FINALS or will be issued a refund.

As we get closer, we will be sending out information to confirm which facility the tournament will take place at along with the information on the necessary precautions that will be in place.

Daryn Goodwin, NARCh

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Top Friday Searches

#1 Jacob Underhill, Las Vegas – AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u

#2 Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce

#3 Tristan Nelson, USPHL Northern Cyclones Jr A

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Fairbanks Arctic Cam today – 57 degrees, cloudy

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LAS VEGAS HOCKEY DAD BATTLED BRAVELY – NOW HIS FAMILY NEEDS OUR HELP….

With Heavy hearts, we regret to inform you that Noah Kirste’s father Jason lost his battle with recently diagnosed Liver/Pancreatic cancer this morning. Jason & Robin raised 4 incredible children and they all can use our support right about now. Emotions will be pushed to the limit for them and to top it off medical bills and funeral expenses are going to pile up quickly. We ask if you can support this incredible family in their time of need, please visit the goFundme page Jason’s daughter Brittany set up. Noah was a member of our Faith Varsity Hockey team this past season, this young man is an absolute class act, and his mother Robin jumped in, rolled up her sleeves and donated an incredible amount of time and energy to the team as well. Thank you all for your support, I’m sure the Kirste’s will appreciate it from the bottom of their hearts….https://www.gofundme.com/f/helping-my-dad-beat-cancer-for-the-second-time?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

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Breaking News…

Las Vegas goalie Blade Taylor, 16, has signed with the USPHL Jr Elmira Enforcers, a New York junior hockey team. The signing was announced on eliteprospects.com

This is the very same league where the USPHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds will be playing this season. (Thank you Scott Ludwig for clarifying)

Blade played four games last season with the Las Vegas Thunderbirds and in four starts had these glittery numbers: 0.75 gaa, 92.7% save percentage.

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Pokey Reddick, who has coached many top teams here Las Vegas including most recently the Faith Lutheran H.S. team, is the new head coach of the Vegas Jr Golden Knights High School team. Brian Salcido, director of coaching for the Vegas Jr Golden Knights, made the announcement on the VJGK hockey website. Pokey’s hockey son Bryce has been playing for years most recently with the Cardiff Devils in Cardiff, Wales.

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LAS VEGAS PLAYERS AWAY FROM HOME 2020-21

Joey Allegrini, NCAA Nichols College
Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs
Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Jr Lady Ducks girls 19u
Steven Avalone, to be announced
Hunter Barto, USPHL Minnesota Moose
Brennan Blaszczak, SPHL Pensacola Ice Flyers
Rhett Bruckner, to be announced
Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce
Joey DiBenedetto, ACHA D1 Utah University
Brenden Fehlig, to be announced
Brett Harpling, NA3HL Helen BigHorns
Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Matthew Johnson, ACHA D2 Boise State
Emily Kline, Arizona State women’s team

Michael McNicholas, ECHL Maine Mariners
Jerrett Overland, NCDC New Jersey Hitmen

Logan Perez, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Zach Pochiro, to be announced

Spencer Poscente, ACHA Eastern Michigan
Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u
Gage Quinney, AHL Henderson Silver Knights

Colton Miller, EHL Premier New York Bridgemen
Tristan Nelson, USPHL Northern Cyclones Jr A
Joey Raats, to be announced

Bryce Reddick, to be announced
Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel
Derek Sutliffe, SPHL Evansville Thunderbolts

Blade Taylor, USPHL Elmira Jr Enforcers
Gabriel Testa, to be announced
Jacob Underhill, AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u
Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisius Golden Griffins
Harris Whissel, AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u
Cody Williams, to be announced
Ian Williams, AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u

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Tuesday Top Searches

#1 Wally Lacroix – #1 four straight days

#2 Rob Pallin

#3 Derek Sutliffe

#4 Michael Yochum

#5 Cody Williams

#6 Ash Printzen

#7 Gia Avalone

#8 Kody Holmes

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VEGAS JR GOLDEN KNIGHTS COACHING STAFF ANNOUNCED

2020-21 VJGK Coaching Staff

16U AA

Wally Lacroix

Playing Background:

  • Six years PWCHL (Las Vegas, Reno, El Paso)
  • Four years roller hockey (Pro Beach, Intercontinentleague)
  • Four years junior (St-Hubert, Iberville, Pembrooke, St-Jean)
  • Four years high school (St Francis Xavier)

Coaching Background:

  • Two years head coach junior hockey (Las Vegas Gold Minors)  
  • Three years head coach 16u AA Vegas Jr. Golden Knights
  • 2019 16U Tier 2 National Champion Vegas Jr. Golden Knights
  • One year Midget AAA (Las Vegas Outlaws)
  • One year high school (St. Francis Xavier)
  • 11 years (Nevada Youth Hockey)

Other Experience:

  • Executive Board Jr. Golden Knights
  • Coach in chief two years Las Vegas Rebels 
  • Director Las Vegas Roller Hockey five years (Crystal Palace)
  • Refereed 14 years Professional Hockey (ECHL) 

14U AA

Matt Johnson

Playing Background:

  • NCAA D3 (Norwich University)
  • NCAA D1 (Providence College) 
  • High School (Tilton Prep School)

Coaching Background:

  • Two years Coach Tufts University NCAA D3
  • Two years Head Coach Islanders Hockey Club USPHL
  • Two years Asst. Coach Las Vegas Storm WSHL
  • One year Asst. Coach Las Vegas Thunderbirds WSHL
  • Five years Asst. Coach St. Mary’s High School MIAA D1
  • Two years Coach Vegas Golden Knights U14
  • Two years Coach North Suburban Wings U12
  • Two years Nevada Storm U14, U12

Other Experience:

  • One year NCDC Twin City Thunder
  • Two years NAHL Minnesota Wilderness and League Scout
  • Two years Hockey Director Nevada Storm
  • Two years Skills Director and Power Skating Coach N.S Wings
  • Two years Director of Player Development CN Hockey
  • Co-Owner High Stakes Hockey

14U A

Dustin Coldren

Playing Background:

Coaching Background:

  • Played Mite – Junior B AAA & AA ( MYHA Syracuse Stars Hockey)
  • USA Level 4 Coach
  • 25 years coaching experience
  • Trained, mentored and skill developed 400 plus hockey players
  • Coached Mite to Midget House League to AAA
  • Syracuse Youth Hockey Coach 12u AA to 18u AA 2010–2019
  • Four Central Section Championships, three WNYAHL Titles, six NYSAHA Championship appearances. 293–148 –34 overall record.
  • Head Instructor for Syracuse University summer hockey camps
  • Private goalie and skater Instructor
  • 2019-20 VJGK Head Coach 12U Development teams
  • 2019-20 VJGK Skills Coach

Other Experience:

  • Director of Players and Coaches development for Syracuse Youth Hockey Association
  • Key Director in starting and developing Syracuse Youth Hockey Association
  • Implemented the single birth year team model at SYHA

U12 AA

Frank Salcido

Playing Background:

  • Southern California Midget All Star Team (1973)
  • AHAUS National Junior A Championship Tournament (1973)
  • Leading scorer, Los Angeles Junior Hockey League (1973-74)
  • Los Angeles Bruins, PSWHL (1976-1989)

Coaching Background:

  • 28 years of coaching experience, 
  • Eight years at the AAA level (Bantam U16 and U18)
  • Eight years at the AA level (Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget)
  • One year Head coach with Loyola Marymount University in ACHA Division III.
  • Club Co-Head Coach Bay Harbor Minor Hockey Assn. (1976-77) 
  • USA Hockey Level 4 Certification

Other Experience:

  • Evaluator, Pacific District Select Camps
  • Presenter, USA Hockey Coaching Clinics
  • CAHA Board of Directors

Coaching Philosophy:

Teaching life lessons through the sport of hockey”

12U A

Dave McShane

Playing Background:

  • Youth Hockey, Ottawa and Montreal including juniors
  • Portland Royals, NWHA Semi-Pro 
  • Competed in age tiered USA National and International Tournaments (CARHA World Cup and Austria in 2018)

Coaching Background:

  • Over 12+ years coaching experience, 10U, 12U, HS, Bantam Travel, Juvenile, College ACHA
  • Head Coach Bantam Travel A – Austin TX (Won TAHA League)
  • Head Coach Leander High School – Austin TX (First playoff appearance since team inception and went to states)
  • Four years  Asst. Head Coach University of Texas ACHA
  • Two years Asst. Head Coach Texas State University ACHA
  • Vegas Golden Knights House League Hockey 

Other Experience:

  • Director Adult Learn to Play at LVIC
  • Level CEP 5 USA Hockey coach – thesis “Scoring Between the Equal Signs”

Coaching Philosophy:

“To convey to players the team spirit, joy, camaraderie, sense of accomplishment, sportsmanship that our great sport of hockey can provide.  To ensure that all keep in mind it is a game and fun and safety come first.”

10U AA

Brian Salcido

Playing Background:

  • Four seasons between the NHL/AHL (Portland Pirates, Anaheim Ducks, Iowa Chops and Manitoba Moose)
  • Eight Years in Europe’s top professional leagues (Liiga, Finland; Extraliga, Czech Republic; DEL, Germany; KHL, Russia; Allsvenskan, Sweden)
  • Team USA 2011, Deutschland Cup
  • Three years NCAA D1 (Colorado College)
  • Three years Shattuck St. Mary’s High School, Faribault, MN

Coaching Background:

  • Vegas Junior Golden Knights Coach in Chief
  • Vegas Junior Golden Knights Director of Skill Development
  • Vegas Junior Golden Knights Squirt A Coach
  • Co-owner High Stakes Hockey
  • Power Skating Instructor

Other Experience:

  • Drafted by the Anaheim Ducks, 2005
  • First born and developed player from Southern California to play for the Anaheim Ducks
  •  “Black Ace” on Anaheim’s 2007 Stanley Cup team
  • Midget AAA National Champion, Shattuck St. Mary’s 2003
  • NCAA Second All-Star Team 2005-2006
  • Two AHL All-Star Selections (2008-09,2009-10)
  • AHL Second All-Star Team 2007-2008
  • NCAA Frozen Four appearance 2006

Coaching Philosophy:

“Work hard and have fun. Good things will happen”

10U A

Tony Esposito

Playing Background:

  • Four years NCAA DIII at Brockport State University
  • Two year Junior B at Niagara Falls Cataracts

Coaching Background:

  • 10 years Mite House League Coach (Las Vegas Storm)
  • Two years Vegas Junior Golden Knights 8U
  • Two years Vegas Junior Golden Knights Youth Development Program
  •  USA Hockey Level 4
  • USA Hockey Bronze Level Goalie Development Program

Other Experience:

  • One year Head Coach Youth Sled Hockey, VGK Foundation

Coaching Philosophy:

“I believe in following USA Hockey’s American Development Model, which is designed to develop young hockey players, ensuring they move to the next level successfully.  During my time with them, I strive to ensure they gain the necessary skills to excel at the game and learn life skills so they can be well-rounded.”

14U GIRLS

Adam Miller

Playing Background:

  • Seven years playing Over Seas in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Czech Republic, Japan, France
  • Three years ECHL/AHL (Las Vegas Wranglers)
  • Four years D1 (Ferris State University)
  • One year USHL (Des Moines Buccaneers)
  • Youth Hockey Detroit Little Caesars

Coaching Background:

  • Vegas Junior Golden Knights Coach/Skills

Other Experience:

  • Las Vegas Wranglers All Time Leading Scorer
  • ECHL All-Star Game 2010
  • ECHL Fastest Skater 2010
  • Midget AAA State Champ 2003

Coaching Philosophy:

“Lets get something out of the hour we have together”

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GOOD NEWS FOR DEREK SUTLIFFE, BRENNAN BLASZAK

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Good news today for two Las Vegas goal scorers in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). Derek Sutliffe, an awesome goal scorer, and a very strong hard player Brennan Blaszczak were placed on their team’s Protected List and will be rostered on their teams this season.

Sutliffe, 28, scored 22 goals for the SPHL Evansville Thunderbolts last season. Derek has won many hockey awards, particuarly with the BCHL Langley Rivermen where he was a team leader and an Assistant Captain. It was Evansville Thunderbolts head coach Jeff Bes who made the announcement about Derek.

Blaszczak, 24, played four seasons with NCAA Alaska Fairbanks and then was signed by the SPHL Pensacola Ice Flyers. It was Pensacola who put Blaszczak on their team protected list for the 2020-21 season.

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CELEBRATION FOR BEAU RICKETTS OF LAS VEGAS IN MINOT ND

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Beau Ricketts, a very popular and a massive 30-goal scorer for the WSHL Las Vegas Storm in 2014-15 at the Las Vegas Ice Center, celebrated his first wedding anniversary with his wife Kayla yesterday. Kayla is a kindergarten teacher and Beau just finished his first year in the electricians apprentice program. Beau is also working for an oil exploration company in Minot.

Beau played two seasons in Minot with the NAHL Minot Minotauros at the famous Maysa Ice Arena. Beau met Kayla when he played for the Minotauros. Beau’s younger brother Blade was Best Man when Beau and Kayla were married.

Beau still plays men’s house hockey at the Maysa Ice Arena.

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There were services yesterday for the great Las Vegas hockey dad Steve ‘The Glass Guy’ Warren whose sons Dustin Brandon and Chris played roller hockey years ago on a high level over at Larry Sanford’s ‘Little House of Champions’ Crystal Palace Roller Rink on North Rancho Drive. Hockey son Dustin, who played for the Las Vegas Tour Rebels roller hockey team, gave a very touching speech about his father. (Thank you Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen for sending this)

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It’s a new baby girl – Karter Rene Vignieri – for UNLV head coach Anthony Greener and his wife Ashley. Welcome Miss Karter to the world of bigtime Rebels hockey…

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Las Vegas – Let’s get it on, like real soon.

Coach Anthony Greener’s ACHA D1 UNLV Rebels, 21-13-1 last season, will play their first home again against guess who – feisty Utah University which always come into the City National Arena with swagger and a giant edge to their game on Friday, October 9.

“First, I cannot wait until we open our season on the road against Liberty University (Sept 24, 25) before over 6,000 fans in each game,” said coach Greener. “Then we have our home opener. And we have Illinois coming into City National for a two game weekend. Very exciting.”

Here is how the Rebels home schedule is shaping up for the new season

UNLV Rebels

City National Arena, Las Vegas

2020 Season

Home Games

Oct 9 – vs Utah University

Oct 10 – vs Utah University

Oct 23 – vs Arizona University

Oct 23 – vs Arizona University

November 5 – vs Arizona State

November 6 – vs Arizona State

December 11 – vs Grand Canyon University

December 12 – vs Grand Canyon University

January 8 – vs Illinois

January 9 – vs Illinois

January 15 – vs Missouri State

January 16 – vs Missouri State

January 29 – vs Grand Canyon University

January 30 – vs Grand Canyon University

February 12 – vs Minot State

February 13 – vs Minot State

February 19 – vs Indiana State of Pennsylvania

February 20 – vs Indiana State of Pennyslvania

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NEW COMMITMENTS – UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA-LAS VEGAS

F Blaise Arkle (Hearst Lumberjacks/NOJHL)

G Vince Benedetto (Chase Heat/KIJHL)

F Michael Boutoussov (South Shore Kings/NCDC)

D Alec Johnson (St. Cloud Blizzard/NAHL)

F Max Johnson (St. Cloud Blizzard/NAHL)

F Kyle Quinn (Blind River Beavers/NOJHL)

D Jack Kennedy (Waywayseecappo Wolverines/MJHL)

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Monday, June 1, 2020

LAS VEGAS PLAYERS AWAY FROM HOME 2020-21

Joey Allegrini, NCAA Nichols College
Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs
Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Jr Lady Ducks girls 19u
Steven Avalone, to be announced
Hunter Barto, USPHL Minnesota Moose
Brennan Blaszczak, SPHL Pensacola Ice Flyers
Rhett Bruckner, to be announced
Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce
Joey DiBenedetto, ACHA D1 Utah University
Brenden Fehlig, to be announced
Brett Harpling, NA3HL Helen BigHorns
Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Matthew Johnson, ACHA D2 Boise State
Emily Kline, Arizona State women’s team
Jerrett Overland, NCDC New Jersey Hitmen
Zach Pochiro, to be announced
Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u
Gage Quinney, AHL Henderson Silver Knights
Tristan Nelson, USPHL Northern Cyclones Jr A
Joey Raats, to be announced
Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel
Derek Sutliffe, SPHL Evansville Thunderbolts
Gabriel Testa, to be announced
Jacob Underhill, AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u
Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisius Golden Griffins
Harris Whissel, AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u
Cody Williams, to be announced
Ian Williams, AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u

GREATEST AAA/AA LINES IN LAS VEGAS
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1999-2000
TRIPLE THREAT LINE – LAS VEGAS MUSTANGS
TRAVIS ROSEBERRY, JC CARON, SPIKE NEELY
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2000-2001
THE RED LINE – LAS VEGAS MUSTANGS
JOSH JASEK, ADAM NAGLICH AND EDDIE SAMUELS
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2005-06
THE TEAL LINE – LAS VEGAS OUTLAWS
BRYCE REDDICK, KYLE CLAY, CORBIN BROWN

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BEST DEFENSIVE PAIR
RICHIE CROSSLEY, DEVIN LANE, AA LAS VEGAS ICE CATS 18U

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Flashback Story 2005-06 — Special to Vegashockey.net

We have seen a lot of writeups here on coach Rob Pallin’s old teams. But I think we have forgotten the importance of coach Pokey Reddick’s 16u teams with Bryce Reddick, Corbin Brown, Kyle Clay, Ryan Scheafer, Steven Bolton, Colby Cookson, Ryan Sutliffe, Matt Hedderly, Kris Carter, Chris Rial, Robbie Silvernail, Alex Yug, Christian Bryant, etc.

When they won the 16u Pacific District Championship in 2005, that wasn’t suppose to happen. In 2006 they won 4 tournaments at home including a game that to me, my son and any person you speak to, was the most exciting game to date at the Las Vegas Ice Center against the (Long Beach) Ice Dogs semifinals double OT to go on and win the Pacific District Championship in 2006.

Pokey Reddick and those 2 teams put that rink and organization on the USA hockey map. Hamilton Whyte, the Quinney kids, Brendan Harris, Sullivan, Brooks, Chiasson, Raats all grew up watching those guys play – just like most of the 89s and 90s who grew up watching Rob’s teams at the Santa Fe Ice Arena.

After 2006 is when they changed the name and began billeting kids from out of state. Everyone wanted to play at that rink.

The line of Bryce Reddick, Corbin Brown and Kyle Clay terrorized teams for 2 years.

They were called the Teal Line. No one could stop them, just like Jasek, Samuels and Naglich did. Those 2 Pokey teams were in the papers in Summerlin, Las Vegas Review Journal, USA Hockey. Many kids at that rink continued playing because of the excitement of those 2 back to back teams.

The rinks would be packed with 200-300 people. I remember the buzz of every team team in that organization coming to watch these teams play. Parents took kids out of school early to watch the Friday afternoon games. Mike Sullivan, Jeff Hajner, Jason Allen, Rob Pallin, Larry Sanford and YOU all at the rink boards watching.

We haven’t had a team that good and fun to watch since then, everyone knows it. I believe Rob’s midget teams of those back to back seasons from AA-AAA and Pokey’s two AA teams were the best teams the city has ever seen to date.

Not to mention it was all Las Vegas skaters, no one from out of town like we see now. Just ask the Vegas coaches – Rob Pallin, Ken Quinney, Rod Buskas and anyone around that team and Pokey had the support and gathering like no other.

I would like to nominate Bryce Reddick and Corbin Brown into the Top 15 skaters in Las Vegas history.

Bryce Reddick was so smooth on his skates. He might have been the fastest kid to play in Vegas. Faster than Jasek. Just ask around.

Corbin Brown at 5’6″ was truely the first small player out of Las Vegas and he went on to play for one of the best NAHL franchises in the Wenatchee Wild which was a Robertson Cup runnerup. I’d say he helped kick start all of these other kids who have played in Wenatchee

Like I said, those 2 Pokey teams were very exciting.

And not a lot written about them.

It’s part of history at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

They kick-started it for all of our kids and the organization.

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Friday Evening Notebook….

RIP – There is a hockey heaven for those who have left us – Lee


PLAYERS

Sean Darby – tough, rugged player who was the centerpiece on the Gold Line with best friends and teammates Sean Fox, Justin Grossman in 2001-02 season with the AA Las Vegas Mustangs in a massively great season.

Sean Fox – always wore jersey #88 and played a hard, fast game; was on the fierce checking Gold Line with Sean Darby and Justin Grossman on coach Rob Pallin’s 2001-02 AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u which advanced to the U.S Nationals.

Matt Moore – tremendous goal scorer for Las Vegas based Silver State squirt ice hockey team – coaches included Dana King, Steve Johnson and his father Larry Moore – then moved to Colorado at the age of 12 where he played hockey there. Matt passed at the age of 33 in Colorado.

Johnny Oakes – He played high level roller hockey with dignity and grace while on a line with Micah Sanford, Leroy Garcia and other teenage stars of that era at the ‘Little House of Champions’ Crystal Palace Roller Rink on Rancho Drive and at national roller tournaments throughout the USA. Johnny was a very special person and a tremendously smooth skilled skater who was unselfish with the puck.

Eddie Samuels – His first coach was roller legend Larry Sanford when Eddie was 10 years old. Eddie played roller at all levels, played ice hockey with the Jamie O’Leary-coached AAA Vail Avalanche bantam team which included Travis Roseberry and d-man TJ Craig. Then Eddie came home and was on the Red Line with Josh Jasek and Adam Naglich for coach Rob Pallin on his 2001-02 AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u team which advanced to the U.S. Nationals. Eddie played for the Rob Neumann coached AAA San Diego Gulls, AAA Cal State Senators, BCHL Victoria Salsa, NAHL Billings Bulls and was captain of the NAHL Fairbanks Ice Dogs where his coach was the legendary Rob Proffitt and there were many big games with snow falling outside the sold out Big Dipper Arena in Fairbanks. Eddie’s best friend will always be all-star defenseman Eddie Del Grosso of Las Vegas.

Nick Schaefer – A dear best friend with Jason Zucker. The two played youth hockey on a Las Vegas team at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Nick was a gifted goal scorer, great skater, very popular and the unexpected passing of Nick was a devastating loss to the Las Vegas hockey community.

Patrick Stevenson – Dynamic jet-speed roller player who skated in the Micah Sanford era at Crystal Palace Roller Rink on North Rancho Drive. Patrick’s quick speed and his high energy action helped many Las Vegas elite roller teams play at an extremely high level.

Coaches, Hockey Dads and Moms

Lee Beebe – father of hockey son Brandon who played for the UNLV Rebels. Lee was a home builder, professional skier, musician and friend to all.

Jack Bowkus – an awesome coach who was one of greatest most respected teachers of the game with teams including the LA Jr Kings and those in Las Vegas.

Rosie Carlo – beloved mother of hockey son Vito who has played for a number of teams including the WSHL Las Vegas Storm, NA3HL Atlanta Capitals and presently at NCAA Franklin Pierce University. Rosie was at her son’s games at the rinkboards for many many years in Las Vegas. She was – and will always be – one of the greatest, most caring hockey mom in Las Vegas and is very missed by all.

Dave Francis – father of Las Vegas hockey star Chris Francis. Dave was the kind, helpful gatekeeper and blade sharpener at the SoBe Ice Arena Pro Shop. Dave was nice to all – no matter who you were or what team you played for. He is tremendously missed in that arena setting. After he sharpened a players skates Dave would return them to the skater and say “…well, that’s good for two goals for your game tonight……Dave always had a pot of coffee on high heat for any reporter or coach who might wander into the pro shop.

Frank ‘Gramps’ Perone Sr – for years the unofficial GM of the UNLV Rebels – he was a fixture on game nights at the Rebels bench over by the game sticks area. His grandson is UNLV Rebels head coach Anthony Greener – a former captain of the Rebels who played a hard game while being a total team leader. Gramps loved being with the Rebels players on game nights, he was very popular with fans, reporters, even players from opposing teams – a true ambassador for the sport of hockey.

Tommy Ricketts – One of the greatest hockey dads of our time. His hockey sons were Beau and Blade Ricketts. Beau played at all levels of the game – he was a star goal scorer for the NAHL Helena BigHorns in Montana and later returned to Las Vegas for a tremendous goal scoring season with the WSHL Las Vegas Storm at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Tommy collected Topps NHL hockey cards and would give them to youth hockey players when he was at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

Bill Tufano – father of roller star Billy Tufano of Las Vegas. Bill for years was the statkeeper, ran the big electric scoreboard and announced the goals in the Micah Sanford era at the Little House of Champions – Crystal Palace Roller Rink on Rancho Drive. “It was a honor to have Bill announce your goals,” said Eddie Samuels.

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GET READY FOR THE AHL HENDERSON SILVER KNIGHTS

Breaking News – The NHL Golden Knights #1 affiliate will be called the AHL Henderson Silver Knights and will play home games this season at The Orleans Arena on Tropicana Avenue.

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Friday, May 29, 2020

In our latest COVID-19 update, we hear directly in a flash news release from BCHL Commissioner Chris Hebb.

Message from the British Columbia Hockey League:

First off, I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy with their families during this challenging time. With the ever-changing situation we are all facing, the BC Hockey League has committed to providing regular updates to our fans, team staff, players and their families.

We continue to have discussions with Hockey Canada and the CJHL every two weeks to reassess the COVID-19 situation and how to best move forward under the guidelines of our provincial health authorities. Although there is no set timeline at this moment, we expect to have a clearer picture of where things are headed later this month.

As many of you already know, the League has reached out to the Provincial Government for advice on how to access economic support to offset the losses that our teams are facing due to the cancellation of the playoffs, as well as spring and summer camps. These discussions have been positive so far and are ongoing. We’re committed to exploring every option to make sure our teams get the support they deserve as important cultural and economic pillars of their communities.

This call for financial support has also, unfortunately, led to some talk at various levels that the BC Hockey League is somehow in danger of not returning next season. This is entirely false. As we’ve mentioned in previous communications, the BCHL will be back on the ice as soon as we get the go-ahead from Hockey Canada and the provincial health authorities. The idea behind our call for financial support is to address the losses that our teams have incurred before they become a major problem down the road. Like everyone else, we eagerly await the day that we can return to the ice in a safe manner.

We hope to see everyone back on the ice as soon as possible and we will be working with Hockey Canada to make a return to play safe for our players and fans.

Sincerely,

Chris Hebb, BCHL
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RIP – There is a hockey heaven for those who have left us – Lee

PLAYERS

Sean Darby – Rugged player who was the centerpiece on the Gold Line with best friends and teammates Sean Fox, Justin Grossman in 2001-02 season with the AA Las Vegas Mustangs in a massively great season.

Sean Fox – always wore jersey #88 and played a hard, fast game; was on the fierce checking Gold Line with Sean Darby and Justin Grossman on coach Rob Pallin’s 2001-02 AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u which advanced to the U.S Nationals.

Matt Moore – tremendous gold scorer for Las Vegas based Silver State squirt ice hockey team – coaches included Dana King, Steve Johnson and his father Larry Moore – then moved to Colorado at the age of 12 where he played hockey there. Matt passed at the age of 33 in Colorado.

Johnny Oakes – He played high level roller hockey with dignity and grace while on a line with Micah Sanford, Leroy Garcia and other teenage stars of that era at the ‘Little House of Champions’ Crystal Palace Roller Rink on Rancho Drive and at national roller tournaments throughout the USA. Johnny was a very special person and tremendously skilled skater.

Eddie Samuels – His first coach was roller legend Larry Sanford when Eddie was 10 years old. Eddie played roller at all levels, then began played ice hockey first with the AAA Vail Avalanche bantam team, then was on the Red Line with Josh Jasek and Adam Naglich for coach Rob Pallin on his 2001-02 AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u team. Eddie played for the AAA San Diego Gulls, AAA Cal State Senators, BCHL Victoria Salsa, NAHL Billings Bulls and was captain of the NAHL Fairbanks Ice Dogs where his coach was the legendary Rob Proffit. Eddie’s best friend will always be all-star defenseman Eddie Del Grosso.

Nick Schaefer – Best friends with Jason Zucker. The two played youth hockey on a Las Vegas team at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Nick was a gifted goal scorer, great skater, very popular and the unexpected passing of Nick was a devastating loss to the Las Vegas hockey community.

Patrick Stevenson – Dynamic jet-speed roller player who skated in the Micah Sanford era at the Cystal Palace Roller Rink on North Rancho Drive. Patrick’s quick speed and his high energy action help many Las Vegas elite roller teams play at a very high level.

Hockey Dads and Moms

Lee Beebe – father of hockey son Brandon who played for the UNLV Rebels. Lee was a home builder, professional skier, musician and friend to all.

Rosie Carlo – beloved mother of hockey son Vito who has played for a number of teams including the WSHL Las Vegas Storm, NA3HL Atlanta Capitals and presently at NCAA Franklin Pierce University. Rosie was at her son’s games at the rinkboards for many many years in Las Vegas. She was – and will always be – one of the greatest, most caring hockey mom in Las Vegas and will very missed by all.

Dave Francis – father of Las Vegas hockey star Chris Francis. Dave was the kind, helpful gatekeeper and blade sharpener at the SoBe Ice Arena Pro Shop. Dave was kind to all – no matter who you were or what team you played for. He is tremendously missed in that arena setting.

Frank ‘Gramps’ Perone Sr – for years the unofficial GM of the UNLV Rebels – he was a fixture on game nights at the Rebels bench over by the game sticks area. His grandson is UNLV Rebels head coach Anthony Greener – a former captain of the Rebels who played a hard game while being a total team leader. Gramps loved being with the Rebels on game nights, he was very popular with fans, reporters, players from opposing teams – a true ambassador for the sport of hockey.

Tommy Ricketts – One of the greatest hockey dads of our time. His hockey sons were Beau and Blade Ricketts. Beau played at all levels of the game – he was a star goal scorer for the Helena BigHorns in Montana and later returned to Las Vegas for a tremendous goal scoring season with the WSHL Las Vegas Storm at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Tommy collected hockey cards and would give them to youth hockey players when he was at an arena.

Bill Tufano – father of roller star Billy Tufano of Las Vegas. Bill for years was the statkeeper, ran the scoreboard and announced the goals in the Micah Sanford era at the Little House of Champions – Crystal Palace Roller Rink on Rancho Drive. “It was a honor to have Bill announce your goals,” said Eddie Samuels.

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Friday Searches
#1 Rob Pallin
#2 Micah Sanford – The Star Player Who Started it all in Las Vegas
#3 Wally Lacroix
#4 Gabriel Testa
#5 Harris Whissel
#6 John Purdy
#7 Ian Williams
#8 Matt Johnson, hockey coach
#9 2018 Just in Time for Christmas – Shaggy, the Golden One holiday story
#10 Richie Crossley, Devin Lane defensive pair
#11 Las Vegas Ice Center rink coffee in tall paper cup

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

It’s the biggest and the best – the Western Hockey League (WHL) – for elite Las Vegas players. Let’s take a look how these three hometown players – Chris Francis, Zach Pochiro and currently Erik Atchison – have done on this ultra level.

CHRIS FRANCIS, LAS VEGAS
WHL Portland Winterhawks

Games 279
Goals 66
Assists 123
Points 189

Where is Chris now…..

Chris, 31, last season played with Saale Bulls Halle/Germany3

ZACH POCHIRO, LAS VEGAS – 4th Round draft pick NHL St. Louis Blues
WHL Prince George Cougars – Assistant Captain

Games 169
Goals 61
Assists 86
Points 147

Where is Zach now……

Zach, 26, last season played with Esberg Energy in Denmark

ERIK ATCHISON, LAS VEGAS
WHL Spokane Chiefs
Active Player

Games 93
Goals 7
Assists 9
Points 16

Where is Erik now….

Erik, 18, is going into his 3rd season with the Spokane Chiefs

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Western States Hockey League 2020-2021 Season Announcement

As we all have learned over the last 10 weeks, there is a “New Normal” underway, that is yet to be clearly defined in a current or future narrative. The WSHL was one of the first sports organizations, on March 6th, to modify its operating procedures, schedule, and preparations for playoffs. The playoff schedule to begin on March 12 was amended, removing two Washington State teams from playoffs, due to the extreme surge of COVID-19 patients in the greater Seattle area. At the time, many fans, pundits, parents, players, and team representatives, alike, were utterly appalled by the decision. Subsequent to the initial decision by the Executive Committee of the WSHL, with concern for an abundance of caution for the safety of our players, staff, fans, families, etc., canceled the entire 26th Annual WSHL Thorne Cup Playoffs. Within hours of the WSHL’s decision, the NHL halted their own 2019-2020 season, reflecting the actions of other major sports leagues, worldwide.

Since then, we have been monitoring the constant medical reports, federal and state, provincial governments’ responses to COVID-19, and all of the restrictions implemented by them. The majority of the variables which impact our sport and participation are still in effect, and will continue to be for an indefinite period of time.

Given that the WSHL has over 300 international players on its teams, plays regular season games internationally, has over 500 players living with our gracious host families, has bus travel to games that can exceed 12 hours, and the inability to social distance and wear medical type facemasks in training and/or game situations, the medical reasons alone make it a major safety issue. Additionally, the logistics of operation, in uncertain times, is an unfathomable task for each team to undertake, as well as at a league level. The obvious potential liability for team owners in the face of COVID-19 requires significant consideration.

Currently, across Canada and the United States, very few ice rinks are open, and tryouts cannot be held. Even if they were open, the tryout would be minimized due to the governmental restrictions over crowd control. Nonetheless teams need to continue to recruit, which creates payroll and expenses, without any assured knowledge that the 2020-2021 season will start on-time, or start at all. Medical predictions indicate the likelihood of a resurgence of COVID-19 as the Winter months approach. Given the current status of closed borders, it would seem optimistic, at best, to project that the required number of players, for Summer Tryout Camps or Fall Training Camps, would be able to lawfully attend. As important is the very recent announcements by several universities and colleges, even minor pro leagues that likely they will not participate in the 2020-2021 season either which impacts the players advancing to higher levels without recruiting being done at the higher levels.

Lastly, with the current governmental restrictions that have slowed the economy, and put millions out of work in both Canada and the United States, teams become extremely vulnerable. Operating in this financial climate could easily result in failure, based on potential losses or inability to generate ticket sales, sponsorship or advertising dollars, etc. The aforementioned revenue streams are crucial to the success and sustainability of WSHL member clubs, and junior hockey clubs around the globe.

On the grounds that, currently, there is no known vaccine, accompanied by extremely negative medical conditions, economic pitfalls, and the forecast of a resurgence of COVID-19, which could again be cause to terminate the season, the WSHL, with an abundance of caution, must make an extremely difficult decision.

Based on the above reasons, and forecasted medical problems that could be ahead of us, the Board of Governors of the Western States Hockey League have voted to go dormant for the 2020-2021 season. The WSHL will immediately start preparing for a return in 2021-2022 season. This is the most burdensome and painful decision ever made at the WSHL Board of Governors level, however, we strongly feel that continuing operations in the current climate is not safe or conducive to the success of our member players, nor teams.

We wish everyone health and prosperity, and we look forward to coming back stronger than ever!

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LAS VEGAS ICE CENTER WORKING ON RE-OPENING………

Greetings Las Vegas Ice Center Patrons….

We hope that you and your families have been staying safe and healthy over the last 9 weeks. As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times, the Las Vegas Ice Center wants to remind you all how much we value the members of our community and know we can – and will – overcome the current issues facing our community together.

While being closed has been necessary to do our part to help reduce the spread of Covid 19, we have taken this opportunity to make significant upgrades to the building and ice surfaces. Below you will find an update on what we have been doing to create an even better experience for each of you when you are here at LVIC as well as our initial plans for reopening and the processes we will be implementing to provide the most safe and healthy environment for everyone.

As we are all missing our time on the ice, seeing our friends, coaches and teammates we know you are anxious to getting back to having fun. Here at the Ice Center we have been working diligently to upgrade the facility over the last 9 weeks. Upon your return to the rink you will be skating on brand new sheets of ice including many repairs to the cooling system for the South rink. We have installed new kick plates on both sheets, cleaned, repaired and updated all boards and glass. Additionally, locker rooms, the gym and much of the facility have been repainted. The hospitality room has been redesigned to host Pilates, Yoga and meetings. The pro shop has been remerchandised for a more pleasant and easier shopping experience along with other upgrades throughout the building.

The upgrades and changes we have made have us anxiously awaiting the opportunity to reopen the facility and welcome you back. At this time, we are hopeful that we will be given the word we can open soon. We are ready and just waiting for the governor’s approval. We recognize this situation has impacted and challenged each individual and every family in different ways. Our ownership and management have been working tirelessly to determine what the future looks like for our business and develop a reopening plan that allows for the safest and healthiest environment as possible.

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Emily Kline, who has won many awards as a top player here in town, is #1 Most Searched today. She is going into her sophomore season with NCAA Arizona State.

Wednesday readers are from all parts of the USA and Canada plus Germany

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LAS VEGAS PLAYERS AWAY FROM HOME 2020-21

Joey Allegrini, NCAA Nichols College
Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs
Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Jr Lady Ducks girls 19u
Steven Avalone, to be announced
Hunter Barto, USPHL Minnesota Moose
Brennan Blaszczak, to be announced
Rhett Bruckner, to be announced
Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce
Joey DiBenedetto, ACHA D1 Utah University
Brenden Fehlig, to be announced
Brett Harpling, NA3HL Helen BigHorns
Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Matthew Johnson, ACHA D2 Boise State
Emily Kline, Arizona State women’s team
Jerett Overland, NCAA Air Force Academy
Zach Pochiro, to be announced
Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u
Gage Quinney, AHL Henderson Silver Knights
Tristan Nelson, USPHL Northern Cyclones Jr A
Joey Raats, to be announced
Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel
Derek Sutliffe, to be announced
Gabriel Testa, to be announced
Jacob Underhill, AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u
Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisius Golden Griffins
Harris Whissel, AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u
Cody Williams, to be announced
Ian Williams, AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

LAS VEGAS HOCKEY COACH ADAM STIO WORKING ON A NEW TEAM FOR THIS FALL

Las Vegas hockey coach Adam Stio – who has coached ice hockey and roller teams for many years here in Las Vegas – is working on putting together a new semi-pro ice hockey club and may dabble in the game of elite level roller hockey as well.

“We may be soon be getting in touch with some Las Vegas players to help out,” Adam said. Last season Adam was GM/Head Coach of the Battle Creek Rumble Bees.

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The NA3HL announced that the Coulee Region Chill in LaCrosse, Wisconsin has relocated to Oklahoma City and will be known as the Oklahoma City Hockey Club and will play home games at the Arctic Edge Ice Arena.

Brenden Fehlig of Las Vegas was an 18-goal scorer for Coulee Region Chill last season.

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Monday, May 25, 2020

FLASHBACK STORY…..
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2014 IN LAS VEGAS – SIX SEASONS AGO……..

Las Vegas (2014) – That was BCHL West Kelowna Warriors coach Rylan Ferster who called Las Vegas skater Vito Carlo on Saturday night. Vito got hit with a bad check – a rough one, actually – during a West Kelowna Las Vegas Prospects Camp scrimmage game earlier that day at the SoBe Ice Arena in Las Vegas. Kelowna scout Eddie Samuels was concerned as well. He sent a text to Vito asking if he was ok.

“Yes, coach Ferster called and asked me how I was,” said Vito, who was in the bleachers on Sunday. “I was really concerned what he was going to say but he asked me how I was and then said he was happy with the way I played in camp. It was a great call.”

“Rylan is a class act, as is the entire Kelowna organization,” Eddie said.

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Vito meanwhile plans to skate in the USHL Lincoln Stars main camp and for sure he will be at Roy Henderson’s Global Showcase at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Vito, 16, plans to play for a new club this season – AAA West Coast Renegades 16u which will skate out of Park City and Salt Lake City this autumn.

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Alec Mono of Las Vegas had a great skate all weekend at the Kelowna camp. Someone at the rinkboards asked his hockey mom Cindy why he was named Alec and not Alex.

“At the time Alec was born, the actor Alec Baldwin was a big deal,” she said, smiling.

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That was Hamilton Whyte of Las Vegas who scored the winning goal in the final game in camp. The two teams were tied so they went to a 4 on 4, then a 3 on 3 at the finish.

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Kelowna brought two of its returning starting players – Jason Cotton and Ryan Ivey – who spoke to all of the prospects.

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About six to seven skaters in Kelowna camp here are expected to get main camp invites. Those will be mailed out to the players in June.

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The goalies in camp included TJ Yochum and Gage Roberts of Las Vegas. Jimmy Schilletter and Stephen Smetany of Las Vegas played for Team Green. Schilletter last winter skated for the AAA Utah Jr Regulators.

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One of the referees this weekend was Justin Grossman. Years ago, back in 2001-02, he was a very tough, hard-working player for the AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u team which went to the U.S. Nationals.

After the last game was over Sunday, hockey coach Rob Pallin went to the Fiesta Festival Buffet. He talked hockey for almost two hours while working on an omelet, no toast, chased with a Diet Coke. A few folks stopped by his table to say hello. Hockey mom Mary Margaret Samuels passed around pictures of grandchildren.

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Trending on Vegas Hockey.net on 2014 Memorial Day – #1 BCHL West Kelowna Warriors Las Vegas Prospect Camp; #2 Ethan Montoya; #3 Rob Pallin – Ten Questions; #4 Eddie Samuels My Greatest Goal; #5 Vito Carlo; #6 Sean Darby; #7 NARCh Nationals

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Memorial Day 2020 Top Searches

#1 Drew and Jimmy Schilletter Updates
#2 New Team in Town – The Cavalry

#3 AJ Lackas

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MY GREATEST GOAL – JASON ZUCKER, ADAM NAGLICH ANTHONY GREENER, NICK ROBONE, GIA AND STEVEN AVALONE, JASON ALLEN, GABRIEL TESTA, ‘MIRACLE’ HARRIS WHISSEL, MICHAEL YOCHUM

13-time Vegas Hockey Player of the Year Jason Zucker said his greatest goal was the very first NHL goal he scored for the Minnesota Wild in his 2012-13 rookie season. Jason got the puck, blasted down the right side of the ice, veered to the left and blasted a high rocket shot which smoked into the net against the Detroit Red Wings – a spectacular goal which tied the game 2-2 on Feb 17, 2013. Jason now plays on the top line with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Star Las Vegas players and their Greatest Goals…….

Jason Allen, Las Vegas – “We were playing for the AAA L.A. Jr Kings in a game against the Riverside Jets and we scored the winning goal with just a little bit of time left on the clock in what really was a very super-heated game. The game was at the Riverside Ice Town Center. We will never forget it.”

Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Jr Lady Ducks girls 19u. Gia said her greatest goal was her game-winning goal playing for Lady Ducks 16AAA against the San Jose Sharks Girls 19U AAA in the Fall-Classic tournament, Lakewood California 2018. It was the championship game of the tournament and the score was 1-1 with about a minute remaining in the 3rd period and she scored on a snapshot from the point.

Steven Avalone of Las Vegas said his greatest goal was his game-winning goal in the Can-Am Peewee Division Tournament. In the championship game, his team, (Nevada Jr. Storm) was down 2-0 in the 3rd against San Diego Oilers and they came back to win 3-2, Steven having the 3rd goal on a wrist shot from the point.

Anthony Greener, Head Coach, UNLV Rebels – “We were playing with the WSHL Las Vegas Rattlers – Randy Burridge was our coach – and I was just 16 years old. We scored an OT game winning goal against the San Diego Gulls in our opening weekend. It was awesome being my first goal in junior hockey and having all of our family there.”

Matt Johnson, youth hockey coach with Vegas Jr Golden Knights

“It was the Argus Tournament in Norwich. We were playing Utica and it was 1-1 late in the third period. I was pressuring the forecheck. The goalie went to play it – I then knocked the puck down out of the air and put it home. We went on to score another goal to put our stamp onto it – but having 3500 people erupt was pretty cool.”

Adam Naglich

“I would have to say my greatest goal would have to be when I was playing in college with NCAA Alaska Fairbanks.

“I scored against Ohio State in the playoffs. We went on to win the Best of 3 series and got to play in the CCHA Finals at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. It was my senior year and it was the first time that our team made it to the Joe in my time playing in Alaska.

“My linemates at the time were Braden Walls and Ryan Hohl.

“The actual goal wasn’t anything fancy or special. I received a pass right around the top of the left face off circle and put it low glove.

“But it really felt great winning that important series on home ice — something that meant a lot to me and I will never, ever forget it.”

Zach Pochiro, who played in Denmark last season, said his greatest goal was for the (WHL)Prince George Cougars in a playoff game vs the Vancouver Giants. Zach scored the decisive game-winner to force a Game Five.

Nick Robone, assistant coach, chief recruiter for UNLV Rebels – “My biggest goal was at the NCRHA National Championships for UNLV. We were pitted against defending champions Lindenwood and we were down 4-3 with three minutes to go. We went onto a powerplay and Alex Yug fed me a great pass in the slot for a quick one timer blocker side. Andrew Tamura would score a few minutes into overtime to send us to the national championship game. It was one of my favorite tournaments on and off the rink.”

Micah Sanford, The Star who Started it All in Las Vegas

“I scored my first goal in house league roller hockey at my Dad’s rink (Crystal Palace Roller Rink on North Rancho Drive.) I believe I shot a muffin on the ground and it went in. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky I guess. I don’t remember the name of the team but I think my Dad was coaching me. I was 10 years old.”

Gabriel Testa, Las Vegas goal scorer

“My greatest goal was when we were playing for the Wichita Falls Force in the USACHL. We were tied with the Rio Grande Killer Bees 3-3 in overtime. We were in their zone when my teammate passed it to the point when I blasted a slap shot over the goalie glove side. We won 4-3 in front of around 4100 fans.”

Harris Whissel – who is called the Miracle on Ice for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

“My greatest goal was in the championship game in December 2019. It was against the Charleston Colonials. I kept the puck in the zone by hitting two players and knocking the puck over to Heath Mensch who brought it behind the net and skated a little further out to the corner and passed it to Tony Mazza who then chipped the puck to me where we had snuck behind the defense in front of the net. I got the puck and brought it from my backhand to my forehand and chipped it in – and celebrated by swinging my arms upwards towards one of the hockey moms and then hitting the rink glass.”

Michael Yochum, Las Vegas – ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins – “It was my first game with Canisus College and my first game after two years off from multiple knee injuries. We were playing against Slippery Rock University at the Lemieux Center in Pittsburgh. I received a pass right in front of the net and I turned around and shot it 5-hole to tie the game. It wasn’t a pretty goal – but it was my first goal in two seasons so it was pretty special.”

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Sunday #1 Most Searched

Jason Zucker, Las Vegas – ‘My Greatest Goal’

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Adam Naglich – ‘My Greatest Goal’

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Brittany Brooks

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Connor Haney 10 Questions story

Sunday readers are from all parts of the USA and Canada
//Welcome to all….

From the Blue Line on Sunday – NCAA Alabama-Huntsville shockingly dropped its D1 ice hockey program citing budget issues related to the coronavirus…

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Years ago it was very common for top Las Vegas ice hockey and roller hockey teams to play in big Memorial Day Tournaments in SoCal. Here is an example of that in these stories which include Las Vegas players, coaches and teams in that era.

5.28.01
Two Unbeatens Collide In Memorial Day Gold Medal Game, As…
CODY FULWEILER NAMED MVP AS ARIZONA 
STUNS LANGLEY HORNETS IN DOUBLE OT!!!!

Anaheim, Calif. –– Joe Morin’s Arizona Roadrunners, which included some top AA Las Vegas Mustangs, won a stunner here on Monday. The Roadrunners beat a highly energized, hard-hitting Langley Hornets ice team, 3-2 in an overtime shootout in the 17-and-under gold medal game at the Disney Ice Arena.

Morin’s team was in the finals last Memorial Day, but lost to Todd Collins’ AAA Polar Bears of Peoria, Az.

This time, Morin had a top goalie in Cody Fulweiler who plays for Rob Pallin’s 17-and-under AA Mustangs ice team. Fulweiler allowed only three goals all weekend and was named the tournament MVP.

Arizona and Langley were both 4-0 going into the final game. Josh Jasek of Las Vegas and Shane Palmer of Flagstaff scored goals to help Arizona battle to a 2-2 tie in regulation.

The game was not decided until the second OT shootout, when Palmer scored again and Arizona got the win, 3-2.

The Las Vegas skaters on the Arizona roster included Josh Jasek, Travis Roseberry, Spike Neely, T.J. Craig and J.C. Caron.

I’ve seen a lot of hockey,” said Bob Roseberry, GM for the Las Vegas Mustangs, “and this was about as good as it gets. That was an exceptional Langley team which came out hitting hard.”

From the Blue Line, Lee

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2001 Memorial Day Weekend Roller Hockey…
SANFORD’S TITANS WIN 2 OF 3 IN ANAHEIM!!!

Anaheim, Calif. — Ryan Hobbs of Las Vegas usually winds up and cranks in blue-streak shots from long range. In house roller leagues, when he sets up, defensemen run for cover. That’s how brutally-fast the shots are.

However, Hobbs scored on two breakaways, used a nice backhand and netted three goals from close range as coach Larry Sanford’s Las Vegas Titans AAA 16-and-under roller bantam team closed out with an 8-0 win over the Anaheim Mission Bulldogs late Sunday night.

That gave Las Vegas a 2-1 record for the weekend.

Here’s what happened:

AAA KOHO Bantam Roller, 16-and-under

Las Vegas Titans 6, NorCal Extreme 1
Pro Joy Valley Stars 4, Las Vegas Titans 2
Las Vegas Titans 8, Anaheim Mission Bulldogs 0

Billy Tufano, Jason Allen and Evan Zucker scored two goals each in the three games. Eddie Del Grosso played, but complained of a thumb injury on the shooting hand. Goalie Cody Fulweiler, who was also playing ice here for the Arizona Roadrunners at the Disney Arena, started the second game.

That was the toughest one, as the Pro Joy Valley Stars got off to a 4-0 lead. The Stars play out of Northern California and are regarded as one of the top KOHO roller teams from that region.

Pro Joy won this regional, beating NorCal and
Anaheim by scores of 4-3 and 4-3.

NOTEBOOK — Michael Morton, who is tearing up house league action this summer, also scored a goal for the Titans…..Spike Neely pulled a ‘double,’ playing ice and roller this weekend…Joe Morin’s Arizona Roadrunners won two more games, 9-0 and 9-3, and are taking on the high-powered Langley Hornets of Canada on Monday at the Disney Ice Arena.

From the Blue Line, Lee

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RON WHITE’S WSHL LEAGUE GREEN-LIT FOR 2020 SEASON

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Two months ago eight junior hockey teams – including the hometown Las Vegas Thunderbirds – departed Ron White’s Western States Hockey League for the USPHL Premier’s newly branded Pacific Division. That is, for any league, a staggering development.

In a news release WSHL Commissioner Ron White said his league is still in a green-light active situation and added that “….new teams – some from the United States, some from Canada – will be coming into our league for this coming season. We are looking for a start date for games during the first weekend in October.”

The WSHL plans to run its usual holiday WSHL Showcase with all teams going to the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue December 18-21. There will be an awesome number of hockey scouts at this particular showcase.
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#1 Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin
#2 Athletic trainer Kendell Galor
#3 A Miracle on Ice – Harris Whissel of Las Vegas
#4 Flashback 2004 – The Last Skate at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena
#5 Zach Pochiro
#6 UNLV’s Jared Turcotte
#7 Ian Williams
#8 Heath Mensch
#9 John Purdy – goal scorer with a laser-liked wicked shot
#10 When in Doubt, Give the Puck to UNLV’s Mike Zenzola
#11 Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins
#12 Anthony Greener’s framed retired jersey #96 at SoBe Ice Arena
#13 The Genius wearing jersey #96 in a Christmas story on Vegas Hockey
#14 Big goal scorer Beau Ricketts
#15 Star reporter Bethany Drysdale
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COACH ROB PALLIN’S GROUP WORKOUTS AT PALO VERDE HIGH SCHOOL IN LAS VEGAS

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Las Vegas – Hockey coach Rob Pallin, who has won many coaching awards here on Vegas Hockey, has a dryland workout group every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Palo Verde High School. The start time is 9 am. Any Las Vegas hockey player is invited. Coach Rob is the new head coach of ESV Kaufbeuren in Germany.

Las Vegas players currently in this workout group include…

Steven Avalone – SJHL Kindersley Klippers
Brennan Blasczak – SPHL Pensacola Ice Flyers
Anthony Bonaldi – Las Vegas Thunderbirds
Nick Bonaldi – Las Vegas Thunderbirds
Jerrett Overland – NCAA Air Force Academy

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When Harris Whissel Gets onto the ice he’s a Miracle, a Miracle on Ice for the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

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For The Love of Hockey, a Look at Stephen Smetany of the Las Vegas Jesters by Bethany Drysdale and Kat Craner

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For goalie Chase Smith of Las Vegas and the Yuma Blaze roller team It’s More Than Just a Game

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Jimmy Samuels, who grew up playing roller hockey and ice hockey in Las Vegas, has graduated from Kansas University where he majored in Film and Media Studies. On July 15, he plans to move to Austin, Texas to explore opportunities in that area.

“Not only that, but Austin is one of the best places to live in the world,” said Jimmy, 22.

He played roller hockey at Larry Sanford’s ‘Little Home of Champions’ Crystal Palace Roller Rink on North Rancho Drive. Jimmy played ice hockey with his dear friend Vito Carlo at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue. Jimmy’s uncle is Eddie Samuels and his grandmother is hockey mom Mary Margaret Samuels. Jimmy was also a close friend of the late great Las Vegas hockey dad Tommy Ricketts.

In Kansas Jimmy played one season with Kansas ACHA D3 hockey team, then became the general manager of the team a year later when KU played in the ACHA D3 Nationals.

Jimmy in 2019 won the Golden Gnome Award for Best Film Production.

He accepted the award at the Runefest Festival in London

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Monday, May 18, 2020

LAS VEGAS PLAYERS AWAY FROM HOME 2020-21

Joey Allegrini, NCAA Nichols College
Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs
Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Jr Lady Ducks girls 19u
Steven Avalone, to be announced
Hunter Barto, USPHL Minnesota Moose
Brennan Blaszczak, to be announced
Rhett Bruckner, to be announced
Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce
Joey DiBenedetto, to be announced
Brett Harpling, NA3HL Helen BigHorns
Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Matthew Johnson, ACHA D2 Boise State
Jerett Overland, NCAA Air Force Academy
Zach Pochiro, to be announced
Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u
Gage Quinney, AHL Henderson Silver Knights
Tristan Nelson, USPHL Northern Cyclones Jr A
Joey Raats, to be announced
Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel
Derek Sutliffe, to be announced
Gabriel Testa, to be announced
Jacob Underhill, AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u
Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisius Golden Griffins
Harris Whissel, AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u
Cody Williams, to be announced
Ian Williams, AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u

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Adam Naglich – My Greatest Goal

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Big goal scorer Chris Francis of Las Vegas

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Pokey Reddick, Head Coach, Faith Lutheran HS Hockey

Fairbanks Arctic Cam Sunday
38 degree – cold, clear in morning hours

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THE SAGA OF ALEX ‘BLACKJACK’ REDMOND OF LAS VEGAS
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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Las Vegas – In the 2001-07 era big, rugged defenseman Alex ‘Blackjack’ Redmond was one of the most popular hometown players in Las Vegas roller hockey and ice hockey.

He initally played roller hockey with the great Adam ‘Stick’ Naglich and Eddie Samuels with the Larry Sanford coached roller team at the ‘Little Home of Champions’ Crystal Palace roller rink on North Rancho Drive. This roller team won a qualifying tournament and then played in the 2001 U.S. Nationals in Florida.

Alex, listed at 6’2, 200, then made the roster of the 2002-03 AAA Las Vegas Outlaws 18u ice hockey team – coached by Rob Pallin – which had one of its biggest wins of all-time, 6-5 OT over the AAA Alaska All Stars in a Pacific District Regional game.

When Alex was signed by the Peninsula Panthers Jr B in Canada he was an immediate smash hit with the hometown fans.

He wore the name of ‘Blackjack’ on the back of his jersey. Alex and Las Vegas goalie Paul Lowden helped the Peninsula Panthers Jr B battle for the league gold against the powerful Campbell River Storm on Vancouver Island.

In 2005-06 Alex signed with the ACHA D2 San Jose State Spartans – a mega power in that era – and Alex in one of his best games had a goal and assist to help San Jose shock Denver University 6-5 which advanced San Jose State to the U.S. Nationals.

And where is Alex today?

He’s 35 and out of the game.

ALEX BLACKJACK REDMOND
LAS VEGAS

2001-02 – Las Vegas Mustangs Midget A …….17 goals, 21 assists
2002-03 – AAA Las Vegas Outlaws 18u………..6 goals, 13 assists
2003-04 – Peninsula Panthers Jr B………………4 goals, 11 assists
2004-05 – Peninsula Panthers Jr B …………….. 16 goals, 16 assists
2004-05 – BCHL Victoria Salsa Jr A…………………0 goals, 0 assists
2005-06 – ACHA D2 San Jose State……………….7 goals, 10 assists
2006-07 – ACHA D2 San Jose State……………..15 goals, 26 assists

Total………………………………………………………..65 goals, 97 assists

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Jared Turcotte, UNLV Rebels

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Heath Mensch, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

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BIG GAME GOAL SCORER IAN WILLIAMS OF AA VEGAS JR GOLDEN KNIGHTS 16U TO AAA WENATCHEE WOLVES 18U
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Friday, May 15, 2020

Las Vegas – Big game goal scorer Ian Williams of the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u has signed with the AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u for this coming season. He will report to his new team in August.

Head coach Wally Lacroix of the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u said “…Ian is a great young man with a great family. Todd (Owen, assistant coach) and I both agree Ian will succeed in his next hockey endeavors. Ian can be used as a skilled forward and as a defensive specialist. He excels at both. We both wish Ian all the best and we are very proud of him.”

The AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u are in the Tier 1 NAPHL League and are an affiliate of the Bliss Littler-coached BCHL Wenatchee Wild.

Ryan McKelvie is the head coach of the AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u.

Ian, 17, is listed at 6’1, 170, and has played his last two seasons here with coach Wally Lacroix and assistant Todd Owen on the AA 16u level. Previously as an AA 14u bantam he was on a Las Vegas team coached by Wally Lacroix. Ian played on an AA Las Vegas Storm 12u peewee team. Eric LaCroix was the head coach.

Ian has tremendous acceleration on the ice, is hockey smart, and has played at a high level particuarly in the closing moments of a big game. In Blaine, Minnesota last winter Ian scored a dramatic OT/Shootout goal to help AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u beat the Illinois-based AA West Dundee Leafs 16u 5-4.

Earlier his OT/Shootout blast of a goal helped the the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u beat the McKinney, Texas North Stars.

Ian scored four times in a win over AA Wyoming.

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#1 Most Searched on Friday
Gunner Moore of Las Vegas to NAHL Odessa Jackalopes

#2 Most Searched
For the Love of Hockey, A Look at UNLV’s Brendan Manning by Bethany Drysdale, Kat Craner and Christina Oka

#3 Most Searched
Micah Sanford – The Star Goal Scorer Who Started It All in Las Vegas

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

This Vegas Hockey website was launched in 2013. There are hundreds of treasured posts here. Readers each and every day from all parts of the USA dig into our archives.

Here are the Top 25 most searched and most read stories.

Vegas Hockey
All-Time Most Searched Stories

#1 Jason Zucker (2019) Vegas Hockey Player of the Year for 12th Straight Time, Anthony Greener, Wally Lacroix Best Coaches.

#2 AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u Go All The Way – Battle to 2-1 win in Overtime to win U.S. National Championship

#3 Big W for Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin

#4 Flashback 2004 – The Last Skate at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena

#5 Eddie Samuels – My Greatest Goals

#6 Micah Sanford – The Star Goal Scorer Who Started it All in Las Vegas

#7 Shock City – UNLV Rebels Beat #1 Ranked Minot at City National Arena

#8 Harris Whissel is a Miracle, a Miracle on ice when he plays for AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

#8 For the Love of Hockey, a Look at Brendan Manning of UNLV Rebels by Bethany Drysdale, Kat Craner and Christina Oka

#9 RIP Sean Darby – 2001-02 AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u

#10 RIP Rosie Carlo – mother of Las Vegas star player Vito Carlo

#11 Shock City – Sin City Barons roller team wins NARCh Gold. Darion Conaway named MVP.

#12 The Ticker – The Ash Printzen Story

#13 Another Gold! Vegas Jr Golden Knights 12u win gold at Can Am Tournament

#14 Patrick Voors MVP, Michael Yochum Hobey Baker winner at Vegas Jr Golden Knights HS Team wins gold in Anaheim Ducks League

#15 Just in Time for Christmas, The Unstoppable Johnnie Gold at SoBe Ice Arena

#16 Joey Raats signs with Briancon Red Devils in France

#17 Pokey Reddick, Head Coach, Faith Lutheran High School ice hockey team

#18 Larry Sanford, Vegas Hockey Hall of Fame roller hockey coach

#19 Goalie Luke Fundator goes to USA High Performance camp

#20 RIP hockey dad Tommy Ricketts

#21 A Look at Coach Rob Pallin in his Early Years

#22 Jared Turcotte of UNLV to Play in World Winter Games in Russia

#23 The Wedding – Eddie and Victoria DelGrosso

#24 RIP roller star Johnny Oakes — teammate of Micah Sanford

#24 My Greatest Game – Jeff Hajner

#25 The Genius vaporizes hockey Dad Steve Allen at the Sobe Ice Arena in a summertime hockey adventure story

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The story – Flashback 2004, The Last Skate at the Santa Fe Stations is read here practically every day. The story includes the names of the hometown Las Vegas players who took their last skate collectively on the day this famous ice arena closed on North Rancho Drive.

This Vegas Hockey website was launched in 2013; Here are the year by year hits on this story. Keep in mind practically all of the stories here are searched for a week or so. It is rare when a story like this is still being sought and read by our USA readers.

Flashback 2004, The Last Skate at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena.

2014 16 times; 2015 57; 2016 133, 2017 222, 2018 236, 2019 164, 2020 130

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

TIME TO CELBRATE FOR COACH MATT EDLIN OF LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas – For Las Vegas coach Matt Edlin – who coaches in the world of the Vegas Jr Golden Knights youth hockey here in town – it is a time for celebration. He and his wife Alexis just had a beautiful baby boy – Carter.

Matt is one of the great ones here in town winning many Vegas Hockey awards as a youth hockey director and as a coach.

He grew up in Massachusetts and played hockey for his hometown team Needham High School. Matt was also a walk-on freshman player at UMass Amherst.

“My son Jason has played men’s league hockey with Matt. He’s a good player and such a nice person,” said hockey dad Steve Allen of Las Vegas.

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Bet You Didn’t Know…
Wally Lacroix, one of the best coaches in Las Vegas, was a referee in the ECHL for 14 seasons.

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#1 Most Searched Wednesday
Las Vegas goal scorer Chris Francis

#2 Most Searched
Las Vegas hockey dad Scott Zucker

#3 Most Searched
Brett Harpling, NA3HL Helena BigHorns

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Breaking News Just Flashed In…

Brett Harpling, a top player with the Daryl Wademan-coached Vegas Jr Golden Knights Varsity High School team, has signed with the NA3HL Helena BigHorns junior hockey team in Montana. Brett, 19, and listed at 6’3, 170, is one of the top young players in Las Vegas.

Brett wants to thank all of his Las Vegas coaches including Jeff Bruckner, the Zucker brothers, Daryl Wademan and his personal skills coach Rocco Cammarata.

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HERE IS HOW COACH ROB PALLIN WORKS HIS MAGIC IN TEAM PRACTICES…..

Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin has won many awards here on Vegas Hockey. He has coached here in town on a variety of different levels and is now the new head coach of the ESV Kaufbeuren pro team in Germany.

Coach Rob, at a quiet lunch with a couple of reporters, outlined what is a good effective practice for pro level players.

So let’s go to the ice rink, head to the rinkboards and watch one of coach Rob’s practices….

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Warm up goalies with pace. Everything at a very high pace.

Then 2 on 2s or 3 on 3s games to set the tone of practice

1 on 1 drill

2 on 1 high speed

Skating drill

2 on 2 high speed

Skating drill

3 on 2 high speed

Skating drill

3 on 3 high speed, very competitive drill

Skating drill

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And when recruiting a player coach Rob looks for each of these categories

#1 Hockey IQ

#2 Great skater

#3 Very competitive player

#4 All out effort/attitude

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Check out this Las Vegas flashback game…

December 9, 2001 – 19 seasons ago

Westminster, Colorado – The first reaction was bleacher shock, then lots of hugging and high-fiving. Team captain and the heart of the AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u, center Josh Jasek, slammed in a super-clutch shot with 0:47 to play lifting the Rob Pallin-coached Las Vegas skaters to a staggering 3-2 win over powerful Shattuck St. Mary’s in a Silver Sticks Final 4 game on a Sunday morning.

“There was a celebration we’ve never seen before on our side of the bleachers,” said Las Vegas hockey dad and stat-keeper Dan Shiode.

“Lots of embracing, some of our parents wept. I’m not sure who was hugging who, but a lot of it was going on.

“And you should have seen our players on the ice.”

Next: Las Vegas takes on three-time defending national champion Arvada later today at 3:20 pm in the Silver Sticks gold medal game.

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From the Blue Line – Las Vegas’ Justin Johnson played for Shattuck St. Mary’s last season.

He was immediately roughed up by Shattuck enforcers.

With a Shattuck d-man in the penalty box Adam Naglich of Las Vegas scored with assists from Josh Jasek and Justin Johnson.

Naglich scored again with assists from Jasek and Eddie Samuels.

The winning goalie in this game was Paul Lowden who had not lost a game all season going into this tournament. He has a record of 9-0-1. Goalie Cody Fulwiler, 22-3-1, 1.20 gaa, gets the start tonight against mighty Arvada.

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#1 Most Searched Tuesday

Brett Harpling, Las Vegas, signing with NA3HL Helena BigHorns

#2 Most Searched Tuesday

Heath Mensch, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

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Monday, May 11, 2020

STAR DEFENSEMAN TRISTAN NELSON OF AA VEGAS JR GOLDEN KNIGHTS 16U TO USPHL PREMIER NORTHERN CYCLONES

Breaking News Today

Star defenseman Tristan Nelson of the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u team has signed with the USPHL Northern Cyclones Jr A for this coming season.

Nelson last season organized fund raisers to help the homeless and the less fortunate in Las Vegas.

“We’ve been helping others since we joined the Boy Scouts,” said Tristan. “No one likes to live without shelter or with very little to eat. Helping others is what is all about – getting blankets, gloves, hats and food for those in need.

Tristan said he wants to thank “all of the Vegas Jr Golden Knights coaches who believed in me and who helped me become the player and person we are today.”


The USPHL Premier Northern Cyclones play home games at the Cyclones Arena in Hudson, New Hampshire

LAS VEGAS PLAYERS AWAY FROM HOME 2020-21 SEASON

Joey Allegrini, NCAA Nicholas College
Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs
Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Lady Ducks girls 19u
Steven Avalone, to be announced
Rhett Bruckner, to be announced
Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce
Brett Harpling, NA3HL Helena BigHorns
Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Matthew Johnson, ACHA D2 Boise State
Michael McNicholas, ECHL Maine Mariners
Jerett Overland, NCAA Air Force Academy
Zach Pochiro, to be announced
Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u
Gage Quinney, AHL Chicago Wolves
Tristan Nelson, USPHL Northern Cyclones Jr A
Joey Raats, to be announced
Noah Smejkal, NAHL Northeast Generals
Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel
Derek Sutliffe, to be announced
Jacob Underhill, AAA Wenatchee Wild 18u
Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins
Cory Ward, ECHL Tulsa Oilers
Harris Whissel, AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u
Cody Williams, to be announced

Ian Williams, AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u

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Most Searched Last 30 Days – In Order

#1 Eddie Del Grosso, Johnny Kemp, Rob Pallin Update story – posted July 5, 2019
#2 For the Love of Hockey a Look at UNLV’s Brendan Manning by Bethany Drysdale, Kat Craner and Christina Oka
#3 Flashback 2004 – The Last Skate at a Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena
#4 Bliss Littler, Mike Hastings, Rob Pallin at Great Westerns Futures Camp at Pepsi Arena (formerly SoBe Ice Arena) on North Rancho Drive – July 6 to 9.
#5 When Harris Whissel Gets onto the Ice, He is a Miracle – a Miracle on Ice for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u.

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#1 Most Searched Monday
Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs

#2 Most Searched Monday
Big game Las Vegas goal scorer Ryan Pavlinsky – repeated searches

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Monday readers are from all parts of the USA, Canada and France

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IT’S MOTHERS DAY IN LAS VEGAS

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Las Vegas – It’s Mother’s Day, time to celebrate.

UNLV Rebels hockey coach Nick Robone knows.

“Hockey Moms are the best. I know personally my mom and dad sacrificed a lot of time and money for my brother and me to enjoy the sport.

“Plus Moms are always there to pick you up after a tough loss!”

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UNLV Rebels head coach Anthony Greener said “My mom and parents are a huge part of my life. The time and devotion they gave no amount of money or love could pay them back. They are a huge part of our success in life.”

Many years ago our wife Mary Margaret was driving on Rancho Drive in Las Vegas and noticed a large banner saying ‘Learn to Skate – $10’ sign on the front of the Crystal Palace Roller Hockey Rink

A week later she took our son Eddie there. In a few weeks he and best friend Travis Hackney were on a roller hockey team coached by Larry Sanford and playing against top youth roller teams from LA and San Diego.

That was Natalie Zucker, mother of Jason Zucker, who used to take Jason to SoCal youth ice hockey tournaments week after week, season after season.

It was Patty Del Grosso, mother of Eddie Del Grosso, who shook the cowbells in the arena whenever Eddie and the Las Vegas Mustangs scored a goal. When Eddie played in junior hockey and scored his first goal Patty, at home, was so excited she began “…hopping around our living room and unexpectedly wound up hopping to our favorite spot – next to our coffee pot in our kitchen.”

Jennifer Lener, mother of top player William Jacob on Wally Lacroix’ powerful AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u, took the time after a big game to get a scoresheet to send over here to Vegas Hockey. And then tell us what was next on the team’s game schedule.

Hockey mom Aimee Printzen, whose daughter Ash is a premier skater and son Cody who played ice hockey and roller hockey for many seasons, keeps us totally updated about both of her son and daughter – and that is very appreciated.

The late great caring hockey mom Rosie Carlo of Las Vegas was a fixture at Las Vegas rinkboards for years whenever her great hockey son Vito Carlo was in a game. She is dearly dearly missed at the big rinks in town.

“My mom was my hero – driving me to be the very best I could be,” said Vito

And who’s a better hockey mom than Nancy Whissel of Las Vegas. After her son Harris and a friend tumbled down a mountain three years ago here in Las Vegas she kept her son Harris’ hockey hopes alive. After recovering – which took over a year – Harris last season played competitively for the Wally LaCroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u. Harris was a miracle, a Miracle on ice when he played the game which he will for the AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u this coming season

All of this hockey mom love collectively means so much to the sons and daughters who play the game.

And today – Sunday – is Mother’s Day..

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STAT OF THE DAY
LAS VEGAS THUNDERBIRDS JR A
Top Goals Scorers This Past Season
22 – Tomas Urbanc
20 – Joe Terrana
19 – Nikolas Sotiriou
18 – Anthony Rodriguez
15 – Mikhail Gerasin
13 – Joe Wheeler
12 – Austin Kerridge
11 – Owen Webster
8 – Yegor Khomyakov

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#1 Most Searched Story Sunday

For the Love of Hockey, a Look at UNLV’s Brendan Manning by Bethany Drysdale, Kat Craner and Christina Oka

#2 Most Searched Story

Flashback 2004 – The Last Skate at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena
//This story is read here everyday on Vegas Hockey

#3 Most Searched Story

JJ Williamson, William Jacob Score; Zackary Ortolano Strong in Net for AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

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Looking for the whereabouts of Las Vegas hockey dad Harry Long, father of the big Vegas goal scorer Kurt Long.

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Sunday readers are from all parts of the USA and Canada

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Great Western Futures Camp
Pepsi Arena (formerly SoBe Arena)
North Rancho Drive
July 6-9

Roy Henderson’s Las Vegas Global Camp
Las Vegas Ice Center
Flamingo Avenue
July 27-30

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Contact Vegas Hockey leesamuels07@aol.com

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THE INSIDE STORY – WHAT HAPPENS DURING GAME WEEK FOR UNLV REBELS

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Las Vegas – Ever wonder how the big teams – like the Anthony Greener-coached UNLV Rebels – prepare during game week for high action Friday, Saturday games on home ice at City National Arena.

Greener and Nick Robone are two of the best coaches in town. They have won, by a vote of our readers, many awards here on Vegas Hockey.

Here is how they prepare for a Friday/Saturday weekend on home ice at City National Arena.

Greener said “we have 16 forwards so we work five lines during the week – Red Line, White, Blue, Gray and Orange. These lines work together all week long. We use four goalies – two wearing red jerseys, two wearing grey jerseys.

“On Wednesday of game week it is all flow and tempo at practice with a lot of scoring chances.

“We post the lineup on Thursday.

And, the Thursday practice is all about systems – powerplay setup, penalty kills, breakouts, zone coverage, things like that.

“On game night Nick from our bench watches the visiting team warm up. On a small piece of paper he writes down the jersey numbers of the players on each of their lines as they we get ready for the opening faceoff.

“That way we will know how to match with their forward lines. Or, maybe we already have a plan in place for our defensemen to work against certain lines.

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Greener added “on the day of the game we will have a morning pre-game skate, right around 8 am or so.

“We then get back to the arena around 4:30 pm for a 7 pm faceoff.

“At 6 pm our players go onto the ice for warmups.

“At 6:15 pm we will look at some film – usually a short look at the other teams’s powerplay and penalty kill setup.

At 6:45 pm we go over the game plan one more time – short and sweet.

“At 7 pm it’s puck drop.”

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A Look at Las Vegas goal scorer Conrad Trimbath
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Team leader, got the puck deep in attack areas, set up his lines, unselfish with puck, great close-range sniper.

In 2003-04 Conrad worked on a line with Anthony Greener and Kurt Long on an AA Las Vegas Rebels 18u team which got to a team record 13-0-2 start and did not lose a game until late October.

At the 2004 Pacific Districts, Conrad scored a key goal and dealt an assist as Las Vegas worked extremely hard and captured one of their greatest victories 4-3 over the rugged Paramount Panthers which had beaten Las Vegas earlier.

CONRAD TRIMBATH
Las Vegas

2003-04 – AA Las Vegas Rebels 18u………………15 goals, 31 assists
2004-05 – AA Las Vegas Outlaws 18u……………29 goals, 35 assists
2005-06 – Northern Mass. Jr Cyclones Jr A………7 goals, 13 assists
2006-07 – Northern Mass. Jr Cyclones Jr A………7 goals, 17 assists

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Most Searched Stories on Friday/Saturday

#1 Big W for Coach Rob Pallin of Las Vegas

#2 For the Love of Hockey, A Look at UNLV’s Tommy Harrison by star reporter Bethany Drysdale

#3 JJ Williamson, William Jacob Score, Zackary Ortolano Strong in Net for AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

#4 “My Greatest Game” by goal scorer Jeff Hajner of Las Vegas

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Fairbanks Arctic Cam – Saturday

49 degrees – partly cloudy

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Friday, May 8, 2020

LAS VEGAS PLAYERS AWAY FROM HOME – 2020-21

Joey Allegrini, NCAA Nichols College
Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs
Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Lady Ducks girls 19u
Steven Avalone, to be announced
Rhett Bruckner, to be announced
Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce
Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u

Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Michael McNicholas, ECHL Maine Mariners
Jerrett Overland, NCAA Air Force Academy
Zach Pochiro, to be announced
Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u
Gage Quinney, AHL Chicago Wolves
Joey Raats, to be announced
Noah Smejkal, NAHL Northeast Generals
Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel
Derek Sutliffe, to be announced
Jacob Underhill, AAA Wenatchee Wild 18u
Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins
Cory Ward, ECHL Tulsa Oilers
Harris Whissel, AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u
Cody Williams, to be announced


#1 Most Searched Friday
Las Vegas goal scorer Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u

#2 Most Searched Friday
Joey Hallet, goalie, Faith Lutheran HS Las Vegas

#3 Most Searched Story Friday
For The Love of Hockey, a Look at Freshman Angelos Tsalafos by star reporter Bethany Drysdale of Vegas Hockey

#4 Most Searched Story Friday
For the Love of Hockey, a Deeper Look at Las Vegas Referee Ryan Townsend by star reporter Bethany Drysdale of Vegas Hockey
//Bethany’s in depth hockey stories are read here every day on Vegas Hockey

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A LOOK AT LAS VEGAS GOALS SCORER TRAVIS ROSEBERRY
In 2000-01 Travis was on the Triple Threat Line with Spike Neely, JC Caron for the Rob Pallin-coached AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u who had an awesome season at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive. This was the first Las Vegas team on this level to have a winning record. Travis’ hockey dad Bob Roseberry was a team manager for many of the teams Travis played on.

Travis Roseberry
1998-99 – AA Team Las Vegas bantams……………35 goals, 21 assists
1999-20 – AAA Vail, Colorado Avalanche bantams….36 goals, 25 assists
2000-01 – AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u……………39 goals, 45 assists
2001-02 – AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u……………23 goals, 30 assists
2002-03 – AAA Las Vegas Outlaws 18u…………….7 goals, 6 assists
Total……………………………………………………………140 goals, 128 assists

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Fairbanks Arctic Cam – 52 degrees, cloudy

Today’s readers are from all parts of the USA, Canada, Austria, France, Germany, Slovakia, Ukraine

How to contact Vegas Hockey – leesamuels07@aol.com

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

SECONDS TO PLAY, TIE SCORE, A GOAL SCORER BREAKS OUT – HOW DO YOU DEFEND

Las Vegas – Jimmy Samuels of Las Vegas a few years ago asked his uncle Eddie Samuels about this late-game situation: seconds to play, a goal scorer breaks out of pack right towards to you, how do you defend. This conversation took place when both were skating on the ice over at the SoBe Ice Arena.

Eddie told Jimmy “….When a goal scorer is coming down at you for a one on one, you look towards his chest area and nothing else. Looking at that spot – the chest – and it will indicate what route he will be taking trying to score.”

We asked Matt Johnson, a premier Las Vegas coach, the same question.

Matt said “…in that breakaway situation you defend this way….stick on puck, eyes up on the chest.”

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#1 Most Searched Thursday
Las Vegas goal scorer Chris Francis. For years his father Dave worked at the SoBe Ice Arena Pro Shop on North Rancho Drive. Dave always had a pot of coffee pot working there in the pro shop. And candy canes for the young skaters. When he sharpened skates, he would return them to the skater and say “…that’s good for two big goals tonight.” Dave is dearly missed. His hockey son Chris has been a massive goal scorer at every level of the game.

#2 Most Searched
Hockey coach Adam Stio. Adam has coached high level both in ice hockey and in roller hockey.

#3 Most Searched
Heath Mensch, big goal scorer for the AA Las Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – repeated searches for Heath. Scouts say he’s the real deal.

#4 Most Searched
Premier skater and goal scorer Ash Printzen of Las Vegas. She will play again this season with AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u.

#5 Most Searched Story
“For the Love of Hockey, A Look at the Greatness of Las Vegas Goal Scorer Derek Sutliffe” by Vegas Hockey star reporter Bethany Drysdale.

#6 Most Searched
Vito Carlo, a premier Las Vegas player at different levels of the game. He will playing at NCAA Franklin Pierce this season.

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Thursday readers are from all parts of the USA, Canada, plus Austria, Germany

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

OH THOSE COWBELLS AND THE GREATEST OF LV HOCKEY MOM PATTY DEL GROSSO

Back in the 1999-2002 era Las Vegas hockey mom Patty DelGrosso shook cowbells when her son Eddie’s team – the Rob Pallin-coached AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u – scored. No matter who the Mustangs played, when they scored the cowbells rang loud and clear. She even took them to Vancouver Island when Las Vegas played in the annual Christmas Tournament there.

And where are those cowbells now?

“Safe and sound,” Patty said. “The hockey bells are in the garage guarding my hot water tank.”

At the same time this conversation was going her famous hockey son Eddie Del Grosso walked into the living room not wearing a beard – which he has worn for over 10 seasons. He was totally cleaned shaven. Even his little girl Scarlet was taken aback.

“Do you like it like this,” he asked and Scarlet nodded her head yes. Then she shook her little head and ran into the arms of her grandmother Patty.

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DelGrosso, 34, is the greatest goal scoring d-man of all time in Las Vegas. He always played at a high level – after starring for the AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u, he played for the USHL Indiana Ice, them four seasons with NCAA Nebraska-Omaha, then turned pro initially with the AHL Springfield Falcons, then with the ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers. Eddie finished playing pro hockey in Europe. He scored over 100 goals overall on different levels of the game. He retired in 2014.

“In Las Vegas Eddie DelGrosso was – and will always be – the best defenseman we ever had,” said Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin.

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And who else shook cowbells when their team scored?

When the ECHL Alaska Aces scored against the Las Vegas Wranglers at The Orleans Arena here in town the visiting Alaska Aces fans stood and shook their cowbells for what seemed to be forever.

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#1 Most Searched Wednesday
Brendan Manning, UNLV Rebels – second day #1 most searched

#2 Most Searched Story Wednesday
When Harris Whissel of the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights gets onto the ice he’s a miracle – a miracle on ice

#3 Most Searched
Las Vegas goalie Rhett Bruckner

#4 Most Searched Wednesday
Austin Moline, Las Vegas – AAA LA Jr Kings 14u

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Fairbanks Arctic Cam

49 degrees – clear, sunny

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Would you like to write hometown hockey stories? Just contact me leesamuels07@aol.com

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

THE NIGHT AUTHOR JAY ATKINSON DISCOVERED HIS PASSION FOR ICE HOCKEY

“One night a certain kid failed to show up, and they asked me to play goalie. At the end of the frozen swamp closest to the streetlight, there was a ‘net’ that someone had knocked together from two by fours and rusty chicken wire. I was handed a pair of battered sofa cushions for leg pads and an old catcher’s mask and a first baseman’s mitt and was directed into the crease.

“The game began and one of the players streaked towards me. He rifled a shot on goal and I came sliding out knocking it away. My teammates cheered as the loose puck was gathered up and they all went zooming the other way.

“I cleared ice shavings from in front of the net, like an old pro.

“In that instant, I discovered my passion for the sport.”

— Jay Atkinson, author of Ice Time – a Tale of Fathers, Sons and Hometown Heroes. Three Rivers Press 2001.

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Great Western Futures Super Camp
July 8-11
Pepsi Arena (formerly the SoBe Ice Arena)
North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas
//Coaches include Bliss Littler, Mike Hastings, Mark Carlson and Rob Pallin

Roy Henderson’s Vegas Global Showcase
July 27-30
Las Vegas Ice Center
Flamingo Ave., Las Vegas

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#1 Most Searched Tuesday
For the Love of Hockey, a Look at UNLV’s Brendan Manning by Bethany Drysdale, Kat Craner and Christina Oka

#2 Most Searched Tuesday
Las Vegas goal scorer Ash Printzen

#3 Most Searched Tuesday
Head Coach Wally Lacroix, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

#4 Most Searched Tuesday
Jared Turcotte, UNLV Rebels

Today’s readers are from all parts of the USA and Canada and Mexico

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Monday, May 4, 2020

LAS VEGAS THUNDERBIRDS MOVE TO USPHL PREMIER HOCKEY LEAGUE

In a stunner USA Jr Hockey Magazine announced that a number of Pacific area teams – including the Las Vegas Thunderbirds – have departed the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) and will play in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) this coming season. USPHL Premier League is calling this their 2020 Western Expansion

A staggering number of WSHL teams moved with the T-Birds include rivals San Diego Sabers, Fresno Monsters, Anaheim Avalanche, Northern Colorado Eagles, Ogden Mustangs, Pueblo Bulls, Southern Oregon Spartans and Utah Outliers. They will play in a new USPHL Premier Pacific Division.

Each of these teams including the T-Birds who will make an East Coast trip to take on top eastern USPHL Premier teams.

The WSHL meanwhile announced this week they will do their 20th annual WSHL Showcase – which includes every team in their league, on December 18-21 at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue. These teams will include the Valencia Flyers, a WSHL Pacific Division team.

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#1 Most Searched Monday
Joey Raats of Las Vegas – a number of weekend searches

#2 Most Searched
Anthony Rodriguez, USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds

#3 Most Searched
Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffens

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

BACK IN 2002 THE ROB PALLIN-COACHED AA LAS VEGAS MUSTANGS TOOK DOWN THE AAA LA JR KINGS 18U

Somehow, someway – don’t ask me how – but Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin of the 2001-02 AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u convinced the mighty nationally-ranked AAA L.A. Jr Kings 18u to come into the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena in Las Vegas on January 19, 2002. And on that day Pallin’s Mustangs put it all together and won their biggest game of all-time.

Here is our game story…..18 seasons ago right here in Las Vegas.

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January 19, 2002

Las Vegas – Shot after shot. Low-liner blue-streak tracers, high fliers, tricky bouncers, rockets fired in from the blue line.

The mighty AAA L.A. Jr Kings 18u lit the fuse and had the cannons smoking in the third period at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena before a sold out crowd on Saturday night.

Las Vegas goalie Paul Lowden stopped them all, unleashing a super-human effort in the net in which was the biggest all-time win in Mustangs hockey history.

Final Score – AA Las Vegas Mustangs 2, nationally ranked AAA L.A. Jr Kings 18u 1

“Sometimes you need your goalie to steal one for you,” Pallin said. “That was exactly what Paul Lowden did for us in the third period.”

In the 3rd period the Kings had more shots 18-3.

Pallin’s heart was pounding as he stood tall on the Mustangs bench.

“I thought the game would never end. I kept looking up at the scoreboard,” he said.

It was one of the most riveting hockey experiences ever in the big rink, with hometown heroes all over the ice.

They included Las Vegas defenseman Justin Johnson who was the quarterback of what the Mustangs skaters call the offensive trap zone.

Johnson, standing near goalie Lowden at the Mustangs net, held the puck, waiting for Kings skaters to roar in and then Johnson ripped long fiery passes to Mustangs breaking wingers who went off to the Kings net.

That strategy worked perfectly as the Mustangs put on a lot of heat on Kings star goalie Troy Redmann.

Adam Naglich scored both goals, getting passes from Justin Johnson and Spike Neely.

Eddie Del Grosso and Johnson were brilliant protecting the Mustangs net. It was a hard-hitting game as both were powdered by the Kings toughman #13 Archie Dessert. The Mustangs d-men Josh Shiode, Steve Novotny and Chris Anderson took turns shutting down Kings star forwards who included Shane Mohr, Chris Finley and Nico Rodriguez.

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Before the game Kelly Crossley sang the National Anthem and players from both teams tapped their sticks when she came to….”and the home of the brave.”…The hockey sister, Jessica Jasek, brought her CDs and played rock music during the entire game.

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#1 Most Searched Sunday

Flashback 2004 – The Last Skate at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena

#2 Most Searched

Harris Whissel of Las Vegas to AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u

#3 Most Searched

Las Vegas goalie Anthony Bonaldi – repeated searches

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Fairbanks Arctic Cam on Sunday

42 degrees – sunny, clear today

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‘OUR GOAL IS TO HAVE NARCH WEST COAST ROLLER FINALS ON JULY 10-19’

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Irvine, California – As of this very moment the biggest roller hockey event of the summer – the NARCh West Coast Finals here at The Rinks – is a go on July 10 to 19.

However Daryn Goodwyn, president of NARCh, is playing the waiting game.

NARCh East Coast Finals were cancelled and all NARCh roller events in May are off to the coronavirius epidemic. NARCh’s biggest event – the West Coast Finals where many Las Vegas teams and skaters go to each summer – is on the green light active schedule.

“Obviously adjustments must be made – how players react during a game, how fans will watch the West Coast Finals. But at this very moment we are a ‘go,'” said Daryn.

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The historic Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Ave is closed until May 15.

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Most Searched on Saturday

#1 “A Look at Dave Hrysky, GM/Head Coach WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds’ story.

#2 Heath Mensch 4 Goals, Anthony Mazza, William Jacob also score for AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u in 6-0 win in Minnesota story

#3 Kenny Brooks

#4 Austin Moline, Las Vegas, AAA LA Jr Kings 14u – repeated searches

#5 Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin

#6 Star skater ‘The Genius’ vaporizes Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen at the Pepsi Ice Arena rinkboards on North Rancho Drive in a 2019 Vegas Hockey summertime adventure story – Steve, in real life, says he’s ok but his favorite rinkboard coffee mug is missing.

Flashback Game – 13 Seasons Ago – 2007

Eddie Samuels of Las Vegas scored twice including a dramatic goal in an OT/Shootout to lead the Rob Proffit-coached NAHL Fairbanks Ice Dogs Jr A to a big 4-3 win over the Wichita Falls Wildcats at the Big Dipper Arena in Fairbanks on a Sunday night. The game was tied 3-3 when Samuels, getting a drop pass from Craig Johnson, scored the go-ahead goal. When Wichita Falls scored to tie the game, Samuels was the only Fairbanks shooter to get a goal on Wichita goalie Tom Billick in an OT/Shootout.

After the game Eddie told the Fairbanks Daily Miner “…for the shootout goal I just went in, faked a shot and went to my backhand – I just tucked it in.”

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‘MIRACLE ON ICE’ HARRIS WHISSEL TO AAA CONNECTICUT CHIEFS 18U

Friday, May 1, 2020

Las Vegas – ‘Miracle on Ice’ Harris Whissel of the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u has signed with the AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u for the 2020-21 season.

Harris, after falling during a mountain climb two seasons ago, amazingly recovered and was a force offensively this past season for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u.

So how did Harris discover AAA Connecticut Chiefs?

“We researched teams with winning records and player advancement,” Harris said. “And, we chose the Chiefs because of their record, player advancement, finished wooden locker room and they have an equipment manager.

“Everyone welcomed me on the team through groupme and we thought that was pretty cool.

“Seems like we had a good connection with the coach as we are both survivors of trauma – the coach had a serious car accident a couple of weeks before he got married

“It feels surreal to be part of an AAA Tier 1 program with a big weight on my shoulders to be on a team.

“One of the worst things to happen in my life was when our U.S. Nationals were cancelled this season. But it was good when tryouts were cancelled for so many teams because it gave me an opportunity to play on a team back East since they were recruiting virtually this year.”

Vegas Hockey Coach of the Year Wally Lacroix, head coach of the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u, said “…Harris is a good role player on any team. He understands his role and responsiblities on the ice. He’s a great teammate who always gives well above 100%. Coach Todd (Owen)and myself wish him all the best.

“We know Harris will have success anywhere he goes.”

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Las Vegas Players Away From Home 2020-21 Season

Joey Allegrini, NCAA Nichols College
Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs
Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Lady Ducks 19u
Steven Avalone, To Be Announced
Rhett Bruckner, To Be Announced
Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce
Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Michael McNicholas, ECHL Maine Mariners
Jerrett Overland, NCAA Air Force Academy
Zach Pochiro, To Be Announced
Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u
Gage Quinney, AHL Chicago Wolves
Joey Raats, To be announced
Noah Smejkal, NAHL Northeast Generals
Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel
Derek Sutliffe, To Be Announced
Jacob Underwood, AAA Wenatchee Wild 18u
Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins
Cory Ward, ECHL Tulsa Oilers
Harris Whissel, AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u

Cody Williams, To Be Announced

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#1 Most Searched Friday
Steven Avalone, Las Vegas, Kindersley Klippers in Saskatchewan League
#2 Most Searched
Heath Mensch, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – 6th time in two weeks
#3 Most Searched
Wally Lacroix, Todd Owen – coaches of AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

#4 Most Searched
Las Vegas goal scorer Austin Moline, AAA LA Jr Kings 14u – repeated searches for Austin
#5 Most Searched
Star reporter Bethany Drysdale’s well-researched and written profiles about a number of UNLV’s star players this past season.

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Flashback 15 Seasons Ago on Vegas Hockey – 2005
Jeff Hajner became the first Las Vegas skater to score in a NCAA Tournament game
when he scored the first goal of the game for Air Force Academy against #1 seed Minnesota before 11,161 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Hajner and Air Force took a 3-1 lead, then Minnesota lit a massive late-game rally scoring three times to win 4-3.
“We gave it our all – our skill, our heart every single second tonight,” said Air Force Academy head coach Frank Serratore.

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Fairbanks Arctic Cam Today
38 degrees, clear skies

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

2019 VEGAS HOCKEY AWARDS
As we proceed to a new season let’s look back who were the best of the best in Las Vegas. You, the readers here, voted for these award winners.

BEST COACHES
Anthony Greener, UNLV
Dave Hrysky, WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds
Matt Johnson, Vegas Jr Golden Knights
Wally Lacroix, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u
Todd Owen, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u
Rob Pallin, HC TWK Innsbruck
Pokey Reddick, Faith Lutheran H.S.
Frank Salcido, Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u
Adam Tamura – Las Vegas Rebels roller hockey team – NARCh West Coast Champions
Daryl Wademan, Vegas Jr Golden Knights H.S. Team

BEST GM
Zee Khan, UNLV Rebels – winner multiple times

BEST PLAYER
Jason Zucker, NHL Pittsburgh Penguins – winner 13 straight years

BEST AHL PLAYER
Gage Quinney, AHL Chicago Wolves

BEST DEFENSEMAN
Eric Williams, UNLV Rebels – winner multiple times

ALL HEART
Tristan Mayer, UNLV Rebels
Tristan Nelson, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

BEST ACHA D1
Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins

BEST HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER
Brett Harpling, Vegas Jr Golden Knights

BEST GOALIES
Rhett Bruckner, WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds
Morgan Marinello, Las Vegas Rebels roller hockey
Colton Miller, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u
Zackary Ortolano, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

BEST HARD BLAST GOAL OF THE YEAR
John Purdy, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

MOST INSPIRATIONAL
‘Miracle on Ice’ Harris Whissel, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

BEST GIRLS PLAYERS
Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Lady Ducks 16u
Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u
Zoe Zamora, Vegas Jr Golden Knights H.S. Team

BEST TEAM MOM
Jen Lener, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

BEST PR AND SOCIAL
UNLV Rebels – winner multiple times

BEST REFEREE
Ryan Townsend

BEST WEBSITE
Las Vegas Ice Center – winner multiple times – easy to navigate; updated daily

BEST RINK COFFEE
City National Arena – first time winner

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BREAKING NEWS – ROB PALLIN OF LAS VEGAS NEW HEAD COACH OF ESV KAUFBEUREN IN GERMANY

Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin is the new head coach of ESV Kaufbeuren in Germany for this coming season. “I’m excited, it’s a new challenge, we have great players there and we cannot wait until the season begins.”

Coach Rob spent the last four seasons with HC TWK Innsbruck and said “we are proud of what we accomplished there. We had many great wins before sold out crowds.”

In Las Vegas coach Rob was the first to ever have a winning team on the AA 18u level. He put together the 1999-2000 Triple Threat Line of Travis Roseberry, JC Caron and Spike Neely with the AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u which was an awesome force in an era when the AAA LA Jr Kings, AA San Jose Jr Sharks and the AA Washington Totems ruled the West.

And how did Pallin do all of that?

Las Vegas goal scorer Spike Neely said “coach Rob made us believe we were better players than who we really were. If we had a tough loss he never raised his voice at us in the locker room. He never really messed with any of the referees even in the closing moments of a really heated game. And, he put the right lines on the ice at the right time.”

The following year Pallin put together the Red Line of Josh Jasek, Adam Naglich and Eddie Samuels on an AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u team which was the first to win a Pacific District title and play in the U.S. Nationals.

Coach Rob’s new team plays home games at the 3100-seat Erdgas Schwaben Arena which is located in southern Germany.

ESV Kaufbeuren has top returning goal scorers including Joey Lewis (19 goals last season), Branden Gracel (from Calgary, 17 goals) and Max Lukes (14 goals) from Germany. Goalies are Jan Dalgic and Stefan Vajs.

ESV Kaufbeuren’s #1 most biggest ultra-heated rival are the Ravensburg Towerstars

Coach Rob, his wife Dora and two young daughters are presently in Las Vegas. They will soon make their way to Germany.

From the Blue Line — Gregg Drinnan in Canada reports the WHL Victoria Royals have let go president/GM Cam Hope. He was with the program 8 seasons…Drinnan also noted that SoCal hockey star Rocco Grimaldi told SportsNet’s famous hockey writer Elliott Friedman…”Hockey in SoCal is where it is because of coach Jack Bowkus.”

Flashback Story – 15 Seasons Ago – April, 2005

Bryce Reddick of Las Vegas and the BCHL Cowichan Valley Capitals Jr A won a huge road game 2-1 over the hometown Nanaimo Clippers to tie the best of seven playoff series 1-1 at the sold out Frank Crane Arena on Thursday night. The next two playoff games will be at Cowichan.

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Thursday – Most Searched

#1 Heath Mensch, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – 5th time last two weeks

#2 Zach Pochiro, Las Vegas goal scorer

#3 Luke Fundator, Las Vegas goalie – w/NA3HL Sheridan Hawks, Wyoming, last season

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

MICHAEL MCNICHOLAS GETS ‘BEST GOAL OF THE YEAR’ FOR ECHL MAINE MARINERS;
BONALDI BROTHERS – ANTHONY & NICK – DRAFTED BY NA3HL SHERIDAN HAWKS

Hometown fans voted that Michael McNicholas of Las Vegas scored the ‘Best Goal of the Year’ for the ECHL Maine Mariners the team announced today. On February 1 and wearing a special jersey designed by ‘Wish Kid’ Ellie Labree, McNicholas took a pass from linemate Sean Day and drilled the puck just under the crossbar for an OT game-winner against Adirondack.

McNicholas in his two seasons with the ECHL Maine Mariners has 24 goals, 67 assists for 91 points. He is the all-time leader for the Maine Mariners in points, assists and games played.

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The NA3HL Sheridan Hawks in Wyoming drafted the Las Vegas Bonaldi Brothers – Anthony and Nick.

Anthony, 19, last season was goalie for the AAA Phoenix Jr Coyotes 18u. In 11 games Anthony had a 3.13 gaa and a 88.9% save percentage.

Nick, 16, played with the WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds. He is listed at 6’0, 170. He played in 21 games for the T-Birds.

The Sheradin Hawks also have premier Las Vegas goalie Luke Fundator on their roster.

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#1 Most Searched Today

Heath Mensch, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

#2 Most Searched

John Purdy, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

#3 Most Searched

William Jacob, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

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Flashback Story – 14 seasons ago – Nov 2, 2006

On a very cold icy night Stephen Leypoldt of Las Vegas scored a very dramatic goal in the third period as the Butte Roughriders Jr B put together a late-game three goal rally to shock Helena BigHorns Jr B 3-2 before a jammed sold out crowd of 519 at the Helena Ice Arena. It was the second straight road win for Butte which stunned big rival Bozeman the previous night.

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Fairbanks Arctic Cam – Tuesday

33 degree, cloudy – warming trend this week

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Monday, April 27, 2020

JASON ZUCKERS SAYS “IT IS SPECIAL AND EDUCATIONAL” TO PLAY ON SIDNEY CROSBY’S LINE FOR PENGUINS

Jason Zucker of Las Vegas took questions from NHL Pittsburgh Penguins fans on his twitter feed and was asked “…what’s it like to be on the same line as Sidney Crosby.”……

Jason tweeted “it is special and educational. I feel lucky to be playing on his line. You learn new things everyday. You don’t realize how great he is until you play together with him everyday.”

Jason has played seven seasons in the NHL – six and a half of those with the Minnesota Wild. Jason was moved to the Penguins this past season.

Jason grew up playing youth hockey at the Las Vegas Ice Center. His last team here was the AAA Nevada Storm 16u. Wally Lacroix was head coach.

In the NHL Jason has 138 career goals, 117 assists, 255 points

Hometown fans here have voted Jason a record 13-time Vegas Hockey Player of the Year.

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Flashback Hockey Note – 2007 – 13 Seasons Ago

Las Vegas goal scorer Ryan Townsend, who skated with the AAA Dallas Ice Jets minors last season, has been invited to the AAA Dallas Stars midget major camp on June 16-19, 2007. Ryan just returned from the Selects ’89 tryouts.

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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – Let’s get ready for the big camps and the bigtime hockey coaches who are coming here to town.

The Great Western Futures Camp is set for July 6-9 at the Pepsi Arena (formerly the SoBe Ice Arena) on North Rancho Drive.

Star coaches coming include Bliss Littler of BCHL Wenatchee Wild, Mark Carlson, USHL Cedar Rapids Roughriders, Mike Hastings, NCAA Minnesota State Mankato, Scott Langer, head coach/GM of the NAHL Aberdeen Wings and Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin.

Pallin said “…I’ve watched this Futures Camp grow and turn into one the best camps over the last 15 years. It has helped many young players attract the eyes of many junior hockey and college coaches.”

Roy Henderson’s legendary Las Vegas Global camp has a new date – July 27-30 – at the historic Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue. Roy has over 50 coaches coming to look at players who will be coming in from all Western States.

Last year Roy said “we have a spot for practically every player who attends this camp.”

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#1 Most Searched Sunday
Team Zucker Update (written in 2015) – 2nd straight day Most Searched

#2 Most Searched Story
When Harris Whissel Gets into the game he’s a Miracle on Ice for AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – #1 most read story of all-time on Vegas Hockey

#3 Most Searched
Las Vegas Hockey coach Rob Pallin

#4 Most Searched
Las Vegas coach Adam Stio – 4th time last two weeks

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Sunday readers are from all parts of the USA, Canada plus South Korea, and Luxembourg (first time) which is bordered by Germany, France and Belgium

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Fairbanks Arctic Cam

25 degrees, sunny, clear

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Contact Vegas Hockey 24/7
leesamuels07@aol.com

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

LAS VEGAS PLAYERS AWAY FROM HOME 2020-21 SEASON

Joey Allegrini, NCAA Nichols College
Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs
Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Lady Ducks 19u
Steven Avalone, To Be Announced
Rhett Bruckner, To Be Announced
Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce
Brendan Harris, NCAA Bemidji State
Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Michael McNicholas, ECHL Maine Mariners
Jerrett Overland, NCAA Air Force Academy
Zach Pochiro, To Be Announced
Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u
Noah Smejkal, NAHL Northeast Generals
Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel
Derek Sutliffe, To Be Announced
Gage Quinney, AHL Chicago Wolves
Jacob Underwood, AAA Wenatchee Wild 18u
Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins
Cory Ward, ECHL Tulsa Oilers
Cody Williams, To Be Announced

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Gregg Drinnan in Canada noted that the Everett Herald in Washington laid off the great hockey writer Josh Horton. “This is a tough time for newspapers,” Gregg said. “Josh was the primary writer covering the WHL Everett Silvertips. It was a beat he covered with discipline, enthusiasm and thoroughness.”

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To SoBe Rink Rat – Jason Zucker and his family are in Pittsburgh

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#1 Most Searched Story – Team Zucker Update – a story posted here in 2015

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Friday, April 24, 2020

NICK ROBONE RELEASES HIS VEGAS TOP 10 ROLLER HOCKEY PLAYERS OF ALL TIME

Las Vegas – Nick Robone, one of the greatest Las Vegas roller hockey players – and an elite roller coach – here in town released his Top 10 Best Roller Hockey Players of all time. The roller legend Micah Sanford is in the #1 spot.

Nick is presently the top assistant coach – and a recruiter – with head coach Anthony Greener with the UNLV Rebels ice hockey team.

NICK ROBONE’S LIST
LAS VEGAS GREATEST ROLLER HOCKEY PLAYERS

#1 Micah Sanford
#2 Chris Francis
#3 Billy Tufano
#4 Jason Zucker
#5 Adam ‘Stick’ Naglich
#6 Adam Tamura
#7 Evan Zucker
#8 Kris Carter
#9 Anthony Robone
#10 Leroy Garcia

Honorable Mention – Shawn Pearson

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Connor Bedard, 14, of West Vancouver Prep, was the #1 pick by the WHL Regina Pats in the WHL Bantam Draft on Thursday. Connor had 43 goals, 41 assists in 36 games.

Two USA players – Max Lightwood of Team Alaska and Luke Anderson of the Northstar Christian Academy in Alaska – were drafted by the Tri City Americans who are are based in Kennewick, Washington. Max was picked in Round 8, Luke in Round 11.

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#1 Most Searched Story Friday

The Amazing Kendell Galor of Las Vegas

#2 Most Searched Friday

Flashback 2004 – The Last Skate at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena
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Breaking News – Roy Henderson’s Las Vegas Global has a new date – July 27-30 – at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue.

Friday readers are from all parts of the USA, Canada plus Germany

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

GIA AVALONE OF LAS VEGAS WITH AAA ANAHEIM LADY DUCKS 19U THIS SEASON

Las Vegas – Dynamic goal score Gia Avalone of Las Vegas will play for the AAA Anaheim Lady Ducks 19u this season. Gia, a very hockey smart skilled player, has been playing in the Lady Ducks hockey program. Her older brother Steven last year played for the Kindersley Klippers in the Saskatchewan Hockey League

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For the 4th time in two weeks goal scorer Heath Mensch of the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u is the Most Searched skater here on Vegas Hockey.

Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin said “…Heath has a great hockey IQ. He isn’t afraid to skate right into the hard areas on the ice right around the crease area. There is a lot to like seeing him on an attack run.”

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Today’s readers are from all parts of the USA, Canada and Germany.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

ASH PRINTZEN OF LAS VEGAS RETURNING TO AAA MEIJER WESTERN MICHIGAN GIRLS 19U

Las Vegas – Ash Printzen, one of the greatest Las Vegas girls goal scorers in ice hockey and in roller hockey, is returning to Top 20-ranked AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u this fall. She is a big game player and is coming off a 20-goal season. She competes in ice hockey and during the off-season plays in high level international roller hockey tournaments.

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The Vegas Jr Golden Knights are planning to have girls ice hockey teams in 10a, 12a and 14a this season. Go the Vegas Jr Golden Knights website for signup and tryout details

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Let’s look at this interesting chart – the all-time leaders in most assists for the UNLV Rebels ice hockey team.

Most UNLV Career Assists
169 – Anthony Greener – head coach of the UNLV Rebels
156 – Chris Jones
151 – Sam Branif
125 – Mike Zenzola
98 – Robbie Silvernail
92 – Cody Williams
80 – Bas Assaf
64 – Tyler Wilson
57 – Adam Siavelis
50 – Jake Saxe

#1 Most Searched Story Today

USHL Tri City Storm Drafts Dynamic Goal Scorer Matthew Gross, 15, of Las Vegas

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Fairbanks Arctic Cam Wednesday

31 degrees – Flood Advisory

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Today’s readers are from all parts of the USA and Canada
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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

AMAZING BUT TRUE – BCHL HAS 166 PLAYERS COMMITTED TO NCAA COLLEGES

Jerrett Overland of Las Vegas and the BCHL Wenatchee Wild is one of 166 BCHL players committed to NCAA college hockey this coming season. Jerrett is going to NCAA Air Force Academy to play hockey.

BCHL executive director Steve Cocker of the BCHL said “…the BCHL prides itself on moving its players to the NCAA ranks. Our BCHL alumni are tremendous on the college level as leaders and captains of their respective schools.”

“When it’s seeing our BCHL alumni play in the NCAA, the NHL or moving on to becoming CEOs, lawyers or doctors we are incredibly proud to call them our alumni.”

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#1 Most Searched Tuesday

Heath Mensch, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16 (4th time last two weeks)

#2 Most Searched

Great Western Futures Super Camp at Pepsi Arena (formerly SoBe Arena) in Las Vegas July 6-9

#3 Most Searched

UNLV Rebels hockey feature stories here written by star reporter Bethany Drysdale

#4 Most Searched

‘A Miracle on Ice’ – Harris Whissel, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

#5 Most Searched

After calling star hockey player The Genius ‘a total fraud,’ the Genius vaporizes Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen at the rink glass over at the Sobe Ice Arena in a summertime adventure story here on Vegas Hockey. Steve said it “didn’t hurt that much because it was just a story.”
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Fairbanks Arctic Cam Tuesday

36 degrees, dark, cold, foggy
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Monday, April 20, 2020

VEGAS STAR GOAL SCORER BEAU RICKETTS IN MINOT, NORTH DAKOTA

Beau Ricketts, who scored 30 goals for the Gabe Gauthier-coached WSHL Las Vegas Storm in 2014-15 at the Las Vegas Ice Center, is back in Minot, N.D. Beau, 25, earlier played two seasons with the NAHL Minot Minotauros at the famous 1,800-seat Maysa Ice Arena. In 2011-12 Beau was a 24-goal scorer for the Helena Bighorns in Montana. In Helena, even on the most coldest, snowy nights every home game was sold out at the Helena Ice Arena.

Now during the summer and winter months Beau plays on his men’s league ice hockey team at the Maysa. Outside the game Beau is in his electricians apprenticeship.

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Las Vegas – The historic Las Vegas Ice Center – with its North and South rinks – is closed until April 30. And, it is still uncertain if the Ice Center will open on that date. The fate of the Ice Center – where Jason Zucker skated as a young teenager – and the other ice arenas in Las Vegas will be determined by the Nevada Governor’s team.
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#1 Most Searched Monday

Micah Sanford, The Star Las Vegas Player Who Started it All

#2 Most Searched

WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds goalie Jesper Ahlberg signs with Adrian College

#3 Most Searched

Matt Stang, former Las Vegas hockey coach, update in Canada

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Fairbanks Arctic Cam

It’s cloudy, overcast, 38 degrees with rain showers all day long

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Las Vegas – The AHL Vegas Golden Knights will be playing home games at The Orleans Arena on Tropicana during the 2020-21 season. The NHL Vegas Golden Knights last season bought the AHL San Antonio Rampage franchise and transfered it here. The plan is to have the AHL Vegas Golden Knights play one season at The Orleans Arena, then move across town into their new ice arena facility in Henderson NV the following season.

Last season the NHL Vegas Golden Knights were affiliated with the AHL Chicago Wolves.

#1 Most Searched Sunday

GAGE QUINNEY

#2 Most Searched

EDDIE DEL GROSSO

#3 Most Searched

JOHN PURDY, AA VEGAS JR GOLDEN KNIGHTS 16U

Fairbanks Arctic Cam on Sunday

36 degrees with an icy rain all day long

How to contact Vegashockey.net

leesamuels07@aol.com

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Saturday, April 28, 2020

MICAH SANFORD’S 31 PLAYOFF GOALS LEADS ALL LAS VEGAS GOAL SCORERS

It’s hard to score in the biggest of games.

It’s harder to score in a playoff game against fire-breathing defensemen before sold out crowds.

So let’s take a look at the all-time Las Vegas playoff goal scorers in pro hockey, NCAA and in junior hockey.

Las Vegas Playoff Goals
31 – Micah Sanford – He scored 31 times in playoffs for BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs
17 – Chris Francis
13 – Adam Naglich
13 – Gage Quinney
9 – Cory Ward

8 – Aidan McNabb
7 – Joe Sullivan
6 – Rod Butler
6 – Landon Quinney
5 – Joseph Kaszupski
5 – Michael McNicholas
5 – Cody Milligan
4 – Dylan Miller
4 – Derek Sutliffe
3 – Eddie Del Grosso
2 – Corbin Brown
2 – Michael Chiasson
2 – Hayden Knight
2 – Tanner Todd
1 – Jeff Hajner
1 – Josh Jasek
1 – Ross McMullen
1 – Ben Mercurio
1 – Ethan Montoya
1 – Joey Raats
1 – Beau Ricketts
1 – Gabriel Testa

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Las Vegas – The T-Birds are coming back for sure this coming season. The WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds junior hockey team plans to return to practice and play home games at the Pepsi Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive. The T-Birds were in a playoff spot when the season suddenly ended with the coronavirus epidemic. John Marks is president of the Thunderbirds and Dave Hyrsky is GM/Head Coach. Hyrsky is one of the best most premier coaches in the WSHL. Matt Johnson, who has coached on a variety of levels in Las Vegas, is a top assistant coach with the T-Birds.

T-Birds Top 5 Goal Scorers
2019-20 Season
Goals
20 – Joe Terrana
18 – Anthony Rodriguez
16 – Mikhail Gerasin
13 – Joe Wheeler
8 – Gleb Schlyaiger
8 – Egor Khomyakow

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Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen texts that the SoBe Ice Arena is now known as the Pepsi Arena. The name change was just announced for this ice arena inside of the Fiesta Stations Hotel-Casino on North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas.

The great T-Birds goalie Rhett Bruckner, who graduated from the program this past season, looking for a spot on a pro team……

The most sincere condolances from all at Vegashockey.net to assistant captain Spencer Harvey of the WSHL Oklahoma Blazers. His very dear hockey mom Kelley Harvey passed unexpectedly…..

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#1 Most Searched on Friday

Ian Williams, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – The Golden Ones

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Las Vegas Players Away from Home – 2020-2021 Season

Joey Allegrini, NCAA Nichols,College
Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs
Fuzzy Atchsion, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Lady Ducks 19u
Steven Avalone, To Be Announced
Anthony Bonaldi, NA3HL Sheridan Hawks – Wyoming
Nick Bonaldi, NA3HL Sheridan Hawks – Wyoming
Rhett Bruckner, To Be Announced
Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce College
Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u
Michael McNicholas, ECHL Maine Mariners
Jerrett Overland, NCAA Air Force Academy
Zach Pochiro, to be announced
Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u
Noah Smejkal, NAHL Northeast Generals
Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel
Gage Quinney, AHL Chicago Wolves
Jacob Underhill, AA Wenatchee Wild 18u
Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins

Cory Ward, ECHL Tulsa Oilers

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#1 Most Searched Thursday

THE GREATNESS OF DEREK SUTLIFFE OF LAS VEGAS BY BETHANY DRYSDALE

#2 Most Searched

JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS JOHNNIE GOLD AND THE BARSTOW BROTHERS PLANNING A TAKEOVER OF THE SOBE ICE ARENA
//A Vegas Hockey Christmas week adventure story

#3 Most Searched
MEGAN MYERS

#4 Most Searched
SIN CITY BARONS ROLLER TEAM


Best quote of the Day

“We managed to get a few rounds of golf in at the Red Rock course in Las Vegas before it got shut down” — Las Vegas hockey dad John McNicholas whose son Michael plays for the ECHL Maine Mariners

Fairbanks Arctic Cam today – 38-degrees, icy-rain coming down

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

ROB PALLIN – “THE TOUGHEST PLAYERS WE EVER COACHED”

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – Vegas Hockey HOF coach Rob Pallin today listed “…the toughest Las Vegas players we ever coached.”

Sean Darby

Sean Fox

Nick Jackson

“Each played a hard game and wore down opposing teams.

“As a coach you need these kind of high compete players to help your more skilled players to drive towards the net and score in the biggest most meaninful games,” said coach Rob.

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The great hockey writer Gregg Drinnan in Canada yesterday asked his 4-year old grandaughter Kara what she is doing in the off-season.

“Working on a vaccine to help everyone,” she said, stunning Gregg……

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Breaking news – Noah Smejkal of the Vegas Jr Golden Knights Varsity High School team to NAHL Northeast Generals this coming season. Noah scored 14 goals last winter….

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Here are the answers to our week-long Vegas True/False hometown hockey quiz…

#1 Hockey coach Wally Lacroix of Las Vegas was an ECHL referee for 14 seasons. True or false.

//Wally is not only a premier hockey coach but a top hockey official – and yes he did work in the ECHL as a referee for 14 seasons. He is now the head coach of the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – USA National Champions two seasons ago.

#2 Right wing forward Harris Whissel is called ‘A Miracle on Ice’ for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u because he can see the future – actually tell you who will win each game.

//Here is the real reason Harris is called ‘A Miracle on Ice.’ Two years ago Harris and a friend on New Year’s Eve climbed Blue Diamond Mountain here in town – the two slipped and fell 110-feet. Both were terribly injured. Harris, rescued by helicopter, amazingly returned to the game and had an awesome hockey season in 2019-20. This is why hockey writers refer to Harris as a ‘Miracle on Ice.’

#3 When Richie Crossley and Devin Lane were a defensive pair for the AA Las Vegas Ice Cats 18u they were – and are – regarded as the all-time best defensive pair in Vegas.

//Richie and Devin unquestionably were one of the greatest ice hockey-smart defensive pairs in Las Vegas

#4 The Scoreboard hanging center ice at the Sobe Ice Arena is the same one which was at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena.

//Yes it is, the one and only, originally known as the Pepsi Scoreboard…

#5 Defensive star Eddie Del Grosso once skated in the NHL Rookie Camp with the Washington Capitals.

//Yes Eddie, one of the greatest d-men ever in Las Vegas, was in the Stars rookie camp

#6 Roller hockey legend coach Larry Sanford played college basketball.

//Larry never spoke about it but he did play college basketball

#7 Anthony Greener’s #96 jersey is the only one officially retired by UNLV. Think carefully on this.

//Anthony Greener’s #96 and Ryan Krametbauer’s #13 jerseys are offically retired – UNLV’s premier d-man Eric Williams asked – and was told it was ok – to wear #13 this past season.

#8 Jason Allen of Las Vegas in one season played for the AAA Jr Gulls, AAA L.A. Jr Kings and the AAA Las Vegas Outlaws.

//This is true – what a season Jason had that year.

#9 Athletic trainer Kendell Galor’s father is one of the legendary roller hockey coaches in town – Oren Galor

//When Kendell was a small girl she and her father would roller skate together at Crystal Palace on North Rancho Drive. Oren was an elite roller coach at that time.

#10 Jason Zucker was 3 1/2 years old when his father Scott took him to meet legend coach Larry Sanford at Crystal Palace roller rink.

//That was Jason’s introduction to the sport of hockey – all true.

#11 The very first Las Vegas score-king Micah Sanford was scouted by the NHL Dallas Stars

//Yes, he sure was…

#12 There is a totally intact roller rink underneath the ice at the North Rink at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue. Take a blowtorch, melt the ice, the roller rink is there.

//This has been a raging story for years – there was a roller rink on now what is called the North Rink at the Las Vegas Ice Center. The folks at the Ice Center say there is no roller floor underneath the ice.

#13 – Josh Jasek, Adam Naglich and Eddie Samuels played on the Red Line for the AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u for coach Rob Pallin in 2001-02. Jasek, Naglich and Samuels played on same line for one shift for the BCHL Victoria Salsa. True or false. It cannot be true – right?

//The ‘Red Line’ of Jasek, Naglich and Samuels was signed collectively by the BCHL Victoria Salsa. Once they were there they did one shift together. Tyler Bozak, long-time NHL hockey star, was on that Victoria Salsa team as well.

#14 – Nick Robone is an awesome coach for the nationally ranked UNLV Rebels ice hockey team. Previously, Nick was a 4-time Vegas Hockey Roller Player of the Year. That seems like a lot of years as the best most elite roller player don’t you think. Yes or no.

//Nick is one of the greatest roller players – and a great roller coach – who was a 4-Time award winner here on Vegas Hockey. Nick is now a top assistant coach and recruiter with head coach Anthony Greener with the nationally-ranked UNLV Rebels ice hockey team.

Tiebreaker right here…

#15 – Pokey Reddick is an awesome hockey coach – a legend – here in Las Vegas. As an active NHL goalie he played with the 1989-90 Stanley Cup Champions Edmonton Oilers. Really? Yes or no….

//Absolutely true. Pokey most recently has been head coach of the Faith Lutheran High School hockey team here in Las Vegas.

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TOP 10 WEST
2019-20

Pro, NCAA, ACHA

Goals
27 – Chris Francis, Salle Bulls, Germany3
22 – Derek Sutliffe, SPHL Evansville Thunderbolts
20 – Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u
19 – Brenden Fehlig, NA3HL Coulee Region Chill – Wisconsin
17 – Gage Quinney, AHL Chicago Wolves
17 – Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins

AAA/AA/High School

Goals
40 – Matthew Gross, AAA Phoenix Jr Coyotes 16u
39 – Fuzzzy Atchison AAA Arizona Bobcats 13u
22 – Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats 13u
21 – Tristan Toth, Vegas Jr Golden Knights High School Team
21 – Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 13u
19 – Austin Moline, AAA LA Jr Kings Team 2005

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Las Vegas Players Away from Home 2020-21 Season

Joey Allegrini, NCAA Nichols College
Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce
Jerrett Overland, NCAA Air Force Academy
Noah Smekal, NAHL Northeast Generals
Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

THE DAY MIGHTY GOAL SCORER MICAH SANFORD LEFT LAS VEGAS……..

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – We remember it like it happened yesterday. Twenty seasons ago the greatest Las Vegas goal scorer in ice hockey and roller hockey – Micah Sanford – drove his pickup truck to Crystal Palace Roller Rink on North Rancho on a warm August afternoon. The truck bed was loaded with his hockey bags and sticks. Micah Sanford, one of the greatest ever hometown players, was about to say goodbye to teammates, moms and dads.

There were hugs and handshakes and all sorts of best wishes.

It was summer 1999. Micah then drove off to Colorado to play for the Brad Buetow-coached AAA Vail Avalanche 18u ice hockey team. One of Micah’s new teammates would be the the great Teddy O’Leary.

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Micah was initially a star player in roller hockey. He said his favorite hometown teammates were Freddy Young, Patrick Stevenson, Travis Gunderson and Leroy Garcia – all from Las Vegas. This touring roller team coached by Micah’s hockey dad Larry ruled the West playing out of the Little Home of Champions on North Rancho Drive in Las Vegas.

Micah was named that season the National Roller Hockey Player of the Year.

He played a season in ice hockey at Vail where he scored 49 goals, then was signed by legend coach Harvey Smyl of the BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs. One of Micah’s teammates was Gabe Gauthier.

In a more than an amazing story Micah and Chilliwack went 46-10-4 and the Chiefs had an awesome two-month run in the playoffs.

Micah scored 31 goals in the playoffs.

Yes 31 playoffs goals – think about that.

“I didn’t do anything different,” he said. “No matter where we shot the puck it went right into the net.”

Smyl, whose Chiefs got the silver medal in the playoffs, said Micah was “a man among boys with his determination and strength.”

Micah finished that season with 78 goals, 80 assists.

After playing with the NCAA Nebraska University and a few games with the Las Vegas Wranglers pro team, Micah left the game and began to coach.

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Vegas Ice Center is scheduled for June 22-25. Taylor Henderson of The Global Showcase announced today if necessary the alternate date will be July 27-30.
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Monday, April 6, 2020

CHECK OUT JASON ZUCKER’S TREMENDOUS NHL STATISTICS

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – Just take a look at Jason Zucker’s amazing career statistics in the NHL – first playing for the Minnesota Wild and now with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Jason Zucker
Minnesota Wild
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL
471 Games
142 Goals
121 Assists
263 Points

He is a 13-time Vegas Hockey Player of the Year voted by the readers on this hockey website.

Like 13 straight years, a record which will never be broken here.

His last Las Vegas ice hockey coach was the great Wally Lacroix with the AA Las Vegas Outlaws 16u who in the 2006-07 season played home games and practiced on the South Rink at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Jason had jet-like speed, tremendous hockey sense in the biggest of games against the LA teams, was unselfish with the puck and when it was time to take a penalty shot coach Wally would tell him “…do whatever you think will work best.”

Before his awesome season with the AA Las Vegas Outlaws Jason was playing at a fiery high level in roller hockey with HOF coach Larry Sanford over at the ‘Little Home of Champions’ Crystal Palace roller hockey rink on North Rancho Drive.

When Jason was drafted into the NHL during a ceremony in Los Angeles his parents – Scott and Natalie – were invited as well as Rob Pallin, who helped Jason in hard conditioning skates to prepare for the draft, Larry Sanford, and Adam Naglich – a goal scorer who was called ‘Stick’ in roller hockey and who later played college and pro hockey.

Jason has three tatoos: USA on his back (for playing with Team USA), Game Time on his chest (in memory of best friend Nicholas Schaefer of Las Vegas) and In Pursuit of Perfection on his left arm.

There are giant banners of Jason hanging in two of the ice rinks in town – the Las Vegas Ice Center where Jason played and at the SoBe Ice Arena where Wally Lacroix, Jason’s former coach, is head coach of the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights – the Golden Ones – are defending National Champion.

Jason’s brothers include Adam, a tough physical hockey player with the UNLV Rebels here in town, Evan – a tremendous sharpshooter in ice and roller, Cameron who was quick, smart with the puck and played at a high level in junior hockey – and sister Kimmie who was a legend while playing roller at Crystal Palace. The sea of defenders would disappear when Kimmie with the puck power-skated down the center of the floor at Crystal Palace. It really was something to see.

Jason’s hockey dad Scott and hockey mom Natalie – who took Jason on many hockey road trips when he was a pre-teen – are fine and living in Las Vegas.

And where is Jason right now?

He, his dear wife Carly and family are together in Pittsburgh.

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HERE IS WHAT HOCKEY SCOUTS WILL BE LOOKING FOR AT LAS VEGAS GLOBAL AND THE GREAT WESTERN FUTURES SUPER CAMP
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Friday, April 3, 2020

By Charles V Reilly

Las Vegas – Here is what hockey scouts will be looking for when the two biggest summer Showcases – Las Vegas Global June 22-25 at the Las Vegas Ice Center and the Great Western Futures Super Camp July 8-11 at the Sobe Ice Arena.

First and most important …

Skate Speed. Scouts like to see a lot of speed from forwards and particularly from defensemen. The D-Men should skate as fast at those lightning-like forwards who dart about in deep attack areas.

Hockey Sense – When pressured, how quickly do you react and fire off a pass to a teammate. Or on a 3 on 1 break who are you passing to….

Do not bark at the officials – The top coaches in hockey do not fuss with the officials. When a penalty is called go right to the penalty box. Top coaches in games will deal with what they are dealt with – getting the right players on the ice in say a very tough spot like defending against a 5 on 3.

Scouts watch what you do on the bench – After a tough shift scouts will look at your behaviour on the bench. Did you slam or throw your stick there – that is a no.

Make sure your hockey equipment is good. Skates sharpened and working properly. Bring several hockey sticks.

There are top coaches at all levels of play. The WSHL, NA3HL, NAHL each have solid programs. Eddie Samuels of Las Vegas was a captain with the NAHL Fairbanks Ice Dogs coached by the great legend-like Rob Proffit. Home games were always sold out.

If you get an offer to play on a certain team, consult with a coach or hockey person you trust to review it.

When you make a team always report to practice on time.

There are different sort of hockey coaches outlined perfectly by the great Las Vegas hockey star Micah Sanford. He played for coach Brad Buetow with the AAA Vail Avalanche in Colorado who had put together tremendous practices with awesome strategy-making for the next game. Micah then played with the legend Harvey Smyl-coached BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs and said “Harvey was great managing his bench, knowing all about late-game situations and who exactly to put onto the ice.”

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One of the best ever Las Vegas hockey coaches – Rob Pallin – will be at the Great Western Futures Super Camp at the SoBe Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive. Rob is the head coach at HC TWK Innsbruck.
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From the Blue Line – Connor Haney, a top goal scorer for years from Las Vegas, is in Riverside, Ca. “When this coronavirus thing comes to an end, we will go to a new job we have in the Bay Area.” Connor, 28, was captain of the WSHL Seattle Totems in 2012-13 – tremendous player.

Will ‘Money’ Munson, who played with Eddie Samuels of Las Vegas with the NAHL Billings Jr Bulls, plays house hockey at the IceTown Arena in Riverside,Ca.


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Friday, April 3, 2020

SNIPER GOAL SCORER KYLE QUINN OF CANADA SIGNS WITH UNLV REBELS

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – Big UNLV news today. UNLV Rebels head coach Anthony Greener announced today that sniper goal scorer Kyle Quinn – 17 goals, 19 assists last season with the NOJHL Blind River Beavers in Ontario, Canada – will play for the Rebels this fall.

And, there is more big news.

The UNLV Rebels will open their season on the road against #2 ranked 33-4-0 Liberty University in September. Liberty was 23-0-0 on home ice in Lynchburg, Virginia last season.

“Yes, we’re going to open up our season against a great team,” Greener said. “We will play Grand Canyon University next, then home against Utah in our first three weekends.

“Kyle Quinn is a very big forward (6’2”, 185) and he is definitely going to help us in the center of the ice. He’s a looming tough forward on the ice and we’re very happy to have him here.

“Nick Robone (assistant coach) has been talking to the NOJHL coaches for the last two years. Nick’s done a good job of staying in touch with Kyle and he got him to commit. He has a good linemate who we also like – Caleb Serre.”

Utah, which always plays a hard ultra-heated physical game, will be coming into City National Arena for UNLV’s first home games.

From the Blue Line – UNLV last season was 22-13-1, ranked #15 and qualified for the ACHA Nationals for the 4th straight season….The Rebels home games were sold out each time at the City National Arena on Charleston Avenue, next to the Red Rock Casino.

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Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen said he likes the UNLV Rebels season opening game against #2 ranked Liberty College. “UNLV should play the toughest teams out there if they want to be the best – every single person in the UNLV program has done a great job.”

#1 Most Searched Today – the dynamite and explosive Ian Williams, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

DEREK SUTLIFFE’S GREATEST SEASON CUT SHORT FOR EVANSVILLE THUNDERBOLTS

Evansville, Indiana – Derek Sutliffe of Las Vegas was having his greatest pro goal scoring season ever – he had 22 goals, 33 assists – for the SPHL Evansville Thunderbolts when the coronavirius epicdemic shut down the season.

Evansville had a 25-14-7 record in the regular season in the Southern Professional Hockey League and Sutliffe, 28, was a big part of it. Evansville had a awesome season with hometown fans jammed in on game nights at the Ford Center.

Head coach Jeff Bes said “we had a special group of players and we could have had a long run in the playoffs. Our players really believed in each other.”

Sutliffe, who grew up playing tier hockey over at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue, was a star player earlier with the BCHL Langley Rivermen and also at NCAA St. Scholastica College in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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#1 Most Searched Today – Big goal scorer Heath Mensch, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

Today’s readers are from all parts of the USA and Canada plus France, South Korea

Coming tomorrow – UNLV Rebels sign a sniper-like goal scorer for extra firepower next season.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Quote of the Day
“Life is Difficult Without Hockey” – from Nancy Whissel, mother of Harris Whissel who plays for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u.

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ALL LAS VEGAS ICE ARENAS ARE CLOSED

Las Vegas – The historic Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue earlier announced it was shutting down beginning March 18 for 30 days due to the coronavirus epidemic. Also, City National Arena – home of the UNLV Rebels – is closed as is the SoBe Ice Arena – home of the Wally Lacroix coached defending National Champions AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u on North Rancho Drive. It is uncertain what exact dates these three great hometown arenas will re-open.

There have been searches today for the dynamic goal scorer Ash Printzen of Las Vegas. She played for AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u last season. There are also searches for Vincent Dekumbis, the electric-like goal scorer a few seasons ago with the WSHL Las Vegas Storm junior team at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Good times for hometown fans when Vincent Dekumbis was blasting about on the ice. Vincent, 22, is going into his junior season at NCAA Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

SoBe Rink Rat reminds Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen to “keep washing your hands, stay home in isolation and do what the hometown health officials say.” Rink Rat is trying to patch up Steve and hockey star The Genius when the SoBe re-opens.

The Fairbanks Arctic cam, which we check daily, was at 15 degrees this morning.

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LEGENDARY AAA LA JR KINGS HOCKEY COACH JACK BOWKUS PASSES

Hockey Dad Charles Moline, father of Las Vegas’ Austin Moline who played for the AAA LA Jr Kings 14u team said on Sunday “….Jack Bowkus was an unbelievable coach, the team and the hockey community has lost a great man.”

Former Kings player Brandon Underwood texted “This is a very sad day for the sport of hockey. Jack taught me the game of hockey beginning at the age of 11. He moved me to defense, began calling me ‘Woody,’ a nickname we still have.”

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Reports came in Sunday – and were confirmed on the AAA LA Jr Kings hockey website – that legendary AAA L.A. Jr Kings coach Jack Bowkus has passed. According to Elite Prospects this past season Jack was the head coach of the AAA L.A. Jr Kings bantam team which included Las Vegas goal scoring phenom Austin Moline. This Kings bantam team won CAHA gold, Pacific District Region gold and was set to advance to the US Nationals which were unfortunately cancelled because of the coronavirus epidemic.

Jack was a former head coach of the USHL Indiana Ice. He was also the owner of the Cali Prospects Camp which ran each year in El Segundo, Ca.

Jack was born in Lansing, Michigan on Feb 19, 1967. He was widely respected as one of all-time best ever tier hockey coaches in the USA.

Las Vegas hockey Dad Steve Allen said “…what a tragedy…Jack was a legend in all of youth hockey.”

Brian McDonough, writing on the AAA LA Kings hockey website, wrote …”Jack passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Saturday after a courageous battle with cancer.”

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Monday, March 30, 2020

//There are searches today for Ash Printzen and Ryan Pavlinsky of Las Vegas

//In Canada Gregg Drinnan writes that former assistant coach Brock Sawyer is the new head coach of the BCHL Powell River Kings. He replaces Tyler Kuntz who stepped down noting there are family reasons for his decision to leave the program. Powell River Kings were 29-23-6 last season.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

//Las Vegas goal scorer Kyle Callahan of Las Vegas is now working as a utility designer for Nevada Power. Years ago he played for AA Las Vegas Outlaws bantams, AA Las Vegas Ice Cats 18u and then played played for famous coach Kurt Goar with AA Arizona Hockey Union 18u…Years ago when we wrote Just in Time for Christmas the Unstoppable Johnnie Gold it was Kyle’s younger brother Gunnar – an outstanding artist – who drew tremendous very creative images of Johnnie Gold which we posted with the story here on Vegas Hockey. We thank you Gunnar and yes so does the unstoppable Johnnie Gold and his head coach Jack Black.

//More good news here today – it looks like our star writer Bethany Drysdale may be soon sending in one of her very very good Vegas hockey stories….We want to say hello to one of the great ones – Las Vegas hockey mom Patty Del Grosso……

Friday, March 27, 2020

Las Vegas – Seventeen seasons ago the Rob Pallin-coached AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u won the Southwest League gold medal. Las Vegas beat a very strong and fierce AA San Jose Jr Sharks 18u team on their home ice by 4-2. After the game Justin Grossman, Sean Darby, Steve Novotny and Paul Lowden of Las Vegas went to center ice to get the golden trophy. “They first played together on a 4-31 Vegas team. They played hard this season and earned the right to go get that trophy,” Pallin said that day. It was the very first banner this team won.This Las Vegas team included the famous Triple Threat Line of Travis Roseberry, JC Caron and Spike Neely. A year later this AA Vegas Mustangs 18u team won many golds and played in the U.S. Nationals.

//And how and why did Rob Pallin teams do so much. Spike Neely, at Eddie Del Grosso’s wedding, said “…coach Rob made us believe we were better players than what we really were. When we went over the wall and onto the ice in big games we knew we were going to win.”

//For the 4th straight day there have been searches here for awesome goal scorer Heath Mensch who plays for the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

//In his last two seasons Chris Francis of Las Vegas has awesome numbers with Salle Bulls Halle Germany3. Chris has 43 goals, 67 assists for 110 points.

//Former AA Las Vegas Ice Cats 18u hockey coach Matt Stang is home in isolation with family in Prince Albert, BC. He is now a top scout for the WHL Prince Albert Raiders – Lee

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Friday, March 27, 2020

BIG GOAL SCORER AUSTIN MOLINE OF LAS VEGAS DRAFTED IN 1ST ROUND BY WHL SWIFT CURRENT BRONCOS

Special to Vegas Hockey

Defenseman Austin Moline, a goal scoring force from Las Vegas, was selected by WHL Swift Current Broncos in the first round of the WHL Top Prospects Draft. Austin, 14, had 18 goals, 14 assists for the Jack Bowkus-coached AAA LA Jr Kings bantam team this past season. Austin is listed at 6’2, 150. Dean Brockman is GM/Head Coach of the Broncos. Dean noted that Moline has a hard right-handed shot and led all AAA Jr Kings bantam defensemen in scoring this season. Moline was scouted when he scored three times for the Jr Kings at the famous John Reid Memorial Bantam Tournament in Canada. The WHL Swift Current Broncos play home games at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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More on Austin Moline – He grew up playing hockey here in Las Vegas. When he was 4 1/2 he learned to skate at the Las Vegas Ice Center. He played for a number of Las Vegas ice hockey teams and his coaches (who Austin wants to mention) included Tom Lackas, Bo Lackas, Jeff Bruckner, Dell Truax, Matt Johnson and with the Faith Lutheran HS Crusaders where Austin was coached by Pokey Reddick, Craig Thornton and Shane Hnidy…

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Wednesday, March 25,2020

THE JERRETT OVERLAND, ROB PALLIN, FRANK SERRATORE CONNECTION

By Lee Samuels

See hockey miracles do happen.

Las Vegas defenseman Jerrett Overland, who played for the BCHL Wenatchee Wild last season, will play for the Frank Serratore-coached NCAA Air Force Academy this fall.

Serratore, 62, is same hockey coach who Rob Pallin of Las Vegas played for in 1984-85 with the USHL Austin Mavericks in Minnesota. At the time Rob, from Chisholm, Minnesota, was just 16, the youngest player on the Mavericks. Mike Hastings, a top coach now with St. Cloud State, was also on that Mavericks team.

“I will always think of Rob Pallin that season as that up and coming youngster with such wonderfull skills,” Serratore told writer Joe McCauley in his 2003 book Puck Dreams and Other Stories

Coach Rob knows Jerrett Overland very well working with him during off-season skate sessions. When you take an overlook look at this it’s an amazing connection we think.

Overland, 18, is a very gifted defenseman who earlier played in the AAA Anaheim Jr Ducks program.

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Flash Update

Tuseday, March 24, 2020

Las Vegas – One of UNLV’s greatest-ever defensemen Eric Williams of Las Vegas is predicting big things – like alot of pure gold – for the Anthony Greener-coached Rebels in the upcoming 2020-21 season.

“We have a lot of great players coming back next season, we have a great exciting fan atmosphere whenever we play home games at City National Arena and we’re going to pick up where we left off – we’re going right for a National Championship.”

UNLV has qualified to play in the ACHA D1 Nationals four straight years.

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Roy Henderson’s Las Vegas Global Showcase with lots of Western scouts set for June 22-25 at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Buffalo, NY – Michael Yochum, a Las Vegas goal scorer at every level of the game, will return and play for ACHA D1 Canisius Golden Griffins in the 2020-21 season. Michael, a sophomore, had 17 goals, 7 assists this past season. Michael, 20, has a dual major in economics and sports management. Canisus went 17-11-0 this past season.

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Most Searched Today –
Heath Mensch, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – tremendous high action goal scorer
Hamilton Whyte, Las Vegas goal scorer who played years ago at Las Vegas Ice Center
Hunter Toms, Las Vegas, AAA LA Jr Kings 14u

For The Love of Hockey – Bethany Drysdale interviews Colin Robin of UNLV

Today’s readers are from all parts of the USA and Canada plus India, South Korea

To SoBe Rink Rat – Skitters, the baby rink kitten who appears in all of our Christmas stories here on Vegas Hockey, is not real – She was created by Las Vegas hockey dad Jay Zurfluh. During the games Skitters usually hangs with Gramps behind the bench over where the sticks are. She is, judging by emails sent here, one of the most enduring unforgettable characters we’ve ever had. Gramps is the legend, the late great grandfather of UNLV Rebels Anthony Greener who kindly gave us permission to use Gramps in our Christmas stories here.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin of HC TWK Innsbruck, wife Dora and daughters Emily Charlotte and Lina Rose, have returned safely to Las Vegas.
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Also Today….
Jimmy Samuels of Las Vegas played youth hockey in Las Vegas, then went to Kansas University where he majored in Film. He played one season for the ACHA D3 KU hockey team, then became the team’s GM for two seasons. Now Jimmy is graduating with a major in Film. He and Vito Carlo are best friends. The late great Las Vegas hockey dad Tommy Ricketts whose hockey son Beau Ricketts was an all-out goal scoring force for many teams including the WSHL Las Vegas Storm – gave Jimmy lots of hockey cards when the two met over at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Jimmy is our grandson, for those who may not know….Best to all reading here today, Lee….

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Las Vegas – After taking a season off the very popular star defenseman Vito Carlo of Las Vegas plans to return to the game and play for NCAA Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire this coming season. Vito, whose dear hockey mom Rosie passed last year, went to classes at Franklin Pierce but decided to take off a season from the game. Vito was a star performer for the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals where he won many awards as a defenseman. Vito had 7 goals, 36 assists in his final season with the Atlanta Capitals. He earlier played in a key defensive role for Gabe Gauthier’s WSHL Las Vegas Storm which practiced and played home games at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Vito, 21, is listed at 6’1, 180.

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Special to Vegas Hockey

UNLV REBELS SIGN PREMIER GOALIE VINCE BENEDETTO OF SIJHL CHASE HEAT

Las Vegas – UNLV coaches Anthony Greener and Nick Robone know how to construct championship teams – you start building at the net, then signed premier defensemen and then go after the best available sharpshooters. Which is why the UNLV Rebels signed premier goalie Vince Benedetto of the KIJHL Chase Heat who play home games in Chase, BC Canada.

Benedetto, 20, last season in 30 regular season games had a 2.69 gaa and a 92.0% save percentage. In five playoff games Benedetto had a 2.87 gaa and a 90.2% save percentage. Benedetto, who is from Edmonton, is listed at 5’10, 180.

Coach Greener said “…we’re coming off a great season and adding Vince Benedetto will give us even more depth in the goalie spot. We are looking to have 4 goalies on our roster for next season.

Robone noted Benedetto was first spotted on HockeyTV where Rebels coaches watch to track down available players who have a great skillset.

“Benedetto is a very athletic goalie, he had great numbers last season with the Chase Heat and is a good person as well.

“Our blueprint to to have 4 goalies on our roster leading into the new season,” said coach Robone.

UNLV has had top teams who have qualified for the ACHA D1 Nationals for four straight years – a club record.

Rebels Notebook – On the Rebels twitter feed it was noted that “95% of Rebels players are recruited from junior hockey teams.”

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JOEY ALLEGRINI OF LAS VEGAS COMMITS TO NCAA NICHOLS COLLEGE
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Breaking news – Captain Joey Allegrini of Las Vegas and the NAHL Atlanta Capitals has committed to NCAA Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts. Congratulations to Joey – a hard working team leader who had a huge season with 15 goals, 39 assists….Gregg Drinnan in Canada reporting former Yale assistant coach Ryan Donald will be head coach of a new team – the BCHL Cranbrook Bucks….The WHL season has come to a close. Erik Atchison of Las Vegas is a strong, top player for the Spokane Chiefs…..Rob Profitt’s NAHL Fairbanks Ice Dogs announced that goal scorer Adam Eisle – 18 goals, 15 assists – has committed to NCAA Minnesota State…City National Arena off of Charleston Avenue near the Red Rock Casino – and the home of the UNLV Rebels – has shut down due to the coronavirus situation…The Genius, a goal scorer from parts unknown, texts that he was surprised Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen was quoted here. The Genius accidently vaporized Steve in a rinkboard incident last July 4 in one of our summertime hockey adventure stories over at the SoBe Ice Arena.

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UNLV’s Top 15 All-Time Goal Scorers
Goals
138 – Mike Zenzola
100 – Cody Williams
96 – Anthony Greener
83 – Sam Braniff
67 – Chris Jones

59 – Robbie Silvernail
55 – Jake Saxe
54 – Josh Jasek
40 – Drew Bryan
39 – Tristan Mayer
38 – Paxton Malone
35 – Zach Richards
34 – Bryden Marsh
31 – Viktor Brask

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

WHEN IN DOUBT, GIVE THE PUCK TO UNLV’S MIKE ZENZOLA

By Lee Samuels – Flashback Story

Las Vegas – UNLV alum Chris Tate peered through his goalie facemask and saw trouble coming. At mid ice three red-jersey UNLV forwards broke through the pack and were heading his way on Saturday night at the SoBe Ice Arena.

Chris looked to his left, then to the right.

Not a defenseman in sight or was on his radar.

He looked again and leading the attack run was #18 Mike Zenzola, the greatest goal scorer in the history of UNLV Rebels hockey.

The three forwards arrived, sprayed ice at the net, the puck was quickly shot and rocketed into a far corner of the net. The three forwards then turned as a unit and sped back down the ice.

It was a quick strike and score, the way Mike Zenzola of UNLV used to do it so many times when the big teams rolled into town.

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It was the annual UNLV Alumni Game at the SoBe Ice Arena on a warm Saturday night. Zenzola looked the same – tall, lean, ready to rock down the ice and unleash blasts of shots from a variety of distances.

Officially he is 6’2, 200.

He scored 138 career goals and the only other Rebel remotely close to that was Anthony Greener who played a different kind of game. Greener usually played much closer in the shark waters around enemy nets when big teams like Michigan, Texas, San Diego State and yes, even UCLA got into UNLV’s grill.

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Mike Zenzola said he couldn’t have scored all of the goals without his longtime linemate Sam Braniff. They played on the same AA midget team, the Inland Valley Coyotes in the Riverside area, then with the Fort Vancouver Pioneers in junior hockey, then together with UNLV. It was Rob Pallin, Mike said, who recruited he and Sam.

Biggest goals ever? Zenzola, like most great athletes, laughed and said he had just a few. Well he scored over a hundred of them, including six goals in one game against Cal State Fullerton. Zenzola said he had a big game against Colorado and he mentioned one or two more.

His best line? Zenzola, Braniff and Greener or with the explosive goal scorer Josh Jasek.

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Practically all of the top UNLV alum players were in the game. Tate, who was in the net in the very first UNLV game in 2005-06 season, wore a powder blue jersey. Years ago he said he never looked at the Pepsi scoreboard during the closest of games at the SoBe Ice Arena. “My only concern was keeping any eye on the puck and keeping it out of out net,” he said.

Greener, whose #96 jersey is framed and hanging on the south wall at the SoBe, was handed red jersey #3 to start the game.

“Never wore a #3 before,” he said. “But here we go.”

Moments later his hockey mom Sue, in the cold bleachers, told everyone “Anthony is now wearing number 20 red.”

Greener had a great game, chipping passes, setting up linemates. Ryan Krametbauer, whose #13 jersey is also framed and hanging on the wall at the SoBe, is an attorney now. He gave me his card, just in case, you never know when you need a good attorney he said. He plays in a men’s league on Sunday nights. A former Rebel, Danny Kaminski, is on the team.

Arturo Castro wanted to play but didn’t. He is still recovering from a serious back and neck injury in a game against Long Beach State. Will he play this fall? Doesn’t think he can do it. Too much at risk in the health area. He now works in UNLV Rebels hockey promotions. He is very popular and the players call him Arty.

Even UNLV defensemen like Doug Wenglare got into the goal scoring. He made it look easy, getting to the net, feinting and scoring.

UNLV enforcer Kyle Curry was prowling around on the ice. He had a great skate, just like his former teammates. Kyle’s temperature never red-lined, so that was good for all.

No one skated harder than an active Rebel, Trey Johnson. He went up and down the ice high speed.

Just the way he always does in the real Rebels games.

The game? It was a scorefest. Final score was 14-14. No goals were announced. Rock music blasted during the game, not just during timeouts.

We asked one of the goalies Katie Scheafer who was the most dangerous goal scorer out there.

She said didn’t track many of the jersey numbers who were at the net.

But she said #18 was pretty good.

That was the Great One, Mike Zenzola.

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Today’s #1 Most Read Story
For the Love of Hockey – A Look at UNLV’s Brendan Manning by Bethany Drysdale, Kat Craner and Christina Oka

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Las Vegas – Back in 2015-16 the Gabe Gauthier-coached WSHL Las Vegas Storm was a mighty force over at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Hometown skaters Beau Ricketts, Vito Carlo, Joey Allegrini, Steven Avalone and Jake McKenna were on this team.

And then there was Vincent Dekumbis from Fribourg, Switzerland.

During that season Vincent blazed about and had 31 goals, 15 assists for 46 points. He was selected to the WSHL All-Star team and, while accompanied by coach Gauthier, won the WSHL Fastest Skater Award.

Vincent was voted by our readers as the 2016 Vegas Hockey Player of the Year

And where is Dekumbus now?

Vincent will be going into his junior season with the NCAA D3 Lawrence University hockey team in Appleton, Wisconsin.

WSHL Las Vegas Storm
All-Time Goal Scorers

Goals
49 – Isaiah Letendre
48 – Vincent Dekumbis
43 – Nikita Pintsuv
32 – Jeffrey Morgan
30 – Beau Ricketts
29 – Arrigo Burgener
22 – Teddy Astrom
20 – Sam Sykes

Sam Sykes had 34 goals this season for the WSHL El Paso Rhinos

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Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen notes that practically all adult league ice hockey games have come to a halt here in Las Vegas. “Very sad,” he said.

Steve added “We also feel very sad for the UNLV Rebels and for Wally’s AA Jr Golden Knights 16u teams who could not go to their tournaments.”

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Today’s readers are from all parts of the USA, Canada, Austria, Germany and South Korea

Coming tomorrow – When in doubt, Give the Puck to Mike Zenzola

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Las Vegas – For these great UNLV Rebels seniors there are no U.S. Nationals. UNLV qualified for the 20-team ACHA D1 Nationals but the cornonavirus epidemic took it down for this season.

UNLV Seniors
#7 Connor Hetzel – 0 goals, 3 assists, 3 points
#13 Jake Saxe – Assistant Captain – 16 goals, 13 assists, 31 points
#23 Tristan Mayer – 3 goals, 4 assist, 7 points
#27 Erik Eidissen, goalie – 9 games, 3.23 gaa, 87.6% save percentage

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Transaction of the Day – Rhett Rakhshani, a massive 54-goal scorer for the AAA Cal Wave 16 in 2003-04, has re-signed with Frolunda HC in Switzerland.

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

The historic and very famous Las Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue is shutting down for two weeks from March 16 to March 29 as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. The biggest stars from Las Vegas including Jason Zucker, Gage Quinney, Cory Ward, Kenny Brooks, Zach Pochiro, Joe Sullivan, Derek Sutliffe, Beau Ricketts, Vito Carlo, Vincent Dekumbis, Steven Avalone, Rhett Bruckner and many others played on youth teams at the Ice Center. Pokey Reddick for years was a top tier hockey coach there.

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The NAHL, which includes the famous Fairbanks Ice Dogs, has “paused its playoffs – but has not cancelled it.”

Saturday, March 14, 2020

It was announced that Rob Pallin of Las Vegas will return as Head Coach of HC TWK Innsbruck in Austria for 2021.

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TOP FIVE GOAL SCORERS
UNLV REBELS
22 – Paxton Malone
16 – Jake Saxe
13 – John Moeller
12 – Kane Toriumi
10 – Brendan Manning

WSHL LAS VEGAS THUNDERBIRDS

20 – Joe Terrana
18 – Anthony Rodriguez
16 – Mikhail Gerasin
13 – Joe Wheeler
8 – Gleb Schlyaiger
8 – Egor Khomyakov

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To SoBe Rink Rat – Yes, coach Rob Pallin of Las Vegas will return as Head Coach of TWK Innsbruck in Austria 2020-21 season.

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Four more leagues – the NHL, AHL, ECHL and SPHL

    – have suspended play as well – Lee

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    More Breaking News – The WSHL has shut down operations for this season – meaning the season has come to an unexpected close for the WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds who practice and play home games at the SoBe Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive.

    Thursday, March 12, 2020

    Special to Vegas Hockey

    The UNLV Rebels who worked so hard to get eligible for the ACHA D1 Nationals – their 4th straight time playing in the Nationals – were told the 20-team tournament is shut down as result of the coronavirus epidemic. Anthony Greener is the head coach of the Rebels who were ranked #15 and scheduled to take on big rival Arizona State in Texas. The Rebels tweeted “…we cannot wait to begin prepping for next season.”

    At the same time the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – defending National Champions – and who were called The Golden Ones this season – will be not be able to defend their gold. USA Hockey has shut down the Nationals in all ages of youth hockey.

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    THE VEGAS FIVE

    2019-20

    PRO, NCAA, WHL, ACHA, JUNIOR HOCKEY

    Goals

    22 – CHRIS FRANCIS, SALLE BULLS HALLE, GERMANY3

    22 – DEREK SUTLIFFE, SPHL EVANSVILLE THUNDERBOLTS

    20 – ASH PRINTZEN, AAA MEIJER WESTERN MICHIGAN GIRLS 19U

    19 – BRENDEN FEHLIG, NA3HL COULEE REGION CHILL – WISCONSIN

    17 – GAGE QUINNEY, AHL CHICAGO WOLVES

    17 – MICHAEL YOCHUM, ACHA D1 CANISIUS GOLDEN GRIFFINS

    AAA/AA/High School

    Goals

    40 – MATTHEW GROSS, AAA PHOENIX JR COYOTES 16U

    39 – FUZZY ATCHISON, AAA ARIZONA BOBCATS 13U

    22 – JACK LACKAS, AAA ARIZONA BOBCATS 13U

    21 – CHASE LAURIE, AAA ARIZONA BOBCATS 13U

    21 – TRISTAN TOTH, VEGAS JR GOLDEN KNIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

    19 – AUSTIN MOLINE, AAA L.A. JR KINGS 2005

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    THE TICKER….

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    ACHA D1 CANCELS 2020 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT IN TEXAS

    Anthony Greener, head coach of the UNLV Rebels, learned today that the ACHA D1 cancelled the 2020 National Tournament in Texas. ACHA Director Craig Barnett said he had deep concerns about the worldwide coronavirus epidemic. UNLV, ranked #15 nationally, was scheduled to take on Arizona State in their opening round elimination game.

    USA HOCKEY CANCELS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS INCLUDING YOUTH HOCKEY

    In a staggering announcement USA Hockey has canceled all their National Championships for 2020 – including High School, Youth, Girls, Adults and Sled. Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey, said “the safety of our participants has always been our top priority.”

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    BIG ROAD WIN FOR JOE SULLIVAN OF LAS VEGAS AND ECHL INDY FUEL

    Kalamazoo, Michigan – Joe Sullivan of Las Vegas and the ECHL Indy Fuel held off the hometown Kalamazoo Wings to win 1-0 here at the Wings Arena. Joe, who wears jersey #18, had one shot on goal. He has seven goals, eight assists this season. As a tier hockey player Joe played for a number of teams over at the Las Vegas Ice Center. The crowd for this game was 1552. Indy Fuel is an affiliate of the NHL Chicago Blackhawks.

    ERIK ATCHISON OF LAS VEGAS AND WHL SPOKANE CHIEFS WIN 3-0

    Spokane, Washington – Erik Atchison of Las Vegas and the WHL Spokane Chiefs beat the Kamloops Blazers 3-0 on Tuesday night before 4159 at the Spokane Memorial Arena. Erik this season has 6 goals, 8 assists, 14 points and is +3 on the ice. Erik and Spokane close out their regular season with games vs the Portland Winterhawks here Friday and Saturday nights.

    NEW RULES FOR UNLV REBELS AND OTHER TEAMS AT ACHA D1 NATIONALS IN TEXAS

    When the UNLV Rebels hit Texas and take on Arizona State in a first-round game in the ACHA D1 Nationals on March 19 there will be new rules and regulations –including (a) no hand-shake line after a game; gloved fist bumps will be ok and (b) each player will have an individual bottle of water on the bench. The games will be played in Austin, Texas. UNLV vs ASU is set for March 19. The winner of UNLV/ASU gets to tangle with 31-4-0 Liberty College. And yes, UNLV played ASU twice during the regular season – in fact the opening games of the 2019-2020 season. On the road UNLV lost 3-1 to ASU at the Oceanside Arena in Tempe, Az. In Game Two UNLV beat ASU 4-2. Oh, get this – this will be the 4th straight year UNLV will play in the ACHA D1 Nationals. You can congratulate Rebels head coach Anthony Greener, #1 assistant Nick Robone, GM Zee Khan and the rest of the great coaches who guide the way.

    It was just announced that Grand Valley State University in Michigan will compete in ACHA D1 next season. There will be 72 teams in ACHA D1 in 2020-21.

    Fairbanks Arctic Cam – It’s on 24/7 and as we write this it is 6 degrees and going down to minus-13 degrees overnight. Many Las Vegas teams for years have played in Fairbanks. And it’s the home of legend GM Rob Profitt and the NAHL Fairbanks Ice Dogs hockey team…

    BREAKING NEWS – JOEY ALLEGRINI OF LAS VEGAS TO NCAA D3 NICHOLS COLLEGE IN MASSACHUSETTS IN 2020-21

    Joey Allegrini of Las Vegas and the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals has committed to NCAA Nichols College D3 in Massachusetts for the 2020-21 season. Joey has 15 goals this season. Joey played for the Gabe Gauthier-coached WSHL Las Vegas Storm in 2016-17 at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Joey had 16 goals while playing for the Storm.

    GAGE QUINNEY DEALS GAME-WINNING OT ASSIST FOR CHICAGO WOLVES

    Chicago – Gage Quinney of Las Vegas dealt an OT game-winning pass to Dylan Coghlan whose powerplay goal clinched a 3-2 OT win for the AHL Chicago Wolves over the Rockford Ice Dogs at the All State Arena on Sunday night. The crowd was 9808. Gage this season has 17 goals, 19 assists, 36 points and is +6 on the ice for Chicago – an afffiliate of the NHL Vegas Golden Knights.

    COUNTDOWN CLOCK TICKING FOR UNLV REBELS AND ACHA D1 NATIONALS

    It’s crunch time for UNLV Rebels head coach Anthony Greener as his team is wiring in for the ACHA D1 Nationals in Texas. On March 19 the Rebels will take on Arizona State in a first-round game. The Countdown Clock is ticking, like loudly.

    So what’s the blueprint now?

    We asked coach Greener exactly that.

    “Monday we have a team workout. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday practices with film mixed in. Saturday we have a team building activity. Next Monday and Tuesday we practice again. We take a flight next Wednesday and practice again this time in Texas.”

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    AUSTIN MOLINE OF LAS VEGAS AND AAA L.A. KINGS 2005 GOING TO USA NATIONALS

    Austin Moline, a premier defenseman from Las Vegas, scored in the gold medal game this past weekend to help the AAA L.A. Jr Kings 2005 team win in the gold medal game and advance to USA Nationals.

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    Arch Ecker, the voice of the BCHL Wenatchee Wild, is one of the best ever at doing game broadcasts for hometown hockey teams. We asked Arch what other teams has he called games for and he replied…”the AWHL Butte Irish in 1996-2002, Helena BigHorns 2002-06, Santa Fe Roadrunners 2006-7 and then we went to Topeka with them where they played through 2015-16 and from 2016 we’ve been on the BCHL Wenatchee Wild broadcasts.”

    FLASH SATURDAY, MARCH 7 SCORE
    WSHL
    Final Score
    Las Vegas Thunderbirds 1, Fresno Monsters 7
    Las Vegas goal – Linus Lomander (Sweden) – 2nd goal of season – from Egor Khomyakov, Joe Terrana
    Shots on goal – Fresno 38-19
    Las Vegas goalie – Owen Kennedy

    FLASH FRIDAY MARCH 6 SCORES
    BCHL
    Friday Final Score – Vernon Vipers 8, Wenatchee Wild 3
    //Season comes to a close for premier defenseman Jerrett Overland of Las Vegas and the BCHL Wenatchee Wild. Vernon Vipers win the Best of of Five series, 4-1. The great Bliss Littler is the GM/Head Coach of the Wenatchee Wild for eight seasons. The Wild has a great play by play broadcaster in Arch Ecker. The crowd for this game was a big one – 1,979.

    WSHL
    Friday Final Score – Las Vegas Thunderbirds 1, Fresno Monsters 5

    //Joe Terrana scored his 20th goal of the season for the T-Birds in 3rd period; Mikhail Gerasin with the assist
    //Las Vegas had more shots 37-32
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    WSHL LAS VEGAS THUNDERBIRDS VS FRESNO MONSTERS SATURDAY

    The WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds are on the road Saturday, March 7 taking on the Fresno Monsters at the Gateway Ice Center. Top goal scorers for the T-Birds are Joe Terrana 20, Nikolas Sotiriou 19 and Anthony Rodriguez 18. Fresno’s season record is 33-13-2. The T-Birds in their debut season are 26-21-2. Game time is 6 pm.

    http://www.wshlstats.com/live_scoreboard.php

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    Las Vegas Weekend Goal Scorers – March 6-8, 2019
    1 – Brenden Fehlig, NA3HL Coulee Region Chill – La Crosse, Wisconsin
    1 – Linus Lomander, WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds
    1 – Austin Moline, AAA L.A. Jr Kings 2005
    1 – Joe Terrana, WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds

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    Down 3-1 in a Best of Seven playoff series premier defenseman Jerrett Overland of Las Vegas and the BCHL Wenatchee Wild are in a must win game tonight — Friday — against the Vernon Vipers at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee, Washington. The great Bliss Littler is the GM/Head Coach of the BCHL Wenatchee Wild. There will be $1 hot dogs and $1 soft drinks at this game.

    The Anthony Greener-coached UNLV Rebels are seeded 15th in a field of 20 teams and will take on big rival Arizona State in a first-round game in the ACHA D1 Nationals which is set March 19 at the Comercia Center – formerly known as the Dr. Pepper Center – in Frisco, Texas. ASU is seeded #18.

    Coach Greener said “…little upset winning the last three games and dropping two spots in the rankings but there is nothing we can do about it. We can use it as ammo. ASU is going to be tough for us for sure. They are a rough team with a lot of energy. We will have to play them tough and stick to our game plan. We definitely have our hands full.”

    Today’s #1 Most Read Story – A Look at UNLV’s Brendan Manning by Bethany Drysdale, Kat Craner and Christina Oka. This has been the #1 most read story for three straight weeks. Bethany Drysdale is a two-time Vegas Hockey Writer of the Year and the interviewing/writing team of Bethany, Kat and Christina is the best all-time on Vegas Hockey.

    Ash Printzen of Las Vegas scored for AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u in a big 3-2 OT win over Honeybaked girls 19u in a Michigan State Playoff Game..

    The Golden Ones – the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – will take on the AA L.A. Jr Kings 16u in Las Vegas on March 21 (9:15 am Sobe Ice Arena, 3:30 pm Las Vegas Ice Center) and March 22 9:15 am faceoff at the Sobe Ice Arena…Jimmy Samuels, who played youth hockey in Las Vegas and later played a season with ACHA D3 Kansas University, will graduate from KU this spring with a degree in Film….. The Ticker is told that Las Vegas goal scorer Vito Carlo, out since the loss of his dear hockey mom Rosie, will be back onto the ice next season….Michael McNicholas of Las Vegas during the weekend scored his 10th goal of the season and dealt an assist for the ECHL Maine Mariners in a 6-4 loss to the South Carolina Stingrays…..It looks like the new AHL Golden Knights minor league team will play at The Orleans Arena here in town next season. The Golden Knights bought the AHL San Antonio Rampage franchise..RIP to #88 Sean Fox, a tremendous Las Vegas player in his era for Rob Pallin-coached tier teams. There is an family rememberence for him – Sean passed in 2018.