Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day

“Years ago when we played junior hockey for Victoria Salsa, Billings Bulls and Fairbanks Ice Dogs we went into many sold out arenas filled with passionate fans for their home teams. Some fans like in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island really gave it to us – pounding on the glass, saying some pretty bad things, trying to get you and your team rattled. 

“As a player you need to welcome and embrace these situations and find a way to take away the passion of those fans and their teams.

“Scoring early goals will help, get control of the game, win the game.

“It’s hard, but together as a team you can do it.”

—  Eddie Samuels quoted on Vegashockey.com (our former website)

Las Vegas Defenseman Gabriel Testa to NA3HL Long Beach Sharks in New York

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas defenseman Gabriel Testa, 18, has signed with the NA3HL Long Beach Sharks in New York.  Long Beach plays in a division with the Cape Cod Islanders, Maine Wild, New England Stars and Northeast Generals.  Long Beach will open its season vs the Maine Wild on the September 8-9 weekend.

Last season Gabriel played with the WSHL Fresno Monsters who qualified for the league playoffs.  Gabriel had 4 goals, 3 assists with Fresno.

Gabriel is listed at 5’10, 185. He has won the Vegas Hockey ‘Best Defenseman’ Award for two straight seasons.

Las Vegas Players Away from Home – 2018-19

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Brendan Harris of Las Vegas and NCAA Bemidji State on the move….

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Las Vegas players away from home 2018-19 season

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ERIK ATCHISON, AAA PHOENIX JR COYOTES 16U

ANTHONY BONALDI, AAA ARIZONA BOBCATS 18U

GIA AVALONE, AAA ANAHEIM LADY DUCKS 16U

BRENNAN BLASZCZAK, NCAA UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA-FAIRBANKS

SKYLUR CAMERON, BURNABY BC WINTER HOCKEY CLUB

VITO CARLO, NA3HL ATLANTA CAPITALS

CHRIS FRANCIS, ECHL TULSA OILERS

LUKE FUNDATOR, AAA ARIZONA BOBCATS 16U

TY GARTZE, USPHL PREMIER DECATUR BLAZE

BRENDAN HARRIS, NCAA BEMIDJI STATE

AJ LACKAS, AAA COLORADO THUNDERBIRDS 15U ELITE

BRADEN LAPLACA, AAA ARIZONA BOBCATS 18U

MICHAEL MCNICHOLAS, MANGLERUD STAR – NORWAY

NICHOLAS MCPHERSON, LUND GIANTS HC D2 – SWEDEN

JERRETT OVERLAND, AAA ANAHEIM JR DUCKS 18U

ZACH POCHIRO, ECHL ALLEN AMERICANS – TEXAS

ASH PRINTZEN, AAA DETROIT HONEYBAKED 19U

CODY PRINTZEN, WSHL FRESNO MONSTERS

GAGE QUINNEY, AHL CHICAGO WOLVES

LANDON QUINNEY, QMJHL SAINT JOHN SEADOGS

JOEY RAATS, NCAA ARIZONA STATE

BRYCE REDDICK, CARDIFF DEVILS – BRITISH ELITE LEAGUE

JOE SULLIVAN, ECHL MANCHESTER MONARCHS

DEREK SUTLIFFE, SPHL MACON MAYHEM – GEORGIA

CAMERON SYLVESTER, USPHL PREMIER HAMPTON ROADS WHALERS – VIRGINIA

GABRIEL TESTA, NA3HL LONG BEACH SHARKS – NEW YORK

HUNTER TOMS, AAA L.A. JR KINGS PEEWEE TEAM

CORY WARD, ECHL MANCESTER MONARCHS

MIKE YOCHUM, CANISUS COLLEGE ACHA D1 – BUFFALO NY

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Breaking News – Adam Stio of Las Vegas New GM of SPHL Evansville Thunderbolts

Monday, August 6, 2018

By Lee Samuels

Adam Stio, team owner and GM of the Las Vegas Cavalry last season, is the new General Manager of the Evansville Thunderbolts who play in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). Adam said one of the rostered players is Stefan Brucato who is the brother of Las Vegas skater Kody Holmes “who was my go to player with the Cavalry.” 

“This opportunity is a dream come true,” Adam said.

Adam previously was GM of a roller rink in Las Vegas which had many high level tournaments. More recently he was the owner and GM of the Las Vegas Calvary professional ice hockey team which played before big hometown crowds at the City National Arena near the Red Rock Hotel-Casino.

The Evansville team plays its home games at the Ford Center. The season will open vs Knoxville on October 19.

Flashback 2001 – The Hidden Trophy at the SoBe Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive

Hometown hockey people walk by it every day – the hidden trophy inside the SoBe Ice Arena lobby area. When you walk through the glass rink doors, look to your right where there is a large trophy case. On the lower level, in the center, is a large brown mountain-like trophy. For those who played in this historic game – and those Las Vegas fans who were there – beating Shattuck St. Mary’s in a midget level game at that time was unforgettable. Our hometown scorekeeper Dan Shiode could hardly speak when he shouted in the statistics that incredible day.

12.09.2001
It’s Las Vegas vs. Arvada For the Silver Sticks ‘Gold’
JOSH JASEK SCORES AT 0:47, AA MUSTANGS SHOCK SHATTUCK 3-2!!!

By Lee Samuels

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, center Josh Jasek, slammed in a super-clutch shot with 0:47 left lifting Rob Pallin’s Las Vegas skaters to a stunning 3-2 win over Shattuck St. Mary’s of Minnesota on Sunday morning.

“There was a celebration that I’ve never seen before in our bleachers,” said Mustangs stat-keeper Dan Shiode. “Lots of embracing, some of our parents even 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…”

It was by far the biggest win in club history, which also sent the 31-3-2 Mustangs 17-and-under midget ice team to the Silver Sticks championship game.

And as good as Shattuck was, three-time defending champion Arvada is even better. Arvada is regarded as the top Tier II in the nation.

The Mustangs square off vs. Arvada today at 3:20 p.m. in the gold medal game at the Promenade Ice Center.

The win over Shattuck was a super-sweet one, for many reasons. Coach Pallin grew up in Minnesota, playing hockey as a schoolboy on elite travel teams which had games in “cold barns” as he called those rinks.

Also, Mustangs defenseman Justin Johnson and goalie Paul Lowden played in the Shattuck system last winter. Johnson was a skater on this very same team. Lowden was a goalie on a different Shattuck team.

And, Shattuck didn’t exactly welcome Johnson back onto the ice either.

He was immediately roughed up by Shattuck enforcers, with finally a penalty being called against Shattuck midway through the first period.

That resulted in a power play goal from Adam Naglich, with assists from Jasek and Johnson at 8:20 of the first.

Naglich scored again, this time from Jasek and Eddie Samuels with 6:21 to play in the first.

That made it 2-0, Las Vegas. Shattuck stormed back, scored twice and as stat-keeper Dan Shiode described the third period “as swinging back and forth…..I don’t think anyone knew what was going to happen.

In the final minute, Naglich made a rush, spotted Jasek in the slot area and ripped a pass.

There, history was made…..Jasek fired in a wrist shot for the dramatic game-winning goal.

Lowden, who hasn’t lost a game this season (9-0-1), got the win in the net.

It was also Las Vegas’ 10th straight win, tying a club record.

Tonight, goalie Cody Fulwiler (22-3-1, 1.20) gets the call against Arvada.

Shattuck St. Mary’s, Minnesota 1 1 0 – 2
Las Vegas Mustangs (31-3-2) 2 0 1 – 3
LV-Adam Naglich (Josh Jasek, Justin Johnson)
LV-Adam Naglich (Josh Jasek, Eddie Samuels)
LV-Josh Jasek (Adam Naglich)
Shots – Shattuck 24-21 Goalie — Paul Lowden, 9-0-1.

Weekend final scores
AA Silver Sticks
Arvada 7, Pikes Peak Jr. Tigers 2
Las Vegas Mustangs 3, Shattuck St. Mary’s 2

AA Midgets
Phoenix Firebirds 6, San Jose Jr. Sharks 5

From the Blue Line, Lee
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