FEB 26 BREAKING NEWS – UNLV KEEPS #13 SPOT IN NEW ACHA D1 RANKINGS

2019-2020 ACHA Men’s Division 1 Ranking #17

Rank

School Name

M1 Record

Previous

1

Adrian

25-2-0

1

2

Liberty

29-4-0

2

3

Lindenwood

23-7-0

3

4

Ohio

22-8-4

6

5

Minot State

15-4-3

5

6

Michigan-Dearborn

25-6-2

4

7

Stony Brook

20-9-1

9

8

Arizona

23-4-3

7

9

Indiana Tech

25-7-1

8

10

Central Oklahoma

26-9-2

12

11

Jamestown

20-5-0

11

12

Davenport

16-11-0

10

13

Nevada-Las Vegas

19-13-1

13

14

Drexel

25-2-5

15

15

Illinois

19-10-3

17

16

Calvin

15-5-2

14

17

Arizona State

23-9-1

20

18

Pittsburgh

26-4-0

18

19

Aquinas

22-10-2

16

20

Oklahoma

18-11-0

19

21

Robert Morris Illinois

17-14-4

22

22

Delaware

20-14-1

21

23

New York

10-12-2

25

24

Iowa State

18-15-3

23

25

Oakland

19-9-2

24

 

Las Vegas Roller Hockey Teams Heading to SoCal Today for NARCh Western Regional

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

A number of Las Vegas roller hockey teams today are gearing up and heading to the NARCh Western Regional today. Games will be played at roller rinks in SoCal – Irvine and Corona.

Brendan Harris of Las Vegas has signed with the ECHL Wheeling Nailers. He has graduated from NCAA Bemidji State where he had 9 goals, 14 assists in his senior season.

//Update – Brendan will wear jersey #19 for the ECHL Wheeling Nailers.

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Darion Conaway announced that the Sin City Barons are sending two high-powered roller hockey teams – 21u, 18u – to the NARCh Western Regional this weekend at roller rinks in Corona, Ca. and Irvine, Ca. Hunter Barto and Darion will coach the 18u roller team. Star Las Vegas defenseman Steven Avalone will play for the Sin City Barons 21u roller team.

Sin City Barons 21u platinum team – Darion Conaway, Hunter Barto, Steven Avalone, Matti Lempiamen, Terry Glynn, Nathan Valdez, Alan Yu, Rashi Patel, goalie Justin Lake –First game – vs Tour Roadrunners, Friday, 8:30 pm @Irvine rink

Sin City Barons 18u team – AJ Lackas, Deric Prier, Kevin Hanley, Chase McCrossan, Joseph Ballesteros, Caden Thorne, Andrew Cervantes, Alex Kuntz

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These are the lines Las Vegas coach Matt Abraham has put together for the KamaGraf RoyalOnes roller team at the NARCh Western Regional this weekend. There are quite a few Las Vegas star players on this team.

Matt Abraham, Joey Kaszupski, Al Mono, Ian Wong

Cory Ward, Keith Abraham, Parker Moskal, Eric Wakefield

Duane Jones, Andy White, Garrett Vincent, Hamilton Whyte

Goalie Patrick Pugliese

First game, Friday 5 pm – KamaGraf RoyalOnes vs Stingrays

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Breaker – Zach Pochiro of Las Vegas is the top scorer for the ECHL Fort Wayne Komets with 11 goals, 10 assists, 21 points, +5 on the ice

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2020-21 Las Vegas Goal Scorers Away from Home – 33 goals – Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006; 31 – Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006; 20 – Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006; 18 – Hunter Barto, USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose; 18 – Moore Gunner NA3HL Atlanta Capitals; 18 -Matthew Gross, AAA Arizona Coyotes 18u; 13 – Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u; 11 – Zach Pochiro, ECHL Fort Wayne Komets; 9 -Brendan Harris, NCAA Bemidji State; 7 – Austin Moline, NAPHL NorthStar Knights, Minnesota; 7 – Aidan McNabb, USPHL Carolina Jr Hurricanes; 6 – Michael McNicholas, ECHL Tulsa Oilers; 6 -Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel; 4 – Dylan Miller, ACHA D2 Lindenwood; 2 – Brennan Blasczak, SPHL Penascola Ice Flyers; 2 – Hunter Keech, USPHL Premier Motor City Hockey Club; 2 – Tristan Nelson, USPHL Elite Northern Cyclones; 1 – Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs; 1 – Vito Carlo, University of Franklin Pierce; 1 -Dom Garcia, NCAA Arizona State; 1 -Bryce Reddick, ECHL Greenville Swamp Rabbits; 1 – Noah Smejkal, NA3HL Northeast Generals; 1 – Cameron Sylvester, USPHL Premier Hampton Roads Whalers

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Breaker – In the NA3HL Fraser Cup Gold Medal game on Monday the North Iowa Bulls beat the Rochester Grizzlies by 5-1 at the St. Peter’s Rec Place in Missouri.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced that the Vegas Jr. Golden Knights have been accepted as full-time Tier 1 members of the NAPHL for the 2021-22 season. The organization will field Tier 1 teams at the 16U and 14U levels in the NAPHL.

For the past two seasons, the Vegas Jr. Golden Knights have played in the NAPHL’s Showcase Division at the 16U and 14U levels. The Vegas Jr. Golden Knights are dedicated to the development of youth hockey in the city of Las Vegas and state of Nevada. They are committed to providing their hockey players and families an environment where young athletes can develop on and off the ice while learning the value of teamwork, competition, sportsmanship, discipline, respect, self-esteem, hard work and integrity – in a safe and fun environment. They are dedicated to the growth and development of the game in their city and aim to foster a community spirit among our players, families, coaches and officials.

“This is a great addition to the NAPHL’s Tier 1 West Division as we continue to help facilitate the growth and development of programs like the Vegas Jr. Golden Knights. They have represented themselves very well at our events the past two seasons and we are confident they will be able to be a competitive organization at the Tier I level,” stated NAPHL Director Tony Zasowski. “We look forward to watching their evolution to our Tier 1 16U and 14U Divisions and look forward to seeing them at more of our events.”

Matt Johnson will serve as the 16U head coach, while Wally Lacroix will serve as the 14U head coach. Johnson is entering his fourth year in the Vegas Jr. Golden Knights program and has become increasingly instrumental in defining the Skills Progression Path throughout the Hockey Club. His passionate approach is tailor-made for this age group and competitive level. Lacroix has been in the program since its inception coaching the 16U team. He won a USA Hockey National Championship two years ago – a tremendous accomplishment in just the second year of the Vegas Jr. Golden Knights Hockey Club existence. Coach Lacroix brings a wealth of experience to the role and is one of the most well-known and respected hockey figures in the area.

“The Vegas Jr. Golden Knights Hockey Club is thrilled to be part of the NAPHL Tier 1 League for the upcoming 2021-22 season. We appreciate the incumbent members for having the faith in us to build a quality program in Vegas. Having the consistently high level of competition provided by the NAPHL is a big part of the program’s development,” said Darren Eliot, Executive Director of the Vegas Jr. Golden Knights.

For more information on the Vegas Jr. Golden Knights, please visit their website

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Buffalo, NY – Jason Zucker of Las Vegas scored off an offensive zone faceoff for the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres here at the Key Bank Center here on Sunday evening. Jason in his NHL career has 150 goals, 121 assists.

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Las Vegas – Gage Quinney of Las Vegas and the AHL Henderson Silver Knights take on the Tuscon Roadrunners tonight on the ice Sunday 5 pm at The Orleans Arena on Tropicana Avenue. Gage this season has 10 goals, 5 assists for 15 points and is +7 on the ice. He has 3 game-winning goals, 3 powerplay goals, and 3 short-handed goals – what a season for Gage a hometown star.

//Final Score – Tucson wins 4-2

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NA3HL Final 4 – St. Peter’s Rec Place, Missouri

Anthony Rodriguez of Las Vegas and Oklahoma City Blazers vs North Iowa Bulls

//Final Score – North Iowa Bulls win 2-1 – advance to Gold Medal game

Luke Fundator of Las Vegas and Sheridan Hawks vs Rochester Grizzlies

//Final Score – Rochester Grizzlies win 7-1 – advance to Gold Medal game

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Monday – Gold Medal Game

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

The USPHL Premier gave the USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds a massive number of All-Star awards. It’s all right here..

https://www.usphl.com/news_article/show/1158309#.YHkFauKdDuA.link

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Saturday NA3HL Fraser Cup Championships Scores – St. Peter’s Rec-Place, Missouri

Noah Smejkal of Las Vegas and Northeast Generals vs North Iowa Bulls

//Final Score – North Iowa Bulls 8, Northeast Generals 1

Anthony Rodriguez of Las Vegas and Oklahoma City Blazers vs Texas Brahmas

//Final Score – Oklahoma City Blazers 5, Texas Brahmas 1 – major win in this tournament

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Las Vegas – Gage Quinney, who grew up playing youth hockey at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue, scored two goals – including the OT game-winner – for the AHL Henderson Silver Knights in a 2-1 OT win over the Tucson Roadrunners on Thursday night at The Orleans Arena on Tropicana Avenue. Gage’s first goal goal was short-handed with an assist from Cody Glass, his game-winning goal was assisted by Cody Glass and Ryan Murphy. Gage has 9 goals this season. Gage, Cody and Silver Knights goalie Logan Thompson were selected as ‘Stars of the Game.’

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NA3HL Fraser Cup Championship

Friday Game Schedule St. Peter’s Rec-Place, Missouri

Luke Fundator of Las Vegas and Sheridan Hawks vs North Iowa Bulls

//North Iowa Bulls win 2-1 in OT

Anthony Rodriguez of Las Vegas and Oklahoma City Blazers vs Rochester Grizzlies

//Rochester Grizzlies win 3-1

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Thursday Game Schedule

Noah Smejkal of Las Vegas and Northeast Generals vs Goalie Luke Fundator of Las Vegas and Sheridan Hawks

//Final score – Sheridan Hawks win 13-2

//Final score Rochester Grizzlies 4, Texas Brahmas 3

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It wasn’t that long ago when Noah Smejkal of Las Vegas played for the Vegas Jr Golden Knights High School Team. His coaches were Daryl Wademan and the Zucker brothers – Evan and Adam. Now Noah is playing for the powerful NA3HL Northeast Generals in Attleboro, Mass, who are heading to the big NA3HL Fraser Cup Championships at the St. Peter’s Rec Place in Missouri. These will be unquestionably the biggest games of the season.

And how exactly did Noah initially connect with the Northeast Generals?

“We reached out, sent a video of me on the ice, they liked what they saw and we got invited to their training camp and we made the team. We are a forward at right wing. Our head coach is Daryl Locke and our assistant coach is Bryan Erickson,” Noah said. “During the regular season we primarily played the Eastern teams – so we did not play against teams like the Sheridan Hawks (Luke Fundator) or the Oklahoma City Blazers (Anthony Rodriguez)

There are two pools of team – Pool A, Pool B – with two other Las Vegas players included as well.

Pool A

Sheridan Hawks – Las Vegas goalie Luke Fundator

Northeast Generals – Noah Smejkal of Las Vegas

North Iowa Bulls

Pool B

Rochester Grizzlies

Texas Brahmas

Oklahoma City Blazers – Anthony Rodriguez of Las Vegas

And who do Noah and the Northeast Generals play first on Thursday of this week.

They play the Sheridan Hawks who have several goalies including Luke Fundator of Las Vegas.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2020

Breaker –

U14 defensemen Kaden Mulcahy and Hunter Toms of the Matt Johnson-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights have been selected to the 2020-21 NAPHL showcase division, First and Second team All-Star selections, respectively. Mulcahy is a defensive defenseman who plays a physical game. His long reach, awareness and grit has made him an integral part of the penalty kill. Coming into his own on the offensive side, Kaden has developed into a  power play specialist utilizing his heavy shot from the point. He has evolved into an offensive weapon with 16 goals and 14 assists. He was also named defenseman of the month for October. Toms, is an offensive defenseman who has great poise with the puck. He returns to Vegas this year after spending two seasons with the LA Jr. Kings 2006 AAA team. Toms’ stability at the blue line has led him to be an  important piece of the penalty kill. While his vision and poise has allowed him to be an offensive threat on the power play, playing both offense and defensive position, putting up 11 goals and 19 assists. Both Toms and Mulcahy were part of the Vegas squirt team that won the prestigious Squirt international tournament in Fargo North Dakota in the top division. Mulcahy’s peewee team made it to the Semi Finals of the Quebec Peewee international Tournament in the AA division. Toms, meanwhile, captured the Quebec tournament as a member of the LA Jr. Kings

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Sunday Breaker – Erik Atchison of Las Vegas last night scored his 3rd goal of the season for the WHL Spokane Chiefs. Erik, 18, has seven points in his last 3 games while skating in his 100th WHL game of his career.

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Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – In a Sunday morning shocker Casey Berninger with the clock ticking down to 0:01 drove to the net, cracked the puck in from the left post area to score a game-breaker goal as the final horn sounded for the Matt Johnson coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights bantams in a 3-2 win over Arizona State Champions AA Arizona Jr Coyotes 14u at the Pepsi Arena on North Rancho Drive. Both of these team will play in the U.S. Nationals.

Earlier in the game Carter Adams scored twice for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u. Vegas goalie Kam Laskaska was very strong in this firefight.

Coach Johnson said “….this was a huge momentum win for us. At this age consistancy is the most important factor. It was nice to play at home in front of our hockey families and give them a good showing.”

In the second game Sunday at the Pepsi, the AA Park City Miners 16u of Utah nudged the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u 2-1. Micah Williamson, a big powerful forward, scored for coach Wally Lacroix’s team. This was a tough, entertaining battle in all three periods. After the game the Utah parents said it would be a three hour journey to get home.

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Saturday, April 10, 202

By Lee Samuels

Las Vegas -Goalie Jonny Ng is a Shining Star – special and unique – playing for coach Wally Lacroix’ AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights. The way Ng defends is something to see – or as his hockey mom Shauna says – “if he sees the puck coming in he will stop the puck.”

Ng has good size – 6’1, 185 – playing for Lacroix – who has won many Vegas Hockey Coach of the Year Awards – playing in a challenging season with a totally rebuilt club. The AA Park City Miners 16u won 4-0 before a pretty big crowd at the Pepsi Arena on North Rancho Drive.

Ng, from Henderson, NV, began playing the game at the age of six.

His goalie hockey stick is a Bauer Supreme 35 Pro.

And while we were chatting with hockey mom Shauna a hockey scout joined us at the Pepsi Ice Arena rinkboards.

“We drove here from Utah to see your son play today. He sees the puck very well and in the heat of action stays very calm. We like everything about him and would to have him with us next season.”

It was Nick Dreyer, Assistant GM, with USPHL Premier Ogden Mustangs – a dynamic hockey program.

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By Lee Samuels

Las Vegas – For years AAA/AA Utah-based tier teams have come here with a rough physical edge to their game. This weekend the AA Park City Ice Miners 16u of Utah are coming into Las Vegas to take on the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u in a 3-game weekend series. On Saturday games are 10 am, 5:30 pm and on Sunday 10 am. All games are at the Pepsi Arena on North Rancho Drive. Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen, whose hockey Jason was a big goal scorer years ago, says he “cannot wait” to see these games.

April 10-12 Weekend Scores

Saturday

AA 16u – Head Coach Wally Lacroix, Vegas Jr Golden Knights

AA Park City Ice Miners 16u 4, Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u 0

2nd game – Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u 4, AA Park City Ice Miners 16u 1

//VGK head coach Wally Lacroix said “…great effort from our entire group. We rallied as a group and competed at a high level. Our goalies shared the duties and played well. We followed the structure – it was fun to watch a completely different team.”

Next game – Sunday, 10 am – AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u vs AA Park City Ice Miners 16

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AA 14uHead Coach Matt Johnson, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights

AA Arizona Jr Coyotes 14u 4, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u 1

Las Vegas goal – Zach Gay

AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u 6, AA Arizona Jr Coyotes 14u 2

Las Vegas goals – Connor Beers 2, Finn McNabb, Hunter Toms, Jesse Brewer, Brandon Cabral

Next Game, Sunday, 8 am, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u vs AA Arizona Jr Coyotes 14u

The T-Birds are returning to action here in Las Vegas for the 21-22 hockey season.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Breaker – Erik Atchison of Las Vegas and the WHL Spokane Chiefs scored a go-ahead goal on a powerplay and was named the ‘Player of the Game’ against the WHL Seattle Thunderbirds. It was Erik’s 2nd goal of the season.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Special to Vegas Hockey – Goal scorer and very popular Michael McNicholas of Las Vegas and the ECHL Indy Fuel today was dealt to the ECHL Tulsa Oilers. McNicholas, 27 and listed at 5’10, 180, was traded for Brent Gates. McNicholas has 6 goals, 10 assists this season. Gates has 6 goals, 12 assists. Gates played a few games with the AHL San Diego Gulls earlier this season. The Tulsa Oilers are affiliated with the NHL Anaheim Ducks and the AHL San Diego Gulls. The Tulsa head coach is the great Rob Murray who years ago was head coach six seasons with the powerful ECHL Alaska Aces. When then Aces shut down operations, coach Rob was hired by the Tulsa Oilers.

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Monday, April 5, 2021

Las Vegas goalie Luke Fundator with the NA3HL Sheridan Hawks in Wyoming and goal scorer Anthony Rodriguez of Las Vegas and the NA3HL Oklahoma City Blazers are back in best-of-three playoff action this week. On Thursday Luke and the Sheridan Hawks will play the NA3HL Great Falls Americans. On Friday Anthony and the Oklahoma City Blazers will meet the Texas Brahmas – who just rubbed out the Atlanta Capitals in the playoffs – at the NY/TEX Sports Center in North Richland Hills, Texas.

NA3HL Playoffs – Best of Three

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Luke Fundator of Las Vegas and Sheridan Hawks at Great Falls Americans @Great Falls Ice Plex, Great Falls, Montana

Friday, April 9, 2021

Luke Fundator of Las Vegas and Sheridan Hawks vs Great Falls Americans @Whitney Rink inside M&M Center, Sheridan, Wyoming

Anthony Rodriguez of Las Vegas and Oklahoma City Blazers vs Texas Brahmas @NYTEX Sports Centre, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Special to Vegas Hockey

The Vegas Jr Golden Knights have announced their Spring Clinics – go to this link or onto the VJGK hockey website

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Sheridan, Wyoming – For Las Vegas goalie Luke Fundator the time is now for him and the NA3HL Sheridan Hawks who open a Best of Three playoff series vs the NA3HL Missoula Jr Bruins here at the Sheridan M and M Ice Center on Friday night. Luke has had an awesome season with a 10-1-0 record, 92.3% save percentage and a 2.21 gaa. The Sheridan Hawks are 39-1-0 this season. Missoula has a record of 21-17-2. Outside the big arena on Friday the temp will be in the upper 40s during Game One of the playoff series.

Friday final score – Sheridan Hawks win Game One, 4-2

Saturday score – Sheridan Hawks win Game Two, 10-1

Luke Fundator of Las Vegas and NA3HL Sheridan Hawks win best of three, 2-0, and advance in playoffs

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NA3HL Playoffs

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Anthony Rodriguez of Las Vegas and Oklahoma City Blazers vs El Paso Rhinos

April 2 – El Paso Rhinos at Oklahoma City Blazers

Final Score – Oklahoma City Blazers win 5-0

April 3 – El Paso Rhinos at Oklahoma City Blazers

Final Score – Oklahoma City Blazers win 7-2

Anthony Rodriguez of Las Vegas and Oklahoma City Blazers win best of three 2-0 and advance in the playoffs

Gunner Moore of Las Vegas and Atlanta Capitals vs Texas Brahmas

April 2 – Atlanta Capitals at Texas Brahmas

Final Score – Texas Brahmas win 6-1

April 3 – Texas Brahmas at Atlanta Capitals

Final Score – Texas Brahmas win 7-0

Texas Brahmas win best of three 2-0; season comes to a close for Gunner Moore and Atlanta Capitals

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Las VegasThe AA Park City Ice Miners 16u are heading here to take on the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u on April 10-11 for three weekend games at the Pepsi Arena here on North Rancho Drive…..

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Our Monday readers are from all parts of the USA and Canada

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Breaker Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin has signed for two more seasons as Head Coach with ESV Kaufbeuren in Germany. “We just signed for next season in Kaufbeuren. I really feel good about our decision. We are the best team in the league the last 30 games – but remember it was a real struggle the first 15 games of the year. I’ve always believed it is not how you start, rather how you finish! We have 5 games before playoffs. I like our chances to win it all. We are led by John Lammers from Vancouver (a 3rd round Dallas Stars draft pick), Tyler Spurgeon from Edmonton (Edmonton draft pick), Branden Gracel from Calgary and Sami Blomqvist from Finland.”

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Ian Williams of Las Vegas and the Wenatchee U18AAA Wolves took part in the ECEL “Play The Beach Spring Classic” over the weekend in West Palm Beach, FL and posted a strong 2-0-2 record at the event.

The showcase opened on Thursday at 5pm for the Wolves with a hard fought 2-1 shootout loss to Elite Hockey Academy. After falling behind 1-0 in the first period, the Wolves answered quickly to tie on a goal by Rylan Marcum with the helper from Andrew Alonzo. “The play from both teams was pretty even throughout the game. We had some good looks, they had some good looks, but we couldn’t find the back of the net”, reported Development Teams Coach Jordan McTaggart. “Both teams had six Power Plays. I think you could say both teams weren’t too happy to give up that many power plays and for us to not score with the man advantage makes it hard to win games.” Coach McTaggart applauded a good overall team effort, and one player in particular stood out for him. “ (Goalie) Braeden Bovey again was our best player; he might have made one of the best gloves saves I have seen in a midget game in a long time.” In the shootout Elite Hockey scored once and it was enough to lock down the win. Back at it bright and early with an 8a faceoff with the Washington Little Caps. Wenatchee got off to a quick start. “We scored the 2nd shift of the game and then sat back and let them dictate the play the first half. Down 3-1 going into the second half (following the ice cut) we came out hard and went up 4-3. They tied it up late in the game to force OT”, said Coach McTaggart. The Little Caps nabbed a 5-4 win with an overtime goal. “Again, I thought we had the better of the chances but a breakdown led to their winning goal.” Wolves goals came from Rylan Marcum, Andrew Alonzo, Kai Belliveau, and Drake Flynn. Braeden Bovey was in net once again for Wenatchee, and he would play every Wolves game in the event. The line of Belliveau, Alonzo and Marcum combined for 7 points in the game.Back on the ice at 1 pm, the Wolves played a strong bounce-back game with a 6-1 win over the PHA Icemen after the tough morning loss. Coach McTaggart: “The guys came out hard and didn’t look back. Hunter Hodgson got his first of the year with a nice top-shelf shot from the point. He’s been good for us all year and it was nice to see him finally get rewarded with one.”

Other Wenatchee goals came from Ian Williams (x2) of Las Vegas, Andrew Alonzo, Kai Belliveau, and Rylan Marcum with Braeden Bovey earning the win.Wenatchee’s showcase slate concluded with a convincing 5-1 win over the 95 Giants (from Attleboro, MA) at 8am on Saturday. Drake Flynn pumped in a pair, with additional goals scored by Kai Belliveau, Jake Measel, and Andrew Alonzo. Goalie Braeden Bovey closed out the week with a sub 2.00 GAA.  

“It was a great way to end the weekend for the Wolves”, claimed Coach McTaggart. “The line of Alonzo, Belliveau, and Marcum took a big step forward and was dominant all weekend long. Bovey again stood tall for us when we got into penalty trouble. Coming away with 6 out of a possible 8 points made for a pretty good first ECEL showcase and hopefully, we can take that momentum into next weekend.”

Next weekend Coach McTaggart referenced has the Wolves visiting the Northwest Stars on Saturday March 27 in Lynnwood, WA for Game 1 of a Best-of-Three schedule. Games 2 and 3 return to the iFiber Rink at Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee on Friday April 2 (5:30p) and Saturday April 3 (9:00a). Both teams are slated to advance to the Tier I Pacific District Tournament to be held in Phoenix April 8-11. The best-of-three will determine seeding as the teams advance.The games in Wenatchee will be streamed live here: https://bit.ly/U18WolvesLive

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Pittsburgh – Jason Zucker of Las Vegas and the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins was back on the ice Monday night in a 2-1 win over the visiting New York Islanders. Jason, wearing his famous #16 jersey, had one shot on goal. Weeks ago Jason had a lower body injury during a game and was placed on a long term injured reserve list. Jason, a 14-time Vegas Hockey Player of the Year, played on the second line with Jared McCann and Evan Rodrigues. The win raised the Penguins season record to 23-11-2. Next on Jason’s schedule: the Penguins have a two-game road series in Boston.

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Update – Matt Johnson’s AAA Tier 1 Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u will have tryouts May 22-23 at City National Arena. Tryout dates will be announced for the Wally Lacroix-coached AAA Tier Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u – those tryouts when announced will also be at City National Arena. Players will register on the Vegas Jr Golden Knights hockey website.

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Las Vegas – Massive breaking news today – The Vegas Jr Golden Knights announced they will play on the AAA/Tier 1 level in 2021-22 season with games at the City National Arena. Matt Johnson will coach the AAA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u, Wally Lacroix will coach the AAA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u. There is tryout information posted on the Vegas Jr Golden Knights hockey website. The last AAA Tier 1 team here was coached by Rob Pallin whose AAA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u went 33-24-5, won the Vancouver Sun Classic tournament, went 2-2-1 at the Tier One Pacific District Championships including a historic 6-5 OT win over the Alaska All-Stars in Fairbanks. Cody Morin was the top goal scorer for the Mustangs during that season. The AAA Las Vegas Mustangs played at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena. Later, Gage Quinney of Las Vegas skated on an 2012-13 AAA Las Vegas Storm 18u team which played home games at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Ave. Gage was signed by the NHL Vegas Golden Knights and is playing with their AHL affiliate team – the AHL Henderson Silver Knights who play home games at the The Orleans Arena on Tropicana Avenue here in town.===

Sunday, March 28, 2021 – This weekend is the final regular season games in the NA3HL. Anthony Rodriguez of Las Vegas is on the roster of the NA3HL Oklahoma City Blazers who are 28-7-2 and have clinched a playoff spot. Anthony and Oklahoma City close out their regular season today in a road game vs the NA3HL Louisana Drillers at the Planet Ice Arena in Lafayette, La.….Best Stat of the Day – Gage Quinney, Las Vegas, AHL Henderson Silver Knights – 7 goals, 5 assists, 12 points, +6 on the ice

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Here are the weekend game scores for the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u. All game were at the St Peters Rec-Plex in Missouri

Friday (Final Score) – AA Anaheim Ice Dogs 16u (17-9-5) 4, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u 2

Saturday – AA Nashville Jr Predators 16u 5, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u 2

Sunday – AA New Mexico Ice Wolves 16u (6-3-0) 3, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 1

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The 2020-21 Hockey Season is over for these Las Vegas Players Away from Home

Hunter Barto, USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose

Vito Carlo, NCAA D3 Franklin Pierce University

Hunter Keech, USPHL Premier Motor City Rockers

Aidan McNabb, USPHL Premier Carolina Jr Hurricanes

Gunner Moore, NA3HL Atlanta Capitals

Tristan Nelson, USPHL Elite Northern Cyclones

Cameron Sylvester, USPHL Hampton Roads Whalers

To contribute here send to leesamuels07@aol.com

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Here is the #1 most searched story of all-time on Vegashockey.net, a story which is searched here every single day. The photos are somewhere in cyberspace but here is the story we filed that day – we will never forget the greatest games at the Santa Fe Station Ice Arena.  The “Hockey Sister” playing music was Jessica Jasek, sister of big goal scorer Josh Jasek. The Hockey Sister was the first to play rock music at the big games – Lee

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Coach Matt Johnson with the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u is No. 1 Most Searched today.

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How to contact Vegas Hockey – leesamuels07@aol.com

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May 17, 2004 – 17 Seasons Ago…


SPECIAL REPORT: SANTA FE STATION ICE ARENA IS HISTORY…

 

By Lee Samuels

LAS VEGAS – That’s it. It’s all over at the Santa Fe Ice Arena.

The figure skaters whirled about at center ice. The hockey skaters, in multi-colored jerseys, did laps around the outside lanes. Rinkboard parents sipped coffee in paper cups and were bunched near the south end. The music was nice and loud.

And all of a sudden, at 4:00 pm, it was over.

There will be no more skating at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena which has been opened since 1991.

 

No more enemy teams coming in. No more big hockey tournaments with those invading, imposing, hard-hitting AAA teams in town. No more Buddy Caron on the Zamboni. No more clanging gates. No more Hockey Sister spinning CDs at faceoffs. No more heading to the Food Court and asking for a slice of the good stuff from Village Pizza. No more walking to Starbucks for a pre-game cup.

Even the big Pepsi scoreboard was dark.

Rink manager Rob Pallin, wearing his new Fiesta Ice Arena Manager badge, proudly showed off new blueprints of the new rink which will open on Rancho Drive this fall.

John J. James, general manager of the Fiesta, said the Santa Fe rinkboards, the thick rink glass and one Zamboni will be heading to a rink in Utah.

And the sheet of ice?

“There are 30,000 gallons of water out there,” said James, peering through the rink glass and looking at the sheet of ice. “So you have start shaving down the ice maybe a half-inch at a time, then begin to melt it down.”

It’s a process which will begin in a day or two.

Meanwhile, no more ice time is scheduled.

“The sign company YesCo will take down the Santa Fe scoreboard and take it to the Fiesta,” James said. “We’ve bought a new Zamboni and we’re taking one from here. We plan to get a front-loader, lift the Zamboni and drive it over to the Fiesta.”

 

Pallin will work out of his office here for the next several weeks before heading to the Fiesta.

“So many things to do,” said Rob. “We’re in a shutdown phase and we need to move a lot of things to the new arena.”

The banners, including the coveted, giant 2001-02 Mustangs Pacific District Champions one, have been taken down and carefully packed.

“The Fiesta is going to a vibrant, brilliant ice arena,” said James, speaking to the rinkboard parents. “We are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a snack bar. Wait until you see it. We will have a community trophy case, on the right side as you walk in. We will have a First Aid Station. We will have 500 seats in the bleachers. The new Arcade will have 23 machines. Hot coffee? We have a contract with Boyd’s and it’s good stuff.

“We’ve got new nets coming in too,” James added.

Still, for many rinkboard parents, who huddled about making small talk here, the rink closure is a total shock.

We’ve been coming into this ice-cold, refrigerator-like arena for years, for practices and for games.

When the Final Skate was almost over, Tanya Root – a Team Mom for so many hockey teams here – took one last look towards the ice and said “I’m heading for Starbucks in the casino…..for one last cup.”

Final Rinkboard Notebook at the Santa Fe – There were over 100 skaters on the ice….then, some of the older skaters stayed over for a pickup game. Sammy Micco was the goalie….Chris Francis, Ryan Krametbauer, Eddie Del Grosso, Eddie Samuels, Josh Odoms, Chad Butcher, Sean Stackhouse, Jeff Root were among those on the ice…Also skating was coach Rob who actually looked pretty sharp….

In the bleachers, for the record, Patty DeGrosso was the last to take photographs….

There are 3 men’s leagues games scheduled to start at 6:00, 7:30 and 9:00 pm Sunday and that’s it – no more games at the Santa Fe….

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Komets' Pochiro named ECHL Player of the Week | Ice Chips | The Journal  Gazette
Zach Pochiro of Las Vegas and ECHL Fort Wayne Komets blasting towards an attack area on the ice

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

By Bethany Drysdale

This past weekend, the Ft Wayne Komets came to Charleston, South Carolina for the first time in 14 seasons. As soon as tickets went on sale, we purchased four seats behind the Ft Wayne bench for two very specific reasons… Zach Pachiro and Brandon Hawkins. Vegas fans are probably familiar with Zach, since he is a local. Brandon is also a good friend of ours, playing previously with Bowling Green State University, Wheeling Nailers, and WBS Penguins. He was signed to play with the Toledo Walleye, but when they opted out of the season, Brandon signed with the Komets. Zach and Brandon are the one-two punch for the Western Conference leading ECHL affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights. Zach leads the Komets with 9 goals and 3 assists this year. While Brandon has 7 goals and 5 assists in their 17 games played.

            Friday night, we witnessed Zach score the lone Komets’ goal in the second period. Although they lost to the Stingrays, my kids did not even notice the score. When Zach scored and came back to the bench, we waved to him and he pointed to the boys. They felt so important, because Zach noticed them. The whole evening was very special to us, as we came home with a broken goalie stick, a stick blade from team captain AJ Jenks, and 2 warm up pucks from Brandon.

            We watched most of Saturday and Sunday’s games online, since we had to be in Pineville, North Carolina for our own mites games. Zach played very well. After being checked in the back by a Rays’ player in the 2nd period of Saturday’s game, Zach let the fists fly. Firing up the Komets’ bench, Zach tried to get some momentum going. Down 4-0 in the third period, Brandon Hawkins scored the first Ft Wayne goal of the game. It would be the only Komet goal as they lost their second game of the weekend 5-1.

            Sunday afternoon, the final game of a 6 game road trip (3 in South Carolina), the Komets struggled once again on the power play. It was Brandon Hawkins getting the boys on the board with 18 seconds left in the first period. Tensions were high all weekend, with multiple fights and penalties. Although the Komets scored 1 more goal Sunday in the third period, it was not enough for the win and dropped their 3rd straight to the Stingrays.

Zach led the team with ice time and was giving it his all each shift. He’s a strong skater who can see pucks into tight spots for quick goals. When hockey gets back to normal, look for Zach to get a call-up to Henderson next season. He has the talent and mindset to make it to the AHL. For more about Zach, watch the interview video of him by Kat Craner, Christina Oka and Shannon Walker on youtube. Same goes for Brandon Hawkins. If you have not been following him, keep an eye on number 7, because he will be another AHL regular next season. And personally I hope he stays with the Golden Knights system, we sure could use the speedy winger in Henderson.

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Monday Games

USPHL Premier/Elite Nationals Gold Medal games Chesapeake, Va

USPHL Nationals Premier

Gold Medal Game

Charlotte Rush 2, Florida Eels 0

USPHL Nationals Elite

Gold Medal Game

Charlotte Rush 6, Charlotte Colonials 5

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Sunday Games

Las Vegas – Gage Quinney of Las Vegas dealt two assists and was +2 on the ice for the AHL Henderson Silver Knights in a 4-0 win over the San Jose Barracuda Sunday at The Orleans Arena on Tropicana Avenue. The great Las Vegas official Ryan Townsend was a linesman in this game. The crowd was 1533.

//Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin, head coach of ESV Kaufburen in Germany – said today “…we have our best record 17-3-0 in our last 20 games. We keep climbing in our standings with eight games to play.”

2020-21 Las Vegas Goal Scorers Away from Home – 47 goals – Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006; 45 – Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006; 31 – Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006; 18 – Hunter Barto, USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose; 18 – Gunner Moore, NA3HL Atlanta Capitals; 18 -Matthew Gross, AAA Arizona Coyotes 18u; 15 – Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u; 12 – Michael McNicholas, ECHL Tulsa Oilers; 11 – Zach Pochiro, ECHL Fort Wayne Komets; 7 – Austin Moline, NAPHL NorthStar Knights, Minnesota; 7 – Aidan McNabb, USPHL Carolina Jr Hurricanes; 6 -Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel; 5 – Dylan Miller, ACHA D2 Lindenwood; 3 – Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs; 2 – Brennan Blasczak, SPHL Penascola Ice Flyers; 2 – Hunter Keech, USPHL Premier Motor City Hockey Club; 2 – Tristan Nelson, USPHL Elite Northern Cyclones; 2 – Ethan Sodoma, NA3HL Texas Roadrunners; – 1 – Vito Carlo, University of Franklin Pierce; 1 -Dom Garcia, NCAA Arizona State; 1 – Jo Jo Heinzelman, AAA Northern Cyclones 18u; 1-Bryce Reddick, ECHL Greenville Swamp Rabbits; 1 -Noah Smejkal, NA3HL Northeast Generals; 1 – Tyler Owens, USPHL Premier Midwest Blackbirds; 1 -Cameron Sylvester, USPHL Premier Hampton Roads Whalers

To contribute here send to leesamuels07@aol.com

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

USPHL Nationals Premier Final 4 – Chesapeake, Va

Florida Eels 4, Aidan McNabb of Las Vegas and Carolina Jr Hurricanes 1

//Season comes to a close for Aidan McNabb whose team Carolina Jr Hurricanes had an awesome run at the USPHL Premier Nationals.

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USPHL Nationals Elite Final 4 – Chesapeake, Va

Final Score Charlotte Rush 4, Tristan Nelson of Las Vegas and Northern Cyclones 1

https://www.usphl.com/view#/game-summary/15187

An amazing season and a deep playoff run comes to a close for the all-heart Tristan Nelson of Las Vegas

Final ScoreCharleston Colonials 5 Richmond Generals 3

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Breaker – Gage Quinney of Las Vegas and the AHL Henderson Silver Knights dealt an assist to linemate Ben Jones who scored in a 5-2 win over the visiting San Jose Barracuda on Saturday night before 1533 at The Orleans Arena on Tropicana Avenue.

Saturday Scores

In a staggering development Tristan Nelson dealt two assists for the Northern Cyclones of New Hampshire who rocked the Jersey Hitman 6-0 to advance to the USPHL Elite Final 4 on Sunday in Chesapeake, Va. Tristan and the Northern Cyclones will take on the Charlotte Rush on Sunday.

SaturdayUSPHL Premier Nationals – Chesapeake, Va

Final Score – Fresno Monsters 8, Hunter Barto of Las Vegas and Minnesota Moose 6

//Hunter had an assist on Minnesota’s 5th goal

Final Score Aidan McNabb of Las Vegas and Carolina Jr Hurricanes 5, Toledo Cherokee 2

//Aidan and the Carolina Jr Hurricanes move on to the Final 4 on Sunday

Final Scores

NA3HL

Gunner Moore of Las Vegas scored his 18th goal for the Atlanta Capitals in a 4-1 road win over Louisana Drillers.

AA 16u

Game One on SaturdayAA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u 5, AA Orange County HC 16u 2 @Pepsi Arena

Game Two on Saturday – AA Tri Valley Blues Devils 16u 2, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u 1

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Friday Scores

//Gillette, Wyoming – Star goalie Luke Fundator of Las Vegas and the NA3HL Sheridan Hawks had 41 saves in a 3-2 win over a very strong Gillette Wild team here on Friday night. Luke this season has a 10-1-0 record with a 2.21 gaa and a 91.3% save percentage.

//That was John Purdy of Las Vegas who blasted a rocket of a shot for the first goal of the game for the Pokey Reddick-coached Faith Lutheran HS Varsity D1 Crusaders in a sold out game vs the Horizon Huskies Varsity D1 from Phoenix on Friday evening at the City National Arena. Faith Lutheran goalie Joey Hallett had a solid night between the pipes allowing just 2 goals on 26 shots. Purdy had two goals, Ean Vitz scored, defenseman Andrew Thornton scored, followed by goals from Danny Ruettiger, then Dominic Shur scored assisted by Andrew Thornton. Faith Lutheran HS Varsity D1 won 6-3 in front of a jammed arena.

It is easy to report scores and game highlights – send to leesamuels07@aol.com

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Las VegasThe Pokey Reddick-coached Faith Lutheran Varsity Division 1 Crusaders will play their first homestand in over a year this Friday night at City National Arena against the Horizon Huskies Varsity D1 from Phoenix. Faith has skated every game on the road this season traveling to Utah, Idaho, Arizona and Texas, compiling a 18-5-5 record.
Friday nights game at CNA sold out in less that 1 hour. A very small handful of tickets has been saved for giveaway. If interested, email flhshockey@gmail.com with your contact information and the # of tickets you are requesting to join the waiting list. Here is a live video link for tonights game.

https://www.cih-media.com/watch-live

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Saturday Games@USPHL Premier Nationals in Chesapeake, Va

Hunter Barto of Las Vegas and Minnesota Moose vs Fresno Monsters

Aidan McNabb of Las Vegas and Carolina Jr Hurricanes vs Toledo Cherokee

Saturday Game@USPHL Elite Nationals in Chesapeake, Va

Tristan Nelson of Las Vegas and USPHL Northern Cyclones 6, Jersey Hitman 0

Friday Games @USPHL Premier Nationals in Chesapeake, Va

Hunter Barto of Las Vegas and Minnesota Moose vs Aidan McNabb of Las Vegas and Carolina Jr Hurricanes

Final – Hunter Barto and Minnesota Moose 3, Aidan McNabb and Carolina Jr Hurricanes 2

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Friday game – Tristan Nelson Las Vegas and USPHL Elite Northern Cyclones vs Tampa Bay Juniors

Final in Overtime It was a 2-2 OT final score

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Thursday Games @ USPHL Premier Nationals in Chesapeake, Va.

Hunter Barto of Las Vegas and the USHL Premier Minnesota Moose and Aidan McNabb of Las Vegas and the USPHL Premier Carolina Jr Hurricanes each begin play today – Thursday, March 18 – in the USPHL Premier Nationals in Cheasapeake, Va.

//FinalToledo Cherokee 4, Hunter Barto and Minnesota Moose 2

//Final Aidan McNabb and Carolina Jr Hurricanes 8, Fresno Monsters 6 – Aidan one assist

Tristan Nelson of Las Vegas is playing with the USPHL Elite Northern Cyclones which are also in action at the USPHL Nationals. The Northern Cyclones are based in Hudson, New Hampshire. Tristan and the Northern Cyclones will take on the Richmond Generals today.

//Final – Richmond Generals 4, Tristan Nelson and Northern Cyclones 3 – Tristan Nelson two assists

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Weekend Home Games for the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

Friday, March 19 – AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u 4, AA Tri Valley Blue Devils 16u 0

Saturday, March 20- AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u 5, AA Orange County HC 16u 2

Saturday, March 20 – vs AA Tri-Valley Blue Devils 16u from Dublin, Ca

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VEGAS HOCKEY FLASHBACK STORY – EIGHT SEASONS AGO

FlashbackNovember 8, 2013

In seven games Jason Zucker of Las Vegas has 3 goals, 3 assists for AHL Iowa Wild who are on the road tonight vs the Rockford Ice Hogs in Illinois

The ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers are off to a slow start, but not like the Bakersfield Condors, 0-6-1. The Condors signed vet goalie Andy Chiodo, 30, to help turn their season the right way. The ironry of this is that the Condors are one of the best marketed teams in hockey, averaging 5,440 fans each home game.  Las Vegas is at Bakersfield on Saturday night.

Chris Jones, Brandon Beebe and Tyler Wilson were the goal scorers for UNLV Rebels in that 3-3 tie against the Santa Clara Broncos last Sunday. It was the first UNLV game at the Ice Center on Flamingo Drive.  Kyle Kimsey was in the net for UNLV.  Tonight, UNLV travels to take on Loyola-Marymount in a two-game weekend series. LMU, like most skilled teams, is very tough on its home ice in Bay Harbor, California. LMU 8-6-0, UNLV goes in with a record of 4-3-1.

Hockey dad Steve Allen of Las Vegas checks in, noting son Jason — who years ago played for the AAA L.A. Jr Kings, AAA San Diego Jr Gulls and AAA Las Vegas Rebels – is now in Wyoming and still hits the ice at local arenas to shake out his game. Yes, Steve reads Vegashockey.net each and every day.

Beau Dommer of Utah is one of leaders in most goals, assists for the AAA Colorado Thunderbirds 18u this season.

AAA Las Vegas Storm alum CJ Stubbs of Utah 2 goals, 5 assists for the CCHL Hawkesbury Hawks in Canada.

There is pro roller action this weekend. On Saturday, the Las Vegas Battalions play at the new roller rink in town at 3585 West Diablo (near Russell and Valley View), taking on the OC Cowboys 3 pm, SJC Bullies 5:30 pm and the Anaheim Bullfrogs 8:50 pm.

The Battalions roster includes star skaters Micah Sanford, Nick Robone, Billy Tufano, Andrew Tamura, Shawn Pearson, Axle Anderton plus three players from Arizona. The goalies are Terry Martin and Eric Hernandez.

Roller player Alex Wilson’s grandmother GG recovering nicely from replacement hip surgery. She has watched Alex’s games while at the rinkboards at Crystal Palace on North Rancho Drive for years.

The teams which get the most hits and views here on Vegashockey.net are Anthony Greener’s AA Las Vegas Jr Wranglers 18u and the UNLV Rebels roller team which is off to a big 7-3-0 start in Division One college.  There is a huge roller readership here.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Two Las Vegas players – Hunter Barto of the USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose and Aidan McNabb of the USPHL Premier Carolina Jr Hurricanes – have advanced to the USPHL Premier Nationals. Here is their game schedules.

Hunter Barto, Las Vegas, USPHL Minnesota Moose @ USPHL Premier Nationals

Thursday, March 18 – Minnesota Moose vs Toledo Cherokee @Chilled Ponds Sentara Healthcare Rink, Chesapeake, Va

Friday, March 19 – Minnesota Moose vs Aidan McNabb of Las Vegas and Carolina Jr Hurricanes @Chilled Ponds Optima Rink, Chesapeake, Va

Saturday, March 20 – Minnesota Moose vs Fresno Monsters @Chilled Ponds Optima Rink, Chesapeake, Va.

Aidan McNabb, Las Vegas, USPHL Premier Carolina Jr Hurricanes

Thursday, March 18 – Carolina Jr Hurricanes vs Fresno Monsters @Chilled Ponds Optima Rink, Chesapeake, Va

Friday, March 19 – Carolina Jr Hurricanes vs Hunter Barto and Minnesota Moose @Chilled Ponds Optima Rink, Chesapeake, Va.

Saturday, March 20 – Carolina Jr Hurricanes vs Toledo Cherokee @Chilled Ponds Sentara Rink, Chesapeake, Va.

After these games, teams will be seeded and eliminator games will be scheduled.

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2020-21 Las Vegas Goal Scorers Away from Home – 33 goals – Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006; 31 – Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006; 20 – Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006; 18 – Hunter Barto, USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose; 18 – Moore Gunner NA3HL Atlanta Capitals; 18 -Matthew Gross, AAA Arizona Coyotes 18u; 13 – Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u; 8 – Zach Pochiro, ECHL Fort Wayne Komets; 7 – Austin Moline, NAPHL NorthStar Knights, Minnesota; 7 – Aidan McNabb, USPHL Carolina Jr Hurricanes; 6 – Michael McNicholas, ECHL Tulsa Oilers; 6 -Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel; 4 – Dylan Miller, ACHA D2 Lindenwood; 2 Brennan Blasczak, SPHL Penascola Ice Flyers; 2 – Hunter Keech, USPHL Premier Motor City Hockey Club; 2 – Tristan Nelson, USPHL Elite Northern Cyclones; 1 – Erik Atchison, WHL Spokane Chiefs; 1 – Vito Carlo, University of Franklin Pierce; 1 -Dom Garcia, NCAA Arizona State; 1 -Bryce Reddick, ECHL Greenville Swamp Rabbits; 1 – Noah Smejkal, NA3HL Northeast Generals; 1 – Cameron Sylvester, USPHL Premier Hampton Roads Whalers

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Sunday Game

Irvine, Ca. – Gage Quinney of Las Vegas dealt a game-winning assist to linemate Jimmy Schuldt who scored the decisive goal for the AHL Henderson Silver Knights who beat the AHL San Diego Gulls 3-2 here Sunday at the Five Point Arena @ Great Park Ice.

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Best Tweet of the Day

lasvegastbirds@lasvegastbirdsThank you to everyone who made the Las Vegas T-Birds 20-21 season possible. Even though we played 36 of our 42 games on the road, we finished 27-13-2! #gotbirds#vegashockey#usph

Breaker – Las Vegas goal scorer Hunter Barto and the USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose are one win away to go to the USPHL Premier Nationals. The Minnesota Moose and the Hudson Havoc are tied 1-1 in their Best of Three. On Sunday night the two teams play in their tiebreaker with the winning team to advance. The game is at the Spooner Civic Center in Wisconsin.

Two days ago Aidan McNabb of Las Vegas and the USPHL Premier Carolina Jr Hurricanes qualified for the Nationals.

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The Pokey Reddick-coached Faith Lutheran Varsity Division 1 Crusaders will play their first homestand in over a year this Friday night at City National Arena against the Horizon Huskies Varsity D1 from Phoenix. Faith has skated every game on the road this season traveling to Utah, Idaho, Arizona and Texas, compiling a 18-5-5 record.
Friday nights game at CNA sold out in less that 1 hour. A very small handful of tickets has been saved for giveaway. If interested, email flhshockey@gmail.com with your contact information and the # of tickets you are requesting to join the waiting list.
The game will also be broadcast via live stream with play by play call, the link will be distributed early next week and will be on vegashockey.net as well.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Breaker – Gage Quinney of Las Vegas scored his 7th goal of the season for the AHL Henderson Silver Knights during a 4-2 road loss to the Ontario Reign on Saturday at the Toyota Sports Performance Center in El Segundo, Ca.

Portland, Maine – Vito Carlo of Las Vegas and NCAA Franklin Pierce University scored his first goal in collegiate hockey on Saturday night. “It sure felt amazing,” he said. In this road game Franklin Pierce University lost 6-4 to the University of New England.

Buffalo – Big game scorer Mike Yochum of Las Vegas scored 3 goals for ACHA D1 Canisus in an 8-3 win over Mercyhurst today at the HarborCentre Ice Arena. Mike, a junior, has 4 goals this season. He is one of the captains for Canisus. Next week Mike and ACHA D1 Cansisus take on the University of Buffalo.

Breaker – Hunter Barto of Las Vegas dealt the game-winning assist dealing a pass to linemate Jonah Berstrom who scored in OT as the USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose beat the Hudson Havoc 2-1 on Friday evening. This was Game One of a Best of Three playoff series at the Spooner Civic Center in Wisconsin. The two teams play again Saturday and the winner of this series advances to the USPHL Premier Nationals. On Saturday, the Hudson Havoc won 2-1 in OT over the Hunter Barto and Minnesota Moose.

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Friday, March 12, 2021

Here is a deserving salute to the Las Vegas Thunderbirds 20 year olds who have graduated from junior hockey.

Steven Avalone

Brett Castanguay

Darion Conaway

Jeremiah DeValk

Ethan Knutsen

Anthony Seykora

Tanner Turcotte 

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NARCh Update – California Specific,

We are getting many questions daily about our events in California, as the state has been very slow/cautious to reopen.  Thankfully, that is now changing due to a multitude of positive reasons.

If your team is from outside California and has been hesitant about the NARCh FINALS happening, we feel safe saying the NARCh FINALS are 100% going to happen in July.  Start your preparation to travel to an amazing NARCh FINALS Experience that your team will never forget!   The block schedule and host hotel info can be found here – Finals Info

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Coming up quickly is our NARCh Regional Qualifier set for Irvine on April 22nd-25th.  (Local teams will start Thursday afternoon/evening, out of town teams will start Friday Morning).   This tournament will 100% happen, with one caveat.   We are hoping to use The Rinks in Irvine as our main facility with Corona Inline for overflow.  If for some reason we are not able to use Irvine, the event will strictly be in Corona.

If this happens, we can only fit 65 teams in the tournament, which is just over half the size of our typical Irvine Qualifier with 120 teams.  What that means is that many teams in California that have been waiting for California to open are going to miss out on this tournament due to the simple fact that we don’t have room/rink time.  

We already have many teams registered.  If you are planning to play in this tournament regardless of whether it’s in Irvine or Corona, we suggest YOU REGISTER NOW!  Tournament Registration.  No guarantees on getting in if you don’t.

Having said that, we are hopeful that Irvine is open, and we can also use Corona and accommodate all teams.   We will likely have a firm answer on this next week.

An additional sign of California heading in the right direction, SD Inline Hockey just got word that they can resume their league play with games in San Diego.   This is a 2-rink facility in Escondido owned and operated by the City of Escondido.   A great sign, and also the facility for our tournament on May 14th-16th.  

We have never been more excited and energized about the future of NARCh and hope that your team is planning on participating in an event soon, as well as the ’21 NARCh FINALS!

NARCh Staff

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Big game goal scorer Hunter Barto of Las Vegas and the USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose begin a best of three series with the Hudson Havoc today at the Spooner Civic Center in Wisconsin. The winner of this series advances to the USPHL Nationals. Barto has had an awesome season with 16 goals, 28 assists for 44 points. Game time tonight is 7 pm central.

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Thursday Game

USPHL Premier Pacific Division Gold Medal Game @Gateway Ice Arena, Fresno

Thursday Final Score – Fresno Monsters 7, Las Vegas Thunderbirds 2

Las Vegas goal – Braden Husby 18th

Las Vegas goal – Ethan Knutsen 18th from Peyton Kelly, Heath Mensch

Shots Fresno 37-35

Las Vegas goalie – Anthony Bonaldi; Fresno goalie – Knute Loe

Fresno – On Wednesday in Game One of the USPHL Premier Pacific Division playoffs goalie Anthony Bonaldi got a shutout win for the Las Vegas Thunderbirds who beat the Anaheim Avalanche 4-0 here at the Gateway Ice Center. The T-Birds will next play the Fresno Monsters who beat the San Diego Sabers 6-2 in a Pacific Division Final Four game here on Wednesday.

The big gold medal Pacific Division regional game – Las Vegas Thunderbirds vs Fresno Monsters – is set at the Gateway Ice Center for 2 pm today – Thursday – and the winning team – either the Thunderbirds or the Fresno Monsters – will advance to the USPHL Premier Nationals.

Las Vegas goals in order on Wednesday – Braden Husby 17th from Keith Shenkel, Nate Mohr; Arik Altman 14th from Steven Avalone, Peyton Kelly – powerplay; Arik Altman 15th from Steven Avalone – short-handed; Ethan Knutsen 17th from Peyton Kelly, Francois Breton. Las Vegas raised its season record to 26-13-2.

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FresnoThe Countdown Clock is Ticking for the powerful USPHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds who go into playoff action today – Wednesday – in Fresno. The T-Birds in their first game will take on the USPHL Premier Anaheim Avalanche at the Gateway Ice Arena. Game time for the Thunderbirds is 4:30 pm pacific. In the opposite bracket the Fresno Monsters later in the day will face the San Diego Sabers. The winners of these two games play on Thursday – and that winner advances to the USPHL Premier U.S. Nationals. During the regular season the Fresno Monsters had a record of 28-10-1, Las Vegas was 25-13-2.

Las Vegas Thunderbirds goal scorers this season – 32 goals – Nate Mohr, 20 – Keith Shenkel, 18- Braden Husby; 18 – Ethan Knutsen, 17 – Heath Mensch, 15 – Trey Ponto, 15 – Arik Altman, 13 – Francois Breton, 12 – Brett Castonguay, 11 – AJ Lackas, 8 – Mark Kurliandchyk, 7 – Austin Kerridge, 6 – Steven Avalone, 5 – Cole Senum, 4 – Nick Bonaldi, 4 – Tanner Turcotte, 3 – Anthony Juric, 2 – Nick Dufek, 2 – Caden Thorne, 2 – Petr Teuber, 1 – Jack Boyd, 1 – Trent Carter, 1 – Andre Cervantes, 1 – Darion Conaway, 1 – Kevin Hanly, 1 – Peyton Kelly, 1 – Mark Nowag

Thunderbirds General Manager – Adam Bonaldi; Head Coach – Dave Hrysky

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2020-21 Las Vegas Goal Scorers Away from Home – 33 goals – Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006; 31 – Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006; 20 – Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006; 17 – Matthew Gross, AAA Arizona Coyotes 18u; 17 – Hunter Barto, USPHL Minnesota Moose; 17 -Gunner Moore, NA3HL Atlanta Capitals; 13 – Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u; 8 – Zach Pochiro, ECHL Fort Wayne Komets; 7 – Austin Moline, NAPHL NorthStar Knights, Minnesota; 7 – Aidan McNabb, USPHL Carolina Jr Hurricanes; 6 – Michael McNicholas, ECHL Indy Fuel; 5 -Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel; 4 – Dylan Miller, ACHA D2 Lindenwood; 2 Brennan Blasczak, SPHL Penascola Ice Flyers; 2 – Hunter Keech, USPHL Premier Motor City Hockey Club; 1 – Vito Carlo, University of Franklin Pierce; 1 -Dom Garcia, NCAA Arizona State; 1 -Bryce Reddick, ECHL Greenville Swamp Rabbits; 1 – Noah Smejkal, NA3HL Northeast Generals; 1 – Cameron Sylvester, USPHL Premier Hampton Roads Whalers

To add here, revise or update send to leesamuels07@aol.com

VEGAS JR. GOLDEN KNIGHTS

Vegas Jr Golden Knights Essay Contest
The Vegas Jr. Golden Knights are offering an “end of the season” essay contest as a creative
outlet for players to express how hockey has impacted their lives and communities during the
Covid-19 pandemic. The contest is open to all members of the Vegas Jr. Golden Knights travel
teams. There will be a winner and runner-up from each age division (10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, and
HS).
Entrants should select from the following themes:
• Team – When you play on a team, you look out for and help each other. During the
pandemic, you may have made a different team with your family or friends in your
neighborhood. Write about your new team and how you have helped each other.
• What Sports Mean to Me – Everyone plays hockey for a reason. Tell the reader what
hockey means to you and why you play the game.
• Use Your Voice – Many professional athletes use their voices to share their thoughts on
how to make the world a better place to live in. If you had the platform of a professional
athlete, what message would you share and why?
Guidelines:

Essays will be judged by the following criteria.
• Writing – proper grammar, spelling and punctuation.
• Organization – the writing flows logically with clear structure.
• Content – subject is discussed clearly, fully and matches topic.
All entries must be original works at least 400 and 600 words in length. Each entry must have a
cover page with the title of the work, the author’s name, full mailing address, telephone number
and email address. Entries can be hand-written or typed. By submitting an essay, a parent or
teacher of the author certifies that the essay represents the independent work of the child.
One winner and one runner up will be selected from each age group to be featured on our website.
The winner from each age group will also receive a complimentary pass to a VJGK clinic.
Entries must be submitted by March 31, 2021 to Brian Salcido via email to….

bsalcido@hendersonsilverknights.com

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‘Late Skate’ painting by Terence Fogarty, Minnesota

Monday, March 8, 2021

Flash Update – Gia Avalone of Las Vegas has committed to the NCAA D3 Adrian College women’s ice hockey team beginning with the 2021-22 season. She is the sister of star defenseman Steven Avalone of the USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds. Gia is a premier player who has played high level hockey for years most recently with the AAA Anaheim Lady Ducks ice hockey team. Adrian College is located in Adrian, Michigan.

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Monday, March 8, 2021 – Breaking News – the USPHL Premier announced that the powerful USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds will go into playoff action beginning Wednesday at the Gateway Ice Arena in Fresno. There are four teams in the Pacific Division. Las Vegas will take on the San Diego Sabers 4:30 pm pacific, the Fresno Monsters take on the Anaheim Avalanche at the same rink at 7:45 pm. The two winning teams will play Thursday 2 pm at the Gateway Ice Arena. The winning team advances to the USPHL Premier Nationals.

Sunday Game

Final ScoreAidan McNabb of Las Vegas and Carolina Jr Hurricanes 3, Richmond Generals 2 OT @ Extreme Ice Main Rink – ‘Carolina’s Premier Ice Skating Facility.’ Aidan and the Carolina Jr Hurricanes advance in the tournanament. Aidan in 2016-17 played for the AAA Las Vegas Storm 16u and the following season for the Gabe Gauthier-coached WSHL Las Vegas Storm junior hockey team. Both of those teams were at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue.

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Weekend Goal Scorers – 3 – Gage Quinney, AHL Henderson Silver Knights; 1 – Hunter Barto, USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose

Saturday Scores

AHL

Final Gage Quinney of Las Vegas and AHL Henderson Silver Knights win 4-1 over Colorado Eagles

NCAA

Final – UMASS Dartmouth 4, Vito Carlo and NCAA Franklin Pierce 2 @Jason Ritchie Arena, Rindge, N.H.

USPHL Premier

Final – Aidan McNabb one assist for Carolina Jr Hurricanes 5, Richmond Generals 2

Best of Three playoff series is tied 1-1

Final – Hunter Barto and Minnesota Moose 5, Rum River Mallards 1

//Hunter and the Minnesota Moose advance to the next round of playoffs

Friday Games

AHL

Gage Quinney and AHL Henderson Silver Knights at Colorado Eagles

//Final score – Gage Quinney 3 goals – his 4th, 5th, 6th of the season to help Silver Knights win 4-2 at Colorado

USPHL Premier – Playoff Games – First Round, Best of Three

Hunter Barto of Las Vegas and Minnesota Moose vs Rum River Mallards

//Final – Hunter Barto 1 goal, 3 assists, Minnesota wins 7-1 at the Spooner Ice Arena in Wisconsin

Aidan McNabb of Las Vegas and Carolina Jr Hurricanes vs Richmond Generals

//Aidan McNabb one assist; Richmond Generals win 5-4 in OT

Cameron Sylvester of Las Vegas and Hampton Roads Whalers vs Charlotte Rush

//Charlotte Rush wins

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Most searched today – ‘My Biggest Goal’ by Nick Robone….Jason Zucker, Gage Quinney, Hunter Barto, Ian Williams, Wally Lacroix, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u; big game goal scorer Nate Mohr of the USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds; Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin in Germany with his team ESV Kaufburen, star goalie Anthony Bonaldi of the USPHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds, Ash Printzen, Steven Avalone, star defenseman for USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds; ‘Miracle on Ice’ Harris Whissel of Las Vegas The 1999-2000 Triple Threat Line – Travis Roseberry, JC Caron and Spike Neely – with the AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive in Las Vegas ... Hockey coach Matt Johnson, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u….. Gia Avalone…..the one and only Johnny Gold who plays with a pure gold hockey stick with honing devices for goal scoring.Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen who was vaporized by the Genius in a summertime story over at the Pepsi Arena on North Rancho Drive. Steve said “it didn’t hurt that much and we did find our reading glasses.”…..We are looking for the whereabouts of Chris Francis….email me leesamuels07@aol.com

Sunday Game…

Fresno, California – It came down to the last moments of the game – with the clock ticking down the USPHL Premier Fresno Monsters scored to beat the USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds 4-3 in an ultra-heated game involving division leaders here Sunday in a late afternoon game at the Gateway Ice Center. Las Vegas awesome goalie Anthony Bonaldi was in net all three games. The Thunderbirds won two out the three games over Fresno this weekend.

T-Birds goals in order – LV Francois Breton 13th from Arik Altman, Steven Avalone – powerplay; LV – Nick Bonaldi 4th from Ethan Knutsen; LV – Cole Senum 5th from Francois Breton – short-handed.

//Elsewhere today Sunday goals – Gunner Moore, 16th, NA3HL Atlanta Capitals

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Saturday February 27, 2021Gage Quinney of Las Vegas scored his 3rd goal of the season for the AHL Henderson Silver Knights in a 4-2 win over the San Diego Gulls at The Orleans Arena here on Tropicana Avenue. Gage grew up playing youth hockey over at the Las Vegas Ice Center. He is a very popular hometown goal scorer …..Also tonight the USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds go into a return game against their greatest rival – the Fresno Monsters at the Gateway Ice Arena in Fresno. Fresno has a season record of 24-10- 0, the T-Birds are 22-11-0.

Saturday from Fresno Final Score in OT- Las Vegas Thunderbirds 4, Fresno Monsters 3……LV goal – Ethan Knutsen 16th from Peyton Kelly, Steven Avalone; LV goal Cole Senum 4th from Francois Breton, Ethan Knutsen; LV goal goal Ethan Knutsen 17th from Francois Breton, Darion Conaway; LV goal Keith Shenkel 19th from Steven Avalone — Thunderbirds goalie – Anthony Bonaldi wins for second straight night.

Las Vegas Thunderbirds weekend goal scorers – 3 – Colen Senum; 2- Brett Castonguay; 2 – Ethan Knutsen, 1 – Nick Bonaldi; 1 – Francois Breton; 1 – Arik Altman; 1 – Mark Kurliandchyk; 1 – Keith Shenkel; Thunderbirds goalie Anthony Bonaldi 2 wins

Elsewhere Saturday night Zach Pochiro of Las Vegas and ECHL Fort Wayne Komets scored 2 goals in a 8-1 win over the Indy Fuel at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. There were three Las Vegas players in this game – Zach, plus Joe Sullivan and Michael McNicholas with the Indy Fuel….Gunner Moore of Las Vegas scored his 15th goal, dealt an assist and was +1 on the ice for the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals who beat the MidCities Jr Stars 6-0 at the Duluth Ice Forum in Georgia.Hunter Barto of Las Vegas dealt two assists for the USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose in a 7-2 win over Minnesota Blue Ox. Hunter this season had 16 goals, 28 assists for 44 points.

Report scores and highlights to leesamuels07@aol.com

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Friday Flash Final Score – – Las Vegas Thunderbirds 5, Fresno Monsters 1—- Scoring – LV – Arik Altman 13th from Heath Mensch; LV – Brett Castonguay 10th from Mark Kurilandchyk, Francois Breton; LV – Cole Senum 3rd from Nate Mohr – powerplay; LV – Mark Kurliandchyk 4th from Francois Breton; LV – Brett Castonguay 11th from Cole Senum– LV goalie Anthony Bonaldi awesome in net with 33 saves for T-Birds

Elsewhere on Friday – Hunter Barto of Las Vegas scored his 16th goal of the season for the USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose in an 11-2 win over the Rochester Vipers.

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2020-21 Las Vegas Goal Scorers Away from Home – 33 goals – Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006; 31 – Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006; 20 – Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006; 17 – Matthew Gross, AAA Arizona Coyotes 18u; 17 – Gunner Moore, NA3HL Atlanta Capitals; 16 – Hunter Barto, USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose; 13 – Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u; 8 – Zach Pochiro, ECHL Fort Wayne Komets; 7 – Austin Moline, NAPHL NorthStar Knights, Minnesota; 6 – Aidan McNabb, USPHL Carolina Jr Hurricanes; 5 – Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel; 4 – Michael McNicholas, ECHL Indy Fuel; 4 – Dylan Miller, ACHA D2 Lindenwood; 2 Brennan Blasczak, SPHL Penascola Ice Flyers; 2 – Hunter Keech, USPHL Premier Motor City Hockey Club; 1 – Dom Garcia, NCAA Arizona State; 1 -Bryce Reddick, ECHL Greenville Swamp Rabbits; 1 – Cameron Sylvester, USPHL Premier Hampton Roads Whalers

How to contact Vegas Hockey – leesamuels07@aol.com

Vito Carlo of Las Vegas – a freshman at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire – and his teammates are awaiting the invasion of Dartmouth University next week – Thursday evening and Saturday evening – on home ice at the Jason Ritchie Arena.

“College life is awesome,” said Vito. “Days off we play 3 x 3 tournament pond hockey. It is great to be with your teammates especially during these unusual circumstances this season. Staying healthy and keeping the legs fresh is important for these next two big games.”

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Las Vegas – In a showdown of top AHL teams Gage Quinney of Las Vegas scored for the Henderson Silver Knights who beat the San Diego Gulls 4-2 at The Orleans Arena on Tropicana Avenue on Wednesday night. The Gulls have a season record of 7-2-0, the Silver Knights raised their season record to 6-2-0.

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By Craig Thornton – After over 30 road games this season, the state of Nevada has finally given in! Faith Varsity D1 Hockey is having Opening Night, Senior Night and Closing Night all in one, Friday Night March 19th 7:30 pm at City National Arena. We have not even gone public and already ABC and NBC have requested Media credentials. It will be a sell out 100% for sure. I have already signed streaming rights for a live feed as well. 
Playing the Horizon Huskies D1 Varsity from Phoenix a 3 game series Fri/Sat/Sun.
There will be a VERY limited amount of tickets available, 100% sell out for sure, depending on how many I am allowed to let in, rumor has it to be around 300 at this point. For ticket information or to get on the ticket list email flhshockey@gmail.com, first come first serve IF we have any available to the public.
It’s going to be an electric evening.
So far our senior class, Andrew Thornton (D) has signed a letter of intent with the University or Oregon (ACHA D1) and Danny Ruettiger (F) has signed with Arizona State University as well.
Pokey Reddick has announced he will be back for his 4th season as Head Coach of the program, with Shane Hnidy and Dmetri Culkar as Asst. Coaches. We will continue as Manager of Hockey Operations for Faith Lutheran as we join the ADHSHL D1 in 2021-2022

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The NHL Pittsburgh Penquins said on Monday Las Vegas star goal scorer Jason Zucker is “still being evaluated” after he took a late-game awkward fall while on the ice in front of the Penquins bench in Sunday game. As described by the Penguins Jason’s right skate caught on Washington Capitals’ Nick Jensen skate resulting in the injury. Jason is having a dynamic season skating on the Malkin line for the Penguins. Jason has 4 goals, 3 assists for 7 points ….Update – The Penguins have taken Jason Zucker back to Pittsburgh for additional medical treatment.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Action photo of Fort Wayne's Zach Pochiro

Zach Pochiro of the Fort Wayne Komets is the Inglasco ECHL Player of the Week for Feb. 15-21.

Pochiro scored five goals in three games against Wheeling last week.

The 26-year-old scored once in both a 4-1 win on Friday and a 4-2 victory on Saturday before recording a hat trick in a 6-2 win on Sunday.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Pochiro has recorded 162 points (70g-92a) in 213 career ECHL games with Fort Wayne, Allen, Norfolk, Quad City, Alaska and Kalamazoo. During the 2018-19 season, he finished third in the league with 34 goals for Allen. Pochiro has added two assists in six career American Hockey League games with Chicago and Bakersfield.

Prior to turning pro, Pochiro recorded 147 points (61g-86a) in 169 career games with Prince George in the Western Hockey League.

On behalf of Zach Pochiro, a case of pucks will be donated to a Fort Wayne youth hockey organization by Inglasco, the exclusive puck supplier of the ECHL. Since beginning its sponsorship of the award in 2000-01, Inglasco has donated more tMMASSMAhan 43,000 pucks to youth hockey organizations in ECHL cities.

Runners Up: Michael McNicholas, Indy (3 gp, 2g, 4a, 6 pts.) and Ryan Lowney, Utah (3 gp, 2g, 4a, 6 pts)

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MASSIVE OT WIN FOR COACH ROB PALLIN IN GERMANY

In an all-out stunner Branden Gracel scored three times for the Rob Pallin-coached ESV Kaufburen in an OT win over Lausitzer Fuchse on Monday in Germany. Pallin said Gracel is from Calgary, Alberta – “He played in the AJHL and then in his four seasons he had 90 points with UMass in Hockey East. Branden has 15 goals this season. The big news today also is that we have won seven out of our last 10 games.”

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//In a rare Monday game Gunner Moore of Las Vegas and the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals today scored his 14th goal of the season in a road game vs the Texas Brahmas. Texas win 5-1 at the NYTEX Sports Centre in North Richland Hills, Texas.

Sunday, February 21, 2021Gage Quinney of Las Vegas scored the decisive goal on a powerplay for the AHL Henderson Silver Knights who beat the AHL Ontario Reign 3-2 on Sunday evening here at the Toyota Sports Performance Center in El Segundo, California.

Carlsbad, California – Nate Mohr scored his 29th goal, Heath Mench his 16th as the WSHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds took an 2-0 early in the game – then Braden Husby got his 14th goal, Heath Mensch’s short-handed goal was his 17th goal of the season, Braden Husby scored again – his 15th – and Francois Breton got his 12th to give the T-Birds a big 7-0 win against the San Diego Sabers on Sunday. Trey Ponto of the the T-Birds scored his 15th goal – the final goal in the game – with assists from Nick Bonaldi and Trent Carter on Sunday afternoon at IceTown Arena. Anthony Seykora was the Thunderbirds Birds goalie in this game. Seykora is from South Falls, South Dakota.

On Saturday night Michael McNicholas of Las Vegas scored his 4th goal and dealt an assist for the ECHL Indy Fuel who beat the Greenville Swamp Rabbits 4-1 on Saturday night here at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The crowd was 2257.

Saturday Late Night

Bakersfield, Calif – Gaqe Quinney of Las Vegas was in the lineup for the AHL Henderson Silver Knights against the hometown AHL Bakersfield Condors here Saturday night. Bakersfield took a 1-0 lead then added two late-game goals to win 3-0.

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LAS VEGAS THUNDERBIRDS GUT IT OUT, WIN IN OT

Carlsbad, Ca. – Keith Shenkel scored three times and Francois Breton got an OT game-winner as the WSHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds gutted it out and won 5-4 vs the San Diego Sabers. Shenkel got his 16th, 17th and 18th goals of the season here at the Carlsbad IceTown Arena. San Diego had a 3-1 lead in this game. Shenkel fired it up for Las Vegas with his three goals, Heath Mensch – who is having an awesome season – got his 15th goal and Francois Breton scored the OT game winner. Francois, from Quebec, began this season with the USPHL Premier Fresno Monsters and then was moved to the Thunderbirds. He has 9 goals this season for Las Vegas. The T-Birds used two goalies in this game, Colin Gallamore and Anthony Seykora. Las Vegas raised its season record to 20-11-2.

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Friday Games

Carlsbad, California – Mighty goal scorer Nate Mohr of the USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds scored three times – his 26th, 27th, 28th – in an 8-1 win over the San Diego Sabres here at the Carlsbad Icetown on Friday night. In order the Thunderbirds scoring went like this – Nate Mohr from Nick Bonaldi; Nate Mohr from Trey Ponto; Braden Husby from Nate Mohr, Trey Ponto; Francois Breton from Brett Castongua; Nate Mohr from Darion Conaway; AJ Lackas from Nick Bonaldi; Trent Carter. Anthony Seykora was in the net for the Thunderbirds.

Also on Friday – Zach Pochiro of Las Vegas scored his 2nd goal of the season for the ECHL Fort Wayne Komets in a 4-1 win over the Wheeling Nailers at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The crowd 2943. Zach, 26, is listed at 6’1, 190.Anthony Bonaldi, the awesome goalie for the USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds, was named the ‘Best Goalie of the Week’ in the USPHL Premier Pacific Division.

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Steven Avalone 11 Questions Steven, from Las Vegas, has played at a high level as a high speed star defenseman for many seasons. We asked which of his hockey coaches and teammates helped to get him to such an elite level of the game.

    1.    I began playing ice hockey at 7 years old. I was on roller skates the first time I skated. I started out playing ice hockey at the Las Vegas Ice Center in house league. 
    2.    My first hockey coach was Dominique Beaudoin. That season I played a combination of playing house league games and travel tournaments for the Las Vegas Outlaws. I was 8 years old.

    3.    There were many coaches, more than I can remember, that I have learned my defensive play from… I played center all the way up to Peewees for Pokey Reddick and switched to defense during the season. I realized at that time the game was more enjoyable as a defensemen than a forward. The main thing Coach Pokey taught was work ethic and on ice conditioning. Coaches Micah Sanford, Adam Naglich, Evan Zucker, Adam Zucker, and Nick Robone had a great impact on my defensive game during Bantams and Midgets playing for the Nevada Storm. They taught me to play more of a team game and to make the simple plays. In Arizona, playing for the Bobcats, it was great to work and talk hockey with Coach Derick Morris. That year I focused on gap control, keeping players outside the face off dots and giving flat passes tape to tape. In Kindersley, I was able to work with Larry Wintoneak about using certain skills at the right time and penalty killing. This year for The Vegas T-Birds, Coaches Dave Hyrysky, Shane McColgan and Adam Bonaldi have all watched my game closely and have taught me their systems. I learn mostly with in game situations that I can improve on like 1 on 1 corner play and net front battles. I have learned a lot training with Rob Pallin for the past few off-seasons. My father and I are always talking about hockey since I respect his knowledge of the game.

    4.    My defensive partner for the games I played with the Las Vegas Storm in was Tino Nummela. It was great to play with him since he was a mobile defensemen and a leader on the team. I have played defense with a couple of players on the Tbirds this season. I have played games with Nick Bonaldi, Trey Ponto, Cole Senum, Trent Carter and Nick Dufek.

    5.    The biggest difference in my perspective between the USPHL and SJHL is the style of hockey. The SJHL is more system based and structured. The USPHL style allows room for creativity and an offensive mindset. 
    6.    The secret to being a solid defensemen is being coachable and adaptive in the moment. Communication with your center and defense partner are important to execute in the D-Zone. Finding a consistent role, which can be different each season and being trusted is important. Focusing or widening your vision on multiple players instead of staring at the puck helps me slow the game down. 

    7.    The best team we have played was Provo Riverblades. They are a fast skating team and play a modern style of hockey. Provo has good movement in the offensive zone and they activate their defensemen. Defensively they block a lot of shots which is a team first mentality. 
    8.    The defensive coaches for the T Birds are Shane McColgan and Adam Bonaldi. Defensively… we are working on winning battles in front of our net and using our centers to break out of our defensive zone. We also have worked on making hinge plays. The main teaching point on a hinge play, is the defensemen without the puck has to support behind the puck-carrying defensemen, to receive a pass and make a play to the forwards gaining speed. 
    9.    The Tbirds goals this season are to establish a successful junior hockey culture and to win a national championship.
    10.    My personal goal in hockey is to play as long as I can. It is my dream to play the highest levels my abilities and work ethic can take me. I would like to play college hockey next.
    11.    The defensemen I admire in the NHL is Shea Theodore. The first game I watched him play, he became my favorite defensemen. I enjoy watching his smooth skating and his skilled puck handling. I also like his confidence on the blue line and ability to find shooting lanes. 

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Pittsburgh – Jason Zucker of Las Vegas turned it up bigtime with a goal and then an assist to linemate Bryan Rust to help the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins take down the New York Islanders 4-1 here at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday night. Jason had a great skate while blasting around the ice playing on the Malkin line. It was Jason’s 148th NHL career goal. The Penguins defensive crew was physical while pinning down the Islanders for most of the game.

Top 10 Las Vegas Goal Scorers Away from Home – 33 goals – Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006; 31 – Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006; 20 – Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006; 17 – Matthew Gross, AAA Arizona Coyotes 18u; 15 – Hunter Barto, USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose; 14 – Gunner Moore, NA3HL Atlanta Capitals; 13 – Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u; 7 – Austin Moline, NAPHL NorthStar Knights, Minnesota; 6 – Aidan McNabb, USPHL Carolina Jr Hurricanes; 5 – Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel; 4 – Michael McNicholas, ECHL Indy Fuel; 2 – Zach Pochiro, ECHL Fort Wayne Komets; 1 – Bryce Reddick, ECHL Greenville Swamp Rabbits

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Looking for the whereabouts of the great Las Vegas goal scorer Chris Francis……

Monday, February 15, 2021 – Trey Ponto’s dramatic late-game goal in the third period gave the USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds a 6-5 win over the Fresno Monsters at the Gateway Ice Arena in SoCal. It was Trey’s 14th goal this season. Nate Mohr got the game-winning assist. Brett Castonguay and Braden Husby each had two goals in this game and Nick Dufek also scored. The T-Birds used two goalies in this game – Colin Gallamore and Anthony Seykora.

Sunday, February 14, 2021Fresno, Ca. – In a wild one on Sunday night Nate Mohr scored his 25th goal of the season for the USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds in a game against the Fresno Monsters. Nate, 19, grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is listed at 6’1, 170. T-Birds teammate Keith Shenkel got his 15th goal, Heath Mensch 14th, Trey Ponto 14th Brett Castongua his 7th, Cole Senum 2nd……Fresno won the game 7-6…..On Saturday night Ethan Knutsen scored a very dramatic decisive OT/Shootout goal to lift the USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds to a 5-4 win over a very strong Fresno Monsters team at the Gateway Ice Center. Arik Altman, Brett Castonguay, Braden Husby, Steven Avalone and Heath Mensch of Las Vegas scored earlier in the game. Anthony Bonaldi was in the net for the T-Birds. ………Everyone reading this knows how hard it is to win away from home. The Matt Johnson-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u had an absolutely awesome run in Texas, then the team lost in a Final 4 game on Sunday…In Duluth, Ga. Gunner Moore of Las Vegas scored his 13th goal and dealt an assist for the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals in a very tough 3-2 home loss to the Oklahoma City Blazers on home ice at the Duluth Ice Forum on Saturday night.The Vegas Jr Golden Knights 12u squirt team played in a 72-team tournament in Fargo, N.D. this weekend.

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Dallas – Chris Kerl scored for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u in a 9-1 loss to the AA Chesterfield Falcons 16u on Saturday. “We were down 1-0 with 20 minutes to play when the game just got out of our structure,” said Golden Jr Knights coach Wally Lacroix. Chesterfield raised its season record to 18-16-0.Next for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights is a game on Sunday with the AAA Pittsburgh Icemen 15u……Also on Saturday the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u lost 3-2 in OT to the AA Anaheim Jr Ducks 14u…..Kaden Israel and Jesse Brewer scored for Las Vegas. On Sunday the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u will play the AA Park City Utah Ice Minors….

Dallas – In a pair of OT/Shootout shockers Kenny Curtis of the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u scored twice in a 2-1 OT win over the AA Texas Jr Brahmas 16u here Friday. Johnny NG was the winning goalie for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u. Lacroix said “…we had a slow start but really started competing during the second half of the second period. We were tied after regulation and a five minute 3 on 3 overtime period when Kenny Curtis won it in an OT/Shootout. Kenny had both goals for us.”

At the same time in Dallas the Matt Johnson-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u bantam team got goals from Carter Adams, Zach Gay and Conner Beers in a 3-2 OT/Shootout win over the AA Rose City Pats 14u here at the Valley Ranch Ice Arena on Friday. Kenny Laskaska was in net for Las Vegas.

“This was a huge win,” coach Johnson said. “We needed to start winning in close games and this was really a gutsy effort. From the net to our D and our forwards it was such a good one. We lost some overtime games at the beginning of this season so to be on the plus side is great for our team.”

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Breaking News — The AA Wally Lacroix-coached Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u and the Matt Johnson-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u teams are in Dallas to play in a series of road games. The AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights first game will be against the AA Texas Jr Brahmas 16u……Erik Atchison of Las Vegas and the WHL Spokane Chiefs are looking at a March 19 start date with a shortened season of 24 games….. Best Stat of the Day – Matthew Gross of Las Vegas and the AAA Phoenix Jr Coyotes 18u has 15 goals, 15 assists for 30 points.

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Special to Vegas Hockey

AAA ARIZONA BOBCATS 14U BATTLE, WIN ARIZONA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

The AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u lost game 1 by a score of 1-0 in heartbreaking fashion. With only 29 seconds to go before OT the AAA Arizona Coyotes 14u picked up an errant rebound and put it home to win game 1. Game 2 featured a back and fourth affair that ended up a duel between both goalies. After the Bobcats buried a goal halfway through the 1st period Logan Perez made save after save to lead the team to a 1-0 victory tying the series 1-1. The Final game was a snapshot of the Bobcats season. The Coyotes went up 1-0 at the end of the 1st on a PP goal that was deflected into the net. The Bobcats proceeded to dominate the 2nd period out shooting the Coyotes but just couldn’t beat the Coyotes goal tender. Halfway through the 3 period Jack Lackas roofed the game tying goal which sent the Bobcats bench and fans into a frenzy. Less than 2 minutes later the game winning goal was scored by the Bobcats and there was no turning back. With the momentum swing the Bobcats would dominate the rest of the period including 2 huge penalty kills led by Fuzzy Atchison, Jack Lackas, Chayse Laurie and goaltender Logan Perez sealing the 14U AAA State Championship over the Arizona Coyotes.

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Las Vegas – Star defenseman Steven Avalone, goalie Anthony Bonaldi and massively great goal scorer Nate Mohr of the USHPL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds today received ‘Players of the Month Awards’ from the USPHL Premier West Division. Avalone, an awesome defenseman for years here in Las Vegas, scored five times to help get his award.

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Our readers are incredible; they dig late-night into our Vegas Hockey archives and you never really quite know what they are searching for. Then there is this story posted here many years ago – our #1 Most Searched Story right here each and every day.

Utah Regulators’ Special Needs Hockey Program a Winner

By Matt Mackinder

When Utah Regulators president Mike Holmes first helped create a special needs hockey program in Utah back in 2008, he had no idea it’d grow to be as big as it is today.

The organization has a south team located in Provo and a north team in Salt Lake City and is comprised of male and female players ages 5-50 with cognitive disabilities. The only requirement to participate is that the players be ambulatory and able to take verbal instruction. 

The ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies are a main supporter, while the Regulators are the main sponsor, providing gear and finances when needed. The Grizzlies provide the jerseys, ice and tickets to their games.

There are no fees assessed to the players due to the high cost of care and treatment, and games are played The Peaks in Provo and the Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City.

“Some of the players are quite memorable,” said Holmes. “Kanu had great difficulty wearing his helmet. He’d tear it off and throw it across the ice. It took three years for him to understand that he couldn’t go onto the ice without it. He still hates it, but wears it anyways.”

“Jhessi wouldn’t speak, but loved being on the ice. For four years, she needed full-time support on the ice. Finally, one day when the support wasn’t right there when she was ready to go, she just couldn’t wait any longer and just took off on her own. She’s been doing it ever since.

“Douglas has cerebral palsy and had one foot that turned inward. He couldn’t speak, but had devised his own sign language. We jerri-rigged a tripod that would allow him to be strapped in and keep him from falling over. He insisted he be allowed to go on the ice without help and did just fine.”

Deann Torsak, a parent and co-manager of the south team, has been impressed with the program since Day 1.

“My son, Jathan, is one of the original six from when this started and hockey has given him a sense of belonging,” said Torsak. “He had played other sports in the past with some success, but never really felt any connection to them. With hockey, it’s a completely different story.”

Rich Henricksen has a daughter, Karissa, in the program and coaches the north team. His wife, Tammie, is one of the team managers.

“Karissa has Down Syndrome and hockey helps keep her active,” said Henricksen. “Playing hockey has been a big positive for her. In the past, she’d watch dad and her two brothers play. Now, she has her own team, everyone watches her, and she loves it.

“She loves skating with her friends and scoring goals. She’s always packed and ready for practice on Saturday and can’t wait to get on the ice.”

The local high school hockey teams play games with the teams, making sure each kid scores at least one goal. The special needs kids generally win every game by a score of at least 25-0. 

“The volunteers and high school players have been wonderful, working with a great deal of patience and dedication,” said Holmes. “They generally pay for the ice and donate an afternoon as volunteers, all to make memorable experiences for some very special kids.”

Holmes says the players love the camaraderie, the colorful jerseys (some insist on sleeping in them), equipment and the idea that others are there to watch them.

“My association with these kids has been wonderful,” he said.

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Hunter Barto of Las Vegas is having an absolutely amazing season with the USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose. Hunter, just 19, in 33 games has 14 goals, 20 assists for 34 points – including a short-handed goal and a game-winning goal. Hunter is listed at 6′, 0″ and 180. The Minnesota Moose this season have been playing home games at the Spooner Civic Center in Wisconsin.

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Best Quote of the Day: “At least we were right with Tampa Bay scoring 31 points on Sunday,” said Las Vegas hockey dad Tony Robone who said the Bucs would win 31-27.

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From Germany Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin – who is head coach of ESV Kaufburen – texts he likes Tampa Bay to win 30-28 on Sunday. He also said his team today had a big win – their 3rd straight win – and is “playing with our third string goalie who is 6-2-0 now. Tyler Spurgeon from Edmonton had two goals – Tyler is the brother of Minnesota Wild’s Jared Spurgeon. Tyler has 36 points in 27 games. John Lammers had two assists tonight. He is a Dallas Stars 3rd-round draft pick and has 16 goals, 25 assists. Sami Blomqvist from Finland had a goal. Sami’s father played in the NHL for Washington and New Jersey in the mid-1980s. Sami has only played in seven games for us but he has six goals. We want to say hello to all of our dear hockey friends in Las Vegas.”

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Famous Las Vegas hockey mom Charla Ricketts checked in early Sunday morning and noted her son Beau – a star goal scorer years ago for the Gabe Gauthier-coached WSHL Las Vegas Storm at the Las Vegas Ice Center years ago – and said “….the KC Chiefs will win today.” Back in 2014-15 Beau had 30 goals, 14 assists for the Storm and home games were always sold out. D-man Jake McKenna of Las Vegas was on that fantastic team as well. Beau and his family live in Minot, N.D. He plays house league hockey there at the legendary Maysa Arena – Lee

Sunday Games

NA3HL

Gunner Moore of Las Vegas and Atlanta Capitals vs invading El Paso Rhinos, a powerful team, @Duluth, Ga. Ice Forum

//Gunner Moore scores his 12th goal of the season in 2nd period as Atlanta Capitals take 2-1 lead, hold on and beat El Paso Rhinos 3-2.

Ethan Sodoma of Las Vegas and Texas Roadrunners vs Louisana Drillers @ Planet Ice Rink, Lafayette, La.

//Texas Roadrunners win 3-2 in OT over the mighty Louisana Drillers.

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USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds

Season Record – 16-10-2; Top Goal Scorers – Nate Mohr 24, Ethan Knudsen 15, Keith Shenkel 14, Heath Mensch 13, Arik Altman 12, Trey Ponto 12, AJ Lackas 11

Super Bowl Eve Games

NCAA

Vito Carlo of Las Vegas and NCAA Franklin Pierce University vs Becker College at Jason Ritchie Ice Arena, Winchendon, Massachusetts

//Becker College in a revenge game wins 4-1

ECHL

//Michael McNicholas of Las Vegas scored his 3rd goal of the season for the ECHL Indy Fuel in a big 6-3 win over visiting Rapid City Rush at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Super Bowl Eve. The festive hometown crowd was 2189.

NA3HL

Gunner Moore of Las Vegas and Atlanta Capitals vs El Paso Rhinos at Duluth, Ga. Ice Forum

Final – El Paso, a mega power, wins 8-0

Anthony Rodriguez of Las Vegas and Oklahoma City Blazers vs Mid Cities Stars @ Arctic Edge Arena

Final – Oklahoma City Blazers win 6-0

Ethan Sodoma of Las Vegas and Texas Roadrunners vs Louisana Drillers at Planet Ice Arena, Lafayette, La.

Final – Lousiana Drillers wins 4-3

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Friday Games

USPHL Premier

Ogden Mustangs 7, Las Vegas Thunderbirds 3 @ Peaks Ice Arena, Utah

LV – Braden Husby 9th from Keith Shenkel, Nate Mohr – powerplay

LV – Trey Ponto 12th from Braden Husby, Cole Senum – powerplay

LV – Keith Shenkel 14th from Ethan Knudsen, Cole Senum

LV goalie – Anthony Bonaldi

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Worcester, Mass. – Vito Carlo, wearing jersey #26, of Las Vegas and NCAA Franklin Pierce University beat Becker College 4-1 on opening night. The game was at Becker’s home rink in Worcester, Mass. The two teams will play again – this time at Franklin Pierce’s home ice on Saturday night.

After the Friday night win Vito said “…that was the most exhilarating feeling ever. Once we got our first shift out of the way it was like lacing up a pair of shoes. We had so much fun with our teammates getting this win. It was amazing…”

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Friday Games

Duluth, Ga. – Gunner Moore of Las Vegas got his 11th goal of the season in a 6-3 home loss for the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals to the powerful El Paso Rhinos. The game was here at the Duluth Ice Forum.

Also on Friday night – Anthony Rodriguez of Las Vegas dealt 3 assists for his very strong NA3HL Oklahoma City Blazers in a 16-1 win over the visiting Mid-Cities Jr Stars at the Artic Edge Ice Arena.

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Who will win the Super Bowl – KC Chiefs or Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Don’t worry our Las Vegas hockey experts know. They have sized up the big game and their picks are posted here. Want to pick the game here too – if so, send now to leesamuels07@aol.com

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SUPER BOWL PICKS

Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen …..”One more win for the veteran quarterback Tom Brady. Tampa Bay 28, KC Chiefs 25.

Star Vegas Hockey reporter Bethany Drysdale..”I’ve been told never to bet against Tom Brady. So we will take the Bucs to win by a TD 28-21. Tom Brady is older than me and to be in top form at his age I have to give him respect. He has definitely earned all of that.”

Goal scorer Michael Cichy of Las Vegas has a lean towards “the young one,” QB Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs to win on Super Bowl Sunday.

Richie Crossley – Years ago Richie and Devin Lane of the AA Las Vegas Ice Cats 18u were voted as the Best Defensive Pair of All Time in Las Vegas. Now Richie is caretaker of the sheets of ice at the T-Mobile Arena, City National Arena and The Orleans Arena. You can see Richie on the Zamboni between periods during the big games in town. …..”Tampa Bay wins 38-27. Tom Brady and Mike Evans are going to have a huge game.”

Star defenseman Eddie Del Grosso of Las Vegas….”We are a Buffalo Bills fan so we really don’t care much about the two teams in the Super Bowl. Kansas City knocked us out and we also do not really care much for a team that Tom Brady is on. So….we think Kansas City is gonna win…probably like 38-28.”

UNLV Rebels head coach Anthony Greener…”We are saying Chiefs 31-23. Hate playing against Brady but we are going to.”

Matt Johnson, head coach, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u …..”Tampa Bay with Tom Brady marching down the field with the game winning drive wins 42-36.”

Zee Khan, former GM UNLV Rebels who “still loves and supports the Rebels……”Cannot go against Tom Brady. He is a young 43 and he looks primed for a 7th Super Bowl win.”

Wally Lacroix, head coach, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u …”Brady is old school. It will be great to see an athlete who is such a student of the game and so well prepared for every game.”

Hockey dad John McNicholas of Las Vegas…..”Tom Brady wins 30-21. Because he’s the best.”

Will ‘Money’ Munson, 2005-06 NAHL Billings Jr Bulls. Teammates called him ‘Money’ because he scored so many decisive goals. ….”Chiefs win by 7.”

Hockey dad Steve Pochiro of Las Vegas “…Chiefs will win on a bad call – other than that this will be close game.”

Rob Proffit, GM, NAHL Fairbanks Ice Dogs (years ago our son Eddie was a captain at Fairbanks. Rob was the head coach. Home games at the Big Dipper, no matter what the weather, were always sold out.) “TB 32, KC 28. Brady just wins!!”

Faith Lutheran H.S. head coach Pokey Reddick….”Bucs 24, Chiefs 21. Why? Tom Brady will have the Bucs ready for this game! Going with the more experienced quarterback.”

Star goal scorer, captain and team leader Beau Ricketts with the WSHL Las Vegas Storm years ago at the LV Ice Center….”Chiefs are the team this season. They will win Sunday.”

Hockey dad Tony Robone of Las Vegas….”31-27 Tampa Bay. Brady has the experience, the Bucs have the defense.

Big game goal scorer Robbie Silvernail of Las Vegas……Tom Brady = GOAT = Greatest of All Time. Tampa Bay wins.

Matt Stang, former coach of AA Las Vegas Ice Cats 18u and now coaching in Canada….”We are going with the Buccaneers. The final score will be 38-27.”

Adam Stio, one of the all-time roller hockey coaches in Las Vegas….”Tampa Bay 34-30. Why not Brady drama one more time.”

Adam Tamura, awesome roller hockey player/coach here in Las Vegas – “We think it’s going to be KC by 24-17. Would love to see Brady prove he is the ultimate GOAT – the greatest player of all time – but we think KC’s offense is too much to handle.”

Las Vegas hockey dad Greg Yochum….”KC wins this one 34-26. Kansas City’s offense too much for Tampa.”

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Worcester, Massachusetts – At last the very popular Las Vegas defensman Vito Carlo will gear up and play ‘D’ for NCAA Franklin Pierce University vs Becker College here Friday. Faceoff is at 6 pm. Vito grew up playing hockey mostly at the Las Vegas Center. He was a top d-man for the Gabe Gauthier-coached WSHL Las Vegas Storm junior hockey team. Vito played three seasons with the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals. He was an Assistant Captain in his third season with the Capitals. He will wear jersey #26 this weekend. This is a home and away series for Vito – the Friday game is here at the Fidelity Bank Ice Center, a very big arena, and then two teams will go at it on Saturday night on the U of Franklin Pierce’s home ice.

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Coming right here – Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin will update how his pro team is doing in Germany.

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

On the day Jason Zucker of Las Vegas recently scored for the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins our star reporter Bethany Drysdale’s hockey goalie son Blake – all of five years old – was awarded the Penguins ‘Away Game All Star’ certificate when he participated in a ‘Try Hockey for Free’ skate at the Lemieux Sports Complex. This is the hometown practice facility for the Penguins. Blake’s hockey mom Bethany has been voted the last three years as the ‘Best Writer’ here on Vegas Hockey. She and Kat Craner have covered – and written brilliantly – about the UNLV Rebels which included many in-depth profiles of star Rebels players.

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Nate Mohr, a big scoring forward from Sioux Falls, S.D. leads the USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds with seven powerplay goals this season. Nate is a powerful force, a 24-goal scorer for the AAA Sioux Falls Power 18u last season.

Thunderbirds Power Play Goals Leaders this season –

7 – Nate Mohr, 4 – Heath Mensch, 4 – Trey Ponto, 3 – Arik Altman, 2 – Braden Husby, 2 – Keith Shenkel, One each – Steven Avalone, Nick Bonaldi, Brett Castonguay, Ethan Knudsen, Mark Kurliandchyk

To revise or update this powerplay goals list send to leesamuels07@aol.com

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Tuesday Breaking News

UNLV Rebels head coach Anthony Greener was the first to get the alarming news – because of the coronavirus pandemic going on – their season in the ACHA D1 never got green-lighted – and now it is over and done. They turned off the scoreboard lights. No more pre-game Countdown Clock ticking full blast right before the first puck drop. No big sold out home games this season. “They told us last week,” coach Greener said. “We’re done. No games. It’s a sad day.” The unforgiving covid virus is the reason. So on those cold winter nights big powers like Minot State, Arizona State and the Utah college teams will not be rumbling into City National Arena over on West Charleston Avenue next to the Red Rock Hotel Casino this season. The UNLV Rebels’ assistant coach Nick Robone had astounding recruiting results during the off-season with top goal-scoring snipers, defensemen with an edge to their game and top goalies coming into the program. If there is any bright side to all of this – well, coach Greener was told his seniors will for sure receive an extra year and be eligible to play next season.

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MORE GOLD FOR THE LAS VEGAS ROKSVOLD HOCKEY FAMILY……

Las Vegas bantam goalie Gunnar Roksvold comes from a hockey family – his older brother Kyle Callahan was a major goal scorer at many levels of the game. Gunnar meanwhile and his Las Vegas Ice Center House League Red team just won the Winterfest bantam gold medal during playoffs at that historic rink.

The Roksvold family includes an exchange student Boris Horsky who plays hockey for the Faith Lutheran Crusaders HS JV team. Last weekend Boris and the Faith Lutheran JV team won a gold medal in Victor, Idaho. In order Faith Lutheran’s JVs first lost to the Park City Utah Miners 3-1, then beat Teton Valley by 7-4, Snake River Wolves Blues 9-1, won 3-0 over the Davis County Eagles and in the 5th game for the gold medal beat Teton Valley 4-1.

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Jason Zucker of Las Vegas and the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins scored his 2nd goal of the season in a thrilling 5-4 OT win over the New York Rangers on Saturday night at the famous Madison Square Garden. It was Jason’s 140th goal in the NHL. Jason grew up playing youth hockey at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue. His last hometown hockey coach was Wally Lacroix. Jason also worked with Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin on his skating technique to make final preparations for the NHL Draft.

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Sunday Games

NA3HL

Gunner Moore of Las Vegas and 14-9-0 Atlanta Capitals vs the 14-2-2 El Paso Rhinos @El Paso County Arena. Historically El Paso rarely loses on home ice.

//OVERTIME – Gunner Moore scores his 9th goal of the season to help Atlanta Capitals take an early 2-1 lead over the El Paso Rhinos in a very hard, physical game. The game finished 2-2 in regulation play to send it into OT — El Paso Rhinos scored dramatically in OT to win 3-2.

High School

Faith Lutheran H.S. Weekend Scores

Friday – 4-0 over Idaho Falls Tigers

Saturday – 2-0 over Idaho Falls AA 18u; Game Two – 2-3 to Idaho Falls 18u

Sunday – 2-1 over Idaho Falls AA 18u @ Joe Marmo/Wayne Lehto Ice Arena, Idaho

Saturday Games

//Joe Sullivan and Michael McNicholas of Las Vegas scored for the ECHL Indy Fuel who beat the hometown Wheeling Nailers 5-4 at the Wesbanco Arena in Wheeling, West Virginia on Saturday night. It was Sullivan’s 4th goal of the season, McNicholas 2nd goal of the season.

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Las Vegas – Elite defenseman Steven Avalone of Las Vegas and goalie Dylan Woods of the USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds each received major awards this week. Avalone, who as a d-man has 5 goals, 11 assists this season, was named as Best Defenseman in the Pacific Division of the USPHL Premier League. Avalone is listed at 5’10, 190. Woods, a goalie from Niagara Falls, N.Y., has a 3.00 gaa and a 91.4% save percentage for the T-Birds.

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Saturday Games

NA3HL

Gunner Moore of Las Vegas and Atlanta Capitals vs El Paso Rhinos @ El Paso County Arena. Rhinos rarely lose on their home ice for the past few seasons.

//El Paso wins it 5-1……

Bozeman Icedogs vs Las Vegas goalie Luke Fundator and Sheridan Hawks @Whitney Rink inside M and M Center, Sheridan, Wyoming. Outside the arena tonight during the game there will be low temps and a lot of snow coming down.

//Luke Fundator was in the net for the Sheridan Hawks who beat the Bozeman Icedogs 4-2 on a cold, snowy night.

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‘Late Skate’ – Painting by Terence Fogarty in Minnesota

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Rindge, New Hampshire For the great Las Vegas defenseman Vito Carlo it’s time to get back onto the ice and play the game.

Vito earlier played with the WSHL Las Vegas Storm over at the Las Vegas Ice Center, then was an assistant captain with the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals. Now he is at practices for NCAA D3 Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire. Vito and his college team in two weeks are set to take on Becker College in a home and away series.

“It’s exciting and we’re learning a lot about the college game which is about to start for our team,” Vito said. “I am still playing defense. We are prepared and more ready than ever. College hockey is faster, higher paced and much more physical. I’m defintely a better version of myself than what I was when we got here for our freshman season.”

“No matter what we talk to our father Mark and my brother Michael each and every day. I’m about to reach out for my great friend Jimmy Samuels who I am now told has left Las Vegas is now living and working in Austin, Texas. Miss talking to him. He is doing great things there.

For the first time Vito will playing without his dear hockey mother Rosie at the rinkboards.

“We are by ourselves here at the college – just me, our coaches and teammates. We are majoring in criminal justice. We want to say hello to all of our hockey friends in Las Vegas.”

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Friday, January 29, 2021

MLK Bantam Cactus Cup – Arizona

#1 Dallas Penguins 6-0-0

#2 Texas Warriors 5-1-0

#3 Cal Wave 4-1-0

#4 Las Vegas Storm 3-2-0

#6 Mission Arizona White 2-2-0

#7 Las Vegas Ice Warriors 1-3-0

#8 New Mexico Ice Wolves 1-3-0

Phoenix – The Las Vegas Storm bantams, who play out of the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue, got a great effort from Las Vegas goalie Gunnar Roksvold who – in his three games here – only allowed two goals with a 93.9% save percentage – to help his team finish 3-2-0 in a field of top bantam level teams here at the MLK Cactus Cup. Totalled the Las Vegas Storm bantams scored 24 goals while only allowing eight goals in five games. The tournament was run on a number of regulation ice hockey rinks in the greater Phoenix area.

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Las Vegas – Nate Mohr, a big strong goal scorer from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the top goal scorer – with 24 goals – for the USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds this season. Nate, 19, is listed at 6’1, 170. Last season he played for the AAA Sioux Falls Power 18u team. The T-Birds have a record of 16-7-1 and lead the USPHL Premier Pacific Division.

The top T-Birds goal scorers – Nate Mohr 24, Ethan Knudsen 14, Heath Mensch 13, Keith Shenkel 12, Arik Altman 11, Trey Ponto 10, AJ Lackas 9, Braden Husby 7, Mark Kurlandchyk 7, Austen Kerridge 6, Steven Avalone 5, Brett Castonguay 5, Nick Bonaldi 3, Anthony Juric 3, Tanner Turcotte 2, Petr Tueber 2; Jack Boyd 1, Darion Conaway 1, Mark Nowag 1, Kevin Hanley 1, Andrew Cervantes 1, Nick Dufel 1, Cole Senum 1

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To Snooks – Gage Quinney of Las Vegas is on the roster of the NHL Vegas Golden Knights – at the moment, he’s on the taxi squad with the big club.

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Tuesday Game

Boston – Jason Zucker of Las Vegas scored and dealt an assist for the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins during a very tough 3-2 OT road loss to the Boston Bruins here on Tuesday evening.

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Color of Hockey: Pokey Reddick coaching Nevada’s only high school team

Former NHL goalie, who won Stanley Cup with Oilers, now making mark behind bench

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com

William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past nine years. Douglas joined NHL.com in March 2019 and writes about people of color in the game. Today, he profiles former NHL goalie Eldon “Pokey” Reddick, who is coaching Nevada’s only high school hockey program.

Eldon “Pokey” Reddick is the best high school hockey coach in Nevada.

“Being the only one, yeah, that’s an easy one,” he said.

The former NHL goalie is in his third season as coach of Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School in Las Vegas, the first and only high school hockey program in the state.

Like the Vegas Golden Knights, Faith Lutheran is a success story in the desert. The program has grown from having to scrounge up 16 players for each of its two teams in 2018 to having 80 players compete for 40 slots this season.

The program is popular, with fans packing City National Arena, the Golden Knights’ practice facility, for varsity and junior varsity games.

Action shot of the team Reddick coaches.

And the school is awaiting final qualification for the Chipotle-USA Hockey National Championships. The high school tournament is scheduled for April 15-19 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Craig Thornton, Faith Lutheran’s manager of hockey operations, said Reddick is a key component to the program’s rise.

“He’s a phenomenal coach,” Thornton said. “He’s lived hockey since he was a little three-year-old kid. He’s played at every level. And you just don’t want to say to people, ‘He made it to the NHL.’ Yeah, he made it to the NHL, but the other steps along the way are equally as important if you’re coaching.”

Reddick played 132 games for the Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers between 1986-94, going 46-58-16 with a 3.71 goals-against average and .873 save percentage. He won the Stanley Cup with Edmonton in 1990, becoming one of 10 Black players to have their names inscribed on the trophy.

“Pokey was better than people gave him credit for,” said Hockey Hall of Fame goalie Grant Fuhr, who was Reddick’s teammate on the Oilers. “Having him in Edmonton was a great security blanket for us.”

Eldon "Pokey" Reddick as a member of the Jets and Oilers.

In addition to his NHL stint, Reddick enjoyed a lengthy career in North American minor leagues and Germany before he retired in 2002 and settled in Las Vegas, where he played in the old International Hockey League from 1994-96.

It was four years ago when officials at Faith Lutheran, which has students from grades 6-12, asked Thornton, whose son Andrew is now a senior, if he would help form a hockey program after they learned he had helped establish a high school hockey program in Phoenix.

He said he’d be happy to do it under one condition: that Reddick, who had been a fixture on the Las Vegas youth hockey scene for more than a decade, be the coach.

“I knew that he was the only coach I had a desire having my son skate under just because of his enormous experience and, equally important, his demeanor with children and young adults,” Thornton said. “When I moved here in 2008, I found out quickly that Vegas hockey wasn’t what Phoenix hockey was by any stretch. I started sniffing around town and it didn’t take me long to figure out that Pokey was ‘the guy’ in this town as far as experience and ability and success.”

Reddick thought he was finished with hockey when he stopped coaching AAA hockey and stopped conducting private lessons so he could golf and focus on his daughter Zoe’s quest to become a professional ballerina.

Eldon "Pokey" Reddick and high school hockey team manager Craig Thornton.

But when Thornton called with the high school hockey gig, Reddick was ready with a response.

“I was all in,” he said. “It was something different, kids could see the game from a different perspective. And somebody has to be first, right?”

Being the only high school team in the state hasn’t been easy. Road games are often flying affairs — even more so this season because several states have paused or canceled youth hockey due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

Reddick and his players have traveled to Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah, along with Phoenix, Midland and Odessa, Texas, and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, for weekend games.

“That’s the tough part, when we tell kids, ‘Tell your mom we’ll see them on Sunday,'” he said. “But that comes with the territory — travel, travel, travel. I thought I was done with traveling on airplanes like that when I retired.”

Not that he’s complaining.

“I’m enjoying myself,” Reddick said. “The part I like is when [the players] come back and say, ‘Thank you, coach.’ Put it this way, I get up every day at 4:30 a.m. to go to practice at 5:50 a.m. We have a bunch of kids and parents who are committed, and I don’t think I’ve missed a practice in three years.”

The 56-year-old said he’s looking forward to having company in the Nevada high school hockey coaching ranks.

He and Thornton envision Faith Lutheran, which receives support from the Vegas Jr. Knights, becoming the lynchpin of a statewide high school hockey league.

The potential talent pool is there. According to USA Hockey, the number of high school-age players in Nevada has increased by 138 percent since 2016, the year before the Golden Knights debuted. 

“To try to do the league will take a little bit more time than we thought,” Reddick said. “With the success of our school, hopefully the other schools will jump in.”

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Sioux Falls, S.D. – Las Vegas players Fuzzy Atchison, Jack Lackas and Chayse Laurie of the AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006 went 2-2-0 here in a major weekend tournament and nearly upset the #5 nationally ranked 25-5-0 AAA Northeast Wisconsin Jr Gamblers team 2006. That heated close game got away when a Bobcats late-game goal was disallowed. Afterwards Jr Gamblers head coach and Stanley Cup winner Brian Rafalski remarked how well the Bobcats played. Next week the Bobcats take on the AAA Arizona Coyotes 14u in a best of three for the Arizona State Championship. That big series begins on February 2.

This season Fuzzy Atchison has 33 goals, Jack Lackas 31 and Chayse Laurie 20.

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Monday, January 25, 2021

For the first time in our VegasHockey.net website history a bantam player – Hunter Toms, defenseman for the Matt Johnson-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u team is the #1 Most Searched Player here. Not just a day or two, but for the last two weeks.

And the folks at Elite Prospects describe Hunter Toms as a “Complete Player.”

Coach Johnson says “….Hunter Toms is an 06 defenseman on our AA 14u team. He came back to Las Vegas this season after spending a couple of seasons with the AAA L.A. Jr Kings.

“He is a prominent fixture on the blue line. Versatile as well, sometimes playing as a forward on our powerplays when he isn’t out there on the D

“Hunter has good poise with the puck and stays calm under pressure. He is one of the players we have relied on to be one of our leaders this season.”

SUNDAY GAME

Duluth, Ga. – Gunner Moore of Las Vegas scored again – his 7th goal of the season – for the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals in a 3-1 win over the Texas Roadrunners here at the Duluth Ice Forum.

//In a rare Monday game Gunner Moore scored his 8th goal of the season for the NAHL Atlanta Capitals in a 11-2 win over the Texas Roadrunners at the Duluth Ice Forum.

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Breaker – Hunter Keech of Las Vegas scored his first goal for the USPHL Premier Motor City Hockey Club in a 9-8 loss to the Decatur Blaze on Saturday night.

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Saturday Games

Final Score

Anaheim – Braden Husby scored dramatically three times to help the USPHL Premier Thunderbirds beat the USPHL Premier Anaheim Avalanche 8-6 at the Center Ice Arena on Saturday night. Braden, 18, is from Sioux Falls, SD. He is listed at 6’0, 170. He began this season with the USPHL Premier Minnesota Mullets.

USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds 8, Anaheim Avalanche 6

LV – Braden Husby 5th from Nate Mohr, Jeremiah De Valk

LV – Keith Shenkel 12th from Trey Ponto, Braden Husby

LV – Braden Husby 6th

LV – Ethan Knudsen 13th from Jeremiah De Valk

LV – Braden Husby 7th from Nate Mohr, Trey Ponto – powerplay

LV – Steven Avalone 5th from Arik Altman

LV – Brett Castoguay 5th from Nick Bonaldi, Braden Husby

LV – Ethan Knudsen 14th

LV goalie – Dylan Woods

Anaheim on home ice on Friday night upset the T-Birds; This was Game Two of this riveting road series

Goalie Luke Fundator of Las Vegas and NA3HL Sheridan Hawks vs Yellowstone Quake @Riley Arena, Cody, Wyoming

//Final Score – Luke Fundator 32 saves as Sheridan Hawks win a 4-3 OT thriller.

To contribute here send to leesamuels07@aol.com

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The AHL Henderson Silver Knights will open their season vs the AHL Ontario Reign on Feb 6 at the Orleans Arena on Tropicana Avenue. Locally the Silver Knights game will be broadcast live on radio station 1230 am ‘The Game.’

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Friday Scores

Final Score @ Anaheim

USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds 4, Anaheim Avalanche 5

LV goal – Arik Altman 11th goal of season from Trent Carter, Heath Mensch

LV goal – Brett Castonguay 4th from Steven Avalone, Trent Carter

LV goal – Steven Avalone 4th from Nate Mohr, Keith Shenkel

LV goal – Nate Mohr 14th from Heath Mensch, Steven Avalone

LV goalie – Colin Gallamore

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Duluth, Ga. – Gunner Moore of Las Vegas scored two goals – his 5th, 6th of the season – for the hometown NA3HL Atlanta Capitals in a very tough 5-4 OT/Shootout loss to the visiting Texas Roadrunners here at the Duluth Ice Forum

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USPHL Premier Pacific Division

#1 Fresno Monsters 16-5-1

#2 Las Vegas Thunderbirds 15-7-1

#3 Anaheim Avalanche 6-13-1

#4 San Diego Sabers 1-20-1

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Saturday #1 Most Searched – Steven Avalone, USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds

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Seth Bergeron of Las Vegas is now playing for the NAHL Northeast Generals who play home games in Attleboro, Massachusetts

The NA3HL Bay State Bobcats have signed Gabe Testa of Las Vegas. The Bobcats are based in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

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Wednesday Game

Tulsa – Joe Sullivan of Las Vegas scored the game-winner and Las Vegas linemate Michael McNicholas had two assists – including one on the winning goal – as the ECHL Indy Fuel beat the hometown Tulsa Oilers 3-2 here at the BOK Center on Wednesday night. The crowd was 2128.

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Best Stat of the Day – Hunter Barto of Las Vegas has 13 goals, 15 assists, 28 points for the USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose

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The USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds – the ultimate Road Warriors – will play away from home this coming weekend. The T-Birds will take on the USPHL Premier Anaheim Avalanche in a Friday/Saturday two game set at the Ontario Center Ice Skating Arena.

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Pueblo, ColoradoIt’s hard to win on the road particuarly against the mighty USPHL Premier Pueblo Bulls in Colorado. The Dave Hyrsky-coached USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds go into a decisive Game Three of this road series today noon local time at the Pueblo Ice Arena. On Sunday here Las Vegas won 5-4; on Monday the Pueblo Bulls won 7-4. Both teams are division leaders.

Tuesday Final Score – Pueblo Bulls 5, Las Vegas Thunderbirds 2

LV goal – Nick Bonaldi 3rd from Trey Ponto, Nate Mohr

LV goal – AJ Lackas 9th goal of season, unassisted

LV goalie – Colin Gallamore

//This was a hard, physical game with wicked checking.……..

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Monday final score – USPHL Premier Pueblo Bulls, 7, Las Vegas Thunderbirds 4 @ Pueblo Ice Arena, Colorado. T-Birds goal scorers – Steven Avalone (3rd goal of the season), Nate Mohr 23rd, Ethan Knutsen 12th, Heath Mensch 13th. Goalie – Colin Gallamore.

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Las Vegas – Coach Pokey Reddick says his top goal scorer 6’6, 210 lb Dominic Suhr “…is not a kid in a game, he’s a Man on the Ice.” Suhr is one of the big reasons why Pokey’s Faith Lutheran High School hockey team is off to a staggering great start this season.

Pokey Reddick’s Faith Lutheran High School team in Las Vegas

Season Record – 72-5

Last Game – 3-3 vs Braves Jr B/North Idaho All-Stars

Top goal scorers – Dominic Suhr 13, John Purdy 9, Ean Vitz 8, Danny Ruettiger 4, Matthew Cooper 3, Zaden Hnidy 3, Noah McAnallen 3, Colton Fleitz 2, Jack Edlin 1, Niels Hartvig-Nielsen 1, James Knurbein 1, Andrew Thornton 1

Goalies – Joey Hallet, Mitch McCombs

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Breaker – Hunter Keech of Las Vegas is playing this season with USPHL Premier Motor City Hockey Club.

Sunday Flash Final – USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds 5, Pueblo Bulls 4 – @ Pueblo Ice Arena, Colorado. T-Birds are now 15-4-1 overall, leaders of USPHL Pacific Division. Pueblo Bulls are a top team 22-9-1, leaders of USPHL Premier Mountain Division. Anthony Bonaldi goalie today for Las Vegas. This is a three-game road series for the T-Birds with games today, Monday, Tuesday.

LV goal – Ethan Knudsen 10th

LV goal – Nate Mohr 22nd from Braden Husby

LV goal – Andrew Cervantes 1st from Darion Conaway, Trent Carter

LV goal – Heath Mensch 12th from Arik Altman, Trent Carter

LV goal – AJ Lackas 8th from Andrew Cervantes, Ethan Knudsen

LV goalie – Anthony Bonaldi

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Pittsburgh – Jason Zucker’s amazing pass to linemate Marcus Petterson set up a key goal today for the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins who were in a very rough game today against the Washington Capitals. Jason, who grew up playing youth hockey at the Las Vegas Ice Center, got the puck and curled behind the Washington net and fired off a pass to linemate Marcus Petterson who scored to tie the game 3-3. The Caps enforcer Tom Wilson was on a hard checking rampage in this game. The game ended 3-3 in regulation, then the Caps scored in an OT/Shootout to win 4-3.

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Best Stat of the Day

Gunner Moore of Las Vegas and the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals 4 goals, 12 assists, 16 points, +14 on the ice

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Saturday Games

Bryce Reddick of Las Vegas scored the first goal of the game for the ECHL Greenville Swamp Rabbits in a 5-4 OT road win over the South Carolina Stingrays at the North Charleston Coliseum on Friday night. Bryce was back in the lineup for the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in the Saturday night game – a tough 4-3 OT loss to the South Carolina Stingrays.

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College Station, Texas – In a big Saturday night game Ethan Sodona of Las Vegas dealt his 9th assist this season to help the NA3HL Texas Roadrunners beat the Louisana Drillers 5-3 here at the Spirit Ice Arena.

‘Miracle on Ice’ Harris Whissel of Las Vegas is back with his team – AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u. He is there with his Las Vegas teammate goalie Blade Taylor. The first game back will be on Feb 3 – Lee

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Dallas – Ash Printzen of Las Vegas had a burst of three goals for AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u here at the CCM Invite. Ash has 13 goals this season. She has received many awards here on Vegas Hockey.

//Ash one goal and one assist for AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u in a 3-1 win over AAA Milwaukee Jr Admirals girls 19u

//AAA St. Louis Blues girls 19u 3, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u 1

//Ash one goal, one assist for AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u in a 3-2 win over AAA Madison Capitals girls 19u

//Ash one goal for AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u in a 5-2 win over AAA Milwaukee Jr Admirals girls 19u

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

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.

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 Crystal Palace Roller Rink on Rancho Drive and at national roller tournaments throughout the USA. Johnny was a very special person and skater.

John Paul McNicholas – The dear son of hockey dad John McNicholas – who coached tier hockey many years ago in Las Vegas – and the brother of goal scorer Michael McNicholas who is playing this season in the ECHL .

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 was 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.

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 – very popular hockey mom – mother of star player Vito Carlo of Las Vegas. Rosie was a fixture at Las Vegas ice hockey rinks whenever Vito was in a game.

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.

Gramps – Anthony Greener’s grandfather who for years on game nights was on the UNLV Rebels bench over by the stick rack. He had a kind word for all – the Rebels, visiting players, game officials plus dear hockey moms and dads. Tremendously missed by me and by all who are reading this now. Gramps once a year appears in our annual hockey Christmas story.

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.

To contribute here send to leesamuels07@aol.com

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Friday High School Game

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Pokey Reddick’s Faith Lutheran HS team are in Idaho to take on the CdA Cristeros HS team at the Frontier Ice Arena in Idaho on Friday, 8 pm local time. This is game one of a three-game weekend series.

Faith Lutheran’s top goal scorers – 12 – Dominic Suhr, 8 – John Purdy, 7 – Ian Vitz, 4 – Danny Ruettiger; 3 – Matthew Cooper; 3 – Zaden Hnidy, 2 – Colton Fleitz, 2 – Noah McAallen, 1 – Jack Edlin, 1 – James Knurbein, 1 – Niels Nelson, 1 – Niels Hartvig-Nielsen, 1 – Andrew Thornton

Goalies

Joey Hallet 2-0-3 record, 1.88 gaa, 92.4% save percentage

Mitchell McCombs, 3-1-1 record, 2.00 gaa, 92.2% save percentage

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Head coach Dave Hrysky and the very strong USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds are going to Colorado to take on Mountain Division leader Pueblo Bulls at the Pueblo Ice Arena in a three-game road series Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Pueblo has a record of 22-11-0. T-Birds players and coaches will dress warmly off the ice – there will be snow coming down there Monday.

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It is official – very popular Las Vegas defenseman Vito Carlo is on the roster of NCAA D3 Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire. Vito played previously with the WSHL Las Vegas Storm at the Las Vegas Ice Center and was a star defenseman with the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals.

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Wednesday Game – USPHL Premier

Las Vegas Thunderbirds 5, Fresno Monsters 3 – Final Score

T-Birds Sweep 3-Game Series, Take Over 1st Place in Pacific Division

LV – Cole Senum 1st from AJ Lackas

LV – Steven Avalone 2nd from Arik Altman, Heath Mensch

LV – Brett Mero 1st from Heath Mensch

LV – Ethan Knudsen 10th from Steven Avalone, Heath Mensch

LV – Brett Mero 2nd

LV goalie – Anthony Bonaldi43 saves, spectacular game for Anthony

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Las Vegas Goal Scorers Away From Home – 2020-21 Season

Goals

33 – Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006

31 – Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006

20 – Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006

15 – Matthew Gross, AAA Arizona Jr Coyotes 18u

14 – Hunter Barto, USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose

13 – Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan

13 – Gunner Moore, NA3HL Atlanta Capitals

7 – Austin Moline, NAPHL NorthStar Knights – Minnesota

4 – Aidan McNabb, USPHL Premier Carolina Jr Hurricanes

4 – Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel

3 – Dexter Kichline, Bishop Kearney Selects 15u

3 – Michael McNicholas, ECHL Indy Fuel

3 – Ian Williams, AAA Wenatchee Wild 18u – Washington

2 – Mykah Carter, NAPHL Northwest Stars 16u – Seattle

2 – Shane Dean, Gentry Academy – Minnesota

2 – Ethan Sodoma, NA3HL Texas Roadrunners

1 – Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Lady Ducks 19u

1 – Brennan Blasczak, SPHL Pensacola Flyers

1 – Bryce Reddick, ECHL Greenville Swamp Rabbits

1 – Noah Smejkal, NA3HL Northeast Generals – Massachusetts

1 – Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel

1 – Cameron Sylvester, USPHL Elite Hampton Roads Whalers

1 – Gabriel Testa, USPHL Premier Motor City Hockey Club

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Tuesday Game – USPHL Premier

Las Vegas Thunderbirds 5, Fresno Monsters 3

LV – Arik Altman – 10th goal of season – from Heath Mensch, Austen Kerridge

LV – Steven Avalone – 1st – from Keith Shenkel

LV – Trey Ponto 10th from Nick Bonaldi

LV – Nate Mohr 20th from Keith Shenkel, Trent Carter

LV – Nate Mohr 21st from Keith Shenkel

LV goalie – Colin Gallamore

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Indianapolis – Michael McNicholas of Las Vegas today signed to play for the ECHL Indy Fuel who are an affiliate of the NHL Chicago Blackhawks. Michael, 26 and listed at 5’10, 180, played for Indy Fuel several seasons ago. He is the son of hockey dad John McNicholas who years ago was a coach of tier ice hockey teams in Las Vegas.

Joe Sullivan, a goal scorer from Las Vegas, is also on the ECHL Indy Fuel.

The ECHL Indy Fuel have a massive fan base and play home games at the famous Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

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Jason Zucker of Las Vegas and the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins has always cared for others, particular children and his former Las Vegas linemates…..

“Before a game Jason Zucker writes “mom” and “dad” on every stick just under the initials of his Las Vegas teammate friend, Nick Schaefer, who died in 2010 at the age of 19 in a car accident. Tattooed on Zucker’s chest is “Game Time,” a funny saying Schaefer used to say. Tattooed on Zucker’s left wrist is the autograph of a young boy named Tucker who Zucker befriended in Minnesota before Tucker died of a rare form of bone cancer in 2016.”

— Michael Russo, writing in The Athletic –

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Giant goal scorer Chris Francis of Las Vegas – who played high energy game with explosive ultra speed and who made many game-winning goals – has retired as a player noting “it’s mostly due to the pandemic and what is going on in the world now.” He has relocated to Austin, Texas where he has started a new company – Puck University – and is now a coach in the AA Texas Jr Stars AA 14u, A14u hockey programs.

Chris played youth ice hockey and roller hockey in Las Vegas and was one of the very first from Las Vegas to be a star goal scorer in the WHL when he played with the Portland Winterhawks. He also played with the AHL Springfield Falcons, ECHL Alaska Aces, ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers and was captain of the ECHL Quad City Mallards. He played internationally last season in Germany with Salle Bulls Halle. Rob Pallin was Chris’ hockey coach on many of his teams. Chris’ father was the late great Dave Francis who was very popular in Las Vegas. Dave ran the Pro Shop at the Sobe Ice Arena (now known as the Pepsi Arena on North Rancho Drive) and he always had a bright 8 x 10 color photo of his hockey son Chris wearing his red Portland Winterhawks jersey taped onto the front window of the Pro Shop.

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Monday Score

USPHL Premier

Las Vegas Thunderbirds 8, Fresno Monsters 5

LV goals – Nate Mohr 3, Arik Altman, Darion Conaway, Heath Mensch, Trey Ponto, Keith Shenkel

LV goalie – Anthony Bonaldi

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Hockey games are hard to win – all of the Las Vegas coaches know that as none of the teams here town can play home games. Which brings us to head coach Dave Hyrsky whose ‘road warriors ‘ USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds have carved out an 11-4-1 record and are a tremendous force in a very tough league.


USPHL PREMIER LAS VEGAS THUNDERBIRDS

HEAD COACH DAVE HYRSKY
TEN QUESTIONS

When you recruit players on the junior hockey level what exactly are most important things to see – skill level, skate speed, hockey knowhow?


“Adam (Bonaldi, GM) and I recruit skill level obviously as this is what first catches your eye. After that we are looking into the character of a player – and a lot goes into the word ‘character.’ Like how does a player interact with his teammates – is he positive, does he get along……

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#2 You have constructed a great hockey team this season. What are the most important positions which concern you first when putting it all together

“Adam (Bonaldi) was responsible for putting most of the team together and I think our biggest attribute at this very moment is our depth. We can roll 4 lines every game.”

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Who is the best player/goalie you have ever signed on any team


“We had the opportunity to coach Chris Thorburn when he was just 15 years old. He later was on the St Louis Blues which won a Stanley Cup a few years
ago.”

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What is the role of each coach you have on game nights

“One handles the defense during the game, one handles the forwards and we work with all on the bench and make adjustments as needed.”

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In your opinion why do you think the Thunderbirds have gotten off to such a great start. What drives you to coach this particular team.


“Our depth is the reason for our great start. We enjoy being in Las Vegas very much with all of the time from top to bottom with John Marks (President), Adam Bonaldi (GM) to the players has been a lot of fun – we have kept our sanity throughout all of this with the pandemic going on is pretty amazing.”

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It’s late in 3rd period, you are down a goal, with the game on the line which of your penalty killers go onto the ice.


“We would go with one of our top offensive units if we are down by a goal in the third period. If we are up one goal in the game we would send in one of our defensive units.’

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What is the difference of playing a regular season game compared to playing in a high tension playoff game. 


“The difference between playing a regular season game and a playoff game is the intensity level. In the minds of the players we’re in a do or die situation so you see players willing to do just about about anything to win.”

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#11 Do you look at video of your next opposing team and if so, what is the most important thing to look at.


“We do look a lot of videos of opposing teams basically to study their systems– how they forecheck and how they play the penalty kill.”

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Is there anything you would like to add.


“We want to sincerely thank John Marks (President) and Adam Bonaldi (GM) for all they do – which is a lot.”

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

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North Richland Hills, Texas – Ethan Sodoma of Las Vegas was picked the #2 Star of the game after he dealt two assists for the NA3HL Texas Roadrunners in a 3-2 win over the Northeast Generals here at the NYTEX Sports Centre.

Looking for the whereabouts of these Las Vegas players – Spencer Poscente, Landon Quinney, Derek Sutliffe, Jacob Underhill, Cory Ward. Contact leesamuels07@aol.com

Coming this week – A Deep Look at awesome head coach Dave Hyrsky and GM Adam Bonaldi regarding their ‘Road Warriors’ Las Vegas Thunderbirds who amazingly lead the USPHL Premier Pacific Division.

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Pensacola, Fla. – “We competed at such a high level,” said head coach Wally Lacroix of the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u after a 3-0 win over the AA Nashville Jr Predators 16u here at the Florida Panthers Ice Den. Goalie Johnny Ng, who has played at the high level here all weekend, got the win. Micah Williamson, Mike Turner, Andrew Crawford scored. “Think about this – we’ve only allowed just one goal in our last three games here today. It truly is amazing!” Lacroix said.

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Provo, Utah – Big game goal scorer Ian Williams of Las Vegas scored twice and dealt three assists for the AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u who went 2-1-0 in a weekend road series here against the AAA West Coast Renegades 18u. Ian and the Wenatchee Wolves will travel to Omaha for the USHL AAA Under Armour Tournament scheduled for January 22-24.

Saturday Games

High School

Game One Today

Faith Lutheran H.S. Las Vegas 4 at West Texas High School 0

Game Two Saturday night

Faith Lutheran H.S. Las Vegas 6, West Texas High School 3

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AA 16u @ Florida Panthers Ice Den, Pensacola, Fla.

1st game Saturday, January 9

Final Score AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 2, AA Coral Springs Makos 1

//Micah Williamson 2 goals, goalie Austin Schaertel spectacular effort for AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

2nd Game Saturday, January 9

AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u 3, Nashville Jr Predators 16u 0

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1st game Friday, January 8

Final Score – AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u 2, AA Carolina Jr Hurricanes 16u 1@ Florida Panthers Ice Den, Pensacola, Fla.

//Vegas goalie John Ng very strong in this game. Micah Williamson, Josh Hinkle scored for Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u. Coach Wally Lacroix after the game said “…..our young men played at a very high level. Our goalie had a solid performance.”

AA 14u

AA Carolina Jr Hurricanes 14u 5, Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u 0

AA Coral Springs Makos 14u 3, Vegas Jr Golden Knights 1

AA 12u – Squirts

Carolina Jr Hurricanes 12u 6, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 12u 3

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Friday Scores – January 8

High School

Faith Lutheran H.S. Las Vegas 5, at West Texas High School 0

//1st game of a weekend series for the Pokey Reddick-coached Faith Lutheran High School in action this weekend in Texas. Faith Lutheran raises season record to 5-1-4. Faith Lutheran HS will play West Texas HS two more times on Saturday. Top goal scorers this season for Faith Lutheran HS are Dominic Suhr with 11 goals, Ean Vitz 6 and John Purdy 6. Goalie Joey Hallet has a 2-0-3 record, 1.71 gaa and 92.5% save percentage and goalie Mitchell McCombs has a 3-2-1 record with a 2.50 gaa and a 90.5% save percentage.

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AA 16u

Florida Panthers Ice Den, Pensacola, Fla.

Coral Springs Makos 4, Vegas Jr Golden Knights 3

AA 14u

Vegas Jr Golden Knights 3, Nashville Jr Predators 1

AA 12u – Squirts

Vegas Jr Golden Knights 4, Nashville Jr Predators 1

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Friday, January 8, 2021

Pensacola, Florida – The Wally Lacroix coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u and Matt Johnson’s AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u are here for weekend games at the Florida Panthers Ice Den. Each Las Vegas team will play four games

AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

Head Coach – Wally Lacroix

Jan 8 – vs AA Coral Springs Makos 16u

Jan 8 – vs AA Carolina Jr Hurricanes 16u

Jan 9 – vs AA Coral Springs Makos 16u

Jan 9 – vs AA Nashville Jr Predators 16u

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AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

Head Coach – Matt Johnson

Jan 8 – 3-1 over AA Nashville Jr Predators 14u

LV goals – Brandon Cabral, Caden Ross, Carter Adams – LV goalie Kam Laskaska

Coach Matt Johnson ….”Excellent game. We outplayed them, controlled the game. This was a real good win.”

Jan 9 – vs AA Carolina Jr Hurricanes 14u

Jan 9 – vs AA Florida Makos 14u

Jan 10 – vs Nashville Jr Predators 14u

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Breaker – Hockey coach Pokey Reddick and his Faith Lutheran High School varsity team in Las Vegas depart 11:05 am Friday to head to Texas to take on the West Texas High School varsity team in a three-game weekend series – Lee

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Spooner, Wisconsin – Hunter Barto of Las Vegas scored twice – his 7th, 8th goals of the season to help the USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose beat the Rochester Vipers 9-4 here Friday night at the Spooner Civic Center. Hunter, in his first year in junior hockey is having an awesome season with 8 goals, 11 assists.

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Faith Lutheran H.S. Las Vegas varsity roster – #4 Colton Fleitz A, #7 Jack Edlin, Captain; #8 Taylor Pettigrew, #9 Ean Vitz, #10 John Purdy A – star goal scorer, #11 Noah McAnallen; #14 Niels Hartvig-Nielsen; #16 Dominic Suhr; #19 Matthew Campos; #21 Hugo Larios; #23 Phillip Stromer; #24 Matthew Cooper; #28 James Knurbein; #29 Joey Hallet – star player at all levels of the game; #33 Andrew Thornton; #34 Zaden Hnidy; #37 Mitchell McCombs; #45 Danny Ruettiger; #66 Ian McKenna; #77 Brandon Lingo; #91 Jake Fellows

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Here is a look at the top goal scorers for the dynamic Dave Hyrsky-coached USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds this season. Adam Bonaldi is the GM.

Goals

16 – Nate Mohr; 10 – Heath Mensch; 10 – Keith Shenkel; 9 – Ethan Knudsen; 8 – Arik Altman; 8 – Trey Ponto; 7 – AJ Lackas; 7 – Mark Kurliandchyk; 6 – Austin Kerridge; 6 – Braden Husby; 3 – Anthony Juric; 2 – Nick Bonaldi; 2 – Tanner Turcotte; 2 – Petr Teuber; 1 – Jack Boyd; 1 – Nick Dufek; 1 – Mark Nowag; 1 – Kevin Hanley

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Breaker – The very popular ‘Miracle on Ice’ Harris Whissel of Las Vegas is returning today to his team AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u. Las Vegas goalie Blade Taylor is on the Chiefs as well.

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Narch Roller Hockey Tournament Update

We hope that your New Year is off to a great start!  Here’s a quick update on upcoming events the next few months.

Jan 15th-18th Pacific Cup in Tucson

The schedule will be up this Friday!  10u and 16u will run Fri-Sun.  12u, 14u, 18u will run Sat-Mon.

Jan 29th-31st Pacific Cup Men’s Tourney in Tucson 

We only have 3 spots left!

Register here: Pacific Cup Registration

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Feb 5th-7th Rocky Mountain Cup –  This event is a GO!  We are excited to head to Legends Family Sports for the first time and hope your team can join us!  We hope to have 10u/12u/14u/16u/18u/men’s.  We already have men’s teams and some youth teams registered but need more teams to round out the youth divisions.  Please register ASAP if you’re planning to play in this event. 

Feb 26th-28th East Coast Invitational – We’re excited to head to Hotshots in Mt. Pleasant, PA.  If you have a team that wants to participate, it’s time to get registered!  Since this is a two-rink facility we’re hoping for a great turnout. 

March 12th-14th Winternationals in Irvine – With CA still closed for competition, we’re hoping to pull this off but still too early to tell.

April 22nd-25th NARCh Regional in Irvine – This is always our largest tournament of the year, outside of the FINALS and WINTERNATIONALS. 

We are working on adding additional events and will continue to send updates as we do.

We’re looking forward to a lot more NARCh Hockey in 2021

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Most Searched Today – #1 ‘My Greatest Game’ by Jeff Hajner; #2 Chris Francis, star goal scorer; #3 Pokey Reddick; #4 Gage Quinney – in camp with the NHL Vegas Golden Knights at City National Arena; #5 Micah Sanford – The Star Player Who Started It All in Las Vegas; #5 The first big giant-scoring Rob Pallin-coached AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u 1999-2000 Triple Threat Line with Travis Roseberry, Spike Neely and JC Caron. The Vegas Hockey All Heart Award each season is named after Spike Neely; #6 John Purdy, Faith Lutheran HS sharpshooter; #7 When in Doubt give the puck to the Vegas Thunderbirds amazing goal scorer Nate Mohr. Nate is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota and is an unstoppable force; #8 HOF coach Wally Lacroix; #9 Dave Hyrsky – Head Coach, USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds; #10 Rob Pallin, the coach who ignited the sport of hockey in Las Vegas; #10a Hockey coach Matt Johnson, Vegas Jr Golden Knights; #10b Brian Salcido, Hockey Director

#11 UNLV coaches Anthony Greener, Nick Robone; #12 Star Vegas Hockey writer Bethany Drysdale; #13 Las Vegas hockey Dad Steve Allen and his rinkboard dustup last summer with The Genius at the Pepsi Arena. “It was only a story, didn’t hurt much when we got vaporized over on the south rinkboards.” #13a Skitters the wandering baby rink kitten at the Pepsi Arena is missing – again – Skitters created a few years ago by local hockey dad Dr Jay Zurfluh; #14 Flashback 2004 – The Last Skate at the Santa Fe Station Ice Arena – #1 All-Time Most Searched story; #14a The Kid Who Saved Christmas at the Pepsi Arena; #15 Premier goalie Johnny Ng, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u; #16 Miracle on Ice Harris Whissel, AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u. What happened to Harris, when you read his story here, it is truly a real-life Miracle; #17 Luke Fundator, goalie for NA3HL Sheridan Hawks; #18 Vito Carlo; #19 Jake McKenna; #20 – Anthony Greener’s grandfather Gramps; #21 CJ Stubbs; #22 The Barstow Brothers

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The AHL Pacific Division looks like for this season. The AHL is looking for – hoping for – a Feb 5 start

AHL Pacific

Bakersfield Condors

Colorado Eagles

Henderson Silver Knights

Ontario Reign

San Diego Gulls

San Jose Barracuda

Stockton Heat

Tucson Roadrunners

Source – Pro Hockey Rumors website

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Gold Medal Game Update Sunday in Phoenix – D1 Desert Vista High School of Phoenix edged the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u by 3-2. Coach Wally Lacroix said “….our goalie Johnny NG played very well and our athletes showed moments of competition but we were a bit inconsistent. We took on a big strong team here.”

Pre-Game Story……

Phoenix – The Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u are in gold medal game action today – Sunday – here at the Winter Classic. The Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u will take on D1 Desert Vista High School at 2 pm local time. Assistant coach Todd Owen is also on the bench with the hometown AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u team.

Here is how the AA Vegas Jr Knights 16u got to the gold medal game.

3-3 tie vs Arizona Hockey Union – Austin Schaertel goalie for Vegas

1-3 to Park City Utah Johnny Ng goalie for Vegas

3-1 over Arizona Jr Coyotes – Johnny Ng goalie

4-1 over Orange County Hockey Club – Austin Schaertel goalie

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GAGE QUINNEY OF LAS VEGAS TO NHL GOLDEN KNIGHTS CAMP TODAY

Las Vegas – Gage Quinney, who played tier hockey at the Las Vegas Ice Center, is on the NHL Vegas Golden Knights training camp roster. Practices begin Monday morning at the City National Arena over on Charleston Avenue near the Red Rock Casino Hotel. The practices are closed to public. The Golden Knights indicated video streams will be released for their fans.

Gage, 25, played three games for the NHL Golden Knights last season. He primarily played for the Golden Knights’ #1 affiliate the AHL Chicago Wolves where he had 17 goals, 19 assists. He is 25, listed at 5’11, 185. His hockey father Ken Quinney played in the NHL two seasons with the NHL Quebec Nordiques and then five seasons 1993-98 with the wildly popular IHL Las Vegas Thunder.

Gage has always been a driving force and and a dynamic big game scorer at all levels of the game. He will begin this season with the NHL Golden Knights or with their new #1 affiliate the AHL Henderson Silver Knights. The Golden Knights begin NHL play on January 14, taking on the Anaheim Ducks at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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The Ticker – The NA3HL Louisana Drillers have added Mark Kurliandchik – an awesome goal scorer with the USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds – onto their active roster. It was announced on the NA3HL transactions area. Kurliandchik, 19, has 7 goals, 7 assists this season. He is listed at 6’3″ and 195 and is from Belarus.Goal scorer Seth Bergeron of Las Vegas began the season playing for the NAHL Maryland Black Bears. He is now with the NAHL Northeast Generals who are based in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Seth in 2021 is committed to playing hockey at D3 Stevenson University in Baltimore. Just a few seasons ago Seth was a top player for the Gabe Gauthier-coached WSHL Las Vegas Storm over at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue…. Jake McKenna, now with the UNLV Rebels, was a top defenseman for that LV Storm junior hockey club.and who was the best, most feared goal scorer for the Las Vegas Storm. That would be captain Beau Ricketts who was a powerful awesome force.

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Big Games Saturday NightJanuary 2, 2021

SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League

Final Score

Brennan Blasczak of Las Vegas and Pensacola Ice Flyers 5, visiting Huntsville Havoc 1 @ Bay Center, Pensacola, Fla.

NA3HL

Final Score

Goalie Luke Fundator of Las Vegas and Sheridan Hawks 6, vs visiting big rival Gillette Wild 3 @ Whitney M and M Center, Sheridan, Wyoming

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The Ticker – Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin, head coach of ESV Kaufburen in Germany, said today “…we have great news to share. We have a player on our team – Markus Schweiger, only 18 years old – who is playing for Team Germany against Team Russia today. Markus is very skilled with tremendous skating ability. All the best to Markus today!”

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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Here is a good look at star goalie Luke Fundator of Las Vegas and the NA3HL Sheridan Hawks in Wyoming who talks about reasons why he always wanted to be a top goalie. He is 18, listed at 6’2, 185 and has won many awards here on Vegas Hockey.

  • Why I started goalie? I started goalie roughly a year after I started playing hockey. I always wanted to try it since the very beginning. I never thought it would be as my career position in hockey, but here we are. Watching the pros definitely helped to inspire me to follow my passion for goal tending, also being fortunate to have a great friend (Brayden Mensch) who help me get into it and helped me strap the pads on initially. 
  • Before playing for the Sheridan Hawks I mainly played my career in Las Vegas for the Outlaws, Junior Storm AA and one year with the Junior Wranglers AA. It wasn’t until I was 15 when I played for my first team outside of Vegas with the Arizona Bobcats AAA program for 2 years before starting my junior career with the Sheridan Hawks NA3HL.
  • “My all time career goal has always been the same. I would love to play college hockey D1 and hopefully make my way to play pro hockey (NHL, AHL, European).

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Quote of the Day…

“One night a kid failed to show up and they asked me to play goalie. At the end of the swamp closest to the streetlight, there was a ‘net’ someone had knocked together from two-by-fours with 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 on the other team streaked towards me. He rifled a shot on goal, and I came sliding out knocking the puck aside. My teammates cheered and as the puck was gathered up they went zooming the other way. 

“Using the blade of my stick, I cleared ice shavings from the front of the net, like an old pro. In that instant, I discovered my  passion for the sport.”

— The great author Jay Atkinson, writing in his book Ice Time – A Tale of Fathers, Sons and Hometown Heroes – 2001 – Three Rivers Press 

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Quote of the Day – “On the ice hockey players are rough and tough, but when one them gets hurts or is in trouble they are the kindest, most compassionate, sensitive humans imaginable” — Las Vegas hockey Mom Nancy Whissel who wrote a story here on Vegas Hockey about her hockey son the great Harris Whissel called- “A Miracle on Ice.”

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Friday, January 1, 2021 – It’s New Year’s Day!

Las Vegas – Jason Zucker, who grew up playing hockey here in town, of the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins, and goal-scoring phenom Ash Printzen of Las Vegas and AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u, are the 2020 Vegas Hockey Players of the Year.

Jason was 3 1/2 years old when his hockey dad Scott took his to see roller hockey legend coach Larry Sanford at his roller rink. Jason brought his own hockey stick and later here his tier hockey coach was Wally Lacroix over at the Las Vegas Ice Center. When Jason was preparing for the NHL Player Draft it was Rob Pallin who worked Jason in hard skating drills while he was all alone on the ice.

Jason, now 28, has played 10 season including 471 games. He has a NHL career 138 goals, 138 assists and 255 points

Ash Printzen is playing at a very high level with AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u. During summer months she skates in touring international roller hockey tournaments.

One of the most amazing stories this season is Dave Hyrsky who is head coach of the USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds. With no games on home ice because of the coronavirus the T-Birds have been an awesome force on the road and amazingly are the leaders in the Pacific Division in USPHL Premier.

Brian Salcido, HSK Hockey Director in Henderson, is the Vegas Hockey Person of the Year.

I grew up playing youth hockey is the Los Angeles area for teams such as the West Valley Wolves and the L.A. Jr Kings. My sophomore year of high school we moved to Faribault, Minnesota to attend Shattuck St. Mary’s which is known for producing players like Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Zach Parise. We earned a scholarship to Colorado College and played along with Brett Sterling, Mark Stuart, Curtis McElhinney and Hobey Baker winner Marty Sertich

“We were drafted by the Anaheim Ducks and became the first California-born and raised player to play for the Ducks. I was the ‘black ace’ during the Ducks Stanley Cup winning playoff run in 2007. After 4 years in the Anaheim system including two All Star selections, we had a successful career in Europe playing in the KHL, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic.

“My grandparents moved to Las Vegas in 1989 and our family vacationed in Las Vegas quite often. We had a vacation home in Las Vegas and we spent many summers here. I remember attending several hockey camps at the old Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena. In 2007 my parents retired here as well and my wife and I bought a house shortly afterwards. We spent all of summers in Henderson.

“My father Frank was coaching hockey in Las Vegas and we would help him with clinics and practices during the summers. He had a couple of players who were looking for extra training so we began to help find ice time to give them lessons. Dell Truax, head coach at the Jr Golden Knights, asked me to coach at some skills clinics and Wally Lacroix, the GM at the Sobe Ice Arena, let me coach his VJGK 14u team at the VJGK Memorial Day Tournament.

“We received a few offers to play in Europe, but decided to retire from professional hockey and stay in Las Vegas. That fall my Dad and I coached the VJGK 10u B squirts for the VJGK and the rest is history. It’s been a whirlwind since we stopped playing but it has been extremely rewarding and motivating to have been so well received by the hockey community in the Vegas Valley.”

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LAS VEGAS COACH ROB PALLIN AND ESK KAUFBUREN ON HOT RUN

Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin and his ESV Kaufburen team in Germany have been on a hot run, winning six of their last seven games. Coach Rob said ” We continue to get better and grow confidence in our systems. We played a very good team last night and won 6-2. Our leading goal scorers are John Lammers, who was a draft pick for the NHL Dallas Stars and Tyler Spurgeon of Canada who was a draft pick by NHL Edmonton. We want to wish everyone in Las Vegas a Happy and Safe New Year!!

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2020 VEGAS HOCKEY AWARDS

Best Coaches UNLV – Anthony Greener, Nick Robone

Best Coach UPSHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds – Dave Hyrsky

Best International Coach – Rob Pallin, ESVK Kaufbeuren

Best High School Coach – Pokey Reddick

Best AA 16u Coach – Wally Lacroix, Vegas Jr Golden Knights

Best AA 14u Coach – Matt Johnson, Vegas Jr Golden Knights

Best Roller Hockey Coach – Kevin Conaway, Sin City Barons

Las Vegas Hockey Person of the Year – Brian Salcido, HSK Henderson, Hockey Director

Best NCAA – Dom Garcia, Arizona State

Best AHL – Gage Quinney

Best ECHL – Bryce Reddick, Joe Sullivan

Best WHL – Eric Atchison

Best NAHL – Seth Bergeron

Best NA3HL – Gunner Moore, Luke Fundator

Best SPHL – Brennan Blasczak

Best USPHL Premier – Jerertt Overland, Hunter Barto

Best USPHL Elite – Tristan Nelson

Best NAPHL – Austin Moline

Best Player Las Vegas Thunderbirds Nate Mohr

Best Defenseman Las Vegas Thunderbirds Trey Ponto

Best Las Vegas Roller Players – Matt Abraham, Nick Robone, Darion Conaway, Andrew Tamura, Billy Tufano

Best AAA 18u – Ian Williams, AAA Wenatchee Wolves; ‘Miracle on Ice’ Harris Whissel, AAA Connecticut Chiefs; Goalie Zackary Ortolano, AAA Shattuck St. Mary’s

Best AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16uMicah Williamson, Andrew Crawford, Kenneth Curtis

Best AAA 14uFuzzy Atchison, Jack Lackas, Chayse Laurie with AAA Arizona Bobcats

Best AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u – Forwards – Connor Beers, Chase Nehring, Carter Adams; Defense – Kaden Mulcahy, Hunter Toms; Goalie – Kameron Laskaskas

Best Referees – Adam Hendren, Wally Lacroix multiple winner; Ryan Townsend, previous winner

Best writer on Vegas Hockey – Bethany Drysdale has won 3 straight years; Kat Craner tremendous interviews with top UNLV players and coaches.

Best hometown hockey website – Las Vegas Ice Center (lots of updates, easy to navigate, multiple winner here),

Best hockey websites – SinBin.Vegas; Gregg Drinnan’s daily hockey blog in Canada

Best Hockey Dad – Steve Allentotally recovered after The Genius vaporized him at the rinkboards in one of our hockey adventure stories over at the Pepsi Arena.

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Las Vegas Goal Scorers Away From Home – 2020-21 Season

Goals

20 – Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006

19 – Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006

15 – Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006

10 – Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u

8 – Hunter Barto, USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose

7 – Austin Moline, NAPHL NorthStar Knights 16u – Minnesota

4 – Gunner Moore, NA3HL Atlanta Capitals

3 – Dexter Kichline, Bishop Kearney Selects 15u

3 – Ian Williams, AAA Wenatchee Wild 18u – Washington

2 – Mykah Carter, NAPHL Northwest Stars 16uSeattle

2 – Ethan Sodoma, NA3HL Texas Roadrunners

1 – Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Lady Ducks 19u

1 – Seth Bergeron, NAHL Black Bears

1 – Aidan McNabb, USPHL Premier Carolina Jr Hurricanes

1 – Cameron Sylvester, USPHL Premier Hampton Road Whalers

1 – Gabriel Testa, USPHL Premier Motor City Hockey Club

To add, revise or tweak send to leesamuels07@aol.com

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Friday, December 25, 2020 – It’s Christmas Day…..

THE VEGAS KID WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS

Our Annual Christmas Story

By Lee Samuels

Las Vegas – That didn’t take long. Brian Salcido’s handheld lighted device turned pink for a moment, then there was a bright pulsing redness.

Sector 4 it read in bright gold letters.

Salcido, who runs the Pepsi Ice Arena over on North Rancho Drive, knew it was trouble. 

Sector 4 was the casino buffet area. Which is where Johnny Gold and the Barstow brothers were having a pre-game meal.

Salcido hustled to the buffett area and the Barstow brothers said they don’t pay for their pre-game meals because they are so special.

In a few moments it was all handled.

“You’re lucky,” Johnny Gold said curtly. “We were ready to leave town. And if we leave town we’re taking Christmas with us.”

He wore a gold outfit and when he smiled there was a golden glow. 

His coach, Jack Black from East LA, was sitting over in a side booth, smiling gently.
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Tonight’s big game – Johnny Gold and the Barstow Brothers plus linemates against the hometown Las Vegas team had been sold out for weeks. Actually no tickets were sold, there were given away to locals who had been battling covid stuff for what has seemed to be forever. Salcido said it the right thing to do, let everyone in and enjoy.
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The Las Vegas coaches include Rob Pallin, Anthony Greener, John McNicholas, Matt Johnson. All have been winning coaches for years.  They were going over some pre-game stuff.  Star reporter Bethany Drysdale with a thick notebook was there as well as Gramps who was getting the players game sticks in order behind the bench. Skitters, the rink kitten who usually wanders into problem areas on game nights, was there as was newcomer Ruby the Rink Dog who was there basically to watch over Skitters.

Hi-tech Ryan was there too. He was there to figure out how Johnny Gold’s golden stick shaft turns emerald green when he perfectly lines up a shot and fires in goal after goal. 

In the Pro Shop was the great kid Leah who was baking cookies for the players. Dave Francis, the best blade sharpener in town, had quite a few skates and blades to work on. He kept a pot of coffee on to share with the players Dads, Moms, Uncles and Aunts.

During the pre-game coach Rob asked Tommy Ricketts, who was also on the bench, who and what is Johnny Gold and what makes him so special.

Well, he hasn’t lost a game in years. Two weeks ago in Big Mountain fans got out of shape when Johnny scored seven times. The Barstow brothers give him protection from hometown enforcers. Sometimes it gets real nasty out there on the ice,” Tommy said.

“Let’s put extreme pressure on Johnny Gold anytime he carries the puck,” said Miracle on Ice Harris Whissel.

But why does Johnny Gold’s golden stick turn emerald green when he fired off rocket blasts.
That’s when Pallin turned to the youngest on the bench, kid Ryan who is a whiz in mathematics and science.

“Can you figure this out?” Pallin asked Ryan

“Shouldn’t be that hard actually,” Ryan said.
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Ryan had a hand device called Digital Power Analyzer. He bought it over at the Swap Meet on Charleston Avenue in Las Vegas. Didn’t cost much. But it sure figures things out if you know what to do with it.
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Before the game the Barstow brothers came to the Vegas bench to talk to coach McNicholas.
The big Barstow brother, with the reddish beard, said “…we heard about your son John Paul. We played a lot of games with him. Good player who played with all of his heart. We wanted to let you know now because sometimes fans chase us out of town.”

The two Barstow brothers tapped their glove to McNicholas’ right hand.
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Just then Gramps said “hey…Skitters is missing and Ruby the Rink Dog just went over to Johnny Gold’s bench to get her back.”

Salcido turned to coach Rob and asked “does things like this happen in most of your games” and Rob said not really, only when Johnny Gold is on the ice.

“By the way during warmups the Barstow Brothers told our players they don’t believe in Santa and they said he’s not coming here tomorrow night. Some of our younger players are terribly upset,” said Vegas coach Matt Johnson.

“Santa will be coming,” coach Rob said. “We promised that to our daughters.”

Johnny Gold then blasted in back to back shots. He drove to the net, wound up and each time his golden stick shaft turned emerald green and the puck rocketed into the Vegas net.

Coach Rob asked Kid Ryan Zurfluh if could figure what is going on here.

Sure, Ryan said. He knew Johnny Gold had an hidden source of power for his golden stick.
Ryan turned on his handheld Digital Power Analyzer and followed its signal.
He walked towards the back of the Pepsi Arena, walked past the two Zamboni’s and Digital Power Analyzer got louder.
And there it was…
Johnny Gold’s team bus.  The Golden One it said on the side of the bus.
And the energy beeping was coming from inside the bus.
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There was some sort of energy device inside the team bus sending electronic waves out to Johnny Gold. In a few short moments, Ryan unplugged the power cord and shut down the energy device.
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When Johnny Gold couldn’t score he walked off the ice taking the two Barstow brothers with him.  And when he reached the south rinkboards he swung his golden stick hard and it a broke into hundreds of pieces. At that very same moment the back gate opened and Peppers, the zany Zamboni driver, drove onto the ice for a cleanup. 

While all of this was going on hockey writer Bethany Drysdale was working on her second notebook.

Hockey Dad Steve Allen of Las Vegas was pounding the rink glass in joy.
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And what eventually happened to Kid Ryan.

From that very moment on he was known in Las Vegas as…..

The Kid Who Saved Christmas






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Calgary, Alta. The Western Hockey League announced today the 2021 WHL Draft, previously referred to as the WHL Bantam Draft, has been rescheduled and will be conducted in December 2021. The WHL Draft was originally scheduled to take place in May 2021.

“Moving the 2021 WHL Draft from May to December allows additional time for players in the 2006 age group to be evaluated following a challenging season due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “We anticipate minor hockey leagues and tournaments will be fully operational in the fall, which will allow players to compete at a high level once again.”Players eligible for the 2021 WHL Draft will be 2006-born players who reside in Alberta, B.C., Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

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THE KID WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS

They are on their roadtrip right now. Johnny Gold, with his solid gold hockey stick which has electronic honing devices for easy goal scoring and the Barstow Brothers have road games in Montana, Colorado, Arizona and will soon be at the Pepsi Arena on North Rancho Drive. To all – including Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen – please do not get too close the rinkboards on game night. Our hometown coaches including Rob Pallin, Anthony Greener, John McNicholas, Matt Johnson, hockey dad Tommy Ricketts plus Gramps over by the stick rack, award winning hockey writer Bethany Drysdale on the Vegas bench and ‘Miracle on Ice’ Harris Whissel of Las Vegas have to deal with all of this in our annual Christmas story. Dave Francis will be in the Pro Shop. Kid Leah Zurfluh will be baking cookies in the Pro Shop and her old pre-teen brother Ryan will be looking for a technical way to shut down Johnny Gold. Brian Salcido, director of hockey and the arena for that matter, will be a calming centerpiece in this story called The Kid Who Saved Christmas.

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Tuesday, December 22, 202

The first-year USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds have extreme firepower. Top goal goal scorer Nate Mohr, 19, is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is listed at 6’1, 170. He initially played tier hockey with the AAA Rocky Mountain Roughriders.

As we approach the Christmas holidays here is an overall look at the top goal scorers for the USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds who have a record of 11-4-1. Dave Hyrsky is head coach, Adam Bonaldi is GM and John Marks is the president.

Goals

16 – Nate Mohr

10 – Heath Mensch, Keith Shenkel

9 – Ethan Knutsen

8 – Arik Altman, Trey Ponto

7 – AJ Lackas, Mark Kurliandchyk

6 – Austen Kerridge

4 – Braden Husby

3 – Anthony Juric

2 – Nick Bonaldi, Tanner Turcotte, Petr Teuber

1 – Jack Boyd, Nick Dufek, Mark Nowag, Kevin Hanly

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Monday Game

Estero, Fla. – Cameron Sylvester of Las Vegas and the USPHL Premier Hampton Roads Whalers lost a tough one, 2-1 to the USPHL Florida Jr Blades here at the Hertz Ice Arena, Blue Rink.

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Sunday Scores

Breaking – The Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u today beat the AA Nashville Jr Predators 16u 5-0 at the StarCenter in McKinney, Texas.

Weekend Scores

AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

Head Coach Wally Lacroix

All Games at StarCenter in McKinney, Texas

0-1 to McKinney North Stars

1-2 to Nashville Jr Predators

5-0 over Nashville Jr Predators

4-3 over McKinney North Stars

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AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

Head Coach – Matt Johnson

All Games at StarCenter in McKinney, Texas

3-0 over Nashville Jr Predators

3-6 to McKinney North Stars

5-1 over Nashville Jr Predators

Sunday evening

1-3 to McKinney North Stars

//This was a 1-1 game with six minutes to play; then McKinney North Stars scored on a powerplay and then near end of the game North Stars got an empty-net goal.

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Estero, Fla. – With the clock ticking down towards Christmas week Aidan McNabb of Las Vegas and the USPHL Premier Carolina Jr Hurricanes beat the USPHL Premier Atlanta Mad Hatters today – Sunday – by 2-0 at the Hertz Ice Arena on the Green Rink.

Orland Park, IllinoisHunter Barto of Las Vegas and the USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose beat the USPHL Premier Metro Jets today 2-1. The Jets had more shots 42-32 in this game at the Arctic Ice Arena on the European Rink.

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Saturday USPHL Premier Game…..

Tempe, Arizona – Trey Ponto scored his 8th goal of the season and teammates Tanner Turcotte got his 2nd goal, Ethan Knutsen 9th and Nate Mohr 16th as the USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds scored three times in the third period to beat the San Diego Sabers 4-1 here at the Oceanside Arena. Colin Gallamore was the goalie for the T-Birds who are the USPHL Premier Pacific Division leaders. The mighty T-Birds had more shots 47-27.

Las Vegas scoring

LV – Trey Ponto 8th from Nick Bonaldi, Keith Shenkel

LV – Tanner Turcotte 2nd from Mark Kurliandchyk, Mark Nowag

LV – Ethan Knutsen 9th from Keith Shenkel, Nate Mohr

LV – Nate Mohr 16th from Ethan Knudsen

LV goalie – Colin Gallamore

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Estero, Florida – Aidan McNabb of Las Vegas and the USPHL Premier Carolina Jr Hurricanes beat the USPHL Premier Florida Eeels 2-1 here Saturday at the Hertz Ice Arena Green Rink.

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Weekend Goal Scorers – December 18-21, 2020

Goals

4 – Mark Kurliandchyk, USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds

3 – Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u

2 – Trey Ponto, USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds

1 – Austen Kerridge, USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds

1 – Ethan Knudsen, USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds

1 – Heath Mensch, USPHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds

1 – Nate Mohr, USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds

1 – Tanner Turcotte, USPHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds

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Friday Games

Tempe, Arizona – Mark Kurliandchyk hammered in four goals for the USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds who beat the San Diego Sabers 7-1 here at Oceanside Arena. Mark, 19, is listed at 6’3″ and 195. He is from Belarus. The T-Birds, in their debut season in USPHL Premier, have a record of 10-4-1.

Las Vegas scoring

LV – Mark Kurliandchyk 4th goal of season from Trey Ponto, Tanner Turcotte

LV – Austen Kerridge 6th from Heath Mensch, Arik Altman

LV – Mark Kurliandchyk 5th from Keith Shenkel, Nate Mohr

LV – Mark Kurliandchyk 6th from Trey Ponto

LV – Trey Ponto 7th from Jeremiah DeValk

LV – Heath Mensch 10th from Arik Altman, Trey Ponto

LV – Mark Kurliandchyk 7th from Heath Mensch, Austen Kerridge

LV goalie – Anthony Bonaldi

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Independence, Missouri – Joe Sullivan of Las Vegas and the ECHL Indy Fuel beat the hometown Kansas City Mavericks 4-3 in overtime before 2169 here at the Cable Dahmer Arena.

Estero, Fla. – Aidan McNabb of Las Vegas dealt an assist for the USPHL Premier Carolina Jr Hurricanes in a 4-2 loss to the USPHL Premier Tampa Bay Juniors on Friday here at the Hertz Blue Rink.

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Big game scorer Ash Printzen of Las Vegas had 3 goals for AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u in a big 6-2 win over rival AAA Detroit Little Caesars girls 19u. Ash has 13 goals this season.

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The Wally Lacroix coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u and the Matt Johnson coached Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u are off to Dallas for weekend games. The Jr Golden Knights announced the Vegas Jr Golden Knights 10u are also on this big road trip.

AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

Head Coach – Wally Lacroix

StarCenter, Mckinney, Texas

Saturday, Dec 19 – Final – McKinney NorthStars 16u 2, Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u 1

Sunday, Dec 20 – vs Coral Springs Makos

Sunday, Dec 20 – vs Nashville Jr Predators

Monday, Dec 21 – vs Nashville Jr Predators

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AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

Head Coach – Matt Johnson

Saturday, Dec 19 – vs Nashville Jr Predators

Saturday, Dec 19 – vs McKinney North Stars 6, Vegas Jr Golden Knights 3

Sunday, Dec 20 – vs Nashville Jr Predators

Sunday, Dec 20 – vs McKinney North Stars

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Saturday Searches – #1 Flashback 2004 The Last Skate at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena; #2 Ash Printzen; #3 Leroy Garcia, roller hockey; #4 Micah Sanford; #5 Micah Williamson (repeated searches); #6 Luke Fundator, goalie; #7 The Barstow Brothers; #8 Hockey dad Steve Allen and rinkboard dustup with The Genius last summer; #9 Rob Pallin; #10 Anthony Greener; #11 Wally Lacroix, Todd Owen; #12 Rink Rats #1, #2 at Pepsi Arena

Coming Soon Here – The Kid Who Saved Christmas – Our annual holiday story – Johnny Gold and the Barstow Brothers invade the Pepsi Arena on North Rancho Drive …Lee

THE KID WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS

BY LEE SAMUELS AND DAUGHTER/AUTHOR MARY CATE ZURFLUH
Story will soon be released here on Vegashockey.net

Our cast includes
Johnny Gold and the Barstow Brothers from East LA. Johnny, in his gold gear, plays with a solid gold hockey stick with electronic honing devices for ez goal scoring. The grinch-like Barstow Brothers clear his pathway to attack areas on the ice.


Pepsi Arena Exec
Brian Salcido

Coaches
Rob Pallin

Anthony Greener

Matt Johnson

John McNicholas

Tommy Ricketts – researcher


Players in the Game include ‘Miracle on Ice’ Harris Whissel of Las Vegas

On the Las Vegas Bench
Bethany Drysdale, hockey writer

Gramps, over by the stick rack

Ryan Zurfluh, age 11

Leah Zurfluh, age 9

Guest Stars
Visiting coach Jack Black
Dave Francis in the Pro Shop. Best blade sharpener in town.
Hockey dad Steve Allen of Las Vegas
Peppers, the zany Zamboni driver – Peppers created by hockey dad Jay Zurfluh

Ruby, the Rink Dog – Ruby’s first big game

Skitters, the baby rink kitten who invaribly wanders to the wrong bench and gets captured. Skitters created by hockey dad Jay Zurfluh–

Want to be in the story email me leesamuels07@aol.com

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NARCh Roller Tournament Update heading into 2021!

There’s at least some hope and optimism that we can get back to a more normal tournament schedule in 2021, but the first few months of the year are still going to be a bit turbulent do to Covid-19.  Here’s the current update on events.

  • Jan 8th-10th – The Colorado Event is being moved back a month to February 5th-7th and renamed Rocky Mountain Cup!
  • Jan 15th-18th – MLK Weekend has always been used to host Winternationals.  With California still closed to youth sports, we are still going to have a great tournament at the Tucson Indoor Sports Arena in Arizona.  With only one rink, this Pacific Cup Tournament will max out at 35-40 teams.  We will offer 8u/10u/12u/14u/16u/18u and expect it to fill quickly.
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  • Winternationals has been rescheduled for March 12th-14th at the Rinks in Irvine, with the possibility of the Rinks in Corona as overflow if needed.
  • Jan 29th-31st – We are heading back to Tucson for a Men’s/Women’s Tournament!  The facility has a restaurant/bar and we expect this Pacific Cup Event to be a really fun tournament for the adults that haven’t had an opportunity to play tournament hockey in a long time.
  • Feb 19th-21st – We originally scheduled to go to Hot Shots in PA and are pushing that back one weekend to Feb 26th-28th due to the facility accidentally double booking our original weekend.  We are very excited to get back East and hope this will be an amazing event for all ages, including a Pro Division!

You can register for any of the events here –

NARCh Registration

We will continue to monitor the landscape in each state and offer tournaments at facilities where we can do so safely within government guidelines.  Hopefully in the upcoming weeks we can put a more concrete schedule out for the rest of 2021. 

One thing is certain, we plan on hosting the NARCh FINALS at the Rinks in Irvine on July 9th-18th and we’re getting interest from all over the WORLD for this event!  With the continued uncertainties the next few months, we are focused on this tournament being the ultimate goal and our only NARCh FINALS EVENT for 2021!

Thank you for your continued support and patience.

NARCh Staff

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USPHL Premier Pacific Standings

#1 Fresno Monsters 13-2-0

#2 Las Vegas Thunderbirds 9-4-0

#3 Anaheim Avalanche 5-11-1

#4 San Diego Sabers 1-9-0

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Thursday Top Searches

#1 Anthony Greener; #2 Rob Pallin; #3 Micah Williamson – big game goal scorer; #4 Harris Whissel; #5 Ash Printzen; #6 Chris Francis; #7 Ian Williams; #8 Matt Johnson; #9 Michael McNicholas; #10 Johnnie Gold and the Barstow Brothers heading to Vegas; #11 Skitters, the rink kitten who wanders to the wrong bench on game nights

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Trey Ponto, a 6’2, 195 lb powerful defenseman for the USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds, was rewarded with major award – The Defenseman of the Week in the Pacific Division of the USPHL Premier. Trey, 19, is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He has 6 goals, 5 assists this season.

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Las Vegas goalie Logan Perez was awesome in the net for the AAA Arizona Bobcats bantams 14u who beat the rugged, tough AAA Phoenix Jr Coyotes 2-1 this past weekend. In the second game of this series Jack Lackas, Fuzzy Atchison and Chayse Laurie helped the Bobcats beat the Coyotes 6-3. The Bobcats are off to Dallas this weekend playing in a NAPHL Holiday Tournament.

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LATE SKATE BY FAMOUS ARTIST TERRENCE FOGARTY

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By Wendy Roksvold


Las Vegas – The LV Storm bantams 14u won/swept all three scrimmages against LV Ice Warriors with shut outs this weekend!  Unbelievable!  Actually this team has not been scored on in 4 games and one period. 

Nick Talton in net Friday night at LVIC with a 4-0 win for the team (many sick saves).  Saturday morning, Gunnar Roksvold with a 5-0 win for the team- some great saves, and the afternoon game with Nick in net – another shut out 7-0.  This team has special chemistry!  Donuts left and right!  Great coaching by Tara Nilles.

Gunny had a house league game last night and won that game 6-1 (I believe- we stopped counting).

Tonight Gunnar back in net for a Crosstown Ice Game at Pepsi Center (Sobe) at 7:30pm LVIC vs Pepsi 14u. 

He just started growing and just passed me- hard to believe the little boy at Kyle’s game is growing up! 

From the Blue Line – Our new writer Wendy is also the mother of Las Vegas’ awesome goal scorer Kyle Callahan – Lee

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Las Vegas Players Away From Home….2020-21 Season

This is the most updated chart of the season

Goals

22 – Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006

20 – Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006

17 – Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006

13 – Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u

7 – Austin Moline, NAPHL NorthStar Knights 16u – Minnesota

6 – Hunter Barto, USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose

5 – Matthew Gross, AAA Phoenix Jr Coyotes 18u

4 – Gunner Moore, NA3HL Atlanta Capitals

3 – Dexter Kichline, AAA Bishop Kearney Selects 15u

3 – Ian Williams, AAA Wenatchee Wild 18u – Washington

2 – Mykah Carter, NAPHL Northwest Stars 16uSeattl

2 – Ethan Sodoma, NA3HL Texas Roadrunners

1 – Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Lady Ducks 19u

1 – Seth Bergeron, NAHL Northeast Generals – Massachusetts

1 – Aidan McNabb, USPHL Premier Carolina Jr Hurricanes

1 – Michael McNichols, ECHL Utah Grizzlies

1 – Gabriel Testa, USPHL Premier Motor City Hockey Club

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Sunday Games

NA3HL

//Gunner Moore of Las Vegas and NA3HL Atlanta Capitals vs Texas Brahmas – 3rd game of a weekend series

— Final — Atlanta Capitals 3, Texas Brahmas 0

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Saturday ECHL Games

//Michael McNicholas of Las Vegas scored an important goal – his first goal of the season – for the ECHL Utah Grizzlies in a big 3-1 road win over the ECHL Rapid City Rush at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in South Dakota. There was a big crowd of 3216 at this game

//Joe Sullivan of Las Vegas and the ECHL Indy Fuel beat the Wheeling Nailers 3-2 before a crowd of 759 at the Wesbanco Arena in Wheeling, West Virginia.

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Saturday NA3HL Games

//Gunner Moore of Las Vegas scored his 4th goal of the season for the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals in a 4-2 loss to the NA3HL Texas Brahmas at the Duluth, Ga Ice Center.

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Saturday USPHL Premier Games

//Cameron Sylvester of Las Vegas dealt an assist tonight for the USPHL Premier Hampton Roads Whalers who beat the Potomac Patriots 7-1 at the Chilled Ponds Sentara Healthcare hockey rink in Chesapeake, Va.

Saturday USPHL Premier Final Scores

Fresno Monsters 11, San Diego Sabers 1

Provo Riverblades 4, Ogden Mustangs 0 – upset

Wisconsin Rapids RiverKings 3, Minnesota Blue Ox 0

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North Iowa Bulls Holiday Classic – Mason, Iowa

//Las Vegas goalie Luke Fundator and the NA3HL Sheridan Hawks vs the hometown North Iowa Bulls.

This is the 3rd weekend game for the Sheridan Hawks. Luke has two wins this weekend here first with 22 saves in a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Jr Blues, then Luke had 20 saves Saturday in a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Jr Blues.

Send scores and highlights to leesamuels07@aol.com

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Friday, Dec 11, 2020

ECHL Scores

//Michael McNicholas of Las Vegas and the ECHL Utah Grizzlies led early, then lost 6-4 to the ECHL Rapid City Rush at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in South Dakota. The Opening Night crowd was 3570.

//Joe Sullivan of Las Vegas and the ECHL Indy Fuel rallied and battled bravely to beat the visiting Kansas City Mavericks 4-3 in an OT/Shootout on home ice at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum

Friday NA3HL Scores

//Gunner Moore of Las Vegas dealt two assists for the Atlanta Capitals in a 4-3 loss to the Texas Brahmas on home ice at the Duluth Ice Forum.

Friday USPHL Premier Scores

Final Score – Ogden Mustangs 6, Provo Riverblades 4

Final Score – Fresno Monsters 8, San Diego Sabers 5

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Breaking News – Big game scorer Joe Terrana’s sister – Jaden Terrana, a star soccer player at Bishop Gorman H.S. in Las Vegas – will play for the UNLV Rebels girls soccer team next season. It was announced today. Joe Terrana, a top forward for the USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds, years ago played for a Matt Johnson-coached AA Nevada Storm 14u team. Matt now is the head coach of the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u team which is based at the Pepsi Center on North Rancho Drive – Lee

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Friday, December 11, 2020

At last it’s Opening Night in the ECHL!

Michael McNicholas of Las Vegas and the ECHL Utah Grizzlies head out to take on the Rapid City Rush tonight. The game will be at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in South Dakota. Outside the arena tonight is will be clear and cold with temps around 8 degrees or so.

Bryce Reddick of Las Vegas and the ECHL Greenville, S.C. Swamp Rabbits will also be away from home taking on the South Carolina Stingrays at the North Charlotte, SC, Arena. Outside the arena during the game temps will be in the 10 degrees area.

Joe Sullivan of Las Vegas and the ECHL Indy Fuel will take on the invading Kansas City Mavericks at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. During the game outside the arena tonight it will be clear and mild, with temps in the 50s.

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We are looking for the whereabouts of these Las Vegas goal scorers – Vincent Dekumbis, Chris Francis, Josh Jasek, Travis Roseberry, Cory Ward and Cody Williams…..send to leesamuels07@aol.com

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

The #1 ranked bantam team in Arizona which include Jack Lackas, Fuzzy Atchison, Chayse Laurie and Logan Perez of Las Vegas with the AAA Arizona Bobcats 2006, beat the Arizona Sun Devils twice and split a series with the Phoenix Jr Coyotes this past weekend. The Bobcats are 21-7-0 and are ranked nationally in the My Hockey ratings. The Bobcats take on the Phoenix Jr Coyotes again this weekend. This season Jack Lackas has 20 goals, Fuzzy Atchison 19 and Chayse Laurie 15.

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Coming Here Next Week – The Kid Who Saved Christmas – By Lee Samuels and daughter Mary Cate ZurfluhJohnnie Gold, who plays with a solid gold hockey stick with honing devices to score goals, and enforcers the Barstow Brothers of East LA are heading to the Pepsi Center on North Rancho Drive here in Las Vegas. Our real-life hometown coaches, players and officials must stop them in the biggest most important game of the year on Christmas Eve.

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Zach Pochiro, who grew up playing youth hockey at the Las Vegas Ice Center, has signed with the ECHL Fort Wayne Komets who will begin their season in January 2021. Zach, 26, played earlier with the 2009-10 NAPHL Nevada Stars at the Ice Center. He then played the AAA LA Jr Kings 16u and a few years later was drafted in the sixth round by the NHL St. Louis Blues. Last winter Zach played for the Esberg Energy in Denmark.

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WHAT A ROAD TRIP FOR IAN WILLIAMS OF LAS VEGAS

What a road trip for big game scorer Ian Williams of Las Vegas and the AAA Wenatchee Wild 18u. Ian, 17, and listed at 6’2, 175, had one goal, three assists during a tournament this past weekend in Dallas. Then AAA Wenatchee went to Phoenix where Ian had two goals in an 8-0 win over the Arizona Sun Devils and an assist in a tough 2-1 loss to the Phoenix Jr Coyotes.

Ian and the AAA Wenatchee Wild 18u still have road games – first against the Arizona Bobcats in Chandler, Arizona and then will play vs the Arizona Sun Devils at the Oceanside Ice Arena in Tempe, Arizona.

The tier ratings service My Hockey lists the AAA Phoenix Jr Coyotes 18u and the AAA Arizona Bobcats 18u as the top two ranked teams in Arizona.

Ian was an awesome goal scorer while playing in Las Vegas. Two seasons ago he had 32 goals for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u who play their home games at the Pepsi Arena on North Rancho Drive.

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Monday Final Score

USPHL Premier Richmond Generals 6, Cameron Sylvester of Las Vegas and Hampton Roads Whalers 2

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By Bethany Drysdale

Columbia, SC – The annual Parents vs Mites game was the best time we have had on ice in years! If I can say, both of my kids are now officially better than me at skating. I claim it’s because I worry more about the pain the next day if I fall. The kids won 😏. And the best part is we have enough parents interested in forming a C league team to play on the Sunday Adult league schedule.


One Dad, he had to be in his late 40s, had never been on skates before 😳. He said he would sign up for a learn to skate program because he had so much fun. 

As adults, we sometimes forget to have fun. 

We forget what it means to just go out and do something different. 

Every kid was laughing and I guarantee that is what they will remember most about this season. Not COVID, not wins/losses, not even the Zamboni burning, but the time they scored on their mom. 
Even better was in the past 2 weeks, we had 4 more kids join the league. Which means we can now participate in the Reindeer Games Tournament in Greenville Dec 19th. Played at the arena where ECHL Swamp Rabbits play. 

//Star reporter Bethany Drysdale has been voted as the Best Writer on Vegas Hockey for the last two years. She and her dear friend Kat Craner have written many player profiles and detailed game reports about the UNLV Rebels.

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We are looking for the whereabouts of Las Vegas star goal scorer Chris Francis. If you know please contact me at leesamuels07@aol.com

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Sunday Scores

Flash Update – Gabriel Testa of Las Vegas today scored in his first game with the USPHL Premier Motor City Hockey Club

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USPHL Premier

Final Score

Las Vegas Thunderbirds 4, Fresno Monsters 9 at Gateway Ice Arena, Fresno

LV goal – Keith Shenkel 10th from Nate Mohr, Ethan Knutsen

LV goal – Austen Kerridge 5th from Heath Mensch, Arik Altman

LV goal – Trey Ponto 6th from Nate Mohr, Jack Boyd

LV goal – Arik Altman 8th from Austen Kerridge

LV goalie – Anthony Bonaldi, Colin Gallamore

Fresno goalie – Knute Loe

From the Blue Line – This ignited into a hard, rough physical game

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NA3HL

Sunday Evening Game

Final Score

Atlanta Capitals 2, Texas Brahmas 4

Gunner Moore of Las Vegas and Atlanta Capitals vs Texas Brahmas at NYTEX Sports Centre, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Saturday Scores

Fresno, Ca. – Big game goal scorer Nate Mohr got his 14th, 15th goals for the USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds in a wild one, a 7-6 OT game won by the hometown Fresno Monsters here at the Gateway Ice Arena on Saturday night. T-Birds goalie Anthony Bonaldi had 39 saves in this game. Bonaldi this season has a 7-2-1 record, a 2.98 gaa and a 92.8% save percentage – all awesome numbers. The Fresno Monsters are now 12-3-0 and are the #1 team in the USPHL Premier Pacific Division standings. Las Vegas is in second place with a record of 9-3-1.

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From the Blue Line – Nate Mohr now has 15 goals, 14 assists this season. He is off to one of the greatest season starts in Las Vegas hockey history…….Josh Jasek scored 60 goals in one season for the Rob Pallin coached 2001-02 AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u who were the first hometown team to play in the U.S. Nationals…..The Las Vegas Thunderbirds and the Fresno Monsters play again here Sunday evening. Game time 7:30 pm here at the Gateway Ice Center.

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T-Birds scoring on Saturday night went like this

LV – Trey Ponto 5th from Ethan Knutsen, Nate Mohr

LV – Tanner Turcotte 1st

LV – Arik Altman 7th from Austen Kerridge, Jack Boyd

LV – Nate Mohr 14th from Ethan Knutsen

LV – Nate Mohr 15th from Ethan Knudsen, Keith Shenkel

LV – Mark Kurliandchyk 3rd

Shots on goal – Fresno 46-37

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Sheridan, Wyoming – Star goalie Luke Fundator of Las Vegas was in the net Saturday night for the hometown Sheridan Hawks who beat the Yellowstone Quake 9-0 here at the Whitney Rink inside of the M and M Center. Luke this season has a 4-1-0 record, 1.92 gaa and a 92.5% save percentage. Outside the arena during this game it was clear and very very cold with temps in the 22-degree area.

Richland Hills, Texas – Gunner Moore of Las Vegas dealt one assist for NA3HL Atlanta Capitals in a 5-1 road loss to the Texas Brahmas before a crowd of 1,250 at the NYTEX Sports Centre. Gunner has 3 goals, 9 assists this season.

College Station, Texas – Ethan Sodoma of Las Vegas and the NA3HL Texas Roadrunners lost 6-1 to the El Paso Rhinos here at Spirit Arena. El Paso, which has played a limited schedule so far this season, raised its record to 4-1-0.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Hudson, New Hampshire – The amazing defenseman Tristan Nelson of Las Vegas is playing with the USPHL Elite Northern Cyclones who are off to a 4-1-0 start this season. They play home games at the Cyclones Arena here in Hudson, N.H. Last season Tristan while playing for Wally Lacroix’s high-energy and powerful AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u team, arranged a number of winter charitable functions to help the homeless in Las Vegas. He did it so many times our readers here on Vegas Hockey voted Tristan the 2019 ‘Hockey Person of the Year’- a major award on this site. With the Northern Cylones Tristan’s spot on the team is listed as a right defenseman.

Today – Saturday – there is a Winter Storm Warning in Hudson, NH with snow in the forecast and temps in the ice cold 28-degrees area.

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Friday Flash FinalAidan McNabb of Las Vegas and the USPHL Premier Carolina Jr Hurricanes today beat the Potomac Patriots 5-2 at the Wake Competition Center in Morrisville, North Carolina.

Friday, Dec 4, 2020

Gia Avalone of Las Vegas and the AAA Anaheim Lady Ducks 19u played four games in Detroit – they finished 2-2-0 overall beating AAA Little Caesars Detroit twice and losing to AAA Belle Tire and AAA Grand Rapids girls 19u teams. Gia scored her first first goal of the season on a power play. She has one goal, two assists in four games this season.

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USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds

Top Goal Scorers

Goals

15 – Nate Mohr

10 – Keith Shenkel

9 – Heath Mensch

8 – Arik Altman

8 – Ethan Knudsen

7 – AJ Lackas

6 – Trey Ponto

5 – Austen Kerridge

4 – Braden Husby

3 – Anthony Juric, Mark Kurliandchyk

2 – Nick Bonaldi

1 – Jack Boyd, Kevin Hanly, Nick Dufek, Mark Nowag, Tanner Turcotte

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Wednesday, Dec 2, 2020

Special to Vegas Hockey

Chandler, Arizona – Las Vegas goal scorers Jack Lackas, Fuzzy Atchison and Chayse Laurie plus goalie Logan Perez’ awesome play in the net helped the AAA Arizona Bobcats Team 2006 go 3-1-1 at the WHL Showcase. There were 18 WHL scouts at this showcase. Arizona Bobcats beat the AAA San Jose Jr Sharks, AAA Dallas Jr Stars, AAA Chicago Young Americans, lost in OT to the AAA Anaheim Ice Dogs and lost to the AAA L.A. Jr Kings team 2006. This season Jack Lackas has 18 goals, Fuzzy Atchison 15 and Chayse Laurie 13.

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West Valley City, Utah Michael McNicholas of Las Vegas will be playing here for the ECHL Utah Grizzlies this season.

He was on the roster of the ECHL Maine Mariners but that team shut down operations because of covid 19 concerns and restrictions in their state.

The ECHL Utah Grizzlies are affiliated with the NHL Colorado Avalanche and the AHL Colorado Eagles.

“This is very very good news for Michael and obviously our entire family,” said hockey dad John McNicholas.He reports tomorrow to the Grizzlies.

Michael in two seasons had 24 goals, 67 assists and 91 points for the Maine Mariners. He is 26 and listed at 5’11, 180

He is also a very popular player here in Las Vegas.

The Utah Grizzlies open their season against the ECHL Tulsa Oilers here at the Maverik Center on December 18-19

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Las Vegas hockey dad John McNicholas years ago coached many Vegas hometown teams including Silver State house mites, Las Vegas Mustangs house mites, mites travel, Mites A, Squirt AA, Las Vegas Outlaws Mites BB, Mites A, Squirt A, Peewee A, Midget A and Las Vegas Icemen Bantam A.

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Las Vegas Goal Scorers Away From Home – 2020-21 Season

Goals

20 – Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006

19- Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006

15 – Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats team 2006

10 – Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u

7 – Austin Moline, NAPHL NorthStar Knights 16u – Minnesota

6 – Hunter Barto, USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose

4 – Gunner Moore, NA3HL Atlanta Capitals

3 – Ian Williams, AAA Wenatchee Wild 18u – Washington

2 – Mykah Carter, NAPHL Northwest Stars 16uSeattle

2 – Ethan Sodoma, NA3HL Texas Roadrunners

1 – Gia Avalone, AAA Anaheim Lady Ducks 19u

1 – Seth Bergeron, NAHL Black Bears

1 – Aidan McNabb, USPHL Premier Carolina Jr Hurricanes

1 – Gabriel Testa, USPHL Premier Motor City Hockey Club

To revise or add here please send to leesamuels07@aol.com

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Breaking Roller News

NARCh Tournament Update

This year has been extremely challenging for everyone due to Covid-19, including NARCh. We rolled out some tournaments in December, but with the rise in cases and new state restrictions, we’re having to push the dates back a little.  We will not try to run events against state/county guidelines. Here are the updates on each December Tournament.

  • Dec 4th-6th – AZ (Pacific Cup) – youth event that IS happening.  Schedule will be up this weekend.  If you are attending this tournament, please read these guidelines – Arizona Rink Protocol.
  • Dec 11th-13th – PA – Eastern Invitational – moved to February 20th-21st, same location.
  • Dec 18th-20th – CO – Christmas Cup – moved to January 8th-10th, same location.

Trust us when we say we can’t wait to get back to work and provide teams with great competition in the safest environment possible.
Looking further down the road, we have many teams asking about the NARCh FINALS next summer.  
We are very excited to host the NARCh FINALS at The Rinks in Irvine along with Corona Inline (if needed) on July 9th-19th, 2021.

We will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation in each region of the country and host events where we can, as soon as we can!
We appreciate your continued patience and support.

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Breaking News – When the USPHL Premier Southern Oregon Spartans shut down operations due to covid restrictions in their state, Las Vegas’ Gabriel Testa was moved from that team to the USPHL Premier Motor City Hockey Club. Gabriel is a hard worker on the ice and this really is great move for him. (Thank you to Gabriel’s hockey dad and to coach Adam Stio for this breaking news)

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When you take a look at the USPHL Premier standings the hometown – and powerful – Las Vegas Thunderbirds are really in a good spot. Check this out….

USPHL Pacific Division Standings

#1 Fresno Monsters 10-2-0

#2 Las Vegas Thunderbirds 9-3-0

#3 Anaheim Avalanche 4-11-0

#4 San Diego Sabers 1-7-0

#5 Southern Oregon Spartans 0-6-0

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In his daily hockey notebook Gregg Drinnan in Canada noted the BCHL is looking at a December 8 start date.

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We are looking for the whereabouts of the great Las Vegas goal scorer Cody Williams and also hard-playing Gabriel Testa Jr who was on the roster of the USPHL Southern Oregon Spartans. If you know please send to leesamuels07@aol.com

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Saturday Evening Games

NA3HL

Sheridan, WyomingStar goalie Luke Fundator of Las Vegas got the win for the NA3HL Sheridan Hawks who beat big rival Gillette Wild 8-3 at the Whitney Rink inside of the M and M Center here Saturday night. Luke raised his season record to 3-1-0. He has a 2.35 gaa and a 91.1% save percentage this season.

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USPHL Premier

Maverik Center, West Valley City, Utah

OT/Shootout

Utah Outliers 5, Ogden Mustangs 4

Shots – Utah Outliers 43-23

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There are just two – a party of two – of Las Vegas players who have skated in the NHL. One is Jason Zucker, now with the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins and the other is Gage Quinney who last season skated in three games with the NHL Vegas Golden Knights.

Both grew up playing youth hockey at the Las Vegas Ice Center over on Flamingo Avenue and each had tremendous firepower then and again when skating on much higher levels.

Quinney, whose father Ken played in the NHL, put together some great numbers too when he played on the AHL Level.

Let’s take a look at Gage’s AHL numbers….

Gage Quinney

AHL

2017-18 – AHL Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins

14 goals, 19 assists, 33 points, +5 on the ice

2018-19 – AHL Chicago Wolves

19 goals, 34 assists, 53 points, +37 on the ice

2019-20 – AHL Chicago Wolves

17 goals, 19 assists, 36 points, +6 on the ice.

As we write this Gage is on the roster of the the AHL Henderson Silver Knights who are the #1 affiliate of the NHL Vegas Golden Knights.

Friday, November 27 Scoreboard

It is easy to report scores, game highlights, hockey news – send to leesamuels07@aol.com

NA3HL

Sheridan Hawks 9, Gillette Wild 3

//Las Vegas star goalie Luke Fundator was the backup goalie for Sheridan Hawks during this game . The Sheridan Hawks, based in Wyoming, raised their season record to 9-1-0. They have outscored teams – are you ready for this? – 100 goals to 12.

USPHL Premier

Ogden Mustangs 5, Provo Riverblades 4 OT/Shootout

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USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds

Top Goal Scorers

13 – Nate Mohr

9 – Heath Mensch

9 – Keith Shenkel

7 – AJ Lackas

6 – Arik Altman

4 – Braden Husby

4 – Austen Kerridge

4 – Trey Ponto

Source – USPHL Premier website

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Here are USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds scores in Utah during Thanksgiving Day week. All games were played at The Weber County Ice Sheet in Ogden, Utah. The T-Birds are a powerful force in USPHL.

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Thanksgiving Week Games

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Monday – Las Vegas Thunderbirds 4-2 over the Ogden Mustangs (major road win)

Las Vegas goal – Austen Kerridge 3rd

Las Vegas goal Nate Mohr 10th

Las Vegas Goal – AJ Lackas 7th

Las Vegas goal – Nate Mohr 11th

//Las Vegas goalie – Anthony Bonaldi

Tuesday – Provo Riverblades 3, Las Vegas Thunderbirds 1

//Las Vegas goal – Austen Kerridge 4th

//Las Vegas goalie – Anthony Bonaldi

Wednesday – Thanksgiving Day Eve

Ogden Mustangs 5, Las Vegas Thunderbirds 3

//Las Vegas goals – Nate Mohr 12th, 13th, Keith Shenkel 9th

//Las Vegas goalie – Colin Gallamore

From the Blue Line – Las Vegas big game goal scorer Nate Mohr is from Sioux Falls, S.D. He is 19 and listed at 6’1, 170. He has been a major scoring force on every team he’s played on – such an awesome player.

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Las Vegas leading goal scorers away from home 2020-21 Season

Goals

18 – Jack Lackas, AAA Arizona Bobcats 2006

15 – Fuzzy Atchison, AAA Arizona Bobcats 2006

13 – Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 2006

10 – Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u

7 – Austin Moline, NAPHL NorthStar Knights 16u Minnesota

6 – Hunter Barto, USPHL Minnesota Moose

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#1 Most Read Story today – “A Look at UNLV’s Brendan Manning” by Bethany Drysdale, Kat Craner and Christina Oka

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#1 Most Searched Today – Big goal scorer Heath Mensch, USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds

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It is Thanksgiving Eve and here is how Las Vegas hockey execs, coaches and players will celebrate Thanksgiving Day. And, to all bundle up – hockey weather has arrived in Las Vegas – Low temps during Thanksgiving week here have been from 41 degrees down to 37 degrees – Lee

How We Are Celebrating Thanksgiving Day

Hockey Dad Steve Allen whose son Jason was a big goal scorer here in Las Vegas and then with the L.A. Jr Kings and the San Diego Jr Gulls

“We are planning to have Thanksgiving Dinner with Jason and his daughter Gianella. Jason’s son Roman plays high school football in Texas and cannot come in. He is very talented and will be with us at Christmas. We plan to have our Thanksgiving dinner here in town at the Casa Di Amore over on Tropicana Avenue. Our friend Mike owns it and it is a great old Italian place.”

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Las Vegas goal scorer Justin Battaglia.

Justin, a very popular skater, played two seasons with ACHA D2 UNLV Rebels, then skated here in town with the Las Vegas Wolves and Las Vegas Jesters. His hockey dad Joe said Justin will be going over to his grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving Dinner

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Vegas Hockey star reporter Bethany Drysdale and family live in Columbia, South Carolina. “On Wednesday we plan to drive to Alexandria, Virginia to have Thanksgiving dinner with my brother Kevin. There will be six of us for dinner. Then we are going outdoor skating at the 2020 Ice and Lights @Winter Village over at Cameron Run. Hello to all of our dear friends in Las Vegas.”

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Kat Craner, Vegas Hockey writer – and a great reporter who does insightful interviews with UNLV Rebels star players

“Hello everyone. We are going to go have dinner over at our nieces house, then stop over at Stephen Smetany’s home.”

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Matt Edlin, head coach AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights Pee Wee Team

“We will be spending time with family here in Las Vegas. We are really looking forward it. Happy Thanksgiving to all reading this today.”

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Anthony Greener, head coach, UNLV Rebels

“The plan is to be with our family, have dinner and a great time.”

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Matt Johnson, Head Coach, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

“Our Thanksgiving Day plan is to get together with some friends here in Las Vegas. Our family is back in Massachusetts. So we will be with our hockey family!”

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Adam Naglich, a legend Las Vegas goal scorer in ice hockey and roller. His roller teammates for years called him Stick.

Adam said “just my wife and the kids this year for Thanksgiving dinner. We are still playing hockey a couple of times a week – usually Wednesday’s at the Las Vegas Ice Center and Thursday’s at Fiesta.”

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Rob Pallin, legend Las Vegas coach now head coach of ESV Kaufburen in Germany

(Texting from Germany) “We will be in our home because of quarantine. We plan to watch a few NFL football games on our television. We are a big fan of the Minnesota Vikings. Our team (ESV Kaufburen) was hit hard by the virus – we had 14 players, my assistant coach and our GM all test positive. Our entire team went into quarantine for 14 days. We will start practice again on November 30 and begin playing games on December 4. Wanted to let you know that our team was really pro active and was being very careful. On a good note we want to say Happy Thanksgiving to all in Las Vegas. JP RIP.

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Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u – nationally ranked team

Ash is flying in from Michigan to be with her hockey family in Las Vegas. Her hockey brother Cody Printzen now lives in California. Hockey mom Aimee is driving Ash to SoCal so all can have Thanksgiving Day dinner together. Ash is the #1 goal scorer among all Las Vegas players away from home this season.

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Beau Ricketts and younger hockey brother Blade Ricketts

“Beau will be having Thanksgiving at his in-laws place in Minot, North Dakota. Blade is still in Army Boot Camp at Fort Benning,” said the great hockey Mom Charla Ricketts.

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Nick Robone, chief recruiter and top assistant coach UNLV Rebels

“Keeping it pretty low key! Going to my parents house with my brother and our girlfriends.”

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Brian Salcido, Pepsi Hockey Arena Director – and Director of Coaches with Vegas Jr Golden Knights

“Good question. We love to cook. Get the process going a couple of days before Thanksgiving Day. Cook and eat all day. Have football on and fall asleep on the couch.

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Jimmy Samuels, grew up playing roller hockey at the ‘Little Home of Champions’ Crystal Palace on North Rancho Drive and ice hockey at the Las Vegas Ice Center. He also played a season with ACHA D3 Kansas University, then became their GM when the Jayhawks advanced and played at the U.S. Nationals. Jimmy is now living and working in Austin, Texas.

“Hey everyone at home in Las Vegas we will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day in Austin by ourselves this time.

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Hockey Mom Mary Margaret Samuels – massive UNLV Rebels hockey fan – “For the first time we are not cooking, can you believe it?. Our daughter Mary Catherine, husband Jay and grandchildren Ryan and Leah are bringing Thanksgiving dinner to our place. All of our children like to read so Lee got Barnes and Nobles gift cards for all of our grandchildren.”

Adam Stio, legend Las Vegas ice hockey and roller hockey coach

“Heading right now to Sarasota, Florida to be with my mother for the holidays. My best to all hockey coaches and players in Las Vegas.

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‘Miracle on Ice’ Harris Whissel of Las Vegas and AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u

Harris will be coming home this Wednesday to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. The state of Connecticut has shut down youth sports until at least December 7 but more likely until January 19. Harris was a hard worker and a star player for Wally Lacroix and Todd Owen’s AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u last winter, then signed with AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u. “We are so excited we will be able to spend Thanksgiving with him,’ said hockey mom Nancy Whissel.

How are you spending Thanksgiving Day in Las Vegas – send to leesamuels07@aol.com

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#1 Most Searched Today – Cody Printzen of Las Vegas. Cody last played with the WSHL Fresno Monsters in 2018-19

Sunday, November 22, 2020

REST IN PEACE JOHN PAUL MCNICHOLAS

http://www.holycrossmortuary.com/obituary/john-mcnicholas

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Game Report

Newington, Connecticut – ‘Miracle on Ice’ Harris Whissel of Las Vegas turned it up for the AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u in a 7-4 win over rival AAA Connecticut Jr Rangers 18u here on home ice at the Newington Ice Arena on Saturday. Harris, who was a star player for coach Wally LaCroix’ AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u last winter, had 10 shifts during the game and got his first point – an assist. He blasted up and down the ice creating opportunities for his team in a great hometown win. While all of this was going on Las Vegas goalie Blade Taylor had an awesome game himself and got the win for AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u. Blade last season played for the WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds.

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Saturday Games

Blaine, MinnesotaHunter Barto of Las Vegas scored two goals for the USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose in a 10-3 win over the USPHL Premier Rum River Mallards. Hunter has 6 goals, 11 assists this season. The game was played here at the Fogarty Ice House in Blaine.

Edmond, Oklahoma Anthony Rodriguez of Las Vegas and the NA3HL Oklahoma City Blazers will take on the El Paso Rhinos at the Arctic Edge Arena in Edmond, Oklahoma. Game will begin 7:05 pm local time. Outside the arena during the game it will be chilly with rain showers.

Final Score – El Paso Rhinos 6, Oklahoma City Blazers 3

To report a game score send to leesamuels07@aol.com

Today’s readers are from all parts of the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany and South Korea

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Las Vegas premier defenseman Jerrett Overland, 19, is playing for the 10-0-0 NCDC Jersey Hitmen junior team this season. The Hitmen play home games at the Ice Vault in Wayne, New Jersey. After this season Jerrett will play with the NCAA Air Force Academy.

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Friday, November 21, 2020

Breaking News – Tonight – Friday – Anthony Rodriguez of Las Vegas and the NA3H The L Oklahoma City Blazers will take on the El Paso Rhinos at the Arctic Edge Arena in Edmond, Oklahoma. Going into this game Oklahoma City is 10-2-0 and a division leader; El Paso has played a limited number of games and is 2-0-1. Outside the arena during the game it will be chilly with a chance of rain showers.

//Final Score – Overtime – El Paso Rhinos 3, Oklahoma Blazers 4

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The great Nick Robone in action with the UNLV Rebels roller hockey team

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MY GREATEST GOAL – NICK ROBONE

Nick Robone of Las Vegas is a 4-time Vegas Hockey Roller Player of the Year while with the Las Vegas Tour Rebels and with the UNLV Rebels college roller teams. He has scored hundreds of goals in his career but he says one particular goal is the most special of all.

Nick, who is now a super scout and top assistant coach with Anthony Greener of the UNLV Rebels nationally ranked ice hockey team, started out his hockey career in roller hockey.

“My biggest greatest goal was at the NCRHA National championships playing for the UNLV roller hockey team,” Nick said. “We were pitted against a great team – the defending national champions Lindenwood and we were down 4-3 with three minutes to play. We went onto a power play and Alex Yug fed me a great pass in the slot area for a quick one-timer on the blocker side.

“That tied the game, then Andrew Tamura would then score for us a few minutes to send us into the National Championship game. Looking back this was always one of my all-time favorite tournaments in the sport of roller hockey.

More on Nick Robone…

//He was born, raised in Las Vegas

//He played 16 seasons in ice and roller.

//He played for the Las Vegas Tour Rebels roller team during most of those seasons.

//For five years he was the captain of the UNLV Rebels roller team.

//Nick had over 300 points – an amazing number of points – in the NCRHA.

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Breaking News – The Nick Robone ‘My Greatest Goal’ story is the #1 most read story in the last six months here on Vegas Hockey.

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Regarding the previous mention here about the T-Birds going away from home this weekend to take on the Fresno Monsters – the Monsters announced the State of California has shut down the Gateway Ice Arena in Fresno. All USA hockey teams – no matter where or what level – are in a total scramble right now.

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Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin’s ESV Kaufburen in Germany and all of the teams in their league are on pause right right. No games until further notice.

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This is a Flashback Story written here on March 18, 2015

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By Lee Samuels

Las Vegas – “We don’t make, print or use UNLV number 96 anymore,” UNLV’s defenseman and promotions director Arturo Castro was saying the other night.

Jersey #96 is the most famous jersey of all in Las Vegas. Anthony Greener wore it for what — 4 1/2 seasons. He was the UNLV captain two seasons, co-captain two seasons.

Think about this – Anthony Greener played on the top line on every single game he skated for with the Rebels.

And of a sudden the (2015) Alumni Game is scheduled this Saturday night at the SoBe Ice Arena and Greener is one of the Rebels greats invited to play.

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It is amazing Greener is even skating because of the way he went out of the game – checked brutally hard when he was down on the ice while playing against Long Beach State in a road game a few seasons ago. It was a totally unfair hard devastating hit to shut down one one of the greatest most driven and exciting players in Las Vegas hockey history.

Greener is on an (2015 season) Alumni team which includes Mike Zenzola, Sam Braniff, Todd Monteros, Doug Wenglare and the great Vegas Hockey Fall of Fame goalie Chris Tate.

So where are Greener’s home and away #96 Rebels jersey as we write this.

One is framed and hanging on the south wall at the Sobe (now Pepsi) Ice Arena. “I think my Mom has one, Gramps has another and that’s about it,” Greener said.

Greener said the best Rebels top line he was ever on was with giant goal scorer Josh Jasek and Scott Rensmon.

“Jasek and I made All American that year,” Greener said. “I had like 85 points. Another line we liked was playing with Sam Braniff and Robbie Silvernail. We had a few great top line combinations and coach Rob Pallin was always good finding the right lines and not really messing with them during a season.

“In the Alumni Game Saturday we will wear whatever Arty (Arturo Castro) throws at me. I’ve been skating pretty good on Thursday and Sunday nights.”

Which brings us to Arturo Castro, the UNLV defenseman who in the fall was crushed from behind by a player from Long Beach State.

As a result Arturo has been troubled with a very bad back injury and is wearing a neck brace.

But sometimes for an all-heart hockey player like Arturo the will to play is too much.

Arturo plans to suit up and skate in the Alumni Game on Saturday night.

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Where is #96 Anthony Greener now? He is the head coach and is assisted by Nick Robone of the powerful UNLV Rebels hockey team which practices and plays home games at the City National Arena just off of Charleston Avenue, next to Red Rock Casino.

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“OUR LEAGUE” – PAINTING BY THE LEGEND TERRENCE FOGARTY, MINNESOTA

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Rest in Heavenly Peace….

John Paul McNicholas, 30, and the son of Las Vegas hockey dad John McNicholas and the brother of pro player Michael McNicholas, has unexpectedly passed. John Paul last played hockey for the 2008-09 North Bay Skyhawks and with the 2009-10 University of Cal-Berkley team. Arrangements for John Paul will soon be announced by the family.


Breaking News – Hunter Barto of Las Vegas two assists today for the USHPL Premier Minnesota Moose in a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Mullet at the Fogarty Ice Center in Blaine, Minnesota……The UNLV Rebels are still waiting to get their official start date for the 2020-21 season. The Rebels play their home games at the City National Arena ….To Snooks – Jerrett Overland of Las Vegas this season is playing for NCDC New Jersey Hitmen junior hockey team. Jerrett will play for NCAA Air Force Academy next season…..

We are looking for the whereabouts of Matthew Gross of Las Vegas. Last season he was a 28 goal scorer for the AAA Phoenix Jr Coyotes 16u…….

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AFTER A BIG WEEKEND IN TEXAS THE AA VEGAS JR GOLDEN KNIGHTS 14U ARE ON THE RIGHT PATH TO A BIG SEASON SAYS HEAD COACH MATT JOHNSON

“Over the course of the weekend in Texas I would say everyone contributed in some way. Whether it was a winning a battle on the boards or blocking a shot, a big hit, the little things which do not show up on a scoresheet at the end of a game,” said Matt Johnson, head coach of the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u bantam team.

“We really did elevate our level of play this past weekend. We were hoping to have a big weekend in town but we haven’t yet been approved to play yet. That would have been a great opportunity to show family and friends how far we have come along.

“Our players have really bought into the development and the blue collar style of play and in turn has resulted in success. 

“It’a tough to play against top teams when we’ve only played 8 games and they have already played in 20 to 30 games. But that is what we are dealing with this season.

“Not only are we now developing physically we are developing mentally.

“Hopefully we can keep this going and build on it throughout the season.”

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Las Vegas Goal Scorers Away from Home – 2020-21 Season

Goals

10 – Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u

6 – Hunter Barto, USPHL Premier Minnesota Moose

5 – Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 2006

4 – Austin Moline, NAPHL Northstar Knights 16u Minnesota

2 – Mykah Carter, NAPHL AAA Northwest Stars 16u

2 – Ethan Sodoma, NA3HL Texas Roadrunners

1 – Aidan McNabb, USPHL Premier Carolina Jr Hurricanes

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Breaking News – Goal scorer Brennan Blasczak of Las Vegas has signed with the SPHL Pensacola Ice Flyers for the 2020-21 season. Brennan is listed at 6’0, 185.Rhett Rakhshani who played for the 2003-04 AAA Cal Wave 18u years ago in SoCal – and skated against a number of Las Vegas teams in that era – has signed with SHL Djurgardens IF in the Swedish League. He is 32 and is listed at 5’10, 185.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Late Sunday Night Scores…..

Anthony Rodriguez of Las Vegas and the NA3HL Oklahoma City Blazers beat the Texas Roadrunners 6-2 at the Spirit ice Arena in Lubbock, Texas. …Aidan McNabb of Las Vegas and the USPHL Premier Carolina Jr Hurricanes beat the Charleston Coloniels 3-0 at the Wake Ice Center in Morrisville, N.C.

SUPER SUNDAY GAMES

NAPHL 16U

Commerical Center Arena, Frisco, Texas

Final Score

Vegas Jr Golden Knights 3, Ontario Jr Reign 1

Goals

LV – Andrew Crawford

LV – Jesse Castro from Andrew Crawford

LV – Ryan Pavlinsky from Ty Phillips

LV goalie – Austin Schaetel

NAPHL 14U

Commercial Center Arena, Frisco, Texas

Sunday Final Score

Vegas Jr Golden Knights 12 Arizona Bobcats 3

Goals

VJGK – Chase Nehring

VJGK – Kaden Mulcahy from Finn McNabb

VJGK – Finn McNabb from Chase Nehring

VJGK – Darren Lingo from Trevor Abele

VJGK – Chase Nehring from Caser Beringer, Kyle Roberson

2nd Period

VJGK – Finn McNabb from Caser Beringer

VJGK – Brandon Cabrel from Kaden Mulcahy

VJGK – Brandon Cabrel from Hunter Toms

3rd Period

VJGK – Kaden Mulcahy from Hunter Toms

VJGK – Hunter Toms from Kaden Mulcahy, Chase Nehring

VJGK – Connor Beers from Hunter Toms

VJGK – Kaden Mulcahy from Caden Ross

VJGK goalie – Will Harris

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Special to Vegas Hockey

Ash Printzen of Las Vegas and AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u scored in a big game vs the AAA Milwaukee Jr Admirals girls 19u on Saturday. Milwaukee won the game 3-2. Ash is a premier player in girls ice hockey and during the summer in girls international level roller hockey.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Sheridan, Wyoming – Las Vegas goalie Luke Fundator had 16 saves for the NA3HL Sheridan Hawks in an 8-1 over the Bozeman Ice Dogs at the Whitney Rink here in Sheridan on Saturday night. It was the first win of the season for Luke who had 12 wins for the Sheridan Hawks last winter. Outside the arena during this game it was very cold in the 24-degree area.

//Also on Saturday night Anthony Rodriguez of Las Vegas and the NA3HL Oklahoma City Blazers beat their big rival Texas Roadrunners 3-2 in an OT/Shootout. Oklahoma City raised its season record to 9-2-1. The big game was at the Spirit Ice Arena in College Station, Texas.

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

NAPHL 16u – Plano, Texas

OVERTIME Final Score

AA Arizona Jr Bobcats 16u 2, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u 1

Las Vegas goal – Andrew Crawford from Ty Phillips

Las Vegas goalie – Johnny Ng

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

NAPHL 14u – Plano, Texas

Final Score

AA Houston Wild 14u 5, Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u 2

Las Vegas goals

LV – Connor Beers from Carter Adams – powerplay

LV – Darren Lingo from Carter Adams

LV goalie – Kameron Laskaska

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Friday, November 13, 2020

Helena, MontanaBrett Harpling of Las Vegas and the NA3HL Helena BigHorns got a 4-2 win over the Missoula Jr Bruins on home ice at the Helena Ice Arena on Friday night. Outside the arena during the game it was very cold – down to 39 degrees – with a red-alert high wind gust warning

Also on Friday night….

Anthony Rodriguez of Las Vegas and the NA3HL Oklahoma City Blazers beat the Texas Roadrunners 6-2. Ethan Sodoma of Las Vegas dealt an assist for Texas at the Spirit Arena in Lubbock. This was an ultra heated rough game with a couple of roughing double minor penalities followed by four Unsportmanlike 10-minute penalties including one for boarding.

Aidan McNabb of Las Vegas dealt an assist for the USPHL Premier Carolina Jr Hurricanes in a 5-2 win over the Charleston Colonials at the Wake Performance Center in Morrisville, N.C. Aidan has one goal, three assists this season.

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Las Vegas Weekend Goal Scorers – Nov 13-15, 2020

Goals

AAA Girls 19u

1 – Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u

AA 16u

2 – Andrew Crawford, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

2 – Micah Williamson, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

1 – Jesse Castro, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

1 – Ryan Pavlinsky, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

1 – Ty Phillips, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

AA 14u

3 – Connor Beers, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

3 – Brandon Cabral, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

3 – Kaden Mulcahy, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

2 – Darren Lingo, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

2 – Finn McNabb, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

2 – Chase Nehring, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

1 – Carter Adams, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

1 – Hunter Toms, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

1 – Collin Spencer, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

To contribute or revise here send to leesamuels07@aol.com

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Weekend Scoreboard – November 13-15, 2020

Children’s Health StarCenter, Plano, Texas

Friday, November 13, 2020

NAPHL 16u

AA Texas Jr Brahmas 8, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 1

//VGK Jr Golden Knights 16u have a very young team in their rebuilding season – Coaches Wally Lacroix and Todd Owen are working hard with them – Lee

AA Dallas Penguins 5, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 2

NAPHL 14u

Friday, November 13, 2020

AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u 5, AA Dallas Penguins 14u 2

//Matt Johnson is the head coach of the the Jr Golden Knights bantam team

AA Littleton Hawks – Colorado 14u 1, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u 0

//Littleton Hawks bantams have been the ultimate power for years in the Rockies

The next games for the USHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds will be away from home, taking on the Fresno Monsters November 19, 20, 21 at the Gateway Ice Arena. The T-Birds are off to an awesome 8-1-0 start this season.

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Friday, November 13, 2020

Goal scorer Aidan McNabb of Las Vegas has scored for the USPHL Premier Carolina Jr Hurricanes. It was his first goal this season. He has 1 goal, 3 assists. Last winter Aidan had 12 goals, 11 assists for 23 points with the USHL Premier Carolina Jr Hurricanes

Aidan, 20, and listed at 6’1, 195, played his youth hockey at the Las Vegas Ice Center. He was a top player and a team leader with the AAA Las Vegas Storm 16u and then with the WSHL Las Vegas Storm junior team. He also played a season with the AAA NAPHL Cal Titans 18u.

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Many Las Vegas star players and top teams have played at the Ice-Plex

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News Release

Escondido, Calif.We are sad to announce the closure of Ice-Plex, effective immediately. This was not an easy decision. Our hockey and skating communities have been strong partners to us throughout the years, and we have worked hard over the last few months to find an alternative way to keep the facility open. Unfortunately, that solution has not emerged. 

In recent years, Ice-Plex has operated at a substantial loss. The facility’s refrigeration and HVAC systems, which are used to cool ice and provide safe air flow throughout the building, are beyond their lifespan and in dire need of replacement. These are complex and energy-intensive systems, and the cost of design and install is prohibitively high. When compounded with the financial impacts of forced closure due to COVID-19, we cannot make these investments. 

First and foremost, we want to assure all teams, hockey players, figure skaters, public skaters, and all other customers, that they will receive a full refund for all programming that was scheduled to occur at the Ice-Plex facility. Refunds will be issued immediately through our platform, Square. 

The Ice-Plex has been an integral part of the community since its opening in 1995. As San Diego’s largest ice-skating facility, we are proud to have been a place for hockey players and skaters of all ages and skill levels to grow and develop.  

Unfortunately, the Ice-Plex was operating at a loss prior to the COVID-19 mandated shutdown, which essentially brought the facility’s revenue to zero. The primary driver of losses to the facility is the exorbitantly expensive and carbon-intensive process of cooling the ice with the facility’s aging equipment. In recent months we have worked to identify alternative energy options and new equipment for the rink. We brought in engineers and other experts, but the cost of an overhaul is more than we can commit to. 

We turned to others in the community, including rink operators, investors and hockey organizations, offering a five-year, no-cost lease to a qualified operator who could make the necessary investments in equipment. We engaged in promising conversations, but ultimately, a solution did not emerge. 

We understand the impact this decision will have on California’s hockey teams, skaters and fans. We love ice sports and share their disappointment. It is unfortunate that the impacts of COVID-19 are reaching beyond hospital walls, tipping fragile operations like ours over the edge. 

We close our doors with a heavy heart and would like to extend our deepest thanks to our athletes, customers, staff and volunteers, who have been responsible for creating a welcome and competitive environment at Ice-Plex. You have brought joy to our lives. Your dedication to sport, community and individual achievement will not end with Ice-Plex.

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NATE MOHR OF LAS VEGAS T-BIRDS TOP SCORER IN LEAGUE

There are 62 teams in action this season in the USPHL Premier Hockey League. Big game goal scorer Nate Mohr of the Las Vegas Thunderbirds is among the Premier’s Top 20 best scorers. Nate has 9 goals, 13 assists for 22 points and is ranked at #14 in the league.

Nate, 19, earlier played with the NAPHL Rocky Mountain Roughriders 18u, then with the AAA Sioux Falls Power, South Dakota 18u team. He is listed at 6’1, 175.

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Contact Vegas Hockey – leesamuels07@aol.com

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

San Diego – The USPHL Premier division leading Las Vegas Thunderbirds are away from home taking on the San Diego Sabers this coming weekend. The game times beginning Friday night are 9:55 pm, Saturday 9:30 pm and on Sunday 2:25 pm.

USPHL Premier Pacific Division

Las Vegas Thunderbirds 8-1-0

Fresno Monsters 7-2-0

Anaheim Avalanche 2-7-0

San Diego Sabers 1-5-0

Southern Oregon Spartans 0-3-0

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ASH PRINTZEN OF LAS VEGAS 3 GOALS VS AAA LITTLE CAESARS DETROIT

Ash Printzen of Las Vegas and AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u swept a three game weekend series over AAA Little Caesars Detroit girls 19u by scores of 2-0, 4-2, 6-2. Ash, a mighty goal scorer in ice hockey, had 3 goals for AAA Meijer Western Michigan in the third game.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Las Vegas Weekend Goal Scorers – Nov 5-8, 2020

Goals

3 – Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u

2 – Arik Altman, USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds

2 – Nate Mohr, USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds

1 – Jack Boyd, USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds

1 – Braden Husby, USHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds

1 – AJ Lackas, USHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds

1 – Gunner Moore, NA3HL Atlanta Capitals

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

Oklahoma CityGunner Moore of Las Vegas and the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals vs NA3HL Oklahoma Blazers at the Blazers Ice Center, Oklahoma City. Atlanta has a record of 9-2-0, Oklahoma City is 7-1-1. Weather outside the arena at faceoff will be in high 50s and clear. Temp there on Tuesday will be in low 40s.

//Final Score – Atlanta Capitals win 3-1. Gunner Moore two assists, his 7th and 8th this season…..

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Las Vegas – The USPHL Premier Fresno Monsters halted the Las Vegas Thunderbirds eight-game unbeaten streak in an 8-2 win here in a late-night Saturday game at Las Vegas Ice Center. The Thunderbirds earlier won the first two games of this three-game weekend series.

Final Score

Fresno Monsters 8, Las Vegas Thunderbirds 2

Las Vegas goal – Nate Mohr 9th goal from Trey Ponto

Las Vegas goal – Arik Altman 6th from Mark Nowag, Joe Terrana

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Shots on Goal – Fresno 37-29

Fresno goalie – Knute Loe

Las Vegas goalie – Anthony Bonaldi

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Special to Vegas Hockey

John Lammers scored and dealt three assists to help Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin’s ESV Kaufburen of Germany win 8-1 against Dresdner on Friday – Opening Night – of the regular season.

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Friday, November 6, 2020

Las Vegas Ice Center

USPHL Premier

Final Score

Las Vegas Thunderbirds 3, Fresno Monsters 2

Las Vegas goal – Nate Mohr 8th goal of season from Nick Bonaldipowerplay

Las Vegas goal – Arik Altman 5th from Heath Mensch, Jack Boyd – powerplay

Las Vegas goal – Jack Boyd 1st from Arik Altman, Joe Terrana

Shots on Goal – Las Vegas 39, Fresno 39

Fresno goalie – Knute Loe

Las Vegas goalie – Anthony Bonaldi

From the Blue Line – Jack Boyd, who scored the game-winning goal, is 19 years old, a defenseman and is listed at 6’4, 201. He is from Richboro, Pa.Las Vegas is off to its best ever start 8-0-0 in club history….Here is an amazing statistic – Unbeaten T-Birds have scored 58 goals and have only allowed 13 goals in their first eight games.

This was Game Two of a three-game weekend series

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For years Matt Edlin has been a top hockey coach here in Las Vegas on a variety of levels. And where exactly is he this season? “Coaching the Las Vegas Jr Golden Knights Pee Wee AA team with Frank Salcido, Brian Fox and Andy B,” Matt said. “It’s been a lot of fun working with a great group of coachable players. Hope all is well with everyone in Las Vegas.

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

T-BIRDS GOALIE ANTHONY BONALDI 31 SAVES IN A 2-1 WIN OVER THE USPHL PREMIER FRESNO MONSTERS

Las Vegas Ice Center

Final Score – Las Vegas Thunderbirds 2, Fresno Monsters 1

LV – AJ Lackas 6th goal this season from Nate Mohr, Jack Boyd

LV – Braden Husby 4th from Keith Shenkel, Nate Mohr

LV – Goalie – Anthony Bonaldi

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Fresno Monsters@USPHLMonsters
Heading to Las Vegas to take on the @lasvegastbirds who are currently tied with Fresno for 1st in the Pacific Division

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Las Vegas – Let’s get ready to rock – the 6-0-0 USHL Premier Fresno Monsters are in town today to take on the 6-0-0 USHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds noon today at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue. The Fresno team tweeted they are coming here. The game is also posted on the USPHL Premier hockey website. The T-Birds have taken apart two previous teams in league games but their first utra-heated game may be this one. It’s a 3-game series with two more games – Friday noon, Saturday 9 pm – at the Ice Center.

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Big goal scorer Heath Mensch, 17, of the USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds has some astounding early-season stats. Let’s take a look

Heath Mensch

5’10, 175

6 Games

9 Goals

3 assists

12 Points

3 Powerplay Goals

1 Game-winning goal

Has scored in four straight games

Heath and the Thunderbirds, 6-0-0, will take on the undefeated Fresno Monsters on Thursday noon at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

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JOHN LAMMERS 2 GOALS FOR COACH ROB’S ESV KAUFBUREN

John Lammers, a NHL Dallas Stars draft pick, scored two goals for coach Rob Pallin’s ESV Kaufburen who beat Ravensburg 2-1. “That is the end of our pre-season – we have our first regular season game vs Dresden on Friday,” said coach Rob.

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Coming Tomorrow – Heath Mensch’s astounding statistics with the USPH Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds who take on the 6-0-0 Fresno Monsters in a three-game series beginning Thursday in Las Vegas. The games will be at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

By Bethany Drysdale

It is already November and our hockey season is in full swing. It is still hard for me to believe I have been out of Las Vegas for 16 months now. I still feel very connected to my adopted home for the previous 7 years. The connections I made in the hockey community will undoubtedly stick with me for the rest of my life. To know that my boys learned to skate at City National and the Fiesta is a privilege. As much as we miss our home in Las Vegas, we are beginning to make new friends here in Columbia, SC.

            Now, with a 7 year old and a precocious 4 year old, I navigate the waters of 8U Mites games twice a week. With my husband deployed, I now must get both kids ready and on the ice by myself. I’m not complaining, because we are fortunate enough to still be playing, despite the ongoing pandemic. There are multiple changes to this season, including our travel to other cities for Mites Jamborees, which have all been cancelled for the 2020-21 season in the Carolinas. Instead, we play against the Plex House teams each week, with fun results. Lucas (age 7) scored his first game goal this week on Tuesday. He has struggled with his stick and puck skills in the past year, but finally had a breakaway opportunity to score. The best part was a parent captured the moment on video, which we could send to dad to see in the Middle East. With his confidence boosted, he had 2 assists in Saturday’s game. Little brother Blake (age 4) decided to try his skills between the pipes in 2 games. He had a shutout his first game, earning him player of the week honors. The second game was against the development team, and he allowed 7 goals for his first loss. No matter where he plays or what the score, Blake has the best time.

            Seeing hockey from their perspective, I am reminded that the best parts of this crazy year are to see the world the way a child does. To celebrate the small victories, make new friends, and to encourage each other to be their very best are the keys to staying positive. Believe me, it is so easy to get frustrated or depressed, especially the way things have developed this year. But, as my kids remind me, as long as we have hockey and fun, everything will be ok. Look on the bright side of every situation, you just might see something good happening without realizing it.

Bethany Drysdale is a star reporter here on Vegas Hockey. She has won ‘Best Writer’ awards here the last two years.

     

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By Bethany Drysdale

        Live hockey returned to City National Saturday with a 4 team 3 on 3 hockey tournament featuring the UNLV players and Vegas professionals. And the competition was a real “treat” on Halloween for all those who attended. The games were streamed lived as the teams battled it out in what should have been well into the ACHA season. This event was the perfect opportunity to meet the newest Rebels and welcome back to some familiar faces. The ECHL Indy Fuel’s Joe Sullivan, Fort Wayne Komet’s Zach Pochiro both showed they are ready for the upcoming season as well. Both Sullivan and Pochiro looked they had a great time playing with UNLV Rebels. It was Frankie’s Uptown winning the tournament, beating Jing in a late night battle of spooky goal scoring. 

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It was a big weekend for Austin Moline of Las Vegas and the 16-2-0 NAPHL AAA NorthStar Knights 16u of Alexandria, Minnesota. Austin scored in a game vs Compuware at the USHL Classic in Green Bay. He has 3 goals, 8 assists in NAPHL games this season. The AAA NorthStar Knights 16u are ranked in the My Hockey Tier 1 Top 20 this season.

Sunday Games

USPHL Premier

Final Score

Las Vegas Thunderbirds 8, Southern Oregon Spartans 2

Las Vegas goals in order – AJ Lackas his 5th goal of season, Heath Mensch 8th, Keith Shenkel 6th, Keith Shenkel 7th, Keith Shenkel 8th, Heath Mensch 9th, Austen Kerridge 2nd, Trey Ponto 4

Las Vegas goalie – Colin Gallamore

Las Vegas Thunderbirds vs Southern Oregon Spartans @ Bill Collier Ice Arena, Klamath Falls, Oregon on Sunday. Gabriel Testa of Las Vegas plays for Southern Oregon Spartans. Outside the arena today crisp, cold, low 40s when the game gets underway.

NA3HL

Gunner Moore of Las Vegas and Atlanta Capitals on home ice vs the Louisana Drillers, Duluth Ice Forum, 12:30 pm local time. Outside arena during this game clear, mid 60s.

Final Score – Gunner Moore scored a dramatic short-handed goal in the 3rd period to give the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals a 3-2 lead enroute to a 5-2 win on home ice. It was Gunner’s first goal this season.

Ethan Sodoma of Las Vegas and NA3HL Texas Roadrunners vs Texas Brahmas at NYTEX Sports Centre, North Richland Hills, Texas

Texas Roadrunners – Ethan Sodoma of Las Vegas scores 2nd goal of season

Final Score – Texas Brahmas win 5-2

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Saturday, October 31, 2020 – It’s Halloween

Saturday Games

USHL Premier

@Bill Collier Ice Arena, Klamath Falls, Oregon

Final Score

Las Vegas Thunderbirds 7, Southern Oregon Spartans 2

Klamath Falls, Oregon – The undefeated Las Vegas Thunderbirds had more shots 19-4 in the first period to help ignite a 7-2 win over the Southern Oregon Spartans here on Halloween Night. Anthony Bonaldi was the winning goalie for the T-Birds.

Las Vegas scoring in order….

LV – Nate Mohr 6th goal of the season from Braden Husby, Keith Shenkel

LV – AJ Lackas 4th from Mark Kurliandchyk

LV – Heath Mensch 6th from Trent Carter, Nick Bonaldi

LV – Heath Mensch 7th from Arik Altman, Darion Conaway

LV – Mark Kurliandchyk 2nd

LV – Keith Shenkel 5th from Nate Mohr

LV – Nate Mohr 7th – powerplay

LV goalie – Anthony Bonaldi

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Friday, October 30, 2020

USPHL Premier

Las Vegas Thunderbirds 16, Southern Oregon Spartans 1

@Bill Collier Ice Arena, Klamath Falls, Oregon

Las Vegas T-Birds are now 4-0-0. The top goal scorers this season are Heath Mensch 5 goals, Nate Mohr 5 goals, Arik Altman 4, Keith Shenkel 4, Braden Husby 3, Anthony Juric 3, AJ Lackas 3, Trey Ponto 3

Most T-Birds assists this season – Nick Bonaldi 7, Nate Mohr 7, Austin Kerridge 6, Steven Avalone 4, Trey Ponto 4

Las Vegas goalie Anthony Bonaldi 3-0-0, 1.67 gaa, 95.5% save percentage

Game Two of this weekend series is back at the Bill Collier Ice Arena tonight – Saturday. Faceoff 7:30 pm local time.

NA3HL

Missoula Jr Bruins 6, Brett Harpling of Las Vegas and Helena BigHorns 2

//Send game reports, goal scorers to leesamuels07@aol.com

Breaking News – Gregg Drinnan in Canada reporting today the Western Hockey League (WHL) is looking at a January 8 start. Players report to their teams after Christmas to get ready for the season. Earlier, the American Hockey League (AHL) which includes the Henderson NV Silver Knights has pushed its start date to February 5.

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On the USPHL Premier schedule: Las Vegas Thunderbirds at Southern Oregon Spartans – Bill Collier Arena – this weekend

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Star goalie Rhett Bruckner of Las Vegas – who had a spectacular season with the Las Vegas Thunderbirds last season – is looking for a spot to return to the game.

“Basically I am now just training this season here in Vegas waiting for covid to pass,” Rhett said. “We were originally going to Belgium through Coach Dave Hyrsky from the T-Birds, but the travel restrictions ruined that, and then I was going to try to play in the FPHL in Motor City and they folded their team.

“We were going to try a few other teams but the SPHL(Southern Professional Hockey League) is down to 5 teams and all those teams that folded have goalies looking for a place to play and of course the FPHL teams will take them over anyone in a heartbeat. We don’t know what’s going to happen in the upcoming months with covid and shutdowns so I’m pretty much just playing it safe and just skating with the T-Birds.

“My goalie coach Patrick Spaulding has me doing a lot of off ice training and hopefully by next season covid will be under control and things will be back to normal. I’ll probably try for Europe and the Federal Hockey League again.”

Rhett is 21 and listed at 6’1″, 185.

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USPHL PREMIER LAS VEGAS THUNDERBIRDS

Head Coach – Dave Hyrsky

Record – 8-1-0

2020-21 Season

Goals

9 – Heath Mensch

9 – Nate Mohr

8 – Keith Shenkel

6 – Arik Altman

6 – AJ Lackas

4 – Braden Husby

4 – Trey Ponto

3 – Anthony Juric

2 – Nick Bonaldi

2 – Austin Kerridge

2 – Mark Kurliandchyk

1 – Jack Boyd

1 – Nick Dufek

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Las Vegas – There was a Kyle Callahan sighting this week. Yes, that Kyle Callahan who was a dynamic goal scorer on a number of hometown teams years ago including the Las Vegas Outlaws bantam ice hockey team, AA Las Vegas Ice Cats 18u and then a big season with the famous hockey coach Kurt Goar and his AA Arizona Hockey Union 18u team.

Kyle is now 28 years old. His younger brother Gunnar plays on a Las Vegas Storm bantam ice hockey team over at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue. Tara Niles is the head coach and the Storm bantams last week swept a three-game series against the Bakersfield Jr Condors.

And where is Kyle at?

He was spotted focused and skating hard as usual in a roller hockey game over at Dan Corsatea’s Las Vegas Roller Rink on Sahara Ave here in town.

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Quote of the Day – Our star hockey reporter Bethany Drysdale: “Our son Lucas scored his first ever hockey goal! Our son Blake, a goalie, was in the net playing against a bigger team and lost by 7. He tried hard but they were a better team. He didn’t seem to mind – he’s always happy to be playing.”

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BIG WIN FOR LAS VEGAS COACH ROB PALLIN’S ESV KAUFBUREN

“We really played a solid game,” said head coach Rob Pallin of Las Vegas after his ESV Kaufburen team beat Heilbronn from Germany 7-3. Sami Blomqvist, from Finland, scored two goals and Tyler Spurgeon had a goal for ESV Kaufburen.

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Years ago Matt Stang was the head coach of an AA Las Vegas Ice Cats 18u team which included one of the best defensive pairs ever here in town – Richie Crossley and Devin Lane. Stang is now a BC Scout for the WHL Prince Albert Raiders and he is also doing “…coach mentoring in the Prince George minor hockey system.”

Looking for the whereabouts of Las Vegas goalie Rhett Bruckner who last season played for the WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds









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Monday, October 26, 2020

Star goalie Erik Eidissen, who played four seasons with the UNLV Rebels, felt the inner spark to play again. He was a very popular top Rebels goalie beginning in the 2015-16 season to the 2019-2020 season.

“We called our agent to have him look for an opportunity for me to play in Europe,” said Erik “But it fell through primarily because of the covid.”

Erik, 26, is from Upplands, Vasby, Sweden. He is listed at 6’0, 185.

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Sunday Games – October 25, 2020

NA3HL

Gunner Moore of the Atlanta Capitals vs Ethan Sodoma of Las Vegas and the Texas Roadrunners, Spirit Ice Station, East College Station, Texas

//Final Score – Atlanta Capitals win 5-4 in OT – Gunner Moore 1 assist for Atlanta Capitals; Ethan Sodoma 1 goal, 1 assist for Texas Roadrunners,

Anthony Rodriguez of Las Vegas and Oklahoma City Blazers vs Texas Brahmas at NYTex Sports Center, North Richland Hills, Texas

//Final Score – Oklahoma City Blazers win 4-1.

NAPHL 16u

Austin Moline of Las Vegas and AA NorthStar Knights 16u vs AAA Car Shield 16u at NorthStars Sports Complex, Alexandria, Minnesota

//Sunday final score – Austin Moline scored his 3rd goal of the season for the AA NorthStar Knights 16u in a 4-2 win over AAA Car Shield 16u

Saturday, October 24, 2020

North Richland Hills, Texas – Anthony Rodriguez of Las Vegas and the NA3HL Oklahoma City Blazers handed the Texas Brahmas their first loss of the season today winning 4-3 here at the NYTex Sports Center. Oklahoma City raised its record to 5-1-0. The Brahmas are now 3-1-0. Anthony Rodriguez has two assists this season for Oklahoma City.

//Gunner Moore of Las Vegas dealt two assists for the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals in a 5-3 road win over the Texas Roadrunners. Ethan Sodoma of Las Vegas and the Roadrunners got the #3 Star of the Game in this game.

Special to Vegas Hockey

It’s a big W for Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin and ESV Kaufburen of Germany.

“We won 5-3 against a good Bietigheim-Bissingen team. Hope all are doing well back in Las Vegas,” coach Rob said.

Tyler Spurgeon scored two goals for ESV Kaufburen and teammates Denis Pfaffengut and Tobias Worle also had goals.

Helena, Montana – There is a Winter Storm Warning here with heavy snow and temps down to one degree. A scheduled game – the Butte Cobras at the Helena Bighorns – is off. Bret Harpling of Las Vegas plays for Helena.

Breaking News Right Now…

Fraser, MichiganAsh Printzen of Las Vegas and AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u are beginning play today – Friday – in the annual USA/Canada Cup Games in Michigan. Ash has 7 goals, 7 assists for 14 points this season. The games are at the 3,400-seat Fraser HockeyLand Ice Arena. Outside of Hockeyland the weather is clear, cold with a low of 37 degrees

Friday Scores

Madison Capitals girls 19u 2, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u 1

AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u 1, Western Pride girls 19u 1 (tie)

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Las Vegas Goal Scorers Away from Home2020-21 Season

Goals

10 – Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u

5 – Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 2006

4 – Austin Moline, NAPHL Northstar Knights 16u Minnesota

4 – Hunter Barto, USPHL Minnesota Moose

2 – Mykah Carter, NAPHL AAA Northwest Stars 16u

2 – Ethan Sodoma, NA3HL Texas Roadrunners

1 – Aidan McNabb, USPHL Premier Carolina Jr Hurricanes

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Breaking News – Cody Williams, one of UNLV’s greatest goal scorers, has signed to play with the Port Huron Prowlers in the Federal Hockey League. Joe Pace Jr is head coach. The team plays their home games at the McMorran Arena in Port Huron, Michigan.

From the Blue Line – Austin Moline of Las Vegas and the NAPHL Northstars Knights 16u are off to an 8-0-0 start this season. Austin has 2 goals, 8 assists for 10 points.

More Breaking News – Big goal scorer Gunner Moore of Las Vegas has signed with the NAHL Odessa Jackalopes. Odessa is affiliated with the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals, NA3HL Texas Roadrunners and the NAPHL Colorado Springs Tigers.

Flash Update – Bryce Reddick of Las Vegas has signed with the ECHL Greenville Swamp Rabbits for this season. Home games are at the Bon Secours Wellness Center in Greenville, South Carolina. The Swamp Rabbits are affiliated with the NHL Carolina Hurricanes and the AHL Chicago Wolves. Bryce, 31, is listed at 5’10, 180.

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Las Vegas – This looks like a very strong, powerful USPHL Premier Las Vegas Thunderbirds 21u team which will open their season vs the USPHL Anaheim Avalanche on Friday night at City National Arena over on Charleston Avenue near the Red Rock Hotel-Casino. These games were announced on the primary USPHL Premier Hockey website.

The Thunderbirds roster is packed with Las Vegas star players including Joe Terrana who is really an awesome goal scorer along with Heath Mensch, Zach McClenahan, AJ Lackas plus star defensemen Steven Avalone, Trent Carter, Darion Conaway, Mark Nowag and Nicholas Bonaldi. Steven Avalone played two seasons with the Kinderley’s Klippers in the Saskatchewan Hockey League and then decided to play this season with his hometown team. Avalone played in 97 games in two seasons with the Klippers – many of those games on cold, snowy nights.

Trent Carter has been a star player and team leader in the biggest of games for years in tier hockey here in Las Vegas. He is strong with the puck and is super smart moving his line right into war zone attack areas. Conaway is a strong premier d-man who has played at a very high level in ice hockey and in roller hockey. Another Las Vegas elite player is Jeremiah DeValk of Appleton, Wisconsin. He is 6’1, 195 and played in 41 T-Birds games last winter. Anthony Juric and Deric Prier of Las Vegas are also on the T-Birds this season.

Anthony Bonaldi of Las Vegas and Colin Gallamore of Lakewood, Colorado are the Thunderbirds goalies.

Dave Hrysky, an awesome head coach, is back with the T-Birds as well.

Interestingly, the Anaheim team include Las Vegas goalie Blade Taylor. Troy Redmann, a premier goalie when he played tier hockey in SoCal, is the Anaheim goalie coach.

This is a 3-game weekend series beginning Friday. Tickets will be sold at the City National facility on game nights.

USPHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds Weekend Schedule

City National Arena Charleston Avenue

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Flash Update – Premier goalie Zachary Ortolano of Las Vegas – a star performer for coach Wally Lacroix and his AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u team last season – is today – Monday – with the AAA Shattuck St. Mary’s 18u team which is playing the AAA Ontario Jr Reign 18u at the NAPHL Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota. Outside the Super Rink today it cold, in the mid 20s

Final Score – Shattuck St. Mary’s won 6-1. Zackary, wearing jersey #1, was the backup goalie for Shattuck but did not see action.

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Here is a deeper look at Jason Zucker of Las Vegas who as a teenager played hockey primarily at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue. Wally Lacroix was his last hometown hockey coach. Jason was drafted by the NHL Minnesota Wild in 2010 in the 2nd round. He now plays for the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins.

JASON ZUCKER – NHL STATISTICS

NHL games – 471

Goals – 138

Assists – 117

Points – 255

Plus/Minus – +20 on ice

Power play goals – 48

Shootout goals – 3

NHL game-winning goals – 24

Vegas Hockey Player of the Year – 13 Straight Years

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Breaking News – The legend sportswriter Sid Hartman, who was still actively writing at the age of 100, passed on Sunday. He had just written and filed a story Sunday with the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper. Sid covered all sports including ice hockey and wrote about Jason Zucker of Las Vegas during the time he played for the NHL Minnesota Wild.

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Sunday, October 18, 2020 Scoreboard

NAPHL Showcase – Blaine, Minnesota

AA 16u

Overtime – Final Score

Vegas Jr Golden Knights 1, Hyland Hills Jaguars 2

Las Vegas goal in 3rd period – Micah Williamson from Kenneth Curtis

Las Vegas goalie – Austin Schaertel

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AA 14u

Final Score

Vegas Jr Golden Knights 7, Des Moines Buccaneers 3

Matt Johnson, head coach of the Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u, said after the game “everyone really contributed. Our D was really good here all weekend. And regarding our forwards everyone contributed – whether it was back check, blocked shot, goal or assist. It’s a matter of getting all of the pieces to go in the same direction at the same time.”

Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

Kaden Israel from Connor Beers

Chase Nehring from Kaden Mulcahy

Carter Adams from Hunter Toms, powerplay

Jesse Brewer from Caser Beringer, powerplay

Luke Miller from Brandon Cabral

Chase Nehring 2nd goal of game

Darren Lingo from Kaden Israel

Las Vegas goalies – Will Harris, Kam Laskaska

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Saturday, October 17, 2020 – Scoreboard

NA3HL

Final Score

Anthony Rodriguez of Las Vegas one assist for the the Oklahoma City Blazers in a 4-1 win over the Texas Roadrunners.

NAPHL Showcase – Blaine, Minnesota

AA 16u

Final Score

Chesterfield Falcons 4, Vegas Jr Golden Knights 1

LV goal – Kenneth Curtis

Las Vegas goalie – Johnny Ng

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AA 14u

OT/Final Score…..

Vegas Jr Golden Knights 2, Park City Miners – Utah 3

Las Vegas Goal – Hunter Toms

Las Vegas Goal – Brandon Cabral from Jesse Brewer

Las Vegas Goalie – Kam Laskaska

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Friday, Oct 16, 2020 – Scoreboard

NA3HL

Oklahoma City Blazers 6, Texas Roadrunners 0

//Anthony Rodriguez of Las Vegas one assist for OC Blazers

NAPHL Showcase – Blaine, Minnesota

AA 16u

#8 ranked Littleton Hawks 3, Vegas Jr Golden Knights 0

Clearwater Ice Storm 6, Vegas Jr Golden Knights 2

//Carver Alford, Kenneth Curtis lll goals for Vegas Jr Golden Knights

AA 14u

Ontario Jr Reign 3, Vegas Jr Golden Knights 2 OT

//Collin Spencer, Zach Gay goals for Las Vegas

Rose City Pats – Pasadena 3, Vegas Jr Golden Knights 1

//Hunter Toms scored for Las Vegas

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Blaine, Minnesota – In a defensive firefight the #8 nationally ranked AA Littleton Hawks 16u from Colorado worked past the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u by 3-0 here on a snowy day outside of the Super Rink

Wally Lacroix, head coach of the Jr Golden Knights 16u, said “we knew going into this game it would have to be a defensive structured game for us. We also need to capitalize when we get into transition which we did not do today.

Our young group is learning a lot from these games.”

Johnny Ng was in the net today for the 16s.

//In Game Two on Friday Carver Alford scored early and then Kenneth Curtis lll scored for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u during a 6-2 loss against the Clearwater Ice Storm 16u. Austin Schaertel was in the net for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u.

Blaine, Minnesota – Collin Spencer and Zach Gay scored for the Matt Johnson-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u in a tough 3-2 OT loss to the AA Ontario Jr Reign 14u. Kameron Laskaska was the goalie for JrVGK 14u in this game.

//In Game Two here Friday, Hunter Toms scored for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u in a 3-1 loss to the AA Rose City Pats 14u of Pasadena, Ca. Kameron Laskaska was the goalie for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u.

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Las Vegas Weekend Goal Scorers – Oct 16-19 2020

Goals

2 – Kenneth Curtis, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

2 – Jesse Brewer, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

2 – Luke Miller, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

2 – Chase Nehring, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

2 – Hunter Toms, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

1 – Carter Adams, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

1 – Carver Alford, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

1 – Brandon Cabral, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

1 – Zach Gay, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

1 – Kaden Israel, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

1 – Darren Lingo, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

1 – Micah Williamson, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

1 – Collin Spencer, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

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Friday Breaking News

In Germany Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin and ESV Kaufbeuren are off to a 2-0-0 start in pre-season games and play in their 3rd pre-season game tonight against Bietingheim in Germany. ESV Kaufbeuren won their first two games 10-0, 6-2. Coach Rob reports “everyone in our family is doing fine. Hello to all in Las Vegas.”

In Canada Gregg Drinnan reports the Western Hockey League (WHL) is now looking at January 8 at its start date for the new season.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Breaker – Heavy Snow on Game Day!

Blaine, Minnesota – The Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u will open play in the NAPHL Showcase against the #8-nationally ranked Littleton Hawks Friday, 10 am local time. The AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u team, coached by Matt Johnson, will face the AA Ontario Jr Reign from California in an 8:30 am game Friday here at the Super Rink. The weather here is clear with temps in the low 40s.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – For the 2020 -2021 season making the move to strictly high school teams – and combining squads with the Vegas Junior Golden Knights – Faith Lutheran High School will be skating with a D1 varsity team and a Junior Varsity squad this season.

The JV’s hit the road in Provo Utah this weekend to kick off the season in a showcase featuring the Provo Polar Bears, Idaho Falls, Boise and the Salt Lake Junior Grizzleys.

The highly anticipated D1 Varsity team will kick off the season in Phoenix on November 6 against the #1 ranked Chaparral Firebirds and their D1 rivals, the Horizon Huskies. Both the JV and D1 Varsity Crusaders will skate in the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League (ADHSHL) this season as well.

Coach Pokey Reddick feels good about the depth of his offense this season with the return of last season’s leading goal scorer Dominic Suhr and the additional firepower this season from a very productive John Purdy as well, combined with the return of starting defenseman Andrew Thornton and Colton Fleitz, Reddick feels good about this years D1 squad.

“Right out the gate we are noticeably deeper,” says Reddick. Also after five weeks of camp and practice the chemistry of the team seems real tight. In addition returning senior goaltenders Joey Hallett and new addition senior Mitch McCombs both look very strong, we feel our goaltending is noticeably stronger than last season and anticipate a solid showing between the pipes”.

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Breaking News – Anthony Rodriguez, a dynamic player, team leader and captain of the WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds last winter, is skating with a very strong team – the NA3HL Oklahoma City Blazers this season. Anthony, from Henderson, Nevada, last year had 18 goals, 12 assists for the T-Birds. Anthony, 18, is listed at 5’10, 175.

Wednesday, October 14

Blaine, Minnesota – Coach Wally Lacroix’s amazing AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – a totally rebuilt team with new snipers like Micah Williamson, Kenneth Curtis lll and top goalies – and are off to a 5-1-1 start this season – will take on an upgrade of AA level teams at the NAPHL Showcase here at the famous Super Rink. More good news – there is no snow in the forecast.

Premier AA teams here include Cal Wave, Littleton Hawks, Ontario Jr Reign, Texas Jr Brahmas and a familiar foe in the Park City Ice Miners from Utah. Las Vegas has had an awesome start to this season from new fiery goal scorer Micah Williamson and outstanding play in the net in all games.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Breaking News…

It wasn’t that long ago when Blade Ricketts – the younger brother of star goal scorer Beau Ricketts – was skating on a high energy Las Vegas roller hockey team coached by Micah Sanford and Nick Robone. Blade also skated on youth Las Vegas ice hockey teams. Now, according to a family Facebook post, Blade enlisted in the U.S. Army on Monday. Blade’s hockey dad is the famous late great Tommy Ricketts. Blade is 20 years old. “Yes Blade reported to the U.S. Army on Monday and he is now off to his Basic Training,” confirmed the great hockey mom Charla Ricketts.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Nashville Music Festival Tournament (Final Day)

Final Score

AA 16u

AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 3, AA Nashville Predators 16u 2

LV goals – Micah Williamson 2, Kenneth Curtis 1

LV goalie Johnny NG

Coach Wally Lacroix said “….a good win – however we still have things to learn.”

AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u in Nashville

Matt Johnson, Head Coach

0-1 to McKinney Stars 14u- Texas

1-1 with Carolina Jr Hurricanes 14u

7-1 over Nashville Jr Predators 14u

5-0 over Phoenix

Las Vegas goalies – Kam Laskaskas, Will Harris

Weekend Las Vegas Goal Scorers

Goals

5 – Micah Williamson, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

3 – Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u

3 – Kenneth Curtis lll, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

1 – Casey Beringer, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

1 – Darren Lingo, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

1 – Chase Nehring, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

1 – Finn McNabb, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

1 – Kaden Mulcahy, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

1 – Kyle Robinson, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

1 – Colin Spencer, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

AAA Girls 19u

Dallas CCM World Invite

Sunday, Oct 11 Final Scores

Game One

AAA Dallas Elite girls 19u 4, Ash Printzen of Las Vegas and AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u 0

Game Two

Ash Printzen of Las Vegas 1 goal, 2 assists for AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u 5, AAA Florida Alliance girls 19u 0

Nashville Music Festival Tournament

AA 16u

Sunday Game Two

AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u 3, AA Nashville Jr Predators 2

LV goals – Micah Williamson 2, Kenneth Curtis lll 1

VGK Coach Wally Lacroix said “….we played a good game and our goalie Austin made key saves at key moments. “

Sunday Game One

AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 2, AA Carolina Jr Hurricanes 2 (tie)

Kenneth Curtis and Micah Williamson scored for AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights. Goalie Johnny NG was in the net. “A 2-2 tie is a much better effort – still we need to be a little more responsible with our structure. Johnny NG played really well in the net to keep us in the game. Goals by Kenny and Micah,” said head coach Wally LacCroix of the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights. Next for today the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights will take on the hometown AA Nashville Jr Predators.

Las Vegas goalie Luke Fundator is back in action with the NA3HL Sheridan Hawks in Wyoming this season. Luke, 18, is coming off an awesome season – in 15 starts he had a 2.48 gaa and a .911 save percentage. Luke is listed at 6’0, 185. The Sheridan Hawks play home games at the Sheridan’s Ice M+M Center in Sheridan, Wyoming.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Weekend Scores

NA3HL

Final Score/Saturday Evening

Missoula Jr Bruins 8, Helena Bighorns 6

Helena, MontanaMissoula Jr Bruins vs Brett Harpling of Las Vegas and Helena Bighorns at the Helena Ice Arena in Montana outside the arena on Saturday night there is a high wind warning; temps will do down to 42 degrees during the game.

Nashville Music Festival Tournament

Final Score

AA Nashville NorthStars 16u 4, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 1

//”We got a great game from our goalie Austin who kept us in the game right to the very end. Micah Williamson scored on a well executed powerplay from Kenny Curtis and Carver Afford,” said coach Wally Lacroix of the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights.

Dallas CCM World Invite

AAA Girls 19u

Game One Sunday

AAA St. Louis Blues 3, AAA Meijer Western Michigan 1

//Ash Printzen of Las Vegas one goal for AAA Meijer Western Michigan

Game Two on Saturday

AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u 4, AAA Limitless 1

//Ash Printzen and AAA Meijer Western Michigan now 2-0-0 this weekend

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Nashville – Coach Wally Lacroix of the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u will take on the high-powered McKinney North Stars of Texas 16u in a first round tournament game today – Saturday – in rainy Nashville. Coach Matt Johnson is with the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u team and the Salcido’s – Brian and Frank – are with the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 12u, 10u teams. The games are part of the Total Package Hockey Music Festival at the twin-sheet Ford Center Ice Arena in Bellevue, Tennessee.

Dallas – Ash Printzen of Las Vegas and the AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u are on the road today in the CCM Dallas World Invite opening in a game against the AAA St. Louis Blues girls 19u. Then there will be weekend games against CCM Detroit, AAA Dallas Stars Elite and AAA Florida Alliance. Ash is a premier player in ice hockey and in roller hockey.

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Friday Final Score – NA3HL Great Falls Americans 3, Brett Harpling of Las Vegas and Helena Bighorns 2

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Flash Update – Las Vegas defenseman Skylur Cameron, 18, is returning to the BCHL West Kelowna Warriors this season. Skylur, listed at 6’3, 185, played in 49 games for West Kelowna last winter.

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Friday breaking news – Las Vegas goal scorer Gage Quinney, who played for the NHL Vegas Golden Knights top affiliate AHL Chicago Wolves last winter, is listed on the roster of the NHL Golden Knights’ new affiliate the AHL Henderson Silver Knights. The Silver Knights this season will play home games at The Orleans Arena on Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas this season. Quinney grew up playing tier hockey in Las Vegas primarly at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue.

Friday, October 9, 2020 – Brett Harpling of Las Vegas and the NA3HL Helena Bighorns are the road tonight taking on the unbeaten Great Falls Americans at the Great Falls Ice Plex in Montana. Brett is wearing jersey #21 this season. Game time is 7:30 pm mountain time. Outside the arena on game night the temp will be a frosty 49 degrees

Thursday, Oct 8, 2020In a massive staggering development the Southern Professional Hockey League will only have five teams in action this coming season and big goal scorer Derek Sutliffe of Las Vegas and the Evansville Thunderbolts are not among those five active teams. The reason is Covid-9 related, the league announced. According to the league website players like Derek are listed as free agents for 2020.

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Yes ultra-skilled goalie David Anderson will indeed be back in action this winter for the UNLV Rebels. “He’s on the roster and is all set for us,” said assistant coach/recruiter Nick Robone of the Rebels.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 – UNLV Rebels coaches Anthony Greener and Nick Robone recruited a great number of awesome players including fiery 50-goal scorer Brock Palmer from Alberta, Canada and are looking for – hoping for – to begin their new season on January 8.

“Looks like we are going to start on January 8 at home (City National Arena on Charleston Avenue). Holding on hope that it stays on that date,” Greener said.

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The SPHL Evansville Thunderbolts included Las Vegas 22-goal scorer Derek Sutliffe on their 13-player Protected List for this coming season.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 – Chase Smith, a premier goalie when he played years ago in Las Vegas, is now playing on a high-level men’s ice hockey league at the Ice Den in Scottdale, Arizona. Years ago Chase was a top Las Vegas goalie prospect going into junior hockey, signing with the EHL Philadelphia Flyers junior team but he had a serious hip injury which required surgery in his rookie season. He took months off from the game. Each summer Chase takes the time to play the game with his former Las Vegas teammates who are reunited on a team called the LV Iceaholics who play in the ‘The Great Throwback Classic’ summer tournament in Anaheim.

Bethany Drysdale has been voted the ‘Best Hockey Writer’ here on Vegas Hockey for two straight years. Her hockey son son Blake, age four, just won a Player of the Week award for the Columbia Cyclones 8u ice hockey team in South Carolina. Blake’s coach said “he may be the youngest on our team but he lives and breathes hockey 24/7.”

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Las Vegas Weekend Goal Scorers – Oct 2-4, 2020

Goals

4 – Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan, girls 19u

1 – Austin Moline, AAA North Stars Knights – Minnesota – 16u

1 – Chayse Laurie, AAA Arizona Bobcats 2006

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Sunday Breaking News – What an awesome weekend for Las Vegas goal scorers and goalies.

Austin Moline of Las Vegas had 1 goal, 5 assists to help the AAA NorthStars Knights 16u dramatically win the gold medal at the Tier 1 NAPHL Showcase in St. Louis. Austin, who ranks second in most points for his team this season, and the NorthStars went 4-0-0 this weekend. The NorthStars are based in Alexandria, Minnesota

The AAA Arizona Bobcats 2006 went 5-0-0 to win a gold medal at the CCM Showcase in Nashville. In the gold medal game Chayse Laurie of Las Vegas scored in the third round of an OT/Shootout to help the AAA Arizona Bobcats beat the Pittsburgh Vengeance. Las Vegas goalie Logan Perez shut out Pittsburgh in the OT/Shootout. During the weekend the Bobcats had wins over the Carshield from St. Louis, Indy Jr Fuel, Nashville Jr Predators and the Pittsburgh Vengeance.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Milwaukee – It was a Super Weekend for goal scorer Ash Printzen of Las Vegas who scored 4 goals for AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u. In the first game Ash scored one goal in a 4-2 win over the AAA Milwaukee Jr Admirals girls 19u, then another goal in a 2-0 win and on Sunday two goals in a 5-2 win over Milwaukee.

Saturday Night Final Score – NA3HL Gillette Wild 3, Brett Harpling of Las Vegas and Helena Bighorns 1 at the Helena Ice Arena. Next weekend Brett and the Helena Bighorns are on the road taking on the Great Falls Americans in Montana.

Saturday, October 3, 2020 – The very popular Adam Cracknell – a 39-goal scorer for the 2007-08 ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers who played years ago at The Orleans Arena on Tropicana Avenue – is off to Europe this season. The NHL Edmonton Oilers announced that Cracknell, 35, has been assigned to Esberg Energy in Denmark. Cracknell is listed at 6’3, 209. In Cracknell’s era here the visiting ECHL Alaska Aces always drew massive sold out crowds when they came into Las Vegas to take on the Las Vegas Wranglers in ultra heated games.

Friday Game Update – Bret Harpling is wearing jersey #21 and is in the lineup tonight for the NA3HL Helena Bighorns who took a quick 1-0 lead over the Gillette Wild at the famous Helena Ice Center in Montana. The Gillette Wild scored to tie the game 1-1 and then scored two more to win the season-opening game 3-1. Game Two of this weekend series is tonight – Saturday. Game time is 7:05 pm. Outside of the arena during the game the temp will be about 44 degrees.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Helena, Montana – Brett Harpling of Las Vegas and the NA3HL Helena Bighorns are opening their season against the Gillette Wild on Friday night at the famous Helena Ice Arena in Montana. Bob Richards is head coach of the Helena Bighorns. Helena has 4 goalies rostered including 6’7 Nate Gulsvig from Fargo. Outside the Helena Ice Arena on game night the temperature will be in the mid-40s. Faceoff Friday is at 6:30 pm local time. Helena and Gillette will play again here on Saturday evening.

Zackary Ortolano, a premier goalie with the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights last winter, is on the roster of the AAA Shattuck St. Mary’s Varsity High School 18u team in Minnesota

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020

Las Vegas – Head coach Wally Lacroix has announced a big schedule for his AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – and more good news – the Jr Golden Knights 16u are hoping to play some home games at the Pepsi Arena on North Rancho Drive.

Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

October 10-12 Total Package Hockey Bauer Music City Invitational in Nashville

October 16-18 NAPHL Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota

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TOP SEARCHES RIGHT NOW

#1 Gage Quiney; #2 Kenneth Curtis, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u; #3 Micah Williamson, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u; #4 Explosive goal scorer Brock Palmer, UNLV; #4 Anthony Greener, Head Coach, UNLV Rebels; #5 Las Vegas Coach Wally Lacroix, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u; #6 Rob Pallin, head coach ESV Kaufburen, Germany; #7 A Miracle on Ice – Harris Whissel, AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u; #8 Ash Printzen, AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u; #9 Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisius Griffins; #10 Las Vegas Coach Matt Johnson, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 14u

#11 Zee Khan, GM, UNLV Rebels; #12 Darion Conaway, Las Vegas Thunderbirds 21u junior team; #13 Beau Ricketts; #14 Zach Pochiro; #15 Pokey Reddick; #16 Bryce Reddick, ECHL Greenville Swamp Rabbits, South Carolina; #17 Tristan Toth; #18 John Purdy, Faith Lutheran High School; #19 Johnnie Gold

#20 – ‘My Biggest Goal’ by Nick Robone; #21 Joe Sullivan; #22 Austin Moline, AAA Northstar Academy Knights – Minnesota; #23 Evan Zucker, massively great goal scorer in ice and roller hockey; #24 Gia Avalone; #24 Andrew Tamura – many searches for several days here; #26 Jason Allen; #27 Ian Williams; #28 Just in Time for 2020 Christmas Eve – the Unbeatable Johnnie Gold and the Barstow Brothers take over the Pepsi Arena on North Rancho Drive; #29 The Jesters

#30 Larry Sanford, Crystal Palace Roller Hockey Rink, North Rancho Drive; #31 RIP coach Jack Bowkus – a teacher of the game who deeply cared for others; #32 RIP – hockey mom Rosie Carlo – There is a Hockey Heaven (repeated searches for her); #33 Cody Williams, Motor City Rockers, Detroit; #34 Jason Allen; #35 Gabriel Testa; #36 Colorado hockey coach Jamie O’Leary; #37 Jake Saxe, UNLV; #38 Dominic Suhr; #39 Skitters, baby rink kitten who usually wanders over to enemy benches in our annual Christmas stories here on Vegas Hockey. (Skitters created by hockey dad Jay Zurfluh of Las Vegas)

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Fairbanks Arctic Cam Today 18 degrees and yes it is snowing today – Monday

Blaine, Minnesota – Jack Lackas scored 6 times, Fuzzy Atchison had 5 goals and Chayse Laurie scored 5 as the three Las Vegas goal scorers helped the AAA Arizona Bobcats 14u bantam team go 4-1-0 this past weekend at the NAPHL Showcase. The three Las Vegas players and the Bobcats are now off to the CCM Showcase in Nashville which includes high-powered teams from Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Michigan.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

From the Blue Line Roller hockey star Jason Allen of Las Vegas was one of many players who celebrated the birthday of Vegas Hockey Referee of the Year Adam Hendren at the ‘Little House of Champions’ Crystal Palace roller rink on North Rancho Drive in Las Vegas on Sunday eve. ...In Columbia, S.C. Vegas Hockey’s star reporter Bethany Drydale’s hockey son Blake, age 4, pulled on goalie gear and did very well in the net for the Cyclones 8u in an ice hockey game. Blake’s team won 7-4. Bethany writes extensively about the UNLV Rebels ice hockey team and was voted by our readers as the Best Writer here on Vegas Hockey.

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Minot, ND – In an annual Minot Minotauros alumni hockey game on Saturday Beau Ricketts of Las Vegas scored four times and dealt two assists for his team in a 17-5 win at the famous Maysa Arena – which is now called the Pepsi Arena. Beau’s hockey mom Charla was at the game. Beau played two seasons with the NAHL Minot Minotauros junior hockey team and then played at a star level for the WSHL Las Vegas Storm at the Las Vegas Ice Center. After his season with the Las Vegas Storm Beau relocated to Minot, North Dakota.

Megan Myers, 28 and a legend woman’s hockey player from Las Vegas, will play for an independent team in the National Women’s Hockey Team this season. The league headquarters are in New York City. Teams include the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Conn. Whales, Metropolitan Riveters and the Minnesota White Caps. Megan has been a premier player and goal scorer on every level she has played and is also a former coach in women’s collegiate hockey.

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Gabriel Testa of Las Vegas has signed with the USPHL Premier Southern Oregon Spartans who play home games at the RRink in Medford, Oregon. Big ultra-heated rivals for the Southern Oregon Spartans include the Seattle Totems and the Bellingham Blazers. Gabriel, 20, is listed at 5’10, 180.

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

FOREST CITY, Iowa – Looking for the best talent they can put on the ice, the ACHA D1 Waldorf hockey team is adding another versatile player to its roster for the upcoming season.

Warrior head coach Brett Shelanski is pleased to announce the signing of Kale Norman from Las Vegas, Nev., to a Letter-of-Intent. Norman will be a freshman for the Warriors this fall.

“We are very pleased to add Kale to our program,” Shelanski said. “He has been away from competitive hockey for a little bit here and I am excited for him to get the chance to compete at the college level. I know that Kale is very appreciative of the opportunity and that he is looking forward to competing along with his teammates every day.

“I am glad that Kale chose Waldorf and our program to continue his hockey career and I look forward to him joining us this fall.”

After finishing his high school career with the Vegas Junior Golden Knights, where he had six goals and 10 assists in 26 games, Norman took a season off.

The versatile skater who attended Arbor View High School and plays both forward and defenseman returned to the ice last season, playing junior hockey with the Las Vegas Thunderbirds of the Western States Hockey League before signing to play for the Warriors this coming season.

“It means a lot,” Norman said of the opportunity to play college hockey. “I have been wanting to do this for a couple years, after high school I thought I was ready to give it up, but I missed playing competitively every day.”

Norman plans to study Sports Management at Waldorf.

“The coach gave me a shot after many schools wouldn’t,” Norman added of what drew him to Waldorf. “He reached out to me when other schools wrote me off.”

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Breaking News – Gregg Drinnan in Canada reporting that the NAHL Fairbanks Ice Dogs junior hockey team will play their first two months of this season in Marshall, Minnesota.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Chesapeake, Va. – Cameron Sylvester, 19, of Las Vegas is returning to play again with the USPHL Premier Hampton Road Whalers who play home games here at the Chilled Ponds Ice Sports Complex. Cameron is listed at 6’2, 177. The Chilled Ponds Ice Sports Complex is also the proud “Home of the ECHL Norfolk Admirals.Cameron earlier played tier hockey in the AAA Arizona Bobcats 15u, 16u programs.

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Austin Moline of Las Vegas and the AAA NorthStar Knights 16u from Minnesota had 1 goal, 4 assists for the Knights who went unbeaten 4-0-0 at the NAPHL Showcase last weekend.

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.

The legend Bliss Littler returns as the GM, Chris Clark head coach and Leigh Mendelson assistant coach this season for the BCHL Wenatchee Wild in the state of Washington. Home games again will played at the 4,300-seat Town Toyota Center.

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

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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

Skylur Cameron, BCHL West Kelowna Warriors

Vito Carlo, NCAA Franklin Pierce

Mykah Carter, NAPHL Northwest Stars 16u

Joey DiBenedetto, ACHA D1 Utah University

Brenden Fehlig, to be announced

Luke Fundator, NA3HL Sheridan Hawks

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 Knights 16u – Minnesota

Gunner Moore, NAHL Atlanta Capitals

Tristan Nelson, USPHL Northern Cyclones Jr A

Zackary Ortolano, goalie, AAA Shattuck St. Mary’s HS Team

Jerrett Overland, NCDC New Jersey Hitmen

Graham McPhee, AHL Bakersfield Condors

Kale Norman, ACHA D1 Waldorf College – Iowa

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

Anthony Rodriguez, NA3HL Oklahoma City Blazers

Ethan Sodoma, NA3HL Texas Roadrunners

Noah Smejkal, Northeast GeneralsAttleboro, Mass

Dylan St. Cyr, NCAA Notre Dame University

Gage Quinney, AHL Henderson Silver Knights

Bryce Reddick, ECHL Greenville Swamp Rabbits – South Carolina

Joey Raats, to be announced

Joe Sullivan, ECHL Indy Fuel

Derek Sutliffe, SPHL Evansville Thunderbolts

Cameron Sylvester, USPHL Hampton Road Whalers

Blade Taylor, USPHL Elmira Jr Enforcers

Gabriel Testa, USPHL Southern Oregon Spartans

Jacob Underhill, AAA Wenatchee Wolves 18u

Michael Yochum, ACHA D1 Canisus Golden Griffins

Harris Whissel, AAA Connecticut Chiefs 18u

Jaiden Wild, SC Bietgheim – Bissingen ll/Germany4

Cody Williams, FHL Port Huron Prowlers – Michigan

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, FHL Port Huron Prowlers

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
edsamuels.com

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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

To contribute or correct here send to leesamuels07@aol.com

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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

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

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’

#2 Most Searched

Adam Naglich – ‘My Greatest Goal’

#3 Most Searched

Goal scorer Hunter Barto of Las Vegas and USPHL Minnesota Moose

#4 Most Searched

Brittany Brooks

#5 Most Searched

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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Today’s readers are from all parts of the USA, Canada plus Australia
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Most Searches last three days
#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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Adam Naglich My Greatest Goal

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When In Doubt, Give the Puck to UNLV’s Mike Zenzola

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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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Monday readers are from all parts of the USA and Canada

#1 Most Searched Monday, May 18
Adam Naglich – My Greatest Goal

#2 Most Searched Monday
Big goal scorer Chris Francis of Las Vegas

#3 Most Searched Monday
Pokey Reddick, Head Coach, Faith Lutheran HS Hockey

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

Looking for the whereabouts of hockey dad Steve Allen of Las Vegas

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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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#1 Most Searched Saturday
Jared Turcotte, UNLV Rebels

#2 Most Searched
Heath Mensch, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

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My First Goal story

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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.” 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

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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

#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

To contribute here send to leesamuels07@aol.com

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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.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

“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.

To send in your hockey updates send 24/7 to leesamuels07@aol.com

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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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Do you want to write about hockey? We are always on the hunt for new writers. Contact me at leesamuels07@aol.com


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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
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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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To contact Vegas Hockey send an email to leesamuels07@aol.com
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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

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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.”TEXAS

    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.

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This is It -UNLV Plays Its Final Home Games This Weekend at City National Arena

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UNLV Rebels head coach Anthony Greener on the bench sizing up a situation on the ice.

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020

UNLV’s Top 5 Goal Scorers

Goals

16 – Paxton Malone – 32 career goals

12 – John Moeller

12 – Kane Toriumi

9 – Brendan Manning

7 – Jayson Dimizio

7 – Hunter Muzzillo

7 – Jared Turcotte

7 – Kirk Underwood

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – Oh, how the time flies.

These will be the final regular season games for the nationally-ranked UNLV Rebels who take on #22 ranked Oakland on Friday and Saturday nights at the City National Arena.

UNLV, coached by Anthony Greener, is coming off two destructive wins over #14 ranked Arizona State.

The Rebels are 17-12-1 overall including their great 14-5-0 record on home ice at City National Arena. Each game this weekend has a 7 pm start time.

Following these games a field of 20 teams will be announced for the ACHA D1 Nationals

Heath Mensch 3 Goals – Zack Ortolano A+++ in Net – Defense ‘Tweaked’ – AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – The Golden Ones – Win the Gold

Monday, Feb 17, 2020

Flash Final Score from Las Vegas Ice Center

President’s Day Tournament

AA 16u

Gold Medal Game

AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 7

AA Texas Tigers 2

//John Sinagra scored the first goal for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights. Heath Mensch, who has been on an all-out scoring rampage for weeks, had 3 goals. Anthony Juric, Ian Williams and Micah Williamson each scored as well. This was an explosive performance for the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights who lost 2-1 to Texas earlier in this tournament at the SoBe Ice Arena.

//Zackary Ortolano was in the net today for Vegas.

//Coach Lacroix said “…our young men responded. The compete level was amazing. We changed a couple of things on the defensive side of the ice – but all the credit goes to to the young men for implicating the different system and structure we asked for. Coach Todd (Owen) and myself couldn’t be prouder….Texas was way better than what the final score showed. They were a solid structured team and we took them out of their game with our D.”

Austin Moline of Las Vegas Scores OT/Shootout Game-Winner for AAA L.A. Jr Kings Team 2005

Special to Vegas Hockey

Blaine, Minnesota – Austin Moline of Las Vegas and AAA L.A. Jr Kings team 2005 scored a dramatic game-winning goal in an OT/Shootout against the AAA Dallas Stars in a Tier 1 Elite League Final 4 playoff game. The Kings won 3-2. The win moves Austin and AAA L.A. Jr Kings in a gold medal game showdown Monday against big rival AAA Anaheim Ducks. Austin has 18 goals this season.

Monday – Get Ready for This One – AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u and High Octane AA Texas Tigers 16u Will Play for President’s Day Gold at the Ice Center

Sunday, Feb 16, 2020

Vegas Jr Golden Knights

5 Stars

#1 CHASE MCCROSSAN

#2 MICAH WILLIAMSON

#3 IAN WILLIAMS

#4 ZACKARY ORTOLANO

#5 WILLIAM JACOB

AA VEGAS JR GOLDEN KNIGHTS 16U SHUT DOWN AA NORTHWEST ADMIRALS TO ADVANCE TO GOLD MEDAL GAME ON MONDAY 10 AM

By Lee Samuels

Las Vegas – See what smart ultra skill play and tremendous goal-tending can do. 

That is what the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Jr Golden Knights 16u – the Golden Ones – found out when they battled through choppy waters at both ends of the ice to beat the larger hulking AA Northwest Admirals by 5-0 on the North Rink of the Las Vegas Ice Center on Sunday night. The Jr Golden Knights swarmed about in their organized structure to work past the physicality and roughness from the Admirals.

And just before this game the very skilled and fast AA Texas Tigers 16u had to work through a swamp of extremely rough play to beat the Palm Beach  Hawks to take a ride to the gold medal game.

So here we have what winning gold medals are all about – the best two teams AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights and the Texas Tigers will play for the President’s Day Tournament crown on Monday here at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

It was Las Vegas sniper Chase McCrossan who got it all started on Sunday night when skated hard toward the Admirals net and ignited an explosive top shelf blast of a shot which scored the first goal for the Vegas Jr Golden Knights.

Later Micah Williamson took off on a blue-streak high speed sprint to score a decisive goal.

And, the Jr Golden Knights got another tremendous game from big game goalie Zachary Ortolano.

It was all good for the home team.

Now the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights must deal with the explosive AA Texas Tigers on Monday, 10 am, for the gold.

From the Blue Line – Is it me or does Heath Mensch play an awesome game whenever he is on the ice – like, every shift….That’s Harris Whissel keeping cool when skating deep into danger zones on the ice….Zachary Ortolano is an awesome goalie. He has a big future in the sport of hockey. 

Vegas Jr Golden Knights Goals

VGK – Chase McCrossan from William Jacob

VGK – Heath Mensch from Anthony Juric, John Purdy

VGK – Micah Williamson

VGK – Anthony Mazza from Anthony Juric

VGK – Ian Williams from Micah Williamson

Goalie – Zackary Ortolano

Sunday – Gage Quinney and AHL Chicago Wolves Win 3-2

Flash Update – Chicago Wolves win 3-2 in OT. Gage had an assist and was +1 on the ice before a hometown crowd of 6840

Sunday, Feb 16, 2020

Rosemont, Illinois – Gage Quinney of Las Vegas and the AHL Chicago Wolves are in action tonight against the Cleveland Monsters here at the Rosemont Arena. Gage, who played youth hockey at the Las Vegas Ice Center, this season has 14 goals, 17 assists for 31 points. Outside the arena during the game it will be clear, very cold – in the 25-degree area.

Sunday – AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u Advance to Gold Medal Game on Monday

Sunday, Feb 16, 2020

President’s Day Tournament

Las Vegas Ice Center

FINAL FOUR

AA 16u

Sunday Evening 

Final

 Texas Tigers 7, Palm Beach Hawks 0

Final

Vegas Jr Golden Knights 5, Northwest Admirals 0

Sunday 

AA 16u

Final Score

AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 4, AHSHA Arizona Premier 16u 1

Las Vegas scoring

LV – Harris Whissel from Chase McCrossan 

LV – Ian Williams

LV – Chase McCrossan 

LV – John Sinagra from Chase McCrossan, Harris Whissel

LV goalie – Colton Miller

Final – UNLV Rebels 5, #14 Arizona State 1 — Rebels Sweep Weekend Series

Flash Update

City National Arena

ACHA D1

Final Score

#14 Arizona State 1

UNLV Rebels 5

UNLV – Bas Assaf from Paxton Malone, John Moeller – Assaf’s 100th point as a Rebel

UNLV – Colin Robin – 1st goal as a Rebel

UNLV – Nick Flanders from Jayson Dimizio

UNLV – Jayson Dimizio from Jake Saxe, Kirk Underwood

UNLV – Brendan Manning from Jayson Dimizio

//Arizona State came out with extremely hard checking which carried over into the second period…UNLV’s premier goalie Dave Anderson, a tranfer from ACHA D1 Jamestown, awesome in all three periods….massive hometown crowd…UNLV closes out its home schedule next weekend vs #23 Oakland University here at City National Arena.