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Hockey Canada adopting American Development Model (ADM)
Mar 31, 2017  7:46 AM

Hockey Canada wants all of Canada on the same page when it comes to the delivery of its Initiation Program – traditionally a player’s first brush with organized hockey at the ages of five and six.

Although the Initiation Program – originally developed more than 35 years ago – always recommended cross-ice or half-ice small-area games, its delivery has varied from community to community. Beginning in the upcoming 2017-18 season, a new Hockey Canada policy now mandates that Initiation-aged players receive age-appropriate programming on cross-ice or half-ice surfaces.


Pacific District Youth Tier l Tournament Schedule and Scores
Mar 9, 2017  11:26 AM

Check out the schedules and get the latest scores of the Pacific District Youth T-l Championship Tournaments.


The Story Of The Scotty Gomez Foundation
Feb 23, 2017  8:43 AM

Born in Modesto, California to crop-picking parents, Carlos Gomez never could imagine that he would one day have a son playing in the National Hockey League (NHL). Shortly after Carlos was born, his entire family was deported for not having proper paperwork, landing them two hours from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

While living here, a family tragedy occurred which caused Carlo’s mother (Maria) to pack up her ten children, separate from her husband and move Tijuana with family.  Maria was determined to escape poverty.


Sharks donate $30k for special needs hockey
Jan 25, 2017  8:54 AM

The San Jose Sharks hockey team made a $30,000 donation to help a Peninsula high school’s special needs hockey group, the team announced Tuesday.

The Sharks Foundation made the donation to advance the hockey group at Sequoia High School in Redwood City as part of the foundation’s Big Give Program.

The donation will also help other adaptive hockey groups throughout California, according to the Sharks.


Welcome, Life After Hockey
Jan 10, 2017  9:40 AM

Recruiting A Gold Medal Kid

With USA beating Canada for the gold medal at the World Junior Championships last night, there are a lot of amazing stories being told about the team and its players.  It was an incredible game with a storyline centering around commitment, resiliency, and a team-first attitude that lifted the squad to their gold medal.


Children need three hours exercise a day - Finland
Dec 29, 2016  9:37 PM

Children should spend at least three hours a day performing physical activities, according to the Finnish government.

Parents have been advised to actively encourage their children to pursue hobbies and interests that require physical exertion.


A Christmas Miracle
Dec 26, 2016  8:56 AM

$2,000 in the red for last year's ice time and with only $500 generated so far for this year, things weren't looking good for Rebeca's special needs student hockey program. That was until last week when Jenne Johnson, San Jose Sharks Foundation Coordinator, found the Go Fund Me Page for the team and was inspired by the story about Rebeca and her special needs hockey team. The Sharks Foundation stepped up BIG TIME. Today the students were picked up in a chartered bus at Sequoia High School and driven to Sharks Ice in San Jose to watch the Sharks practice.


2017 Disabled Hockey Festival
Nov 22, 2016  8:37 PM

USA Hockey and the Pacific District are proud to invite you the 13th Annual Disabled Hockey Festival to be held April 6th – 9th, 2017 in San Jose, California. 

The mission of the Festival is to provide a fun and exciting weekend of hockey in a grand event as well as promote and grow disabled hockey throughout the country. The largest disabled hockey event of its kind, USA Hockey's Disabled Hockey Festival brings together all the disciplines: deaf/hard of hearing, sled hockey, special hockey and standing amputee / warrior.


USA Women's Sled Hockey Team
Sep 6, 2016  3:42 PM

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 USA Women's Sled Hockey Team. The USA Women's Sled Hockey team held a development camp Thursday, August 25th to Sunday, August 28th in Buffalo, NY. From this camp, the 2016-2017 US Womens Sled Hockey team was chosen.


Pair of Pacific Players Named to Prestigious Roster
Aug 31, 2016  1:28 PM

California's Brannon McManus and Washington's Kailer Yamamoto have been named to the United States' roster for the fifth annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospect's Game on September 22nd at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Aug 11, 2016  12:32 PM
Edward James Samuels, 30, passed away Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. He was born May 5, 1986, in Vorhees Township, N.J., and was a 27-year resident of Las Vegas. He was a star hockey player in Las Vegas playing roller hockey for the Las Vegas Tour Rebels at Crystal Palace in Las Vegas, then ice hockey for the Las Vegas Mustangs, San Diego Jr Gulls, BCHL Victoria Salsa, NAHL Billings Bulls and was team captain for the NAHL Fairbanks Ice Dogs.
He is survived by his parents, Mary Margaret Samuels and Lee Samuels of Las Vegas; brothers, Ross Brown of Leavenworth, Kan., and Rich Samuels Jr. of Las Vegas; sisters, Shelly Cruz and Mary-Cate Zurfluh of Las Vegas; and fiance, Lelani Ho of Utah.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Palm Mortuary, 6701 N. Jones Blvd. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church, 3050 Alta Drive.

USA Hockey's Pacific District is proud to introduce Flint Doungchak as the district's newest Coach-in-Chief
Jul 15, 2016  7:54 AM

USA Hockey’s Pacific District is proud to introduce Flint Doungchak as the district's newest Coach-in-Chief.


Anchorage goalie Isaiah Saville named to USA Hockey U-17 Select Team
Jul 15, 2016  7:23 AM

Isaiah Saville, who made his mark on state hockey as the freshman goaltender who backstopped West High to the state large-school championship in February, is making a big impression on the national scene.

Saville, who doesn't turn 16 for another two months, on Thursday was named to USA Hockey's Select Under-17 team for the Five Nations Cup.


Fairbanks Ice Dogs to host NTDP team for pair of games
Jul 8, 2016  6:28 AM

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and the defending Robertson Cup Champions, are pleased to announce that they will be hosting the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (NTDP) 17-Team for a pair of weekend exhibition home games on December 2-3, 2016 at the Big Dipper Ice Arena in Fairbanks, Alaska.


USA Hockey removes usage of traditional age classification names (pee wee, bantam, etc.)
Jun 23, 2016  7:13 PM

There is a big change coming to youth hockey, and it’s all about names.

Based on a rule change by USA Hockey, age classifications will no longer have name labels like ‘midget’ or ‘bantam’ in the USAH rulebook.

Instead, all age categories for youth hockey are to be referred to only by age number – 12U, 14U, 16U, etc.


2016 USA Hockey Annual Congress
Jun 19, 2016  2:28 PM

2016 USA Hockey Annual Congress town hall meeting discussing Tier l hockey.

2016 USA Hockey National Festival Nominees
May 9, 2016  2:03 PM

2016 USA Hockey National Festival Nominees

Pacific District Select 15, 16, 17 Player Development Camp


2016 USA Hockey Pacific District Player Development Camp On-Ice Schedule
May 2, 2016  5:08 PM

2016 USA Hockey Pacific District Player Development Camp On-Ice Schedule.


West Coast Coaching Guide: 1st Edition
May 2, 2016  5:55 PM

Traveling through the cornfields of Iowa, there's never a shortage of time to think, ponder, and reflect. As Oliver David, Associate Head Coach and Assistant General Manager of the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints, rides over the picturesque Midwestern landscape en route to his team’s next playoff game, he can’t help but do just that - think, ponder, and reflect. How did a SoCal kid that grew up with a single mom working multiple jobs now find himself helping pull the strings for one of the preeminent Tier I Junior Hockey franchises? And so quickly? Some might say it’s a wonder, achieving such great heights despite facing such seemingly insurmountable odds; but after spending a few mere moments talking to David, you’ll quickly realize that his accession upwards through the junior hockey ranks shouldn’t be a surprise, and it certainly hasn’t been by accident - if anything, it’s been destiny.


Mitzi Toepfer Sportsmanship Award
Apr 26, 2016  9:30 AM

Team Oregon receives the Mitzi Toepfer Sportsmanship Award at the 2016 USAH Showcase

Mitzi Toepfer started working at McMillen park ice arena in 1962 and stay there for 45 years. She implemented the ice hockey program and the figure skating program which are both still existence today.

During her tenure Mitzi was responsible for bringing national and international hockey tournaments and regional figure skating events to McMillen. She had organized every facet of both sports, from the introductory level to the future Olympians and NHL players.

As a state representative for USA Hockey for more than 30 years, Mitzi helped bring the Silver Stick tournament to Fort Wayne, IN. Mitzi retired from the ice arena in 2006 and passed away in March 2015.

The sportsmanship award is presented to the team that exhibits true sportsmanship both on and off the ice in the spirit of the 2016 America's Showcase and best represents the true spirit of Mitzi.

Pacific District congratulates Team Oregon.

NAHL Playoff Round-Up
Apr 25, 2016  6:57 PM
The North American Hockey League, the only USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Junior Hockey League in the country, wrapped up it’s first round of playoffs this past weekend as the field of sixteen championship hopefuls was cut down to eight. 
At first glance, it appeared to be a ho-hum first round as none of the eight playoff matchups went the maximum of five games. However, there was still plenty to talk about as West Coast players made their presence felt when it mattered most. 
Here are some of the standout performers from the NAHL’s first round of postseason action:
Gavin Nieto (Fairbanks Ice Dogs - California): Started all four games in net for the Ice Dogs in their first round matchup vs. the Coulee Region Chill. During the series, the recent Brown University commit posted a 3-1 record that included just six goals allowed over the four first round games. 
Nick Wallace and Cole Suoto (Bismarck Bobcats - California): The California D-men put up an impressive performance during their first round matchup vs. the Brookings Blizzard as the duo each tallied an assist while combining for a +5 rating in the first round.
Zak Galambros (Johnstown Tomahawks - California): Netted the game-winner in Game Two vs. the New Jersey Titans as Galambros scored just :25 seconds into the third to break a scoreless tie. Johnstown would later go on to score an empty netter to win 2-0 en route to a three-game sweep of the Titans.
Garrett Van Whye (Wichita Falls Wildcats - Washington): Goal and an assist for the Washington native in Wichita Falls’ first round sweep vs. Odessa, in which the Wildcats outscored the Jackalopes 17-6 over the three games.
Rourke Russell (Wichita Falls Wildcats - California): Despite not having played since April 7th, Russell made his presence felt in his return during Game Three as the Miami University commit posted 2 assists and a +2 rating while the Wildcats wrapped up a sweep of Odessa. 
Dom Garcia (Aston Rebels - Nevada): As the lone Nevadan left in this year’s NAHL playoffs, Garcia has undoubtedly helped fuel his team's success when he’s been on the ice. The Las Vegas native posted a whopping +6 rating in his team’s first round sweep of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, tying him for the best +/- rating thus far in the 2016 NAHL playoffs.
The NAHL playoffs resume this Friday as the Division Finals get underway. Just like the previous round, the Division Finals will each be a best-of-five series.  
You can follow the NAHL playoffs at www.NAHL.com/Robertson-Cup, and remember to follow USA Hockey’s Pacific District on Facebook (Facebook.com/PacificDistrict) and Twitter (@PacificHockey) for more updates on USA Hockey’s Pacific District.

Eight Pacific District Players Headed To Frozen Four
Apr 6, 2016  9:05 PM

With this 2016 NCAA Division I Frozen Four field now set, eight Pacific District Players will be vying for Division I hockey’s ultimate prize in Tampa Bay, Florida.

In all, three of the four remaining teams standing can claim a roster with Pacific District Players, as Boston College (2), Denver (3), and Quinnipiac (3) all boast players hailing from the West Coast. Here’s the full list of Pacific District Players competing in the upcoming Frozen four.

Thatcher Demko - San Diego, CA - Goaltender - Boston College
Dylan Gambrell - Bonney Lake, WA - Forward - Denver
Soren Jonzzon - Mountain View, CA - Forward - Quinnipiac
Sean Lawrence - Granite Bay, CA - Goaltender - Quinnipiac
Gabe Levin - Marina Del Rey, CA - Forward - Denver
Alex Miner-Barron - Glendora, CA - Defenseman - Quinnipiac
Trevor Moore - Thousand Oaks, CA - Forward - Denver
Scott Savage - San Clemente, CA - Defenseman - Denver

For the second consecutive year, there’s been an increase in Pacific District players participating in the Frozen Four, up from seven last year and four in 2014. Most notably, five of this year’s eight players already have Frozen Four experience, as the Boston College duo fell to eventual champs Union College in 2014, while the Quinnipiac’s trio of Pacific players fell in the 2013 championship game to Yale.

The 2016 Frozen Four starts Thursday, April 7th with the National Semifinals as #1 overall seed Quinnipiac will face Boston College, followed by North Dakota taking on Denver. The winner of each matchup will face off two days later on Saturday, April 9th with the NCAA Division I Title on the line.

Follow all of the Pacific District players and their performance throughout the Frozen Four on the official Facebook and Twitter of USA Hockey’s Pacific District.

Heads Up, Don't Duck
Jan 16, 2016  8:28 AM

Visit USA Hockey website for information that will help players, coaches, parents and administrators with information about Heads Up Hockey.


SafeSport Information
Jan 16, 2016  8:12 AM

The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to USA Hockey.  USA Hockey SafeSport is the organization's program related to off-ice safety.

USA Hockey has long had systems in place to protect its participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse and other types of abuse and misconduct that can be harmful to youth hockey players and other participants.  These include without limitation Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Screening, Locker Room Supervision and Hazing Policies, in addition to Codes of Conduct applicable to administrators, coaches, officials, parents, players and spectators.  The USA Hockey SafeSport Handbook is intended to update and collect USA Hockey’s various policies to protect its participants from all types of misconduct and abuse.


American Development Model
Jan 16, 2016  7:58 AM

The American Development Model integrates training, competition and recovery programming in relation to biological development and maturation. It offers equal opportunity for recreation and competition. It is participant/athlete centered, coach driven, and parent, official, administration, sport medicine & sport science supported.


Pacific District Guidebook
Jan 16, 2016  7:56 AM

Pacific District Guidebook is now available for downloading.


2016 Western Regional High Performance Camp
Feb 3, 2016  4:54 PM

2016 WRHPC preparations are underway. Get logistical information on WRHPC for players and staff.


2014-15 Pacific District Champions
Jan 16, 2016  9:12 AM

2014-15 Pacific District Champions - Tier I and Tier II Girls'

Division Team
Tier I 14U Anaheim Lady Ducks
Tier I 16U California Wave
Tier II 14U Kenai Peninsula IceHawks
Tier II 16U Team Alaska
Tier II 19U Alaska Ice Breakers

2014-15 Pacific District Champions - Tier I and Tier II Youth

Division Team
Tier I 14U Anaheim Jr. Ducks
Tier I 16U Anaheim Jr. Ducks
Tier I 18U Ontario Avalanche