Not all mergers occur on Wall Street. Just ask the San Diego Junior Gulls and the La Jolla Jaguars, whose merger in 2012 resulted in the formation of an eminently successful youth hockey association in southern California.
“There are four hockey organizations in San Diego,” said Junior Gulls President Randy Moy, who’s both coached and played at the college level and who in past seasons has guided Junior Gulls teams to the California state finals. “The Junior Gulls are the biggest and most successful. Our hockey director, Tevia Arlidge, and I are close friends, and we’ve coached in the Junior Gulls.
“Tevia felt it would be a good idea if the Jaguars, who didn’t have many teams, wanted to merge with us. We felt what we could offer them was a bigger structure, a more professional environment, professional coaches and in general that would lead to all of the kids having higher-quality teams on which to play. If you merge two programs, you’ll have more hockey players and better ones from which to choose. It helps every level.”
Bottom line? It was a win-win situation for both organizations. In fact, for the Junior Gulls, it provided them with another badly needed sheet of ice.
“It worked out really well,” Moy said. “It gave us more players, plus their players and coaches could join a higher-level organization.”
The organization that plays under the Junior Gulls banner also ranks in the top five in California for travel hockey clubs and has been a major help in developing entry-level players.
This season, thanks to the merger, the Junior Gulls (who play in the Southern California Amateur Hockey Association) will field the following travel teams: Mite (non-SCAHA); Mite Elite Development; Squirt A and BB; Peewee A, AA and B; Bantam A, AA and AAA; and Midget 16 AA and 16 AAA.
The Junior Gulls don’t have an in-house program, but the Ice-Plex does.
“The rink owns the in-house program,” Moy said. “A lot of the kids who participate in the in-house program strive to make it to the Junior Gulls.”
The Junior Gulls have been in existence for over 40 years, which makes them one of the oldest organizations of the type in southern California. But until recently, the Junior Gulls drew players primarily from San Diego County. That’s no longer the case.
“Now, we have kids who drive 1 ½ hours south to play on some of our teams, which was unheard of five or six years ago,” Moy said. “A lot of it has to do with the program’s reputation.”
The program’s reputation is enhanced by the quality of the players it’s “graduated.” More notable Junior Gulls alumni including the following:
In addition, coach Martin St. Amour once coached the West Coast Hockey League’s San Diego Goals while coach Noah Babin, who played at the University of Notre Dame, also skated for the U.S. Junior National Team and later the American Hockey League’s Albany River Rats.
The 3-on-3 Hockey Challenge is held in April and May and involves at least six or seven teams with six players per team.
“It’s cross-ice and you’re playing three games at a time with one in each zone, without referees,” explained Moy.
Moy credits former Junior Gulls Hockey Director Larry Cahn with establishing the 3-on-3 Hockey Challenge.
“[3-on-3] always has been popular in practice,” Moy said. “The offense and defense are instant. There isn’t coaching, yet the kids love it and think they’re playing in a game.
“It’s a perfect mixture of fun and development and all the skill work you would want in hockey.”
Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc.
This week’s features: Kicking the stick...Vaping...Illegal contact...and more.
QUESTION: If a child is caught vaping non-narcotic juice what is the policy of USA Hockey?
ANSWER: USA Hockey Playing Rule 601.f states:
"The use of tobacco products, vaping products or alcoholic beverages by any player or team official is prohibited in the rink area, including the bench areas and off-ice official area. A warning shall be issued by the Referee for the first offense by any participant and any subsequent violations by the same team shall result in a game misconduct penalty being assessed."
QUESTION: When play is in an end-zone and coming from behind the net up along the boards, the referee is stated to keep moving backwards along the boards out towards the blue line until play moves away. Is it okay to step off the boards and let a player with the puck pass or pivot out and around multiple players if going up the boards will inevitably lead to being in the way and possible contact?
ANSWER: For guidance on proper referee positioning in the end-zone, please consult the USA Hockey Basic Officiating Manual (pg. 17).
QUESTION: An attacking player is on a breakaway. They take a shot on goal and score, but lose control and slam into the goalie within the crease. Is the goal still awarded even though a penalty will be given for goalie interference? If the puck crossed the goal line immediately after making contact with the goalie in the crease would this change whether or not a goal is awarded?
ANSWER: An attacking player may not make contact with the goalkeeper who is positioned in his/her goal crease, and the attacking player may not push the goalkeeper who has possession of the puck into the goal to score a goal. If this happens, the goal must be disallowed and the attacking player should be assessed a penalty for interference or charging depending on the degree of contact (seeUSAH Rule 607(c) & (d) – Charging).
That being said, if the puck is shot into the goal prior to the illegal goalkeeper contact then the goal should be awarded. The resulting illegal contact after the goal should be penalized as normal.
If the puck enters the goal AFTER the illegal goalkeeper contact, then the goal should be disallowed.
QUESTION: What are the actions taken by the referee following a “kick shot”?
ANSWER: USA Hockey Playing Rule 627.c states:
"Kicking the puck shall be permitted provided the puck is not kicked by an attacking player and entered the goal either directly or after deflecting off any player including the goalkeeper. However, the puck may not be played by the so called “kick shot,” which combines the use of the leg and foot driving the shaft and blade of the stick and producing a very dangerous shot."
If the puck enters the goal through use of a "Kick Shot", the goal must be disallowed. If the puck doesn't enter the goal, play should be stopped. In both situations, the face-off should be located at the nearest neutral zone spot.
Download the USA Hockey Mobile Rulebook App to your mobile device from your app store today!
Tag(s): News & Features