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Western States Hockey League: Seals look to bring glory to name in Bay Area

Western States Hockey League: Seals look to bring glory to name in Bay Area

Steve McKenna is pleased with the progress the Bay Area Seals have made as they prepare for their first season in the Western States Hockey League.junior hockey, usa junior hockey, hockey magazine, western states hockey league

The general manager of one of the league’s latest expansion teams believes things are right on track, not only behind the scenes but in building the team as well.

“It’s been an exciting time for everyone,” McKenna said. “We have made great connections with a lot of hockey contacts and coach Zac Lytle has done a good job of finding players who are looking forward to having an opportunity to play hockey. Our main goal is to run this team in a professional way and make the experience a good one for the players.”

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Southern Oregon Spartans: WSHL squad can see definitive defensive improvements

Southern Oregon Spartans: WSHL squad can see definitive defensive improvements

With the Southern Oregon Spartans main tryout camp coming up on Aug. 17-19, the team is already thrilled with the players they have seen and signed for 2012-13.junior hockey, usa junior hockey, jr hockey, hockey magazine, Spartans, wshl

Spartans co-owner and director of hockey operations Troy Irving was especially happy with what the team had seen along the blue line.

“In our first camp there was a lot of strength and depth on defense,” said Irving.

One of those players was with the team last year, but Connor Quinn has improved quite a bit from his play last year for the Spartans.

“I thought he was tremendous,” said Irving. “He’s in great condition and playing with a lot of confidence. He played really well in front of the crease.”

Quinn is a ’92 from Yorkville, Ill., and previously played in both the Great Lakes Junior League and the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL). More

Western States Hockey League: Ice Jets hope to build on first campaign

Western States Hockey League: Ice Jets hope to build on first campaign

Dallas Ice Jets head coach Paul Taylor saw his team nearly win a Western States Hockey League championship in its first season in the league.junior hockey, jr hockey, usa junior hockey, junior hockey magazine, wshl

Taylor will have high hopes for his team this coming season as well after the Ice Jets finished as the runner-up in the league tournament. The Ice Jets fell 6-5 to the Idaho Junior Steelheads in the championship game.

“We have high expectations for our team,” Taylor said. “I believe we proved to be a top team last season and came within a goal of winning the championship. Our goal this year is to challenge as a top team and to try and win a title this time.” More

New Mexico Renegades: Hagmaier expected to lead new teammates

New Mexico Renegades: Hagmaier expected to lead new teammates

When you’re starting out from the ground floor, having two new co-head coaches learning the ropes of running a prime Western States League franchise, you need leaders.junior hockey, usa junior hockey, jr hockey, new mexico renegades, western states hockey league

That is what co-head coach Cliff Cook sees in New Mexico Renegades returning forward Zack Hagmaier.

Hagmaier has already worn an “A” on his chest as an associate captain for the 2011-12 Renegades, so he will certainly be continuing in an official leadership role this season.

“We are looking for Zack to be a leader, building on his role [from last year],” said Cook. “He’s already been a strong advocate for us this summer, buying into the program Coach [John] McCreary and I are bringing to Rio Rancho.”

Hagmaier, a ’92 from Long Beach, Calif., was an exuberant forward for the 2011-12 Renegades. He scored 23 points and racked up 115 penalty minutes in 39 games.

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Southern Oregon Spartans: Club likes skill level of incoming players

Southern Oregon Spartans: Club likes skill level of incoming players

It’s about a month and a half until the final invitation-only tryout camp for the Southern Oregon Spartans.

However, in the team offices at Medford, Ore., it’s as if it’s already September. By then, of course, the Spartans will be making their debut in the vastly expanded Western States Hockey League.

“Things are going pretty well. Coach [Mike] Stanaway went to several tryout camps and showcases to recruit kids for our Oregon, Wis., tryout camp,” said Troy Irving, the Spartans co-owner and director of hockey operations. “We brought back a dozen guys, including some guys who already had college commitments or were aging out. We put those kids with the new kids coming in. We had about 45 players trying out for spots.”

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