LV FLAMES/Nevada STORM
For Immediate Release 03.10.16
In the last 48 hours the footprint for hockey in Las Vegas has been changed. The Las Vegas Flames/Sobe Ice Arena & the Nevada Storm/Las Vegas Ice Center are proud to announce that they have come together to form one organization that will benefit from two facilities as we work together to take youth hockey in the Valley to new levels of cooperation and development. The youth organizations will join and will play under the Storm name. We will practice, play games and host tournaments at both the Las Vegas Ice Center and the Sobe Ice Arena.
In recent days Bill Calhoun, Wally LaCroix, Gabe Gauthier, John & Kirk Brooks all sat down together and discussed how to make Las Vegas hockey grow and improve the development and education of these kids. The obvious answer was to merge the two organizations into one for the benefit of the kids. Flames President Bill Calhoun, "The opportunity to merge was the best decision for all the children here in Las Vegas. I am so grateful that I was able to work with John, Gabe, and the Nevada Storm to make hockey stronger today than it was yesterday."
The two facilities, Sobe Ice Arena and Las Vegas Ice Center, will be home to all the players, and there will be games, practices, skills sessions and coaching at both locations under the common goal which is "Building Champions On and Off the Ice" with a coaching staff that rivals the best in the Nation. John Brooks from the Nevada Storm and the Las Vegas Ice Center is eager to start working together. "I really look forward to the opportunity to work with Bill, Wally and the excellent coaches that the Flames bring, and to take the Las Vegas hockey community in a single positive direction."
There once was a time where Las Vegas had strong competitive hockey that contended nationally under multiple organizations and now those players are either playing Professional or Collegiate hockey. In order to get back to this level, the right decision is to play as one organization. This will allow more players to play on the team most appropriate for their skills, get on the ice for more practices, work together for a common goal and most importantly avoid the dissension that has truly been the enemy of youth hockey over the past few years. Storm and LVIC Hockey Director Gabe Gauthier is excited about the new direction, "I have seen youth hockey take many positive steps since I moved to Las Vegas two years ago and now I really feel like bringing it all together is the next logical step to put Las Vegas hockey on the National Map. With the addition of the Junior team, the Tier 1 AAA Midget team this fall, we now will offer Las Vegas youth unprecedented opportunities to develop as young players and leaders without leaving home." In addition Gauthier will be looking to continue the Las Vegas High School league to form a team and participate in the Ducks High School league.
Las Vegas will now be one family of hockey players and have the luxury of two ice arenas (3 sheets in total) to give every opportunity the players to excel, develop and possibly leave when they have reached a level that cannot be offered here in the valley.
Tryouts for the Storm travel teams will be held April 11, 13 & 17 at the Las Vegas Ice Center.
The Storm Hockey Director/ Coach-in-Chief Gabe Gauthier announced the Storm will field the following teams with assigned coaches for the 2016-17 season.
Mite Track 1&2- Brian Fox, Jim Nyznyk
Squirt B- Scott Rensmon/Jeff Bruckner
Squirt A- Bo Lackas
Pee Wee A- Dell Truax
Pee Wee AA- Jeff Bruckner
Bantam A- Evan and Adam Zucker
Bantam AA- Eric Lacroix
Midget U16 AA- Wally Lacroix
Midget U16 AAA- Micah Sanford
Jr. A- Gabe Gauthier
The Sobe Ice Arena @ Fiesta Rancho Casino is the "Home of the Las Vegas Flames Youth Hockey Club"
Located at 2400 N. Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV
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