Book update and a few bits on 2011 California draft prospects

One question I’m asked from time to time about the hockey book is did you talk to (fill in the blank)?

Sometimes the answer is yes. Sometimes it’s I plan to. And other times it’s no.

As I’ve worked on the history of the state’s pro teams (Kings, Seals, Sharks and Ducks) and the beginnings of youth hockey, there have been people I’ve tried to contact who for whatever reason would not respond or when when reached declined to comment. Given that the book encompasses the history of the game in California and the whole idea is to promote what’s been done, what’s being done and what possibly could be done, it can be frustrating.

However, there have been more than 350 people associated with the game at all levels who have talked with me — many at length and many multiple times. So my approach has been to focus on what I’ve discovered and press on in those other areas. Regardless, this will be an exhaustive and informative work.

Nice story on NHL.com today about Shane McColgan of Manhattan Beach. McColgan, who played for LA Hockey Club and the LA Jr. Kings, is one of three very highly ranked 21011 draft prospects from California. He was runner-up in voting for the WHL’s Rookie of the Year a season ago and one of the Kelowna Rockets’ leading scorers. It’s likely he will hear his name called during Round 1 of the NHL entry draft in June.

And he could be joined by fellow forwards Matt Nieto of Long Beach and Rocco Grimaldi of Rossmoor. Nieto, also a former LA Hockey player, is playing his freshman season at Boston University after two years in the U.S. National Team Development Program. Grimaldi, who committed to North Dakota over the summer, is playing his second season in the USNTDP program. He played for the California Wave until his family relocated to Detroit when he was 12. He helped Detroit Little Caesars win multiple USA Hockey Youth National Championships during that four-year period.

 

California hockey alumni updates

This week’s Alumni Report is posted at www.calirubber.com.

Among the highlights:
Manhattan Beach’s Shane McColgan scores the winning goal in his second WHL game for Kelowna. Not bad for a player who is not yet old enough to drive.

West Hills’ Matt Ford continues to score at way better than a point-per-game clip for Charlotte in the ECHL.

Anaheim’s Brett Mohler had a five points in two BCHL games for Alberni Valley.

And Palos Verdes’ Richard Park had four points (two and two) in a two-game stretch for the New York Islanders.

Coyotes return Colin Long to Kelowna

The Phoenix Coyotes have returned center Colin Long (Santa Ana) to his junior team, the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League.

Long, the Coyotes’ fourth-round pick in June’s Entry Draft (99th overall), had been invited to Phoenix’s main training camp after their rookie camp.

Long came within one point of winning the WHL’s scoring title during the 2007-08 season.

Coyotes bring Colin Long to main training camp

Center Colin Long, a fourth-round pick of the Phoenix Coyotes in June’s entry draft, has been invited to the team’s veteran training camp after his performance this week in the club’s rookie camp. Long played in both rookie exhibitions against the Kings, and his play warranted mention from Coyotes GM Don Maloney. Read Maloney’s comments by clicking here.

Long (Santa Ana) was a Western Hockey League All-Star last season for the Kelowna Rockets. He finished second in the league in scoring by one point with 100 durind the regular season.