My Alumni Report on www.calirubber.com this week spotlights several college and junior players from the state who are rising up the scoring charts in their respective leagues.
Chief among them are Ryan Lasch, Rhett Rakhshani, Chris Margott, Casey Wellman, Laura Veharanta and Kristi Kehoe in the NCAA; and NAHLers such as Austin Block and Bryon Paulazzo and USHLers such as Brandon Richardson and Matt Leitner.
I also take a closer look at just how much of an impact Californians are making in the WHL (huge). Not only are players such as Colin Long, CJ Stretch, Cameron Cepek and Jonathon Blum contributing points, but those for in particular are captains or assistant captains for their teams. And they are far from the only ones making waves in Canada, others include Mitch Wahl, Shane Harper and Tyler Maxwell.
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In this week’s California hockey Alumni Report on www.calirubber.com, I detail the impact of a handful of freshman on the college hockey scene, among them UMass’ Casey Wellman, MIT’s Kameron Klauber and Providence’s Laura Veharanta. Read more about them here.
One thing that is becoming clearer and clearer is that not only are male players making an impact in college and juniors, but the female players are making huge strides as well. They’re not just playing, but in many cases starring at their programs and gaining noteriety in their conferences and beyond.
Californians also continue to make inroads in the junior leagues as well. This week, Northridge’s Austin Block was selected as one of the NAHL’s players of the week, and a quick scan of the WHL scoring leaders shows three Californians in the top 20 (CJ Stretch of Irvine, Colin Long of Santa Ana and Jonathon Blum of Rancho Santa Margarita).
This week my Alumni Report on www.calirubber.com focuses on California-trained hockey players in the NCAA Division I and Division III ranks.
Several men and women are leading their teams in scoring, and a few are among the NCAA leaders.
In the Division I women’s game, Northeastern sophomore F Kristi Kehoe (Bakersfield) and Providence freshman F Laura Veharanta (La Verne) lead their respective teams in scoring, and freshman F Paula Romanchuk (San Jose) tops Princeton in goals.
In the Division I men’s game, sophomore F Jason Krispel (Cypress) of Connecticut, freshman F Nielsson Arcibal (Vista) of American International lead their teams in scoring, and junior F Rhett Rakhshani (Huntington Beach) of Denver, junior F Ryan Lasch (Lake Forest) of St. Cloud State and freshman F Casey Wellman (Brentwood) of Massachusetts are second on their teams in scoring.
It also was a big week for pros from California.
Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks had a five-goal week and was recognized as the NHL’s Second Star of the Week. Forwards Matt Ford of the Charlotte Checkers and Tim Kraus of the Ontario Reign were selected to the ECHL All-Star Game.
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Among this week’s highlights:
- Numerous California natives are tearing up the ranks of NCAA women’s hockey, including Providence freshman Laura Veharanta of La Verne and Northeastern sophomore Kristi Kehoe of Bakersfield.
- Bobby Ryan has been called up by the Ducks.
- Defenseman Garrett Stafford of Los Angeles had a four-point week for Grand Rapids of the AHL.
- And Tyler Maxwell of Manhattan Beach had a four-point game at Moose Jaw in WHL play.