Seventeen year old Will Johnson is currently the youngest member of the Minnesota Magicians. The Magicians are part of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Johnson has now committed to Air Force Academy to play NCAA Division I Hockey, and competes in the Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA). Johnson is the first player in Magicians history to earn an NCAA commitment.
Johnson was born in Santa Barbara, California. He started playing roller hockey when he was only 4 and then made the switch to ice hockey when he was 9 years old. He also played other sports like soccer and baseball, but when the travelling to hockey from Santa Barbara became too much, he had to pick one sport and hockey was his favorite.
He has played many years with the Channel Islands Riptide. A big influence on Johnson's hockey career includes Pavel Sisak, Riptide's Director of Player Development. "I work hard every off season, and I have been lucky enough to work with Pavel Sisak at the Channel Islands Ice Center. He is an unbelievable trainer both on and off the ice. I wouldn't be where I am without him!" said Johnson.
To date, Johnson has eight points in 23 games, while playing for the Magicians. Johnson is hoping to go far in hockey, but understands the importance of an education. Congratulations Will Johnson on your success and Channel Islands Riptide wishes all the best for your future!
After dispatching their Squirt B division rivals Simi Valley Titans and Bay Harbor Red Wings by multi-goal deficits, the Riptide Squirts faced off against two formidable Squirt BB opponents.
In the first game against the San Diego Jr. Gulls, the Riptide came back from a two goal deficit and ended the game tied at 4-4. The Riptide squad then defeated the Pasadena Maple Leafs BB team to advance to the final against the Jr. Gulls.
In the Championship game, both sides played well and generated numerous scoring opportunities at both ends. The Riptide had 2 goals waved off while the Gulls’ two pucks which ended up in the net were counted. Despite a tremendous effort from the entire Riptide squad, the Squirts were unable to defend their 2012 Turkey Carver Championship and came home second in the Second Annual Simi Valley Turkey Carver Classic and suffered their first loss of the season.
Numerous players had outstanding performances during the tournament including goalies Gracie Siemens and Brandon Inumerable, Defensemen Cameron Stone, Liam Farrell, Aiden Anderson and Max Vogel as well as forwards Alex Skenderian, Joseph Kraut, Ethan Jacobs, Antonio Cordova, Wyatt Farrell, Matthew Cerio, Ellis O’Dowd, and Hayden Klugerman.
Larry Barber sits down with Riptide Director of Player Development Pavel Sisak and talks about the coaching philosophies that have led the Riptide Hockey Club to recent successes both at the State and National levels.
Youth Hockey Director & Operations Manager
Wayne Gustafson started hockey skating when he was eight years old and fell in love with it. “I liked skating around on the ice, the freedom I felt, the speed, the agility – it was fun,” he remembered. The San Fernando Valley in 1968 is not the first place you think of growing up in ice skates, but hidden away, or so it seemed, were the North Hollywood rink and the Pickwick rink.