The Riptide Hockey Club and the Channel Islands Ice Center are pleased to announce that it will be hosting the Southern California Amateur Hockey Association 2013-2014 Squirt B and Pee Wee A Playoffs on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, Mar 9, 2014. Channel Islands Ice Center and the Riptide Hockey Club extends a warm welcome to those that will be visiting for the playoffs. In order to help players and families plan for their trip to Channel Islands Ice Center, check out our Playoff Information Page for lots of great information to help plan your visit.
The Channel Islands Riptide Midget 18AA team competed in the Silver Stick Tournament in Las Vegas over the Thanksgiving holiday. Their first game on Friday morning saw them drop a very close game 3-0 to the Golden State Eagles. Two power play goals and a shorthanded goal late in the 3rd was the difference. The boys rebounded that afternoon against the Las Vegas Wranglers with a 4-3 win.
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.
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.
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.