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AHSHA Division 1 state champion Pinnacle Pioneers ready for USA Hockey Nationals

March 22nd, 2018

Last month, Pinnacle High School captured the AHSHA Division 1 state championship with a 1-0 win over Notre Dame Prep. The Pioneers hope there are more wins to come as they venture to the USA Hockey High School National Tournament later this month in Plymouth, Minn. READ OUR MARCH 2018 ISSUE Pinnacle head coach Glenn…

With Year 3 on tap, Tahoe Hockey Academy attracting players from across U.S.

March 6th, 2018

It may only be March, but while the focus of the student-athletes at Tahoe Hockey Academy is solely on academics and their teams’ performance on the ice, administrators are already deep into their planning for next year. After nearly two full academic years and hockey seasons, THA has established itself as a known quantity among…

Quartet of high school state champions crowned at Ice Den Scottsdale

February 22nd, 2018

The first weekend in February saw four state championship games contested at the Ice Den Scottsdale and four teams skate away with Arizona High School Hockey Association (AHSHA) hardware as the best in the state in their division. Pinnacle (Division 1, pictured top), Centennial (Division 2), Corona (Division 3) and Flagstaff (JV) were crowned champions,…

THA has eyes on being accepted into new NAHL Prep league

February 5th, 2018

Starting next season, high school, prep and academy teams across North America will get a chance to compete in a brand-new league, and the Tahoe Hockey Academy is hopeful that its prep squad will be accepted into the prestigious league. The North American Hockey League announced in late December the formation of the NAHL Prep…

With Coyotes’ support, AHSHA making jump to next level

January 29th, 2018

Admittedly, high school hockey in Arizona is not on the level of the game as it is in traditional markets in Minnesota, Michigan and New England. But is the Arizona High School Hockey Association (AHSHA) on a positive swing upwards with growing numbers and increased competition? Most definitely. READ OUR JANUARY 2018 ISSUE This season,…

Gilbert, Brunelle on the ascent at Tahoe Hockey Academy

January 8th, 2018

Sometimes the road less traveled turns out to be the most rewarding, and in the case of two hockey players who relocated from Southern California to Tahoe Hockey Academy, that couldn’t be more true. Shane Gilbert and Jake Brunelle have been cornerstones of THA’s prep team this season, and their move from JSerra High School…

Arizona duo thriving in Tahoe Hockey Academy environment

December 7th, 2017

A pair of Arizona natives have taken their skills from the desert to the mountains and are establishing themselves as cornerstones of the prep team at Tahoe Hockey Academy. Defenseman Jack Birecki and center Jared Shuter are in their second year as student-athletes at California’s first prep boarding school for hockey players, and the two…

Tahoe Hockey Academy growing substantially, on and off the ice

November 10th, 2017

It hasn’t quite been 14 months since Tahoe Hockey Academy first opened its doors and put its first team on the ice wearing the program’s distinctive purple and white sweaters, and already California’s first prep hockey boarding school has established itself as a force to be reckoned with. In the last year alone, the program…

Collins fits well with THA as prep team’s assistant coach

November 4th, 2017

It takes a special type of person to take on the time commitment and level of dedication that’s required to coach at the Tahoe Hockey Academy, and there’s no doubt that Chris Collins fits the bill. The assistant coach of Tahoe’s prep team, Collins is as passionate about hockey as he is about helping kids….

THA breaking away from the traditional hockey academy

September 13th, 2017

Hockey in California has come a long way since it was first played in the state many years ago. Countless players from the Golden State who cut their teeth playing for youth teams here have gone on to compete in junior leagues, colleges and minor pro organizations, with a handful advancing to the NHL. READ…