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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…

Coming off solid first year, THA ready for second season

June 21st, 2017

The snow has melted in the Sierra Nevadas, and it appears that things have started to heat up within the Tahoe Hockey Academy (THA) program as well. The month of May traditionally marks the start of AAA tryouts and the tryout season for CAHA and SCAHA teams. With Tahoe Hockey Academy being a non-traditional market,…

Tahoe Hockey Academy set for Year 2, ‘in this for the long haul’

May 11th, 2017

As the calendar flips to May, some hockey players, coaches and administrators hang up their skates for the spring or turn their focus to other sports. The folks at the Tahoe Hockey Academy (THA), however, are already busy preparing for another strong season in the fall. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE First on tap is the…

Pinnacle High proud of results at USA Hockey Youth Nationals

May 4th, 2017

Making the trip to the USA Hockey high school national championships has become a regular occurrence for Pinnacle – which has been four times since 2011 – but for head coach Glenn Karlson, this year’s journey was particularly special. He wasn’t part of the program for the first two trips, and the first time the…

Tahoe Hockey Academy looks to ride momentum into Year 2

April 4th, 2017

If it’s late March, that means the majority of youth hockey teams have finished their seasons and have begun to set their sights to building for 2017-18. Tahoe Hockey Academy (THA) is no different, and is well into its recruiting season and in search of its next high-level prospects. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “We were…

Quartet of schools capture AHSHA state championships

March 28th, 2017

The buzzer sounded as four teams were awarded division championship in the Arizona High School Hockey Association (AHSHA) playoffs on Feb. 4 at the Ice Den Scottsdale. Pinnacle claimed the Division 1 title, while Centennial won the D2 championship, Desert Vista the D3 crown and Chaparral secured the junior varsity title. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE…

Tahoe Hockey Academy a well-rounded mix of school, hockey

March 1st, 2017

If it’s February, that must mean that youth hockey teams across the country are chasing down playoff spots as their 2016-17 seasons begins to wind down. Similar to many of those teams, the Tahoe Hockey Academy (THA) is gearing up for its big push in the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League playoffs, but as…