April 2013

April 2013 2014-07-16T06:13:46+00:00

Lots Going On at UTC Ice!


Matt Smith General Manager

What can I say, married life is great! Figure Skating coach Natalia and I tied the knot March 9th and have been enjoying every minute of it. Natalia is busy directing and producing the ice show happening in May and I am busy getting ready for our new Youth Hockey Season and Summer Camps so the honeymoon will have to wait.


We have lots of stuff going on at the rink this summer so make sure you read this month’s newsletter.

New Youth Hockey Season


This season our players are getting more hockey than they bargained for. All Mites and up are welcome to play on our In-House teams as well as Metro. Some select Minis will be asked to play on the In-House team as well. That means multiple practices and games for one low costs! Sign up today!!!

First Practice for the new season starts for the Mites at 6:50pm on April 16th and April 19th for our Mini Mites, Squirts and In-House teams. Mini Mites and In-House will practice at 5pm and Squirts practice at 6:10pm. On April 20th we will have a Mini Mite game at 3:40pm and our In-House teams will play at 4:50pm.

Special Needs Hockey League

UTC Ice is proud to be heading up the brand new Special Needs Hockey League. The League will consist of kids with various disabilities such as Autism, Down Syndrome and other cognitive disorders. We are aiming to form one or two teams made up of kids from 7 to 12 years of age.


There are 2 established Special Needs teams in Southern California. Both Valencia and Panorama City have developed successful programs and with the help of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or ASHA our program will prove to be successful as well. To read up more on ASHA go to asha.org.

Please help get the word out for our Special Needs Open house happening April 13th at 4pm. Participants will have to get to UTC Ice about 45 minutes early to sign in and suit up. Currently we are looking for equipment donations to suit up our team. Please contact Matt Smith at 858-452-9110 ext 4 or Lisa Granet at 619-977-3937.

Summer Camps

UTC Ice Skating Academy Members save 10%!!!

Sign up for 4 weeks or more and save 10%!!!

UTC Ice offers 2 summer camps for beginner/intermediate figure skaters and hockey players and Advanced Figure Skating camp for aspiring competitive athletes. We have 7 weeks of camp to choose from this year starting June 17th to August 9th.

Click here for a printable Summer Camp application

Junior Figure Skating

The beginner/intermediate or Junior camp as we call it, runs from 9am to 4pm and for a small fee can be extended to 5pm to accommodate working parents. Each week has a different theme from “Pop Star” to “Wildlife” week to keep it interesting and fun for those kids attending multiple weeks.

The day’s itinerary includes a technical skating lesson, arts and crafts, free time to skate and many other super fun events.

Lunch and snacks are provided daily by Tender Greens. Tender Greens is the healthy choice for organic and fresh food.

Junior Hockey Camp

The beginner/intermediate hockey camp will run alongside the Junior Skating Camp from 9am to 4pm and also offers extended child care. Players will get on ice instruction and off ice fitness exercise classes and games as well as free on ice time and movie hour. Lunch and snacks will also be provided by Tender Greens.

Advanced Figure Skating Camp

This camp is for figure skaters who test and compete or aspire to in the near future. We generally start kids off in this camp who have at least passes Delta ISI nationally recognized tests through to Senior USFS competitors. The classes are more serious with emphasis on International Judging system and campers are expected to have some independence to strive for goals.

A Tender Greens daily lunch can be included at an additional cost.

How to get more information?

For the Junior Camp contact Brittney Olson at 858-452-9110 ext 5, or email bolson@utcice.com

For the Hockey Junior Camp call Matt Smith at 858-452-9110 ext 4, or email msmith@gmail.com

For the Advanced Camp call Matt or Brittney

End of the Hockey Season Pizza Party

Our Piranhas had a great time at our end of the season Party!!! We started off with a skills competition organized by Tiffany Rosik and our awesome Hockey Coaches and then moved on to our Parent Player game.

The on ice events finished with handing out awards to our amazing players for a job well done! There are some special mentions this month for the unexpected trophies that were handed out during the evening’s festivities.

Rookie of the Season went to Roen Taggart

Best Defenseman of the Season went to Brendan Dunphy

Goalie of the Season went to Jaden Doll

Top Scorer of the Season went to Leo Bilic

Sportsman of the Season went to Hogan Gottlieb

Most Valuable Player went to Trebor Zimmerman

Congratulations to all of our well deserved champions!!!

The evening culminated in some pizza! A great time was had by all!!!

Thanks you Piranhas!!!


To see more great photos of the night go to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/UTCIce

Anaheim Ducks vs Detroit Red Wings Game


On March 24th 150 UTC Ice friends and family went to the Anaheim Ducks versus Detroit Red Wings game. It was a great night of hockey. The Wings out played the Ducks to win 2 to 1. Everyone who bought tickets at UTC Ice also received a cool Ducks hat and coupons for free hot dogs and sodas. If you have pictures of the night send them UTC Ice’s way to be posted on our Facebook page!

Look for more great events in the future.

Have your Birthday or book your group at UTC Ice

Here at UTC Ice we not only host Birthday Parties, but we also offer Group Rates and Group Lessons which would be great for Spring Break fun with your friends, or End of the School Year parties! For our Skating Academy members this is a fun way to share all the fun of your skating with all your friends! Book your group or birthday party in the box office.


Skating Academy


Brittney Olson Skating Academy Director

Ice Show

Tour the World Show rehearsals are under way! We are preparing for this exciting show and have ordered spectacular costumes. Mark your calendars to take your trip around the globe on May 25th at 2:30pm or 7:00pm. Tickets for on ice seating and off ice viewing will go on sale in our box office soon.

Summer Camps

Summer Camp registration forms are available now. All UTC Ice Skating Academy members will receive 10% off registration fees for Jr Camp, so make your summer plans now to be here at UTC Ice!  Multiple week discounts are also offered for both Jr Camp and Advanced Training Camp.

For more info contact Brittney Olson at bolson@utcice.com or (858)-452-9110 extension 5.    

Epic Edge Synchronized Skating Team Try Outs!!!


Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

ALL skaters register at 4:45 pm at UTC Ice
There will be a $30 tryout fee assessed

USFS Pre-Juv Team: Skaters Freestyle 1 and higher                                                                                      

Try-out moves:
– Pre-Preliminary MITF Forward Perimeter Stroking
– Pre-Preliminary MITF Waltz Eight
– Gamma Right and Left Mohawk Combinations
– Lunge
– Bauer or Spread Eagle

USFS Juvenile Team: Skaters must pass Preliminary MITF by December 1st, 2013                             

12 years old and under as of July 1st, 2013
Try-out moves:

– Preliminary MITF Consecutive Outside and Inside Spirals
– Preliminary MITF Forward Power Three-Turns
– Pre Juvenile MITF Forward and Backward Perimeter Power Stroking
– Bauer or Spread Eagle
– 135 Degrees Spiral (heel grab)

USFS Open Juvenile Team: Skaters must pass Pre-Preliminary MITF by December 1st, 2013

Try-out moves:
– Pre Juvenile MITF Five Step Mohawk Sequence 
– Juvenile MITF Backward Power Three-Turns
– Intermediate MITF Backward Double Three Turns
– Bauer or Spread Eagle
– 135 Degrees Spiral (heel grab)

USFS Intermediate Team:Skaters must pass Pre Juvenile MITF by December 1st, 2013      

17 years old and under as of July 1st, 2013
Try-out moves:
– Intermediate MITF Forward Twizzles
– Novice MITF Back Inside/Forward Inside Three Turns/Rocker Choctaw Sequence
– Junior MITF Power Pulls with Quick Rockers
– 135 Degrees Spiral Outside Edge
– Outside Spread Eagle
– Creative Step Sequence with at least 6 turns including a series of 3 turns on 1 foot.                                                         

Please include the following turns:
– Choctaw, Bracket, Counter, Rocker, 1.5 or more twizzle

Adult Hockey News


Mike Duffey Adult Hockey Director

New Things Happening in our Adult Leagues (5 Divisions)

Copper Division (Divsion 5)
We have 6 Copper Teams. Illumina is the newest team member to our Golden West League. Heading up the team is Captain is Brian Steffy. Most of the players work for Illumina, a Bio Tech Company close to the rink. They also have a skating club which is a lot of fun.  My
old roommate Roger West is playing in on team and has been coming out for our Adult Clinic. Roger and  Brian both played a big part in making this team happen . This is the very first hockey team for many the Illumina players.

Bronze Division (Division 4)
We have 8 teams in this Bronze Division. We moved Captain Chuck Hasel’s Thundering Herd from Copper to Bronze. We added players Jeff Ramsey andLogan Monje. We’ll miss Dan Eldert(Goalie for Herd)  who is going back to home to Massachusetts.  The herd was dominating the Copper Division so we bumped them up. This Division is a very high level and I think in many ways are as good as Silver Division.

Silver Divison(Divsion 3)
We now have 10 teams in this Silver Division. Games are on Tuesday and Wednesday Night.  We added 2 teams to this Division, the Pylons and Iceotopes. The Pylons have some Ex- Youth Jaguar Coaches Geoff Leibl, Mark Hertz, Doug Frost, Randy Hoy,and Paul Smigilani. These coaches have done a lot for youth ice hockey players in San Diego County. Pylons Captain is Dwayne Stupack. The Iceotopes are joing this Silver Division with a lot of Waynes World players. The Captain is Tom Scutti.

Gold Divsion(Divsion 2)
We have a very Competitive Monday Night League with 6 Teams. We have a new team called the “Bison”. Peter Dursi is leading this team with ½ Eagles and bringing in a handful of new players with Goalie Corrie Woolcott. The Bisons have a new upcoming player Brandon Beltz who played for the Portland Winter Hawks.

Platinum Divsion(Division 1)
For the Spring/Summer season we have gone from 7 to 6 teams to keep this league extremely competitive. This division is San Diego’s highest level of play. We combined the Eskimos Brothers with Johnson effect with Dean Fox in net.  In some ways it’s like we’re doing a draft. All games are Thursday Night. Come out and watch the fastest Hockey in Town in this Division 1 League. Most of the players in this Division either played Pro’s, College, or just great athletes.

Small note: We really appreciate the great attitudes towards each
other and having a fun and safe place to enjoy the greatest game of
ice hockey.