january 2014

A Word from the General Manager and Youth Hockey Director

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Matt Smith

It’s been a record breaking couple of months at UTC Ice. We had more public session skaters visit our rink over the holidays than ever before. Lots of new kids enrolled in skating school and our birthday parties have been extremely popular! Needless to say we are all very happy here at UTC Ice to see everyone enjoying our rink!

Sochi 2014

 

We are fast approaching the Sochi Olympics. We’ll be routing on Team USA as we cruise through the medal count. We are especially looking forward to all the figure skating events and hockey games!!!

Click here to get the NBC schedule

Piranha Hockey

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Piranha Hockey is stronger than ever at UTC Ice. We now have a new Mite team making our total Metro teams 6. Two of our teams, Mite 1 and Squirt 1 represent us at various tournaments in and out of state.

SCAHA

Most of you know it has been a few years since UTC Ice had a SCAHA program. Well this coming year we are applying for a new SCAHA number. Although nothing is ever definite until the deal is signed, our rink will meet SCAHA’s most important criteria for approval, our in-house program. We have 6 teams now, 2 that play tournaments, and we predict we’ll have between 9 and 10 teams for the 2014/2015 season. Not to mention we have 45 kids in our Academy that will all one day become Piranha Mini Mites!

So what made this possible? Our coaching staff! The dedicated team of coaches at UTC Ice has helped grow this program incredibly fast. To think 2 years ago we only had 2 in-house teams made up of many different ages and now we have serious tournament teams. Way to go UTC Ice Coaches!!!

Hockey Summer Camps

This summer our hockey camps will be like nothing you’ve seen in San Diego. We plan on having designated weeks for each age group coached by current and past professional players! Camps will include beginners through Midget and up. We can’t say who the coaches are yet, but I know we will have mad sign ups. There will be on and off ice training as well as strategy sessions and hockey movies for the weeks we have the little guys. We are strategically scheduling our camp weeks so we don’t conflict with the Kings or Ducks camps.  Stay tuned for more information. You will want to be a part of this I assure you!

Good Luck at Cal State Games!

This year UTC Ice is being represented at the California State Games by a Mite B and Squirt B teams. Coach Adam, Ray and Scott have been working their team hard all year and are looking forward to the challenge of the games. Congratulations go out to Tiffany Rosik who is the new Mite B Tournament Head Coach, Cody Brown, Assistant Coach and manger Jeremy Simmons. We look forward to seeing how your team does in their very first tournament.

Cal State Games are Presidents Day Weekend, February 14th to the 17th. UTC Ice will host the Squirt B’s and a few Squirts A games and our Mites will play over at SDIA. Come out and support your Piranhas!!!

Cactus Cup

Our Squirt B Team just got back from the Cactus Cup Tournament in Phoenix Arizona. They fought their hearts out and played every game with their chins up. Although we did not win they stayed in great spirits and never quit! They brought home new skills, strong friendships with their team mates and I think the parents had a great time as well!

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Ducks vs Toronto Maple Leaf Tickets on Sale at UTC Ice

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Skating Academy

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Brittney Olson

Games 2014 airs on February 7th, 2014 so make sure to watch your favorite athletes march into the arena!

In honor of the Olympics, the Skating Academy will be hosting a fun month for the skaters. Games, handouts, and small exhibitions will occur within the following month of February. We will keep you tuned in with the Figure Skating events with schedules throughout the month!

What a spectacular month for US Figure Skating, the 2014 United State Figure Skating National Championships held an amazing showcase of skaters competing for the top 3 spots on the podium. Check out the top 4 medalists from the Championship Ladies, Men, Pairs, and Ice Dance below:

 

1. Senior Ladies
Silver medalist: Polinda Edmunds
Gold medalist: Gracie Gold
Bronze medalist: Mirai Nigasu
Pewter medalist: Ashley Wagner

2. Senior Pairs
Silver medalists: Felicia Zhang, Nathan Bartholomay
Gold medalists: Marissa Castelli, Simon Shnapir
Bronze medalists: Caydee Denney, John Coughlin
Pewter medalists: Alexa Scimeca, Chris Knierim

3. Senior Men
Silver medalist: Jason Brown
Gold medalist: Jeremy Abbott
Bronze medalist: Max Aaron
Pewter medalist: Josh Farris

4. Senior Pairs Ice Dance
Silver medalists: Madison Chock, Evan Bates
Gold medalists: Meryl Davis, Charlie White
Bronze medalists: Maia Shibutani, Alex Shibutani
Pewter medalists: Madison Hubbell, Zach Donohue

Olympic Figure Skating Team!

With the end of Nationals, our US Figure Skating Olympic Team was formed. Here they are!

 

Max Lake Bronze Medalist at the 2014 Juvenile National Championships!

Congratulations to one of our very own skaters, Max Lake! He skated an amazing program at the U.S. National Championships in Boston and earned a 3rd place Bronze medal! (3rd from left)

 

ISI Testing

We would like to remind all skaters that registration for the upcoming ISI test has the deadline of Wednesday, January 22nd. The test date is on Thursday, January 30th. This test meets the requirements for the next upcoming competition in the San Diego area, San Diego Ice Arena’s California Winter Games (Saturday and Sunday, March 1st and 2nd).

For ISI information, please visit this link:
http://www.skateisi.com/site/

For the California Winter Games competition information, please click here:
http://www.calstategames.org/w-figureskating.html

If you have any questions about ISI membership, testing, or competitions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Epic Edge

All four of our teams will be competing at the Kroc Center Ice Arena this weekend. This is the first competition for our ISI team so we wish them a great skate! Come down and cheer us on.

Next week, our Pre Juvenile, Open Juvenile, and Intermediate teams will be travelling to Hoffman Estates, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, to compete in the 2014 U.S. Synchronized Pacific Coast Sectional Championships. Open Juvenile will skate Thursday, Pre Juvenile will skate Friday, and Intermediate will compete Saturday. This competition will qualify the Intermediate team to move on to the National Championships next month. Follow us on Facebook to see all of our updates throughout the week!

Good luck Epic Edge!!!

 

Adult Hockey

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Mike Duffey Director

The next adult hockey season will start in March. In addition to our reguler 19 week season we will be expanding the Novice Co-ed leageu to a 10 week seaon that will be played on Friday Evening at 10:40pm, (Nickel League) and Saturday Evening played at 10:15pm Iron League.

League Information

UTC Ice’s Golden West Adult Hockey League has established itself as the premier adult, non-check league in San Diego County. We  offer 6 divisions for different levels of play from novice to advance.
Reasons to Choose the Golden West League

– Lowest Penalty Minutes in San Diego
– Pointstreak
– Towel Service
– New Showers and New Locker Rooms
– Music played during stoppage and warm-ups
– 1:15 timeslot for regular season game

All players must:
– be 18 years or older with valid ID
– have a valid USA Hockey registration on record before game  play.
–  Register online : www.usahockeyregistration.com
– Full Ice Hockey H.E.C.C. Approved gear.

 

Division 1 to 5  – Spring 2014 Season

Season: 19 Weeks
March 2014 to July 2014

Cost
Single Player Fee
$475 Full Payment or 2 Payments:
1st $300 payment due March 6th
2nd $200 payment due May 1st

Team Fees
$5,900 Team Fee if paid by March 6th
$6,100 Team Fee if paid on March 7th & after.

*All Team payments due by April 1st. After April 1st  team fees will not be accepted. UTC Ice reserves the right to add up to 17-20 players per team.

*Some prices are subject to change depending of number of players on a team and level of play.

Game Schedules

Sunday: Bronze/Copper Division

(Novice/Intermediate):

Start Date: March 2dh
Sunday 3:55pm-10:45pm

Monday: Gold Division (Upper Inter.):

Start Date: March 3rd
Monday: 7:45pm -10:25pm

Tuesday/Wednesday: Silver Div (Intermediate):

Start Date: March 4th / March 5th
Tuesday: 9:40 pm
Wednesday: 6:50pm-10:50pm

Thursday: Platinum Div (Advanced):

Start Date: March 6th
7:30pm-10:10pm

 

Division 6: Nickel League – Spring 2014 Season

10 Games Guaranteed

March 21, 2014 to Mid July 2014

Cost:
$249 Player
$150 Goalie

Games are held Friday Evenings at 10:40pm.
*It is mandatory that all players have a half shield or full cage

Division 6: Iron League – Spring 2014 Season

10 Games Guaranteed

March 8, 2014 to Mid July 2014

Cost:
$249 Player
$150 Goalie

Games are held Saturday Evenings at 10:15pm.

It is mandatory that all players have a half shield or full cage