A Word From the GM
GM and Youth Hockey Director Matt Smith
We’re gearing up for the holiday season! Get in the holiday spirit! Get your school or company to book a group with us. We have special rates depending on your group size!
Is your birthday coming up? Spend it with us. Enjoy the wintery ambiance, our trained and friendly staff and our new birthday party room!
Our hockey teams and figure skaters have been very busy the last few months. 8 Piranhas took part in the Anaheim Duck 1 on 1 shoot out competition! Two of them moved on to the next round. Single skater Max Lake came second at the figure skating Regional Championships and went to Oakland, CA to represent Southern California and earned a spot to the National Championships in Boston! Dance Pair Team Hannah Cook and Jarred Druzynski won Sectionals and move on the National Championships!!! Speaking of Boston, we have and unbelievable Bruins vs Ducks ticket deal. All this and much more in this month’s November newsletter!!!
Boston vs Ducks Tickets!!! On Sale!!!
Game is January 7th at 7:00pm at Honda Center in Anaheim
Special UTC Ice price of only $70 normally $86 to $100 retail
For the price of the ticket you also get a Teemu Selanne autographed 8.5 x 11 photo as well as a soda and hot dog on game night at Honda Center!
All tickets are in the 200 level. They are great seats!
Get you tickets in person or by phone at UTC Ice box office!
Ducks 1 on 1 Tournament
We had the biggest turnout of participants of any rink in San Diego for the Anaheim Ducks’ 1 on 1 Tournament. Bennett went 5 rounds with a Jr. Gulls travel player, before losing on a good save made by the goalie. Brendan went 4 rounds with an SDIA travel player, before WINNING! Our strong showing at the tournament also included Cade Crist, Bennett Park, Brodie Stump, Karisma Brown, Alex Rosik, Nolan Rosik and Andrew Smeltzer.
In the next round two of our players competed in Anaheim! Brendan advanced to the semi final round held Nov. 19th at the Honda Center. Creighton Seiders represented us as goalie! Brendan and Creighton made it to the Elite 8 in Anaheim! They won the first round by lost in the 2nd round.
Winners won incredible prizes including a trip to the 2014 NHL Winter Classic* in Detroit, MI, tickets to the Ducks vs. Kings Outdoor Game and the opportunity to face-off against Ducks players in a breakaway competition.
Super Star Brendan Dunphy
Creighton Seiders in Net!
Brendan and the other 1 on 1 participants
Piranha Tournament Teams
We will be announcing a try-out for 3 possible spots on our Squirt B Tournament Team. We will have more detail soon so stayed tuned!
Our Squirt Tournament Team is registered for the Las Vegas International Invitational January 18th to the 20th. The team and coaches have been working extremely hard this season and we are looking forward to hearing all about their first tournament together. They will also be participating in the Cal State games held in San Diego and the Memorial Tournament hosted by Escondido iceoplex.
Calling All MITE Players!!! We are forming a Mite Tournament Team to compete at the Cal State Games. Call or email Matt Smith today if you are interested! The deadline to enter the tournament is just around the corner and space on the team is limited!!!
LA Kings Night
On November 7th our young Piranhas played an intermission game at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The event took place between the 1st and 2nd periods of the Kings vs Buffalo game. Thanks to the Ochoa family our players we able to do something extremely special that night not many teams have a chance to do. Our players and many of our parents were allowed in the Kings’ Player entrance to the ice. Many of the Kings high fived our players!!! The whole Kings Team passed by our Piranhas in full gear. Our players were in awe as many of the NHL guys are almost 7 feet tall with skates on and weigh 225 lbs without pads on. You can only imagine the look on our players faces!!!
On top of that Jonathan Corchis had 2 breakaways during the intermission skate and the crowd went nuts!!! Later on our team, while sitting in the stands, got featured on the jumbo tron. What a night!!! A special thanks to the Ochoa family, Piranha coaches and everyone who joined us for the event!!!
There’s a Ref in Town!
We’d like to congratulate Ryan Nubling for becoming an accredited USA hockey referee. Ryan got his hockey start here at UTC Ice. He is the captain of our Peewee Team, is one of our top scorers and to top it off was the Piranhas MVP last season. Congratulations Ryan we are super proud of you!!!
We had an awesome Halloween practice! Everyone brought little pumpkins to use as pucks. Coach Cody dressed up as a scary gorilla, Coach Tiffany brought a ghostly pinata and everyone got to scramble for candies! Thanks Jeremy Simmons for the photos!!!
The San Diego Metro League
San Diego hockey rinks take great pride in our Greater Metro Hockey League. All the rinks in San Diego do a great job of working together to form a league that is truely fun for everyone. UTC Ice hosts many games here, but also send teams to various local rinks to get that true professional hockey feel!
Here’s a pic of our Piranhas playing the SDIA Oilers over at SDIA. Thank you Jeremy Simmons for the pic!
Ducks All Star Academy
The Ducks All Star Academy hosted here at UTC Ice sold out in 3 days!!! Right here at UTC Ice on December 12th it is going to be a great night here with Ducks Alumni Players, a Current Player and the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League Coaches!
Brittney Olson Skating Academy Director
Congratulations to our Champions at Sectionals
Jarred Druzyski and his partner Hannah Cook came 1st place at the Pacific Coast Sectional Chamionships just held in Oakland. Winning the Championships has qualified them to compete at the National Championships. They will be representing us at the National Championships in Boston January 5th to the 12th.
Max Lake also qualified for the National Championships by placing 3rd at Sectionals!
Way to go kids! We’ll be cheering you on in Boston!!!
Jarred and Hannah with their Gold Medals!
Jarred and Hannah with their coach Christine Fowler-Binder
Close Up of Jarred and Hannah’s Gold Medal and Glass Trophy
Max Lake came 3rd. The top 4 go to Nationals. Max is in Red standing with his competitors that will also go to Boston.
Halloween at UTC Ice
Halloween was ghoulishly fun for Skating Academy! Prizes for best costume and candy in each class made the festivities exciting. We had all sorts of great costumes from zombies and witches to kings and cats! We definitely had the best looking kids in San Diego!
Skating Academy classes will not be held on November 27th, 28th, and 30th due to Thanksgiving. Remember this is one of the 4 weeks we take off every year as stated in the contract, and there will not be make-up classes for these dates. We will have freestyle sessions in the mornings and extended public session hours. Check our home page for the exact schedule for Thanksgiving week.
Mark your calendars! UTC Ice will hold our annual Holiday Show. Skaters will perform festive programs to all the holiday classics! The show will be on Friday December 20th 6:00-8:30PM. Get into the holiday spirit and come watch our awesome skaters in this year’s show.
Our first competition was amazing!!! All three of our USFS teams skated great and earned well deserved medals. Anaheim Ice competition results: Intermediate 1st place, Open Juvenile 2nd place, Pre-Juvenile 4th place. Congratulations to our Intermediate team for breaking 50 points in the first competition. Way to go Epic Edge! Pictures of our competition are on our website www.epic-edge.org and on our Facebook page.
Mike Duffey Adult Hockey Director
New Coed League!