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  • Emerson Etem - 2010 Draft 5:30 PM 7/8/2010

    Not only is Emerson Etem excited about the potential of playing professional hockey less than 20 miles from where he grew up in Long Beach, he embraces the challenge of helping grow the sport in California.

    The Medicine Hat Tigers right wing was the Anaheim Ducks' second first-round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (29th overall) after leading all WHL rookies in goal scoring.

    Etem took time out at the draft to talk to about the thrill of being picked in the first round and his California hockey roots.

  • Podcast #34: Rick Kelly 8:49 PM 3/22/2010

    LA Selects Bantam and Pee Wee AAA coach Rick Kelly has spent nearly half of his life playing and coaching hockey in California.

    He's helped develop countless young players, and the group of Selects 95s that he co-coaches with Sandy Gasseau and Bill Comrie is headed to Nationals again in two weeks in search of their third consecutive championship after a dominating performance over the weekend at the Pacific District Regionals.

    Rick took time out after the recent CAHA State Tournament to talk about his background in the game, some of the players he's coached and the significance of the number 512 from his playing days.

  • Podcast #33: Rod Romanchuk 7:09 PM 3/10/2010

    San Jose Lady Sharks coach Rod Romanchuk has helped oversee the program from its infancy until now, when the program regularly moves girls players on to the college ranks.

    He took time out recently to discuss his background in hockey, the growth of girls hockey and the upcoming USA Hockey Pacific District Regionals at Sharks Ice in San Jose.

  • Podcast #32: Jeff Turcotte 7:37 PM 3/9/2010

    Jeff Turcotte's record as a hockey coach in California over the past 15 years speaks for itself. Not only did he found the California Wave organization, but he has been instrumental in the success of the LA Hockey Club and Selects programs as well.

    In addition, Jeff brought an emphasis on learning stickhandling skills that are the hallmark of most of the players who have emerged from the state to continue playing high-level, competitive hockey.

    Upon the conclusion of his teams'  seasons, be that at Districts or Nationals, he and his family will move to Florida to oversee the operation of his family's business, the Turcotte Stickhandling Hockey School.

    He took time out at the recently concluded CAHA State Tier I Tournament in Escondido to talk to California Rubber about his time in California.

  • Podcast #27: John Devereaux of California Heat 2:56 PM 11/9/2009

    John Devereaux brings extensive playing and coaching experience to the California Heat program, which is in its second season of existence.

    A Hartford Whalers draft pick, Devereaux played 11 seasons of minor pro hockey, the last of which was with the Bakersfield Condors, before embarking upon his youth hockey coaching career. In addition to the Heat, he has coached for the Valencia Express, West Valley Wolves, North Valley Tigers and Vipers.

    During the 2008-09 season he helped guide the Heat's 16U AA team to the USA Hockey Nationals.

  • Podcast #16: Scott Yorkison 6:09 PM 5/26/2009

    It's an exciting time for the Southern California Titans. Not only did the club accept an invitation to join the new North American Prospects Hockey League along with the San Jose Jr. Sharks, but former Titan Austin Block recently became the club's first alumnus to receive an NCAA Division I scholarship when he signed with New Hampshire.

    Director of Hockey Operations Scott Yorkison is moving back behind the bench this season for the Midget 18U AAA team. He took time out to talk with's Chris Bayee about the Titans, the NAPHL and his background in hockey in California.

  • Podcast #11: Derek Eisler and Chris Collins of China Sharks 1:36 PM 3/27/2009

    Derek Eisler and Chris Collins discuss one of California's latest exports - hockey.

    Eisler is coach of the China Sharks, and Collins is the team's general manager. The duo discusses the hurdles they've faced and overcome in the China Sharks' two seasons, how the sport is talking hold in Far East and how to grow it further. Both men also have extensive backgrounds in hockey in California, and they cover that as well with's Chris Bayee.

  • Podcast #8: Kings defenseman Peter Harrold 4:04 PM 2/12/2009

    To celebrate Hockey Weekend Across America, we spoke with LA Kings defenseman Peter Harrold, one of nine U.S.-born players on the Kings roster. Peter worked his way up through the youth hockey ranks, played in the NAHL and at Boston College before signing with the Kings in 2006.

    Peter discusses his path through hockey, ways to grow the game - including HD TV, what pro hockey players do to help promote the game, and the importance of mentoring in the game with's Chris Bayee.

  • Podcast #7: Ontario Reign center Tim Kraus 4:50 PM 2/6/2009

    It's been a whirlwind year for Ontario Reign center Tim Kraus. The Garden Grove product and member of two Jr. Kings national championship teams, finished his Western Hockey League career and took a shot at playing professionally overseas. When an opportunity to sign with the expansion Reign arose, Kraus jumped at it and has played a key role in the team's run to the top of the ECHL's Pacific Division. In January, Kraus added another honor to his resume when he was selected to play in the ECHL All-Star Game.'s Chris Bayee caught up with Kraus recently to discuss his busy year and his background in California hockey.

  • Podcast #5: Tony Zasowki 2:09 PM 1/8/2009

    Not only does Tony Zasowski oversee a Jr. Sharks program that has 25 teams this season, he coaches the Midget Major squad.

    Zasowski discusses the program, the growth of hockey in the Bay Area, the benefits for a youth hockey program being aligned with an NHL team and his background in the game with's Chris Bayee.

  • Podcast #4: Jr. Kings 18U Coach Jack Bowkus 12:16 PM 12/26/2008

    Jr. Kings 18U Midget AAA coach Jack Bowkus discusses this weekend's Midwest Elite Hockey League Showcase event at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo and his longtime connections to Michigan hockey with's Chris Bayee. The showcase event marks the first time that the five premier Midget programs from Detroit - Little Caesar's, Honeybaked, Belle Tire, Compuware and Victory Honda - are visiting Los Angeles. The event runs all day Saturday, all day Sunday and Monday morning and afternoon, and admission is free.

  • Podcast #2b: James Gasseau of LA Hockey Club/Selects 12:13 PM 12/10/2008

    In part 2 of our conversation with LA Hockey Club/LA Selects President James Gasseau, he discusses the increased recognition that California hockey teams are receiving in North America and how the increased availability of Tier programs provides more options for players and their families. Gasseau also touches on the club's recent relocation from Westminster to Glacial Garden in Lakewood.

  • Podcast #3: Spokane Chief Mitch Wahl 7:15 PM 12/3/2008

    Seal Beach's Mitch Wahl talks about the honor of making the U.S. World Junior Team and how helpful it will be to have a fellow Californian - Rancho Santa Margarita's Jonathon Blum, a WJC veteran - on the squad with him. Wahl also provides an update on how his season is going with the defending Memorial Cup champion Spokane Chiefs in this interview with's Chris Bayee.

  • Podcast #2: James Gasseau of LA Hockey/Selects 4:55 PM 11/23/2008

    James Gasseau talks about how an injury changed the course of his career in hockey and how that led to him landing in Los Angeles in 1995 to work at longtime friend Luc Robitaille's Iceoplex in the San Fernando Valley. Gasseau, his brother Sandy and Igor Nikulin would go on to form LA Hockey Club and Selects earlier this decade - one of the state's most successful hockey clubs. The organization's president, Gasseau credits improved coaching and successes of various California clubs as building blocks for the growth of youth hockey in the state.

    To hear the first part of his interview with Chris Bayee, click here.

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