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March 2013 Players of the Month

19UAAA
Demi Latham

Demi Latham

16UAAA
Emily Williams

Emily Williams

16UAA
Jennifer Nguyen

Jennifer Nguyen

14UAAA
Kai-Lilly Karpman

Kai-Lilly Karpman

14UAA
Grace Gillette

Grace Gillette

12UAAA
Elyssa Lavertu

Elyssa Lavertu

12UAA
Tara Regalodo

Tara Regalodo

10U
Caroline Ford

Caroline Ford

8U
Alexis Fields

Alexis Fields

Demi Latham - The 19U team recognizes Demi Latham as the March Lady Duck of the Month! In the words of Coach Kathy, “Demi is a very dedicated hockey player and all arounnd hard working athlete. Demi worked very hard throughout the season to develop her skills and improve her game to reach her goal of playing college hockey. Demi has been accepted and will be attending New England College where she will also play women's hockey!!” Congratulations, Demi!! And best wishes for many more great seasons of hockey.

Emily Williams - The 16AAA coaches chose Emily Williams as the March player of the month. As Coach Caitlin explained, “Emily has been a grinder and one of the hardest working players on the team. She digs in the corners and almost always comes up with the puck.” Good work Emily! Way to go!

Jennifer Nguyen - The March 16AA Lady Duck of the Month is Jennifer Nguyen. In the words of Coach Jessica, “We picked Jennifer for our March player of the month. Jenn has been working hard during practice and exemplifies what it's like to be a team player. Earlier this month, she scored the game winning goal to send her team to nationals! Jenn has a hard wrist shot and is a strong skater. We are looking forward to seeing her be a factor at the national tournament. Keep it up girl!” Congratulations Jennifer!

Kai-Lilly Karpman - Kai-Lilly Karpman is the 14AAA Lady Duck of March. Her coaches picked Kai because “Kai has demonstrated a strong presence in net for her team. Kai-Lilly has worked hard on improving the technical part of her game this season, as was very evident during Nationals. She had a 0.50 goals against average and a 0.976 save percentage going into our quarter final game. In addition, Kai has stepped up her leadership role on the team. She is very encouraging and supportive to her teammates. Kai is a pleasure to coach on and off the ice. She comes to the rink with a smile on her face and ready to work. Congratulations Kai for being named LD of the Month!” Way to go Kai!

Grace Gillette - Grace Gillette is the 14AA Lady Duck of the Month for March! As Coach Brandon explained: "The 14AA Team would like to name Grace Gillette as our Lady Duck of the Month. Grace has a consistent work ethic and is always on the grind to improve. Her dedication, commitment, and positive attitude are all factors to her improvements this season. This young lady has what it takes to be a great athlete and the Coaching Staff was honored to have her on board.” Congratulations Grace! Keep up the good work!

Grace is wrapping up her second year as a member of the Lady Ducks squad. She has a real love for the game ~ the friendships and team spirit are priceless. Outside of hockey, Grace enjoys going to the beach, goofing off with her dog Spot and riding quads. She is looking forward to attending Huntington Beach High School in the fall. Her favorite subjects are science and math. Grace is a certified chocoholic and has perfected eating a tray of brownies by starting in the middle and working her way out to the edges -- a testament to her staying focused on her goals in all that she does!

As parents, we feel incredibly fortunate to have Grace as our own. Great job Grace! Go Lady Ducks!!

Elyssa Lavertu - The 12AAA coaches select Elyssa Lavertu as their Lady Duck of March. In the words of Coach Kathy, “Elyssa has grown to be a huge strength on offense and has contributed to the team by skating very hard game in and game out, all season. Known for her FUN and Creative "cellys" Elyssa has shown a jump in her step and an eye to attack the net more and more over the last few months. That intensity has led her to more scoring opportunities and offensive success this season. Elyssa is also a strong runner and her stamina and speed off the ice have definitely helped her development on it. Great work this year, Elyssa!”

Tara Regalodo - The March 12AA Lady Duck of the Month is Tara Regalodo. As Coach Kathy explained, “Tara is one of the most improved players in our program this season. Her hard work and dedication to improving and being coachable has led to huge strides of improved skating, stick and puck control and shooting ability. Tara has shown that hard work leads to success. Her coaches note her strong work habits and positive attitude as keys to her growth this season. Congrats Tara!”

Caroline Ford - Caroline Ford is the 10U Lady Duck of the Month for March! Her coaches explained, “Caroline has come on strong since a mid-season arm injury. Since her return she has shown a quicker step and is working hard to improve her puck protection and shooting sense. She has grown into one of the bigger and more steady members of the 10s team this season. Caroline is just now learning to use her size to be more "dangerous" on the ice and impact each and every game. We can’t wait to see her continue playing over the next several years.” Way to go Caroline! Keep up the good work!

Alexis Fields - The 8U coaches recognize Alexis Fields as the March Lady Duck Player of the Month. In the words of Coach Kathy, “Alexis has been one of our most consistent heads up players all season! Each month her awareness on the ice improves along with her puck skills and skating. Alexis always works hard at practice and almost never misses a practice, clinic or game. This has really helped her build consistent skills and grow all year long. Alexis is known for her strength on the puck, passing to the open player and strong defensive skills.” Great job Alexis! Keep it up!


February 2013 Players of the Month

19UAAA
Alex Bloom

Alex Bloom

16UAAA
Alexis Ruth

Alexis Ruth

16UAA
Ashlee Garrels

Ashlee Garrels

14UAAA
Lillian Marchant

Lillian Marchant

14UAA
Amy Hogan

Amy Hogan

12UAAA
Cortney Reyes

Cortney Reyes

12UAA
Erica Gray

Erica Gray

10U
Brooke Marella

Brooke Marella

8U
Paikea Wall

Paikea Wall

Alex Bloom - Alex Bloom is the 19AAA Lady Duck of the Month for February! In the words of Coach Berk: “Despite a separated shoulder Alex was making great improvements to her game. At this age discipline and attitude are key. Alex has the discipline and a great attitude. She has no problems asking questions and never seems to be rattled under pressure. She never takes shifts off and is always putting out 100% effort. Alex is definitely a player you want to coach!!! I wish her all the best in the future.” Way to go Alex!!

Alexis Ruth - Alexis Ruth is the 16AAA Lady Duck of the Month for February! In the words of Coach Caitlin, Lexi was chosen because “Over the past two months Lexi has improved immensely on the ice. She has gained confidence in her play and has started to throw her body around utilizing her physical strength. As her confidence grows so do her skills. She will remain a huge asset on defense going in to nationals. ” Way to go Lexi!

This is Lexi’s first year as a Lady Duck and she is thrilled to be recognized as the player of the month! Her teammates made her feel welcome immediately and they have quickly become her new extended family. Lexi has aspirations to play college hockey and is thankful for her coaches’ commitment to helping every Lady Duck reach their ultimate goals. She started playing hockey when she was 7 and continued playing boys’ hockey through Bantams before making the switch to girls’ hockey last year. She also enjoys playing inline hockey during the summer where she is currently on both a women’s team from CA and a boys’ team from AZ. At home in Arizona, Lexi spends all of her spare time doing homework, working out and practicing with local boys’ teams. Lexi is excited to continue developing her skills with her new Lady Ducks family and can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Ashlee Garrels - The 16AA Lady Duck of February is Ashlee Garrels. As Coach Jessica explained, ““We chose Ashlee Garrels as February LD of the month. Ashlee never misses practice and always shows up ready to learn. She has vision on the ice and has a great wrist shot that can find its way to the net. Ashlee pushes herself in practice and is a go to player on the penalty kill. She has been involved in several goals for us over the last month and we are looking forward to her producing at Regionals.” Way to go Ashlee!

Lillian Marchant - Lillian Marchant is the 14AAA Lady Duck for February. In the words of her coaches, “Lilli lead the way offensively in the month of February for the team. She has been a solid performer all season long. She has a very good skill set, excellent vision, and a very good shot. The Lady Ducks 14UAAA team will be counting on Lilli to help lead us in the National tournament.”

Lilli is 14 years old and has one sister, Ashley (who plays on the Lady Ducks 12U AAA and Anaheim Jr. Ducks Pee Wee A) and two brothers, Tim (who plays on the Anaheim Jr. Ducks Pee Wee A) and Bradley (who hopes to play hockey some day soon). She is a 9th grader at Beckman High School in Tustin, CA. Her dream is to attend college and play Division 1 Women’s Ice Hockey. Lilli was named assistant captain of the Lady Ducks 14U AAA at the beginning of the season. She has accepted the role and plans on leading both on and off the ice. Lilli has been playing hockey since the age of 4 and has been a member of the Lady Ducks organization for 6 years. Her goal this season is to lead the Lady Ducks 14U AAA team to a gold medal at National’s in San Jose, CA next month. Go Lady Ducks!!!!

Amy Hogan - Amy Hogan is the 14AA Lady Duck of the Month for February! As Coach Brandon explained: “For the month of February the 14AA team would like to nominate Amy Hogan as player of the month. Her game effort has been stellar. She has an incredible goals against average. She has improved - getting her right leg down and plugging up that five hole, which were areas she focused in on and got better at. The Coaching staff is confident in her playing abilities and her team also feels the same.” Congratulations Amy! Keep up the good work!”

This is Amy’s second year playing ice hockey with the Lady Ducks. However, her hockey journey began by playing in the street with her neighborhood friends, using baseball catcher’s gear to play goalie. She then played a year of roller hockey before she decided to try ice hockey in addition to her two roller teams. Amy loves any kind of hockey and has always wanted to be a goaltender. When she is not playing hockey, she can most likely be found watching hockey on TV or studying You Tube videos of hockey goalies.

Outside of hockey, Amy enjoys hanging with her friends and going to the beach where she loves boogie boarding, surfing, and boating. Being a typical teenager, she also enjoys music and all forms of technology.

Amy is in eighth grade at Newhart Middle School where she maintains good grades and especially likes math and science. She also plays goalie on the varsity roller hockey team. Amy is looking forward to high school next year even though she is just a little nervous, and cannot decide which school to attend. Whatever she decides, hockey is sure to be in her future! Way to go Amy!

Cortney Reyes - Cortney Reyes is the 12AAA Lady Duck of the Month for February! Coach Kathy explained: “Corts has worked all year on her play-making skills and finds herself in the right place at the right time OFTEN during games. This isn't an accident. It comes from being ready and having the VISION during a game to make the most of every play. In addition to strong team play on offense, Cortney has shown her understanding of the game and often been the best positioned player on the ice for BOTH offense and TEAM Defense! Good Stuff, Cortney!” You rock!!

Cortney has been playing for the Lady Ducks organization for 5 years. She enjoys going to the rink to work on her game as well as see all the friends she has made over the years. She was an assistant captain this year and made a point to embrace our new players on the team making them feel welcome. At home, she enjoys reading, hanging out with her friends, and practicing her shot. She aspires to play hockey at the collegiate level and we are looking forward to watching her develop as a young lady and hockey player.

Congratulations Corts!

Erica Gray - Erica Grey is the 12UAA Lady Duck of the Month for February. As Coach Kathy explained: “Erica returned from a broken arm to play improved and more aggressive hockey than ever before. As a first year Lady Duck the frustration of an injury and this new experience could be too much to handle but, instead Erica worked hard to get back on the ice and make the most of the last 1/3 of the season. Keep up the good work!” Congratulations Erica!

Brooke Marella - The 10U Lady Duck of the Month for February is Brooke Marella! In the words of Coach Kathy: "Brookie has been working so hard and improving every month. She helped lead her team to some very competitive games throughout the month, including tournament play. It is the goal of every Lady Duck to compete well, play fair and be their best. Brooke has shown her high level of motivation and hard work has paid off for her and the team. Way to go, girl!" Keep it up!

Brooke is a very energetic, outgoing, and inquisitive 4th grader who continues to thrive academically, year after year, as evidenced by her honor roll grades. She enjoys playing the cello in her school's band, and during recess, you will always spot our little tomboy hanging out with the boys playing a variety of sports. Apart from her first love of being on the ice, Brookie likes to socialize with friends, swim, rough it up in a game of soccer, and spend time with her new pet hamster, Skittles.

This is her second year as a Lady Duck, and at the conclusion of her first season, it became obviously apparent that Brooke's passion was to "man the pipes". Many of her days are devoted to the rink, where she works diligently to build upon her goaltending skills. We thank the ever so dedicated and talented 10U coaching staff, especially Coach Dave, who are mentoring and helping to mold Brooke into the determined, feisty, and courageous little net minder we see before us today.

Her Lady Duck teammates are an amazing bunch! They are an exceptional group of girls, who are extremely encouraging and supportive of one another. She has formed many special friendships creating wonderful memories we know will last a lifetime.

Brookie is both thrilled and humbled to have been chosen as a Lady Duck of the Month! Go #17!

Paikea Wall - The 8U Lady Duck of the Month for February is Paikea Wall! As Coach Kathy explained: “‘Pikes’ has spent most of this season focused on getting better every practice! That is the mark of success and a future champion. In her second season with the Lady Ducks, Paikea is an Assistant captain on the team and has shown tremendous improvement this season in her puck skills, passing and now her shooting has improved greatly! Congratulations Pikes!” Keep up the good work!!

Paikea (also known as "Pikes" by Coach Kathy) was first introduced to the great game of hockey at the tender age of 5 days old when she went to her older brothers Josh's midget AAA game. From then on Paikea became known as a rink rat, first as a spectator and then when she could finally start playing at age 5 she laced up with the Airdrie Underdogs in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. That same year Paikea attended The Alberta Girls Hockey Festival at the Calgary Saddledome which was run by the Canadian Women's National Team. It was that day that we believe that Paikea decided on becoming not only a hockey player but a great hockey player with a dream of maybe one day playing on a National Team.

Why we think that you may ask? On that day there was an opportunity for all the girls in attendance to have their picture taken with one of the Women Canadian Olympians and have the players gold medal placed around their neck. Paikea chose to visit with Cassie Campbell. When Cassie went to place her Olympic Gold Medal around Paikea's neck the little 5 year old looked up and politely said "No thank you, but I am going to get my own."

That is how Paikea rolls. She is a very determined little girl who works hard at everything she does whether its hockey, school, or being a good role model and citizen. She also takes the role of wearing the A on her jersey very seriously and works hard on being a great team leader.

Paikea is currently an honors student in grade 3 and knows the importance of achieving excellent grades. She also loves playing soccer and just about anything when it comes to spending time with her family but especially her older sister Kaya who also plays for the Lady Ducks. She also loves to hang out with her dogs Jake, Rocky, and Tank. Paikea also takes great pride in recently becoming an Aunt to her baby niece "Olivia". Paikea misses her big brother Josh and big sister Stephanie back in Canada but has truly settled in to calling California home after moving here a year and a half ago. Paikea thanks her Lady Duck coaches for helping her to become a better player. She is proud to wear the LD jersey and looks forward to being a Lady Duck for many years to come.

Paikea brings so much love and joy to our family each and every day. We continue to learn so much from her...Keep up the Hard Work "Pikes" and whatever Dreams you have can be yours...


January 2013 Players of the Month

19UAAA
Jennifer Jones

Jenny Jones

16UAAA
Kayla Nielsen

Kayla Nielsen

16UAA
Ciera Corradetti

Ciera Corradetti

14UAAA
Tia Stoddard

Tia Stoddard

14UAA
Talia Route

Talia Route

12UAAA
Lindsay Reyes

Lindsay Reyes

12UAA
Kami Kennedy

Kami Kennedy

10U
Elle Rutherford

Elle Rutherford

8U
Sara Ito-Bagshaw

Sarah Ito-Bagshaw

Kennifer Jones - Jennifer Jones is the 19AAA Lady Duck of the Month for January! In the words of Coach Berk: “Jenny has been a rock since the day I met her. At this age I try to put a lot of pressure on the players with the hope that it will prepare them for college. Jenny has never wavered. She never cracks and always focus on the task at hand. For example, I told her that she needed to “take more pride” in her face offs and “be upset if you lose them.” So Coach Yves taught her some tricks and she didn't lose a faceoff the next game!! She is a coach’s dream!!! I am sad that I can't continue coaching her.” Way to go Jenny!!

Kayla Nielsen - Kayla Neilsen is the 16AAA Lady Duck of the Month for January! In the words of Coach Caitlin, Kayla was chosen because she “had two extremely successful tournaments (in CT and in San Jose). She has great poise and vision on the ice and has developed a keen skill of getting herself in lanes to receive a pass and fire off a shot. She has continued to improve with each month and I'm sure with her work ethic and God-given talent, she will be among the top players in her age group across the US by the end of the season.” Way to go Kayla!

Kayla has been a Lady Duck since second year 12's. Her natural talent and love of the game have made her the player she is today. Kayla has aspirations of playing Division 1 women’s hockey when her journey with the Lady Ducks comes to an end. Kayla enjoys her teammates and has made lifelong friendships along the way. Kayla would like to thank the 16UAAA coaching staff for their dedication to the team and helping her prepare for the next level. She would also like to give Kathy a special thanks for spending many years building the Lady Duck’s program into one of the top in the nation.

Ciera Corradetti - The 16AA Lady Duck of January is Ciera Corradetti. As Coach Jessica explained, “This is Ciera's first year on the Lady Ducks. She has been showing major improvements in her goalie skills since the beginning of the season. Ciera works hard on and off the ice to become the best goalie she can be. She is always ready for a challenge and her dedication to the team makes her well liked among her coaches and teammates.” Way to go Ciera!

Ciera started playing inline hockey when she was 9 years old. She soon became a fierce defensive player. She played for Tri-City Inline Hockey League, which is a co-ed recreational league. Often the teams didn’t have a dedicated goalie, so the kids would take turns in the net. When she was in 7th grade she decided to play goalie permanently. She continued to play inline goalie for 2 years, until she tried playing ice. Once she got a taste of being on the ice, she wanted to pursue that further. She played in a Memorial Day tournament and a couple of 3 on 3 tournaments. When she tried out for the Lady Ducks for the 2012-2013 season, she had limited ice experience but a lot of determination. Throughout the season she has continued to improve. She is very dedicated and gives an all-out effort every time. We are very proud of her accomplishments and her bravery! Congratulations Ciera!

Tia Stoddard - Tia Stoddard is the 14uAAA Lady Duck Player of the Month for January. In the words of Coach Caroline: “Congratulations Tia Stoddard for being chosen as the January LD of the Month. Tia has lead our team this season in scoring. She is a strong two way player with very skilled hands. Tia is very coachable and works hard every time she steps on the ice. She demonstrates her leadership abilities and is a very positive teammate.” Way to go Tia!

Tia has been around ice hockey since she was born. Her brother played ice hockey, so she was always at the ice rink for his practices and games. She started playing in-house hockey when she was four, then the following year she played on a boys’ tournament team. She started playing Travel hockey as a Squirt when she then found out about the Lady Ducks program. She saw an article in the USA Hockey magazine on the Lady Ducks Peewee Team winning Nationals that year. She was so excited about this all girls team. In her own words, “I want to play on a girls’ team like them!” And this began her association with the Lady Ducks program. With a few phone calls, we got in touch with Kathy McGarrigle, and here she is today. Currently this is Tia’s sixth year with the Lady Ducks program.

Ice hockey literally consumes her week. Besides practicing two to three times a week and shooting “100 pucks for the Lady Ducks”, Tia loves to draw and listen to music.

Talia Route - Talia Route is the 14AA Lady Duck of the Month for January! As Coach Brandon explained: “For the month of January the Bantam AA Lady Ducks would like to nominate Talia Route. This player, actually a Goal Tender, has shown not only a tremendous amount of improvement to her game but has also taken a huge step towards the commitment of her development. She can be heard on the ice communicating to her teammates and has given the team plenty of opportunities for success. Her work ethic is increasing every practice and game and the Coaching Staff is happy to see her keep pushing for more. She has done a great job this season and was also asked to participate in the district camp this spring, which is a great accomplishment.” Keep up the good work Talia!

Talia has been playing ice hockey since she was 6 yrs old, playing on the in-house team at Ice town for 2 years as the only girl at that age level. She decided to play goaltender after she realized the boys weren't passing the puck to her. She has played for the Lady Ducks, the Lady Reign, and LA Selects 10u team, and has made friends at every club. She has a passion for hockey that comes from having to endure the many days of traveling watching her older brother play hockey. She is a Freshman at Great Oak High School in Temecula and maintains a 3.5 GPA. She spends her days after school, working with her goalie coach and watching hockey on TV. Talia has always been a one sport athlete, working hard to hone her skills, with the goal of attending Boston University or the University of Minnesota, playing hockey. She enjoys the friendships she's made and looks forward to making many more in the future. She is very proud of her extensive collection of sweatshirts from all of the tournaments she's participated in, and still wears every single one of them. Good Job Talia, and thanks to the coaches for keeping her improving and focused. Go LD!!! Let's get to Nationals!!!

Lindsay Reyes - Lindsay Reyes is the 12AAA Lady Duck of the Month for January! Coach Kathy explained: “Lindsay has been playing the best hockey of her life lately and during the MLK tourney she stepped up her aggressive defensive play and "Made Things Happen" when she was on the ice. Lindsay's ability to read the play and take crucial point shots has helped her team score key goals in SCAHA games and at the MLK weekend this month! Great job, Lindsay!” Keep up the good work!!

Lindsay is a 7th grade honor student at Townsend Jr. High School in Chino Hills where she carries a 4.0 GPA.

She has been playing with the Lady Ducks organization since Coach Kathy invited her to join an 8u team she was putting together to attend MLK weekend in San Jose. She looks forward to going to the rink, enjoys learning new skills and spending time with her friends that she has made over the years.

Her goal is to play continue playing hockey at the collegiate level. We look forward to watching her play for years to come. Congratulations Lindsay!!

Kami Kennedy - Kami was picked by Coach Kathy as the 12AA Lady Duck of the Month for January! As Coach Kathy explained: “Kami has been solid on the blue line for the team and really stepped it up at the MLK weekend in January. A tournament player this year, Kami has improved her skating and shooting skills this season. We look forward to her continued success on the ice!” Keep up the good work!

Kami is in the 5th Grade at Country Hills Elementary School in Brea; the same school at which her Mom is a teacher (bummer). Kami began playing for the Lady Ducks 8U tournament team in 2008. Beginning in 2010, she played with the Lady Ducks 10U team and was the team’s Captain last year. Kami switched positions this season to play “D” for the Lady Ducks and the Anaheim Wildcats. Kami is continuing to work hard and is quickly developing into a steady, rugged blue-liner. In addition to all things hockey, Kami enjoys gymnastics and tumbling, takes dance classes, and likes hanging out with her dogs, Ranger and Daisy.

Good job Kami!

Elle Rutherford - Elle Rutherford has been picked by her coach as the 10U Lady Duck of the Month for January! In the words of Coach Kathy: “Elle is a 'Never Quit' always moving her feet kind of player. This year, she established herself as one of the teams strongest forwards, leading by example with amazing back-checks, puck support, key passes as well as offensive skills. Elle had a very strong MLK weekend playing for both the 10u and 12aa LD teams, 9 games in one weekend. Great work, Elle!!” Keep it up!

My name is Elle Rutherford and I am honored to be a member of the Lady Ducks 10U team!!! This is my second year on the Lady Ducks and I love it! I am the Assistant Captain and the team is amazing to me and I feel very lucky to have great teammates and great coaches!! I started skating at 6 years old and love playing hockey as well as watching too. The coaches taught me many skills to become a better player. I want to play hockey in high school and college because my cousin does and he is really good. For free time I love to draw, listen to music, watch movies, play with my cousins, dance, and play roller hockey with my friends. My favorite NHL players are Teemu Selanne and George Parros. Special thanks to Coach Kathy, Coach Tracy, Coach Jessica, Coach Tyler and my friend Shane who all have helped me becomes a better skater and ice hockey player.

Sara Ito-Bagshaw - Sara Ito-Bagshaw is the 8U Lady Duck of the Month for January! As Coach Kathy explained: “Sara is new to the Lady Ducks program this season and has stepped up in so many ways for her team. Sara is a fast skater who has played mostly center this season. Her skills have improved every month and sets a great example for her team by paying attention at practice, working to improve skills and try new things! Congrats to you Sara!” Keep up the good work!!


December 2012 Players of the Month

19UAAA
Tori Polehonka

Tori Polehonka

16UAAA
Alyssa Valentine

Alyssa Valentine

16UAA
MacKenzie Kennedy

MacKenzie Kennedy

14UAAA
Baylee Trani

Baylee Trani

14UAA
Kyra Mindlin

Kyra Mindlin

12UAAA
Genevieve Lai

Genevieve Lai

12UAA
Kimberly Mills

Kimberly Mills

10U
Christine Steege

Christine Steege

8U
Cheyenne Gutierrez

Cheyenne Gutierrez

Tori Polehonka - Tori Polehonka is the 19U Lady Duck of the month for December. In the words of Coach Yves: “My pick for the Lady Ducks of the month is Tori Polehonka. Tori is a committed and tenacious young woman whose small stature doesn't stand in the way of her aspiring to become the best player she can be. One of our veterans, Tori's quiet demeanor is in no way a reflection of how tough she can be. A defenseman, she can be counted on to defend her teammates, protect her goalie, and contribute the odd one-woman rush for a surprising hard shot on net. As most of our players, Tori contends with a busy schedule with school, recruiting trips (she is a senior in high school) and an active social and family life. Tori has improved this year and will continue to do so in the coming years. She will be missed next year, as she journeys on to college. Our loss will definitely be the college of her choice's gain.” Way to go Tori!!

Tori started playing roller hockey when she was in the 3rd grade. She made the transition to ice hockey two years later and it has been a big part of her life ever since. She has developed great friendships with many of her teammates through the years. Tori plans to play hockey at an East Coast college while majoring in Marketing and minoring in Sports Management. Tori is a dedicated LA Kings fan and loves country music. Congratulations Tori!

Alyssa Valentine - Alyssa Valentine is the 16AAA Lady Duck of the Month for December! Coach Caitlin explained that Alyssa was chosen because she “has focused on becoming a better and more well-rounded player this year. Her hard work on and off the ice has really paid off. She's a big and strong athlete and has learned to use her size as an advantage over other players.”

Alyssa was on the ice for the first time at 14 months old and started playing hockey when she was just 4 years old. She began playing in-house termite hockey before starting travel hockey at age 7 with the Cal Selects. She has been with the Lady Ducks club the past 7 years and dual-rostered on boys teams both her Bantam age seasons. Her favorite career highlight is winning Bronze Medals at Nationals at the 12U AAA and 14U AAA levels. She loves coming to the rink and considers her teammates her closest friends. She has attended hundreds of NHL games and was at both the Kings and the Ducks Stanley Cup clinching games. Alyssa wears #20 because of Luc Robitaille. Alyssa’s goal is to play college hockey and she also has an interest in theatre arts. Away from the rink Alyssa is a committed student taking Honors and AP classes and maintaining a high GPA. She has also played baseball, volleyball, basketball, and flag football. Way to go Alyssa!

MacKenzie Kennedy - The 16AA Lady Duck of December is Mackenzie Kennedy. As Coach Jessica explained, “Mackenzie works hard on and off the ice and is a leader by example. She is a tough competitor and although she plays defense, her speed helps her carry the puck up the ice and create scoring opportunities for her team. Mackenzie has a great personality and is a pleasure to coach.”

“Mack,” Mack-n-Cheese,” “Macaroni” is 15 years old and carries a 4.0 GPA as a sophomore at Brea-Olinda High school. Mack switched positions to play defense, and in her very first season on “D” she received an invitation to the USAH Pacific District Select Camp. In addition to “the life (aka LD hockey),” Mack runs cross-country and track. Mack earned Century League Champion and Finalist awards in two of her events last Spring. Mack began playing for the Lady Ducks 8U team in 2004. With the 2007-2008 season approaching, the Lady Ducks 10U team had no goalie. Mack stepped up and volunteered (much to the dismay of her parents’ bank account) to play goalie for the Lady Ducks 10U team, backstopping the team to the finals of the Connecticut Polar Bears tournament; farther than any Lady Ducks team had ever advanced in that tournament. Mack was also part of the Lady Duck’s USAH Bronze medal teams in 2009 and 2012.

Way to go Mack! Keep up the good work!!

Baylee Trani - Baylee (“PeeWee”) Trani is the 14uAAA Lady Duck Player of the Month for December. In the words of Coach Caroline: “Congratulations to Baylee Trani for being named December 2012 LD of the Month. PeeWee, as she is referred to by her teammates, provided offense and energy during the month. We look forward to PeeWee continuing her success and leadership both on and off the ice moving forward.” Excellent job PeeWee!

Baylee is 14 years old and is 9th grader at Edison High School in Huntington Beach. Baylee earned her nickname “Peewee” the day she was born weighing 1 Pound 12 Ounces born at not quite 6 months. She was in the NICU in Pomona Valley for 86 long days before coming home at the minimum weight of 4 Pounds 10 Ounces. The next few years were hard as we had to go to several doctors’ appointments, high risk infant clinics and so on. She finally got rid of her heart monitor and oxygen and earned her second nick name “little pistol” because of her will to overcome. She currently is a healthy, vivacious 14 year old with no lingering disabilities.

Peewee has played for the Lady Ducks program since she was 6 ½ starting in the learn to skate program at Anaheim Ice. When she was 7 ½ years old playing on the first ever Lady Ducks 8U in-house team. Some of her most memorable moments were winning the Connecticut Polar Bear’s Tournament with her 10U team, the only LD team to ever do so, and earning 2 bronze medals at nationals.

Baylee is very competitive and runs Cross Country at Edison High School, medaling at each of her meets, as well as runs Track and Field at Edison High School.

Mimicking the smallest player on the 2009-2010 Women's National Olympic Team, Erika Lawler, who is rostered at a whole 5'0" tall, Peewee too aspires to play in the Olympics one day. Baylee spends her extra time shooting pucks in the drive way, and working out at school, while maintaining her grade point average for school.

Kyra Mindlin - Kyra Mindlin is the 14AA Lady Duck of the Month for December. In the words of Coach Brandon: “For December the 14AA Lady Ducks would like to announce Kyra Mindlin as our Lady Duck of the Month. Kyra suffered an injury back in November during practice that kept her off the ice for close to 2 months. When she made her return she came back hot and ready to get back to work. At the Polar Bear tournament she was able to walk away with 1 goal and the Coaching staff has moved her up from Defense to Forward complimenting her sense for producing points. She is a leader on the ice and does so by working hard and being ready to face to all situations. Off ice she is a competitive and driven individual who has always been committed and willing to push herself. Having players like Kyra is valuable to our team chemistry both on and off the ice. This young athlete shows a great deal of potential and the Coaching staff is anxious to help her reach her goals.” Great job Kyra!

Kyra is a dedicated player who tries to make it to as many lessons and sticktimes as possible. When she isn’t playing hockey, you can find her playing soccer or with her dogs. In school, Kyra maintains A grades as best she can and takes an interest in American history and biology. When a rare opportunity to watch TV presents itself, Kyra enjoys watching football, NHL Ducks hockey, and Finding Bigfoot. She is convinced that such creatures are out there, somewhere.

Congratulations Kyra! Keep up the good work!

Genevieve Lai - Genevieve Lai is the 12AAA Lady Duck of the Month for December. In the words of Coach Kathy: “Gen has developed into a strong defenseman and on ice leader for her team. She works hard and sets a great example for her teammates to follow. Gen has developed greater weight and accuracy with her shot and is a force on both the power-play and PK. Her knowledge and willingness to learn new things has made her a player on a steady rise every year as an LD. Congrats, to Gen!”

This is Genevieve’s fifth year of organized hockey. Spending most of the last four years playing forward, she was moved to defense this year. She enjoys challenges and is growing into her new position on the team.

Genevieve is a very determined player who still dreams of playing in college and the Olympics and has developed a solid work ethic as well as a desire to help others. She loves providing younger Lady Ducks with tips and tricks she’s learned along the way and hopes to be an official student coach when she is of age.

Outside of hockey, Genevieve attends seventh grade at Robert C. Fisler School in Fullerton School District, a 1:1 laptop school. Her favorite subjects include reading, social studies, and guitar (her elective). In fact, she still wants to be in a rock band if things don’t pan out in hockey... we think she can probably do both. She also enjoys listening to many types of music and really likes Pentatonix and One Direction (she can even play the guitar part to Heartattack by One Direction using bar chords). She also loves soulful singers like Adele and Gin Wigmore.

She is a healthy and happy vegan and proudly purchased a button that states, “Yes I’m vegan. Do I look weak to you?” Her favorite fruits include apples, bananas, mango, peaches, nectarines, grapes, cherries, and kiwi, and she loves eating lasagna, vegan chicken and waffles with mashed potatoes and gravy, and polenta rancheros. She loves cooking and baking and makes savory and sweet treats with her dad. She specializes in making Coconut Bacon, Unfried Corn, and Scones, but she also loves being her dad’s sous chef.

Go, Lady Ducks!

Kimberly Mills - Kimberly (“Millsie”) Mills is the 12AA Lady Duck of the Month for December. Although Kimberly was picked for this honor previously this year (August), her performance since then has earned her the honor again. In the words of Coach Kathy: “Millsie is Captain of the 12aa tournament team this season and works hard at every practice and game. A defenseman, Kimberly has improved her backwards skating and physical play in front of the net.” Keep up the great work Kimberly!

Christine Steege - Christine Steege is the 10U Lady Duck of December. In the words of Coach Kathy: “Christine has been a steady force in net for the LD 10s so far this season. Improving both her glove hand and lateral movement, Christine has lowered her Goals against and been a big support to both the 10u and 12aa teams!” Great job Christine!

Christine was born a “rink rat” following her older brother to ice rinks and roller rinks all over Southern California. She started playing at age 4 and soon earned the nickname “brick wall” as a stand out defenseman. At age 8 Christine stepped up to the challenge of goaltender. Her calm temperament, visual learning style, and analytical approach to hockey provide a great foundation for her to build upon as she develops her goaltending skills. This is Christine’s first full year as a Lady Duck.

College hockey is in Christine’s plans. She is a GATE student enrolled in OCDE CHEP (Orange County Department of Education Community Home Education Program) and recognizes the importance of high academic achievement for college opportunities. Her favorite subjects are math and science in which she excels. Congratuations Christine!!

Cheyenne Gutierrez - The 8U Lady Duck of the Month for December is Cheyenne Gutierrez. As Coach Kathy explained: “Cheyenne has really shown great improvement during the first half of the season. She is enthusiastic about trying new things now and has developed a good understanding of the position of defense, this season. Cheyenne is known for her feisty attitude and is finally learning to bring that strength to the ICE and to GO FOR IT! Congrats to Chey!”

Lady Duck Cheyenne Ashlee Gutierrez is age 8 years old. She has really improved her playing skills over the past two months and looks like she “gets it” a lot more than last season, we are proud of her.

Cheyenne is a wonderful child although a challenge at times. When she makes up her mind about anything she goes to great lengths to achieve her goal. She loves life and especially being around others. Age does not matter. She loves to talk and is very nurturing of younger children.

Cheyenne does very well in school has a 4.0 GPA and is in the Gate program. She does get in a little trouble for chatting during class, but has become better at complying with the no talking rule as the year has progressed. She is a social butterfly and likes chatting at hockey practice which gets her a few pushups at times.

Her favorite activities besides hockey are gymnastics, figure skating, fashion, shopping, make-up, and going to parties or hanging out at the ice rink with her friends. She is very loving and loves family holiday and dinner parties. She sings at every family holiday event and has since she could talk. She doesn’t love doing pushups at practice or running laps at school.

Cheyenne is always amusing to be around and usually willing to try new things. She works hard at her hockey lessons and practices and is starting to pick up skills and making huge improvements in her game! Congratulations Cheyenne! Keep up the good work!


November 2012 Players of the Month

19UAAA
Hannah Tarr

Hannah Tarr

16UAAA
Nikki Langley

Nikki Langley

16UAA
Jolie Hall

Jolie Hall

14UAAA
Kiara Alexander

Kiara Alexander

14UAA
Katelyn Baker

Katelyn Baker

12UAAA
Kiersten Goode

Kiersten Goode

12UAA
Sabrina Kim

Sabrina Kim

10U
Jordan Loya

Jordan Loya

8U
Megan Martodam

Megan Martodam

Hannah Tarr - Hannah Tarr has been picked as the 19U Lady Duck of the Month for November! In the words of Coach Yves: “My Lady Duck of the month of November is Hannah Tarr. Hannah is one of those kids that is intense and fierce on the ice and relaxed and pleasant off of the ice. She is a competitor that doesn’t understand the meaning of “quit.” A gifted athlete, Hannah is still translating all of her athletic abilities to the hockey side and her progress this year has been phenomenal. One of the first to come to the defense of a teammate, she is not to be trifled with!! Her dedication (she comes from the Los Angeles area, while going to school full time and having a job as well) and her continuous improvement this season, should give her a chance to compete at the next level, I certainly wouldn’t bet against her.” Great job Hannah!

As Hannah shared:

"This is my first year playing for the Lady Ducks. Previously I played with the Pasadena Maple Leafs. Coming from LA, I am a huge Kings fan. ;)

I started hockey late, at the age of 13, with no roller experience either. I always met challenges when it came to hockey. I think I improved so quickly because I would always play with older and more experienced players. I would constantly go to stick time and scrimmages with guys who played in college, and I still do. I started working at a shoe store when I was 16 to help my parents pay for hockey, so I have juggled school, hockey, and work for several years. I have made so many amazing friends, created great memories, and just overall have loved the sport no matter how hard and stressful my life would get. I’m looking forward to playing college hockey next year and start an exciting new chapter of my life!”

Way to go Hannah! Congratulations!

Nikki Langley - Nikki is the 16AAA Lady Duck of the Month for November. As Coach Caitlin explained: “Nikki has proven to be a huge threat in net. She covers her angles well and continues to improve every time she's on the ice. Her and Teenie are the perfect 1-2 punch!” Way to go Nikki!

Nikki learned to ice skate at The Rinks back in 2001 when it was Disney Ice. She was quickly bitten by the hockey bug, which was shortly followed by a bite by the even more potent goalie bug. She started playing goalie at the rink by her house in Huntington Beach until that program folded and she found herself back in Anaheim with the Lady Ducks where it all started back in ‘01.

She has since played in the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League and with the Jr. Ducks, but has found that all roads seem to lead her back to the Anaheim Lady Ducks.

Nikki enjoys the intensity at the 16AAA level and has managed to excel in High School academically as well as playing volleyball, water polo, softball, and will be on the swim team in the spring. She loves her team and coaches and looks forward to playing college hockey in just a few years. Keep up the good work Nikki!

Jolie Hall - Jolie is the 16AA Lady Duck of the Month for November. In the words of Coach Jess: “Our pick for November Lady Duck of the month is Jolie Hall. Jolie has really been improving the last couple of months. She is one of our impact players. Jolie has speed and an accurate wrist shot that can find the back of the net. She pushes herself in practice and is always finding ways to improve her skills. Jolie is a pleasure to be around and exhibits a positive attitude around her teammates.” Great work Jolie!

Jolie has played travel ice hockey for 3 years and loves her new experience of playing with a girls’ team. When not in Anaheim she keeps busy with challenging academics, private hockey lessons and several times a week performs dryland at home.

Kiara Alexander - Kiara is the 14uAAA Lady Duck Player of the Month for November. As Coach Caroline explained: “Kiara Alexander is our choice for the 14uAAA LD Player of the Month for November. Kiara took a big step forward in her development as a defenseman. She has improved her gap control, her ability to make a good first pass out of the defensive zone, and played a physical brand of hockey in Detroit. She continues to improve her game and we look forward to her helping the Lady Ducks be successful in Connecticut.” Excellent job Kiara!

Kiara absolutely loves playing on the Lady Ducks and enjoys being around all of her team. She has been working on stepping up her game and knows there is only room to improve. Thanks Lady Ducks Family!!

Katelyn Baker - Katelyn is the 14AA Lady Duck of the Month for November. In the words of Coach Brandon: “For the month of November the Bantam AA Lady Ducks choose Katelyn Baker for our Lady Duck of the month. She has shown a great level of improvement during the season and in practices. Her strong hockey sense, dedication, and perseverance have placed her high on the Coaches’ radar. She has a strong will to play, even playing through an injury which she suffered in a checking tournament. She is an important character in the locker room and continues to motivate her team mates from the bench as she heals from her injury.” Great job Katelyn!

This is Katelyn’s first year as a Lady Duck. Her love for ice skating began at the age of 7, but as a figure skater. She has always had a passion for team sports from softball to basketball to girls’ flag football. After trying a little in-house hockey while continuing her jumps and spins as a figure skater this past year, it became quite logical that ice hockey would be the “sport” for her!! She also enjoys snow skiing and surfing. Katelyn is a member of the Pacific Coast Chapter of NCL where she puts in numerous community service and league hours as an 8th grade volunteer. Katelyn is also a Type 1 Diabetic and volunteers with JDRF and the PADRE Foundation in hopes of finding a cure for her disease, which as you can see doesn’t stop her!! Congratulations Katelyn, we are very proud of you and your hard work and dedication. The smooth transition from figure skating to hockey can be accredited to her coaches, Brandon, Steve and Brittney, who have been very supportive this entire season!!

Kiersten Goode - Kiersten is the 12AAA Lady Duck of the Month for November. As Coach Kathy explained: "This is Kiersten's second year with the Lady Ducks and is an Assistant Captain. Kiersten has focused on being coachable and making the corrections to her game that will lead her to great success. So far this season, Kiersten is a top scorer for the team and has the speed and skills to help her team at both ends of the ice in many situations. Recently, Kiersten was often seen driving wide with the puck and cutting in to take high percentage shots for goals. Keep up the good work!" You rock Kiersten!

This is Kiersten’s second year as a Lady Duck and her fourth year of playing ice hockey. This season she is fortunate to be dual rostered, playing with both the 12 AAA and the 14 AA teams. She loves her two sets of teammates and the extra ice time has proved invaluable to her development. Prior to playing ice hockey she was a successful competitive gymnast, but she switched to ice hockey when she realized that her brother was having a lot more fun. When she is not on the ice, she enjoys playing goalie and street hockey with her brother. Kiersten is a straight A student at Parks Junior High School, where she attends school on a transfer in order to be closer to the rink. Her favorite subjects are math and language arts and she enjoys crafts, cooking, writing and playing the flute. This season she is working to develop the skills needed to become a strong leader. Way to go Kiersten!

Sabrina Kim - Sabrina is the 12AA Lady Duck of the Month for November. In the words of Coach Kathy: “Sabrina is new to the Lady Ducks program this year and brings a love of the game, strong skating skills and a well-placed shot to the developmental 12u team. As a 9-year old Sabrina has, time and again, shown her team that skills and hard work are great standards that will lead to success. As a smaller, younger player, Sabrina shows through her hustle and skills that size and age is not as important when you are hard-working and focused for the team.” Keep up the great work Sabrina!

Sabrina is new to both the Lady Duck program and to travel hockey. She practiced figure skating up to FS 5. When she was 8 she switched to hockey after watching her younger brother play as a mite. After practicing for about a year with her younger brother, she was able to join LD’s 12uaa and Squirt BB team.

Sabrina is currently in 4th grade. As a GATE student, her favorite subjects are math and science. She has been going to science lab academy for two years during the school year. During summer vacations, she has been attending Johns Hopkins University CTY science programs since 2nd grade. Her exceptional talent in math has led her to complete some of the big national math competitions with middle school students. She has won 1st place four years in a row for Reflection Contest in the visual art division. In addition, she has been participating in the South Bay Children’s Choir for the past three years singing a few hours every Saturday. This year, she will be performing at the L.A. Music Center. She will also take her piano CM3 test in March. She has also started playing the flute in her school band. Sabrina has accomplished so much! She is a bright and talented 9-year-old. We are confident she will achieve much in her future. Congratulations Sabrina!

Jordan Loya - Jordan is the 10U Lady Duck of November. As Coach Kathy explained: “Jordan Loya is our Lady Duck for November. She is an Assistant Captain on the 10u team and led the team in scoring and points during the combined months of October and November. Jordan is an outstanding defenseman whose physical play helps out in front of the net and also is influential in her dominating on offense as she moves the puck up the ice. Jordan sets a great example on the ice and shows that her "never quit" attitude can bring great successes on the ice! Way to go, Jordan!” Excellent job!

Megan Martodam - The 8U Lady Duck of the Month for November is Megan Martodam. In the words of Coach Kathy: “Megan is new to the Lady Ducks program and was recently named the 8u Captain due to her constant support of her teammates and setting a great example for the team. Megan is a hard working forward who is learning to play her position while being aggressive and improving her skills. Megan uses her speed to help support the defense and also likes to attack the puck in the offensive zone. We look forward to good things from Megan in the second half of the season.” Great job Megan!

Megan began skating at the age of three in the skates her Dad used when he first stepped on the ice. She picked up a hockey stick before age of two and since then not a week has gone by where she hasn't played hockey on the ice, on the driveway, or in the house with mini-sticks. She has a collection of pictures, cards, jerseys, pucks, and other hockey related items that she has assembled over the years. This kid loves hockey! She has an insatiable drive to excel at everything she does whether it is sports, school, friendships, or her family... she has the passion and competitive nature and desire to be the best in whatever she does. Adding the "C" to her jersey this year is an honor she does not take lightly, she is proud to be part of the Lady Ducks family and is looking forward to many successful years.

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October 2012 Players of the Month

19UAAA
Kasia Rand

Kasia Rand

16UAAA
Kiyono Cox

Kiyono Cox

16UAA
Sierra Pederson

Sierra Pederson

14UAAA
Camille Sullivan

Camille Sullivan

14UAA
Julia Freeman

Julia Freeman

12UAAA
Erin Beck

Erin Beck

12UAA
Lilla Nease

Lilla Nease

10U
Miya Silva

Miya Silva

8U
Jessie-Blue Ewing

Jessie-Blue Ewing

Kasia Rand - Kasia Rand is the 19U Lady Duck of the Month for October. In the words of Coach Yves: “Being a goalie is a tough job that no one seems to want, expect those who are a little different… Kasia is truly a goalie. Besides being quiet and reserved, she goes about her business without skipping a beat. Kasia is showing improvement every week and is very keen on wanting to be a better goaltender and teammate. She just recently recovered from a very serious injury that threatened her playing status. However, she showed up this year determined to prove that she belongs at this level. She had proven to be dependable and steady (which for a goalie is half the game!) The Lady Ducks are fortunate to have this backstopper in our midst!” Great job Kasia!

Kiyono Cox - Kiyono Cox is the 16AAA Lady Duck of the Month for October. In the words of Coach Caitlin, Kiyono was chosen because she “has really taken it upon herself to pick up her energy and tempo of her play. She helps set the tone of the game for our team just by working her hardest. I can foresee her being a real threat as she continues to grow and develop in all areas of the game..” Way to go Kiyono!

Sierra Pederson - Sierra Pederson is the 16AA Lady Duck of October. In the words of Coach Jess: “This is Sierra's first year as a Lady Duck. Sierra has been working hard during practice to improve her skill level. She is also taking time outside of practice to improve her skating, passing, and shooting. Sierra pays attention during practice and is well liked among her teammates. Sierra is a pleasure to coach and we look forward to good things to come in the future.” Great start to the season Sierra!

When not playing hockey, Sierra is a sophmore at El Modena High School where she is a straght A student and a member of the water polo team. Continuing with the water attraction, both liguid and frozen, she loves to water ski, snow board and scuba dive. Sierra is very active with her church group and helps out by volunteering her time as much as she can. She loves to read and has an array of pets to take care of. Great job Sierra, we are very proud of you! Congratulations on all your hard work.

Camille Sullivan - Camille (‘Cami’) Sullivan is the 14AAA Lady Duck of October. In the words of Coach Caroline: “Cami really elevated her game this month. She was strong at both ends of the ice and contributed on the score sheet. She had a very good tournament in Riverside and helped her team reach the finals in the 16UAA division. Congratulations Cami on being named LD Player of the Month for October.” Great start to the season Cami!

We are very proud of Cami and how she continues to develop and strengthen her hockey skills. It's nice to see her give it her all and we love to see her in the scrum, going for that puck! She loves her team and enjoys spending time with them. To help her team get stronger, Cami has decided that she wants to get stronger so she can out skate those hockey teams back east. So watch out Connecticut and Nationals! Cami plans on being ready, so bring it on!

Julia Freeman - Julia Freeman is the 14AA Lady Duck of October. Coach Brandon Parra explained: “This month the 14AA team would like to nominate Julia Freeman for our Lady Duck of the Month. Julia has shown the coaching staff and her team that she has what it takes to hold the team down defensively by shutting down odd man rushes and being a strong presence in front of our net. Better yet she continues to develop her patience with the puck and shows she can create plays in support of an offensive rush. Her solid play and calculated risks are what we need from our defense. Julia has earned a top spot on our penalty kill and power play. She is a pleasure to coach and an asset to our team chemistry. She is a smart hockey player and a scholar when it comes to academics (earning As in every subject). Keep up the great work Julia!!”

Julia is thrilled to be named the 14AA Lady Duck of October. This is Julia’s fourth year as a Lady Duck and first year playing defense. Julia is currently in 7th grade. Her favorite subjects are “All of them!”, but she is particularly skilled at writing. She is also a talented pianist, presently studying for her CM6; although she much prefers to listen to rock & roll. Julia recently earned her Girl Scout Silver Award, and performs several hours of community service each month through the Irvine NCL. When not on the ice, you will almost never see Julia without a book in her hands. Her favorite authors include Elizabeth George Speare, Rick Riordan, Gail Levine, Shel Silverstein, and (of course) JK Rowling. (She was able to narrow it down to five!) Way to go Julia! Keep up the good hard work. Your determination and dedication will take you far. Thank you to Coach Brandon, Coach Steve, and Coach Brittney, for fostering her talents and love of the game (and for teaching her to play D!).

Erin Beck - Erin Beck is the 12AAA Lady Duck of the Month for October. In the words of Coach Kathy, “Erin has moved from defense to forward this year and is making steady progress on both her skills and speed of play. With a hard shot and good size, Erin is working to develop her quickness and may crack into the power play later this year if her play continues to be strong. Erin is quiet but has developed a good sense of the game, her position, and scoring options so far this season. Keep it up, Erin!”

Erin is a 3rd year Lady Duck who began as a figure skater but quickly decided hockey was way more exciting! She played in San Diego on boys’ teams for her first 2 years then decided she wanted to join the Lady Ducks.

Competitively, Erin is also on her local swim team and continues to excel. She also completed her first two adult distance triathlons this past summer. Erin’s other interests include reading, drawing, listening to music, and her pets (dog, cat, and fish). Erin is a straight A student in the 7th grade in Solana Beach whose favorite subjects include science and math. She makes use of the time spent in the car driving up from San Diego County to games and practices by either doing homework or getting some extra sleep for those early morning time slots!

She worked hard over this past summer at a number of hockey camps in Minnesota and Southern California to improve her skating, puck handling and speed. Congratulations Erin!!

Lilla Nease - Lilla Nease is the 12AA Lady Duck of the Month for October. In the words of Coach Kathy: “Lilla returns to the Lady Ducks program after doing a season as a young player a few years back. Lilla has shown strong improvement this season with passing and shooting skills but especially carrying the puck up the ice when there is space to do just that! Lilla also has a keen interest in trying out the GOALTENDING position later this year! That will be great!” Keep up the great work Lilla!

Lilla started playing hockey almost 4 years ago when she wanted to join in the fun with her younger brother, Seth. Lilla has spent many hours over the years at the rink watching her dad play hockey and learning that hockey can be played at any age. Lilla has played forward and defense and now she has been bitten by the goalie bug. She loves the game time excitement!

Lilla moved from Aliso Viejo this year to join the Lady Ducks. She is having a fantastic time making new friends on her 12AA team. When she is not at the rink, Lilla is a hard working 6th grader at Carl Hankey Middle School in Mission Viejo. She loves math and science and hopes to be a veterinarian one day. Lilla loves animals, especially her dog Veronica. She is creative and decorates the house with her artwork. Lilla has been playing the cello for two years and has joined the school orchestra this year.

Miya Silva - Miya Silva is the 10U Lady Duck of the Month for October. In the words of Coach Kathy: “Miya has been an all-around team player so far this season. Playing both forward and defense, Miya does what her coaches ask of her and is always showing her "smarts" on the ice. Whether it’s a cut back, a sharp pass, or a deke on the goalie, Miya shows that she already has a great variety of skills and play-making ability on the ice. Great work!” Way to go Miya!

Jessie-Blue Ewing - Jessie-Blue Ewing is the 8U Lady Duck of the Month for October. Her coach explained: “Jessie-Blue had her biggest weekend at the CAHA girls tournament scoring 5 goals and really improving how she attacked the puck and was aggressive getting into the play, each shift. Jessie has been improving her skills and her attention to positioning all season. Way to go!”

Jessie-Blue has been skating since she was 3, following in her sisters footsteps when she started figure skating at Westminster Ice. She would be in awe watching the hockey players and begged to play. After 2 years of her dad saying ‘no’, he finally gave in. Fall 2011 was the start of her first season, and she loves it and adores everyone on the team. You will always find her with her best bud Brooke the 10U goalie. Jessie-Blue is in 2nd grade and very active and friendly. Her favorite hockey team is of course the Ducks! Her favorite things include "Hockey Roadtrips" running through the hotel, swimming with team mates, and scoring goals.
Congrats to our Jessie-Blue so proud of you and your awesome break through at the Riverside Tournament!


September 2012 Players of the Month

19UAAA
Megan Crandell

Megan Crandell

16UAAA
Justine Reyes

Justine Reyes

16UAA
Brooke Maggy

Brooke Maggy

14UAAA
Kendra Farole

Kendra Farole

14UAA
Andi Delgado

Andi Delgado

12UAAA
Ivy Boric

Ivy Boric

12UAA
Tara Regalado

Tara Regalado

10U
Karena Barrett

Karena Barrett

8U
Kennedy Griego

Kennedy Griego

Megan Crandell - Megan Crandell is the 19U Lady Duck of the Month for September. Although needing no explanation, her coach elaborated: “While Megan is one of our most talented players (and it holds true for the entire organization), she certainly never just rests on her laurels. She is a hard worker who leads by example, Megan is the first one on the ice, the first one to lead drills, and the player that anchors our entire team. Some people are blessed with talent, and some with a great work ethic, Megan is one of the fortunate few that has both. As the captain of our team, she is expected to be in front, but she does it with grace, humility, and a dose of humor. It goes without saying that Megan will play hockey in college and, as she continues to improve, will add new facets to her game, and will become a player (not to mention, a person) to be reckoned with. It’s a real privilege to coach her.” Great job Megan!

This is the 5th season for Megan as a Lady Duck. Megan started as a roller hockey player when she was 5 and transitioned into ice and joined the organization at the 14's level. It was not easy for Megan at first, the team she joined had won the Nationals and she had her work cut out to blend with the team. Lots of extra training and skating lessons were in order for her, but it all paid off and she is looking forward to continuing her hockey at the college level. She has been the team captain for the last 2 years. Along with hockey, Megan excels as a league champion discus thrower in track. You rock Megan!

Justine Reyes - Justine “Rey-Rey” Reyes is the 16AAA Lady Duck of the Month for September. Rey-Rey was chosen by her coach because she “has consistently shown that she is eager to learn and willing to put in hard work to become the best player she can be. Her hard work paid off in the Labor Day Tournament where she made countless smart plays and buried the puck as well. I'm excited to see the player she will become throughout the year.” Good job Justine!

Rey-Rey is starting her 11th year of hockey. She is in her 6th year of playing for the Lady Ducks organization. This past summer she was chosen to attend USA Hockey National Development Camp in Minnesota and stayed a little longer to play for the West Coast Select Team. She learned a lot and made some great friendships while there. She is looking forward to an amazing year with her 16AAA teammates and coaches. She would love to continue playing hockey, and eventually play at the collegiate level. She dreams of one day playing for Team USA.

Rey-Rey is currently a sophomore at Chino Hills High where she is taking Honors classes. She enjoys reading, listening to music and playing with her animals.

Brooke Maggy - Brooke Maggy is the 16AA Lady Duck of the Month for September. In the words of her coach, Brooke was chosen because she “works very hard during practice and is a natural leader. Brooke is a fast skater and is skilled with the puck. She is very vocal on the ice, and is well liked among her teammates.” Way to go Brooke!

When Brooke isn’t playing hockey she attends Burbank High school where she is a Sophomore and has a 4.1 GPA. Her dreams include playing hockey in college and she aspires to play in the Olympics one day. Brooke is having a blast with her new team and looks forward to every practice and every game. The locker room is lively and this season should be a blast. Keep up the good work Brooke!

Kendra Farole - Kendra Farole is the 14uAAA Lady Duck Player of the Month for September. Her coaches noted, “Kendra recently has been moved from defense to forward. Since the change in position she has flourished on the score sheet. She has recorded 4 goals and 1 assist since her position change. Being responsible defensively and being able to contribute offensively has made Kendra a huge asset for the team and the coaching staff. Congratulations to Kendra Farole for being named 14uAAA Lady Duck Player of the Month for September.” Great start to the season Kendra!

Andi Delgado - Andrea (“Andi”) Delgado has been picked by her coaches as the 14AA Lady Duck of the Month for September. In the words of Coach Brandon: “This month the 14AA coaches have picked Andrea Delgado for our Lady Duck of the month. She has shown a tremendous amount of work ethic and is an all-out presence on the ice. You can find Andi battling hard for the puck on the boards or working diligently to create time and space in front of the opposing team’s net. Andi's determination and understanding of her position has earned her the top spot on the 14AA penalty kill squad. Her team-mates are motivated by her efforts and her positive attitude. You can always find this hard worker with a huge smile on her face.” Great job Andi!

Andi has been playing hockey since she was six years old, and playing with the Lady Ducks since she was eight. Her favorite team is, of course, the Ducks, and her favorite player is Scott Niedermayer - even though he's retired. Two years ago, she was able to go to Canada and attend the Niedermayer brothers' hockey camp.

Andi is also active in school sports, playing volleyball, track and field, and cross country. She is a straight "A" student and has been on the principal's honor roll 3 years in a row. She is an enthusiastic fan of Harry Potter and once had a "marathon," watching all the movies from midnight to 8pm the next night without sleeping. She loves to read, cook, bake, learn French and use Instagram, and someday wants to be a marine biologist.

Keep up the great work Andi!!

Ivy Boric - Ivy Boric is the 12AAA Lady Duck of the Month for September. According to Coach Kathy, “Ivy has been a standout player for the Lady Ducks in nearly every game this season. Not known as a loud or boisterous player, Ivy lets her skating, puck control, and vision on the ice do the talking. Ivy leads by example and makes others around her better because of her solid playmaking abilities. Great job Ivy. Keep up the great work!”

Tara Regalado - Tara Regalado is the 12AA Lady Duck of the Month for September. In the words of Coach Kathy: “Tara has been very dedicated since her start as a Lady Duck this season. New to the program, Tara has shown tremendous commitment to learning the game and has been our most improved Lady Duck so far! Tara has shown that with hard work you can learn the game quickly and your skills, agility and skating can move you up the ladder of success! Great effort, Tara.”

Tara is a first year Lady Duck player who retired from club soccer and softball to devote her time and commitment to hockey. She is an honors student at East Whittier Middle School and is involved in the school band. In her spare time Tara likes to relax by playing the saxophone, clarinet, violin, piano, or ukulele. She likes to listen to the Beatles, the Who, AC/DC, Rolling Stones, and Journey.

She is an awesome big sister to 6 year old Sean (also a hockey player) and 7 year old Sara (a figure skater?). Tara is a kind hearted kid who has donated her hair twice to Locks of Love to be made into wigs for children who have lost their hair due to illness.

Considering Tara was almost born at an Anaheim Ducks game it should come as no surprise that she is a dedicated rink rat and a dedicated Lady Duck.

Karena Barrett - Karena Barrett is the 10U Lady Duck of the Month for September. Coach Kathy explained “Karena is new to the Lady Ducks this season and has worked hard to transition her game to improve skating and positioning since joining the team this past spring. Karena is very hard working and has tried to do everything her coaches ask of her! Karena has a strong competitive nature and although she is outwardly quiet she is a tough competitor on the ice and battles her opponents with speed and strong physical play. Great effort Karena!”

Karena is in her first season of ice hockey and her aggressive tenacity and hard work will excel her in the sport. When Karena is not playing hockey she loves spending time with her friends, especially Kalani, and her dog Rex. Karena also loves surfing and traveling. Karena may seem quiet at first but give her the chance to get to know you and she will tell you how the world turns. Congratulations Karena from Dad and Mom.

Kennedy Griego - Kennedy Griego is the 8U Lady Duck of the Month for September. In the words of her coach: “Kennedy has made a huge jump in her skills and understanding of the game at the start of the season. Kennedy has learned to take what the coaches say and use that coaching right away to help her game and her team be successful. Kennedy has been a strong example of what it means to be a Lady Duck. She tries hard, she listens to coaches, she believes that she can make a difference in the game, AND she is positive with her teammates. Congrats to you, Kennedy!”

Kennedy is in 3rd grade and attends San Jose Charter Academy in West Covina. She is a very social and energetic young girl who enjoys playing ice hockey on the Lady Ducks, playing with her friends, roller blading, playing softball and any other outside activity she can get herself into.

Kennedy began playing coed roller hockey in the summer of 2011 and only began ice hockey less than a year ago in December 2011. Her parents are so proud of her accomplishments on the ice. "I am amazed each time I see her on the ice at her continual progress and understanding of the game," her mother states. She enjoys all of her coaches and they have taught her so much, "Her coaches are to be commended for their patience and time working with Kennedy and her beginning skills. Each coach is to thank for bringing Kennedy as far as she has come in such a short amount of time." Her parents are so thankful to the coaches and Lady Ducks organization for giving Kennedy the chance to become an up and coming young ice hockey player. She continues to make progress into the season and is continuing to work hard each time she is on the ice, "That's all we as her parents can ask her for...110% each time she puts her gear on and steps onto the ice."

Congratulations Kennedy on your accomplishment as a Lady Duck 8U Player of the month for September 2012. Your family loves you so much and are very proud of you!


August 2012 Players of the Month

19UAAA
Nicole Finegan

Nicole Finegan

16UAAA
Rachael Goodrow

Rachael Goodrow

16UAA
Maisie Boric

Maisie Boric

14UAAA
Devyn Gilman

Devyn Gilman

14UAA
Lily Humphrey

Lily Humphrey

12UAAA
Iman Shepard

Iman Shepard

12UAA
Kimberly Mills

Kimberly Mills

10U
Abigail Shepherd

Abigail Shepherd

8U
Amanda Campbell

Amanda Campbell

Nicole Finegan - Nicole Finegan is the 19U Lady Duck of the Month for August. In the words of her coach: “As a new coach in the organization, It’s really refreshing to see young women who take their commitment to our team seriously, while realizing that one must have fun while being on (and off…) the ice. Nicole personifies that. She is a talented player who doesn’t rely on her talent to get her through. She is one of the hardest workers on the team, always ready to help a teammate and her coaches. As a forward, Nicole is the little engine that could, as intense and tenacious on the ice, as she is nice and pleasant off it. One could only wish to have a team full of people like her. As a club, the Lady Ducks are lucky to have a young woman like Nicole in their midst.”

Nicole is 17 years old and has been with the Lady Ducks since 2010 but has played ice hockey since age 10. Nicole is a senior at Canyon High school with a 4.9 GPA. Currently applying to several universities, Notre Dame is her favorite, but they lack a hockey team, so we will see. Her outside interests include hanging out with friends, working out at the gym and watching the Toronto Maple Leafs with her dad. GO LEAFS GO.

Rachael Goodrow - Rachael Goodrow has been picked by her coach as the 16AAA Lady Duck of the Month for August! Rachel was chosen because “she worked extremely hard in the off season and has showed her willingness to improve and adjust to coaching recommendations. She will be a strong threat as a second year 16U veteran.” Good job Rachael!

Maisy Boric - Maisy Boric has been picked by her coach as the 16AA Lady Duck of the Month for August! Maisy was chosen because, in the words of her coach, “She has set an example for the girls by being a team leader on and off the ice. She has a positive attitude and great work ethic, and I am looking forward to working with her throughout the season.” Good job Maisy!

Devyn Gilman - Devyn Gilman is the 14AAA Lady Duck of the Month for August! Devyn was chosen because “She is a hard worker, and never gives up on a play. She is very tenacious on the puck and drives hard to the net. This was demonstrated at the Valencia Endless Summer Classic tournament. She scored two goals and had one assist over the weekend. She works hard in practice and always comes to the rink with a smile on her face.” Way to go Devyn!

Lily Humphrey - Lily Humphrey is the 14AA Lady Duck of the Month for August! In the words of her coach, Lily was chosen because “she has shown a great level of improvement in a short amount of time. Being a roller hockey player primarily last season, she has overcome many obstacles in her transition to ice. She has an extremely positive attitude and faces each challenge with eagerness and tenacity. She is a role model for her teammates and shows a level of respect and maturity that her coaches have come to appreciate. Hard work and dedication are things this young lady carries around her and those traits spread among the team. This season will be a great one for her and we look forward to watching her develop.” Way to go Lily!

Lily has played roller hockey since she was 4 years old and for most of the time she has played for the same coach and the same hockey team with many of the friends she has made along the way. She won a sharp shooter contest at The Rinks in Huntington Beach, winning an opportunity to compete in a shooting contest between periods at a Ducks game. Lily is a very determined child. Although Lily has always wanted to play ice hockey, it was not until this year that her parents finally relented to the extraordinary pressure inflicted by Lily (J) and Lily has never been happier. Lily is very excited about her new team, really likes all of her teammates and coaches and is looking forward to a fantastic year! When Lily is not at the rink, she can be found playing street hockey with all of her neighborhood friends, practicing her slap shot in her driveway with her Dad, or watching a hockey game with her brother, Ryan.

Lily is in the seventh grade at Marine View Middle School in Huntington Beach, working very hard to achieve top grades in all of her classes. Her favorite classes are Language Arts and Social Studies. She enjoys cooking and is always trying out new recipes that she learns from the Food Network Channel, or her Mom’s cookbooks. Lily loves to travel, especially to visit her family in Canada. She is also an animal lover and would turn her home into an animal shelter if her parents would let her. For now, she is content with her cat, Charlie.

Iman Shepard - Iman Shepard is the 12AAA Lady Duck of the Month for August. Iman was chosen because, in the words of Coach Kathy, she “recently moved up from last year's Pacific District Finalists 12aa team and is excited to be on the 12aaa team. Iman is working to improve her skills while also regularly seen showing a FULL effort every practice and game. Iman has already shown that even as a first-year 12u, she can be one of the hardest workers on her team. Keep it up, girl!”

Iman is an extremely caring individual that puts her heart and passion into all aspects that life has to offer. Iman’s constant warm smile sometimes hides the quiet determination that works inside her. She loves to play and “teach” hockey, but has no interest to watch it in person or on TV. Currently, Iman attends Huntington Middle School as a sixth grader and is extremely independent with her academic achievements.

Her love of animals has led her to pursue an interest in Veterinarian Medicine at UC Davis. She has visited the campus and volunteered at the Pasadena SPCA. Her sister Ella (8yrs) is also a Lady Duck, and her brother Oliver (13yrs) is in his first season as a Jr. King. In addition to hockey, she enjoys reading, arts and crafts, soccer, gymnastics, and video games. The family French Bulldog “Jackie” has also very special relationship with Iman and sleeps in her bed almost every night. She looks forward to an exciting season with the 12AAA team, and really respects all the coaching staff that has given their time and effort to make her a better person and player.

Kimberly Mills - Kimberly Mills is the 12AA Lady Duck of the Month for August! Kimberly was chosen because she “returns to the 12aa team this season and is already working hard to be a standout on the team. Millsie attended a few summer camps and is interested in playing defense more this year for the team. So far this pre-season, Kimberly has been seen skating at 12aaa practices with the goal of catching those girls! Way to go, Millsie!”

Kimberly is very honored to be selected as the 12 U AA “Lady Duck of the Month” for August. She has been around the rink for a long time. Her brother, Jeremy, has been playing hockey since he was six, so Kimberly has spent many early mornings hanging around to watch her brother play. Kimberly started playing in-house hockey when she was eight and joined the Lady Ducks as a practice player when she was nine. She really enjoys playing and the camaraderie with her teammates. She plays offense, but lately, has been interested in learning to play defense and likes that position the best.

When Kim isn’t playing hockey, she attends Hewes Middle School, in Tustin, as a 7th grader. Her favorite classes this year are Yearbook and Home Economics. She is also a member of CHOCette’s. CHOCette’s is Jr. Guild of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that raise money for CHOC hospital. Through CHOCette’s, Kim is learning to be a young philanthropist.

Congratulations Kimberly, and keep up the hard work!

Abigail Shepherd - Abigail Shepherd is the 10U Lady Duck of the Month for August. Abigail was chosen because, in the words of her coach, “Abbie was a standout this Spring with the 10u off-season team and after attending several hockey camps this summer, she has come into the season ready to go! Abs has shown outstanding skating, puck control, stickhandling and shooting skills already this pre-season! Congrats to you!” Great work Abbie!

My name is Abbie Shepherd and I am proud to be a member of the Anaheim Lady Ducks 10u team! This is my second season on the Lady Ducks. This team is so great and I feel very lucky to have teammate friends who care about me and coaches who help me strive to be a better player. I want to play college hockey someday so I’m working on my skating skills and the fun stuff like deking and spin-o-ramas. My favorite NHL player is Corey Perry and I have a new pet guinea pig named Zinger.

Amanda Campbell - Amanda is very proud to be named LD 8U Player of the Month for August. Amanda has been picked because, as her coach explained, “New to the LD program, Amanda has stepped in nicely to play goalie for the 8u team. Amanda has just started goalie lessons and is already improving on her angles, movements and puck tracking.” Great job, Amanda!

Amanda is 8 years old and just started grade 3. Amanda has an older brother who also plays hockey. Amanda started skating and playing hockey three years ago. She recently switched to goalie. She really loves playing goalie for the Lady Ducks! On Labor Day, Amanda got to play in her first tournament. The 8U Lady Ducks took second place and Amanda is so proud of her silver medal!

When Amanda is not playing hockey she likes to read, and she is very artistic - she spends a lot of time drawing. Amanda loves to play with her friends and her stuffed animals. In the summer, she spends a lot of time in the pool. Her favorite meal is Mac and Cheese or pasta, although her favorite food is fresh fruit. And she's been known to eat a cupcake or two.

Congratulations Amanda!!


March 2012 Players of the Month

19UAAA
Morgan Braniff

Morgan Braniff

16UAAA
Justine Silva

Justine Silva

14UAAA
Baylee Trani

Baylee Trani

14UAA
Ashlee Garrels

Ashlee Garrels

12UAAA
Devyn Gilman

Devyn Gilman

12UAA
Amy Hogan

Amy Hogan

10U
Lauren Wasserman

Lauren Wasserman

8U
Kirsten Kowalewski

Kirsten Kowalewski

Morgan Braniff - Morgan is the 19U LD Player of the Month for March. Morgan is the youngest of five children. She has four older brothers who also play hockey. Morgan has been at a rink since she was born and started competitive roller hockey at age 5. She then switched to ice hockey playing with boys’ teams until she started girls’ hockey when she was 12. The Lady Ducks has been her hockey home for the last five years. Starting in the fall Morgan will be attending New England College (D-3) playing hockey and studying Psychology and Education. Way to go Morgan!

Justine Silva -

Baylee Trani - Baylee “Peewee” Trani is the 14aaa Player of the Month. She is 14 years old and is 8th grader at Issac Sowers Middle School in Huntington Beach. Baylee earned her nickname “Peewee” the day she was born weighing 1 Pound 12 Ounces born at not quite 6 months. She was in the NICU in Pomona Valley for 86 long days before coming home at the minimum weight of 4 Pounds 10 Ounces. The drive home was long as she came home with several medications, a heart monitor and oxygen, but little did those doctors know that she was a fighter. She currently is a healthy, vivacious 14 year old with no lingering disabilities.

Peewee has played for the Lady Ducks program since she was 7 ½ years old playing on the first ever Lady Ducks 8U in-house team. Baylee is very competitive and runs Cross Country and plays roller hockey for her school, as well as playing roller hockey with the Revision Devil Dogs. Baylee is excited to be attending District Camp this year for the first time, and just finished an exciting season with the 14U Lady Ducks earning a bronze at Nationals.

Mimicking the smallest player on the 2009-2010 Women's National Olympic Team, Erika Lawler, who is rostered at a whole 5'0" tall, Peewee too aspires to play in the Olympics one day. Baylee loves to cook, her favorite hockey player is Teemu Selanne, favorite television show is Wizards of Waverly Place, and one of her favorite songs is "Take Care” by Drake.

Way to go Peewee! We are all excited to see what you do on the ice next season!

Ashlee Garrels -

Devyn Gilman -

Amy Hogan - Amy Hogan is the 12UAA Lady Duck of the month for March! Amy was selected because “she showed a lot of character at regionals, giving us a chance in every game! For her first year on ice, she did a tremendous job bringing us to the championship game for our district. She has a bright future ahead of her, and she deserves to be the player of the month.” Way to go Amy!

Amy played her first ice hockey game this past September (2011) in the Valencia Endless Summer tournament. Prior to that, she had only been on the ice a few times. Battling the first time jitters, she skated out to the net and played like she had been playing for years. At the end of the first game, she was hooked! Amy loves hockey and hopes to get a college scholarship, and maybe even eventually play in the NHL!

Amy is in 7th grade at Newhart Middle School, in Mission Viejo, where her favorite subject is science. She is also a goaltender for her middle school roller hockey team. She plays on two club roller hockey teams, and plays street hockey whenever she can round up enough players. When Amy is not playing hockey or going to school, she enjoys hanging out with her friends, listening to music, and going to the beach.

Lauren Wasserman - Lauren Wasserman is the 10U Lady Duck of the Month! She was chosen because of her hard work and dedication. Lauren enjoys all aspects of hockey. She likes working hard, learning new skills and most of all hanging with her fellow teammates. The 10U locker room is always full of laughter, music and storytelling.

Lauren first hit the ice with her grandfather when she was three. She comes from a house that loves hockey. Her parents play when they have time and her brother is a PeeWee.

Lauren is in 4th grade at Villa Park Elementary school. In her spare time she likes to ride her bike and scooter, skateboard, swim, read and play video games. She likes trying new things when given the opportunity. Last year she took surfing lessons, played basketball, tried snowboarding and is going to start taking electric guitar lessons.

Lauren loves going to Ducks games especially to cheer on jersey number 16, George Parros. She is jersey number 32 in honor of Parros, hoping to channel twice the amount of Parros’ energy and talent.

Keep up the good work Lauren!

Kirsten Kowalewski - The 8U Lady Duck of March is Kirsten Kowalewski. Kirsten is 8 years old and attends 2nd grade at St. Irenaeus Catholic School.

She began ice skating just before her 2nd birthday since she comes from an ice skating family. She then went on to try figure skating thinking that she'd follow after her older sister. She skated successfully in several shows and competitions, but the style of skating and atmosphere just didn't suit her outgoing and aggressive personality. She enrolled in the hockey initiation program and has enjoyed learning the game and playing ever since.

Kirsten is VERY proud to be a Lady Duck, but she enjoys playing the game as well as playing with her Lady Duck teammates and friends even more! She works very hard and was thrilled to have recently recorded her first Hat Trick.

Kirsten's favorite classes are math, science, and art. Her favorite food is "mac & cheese", and her favorite NHL players are Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Kirsten was very excited to have met Ryan last year and hopes to meet Corey Perry someday in the future.

Congratulations Kirsten! Keep up the good work!



February 2012 Players of the Month

19UAAA
Kasia Rand

Kasia Rand

16UAAA
Kayla Nielsen

Kayla Nielsen

14UAAA
Brooke Maggy

Brooke Maggy

14UAA
Soreya Hird

Soreya Hird

12UAAA
Alix MacKillop

Alix MacKillop

12UAA
Elyssa Lavertu

Elyssa Lavertu

10U
Jordan Loya

Jordan Loya

8U
Katherine Sherlock

Katherine Sherlock

Kasia Rand - Kasia is the 19U Lady Duck of the Month for February. Kasia’s coach said, “she was chosen because she has really improved her game since the beginning of the season. She has been able to see the puck well and make those key stops. Kasia was able to pull out a big win for us this month at Districts, making some key saves that kept us in the lead. She has definitely come out of her shell and is well liked among her teammates.” Way to go Kasia!

Kasia started her ice career like many little girls, figure skating at 3 years old. When she was seven she wanted to switch to hockey, of course her mother was mortified, but finally relented and signed Kasia up for in-house. She played there as a player for the next three years, and then the goalie bug bit her.

Her mother did not want her to play goalie so she put her in karate classes for four years. Although Kasia enjoyed karate, her true love was always hockey, and her dream was to become goalie. At age thirteen she returned to hockey, this time as an in-house goaltender. One year later, she started her first season of travel hockey playing for the Jr. Reign in Riverside. Her goal was to eventually become a Lady Duck and play college-level hockey.

2011/2012 was her very first season with the Lady Ducks. She really enjoys the traveling and the friends she has made this year. Her next goal is to play hockey at a college back east, hopefully in the Boston area while studying to become a doctor or an FBI agent.

Kasia is currently a junior at MLK High School in Riverside. We are very proud of her; she has sacrificed much of her free time to improve her goalie skills over the last three years.

Congratulations Kasia on your determination and dedication in achieving your goal. Keep up the hard work!

Kayla Nielsen - Kayla (Quisha) has been picked by her coach as the 16U Lady Duck of the Month for February! Way to go Kayla! This is Kayla's 5th season as a Lady Duck. Kayla started playing ice hockey at Aliso Viejo Ice Palace on the Eagles tournament team before making the transition to girls’ hockey. Kayla is currently a sophomore at the California Virtual Academy (CAVA), where she carries a 4.0 GPA. Her ambitions are to play at a top Division 1 College and possibly earn a spot on the US development team. Kayla looks up to her older brother Bryce, who is also an elite player. She has over the years made many lifelong friendships that will last long after her hockey career comes to an end. This season all her countless hours of working on her game are paying off!

Brooke Maggy - Brooke is the 14AAA Lady Duck of the Month for February! “Brooke has shown great improvement all season long. She demonstrates every time on and off the ice her dedication to herself and her teammates.” Great job Brooke! Keep up the good work!

Brooke is a second year player in the Lady Ducks program. Brooke got her start in hockey after exploring several different activities such as modeling, acting, dance, softball, and soccer. Not to mention Junior High School sports such as Basketball, Track, and Volleyball. Brooke started playing hockey at age 10, where she stepped in and was a natural; as if she had been playing for years. She started playing with an in house league in Arlington, Texas called the “Arlington Flyers”. Brooke started in a defense position, then played goalie for a while, then found her passion as a forward. After two seasons of playing with the Flyers, she went on to play with the “Predators” at the Dr. Pepper Stars Center in Euless, Texas. Brooke played left wing and center with the Predators. Prior to our moving back to California, Brooke was chosen to be on a select team, which was the Dallas Stars 14U Boys select.

Brooke was born in Arlington, Texas, so moving back to California was a tough decision to make because she had her friends, a great school, and hockey! When we made the final decision as a family, the only question Brooke asked was “Can I still play hockey?”! When arriving in California the search for a good hockey program for Brooke was a tough one. It was our luck that we were put in contact with Coach Kathy with the Anaheim Lady Ducks. We were very impressed with the program and the time Kathy took with us. Brooke was very excited to also be joining an all-girls team. She has played both forward and defense with the Lady Ducks, with her current position as a defenseman, playing on the 14U AAA team. The bonding and teamwork that has come into play has been a great experience. Brooke is very focused on her academics. She is in the 9th grade honors program, straight A student, but the minute school is out and the homework is done, she is thinking about when the next time she gets to play Hockey! Her dreams are to play hockey in college and play on the women’s USA Olympic hockey team.

Soreya Hird - Soreya started hockey when she was 9 years old and has loved playing ever since. This was her first season with the Lady Ducks and she has had a blast. Her teammates made her feel very welcomed.

In school Soreya is in all Honors classes, and leadership, and choir. She has her sights set on being a pharmacist and plans to start volunteering in the local hospital pharmacy next year. She helps take food to struggling families and is forever saving stray animals and finding them loving homes. We are so proud of her. Never stop being your best Reya!

Alix MacKillop -

Elyssa Lavertu - Elyssa is the 12AA Lady Duck of the Month for February! She was selected because “while playing and finally beating the San Jose Junior Sharks, Elyssa continuously brought energy to the ice. Rarely told to keep skating, she demonstrated what it takes to compete and keep pushing. While scoring some key goals at regionals in Alaska, she helped the team to a second place finish while taking the Sharks to overtime and finally beating them in regulation play. She was a big reason for the improved play.” Way to go Elyssa!

Elyssa has been playing hockey for 6 years. She first hit the ice at age 4 when taking figure skating class. After a few months, she quit figure skating for a regular skating class to adjust to hockey skates. Quickly after adapting to hockey skates, Elyssa took hockey lessons – she was 5. Ice hockey was easy to fall into since her two older brothers and dad have been playing from similarly young ages. She first played travel hockey at the age of 6. With the rest of the team being 7-year-old boys, she taught herself to keep up with the aggression and became used to the roughness of travel hockey. She prefers travel over in-house hockey because she feels that there is better competition and team-bonding. She is very happy with the Lady Ducks and hopes to continue into college hockey.

She is currently in a 5th grade class at Soleado Elementary School where she enjoys her recess playing handball with her friends. Her favorite (and best) subject is science, especially when learning about the human body. When she is not playing hockey or doing homework, she is visiting friends and family, reading, drawing, sculpting, and, if she has the time to, helping her brother (and sometimes even his co-workers) teaching their little ones how to improve/start skating. Once in a while, she will teach a friend or family member how to skate independently. She also plays volleyball and swims, but overall, she prefers hockey. During the summer, she enrolls in hockey camps and visits her dad’s family in Montreal, Canada where she is developing her français.

Keep up the great work Elyssa!

Jordan Loya - Jordan was chosen to be the 10U player for the month of February because she is a very hard worker and an aggressive defenseman. Her coach explained, “She has become a stronger player on the puck. She carries the puck end to end and drives hard to the net.” Way to go Jordan!

In her spare time, Jordan enjoys cooking, making gifts and cards for her family and friends, and playing with her dog "Binky".

Jordan can do anything she puts her mind to do. Last year when she was only 8 years old she ran a 5K with her mom to help raise funds to cure women’s cancer!!!

Jordan has tried several different sports including swimming, ballet, and gymnastics, but her favorite sport is playing ice hockey on the Lady Ducks team. Her favorite NHL player is George Parros, which explains the number 16 on her Lady Ducks jersey.

Congratulations Jordan!!!

Katherine Sherlock - Katherine Sherlock is the 8U Lady Duck of the Month for February! Catie was chosen because “the last few games she has shown us the hockey player she can be. She is focusing more on the puck and skating/working harder to be involved in the play.” Way to go Catie!

Catie is 7 years old and is in the second grade. She likes school, hockey, riding horses and ice cream with sprinkles. This is Catie's first year playing with the Lady Ducks and she loves playing hockey with all her new friends. She has two older brothers who play hockey so she thought she would try it out and ended up really having fun. When Catie is not at the rink she is always doing something active! Playing with friends, running her dogs, swimming, riding her bike or hitting the puck around in the driveway. There is not a great deal of downtime for her with all that 7 year old energy! What an honor to be Lady Duck of the month for the 8u team. Thank you!


January 2012 Players of the Month

19UAAA
Tori Polehonka

Tory Polehonka

16UAAA
Rachael Goodrow

Rachael Goodrow

14UAAA
Kai Lilly Karpman

Kai Lilly Karpman

14UAA
Cami Sullivan

12UAAA
Ashley Sabers

Ashley Sabers

12UAA
Gen Lai

Gen Lai

10U
Esther Oh

Esther Oh

8U
Cheyenne Gutierrez

Cheyenne Gutierrez

Tory Polehonka - The 19U Player of the Month for January is Tori Polehonka. Her coaches chose Tori as the January player of the month because she has really stepped up her game as of late and had a great showing at the recent MLK tournament. They said, “Although she is one of our smallest players, she makes her presence known on the ice. Her slap shot is improving and is finally finding a way to the net. Also, Tori communicates to her teammates and she is a pleasure to coach.”

Tori, currently a junior, started playing roller hockey eight years ago when she was in the 3rd grade. She made the transition to ice hockey two years later when she was in the 5th grade. She has developed great friendships with many of her teammates through the years. Tori would like to play hockey at an East Coast college while majoring in Marketing and minoring in Sports Management. Tori is a dedicated LA Kings fan and her favorite player is Kyle Clifford. She likes to listen to country music, especially Kenny Chesney. Congratulations Tori on a job well done!

Rachael Goodrow - Rachael is now in her 8th year as a Lady Duck. She plays right wing. She has made it to the National Championships 4 times and has even taken home a bronze medal. Rachael also took 2 gold medals in the Roller Hockey Jr. Olympics. She is a full time grade 10 student at the California Virtual Academy (CAVA) an internet based Charter School. In her little free time off from training and school work, Rachael enjoys hanging out with her friends. But she really enjoys her teammates, and how close they all are. Her favorite players are Corey Perry, Jon Blum (Nashville) and Jarome Iginla.

Kai Lilly Karpman - The 14AAA Lady Duck of January is Kai Lilly Karpman.

Cami Sullivan-Cami first stepped on the ice when she was 5. Now, at 13, her passions continue to be hockey, animals and art, plus her newly found interests in writing and violin. Cami has been playing Tier Hockey with the Lady Ducks since 2007. When it comes to ice hockey, Cami is all heart. On the ice, she gives 100+% and is fearless when it comes to taking on older boys twice her size. As a squirt, she was dubbed as the “Enforcer” by her big ‘Lady Duck’ sisters. Her nickname has continued to suit her throughout the years. She is always in the scrum, battling and pushing out the puck to her team-mates and has become an awesome playmaker. Cami is great at adapting to new challenges and new situations; always with a positive attitude and has proven that she has “true grit”. Her desires are to continue on to play college hockey and to become a veterinarian.

Cami carries a 4.0 GPA in California Virtual Academy @ LA. She has been studying French since kindergarten and continues to love to learn to speak and write in French. Cami is very involved in raising funds for charities such as the Pennies for Peace Program which helps to educate girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and she has aided in growing sustainable gardens for orphaned children in Bolivia. She enjoys spending time with her team-mates, friends, family & doggies (Hazel and Zoe).

We are so very proud of you, Cami. Keep up the great work!

Ashley Sabers - Ashley is the 12AAA Lady Duck of January. Ashley was chosen as the Player of the Month for several reasons. As one of the leaders of the 12u team (she is one of two Alternate Captains for the team), Ashley is a great example of a team player. She listens and supports her teammates and is a positive influence on everyone. Ashley never complains about her line or ice time, works hard to follow the instructions of her coaches, and in her five years as a Lady Duck has almost Never Missed a practice!

Ashley is a 7th grader at Carden Academy of Huntington Beach. She is an excellent student, getting straight A’s most of the time! She loves learning to cook, reading, and being with friends. She has always loved to follow her big brother and do as he does, which is how we ended up being with the Lady Ducks. She decided at 6 years old to follow her big brother into ice hockey. She was playing roller hockey already, so we put her in a learn-to-skate class at Anaheim and there Coach Kathy saw her and said, “She doesn’t need this! Put her on our 8U team!” That’s where it all started and she has never looked back. This experience has really made her grow into a great person and we are so proud of her! Go Ashley! Go LD!!

Genevieve Lai - The 12AA Lady Duck of January is Genevieve Lai. Gen was selected because she a great contributor to the team (she had a hat trick in the MLK tournament this month in San Jose!). In addition, she has a great attitude and work ethic, which made her an easy choice for co-captain, and she displayed those attributes superbly in San Jose.

Now almost a four-year veteran of organized hockey, Genevieve was honored this year by being selected as a co-captain of the 12UAA team. With an eye toward playing hockey in college and the Olympics, Genevieve has developed a solid work ethic and has learned to play every position except goalie (although she did go between the pipes once for an In House team). This season, she also decided to give a little back to the program, and became a student coach of the LD 8U and 10U teams. She loves helping the players with tips and tricks she’s learned along the way. She's still a huge fan of the LA Kings, and she looks up to Luc Robitaille as a role model. She lists Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards, Jack Johnson, Dustin Brown, and Drew Doughty as some of her favorite players.

Outside of hockey, Genevieve attends sixth grade at Robert C. Fisler School in Fullerton School District. Her favorite subjects include reading, social studies, and guitar (her elective). She spends much of her free time reading a variety of books that include historical fiction and non-fiction (The China Study). A pro at technology (she attends a 1:1 laptop school), Genevieve loves making music in GarageBand and creating podcasts. Genevieve loves music and is a two-time attendee of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls in Los Angeles, and she would like to play guitar and sing in a rock band (if things don’t pan out in hockey). She also enjoys listening to many types of music and really likes Pentatonix and One Direction. She can even play the guitar part to One Thing by One Direction. She has also learned how to play some Beatles tunes and Bob Marley.

She is a healthy and happy vegan and proudly purchased a button that states, “Yes I’m vegan. Do I look weak to you?” Her favorite fruits include apples, bananas, mango, peaches, nectarines, grapes, cherries, and kiwi, and she loves eating lasagna, vegan chicken and waffles with mashed potatoes and gravy, and polenta rancheros. She loves cooking and baking and makes savory and sweet treats.

Go, Lady Ducks!

Esther Oh - Esther was chosen to be the 10U player of the month of January because of her outstanding sportsmanship. She works hard and always hustles to get the puck. And even though she was too sick to play in San Jose, she came and cheered on her teammates. Good job Esther!

Esther turned ten years old last October 9th. She attends Maybrook Elementary, which is a Whittier Christian School.

As Esther watched her sixteen year old brother, Tim, play hockey for a season, she started to wonder if she could prove to boys that she might just be a little bit stronger than them. Finally, Esther decided that she would step up and start playing. This is Esther's second year she's been playing in the in-house league, and also her second year in the Anaheim Lady Ducks team. Esther's number one sport is hockey, but if she's not playing, she would be doing gymnastics, cello, playing with her two identical twin Maltese puppies, or playing other incredible sports. Not only she has earned awards for hockey, but she also won awards from the ACSI cello convention, ACSI CM for playing cello, and a bunch of other wonderful activities, such as, the ACSI geography bee and ACSI art festival. Congratulations Esther Oh!

Cheyenne Gutierrez - The 8U Lady Duck of January is Cheyenne Gutierrez! Cheyenne is 7 years old and is in the 2nd grade. She is a good student and is in the Honors (Gate) Program at her school. She is a social butterfly and loves to be with others in any type of gathering or party. She also does Figure Skating and Gymnastics and enjoys these sports too! This is her very first season of ice hockey and although it is a little challenging for her, she is loving the games and being around her team mates. She became interested in hockey by always being at the rink watching her older sister, Savannah, play for the past few years. Cheyenne is outgoing, fun, and lovable, and is often invited to join her sister’s team in their locker room. Her other interests are singing, fashion, and doing her hair. She sings at all of the family holiday events and hopes to be a professional performer some day. She has learned a lot this season and progressed in her abilities, she is hoping next season will be even better! Congratulations Cheyenne!


December 2011 Players of the Month

19UAAA
Allie Girard

Allie Girard

16UAAA
Kiyono Cox

Kiyono Cox

14UAAA
Amy Templeman

Amy Templeman

14UAA
Elenitsa Rannis

Elenitsa Rannis

12UAAA
Paris Suzuki

Paris Suzuki

12UAA
Emily Russo

Emily Russo

10U
Madelyn Son

Madelyn Son

8U
Ella Shephard

Ella Shephard

Allison Girard - Allison "Allie" Girard was selected as the 19U LD of December because “Allie gives 100 percent every time she is on the ice. She has a positive attitude and is always ready to get back on the ice. She also makes her presence known on the ice. She understands the game and we appreciate her hard work.” Congratulations Allie!

Allie is from Folsom, CA (a suburb of Sacramento) and is in her junior year at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH. Allie’s hockey resume, in addition to the Lady Ducks for 3 seasons includes: Brewster Academy Varsity Prep, Team Pittsburg U16, Lady Sharks, and various boys teams. Allie also is a member of the Brewster golf team and completed this season as the number one seed.

Allie plans on attending college back East and hopes to have the opportunity to play both sports.

Kiyono Cox - Kiyono in her 3rd season as a Duck and has enjoyed every year of it. Prior to moving to California in 2008, Kiyono started her hockey "career" as a second year Squirt player in Chicago after trading in her figure skates for hockey ones. Kiyono was born in Vancouver, Canada, but left when she was 3 and moved to Japan. While living there, she learned to skate before moving on to Chicago and the US. Kiyono is bilingual and holds Japanese citizenship and this past summer skated for 10 weeks with the club team that forms the core of the Japan national team. For the first time this year, she is eligible for US development camp and is looking forward to attending the CAHA camp.

Kiyono is a full time grade 10 student at the California Virtual Academy (CAVA) an internet based Charter School. All classes and material are delivered over the internet and she works at home on her computer or laptop to get the work done. The Ducks are more than a hockey program for her, it is her community of friends and she has made lots of them playing here. Besides hockey, Kiyono enjoys movies, listening to music, and checking in on the Chicago Blackhawks when they are in town.

Amy Templeman - Amy Templeman was selected as the 14AAA Lady Duck of December because of her hard work and improvement so far this season. As a veteran Lady Duck, Amy has continued to challenge herself to be her best, perhaps more so this year than as a younger player. She is very competitive and works hard to never lose a battle on the ice. Congratulations!

Amy has tried a few other sports, but nothing has stuck like the passion she has for hockey. She began skating on the ice right before her 2nd birthday and hasn’t stopped since. She got her first taste of competitive girls’ hockey with the Lady Ducks 10U team. It was during that first year with the Lady Ducks that she developed her strong skating skills. Over the next few years Amy played both boys and girls hockey and developed her skills as a defenseman. She was chosen to attend Pacific District Camp last year and was inspired to compete with the best of the best. This year she has committed herself to just the girls team and hopes to continue her improvement as a strong defenseman and valuable teammate.

Amy is a freshman at Mission Viejo High School. She has one older brother who also plays hockey. She hopes to one day play college or even Olympic hockey. When Amy is off the ice (or not in a car on the way to a practice) she enjoys painting and drawing.

Elenitsa Rannis -

Paris Suzuki - Paris is the 12AAA LD for December because she is the most improved player of the month showing improvement in skating skills, conditioning, and understanding game situations. This is Paris's first year as a Lady Duck and she has had to step in and learn so much about the LD game. She has responded with outstanding effort and coachability. Paris comes to practice ready to learn something new, accepts the challenge of correcting her mistakes, and improves at something every time she steps on the ice. Way to go Paris! Keep up the good work!

Paris started playing hockey at the age of four. She started with roller, then transitioned to ice at seven years old. She has played all positions, including goalie.

Paris is in 7th grade and is in all Honor classes. She enjoys photography, and has won several awards for her photos. She also enjoys baton twirling and short flag.

Paris grows and donates her hair for youths in need of wigs. She has donated her hair 4 times in the past six years, for a total of 60” of length! Paris participated in George Parros’ “Cut for the Kids.” She shared with Mr. Parros that he is her favorite player, and that she wears #16 like he does and shadows his style of play.

Paris has really liked her first year with the Lady Ducks, and hopes to continue with the program.

Emily Russo - Emily Russo-This will be Emily’s second season with the Lady Ducks. This year Emily has earned the job of being a Co-Captain for Lady Ducks 12aa! Emily constantly puts forth 100% effort to make a difference in games and practices. Emily hopes to continue playing hockey though out college. Emily works to sharpen and excel her hockey skills as much as possible, at home and on the ice. She attends multiple hockey camps during the summer and continues to grow in her hockey career.

When Emily is not playing hockey she is listening to music, hanging out with friends, or having fun with her family. Emily is a sixth grade student at Acacia School where she lives in Fullerton. She gets lots of homework and tries as hard as she can to balance school and sports. She has taken part in many sports along the way. Sports have been a major role in Emily’s life and she hopes they continue to.

Way to go Emily! Keep up the good work.

Madelyn Son - Madelyn Son was born in Calgary, Alberta, and is now 9 years old. After watching her little brother play hockey for several months, Maddy finally decided that it was time she stepped in and started with the Sunday Hockey Initiation classes. That was exactly a year ago. Since then, Maddy has focused her attention on improving her skating and stick handling skills.

After joining the Lady Ducks 10U this season, she was voted by her coach as one of the Assistant Captains for her speed and stick handling abilities. She has enjoyed her time playing with the other 10U's and looks forward to finishing the season a stronger player and devoted teammate.

Maddy's passion is hockey, but she also excels at swimming where in her first year she place 15th overall in breaststroke and 14th in backstroke out of 270+ swimmers in the region. She was also voted Rookie of the Year by her coaches for her strong placement and leadership in the pool. Maddy is also learning the Cello at school and is on track to finish the school year as an A student.

Awesome job Maddy! Keep up the good work!

Ella Shephard - Ella is a brand new and very proud member of the Lady Ducks organization. She started into hockey with some skating lessons in the “Old” Pasadena rink, and really enjoyed her instructor Sasha. Her first hockey highlight came in Pasadena when Los Angeles King Jack Johnson gave Ella his personally autographed stick for her extra effort in the hockey clinic. Someday she may grow into this stick, but most likely it will simply be a great memory. Her favorite NHL player is Montreal goaltender Carey Price. This has absolutely nothing to do with her father’s passion for Montreal Canadiens’ hockey good or bad.

Ella is often lovingly referred to as Little "E" after her 10 year old sister Iman who plays for the 12 AA's. She also has a brother who is playing with the Jr.Ducks PWAA team. She enjoys playing mini hockey with her siblings in our indoor hockey rink aka our living room- where she's been put in net since the tender age of 2. Ella is 7 and attends Valentine Elementary in San Marino. Her favorite subject in school is recess followed by lunch. Other sports she enjoys are soccer (where she scored 5 goals this year) and, in the spring, baseball - where her specialty is a quick glove and fast base running. Her non-sport passions are learning to play the guitar and playing rough with our Frenchie “Jackie”.

Congratulations Ella! Continue to play strong!


November 2011 Players of the Month

19UAAA
Kelly Leslie

Kelly Leslie

16UAAA
Kara Drexler

Kara Drexler

14UAAA
Kateri McClellan

Kateri McClellan

14UAA
Hunter Yoak

Hunter Yoak

12UAAA
Daniella Dror

Daniella Dror

12UAA
Marissa Gebauer

Marissa Gebauer-2

10U
Kaya Wall

Kaya Wall

8U
Paikea Wall

Paikea Wall

Kelly Leslie - Kelly Leslie was selected as the 19U Lady Duck of the Month for November because “Kelly been constantly improving her play since the beginning of the season. She always comes to the rink with a positive attitude and a smile on her face. Kelly has been an impact player on the penalty kill and has even scored some clutch goals in big games. She works hard every practice and game and we know we can throw her in to any situation. We can also count on Kelly for any medical supplies, as she carries a first aid kit in her hockey bag!” Keep up the good work Kelly!

Kelly started playing hockey when she was 5 and has played for the SJ Jr. Sharks since she was 10. This year, as a Lady Duck, she has enjoyed getting to know her new teammates. For the past 3 seasons, Kelly has been a Student Coach for the Jr. Shark Girls 8U team. Kelly is planning on majoring in nursing in college. She is looking forward to turning 18 in a few weeks so she can play hockey with her mom and so she can be on the bench coaching the 8Us without having to wear her helmet.

Congratulations Kelly!

Kara Drexler - This will be Kara's 6th season with the Lady Ducks (her second family). Her hard work and dedication has earned her the job of Co-Captain. She gives 100% on and off the ice and has been very fortunate to be able to attend the USA Girl's Development Camp for the last two summers. Kara wants to keep learning and improving in hopes of playing for a D1 college and maybe even for the US team. She tries to get on the ice five to six days a week and likes to watch NHL or NCAA games on TV, even when she should be doing her homework! If she had her way, she'd be on the ice seven days a week! :^)

When Kara is not on the ice or training, she spends most of her time studying, but also enjoys listening to music, watching tv (Tosh.0 and Toddlers & Tiaras are her faves!), surfing or hanging out with friends. She is a sophomore, honor student, at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach. When she has time, Kara helps out at a girls’ developmental hockey clinic at the local ice rink. Off season, if Kara is not attending a hockey camp, you can find her at the beach working at Kanoa Surf Camp. She is an instructor and teaches the little kids to surf. Kara was even able to teach some kids from the Braille Institute to surf, she was very inspired by their courage and determination and tries to think of them when things get tough.

Way to go Kara! Keep up the good work.

Kateri McClellan - The 14U AAA Lady Duck Player of the month is Kateri McClellan #00. She has been playing hockey for 6 ½ years, five of them with the Lady Ducks. She is a defender that can get physical on the boards and will dig and fight for puck possession. Kateri is very protective of her goalie as well as her teammates.

Kateri tried skating in rental figure skates at her birthday party when she was 6 years old. She only tried it a couple times and lost interest. She got a pair of new figure skates and she refused to wear white foo-foo skates. A year later her older brother coaxed her into learning to skate – he told her he would put her on his boys’ team if she would learn to skate and play hockey. One weekend she put on her older brother’s hockey skates and equipment and started playing in-house hockey. She became a dominant player almost immediately, so quickly that her coach put her on his Mite travel hockey team although she had only been skating for a few months. The Coach soon noticed she was fastest skater on his team – Kateri was 7 years old.

Even in the beginning as a forward, Kateri was known as a scrappy player and would not back down from the puck. Taking bumps and bruises while trying to keep pace with her older brother and other older boy players, Kateri toughened up, learned the game, and became one of the better position players on the team. Her team went to the SCAHA playoffs and took 3rd place.

She then was noticed by the Lady Ducks. At 8 years old she was put on the 10U team as one of the three 1998 forwards on a 1996-1997 team. She was part of the all 98 forward line and made her presence known.

The next season Kateri played on both the Lady Ducks (10U) and Jr. Ducks (Boys’ Squirt-A). Her coach entered her in the “Fastest Skater” (squirt division) contest at Anaheim Ice, and she won! It was then that her coaches decided to use her speed as a dominant defensive player and she was soon after moved to the defensive position where she plays today. She uses her speed and experience to disrupt her opponents and has great vision of the ice for breaking out of her zone; by passing or skating the puck up the ice.

Kateri has always been a good student and enjoys going to Ridge Crest Middle School. Though originally very shy and quiet, she has developed a more social personality and likes being around her friends and team-mates. She loves animals and her best friend is her dog, a sheppard/husky named Xena.

Kateri wants to attend and play hockey for UCONN Husky’s (University of Connecticut) and possibly try out for the Olympic hockey team.

We are and have always been so very proud of you, Kateri. Play hard; Keep having fun and GREAT JOB!!!

Hunter Yoak - Hunter is excited and honored to be Lady Duck of the Month for November!

This is Hunter’s second season as a Lady Duck, and her first as part of a SCAHA team. Hunter played a few seasons of in-house hockey before joining the Lady Ducks, but her love for the game really blossomed when she joined the Lady Ducks program. In fact, when Hunter was an in-house player, she also played fall soccer (goalie) and spring softball (pitcher), but now we can’t seem to get her away from the rink!

In her first year as a Lady Duck, Hunter worked incredibly hard to develop her skills so that she could contribute to her team’s success. This year, not only has she continued to develop her skills by leaps and bounds under Coaches Andy, Paul, and Bob; she has developed into a leader on and off the ice. As Coach Andy said, “I chose Hunter because of her dedication to her improving her personal and team skills. She is at all practices and games and is a person I can depend on. Even though she does not wear a letter, she is very much a leader on the team.”

Outside of the rink, Hunter is in 8th Grade. She is 13 years old, with two younger sisters (Maddy, age 5; Sidney, age 3), who each want to follow in Hunter’s footsteps. When Hunter scores a goal, makes a pass, or merely skates on the ice, Hunter’s sisters tell everyone in the stands how proud they are of her. Hunter is grateful for everything she has learned and accomplished as a Lady Duck, but the friendships she has developed will be what travels with her for the rest of her life.

Congratulations, Hunter!!

Daniella Dror - The 12AAA Lady Duck of November is Daniella Dror. Her coaches said, "Daniella is a standout offensive defenseman on the team. Daniella consistently makes heads up plays and works to outlet the puck with accurate passing and calm and patient playmaking. Daniella is working on developing her drive to the net and has a hard, accurate shot to create more offense for the team. Congratulations, Daniella on such strong play and team leadership this month!"

Daniella is 11 years old and is in the 6th grade at Tarbut V'Torah in Irvine. She first started playing roller hockey when she was seven. She then tried ice hockey with the Lady Ducks 10U as a tournament player. Last year, she made the commitment to play for the Lady Ducks 12AAA. This will make her second year playing for Lady Ducks 12AAA. 2010-2011 was an amazing season for Daniella. She played at the Lady Reign tournament for 10U & 12U, and won in both divisions. She had the experience of travelling to tournaments with her team to Rochester, Connecticut, San Jose, and finally Detroit for Nationals. She is looking forward to going to nationals a second time with her team. So far, this year proves to be another amazing year. Daniella loves playing hockey, ice or roller. Last June, she represented Team USA West, at the AAU Roller Junior Olympics and won gold against a team from China. During that tournament she was chosen as one of the five All American players, the only girl. She also played in that tournament in the Girl's/Woman's division, where her team took Silver. And in that same tournament she played with her club team, Mission Rink Rats, and took gold. In July, her 2000 roller team, Mission Rink Rats, went to the North American Roller Hockey Championship in Florida and won gold in the platinum division. She also had the opportunity to play ice hockey in the Spring on Ice tournament last spring with the Junior Ducks boys team and won championship. She was proud to wear her LD jersey while playing with the boys.

Daniella lives in Corona Del Mar, with her parents, and brother, Jared, who also started playing ice hockey last year. Jared plays for the Junior Ducks organization as a Midget 16U A. Daniella currently has straight A's. She has a thirst for learning, enjoys reading, being on her computer with friends, mastering Rubik's cube, and playing the piano. In March, she will be testing for the Certificate of Merit for piano, level 4.

Daniella's goal is to go to Providence College and play D1 hockey. Hopefully, under the guidance of her Lady Ducks coaches, this will be a dream come true. Lady Ducks has provided Daniella with great friendships and wonderful memories that she will never forget. Congratulations, Daniella! Lady Ducks Rule!

Marissa Gebauer - With two older brothers playing hockey, Marissa has been a frequent visitor of hockey rinks since she was very young. So it was of little surprise a few years ago when she informed us that she was ready to put on the skates and hit the ice! After a few months of skating, Marissa decided she was ready for the big league and joined the Lady Ducks in the summer of 2008. She has played 8U, 10U and 12U and this season Marissa also has joined the Jr. Ducks Squirt team which doubles her fun! Marissa loves to play hockey and is a tough competitor. She often disappears into the garage where she practices shooting pucks or playing mini-hockey and with two older brothers at home there is never a shortage of competition around the house. Marissa also attended the last two Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments to watch her brothers play and was able to participate and enjoy all the team activities including a lot of skating on the outdoor rinks. When Marissa is not playing hockey she enjoys listening to music and playing with her cats. Marissa also enjoys school especially math where she scored a perfect “600” on this year’s STAR testing! Marissa is always the first to answer the door, pick up the phone or get into the car when it’s time to go somewhere. No matter the time of day or what she’s up to, it’s a rare moment when you find Marissa without a big smile on her face!

Kaya Wall - Kaya, recently moved to California from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She is 10 years old and attends Bryant Ranch Elementary School where she is in fifth grade. She loves to play the flute and is involved in the school play Cinderella with a lead role of the wicked step-sister Joy. Kaya also loves to play the piano, softball, and ski, and spend time with her family pets, Rocky, Jake, Tank, and Chin Chin.

She has an older sister Stephanie and a younger sister Paikea (who plays hockey on the Lady Ducks 8U team). Kaya learned to love the game of hockey by watching her older brother Josh play midget for the Dartmouth AAA Subways. Kaya is enjoying her first season as a Lady Duck and being part of an all-girls hockey team. She has been playing hockey since the age of 5 with the boys and finds the girls a welcoming change. She is enjoying making new friends and getting to enjoy hockey in sunny California!

Pikea Wall - Paikea, also recently nicknamed “The Chinook Wind” by her coaches, moved from Calgary, Alberta, Canada in September of this year. Paikea is loving California and isn’t missing the cold and snow, although she can’t wait to wax up her skis and hit the slopes soon with her Dad.

Paikea is 7 years old in second grade at Bryant Ranch Elementary School. Paikea loves school and her favorite subjects are Science and Math. Paikea also loves to play soccer, ride her bike and roller blade and play hockey in the house. Her favorite color is orange (great match with LD!) and her favorite hockey player is her brother Josh. Paikea also has an older sister Kaya, on the LD 10U team, who Paikea likes playing hockey with.

Paikea has been playing hockey for 2 years with the boys and says she likes playing on the Lady Ducks with the girls because they have so much fun.

Paikea wants to become a great hockey player and hopefully one day play on Team Canada and go to the Olympics.


October 2011 Players of the Month

19UAAA
Megan Servaes

Megan Servaes

16UAAA
Savannah Sommers

Savannah Sommers

14UAAA
Justine Reyes

Justine Reyes

14UAA
Madison Villa

Madison Villa

12UAAA
Ashley Marchant

Ashley Marchant

12UAA
Erin Beck

Erin Beck

10U
Sevilla Hawthorn

Sevilla Hawthorn

8U
Laura Faynor

Laura Faynor

Megan Servaes -

Savannah Sommers - Savannah is in her second season as a Lady Duck after playing roller hockey since the age of 6. Her hard work ethic and total commitment has helped her make a quick transition to the ice, which she wishes she would have made sooner. Savannah is a sophmore at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School in Riverside. Last year as a freshman on the track team, Savannah was very successful running the 100 and 220, taking 1st & 3rd respectively in her first meet. This turned out to be very good dryland conditioning and helped with her quickness and stamina. This season she has chosen to dedicate herself 100% to the hockey which is currently a 5-6 day a week schedule for her. She loves it and enjoys her teammates very much, especially on the out of town trips!

Savannah keeps very busy and her interest include music and just hanging out with friends, not to mention an occasional Blackhawks game so she can watch Jonathan Toews.

We are very proud of Savannah's hard work in her efforts to take her game to the next level.

Good job Savannah!!

Justine Reyes - 14aaa LD player of the month is Justine Reyes. Justine led the 14aaa Lady Ducks in points at the CAHA girls’ tournament in Riverside, and demonstrated dominant play at every shift, every game, throughout the month. Justine has recently stepped up her shooting game to compliment her strong passing and vision skills on the ice, to become even more dangerous as a player. We are looking forward to a great season.

This is Justine’s (Reyrey) 5th season with the girls. She enjoyed playing hockey with the boys for five seasons before joining the Lady Ducks. Last year, Justine spent 5 ½ months on the bench due to a broken arm that occurred at the beginning of the season. Even though she spent most of the season off the ice, she supported her team by going to every game and almost every practice. She attended the Pacific District Camp for the 1st time last year and earned herself a spot as an Alternate for USA National Development Camp. This season, she was named Assistant Captain for her team and dedicates days where she is not on the ice to improving her physical conditioning, shooting and stickhandling skills.

Justine is currently a freshman at Chino Hills High School where she is taking Chemistry Honors, Algebra II Honors and English Honors classes, maintaining a 3.8 G.P.A. She enjoys listening to music, reading and loving her cats.

Justine is looking forward to a fun year of hockey and plans to play hockey for a long time. Her dream is to earn a scholarship to continue playing at the collegiate level.

Great work, Justine! Keep it up!

Madison Villa - Many people know Madison as "Mad" or "Maddie"- an out-going, fun-loving, sweet, and goofy girl who loves to play goalie. Madison started playing hockey at age 11 when she skated a few times in hockey initiation with her brother Alex. A few months later she decided goalie was her calling. She played two seasons of in-house and then joined the Lady Ducks 14 AA team last year.

Off the ice, Madison is a Freshman at Canyon High School. Her favorite subjects are math and art. Mad enjoys drawing cartoons, molding clay, and painting. She also loves music. You may see her around the rink, ear buds in, bopping around, and singing out loud. When she is not working on school work or on the ice, she works at her dad's brewery to earn money to help pay for her tournaments. Madison washes dishes, mops the floors, takes out trash, and even cleans inside the mash ton and kettle. She is a great helper!

Hockey has been a great opportunity for Madison to meet new people, make new friends, and explore different cities. It has made her a stronger and more independent person. She never stresses out in games. She knows her job in net and loves to work hard for her team. Congratulations Maddie!! Keep up the good work!!

Ashley Marchant - The 12aaa Lady Duck of the month for October is Ashley Marchant. Ashley demonstrated hard work and good vision on the ice, making strong outlet passes throughout the CAHA girls’ tournament in Riverside. She played a strong role at the blue line and was a positive teammate at all times. Ashley also improved her body contact and gap skills which made an impact on the 12's winning the 14aa Championship for CAHA.

Ashley is 11 years old and has one sister, Lilli (who plays on the Anaheim Lady Ducks 14U team) and two brothers, Tim (who plays on the Squirt A2 Anaheim Jr. Ducks) and Bradley (who hopes to play hockey someday soon). She is a 6th grader at Pioneer Middle School in Tustin, CA. Ashley enjoys playing with her younger brother Bradley, hanging out with her hockey teammates and friends from school. Ash has been playing hockey since the age of 4 and has been a member of the Lady Ducks organization for 4 years. She is a leader both on and off the ice. Her goal this season is to help the Lady Ducks 12U AAA team win a National Title, something her Mom or Dad have never been able to do. Go Ashley!! Go Lady Ducks!!!!

Erin Beck - Erin is a 2nd year Lady Duck who is in her 3rd year overall of playing hockey. Erin started as a figure skater, but after 4 months decided it was boring and that she wanted to play hockey! The figure work did help develop Erin’s excellent skating skills. During her 1st two years she played tournament hockey with coed teams in San Diego. She decided she wanted to play on a girls’ team rather than continue skating with the boys, so she tried out for and joined the Lady Ducks 10U last year.

Erin is a talented player with a great overall understanding of the game. Erin’s coaches selected her for her drive, motivation, and work ethic during practice as well as the games. Erin is a great teammate who works hard at all times. Her dedication and true passion for the game has brought her skills to a new level this year.

Competitively, Erin is also on a swim team and continues to excel in swimming. Erin’s other interests include reading, drawing, listening to music, and her pets (dog, cat, and fish). Erin is a straight A student in the 6th grade down in Solana Beach whose favorite subjects include science and math. She makes use of the time spent in the car driving up from San Diego County to games and practices by either doing homework or getting some extra sleep for those early morning time slots!

Congratulations Erin!!

Sevilla Hawthorn - Sevilla (or “Villa” as we tend to yell during games) is a first year Lady Duck. She started her hockey career at the age of 5 on the El Segundo Inline Hockey League. At the age of 7 she progressed to the LA Jr Kings in-house team where she became a strong leader, bossing all of the boys around on the ice and in the locker room.

She is so happy to be on an all-girls team and is finally finding the camaraderie that has been missing all these years. Her favorite hockey team is The Ducks. She plays the flute, loves to bake, play with American Girls, listen to her favorite song Stereo Heart by Gym Class Heroes, play with her Siberian Huskie “Spirit” and travel with her family and friends. Her dream is to get a scholarship to Stanford and become a Hair Stylist or Makeup Artist.

Sevilla was picked as the 10U Lady Duck of the Month of October for her outstanding defensive play over the month. Keep up the good work Sevilla!

Laura Faynor - Laura’s coaches selected her as the 8U Lady Duck for October because of “her hard work in net!”

“I like to play hockey, because it is rough,” says Laura. She watched a lot of hockey while learning how to figure skate, and for over a year begged her skeptical mom to let her try hockey. Finally, her mom said, “If you are willing to give up all of your Christmas presents from everyone for hockey gear, then I will let you play.” That was December 2011. That same month, she started Hockey Technique classes. In May 2012, she played her first hockey game. In July, she started practicing as goalie for the Lady Ducks U8 team.

As soon as the 2011 NHL Playoffs aired on our television and caught Brooke's eye, she was hooked! Enthralled by the sport, her enthusiasm for watching the game led to her playing street hockey with her friends. After a quick beginners course in ice skating, followed by "hockey camp", she was eager to join a team. Her coaches picked Brook as the 8U Lady Duck of September "for her hard work at practice and for coming prepared and ready to learn." Keep up the good work Brook!

“I like playing goalie, because the whole team depends on me,” says 8-year-old Laura who still likes to skate out. She also loves playing wiffle ball and football with her older brother, playing with her friends, playing chess, and learning math. She looks forward to playing Flag Football in the spring.

Keep up the good work Laura!!


October 2011 Players of the Month

19UAAA
Megan Servaes

Megan Servaes

16UAAA
Savannah Sommers

Savannah Sommers

14UAAA
Justine Reyes

Justine Reyes

14UAA
Madison Villa

Madison Villa

12UAAA
Ashley Marchant

Ashley Marchant

12UAA
Erin Beck

Erin Beck

10U
Sevilla Hawthorn

Sevilla Hawthorn

8U
Laura Faynor

Laura Faynor

Megan Servaes -

Savannah Sommers -

Justine Reyes - 14aaa LD player of the month is Justine Reyes. Justine led the 14aaa Lady Ducks in points at the CAHA girls’ tournament in Riverside, and demonstrated dominant play at every shift, every game, throughout the month. Justine has recently stepped up her shooting game to compliment her strong passing and vision skills on the ice, to become even more dangerous as a player. We are looking forward to a great season.

This is Justine’s (Reyrey) 5th season with the girls. She enjoyed playing hockey with the boys for five seasons before joining the Lady Ducks. Last year, Justine spent 5 ½ months on the bench due to a broken arm that occurred at the beginning of the season. Even though she spent most of the season off the ice, she supported her team by going to every game and almost every practice. She attended the Pacific District Camp for the 1st time last year and earned herself a spot as an Alternate for USA National Development Camp. This season, she was named Assistant Captain for her team and dedicates days where she is not on the ice to improving her physical conditioning, shooting and stickhandling skills.

Justine is currently a freshman at Chino Hills High School where she is taking Chemistry Honors, Algebra II Honors and English Honors classes, maintaining a 3.8 G.P.A. She enjoys listening to music, reading and loving her cats.

Justine is looking forward to a fun year of hockey and plans to play hockey for a long time. Her dream is to earn a scholarship to continue playing at the collegiate level.

Great work, Justine! Keep it up!

Madison Villa - Many people know Madison as "Mad" or "Maddie"- an out-going, fun-loving, sweet, and goofy girl who loves to play goalie. Madison started playing hockey at age 11 when she skated a few times in hockey initiation with her brother Alex. A few months later she decided goalie was her calling. She played two seasons of in-house and then joined the Lady Ducks 14 AA team last year.

Off the ice, Madison is a Freshman at Canyon High School. Her favorite subjects are math and art. Mad enjoys drawing cartoons, molding clay, and painting. She also loves music. You may see her around the rink, ear buds in, bopping around, and singing out loud. When she is not working on school work or on the ice, she works at her dad's brewery to earn money to help pay for her tournaments. Madison washes dishes, mops the floors, takes out trash, and even cleans inside the mash ton and kettle. She is a great helper!

Hockey has been a great opportunity for Madison to meet new people, make new friends, and explore different cities. It has made her a stronger and more independent person. She never stresses out in games. She knows her job in net and loves to work hard for her team. Congratulations Maddie!! Keep up the good work!!

Ashley Marchant - The 12aaa Lady Duck of the month for October is Ashley Marchant. Ashley demonstrated hard work and good vision on the ice, making strong outlet passes throughout the CAHA girls’ tournament in Riverside. She played a strong role at the blue line and was a positive teammate at all times. Ashley also improved her body contact and gap skills which made an impact on the 12's winning the 14aa Championship for CAHA.

Ashley is 11 years old and has one sister, Lilli (who plays on the Anaheim Lady Ducks 14U team) and two brothers, Tim (who plays on the Squirt A2 Anaheim Jr. Ducks) and Bradley (who hopes to play hockey someday soon). She is a 6th grader at Pioneer Middle School in Tustin, CA. Ashley enjoys playing with her younger brother Bradley, hanging out with her hockey teammates and friends from school. Ash has been playing hockey since the age of 4 and has been a member of the Lady Ducks organization for 4 years. She is a leader both on and off the ice. Her goal this season is to help the Lady Ducks 12U AAA team win a National Title, something her Mom or Dad have never been able to do. Go Ashley!! Go Lady Ducks!!!!

Erin Beck - Erin is a 2nd year Lady Duck who is in her 3rd year overall of playing hockey. Erin started as a figure skater, but after 4 months decided it was boring and that she wanted to play hockey! The figure work did help develop Erin’s excellent skating skills. During her 1st two years she played tournament hockey with coed teams in San Diego. She decided she wanted to play on a girls’ team rather than continue skating with the boys, so she tried out for and joined the Lady Ducks 10U last year.

Erin is a talented player with a great overall understanding of the game. Erin’s coaches selected her for her drive, motivation, and work ethic during practice as well as the games. Erin is a great teammate who works hard at all times. Her dedication and true passion for the game has brought her skills to a new level this year.

Competitively, Erin is also on a swim team and continues to excel in swimming. Erin’s other interests include reading, drawing, listening to music, and her pets (dog, cat, and fish). Erin is a straight A student in the 6th grade down in Solana Beach whose favorite subjects include science and math. She makes use of the time spent in the car driving up from San Diego County to games and practices by either doing homework or getting some extra sleep for those early morning time slots!

Congratulations Erin!!

Sevilla Hawthorn - Sevilla (or “Villa” as we tend to yell during games) is a first year Lady Duck. She started her hockey career at the age of 5 on the El Segundo Inline Hockey League. At the age of 7 she progressed to the LA Jr Kings in-house team where she became a strong leader, bossing all of the boys around on the ice and in the locker room.

She is so happy to be on an all-girls team and is finally finding the camaraderie that has been missing all these years. Her favorite hockey team is The Ducks. She plays the flute, loves to bake, play with American Girls, listen to her favorite song Stereo Heart by Gym Class Heroes, play with her Siberian Huskie “Spirit” and travel with her family and friends. Her dream is to get a scholarship to Stanford and become a Hair Stylist or Makeup Artist.

Sevilla was picked as the 10U Lady Duck of the Month of October for her outstanding defensive play over the month. Keep up the good work Sevilla!

Laura Faynor - Laura’s coaches selected her as the 8U Lady Duck for October because of “her hard work in net!”

“I like to play hockey, because it is rough,” says Laura. She watched a lot of hockey while learning how to figure skate, and for over a year begged her skeptical mom to let her try hockey. Finally, her mom said, “If you are willing to give up all of your Christmas presents from everyone for hockey gear, then I will let you play.” That was December 2011. That same month, she started Hockey Technique classes. In May 2012, she played her first hockey game. In July, she started practicing as goalie for the Lady Ducks U8 team.

As soon as the 2011 NHL Playoffs aired on our television and caught Brooke's eye, she was hooked! Enthralled by the sport, her enthusiasm for watching the game led to her playing street hockey with her friends. After a quick beginners course in ice skating, followed by "hockey camp", she was eager to join a team. Her coaches picked Brook as the 8U Lady Duck of September "for her hard work at practice and for coming prepared and ready to learn." Keep up the good work Brook!

“I like playing goalie, because the whole team depends on me,” says 8-year-old Laura who still likes to skate out. She also loves playing wiffle ball and football with her older brother, playing with her friends, playing chess, and learning math. She looks forward to playing Flag Football in the spring.

Keep up the good work Laura!!


September 2011 Players of the Month

19UAAA
Whitney Thomas

Whitney Thomas

16UAAA
Kristi Peters

Kristi Peters

14UAAA
Rebecca Graham

Rebecca Graham

14UAA
Delainey Fitzgerald

Delainey Fitzgerald

12UAAA
Savannah Gutierrez

Savannah Gutierrez

12UAA
Sophia DiAntonio

Sophia DiAntonio

10U
Abigail Shepherd

Abigail Shepherd

8U
Brooke Marella

Brooke Marella

Whitney Thomas - This is Whitney's second tour of duty as a Lady Duck, her first was way back in 2004 when she was just 10 years old. Since then she has played for a host of different teams and twice been selected to attend the Pacific District Select camp in Kent, Washington. Returning this season to play for the Lady Ducks is very special for Whitney as it is where she began her hockey journey. To be selected as Lady Duck of the month for her team is a testament to her tireless work ethic, her positive attitude and her determination to be the best player she can be.

Whitney’s coaches explained they selected her because, among other things, she was recently asked to move from playing defense to forward. Her coaches said, “Not only has she accepted the new role, she has done very well at it, making her look like a natural forward. She always comes to practice with a positive attitude and leaves everything out on the ice whether it be during practice or games. Whitney played exceptionally well during our first tournament in Stoney Creek, Ontario and we can't wait to see what she brings to the table this season.” Good job Whitney!

Because she lives in Las Vegas Whitney spends much of her free time navigating security check points, rescheduling flights and configuring wifi passwords at airport gates. Still she has found a way to maintain a perfect report card every year since she started public school in the 9th grade (she was home schooled prior to HS). Most of Whitney's time away from her team is spent listening to music, doing homework (while listening to music), going to the gym (yes, more music), playing guitar, riding her bike and battling in the corners against her brother whenever she gets the chance. All in all, Whitney (aka "The Fire") is one cool chick!

Kristy Peters -

Rebecca Graham - Rebecca is a third year Lady Duck who has made excellent progress the past two years. Her speed and hard work have been recognized by her coaches. Specifically, her coaches said: “Rebecca has shown her team already that she is going to be dangerous on the ice every shift. Her 100% effort and focus on drills at practice set the tone for her teammates for the season. Recently named an Assistant Captain, Rebecca has only 2 1/2 years ice hockey experience but stands out as a leader on defense for the 14AAA team!” She switched to ice hockey 3 years ago after playing roller for 6 years. She is a strong all-around player who enjoys and excels playing with and against both girls and boys.

Rebecca is a freshman straight ‘A’ student at Trabuco High School. She loves and excels in math and is talented in athletics. When Rebecca’s not playing hockey, she enjoys listening to music, reading, SHOPPING, and spending time with her “Westie” Scottie. Keep up the hard work and dedication to both school and hockey and soon you may earn a scholarship to play hockey at the collegiate level. Go Rebecca!

Delainey Fitzgerald - Delainey is excited and honored to have been chosen by her coach as Lady Duck of the month for the 14AA team. Coach Andy said he chose her “because of her hard work ethic, and her very upbeat personality. She is always the first to volunteer on and off the ice, working hard to improve her skills and is a great motivator.” This is Delainey's first year with the Lady Ducks and only her second year playing hockey. Before this, she spent several years as a figure skater and had two years with the Ice 'Kateer sychronized skating team. As a figure skater, she spent a lot of time watching and talking about the hockey teams, and eventually the transition was made and she hasn't looked back. Delainey loves to be on the ice and is happy to have the opportunity to play with the Lady Ducks.

Outside of the rink, Delainey is in 8th grade. While she enjoys all of her classes at school, her favorite subject is math. She is also an avid reader. She enjoys listening to music, texting with her friends, and watching sports and playing games with her family. Delainey also likes to volunteer her time to help others. Over the past several years, she has volunteered at the library to help with the summer reading program and volunteered during summer at local elementary schools to help teachers and tutor students. She has volunteered at the local food shelter and has worked at the cold weather shelter cooking and serving dinner to the homeless in our community. She also just finished a mission trip to Peru where she helped a local church/school by working in the classroom and on small construction projects.

Even though Delainey enjoys many things outside the rink, her favorite thing to do is play hockey! Keep up the good work Delainey!

Savannah Gutierrez - 11 year old Savannah is a very hard worker at whatever task she is given school, hockey, girls scouts, cotillion, cooking, arts and crafts. She always wants to do well and be at the top if she can. She is not afraid to ask questions or for help.

She started playing hockey before the age of 6 and always wanted to be a goalie – she loved the gear. We put her off as long as we could because of the pressure that comes with being a goalie, but finally gave in at almost 9 years old. She has never stopped loving to play hockey and never complains about going to practice or to games. She likes her coaches and team mates and wants to please and be a part of a team. Savannah loves life and all that comes with it, she is a joy to be around almost all of the time (we all have our moments)!

Savannah’s coaches picked her as the 12AAA Lady Duck of September because: “Savannah is a friendly teammate and is as hardworking at practice as she is in the games. Savannah has brought a strong competitive spirit to the net and uses strong fundamentals to make routine as well as BIG saves every game. Her talent, hard work, and passion for her position allows her teammates to grow and improve around her while doing her best to support her team playing PeeWee A hockey!”

Keep it up Savannah!

Sophia DiAntonio - Sophia began figure skating at 5 years old and continued until age 9, but after an injury to her knee, Sophia decided to take a break. After hanging out with mom at many of her brother's hockey practices, at age 10 she decided she wanted to try ice hockey. She started taking lessons, began the in-house program at Anaheim Ice and played with the Lady Reign's tournament 10U team. She LOVED it and in 2011 decided that she was ready for SCAHA and the rigors of travel hockey.

It's been a whirlwind year, and now Sophia proudly plays defense for the Lady Ducks 12UAA team and wears number 10 to mark the beginning of her hockey career. She loves her team and her coaches and can't wait to get out on the ice and work hard ... and play!

Sophia is in 6th grade and when she is not on the ice, she loves cooking (she makes her own pizza and pretzels!), watching the Food Network, listening to music and hanging out with friends.

Congratulations Sophia!

Abigail Shepherd - When Abigail “Abbie” Shepherd put a hockey stick in her hands for the first time, she instantly knew she wanted to play hockey! She skated in her first hockey skates in October 2010 and quickly discovered a new passion. Abbie researched the Lady Ducks program and set her goal to be a part of that program. Her determination to become a better skater led her onto a spring in-house mite team where she scored her first goal and an assist. By attending a summer 2011 hockey camp, she sharpened her skills, practiced diligently, and succeeded in reaching her goal as a player for the Lady Ducks 10U team.

The 10U coaches selected Abigail as the September 10U Player of the Month for her hard work and effort during practice. Coach Tracy stated, “I believe if she continues to show the same effort every time she is on the ice she will become that dangerous player the opposition hates to play against.” Keep up the good work Abbie!

Abbie is a bright, humorous, fun-loving fourth-grader who loves spending time with her fraternal twin sister, Harlow, who is an enthusiastic figure skater. Abbie also enjoys reading (favoring the Percy Jackson series), writing stories, creating music on her keyboard, and having fun with her teammates and coaches!

Brooke Marella - Brooke is an enthusiastic, vivacious, and energetic 8 year old. Always positive, determined and hardworking, Brooke shines at school and is loved by her peers and teachers. Her favorite subjects are math and language arts, which earn her top grades in class. She is quite the scholar!

When Brooke isn't busy spending time with her friends, she enjoys acting, singing, and dancing. Watch out American Idol! When she is not in the rink, Brooke belongs at the beach. She's an avid swimmer and is looking forward to taking surf lessons this summer.

As soon as the 2011 NHL Playoffs aired on our television and caught Brooke's eye, she was hooked! Enthralled by the sport, her enthusiasm for watching the game led to her playing street hockey with her friends. After a quick beginners course in ice skating, followed by "hockey camp", she was eager to join a team. Her coaches picked Brook as the 8U Lady Duck of September "for her hard work at practice and for coming prepared and ready to learn." Keep up the good work Brook!

Brooke wants all of her coaches and teammates to know that she is extremely proud and honored to be a member of such a wonderful group of girls, who call themselves the Lady Ducks!

GO #17!


August 2011 Players of the Month

19UAAA
Alexandra "Lexi" Romanchuk

Alexandra Romanchuk

16UAAA
Michaela Kyte

Michaela Kyte

14UAAA
Kendra Farole

Kendra Farole

14UAA
Juliette Bordier-Johnson

Juliette Bordier-Johnson

12UAAA
Maria Coleman

Maria Coleman

12UAA
Julieana Tarantino

Julieana Tarantino

10U
Elisa Mejia

Elisa Mejia

8U
Reese Sunada

Reese Sunada

Alexandra "Lexi" Romanchuk - The 19AAA coaches picked Lexi as the first 19AAA Lady Duck of the Month for the 2011-12 season because “[she] has exhibited great work ethic on and off the ice and her positive attitude makes her well liked among her teammates.”

Lexi has been playing hockey since she was 10 years old, all with the San Jose Jr. Sharks. She participated in two National tournaments and has been selected to the US Development camp twice! Lexi has committed to play college hockey at Providence after she completes this year with the Lady Ducks 19 AAA Girls team. Great job Lexi!

Michaela Kyte -

Kendra Farole - Kendra is 13 years old, in the 8th grade and a first year defenseman on the 14uAAA Lady Ducks. She has been playing hockey for the last six years. It is Kendra's dream to attend college and play ice hockey. She started playing with boys at age 9 with a tournament team. Her coach and the boys all welcomed her like a family and were sad when she left for the Lady Ducks. She made many friends that still keep in touch and play for the OC Hockey Club. Her favorite moments include her first trip to the USA Nationals in Green Bay (2010), USA Nationals in Detroit (2011), and of course making all of her closest friends with the Lady Ducks.

Besides playing hockey and going to school, Kendra's hobbies include, hanging out with friends and swimming. She attends Middle School, is a performer in the drama plays, and her favorite subject is Spanish. Her favorite hockey team is the LA Kings – she has been going to Kings games since she was a young girl. Kendra really enjoys playing hockey and will always remember the close friends she makes with the Lady Ducks.

Juliette Bordier-Johnson - Juliette, aka “JET”, is honored to have been chosen as Lady Duck of the Month for August! She has worked diligently over the past couple of years to improve her skills since her first ice skating class ever in 2009. Since then, she has been under the care of the Rinks’ fabulous hockey staff and has advanced exponentially in a very short period of time. If you know JET, you know that she is tenacious, enthusiastic, and has a very humorous spirit. One of her favorite hockey sayings is, “Ya wonna go”? She often says this jokingly with a smile on her face as she throws down her gloves in front of a buddy who is also playfully messing with her. She has made many friends within the Rinks system and has both female and male hockey friends at all levels of play. She loves helping out and likes to mentor any “newbie’s” that she encounters. Juliette has learned discipline and teamwork from other sport activities of her past, such as Soccer (as the #1 requested goalie in her league) and Softball (3rd base). Now, she is “all in” for Ice Hockey and loving it! Like many other dedicated hockey players, she has a great study record and carries a GPA of 3.83 at Corona del Mar High School. When she sets her mind to something, she gets it done! We are very proud of her and all of her efforts and achievements. Her favorite NHL Anaheim Duck and role-model, is Lubomir Visnovsky with his incredible Slap Shot and Friendly Disposition! JET is looking forward to taking on a bigger role with her team this coming season as they advance to play in SCAHA. Keep It Soaring, JET!!!

Maria Coleman - Maria loves hockey. She comes from a hockey family and follows the Anaheim Ducks and Boston Bruins with a passion. At the age of 8 Maria followed in her older brother’s footsteps and joined the youth hockey program at Anaheim Ice leading her to join the Lady Ducks program. With the Lady Ducks she has improved her abilities over the years through hard work and listening to her coaches. Maria always has a smile on her face and she loves to be with her teammates. She shows team spirit and leadership by helping others and making new players feel welcome. Maria had the privilege of being on the 12U Lady Ducks Team at Nationals in Rochester, Michigan this past year and looks forward to guiding her team to Nationals again this year. Besides Teemu Selanne her favorite professional hockey player is Sidney Crosby.

Outside of hockey Maria participates in many other sports including volleyball, soccer, basketball, and softball. She also has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. In school she is on the Student Council and is an Honor Roll Student. She enjoys the outdoors and loves horses.

Julieana Tarantino - The 12AA coaches picked Julieana as the first 12AA Lady Duck of the Month for the 2011-12 season because “she has a great work ethic.”

Julieana is a 12 year old 7th grader. She lives in San Diego with her parents, two older sisters, a cat, and two dogs. Julieana has always been athletic, beginning at 2 years old tumbling and becoming an award winning competitive dancer. She then discovered soccer and softball. Julieana was introduced to ice hockey six years ago by her sister's boyfriend and mentor (she wears his number) and has been dedicated ever since. In addition to playing hockey year round, Julieana plays football and basketball for her school. She quarterbacked her team to championship and led her basketball team in points to championship as well, earning her MVP for both sports at year's end!

Aside from her athletic ability, her love of the Lord first and foremost shines, thru her great personality and quirky sense of humor. She is an honor roll student and her desire to learn and do things correctly has made her an asset to her coaches and peers. Julieana is a true Blessing to her family.

We thank you so much for recognizing Julieana with this honor and for welcoming us all into your Ducks family!

Elisa Mejia - This is Elisa’s first year with the Lady Ducks. As a matter of fact, Elisa has only been playing hockey less than a year! It all started last December when she laced up her first pair of roller blades and soon began the winter inline season at The Rinks in Corona. She quickly developed from a ‘beginning skater” to a key player, eventually scoring the winning goal for her team in the last 30 seconds of the Championship game.

Not knowing how to ice skate, she made the jump to ice hockey and played this past spring season for the Ontario boys squirt team. She took to the ice like a natural, with her coaches complementing her constant hustle and on-ice thinking. Her aggressive play and never-give-up attitude often earned her double and triple shifts throughout the season.

When Elisa isn’t on the ice she enjoys playing soccer, is an avid snowboarder, and recently began learning how to surf. At home Elisa enjoys reading, writing, and drawing as well as being the best big sister she can to her little brother Luca and baby sister Italia. At school, she maintains straight A’s and has earned her spot on the Honor Roll.

Proud to be a Lady Duck, Elisa is looking forward to “traveling for tournaments, making friends, and getting better.” Elisa wears the number 44, “because it’s the number of my dad’s fire station.”

Reese Sunada - Reese began skating lessons in Pasadena at the age of 4 and started hockey classes at the age of 6. This past spring, she attended the Lady Ducks development clinics where her interest and love for hockey has grown. She made a lot of new friends and enjoyed playing in a spring league with them where she scored her first goal in a game! Since then it has become her passion to play hockey for the Lady Ducks.

This school year, Reese is a 3rd grader at Fremont Elementary School. She is a very fun-loving, down-to-earth and energetic girl. She makes friends very easily and loves meeting new people. She is just as passionate about school as she is about hockey. She enjoys reading and writing and was chosen twice as "Writer of the Month" in the last school year. Her current obsession, besides hockey, is anything and everything "Angry Birds".

Reese is excited and proud to be part of the Lady Ducks team and looks forward to a fun and awesome season with her teammates!


February 2011 Players of the Month

19UAA
Ana-Sophia Brande

Ana-Sophia Brande

16UAAA
Morgan Braniff

Morgan Braniff

14UAAA
Justine "Teenie" Silva

Justine Silva

14UAA
Maisie Boric

Maisie Boric

12UAAA
Nicole Dunbar

Nicole Dunbar

12UAA
Ivy Boric

Ivy Boric

10U
Genevieve Lai

Genevieve Lai

8U
Alexandra Lalonde

Alexandra Lalonde

Ana-Sophia Brande - Ana-Sophia’s first encounter with girls (women’s) hockey was when she was on the LD’s 12U team that won nationals. After a couple with the LA Selects, she returned to play with the 19U team last year, and again this year. Ana Sophia has been skating since she was 18 months old, competing in many figure skating tournaments nation-wide. Sophia has been playing hockey since she was 9, and always enjoys giving 100% on the ice whether it is playing spring league, or competing for the medals.

Sophia loves music and taking pictures. It is not unusual for her to listen to Credence Clearwater Revival one minute, and My Chemical Romance the other. Sophia always uses her camera to capture a moment be it a cloud in the sky, or a friend having fun.

Morgan Braniff - Since Morgan was born she has been at the hockey rink. She has 4 older brothers that all play hockey. Morgan has been with the Lady Ducks for 4 seasons and has earned 3 bronze medals with her team. Before that she was with Cal Selects and also played on boys teams.

This year Morgan was named Captain of the 16AAA team. She has devoted this year to training hard off the ice as well as on and has made great improvements in her game. Morgan enjoys working out and watching the Food Channel. Future plans include playing college hockey.

Justine "Teenie" Silva - Justine, a.k.a. Teenie, has been backstopping for the Lady Ducks since 8u and has been a strong part of the 4-time Pacific District Champion teams (12s and 14s). A freshman at Arroyo High School, Justine is a motivated athlete who played both Varsity Soccer and Softball as a 9th grader. She is an honor student with a 3.9 gpa while taking advanced/honors courses.

Teenie, enjoys coaching her mite sister's 8u LD team and helping beginning goalies learn the basics. She also enjoys playing Angry Birds "Rio" in her spare time. Justine made her first trip to USAHockey's National Development Camp last summer and is looking forward to District camp again this year, in hopes to return again this summer. She hopes that with her grades and dedication to hockey that the opportunity to play at an Ivy League college will be there for her in the future.

Maisie Boric - Maisie has been involved in the Lady Ducks program for several years but only came to play competitively with the 14uAA team this season. She has demonstrated throughout this year that she is willing to work hard to improve, she is incredibly loyal to her teammates and is a feisty player on every shift. Maisie has improved her stick handling and shooting and was one of the most improved players on the team this season.

Maisie is an 8th grader at Waldorf School of O.C. Outside of school, her favorite things include reading and playing hockey. Her favorite band is Led Zeppelin, and favorite movie is Princess Mononoke. Maisie's favorite NHL players are Todd Marchant and Teemu Selanne.

Nicole Dunbar - Nicole Dunbar (aka Jet, Knuckles, Dunny, Pinky) first donned the silver blades at the tender age of 2 years. She played her first roller hockey game at the age of three and scored a hat trick against 5 and 6 year old boys. She has never looked back since.

When Nicole turned seven, she played on her first travel ice team for the Mite B Junior Ducks. Since then she has played Mite A Wildcats, Squirt A Blackhawks and most recently, PeeWee AA OCHC. This is Nicole's third year with the Lady Ducks organization and currently plays for the 12UAAA squad. She is looking forward to making her second Nationals appearance with the team.

In addition to hockey, Nicole is a gold level All-Star softball player at catcher and short-stop. Thanks to her early hockey training, she bats lefty and has the highest on-base percentage of any player for each of her past 4 teams. Additionally, she plays club soccer for the Rancho Heat as a midfielder and occasional goalie. She also plays for two lacrosse teams (SoCal and Gold Coast), and is the top scorer on both squads. In her spare time, she subs in for her school's roller hockey team at Las Flores Middle School where she attends seventh grade. Her favorite players are: Sidney Crosby, Mario Lemieux and Evgeni Malkin.

Hockey has taught Nicole that perseverance and dedication are a winning combination. Speed and aggressiveness don't hurt, either. Most of all, hockey has provided her with some great friendships and lasting memories with her Lady Ducks pals over the past 3 years.

Ivy Boric - Ivy was chosen as the Player of the month by her coaches because of her all-around skills and commitment to a high level of play. Ivy plays BOTH goalie and defense for the team and has recently been learning the powerplay. She has been a Lady Ducks player since age 7 and has a keen sense of the game and sees the ice very well.

Ivy is in 4th grade at Waldorf School of O.C. Her favorite lessons in school are PE, Spanish, and Japanese. Ivy loves to read and her favorite books are the Percy Jackson series. She is a fan of many types of music, but really likes M.I.A., Oingo Boingo, Mumford & Sons, and Black Sabbath. Her favorite activities outside of school are playing soccer and hockey. Her favorite Anaheim Ducks player is Todd Marchant.

Genevieve Lai - After two years of asking her parents to let her play hockey, Genevieve got her wish... sort of. In April 2008, she had her first Learn to Skate class. After the 10-week class was over, she thought it was great, but wondered why she wasn't playing hockey yet. By that summer, she was practicing with the Lady Ducks 8U team and played with them during tournaments in the 2008-09 season. Now, two years later, she is in her third year of being a proud Lady Duck, and loves skating and hockey. Although she began playing hockey at a later age than many of other players, she's determined to go as far as she can in the sport. She wears the #20 in honor of Luc Robitaille, the highest scoring left wing in NHL history. Her favorite professional team is the Los Angeles Kings. Her favorite moment of her hockey career was scoring her very first goal when she was a Pasadena Maple Leaf.

Outside of hockey, Genevieve is a girl of many interests and talents. She loves singing, reading, and cooking, in addition to being on the ice. In fact, in the Summer of 2009, she attended the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls in Los Angeles (a camp designed to empower all girls through music). In the kitchen, she is just as likely to be found whipping up a batch of blueberry scones as cutting tofu for a tofu scramble. A vegan for health and ethical reasons, she loves eating anything her dad cooks, but FreeSoulCaffe in Tustin is her favorite vegan restaurant. She attends fifth grade at Robert C. Fisler School, a 1:1 laptop school in Fullerton School District, and lists reading and social studies as her favorite topics. She reads all types of books but especially enjoys science fiction and fantasy stories. She listens to a variety of music from Sara Bareilles Glee to OneRepublic. Her favorite color is blue. Go Lady Ducks!

Alexandra Lalonde - Alexandra started playing hockey at the age of 5. She is now six and joined the Lady Ducks this year. She played in the MLK tournament and loved the experience and getting to know some of the other girls. Allie started playing hockey after coming to see her twin brother learning hockey. Allie then started playing hockey at home by her brother's side constantly! She's hooked! Secretively at home Allie loves to play goalie and has a wild wing mask that she wears.

Allie is in Kindergarten and loves school and all her friends. She also loves the game of soccer and also can be found figure skating at Anaheim Ice. Congratulations Allie!!


January 2011 Players of the Month

19UAA
Samantha Thomsen

Samantha Thomsen

16UAAA
Andrea St. Onge

Andrea St. Onge

14UAAA
Bridget Gonzalez

Bridget Gonzalez

14UAA
Mackenzie Kennedy

Mackenzie Kennedy

12UAAA
Kai Lilly Karpman

Kai Lilly Karpman

12UAA
Emily Russo

Emily Russo

10U
Anna Gallagher

Anna Gallagher

8U
Sandrine Ponnath

Sandrine Ponnath

Samantha Thomsen - Samantha has only played one season as a Lady Duck. This is her fourth year playing Hockey; she started when she was 16 and immediately picked up the art of skating. Last season she played for the rival club team LA Selects where she made her very first National Championship debut in the AAA level in Green Bay, WI. This will be Samantha’s second season with a girl’s team. Samantha is Assistant Captain of the 19U team and really takes her role of leader to another level as she is relentlessly trying to pump up the team and inspire them with her passionate speeches, pushing her teammates to their limits to physically and mentally better themselves on and off the ice. Although her experience with the club is not extensive it seems as if she has been with the team for years as she has built such a strong bond with her teammates and other players in the LD program.

Although Hockey has only been in her life for a short time, Samantha is a well-rounded athlete. She is from Whittier, Ca. where she attended La Serna High School and participated in a variety of athletics ranging from swim, dive, (del rio league champions all four years), to basketball. Samantha was the winner of the outstanding, Lance Award, given to the most involved, athletic, admirable and brightest individuals of La Serna High School. While in high school Samantha was a prestigious art student, studying AP Art History and enjoyed ceramics spending a whole semester teaching ceramics to others and has received many awards and has had numerous pieces of work put on display in art shows school wide, city wide and state wide. Samantha now attends Rio Hondo College & Coastline College where she is planning to obtain her Associates degree in Art History. Samantha once had high hopes of playing college Ice Hockey but has decided to pursue her education locally and has recently joined, the Lady Ducks Women’s team. Samantha plans to continue with the Lady Ducks Club next season on the Women’s team. Hockey will easily, always be a part of Samantha’s life.

Andrea St. Onge - Andrea is in her 6th season of playing girls’ ice hockey and her 2nd year with the Lady Ducks program. Last season, while playing on the LD U19AA’s, her coach asked her if she had ever played defense, accepting the challenge, she made the switch to defense after playing as a forward for 4 years. Defense seemed to come naturally for her, even as a forward she was always in the corner digging a puck out or using her size to her advantage. Soon after the season began, she was name Alternate Captain of the LD U19 AA team. A letter she was very proud to have earned and wore. Andrea was Named JUNIOR DUCK of the month in December, 2009. Honored, she and her dad attended a Ducks game together and the plaque is proudly displayed on her wall.

This season, Andrea plays for the Lady Ducks U16 AAA team. New to the LD U16 AAA team, the level of play has definitely challenged her to work harder. Under the guidance of her coaches, she has continued to improve in her defensive game, and enjoys being more productive on the scoresheet. Andrea is very excited to be playing hockey and looks forward to winning Pacific Districts, so she can attend the Tier I Nationals in Detroit with her team this year! Her future plans include playing college hockey somewhere back east and studying psychology. She loves being a part of a team and loves the challenge of playing hockey!!

Bridget Gonzalez - Bridget started hockey as a five year old. She began in roller at the Brea Hockey Club where she played as both a skater and a goalie. She moved to ice and started playing with the Lady Ducks when she was eight years old. Bridget was the 10u team's leading scorer in 2007 where she played both defense and forward. This strong beginning and Bridget's hard work, steadily over the last 6 years has earned her second trip to the USAHockey Pacific District Selection Camp this spring.

Mack is very active, and when not on the ice, she is a craft-aholic, an amazing baker and chef. She is also very active at her church. Mack has also played soccer and volleyball for her school. Mack is a great kid, and possibly one of the most entertaining humans, ever. Have you heard her seal impression?? Congratulations Mack, great effort!

Mackenzie Kennedy - Mack, Mac-n-Cheese, Macaroni, DD, is in the 8th grade at Brea Jr. High School. Mack is all Lady Duck, right down to her red hair, and mismatched socks. Mack has been a Lady Duck since 2004 (8u) and is a very dedicated team player. She even stepped up and played goalie for the LD10U in 2007-08 when the team was without one. That year, the LD10U team went farther in the Connecticut Polar Bears tournament than any Lady Ducks team ever had, to that point. In 2009, she scored a hat trick for the LD12U team against the Alaska Firebirds at Pacific Districts, and last year was second in points and scoring, despite missing a game, at the Lady Ducks Fall Classic. This season, Mack serves as the Captain for the LD14UAA team. She loves her teammates and coaches, and with the team constantly improving on the ice, and having a ton of fun off the ice, she is really looking forward to the team making a strong showing at Nationals this year.

Before our hockey life started Maddie did tap, ballet, jazz, and mixed martial arts. She loves to spend time with her great grandma, who cheers her and her teammates on at games and tournaments, and her grandparents. Maddie also likes to play card games and dominos with her family...or should I say she like to beat her family at card games and dominos :). She's a great kid, we are so lucky!

Kai Lilly Karpman - Kai-Lilly Kane Karpman started playing roller hockey at age six. About half way through her first season, she covered for a sick goalie, and since then she has guarded the net in every game she has played. The following year she switched to ice hockey, and has dreamed of being the first woman to play in the NHL. Kai has demonstrated an excellent work ethic, strong attention to skills and technique development and is always working to improve something about her game. In January, at the MLK tournament, Kai allowed only 4 goals in 5 games (0.80 GAA) on the way to the Championship Shutout!

It is not a surprise to those who are close to Karpman that she took so readily to protecting the net. Since her toddler years, she spent much of her time protecting and rescuing those in need. She saved birds, frogs, and stray cats. She forbade the killing of bugs in the garden, and even saved her little brother from drowning when she was seven. On and off the ice, Karpman stays aware of the specifics of her environment and by nature “keeps guard.” Congratulations Kai-Lilly!

Emily Russo - Emily is eleven years old and is currently a 5th grader at Acacia Elementary school. She is an assistant captain for the 12AA team. Emily learned to skate after she received skating lessons for her tenth birthday. She decided to give hockey a try last year by participating in spring squirt in house. When she’s not playing hockey, she is on the soccer field playing for the Fullerton Rangers. She wants to play soccer and hockey in high school then college.

Emily has enjoyed the many experiences hockey has brought her. Traveling to tournaments has been very fun. She especially enjoyed the Connecticut Polar Bear tournament and all the snowball fights with her teammates. She likes hanging out with her big buddy Emily W. and her Team. Emily is working hard to get ready for Nationals. She has already made great progress this season! Her goal is to be a good assistant captain. GO LD!!

Anna Gallagher - Anna lives in Hermosa Beach and is a third grader at the Hermosa Valley Elementary School. She is a great student who loves school almost as much as hockey. She started ice skating at age 4 and began playing hockey at age 5, after watching her older bother play. She has been playing hockey with a boys travel team for the past two years and this is her second year playing with the Lady Ducks. Although Anna is the leading scorer for the 8u team, she also led all scorers on the 10u team this past MLK weekend! Anna was able to compete in 8 games that weekend and did a great job playmaking and working hard for her teams.

Anna also plays competitive soccer in the Spring and Fall. When she is not studying, skating, or playing soccer she loves spending time at the beach, swimming, reading, and riding her bike. She also loves spending time with her family and her dog, Misty. Anna loves to travel with her hockey team and with her family. She spends part of the Summer visiting family in New Jersey and Rhode Island and attending hockey camp in Minnesota. Anna hopes to be a part of the Lady Ducks program for many years to come.

Sandrine Ponnath - Sandrine joined the Lady Ducks in 2009. She was skating as a forward until March of 2010 when she decided she wanted to try goalie position. Since then, she loves being goalie, she’s come a long way and has an amazing attitude. She has good work ethic and has a positive attitude at every game. She enjoys hanging with her teammates before and after games and enjoys traveling for tournaments. Sandrine is currently in 2nd grade and is an outstanding student!

She enjoys hockey, playing outside with her friends, playing with our dog Simpson, playing video games with her big brother, watching cartoons with her daddy and cooking with her mommy! When she grows up, she says she wants to be a Pediatrician and a great cook! Her favorite NHL goalie is Craig Anderson #41 of the Colorado Avalanche. Congratulations, Sandrine!

 

November/December 2010 Players of the Month

19UAA
Amanda Simpson

Amanda Simpson

16UAAA
Megan Crandell

Megan Crandell

14UAAA
Rachael Goodrow

Rachael Goodrow

14UAA
Madison Villa

Madison Villa

12UAAA
Lillian Marchant

Lillian Marchant

12UAA
Aubrey Pritchett

Aubrey Pritchett

10U
Lindsay Reyes

Lindsay Reyes

8U
Caroline Ford

Caroline Ford

Amanda Simpson - Amanda returns to the Lady Ducks program this year after a few seasons off while completing rigorous academics in private preparatory school. She is one of the leaders on the 19s team, is a senior at Oxford Academy and is looking forward to a future collegiate hockey career. Her parents are excited about having even more children in college!! ha ha....

Amanda is known for her great speed on the ice and competitive nature. She is well liked by her teammates, always skates hard and is works hard to improve and be coachable. She has contributed to the Lady Ducks program helping the team to two births at Nationals and a bronze medal in 2006. She looks forward to attending Nationals this spring as the LD program will host the rest of USAHockey! Great work Amanda and congrats!!

Megan Crandell - Megan has been a Lady Duck for 3 years. She started off playing Roller Hockey when she was 5 and wanted to switch to ice 3 years ago. She spent many hours enduring clinics and lessons (do you all remember her when she used to practice with the team, yikes?) before making the team.

Megan LOVES her Lady Duck Friends and when she is not with them, she is playing high school volleyball, throwing the discus for track at Troy High School. Roller Hockey is still a passion for her when she can find time. She plays goalie and is a defenseman. She would love to continue to play hockey in college. Her parents are thrilled that she will be getting her driver's license soon!

Rachael Goodrow - Rachael is now in her 7th year as a lady duck. She plays right wing and center. She has made it to the National Championships 3 times and has even taken home a bronze metal. Rachael also took gold in the Roller Hockey Jr. Olympics. Rachael Attends Trabuco Hills High School (GO BLUE!). Rachael is a freshman and has a 3.7 GPA. In her little free time off from training and homework, Rachael enjoys hanging out with her friends. But she really enjoys her teammates, and how close they all are. Congratulations Rachael and all of your hard work! GO LADY DUCKS!

Madison Villa - Madison is in 8th grade at El Rancho Charter School in Anaheim Hills. After skating a few times in the initiation program with her younger brother, Maddie decided she wanted to play goalie. We thought for sure after a couple of shots at clinic she would change her mind. Wow, were we wrong! When she came off the ice smiling I knew we were in trouble. Two seasons of in-house, several goalie lesson with David Freeze, and here we are. Maddie loves playing with the Lady Ducks 14 AA team. She's always smiling and laughing at the rink. Her teammates are great!!! They are ALL very supportive and positive...which every goalie needs, but hardly gets. She is so lucky!

Before our hockey life started Maddie did tap, ballet, jazz, and mixed martial arts. She loves to spend time with her great grandma, who cheers her and her teammates on at games and tournaments, and her grandparents. Maddie also likes to play card games and dominos with her family...or should I say she like to beat her family at card games and dominos :). She's a great kid, we are so lucky!

Lillian Marchant - Lilli is 12 years old, in 7th grade at Pioneer Middle School in Tustin. She has one sister, Ashley (LD 10u and 12aa teams) and two brothers, Tim (Jr. Ducks Squirt B) and Bradley (who hopes to play hockey as soon as he is 2 years old). It is Lilli's dream to attend college and play Division I women's ice hockey.

This year, Lilli was names Captain of the Lady Ducks 12AAA team. She wants to be a leader on and off the ice. Lilli started playing hockey at the age of 4 and has been part of the Lady Ducks organization 4 years. Her goal this season is to lead the Lady Ducks 12AAA team all the way to a National Title, something her mom or dad have never been able to do. :) Go Lady Ducks!!

Aubrey Pritchett - Aubrey has always been an active fun- spirited spunky girl. She started a mommy and me gymnastics class at the age of 2 and has never stopped moving. She started competing in gymnastics and figure skating at the age of 5 and participated in dance classes and recitals.She continued mainly in gymnastics and dance until she called it quits last January. After trying a handful of other sports she made the announcement that it was HER turn to pick a sport and as a great surprise to her family picked ice hockey, which none of us were familiar with. So in March, after being off skates almost 3 years, she put on hockey skates for the first time, geared up and has never looked back. She loves the fast pace, speed, and quick moves in hockey and is challenged by learning the game and handling the stick and puck. She played a season of in-house and it was such a fun time for her as she was just learning hockey. That's when she asked to play defense because she wanted to help him out and stay close to her cousin. They ended up winning first place in the in-house league and she received her first trophy. That's when she realized how much she loved the sport and wanted to be part of a girls' team.

As a Lady Duck she plays defense and the experiences have been very positive, even when the coaches yell corrections at her. She is learning to accept the criticisms and embrace the challenges because she loves to play hockey. She enjoys the social time with the friends she has met and the locker room talks. The first tournament in Riverside was a welcome to hockey experience, the Christmas party at the Marchant's was a real treat and she had a great time and a good learning experience in Connecticut which turned out to be a fun family vacation. San Jose was a road trip adventure with some fun activities thrown in with all that early morning hockey. The team did great and she received her first hockey award as a Lady Duck. She hopes to continue to improve so she can help the team have a successful season.

When Aubrey isn't skating she enjoys watching movies,listening to music, playing the piano, drawing with her dad,and spending time on her computer and i-pod. She also enjoys riding her bike and is learning how to use her skateboard. She likes to ski and wants to learn how to snowboard. Helping her brother practice baseball and basketball is part of her routine as well as learning how to cook and bake. Aubrey also loves animals and makes weekly trips to the pet store. Never a dull moment with Aubrey!

Lindsay Reyes - Lindsay Reyes - Lindsay is currently a 5th grad Gold Honor Roll student at Wickman Elementary School in Chino Hills. This is her 3rd year with the Lady Ducks. After beginning ice hockey as an 8u in house player, Lindsay now is an Assistant Captain for the 10u team. This past summer she won a bronze medal at the Narth American Roller Hockey Championships and the GOLD medal at the AAU Jr. Olympics.

"Lindsay has great vision on the ice", says coach Kathy. Shen she isn't practicing her shooting or stickhandling, Lindsay enjoys playing outside or talking with friends. Congratualtions, for a strong season so far!

Caroline Ford - Caroline started skating in the spring of 2009 at the age of 6. When her brother was at hockey camp that summer, she met Coach Vicky, who said she should play hockey too, and asked her if she wanted to come to Girls Camp. From there, she was hooked; these girls are cool! She played in-house and with the Lady Ducks last year, and was thrilled to score her first goal in last fall’s Girls Tournament in Riverside. Playing defense suits her territorial spirit well, but she is eager to try out other positions, too. She is very happy to be with the girls and part of the Lady Ducks family.

Caroline just turned eight this past December, and is a second grader at Red Hill Lutheran School in Tustin. At school, she loves to read, play soccer with the boys, and cheerleading. She also loves dancing, and music. You can find her before and after school (every day!), in the driveway with her 12 year-old brother, battling for the puck, and taking shots in the net.

October 2010 Players of the Month

19UAA
Thea-Marie Sauca

Thea-Marie Sauca

16UAAA
Jennifer Jones

Jenny Jones

14UAAA
Kara Drexler

Kara Drexler

14UAA
Natalie Dusterhoff

Natalie Dusterhoff

12UAAA
Kendra Farole

Kendra Farole

12UAA
Alyssa Dennis

Alyssa Dennis

10U
Kamryn Kennedy

Kamryn Kennedy

8U
Lauren Wasserman

Lauren Wasserman

Thea-Marie Sauca - Thea-Marie is a Lady Ducks player for the last four years. As the captain of the 19U team, she takes her responsibilities very seriously; motivating and pushing her teammates to perform at a higher level. She is taking this opportunity as prep to be a leader in the real world. She wishes to play college hockey and strives everyday to achieve her goal.

Thea is very much in love with the sport of hockey. She volunteers at Aliso Viejo ice rink teaching 4-6 years old children the skills of hockey. She also holds a part-time job at the rink, promoting and introducing the skills of skating and hockey to families in the area. She is a senior at Calvary chapel high school in Costa Mesa.

Her work ethic is seen through her accomplishments over the years such as being an honor student in school as well as becoming captain of her team and junior coach at the rink in Aliso. Children at school, church and the rink view her as a mentor and role model because she has a compassionate heart towards kids and a strong dedication toward success in whatever she chooses to pursue. Great effort so far this season!

Jennifer Jones - Jenny is a sophomore at Yorba Linda High School and a first-year 16s player for the Lady Ducks. She has been a Lady Duck since age 9, after playing 2 seasons of in-house and learning to skate in figure skates. Jonesy has made the trip to USAHockey Nationals four times, earning 3 Bronze Medals with her LD teammates! She hopes to pursue her hockey dreams to college, or National team levels!

Jonesy has played EVERY position, including a 2-year stint at goalie. She enjoys singing photography, fashion design, medeling and is involved in Dance at school. She also likes spending time with her best friend Sarah Robello :). Jenny has 2 brothers and one sister, who she is working on every day to become a Lady Duck in a couple more years, when she is 5. Jonesy is well liked by her teammates and has shown great passing and play making skills this fall, in addition to her sharp wit and great attitude on and off the ice. Congratulations on being named the 16s Lady Duck of the month!

Kara Drexler - Kara is in her 5th year with the Lady Ducks, making three trips to USA Hockey Nationals and earning a Bronze medal. She was selected to attend the USA Hockey National Development camp this summer and had an amazing time. She made new “hockey” friends from all across the country and looks forward to tournaments so she can see and play against them. Anyone who knows Kara, knows that she has two different personalities… off the ice, she is a sweet, shy and wouldn’t hurt a fly (literally) kind of girl and on the ice, she is total opposite! She loves her teammates and considers them as family and will do almost anything for them.

When she is not on the ice, Kara enjoys surfing, hanging out with friends, listening to music and sometimes just doing nothing. She is a freshman at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach. In the summer, Kara volunteers her days at a local surf camp, where she teaches kids to surf.

Natalie Dusterhoff - Natalie is in the 8th grade at Suzanne Middle School. This is her first season on ice and with the Lady Ducks. It is her first time out of the net. She started roller hockey 2yrs ago as a goalie in West Covina and Corona. Outside of hockey she plays softball, soccer, and golf. She enjoys relaxing by reading or watching T.V. But when it is time for hockey practice or games, she wants to get to the rink early. She really likes being around her Lady Duck teammates. Natalie has really improved her skating skills with the help of Coach Caitlin, Coach Jessica Hawkins, and attending the clinics has much as possible. She is looking forward to the Connecticut Polar Bear Tournament in December. We are very proud of Natalie, and she seems to be having a great time.

Kendra Farole - Kendra has followed BIG Sister McKenna (LD 16u's) as a Blue Liner for the Lady Ducks. This year she was selected Alternate Captain to help lead the National bound LD 12u's. Kendra started out a figure skater at age 8 only to turn to the Hockey skates after one year. She started playing with the Boys at age 9 with a tournament team. Her coach and the boys all welcomed her like family and were sad when she left for the Lady Ducks. She made many friends that still keep in touch and play for the OC Hockey Club. Her favorite Moments include her first trip to the USA Nationals in Green Bay (2010), Scoring her first goal with future team mates Pee Wee Trani and Cierra San Roman on team "Human League" Anaheim Ice In-house league (yes, that was 80's band- season!).

Her hobbies include Rock climbing, Bike Riding, Swimming and Go-Kart racing with Dad(still has a long way to go to beat him). She attends Middle School, loves Drama (One of the Stars in the upcoming school play) and Spanish. Her Favorite Hockey team is the LA Kings and has been going to games with her family since she was in diapers.

Alyssa Dennis - Alyssa Dennis is a forward on the 12UAA Lady Ducks team. She has been playing hockey for a little less than a year and can't remember why she spent so many years doing figure skating, gymnastics and dance. (Yeah, why was that????) She really enjoys hockey because it is challenging, fast paced and fun. Alyssa is always trying to sharpen her skills while learning new ones. She loves the fact that hockey isn't about what you look like but how you play.

Alyssa goes to Sowers Middle School in Huntington Beach and she is a straight A student. When she isn't doing homework or playing hockey she is usually playing with her dogs, relaxing, or hanging out with her friends.

Alyssa has a brother who plays goal for the Junior Ducks Hockey program. She claims that she is the reason he plays. They love to take their frustrations with each other out on the ice during stick time. Hockey is definitely Alyssa's favorite sport and she plans to be playing it for a long time. She really enjoys the camaraderie that hockey and her team have to offer and she looks forward to the opportunities and memories that hockey will provide.

Kamryn Kennedy - Kamryn “Kami” Kennedy is in the third grade at Country Hills Elementary School in Brea. Kami is an excellent student; an avid reader who loves to play handball, and tetherball, in addition to playing hockey. Kami earned a CHAMPS patch this year for scholastic achievement. Her sister, Mack, 13, plays on the Lady Ducks 14UAA team, and her brother, Jack, 16, is a former Jr. Duck, now playing on the BCL 16UAA team.

Kami has played two seasons with the Lady Ducks 8U team and is in her first year of SCAHA play with the Lady Ducks 10U team. Kami is still young, but is working hard to get better. She is transitioning from playing defense in the in-house league, to playing forward on the 10U team. She loves to play, hustle, and protect her goalie. Kami scored her first travel hockey goal at the Lady Reign Fall Classic this past October, and looks forward to working hard, and scoring many more goals for the Lady Ducks. She proudly wears jersey number “4,” in memory of her Uncle Mark.

Kami loves going to the rink for practices and games, and likes hanging out with the folks in the pro shop. Kami also enjoys her teammates, and an “occasional” bag of The Rinks’ finest salt and vinegar chips…Ha ha ha ha.... if she can hide them from Coach Kathy!!!

Lauren "Smiley" Wasserman - Lauren is a first year Lady Ducks player who is being recognized by her coach because she works hard and volunteers to play other positions (goalie last game and defense when needed). She is always on time and does whatever assignments she is given to help the team. Lauren is always smiling and has a great attitude, which is how she got the nickname "Smiley" !!! She is in 3rd grade at Villa Park Elementary. Outside of school, Lauren loves reading, playing video games and playing hockey.

Lauren learned to skate when she was 4, and started hockey at age 6. Now at age 8, she enjoys playing street hockey with friends, even when she isn't on the ICE. Lauren's goals for the rest of the season are to learn to skate fast, even when she doesn't have the puck ! Congratulations, Lauren!

September 2010 Players of the Month

19UAA
Nicole Scheu

Nicole Scheu

16UAAA
Celine Whitlinger

Celine Whitlinger

14UAAA
Rebecca Graham

Rebecca Graham

14UAA
Brooke Maggy

Brooke Maggy

12UAAA
Tia Stoddard

Tia Stoddard

12UAA
Devyn Gilman

Devyn Gilman

10U
Ivy Boric

Ivy Boric

8U
Miya Silva

Miya Silva

Nicole Scheu - Nicole started playing ice hockey when she was 12 years old. This is Nikki's first season with the Anaheim Lady Ducks 19U Division, where she has already built great friendships with her teammates. Previously, She played for the Valencia Lady Vipers for two seasons being the top scorer and points leader and also earning the MVP award at the Pacific District Championships in San Jose in 2006. Nikki joined the LA Selects for three seasons, where she continued to be one of the top scorers on her team. Nikki was also featured in the hockey "California Rubber" magazine as a gritty-goal scorer and playmaker in the December 2009 edition. Roller was Nikki's first hockey experience at the age of six and has played on all boys’ teams and with the Calabasas high school hockey team in 2010. She still plays competitive roller hockey with her older brothers, Mark and Brian, in the Advanced Men's Division at the Tri Valley Roller Hockey League in Calabasas, where she is on top of the leader board. Nikki plays basketball and enjoys snowboarding, music, and keeping-up with her friends on "Facebook."

Nikki is a senior at William S. Hart Charter School in Castaic and has a 3.80 GPA. Hockey is her passion, and one of her goals is to play college hockey while studying Earth Science and Meteorology. She volunteers at the Basset/Mix Rescue Ranch in Acton, was a leader with the volunteer group "Put the Biscuit in the Basket," that helps new hockey players learn the sport, and was a youth hockey instructor at the YMCA for four years, earning the "Sportsmanship Award." Nikki has five dogs at home, one Chocolate Lab and four Beagles named Bear, Tiger, Cheetah, Otter and Tonto. Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals is her favorite NHL player!

Celine Whitlinger - Celine has played goalie for 4 years. The last three have been with the Lady Ducks. Celine first started playing roller hockey at age 8 as a skater in Oceanside and has grown into a solid goalie. She has been one of the top netminders for the Lady Ducks program for the last 3 seasons and has been selected to the USAHockey National camp in 2009 and 2010. She is a junior at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, CA, where she is taking Honors and AP classes and carries a 3.8 GPA while playing for the Lady Ducks. At the end of her junior year she will be 2 classes shy of her course requirements.

Celine volunteers at the Connections Club which works with special needs children. Her goal in hockey is to have a great time playing a sport she loves and to get a scholarship to an Ivy league college in order to get the best education possible. After college she wants to get a good paying job and get her PHD.

Rebecca Graham - Rebecca is a second year Lady Duck’s player who has made excellent progress these past 2 years. Her speed and hard work have been recognized by coaches this year, already. She switched to ice hockey 2 years ago after playing roller for 6 years. She is a strong defensive player who enjoys and excels playing with and against both girls and boys.

Rebecca is an 8th grade straight ‘A’ student at Santa Margarita Middle School. She loves and excels in Math and is talented in athletics. When Rebecca’s not playing hockey, she enjoys listening to music, reading, SHOPPING and spending time with her new “Westie” Scottie. Keep up the hard work and dedication to both school and hockey and soon you may earn a scholarship to play college hockey. Go Rebecca and Team USA 2018!

Brooke Maggy - Brooke is a first year player in the Lady Ducks program. She has recently moved back to California from Texas and has stepped up as a leader on the 14AA squad. Brooke got her start in hockey after exploring several different activities such as modeling, acting, dance, softball, and soccer. Brooke finally started playing hockey at age 10, where she stepped in and was a natural; as if she had been playing for years. She started playing with an in house league in Arlington Texas called the “Arlington Flyers”. Brooke started in a defense position, then played goalie for a while, then found her passion as a forward. After two seasons of playing with the Flyers, she went on to play with the “Predators” at the Dr. Pepper Stars Center in Euless, Texas. Brooke played left wing and center with the Predators. Prior to our moving back to California, Brooke was chosen to be on a select team, which was the Dallas Stars 14U Boys select.

Brooke was born in Arlington Texas, so moving back to California was a tough decision to make because she had her friends, a great school, and hockey! When we made the final decision as a family, the only question Brooke asked was “can I still play hockey”! When arriving in California the search for a good hockey program for Brooke was a tough one. It was our luck that we were put in contact with Coach Kathy with the Anaheim Lady Ducks. We were very impressed with the program and the time Kathy took with us. Brooke was very excited to also be joining an all-girls team. She has played both forward and defense with the Lady Ducks, with her favorite position being center. She has been with the 14U AA team for only a short time, but the bonding and teamwork that has come into play has been a great experience. Brooke is very focused on her academics. She is in the 8th grade honors program, straight A student, but the minute school is out and the homework is done, she is thinking about when the next time she gets to play Hockey! Her dreams are to play hockey in college and play on the women’s USA Olympic hockey team.

Tia Stoddard - Tia, 12 years old, is the youngest of five kids. She has three sisters and one brother who she takes after when it comes to hockey. She is a 7th grader at Parkway Middle School in La Mesa (SD County). Her favorite subjects are PE and Spanish. Besides having fun with her Lady Ducks teammates, her spare time involves drawing, playing outside with friends, and shooting pucks and hoops. Her aspirations are to someday play for the USA National Women’s Hockey Team and to play for a D1 College. At four years old, she was introduced to developmental hockey which opened the doorway for her love of hockey.

Her first association with the Lady Ducks was when the Lady Ducks 12U team became the 2007 National Champions. Seeing their picture in the USA Hockey magazine, she asked if she could play on a team like this. Having a friend associated with the Jr. Ducks Club, lead us to Coach Kathy. She invited Tia to come to some “drop in” practices which after several times, by surprise, was invited to play with the Lady Ducks at the Connecticut Polar Bears Ice Hockey Tournament on the 10u team. The rest is history. She joins the Lady Ducks for a 4th season. Tia is looking forward to playing with her teammates and bringing home a National Title.

Devyn Gilman - Devyn Gilman is in her first season playing for the Lady Ducks, actually, this is Devyn’s first season playing hockey ever. Devyn has been skating for the past 8 years; however she trained as a figure skater. Devyn has been at Anaheim Ice since she was 3 ½ years old where she has competed as an individual competitor at the regional level and won a sectional championship with her synchronized skating team. Devyn was recognized by her coaches as one of the most improved players on the team and with less than 6 months hockey experience, she is stepping into a strong role for the 12aa squad!

Devyn is 11 years old and is a 6th grader who works hard on her school work and shows a great deal of maturity with all her responsibilities. Devyn’s brother Bryan also plays travel hockey and her involvement with her brother’s hockey and thanks to his Coach, Vicky, she realized playing hockey was something that she would really enjoy doing. After taking up hockey at the in house level, Devyn quit figure skating over the summer and has moved solely to training on her hockey. Devyn is having the time of her life playing for the Lady Ducks she likes her coaches and enjoys all the friends she has made.

Ivy Boric - Ivy is a fourth grader at Waldorf School of Orange County, where Japanese, Spanish, and P.E. are her favorite subjects. An avid reader, she particularly enjoys fantasy books like The Lightning Thief.

She has been playing hockey since she was 4, mostly as a defenseman, picking up goaltending in the last couple of years. She has also been playing soccer the last two years. Ivy has been a standout for the 8u and 10u Lady Ducks for the last 3 seasons. This year she is playing both Defense and goalie and has been dominant in both areas of her game! Great start to the season, Ivy!

Miya Silva - Miya is the youngest of 3 sisters who have all come through the Lady Ducks program. At age 7, Miya is a first year Lady Duck and has already stepped up as a hard worker, hustling to loose pucks, as well as shown the promise of a few fancy moves! After watching her oldest sister Nicole leave for Buffalo State this year as a defenseman, and her sister Justine block the NET for the 14u LD team, Miya took up the forward position, in a sign of independence and has been making solid improvement all summer and early this fall!

Look for Miya to dangle in the Anaheim Ice league this fall and at the next 8u Lady Ducks tournament in January!! Great job Miya.

2009-2010 Players of the Year

19U
Amanda Durrer

Amanda Durrer

16U
Annie Pankowski

Annie Pankowski

14U
Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones

12U
Justine Reyes

Justine Reyes

10U
Ashley Marchant

Ashley Marchant

 

Amanda Durrer - Amanda Durrer has been playing hockey for 8 years now and has always been inspired to do her best and try new teams by her coach, personal trainer and long time friend Alec Benson-Dunn. This past year was Amanda's first year on a girl's team and it was everything she could have hoped for. The first year Lady Ducks 19s got off to a slow start, but developed consistently throughout the whole season. When Pacific Districts came around Amanda was playing as if it were the Stanley Cup playoffs. Amanda completed Districts weekend with a goals against average of .33 and a save percentage of .991. Amanda continued her stellar performance at Nationals in Lansing, MI letting in only 3 goals in 4 games and shutting out her first opponent. She was selected to compete in the skill's competition as well.

Amanda felt that playing for a girl's team her senior year of high school was vital to her getting noticed by college coaches. As a result Amanda will be attending Clarkson University next year. She hopes to walk on to the hockey team and help Clarkson to another Final Four appearance. She looks forward to school and plans to major in mechanical or aeronautical engineering. Amanda was accepted to the Honors program and plans to partake in a five-week research experience over the summer at Clarkson. In addition to school and hockey, Amanda spends a lot of time and energy giving back to the community with her involvement in her school's Gay-Straight Alliance.

Amanda is just another kid who loves to have fun and laugh with her friends. She is grateful for the awesome experience she had with the Ducks and cannot thank her teammates enough for such a wonderful season.

Annie Pankowski - Annie has been a Lady Duck since the 8u program first began in 2002. While playing, soccer, softball, roller hockey, and mite and squirt boys hockey for the Jr. Ducks Annie managed to find time to jump into the Lady Ducks development teams at both mite and squirt eventually leading to our first 10u team. Fast forward to today and she is in proud possession of 5 USAHockey Nationals medals (including a dominating performance at the 2007 National Championships, helping her team win Gold)!

As a Freshman Honor student at Santa Margarita Catholic High School and first-year 16u player, Annie was one of her team's captains and has continued to elevate her game and the game of her teammates with play-making skills and a dominant scoring touch. Her development and performance this season has led her to return this summer in her 3rd trip to the Girls' National Development Camps and has a shot at making the 18u National team. The upcoming season will have her following in her big sister's footsteps to play on two teams: NAHA and the 16u Lady Ducks. She looks forward to the daily training and intense commitment to her goal of playing for the United States, in the near future and being part of another Lady Ducks team that returns to the National Championships in 2011.

Jennifer Jones - Jenny Jones has been a part of the Lady Ducks since she was age 9. She has been a proud member of 3 Bronze medal winning Lady Ducks teams at USAHockey National Championships. She was a captain of the 14u this past season and has demonstrated excellent leadership by mixing fun, hard work and the idea of team work and unity into making her team the best they could be. Jenny is known for her mild mannered personality but a funny and dry sense of humor. Not only was she strong on the ice but, made a point of bringing her team together and cheering them on when she wasn't out on a shift. Next season Jenny will step up right away into a big role on the 16u team.

Jenny started hockey after converting from being a figure skater at age 6 or 7. She followed in her older brother's footsteps and first skated out, but then took to playing goalie. Jenny is not the only one that is hooked on hockey. She has three dogs, two brothers, and one sister. Her younger brother, James, plays for OC Hockey club, and her older brother, Jaime, used to play goalie. Jenny has played every position from wing all the way to even playing goalie. She has even refereed a couple games. Her little Sister Juliana will be the youngest Lady Duck in History, when she starts skating next year. :) at age 3.

When she isn't at the hockey rink, Jenny likes to hangout with friends, text (wow! surprising!), sing and dance. She is a freshman at Yorba Linda High School. Jenny also loves Disneyland. She would love to play on the US hockey team in the Olympics. She also really likes fashion design and modeling.

Justine Reyes - Justine Reyes is currently a 7th grade student at Townsend Jr. High School in Chino Hills, where she is a straight A student taking honors classes. She enjoys spending her time reading, playing with her cats and playing hockey. She has played roller hockey since 4 years old and started playing travel ice hockey at 5. She just completed her 8th ice hockey season. Her first 5 years she played on a boys team and 3 years ago, she became a Lady Duck.

Justine has made many great friends playing with the Lady Ducks including forming friendships at Nationals with girls from other teams. "Reyrey" as she is affectionately called, is known for her quiet leadership and is very wise beyond her years. She led her team with Gretzky-like vision on the ice, heads up passing and more than 15 games with multiple points. Reyrey has always been known to lead by example and work hard to be coachable and make everyone around her better. She enjoys going to the rink each day, smiles through the practices and pushes herself to be better. Her goal is to play hockey in college and someday for Team USA, perhaps 2018?

Ashley Marchant - Ashley Marchant is a defenseman who plays on the 10U Lady Ducks hockey team. She has been with the Lady Ducks organization for the past 3 years. She loves the game of hockey and looks forward to going to the rink for practice or games. Ashley is a defensive defenseman who thinks of her team and teammates before herself which has been a great example to her whole team. She always has a smile on her face win or lose. Her skill set has taken a huge step forward in her development as a hockey player. Ashley stepped up big this whole season by taking what the coach would say on the bench and working to apply that idea or skill on her very next shift. This is a big risk for every player who wants to become better (and the core philosophy of developmental sports) and Ash set the example of this at every opportunity.

Ashley is a third grader at Peters Canyon Elementary School in Tustin, California. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family. Ashley plays softball when she isn't playing hockey. She has a sister Lilli who is on the Lady Ducks 12U AAA team, a brother who is on the Anaheim Junior Ducks Mite team and a brother named Bradley who just turned 1 year old.

Ashley loves the game of hockey. She truly enjoys going to the rink. Congratulations for your hard work and enthusiasm all year!

 

March 2010

19U
Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith

16U
Sarah Robello

Sarah Robello

14U
Nicole Langley

Nicole Langley

12U
Baylee Trani

Cayla Barnes

10U
Cierra SanRoman

Cierra SanRoman

8U
Lizzie Johnson

Lizzie Johnson

Hannah Smith - Hannah has played hockey for 12 years and this was her first year playing for the Lady Ducks after playing previous 3 years for a U19 AA team out of Portland, OR. This year Hannah led the Lady Ducks 19's in goal scoring and total points but did so stepping into the team as a tournament player most of the time and missing out on the week to week schedule. She was integral in the team's 5-0 run at the Pacific District Championships and a 3-2 effort at USA Hockey Nationals, leading to a Bronze Medal Finish!

Hannah is finishing her senior in high school as well as attend Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA as a Running Start student. She is dual enrolled so as to begin to earn college credits and high school credits at the same time. When she graduates from high school in June Hannah will already have her AA (general requirement package). It has changed my high school experience but allowed me to get my first two years of college done with, free of charge. She currently holds a 3.8 GPA in college as a full time student with 18 credits

Hannah enjoys working at her family's hockey store and working at Starbucks. Both jobs have given her some great experiences. She also enjoys doing outdoor activities like playing golf, roller blading, hiking, and playing softball. Hannah has been thrilled with her experience as a Lady Duck this season and is grateful for the opportunities which she has been given. This was a great season! Congratulations to Hannah on a great season and good luck at North Dakota next year!

Sarah Robello - Sarah has been a standout in both her years as a Lady Duck, helping her team to their last two Bronze Medal finishes at USAH Nationals (14u and 16u). Sarah plays forward and is known for her stickhandling and quick hands around the net. She worked hard developing her playmaking skills and power play success. This has been a big year for Sarah and her hard work has paid off, leading to a lot of interest among colleges in the east as the future looks bright for her academic and hockey opportunities.

Sarah has finally moved to Southern California after an exhausting commute to and from Las Vegas for the last 5 years. She now attends high school in South Orange County, living in Laguna Hills. Most weeks Sarah can be seen working on her skills on the ice and is often seen off ice studying Spanish to perfect her accent and chatting on FB with her teammates and friends.

Nicole Langley - Nicole has been playing hockey since age 5 and has been a Lady Duck since 10 and under. She has skated both defense and goalie over the last 5 seasons but goalie is her favorite position. Nikki had her best season to date, improving her Goals against average during the second half of the season to 2.2 gaa. Nikki has worked hard to develop her game and although she's quiet, she has let her glove and blocker do the talking, making the Pacific District Select 14s camp this spring.

Nikki lives in Huntington Beach and loves spending time at the beach , surfing and hanging out with her friends. Nikki enjoy playing beach volleyball and participates in the Huntington Beach City Jr. lifeguard program every summer. In school she enjoys participating in all the school sports and played on the 7th grade volleyball team, basketball team, cross country and track and field teams, all while maintaining a 3.7 gpa. When not at school or the beach she likes to hang with friends and listen to music or watch movies. Congratulations Nikki on a great Spring!

Baylee Trani - Baylee Trani has been a part of the Lady Ducks program since the beginning of the 8u program back in 2005! Baylee has played 3 years of 8u, 3 years at 10u and just finished her 2nd year at 12u (often playing on two age groups at once!). Baylee has spent most of the last 6 years setting an example of hard work and high skills

Baylee is 12 years old and is 6th grader at Sowers Middle School in Huntington Beach with a grade point average of 3.85. Baylee earned her nickname the day she was born weighing 1 Pound 12 Ounces born at not quite 6 months. She was in the NICU in Pomona Valley for 86 long days, coming home at a whole 4 Pounds 10 Ounces on a heart monitor and oxygen. The doctors told her family that she had 80% chance of not making it, but little did they know she had a lot of life left in her!

Peewee has played for the Lady Ducks program since she was 7 ½ years old playing on the first ever Lady Ducks 8U in-house team. Baylee is very competitive and runs Cross Country at her school and earned MVP for the 6 th through 8 th Grade Girls, as well as, First Place in her two meets. She practices her wrestling moves with her brother, as well as shoots 50 pucks every day in the driveway. Mimicking the smallest player on the 2009-2010 Women's National Olympic Team, Erika Lawler, who is rostered at a whole 5'0" tall, Peewee too aspires to play in the Olympics one day. Baylee loves to cook, her favorite hockey player is Teemu Selanne, favorite television show is Wizards of Waverly Place, and one of her favorite songs is "Bottom of the Ocean" by Miley Cyrus.

Cierra SanRoman - "CC" was three months old when she saw her first Ducks game. Little did her parents know that those expensive season seats would turn into an even more expensive hobby. At four years of age she asked her Mom if she could play hockey. Mom said, "Sure you can", and signed her up at then Disney Ice for learn to skate classes naturally believing that she would gravitate into figure skating. Much to her parents' surprise, after several months of lessons she continued to insist that she wanted to play hockey. So Mom signed her up for Hockey Tot classes with Coach Mike thinking it would last maybe two weeks at most. Well 6 years later the only thing that has changed is our one day a week trip to the rink has turned into a seven day affair.

This season Cierra goalied for the Lady Ducks 10U team; played forward, defense, and goalie for her Anaheim Wildcats Squirt A team; and played forward and defense on the Lady Ducks 12UAA team. She also expanded her horizons this year by playing softball and basketball at her school and was awarded the "Rising Star" award by her basketball coach for most improved player. Cierra continues to be active in Girls Scouts where she is working toward her Bronze Award and despite her many activities she continues to work hard at her studies where she has maintained a 4.0 grade point average at Holy Family Cathedral School. Mom and Dad are proud of you "CC"!

Lizzie Johnson - Lizzie started ice initiation last year in April. This year she played on in-house team and in the 8U tournaments. She started skating at age of 5. When she is not playing hockey she enjoys figure skating, ballet and taekwondo. Her twin brother also plays hockey. The Lady Ducks coaches are especially proud of her hard work in hockey and her willingness to learn new things and listen to her coaches. Although Lizzie is quiet, coach Kathy once heard her say something funny at a game 3 months ago. (ha ha...). We are sure that will wear off eventually.

Lizzie is eight years old and a second grader at Villa Park Elementary. She is a top speller and likes writing and art. Her favorite color is pink and her favorite song is Love Story by Taylor Swift. Congratulations on a great season this year!

 

February 2010

19U
Allison Collins

Allison Collins

16U
Celine Whitlinger

Celine Whitlinger

14U
Paige Gast

Paige Gast

12U
Cayla Barnes

Cayla Barnes

10U
Ivy Boric

Ivy Boric

8U
Maddie King

Maddie King

Allison Collins - This is Allison's fourth season with the Lady Ducks. She is a senior at Murrieta Valley High School where she takes AP and advanced courses. Has a 3.5 GPA. Will be attending Plymouth State University next year and playing hockey at their new rink. During the summers she goes home to Newton,MA to lifeguard,and teach swimming lessons. She also enjoys playing nightly badminton games during the summer. She volunteers every week at the Iceoplex in Escondido teaching hockey to little kids. She has an older brother who plays lacrosse for New England College and a younger brother who plays for the 16AAA gulls along with 2 dogs. Allison has loved playing on Lady Ducks.

Celine Whitlinger - Celine has played goalie for 4 years. She spent her first year with Cal Selects and then came to the Lady Ducks and has played here for three years. Celine first started playing roller hockey at age 8 as a skater in Oceanside and has grown into a solid goalie. She is a sophomore at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, CA. She is taking honors and AP classes and carries a 3.7 GPA while playing for the Lady Ducks. She volunteers at the Connections Club which works with special needs children.

Her goal in hockey is to get a scholarship to an Ivey league college and get a good education. After college she wants to get a good paying job and maybe go to the Olympics

Paige Gast - This is Paige's 4 th year in ice hockey and 3 rd year as a Lady Duck where she was chosen to be one of the Captains two if the three years. She has been to Nationals three times and very proud to have brought home a bronze medal. She enjoys dancing and listening to music in the locker room with her teammates but when her skates hit the ice, it's all business as she's very competitive. Paige is a freshman at Fountain Valley High School where she maintains a 3.0 GPA and has enjoyed picking up a new sport this past year, field hockey. She still continues to play soccer, loves snowboarding and would like to add La Cross to her list of sports.

Cayla Barnes - Cayla is proud to say she has been involved in the Lady Ducks Program for the past 6 years, the last 3 years as a full time player. She also plays for the Squirt A Stars. She is an offensive Defenseman for both her teams and has tried to pattern her game after Scott Neidermeyer of the Anaheim Ducks. He just happens to be her favorite Ducks player with Ryan Getzlaf a close second. In her free time she plays travel soccer for the Foothill Storm U11 team. She Currently attends Clara Barton Elementary school in Corona where she is a 4.0 G.P.A. student.

Cayla's hobbies include drawing, playing all sports and being active, and playing with her dog GiGi. Her favorite color is Purple. She is excited to go to Green Bay, Wisconsin for 12U National Championships to compete against some of the best talent in the U.S. and bring home a National Championship to Anaheim.

Ivy Boric - Ivy, who has been playing hockey since she was 4, enjoyed her time this season playing for both the Lady Ducks 10u and 12uAA teams. The past two seasons, she has also tried her hand at playing in net on two in-house teams. One of the highlights of her season was getting to stand on the ice next to Jonas Hiller for the national anthem at Honda Center for California Hockey Day.

Ivy is a third grader at Waldorf School of Orange County, where her favorite classes are P.E. and Spanish. When she's not practicing her stick handling, most of her free time is spent reading and listening to music. Favorite bands include Modest Mouse, White Stripes, Queen, and Journey. Ivy's favorite Ducks are Todd Marchant and James Wisniewski, whom she watches to learn positioning.

Maddie King - I have been playing for the Lady Ducks for 3 seasons now and loving it. I was happy to play with the 8's and 10's this season. My most exciting moment is when I scored the game winner against the Sharks in one of the 8's games in Sam Jose. I had my 9th birthay in February and I'm in third grade. My favorite subject is math and I am a straight "A" student now that I am actually getting grades. I love all types of music but Taylor Swift and Paramore are my favorites.

January 2010

19U
Theresa Thompson

Theresa Thompson

16U
Courtney Burns

Courtney Burns

14U
Bailey Robertson

Bailey Robertson

12U
Alyssa Valentine

Alyssa Valentine

10U
Julia Freeman

Julia Freeman

8UU
Sophia Cloonan

Sophia Cloonan

Theresa Thompson - Theresa is a first year Lady Duck, and is currently playing on the 19u AA team. She started playing hockey when she was six years old. When Theresa received a Top Scorer and MVP award in roller hockey, at the age of ten, she decided it was time for a new challenge and switched to ice hockey. She always shows up to her hockey games and practices with a smile on her face and eager to play and practice. She is currently a freshman at San Dimas High School, and maintains a 4.2 GPA. Theresa hopes to major in pre-law and become a sports attorney, and play college hockey. During the summer, Theresa plays volleyball and basketball to help her stay in shape for hockey. She also plays tennis and is on her high school tennis team.

Theresa has played in many hockey tournaments, including the “Stick It To Cancer” tournament in Minnesota to support the fight against breast cancer. Although Theresa is relatively short for her age, she plays with the determination and mindset that allows her to compete against players of any age or size. Theresa is always mindful that, despite all of her individual effort, her success is due in large part to the support of her coaches and her team players (and of course the past couple of years of training with Don Johnson).

Courtney Burns - Courtney is a Sophomore at Desert Christian High School, in the home school department. She is 15 and will be able to start driving soon. She is the youngest of three children. She is very active and since she was little would climb a tree and jump from it. She was the daredevil of the three of them.

She has been playing hockey since she was three when her skates were too big because they didn't make them as small as her foot. She began in roller and switched to ice in 2004. She has always played forward and loves being on the ice. We always joke that if she were cut open she will bleed hockey....she has a passion for the game. This is her fourth year playing club ice hockey. Her first year was playing up on the U14 Lady Vipers, then 2 yrs on the U14 LA Selects. This is her first year with the Lady Ducks, and she is improving every time she hits the ice.

Bailey Robertson - Bailey started playing roller hockey at 9 years old and moved to playing on ice by age 11. She really loves the sport and has enjoyed the last 4 seasons playing on girls’ teams. When not on the ice Bailey is always working on her shot or her stick handling. This season has been a break out year for Bailey who has begun playmaking with greater consistency and earning more ice time, penalty kill time and raising her individual skills in all areas.

Bailey is very active and has played basketball, soccer, softball and most recently ran cross country for Villa Park High School where she is a freshman. She also studies hard and maintains a 3.5 GPA. Bailey hopes to play ice hockey for the Lady Ducks through high school and continue playing in college.

Alyssa Valentine - Alyssa Valentine is in her 5th season with the Lady Ducks. Still a month away from her 13th birthday she is already over 5’8”, which is one of the tallest girls on any of the Lady Ducks teams. As a 9 year old, playing on the 10s/squirt B team, another SCAHA parent was once overheard saying, "they allow the 12 year old girls to play down in the squirts, so the girls teams are competitive". ha ha ha ha ha....Alyssa was 9.

She was first on the ice at 15 months old and she was actually able to stand on her own. She began skating regularly while she was 2 years old and first played hockey when she was 4 years old. Alyssa has received coaching from a number of different people, including former NHLers Craig Johnson & Daryl Evans, over the years and worked extensively with Lady Ducks coach Vicky Wang the past several years refining her edge control and shooting techniques. Originally a defenseman, Alyssa now usually plays forward. She possesses a strong scoring ability and a powerful shot while always being mindful of back checking and covering the defensive zone. In her most recent tournament in San Jose Alyssa had 7 goals including a hat trick against a team from Vancouver. She also put in the tying goal, with 5 seconds left, in the Championship game against St. Louis.

She attends the Pegasus School in Huntington Beach where she is on the honor roll and is also a standout volleyball player. congratulations, Alyssa and I think you are 5'9" this week!

Julia Freeman - Julia Freeman is thrilled to be chosen as a Lady Duck of the month. Julia is 10 years old and in the 4th grade APAAS program at Turtle Rock Elementary in Irvine. Her favorite subjects in school are reading and writing (although she enjoys PE and music too). In addition to hockey, Julia also plays soccer and piano.

Because of her brothers Julia has been around hockey for most of her life, but she didn’t try it herself until a year ago last summer. Getting off the ice in Aliso after that first 3-on-3 clinic she declared hockey to be “AWESOME!” She loves playing winger and passing the puck to her line-mates. One of her favorite parts of the game is back-checking and popping the opponents’ sticks to mess up their play. When cheering on the Ducks she always watches for Corey Perry, George Parros, and, of course, Trainer Todd. She feels lucky to be part of the Lady Ducks program and hopes to graduate to 12U next season. Because of her involvement with the Lady Ducks, Julia (along with some of her team-mates), had the opportunity to appear in a commercial for the Chevrolet Traverse crossover vehicle. The commercial features young hockey players and was filmed over the last couple of weeks. Watch for it to be aired during the Olympics.

Sophia Cloonan - Sophia has been surrounded by hockey since before she was born. With both her older brother and sister playing hockey it was only natural for the "rink rat" to join her siblings and play the game she learned to enjoy. Sophia started ice skating when she was 3 years old in hockey gear of course and has been playing ever since. Her first team she played on was the San Diego Saints in-house mini-mite team. She has been "hooked" ever since. She could not hide her excitement when we asked her if she wanted to play on the Lady Ducks 8U team. She realized at that point that she would finally play in a tournament and get to put her hockey bag on a plane to San Jose. After being a spectator for her siblings so many times she finally felt the excitement of being the player.

Sophia is quite competitive and has a drive to win not only in sports but in school as well. She has played baseball for 2 years and had the opportunity to be the only girl in the league that played in the championship game taking second place. But, give her a challenge in school and she will do everything she can to win there as well. Sophia enjoys reading many different types of books and has exceeded all her reading goals to this point. She has also received numerous awards in school; Super Student and reading awards. Sophia's other interests include riding rollercoasters, Wii sports, fishing and cooking (she makes the BEST pancakes!).

 

 

November-December 2009

19U
Justine Duran

Justine Duran

16U
Thea-Marie Sauca

Thea-Marie Sauca

14U
Rachael Goodrow

Rachael Goodrow

12U
Rebecca Graham

Rebecca Graham

10U
McKenna Webster

McKenna Webster

8U
Hannah Labbe

Hannah Labbe

Justine Duran - Justine is a sophomore at Alhambra High School. This is her 4th season playing hockey. She played 3 years as a Pasadena Maple Leaf and 1 year on the LA Select team. Two years as a Leaf, her team won SCAHA which was a great experience for her. Justine has demonstrated a strong work ethic this season and has improved every month this season. Justine is enjoying her first season as a Lady Duck and just loves playing hockey! Keep up the good work and set your goals higher and higher. Congratulations.

Thea-Marie Sauca - Thea-Marie started playing hockey when she was 10 years old. She has been with the Lady Ducks for the last three years. Thea loves the sport passionately. She volunteers at a local ice rink to coach 4-7 year old children, teaching them the skills needed to become hockey players. A junior in high school, she maintains a 3.7 GPA putting her on the honor roll for school while holding down a part time job at the Ice Palace in Aliso Viejo and competing nationally in martial arts. On top of her sports and academic responsibilities, she also hopes to start volunteering at local hospitals to help out however she can.

Thea-Marie is a brown belt in American kenpo; undefeated in her division. However, opponents are difficult to find since there is a “mean girl from hockey” dominating the division….

Thea hopes to play college hockey in the future and keeps her grades up in order to do so. She also loves playing in the adult league during the summer, competing against college level male hockey players and enjoying every minute of it.

Rachael Goodrow - Rachael has been a Lady Duck for 6 seasons! She started in the 8u development program in 2002 and has not looked back. After starting in roller hockey in Kindergarten, Rachael moved to ice and learned quickly that she needed to switch from being a right shot to a Left shot... so she switched her shooting curve and her wheels for blades and took her crazy legs onto the ice. Good things have happened as Rachael has been a positive team role model and a smiling face on the ice and in the locker room. She is a member of the last two Pacific District 12u Champion teams, and helped her team earn a bronze medal at Nationals in 2009.

Rachael is solid in the classroom and has a 3.78 gpa which hopefully will take her to UCI for college (or maybe RPI, or Colgate where they have a hockey team?!). Rachael particularly likes the backdoor passing plays, and her cool studder step move that she has been working on (nice goal on Saturday!) and hopes someday to use her dazzling skills in the court room as an attorney. Great effort out there!

Rebecca Graham - Rebecca is a first year Lady Duck’s player who has made excellent progress this past year. She switched to ice hockey after playing roller for 6 years. Rebecca is a 7th grade straight ‘A’ student at Rancho Santa Margarita Middle School. She loves and excels in Math and of course P.E. She is a strong student in school and is a versatile player who enjoys and excels in both offense and defense. In the spring and summer, the boys seem to enjoy having Rebecca play on their Gold roller NARCh team. When Rebecca’s not playing hockey, she enjoys listening to music, snowboarding and spending time with her new “Westie” Scottie. Keep up the hard work and dedication to both school and hockey!!

McKenna Webster - McKenna Webster is 10 years old and in 5th Grade at Robinson Ranch Elementary School in Trabuco Canyon. Her favorite subjects are math and science. She first started skating when she was 5. At 7 she skated the Ottawa canal 5 miles with her family. She got her first stick that winter and started hockey at Aliso. The next season she found the Lady Ducks and played on the 8U team. This is her second year with the 10U and loves hockey more every year. She plays tough defense and loves to help out her teammates. Her favorite players on the Ducks are Scott Niedermayer, JS Giquere and of course Trainer Todd . She plays softball in the off season and keeps busy camping and hiking with her family.

Hannah Labbe - Hannah is 8 years old and is in second grade. This is her first year with the Lady Ducks and she is loving every minute of it. She was so excited to play with an all girls team of her own age. She has played hockey for two years (with the boys) and started skating at the age of 5. She has two brothers, one older and one younger, that also play. Her first goal was scored in a tournament last year with her Mite B team, a wrist shot off a nice pass from the corner. Her most memorable hockey moments are skating at Staples Center between periods at the Kings game, and having Brian Salcido (Ducks Defenseman) tie her skates at a power skating clinic. When she’s not playing hockey, Hannah likes to play with her dog “Z” (zamboni), jump on the trampoline and read. Her favorite subjects in school are Math and P.E.

October 2009

19U
Amanda Forsyth Amanda Forsyth

16U
Lynndy Smith

Lynndy Smith

14U
Jenny Jones

Jenny Jones

12U
Gabby Monaco

Gabby Monaco

10U
Ashley Sabers

Ashley Sabers

8U
Iman Shepard

Iman Shepard

Amanda Forsyth - Amanda is in her 4th season with the Lady Ducks. She is Captain this year and hopes to lead her team to a 19uAA National Title. Amanda has shown strong leadership qualities this season and is not only a leader on this ice, putting the puck in the net and play-making but, she is also doing a great job bringing her team together. Amanda is a senior at Ayala High School where she maintains a 3.70 G.P.A. while taking honor classes. She is on the Cross Country team and the Track and Field team at her school. She works hard to keep in shape and runs 7-9 miles a day with her Cross Country team.

She plans on attending a college where she can continue playing hockey and run cross country. Her plans are to major in Child Psychology and Criminal Psychology and earn her Masters. Great work this season, Amanda

Lynndy Smith - Lynndy is a first year Lady Duck player, coming out of Arizona and driving to CA on weekends to play with the team. Lynndy started playing hockey near her home when she was about 6 years old, was invited to a birthday party, along with her brothers, at that same building. I think the moment her skates touched the ice, she was hooked. Lynndy started figure skating and advanced quickly through the learn to skate program. With her dad coaxing her to, “come play hockey so you can beat up the boys” and her having TWO older brothers, was just too much for her to pass up. She was asked to try-out for a Mite travel team and Lynndy never looked back. She would figure-skate in the mornings from 6:30 to 8:30 am and then get to school a little late a few days a week. Then she would play hockey in the evenings a couple of times a week with games on the weekend.

She eventually gave up figure-skating when she was about 9 or so. Her commitment to hockey had grown and she would rather go to stick-time as opposed to practice figure-skating moves. Everyone could tell, she just loved hockey so much more and she loved playing with the boys. Her Peewee AA year she was asked to compete in the “Got Skills” competition for Arizona, she was the only girl there. She won her division in Fastest Skater and 2nd place in Hardest Shot. That entitled her to advance to the National Competition, where again, she was the only girl. In the Fastest Skater she placed 3rd overall and that was with a 1 second penalty for a re-do after having fallen during the 1st go, otherwise she would have won the National Fastest Skater title. When she was eligible for the U.S.A. Development Camp, she’s qualified at both the state and regional level and advanced to the National Camp in Rochester, NY for her 14th and 15th years.

In school, Lynndy attends a charter school, Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics where she has a 4.5 grade point average due to her advanced classes. She is president of her schools National Honor Society and was just chosen as Citizen of the Month. She is in the advanced arts class and one of her drawings was used for the school’s 2008-09 yearbook. She plays the in the advanced drums and guitar classes, although she’s completely shy about playing for anyone. She’s committed to playing hockey at the highest level available to her and is not afraid to work hard to get to where she wants to go. She played Mite through Bantam AAA with the boys and currently continues to practice with local teams in Arizona while playing for the Anaheim Ducks. She misses playing with her male friends, but is elated with the new friends she’s made on her new Ducks team and girls from the National Camps. Regardless where the opportunities in hockey take Lynndy, I know she will be a better person for having been a part of this team.

Jenny Jones - Jenny has played for the Lady Ducks since 10u and is the captain of the 14u team this season. She is a Freshman at Elsinore High school and has a 3.3 gpa. Jenny has been part of five USAHockey National Bound teams and earned three bronze medals with those teams, which is a great accomplishment. She started in hockey after moving over from figure skating for a couple years as a 6 and 7 year old.

Jenny enjoys dancing and is involved with a dance group at school. She enjoys hanging out with friends and reading when she's not on her way to and from the rink on the long drive from the Inland Empire.

Gabbie Monaco - Gabby has been playing with the Lady Ducks and SCAHA youth hockey on and off for a few years now. She is enjoying playing and has shown hard work on the blue line this year. As far as short-term goals for hockey, Gabby wants the Lady Ducks to win Nationals this year. A long-term hockey goal of hers is to play in the Olympics. Gabby had a funny thing happen to her during her first year playing ice hockey. Her squirt team won the essay contest to skate with the Ducks. Of course she was thrilled! I believe that was Ryan Getzlaf's first season. Anyway, they were doing a quick scrimmage with a few of the players, and somehow Getzlaf ended up down on the ice in front of the net. Gabby landed on top of him, and remained there, not letting him get up! Luckily Ryan was a good sport about it, and they both sat there and laughed. That's one hockey memory that will stay with her for quite some time.

Gabby's favorite subject in school...math (she originally said P.E. ...not sure why she changed it.) A goal that Gabby has set for herself in school is to get A's in spelling (somewhat of a challenge for her :o) Gabby hates tomatoes and fish, and her favorite color is yellow.

Ashley Sabers - Ashley Sabers is 10 years old, and is a 5th grader at Carden Academy of Huntington Beach. Her favorite subject is science. Ashley started playing roller hockey around the age of 6 and then decided to follow her big brother over to ice hockey. She started in the Lady Ducks 8U program and has made great progress in her two years as a Lady Duck. Outside of hockey she loves to cook, read and ride her bike with friends.

This is her second year on the 10U’s and she loves every minute of it!! Ashley loves her friends and teammates and her favorite LD memory is the sleepover at Coach Caroline’s house.

Iman Shepard - Iman is a new addition to the Lady Ducks 8u program this season and comes with more than a year's hockey experience! She is a speedy stay at home defenseman (not if coach Kathy can get her to jump up into the play!!). Iman listens well and tries hard on every shift (including practices). Iman was seen smiling endlessly during the Lady Ducks Fall tournament and really enjoyed the friendships she has started playing with the girls. She began figure skating at age 6 but decided to move over to the hockey world instead because of the Team competition.

Iman attends the 3rd grade at Valentine Elementary School, where her favorite subjects are Art and Physical Education. Iman's favorite hockey moment was when she stopped a break away in a play off game last season in the final seconds. Her team went on to win the GAME! Her favorite Ducks Player is Saku Koivu and she loves playing hockey with her girl's team because her boys team likes to tease her... silly boys!!! When she's not playing hockey, Iman enjoys soccer, reading ("The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" and the "Dear Dumb Diary" series) and art.

September 2009

19U
Amanda Durrer

Amanda Durrer

16U
Megan Crandell

Megan Crandell

14U
Kiyono Cox

Kiyono Cox

12U
Cami Sullivan

Cami Sullivan

10U
Cannady Talegheni

Cannady Talegheni

8UU
Marissa Gebauer

Marissa Gebauer

Amanda Durrer - Amanda is a 17 year old senior at The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles. She has played organized hockey for 7 years, and goalie for all of those except one. In the last two years, she has led her team to a runner up spot in the SCAHA finals and the CAHA playoffs. She has multiple shut-outs to her credit. Her first game as a Duck was against her former boys' team, the West Valley Wolves, and although the Lady Ducks lost, Amanda faced 61 shots in the first 2 periods and only allowed 7 goals.
Amanda not only looks awesome in her Ducks goalie equipment and custom painted goalie mask but she's dominating in the net and aspires to play Division I college hockey and looks forward to a great season with the Lady Ducks. Congratulations, Amanda, on a great first month of the season!

Megan Crandell - Megan has been playing hockey for almost 10 years. She switched to ice hockey last year. This is her second season with the Lady Ducks. Since retiring her "backwards hat" over the season, Megan spends lots of her time straightening her hair and finding ways to decorate with pre-wrap.
When not playing for the Lady Ducks, Megan attends Troy High School and is "captain" of her volleyball team. She loves to snowboard in the winter, BMX, and still plays roller hockey in the summer with the boys and plays goalie for her mom's team (no threat Katie and Celine). Megan would love to play college hockey and plans on becoming a trauma room surgeon.

Kiyono Cox - Kiyono is half Japanese (named after her great grandmother). Kiyono was born in Vancouver, Canada, but moved to Japan when she was 2 until she was 7. She learned to skate there and upon coming to the US (Chicago) she spent the first 2 years figure skating before switching to hockey as a second year squirt. In addition, she can be found frequently visiting her Canadian cousins in Winnipeg for some of that freezing "au naturale" kind of hockey. She moved to LA in the summer of 2008 and goes to Culver City Middle School.
Kiyono Shoots Left and has a knack for playing a more offensive style from the Blue line. She played last year for the Peewee A Jr. Kings and the prior 3 years for the Northwest Chargers in Chicago. Kiyono has quickly stepped into girls' hockey as a strong player and has made a big impact on her team already this season. Congratulations, Kiyono!

Cami Sullivan - Cami is 11 years old, and is a 6th grader in California Virtual Academy, L.A. She donned her first pair of hockey skates at age 4 and continues to love to play the game of hockey. This will be Cami's third year with the Lady Ducks and she has made many good friends from this experience. Her most memorable times spent with her team are the "sleepovers". Cami's favorite championship win was last season with the LD 10U Team in Connecticut. This season, she is proving on the ice that "size doesn't matter".
Cami is known for her enforcer-like attitude and hard work on every shift. She is very coachable and demonstrates that hard work pays off as the most improved player on the team, early in the season. Way to go, Cam!

Cannady Talegheni - Cannady Taleghani is a 10 year old from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. She discovered ice hockey during the Ducks 2007-2008 season when they brought the Stanley Cup to Anaheim, CA. She got her first stick and rollerblades that Christmas and by spring, 2008 was on her first roller hockey team with California Street Hockey. She advanced that summer to 949. In the spring of 2009, she followed her brother’s footsteps onto the ice and played in house at Aliso Ice Palace. It was there she developed her love for the ice, and when it was suggested to her she should be a Lady Duck, she knew that was what she wanted to do.
This is her first season with the Lady Ducks on the 10U team, and she has loved every minute of it. Cannady is a great listener and is the most improved player on the 10s so far this season, even earning a "Hat Trick" in her first girls' tournament! Great effort, Cannady!

Marissa Gebauer - Having two older brothers that play hockey, Marissa has been a frequent visitor of hockey rinks since she was very young. So it was of little surprise when about two years ago Marissa informed us that it was time to buy her a hockey stick. Beginning with her first few steps on the ice, Marissa has had nothing but fun and her love for the game grows every time she puts on her skates. Becoming a member of the Lady Ducks has doubled her enjoyment and opened the door to a world of friendships and memories that have only just begun.
At home Marissa is busy with school, her friends and her cat. She’s always the first to answer the door, pick up the phone or get into the car when it’s time to go somewhere. She often disappears into the garage where she practices shooting pucks or playing mini-hockey. When Marissa teams up with her brothers she’s frequently forced to put on the goalie gear which probably explains why one of her favorite players is Jonas Hiller. No matter the time of day or what she’s up to, it’s a rare moment when you find Marissa without a big smile on her face!


March 2009

16U
Lauren Straus

Lauren_Straus

14U
Megan Crandell

Megan Crandell
12U
Kara Drexler

Kara Drexler
10U
Kateri McClellan

Kateri McClellan
8U
Kamryn Kennedy

Kamryn Kennedy

Lauren Straus - Lauren started playing hockey when she was 3. She played roller for about 4-5 years, then switched to ice with the Las Vegas Outlaws. She use to sit with her dad and watch the Kings play on TV. One of her favorite players is Chris Ferraro and she's been able to skate a couple of times with him. Lauren was a stand out forward on the 16s this year and is a top collegiate prospect heading into her senior year. As one of the top scorers in the Pacific District this season, Lauren has demonstrated a strong work ethic and outstanding team play throughout the entire season.

Lauren's favorite food is salmon. In her free time, she likes to go to the rink and help with the girls hockey program. When she's home she takes her dog Cutie to the park and spends lots of time with her. She's spent the last 6 years commuting to Southern California to play hockey and once again produced another outstanding effort! Great season, Lauren!

Megan Crandell - Megan started playing roller hockey when she was 5 years old. She had no skating experience and would come home after each game, put her wet, sweaty and smelly gear back on and practice in the back yard in 100 degree weather. She had such determination to become better. Last year she wanted to cross over to ice, so she started clinics at Anaheim Ice. Coach Kathy invited her to practice with the 12's and what a shock that was when she saw how good they were! Especially since she would have to try out for the 14u's. Once she start practicing with the LD's Megan knew her work was cut out for her if she wanted to make the team. She did everything possible to get lessons, clinics and whatever ice time she could grab. Megan says that making the 14U team this year has been "one of the biggest joys of her life"!

Megan also plays school volleyball, flag football, roller hockey, baseball, but much of her time, when she's not playing hockey, is spent on her skateboard or BMX bike on the trails of Fullerton where she meets with friends after school and comes home bruised and bloody.

Megan attends Beechwood Jr. High in Fullerton and is in the 8th grade. She will attend Troy High School next year. Megan yearns to play college hockey.

Off the ice Megan is always attached to her ITOUCH, loves all food, has just discovered sushi and has never turned down a chocolate bar. Mini hockey is always going on in the living room at home.

Kara Drexler - Kara is in her 3rd year with the Lady Ducks. She is in 7th grade and is an honor roll student at Manhattan Beach Middle School. Kara is a very hard worker on and off the ice and improved her skating speed to win the Pacific District Championship's Fastest Skater in her heat in the 12U division this year. On the ice, she strives to do her best, not only for herself but also for her teammates. This year has been a huge growth year for Kara as she has stepped up into a more dominant defenseman's role and helped the LDs win the Pacific District Championship with her toughness in all three zones, including on offense, continuing that effort to a bronze medal at Nationals.

She looks forward to practices, clinics, lessons and of course games! Off the ice, her studies seem to keep her busy most of the time. Summers are mostly spent at the beach working with the little kids at a local surf camp and when time permits, Kara will try to catch a few waves herself. Kara hopes to play college hockey at either Yale, University of Minnesota or Boston College.

Kateri McClellan - Kateri was given a new pair of figure skates for her 5th birthday; she refused to put them on. She tried on her brother Robbie's hockey skates and the rest is history…this is Kateri's third season as a Lady Duck. She has learned a great deal about hockey, sportsmanship and friendship as a member of the Lady Ducks. She is a 5th grade student at St. John Fisher School in Palos Verdes. Kateri is a good student; her favorite subjects are English and math. Kateri is her class representative for student council. She is a member of her school choir and track team. Last month Kateri was recognized and presented with a plaque from her school for her accomplishments in hockey.

In her spare time Kateri enjoys playing with her friends, roller-skating, watching movies and playing with her dog Xena. Her favorite colors are blue and green. And she loves ice cream and pizza. Kateri was one of two 10U players this year who stepped up into the 12s to gain experience and was part of the Pacific District Championship team this year (and more recently the Bronze Medal at Nationals!). Kateri is a solid, offensive defensemen and hopes to one day to play hockey in college.

Kamryn Kennedy - Karmyn is a first year Lady Duck and is following in her big brother (Jackson, Jr. Duck) and big sister's (Mackenzie, LD 12s) footsteps as a DUCK. Kamryn, who once used her tremendous energy to "explore" the confines of Anaheim ICE, is now putting her energy into her skating and skills on the ice! Kami is learning new skills every week and is looking forward to her goal scoring future!

When not on the ice (or in Coach Kathy's sight) Kami enjoys icees and salt & vinegar potato chips. If there aren't any Salt & vinegar she will settle for cool ranch Dorito's :o)
Congratulations, Kami.

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February 2009
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16U
Megan Meyers

Megan Meyers

14U
Dylanne Crugnale

Dylanne Crugnale
12U
Nina Rodgers

Nina Rodgers
10U
Nicole Dunbar

Nicole Dunbar
8U
Esther Oh

Esther Oh

Megan Myers - Megan is in her 2nd year with the Lady Ducks and as a junior at Arbor View High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, she is one of the 3 LD’s to drive down to Anaheim every weekend for practices and games. She is the Junior Class Vice President and an anchor for AVTV the schools news station. Besides playing hockey, she plays JV basketball, and loves to hang out with the family in her spare time. Megan is Capitan of the 16U team this year and is proud of not only what her small team has accomplished, but how they bonded, and became better friends then before.

On the ice Megan’s hard work, passing, and toe-dragging maneuvers, gets her to the net scoring big points for her team. Megan participated in the 2008 USAHockey National Development Camp and she is hoping to make it again this year. Megan’s goals consist of playing college hockey, with hopes of making the Olympic team and majoring in sports medicine in college. Megan’s favorite player is Ryan Getzlaf of The Anaheim Ducks.

Dylanne Crugnale - This 4-time USAHockey Nationals Medalist for the Lady Ducks (1 Gold, 3 Bronze), Dylanne has been a core playmaker and special teams player for the club since the beginning. Dylanne, an elite academician and athlete has demonstrated her ability with A's in the classroom and G's and A's on the ice!! Dylanne is known for her dry sense of humor, occasional sarcasm and although the District and Nationals announcers have never seemed to say her name correctly, she keeps giving them opportunities by burying pucks, dishing off great passes and occasionally sitting in the sin bin :0).

Dylanne was dominant during the MLK Invitiational Tournament in San Jose, leading ALL 14s scorers for the tournament including a 4 point effort in the Final, helping her team to an 8-0 Championship. Dylanne followed that up with another great performance at the Pacific District tournament in Fairbanks, AK, once again leading her team to the Championship. Congratulations Dyl on another great year!

Nina Rodgers - This is Nina's first tournament season with the Lady Ducks. She thinks it's a blast playing with this great team and loves the friends she has made here. Nina started playing hockey at 5 in Minnesota on outdoor and indoor ice. Her family moved to California 3 years ago where she continued to play hockey in Anaheim with BCL. Her favorite subject in school is math and she plays drums in her school band. Her favorite color is green, and she loves pickle chips, which are harder to find in California. When she's not playing hockey, she likes swimming, basketball, dodgeball, and dirt biking. She hopes to play college hockey at the University of Minnesota, and to play in the Olympics.

Nicole Dunbar - Nicole has been a rink rat since 2 weeks old, attending her older brother's hockey games (Doug 20, Derek 17) so it's no surprise that her first spoken word was 'HOCKEY'. After starting 'baby blades' skating classes at age 2, Nicole began playing team roller hockey when she was 3 years old and made an easy transition to ice hockey by age 5. Nicole has been playing travel ice hockey with boy's teams since her Mite days as a Jr. Duck and in 2008-09 started playing full time for the Lady Ducks. A highlight of this past Lady Duck season was when she notched 6 goals and an assist in one game and she scored 2 of the 4 goals during the championship game at the MLK Tournament. Nicole looks forward with much anticipation to playing 12U next season and has big aspirations to one day play for the Harvard Crimson Women's ice hockey team and to being the first female NHL winger and in the off season being a veterinarian.

Nicole is currently a fifth grader at Wagon Wheel Elementary in Trabuco Canyon and loves math, writing and reading. She also loves drawing animals and creating team posters for all of her teams. Her favorite carbo load food is garlic bread! Her I-Pod is loaded with tunes from Carolina Liar, The Fray and Airborne Toxic Event , but her go to pre-game psych up song has to be Aerosmith's Dream On from her favorite movie 'Miracle' . For "Hockey Weekend Across America" in February 2009 Nicole organized "Hockey Day" at her school and encouraged her fellow school mates to wear their favorite hockey jerseys to school. While hockey is her favorite sport, Nicole has her very own sporting goods store in her family garage! Her new found love is lacrosse, but she also is competitive on the soccer and softball fields (in what other position than catcher for a hockey player?) and when time and patience permits, on the golf course.

Esther Oh - Esther is playing her first year with the Lady Ducks and is a first year ice hockey player. Coach Caroline says that she's learning very quickly and her hard work is paying off. Esther plays forward and works hard to improve breaking the puck out, staying onside and going to the hard to the net for rebounds. She has fun playing on the Lady Ducks and wants to be a great hockey player someday.




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