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Nine Compete in Got Skills Nationals

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
Ian Gibbons of KHS Ice Arena in Anaheim was the lone winner among the nine competing in the nationals, taking home the Squirt Top Skills Goalie title.
Nine Southern California youth players were among the more than 100 competitors at the 2009 Got Skills Championships, held June 26-28 at the Aviator Sports Complex in New York. Players representing their local NHL teams ranged from twelve states and Canada.


The Got Skills Competition is open to boys and girls ages 9-12. The competition tests skill level in five different categories: Skating, Shooting Accuracy, Hardest Shot, Breakaway Shootout and Goaltending. Participants are divided into 'Travel' and 'House' levels to create the most balanced competitive environment, and there are winners at both levels.

Ian Gibbons of the KHS Ice Arena in Anaheim was the lone winner among the Southern California participants, taking the Squirt Top Skills Goalie title. Other participants included:

Squirt
Ryan Armstrong – Local Organization: Aliso Viejo Ice Palace
Ian Gibbons – Local Organization: KHS Ice Arena
Arshia Mitchell – Local Organization: Aliso Viejo Ice Palace
Brady Newton – Local Organization: Anaheim Jr. Ducks 

Pee Wee
Brandon Armstrong – Local Organization: Aliso Viejo Ice Palace
Timothy Ciotoli – Local Organization: Aliso Viejo Ice Palace
Kevin Fry – Local Organization: Anaheim Jr. Ducks
Frankie Horowitz – Local Organization: LA Selects Pee Wee AAA
Phillip Kasko – Local Organization: Aliso Viejo Ice Palace

Newton (Squirt) and Ciotoli (Pee Wee) each finished fourth in the Fastest Skater competition, and Armstrong (Pee Wee) finished second in Hardest Shot.

The players qualified for the National Championships by winning one of the five skills categories during local events held December 6 at the Aliso Viejo Ice Palace and December 8 at Anaheim Ice.
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