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SoCal Players Shine at Ace's Got Skills Local Competitions

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

The three local competitions for Ace's Got Skills, held in mid-November, were a tremendous success, with 135 participants. Numerous Southern California youth players took home titles at the local competitions held November 16 at Aliso Viejo Ice Palace and Westminster Ice Arena and November 18 at Anaheim Ice.


Ducks forwards Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf were both on hand for all three local competitions to cheer on the contestants. "Ace's Got Skills gives young hockey players a chance to shine," said Perry.

The Ace's Got Skills competition is open to boys and girls ages 9-12. The competition tests skill level in five different categories: Fastest Skater, Shooting Accuracy, Hardest Shot, Shoot Out and Goaltending.

Each overall winner advances to the Ace's Got Skills finals, held in New York City next summer. The competition and foundation's namesake, Ace Bailey, played 11 seasons in the NHL on five different teams and won two Stanley Cup trophies with the Boston Bruins in 1970 and 1972. After his playing career, he joined the Edmonton Oilers scouting staff before serving as the Director of Pro Scouting for the Los Angeles Kings for seven years. He was killed on September 11, 2001 in the terrorist attacks as he was on board a flight to Los Angeles for the Kings' training camp.

Following are the winners at each local competition:

Aliso Viejo Squirts
Kyle Penn (Mission Viejo)   Fastest Skater 15.06
Gavin Grace (Aliso Viejo)    Accuracy 3
Taylor Urch (Orange)   Hardest Shot 37
Matthew Putman (Redondo Beach) Shootout 3
Alexander Werdmuller (Laguna Hills)   Goalie 0.704

Aliso Viejo PeeWee's
Cody Nicoll (Tustin)   Fastest Skater  14.61
Cody Nicoll Accuracy 4
Grayson Kang (Costa Mesa)   Hardest Shot 54
Nick Rossiter (Mission Viejo)   Shootout 3
Ryan Ruck (Coto de Caza)  Goalie 0.917

Westminster Squirts
Fastest Skater - Cole Redl - Huntington Beach, CA 13.56
Accuracy - Jake Slaker - San Diego, CA 4
Hardest Shot - Cole Redl 50
Shoot Out - Vincent De Mey - Los Angeles, CA 3
Goalie - Sean Lincoln - Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 0.567

Westminster PeeWee's
Fastest Skater - Luke McColgan - Huntington Beach, CA 12.88
Accuracy - Micah Hubbard - Fountain Valley, CA 4
Hardest Shot - Max Becker - Orange, CA 59
Shoot Out - Austin Ho - Chino Hills, CA 5
Goalie - Stephen Warnick - Huntington Beach, CA 0.789

Anaheim Ice Squirts 
Fastest Skater - Keenan Haase - Mission Viejo,CA 14.83
Accuracy - Dakota Raabe - Corona, CA 5
Hardest Shot - Keenan Haase 44
ShootOut - Keenan Haase 5
Goalie - Austin Alarcon - Belle Flower, CA 0.742

Anaheim Ice PeeWees
Fastest Skater- Dennis Kravchenko - San Clemente, CA 13.98
Accuracy - TJ Sneath - Chino, CA 7
Hardest Shot - Dennis Kravchenko 60
ShootOut - Dennis Kravchenko 4
Goalie - Collin Delia - Norco, CA 0.833

* Names in bold advanced to Nationals

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