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SoCal Youths Qualify for Ace's Got Skills

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
Twenty Southern California youth players qualified for the Ace's Got Skills 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.

Anaheim Ducks players Corey Perry and Travis Moen were present on the ice to participate and give instruction to participants at the Aliso Viejo Ice Palace, and Teemu Selanne and Kent Huskins were at Anaheim Ice.

The Ace’s 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.  Registration is $20 and each youth only needs to compete in one local level competition. Regional winners will be invited to compete at the Got Skills National Championships in June of 2009. Participants are divided into 'Travel' and 'House' levels to create the most balanced competitive environment, and there are winners at both levels.

Following are the winners at the Southern California local competitions. For more information, visit

Squirt House: Aliso Viejo Ice Palace
Fastest Skater:  Arshia Mitchell
Hardest Shot:  Ryan Armstrong
Shooting Accuracy:  Kelso Bradshaw
Shoot Out:   Blake Reed
Goalie:   Nicolas Valdez

Pee Wee House: Aliso Viejo Ice Palace
Fastest Skater:  Tim Ciotoli
Hardest Shot:  Tim Ciotoli
Shooting Accuracy:   Philip Kasko
Shoot Out:  David Swerdlow
Goalie:  Donovan Weaver

Squirt Travel: Aliso Viejo Ice Palace
Fastest Skater:  Jack Gates
Hardest Shot:  Travis Vinton
Shooting Accuracy:  Shane Gilbert
Shoot Out:  Jack Gates & Michael Kerbrat
Goalie:   Joshua Pack

Pee Wee Travel: Aliso Viejo Ice Palace
Fastest Skater:  Kevin Fry
Hardest Shot:  Frank Horowitz
Shooting Accuracy:  Jake Rosenbaum
Shoot Out:  Cameron Rorick
Goalie:  Sean Lincoln

Squirt Travel: Anaheim Ice
Fastest Skater:  Brady Newton
Hardest Shot:  Brett Pickler
Shooting Accuracy:  Jacob Aho
Shoot Out:  Chandler Ditolla
Goalie:  Ian Gibbons

Pee Wee Travel: Anaheim Ice
Fastest Skater:  Evan Camba
Hardest Shot:  Cole Redl
Shooting Accuracy:  Frank Horowitz
Shoot Out:  Cole Redl
Goalie:  Jason Footlick

Top Skills (Squirt): Jack Gates
Top Skills (Pee Wee): Cole Redl
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