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CAHA Tournament Returns To Logitech Ice

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
Logitech Ice at San Jose has another reason to brag. The facility already boasts the hottest sports bar in town, Stanley’s, and a fourth ice rink, making it the largest skating facility west of the Mississippi River. Now, the elite California Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) Tier I and Tier II state tournament will be held at Logitech Ice from Feb. 24-26.

“It’s great for Logitech to host these teams, but it’s also great for them to come here because the facility is the best place to compete,” said Zack Lytle, hockey manager for Logitech Ice. “With the four rinks, nothing else compares.”

The best of the best in youth hockey will battle on all four ice sheets for the title of CAHA State Champion. Those participating play for teams ranging from Pee-Wee to Midget 18U. There will be 28 teams competing throughout the weekend, hailing from Los Angeles and all over Southern California, as well as an impressive number of teams fielded from Northern California.

“This is great for the growth of hockey, said Lytle. “It’s a relatively new sport out here, compared to the East Coast and Canada. With the continued growth of the sport in the area, I can see a California-trained hockey player playing in the NCAA very soon and then the NHL.”

CAHA games began in September and play continued all throughout the fall and winter. In January, selected players of high school age attended an elite camp in Lakewood, CA. Following the tournament season, including the National’s games March 29 through April 2, the best players are selected to participate in the summer camp in June.

This tournament at Logitech Ice is one of the most important for competitive amateur hockey players. Although there are no scouts present because of the age range, those who win at Logitech Ice go on to compete at the national tournament, where many college scouts are on the lookout for new talent.

Logitech Ice has been hosting these types of tournaments for several years. With the new fourth rink added last June, the 170,000 square foot facility is even more enticing to amateur hockey players.

The rink schedule for Logitech Ice also includes other elite tournaments for the rest of the year. The Pacific District Girls/Women’s Hockey Championships will also be held at Logitech Ice from March 9 until March 12. Because of the smaller number of girls teams in the area, the tournament is a regional one. Those who win in March will play in the national tournament.

The young talent showcased in the upcoming months will be worthy of the large crowds that are expected to attend these events.

“In the past few years, at least one or two California teams have played in the national tournament,” Lytle explained. “That’s unheard of, and it all starts here.”

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