Each week, NORCAL Hockey selects three teams, players, coaches or volunteers as their Three Stars of the Week. Winners will be featured during an intermission report on an FSN Bay Area telecast during a Sharks game and on SJSHARKS.com. Here are this week’s winners.
The San Jose Sharks would like to recognize Susan DeLance as a NORCAL Star of the Week. Susan, a long time parent and volunteer for the California Cougars, has been featured in USA Hockey Magazine as a result of her dedication to the sport. Susan and her husband John host a Thanksgiving dinner for more than 800 people during a tournament in Anaheim each November that includes players and their extended families from all around the nation. Susan says, “You can be fierce competitors on the ice, but off the ice, we’re all just a bunch of parents whose kids are playing something they love.” Thanks for all your hard work Susan.
Ray Monks is the president of the Capital Thunder Youth Hockey Club in Roseville and also serves on the NORCAL Executive Board. He has served as president since 2004 and became involved with youth hockey in 2000. Previous to his position with the Thunder, Ray served as the president of the Fresno Jr. Falcons. Ray devotes a large sum of time to serving Northern California’s youth hockey teams and his dedication makes such a difference in the lives of so many.
Tri-Valley Blue Devils Midget 18A Team
The Tri-Valley Blue Devils were the first Midget 18A team from Northern California to make it to the finals in the 35-year history of the Silver Stick tournament recently played in Sarnia, Ontario in Canada. Competing in a 12-team division, the Tri-Valley Midgets were just edged out 3-2 in the Championship game by the Woodstock Navy Jets of Ontario. The tournament contained just three American teams to Canada’s nine and the Blue Devils had to play a total of four games in a 30-hour time frame. However, toughing it out paid off as the Tri-Valley Blue Devils now have their name on the Silver Stick Hall of Fame Trophy. Congratulations Blue Devils on a tremendous effort.