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.
James Lazette is one of Stockton’s finest. As the captain of the Stockton Colt’s Squirt Level team, James is distinguishing himself as a true leader. In a recent difficult loss, James found his way to 10 of the Colt’s 26 shots on goal. He recorded 2 goals on those shots and added an assist for a total of three points (2-1=3). Despite the loss James was a plus-2. It has been said that James has a great hockey sense and is really strong on the team’s penalty kills. James enjoys watching Sharks’ favorites such as Steve Bernier and Milan Michalek and works hard in practice to duplicate their moves. Way to go James!!!
Rich Lane is a dedicated hockey dad. He spends hundreds of hours helping to organize the Tahoe Grizzles Travel Program, which is in its first year and a successor to the High Sierra Hockey Club in Reno. Not only is Rich the Travel Hockey Director, Rich also acts as the Webmaster, keeping the website up to date and informative throughout the season. He doesn’t stop there. Rich drives from Reno twice a week to bring his son Andrew to South Tahoe Ice Arena for the Grizzly Bantam. In addition, Rich formed the Mountain Lions, a tournament group dedicated to elevating the level of hockey in the Tahoe area. In is not too much of a reach to say that without Rich Lane, the South Tahoe Amateur Hockey Association would not exist. South Lake Tahoe Hockey thanks Rich Lane.
Coach Ian MacDonald and the Santa Clara Blackhawk Mites
Coach Ian MacDonald is a savior of sorts. When the Santa Clara Mite team was nearly forced to fold up the season before even playing a game this year, a persistent Coach MacDonald lobbied to keep his team from getting the axe. Despite the team’s low numbers, Coach MacDonald remained positive and instilled a philosophy of hard work, fair play and fun to his team. Over the next couple of months several players were added to the Blackhawks and today the team is as strong as ever. Thanks Coach MacDonald for returning the fun back to hockey.