SAN JOSE, California
– The San Jose Jr. Sharks Girls program recently boasted three major wins: The Girls 12AA and 16AA won the Pacific Division Championships and Girls 10U closed their season with a winning record in the Norcal Squirt B Division, clinching a play-in berth for the Norcal Playoffs.
The Jr. Sharks Girls 12AA and 16AA teams left the frozen Fairbanks, Alaska tundra with two 2012 Pacific District Championship trophies in hand. Both teams will be playing in their respective age divisions at the 2012 USA Hockey Tier II National Championships, in Irving, Texas, March 28 – April 1.
The Jr. Sharks Girls 12AA team finished round robin play as the second seed by splitting two games against the Anaheim Lady Ducks 12AA team and sweeping both games against the Alaska All Stars 12AA team. The Jr. Sharks outscored the All Stars 17-3. In the championship game against the Lady Ducks, the Jr. Shark were down 0-1 in the first period, but came back with 6 unanswered goals to capture the 12U Tier II Pacific District crown.
“I am so pleased with the way our girls brought their ‘A’ game today. They have shown that working hard for three periods combined with consistent, solid passing makes a formidable combination” states Rick Burke, 12AA head coach. Our stats show that we did not rely on any one player, in fact, all three lines contributed two goals each. Our goaltender was also solid between the pipes," Burke added.
Despite two opening round shootout losses (including a 20 round shootout in the first game) to the Alaska Icebreakers, the Jr. Sharks Girls 16AA rebounded to win two games over Team Alaska, and earn a spot in the championship. Scoring two goals in less than five minutes, the Jr. Sharks held on to defeat the hometown favorite Icebreakers 2-1, to take the Pacific District title.
“This very young team was extremely tenacious and poised. They played good defensive hockey to only give up five goals all tournament,” states Karl Schoech, 16AA head coach. “It was a real triumph to beat an extremely experienced and talented Icebreakers team in their own backyard.”
The Jr. Sharks Girls 10U team finished their Norcal Squirt B Division season with the best record in the Squirt B West Division. Their 12-2 record placed them in the coveted position of being the only team in the West Division to have the opportunity to battle in a one game play in to qualify for the Norcal Squirt B Playoffs. Should they advance to the NorCal Playoffs, they will be the first girls team to ever do so.
“I am very proud of our 10U team”, said Head Coach Dave Peterson. “They have an amazing work ethic for such young girls. Their team spirit and dedication to the game is equaled by how much fun they are always having. They are a special group of girls.”
“We are very excited and pleased to see our teams representing the Sharks at Nationals as well as in the Norcal playoffs,” stated Tony Zasowski, president of the San Jose Jr. Sharks Hockey Club. “Our success is attributed to our dedicated coaches and individuals who have worked hard to develop the girl’s program which has led to our on-ice success. We are very excited that we are not only fielding teams at all levels but that we are also experiencing tremendous success as well. “Girls Give Hockey a Try – March 3
To encourage more girls to try hockey,– Sharks Ice is pleased to host two “Girl’s Only – Give Hockey a Try” sessions on March 3, 2012, at 9:45 am and 12:15 pm, at Sharks Ice at San Jose. This is the second series of sessions held this season. Each session is one hour. All girls, ages 5 to 12, are invited to participate. All equipment is provided and the event is free. Parents can sign their daughters up at www.sjjrsharks.com
. Sharks Ice at San Jose is located at 1500 South 10th Street on the corner of 10th and Alma.
There are only 30 spots available at each “Girl’s Only – Give Hockey at Try” session. Any interested participant needs to register to ensure their spot. Last Fall, all three sessions offered were filled. Over the past four years, over 400 girls have tried hockey during 17 different sessions. Robert Savoie, Director of Hockey Operations says “the demand for this type of event often exceeds the space available. We were thrilled that there are so many girls interested in trying the sport.”
The San Jose Jr. Sharks
The San Jose Jr. Sharks is a youth hockey club where our goal is long-term development, not short-term success. We intentionally offer different level teams with different emphasis, in order to address the different needs and interests of members in the program. The Jr. Sharks offer competitive teams for boys (ages 9-18), girls (ages 8-19).
Our Travel AA, A and B programs offer a balance of skill development and competition, with a solid practice program and the opportunity to participate in a highly competitive league throughout Northern California.
Extending this strong foundation Tier I “AAA” teams gain the highest possible developmental and competitive learning experience, by playing at a State, Regional and National level. At the top level our AAA teams, our goal is to develop elite players who are capable of attaining their future hockey goals.
The Girls programs works to recruit, retain, and develop their player pool and have the teams compete at local, state, and nationals levels. The Jr. Sharks goal is to create opportunities for female hockey players at the collegiate and international levels.
The San Jose Jr. Sharks program provide players with the tools and training necessary to compete at USA Hockey's National Championships, to have the opportunity to attend the National Development Camps, to play Division 1 or Division 3 college hockey, and to encourage dreams of becoming future Olympians or even professional hockey players. About Sharks Ice at San Jose
Sharks Ice at San Jose is the official practice facility of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. The nearly 170,000 square-foot facility accommodates ice hockey, figure skating, broomball, curling, speed skating, ice dancing, and public skating. Sharks Ice at San Jose, along with Sharks Ice at Fremont and the Oakland Ice Center operated by Sharks Ice currently holds the largest number of Adult USA Hockey participants of any facility in the nation. Sharks Ice at San Jose features a Pro Shop, large meeting and party spaces, as well as Stanley’s Sports Bar, a full service restaurant that overlooks three of the four rinks. Sharks Ice at San Jose is located at 1500 South 10th Street in San Jose, California, at the intersection of Alma and Tenth Street. It is the largest indoor ice facility west of the Mississippi River and is one of only seven rink facilities in the United States that currently operates at least four NHL-sized rinks. For more information, visit www.sharksice.com.