Team Is The First From Northern California To Win A State Championship
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment and the San Jose Sharks congratulate the San Jose Jr. Sharks Midget 16 AAA team for winning the Tier I 2008 California Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) Championship on Feb. 10. This Jr. Sharks club is also the first Northern California team to win a state championship.
The team now advances to the regional tournament, March 6-9, in Anchorage, Alaska. The Jr. Sharks will be facing teams from Southern California, Washington, Nevada and two from Alaska. The regional winner will go to the national championships, April 2-6, in Buffalo.
The San Jose Jr. Sharks Midget 16 AAA squad, led by coaches Justin Alonzo and Tony Zasowski, was ranked fourth in the tournament, but went 3-1 in preliminary play. The team defeated the California Wave and the L.A. Selects, but lost to the Los Angeles Jr. Kings in their first three games. But in the championship game, the Jr. Sharks faced the Wave in a rematch and won, 5-3.
The Tier I and Tier II Championships were held at Sharks Ice at San Jose from Feb. 7-10 and featured the top youth teams from California. Five Jr. Sharks teams qualified for states: Pee Wee AA Minor 96, Bantam AAA, Midget 16AAA, Midget 18AA and Midget 18AAA.
For a complete tournament schedule, stats, and standings, visit http://stats.siahl.org/caha.
SVS&E and the San Jose Sharks commend the Jr. Sharks on their effort and extend sincere congratulations to all the kids, coaches and parents for their tremendous accomplishment. For more information on the San Jose Jr. Sharks program, please visit www.sjjrsharks.com.
SAN JOSE JR. SHARKS MIDGET 16AAA TEAM
Back row: Tony Zasowski (Assistant Coach & Director of Hockey Operations, SJ JR. Sharks), David Marten Taylor Liccoli, Evan Greenwood, Chas Sudol, Chris Gularte, Spencer Archer, Daniel Senkbeil, Ryan Doucet, Jordan Phillips, Riley Fitzgerald, Cameron Che, Justin Alonzo (Head Coach)
Middle row: David Henry, Brandon Reclusado, Max Vallis, Pierce Baron, Paul Kazarnovsky, Brian Cochrane, David Kann
Front row: Luca Mullane, Luke Hernandez
Championship Game San Jose Jr. Sharks 5, California Wave 3
ABOUT SHARKS ICE AT SAN JOSE
Sharks Ice at San Jose is a state of the art facility that reflects the growth and passion for hockey and skating that has consumed Northern California since the Sharks arrival in 1991. What started off as a two-sheet facility has since transformed into a veritable “Super-Site” which has become the home to nearly 5,000 registered skaters and hockey players, nationally recognized hockey teams, figure skaters, ice dancers and even a thriving curling club!
Management of the facility was taken over by San Jose Arena Management (a property of the Sharks parent company – Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment) in 1999, helping to transform the facility into the largest skating facility west of the Mississippi River. Today, the rink features four NHL-sized ice surfaces – two sand-based and two concrete based.
Once SJAM assumed the management duties, the organization wasted no time in creating an envious 66,000-sq. foot practice facility for the Sharks that serves as the team’s home away from HP Pavilion at San Jose. Completed in 2000, the practice facility features an NHL-sized rink, world-class workout, medical and locker rooms, the Sharks Hockey Department offices, a player’s changing area and lounge and state-of-the-art scouting and teaching technologies that are the envy of the NHL.