Many California hockey alumni updates

My Alumni Report on this week spotlights several college and junior players from the state who are rising up the scoring charts in their respective leagues.

Chief among them are Ryan Lasch, Rhett Rakhshani, Chris Margott, Casey Wellman, Laura Veharanta and Kristi Kehoe in the NCAA; and NAHLers such as Austin Block and Bryon Paulazzo and USHLers such as Brandon Richardson and Matt Leitner.

I also take a closer look at just how much of an impact Californians are making in the WHL (huge). Not only are players such as Colin Long, CJ Stretch, Cameron Cepek and Jonathon Blum contributing points, but those for in particular are captains or assistant captains for their teams. And they are far from the only ones making waves in Canada, others include Mitch Wahl, Shane Harper and Tyler Maxwell.

You can read the Alumni Report here or hop over to http://www.calirubber.come


California’s NHL prospects

Several players with California ties remain in NHL training camps:

Anaheim Ducks – Defenseman Brian Salcido and winger Bobby Ryan

Atlanta – Winger Brett Sterling

Colorado – Defenseman Raymond Macias

Dallas – Forward Landon Wilson and defenseman Garrett Stafford

Detroit – Defenseman Chris Chelios

LA Kings – Center Gabe Gautheir

Nashville – Defenseman Jonathon Blum

New Jersey – Forward Ryan Murphy

NY Islanders – Right wing Richard Park

Toronto – Forwards Ryan Hollweg and Robbie Earl

Notable: Earl scored a goal in Toronto’s 7-4 victory over Buffalo on Monday night. … Gauthier played in the Kings’ 2-1 victory over St. Louis on Monday night. It was the first NHL game held in the new Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. … Detroit returned defenseman Cameron Cepek (Huntington Beach) to Prince George of the Western Hockey League. Cepek, a 2006 Montreal draft choice, had been in Red Wings camp as a free agent.

Cepek in training camp with Red Wings

Defenseman Cameron Cepek (Huntington Beach) is attending the Detroit Red Wings training camp as a free agent.

Originally a seventh-round Entry Draft pick of  Montreal in 2006, the Canadiens did not sign the veteran Western Hockey League blue liner.

Cepek has had a busy month. On the 8th he was traded from the Edmonton Oil Kings to the Prince George Cougars of the WHL. This week he played for the Red Wings’ team in the annual Traverse City (Mich.) Prospects Tournament. NHL Network broadcast the games and Cepek held his own in the action I saw.

California prospects on TVs and computers

Wanting to catch up to some of California’s more recent NHL Entry Draft picks? Through NHL Network and the Internet, you can.

Center Mitch Wahl (Seal Beach) is playing for the Calgary Flames in their Western Canadian tournament with Edmonton and Vancouver. Go to the Flames Web site to find a link to watch. Wahl, who helped lead Spokane of the WHL to the Memorial Cup in June, was drafted in the second round by the Flames.

Center Colin Long (Santa Ana) is playing with the Phoenix Coyotes’ prospects in games against the Los Angeles Kings’ prospects on Tuesday and Wednesday night. Go to either team’s Web site to watch the action. Long, the WHL’s second-leading scorer a season ago for Kelowna, was a fourth-round pick, 99th overall ironically, who is playing for No. 99 himself in training camp.

Defenseman Cameron Cepek (Huntington Beach) is playing for the Detroit Red Wings in the Traverse City, Michigan Tournament, which NHL Network is re-airing at various times. Cepek, who was a Montreal Canadiens pick in 2006, is attending the Wings’ training camp as a free agent. Should he return to the WHL, he will be in Prince George this season.

Numerous other Californians will be in NHL camps. More on that as they open later this week.