Nine Southland Kids Got Skills

Thursday, 06.29.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
Anaheim Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks announced today that nine southland kids represented the National Hockey League (NHL) club at the inaugural "Ace's Got Skills" National Championships at The Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers in New York City, June 24-25.  Four of the nine players representing the Ducks brought home a total of six titles including two Sports Illustrated for Kids Top Skills Awards.  Max Becker of Orange (hardest shot, shootout, top skills), Jeremiah Goddard of Long Beach (hardest shot), Patrick Leahy of Coto de Caza (accuracy) and TJ Sneath of Chino (accuracy, shootout and top skills) all brought home championships.

"The Anaheim Ducks are honored to be associated with this great cause," said Anaheim Ducks Director of Fan Development Matt Savant. "We are proud of our local participants and excited to see TJ Sneath take home multiple honors including the Peter Aquilone Award. The local participants of the Ace's Got Skills events are an example of the great future for Southern California hockey."

Boys and girls ages 9-12 participated in the competition that tested skill level in five different categories: fastest skater, hardest shot, most accurate shooter, shoot out and best goalie.  Launched in September 2004, Ace's Got Skills is modeled after the NHL's All-Star Super Skills Competition.  The nine Southland participants were all winners from each of the three local competitions.  A total of 61 kids representing nine U.S. states competed at the National Championships.

The eleven participants:

PLAYER LEVEL SKILLS COMPLETED IN HOMETOWN BIRTHDATE
Max Becker SQUIRT Accuracy, Hardest Shot, Shootout, Top Skills ORANGE 7/7/95 
Michael Boutoussov  PEE WEE Fastest Skater DANA POINT 5/23/94
Paul Boutoussov PEE WEE Fastest Skater, Hardest Shot  DANA POINT 6/28/96
Andrew Freeman PEE WEE Goalie   IRVINE 10/18/94
Jeremiah Goddard SQUIRT Hardest Shot, *Shootout LONG BEACH 7/4/95
Kevin Leahy  SQUIRT Fastest Skater, Accuracy   COTO DE CAZA 9/17/97
Patrick Leahy PEE WEE Accuracy, *Shootout  COTO DE CAZA 10/11/95
Zach Peterson  PEE WEE *Hardest Shot    CYPRESS 4/22/93
TJ Sneath PEE WEE Accuracy, Shootout, Top Skills      CHINO 8/13/94
Dylan Shives SQUIRT Fastest Skater SANTA ANA 3/4/95
Austin Shives SQUIRT Goalie      SANTA ANA 3/4/95

Bold=Won event
Asterisk=Runner-up
Italics=qualified but did not compete due to illness

In addition, 12-year-old Sneath was awarded the inaugural Peter Aquilone Memorial Award for "perseverance in life through hockey" as a result of his performance in the competition despite having heart surgery in October of 2005.  Sneath began playing hockey at age two and aside from a severe allergy to peanuts was considered to be very healthy.  In June of last year, he was traveling to a hockey tournament in Las Vegas with his father when he grabbed his chest and winced in pain.  Sneath had been having the pains since March of that year but never mentioned it to his parents.  Cardiologists discovered that he had a birth defect known as Patent Ductus Arteroisus (PDA) that requires surgery to be corrected.  Amazingly, most newborns with PDA do not leave the hospital without being diagnosed.  After his surgery in October, Sneath returned to the ice one month later and competed in tournaments in Chicago, Toronto and Ottawa.

Registration fees benefit the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation, an organization dedicated to the well being of children undergoing major medical treatment in hospitals.  The foundation seeks to improve hospital programs, environments and professional services that reduce the stress of hospitalization for newborns, children and their families.

The competition and foundation's namesake, Ace Bailey, played eleven seasons in the NHL on five different teams and won two Stanley Cup trophies with the Boston Bruins in 1970 and 1972.  After his playing career, he joined the Edmonton Oilers scouting staff before serving as the Director of Pro Scouting for the Los Angeles Kings for seven years.  He was killed on September 11, 2001 in the terrorist attacks as he was on board a flight to Los Angeles for the Kings' training camp.

For more information on the Anaheim Ducks or Ace's Got Skills, please visit either www.anaheimducks.com or www.acesgotskills.com.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 


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