Three SoCal Youths Win Titles at Ace's Got Skills National Championship

Monday, 06.30.2008 / 12:57 PM / Anaheim Ducks
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Three SoCal Youths Win Titles at Ace\'s Got Skills National Championship
A record 13 Southern California players represented the Ducks at the National Championships.
Three Southern California players representing the Ducks won national championships at the fourth Annual “Ace’s Got Skills” National Championships at the Walter A. Brown Arena Memorial Skating Pavilion at Boston University last weekend.

Vincent de Mey (Accuracy), Joshua Pack (Goalie) and Brian Desmond (Shootout
) each came away with titles. They were among a record 13 Southern California players representing the Ducks at the competition. De Mey hit 8 out of 8 targets in the Accuracy competition, an Ace's Got Skills Nationals record.

The event, featuring 130 boys and girls from across the country, was launched in 2004 in memory of Garnet “Ace” Bailey. Ace was an 11-year veteran of the NHL and a two-time
Vincent de Mey won the title in the Accuracy category, hitting 8 out of 8 targets, an Ace's Got Skills Nationals record.
Stanley Cup Champion with the Boston Bruins in 1970 and 1972.  On September 11, 2001, Ace was performing his duties as director of pro scouting for the Los Angeles Kings when his plane struck one of the World Trade Center towers.

Modeled after the NHL’s popular All-Star SuperSkills Competition, the “Ace’s Got Skills” program gives players ages 9-12 the opportunity to test their skills in skating, puck handling, shooting, and goaltending categories. Regional winners from 10 NHL markets will compete in the National Championships.  Additionally, regional winners of the Sports Illustrated Kids Top Skills Award, given to the Squirt and Pee Wee players with the highest collective score from each of the individual challenges, will face off for the national title.

Joshua Pack won the top prize in the Goalie event.

Representing the Ducks in their given events were: Nicholas Kato (Fastest Skater, Accuracy, Hardest Shot, Shootout), Joshua Pack (Goalie), Zachary Kiser (Fastest Skater), Vincent de Mey (Accuracy, Hardest Shot, Top Skills), Kevin Leahy (Shootout), Ian Gibbons (Goalie), Chandler Cole (Fastest Skater, Hardest Shot), Andrew Cosley (Accuracy), Brian Desmond (Shootout), Alex Kalau (Accuracy), Patrick Leahy (Hardest Shot), Frankie Horowitz (Shootout, Fastest Skater, Top Skills), and Brody Cavataio (Goalie).

The players qualified for the Ace's Got Skills National Championships by winning one of the five skills categories during local events held Jan. 10 at Anaheim Ice, Jan. 11 at the Glacial Garden Skating Arena and Jan. 12 at the Aliso Viejo Ice Palace. Anaheim Ducks players Corey Perry and Kent Huskins were present on the ice to participate and give instruction to participants.

Brian Desmond was the winner in the Shootout competition.

A portion of the “Ace’s Got Skills” registration fee goes to the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation, which focuses on the well-being of hospitalized children undergoing medical treatment with the establishment of programs, environments, and professional services that ease the stress inherent in a hospital stay for children and their families.

For more information, visit www.acesgotskills.com.

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STANDINGS

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

STATS

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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