NHL: Five Players to Watch:

1.) Philadelphia Flyers, Center, Claude Giroux #28 Giroux has proved time and time again that he can elevate his game when his team needs it most. A passionate player who possesses a rare combination of creativity, skill and toughness, Giroux can change the outcome of a game anytime he touches the puck. 2.) Los Angeles […]

Noe Knows: The 2012 NHL Playoffs

Just three weeks into postseason action and there have already been plenty of surprises, momentum swings and heroics on display thus far in the 2012 NHL playoffs. As the stakes grow and the physical play picks up (as it always does in the playoffs), the rising tension between teams is inevitable, making for some exciting […]


Gauchos Capture West Coast League Title

After going undefeated in six games against some of the strongest teams in the nation, it is official — the Gauchos are the 2011-12 West Coast Roller Hockey League champions. Santa Barbara beat all four other teams invited to the tournament in the round-robin stage on Saturday. First, the Gauchos knocked off defending national champions […]

UCSB Enters Postseason As No. 1 Seed

After a hard-fought season playing against arguably the most competitive group of teams in Western Collegiate Roller Hockey League history, the Gauchos enter March the favorites to win their division and poised to make a run at a national championship. Last year, the Gauchos finished the regular season fourth in the WCRHL but won the […]

UCSB 4-0 Over Weekend Tourney

Defending Western Collegiate Roller Hockey League champion UCSB went undefeated at a league event in Huntington Beach on Saturday and are currently ranked No. 1 overall in the conference. With just six active players on the roster due to injuries, the Gauchos entered the weekend facing plenty of adversity. Their opponents had eight to 10 […]

Santa Barbara Loses, Ties in Home Weekend Doubleheader

The UCSB men’s club ice hockey team returned to its home ice in Oxnard this past weekend with a loss against visiting Sacramento State on Saturday and a 5-5 tie against Santa Clara University on Sunday. On Saturday, the Gauchos fell 9-5 to Sacramento State in a game that was tight until the Hornets pulled […]

UCSB Maintains Early Lead, Tramples UCD in First Game at Home

The Gauchos turned in an impressive performance in their home opener this past Saturday night, stomping visiting UC Davis in a 15-2 rout at the Oxnard Ice Skating Center to start the season on a high note. An undermanned Davis team had trouble handling the Gauchos’ persistent up-tempo attack and physical forecheck and, as a […]

Breaking Down the NHL’s Western Conference Quarterfinals

It’s that time of year again: taxes, snappa and playoff hockey. The NHL playoffs are a succession of best-of-seven series matchups. It takes 16 wins to hoist the Stanley Cup. With the rules out of the way, here’s the Western Conference playoff picture.

Deity of the Ice: Why It’s a Great Month for Hockey

Southern Californians may not have access to the multitude of hockey broadcasts available to cable subscribers in the northeastern part of the United States on a nightly basis, but you might be surprised at how many quality games you can take in.

California Hockey on the Right Track: Part 1 of 3

California is becoming one of North America’s hockey hotbeds. This is in spite of its location on the West Coast.

Deity of the Ice: Beating the Shit Out of People … for Good Reason

There’s one misconception about hockey that bugs me. People think that you can drop the gloves at any time, beat the shit out of someone and not suffer any sort of recourse. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, you can fight in hockey. No, the sport is not a series of lawless beatdowns.