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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? other alumni of Southern California youth, aka 'minor hockey, aka 'minor', GLAMHA and SCAHA.
Edition of  MARCH 2015


Dear Joe

I grew up in the Antelope Valley and started  in
the YMCA's Ice hockey league from 1979 through the 1984 season. Below is a photo of our original
hockey patches as worn on our jersey.

I was on the traveling team for a season and a half before being brought in due to an injury.  The part I remember the most was the chain link fencing used as glass in the beginning and the Dollar bill place in the center of the rink. We would always try to chip it out of the ice until being yelled at by the owners.  I skated on that ice the final day they were open. I even stayed to help cleanup and close the doors behind us!  It was a day as a kid I hated the most. 

There has been no luck opening another  ice rink here in the Antelope Valley.

Donny Emerick (email received Feb. 26, 2012)


See my ByGone Rinks page under Lancaster for more on the Antelope Valley Roadrunners


Craig Cullen, 2013 acceptance speech at U.Mass Boston on his selection to their Hall of Fame. "A two-time team Most Valuable Player (1971 and 1972) and a native of Southern California, Craig Cullen '72 is considered one of the program's top two way forwards. During his four seasons with the Warriors, Cullen was instrumental in leading Boston State to the 1969 and 1971 Codfish Bowl."

1961 Burbank
Full names identified in next photo.
  Hec Highton, Morrow, Jim McFarlane,  Mark Goodwin, Gary Robson, John Donovan, Eric Hill, Craig Cullen, Walter Goad, Rick Lowe, Violet,
J. Craig, Eberhard Spriegel. D. Ostendorf, Narine, Bobby Lowe, Ed Matonic, Eric Beauchamp, Doug Goad,  Morgan Watkins, Tom Thielman,  Gordon Acker
   Chan Figarad, Roy Lowe, Bob Robillard, Ostendorf, Art Guiney.
Front Row
Hannes Spriegel,  Steve Self, T. Crane, Sanders,     Bobby Highton, Kim McNair, J. Fiedler, Mike Galvin, Pat Galvin, Douglas Acker
Not placed yet, Tom Nairn
1961 Burbank with names
40th Reunion
Bantams(click photo to enlarge)
'67-'68 Midgets
1979 Bantams

GRANT GOODWIN sent me the following in Feb. 2010. I edited it slightly for clarity.

In 1961 we were living in Wellesley Massachustts. Next to a Baptist Church and a pond.....once winter hit, it was time to learn to skate and see what Ice Hockey was all about. I'd spend the usual 12 hours a day playing and freezing !  We moved back to North Hollywood the spring of 1962. My older brother Mark came home from Junior High one day saying his friend, Craig Cullen told him he was playing hockey at the Pickwick in Burbank. I think the next Saturday morning,  Art Guiney  picked up Craig and the Goodwin brothers for their first practice.  After about 6-8 months of practice and a few games vs. the old North Hollywood Jets, GLAHMA was formed and we were split into age division teams. We had so many Pee Wee age boys that Burbank formed two Pee Wee teams....the Colts and the Mustangs. Both teams were fairly well split between good players, the main difference is that my team had John Donovan. Our first year, the Colts were Calif. State Champions and the only game we lost was to our other Burbank team , the Mustangs.....2-1 in a thriller with Donovan's last second shot outside the blue line being disallowed as time ran out. Goals by Walt Goad and Ronnie Dietz.

The next year, Wally a Mustang, and me (Grant Goodwin) a Colt....went at it again with the Colts again winning the State Pee Wee Championship.  The following year, as Bantams we combined  the best players from those pee wee teams into one great Bantam team that would play along with second year bantamss, 14 year old John Donovan, Ebbie Spriegl, and others. The team was so good that I was 4th line bench warmer after being Captain and leading scorer the previous year for the Peewee State Championship team.  We played great teams from Van Nuys, San Diego, and of course Guy Hildebrand and Norwalk. We won the league, state, and west coast titles both years as Bantams.....the next year as Midgets, that strong Bantam team was re-united and again a league, state, and West Coast titles.

Wally's, Ronnie's and my second year of Midgets.....many of our good players had quit and we were short handed. But we finished second in the league to San Diego and lost in the play-off's to Pasadena with Ted Sutton. However, during the season San Diego had beaten us 4-2 in Burbank. Our last regular season game was in San Diego at the Sport Arena. We were really up for the game and we decided to give San Diego a sending off party for "Old Times Sake"  Burbank 4, S. D. 2.  San Diego went on to the State Championship in Berkeley and I guess the Berkeley kids were so glad they didn't have to face Burbank, won their first State Title defeating San Diego with Peter McNab.   I did score on a break away with Dale Pennock chasing me the whole way. Someone in the stands told my dad that he took a picture of the goal and thought he had a good turned out he it going in under Tommie Smiths arm on a back hander.

Art Guiney was really great to all of us and was most encourging to me about my abilities.  Thanks for doing this web was really a great read.  My brother, Mark Goodwin played with Walter's brother, Doug Goad on the "Monarch" teams. that played against the Mike Lampman Norwalk teams.  Many thanks, Grant Goodwin

p.s. Fred Hildebrand and my dad became good friends while watching the kids play. He was a good guy. We had an All Star Team as 16 year old Midgets. Guy and Peter McNab played together and it was something to watch. I was in the stands and Fred Hildebrand sees me and say's "How come you're not suited up, you injured?"  I said "No,I wasn't picked". He was in disbelief. That was as good a compliment as one could get.

Grant Goodwin R.I.P. Nov. 3, 2014

Grant J. Goodwin obituary Plano Texas

The following by Walter Goad, February 2010

   I played hockey at Pickwick in the 60's for Hec Heighton, Eddie Matveld (U of Denver 1958 NCAA Hockey Champs - Bill Masterton's roommate) and Art Guiney. Those incredible men taught us a love for the game - true sportsmanship, how to be a champion (we were Western Regional Champs three years in a row and State Champs 5 years running) and what it takes to be a champion--which is a lot more than just a mere winner.
   I'm in the back row, third from the left (in the picture above of the Bantam Division Broncos), and It was my job to shadow Guy Hildebrand and keep him off the scoreboard. I did and I also gave him a few stitches on the upper lip. Ronnie and Goody and me were on the same line for those years
   We had a 40th reunion and even got THE SAME PHOTOGRAPHER to snap the attached pic. Some of us still play, some of us have bad backs and bad legs....But most of all I loved meeting Ned Dowd at the Riverbottom Inn (across from Warner Bros.) years ago and telling him yes there was Hockey in Southern California. He let me practice with his celebrity team with John Bennet Perry and Tom Babson - but no games since I was not a "celebrity".....

August 11, 2010 Chris Bayee inquired about the early coaches in GLAMHA

Ron Dietz replied: As far as coaches for Burbank, in the beginning it was Hec Highton, Jim McFarland, Art Guiney, Al Morrow, Jim Craig, Roy Lowe, Bob Robillard, Mr.Galvin and Eddie Matveld.   Hec Highton pro career

Burbank Colts & Van Nuys Hawks vs Berkeley
April 1964
1965 Pacific Coast Championship, Beaverton OR. Burbank Peewees and Bantams vs Portland, Norwalk Midgets vs Portland Peewee
1965 Peewee
1965 Bantams
1965 Midgets


Gerry Feher W. Valley Tigers 1967
WV JUNIORSWest Valley Juniors
Roster CELTIC MUSICGerry at Music

 I used to play for Tarzana/ West Valley Tigers in mid late 60's . Looking for any old team pics. Some names from the past Mike Degnan, Phil Ginsberg's father was our team manger. 68 or 69 we merged with Van Nuys Hawks for Jrs as both teams did not have enough players. Mick Nahan and Sam Nation played with us  Any old pics would be greatly appreciated .  Thanks for all your hard work...   Gerry

Wade Nelson '60's, reports is living and playing hockey in the Boise Idaho Adult Hockey League . He reported that many S. Calif. hockey players live and play in Boise, one being Brian McGrath 

Glen Hunnel, #29 goaltender, emailed in January 2003, "I played on the 1972-3 Southeastern Blues. Do you have anything else on this team  or know of anybody that does? (my answer is no, sorry). 

Phil Van Valkenburg emailed in Feb 2003 from Washington when he was 35, "I played goaltender from age 6 to age 15-16 with the Polar Kings and the Norwalk Kings. Unfortunately I took a year off, during that time I broke my back and was unable to play again. I'm actually looking for a specific article about a tournament in Kamloops. I'm not sure that year if I was on the California Condors or the Kings. That year I played with, Bobby Robinson, Tom Hughes, and Scott Swaggart. I do remember my brother Charles playing with Todd Nelson. I started pollywogs in 1975 or 76 with Paul Lavio as my coach.  The two coaches that year were Buddy McKinnon  and he brought along with him a great goalie coach  who made a great impact on me whose name may have been Stan Wawer. After playing under them I had all kinds of schools looking at me. I do remember Mike Costello. I may have played under him one year. Buddy McKinnon was the best coach I ever had I think the goalie coach may have been Stan Wawer?".

For Bryan and Bruce Hollweg see my pro and college listings.

Mike Zagarella emailed  in August 2004; "You have taken me down memory lane with your web site on youth hockey, I am really enjoying it. As I was reading the story of your sons, I took out my old year book from 72' - 73' and recognized some of the names you mentioned: Woods, O' Rourke, and Costello. I began playing in the 72' - 73' season at Norwalk Ice Rink. I was younger than your sons as my two cousins and I were Mites in 72' - 73'. That year we won the league title (Mite blues couldn't advance any farther). The following year we played with Ralph Barahona, who later played for the Boston Bruins (mostly for their minor team). The memorabilia on your site also brings back memories, especially the hat-trick patch which I still have. My brother is still involved with youth hockey as he coaches for Glacier Gardens (Anaheim) Midget or Bantam Tier. "

By email May 1,'08;"My gosh! What flashbacks! I played for the SoEastern Blues '69-'71, bantams. It was my first experience playing, having grown up in Hunt. Bch, but my father played Junior's & Minor's back east. Rhode Island Reds (Electrolux) & for West Point in the '50s. He wanted to have me play so badly, he dug up info on the league & we drove to the Norwalk rink Sunday mornings 6 a.m. I believe for the only ice time practices.
I played in Costa Mesa's rinks and skated at the old outdoor rink at Blue Jay, Lake Arrowhead.
What  memories! Thanks for the site. Patrick Murphy RD, #7, SoEastern Blues, "Most Penalty Minutes" 2 years running!"
land, I came across your website and it brought back alot of memories.  I played minor hockey in southern California between approx 1973 to 1980.  I must have played in every single rink that you mentioned.  Started in 1972 playing in Bay Harbor where my coach was Al Sieber. Then went and played one year in Culver City. Returned and played at Bay Harbor till about 1977 when I moved to Costa Mesa and played two years there.  I think I went to a couple of skating schools with Rollo Miller.  In 1979 I returned and played one year in Bay Harbor.  In 1980 I moved and played in West Covina under Maurice Labbe.  We put together a California Select team and went to the Quebec Pee Wee tourney that year. 
In 1981 my family moved to BC and it was a great experience.  We moved back in 1986.  I am now playing adult hockey in Aliso Viejo.
Former Santa Monican, Alan Abrams emailed me April 4, 2005: "I came across your website today and was instantly transported back to 1970 or so, when my father took me to Santa Monica Ice Capades Chalet one morning at 6 a.m. to "try out" for Russ Wyluda and the Gold and Green of the Santa Monica Bantam club... I believe that I first met Art that day at his store in Culver City. I was never much of a player back then, but became a goalie later in life and now skate with the Detroit Red Wings every year for Make a Wish Foundation in Michigan. Often I wonder what happened to folks like Walt Gale, Bill Lange and some of the others from Santa Monica and Culver. Thank you for your writings of that time. And for your essay and tribute to Art.
Walt Gale's  daughter in law Joyce emailed in May 2009.  
"Walt is fine, living in Leona Valley, (Lake Hughes area) California. Gave up refereeing a few years back but still working hard, and tending his horses with wife Bev. Attends games in "the valley" occasionally to watch his grandson's, JP & Chris Gale play for California State University Northridge where his son, Steve is Head Coach. Steve played for Russ Wyluda at Santa Monica, also played for Topanga, Culver, etc. as well as Orange Coast Juniors, Valley College Monarchs (inaugural season) and California Eagles PSHL/Tri Valley Blackhawks (Covina) with Reg Thibault, Craig Carroll, etc. Steve's Cousin, (Walt's nephew) David Baker, also played youth hockey here in SoCal back then."

I was  on the internet  trying to see if the old ice rink on which I  practiced  was still there in San Diego and came across your name.. Joe Nix.
I was born in San Diego and at a early age we moved to Wenatchee ,Washington where I starting playing hockey. Pond Hockey... outdoor rink hockey. Then moved back to San Diego around 1966 -1968 . I got on a team called "San Diego Barons" and we practiced on the old Mission Valley rink. The coach  was Tony Mancuso. Some of the guys were  Peter McNab,  Bob Mckinstry, Tom Terrific, Pale Pennock, Jack Webb, Tom Engle, Willie Calori and Doug Williams.  I remember  we went to Erie Pa, to play in a Tournament  and won 2nd place.  In the 1968 team picture Peter McNab is in the center with the trophy and I'm at the bottom left by the coach.  We moved to Rhode Island and I played in school,  out of school, then the Army and  Vietnam for 1969-1972. I believe Pete McNab went to NHL around the time I went  in the Army.  I started playing roller hockey in the late 90's.  In Texas there were not too many ice rinks until the 1991-2 when the Dallas Star Center opened.  I started back a little with ice hockey and then in 2004 started playing fulltime. With playing for a team as well as drop-in every Friday night. We call it "Friday Night Hockey".  I keep my scores on facebook (Mack McCollum). Please look for me and drop me a friend note. Hockey is Fun and there are a lot of good guys out there playing, young and old.  I'm 57  and I still playing.  I'm a right wing and love to score.  I like the old time hockey the best and it shows in my play. You can see it in me as well as my competitors, on the boards, down on the ice. It is Fun Fun Fun. I love to crash the net and pass the puck. I live in Rockwall, TX in the Dallas area. The rink I play at is the Ice Training Center Richardson, come and play hockey with us. "Alot of Fun" been doing it for a long time. I love the game of hockey.

Here are some historical pictures and current  ones of me playing hockey. I also have several San Diego Union articles on the Barons which Joe can't post due to copyright restrictions. Mack McCollum, 972-772-3756  call me if you want to play hockey stick & puck or drop-in . Thanks for your time..Joe and for your work.
Mack McCollum

12-25-2009 063 z9
dressed up
Barons trip dressed

Selma Calnan, Secretary and Registrar, GLAMHA West  Covina Youth Hockey Club
on Oct 17, 2005 emailed me the following essay she had submitted for a journal wiritng class
in Bishop, California

When Hockey was My Life

Girls growing up in Madison, Wisconsin in the 1930's welcomed winter for the ice-skating that brought everyone out to the frozen Monona and Mendota and the Yahara River that threaded through town. On campus two outdoor ice rinks stood side by side: one for ice hockey and one for public skating. We all yearned for figure skates at Christmas after seeing Sonja Henie, the  Norwegian Figure Skating champion starring in American films. (As an aside, Mammoth Lakes California is home to another Olympic "phenom" of the 1960s, Andrea Meade Lawrence who won two gold medals for skiing.) Most of my friends came to the public rink after Christmas with the dainty white figure skates. I, on the other hand, had to lace up black hockey skates. What I remember most, after  my disappointment in my skates, were the excruciating pains as my frozen feet thawed in the warming huts kept stoked along the way.
The first enchantment of California came when I left Madison in January  at -14 degrees and stepped off the train in Pasadena where temperature was in the 70s. Another charm was the sound of birds singing after the dead silence of a Wisconsin winter. In that euphoric state I met my husband the same day and we married the following November.

We moved to West Covina, the fastest growing suburb at that time and  contributed five children to the baby boom. Our Ross Loos doctor recommended galvanic shock treatments and ice skating to strengthen our youngest son's left ankle, following a botched surgery that had severed a nerve. The West Covina Ice Arena became our haunt. The NHL was just taking root, probably based on the Census that showed there were more Canadians living in Southern California than in San Francisco 500 miles closer to the border.

Inevitably the youth hockey coach spotted my red head and recruited him for the new team of Bantams. Hockey soon became our life. My husband took care of outfitting John not before I learned that a hockey cup was not used for coffee!

Soccer Moms have it easy compared to Hockey Moms. We got up at 3 a.m. to rouse the household, prod the player to get suited up and arrive at the rink and darkened snack bar with the full club coffeepot, an act of mercy for the drowsy coaches. We made hot chocolate and supplied fresh doughnuts for teams at the end of there 4 a.m. practice. Daytime hours were reserved for the figure skaters and public sessions. We were the chauffeurs for the away games that took us to dark and chilly ice rinks throughout Southern California and to Stockton or San Diego for play-offs. Our nine-passenger Fury Station wagon often needed industrial strength air freshener after transporting damp hockey uniforms and skates that made their presence known from canvas equipment bags.

By this time I had become the club registrar, secretary and publicist. I soon learned how to write rousing sports stories from the score sheets of all the teams, typing into the wee hours. My husband then delivered the typed copies to the San Gabriel Tribune, the Covina Sentinel, the Hacienda Heights Highlander and the La Puente Journal while I got ready to face a room full of fourth graders. During Christmas holidays we were freezing again as volunteer petal crews for the Pasadena Rose Parade floats. Their naked skeletons were housed in a huge unheated building while the flowers and glues were located in a tent nearby. We were often called out to help keep it from sailing to Kansas! We earned $1200 for the club treasury and lost some of our enthusiasm for the parade on New Year's Day. Although Wisconsin's football team never showed up while we were active we did meet the hulks of Michigan as they toured the site for photo ops. Wisconsin did make it to the Rose Bowl later, making their mark for saying "Thank You" to everybody.

One of the rival teams in GLAMHA (the Greater Los Angeles Minor Hockey Association) was Burbank, the home of the Burbank Studios. Our boys were playing against sons of several well-known movie stars; Jane Russell's  spoiled son "Buckey" among them. At our first encounter we were all  impressed by the grandeur of the Burbank rink compared to the West Covina Ice Arena, a converted Piggley Wiggley market. Huge posters of the stars in the neighborhood decorated its soaring walls. Can you imagine my surprise when I saw one whole wall devoted to Sonja Henie, as gorgeous in 1965 as she had in 1939! It was a magic moment.

By the time John became a junior, which in hockey means he was a senior in high school, his team had gone to the Nationals, held that year in Minnesota. Making it to fourth place he learned that the Minnesota players lift hay bales all summer!

Nearly all of history is written to please 'the powers that be' of the writer's historical era. That's never been my modus operandi.
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