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Welcome! Golden State Elite Hockey is a youth tier ice hockey program for Northern California players from 12U to 18U.  We are the top performing tier program in the state.

Last season's performance: 86% of teams (6 teams) went to playoffs, average per team winning percentage: 54.6%, average goals fielded per game per team: 3.59, average goals allowed per game per team: 2.89, 14 players went to CAHA Selects, and 3 teams ranked in the top 80 nationally.

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All GSE Teams Are Flight One

CAHA announced the teams for their AA flighting structure and all GSE teams made Flight 1.  After watching the Labor Day weekend flighting jamboree, it looks like CAHA has some very competitive divisions.  It should be a good season with entertaining and challenging games.

Dalton Garcia commits to SJHL

GSE Alumni, Dalton Garcia, committed to the Melville Millionaires, a Junior A team in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL).  Congrats, Dalton!


Ireland hoists Fraser Cup

GSE  Alumni, Kellen Ireland helps the Texas Brahmas win the NA3HL National Championship. Next stop? Northern Arizona U! Good luck, Kellen!

Ben Biester signs with the Victoria Grizzlies

GSE alumni, Ben Biester signed with the Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL.  Congrats and good luck, Ben!


Victor Ouellet-Massicotte drafted

Congratulations to GSE alumni, Victor Ouellet-Massicotte for being drafted to the NAHL.  The lucky team that picked Victor is the Springfield Jr. Blues in Illinois.  Victor's fellow teammate, Ben Biester, was also drafted to the NAHL.  Victor and Ben played together at GSE and then with the Jr Ducks.  Now, they will be playing against each other.

Ben Biester is drafted to the NAHL

GSE Alumni, Ben Biester, was drafted to the NAHL's Minnesota Wilderness!  Ben and his family in Danville are quite relieved after many years of hard work, training, and sacrifice.  Congrats to Ben and good luck!

tryouts concluded

We had a record number of players tryout for our teams.  We thank all those who participated in our 2-day event.  We formed the following teams:
  • 12U North
  • 12U South
  • 14U North
  • 14U South
  • 16U North
  • 16U South
  • 18U

We are looking forward to next season to see what these teams can do.  Enjoy your summer!

Nishay wins Jordan Kocian Award

Nishay Chitale (GSE, SF, and Oakland alumni) is the winner of the 2019 NORCAL Jordan Kocian Award for what he does on and off the ice as an all-around individual and community contributor. Nishay is headed to UC Santa Barbara in the Fall. Good luck, Nishy!

Pictured: NORACL President Matt Adams, Coach George (SF/GSE), Nishy, Coach Mike (SF/GSE), and Coach Chi (Oakland).

Vallco's Rink Remains OPEN

Vallco's Ice Rink will remain OPEN! Normal access to the rink will be OPEN.

There are news reports about demolition going on at the mall - that's happening on the opposite side, not the rink side. The rink operations will NOT be interrupted.

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For scouts, coaches, and managers wishing to make contact with our players or coaches, please fill out this form:

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If you are interested in submitting your name to our coaches in order for them to review your potential, please fill this form out.

If you do not think you possess the skills just yet, our coaches can still advise you about the steps you need to take in order to prepare for an eventual tryout.  So, email us and indicate your intentions.

Karley Garcia is set to play NCAA D1

GSE alumni, Karley Garica, has committed to Penn State to play D1 college hockey.  Congrats and good luck, Karley!


Jake Maley signs with EHL

GSE Alumni, Jake Maley, signed with the EHL's New Hampshire Avalanche.  Congrats, Jake!

Brian Adams doing well in the BCHL

GSE Alumni, Brian Adams (1999), is tearing it up with the Wenatchee Wild in the BCHL. Here is a recent post on Wenatchee's Twitter feed:

Mike Holmes - Coach of the Year

Our 18U AA head coach, Mike Holmes, was just awarded the USA Hockey Pacific District Coach of the Year award at the NORCAL board meeting.  Congrats, Mike!  Well-deserved.

Mike played juniors and NCAA, Division 1 hockey at Northeastern University.  Mike is in Northeastern’s Sports Hall of Fame and his picture is still displayed in the men’s locker room as the school all-time leading scorer for a defenseman.  After graduating, he played two full seasons in the Bruins organization, earning Best Defenseman honors both seasons.

After settling in California, Mike became a USA Hockey Level 4 coach at Tri-Valley Blue Devils in Dublin, CA and, later, became Tri-Valley’s director of coaches, a position he still holds today.  He coached Squirts to Midgets, settling on the 18U age bracket. Between Tri-Valley and Golden State Elite (Tri-Valley’s tier partnership with 3 other clubs), Mike has been coaching for nearly 20 years.  

Mike has worked his coaching magic by consistently turning lackluster teams into State champions.  In the past 10 years alone, Mike has won 5 State titles and made 7 trips to Nationals. Over the past 5 years, Mike’s 18U teams have gone: 160-39-18 or a winning percentage of 73.7%.  The average national ranking of his teams is: 33.

Mike is highly regarded by other coaches and referees throughout California and areas of the US and Canada.  Mike is a repeat evaluator at NORCAL’s Development Camp.

Mike has always been a player advocate and every year he has talked players into returning to hockey after being burned out on other teams, has helped fundraise for players and teams that need funds, and has worked to get players into Junior tryout camps.  Mike is a scout for the BCHL’s Spruce Kings where he annually places a handful of not just his players, but players from his opponent’s teams.

Alex Motley passed away 7 years ago

Our dear friend, coach, and alumni, Alex Motley passed away 7 years ago today (June 25th).  He is still missed by those who knew him.  Alex grew up playing at Tri-Valley and went on to pursue high levels of hockey.  His hockey career can be found here:
It includes the CHL, ECHL, MAHL, and AAHA.

If you ever watched him skate, he is typically the fastest guy on the ice.  His form was so perfect and elegant that one can't help compare him to a gazelle.  The famous skating coach, Robby Glantz, used Alex in his instructional videos:

Alex came back to the Bay Area and got heavily involved with his church and started to coach Tri-Valley and GSE teams and players.  He was an excellent skills coach.  Players skated dramatically different and better after working with Alex.  It was that noticeable.

Alex had an undetected heart defect that turned fatal that fateful day 7 years ago.  

Alex's memorial Facebook site can be found here:

Alex's jersey hangs in the lobby of Dublin Iceland.

Miss you, our friend.

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