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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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Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Tryouts

Our tryout page and registration are now open for the Fall/Winter season.  Tryouts will start on 5/31 and it will be a 2 day camp.  See our tryout page for more details.  The tryout fee will increase on 5/27 which is Memorial Day Monday.

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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).

Jake Maley signs with EHL

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

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!


State Finals

We have two teams going to the State Finals: 16U and 18U Dub-Cup.  The 16U team continues its undefeated streak headed by coach Mickey Rhodes.  The 18U Dub-Cup team trip to States is an all-to-familiar occurrence for head coach, Mike Holmes.  Good luck!

CAHA Selects

Congrats to the following players that made CAHA Selects or Alternates:

Leyland Johnson (D, 2005)
Cody Nielsen (F, 2003)

Good luck!

Our 16U team goes undefeated

Our 16U team completed its regular CAHA season without a loss.  Their season record was: 12-0-3 or a winning percentage of 90%.  They averaged 5.0 goals per game and only allowed an average of 1.47 goals per game.  On to the playoffs on February 22nd in Simi Valley!

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:

NORCAL Selects

Congrats to the following 14 players that made NORCAL Selects or alternates:

Jimmy Albert (D, 2005)
Vincenzo Bigattini (F, 2004)
Ethan Bittner (D, 2004)
Jeffrey Brugaletta (F, 2004)
Carter Hathaway (D, 2003)
Perry Jacobs (G, 2004)
Christian Johnson (F, 2005)
Leyland Johnson (D, 2005)
Alex Kowalewski (G, 2003)
Tyler Lajoie (F, 2004)
Jack Laser (F, 2003)
Dezmond Lynch (F, 2004)
Cody Nielsen (F, 2003)
William Wang (D, 2004)

Good luck at CAHA Selects!

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.

Teams for the 2018-2019 season

We just completed our tryouts and we had a record number of sign-ups.  This season with our new partnership with San Francisco, we are fielding a team based out of their barn.  After the dust settled, we are fielding the following teams:

12U North Flight 1
12U South Flight 2
14U North Flight 1
14U South Flight 1
16U South
18U Dublin-Cupertino
18U SF
For those that made one of our teams, please register to pay your dues.

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.

Humbolt Broncos

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Humbolt Broncos Junior hockey team after a tragic bus accident last Friday.  

San Francisco joins GSE

CAHA's board of directors approved San Francisco to join GSE.

A year before GSE opened its doors, we spent that time planning our program.  At the table from the beginning was San Francisco.  So we have come full-circle and we are thrilled to add them to our program.

San Francisco has come a long way and they have done remarkable stuff with their limited ice time on their city-run one sheet facility.  The club has expanded their travel and house ranks to the point where they are buying ice in Vacaville.  Their travel program has seen more and more success.  Looking at last year, they won two NORCAL banners and one CAHA banner.

With this merger, San Francisco can now offer their members a tier program.  Some players will be able to take immediate advantage of this, while others will use this as a goal or an inspiration.  San Francisco will be involved in the management of GSE.

We are looking forward to a bright future with San Francisco!

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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 selected for the top camp

Karley Garcia moved out of the women's Pacific District Select Camp with an invitation to participate at USA Hockey's National Camp!  Congrats, Karley!


East Michigan University welcomes Ben Kottmeier

GSE Alumni, Ben Kottmeier, has been playing with the NA3HL's Helena Bighorns for the past 2 seasons.  In the Fall, Ben will be attending East Michigan University and he will be playing on their ACHA Division 1 hockey team.  Congrats, Ben!

Owen Millward moves onto National Select Camp

The good news keeps coming for Owen this week.  He was chosen at the Pacific District Select Camp to move onto the USA Hockey National Select Camp.  Nice work, Owen!  Good luck!

Ryan Nutt was drafted to the WHL

Ryan Nutt has been drafted by the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL.  Congrats, Ryan!

Owen Millward drafted to the WHL

Goalie, Owen Millward, was drafted to the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL. Congrats, Owen!

Sahil Panwar drafted to the OHL

GSE Alumni, Sahil Panwar, was the 23rd overall pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selected. He was selected by the Canadian London Knights. Good luck, Sahil!

Carson Murison moves up to NAHL

Carson has been playing for the NA3HL's Jr. Brahmas last season.  His stats from 27 games played are: 24-1-0 record, 1.33 goals against average, and 94.3% save percentage.  Carson will be playing for the Kenai River Brown Bears.  Congrats, Carson!

Brian Adams signs to NAHL

GSE Alumni, Brian Adams, has been very busy with his hockey career. He has been playing for the Chicago Fury and is the 3rd highest scorer in the 18AAA Tier I Elite League. Now, he has signed on with the NAHL's Minot Minotauros. Congrats, Brian!

Tristan Waechter plays for Concordia in Ann Arbor

Tristan Waechter has committed to Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan on a scholarship. He will be playing NAIA hockey.  Congrats, Tristan! Good luck and have fun!

Don Carter Jr playing NCAA D3

GSE Alumni, Don "Donny" Carter Jr., is now playing NCAA Div III hockey at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Alex Stoley commits to Concordia College

Congrats to GSE and Tri-Valley alumni, Alexander Stoley, for committing to Concordia College in Minnesota! In addition to getting a great education, Alex will be playing NCAA-D3 hockey. After GSE, Alex went to the BCHL Prince George Spruce Kings with help of Prince George scout and GSE 18U coach, Michael Holmes. Last year, Alex played for the NAHL Jr. Brahmas where they won the 2017 NAHL Championship (pictured here). Congrats, Alex, and have fun!

Kellen Ireland signs with the Jr. Brahmas

Kellen Ireland is moving on to bigger pastures - namely, North Richland Hills, Texas to play with the Jr. Brahmas.  It has not been determined whether he will play on their NAHL or NA3HL team.  Congrats and good luck, Kellen!


Donovan Garcia headed for the USPHL!

Our own Donovan Garcia has been offered a spot on the Islanders Elite team with the USPHL!  Islanders are located in North Andover, Mass.  In his first year, Dono was named team captain.  Congrats and good luck, Dono!


Deven Boldway invited to WHL Main Camp

Deven Boldway has been invited to the WHL's Portland Winterhawks main camp.  Good luck, Deven!


Justin hoists the USHL's Clark Cup

In his first year with the USHL's Tri-City Storm, GSE alumni, Justin Dixon, is hoisting the Clark Cup after winning the USHL championship.  Congrats, Justin!

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