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Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Tryouts

The Golden State Elite (GSE) hockey program is the top performing tier program in California and we are committed to providing an environment for you to prepare for your most important years ahead. Our tier teams will allow you to showcase your talents and develop the needed skills and game awareness to get to the next level.

The Golden State Elite Hockey Program is proud of what we bring to players in the area and look forward to having players like you attending our try-out camp. Our focus is on you, your development and providing you every opportunity to play this game at the next level. We only attract players who are dedicated to achieving excellence and those players who strive for success.

In our brief history, we are building on the unprecedented success, where we have had nationally ranked teams, sent multiple teams to state playoffs, took 5 state titles, and sent 4 teams to Nationals.

We have had a great level of interest throughout California and at the National level, and we will continue this momentum by creating top teams, strong performances, and participation in the top tournaments nationally.

In order to accommodate the geographically diverse player population, GSE is split along geographic boundaries: North and South.  North teams will have practices between Dublin, San Francisco, and Vacaville.  South teams practice mainly in Cupertino and, sometimes in Dublin .  Weekend practices for all teams may differ.

GSE is a joint venture between Tri-Valley Blue Devils, Cupertino Cougars, Vacaville Jets, and San Francisco Sabercats.

The main tryout schedule is below.

Tryout fee

Tryout registration is online and the fee is until 5/26/19:
12U-16U:  $125
18U: $85
After 5/26, the fee will be:
12U-16U: $150 ($25 increase)
18U: $100 ($15 increase)
NOTE: If there is a large number of participants at any age level, players may be cut after the first or second tryout.  There are no refunds or partial refunds for cut players.
See the registration buttons at the top or bottom of this page.

Why tryout for GSE?

We are the top performing tier club in California because we have the best coaches and we attract the best talent.  Last season, 6 out of our 7 teams went to playoffs, 2 teams went to the finals, we sent 14 players to CAHA Selects, and 2 players made it past CAHA Selects.

Our coaches are the secret sauce to what makes our program great.  See the bios below and ask around.  You will find that we have the best coaches.

Fixed practice schedule
Teams will have the same practice slots through out the season, so families can plan around practices in advance.  This does not apply to any bonus ice a team may receive.

Nationally Ranked
Our  teams are typically highly ranked nationally (according to, including our 14U AA South team which ranked 17th in the nation.

We pay special attention to our goalies.  Last season, our average goals allowed per game is a NORCAL low of 2.89.  How do we achieve this?  We have dedicated full-time goalie training by coaches that do nothing but goalie training.  Goalies receive training during their team practices by our dedicated goalie coaches.

A lot of people talk about getting their player "seen" by scouts.  We have 3 scouts in our program.  Mario Morrissette is a scout for the Walpole Express Junior A team (EHL) and Mike Holmes is a scout for the Prince George Spruce Kings (BCHL).  Mickey Rhodes is, also, a scout for various organizations.

In addition, we are frequently contacted by outside scouts.

Teams and coaches

Team Birth years Coach
12U AA South 07 & 08 Gregg Rodriguez
12U AA North 07 & 08 Tony Manino III
14U AA South 05 & 06 Mario Morrissette
14U AA North 05 & 06 Evgeny Molotilov
16U AA South 03 & 04 Mickey Rhodes
16U AA North 03 & 04 John Devereaux
18U AA 01 & 02 Mike Holmes and Vinny Heumann
Goalies North Teams Mike O'Maley
Goalies South Teams Justin Hubert

Gregg Rodriguez

Gregg has been part of GSE since its inception and he has coached GSE’ Bantam and Peewee teams. Gregg grew up in Sunnyvale where he played youth hockey for the Cougars, Jr. Sharks, and Blackhawks. He went on to play Junior B for the Syracuse Stars, two years of Junior A for the Capital District Selects in the Eastern Junior Hockey League, and capped his hockey career by receiving a scholarship to Sacred Heart (Division 1) University in the Atlantic Hockey Association.

Mario Morrissette

Mario has coached GSE’ teams from Peewee to Midget, some of his teams have ranked in the top 6 in the nation. With GSE, he has 2 state titles and made one trip to Nationals. Mario is a scout for the Walpole Express Jr. A team (EHL) and current Norcal coach who has achieved Midget Tier I Championship in the Southwest Youth Hockey League, 16AA State Finalist, 4 CAHA State Championships and 5 Norcal Championships.

Mike Holmes

Mike has been awarded USA Hockey Pacific District Coach of the Year and has coached GSE’ 18U teams since GSE' inception. He has been coaching for the past 20+ years and has served as the Director of Coaches for Tri-Valley for the last 15+ years. He is also a scout for Prince George of the BCHL. For the past 10+ seasons, his 18U AA teams have advanced to Nationals 7 times with 1 trip to the semi-finals, 3 trips to the quarter-finals. Included in his success with Tri-Valley are 4 State Championships, 2 Norcal Championships, and 2 Northern California Varsity High School Championships.

John Devereaux

John's HockeyDB link John is product of Massachusetts. He is an alumni and former captain of the Boston College hockey team and he continued to play professionally for 10 years after college in the ECHL, IHL, SHL, and WCHL. He was drafted in the 9th round of the 1984 NHL draft by the Hartford Whalers. John moved into coaching with the USHL, ECEL, and the T1EHL.

Tony Manino III

Tony is product of northern California having played for the Cupertino Cougars. He is a USA Hockey Level 5 coach and has been coaching in NORCAL for 8 years. He has coached everything between Mites to Midgets. The last 4 seasons, Tony has been an assistant coach on GSE teams for Larry Cahn and has been the head coach of the Vacaville Jets 18U A teams. In his coaching career, he has won 4 NORCAL Championships and a State title.

Evgeny Molotilov

Evgeny's HockeyDB link, Evgeny's Elite Prospects link Evgeny comes to us from Russia and has been the head coach of various Vacaville Jets teams for the past 6 years, earning 3 NorCal championships and 1 state title. Evgeny played on the Russian 18U National Team, then went on to play professionally in Russia. He was a first round draft pick in the KHL.

Mickey Rhodes

Mickey is another product of northern California. He played for San Jose State University and high levels of hockey in Australia & New Zealand. He has been a scout for various organizations and recently he has coached youth hockey in NORCAL. Mickey brings a lot of player experience, coaching abilities, and enthusiasm to GSE.

Justin Hubert (goalie coach)

Justin is the goalie coach for the South teams. This is his second year at GSE.

Mike O'Maley (goalie coach)

Michael O’Maley played for Gilmore Academy 18AAA then moved on to Junior Hockey for New Jersey Hitmen where he finished his playing days. O’Maley has coached in Sacramento and Vacaville over the past 4 years.

Tryout schedule

Two Day Tryout Format

For 12U, 14U, and 16U, players need to attend all 3 tryout slots.  For 18U, players need to attend 2 tryout slots.
NOTE: If there is a large turnout at an age group, we reserve the right to cut players after the first or second tryout and the tryout schedule may be affected.
Friday: in Dublin
Saturday: in Vacaville - TWO tryouts per 12U-16U divisions and ONE tryout for 18U on Saturday
Times TBD
12u   14u
5/31 5:00PM, Friday, Dublin - 1 tryout slot   5/31 6:30PM, Friday, Dublin - 1 tryout slot
6/1, Saturday, Vacaville - 2 tryout slots   6/1, Saturday, Vacaville - 2 tryout slots
16u   18u
5/31 8:00PM, Friday, Dublin - 1 tryout slot   5/31 9:30PM, Friday, Dublin - 1 tryout slot
6/1, Saturday, Vacaville - 2 tryout slots   6/1, Saturday, Vacaville - 1 tryout slot

Program details

Our programs include:

Item Description
Practices 3 practices per week beginning in August through the CAHA Play Downs (less holidays, tournaments, CAHA weekends, etc), including drylands and chalktalks. When not playing games, all teams will have at least one weekend practice.
CAHA games This includes CAHA Weekend and Tier II Evaluation Weekend fees up to $7000/team. Note: this does not include playoff fees.
Goalie training Goalies will be trained by professional Goalie Coaching specialists.
League fees CAHA/NORCAL and/or GSE player/team registration fees.
Coach expenses Coaches' USA Hockey registration, training, etc and annual stipend.
Sport Ngin website Includes team pages, season fee payment processing, mobile app, etc.

Regular season dues

Level Fees
AA $3,600

If your player makes a team, be prepared to pay for your player's season dues or setup an online payment plan after your player's last tryout.  Payment plans must be done through Sports Ngin (i.e. checks are NOT accepted) and require a $500 payment immediately.  We offer a $100 discount to those who pay their season dues in advance.

The payment plan involves paying $500 at signing, then $620/month for 5 months starting mid-August and ending mid-December.  Payments are deducted from accounts on the 15th of the month.


Q: What is the difference between North and South? Depending on the numbers and strength we see at tryouts, we may divide an age group into north and south teams.  North teams will be based out of Dublin, San Francisco, and Vacaville. South teams will be based out of Vallco.  Weekend practices may be conducted at any GSE rink.

Q: Can I specify my preference for North or South even though I don't live near my preferred region? Yes.

Q: The coaches already have their players in-mind, right? NOT true. The coaches will always pick the best players in order to create the strongest team possible.

Q: Do I have to play for one of the four GSE clubs to tryout? NO.

Q: What if I cannot make the main tryout dates? Let us know, pay the tryout fee, and a coach will touch-base with you.

Q: Why did the costs go up? Dues went up $100 due to increased costs.  We are a non-profit, so we merely pass the costs onto our members. 



William Stone


Registration link

Good luck!  We hope to see you wearing our sweater this season!