Four Los Angeles Jr. Kings teams - Pee Wee BB and Squirt A2, BB1 and B (pictured) - will head to Ice Station Valencia this weekend to compete in the semifinal round in their respective divisions of this year’s Southern California Amateur Hockey Association (SCAHA) playoffs.
In addition, the Jr. Kings’ Pee Wee AA1 team have a seat at the table at this weekend’s California Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) Tier II State Championships, which will be played at Ice-Plex Escondido.
The Maik Tatavosian-coached Pee Wee AA1 team, which qualified for states after advancing through February’s Tier II Playdowns, will open the event on Friday with a game against Anaheim Jr. Ducks 1 (2:45 p.m.).
The four-team, double-elimination tournament also features the California Golden Bears and Golden State Elite Eagles 1.
In Valencia, the Stephane Desjardins-led Pee Wee BB team will face off against the SDIA Oilers on Sunday (11 a.m.); James Gasseau-coached Squirt A2 club versus the San Diego Jr. Gulls on Sunday (9:15 a.m.); Jeff Bain-led Squirt BB1 squad against the Jr. Gulls on Sunday (7:30 a.m.); and Chet Carlbom-coached Squirt B squad versus the Santa Barbara Ice Hawks on Saturday (7:30 a.m.)
The winners of each semifinal game will advance to the SCAHA finals in their respective divisions, all of which will be contested the weekend of March 24-25 at The Rinks-Anaheim Ice.
The four teams qualified for semis after advancing through the quarterfinal round of last weekend’s SCAHA playoffs.
Last weekend, the Jr. Kings’ Bantam Major team, coached by Jeff Turcotte, qualified for next month’s USA Hockey National Championships after celebrating the title in its division at this year’s Pacific District Championships, which were showcased in San Jose.
At the Tier I national tournament, which will run from April 5-10 in Charlotte, N.C., the squad will face off against the rest of the country’s best in the 14U age group.