Skater of the Month
We are thrilled to announce that Yorba Linda ICE’S skater of the month is SEAN RABBITT! Sean is a Coach at The Rinks - Yorba Linda ICE as well as a current USFS national competitor in his own right. Sean’s schedule is not for the weak of heart! Not only does Sean train daily for his own competitive season, he’s also a dedicated Coach here at The Rinks - Yorba Linda ICE. Sean’s schedule begins each morning at 5:45am, when he trains his own students before most people are even out of bed. After a few hours of coaching, Sean is off to train on his own skating legacy which entails hours and hours each day, both on and off the ice. If that isn’t enough, Sean then returns to coach on our “Learn to Skate” as a class instructor sharing his knowledge and passion with our The Rinks - Yorba Linda ICE figure skaters who are just beginning their journey. Sean’s hard work has paid off as he just secured his title as “3 Time Pacific Coast Champion!” Sean is off to our Nation’s most prestigious competition next month—“The US Nationals” with a gold medal in his pocket. This combination of Sean’s coaching AND elite training takes extreme dedication, unparalleled stamina, and most importantly, a pure love of the sport which is obvious to everyone that knows him. We wish Sean the best of luck at Nationals next month and we’re very proud he calls The Rinks - Yorba Linda ICE home--there could be no greater role model in our rink.
Youth Players of the Month
Zachary and Samantha Sada started playing ice hockey through the Rink’s Learn to Play Hockey Program as a brother/sister duo at Yorba Linda ICE. Under the guidance of Coach Jordan Smerud, Zachary and Samantha have developed their hockey skills and are looking forward to playing a lot more hockey. Samantha Sada (now age 6) was able to try out and make the Lady Ducks 8U team during the 2017-18 season as one of their youngest players ever. As a Lady Duck, she has been able to meet great role models like USA Olympic Women’s Team gold medal winning defenseman Cayla Barnes who started as a Lady Duck at about the same age. Zachary Sada (now age 5) is looking forward to trying out for 8U Mites team this June. He enjoys working with Coach Jordan Smerud on improving his hockey skills. Zachary is a diehard Anaheim Ducks fans and he asks his parents if he can watch the highlights of each Ducks game.
Adult Player of the Month
On a Sunday night this month, a goalie came up missing in action. The Chiefs goalie was held over at work and couldn't make the game but left us no time to find a replacement. With Ray's Chiefs facing the defending silver champions Yorba Cantina, things looked bad. The teams didn't want to ask a rookie goalie to stay and risk them getting hurt in a silver game. Ray just asked, do you have any gear lying around. He ended up finding all of the needed gear and even borrowed a goalie stick from one of the rookie goalies. The gear didn't fit very well as it was intermediate gear, but Ray didn't care. Ray Huntley went out that night and led the shorthanded Chiefs to a 9-1 victory, and impressed several rookies that stayed to watch the show! "Ray's a bigger guy, but man he can move!" one player said. Many thanks to Ray for stepping up that night as neither team enjoys an empty net. Ray, congratulations on your Aufeis Player of the Month award!