JSerra Tournament Highlights So Cal Hockey on Fox Sports West

By Joe Fielder, Fox Sports West

The rivalry was rekindled – and again won by Santa Margarita – in the semi-finals of the third annual JSerra Catholic High School Thanksgiving Invitational Hockey Tournament, which concluded Saturday afternoon at Anaheim ICE when the Eagles fell, 2-0, to Winnipeg’s John Taylor Collegiate in the championship game.

Mike Perkins, the tournament’s director and head coach of San Juan Capistrano – JSerra Catholic’s varsity team, indicated that Bellarmine wasn’t the only school to see the high bar set by Santa Margarita’s hockey program as a catalyst towards a projected goal – and as the fuel of a rivalry that stretches across all sports between the two southern Orange County powers.

“No doubt, Santa Margarita is a big rival for us,” he said. “I hope they feel the same about us.

“As far as the games go, they’re very heated. A lot of the kids have played on teams together over the years. They know each other. It’s no different from Catholic schools in Detroit or in Boston, and places like that where kids grow up playing with each other, against each other, and then they go to separate schools and it happens to each other in high school.”

Detroit. Boston. Mission Viejo.

The players certainly become accustomed to each other. JSerra upset an undefeated Santa Margarita team in the championship game of the 2011-12 season of the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League, which expanded to 14 teams for the 2012-13 season and allows players to wear their high school colors and insignias in addition to maintaining their AA and AAA club team eligibility. Santa Margarita and JSerra are the only schools in the league icing both varsity and junior varsity teams.

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JSerra Varsity Hockey Wins Tournament

JSerra Varsity Ice Lions won the Valencia President’s Day Tournament in exciting fashion. After winning its preliminary games 4-0 (California Bears), 3-1 (Beach City Lightning) and 4-1 (Ventura Mariners) they faced the McKinney, TX Lightning in the championship game.

The Lightning opened the scoring in the first period with a short-handed goal. The Lions didn’t equalize the game until seven minutes remaining in the third period. The game stayed tied through a five minute overtime period and went to a shootout. After ten rounds of shootout the Lions were victorious.

“The team stuck together through a slow start and slowly built up some momentum,” said Head Coach Mike Perkins. “They found a way to get the job done, and represented JSerra well.”

The JV Lions went 0-1-2 in a tough AA division.

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ICE Lions Finish Their Season Off Strong

JSerra Catholic High School’s Hockey future is secure.
The Junior Varsity Ice Lions capped their incredible season with a win Saturday against Servite High School, the 2nd place team in the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League. The Ice Lions completed a perfect 12-0 record in league play.

“If we include our preseason we are 15-0”, say Ice Lions Team Manager, Kevin Stein. The championship game is being played on Monday February 28th at Honda Center. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. and all hockey fans are encouraged to attend. 

“It’s been a terrific year as the boys have really worked thru multiple line changes, injuries and adversities in their quest to finish in first place. Everyone had high hopes and I must admit that when the notion of remaining undefeated throughout the entire season was first mentioned I was a huge skeptic.” Says Stein.

Stein is quick to point out that the boys are fortunate to have the league’s overall scoring leader but, this is a team effort and several players on multiple lines contributed to the victories with goals, assists, penalty kill minutes and an attitude of hard work which contributed to the boys finding a way to win even on the days that they weren’t playing their best hockey.

Former professional hockey player, Kelly Askew, coaches the JSerra Ice Lions. Formed two years ago, the JSerra Ice Lions were the first high school hockey team in Southern California.

Dave Pauluzzi, president and Founder of the Ice Lions looks at the Junior Varsity team with a smile on his face knowing that the organization that he, along with Art Trottier of the Anaheim Ducks, formed three years go, is in safe hands.
“I am extremely proud of the boys, coaches, management and volunteers for this amazing accomplishment” say’s Pauluzzi. “Since the program was founded three years ago, we have been focused on developing athletes who are top students and role models in their community.

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Ice Lions to Represent California in National Tournament

The California Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) announced today that it has selected JSerra Catholic High School of San Juan Capistrano to represent California in the 2010 USA Hockey National High School tournament, scheduled for April 14-18 in Chicago, Ill.

Sponsored by USA Hockey, the tournament will feature varsity teams from across the country, which earned the right to compete, on behalf of their state, for the national title.

“We selected the JSerra Ice Lions as California’s inaugural team based on their rigorous schedule, high-level of play in regional tournaments featuring top U.S. and Canadian teams and most importantly – because of their focus on developing outstanding student/athletes,” said Steve Laing, president of CAHA.

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JSerra Hires Former NHL Stars to Coach Ice Lions Hockey Team

JSerra Catholic High School announced today that David Karpa and Guy Hebert, two long-time stars of the Anaheim Ducks, will lead the Ice Lions coaching staff during its second season.

David Karpa
David Karpa

David Karpa, the veteran defenseman, is the squad’s new head coach. Retired NHL all-star Guy Hebert will serve as goalie coach. Joining them on the coaching staff is strength and conditioning coach Joshua Aycock.

“It’s an honor and thrill for me to be involved in sharing my passion for ice hockey with the next generation of players, and I’m particularly excited about leading the sport’s growth in Southern California,” said Karpa, who lives in Newport Beach. “We have an outstanding group of scholar-athletes dedicated to their sport and their community.”

Hebert  who was Karpa’s teammate on the Ducks, said he was impressed with the values JSerra instills in its students and scholar-athletes.

“My hope is that I can help teach the scholar-athletes not only to a better player on the ice but to be a better person off the ice,” he said. “Many challenges that athletes face in competition help mold their character. He also said he looks forward to working with the goalies.

Guy Hebert
Guy Hebert

“Goalies are often overlooked so I hope I can help give them a good base for their further development,” he said.

JSerra made history last year when it partnered with the Ducks to become the inaugural team in the first-ever Orange County high school ice hockey league. The team travelled to compete in tournaments as far away as Canada, Ohio and Chicago, plus competed against Southern California Amateur Hockey Association teams. It was the only high school team.

This year, the league expanded to include JSerra’s Trinity League rivals Santa Margarita Catholic High School. The Ice Lions will face off against their Santa Margarita rivals for the first time on September 26th at The Rinks at Anaheim at 7:30pm.

The game will mark an important step in the sport’s evolution. Another step will come at Thanksgiving when the Ice Lions compete in the prestigious Loyola Academy Thanksgiving Tournament in Chicago and travel to south Florida to face the defending state champion North Broward High School on October 4th.

In other sports news at JSerra, Julie Swail-Ertel, of Irvine, a rare two-sport Olympian, was hired to direct the aquatics program and coach the girls’ water polo team. And Joedy Gardner is the new head boys basketball coach. He was a private trainer to elite players, including several NBA stars.

“We remain committed to providing all our students with a world-class educational experience,” said Frank Talarico, JSerra’s CEO.

Karpa played for the Ducks from 1994-98. Among the highlights of his career was his decisive goal in the seventh game of the 1997 Western Conference semi-finals against Phoenix Coyotes.

Hebert, of Newport Beach, was the first pick in the 1993 expansion draft. He retired in 2001 and still ranks first or second among Ducks leaders in every goalkeeping category.

Just six years old, JSerra’s $110-million facilities and $40 million athletics complex are regarded as among the finest in the region. Last year the school won its first Trinity League championships in boys soccer, boys lacrosse and baseball. Baseball coach Brett Kay was the Orange County Register’s Coach of the Year.

For more about JSerra Catholic High School, please visit www.jserra.org.

Varsity Team