Gulls Take Flight Once More

It was announced on Sunday that the Anaheim Ducks’ top development affiliate will be the named the Gulls.

This brings back so many wonderful memories of my childhood growing up in San Diego and having the chance to see the original Gulls of the 1966-67 Western Hockey League.

They were coached by a great hockey man Max McNab; he was also the teams General Manager. In their expansion season they went 22-47-3 and it was an exciting brand of Hockey.

Their No. 1 Goaltender was Les Binkley and in the following season, he was in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In those years their were only six NHL teams and the Gulls were the Triple A of pro hockey. My dad loved to go to the Sports Arena when the Portland Buckaroos would come to town.

The Buckaroos were the best team in the Western Hockey League and they had a real villain in defenseman Connie “Mad Dog” Madigan. When Madigan was on the ice something always seemed to happen, mostly a good fight.

Forwards Johnny MacMillan, Warren Haynes and Fred Hilts were the Gulls’ big offensive weapons. Defensemen Gordie Sinclair, Jim Wilcox and Jim Watson were solid.

They used to pack the Sports Arena on a regular basis.

I hope the fans will support this new version of the Gulls.

By Sunday’s numbers, for the Hockey Fest at the Valley View Casino Center, they are off to a good start. An estimated 8,500 fans showed up over a three-hour period.

Sockers Pacific Division Champs

The Sockers wrapped up the regular season with a 3-1 win over the Ontario Fury and finished the regular season 16-4. They won the Pacific Division regular-season title by three games over Ontario. They have a first-round bye and then host the Pacific Division championship game on March 7 at the Valley View Casino Center at 7:05 p.m. They play the winner of Las Vegas/Ontario who play next Sunday in Ontario. The Sockers looking to win their 15th title in franchise history.

Polee is back

Great to see senior Dwayne Polee back on the court against San Jose State after missing 15 games. Polee collapsed Dec. 22 in a game against UC Riverside. Dwayne went through numerous tests that found a cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). He played 13 minutes against the Spartans, scoring three points. If he can get his conditioning level back this could be a great boost for the Aztecs going in to the Mountain West Conference Tournament and the NCAAs.

Time to hit the showers. Have a great week

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