Friday, January 4, 2013
Vincent Trocheck scores a goal.
Upper St. Clair native Vincent Trocheck helped Team USA advance to the gold-medal game on Thursday. Trocheck scored one goal in USA's 5-1 win over rival Canada in Ufa, Russia. Other Pittsburgh-area players had big impacts on the outcome of the semifinal win. Goalie John Gibson, a Whitehall native, had 33 saves during the game; J.T. Miller, of Coraopolis, had two assists; and Riley Barber, of Washington, PA, had one goal. USA will face Team Sweden in the gold-medal game at 8 a.m. on Saturday on the NHL Network and live streamed on NHL.com. Trocheck signed with the Florida Panthers in April 2012.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The Upper St. Clair hockey team has more than a month in between its third and fourth games of the 2012-13 season.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
The former New York Islanders defenseman signs a one-year contract with Pittsburgh.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The project is under consideration in Cranberry Township.
Plans are in the infancy stage for the Pittsburgh Penguins to partner with UPMC on a cutting edge performance center and practice rink in Cranberry Township. "It's really going to be a one-of-the-kind in the country," said Penguins spokesman Tom McMillan. The proposed 150,000-square-foot complex would offer hockey-related training and injury treatment and prevention. McMillan said the facility would be similar in nature to the UPMC sports performance complex on Pittsburgh's South Side, which is used by the Steelers and the University of Pittsburgh and includes sports medicine, practice and training facilities With its attachment to an NHL team and the hospital, the hockey-focused complex would be the first of its kind, McMillan said. He …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Police officers from across the region will be at the Penguins-Hurricanes game on Tuesday night to collect donations to support the autistic son of fallen police officer John 'David' Dryer.
'Tis the season for giving, and sports fans attending the Dec. 27 Pittsburgh Penguins game at CONSOL Energy Center can do just that. The Western Pennsylvania Police Benevolent Foundation (WPPBF) has joined forces with the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation to conduct a collection before the Pens face off against the Hurricanes on Tuesday. From 5 to 8 p.m., police from Washington, Allegheny, Westmoreland and Beaver counties will be stationed inside CONSOL's gates, collecting donations to the David Dryer Memorial Fund. The fund was set up to support the 17-year-old autistic son of patrol Officer John “David” Dryer of the East Washington Police Department, who died in medical transit on Dec. 19 after he was shot and mortally wounded during a …
Friday, August 12, 2011
As a result of hard work, and a major change in his hockey game, Andrew Blazek is paving a road that may one day lead to the NHL.
Upper St. Clair's Andrew Blazek has always wanted to play in the NHL. His dream became more of a reality after his recent invite to the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect camp. "I never thought of it as real, a real reality until recently," Blazek said, acknowledging he still has a long road ahead of him and that there are no guarantees in sports. Blazek, 23, went undrafted, which is not uncommon in hockey because the draft concentrates on such young talent. Many late bloomers—and in hockey 19 years of age is late—go unnoticed. At 6 feet, 1 inch, 190 pounds, Blazek has the frame for a good defenseman. That's where Blazek's story is so different from other aspiring hockey players. Until a year and a half ago, Blazek was a forward. He only …
Monday, July 25, 2011
Family and friends came together to enjoy the hockey and help raise funds for two officers hurt in the line of duty.
Family and friends came together to enjoy hockey and help raise funds for two officers seriously hurt in the line of duty, Corporal Dan Hahn of the Cranberry Township Police Department and Clairton Officer James Kuzak, formerly of the Peters Township Police Department. Robin Stanton, wife of event organizer Peters Township Officer Dave Stanton, manned the door selling tickets for the Chinese auction and pucks for the Chuck-a-Puck game. She was joined by Kozmo and his puppet handler, Mike Eakins, from the Officer Phil Program, who were greeting the kids and creating more than a few giggles.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Vince Trocheck and Barrett Kaib could be selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft this weekend.
Two Upper St. Clair natives could be drafted in the 2011 NHL draft this weekend. Vince Trocheck and Barrett Kaib are ranked among the best players eligible for the draft, which begins Friday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Kaib graduated from Upper St. Clair High School last week and has a full scholarship to play hockey for Providence College in Rhode Island. As the only new defenseman coming on to the team, Kaib said he's focusing on preparing for Providence. "I'm not thinking about the draft too much. If it happens, it happens," Kaib said. Kaib grew up in Upper St. Clair and said he played a lot of sports, but hockey became his favorite. "I liked the fast pace," Kaib said. Kaib played for the Upper St. Clair varsity …
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Larry Marks reacts after learning his contract was not renewed.
Larry Marks compiled a record of 47-14-6 in his three seasons as head coach of the Upper St. Clair varsity hockey team, quickly amassing the third-highest win total in the program's history. The Panthers also made three straight appearances in the Penguins Cup semi-finals under Marks, and won the PIHL Class AAA Penguins Cup championship and the Pennsylvania Cup this past season. But as of Tuesday evening, he is no longer the Panthers' head coach after the Upper St. Clair Hockey Association voted not to renew his contract and replace him with varsity assistant coach Gary Klapkowski, who also served as the junior varsity head coach. "I'm in shock, I really am," Marks said. "I was really looking forward to coming back (next season), being …
The board that runs the Upper St. Clair varsity hockey team voted to have Larry Marks replaced on Tuesday night.
Upper St. Clair varsity hockey coach Larry Marks has been relieved of his duties and replaced by varsity assistant coach and junior varsity head coach Gary Klapkowski, according to reports from players. Marks confirmed the move Tuesday night when reached for comment. "I am in shock," Marks said via text message. Marks led the team to a 17-6-1 overall record and the Panthers won the PIHL Class AAA Penguins Cup and Pennsylvania Cup championships. Several of the players reacted after hearing the move, with varying degrees of emotion. "How do you fire a state championship winning coach?" asked captain and team MVP C.J. Murray on Twitter. "It's like firing a president after winning a war." "This firing is, by far, the worst thing to happen to …