Pee Wee A3 team celebrates CAHA state championship

The Los Angeles Jr. Kings’ Pee Wee A3 team celebrated a California Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) state title today (Sunday) after blanking the California Golden Bears, 4-0, in its division’s championship game at Sharks Ice-San Jose.

The club, which captured a Southern California Amateur Hockey Association (SCAHA) championship last month at El Segundo’s Toyota Sports Center, went a perfect 3-0 (nine points) in its round robin at states before downing the Bears in the finale.

"On behalf of my coaching partner, Patrik Stefan, our team manager, Lani Ruh, and myself, we'd like to thank our parents for their unbelievable support through what was a very successful developmental season for our players," said Pee Wee A3 head coach James Gasseau. "We've been preaching teamwork and values to our kids all year, but it starts with the adults showing the way. We have a very talented group of players and they're continously learning how to become a team."

Gasseau also credited the club’s leaders for providing the team with the support and tools necessary to train and develop each player.

"It takes a team approach from top to bottom," he said. "The players are learning life values that go way beyond winning hockey games, but obviously winning both SCAHA and CAHA championships was a bonus and the kids and families deserves a lot of credit for their commitment."

Three other Jr. Kings teams played for CAHA A/B state championships today.

In the Squirt A bracket, the club’s A2 squad, which finished with a 1-1-1 mark (five points) in the round robin, fell to the California Golden Bears, 3-0, in its finale.

The Jr. Kings’ Squirt BB3 team went 1-1-1 (seven points) in the preliminary round at states, but lost to the San Francisco Sabercats in the championship game, 3-1.

In the 18U A division, the Jr. Kings finished 2-1 (five points) in the preliminary round and dropped a 6-2 decision to the Capital Thunder in Sunday’s finale.

The two teams with the most points (three for a win, two for an overtime/shootout win) at the conclusion of the three-game round-robin portion of the tournament played in their respective division’s championship games.

For more information on the CAHA state championships, including the complete schedule, visit CAHA.com.