2016 USHL Draft Picks
Tri-City USHL Draft Picks - Thursday, May 12, 2016

Introduction Letter
Introduction Letter - Thursday, May 12, 2016

Dear Prospective Storm Player,

            Please allow us to introduce ourselves to you and your family. We are the new coaching staff of the U16 AAA Las Vegas Storm. The Las Vegas Storm is owned and operated by John & Kirk Brooks, owners of the Tri-City Strom in the USHL. Having met with John & Kirk Brooks and Storm scouting staff it is our goal to develop a program that will allow Las Vegas to not only have success at the Tier 1 level but allow the organization to serve as a pathway to move players into the USHL and Division 1 creating a powerful pipeline and helping players achieve their goals and dreams.

Our Head Coach, Micah Sanford, is entering his seventh season as a head with the Storm having rejoined us in 2014. The Storm is ecstatic to have Coach Micah Sanford behind the bench for the 2016-2017 Season.  Coach Sanford is not only a successful business owner, but Coach Sanford also one of the few players from Las Vegas to play at the Elite Junior and D1 College Level.  Playing in the BCHL (Chilliwack Chiefs) and Division 1 Hockey (U. of Nebraska-Omaha) Sanford led the Chiefs in scoring and points in 2001-2002 with 47 Goals and 58 Assists.  As a Coach, Sanford has also coached AAA teams for the Nevada Stars and Las Vegas Storm. His return to AAA can only mean great things for this season!

Assistant Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Eric Lacroix is a Canadian former professional player in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators. He is the son of former Colorado Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix and has worked in various management positions within the Avalanche assuming the roles of assistant video coach and director of hockey operations. He became the co-owner and governor of the Arizona Sundogs of the Central Hockey League and after three-years with the Sundogs, helping claim the Ray Miron President's Cup as champions of the CHL, Lacroix joined the Phoenix Coyotes organization for the 2008–09 season as a professional scout. Lacroix re-joined his father in Colorado, when he was named Vice-President of Hockey Operations for the Avalanche. He served in his role for four consecutive seasons, before leaving after the 2012–13 season. The Storm is extremely luck and privileged to have Lacroix with the Organization. Eric, wife Jill and three kids Max, Mia and Ty have called Las Vegas Home for three years. 

Gabe Gauthier is the Head Coach for the Las Vegas Storm Jr. A team, Coach in Chief for the Nevada Storm and scout for the Tri-City Storm (USHL).  Gabe is entering his 3rd season with the Storm from Metro State University in Denver Colorado in the ACHA. Prior to the beginning of his coaching career Gabe was a standout hockey player for Denver University, winning back-to-back national championships in 04 & 05. Gabe scored the lone goal in the 2004 title game as Denver blanked the University of Maine 1-0. In 2005 Gabe led the Pioneers to their second consecutive title as they beat the University of North Dakota 4-1, was voted to All-American team and led the team in points for the second year as a Junior. Upon completion of college Gabe signed a contract with the Los Angeles Kings were he played for the AHL Manchester Monarchs and was called up to the NHL a handful of times and spent a year playing in Germany for the Augsburg Panthers (DEL). Gabe finished his pro career with the Denver Cutthroats (CHL) in 2012-13. Gabe resides in Las Vegas with his wife Tammy and Daughter Brooke.

Games – Gauthier, Lacroix and the Brooks brothers have already begun the registration process for several tournaments including Nike Bauer Chicago, secured a place as a guest team in NAPHL events and begun scheduling efforts with Regional Tier 1 programs.  The Las Vegas Storm Tier 1 U16 team will participate in USA Hockey Pacific Regionals in an effort to secure a position in the National Tournament 2017!

Practice & Training- The Las Vegas Ice Center is privately owned by John and Kirk Brooks which allows Storm AAA players to have up to 8 hours of on ice practice per week conveniently timed after school from 4:00-5:15pm during the week. The weekends when the team does not have scheduled games, morning practices will be scheduled by the staff. The Players will have full access to the recently renovated 1200ft Gym, 40yd x 9ft Synthetic turf training area and two shooting stations.

Schools- Virtual, Public and Private Schools

Las Vegas Ice Center Sports Academy (LVSA) -The Academy was established in 2014 as a result of the combined visions of coaches, educators and parents to provide our children the best combination of academic, athletic, college exam preparation and leadership training. Almost all of these students have tried both public and private institutions in the valley, and their families were looking for an opportunity to allow their children to excel in both academics and athletics. The LVSA vision is to expand upon the accredited virtual based curriculums readily available to everyone in a way that gives our children the tools to succeed and to achieve their academic and athletic goals -- all while still getting a good night’s sleep! Our goal is to offer a rigorous blended learning academic environment by utilizing the flexibility of an online virtual curriculum combined with the benefits of a qualified instructor and/or specialty tutor during academic hours. In addition, LVSA will offer the extraordinary benefits of the Naviance College & Career Readiness Platform as well as a structured leadership course. LVSA, hosted at the Las Vegas Ice Center, will offer hockey and other Athletes flexible training schedules to meet the needs of all skill levels. LVSA will guide the development of the total student-athlete. The Academy will begin full operation in the fall of 2016 by accepting up to 20 students in grades 6-12 into the program. We are anticipating providing two flexible program options which are outlined below. This information is being used so that we can make every attempt to meet the needs and expectations of the parents and children of the Las Vegas Ice Center and that Valley at large.

Although our elite training program is focused primarily on hockey and figure skaters, opportunities for siblings and recommendations for other athletes will be enrolled based on availability.

Students enroll in their choice of accredited virtual schools like Nevada Connections Academy or Nevada Learning Academy at CCSD. These schools provide tuition free, accredited academic curriculums for students as well as a teacher for each subject. LVSA blends the benefits of a virtual individualized learning pace environment with socialization and development that comes from being in a room with classmates and an instructor for 20+ hours a week. In addition LVSA this fall will provide access to career and college readiness, PrepMe specialized testing preparation through Naviance (http://www.naviance.com/) as well as an exciting opportunity for student focused leadership training.

Las Vegas Ice Center

9295 W. Flamingo Rd. Suite 130 Las Vegas, NV 89147 
Phone: (702) 320-7777 x110
Director- Eric Lacroix (702) 375-6317


Palo Verde High School-The mission of Palo Verde is to prepare students to realize their academic, creative, emotional, physical, social, and career potentials as contributing members of a multicultural society in an international community of mutual respect. Established in 1996, Palo Verde is a Four Star comprehensive public high school located in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas, NV and part of the Clark County School District.To help you more effectively monitor the progress of your child, the Clark County School District provides a web based system. This system will provide detailed, real-time information, including: Demographics, Schedules, Assignments, Assessment Scores, Calendar, Grades, Attendance, Graduation Progress, Academic Planner, To Do List, Reports, District and School Notices.

Palo Verde High School

333 Pavilion Center Drive

Las Vegas, NV 89144-4001


Bishop Gorman High School -Bishop Gorman High School was founded in 1954 and is the only Catholic High School in Southern Nevada. As a college preparatory school, Bishop Gorman has a 98% college bound rate.  The Class of 2015 boasts five National Merit Scholarship Finalists and seven National Merit Scholarship Commended Students, two National Hispanic Recognition Program Award winners, one Carroll Scholarship winner, one perfect score in the AP Spanish Language Exam, and received over $23 million in scholarship awards. Bishop Gorman is the home of Gaels and has a rich tradition of athletic excellence with more than 102 State Championships in our 60-year history.  The Class of 2015 also had 34 seniors receiving athletic scholarships to play at the college level.Not only are a variety of fine art classes offered through our curriculum but also the Bishop Gorman thespians have been Theatre State Champions 5 years in a row and put on a spring musical as well as various other concerts and performances throughout the year.

5959 S. Hualapai Way  |  Las Vegas, NV 89148
Hualapai and Russell Road in the Summerlin Mesa Community

Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School-Faith Lutheran, in clearly proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel, holds true the historic tenets of Faith alone, Grace alone, and Scripture alone as explained in God’s Word and in the Lutheran Confessions.Faith Lutheran is dedicated to offering quality educational experiences to those who acknowledge Christ as their Risen Savior, as well as those who do not yet know the Lord.

Vision:  Faith Lutheran is the standard of excellence in Christian education.

Mission Statement:  "Everyone prepared!  Everyone saved!"

Desired Values:  The fundamental values that guide decision-making in this Association are based in God’s Word and permeated by the pursuit of excellence.  Those values are:  Christian faith and life, teaching that engages and challenges our learners, and the balance of mind, body and soul.  Based on these values, Faith Lutheran will pursue the following outcomes:

1.  Growing body of believers

2.  Building dynamic and God pleasing relationships

3.  Pursuing excellence without exclusivity

4.  Funding this ministry for excellence without exclusivity

5.  Building a modern, full-service educational campus

6.  Expanding the school in a manner that is mission driven

7.  Widening Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School’s reputation for excellence

Critical Targets:  

1.  Effective management of organizational resources (financial, informational, and human) ensures the dynamic, successful pursuit of our mission.

2.  A purposeful property plan optimizes the entire 49 acres and efficiently accommodates future growth.

3.  A culture of academic excellence engenders a love of life-long learning and effectively prepares students for their vocation.

4.  Highly effective academies engage, excite, and equip students increasing their advantage in their field of study.

2015 South Hualapai, Las Vegas, NV 89117

(702) 804-4400


Billets are families who invite junior players into their homes to be a part of their family during the hockey season. The billet family provides housing and support to young men who have moved away from home to pursue their dreams of playing the game they love. Billets are an integral part of AAA and Junior Hockey.

Billet parents are the “mom” and “dad” -- authority figures, role models, and extended family to their assigned players. The efforts of billet families make a significant difference in the lives of these young. The benefit derived from placing the players with billet families is truly immeasurable. Oh there is work in being a billet family; but it’s the work of being a Family which is, as all parents know, a work of joy. Our players want to experience their time away from their families in a caring environment, and to have a home away from home.

Having a Hockey player billet away from home takes time, patience, and a willingness to share. There are lots of differences both cultural and personal; both are part of the joy of living with a billet family and in many cases making new friends for life.

Billet Coordinator:

Emilia K. Cargill Naylor