first_imgVALENCIA – Developing local talent is one of the primary objectives of the Ice Station Valencia’s hockey program. It can also be a curse. Such is the dilemma Valencia Vipers coach Larry Bruyere faces as he prepares to establish a team for the 2006-07 season. The Vipers, a Junior B team that competes in the Western States Hockey League – the highest level of amateur hockey played in California – already have lost one key player and are at risk of losing several others who are trying out for more advanced level Junior A teams. The Vipers play host to an invitation-only tryout camp Aug. 18-20. The WSHL’s schedule will be announced early next week. The season begins the second week of September. Strong candidates to make the team include forward Viktor Kozhevinikov, who played for the Vipers last season; defenseman Kevin Lapp and forward Anthony Kendryna, products of the Ice Station’s Express travel program; and Cody Dinwiddie, a recent Canyon High of Canyon Country grad who played for the school’s Ice Station High School Hockey club team and also played elite-level Tier-1 Midget hockey for the Simi Valley-based Ventura Mariners. Role reversal: Defenseman Josh Shin is a strong candidate to make the team, too. Shin played for Bruyere on the Tier 2 Pee Wee (12-and-under) Vipers in 2003-04. At 15, he likely would be the WSHL’s youngest player. “He was our horse on that Pee Wee team and now it’ll be a reversal of roles,” Bruyere said. “He’s going to be by far the youngest guy in the league.” Tryouts: The Valencia Express will hold tryouts for all levels of its travel program Friday-Aug. 6. Valencia’s Mite (8 and under), Squirt (10 and under), Pee Wee (12 and under), Bantam (14 and under) and Midget (16 and under and 18 and under) all field A and B teams.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesForward Tony Torossian, who played for Valencia last season, already has received an offer from the Portland (Maine) Junior Pirates, a Junior A American Junior Hockey League team. His twin brother, Jack, who also played for Valencia last season, is a strong candidate to make the Junior Pirates squad as well. Other key projected returnees currently pursuing Junior A aspirations include forward Chris Gale, the team’s leading scorer last season, forward Tony Miller and goalie Paul Hart. “We want them to move on, because that’s what we’re here for,” Bruyere said. “But it becomes bittersweet, because it’s tough replacing your best guys.” Bruyere, who is also the team’s general manager, soon must start making tough choices. His deadline is Tuesday to submit a 25-player protected list to the USA Hockey Junior Council Registrar. last_img read more