As a fan of USA hockey, I'm always looking for info on any US prospects I can find. I checked out usahockey.com a few days ago to find the results of the recent Select 16 tournament for USA regional teams. Very young players, mostly 16 years old (1988's), but it was interesting to see a lot of players from California. The Pacific team didn't do too bad, going 3-3, but they are producing some good talent with 2 of the top 10 scorers in the tourney coming out of California. There are more and more players coming out of Southern California, and other places like the southeast that didn't produce hockey players before. Guys like Ray Macias (Kamloops-WHL), Jack Combs (Kitchener-OHL), Rhett Rakhshani (committed to USNTDP for next year), Billy Blase (USNTDP), Cameron Cepek (Portland-WHL), and Jason Reese (Vancouver-WHL, 1st rounder in 2003) all out of California. Just goes to show how great Gretzky's impact was when he was with the Kings, as that was about the time most of these kids were born until they were about 5-6 years old.