LA Mings

The LA Mings are an international street hockey team. They are members of the VASHL.

The franchise was added as part of the 2010 expansion which also included the Funployees and the View Askew Girls.

The team is based on a mash-up parody of the Los Angeles Kings and Ming Chen. Chen first met Smith through a fansite he created in dedication to Smith in 1995, which led to Chen being hired to create the View Askew Productions website.

Today, Ming Chen continues to work on all of Smith’s online properties and is the technical expert at the Stash. He co-hosts the podcast I Sell Comics! with Mike Zapcic and is featured on AMC’s Comic Book Men television show.

The club did not field teams in the 2012 and 2013 Walter Gretzky street hockey tournaments and many members of the Mings played for other VASHL teams during this period. The franchise returned at the 2014 event.

 

Contents

LA Mings
Founded 2010
History LA Mings
2010-2011,
2014-present
View Askew Inspiration Ming Chen, Comic Book Men
Mings Jersey
Colors Deep koamaru blue, eminence purple, lightning yellow and white
                   
Words Saving the hockey world, one comic book at a time
Mascot Ming Chen
Facebook Page Facebook.com/mingshockey
Captain Jim Edelston
Walter Gretzky Cups 0
WGSHT Medals  0
 1
 0
Lady Ming Trophies 0

Players

2017 Roster

# Nat Player
3 Canada Dave Tilly (A)
6 United States of America Josh Claus
6 Canada Cameron Chaikoff
7 United States of America Ashley Gibbons Ellek
13 Canada Chris Seymour
19 Canada Stirling Bennett
21 Canada Elle Chaikoff Loder
24 United States of America George Ellek
33 United States of America Suzanne Cafasso (Goalie)
55 United States of America Jim Edelston (C)
91 Canada Lucas Loder
431 Canada David Lafayette

Team Captains

  • Jim Edelston, 2014-present
  • James Elkins, 2011
  • Travis Hill, 2010

Tournament-by-Tournament Record

YEAR GP W L T OTL GF GA PLACE
2017 4 2 2 0 0 12 12 5th
2016 4 2 2 0 0 11 14 7th
2015 4 0 3 1 0 5 19 9th
2014 4 2 2 0 0 20 8 4th
2011 3 2 1 0 0 13 6 2nd
2010 3 0 3 0 0 7 30 6th
Total 22 8 13 1 0 68 89

Games

Team History

The idea for the 2010 expansion came from an immense response of people on the View Askew message board wanting to be part of the Walter Gretzky tournament experience after the first year. All of the original teams were mostly full, since only eleven players could be on one team. Because the thread on the board furnished more players, expansion teams were created. The Mings, The Funployees, and the VAG were all added to the league to go to Brantford that second year. In 2011, another team was also created to let more players in and that is where the Red State Raiders came from, which then turned into the Hitmen, and now the Mallrats.

The original team all came together through the View Askew message board, the same as most of the other teams. The team name was chosen by it’s first Captain, Travis Hill. The original team logo was designed by Warren Stanley after Ming took a vicious hit in a Los Angeles street hockey game that a lot of players attended in late 2009. Warren worked off of a photo that was taken of Ming with a black eye from taking a ball to the face to come up with the logo.

The first year was amazing for the entire team as they got to face off against Puck U in the large Brantford rink. That is exciting for anybody. The second year was difficult because nobody wanted to really commit to play, so our team and roster were smaller than some of the other teams. We played better though because we all had more experience. Now, Jim Edelston has stepped in to return the Mings to Brantford.

Team Logos

OG LA Mings LA Mings LA Ming Shoulder Patch
Team logo used from 2010-2011 Team logo 2014-2015 Shoulder Patch 2014-present Team Logo 2016-present

Photos

 

All-Time Player Appearances with LA Mings

Nat Player Team Debut Tournament
Appearances
GP Notes
Canada Dave Tilly 2011 5 19 Alt. Cap: 2014-
Canada Stirling Bennett 2014 4 16
United States of America Jim Edelston 2014 4 16 Team Captain: 2014-
Canada David Lafayette 2014 4 16
Canada Chris Seymour 2014 4 16
Canada Elle Chaikoff Loder 2015 3 12
Canada Colin Johnston 2014 3 12
United Kingdom Amanda Dowell 2014 3 11 Alt. Cap: 2014-2016
Canada Cameron Chaikoff 2016 2 8
United States of America Suzanne Cafasso 2014 2 8 Team Goalie: 2014, 2017
Canada Jody Simpson 2014 2 8
United States of America Josh Claus 2015 2 7
Canada Mike Van Eck 2010 2 6 Franchise Founding Member
United States of America James Elkins 2010 2 6 Franchise Founding Member
Team Captain: 2011
Alt. Cap: 2010
Canada Brad Hill 2010 2 6 Franchise Founding Member
Team Goalie: 2011
Canada John Mattison 2010 2 6 Franchise Founding Member
Canada Bob Minhas 2010 2 6 Franchise Founding Member
Canada Tyler Nadeau 2010 2 6 Franchise Founding Member
Team Goalie: 2010
United States of America Josh Smith 2010 2 6 Franchise Founding Member
Canada Lucas Loder 2016 1 4 Team Goalie: 2016
United States of America Bryce Erb 2016 1 4 Team Goalie: 2016
Canada Rob Tamilia 2015 1 4 Team Goalie: 2015
United States of America Roy Bearden 2014 1 4
United States of America Robbie Smith 2014 1 4
United States of America George Ellek 2017 1 4
United States of America Ashley Gibbons Ellek 2017 1 4
Canada Andrew Beaton 2010 1 3 Franchise Founding Member
Canada Colin Dodge 2010 1 3 Franchise Founding Member
Alt. Cap: 2010
United States of America Travis Hill 2010 1 3 Franchise Founding Member
Team Captain: 2010
United States of America Mike Crandall 2011 1 1
United States of America Gavin ap’ Morrygan 2011 1 1
Canada 17
United States of America 14
United Kingdom 1
Total 32