|The LA Mings are an international street hockey team. They are members of the VASHL.
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.
|3||Canada !||Dave Tilly (A)|
|6||United States||Josh Claus|
|7||United States||Ashley Gibbons Ellek|
|13||Canada !||Chris Seymour|
|19||Canada !||Stirling Bennett|
|21||Elle Chaikoff Loder|
|24||United States||George Ellek|
|33||United States||Suzanne Cafasso (Goalie)|
|55||United States||Jim Edelston (C)|
|431||Canada !||David Lafayette|
- Jim Edelston, 2014-present
- James Elkins, 2011
- Travis Hill, 2010
LA Mings Games
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 logo used from 2010-2011||Team logo 2014-2015||Shoulder Patch 2014-present||Team Logo 2016-present|
All-Time Player Appearances with LA Mings
|Dave Tilly||2011||5||19||Alt. Cap: 2014-|
|Jim Edelston||2014||4||16||Team Captain: 2014-|
|Elle Chaikoff Loder||2015||3||12|
|Amanda Dowell||2014||3||11||Alt. Cap: 2014-2016|
|Suzanne Cafasso||2014||2||8||Team Goalie: 2014, 2017|
|Mike Van Eck||2010||2||6||Franchise Founding Member|
|James Elkins||2010||2||6||Franchise Founding Member
Team Captain: 2011
Alt. Cap: 2010
|Brad Hill||2010||2||6||Franchise Founding Member
Team Goalie: 2011
|John Mattison||2010||2||6||Franchise Founding Member|
|Bob Minhas||2010||2||6||Franchise Founding Member|
|Tyler Nadeau||2010||2||6||Franchise Founding Member
Team Goalie: 2010
|Josh Smith||2010||2||6||Franchise Founding Member|
|Lucas Loder||2016||1||4||Team Goalie: 2016|
|Bryce Erb||2016||1||4||Team Goalie: 2016|
|Rob Tamilia||2015||1||4||Team Goalie: 2015|
|Ashley Gibbons Ellek||2017||1||4|
|Andrew Beaton||2010||1||3||Franchise Founding Member|
|Colin Dodge||2010||1||3||Franchise Founding Member
Alt. Cap: 2010
|Travis Hill||2010||1||3||Franchise Founding Member
Team Captain: 2010
|Gavin ap’ Morrygan||2011||1||1|