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Scott Linesburgh

Linesburgh has been a member of The Record’s sports department since 1988. A native of Wantagh, N.Y., he has covered the Stockton Thunder hockey franchise since its inception in 2005 and has spent more than two decades reporting on motorsports and various other sports on the high school, college and professional level.

A trip down memory lane with the Stockton Thunder

The Thunder era in Stockton comes to a close at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when the ECHL franchise hosts the final home game against the Bakersfield Condors at Stockton Arena. Take a trip down memory lane with a look at some of the Thunder’s greatest moments. 1. Opening night at Stockton Arena (2005) After playing the [...]

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Thunder super fan and coach-for-a-day Tucker Larson passes away

Some sad news for the Thunder faithful. Tucker Larson has lost his long battle with cancer and passed away Friday at the age of 25. Larson, who was given six months to live in the Spring of 2012, enjoyed life as long as he could, and one of his biggest thrills was the Thunder. During [...]

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Win-win situation for Thunder

No matter how this turns out, the Thunder had to grab prolific scorer Jack Combs off of the waiver’s list, and it will end up with a quality player for free. Either Stockton gets Combs, who led the league with 56 points in 32 games for the Allen Americans before going to Europe, or he [...]

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Name Game

To those who believe they have figured out the name of Stockton’s incoming AHL franchise, a word of caution. This may not be a done deal. It is true that the new owners of the Thunder, the Calgary Flames, trademarked the name “Stockton Grizzlies” a week ago. Great job by the fans who found that. [...]

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Thunder sale/league move update

There wasn’t any official news on Wednesday regarding the sale of the Thunder, other than Brad Rowbotham confirming he still officially owned the team, at least as of late that afternoon. But the changes, they are a coming. The Thunder will certainly be purchased by the Calgary Flames of the NHL, and it will likely [...]

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A look at a rumored AHL All-California Division

The Calgary Flames of the NHL are in the process of buying the Stockton Thunder, and the road seems clear for that to happen. And the long-held speculation of a move of the West Coast ECHL teams moving up to the American Hockey League just picked up more steam. At first, the thought that this [...]

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AHL is hot issue for Thunder

The old saying goes like this: “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire” And the Stockton Thunder may have found the Flames which will ignite a move to a higher league. The hot rumor is that the NHL’s Calgary Flames will purchase the Thunder and move it up to the American Hockey League. This would make the [...]

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Patriarch of local racing family passes away

Sad news for the local racing community: Ron Strmiska Sr. has passed away. Anyone involved in the sport in San Joaquin County has heard of the Strmiska Family. Ron Sr. was the patriarch, beginning his career at Stockton 99 in the early 1970s. He won two track titles, plenty of races and thrilled fans with [...]

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Calaveras County parties before — and likely after — Dillashaw’s win

As promised, Calaveras County showed up to support the local sports hero. T.J. Dillashaw’s wife, Rebecca, said during Thursday’s media day that she wouldn’t be surprised if the whole town of Angels Camp showed up to her husband’s UFC Bantamweight title fight Saturday at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. And she was close, as hundreds [...]

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Another blow for UFC

Losing your promised main event the day before the pay-per-view is not good for business. Angels Camp Product T.J. Dillashaw was set to defend his UFC bantamweight crown against former champ Renan Barao today at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, but Barao pulled out of the bout because he because ill while trying to make [...]

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    Linesburgh has been a member of The Record's sports department since 1988. A native of Wantagh, N.Y., he has covered the Stockton Thunder hockey franchise since its inception in 2005 and has spent more than two decades reporting on motorsports and ... Read Full

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