AHU Knights players making impact away from hockey rink
During the hockey season, Arizona Hockey Union teams are going full-steam ahead.
After the season ends, many Knights players stay active away from the rink in a variety of activities.
Zac Yurkanin (pictured above) goes to Desert Ridge High School and was a member of the track team.
“Because ice time is limited during the offseason, I need to find other ways to stay athletic,” said Yurkanin, who played on the AHU 18U AA team last season. “Track offers a cheap way to keep my cardio in check, while allowing me to compete in events that mimic time on ice. Events like the 400-meter and 200-meter sprints last about as long as a shift on ice, allowing for my hockey skills to transfer to the sport.”
Matt Sigrist, a goalie 18U AA team last season, was a camp counselor for kids who attend Camp AZDA/Diabetes at Friendly Pines, in Prescott in June. He was a camper there in the past, and now is a counselor.
The age group is 8-16. The kids love this camp, and it gives them a chance to be with others with the same chronic illness, share their daily struggles and fears, learn to manage their illness and have fun. Most of the kids are Type 1 diabetic, meaning there is no cure.
Caleb Yordy will skate with the AHU Bantam AA team in 2019-20. He is a Flagstaff player who will be traveling to the Valley to play this year. He will be traveling to Finland with the Rocky Mountain Hockey School’s Select Team this summer. Yordy will participate in a European Development Camp at their Olympic Training Center and then compete with the team in the Finland Lions Cup tournament in Helsinki.
Jake Holston, another 18U AA standout, spends his summers playing hockey, weightlifting, speed training, personal training and working as a math tutor.
Luke Yubeta was the Chandler High School JV volleyball captain this past spring. He made the AZ Fear 16U volleyball tournament team that played in Anaheim, Calif., June 14-16.
He is also the goalie for the 16U AZ Outcasts roller hockey team that competed in the NARCh regional and East and West Coast Finals tournaments in Irvine, Calif. (April 26-28, team took first place), Escondido, Calif. (May 31-June 2), Detroit (June 24-28, East Coast Finals) and Irvine (July 12-19, West Coast Finals).
— Sean Phillips
(Aug. 9, 2019)