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AHU Coach’s Corner: Guest Column – Looking at six keys to improve skating speed, efficiency

March 15th, 2019

Every year, some players dominate in the regular season, but not in the playoffs when the pace is faster. The difference is efficient high-end speed, and it’s highly trainable. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE 1. Longer skating strides = wider strides. At high speeds, you cannot lengthen your stride straight backward because your feet would have…

In A Devilish Mood: What are the benefits to letting our kids play hockey?

March 14th, 2019

As a father of three boys who all play hockey, I often find myself wondering, “why hockey?” Before I can even answer that question, I need to contemplate, “why not hockey?” I would have to say that the two main reasons against letting your child play this wonderful sport are cost and the violent nature…

Shop Talk: BTM team sales staff sets standard for quality service

March 13th, 2019

Team branding is very important. How you look on and off the ice can be a big factor in the unity of the players, coaches on the ice and parents in the stands. Behind The Mask’s team sales division has worked with numerous associations across the state and U.S. with a focus on meeting the…

Taking Liberties With… Michael Bunting

March 12th, 2019

MICHAEL BUNTING Position: Forward, Arizona Coyotes/Tucson Roadrunners Hometown: Scarborough, Ont., Canada NHL Draft: Selected by Coyotes in fourth round (117th overall) of 2014 NHL Draft Last Amateur Team: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) Age: 23 READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up? Michael Bunting: It was when we won…

AHU Pee Wee Black team volunteers time to Humane Society

March 12th, 2019

In late January, the Arizona Hockey Union Pee Wee Black team went to the dogs. Literally. The team volunteered on Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Arizona Humane Society-Campus for Compassion. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Prior to that date, the team made 45 homemade dog toys during the MLK Tournament as a team-building activity to bring…

Yuma IHAAZ festival cops rave reviews; Prescott event up next

March 8th, 2019

IHAAZ tournament director Nick Boyarsky calls the festival in Yuma a finely-tuned machine because of how well everything is run. The Blaze has a unique system where every player and family in the program must pitch in for various roles at their home-hosted event. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “From that, you see a pride taken…

Coyotes playing with sense of urgency in home stretch

March 7th, 2019

Given the timing and schedule at this point of the hockey season, there’s an acceleration by teams to rush into postseason contention. Heading down the stretch and into the final weeks of the NHL campaign, the sprint to determinate playoff teams is underway in earnest. While players and coaches eschew any dialogue about the prospect…

New Mexico’s Payson finding scoring touch with USPHL’s Aviators

March 6th, 2019

It took some time to get the wind under their wings, but the New York Aviators could be taking off at just the right time. The team, located in Brooklyn, N.Y., had a huge turnaround in what has been a sub-.500 season, going 8-2-0-1 since the start of the new year. The Aviators are propelled…

Lobos ‘so ready to play,’ hoping to make ACHA national tournament

March 5th, 2019

The University of New Mexico has played stellar hockey through much of the current season, but is that enough for the Lobos to make the ACHA Division III national tournament? Time will tell. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “We are a bit out of the top ten and we had a couple losses that were preventable…

DYHA’s Lil’ Devils youth program showing immense growth

March 4th, 2019

Hockey continues to explode at the youth level in Arizona and a major part of that growth can be seen with the DYHA’s Lil’ Devils program. Designed for players that are Mite-aged and older who have completed the Little Howlers curriculum, the Lil’ Devils is picking up steam in Tempe, and parents could not be…