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November 17th, 2017

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Taking Liberties With… Derek Stepan

November 16th, 2017

DEREK STEPAN Position: Forward, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Hastings, Minn. Acquired: Traded to the Coyotes from New York Rangers on June 23, 2017, along with goalie Antti Raanta in exchange for the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft and defenseman Anthony DeAngelo Age: 27 READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey…

In A Devilish Mood: Such a treat to see hockey booming in the Valley

November 15th, 2017

With the addition of the Las Vegas NHL franchise, I find myself wondering what the state of youth hockey will look like in 25 years in Las Vegas. Coming from the housing industry and knowing the similarities between the Vegas market and the Valley, I feel pretty confident in saying that I know that answer….

Shop Talk: Bauer World 17 shines light on new, exciting products

November 15th, 2017

Behind The Mask was recently invited to Toronto for Bauer World 17, an event that was held over the Oct. 13-14 weekend. Bauer invites select dealers from the United States, Canada and Europe. The summit was held in downtown Toronto at the Westin Harbor Castle hotel located on Lake Ontario, a couple blocks from the…

Parents, beware: Stay away from online message boards

November 14th, 2017

About six years ago, as a first-time hockey parent of a Mite house player, I recall asking a couple of the veteran travel parents if they had any recommendations for information about different hockey clubs and the tryout process. One parent was vocal about the wealth of resources you could find on the hockey message…

AHU Coach’s Corner: Being a leader within the game means just being yourself

November 13th, 2017

There are two types of leaders in hockey. First, you have the vocal, loud intense player and then you have the quiet leader who leads by example. Both serve a different purpose and can be effective if the leaders go about it the right way. Some leaders have the ability to do both. READ OUR…

Coyotes’ veteran Ekman-Larsson: ‘Good things will happen’

November 10th, 2017

With designation as one of the elite players in the game, there is a clear responsibility that comes with distinction. For Arizona Coyotes’ All-Star defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, that duty remains the upmost desire to get better, improve and find ways to help his team win. In the early part of the season, the Coyotes failed…

Tahoe Hockey Academy growing substantially, on and off the ice

November 10th, 2017

It hasn’t quite been 14 months since Tahoe Hockey Academy first opened its doors and put its first team on the ice wearing the program’s distinctive purple and white sweaters, and already California’s first prep hockey boarding school has established itself as a force to be reckoned with. In the last year alone, the program…

Albuquerque product Gretz a key component of Flint’s OHL future

November 10th, 2017

Just seven months ago, Marcus Gretz was weighing his options – Major Junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) or keeping his NCAA Division I commitment to Ohio State University. Once the decision was made to report to the OHL’s Flint Firebirds, the team that selected the Albuquerque native in the second round of…

Mustangs use summer activities to build momentum for ’17-18

November 10th, 2017

After a busy summer, the New Mexico Mustangs girls program is primed for a successful 2017-18 season. Mustangs president Jeff Schultz is elated with how the growth and progression of the game is coming along in the state. “There is a lot going on, and we’re happy to be a part of it,” said Schultz….