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AHSHA hits jackpot with Green as new hockey director

November 20th, 2019

As the new AHSHA season gets underway, some new faces take over new roles within the organization. Tait Green is the new hockey director and comes to AHSHA with a solid background in the game, currently serving as the hockey director and ACHA Division I coach at Arizona State University. Green, who has been involved…

Jack of all trades Talbott a New Mexico hockey treasure

November 19th, 2019

Jaye Talbott has been a volunteer for the New Mexico Ice Hockey Foundation (NMICE) for 10 years and has relished every second of her time in and around the rink. She has officially served as registrar, assistant treasurer and 8U growth coordinator, but in all honesty, has really been a jack of all trades. READ…

Read Our November Issue!

November 14th, 2019

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Tahoe Prep Academy teams start new 2019-20 seasons on positive notes

November 13th, 2019

The 2019-20 season is well underway, and both the prep and varsity teams at Tahoe Prep Academy are off to great starts. Here’s a look at five players already making an impact: READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Jaxon Call A 16-year-old varsity defenseman, Call said he felt right at home returning to Tahoe Prep for his…

Scottsdale native, ASU commit, Jr. Coyotes grad Strada selected USHL Forward of the Week

November 13th, 2019

The USHL announced this week that Scottsdale native and Des Moines Buccaneers forward Joey Strada has been named the USHL Forward of the Week. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The Arizona State University commit and former Jr. Coyote scored five goals in two games against the Tri-City Storm over the weekend, including a four-goal performance on…

Mission Statement: Why more 16U A teams would be a major benefit to all

November 12th, 2019

It’s ironic that I am writing this story on the road with my 16U A team in Pittsburgh. This level has all but disappeared in our town and I am doing all I can to keep it alive, as I truly feel it is an important step for so many kids. Look at the numbers…

Scottsdale native Matthews named NHL’s Second Star of the Week

November 11th, 2019

Scottsdale native and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week today. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Matthews factored on nine of his team’s 11 goals last week, leading all NHL skaters with two goals and nine points in four appearances to help the Toronto Maple Leafs (9-6-4, 22…

Shop Talk: Reflecting back on Behind The Mask Girls Hockey Weekend

November 11th, 2019

Behind The Mask was proud to host the first-ever BTM Girls Hockey Weekend at the BTM Scottsdale location just a few weeks ago on Oct. 5. In partnership with the Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Kachinas, Arizona State University women’s hockey and Grand Canyon University women’s hockey, this event was held to showcase the growth of girls…

AHU Coach’s Corner – Guest Column: Should we keep spending money on team building?

November 7th, 2019

This is Part of 1 of this guest column series from Carlos Valdes-Dapena. Most corporate team building is a waste of time and money. I say this based on my 25-plus years of research and practice in the field of team effectiveness. Seventeen of those years were with Mars Inc., a family-owned $35 billion global…

Mission AZ focusing on intensity in practices, leading to stellar results come game time

November 6th, 2019

Walk through the large glass doors into Mission AZ’s sprawling headquarters at AZ Ice Peoria in suburban Phoenix, and you may not notice much different from any other rink hosting any other youth hockey program in any other part of the country. The sounds of skates cutting across the ice, sticks meeting pucks, whistles blaring…