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Mission AZ starts season with annual Hall of Fame inductions

September 22nd, 2017

The date Aug. 19 was a truly special day for Mission AZ, as the youth hockey program inducted seven new members into its prestigious Hall of Fame. The eighth-annual event served as a way to honor some of the program’s top former players while also kicking off the 2017-18 season and helping continue to build…

Nepsa’s hiring means CAHA goaltending trending upward

September 21st, 2017

Mike Nepsa has worked with many successful junior, college and pro goaltenders, but this upcoming season, he’s bringing his expertise to the Jr. Coyotes and the Coyotes Amateur Hockey Association as the club’s new director of goaltending and goalie coach. Nepsa comes to the Valley having worked numerous gigs last season. He was the goaltending…

AHU kicks off season with successful Labor Day Weekend

September 20th, 2017

Each year in Arizona when Labor Day rolls around, all hockey families in the Valley know what that means – the Arizona Youth Hockey League pre-season seeding tournament begins. This year, the tournament was held for the 12U and 10U levels at AZ Ice Gilbert, Arcadia Ice Arena and Ice Den Chandler from Sept. 1-4…

Coyotes rookies show well at NHL Prospect Showcase tournament

September 19th, 2017

The recent 2017 NHL Prospect Showcase tournament provided a competitive edge to rookie camps being conducted by the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks. The four-team event, hosted by the Sharks Sept. 9-12, featured round-robin games between the teams, with each team playing the other once for a total of three…

Fresh start for Coyotes, Roadrunners entering 2017-18 season

September 19th, 2017

The Tucson Roadrunners are set to face off their second season in the American Hockey League (AHL) on Oct. 7 when they host the Pacific Division rival San Diego Gulls. The Roadrunners will be sporting a new look in 2017-18, and it’s not necessarily a makeover in jersey design. It’s a makeover in the organization….

Read Our September Issue!

September 19th, 2017

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Taking Liberties With… Jakob Chychrun

September 14th, 2017

JAKOB CHYCHRUN Position: Defenseman, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla. Acquired: Selected by Coyotes in first round (16th overall) of 2016 NHL Draft Age: 19 READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up? Jakob Chychrun: There are so many memories. One of my best memories is watching the gold medal…

THA breaking away from the traditional hockey academy

September 13th, 2017

Hockey in California has come a long way since it was first played in the state many years ago. Countless players from the Golden State who cut their teeth playing for youth teams here have gone on to compete in junior leagues, colleges and minor pro organizations, with a handful advancing to the NHL. READ…

Shop Talk: Hockey growth in Arizona due to very passionate people

September 13th, 2017

Recently, after one of the Arizona Coyotes prospect camps at AZ Ice Peoria, I met with Matt Shott, the director of amateur hockey development for the Coyotes, and Sean Whyte, who is the Southwest regional director of the “Learn to Play” program with the NHL. Matt has been working to grow hockey statewide since he…

AHU Coach’s Corner: Playing within your role helps with being a team player

September 13th, 2017

Every team needs to become a family with players that are willing to do whatever it takes for the betterment of the team. Knowing your role as a player is something that kids have trouble with, but that makes a better team. The more realistic a player is with himself or herself, the better player…