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Upcoming AHU Presidents’ Day Invitational will see new firsts

January 22nd, 2018

This year, Arizona Hockey Union’s 17th annual Presidents’ Day invitational tournament will be the largest ever, seeing 182 teams fight it out for a chance at winning their division. One of the teams participating in the tournament is flying all the way over the Pacific Ocean. READ OUR JANUARY 2018 ISSUE The Ice Star 09…

Read Our January Issue!

January 18th, 2018

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Taking Liberties With… Jason Demers

January 16th, 2018

JASON DEMERS Position: Defenseman, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Dorval, Quebec, Canada NHL Draft: San Jose’s seventh-round pick (186th overall) in 2008 Acquired: Traded to Coyotes from Florida Panthers on Sept. 17, 2017, in exchange for forward Jamie McGinn Age: 29 READ OUR DECEMBER 2017 ISSUE Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up? Jason Demers:…

Shop Talk: BTM proud to stay involved with IHAAZ festival series

January 16th, 2018

As 2017 ends and 2018 begins, it means the start of the statewide IHAAZ inline hockey festivals. Behind The Mask is once again proud to support this wonderful tournament series. READ OUR DECEMBER 2017 ISSUE This weekend tournament series started over 15 years ago and through support of countless coaches, parents and volunteers, continues as…

Phoenix native, Bobcats grad Knies chosen NCHC Rookie of the Week

January 15th, 2018

The NCHC announced Monday that Miami University freshman forward Phil Knies has been tabbed the league’s Rookie of the Week. READ OUR DECEMBER 2017 ISSUE Despite disappointing team results at Omaha, Knies powered Miami’s offense against the Mavericks with a five-point weekend, including two goals each night. In Friday’s 11-7 defeat, he tallied a career-high…

AHU Coach’s Corner: How to stay active, motivated during the holiday season

January 15th, 2018

There are a lot of distractions that can happen over the holidays that don’t allow a player to train or be on the ice as much. Each level is different, too. For instance, a lot of the youth teams participate in Christmas tournaments, but for the older guys like junior players or college players, you…

In A Devilish Mood: The topic of sport specialization – is it good or bad?

January 12th, 2018

I want to start with this disclaimer – “This is my opinion.” I say this because everybody has a different opinion on when and whether kids should focus all their attention on one sport. I feel playing multiple sports as a youth can do nothing but help you excel as an athlete. When I was…

Coyotes’ Ekman-Larsson selected to second NHL All-Star Game; Matthews, too

January 12th, 2018

For the first time, the anxiety level was through the roof. Plus, there was a different format. This time, Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson jumps in the 2018 NHL All-Star Game with a different look and distinct feel. READ OUR DECEMBER 2017 ISSUE Named to the Pacific Division squad, Ekman-Larsson enters the game with a…

Mission Statement: Do young hockey players still have a team-first mindset?

January 11th, 2018

I recently saw an article in USA Hockey Magazine that got me thinking about how we are losing sight of the purity and reasons why so many play this great game. It was an article that talked about how 14- and 16-year-old kids can promote themselves to get on the USA Hockey Development Camp radar….

Behind The Mask’s Exelby finding ways to give back to Arizona hockey community

January 10th, 2018

Hockey in the desert continues to flourish year after year, owing much of its success to the help of a local pro shop. Randy Exelby founded Behind The Mask in 1994. Originally from Toronto, Exelby formerly played in the IHL for the Phoenix Roadrunners. Pro shops make the hockey world run smoothly and in Arizona,…