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After successful ’17-18 season, the IceJacks give thanks, praise

March 22nd, 2018

As the season comes to a close, we would like to thank all the wonderful people and organizations who help make all this possible. READ OUR MARCH 2018 ISSUE The student-athletes work tirelessly to compete at the highest level all while focusing on their schooling. The support of our parents, the loyal fans, and the…

Wildcats, IceJacks, Lobos all qualify for ACHA Nationals

March 12th, 2018

March Madness? Hockey has its own version, and then some. The NCAA Frozen Four tournament is scheduled April 5-7 in St. Paul, Minn. It will involve a 16-team single-elimination bracket. Selections will be announced March 18. The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), which encompasses nearly 500 college and university-affiliated ice hockey programs in non-varsity play,…

FYHA, NAU continue to develop, grow partnership on numerous levels in Flagstaff

March 5th, 2018

Flagstaff is roughly 140 miles from the Phoenix hockey hub, but that doesn’t mean that the Northern Arizona town is a budding hockey hotbed in its own right. With a growing youth hockey association in the Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association and a nationally-ranked ACHA college hockey program at Northern Arizona University, the town is on…

IceJacks’ D-II team gearing up for crucial spring stretch drive

January 31st, 2018

The goal is simple for the Northern Arizona University ACHA Division II team: get to the national tournament – and win it. That is obviously easier said than done, but NAU coach Travis Johanson has confidence in his squad. “We had a strong first half, but had a few hiccups – that has to do…

Phoenix native, Bobcats graduate Knies selected NCHC Rookie of the Month

January 31st, 2018

Phoenix native and Miami University freshman forward Phil Knies has been named the NCHC Rookie of the Month for Jan. 2018. READ OUR JANUARY 2018 ISSUE Knies doubled his season point total and tripled his goal total in the month of January, recording eight points in six games, which tied for the NCHC lead among…

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…

NAU D-III team buying in to IceJacks program, showing positive results

December 27th, 2017

First-year Northern Arizona University Division III coach Ryan Smith sees his IceJacks team as a work in progress, but also a team that is getting better by the day. Smith said early impressions of the ACHA club are that the team has offensive abilities, the dedication to buy into the program from one of the…

NCHC tabs Phoenix native, Bobcats alum Knies Rookie of the Week

December 11th, 2017

The NCHC announced its weekly award winners today and Phoenix native Phil Knies has been named Rookie of the Week. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Knies chipped in two points to help Miami University earn a split, and nearly a sweep, at then-No. 10 Western Michigan last weekend after logging only one point in his previous…

IceJacks finding rookies, veterans ‘meshing extremely well’

December 4th, 2017

The Northern Arizona University ACHA Division 2 team is off to a fast start, and while much of the success can be attributed to the talent on the ice, coach Travis Johanson said it’s also due to the “unbelievable chemistry” the IceJacks have shown between the returning players and nine newcomers this season. With a…

IceJacks brimming with confidence, momentum as new season here

November 7th, 2017

On paper, both Northern Arizona University ACHA teams look to have solid rosters. Both the Division 2 coaching staff (Travis Johanson, Kris Walsh, Colin Hughes) and Division 3 staff (Ryan Smith, Billy Brennan, Brandon Schinzel) have their teams out to positive starts as each squad went undefeated in the early part of October, the D-2…