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Taking Liberties With… Dylan Strome

September 6th, 2018

DYLAN STROME Position: Forward, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Mississauga, Ont., Canada NHL Draft: Selected by Arizona in the first round (third overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft Last Amateur Team: Erie Otters (Ontario Hockey League) Age: 21 READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up? Dylan Strome: I would say winning…

AHU Coach’s Corner: There are no shortcuts when using the hockey pyramid

September 5th, 2018

The idea of building “from the ground up” is not new. Ice hockey, for some reason, has not yet reached out to the potentially huge numbers of children who have never played our game. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Street and floor and roller hockey are inexpensive ways to develop hockey skills without ever stepping on…

Shop Talk: BTM Goalie School still going strong after 32 years

September 2nd, 2018

From July 2-6, the 32nd Annual BTM Goalie School was held at the Ice Den in Scottsdale. On Monday, the 40-plus goalies arrived in waves for check-in, handing out of the school jersey and some swag. Goalies and parents attended a meeting outlining the program and expectations. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The goalies left the…

Are you a ‘get’ or ‘give’ type of hockey player?

August 17th, 2018

The past number of months, I have worked with many teams helping to get everyone on the same page, working to establish an agreed-upon culture and help to identify any issues that could be preventing the team from maximizing individual abilities. A major part of this is the attitude of the player and how well…

Taking Liberties With… Darcy Kuemper

July 17th, 2018

DARCY KUEMPER Position: Goaltender, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Acquired: Traded to Coyotes from Los Angeles Kings for goaltender Scott Wedgewood and forward Tobias Rieder on Feb. 21, 2018 NHL Draft: Selected by the Minnesota Wild in the sixth round (161st overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft Last Amateur Team: Red Deer Rebels (Western…

Synthetic Ice Skating Series – Part 3 of 3 – Stops

July 5th, 2018

Welcome back to the Synthetic Ice Skating Series! In Part 3, HockeyShot Skating Sensei Jim Vitale and Bench Boss Jeremy Rupke explain the very important skill of stopping. As every hockey player knows, this frozen sport is very fast and there are a lot of stops and starts. We hope you pick up a few…

AHU Coach’s Corner: Let’s discuss a lost skill in today’s game – passing

June 27th, 2018

The teams that can pass the puck the best usually win the game. However, most teams struggle with it because no one really works on passing any more. No matter what age group you are in, you should always work on passing. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE You look at players in juniors or in college…

Shop Talk: Recapping BTM Demo Day and Goalie Day, 2018 edition

June 19th, 2018

Back on May 11 from 6-7 p.m. at AZ Ice Arcadia, we held our on-ice goalie Demo Day. By 4 p.m., Bauer, Brian’s, CCM, True and Vaughn were set up. This gave the goalies an opportunity to see what demo gear they wanted to try out as well as to speak directly with company reps….

Mission Statement: How a former coach’s teachings have been my motivation

June 18th, 2018

I am going off topic here a bit to talk about my high school baseball coach Eric Kibler, who was recently let go by Horizon High School brass after 38 years of dedication and success. This is my way of supporting Coach and all the lessons he taught me in my senior year playing for…

Taking Liberties With… Zac Rinaldo

May 15th, 2018

ZAC RINALDO Position: Forward, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Mississauga, Ont., Canada NHL Draft: Selected by Philadelphia in the sixth round (178th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft Acquired: Signed one-year contract as a free agent with Coyotes on July 1, 2017 Age: 27 READ OUR APRIL 2018 ISSUE Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing…