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Taking Liberties With… Arizona Coyotes forward Taylor Hall

March 5th, 2020

TAYLOR HALL Position: Forward, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada Acquired: Traded from New Jersey Devils on Dec. 16, 2019, with forward Blake Speers in exchange for defenseman Kevin Bahl, forwards Nick Merkley and Nate Schnarr, a conditional first-round pick in 2020, and a conditional third-round pick in 2021 NHL Draft: Selected in the first…

Shop Talk: Need to focus on team branding? Contact BTM Team Sales

March 4th, 2020

Team branding is very important. How you look on and off the ice can be a big factor in the unity of the players, coaches on the ice, and parents in the stands. Behind The Mask’s Team Sales division has worked with numerous associations across the state and U.S. with a focus on meeting the…

AHU Coach’s Corner Guest Column: Gretzky & Einstein – Geniuses who thought outside the box

March 3rd, 2020

Unlike college and professional football, offensive creativity in hockey comes mainly from players, and each year it is increasingly “coached” out of the game. Avoiding mistakes has become the highest priority, even at the youth level where the need to win eliminates creative trial and error. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Not only do coaches insist…

Taking Liberties With… Aaron Ness

February 7th, 2020

AARON NESS Position: Defenseman, Arizona Coyotes/Tucson Roadrunners Hometown: Roseau, Minn. Acquired: Signed by Coyotes as free agent on July 1, 2019 NHL Draft: Selected by New York Islanders in second round (40th overall) of 2008 NHL Draft Last Amateur Team: University of Minnesota (WCHA, NCAA Division I) Age: 29 READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Arizona Rubber:…

Shop Talk: Smashfest 3 coming in March to BTM Scottsdale location

January 31st, 2020

It is getting close to that wonderful time of the year again. A time where families come together from all different backgrounds and walks of life to meet at Behind The Mask Scottsdale and break stuff. Yes, it’s the third annual Behind The Mask Smashfest! Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 14! READ OUR LATEST…

Mission Statement: Finding consistency in this crazy world of youth hockey

January 30th, 2020

In the crazy world of youth hockey, I think there is a beckon of consistency. This should be used as a model for organizations and serve as an eye opener to the youth community as a whole. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE You have to look no further than our AA or Tier II teams this…

Taking Liberties With… Seth Payson

January 14th, 2020

SETH PAYSON Position: Forward, Texas RoadRunners (NA3HL) Hometown: Albuquerque New Mexico Youth Teams: New Mexico Ice Wolves, Taos Roadrunners, La Cueva High School Age: 18 READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up? Seth Payson: My favorite memory definitely has to be from our Silver Stick trip to Toronto my…

AHU Coach’s Corner: Advice for athletes with dreams of college, pro sports

January 13th, 2020

In looking at great advice for young athletes who dream of playing college sports, or perhaps even making it to the pros, the short version is found in these three sentences: — One hundred percent want to be successful. — Ten percent take the time to form a good plan. — One percent are willing…

Shop Talk: Looking at top products for those on your shopping lists

December 19th, 2019

The holidays are here, and with a wide variety of products crowding the shelves, here are the 2019 Behind The Mask Top Picks for the hockey player or coach in your life. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE CCM Ribcor Trigger 4 Pro Stick The game keeps getting faster, which is why more and more players are…

Taking Liberties With… Todd Burgess

December 10th, 2019

TODD BURGESS Position: Forward, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (ECAC Hockey, NCAA Division I) Hometown: Phoenix Arizona Youth Team: Jr. Coyotes Junior Hockey Team: Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL) NHL Draft: Selected by Ottawa Senators in fourth round (103rd overall) of 2016 NHL Draft Age: 23 READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing…