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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…

Synthetic Ice Skating Series – Part 2 of 3 – Turns

May 14th, 2018

Welcome back to the Synthetic Ice Skating Series! In Part 2, Jim Vitale and Jeremy Rupke go over turning and more importantly, sharp turns! READ OUR APRIL 2018 ISSUE Vitale is an advocate for extreme edges on a turn. There is a fine line between stopping completely or having the right power to accelerate into…

AHU Coach’s Corner: What you need to know coaching today’s hockey player

May 11th, 2018

Today’s generation is way different than any other generation we have seen yet. The resources they have and can tap into are endless. So what exactly is this group of young individuals looking for in a coach? The answer is easy: TRUST. READ OUR APRIL 2018 ISSUE They all want to trust the person telling…

OneHockey adult tourney set to invade Las Vegas in July

May 10th, 2018

Now widely recognized throughout the industry as the best organizer of youth hockey tournaments across the globe, where better than the one and only Las Vegas for OneHockey to host its first-ever adult event this summer? As many as 30 men’s teams will bask in the OneHockey Experience in town for an extraordinary weekend, on…

In A Devilish Mood: To have on-ice success, believe and you will achieve

May 9th, 2018

We all have fond memories of witnessing the incredible, improbable, victory by a team that was not supposed to win. We all know that any team can win on any given night in a one-game scenario. A slew of things can happen that can lead to the underdog team winning: penalties, letting in a few…

Shop Talk: Goalies, get ready for BTM Demo Day, Goalie Day events

May 3rd, 2018

The biggest weekend of the year for goalies is coming to Behind The Mask next weekend. It all starts with Behind The Mask Demo Day on Friday, May 11 from 6-7 p.m. at AZ Ice Arcadia, and continues with BTM Goalie Day on Saturday, May 12 at BTM Scottsdale from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. READ OUR…

Taking Liberties With… Nick Cousins

April 18th, 2018

NICK COUSINS Position: Forward, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Belleville, Ontario, Canada Acquired: Traded from the Philadelphia Flyers with goaltender Merrick Madsen in exchange for forward Brendan Warren and a fifth-round choice in the 2018 NHL Draft on June 16, 2017 NHL Draft: Selected by Philadelphia in the third round (68th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft…

In A Devilish Mood: Practice makes perfect in sports, especially in hockey

April 17th, 2018

“The more you practice, the better your skills are.” The proverb has been traced back to the 1500s, when its form was “Use makes perfect.” The Latin version is “Uses promptos facit.” It was first attested in the United States in “Diary and Autobiography of John Adams.” READ OUR MARCH 2018 ISSUE I start this…

Synthetic Ice Skating Series – Part 1 of 3 – Strides

April 13th, 2018

Welcome to the Synthetic Ice Skating Series! HockeyShot’s Bench Boss, Jeremy Rupke, is joined by Skating Sensei, Jim Vitale, to create a multi-part series to help you stay on your feet and beat the competition to the puck. The entire series was executed on HockeyShot’s industry-leading, head-turning, awe-inspiring Synthetic Ice! READ OUR MARCH 2018 ISSUE…

Shop Talk: How to avoid sticker shock to buy what you really need

April 10th, 2018

Occasionally, a customer walks through the doors of one of our locations and makes their way past the sea of sticks to the skate display. Their eyes go to the top row of the skate wall and on cue, they say, “Wow, is hockey equipment expensive.” Some are newer players, while some have been in…