Arizona Rubber

Arizona’s and New Mexico’s Authoritative Voice of Ice and Inline Hockey

Category Archives: Columns

Taking Liberties With… Jakob Chychrun

September 14th, 2017

JAKOB CHYCHRUN Position: Defenseman, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla. Acquired: Selected by Coyotes in first round (16th overall) of 2016 NHL Draft Age: 19 READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up? Jakob Chychrun: There are so many memories. One of my best memories is watching the gold medal…

Shop Talk: Hockey growth in Arizona due to very passionate people

September 13th, 2017

Recently, after one of the Arizona Coyotes prospect camps at AZ Ice Peoria, I met with Matt Shott, the director of amateur hockey development for the Coyotes, and Sean Whyte, who is the Southwest regional director of the “Learn to Play” program with the NHL. Matt has been working to grow hockey statewide since he…

AHU Coach’s Corner: Playing within your role helps with being a team player

September 13th, 2017

Every team needs to become a family with players that are willing to do whatever it takes for the betterment of the team. Knowing your role as a player is something that kids have trouble with, but that makes a better team. The more realistic a player is with himself or herself, the better player…

In A Devilish Mood: Parents, relax and enjoy the youth sports experience

September 12th, 2017

As a parent of three youth athletes, I understand the strong desire that we have as parents that our young athletes are going to someday play professionally. I can’t even count how many times I have been speaking with parents and I hear the phrase, “We are just hoping that our child will get a…

Rubber Hockey Magazines sold to longtime writer, editor Mackinder

August 4th, 2017

HERMOSA BEACH, CA – Good Sport Media, Inc., has announced the sale of its Arizona Rubber Hockey Magazine and California Rubber Hockey Magazine publications to longtime staff writer and editor Matt Mackinder and Mackinder Media, LLC. “Matt has been on board with us since Day 1, and I’m nothing but confident he’ll lead our publications…

Taking Liberties With… Lawson Crouse

July 12th, 2017

LAWSON CROUSE Position: Forward, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Mt. Brydges, Ont., Canada Acquired: Traded from Florida, along with Dave Bolland, to the Coyotes for a conditional 2017 second-round pick and a 2018 third-round pick on Aug. 25, 2016 Age: 20 READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up? Lawson Crouse: My…

Shop Talk: Not every hockey player has to be a pro to be successful

July 6th, 2017

Arizona has been getting lots of hype nationally for producing Toronto Maple Leafs star and Calder Trophy winner Auston Matthews, the NHL’s Rookie of the Year. We are definitely now on the hockey map. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE This will open opportunities for future generations of hockey players. Plus, Arizona is producing numerous other players…

AHU Coach’s Corner: Off-season training, having fun with it, must go together

July 6th, 2017

In this article, I am going to break down by each age group what each should be doing in the off-season to keep their physical and mental game sharp for the upcoming season. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Mite At this age group, players should be watching hockey all the time and learning the fundamentals of…

In A Devilish Mood: Bottom line – if you can’t skate, you can’t play hockey

June 30th, 2017

As I sat down to write this article, I found myself contemplating the many times in the past few years where I have been asked the question, “What do you recommend that my son or daughter focus on to become a better player?” My answers always varied as every player has different strengths and weaknesses,…

Mission Statement: ACHA college puck is top quality, not ‘just club hockey’

June 28th, 2017

In sticking with the theme of being back involved with the University of Arizona, I want to use this article to help educate folks on what the uneducated like to call ” just club hockey.” Make no mistake, the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) is high-level college hockey with a variation in levels and over…