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AHU Coach’s Corner: The top five mistakes that drive me crazy as a coach

September 12th, 2019

Let’s look at a handful of things that hockey players do that get me shaking my head. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE 1. Making mistakes at half-speed: I don’t mind if players make mistakes – in fact, I expect them to. Hockey is a game of mistakes after all. Plays rarely work out perfectly, and more…

Shop Talk: Latest Behind the Mask Goalie School another success

September 10th, 2019

The goalies arrived early on Monday, July 1, to check in for the 33rd Annual Behind the Mask Goalie School. They got an official school jersey, raffle ticket and lots of free swag including, a backpack, BTM hat and custom water bottle. Zoey won a set of CCM Beats headphones from the raffle to start…

HockeyShot Tip of the Month: Mohawk Dangles

July 18th, 2019

If you really want to up the challenge in your off-ice training, use drills like Mohawk Dangles! We worked on the footwork and technique in our last article (“The Crosby Move”), but now let’s take it up a level by adding stickhandling drills. For this drill, just like the last, you will need a pair…

Taking Liberties With… Vinnie Hinostroza

July 15th, 2019

VINNIE HINOSTROZA Position: Forward, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Chicago, Ill. Acquired: Traded from the Chicago Blackhawks on July 12, 2018 with forward Marian Hossa, defenseman Jordan Oesterle and a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft to the Coyotes for defenseman Andrew Campbell, forward Marcus Kruger, forward Jordan Maletta, forward MacKenzie Entwistle and a fifth-round pick…

AHU Coach’s Corner: No need to play with a short bench in youth hockey

July 12th, 2019

This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Part 1, which ran in the March 2019 issue of Arizona Rubber Magazine, can be read HERE. A good youth hockey coach can manage the players and not have to play with a short bench so that all of the skaters participate in the game. READ OUR…

Shop Talk: New products arriving all summer at Behind The Mask

July 11th, 2019

Look for great new products at Behind The Mask Hockey Shops. The end of the season brings some great deals on last year’s products in our stores, often overshadowing the release of the latest and greatest new skates, sticks and protective equipment. Keep an eye out for these exciting new products coming soon to Behind…

Mission Statement: Talent wins games, but chemistry can take teams further

July 10th, 2019

I want to talk a little about my recent experience at the USA Hockey National Championships where our 18U AA team made it to a hallowed place, the national championship game. It is a place only three other teams have been in Arizona’s entire hockey history. The journey was very special but fueled by something…

HockeyShot Tip of the Month: The Crosby Skating Move

May 17th, 2019

In this article, Coach Jeremy is going to teach us “The Crosby Move,” AKA The Mohawk Drill. We call it The Crosby Move because if anyone has seen him play, Sid the Kid always has a low center of gravity and uses his legs (not upper body) to stay well-grounded where the defender cannot push…

Shop Talk: Behind The Mask VIP service now available in Scottsdale

May 15th, 2019

With all the advancements in technology, it has become easier to get fit like a pro at the retail level. There is no more worry about what stick you should be using, or if the $1000 pair of skates you want will fit properly down the line. But with an increasing number of custom products…

Taking Liberties With… Alex Goligoski

May 14th, 2019

ALEX GOLIGOSKI Position: Defenseman, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Grand Rapids, Minn. NHL Draft: Selected by Pittsburgh Penguins in second round (61st overall) of 2004 NHL Draft Acquired: Rights traded to Coyotes from Dallas Stars on June 16, 2016, for a fifth-round pick in 2016 NHL Draft; signed five-year contract with Coyotes on June 21, 2016 Last…