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Taking Liberties With… Jason Demers

January 16th, 2018

JASON DEMERS Position: Defenseman, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Dorval, Quebec, Canada NHL Draft: San Jose’s seventh-round pick (186th overall) in 2008 Acquired: Traded to Coyotes from Florida Panthers on Sept. 17, 2017, in exchange for forward Jamie McGinn Age: 29 READ OUR DECEMBER 2017 ISSUE Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up? Jason Demers:…

Shop Talk: BTM proud to stay involved with IHAAZ festival series

January 16th, 2018

As 2017 ends and 2018 begins, it means the start of the statewide IHAAZ inline hockey festivals. Behind The Mask is once again proud to support this wonderful tournament series. READ OUR DECEMBER 2017 ISSUE This weekend tournament series started over 15 years ago and through support of countless coaches, parents and volunteers, continues as…

AHU Coach’s Corner: How to stay active, motivated during the holiday season

January 15th, 2018

There are a lot of distractions that can happen over the holidays that don’t allow a player to train or be on the ice as much. Each level is different, too. For instance, a lot of the youth teams participate in Christmas tournaments, but for the older guys like junior players or college players, you…

In A Devilish Mood: The topic of sport specialization – is it good or bad?

January 12th, 2018

I want to start with this disclaimer – “This is my opinion.” I say this because everybody has a different opinion on when and whether kids should focus all their attention on one sport. I feel playing multiple sports as a youth can do nothing but help you excel as an athlete. When I was…

Mission Statement: Do young hockey players still have a team-first mindset?

January 11th, 2018

I recently saw an article in USA Hockey Magazine that got me thinking about how we are losing sight of the purity and reasons why so many play this great game. It was an article that talked about how 14- and 16-year-old kids can promote themselves to get on the USA Hockey Development Camp radar….

Behind The Mask’s Exelby finding ways to give back to Arizona hockey community

January 10th, 2018

Hockey in the desert continues to flourish year after year, owing much of its success to the help of a local pro shop. Randy Exelby founded Behind The Mask in 1994. Originally from Toronto, Exelby formerly played in the IHL for the Phoenix Roadrunners. Pro shops make the hockey world run smoothly and in Arizona,…

Taking Liberties With… Christian Dvorak

December 13th, 2017

CHRISTIAN DVORAK Position: Forward, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Palos, Ill. Acquired: Coyotes’ second-round selection (58th overall) in 2014 NHL Draft Last Amateur Team: London Knights (Ontario Hockey League) Age: 21 READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up? Christian Dvorak: I would say winning the Memorial Cup (with the OHL’s London…

In A Devilish Mood: Is the NHL making our job tougher at the youth level?

December 12th, 2017

As a coach of youth hockey players for the past eight years, I have found myself wondering this exact question. Our kids watch and idolize the professional player, which is exactly how it should be. We want our kids to have hockey role models and to aspire to play at the highest level. So why…

Mission Statement: Is no contact in Pee Wees best for growing the game?

December 11th, 2017

I want to talk about the decision of USA Hockey a few years back to take contact out of Pee Wee hockey and move it to the Bantam age group. I have coached Bantams for the past 16 years and to be honest, all I see is more and more injuries as a result of…

AHU Coach’s Corner: What it means to truly call yourself a hockey player

December 9th, 2017

Being a hockey player doesn’t mean just showing up to the rink. It takes preparation, dedication, hard work, and a good attitude. A lot of parents ask me what it takes for their kid to get to the next level and I tell them all these things. But in the end, it’s up to the…