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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…

AHU Coach’s Corner: Looking back, reflecting on my first year as head coach

March 15th, 2018

In this column, I would like to share with the hockey community how lucky I was as a first-year head coach to be a part of such a great group of young men with the Phoenix Knights. This being my first year as a head coach, I didn’t know what to expect at all. I…

Taking Liberties With… Luke Schenn

March 12th, 2018

LUKE SCHENN Position: Defenseman, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada NHL Draft: Toronto Maple Leafs’ first-round pick (fifth overall) in 2008 NHL Draft Acquired: Signed as free agent with Coyotes on July 23, 2016 Age: 28 READ OUR FEBRUARY 2018 ISSUE Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up? Luke Schenn: Probably playing for…

In A Devilish Mood: Here’s why I always want the shot blocker on my team

March 9th, 2018

I have been around many rinks and engaged in hundreds of conversations about what it takes to be a really good hockey player. Talent is obviously a no-brainer, but being a truly gifted hockey player takes a lot more than just talent. If I am picking from a group of young players to start my…

AHU Coach’s Corner: Taking a look at what makes a good playoff hockey team

March 8th, 2018

A team is a group of individuals that work TOGETHER for a common goal – to win. In order to win, you have to do it together because no one is better than the team. Winning is not easy, and that’s why not everyone can win every time they do something. That’s why the group…