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AHU Coach’s Corner – Guest Column: More tips for hockey parents on how to not get rattled

December 5th, 2018

This is Part 2 of 3 in a series by Jamie McKinven of READ OUR LATEST ISSUE 4. Don’t Compare. One of the worst things parents do in minor hockey is compare their kid to other kids on their team. This does nothing but create animosity. This is a terrible result of insecurity and…

Pavel Barber’s Top 10 Hockey Training Tips: Part 1 of 2

November 15th, 2018

10. Use a Notebook: Those with more awareness will build skill at a faster rate. We all know those moments where we’ve been working so hard on a skill, and we make one small tweak and it finally clicks. I would get so excited as a kid when these moments happened that I would need…

Taking Liberties With… Josh Archibald

November 14th, 2018

JOSH ARCHIBALD Position: Forward, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada NHL Draft: Selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the sixth round (174th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft Acquired: Traded from Pittsburgh on Dec. 19, 2017 with goalie Sean Maguire and sixth-round pick in 2019 NHL Draft to Arizona for goalie Michael Leighton and fourth-round…

AHU Coach’s Corner – Guest Column: Handy tips to keep hockey parents calm, cool, collected

November 13th, 2018

This is Part 1 of 3 in a series by Jamie McKinven of READ OUR LATEST ISSUE 1. Hockey is a Fun Game. Period. The No. 1 goal in all youth sports is to have fun. Hockey, at its purest form, is recreation and nothing more. When kids begin playing hockey, they don’t know…

Mission Statement: The time is now for an Arizona hockey hall of fame

November 9th, 2018

*** This column originally appeared in the Sept. 2017 edition of Arizona Rubber Magazine.*** A big part of what we try to do at Mission Arizona is teach kids the tradition and respect for the players who have worn this jersey before them. They are reason our current players have what they have and it…

Shop Talk: Need a youth hockey stick? Make sure it is sized accurately

November 8th, 2018

It’s hard to imagine that new innovations in technology can transfer to a hockey stick, but the development of lighter, more durable, and responsive materials have produced the best sticks available today. With the growing popularity of Mite and Squirt programs everywhere, the youth stick category is starting to benefit from these materials as well….

Taking Liberties With… Pierre-Olivier Joseph

October 10th, 2018

PIERRE-OLIVIER JOSEPH Position: Defenseman, Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL) Hometown: Chambly, Quebec, Canada NHL Draft: Selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft Age: 19 READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up? Pierre-Olivier Joseph: I have so many great memories. Just starting to…

How NHL players train & why they choose HockeyShot

October 9th, 2018

Nobody knows how to keep their game sharp like an All-Star NHL hockey player. HockeyShot has a longstanding relationship with some of the best of the best in the NHL. We’ve gathered some of our favorite NHL hockey players to give us their thoughts on the HockeyShot Product Lineup. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE If you…

AHU Coach’s Corner: Want to be a top-notch skater? Start utilizing sprints

October 6th, 2018

Advice from many sources is abundant, and often misleading. To understand how to prioritize offseason training, I wish every youngster could see up close an NHL practice and dryland workout. World-class hockey skills and athleticism are obvious in this setting, and they can be hidden by bulky equipment and game conditions when players are seen…

In A Devilish Mood: Let me take a moment to reflect on our 2017-18 season

October 4th, 2018

As I enter into my second year as hockey director for DYHA, I find myself reflecting on my experiences of the last year and thinking about what I learned, what I enjoyed, and what are the not-so-enjoyable aspects to the job. I was fortunate enough to be stepping into a program that was not in…