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Category Archives: Girls

State of female hockey strong, steadily improving in Arizona desert

December 23rd, 2016

Just a handful of years ago, female hockey players in Arizona had only one choice when it came to playing the sport – to suit up on a co-ed team and compete with and against mostly male players. But the landscape has slowly started to shift there, and more and more opportunities now exist for…

Chandler, DYHA product Johnson leaves mark on NCAA, NWHL up next

October 24th, 2016

Much is made, and rightfully so, of players like Auston Matthews and Todd Burgess coming out of Arizona and moving on to the NHL and NCAA ranks. Chandler native Kaliya Johnson is certainly doing her part as a high-end women’s player. In the spring, she graduated from Boston College after four seasons with the Hockey…

Complete team effort keeps Lady Coyotes moving forward

August 2nd, 2016

The mission of the AZ Lady Coyotes hasn’t changed since its inception back in 2013. In fact, the mission and vision statements have not changed at all since Day 1. “We are committed to provide girls within AZ and the Rocky Mountain District region with a safe, competitive environment while promoting the enjoyment, appreciation and…

Lady Coyotes find ‘good stability’ from quality coaches

June 5th, 2016

The Arizona Lady Coyotes are already prepping for the upcoming 2016-17 hockey season. With many returning coaches and some new ones, the Lady Coyotes recently announced their full coaching staff that will take the bench this fall. David Daniele, the vice president for the Lady Coyotes, is pleased to see many girls returning to the…

Scottsdale’s Turner dominates JWHL, now off to NCAA

April 25th, 2016

Carlee Turner says nothing makes her happier than being on the ice playing the game she loves. And the game has loved her back as the Scottsdale native was recently presented the Elizabeth “Liz” Turgeon Player of the Year award in the Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL) as a senior with the North American Hockey…

Lady Coyotes seeing growth and development, gaining prestige

February 12th, 2016

The Arizona Lady Coyotes grew from an idea on a plane ride home to an organization recognized by USA Hockey. Lady Coyotes founder Sarah Dennee was on her way home from a USA Hockey National Tournament in March 2013 when her daughter, Emily, was playing 16U hockey. It was born out of hopes for an all-female…

Arizona Coyotes recognize achievements of Lady Coyotes

January 26th, 2016

The Arizona Lady Coyotes received a huge honor from the Arizona Coyotes with recognition awards for players, coaches, and team managers during Female Hockey Player Appreciation Night. Eight girls received Player of the Month honors at the Coyotes game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Dec. 17 at Gila River Arena. In addition to the…

Lady Coyotes find positives in November competition

December 29th, 2015

To say that November was a busy month for the Arizona Lady Coyotes would be an understatement. The Lady Coyotes 16U team went to Detroit for the World Hockey Invitational (formerly the Nike Bauer Invite) Nov. 13-15 and coach Tom Johnson said the team played well. “We performed better than I was expecting,” Johnson said….

Lady Coyotes siblings enjoy bond over hockey

November 27th, 2015

Having siblings may be challenging at times, but the bond they have can be one of the best experiences in their lives. Three pairs of sisters play for the Arizona Lady Coyotes this season: Jaidann and Riley Benson, Audrey and Jocelyn Ju, and Koryn and Kirsten Kaczynski. For Shawni Benson, the mother of Jaidann, 10,…

Lady Coyotes coaches committed to improvement

October 23rd, 2015

The Arizona Lady Coyotes 16U and 19U AA teams are working together to progress through the annual grind of a hockey season. With the current season well underway, showing progress and improving on a daily basis is at the top of the to-do lists for Lady Coyotes coaches. While the teams are limited in players,…