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Category Archives: Girls

Reflections on Shewolves, girls hockey history in the Arizona desert

March 19th, 2021

Growing up, I longed to play hockey. There weren’t options for girls back then and my dad wouldn’t let me play with the boys. I went to the library in third grade and checked out every book about hockey and learned all the rules and how to take stats. My brother played hockey and I…

Scottsdale native Turner finding NWHL to be perfect fit after four-year NCAA D-I career

January 22nd, 2021

Carlee Turner started playing hockey to emulate her older brother. Several years later, the Scottsdale native has four years of NCAA Division I hockey to her credit and a pro contract in the NWHL. Not too shabby. “I was not sure if I was going to play after college right away, but when I finally…

Kachinas’ college commitments continue as Benson decides on GCU

January 15th, 2021

Riley Benson, who plays for the Arizona Kachinas’ 19U AA Elite team, committed this week to play ACHA Division I college hockey next season for Grand Canyon University. “We are so proud of Riley for her commitment to GCU,” said Kachinas coach Vanessa Maines. “I’ve watched her work incredibly hard the past seven years and…

Kachinas’ Guertin commits to play college hockey at Colorado State

January 5th, 2021

Madalyn Guertin, who plays for the Arizona Kachinas’ 19U AA Elite team, committed this week to play ACHA Division I college hockey next season for Colorado State University. Guertin has also played hockey in Arizona for Centennial High School. According to the CSU women’s hockey mission statement, “The purpose of the organization shall be to…

New Mesa rink named Coyotes Community Ice Center, will be Kachinas’ home

September 30th, 2020

The Arizona Coyotes and Hill Hockey announced today that the new hockey rink in Mesa will be named the Coyotes Community Ice Center. The new one sheet hockey facility will be open to the public in mid-October and will serve as the official training facility and home arena for the Arizona Kachinas girls and women’s…

Kachinas’ LaCombe makes history as association’s first-ever NCAA advancement

February 10th, 2020

With the second half of the hockey season here and in full swing, players at all levels have started to look at options for the 2020-21 season. For Kiera LaCombe, she made her choice in December, committing to attend and play NCAA Division III hockey for Wilkes University. In making that choice, LaCombe becomes the…

Mission AZ girls thriving on competitive boys squads

October 23rd, 2019

Nearly everywhere youth hockey is played, the rosters of Mite, Squirt and Pee Wee teams feature plenty of girls playing alongside boys. But as you progress to the Bantam and Midget levels, it becomes more and more rare. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE As players mature, boys typically out-pace their female counterparts in size and strength,…

AZ Ice Arcadia offers girls free chance to play hockey

October 21st, 2019

On Oct. 5, AZ Ice Arcadia participated in IIHF World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend. The rink hosted its first ever Girls Try Hockey For Free – an event that offered girls ages 4-9 the opportunity to try hockey for a day cost-free. The event was organized by hockey director Justin Rogers and included volunteers from…

With first year under belt, Kachinas program booming in Arizona

August 21st, 2019

In further proof that hockey continues to grow in Arizona, 2019 brought aboard the Arizona Kachinas to the state’s slate of programs. The Kachinas came to fruition earlier this year, providing girls a place to play hockey at the level they’re currently playing and develop their skills from start to finish. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE…

Scottsdale’s McGovern part of ‘incredible’ Whitecaps NWHL title team

May 8th, 2019

Katie McGovern is a Scottsdale native, but she might as well call Minnesota her second home. After playing NCAA Division I hockey at the University of Minnesota Duluth from 2013-17, McGovern joined the professional hockey ranks for the 2018-19 season with the National Women’s Hockey League’s (NWHL) Minnesota Whitecaps. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE And what…