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Yuma festival opens new IHAAZ season to positive reviews

February 18th, 2020

The first IHAAZ festival of the season proved to be an event that serves as a reminder of what the league and the tournaments are all about. The opener was played in Yuma over the Feb. 7-9 weekend and tournament director Nick Boyarsky was pleased with the results. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “A lot of…

IHAAZ season on tap as energy, optimism at all-time high

January 24th, 2020

IHAAZ is closing in on the start of another season and the growth of the league as well as the interest from the outside is undeniable. Teams from Mexico have already committed to playing in a couple of festivals during the upcoming season, which starts Feb. 7 in Yuma, and a team out of California…

Jr. Wildcats a model of consistency within IHAAZ program

January 7th, 2020

The AZ Jr. Wildcats in Tucson are poised to thrive in the upcoming IHAAZ season. The Jr. Wildcats have managed to build successful programs from the rec level up to the travel level throughout its time in the league. The presence of the Tucson Indoor Sports Center has been vital in helping young players learn…

IHAAZ development process gaining steam across board

November 25th, 2019

There are certain teams in IHAAZ that don’t have the luxury of pulling players from the ice hockey world to build up their programs. In places like Yuma, Prescott and Tucson, rosters must be built from the ground up. But because the pool of talent to draw from is limited, it can be a challenge….

IHAAZ season to start later, State Finals event extended

October 28th, 2019

It will be a little bit longer than normal before the IHAAZ season gets underway. The offseason has been extended as a result of changes that should benefit the league in the long run. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Starting with the 2020 season, the start date for the season is now February instead of December….

Knighthawks rebrand as Cobras for upcoming ’19-20 season

October 7th, 2019

Change is in the air in IHAAZ, and in a positive way. The Knighthawks organization has turned over its program and the tournament it hosts to a group headed up by David Marmorstein and Marvin Simmons (pictured above during their playing days). Marmorstein heads up the Peoria Sportsplex and has coached within the Knighthawks organization….

IHAAZ sends high-end duo to Spain for World Roller Games

August 7th, 2019

IHAAZ standouts Izzy Clark and Nathan tePas recently experienced the opportunity of a lifetime in roller hockey. The two competed on 18-and-under national teams at the World Roller Games in Spain this summer. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “I feel that I was very lucky to be able to play at such a high level of…

Outcasts finally capture elusive AIHL Champions Cup

July 25th, 2019

While the third time did not prove to be the proverbial charm, the fourth time did as the Arizona Outcasts finally came home with the American Hockey League’s Elite Division Champions Cup trophy. It was an epic journey to win it. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “It was a great tourney, and the boys had a…

IHAAZ growth keeps rolling along with commitment to fun, development

July 3rd, 2019

Five years ago, IHAAZ looked much different. Most of the players only played roller hockey. Now, more than half play ice hockey as well as roller hockey. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE It’s a good thing, for sure, as league tournament director Nick Boyarsky explains. “Roller hockey is a low-stress, low-commitment sport that ice players can…

Exciting IHAAZ season concludes with State Finals event

June 11th, 2019

Another successful IHAAZ season ended last month with State Finals at the Barney Family Sports Complex. The tournament took place May 3-5 and there was plenty of excitement, both during the games and in the skills competition. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Perhaps the most closely contested division of the tournament was 14U, where it took…