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Half-dozen champions highlight IHAAZ Havasu F2 Festival

February 2nd, 2017

A two-hour rain delay on Saturday didn’t dampen the spirits of the players competing in the IHAAZ Havasu F2 Festival Jan. 6-8 in Havasu. Six champions were crowned at the end of the thrilling weekend. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Prescott won the 8U title with a shutout win over the Knighthawks. The Knighthawks won the…

Knighthawks’ 12U girls team shows IHAAZ growth booming

January 2nd, 2017

History will be made when an all-girls team is fielded in the IHAAZ for the first time in 18 years of league play. The Knighthawks will have a 12U team this season and interestingly enough, the girls themselves were the behind the idea to start one. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “They asked if we could…

IHAAZ Midget division booming with 2017 season on tap

December 6th, 2016

AZ Royals coach Nick Boyarsky played an instrumental role in reviving the Midget division of the Inline Hockey Association of Arizona (IHAAZ) a few years ago. Boyarsky said he and Jeff Johnson, who coaches the Yuma Blaze, had their own league going when IHAAZ didn’t have one of its own for players ages 14-18. “We…

Rolling on: Jr. Wildcats, Knighthawks vital cogs in IHAAZ

November 8th, 2016

Erik Dahl recalls the humble beginnings of the AZ Jr. Wildcats, which is now on track to host its first Inline Hockey Association of Arizona (IHAAZ)  festival in 2018. It’s been a long time coming, said Dahl, the president of the Jr. Wildcats. “Our program started as the Tucson Indoor Sports Center house league,” said Dahl….

IHAAZ continuing to be ‘truly a family organization’

October 12th, 2016

Another Inline Hockey Association of Arizona (IHAAZ) season is on the horizon and history is expected to be made with the Knighthawks in the 12U division. “I think what really will be great is this season the Knighthawks will most likely feature an all-girls team,” Knighthawks head coach Brent Proud said. “We have enough interest…

Passionate players, coaches lending to IHAAZ’s growth

August 5th, 2016

When a group of potential players and their families were invited to watch the Inline Hockey Association of Arizona (IHAAZ) state finals, their interest in playing the sport was peaked immediately. “They saw how exciting and fun the sport is and wanted to be a part of it,” said Dustin Jans, a coach with the…

Konixx Outcasts post landmark showing at NARCh West Coast Finals

July 1st, 2016

The Konixx Outcasts, Arizona’s longest-running inline hockey travel team program, sent a whopping 13 teams to do battle at this year’s NARCh West Coast Finals and skated home with four coveted medals. The tournament took place June 16-26 on three rinks at the Huntington Beach Inline complex in Southern California. The Outcasts “hit” for the…

Scottsdale’s Gittings stars at AAU West Coast Nationals

July 1st, 2016

Arizona continues to produce outstanding talent in amateur inline hockey on a yearly basis, and this season is no different. Scottsdale’s Aaron Gittings captured top goaltender honors in two divisions at the 2016 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) West Coast Nationals held over Memorial Day Weekend at The Rinks-Corona Inline in Corona, Calif. This tournament attracted…

IHAAZ growth showing no signs of slowing down

June 15th, 2016

Some leagues can start off with a great deal of promise but fail to survive for one reason or another. But the Inline Hockey Association of Arizona (IHAAZ) is different. It started small, but has grown into something remarkable. And more than a decade later, the state of the league has never been better. Corporations…

IHAAZ crowns seven at annual State Championships event

May 27th, 2016

It was only fitting that a successful year for the Inline Hockey Association of Arizona (IHAAZ) ended with a thrilling State Championships tournament. League tournament director Dean Koressel was pleased with how things played out at the state finals May 6-8 at Barney’s Family Sports Complex in Queen Creek. “It went very well and was…