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USA Hockey’s NTDP has talented, rich Arizona flavor with desert trio

November 8th, 2017

Eyebrows used to be raised when a talented hockey player was said to be from Arizona. Then Zac Larraza and Auston Matthews burst onto the scene and people began to realize that amazing hockey players could indeed come from the desert. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE But even as Matthews, a Scottsdale native and reigning NHL…

Scottsdale native, Jr. Coyotes product Burke collects weekly NAHL honors

November 6th, 2017

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending Nov. 5, 2017. The Bauer Hockey Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2017-18 regular season that honors the top performing players in each of the four NAHL divisions….

Jr. Coyotes alum Samuelsson chosen to play in 2017 All-American Prospects Game

August 23rd, 2017

USA Hockey announced Wednesday the 42 players who will compete in the sixth annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game set for Sept. 21 at KeyBank Center, home of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres and site of the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “This event allows some of the best…

Arizona natives Amaya, Storjohann each decide on NCAA Division III paths

August 11th, 2017

Maybe it’s ironic the Kirkland Lake team in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) is named the Gold Miners. After all, not only did the team have a pair of Arizona natives on the roster in 2016-17, but both have committed to play NCAA Division III hockey next season. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Ashton…

Gilbert native St. Clair back home, takes reins of Phoenix Knights WSHL team

May 5th, 2017

This time one year ago, Colten St. Clair was soaking in the culmination of his NCAA Division I career at the University of North Dakota with a national championship. These days, the Gilbert native is back home and preparing for his first season as the head coach of the Phoenix Knights junior team in the…

Bobcats, Jr. Coyotes players chosen in 2017 WHL Bantam Draft

May 5th, 2017

Several players with Arizona ties were selected on Thursday, May 4, during the annual Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. Players chosen were born in 2002. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE 4th Round, 68th overall Coleton Panowyk, Jr. Coyotes 14U AAA (Regina Pats) 5th Round, 94th overall Erik Atchison, Arizona Bobcats 14U AAA (Spokane Chiefs) 5th Round,…

Arizona players representing state well with U.S. NTDP Under-17 Team

April 6th, 2017

Three players with Arizona ties are making the state proud and helping to continue reinforcing the notion that great hockey players can come from a warm-weather state. Erik Middendorf, Adam Samuelsson and D.J. King have all found success this season skating for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) Under-17 team in Plymouth, Mich. READ…

Zurbuchen proving to be valuable presence in net for WSHL’s Knights

March 1st, 2017

It’s been quite the culture shock for Phoenix Knights goaltender Tim Zurbuchen this season, but his play on the ice hardly reflects it. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE A Switzerland native, Zurbuchen has emerged as the Knights’ No. 1 netminder and “one of our best performers this season,” according to coach-GM Mike Bowman. “I have experienced…

Gilbert native Ploszaj nabs weekly NAHL laurels

February 13th, 2017

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) on Monday announced the Divisional Stars of the Week, presented by Bauer Hockey, for the week ending Feb. 12, 2017. The Bauer Hockey Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2016-17 regular season that honors the top performing players in each of the four NAHL…

Jr. Coyotes product Kastelic makes NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings

January 20th, 2017

Earlier this week, NHL Central Scouting released its mid-term rankings for players eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Phoenix native and Jr. Coyotes graduate Mark Kastelic made the cut, ranked in the fifth round (133rd overall). Kastelic, now in his second season as a forward with the Calgary Hitmen of the…