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Category Archives: Junior

Scottsdale native Bricker returns to NCDC’s Jr. Islanders

September 30th, 2019

Adam Bricker loves being able to brag about his hometown. He’ll talk up Scottsdale every chance he gets. “I think it’s a great place,” said Bricker, a 2000 birth year forward. “Everywhere I go – every team I’m on – I say I’m from Scottsdale and people know it’s just a really fun place to…

USPHL sees nearly 400 in-league advancements in 2018-19

July 8th, 2019

When you join a United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) junior team, you are joining a community of teams that are working together for the benefit of every player that pulls on a jersey with the league crest. The USPHL has the nation’s highest rate of vertical player movement of any U.S. junior league, with…

Jr. Coyotes alum, Buckeye native Bagwell decides on NCAA D-III Wisconsin-River Falls

June 18th, 2019

The NAHL’s Amarillo Bulls announced Monday that forward Trey Bagwell has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WIAC) for the 2019-20 season. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Bagwell, a Buckeye native and former Jr. Coyote, was originally acquired from the Aberdeen Wings in January of the 2017-18 season. In…

Gilbert native, Bobcats grad Caplis commits to NCAA D-III King’s College

June 14th, 2019

The Coulee Region Chill of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced that defenseman Keaton Caplis has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for King’s College. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Caplis, 19, has spent the last two seasons playing in the NA3HL for the Chill/La Crosse Freeze franchise. The Gilbert native recorded…

Arizona players chosen in annual NAHL Draft

June 5th, 2019

Five players with Arizona ties were selected in the North American Hockey League Draft, which was conducted on June 4. All five are former or current players with the Jr. Coyotes as well. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Forward Ryan Bottrill (Chandler) went in the third round (75th overall) to the Janesville Jets, while defenseman Jeremy…

Arizona natives selected in NA3HL, USHL, USPHL, WHL drafts

May 23rd, 2019

Arizona products were selected in this month’s Western Hockey League (WHL) Bantam Draft, two phases of the United States Hockey League (USHL) Draft and the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) NCDC Draft, in addition to April’s North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) Draft. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE In the May 2 WHL Draft, two…

Scottsdale native, Jr. Coyotes grad Gabriele finds key role for NCDC’s Stars

May 10th, 2019

Jeremy Gabriele goes into his final year of junior hockey knowing one thing – he was one of the last Stars. Indeed, the team that the ‘99 from Scottsdale suited up for in 2019-20, the Syracuse Jr. Stars, have moved operations to Utica, N.Y., and will play their forthcoming seasons as the Utica Jr. Comets,…

Four ex-Bobcats win USPHL Premier title with Hampton Roads

April 9th, 2019

Who knew there would be such a fruitful player pipeline from Arizona to Hampton Roads, Va.? That is certainly the case, however, evidenced by the quartet of former Arizona Bobcats players who lifted the USPHL Premier championship trophy on March 12 with the repeat champion Hampton Roads Whalers. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “We knew we…

Mesa’s Bjella winning big with USPHL Premier’s Whalers

February 5th, 2019

There are a lot of benefits to being in Arizona around the holidays, and Mesa native Blake Bjella takes advantage of all of them. “It’s not snowy, not white, but I’ve gotten used to it not being so cold,” Bjella said. “It’s nice to have Christmas dinner outside and enjoy it with the family.” He…

Scottsdale native, Jr. Coyotes grad Petruzzella chasing NCAA dreams with NCDC’s Bandits

December 31st, 2018

When he’s home, and when it’s not 120 degrees in the shade, Scottsdale native Joey Petruzzella often puts a light pack on, ties on his trail-running shoes, and hits the dirt for some serious cardio. His regular off-season training ground? Pinnacle Peak Park in Scottsdale. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “Me and a few of my…