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Category Archives: Junior

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…

Bobcats alum Zapata claims weekly NAHL honors

October 29th, 2018

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending Oct. 28, 2018. The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2018-19 regular season that honors the top performing players in each of the four NAHL divisions. Only players…

Phoenix youngster Cibrario enjoying USPHL rookie season with Hampton Roads

October 15th, 2018

Arun Cibrario may have the perfect game plan for young Arizona hockey players looking to some day play the game they love while getting a great post-high school education. The 17-year-old Phoenix native took his act to the opposite side of the country, making his junior hockey debut with the Hampton Roads Whalers out of…

Scottsdale native, Jr. Coyotes grad, ASU commit Strada garners weekly NAHL award

October 9th, 2018

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week, presented by Bauer Hockey, for the week ending Oct. 7, 2018. The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2018-19 regular season that honors the top performing players in each of the four NAHL divisions. Only players…

Phoenix native Castor named NAHL playoffs MVP, wins title with Mudbugs

July 26th, 2018

Jaxon Castor is the type of hockey player that finds positives in the face of adversity. Starting this past season with the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints, Castor was traded to the NAHL’s Shreveport Mudbugs mid-season and wound up leading the Louisiana-based franchise to the Robertson Cup national championship in just the team’s second season of…

After stellar ’17-18 season, Knights set for main camp later this summer

June 11th, 2018

When it comes to junior hockey, there are a lot of choices. The Phoenix Knights of the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) have many things to offer. From year-round hiking and outdoor activities to all major professional sports teams in the area, Phoenix/Gilbert is an excellent destination for players looking to enter junior hockey or…

Five past, current Jr. Coyotes selected in 2018 USHL Drafts

May 9th, 2018

The United States Hockey League held its pair of annual drafts this week and five past or current Jr. Coyotes were selected. Phase I on Monday was for players born in 2002, while Phase II on Tuesday was open to all junior-eligible players. READ OUR APRIL 2018 ISSUE PHASE I 3rd round, 38th overall Matthew…

Bobcats duo, Jr. Coyotes pair selected in 2018 WHL Bantam Draft

May 4th, 2018

The Western Hockey League held its annual Bantam Draft on Thursday and a handful of players with Arizona ties were selected. Players eligible for the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft were 2003-born players residing in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico,…