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Coppola’s Hollywood-inspired start leading USPHL’s Vengeance

January 10th, 2020

The Pittsburgh Vengeance have Disney to thank for one of their most productive forwards. After all, if it hadn’t been for the “Mighty Ducks” franchise of movies, Nicolas Coppola might never have stepped on the ice (or even into a pair of roller blades). The Glendale native credits the films for giving him his early…

Phoenix native, Jr. Coyotes product Knies tabbed USHL Forward of the Week

December 31st, 2019

Phoenix native and Tri-City Storm forward Matthew Knies has been named the USHL Forward of the Week for the week ending Dec. 29, 2019. Knies had a huge weekend for the Storm, picking up a pair of three-point games as the Storm got the best of both sides of a home-and-home with the Sioux City…

USPHL makes grade with 1,200 grads on college rosters

November 29th, 2019

The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL), with its unparalleled multi-tiered development model, continues to be the perfect starting point towards a college hockey career. Research tracking the whereabouts of former USPHL players shows that there are more than 1,200 college hockey players who developed their on- and off-ice skills anywhere from the USPHL Midget…

Scottsdale native, ASU commit, Jr. Coyotes grad Strada selected USHL Forward of the Week

November 13th, 2019

The USHL announced this week that Scottsdale native and Des Moines Buccaneers forward Joey Strada has been named the USHL Forward of the Week. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The Arizona State University commit and former Jr. Coyote scored five goals in two games against the Tri-City Storm over the weekend, including a four-goal performance on…

Gilbert native, Arizona youth hockey grad Miller assumes captaincy of NCDC’s Jr. Rangers

November 4th, 2019

Reid Miller knows when he’s found a home. After career stops in Michigan and Pennsylvania, Miller has not only hooked on with the Connecticut Jr. Rangers, but he is wearing the captain’s ‘C’ for the tuition-free junior team playing in the USPHL’s National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC). READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “I feel like I…

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…