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Category Archives: Junior

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,…

Knights recognize stellar group of half-dozen graduates from WSHL club

March 23rd, 2018

In junior hockey, every season brings a strong group of players to each team that finish out their eligibility as 20-year-olds. This year, the Phoenix Knights have a talented group of 1997 birth year players that will move on after the 2017-18 Western States Hockey League season ends – all will be missed at AZ…

Phoenix native, Jr. Coyotes grad Castor chosen NAHL Goaltender of the Month

March 6th, 2018

Phoenix native and Shreveport Mudbugs goalie Jaxon Castor has been named the Vaughn NAHL Goaltender of the Month. READ OUR FEBRUARY 2018 ISSUE A big reason behind Shreveport’s success this season and in the month of February has been their goaltending. Castor, who turns 21 on March 14, was acquired in January from the USHL’s…

Scottsdale native, Jr. Coyotes grad Burke makes NCAA D-I pick

March 3rd, 2018

Nathan Burke came to the NAHL’s Aberdeen Wings this season hoping to hone his skills and develop his game to the point where he could possibly garner some NCAA Division I attention. Mission accomplished. READ OUR FEBRUARY 2018 ISSUE Late last month, the 19-year-old Scottsdale native and Jr. Coyotes graduate committed to St. Cloud State…

Arizona nets approval as new territory for BCHL’s Wenatchee Wild

March 2nd, 2018

The Wenatchee Wild has long been a franchise in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) that has been heavy on American-born players. Located in the state of Washington, the Wild is the lone BCHL team situated south of the border. Per BCHL rules, Wenatchee has to build its roster with a minimum of 15 players…

NAHL Top Prospects rosters once again feature Arizona talent

February 13th, 2018

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the rosters that will represent each team at the 2018 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, which will be held Feb. 27-28 at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich. READ OUR JANUARY 2018 ISSUE The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament is one of the most highly-scouted events in junior…

Jr. Coyotes graduate, Scottsdale product Burke named NAHL Central Division Star of the Week

January 3rd, 2018

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week, presented by Bauer Hockey, for the week ending Dec. 31, 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….