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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…

Knights’ Mickelson brings work ethic, leadership to desert

January 19th, 2017

A Minnesota native, Jared Mickelson is well immersed into the hockey lifestyle. Now a key cog with the Phoenix Knights, Mickelson has brought that knowledge to the desert and is forging a desirable season with the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) club. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “He’s definitely one of our more talented players and…

Gilbert native Ploszaj named NAHL’s Central Division Star of the Week

January 3rd, 2017

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) on Monday announced the Divisional Stars of the Week, presented by Bauer Hockey, for the week ending Jan. 1, 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…

Knights ‘on the right path,’ making strides in WSHL season

December 26th, 2016

In junior hockey, progress isn’t always measured on what’s lit up on the scoreboard. For the Phoenix Knights, their Western States Hockey League (WSHL) season has seen the club not play to its full potential over the first half, but coach-GM Mike Bowman knows the team’s best hockey is still ahead. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE…

Knights add NCAA champion, Gilbert native St. Clair to WSHL coaching staff

December 8th, 2016

It never hurts to add experience to a coaching staff. The Western States Hockey League’s (WSHL) Phoenix Knights did that recently in hiring Gilbert native Colten St. Clair as an assistant coach with the club to work with coach-GM Mike Bowman. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “We are excited to bring Colten to our coaching staff,”…