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Yuma festival opens new IHAAZ season to positive reviews

February 18th, 2020

The first IHAAZ festival of the season proved to be an event that serves as a reminder of what the league and the tournaments are all about. The opener was played in Yuma over the Feb. 7-9 weekend and tournament director Nick Boyarsky was pleased with the results. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “A lot of…

First-year Bucks focusing on development, confidence

January 29th, 2020

The first-year CAHA Bucks program has burst into the Arizona youth hockey scene in a big way this season. The Bucks have two teams for the 2019-20 season – a combined 11U/12U team coached by Greg Sitrick and a 13U team coached by Daemion Glantz – and both have shown marked improvement over the course…

Mission AZ 18U team ‘going full throttle in fifth gear’

January 23rd, 2020

The 2018-19 season was a truly special one for the Mission AZ hockey program, especially for its 18U Red team. For the first time in the program’s nearly two-decade history, one of their teams advanced to a national championship game. While Mission 18U came up short in its final game, the entire season was a…

Jr. Sun Devils taking huge strides to maximize program’s offerings

January 9th, 2020

Brad McCaughey is in his third season as the hockey director and coach-in-chief for the Desert Youth Hockey Association and in that time, has put his own stamp on the program while piggybacking off the initiatives put in place by his predecessor, Sean Whyte. Whyte stepped down to take a role as a regional youth…

AZ Ice Arcadia continues adult hockey initiatives for beginners

January 2nd, 2020

As hockey in Arizona has continued to grow, much of the focus has remained on youth hockey. When Justin Rogers took over as the adult hockey director at AZ Ice Arcadia nearly four years ago, he became passionate about encouraging the growth of adult hockey specifically. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE He found himself coaching the…

Titans coaches adjusting in second year to foster more growth, on and off ice

December 2nd, 2019

Nearly two years ago, Justin Rogers was tasked with rebuilding VOSHA and as a result, the Arizona Titans were born. What seemed like a shot in the dark to the then-22-year-old hockey director has proven to be an important decision in the growth of youth hockey in Arizona. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The mission for…

Support keeps coming for AHU Mite Silver’s Accardo

November 22nd, 2019

Leighton Accardo’s story has gone national. It’s quite possible it is worldwide at this point. Back in May, the eight-year-old Accardo, who plays for the Arizona Hockey Union Mite Silver team, was diagnosed with cancer and started treatment at the amazing Phoenix Children’s Hospital. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Friends, strangers and teammates have raised money…