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New Mexico product Gretz reflects on rookie season with OHL’s Firebirds

August 9th, 2018

Marcus Gretz came to the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Flint Firebirds as a rookie defenseman last season with high expectations. Suffice to say, he succeeded playing on the Major Junior stage, and the Albuquerque native still has room to keep growing. READ OUR SUMMER 2018 ISSUE “I think this season was huge for our team,”…

Hayton, Kirk highlight Coyotes’ impressive draft haul

August 3rd, 2018

The Arizona Coyotes continued to stockpile high-end prospects at the 2018 NHL Draft on June 22-23 in Dallas. All in all, the Coyotes added nine players to the pipeline, starting with first-round pick Barrett Hayton, a talented forward from the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds who put up 60 points in 63 games last season….

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…

Another banner season concludes for IHAAZ, with changes deemed a major positive

July 13th, 2018

The Inline Hockey Association of Arizona had a decidedly different look this year, and that wasn’t a bad thing. In this case, change turned out to be a good thing. The older age groups, starting at 12U and going up through the Midget level, played not only for state championships but for regular-season titles as…

Santa Fe’s Barliant continuing to progress at NCAA D-I Sacred Heart

June 12th, 2018

Jackson Barliant made the most of his playing time this past season at NCAA Division I Sacred Heart University. The lone New Mexico native in all of men’s and women’s D-I hockey this season, Barliant compiled six goals and eight points in 38 games in his junior season for the Pioneers. READ OUR MAY ISSUE…

AZ Ice Arcadia to house brand-new Arizona Titans youth program

May 22nd, 2018

In yet another sign that youth hockey continues to grow in the Valley, the Arizona Titans will take the ice at AZ Ice Arcadia this fall as a new AA association. The Titans franchise has come together this offseason in remarkable fashion, in large part due to the tireless efforts of Jim Rogers, Justin Rogers…

AHU’s investment in youth development paying dividends from Mites through Junior A

May 7th, 2018

Just as the state playdowns were wrapping up for the older players, the Arizona Hockey Union Mite players were engaged in their own battle. Mite teams from all over the state took the ice for the last Mite Jamboree of the year on March 24-25, hosted by the Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association. What made this…