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Albuquerque product Gretz a key component of Flint’s OHL future

November 10th, 2017

Just seven months ago, Marcus Gretz was weighing his options – Major Junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) or keeping his NCAA Division I commitment to Ohio State University. Once the decision was made to report to the OHL’s Flint Firebirds, the team that selected the Albuquerque native in the second round of…

USA Hockey’s NTDP has talented, rich Arizona flavor with desert trio

November 8th, 2017

Eyebrows used to be raised when a talented hockey player was said to be from Arizona. Then Zac Larraza and Auston Matthews burst onto the scene and people began to realize that amazing hockey players could indeed come from the desert. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE But even as Matthews, a Scottsdale native and reigning NHL…

DYHA, ASU growing the game with flourishing relationship

October 27th, 2017

Entering its second season as a full NCAA member, Arizona State hockey is becoming one of the fastest growing programs in the country. Coach Greg Powers has been able to attract young talent from around the nation, helping to build a sturdy early foundation for his young program. And as his team develops, he hopes…

Northstars strive to leave every game with championship mindset

October 25th, 2017

Win or lose, the Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association (FYHA) is dedicated to providing every interested Flagstaff youth with an affordable, quality instructional athletic program that focuses on character development, on and off the ice. Their model works to promote teamwork, build self-confidence, develop and encourage sportsmanship, teach fundamental skills and improve the standard of youth…

AHU once again hosts successful Ice Breaker Invitational

October 24th, 2017

For the last decade, the Arizona Hockey Union (AHU) has hosted the Icebreaker Invitational tournament in the Valley. This year, the tournament took place Oct. 6-9 at AZ Ice Gilbert and Ice Den Scottsdale. A total of 37 teams entered in eight divisions and there was plenty of excitement to fill the weekend. READ OUR…

Ex-NHLers Carney, Morris add knowledge to Bobcats’ staff

October 6th, 2017

A long and successful professional career as a hockey player doesn’t always translate into coaching success, but possessing passion for the game and for developing young players is a key element, and the Arizona Bobcats are fortunate to have landed a pair of assistant coaches who check all the boxes. Keith Carney and Derek Morris,…

One Step Bobcats program emphasizes NHL motto that ‘Hockey Is For Everyone’

October 4th, 2017

Jared Woosley said that it was “a beautiful coincidence” that the NHL happened to adopt the ‘Hockey Is For Everyone’ motto the same year that the One Step Bobcats were born. The One Step Bobcats are a team of individuals 18 and older that belong to a league – the American Special Hockey Association –…