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Three years after rebrand, Jr. Sun Devils continue to thrive in Tempe

January 2nd, 2018

Three years ago, the Desert Youth Hockey Association was at a crossroads. Inside their home rink, Oceanside Ice Arena, the Tier I Arizona Bobcats program was planning a move to cross-town Arcadia Ice Arena while the Arizona State club hockey program was preparing to step up from the ACHA club level to become an NCAA…

IHAAZ graduates rolling on with in-state college teams

December 26th, 2017

Going to college doesn’t have to mean the end of roller hockey for players who grew up playing the game in IHAAZ. With Arizona State University competing in a league at the college level, Jake Dempsey out of Yuma will get that chance to continue competing in the game he loves. It’s always been one…

Lobos captains the life blood of New Mexico ACHA program

December 22nd, 2017

Success for hockey teams often times begins with the talent on the ice. It can also be argued that greater success comes in the form of stellar leadership. For the University of New Mexico ACHA team, head coach Grant Harvey has all that this season, and then some. READ OUR DECEMBER 2017 ISSUE With five…

Arizona duo thriving in Tahoe Hockey Academy environment

December 7th, 2017

A pair of Arizona natives have taken their skills from the desert to the mountains and are establishing themselves as cornerstones of the prep team at Tahoe Hockey Academy. Defenseman Jack Birecki and center Jared Shuter are in their second year as student-athletes at California’s first prep boarding school for hockey players, and the two…

Arizona hockey pioneer Spina hangs up the skates, calls it a career

December 6th, 2017

Long before Auston Matthews was getting picked No. 1 in the NHL Draft, or even before players like Zac Larraza and Dusty Collins, there was Dave Spina. Spina was the initial high-profile hockey player from Arizona that “made it” in the game, spurring a growth in hockey that later saw Collins, Larraza and Matthews play…

Brill a perfect fit behind the bench for Mission AZ

November 30th, 2017

It’s not difficult to see the passion that Adam Brill has for youth hockey. Just watching him working kids through a practice, or behind the bench during games, his love for the game shines through. He dedicates endless hours to the Mission AZ program nearly year-round, and wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t something truly…

Coyotes Development Program continues strong growth at both Ice Den facilities

November 29th, 2017

As the manager of youth hockey development for the Coyotes Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) at the Ice Den Chandler, Gary Ihling obviously has a serious and critical role not only within the organization, but in all of Arizona. Ihling works closely with Ice Den Scottsdale’s director of youth hockey development Scott Gruber and together, the…