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Bobcats grad, Scottsdale native Matthews tabbed NHL’s First Star for month of December

January 3rd, 2022

The NHL has announced that Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews has been named the First Star for the month of December. Matthews found the scoresheet in all seven of his December appearances, sharing the league lead with 10 goals while averaging 2.00 points per game (10-4—14) to guide the Maple Leafs (21-8-2, 44 points)…

Coyotes proud to announce launch of Angels for Higher program

November 11th, 2021

A decade ago, Robert Hendershot had a dream: A more fulfilling job and purpose for his bubbly and ambitious son with Down Syndrome. Ten years later, the most popular members of the Los Angeles Angels organization might be Mike Trout, Shohei Otani…and Trevor Hendershot. After years stocking shelves at a drug store understanding it might…

Scottsdale native, Bobcats graduate Matthews chosen for 2022 U.S. Olympic hockey team

October 7th, 2021

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews has been named one of the first three players of the 2022 U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team. “It’s no secret we’re excited about the prospects of our team for the 2022 games,” said Stan Bowman, general manager of the team. “Patrick (Kane), Auston and Seth (Jones) reflect the high…

Coyotes will be young in ’21-22, but team cautions on rushing too many youngsters to NHL

September 25th, 2021

Patience. If there is a single piece of advice to those players navigating through levels of competition, this remains to the ability to persevere. Sure, players at the junior and college level are anxious to showcase their skills, impress coaches and management, and gain the attention of NHL scouts. Such hopefuls may be affected by…

Jr. Coyotes trio moves closer to NHL dreams, selected in 2021 NHL Draft

July 28th, 2021

Three Arizona natives and Jr. Coyotes graduates became property of NHL teams during the 2021 NHL Draft, which was conducted virtually July 23-24. Forward Josh Doan (Scottsdale) went to the Arizona Coyotes in the second round (37th overall), while forward Matt Knies (Phoenix) was chosen by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round as…

Varady back behind bench in Tucson, signs three-year deal to serve as head coach for AHL’s Roadrunners

July 7th, 2021

The Arizona Coyotes announced today that the team has signed Jay Varady to a three-year contract to serve as head coach of the Tucson Roadrunners, the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. “Jay is an excellent coach who led the Roadrunners to a Pacific Division title,” said…

Coyotes feel Tourigny is ‘right person to lead our team’ as new head coach

July 1st, 2021

The Arizona Coyotes announced today that the team has signed André Tourigny to a three-year contract to serve as the club’s head coach. Tourigny becomes the 19th head coach in franchise history. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. “We are very pleased to name André as the new head coach…

After parting ways with Tocchet, Coyotes looking for new coach to ‘take us to the next level’

May 13th, 2021

Tom Landry, the legendary coach of the Dallas Cowboys, once said, “There is only one winner in this league, and the rest are losers.” For over the past two decades in the desert, the then-Phoenix Coyotes and now-Arizona Coyotes appear to fit neatly into that category of underachievers. At a time when general manager Bill…

Opening up 2021 NHL season, Coyotes ‘created our own breaks,’ but lose in shootout to San Jose

January 15th, 2021

If there is one element facing the Arizona Coyotes in the 2021 NHL season, that would be identified as “a sense of urgency.” With a reduced 56-game game schedule and play solely within their own division, the Coyotes face a reduction of 26 contests from a regular NHL 82-game slate. That would mean the difference…

AHL’s Roadrunners had makings of Calder Cup favorites in ’19-20 season

September 11th, 2020

When the hockey world came to a sudden pause on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019-20 edition of the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners was well on its way to placing its name among the best in franchise history. The Roadrunners, the top developmental affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, had recorded a 36-19-1-2…

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