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Coyotes’ veteran Ekman-Larsson: ‘Good things will happen’

November 10th, 2017

With designation as one of the elite players in the game, there is a clear responsibility that comes with distinction. For Arizona Coyotes’ All-Star defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, that duty remains the upmost desire to get better, improve and find ways to help his team win. In the early part of the season, the Coyotes failed…

Coyotes ready to take strides in positive directions, starting with ’17-18 season

October 9th, 2017

There is no question that the Arizona Coyotes are a team in transition. Following a summer of personnel and coaching moves, the curtain is about to rise on a season some believe is filled with hope and promise. Still, others believe that this version of the Coyotes remains a few years away from being a…

Young Roadrunners picking up experience in AHL preseason

October 2nd, 2017

The Tucson Roadrunners and San Diego Gulls met 12 times during the regular season in 2016-17. The Gulls won 10 of those meetings to have a big say in the Roadrunners failing to qualify for the Calder Cup playoffs and, conversely, San Diego securing a runner-up berth in the American Hockey League (AHL) Pacific Division…

Coyotes rookies show well at NHL Prospect Showcase tournament

September 19th, 2017

The recent 2017 NHL Prospect Showcase tournament provided a competitive edge to rookie camps being conducted by the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks. The four-team event, hosted by the Sharks Sept. 9-12, featured round-robin games between the teams, with each team playing the other once for a total of three…

Fresh start for Coyotes, Roadrunners entering 2017-18 season

September 19th, 2017

The Tucson Roadrunners are set to face off their second season in the American Hockey League (AHL) on Oct. 7 when they host the Pacific Division rival San Diego Gulls. The Roadrunners will be sporting a new look in 2017-18, and it’s not necessarily a makeover in jersey design. It’s a makeover in the organization….

His pro career a wrap, Cunningham finds silver lining with new Coyotes job

September 5th, 2017

Last Nov. 19 was a day Craig Cunningham will never forget – if he could remember it. That night, the Tucson Roadrunners captain collapsed on the Tucson Convention Center ice during pregame warm-ups prior to an American Hockey League game against the Manitoba Moose. He was motionless and as it later turned out, near death…

Coyotes youngsters defy obstacles, hope for NHL success

August 22nd, 2017

On the path to the NHL, players can incur several roadblocks. Some spend several years in the minors, others overcome physical liabilities, some are caught in “a numbers game” for a roster spot and others simply have difficulty implementing coaching instruction. Driven by the desire and lure of donning an NHL sweater, skating into an…

New chapter for Coyotes as Doan not returning to club

August 22nd, 2017

The Arizona Coyotes will have a decided new look next season. Mike Smith will not be between the pipes, traded to the Calgary Flames in mid-June, and then in a move that raised plenty of eyebrows, longtime captain Shane Doan was not offered a contract to play the 2017-18 season for the only NHL franchise…

Matthews completes superb NHL rookie season with Calder Trophy win

August 14th, 2017

To say that the last 12 months for Auston Matthews have been a whirlwind is truly an understatement. First, the Scottsdale native was selected first overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2016 NHL Draft, making headlines in the process as a player going No. 1 that wasn’t from Canada or any of the…

Coyotes add impressive talent haul in Chicago at 2017 NHL Draft

August 7th, 2017

With the youth movement seemingly in full swing for the Arizona Coyotes, the team loaded up for the future June 23-24 at the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The Coyotes selected defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph from the Charlottetown Islanders of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in the first round (23rd overall),…