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Tocchet recognizing honesty is best policy with Coyotes

December 3rd, 2019

If you do not adjust, learn, grow and evolve as a coach, there’s not much of a future to direct a team. In that regard, there is little difference if you’re coaching at the NHL level or at Ice Den Scottsdale. In the end, honesty is the best policy – just ask Arizona Coyotes coach…

Scottsdale native Matthews named NHL’s Second Star of the Week

November 11th, 2019

Scottsdale native and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week today. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Matthews factored on nine of his team’s 11 goals last week, leading all NHL skaters with two goals and nine points in four appearances to help the Toronto Maple Leafs (9-6-4, 22…

Coyotes optimistic as 2019-20 NHL season underway

October 30th, 2019

As the 2019-20 season peaks through the NHL curtain, one of the telling stories of the Arizona Coyotes’ campaign may have been written late in training camp. Coming into the preseason, one of the significant questions to resolve was goaltending. With Antti Raanta out for most of last season, Darcy Kuemper (pictured) emerged and made…

Coyotes add Kessel, confidence ahead of ’19-20 season

October 11th, 2019

Before commencement of free agency on July 1, the Arizona Coyotes were well on their way to addressing a significant point. No need to go the free-agent route. Just ask an old friend and highly-skilled player if he would like to skate in the desert. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE As the Coyotes opened training camp…

Coyotes load up on talented prospects at 2019 NHL Draft

August 23rd, 2019

The first thought is to fill an immediate need, and teams tend to approach the draft from that perspective. That is, if you run an NFL franchise or an NBA team. Officials associated with these leagues approach the draft much differently than Major League Baseball and the NHL. Football and basketball personnel draft players for…

After monster WHL season, Phoenix native Kastelic selected by Ottawa in 2019 NHL Draft

August 19th, 2019

Mark Kastelic was first eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft but wasn’t selected. He also wasn’t picked in the 2018 draft. All the 20-year-old Phoenix native did was pile up 47 goals and 77 points for the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Calgary Hitmen in 2018-19, all while serving as captain for the club. The Ottawa…

Coyotes legend Doan continues to leave legacy on Arizona hockey

June 28th, 2019

The accolades Shane Doan received on the ice were clearly justified, but it is his legacy, the support and involvement in youth hockey, that garners equal acclaim. One of the iconic figures in Arizona sports history, the former Arizona Coyotes captain transcended play on the ice and became a teacher, an educator and mentor to…

Despite missing NHL playoffs, Coyotes find positives to ’18-19 season

May 4th, 2019

By all standards, hockey teams need to fulfill three criteria for success: scoring, great goaltending and stellar defense. For the Arizona Coyotes, the franchise touched two of these critical factors, and the one outstanding (scoring) will likely be the focal point of offseason transactions. For the recently-completed season, the Coyotes scored 213 goals and averaged…

NHL stud Matthews still has huge impact on Arizona youth

April 3rd, 2019

This time, the mid-February crowd outside of the Toronto Maple Leafs dressing room inside Gila River Arena was electric and captivating. Sure, there was the usual gathering of friends and supporters hanging around after each Arizona Coyotes game, but this crowd was dynamic and vibrant. They came to see and be seen with Scottsdale native…

Coyotes playing with sense of urgency in home stretch

March 7th, 2019

Given the timing and schedule at this point of the hockey season, there’s an acceleration by teams to rush into postseason contention. Heading down the stretch and into the final weeks of the NHL campaign, the sprint to determinate playoff teams is underway in earnest. While players and coaches eschew any dialogue about the prospect…