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Hayton, Kirk highlight Coyotes’ impressive draft haul

August 3rd, 2018

The Arizona Coyotes continued to stockpile high-end prospects at the 2018 NHL Draft on June 22-23 in Dallas. All in all, the Coyotes added nine players to the pipeline, starting with first-round pick Barrett Hayton, a talented forward from the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds who put up 60 points in 63 games last season….

Coyotes get boost in optimism for ’18-19 with respectable finish to ’17-18 campaign

June 13th, 2018

A quick look at the final NHL standings would indicate a rough ride for the Arizona Coyotes. In achieving 70 standing points for their 82 games, that ranked among the lowest in the league. Only Ottawa and Buffalo failed to reach the 70-point plateau. Their 29 wins for the season tied Montreal for third-lowest and…

Strong finish to season an encouraging sign for Coyotes

May 8th, 2018

Most like to think the mark of a season is how things finish, and not necessarily how an experience begins. For the Arizona Coyotes, an abysmal start foreshadowed a difficult season, but the end is clearly encouraging. Plus, the future seems beyond bright with Clayton Keller, Brendan Perlini and Max Domi up front and a…

Roadrunners top off second AHL season with Pacific Division title

April 18th, 2018

Regardless of whatever happens in the 2018 Calder Cup playoffs, the Tucson Roadrunners have made a huge statement in their second year of existence in the American Hockey League (AHL). Not only did the Roadrunners, the top developmental affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL, finish on top of the AHL’s eight-team Pacific Division…

Young Coyotes showing flair for confidence, consistency

April 5th, 2018

Through the course of a season, any player can expect ups and downs, ebbs and flows and successes and failures. For the Arizona Coyotes, this has been a particularly challenging season. In the way things have progressed, there was almost a split in their hockey campaign. Through a difficult opening half, fortunes turned positive. READ…

AHL’s Roadrunners continue to hold onto first place in Pacific Division

March 26th, 2018

The Tucson Roadrunners have proven they can win with rookie forward Dylan Strome in the lineup. They’ve also shown they can win without him in the lineup. READ OUR MARCH 2018 ISSUE Strome, the parent Arizona Coyotes’ top pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (third overall), received his fourth recall this season on March 20…

AHL’s Roadrunners racing toward Calder Cup playoffs berth

February 27th, 2018

The Tucson Roadrunners continue to rack up precious standings points through the mid-winter grind as the second-year American Hockey League (AHL) club quests toward what could be a history-making appearance in the upcoming Calder Cup championship playoffs. The Roadrunners picked up a valuable three of four standings points in a two-game weekend home set against…

Assistant coaches a vital element to Coyotes’ operations

February 26th, 2018

During a game in late January, the Arizona Coyotes trailed the Columbus Blue Jackets by one goal. With 39 seconds left in the contest, the Coyotes called a time out and plotted strategy. READ OUR FEBRUARY 2018 ISSUE After goalie Antti Raanta was pulled, the six attackers skated over the bench for instructions. Head coach…

Matthews has superb Arizona homecoming with Maple Leafs

February 1st, 2018

The smile on Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews’ face was as bright and distinct as any sunset in his home state of Arizona. Midway through the opening period of the Leafs only visit to the desert this season back on Dec. 28, Matthews took a setup from teammate William Nylander and put the puck…

Coyotes’ Ekman-Larsson selected to second NHL All-Star Game; Matthews, too

January 12th, 2018

For the first time, the anxiety level was through the roof. Plus, there was a different format. This time, Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson jumps in the 2018 NHL All-Star Game with a different look and distinct feel. READ OUR DECEMBER 2017 ISSUE Named to the Pacific Division squad, Ekman-Larsson enters the game with a…