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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…

Coyotes looking for consistency during second-half play

January 21st, 2019

Like most of us, Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet formulated his new year’s list of resolutions. Of course, all coaches want wins, success for players and joy for the fans. This is easier said than done. At this time last year, the Coyotes were in the throes of dire straits and showed only 10 wins…

Coyotes’ Tocchet adapting to new ways of coaching at NHL level

January 3rd, 2019

Like players in development and transitioning through competitive levels, coaches traverse through a similar journey. From many who touch youth hockey through those who seek jobs at the highest NHL level, there remains a learning curve and an education which continues to drive instruction. Success means the ability to adapt to changes in the game,…

Coyotes taking time with prized 2018 draft pick Hayton

November 22nd, 2018

There is not much of an argument that when a player develops and grows between age levels, the challenges are as formidable as success becomes rewarding. Not only do players have to navigate through phases of physical size and stages of maturity, but the cycle seems permanently punctuated with unknown obstacles. While the process of…

Coyotes embracing new NHL season, ‘want to keep it simple’

October 25th, 2018

As hockey players everywhere prepare for the season ahead, there are two benchmarks applied by the Arizona Coyotes that provide a foundation for success. Coming off a season that could best be described as half-full and half-empty, the Coyotes look ahead with energy and optimism. That is generated by the finish of the 2017-18 season…

Scottsdale native Matthews named NHL’s First Star after collecting eight points in three games

October 9th, 2018

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews has been named the NHL’s First Star for the week ending Oct. 7. Matthews registered five goals and eight points in three games, leading the NHL in both goals (tied) and points to power the Maple Leafs (2-1-0, four points) to a pair of victories. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE…

Optimism sky-high for Coyotes on eve of ’18-19 season

October 2nd, 2018

Though the start was not terribly encouraging nor productive, the way the 2017-18 season ended for the Arizona Coyotes turned inspirational. Once the calendar struck January, the Coyotes took their fortunes from gloom and doom to optimism and enthusiasm. Collectively, they embraced coach Rick Tocchet’s system and began to ride the coattails of goalkeeper Antti…

Ice Den Scottsdale renames rink, honors Doan’s legacy

September 20th, 2018

When Shane Doan retired following the 2016-17 NHL season, it wasn’t a matter if the Arizona Coyotes would recognize his legacy in the desert, but rather when. This past summer, not only did the Coyotes announce plans to retire his No. 19 jersey, but the Ice Den Scottsdale recently held a ceremony to officially name…

‘Hockey nerd’ Keller a major player in Coyotes’ rebuild

August 30th, 2018

Perhaps it’s time for the rest of the hockey world to discover diminutive forward Clayton Keller of the Arizona Coyotes. Fans in Arizona already to know of Keller’s exploits and his ability to bring a crowd to its feet. Rewarded for a stellar first season, Keller was nominated this season for the Calder Memorial Trophy….