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IceJacks D-II captains ‘a huge part of keeping the guys together’

February 19th, 2019

As Northern Arizona University’s ACHA Division II team eyes the upcoming national tournament, an early-season slump actually invigorated that hunger to get back to the national stage. After a sluggish 1-4-1 start, the IceJacks have lost just twice since then. NAU coach Travis Johanson credits the team’s leadership group of Lucas Lomax, Max Mahood, Jordan…

AHU helping grow the game one skater at a time, thanks to skating coach Holly Harrington

February 11th, 2019

There is an ice rink in the desert that is building hockey players. Nestled off the SanTan Village Parkway in Gilbert, tucked away in a sleepy, manicured neighborhood between baseball fields and a dog park, you’ll find a fairly unassuming ice skating rink simply named AZ Ice. Inside this rink, they are quite literally building…

Coyotes’ new hire Fry remains avid supporter of inline hockey

January 31st, 2019

Chandler’s Lyndsey Fry is perhaps best known as a member of the USA women’s ice hockey team that captured the silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. In November, she landed an NHL front-office job as a special advisor to Arizona Coyotes president Ahron Cohen as well as becoming a brand ambassador for…

FYHA 10U program gives back at Flagstaff Family Food Center

January 29th, 2019

The Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association’s 10U travel program kicked off 2019 with a day spent volunteering at the Flagstaff Family Food Center. Founded in 1991, the Flagstaff Family Food Center feeds an estimated 1,500 individuals every day through a myriad of programs, including its Kitchen Door Sack Lunch Program, Mobile Sack Lunch Program and Free…

Mission Special Edition program going strong in Year 2

January 28th, 2019

A little more than a year ago, when the Mission Special Edition program was first getting off the ground, director Brandi Goltz and head coach Rod Rihela had no idea what to expect. Goltz had spent years thinking about starting a hockey program for kids with special needs, and after many months planning, still had…

Jr. Sun Devils’ 18U team ventures to Canada, brings home championship banner

January 22nd, 2019

The DYHA Jr. Sun Devils’ 18U team traveled north of the border to wrap up 2018, winning the Richmond International Bantam Midget Hockey Tournament just outside of Vancouver on New Year’s Eve. What made this tournament win impressive is that the squad had a depleted lineup, and still went undefeated with a 7-0 mark at…

First-year Titans adding to booming growth of Arizona youth hockey

January 9th, 2019

So much is happening these days with the Arizona Titans, that one has to remember that the youth program only came to fruition this past summer. Housed at AZ Ice Arcadia, the Titans have teams ranging this season from 6U to 18U and a high-caliber coaching staff. Titans program director Justin Rogers said the last…