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AHU’s Wilson looking to take program’s goaltenders to next level

August 24th, 2022

Trevor Wilson was a goaltender during his playing days and hopes to pass on his knowledge of the position to the same players at the Arizona Hockey Union. Wilson joined AHU as its first goalie director in 2021-22 and is back again for 2022-23 to take the proverbial next step. “Following junior hockey, I returned…

New video program helping make memories for young Arizona puck stars

August 21st, 2022

As the game of hockey continues to grow in Arizona, so, too, does programs and businesses that aim to help with that growth. Recently, SportsKast came on to the market, something its president and founder Pat Wilde calls “the most exciting product for athletes that has ever been offered.” “It’s the most spectacular sports product…

Mesa product, AHU, AHSHA star Craft joining Arizona teammates in ’22-23 with USPHL’s Mullets

July 24th, 2022

The USPHL’s Minnesota Mullets have announced another Arizona recruit for the 2022-23 roster in forward Oliver Craft. The Mesa native joins the Mullets alongside several other Arizona-born teammates in recruit Ben Willcoxson and veterans Austin Poole, Tyler Ortega, and Brent Scott. His Arizona roots, and more particularly Willcoxson himself, played a major factor in Craft’s…

For Scottsdale’s Kamin, special 2021-22 season yields trio of Arizona state championships

June 22nd, 2022

The term “triple crown” is well known around sports circles. In horse racing, it means one horse wins the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. In baseball, it means one player leads the league in batting average, home runs and runs batted in. In Arizona hockey it can only mean one thing – when…

Phoenix native, Bobcats national champ Willcoxson to continue career with USPHL’s Mullets

June 17th, 2022

Ben Willcoxson had the experience of a lifetime in 2021-22, winning state and national championships at the 18U level with the Arizona Bobcats. Now, the Phoenix native will get to bring that winning mentality to the USPHL after recently signing with the Minnesota Mullets. “Coach (Chris) Walby reached out to me after nationals and I…

Flagstaff native, Jr. Coyotes, Northstars standout Forsberg to join USPHL powerhouse Jets program

June 17th, 2022

A top Arizona youth player is heading to the Midwest to begin his junior hockey career. Oka Forsberg, a Flagstaff native, has signed with the USPHL powerhouse Metro Jets program for the 2022-23 season. Forsberg played for the Jr. Coyotes’ 18U AAA team last season and has also played for the Flagstaff Northstars youth association…

Jr. Coyotes alum Comeau signs to play ’22-23 season for MJHL’s Flyers

June 8th, 2022

The Winkler Flyers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League have announced that the club has signed goaltender Aidan Comeau. Comeau, a native of Newport Beach, Calif., spent the 2020-21 season with the Jr. Coyotes’ 16U AAA team, collecting a 1.54 goals-against average with a .919 save percentage and two shutouts. “It feels great,” said Comeau….

Scottsdale native, Bobcats national champ Geddes chosen in 2022 NA3HL Entry Draft

April 21st, 2022

The NA3HL held its annual entry draft on April 20 and Arizona Bobcats’ 18U AAA forward Alec Geddes was selected as part of the four-round draft. Geddes, a Scottsdale native, was taken in the first round (32nd overall) by the Helena Bighorns. He was a key component of the Bobcats team that won a USA…

Bobcats’ 18U team rallies to capture 2022 USA Hockey Tier II national championship

April 7th, 2022

Facing a two-goal deficit in a national championship game is never ideal, but the fact that the Arizona Bobcats did so early in the first period Monday (April 4) allowed them not to panic. Instead, the Bobcats trimmed the Philadelphia Blazers’ advantage to 2-1 by the end of the opening 17 minutes, then scored three…

Coyotes to host Matt Shott’s celebration of life Jan. 5 at Gila River Arena

December 30th, 2021

The Arizona Coyotes announced today that the club will be hosting a celebration of life for the team’s vice president of hockey development, Matt Shott, who passed away on December 19 after a courageous battle with cancer. The event will take place on Jan. 5 from 3-5 p.m. at Gila River Arena. “Matt was an…

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