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Category Archives: Youth

Jr. Coyotes’ Doan, Knies make NCAA Division I decisions

August 14th, 2019

Josh Doan and Matthew Knies have both been longtime Jr. Coyotes Elite Program standouts and will play junior hockey in the USHL next season before heading off to college hockey down the road. Doan, a forward who will play for the Chicago Steel in 2019-20, recently committed to Arizona State University, while Knies, another forward,…

AHU Knights players making impact away from hockey rink

August 9th, 2019

During the hockey season, Arizona Hockey Union teams are going full-steam ahead. After the season ends, many Knights players stay active away from the rink in a variety of activities. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Zac Yurkanin (pictured above) goes to Desert Ridge High School and was a member of the track team. “Because ice time…

Chandler’s Blessing cracks USHL roster, commits to Air Force

July 31st, 2019

Guy Blessing honed his game growing up in the Arizona youth ranks and then last year in prep school in the Chicago area. This summer has seen hard work pay off for the 18-year-old Chandler native as the goaltender first signed with the USHL’s Omaha Lancers and then committed to NCAA Division I Air Force….

Year after year, players keep coming back to Mission AZ

July 29th, 2019

There is a certain statistic that Mission AZ director of hockey operations Jeremy Goltz and his staff look at more closely than almost any other, but what it is may surprise you. Wins are great, and championship banners and trophies keep players motivated to do their best on the ice. Goals, assists, saves and other…

AHU standouts enjoying activities away from the rink

June 12th, 2019

There is a phrase that states “the best athlete is made in the offseason.” This probably doesn’t click for a kid. Adults know rest, relaxation and time off are important for mental and physical recovery, but most kids will only sit tight for a little while. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Also, don’t we want our…

Mission’s summer league has definite throwback feel

June 5th, 2019

Coming off a season in which its 18U AA team won a state championship and played in the title game at the USA Hockey National Championships, it would be easy for players and coaches with Mission AZ’s youth hockey program to be experiencing a little bit of burnout. After all, tacking on a handful of…

FYHA hosting 3-on-3 cross-ice tournament in July; improvements coming to Jay Lively

June 3rd, 2019

The Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association will be hosting a 3-on-3 cross-ice hockey tournament for 8U through 16U teams July 20-21 at the Jay Lively Ice Arena in Flagstaff. There is a five- game guarantee with each game being 24 minutes in length. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Please sign up individually through the FYHA link on…

Jr. Sun Devils welcome new coaches for ’19-20 season

May 29th, 2019

As the DYHA Jr. Sun Devils gear up for the 2019-20 season, the organization has tweaked its coaching staff by adding new coaches at several levels. Rob MacGregor (8U), Chris and Tyler Erickson (10U), Shawn McCosh (12U Maroon), Jed Bowman (12U White), John Damyanovich (14U, returns to DYHA), Brad Norton (16U ‘04) and Deron Quint…

FYHA teams enjoy remarkable 2018-19 season in Northern Arizona

May 13th, 2019

The walls of Flagstaff’s Jay Lively Ice Arena are decorated with banners won through the years, some boasting names of then-players who are now coaches within the Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association (FYHA). During the 2018-19 season, FYHA added four new championship banners: • 14U AZYHL Cactus Division State Champions • CSAHA President’s Day Tournament, 10U…

Arizona Hockey Union salutes end of 2018-19 campaign

May 7th, 2019

The end of the season is always bittersweet. The Arizona Hockey Union awards ceremony is a time when we celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of everyone involved with AHU (players, coaches, managers, family, etc.) and do something we can’t do all season. We gather everyone up in one room to revel in our club,…