Arizona Rubber

Arizona’s and New Mexico’s Authoritative Voice of Ice and Inline Hockey

Category Archives: Youth

Ice Den boasts all levels of skating, hockey as athletes start path to success

December 4th, 2020

When it comes to learning to skate or learning to play hockey, the Ice Den programs have it all as prospective players can follow whichever path they choose to reach their ice sports goals. The programs begin with individuals as young as 2 ½ and go up through the teenage years and even adults. So…

Jr. Sun Devils taking program to next level with new Mental Performance Coach

November 21st, 2020

With the Desert Youth Hockey Association Jr. Sun Devils making the major leap to Tier I this season, the organization boasts arguably one of the top staffs in the state. Recently, that staff grew by one with the addition of James Nellis, the program’s new Mental Performance Coach. According to Nellis, an Arizona Board of…

Former NHL player, coach, broadcaster Zettler giving back mentoring youth hockey hopefuls

October 14th, 2020

Rob Zettler played 569 games in the NHL over 10 seasons, including nearly 200 games with the San Jose Sharks in the early 1990s. More than skill, Zettler said his commitment to stay motivated to play the game kept him going until he retired after the 2001-02 season. These days, Zettler is working with former…

Passionate Arizona youth, college coach Green picked to lead DYHA 18U Tier I squad

October 9th, 2020

As the DYHA Jr. Sun Devils enter the Tier I ranks for the 2020-21 season, everything about the organization is taking it up a notch. When it comes to coaching, that, too, is getting a boost as longtime Arizona youth, high school and college coach Tait Green will guide the DYHA 18U team this year….

AHU coaches show unique side with elaborate superstitions

September 17th, 2020

“When you believe in things that you don’t understand, then you suffer. Superstition ain’t the way” – Stevie Wonder The incomparable Stevie Wonder once said, “Superstition ain’t the way.” It’s one thing to rhyme about this in a song but to a lot of athletes and coaches, being superstitious is the ONLY way. Sports has…

New IDPC in Scottsdale the ‘ultimate dryland training experience’

September 5th, 2020

As the director of sports performance at the Ice Den Performance Center (IDPC), Shane Harvey says the new Scottsdale facility will be the epitome of what a hockey training center should be. Set to open this month, the IDPC is keeping with the Valley trend of hockey growth. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “As sport-specific training…

Moore loving life as youth hockey coach, BTM manager

August 12th, 2020

Henry-Mychal Moore is a youth hockey coach with the Arizona Hockey Union and a manager with Behind The Mask at its Scottsdale location. He also grew up playing for the Polar Bears and DYHA Firebirds and serving as a captain for P.F. Chang’s. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Sounds like a normal life, right? Take into…

The Mill opens in Tempe, offers slew of training options

July 30th, 2020

Jarred Smith and his wife, Bailey Young Smith, had been thinking about opening a hockey training warehouse for a while. At the end of February, their dream became a reality as The Mill Hockey Training Warehouse opened in Tempe. Just three weeks later, the COVID-19 outbreak caused the doors to close. In late May, those…

AHU thrilled to add Radke as new 14U Bantam White coach

July 30th, 2020

As hockey in Arizona slowly gets back to open rinks and players suiting up in anticipation of the upcoming 2020-21 season, the Arizona Hockey Union has made a major move in the association’s coaching ranks. Longtime youth hockey coach Tony Radke will join AHU next season as the club’s new 14U Bantam White coach, a…

With recent move to Tier I, Jr. Sun Devils planning to develop elite-level players

July 23rd, 2020

When Brad McCaughey took over as the Desert Youth Hockey Association’s hockey director in 2017, he came in with a plan and a list of items to tackle to make DYHA a preeminent youth hockey club in all of Arizona. With the association’s recent approval for Tier I status starting with the upcoming 2020-21 season,…