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USA Hockey announces revisions to 2020 player development plans

March 21st, 2020

USA Hockey announced today the revision of its national player development plans for 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE • USA Hockey has canceled the 2020 Boys Select 15 National Camp (2005 birth year) • USA Hockey has canceled the 2020 Girls 15 National Camp (2005 birth year) • USA…

Erickson father-son combo excelling behind DYHA bench

March 17th, 2020

This season, the DYHA Jr. Sun Devils, already proponents of forging a family atmosphere within the organization, took that adage to another level with its 10U Maroon team. The father and son tandem of Chris and Tyler Erickson went behind the bench this season, something the duo had done together back in their home state…

USA Hockey cancels 2020 Nationals, Disabled Festival

March 12th, 2020

USA Hockey announced tonight it has canceled its series of upcoming National Championships, including high school, youth, girls, adult and sled, that were set to begin in various locations across the country on March 26. In addition, the organization also announced it has canceled its Disabled Hockey Festival, which was set to take place over…

CAHA ahead of the curve with goalie development coaches

February 28th, 2020

Pat Conacher, Scott Munroe and Mike Nepsa were all goaltenders during their playing days, and all three are now focused on guiding and training the next wave of goalies coming out of the Coyotes Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA). Each coach believes youth hockey should be geared to development, something CAHA thrives in, year in and…

Second annual Flagstaff Dark Sky Tournament returning to Jay Lively Arena this summer

February 27th, 2020

The Flagstaff Dark Sky Tournament is back for an encore performance. Last summer, the event ran at Flagstaff’s Jay Lively Arena and had such positive feedback and parents and players saying it was a unique experience that the Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association will be running it again from July 31-Aug. 2. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE…

Coyotes, Sharks go One Step Beyond at Cactus Cup event

February 26th, 2020

For the One Step Coyotes and One Step Sharks special hockey programs, playing one another last month at the Arizona Cactus Cup event was truly a milestone. “We had been waiting for this event for a very long time,” said One Step Beyond special programs developer Jared Woosley. “When the two One Step teams met…

Former NHLer McCosh settling in as Jr. Sun Devils coach

February 24th, 2020

Shawn McCosh first came to Arizona when he was playing for the Phoenix Roadrunners pro team that was the top affiliate for the Los Angeles Kings. Now, he’s come full circle by having spent the last several years coaching youth hockey in the Valley, including the 2019-20 season with the DYHA Jr. Sun Devils. READ…

AZ Ice Arcadia, VOSHA Titans partner up to increase 8U growth

February 21st, 2020

In an effort to expand hockey at the youngest level, the VOSHA Titans and AZ Ice Arcadia continue to work together to create an atmosphere that breeds growth and development but also fun for these kids from their first hockey experience on. The rink and its youth hockey organization have partnered up to put on…

AHU gearing up for inaugural Spring Into Squirts tournament

February 12th, 2020

As the 2019-20 hockey season begins to wind down, the Arizona Hockey Union wants to help those that want to keep skating end their seasons on strong notes. Coming up later this month, the association will host its 19th annual Phoenix Presidents’ Day Invitational from Feb. 14-17 at AZ Ice Gilbert, Gila River Arena, Ice…

First-year Bucks focusing on development, confidence

January 29th, 2020

The first-year CAHA Bucks program has burst into the Arizona youth hockey scene in a big way this season. The Bucks have two teams for the 2019-20 season – a combined 11U/12U team coached by Greg Sitrick and a 13U team coached by Daemion Glantz – and both have shown marked improvement over the course…