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Category Archives: Youth

Mission AZ remains pillar of consistency, has ‘great continuity from the bottom to the top’

November 7th, 2018

Jeremy Goltz, the director of hockey operations for the Mission AZ youth hockey program in the Phoenix suburbs, likes to say that the program is consistently boring. What he means by that is that there is little drama, the coaching staff remains consistent year after year, kids return to the program and he and his…

Mission’s Hall of Fame to grow by nine players in 2019

October 30th, 2018

Throughout its existence, the Mission AZ youth hockey program has made a concerted effort to establish traditions and create pride in being part of the Mission family. One of the biggest things that helps them accomplish that is the existence of their Hall of Fame, which honors each player who skates with Mission for at…

Northstars excited to partake in Coyotes’ Little Howlers program

October 29th, 2018

As hockey grows all across Arizona, that growth is accentuated with the Little Howlers, an on-ice youth hockey program hosted in cooperation with the Arizona Coyotes Hockey Development Program, the NHL, USA Hockey, CCM and local hockey rinks. The program consists of six one-hour sessions designed to provide kids ages 5-9 a risk-free introduction to…

AHU Pee Wee Silver team goes above and beyond putting the world in focus for those in need

October 19th, 2018

Worldwide, there are approximately 700 million people who need glasses but don’t have them. Most don’t have health insurance, enough money, and/or access to a doctor. For anyone who wears glasses, imagine what it would be like to go a day without them. Last month, players and families from Arizona Hockey Union’s Pee Wee Silver…

Mite program, Lil Devils adding to positive DYHA impact

October 18th, 2018

Chris Sehring, Shon Hata and Kayman Wong coach the youngest players with the DYHA Jr. Sun Devils with little fanfare and no complaints. Sehring coaches the Mites and joins Hata and Wong as being in charge of the Lil Devils. Getting prospective players on the ice at an early age is what the two programs…

After 20 years, Ice Den Scottsdale continues to be Valley staple

October 3rd, 2018

There was much uncertainty back in 1996 when the Winnipeg Jets relocated to Phoenix to become the Coyotes. Could the NHL work in the desert? Would there be a fan base? Were there enough rinks in the area? Fast forward to 2018 and the growth speaks for itself. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The Ice Den…

Northstars looking forward to new ’18-19 season in Flagstaff

September 26th, 2018

All our hockey teams in Flagstaff are gearing up and ready to start the 2018-19 season with anticipation. However, scheduling has been somewhat challenging at times sharing one sheet of ice between the Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association, the Avalanche high school teams and Northern Arizona University’s ACHA clubs. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE But through it…

New Titans program goes from ‘longshot’ to ‘dream come true’

September 21st, 2018

The Arizona Titans have taken the ice. A first-year program playing out of AZ Ice Arcadia, the Titans came together over the spring and summer months to give Valley youth hockey players another option to grow and develop, both on and off the ice. AZ Ice Arcadia director of hockey operations Justin Rogers heads up…

Mission AZ working to strengthen ties to AZ Ice Peoria

September 19th, 2018

For 12 of its 13 years as a program, Mission AZ has made its home in the friendly confines of AZ Ice Peoria. As the 2018-19 season gets underway, the leadership at Mission is taking steps to further its already strong relationship with the rink’s operators. Jeremy Goltz, Mission’s director of hockey operations, said he…

AHU Bantam Black team facing early challenges head-on

September 18th, 2018

For the Arizona Hockey Union’s Bantam Black team, the 2018-19 season will be one chock-full of new challenges. With body contact and checking at the top of the list, head coach Jim Pinti has been tackling those concepts during practices with the first-year Bantam club. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “The process for teaching checking? Hit…