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Category Archives: Youth

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,…

Mission 18U sees chance at nationals’ redemption vanish

June 17th, 2020

Just days before most of the country went into quarantine to address the coronavirus pandemic, the 18U AA team from Mission AZ was riding high. The squad had just captured its second straight Arizona Amateur Hockey Association (AAHA) state championship and was gearing up for a return engagement at the USA Hockey National Championships. This…

Jr. Coyotes’ Tier I coaching staff a wealth of knowledge

June 16th, 2020

In what has been an annual event, the four Jr. Coyotes teams swept the Tier I Arizona state championships earlier this year. And while the players get the lions’ share of the credit – and deservedly so – the coaches behind the benches for each team put in hours of week behind the scenes, giving…

AHU continues to provide stability, opportunities with many alumni now coaching

June 10th, 2020

The organization known today as the Arizona Hockey Union began nearly 15 years ago as the Phoenix Polar Bears, a coach-driven and athlete-centered organization playing out of the Chandler Polar Ice facility. The Arizona Hockey Union is a youth hockey organization that operates under the non-profit 501 c3 charter of the Arizona Hockey Clubs, Inc.,…

Stephenson ‘brings a lot to the table’ as Titans skills coach

May 21st, 2020

Changes are on the horizon as the VOSHA Titans look ahead to next season. The Titans remain committed to player development above all else, but this next season will bring many new features to the organization to push that commitment further along. Garrett Stephenson will take over as the organization’s skills coach next season. READ…