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Category Archives: Youth

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…

No player left behind with Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association

August 22nd, 2018

The Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association operates in a town with a population one-third the size of Chandler. Fielding one team is a feat, but this grassroots hockey organization is continuing to grow with two full rosters at 12U, and one full roster and a development squad at 10U. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “Several factors contribute…

Mission AZ 18U squad returning to CSDHL play for ’18-19 season

August 7th, 2018

Some big things are on the horizon for some of the oldest players within the Mission AZ youth hockey program, and this exciting new development should be a significant aid in developing those players and their futures on the ice. Mission’s 18U Red team will return to the highly-competitive Central States Development Hockey League (CSDHL)…

FYHA launching 18U tournament team; Northstars’ 16U Tier II team hoping to be part of Guinness history

August 1st, 2018

The Flagstaff Jr. Jacks 18U team has been put on hold temporarily. However, FYHA is still anticipating an 18U tournament team that will hold a one-day tryout in September. The team’s head coach will be Glen Austin and will compete in 3-4 tournaments and possibly some at-large games. READ OUR SUMMER 2018 ISSUE Players interested…

OneHockey attempts to rewrite Guinness World Record Book for largest youth tournament this December

June 21st, 2018

The numbers are staggering. The logistics astonishing. But what actually might be most remarkable about the Guinness World Records-recognized OneHockey Holiday Invite 2018 this December is what inspired the impulse to host the largest hockey tournament the sport has ever seen. “This idea came to me while I was sleeping – it’s a true story,”…

Whyte ‘absolutely blessed’ to be inducted into DYHA Hall of Fame

June 6th, 2018

It was only fitting that Sean Whyte was inducted into the Desert Youth Hockey Association Hall of Fame the same day the organization hosted a “Nationals Send-Off Event” for its three USA Hockey Youth Nationals tournament qualifiers on March 31. Even a year after resigning as DYHA’s director of hockey to pursue an opportunity as…

Mission AZ ‘excited about’ making changes to Midget program

May 29th, 2018

A significant change is coming to Mission AZ’s Midget program as the 2018-19 season approaches, and it is aimed at providing an improved experience for players looking to further their development as they reach their high school years. Mission’s director of hockey operations Jeremy Goltz said that in recent years, the program’s White teams had…

AZ Ice Arcadia to house brand-new Arizona Titans youth program

May 22nd, 2018

In yet another sign that youth hockey continues to grow in the Valley, the Arizona Titans will take the ice at AZ Ice Arcadia this fall as a new AA association. The Titans franchise has come together this offseason in remarkable fashion, in large part due to the tireless efforts of Jim Rogers, Justin Rogers…

AHU’s investment in youth development paying dividends from Mites through Junior A

May 7th, 2018

Just as the state playdowns were wrapping up for the older players, the Arizona Hockey Union Mite players were engaged in their own battle. Mite teams from all over the state took the ice for the last Mite Jamboree of the year on March 24-25, hosted by the Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association. What made this…