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Category Archives: Youth

AHU standouts enjoying activities away from the rink

June 12th, 2019

There is a phrase that states “the best athlete is made in the offseason.” This probably doesn’t click for a kid. Adults know rest, relaxation and time off are important for mental and physical recovery, but most kids will only sit tight for a little while. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Also, don’t we want our…

Mission’s summer league has definite throwback feel

June 5th, 2019

Coming off a season in which its 18U AA team won a state championship and played in the title game at the USA Hockey National Championships, it would be easy for players and coaches with Mission AZ’s youth hockey program to be experiencing a little bit of burnout. After all, tacking on a handful of…

FYHA hosting 3-on-3 cross-ice tournament in July; improvements coming to Jay Lively

June 3rd, 2019

The Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association will be hosting a 3-on-3 cross-ice hockey tournament for 8U through 16U teams July 20-21 at the Jay Lively Ice Arena in Flagstaff. There is a five- game guarantee with each game being 24 minutes in length. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Please sign up individually through the FYHA link on…

Jr. Sun Devils welcome new coaches for ’19-20 season

May 29th, 2019

As the DYHA Jr. Sun Devils gear up for the 2019-20 season, the organization has tweaked its coaching staff by adding new coaches at several levels. Rob MacGregor (8U), Chris and Tyler Erickson (10U), Shawn McCosh (12U Maroon), Jed Bowman (12U White), John Damyanovich (14U, returns to DYHA), Brad Norton (16U ‘04) and Deron Quint…

FYHA teams enjoy remarkable 2018-19 season in Northern Arizona

May 13th, 2019

The walls of Flagstaff’s Jay Lively Ice Arena are decorated with banners won through the years, some boasting names of then-players who are now coaches within the Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association (FYHA). During the 2018-19 season, FYHA added four new championship banners: • 14U AZYHL Cactus Division State Champions • CSAHA President’s Day Tournament, 10U…

Arizona Hockey Union salutes end of 2018-19 campaign

May 7th, 2019

The end of the season is always bittersweet. The Arizona Hockey Union awards ceremony is a time when we celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of everyone involved with AHU (players, coaches, managers, family, etc.) and do something we can’t do all season. We gather everyone up in one room to revel in our club,…

Mission’s run to USA Hockey national championship game fueled by team chemistry

April 26th, 2019

Perhaps the most telling aspect of the remarkable season just completed by the Mission AZ 18U AA team was that some of the players’ favorite memories were of the nightly team gatherings during their trip to the USA Hockey National Championships. Because their hotel in San Jose, Calif., had limited space for large group get-togethers,…

Power Edge Pro Hockey partners with Jr. Sun Devils

April 24th, 2019

The DYHA Jr. Sun Devils are ready to take the next step. In a recent transaction that will benefit the entire organization, the Jr. Sun Devils have partnered with Power Edge Pro Hockey (PEP), a player development system based in Toronto. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Power Edge Pro utilizes propriety equipment and training patterns. The…

Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association announces 2019-20 tryouts

April 23rd, 2019

Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association (FYHA) travel team tryouts are taking place at the end of April. The organization is restricted this year by the Jay Lively Ice Rink construction closure taking place in May, moving up the traditional tryout window so that they can be completed before Flagstaff schools let out for summer. Tryouts will…

After nearly 45 years, DYHA still providing top-notch youth program

April 10th, 2019

For the Desert Youth Hockey Association, being a viable organization in Arizona has had its ups and downs over the last 40-plus years. Truth be told, there have been many more ups than downs, and with a slew of positive individuals working with the program as administrators and coaches, it’s easy to see why the…