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Category Archives: Youth

Jr. Coyotes gearing up to host Rocky Mountain Districts March 4-7

March 1st, 2021

The Ice Dens had everything in place last March to host the Rocky Mountain District event. Then the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, and cancellations became the norm, including districts. This year, the Ice Den gets another shot to host the event, which runs March 4-7 at both locations in Scottsdale and Chandler. “The Jr. Coyotes…

Bobcats standout, Chandler native Noonan heading to play juniors in Manitoba in ’21-22

February 5th, 2021

Dean Noonan is using a solid 2020-21 season with the Arizona Bobcats’ 18U AAA team to help propel him to the junior hockey ranks. This week, the Neepawa Natives of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League announced that they have signed the 2002-born Chandler native for the 2021-22 season. “I am looking forward to being a…

Fileccia celebrates 25 years since first job at Coyotes with promotion

January 22nd, 2021

Simply put, there was only one choice that made sense when Rainy Partners named a new president for Ice Den Scottsdale and Ice Den Chandler. Marcy Fileccia. After starting with the then-Phoenix Coyotes in 1996 as a summer sales associate to sell season tickets, she was hired in a full-time position in Ticket Operations where…

Ice Den boasts all levels of skating, hockey as athletes start path to success

December 4th, 2020

When it comes to learning to skate or learning to play hockey, the Ice Den programs have it all as prospective players can follow whichever path they choose to reach their ice sports goals. The programs begin with individuals as young as 2 ½ and go up through the teenage years and even adults. So…

Jr. Sun Devils taking program to next level with new Mental Performance Coach

November 21st, 2020

With the Desert Youth Hockey Association Jr. Sun Devils making the major leap to Tier I this season, the organization boasts arguably one of the top staffs in the state. Recently, that staff grew by one with the addition of James Nellis, the program’s new Mental Performance Coach. According to Nellis, an Arizona Board of…

Former NHL player, coach, broadcaster Zettler giving back mentoring youth hockey hopefuls

October 14th, 2020

Rob Zettler played 569 games in the NHL over 10 seasons, including nearly 200 games with the San Jose Sharks in the early 1990s. More than skill, Zettler said his commitment to stay motivated to play the game kept him going until he retired after the 2001-02 season. These days, Zettler is working with former…

Passionate Arizona youth, college coach Green picked to lead DYHA 18U Tier I squad

October 9th, 2020

As the DYHA Jr. Sun Devils enter the Tier I ranks for the 2020-21 season, everything about the organization is taking it up a notch. When it comes to coaching, that, too, is getting a boost as longtime Arizona youth, high school and college coach Tait Green will guide the DYHA 18U team this year….

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…