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Ice Dens hosting prestigious T1EHL showcase in December

August 29th, 2017

This December, the best of the best will converge on the Ice Den Scottsdale and Ice Den Chandler as the two rinks will host Arizona’s first-ever Tier 1 Elite Hockey League (T1EHL) Super Showcase. The event will run Dec. 15-18 at the home arenas of the Jr. Coyotes. Marc Fritsche, the Jr. Coyotes Elite Program…

Goltz credits bond with rink for strength of Mission AZ program

August 9th, 2017

Each summer, once the frenetic pace of the hockey season has wound down and tryouts for the upcoming season have been completed, Jeremy Goltz takes a few moments to catch his breath and reflect on not only where his program has been, but where it’s going. The director of hockey operations for Mission AZ, Goltz…

Off-ice training excellent for team building within AHU

August 8th, 2017

Now that the stress of tryouts is over, and the 100-degree temperatures are upon us, it’s time to focus on the 2017-18 season. Each year brings changes to every Arizona Hockey Union (AHU) team and with those changes bring new challenges for the coaching staff. How does the organization make the new families feel welcome…

FYHA to field pair of travel teams at 10U, 12U for ’17-18 season

August 3rd, 2017

The old adage “hard work pays off” is clearly evident with the Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association (FYHA). READ OUR LATEST ISSUE FYHA will have two travel teams at both the 10U and 12U age groups this coming season. The association was optimistic it would be able to roster two 10U teams, as they did for…

Bobcats alumni skates more than casual summer pick-up games

July 31st, 2017

What started as a series of informal summertime pick-up games for top-level alumni of the Arizona Bobcats program has now become an organized effort involving the program’s coaches and a significant number of its former players that’s aimed at helping those players improve during their offseasons. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The Bobcats alumni summer skates…

Whyte steps down as DYHA hockey director, lands new NHL position

July 19th, 2017

As the director of hockey operations and coach-in-chief for the Desert Youth Hockey Association (DYHA) the past nine years, Sean Whyte said “it was a wonderful job.” Earlier this offseason, Whyte stepped down from the position with Brad McCaughey taking over, though Whyte will remain head coach of the DYHA 18U team next year. READ…

Bobcats hire trio of new head coaches ahead of ’17-18 season

June 20th, 2017

With a growing program and increasingly high expectations, the Arizona Bobcats know they must employ the best coaches they can find to help their players develop. Hockey director Ron Filion knows just how important coaching is, and believes he has found three excellent leaders in the trio of head coaches he has selected to add…

New FYHA president Miele has eye on continued development

May 25th, 2017

Jamie Miele is the new president of the Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association (FYHA) and in her short time in the position, has continued the work of previous presidents to keep the organization moving in a positive direction. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “Our board is full of individuals who really want to see our association be…

Mission’s Goltz adds scouting role with Arizona Wildcats

May 24th, 2017

Jeremy Goltz has deep ties to the University of Arizona and has his finger squarely on the pulse of the youth hockey scene in the state, so it seems a no-brainer that the director of hockey operations for Mission AZ would combine his two strengths to benefit both. Goltz was recently named as the director…

CAHA ‘in a good place’ with Fritsche new Elite director

May 23rd, 2017

During the 2016-17 season, Marc Fritsche coached a pair of Jr. Coyotes Tier I teams and along with head coach Steve Potvin, took the 2002 team to USA Hockey Youth Nationals and the 2006 team to a second straight state championship. He’ll coach the 2006 team and the 16U Tier I team in 2017-18, but…