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Category Archives: Youth

Jr. Sun Devils’ 18U team ventures to Canada, brings home championship banner

January 22nd, 2019

The DYHA Jr. Sun Devils’ 18U team traveled north of the border to wrap up 2018, winning the Richmond International Bantam Midget Hockey Tournament just outside of Vancouver on New Year’s Eve. What made this tournament win impressive is that the squad had a depleted lineup, and still went undefeated with a 7-0 mark at…

First-year Titans adding to booming growth of Arizona youth hockey

January 9th, 2019

So much is happening these days with the Arizona Titans, that one has to remember that the youth program only came to fruition this past summer. Housed at AZ Ice Arcadia, the Titans have teams ranging this season from 6U to 18U and a high-caliber coaching staff. Titans program director Justin Rogers said the last…

Trio of Jr. Sun Devils teams capture Thanksgiving tournament titles

January 4th, 2019

Nearing the midway point of the 2018-19 season, three DYHA Jr. Sun Devils teams found success winning three separate tournaments over Thanksgiving Weekend. The Jr. Sun Devils’ 14U Gold team captured a Pacific Region Silver Stick Regional championship and now advances to the International Silver Stick Finals from Jan. 10-13 in Pelham, Ont. – a…

Arizona Hockey Clubs’ Thanksgiving Shootout tournament another rousing success

January 3rd, 2019

Over Thanksgiving Weekend, the Arizona Hockey Clubs staged the 17th annual Thanksgiving Shootout tournament at Gila River Arena, Ice Den Chandler and AZ Ice Gilbert. On Nov. 25, after the third day of competition, the six divisions crowned champions, including three from the Arizona Hockey Union at the Mite, Squirt B and Squirt A levels….

Little Titans program providing stress-free development

December 28th, 2018

When the Arizona Titans program was formed this past summer, Justin Rogers had no idea it would take off at such a fast pace. It took off so quickly that Rogers, the Titans program director, helped form the Little Titans – a program at AZ Ice Arcadia for beginner hockey players 3-15 years old. READ…

Stenholm family utilizing hockey to overcome tragedy

December 24th, 2018

Ten years ago, the Stenholm family experienced a terrible tragedy – and then a generous donation – that changed their lives forever. Jim Stenholm, an officer with the Phoenix Police Department for over 13 years and center of calming strength in the family, passed away suddenly, leaving behind a wife and two young children. His…

Coppola lighting it up for Mission AZ 18U Red squad

December 20th, 2018

Nicolas Coppola has been skating with the Mission AZ youth hockey program outside Phoenix since he was a Pee Wee, and as he approaches the end of his run with Mission, he’s in position to leave the program as one of its best players ever. Coppola, a 17-year-old forward on Mission’s 18U AA Red team…

FYHA coaches a positive mix of knowledge, patience, attitude

December 20th, 2018

As the coaching coordinator for the Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association, Travis Johanson has an enjoyable role when it comes to the Northstars coaches. Johanson said it’s a position that takes a lot of time but is well worth it for the good of the FYHA players. “A lot of our coaches have ties to FYHA…

AHU Bantam Black squad gives back to Chandler community

December 18th, 2018

The Thanksgiving holiday is a time to reflect on what individuals and families – and yes, even hockey teams – are thankful for heading into the holiday season. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE For the Arizona Hockey Union’s Bantam Black team, those players, coaches and families instead chose to give back to the Chandler community during…

T1EHL spotlight again shining on Jr. Coyotes, Ice Den

December 13th, 2018

As the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League (T1EHL) continues to be a sustainable AAA youth league that stretches across the United States, that reach is evident in Arizona as the Jr. Coyotes, Ice Den Scottsdale and Ice Den Chandler host the T1EHL Super Showcase this month for the second time in as many years. After…