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Category Archives: Youth

Mission 18U sees chance at nationals’ redemption vanish

June 17th, 2020

Just days before most of the country went into quarantine to address the coronavirus pandemic, the 18U AA team from Mission AZ was riding high. The squad had just captured its second straight Arizona Amateur Hockey Association (AAHA) state championship and was gearing up for a return engagement at the USA Hockey National Championships. This…

Jr. Coyotes’ Tier I coaching staff a wealth of knowledge

June 16th, 2020

In what has been an annual event, the four Jr. Coyotes teams swept the Tier I Arizona state championships earlier this year. And while the players get the lions’ share of the credit – and deservedly so – the coaches behind the benches for each team put in hours of week behind the scenes, giving…

AHU continues to provide stability, opportunities with many alumni now coaching

June 10th, 2020

The organization known today as the Arizona Hockey Union began nearly 15 years ago as the Phoenix Polar Bears, a coach-driven and athlete-centered organization playing out of the Chandler Polar Ice facility. The Arizona Hockey Union is a youth hockey organization that operates under the non-profit 501 c3 charter of the Arizona Hockey Clubs, Inc.,…

Stephenson ‘brings a lot to the table’ as Titans skills coach

May 21st, 2020

Changes are on the horizon as the VOSHA Titans look ahead to next season. The Titans remain committed to player development above all else, but this next season will bring many new features to the organization to push that commitment further along. Garrett Stephenson will take over as the organization’s skills coach next season. READ…

Despite cancer battle, DYHA coach Wakabayashi staying motivated

May 6th, 2020

As the director of goalie instructions for the DYHA Jr. Sun Devils, Hiroki Wakabayashi works with all of the program’s netminders to improve their skills in the crease and how to help their team fight to win a hockey game. Truth be told, Wakabayashi is in a fight much bigger than one fending off a…

NCAA Division I St. Lawrence the next stop for Jr. Coyotes grad Deckhut

April 8th, 2020

St. Lawrence University checked a lot of boxes for San Diego native Sam Deckhut. “I liked the coaches, and I knew (head coach) Brent Brekke from his time at Miami,” said Deckhut, who committed to the NCAA Division I Saints (ECAC Hockey) in mid-February. “I like that it’s a smaller school, the academics are strong,…

Gylling bringing creativity as AHU’s new skills coach

April 6th, 2020

Cody Gylling is an Arizona product that started playing hockey when he was just 5 years old. A Chandler native, he grew up playing at multiple rinks in the Valley before leaving at 17 to pursue his dream of college hockey. His playing days complete, Gylling is now giving back to the game as the…

USA Hockey announces revisions to 2020 player development plans

March 21st, 2020

USA Hockey announced today the revision of its national player development plans for 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE • USA Hockey has canceled the 2020 Boys Select 15 National Camp (2005 birth year) • USA Hockey has canceled the 2020 Girls 15 National Camp (2005 birth year) • USA…

Erickson father-son combo excelling behind DYHA bench

March 17th, 2020

This season, the DYHA Jr. Sun Devils, already proponents of forging a family atmosphere within the organization, took that adage to another level with its 10U Maroon team. The father and son tandem of Chris and Tyler Erickson went behind the bench this season, something the duo had done together back in their home state…

USA Hockey cancels 2020 Nationals, Disabled Festival

March 12th, 2020

USA Hockey announced tonight it has canceled its series of upcoming National Championships, including high school, youth, girls, adult and sled, that were set to begin in various locations across the country on March 26. In addition, the organization also announced it has canceled its Disabled Hockey Festival, which was set to take place over…