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Category Archives: Youth

Upcoming AHU Presidents’ Day Invitational will see new firsts

January 22nd, 2018

This year, Arizona Hockey Union’s 17th annual Presidents’ Day invitational tournament will be the largest ever, seeing 182 teams fight it out for a chance at winning their division. One of the teams participating in the tournament is flying all the way over the Pacific Ocean. READ OUR JANUARY 2018 ISSUE The Ice Star 09…

Culturama ranks OneHockey top-five North American event

January 3rd, 2018

For the players, parents and fans who’ve reveled in the OneHockey Experience since 2003, it’s easy for them to understand why it’s considered the world leader of the hockey tournament industry. When it comes to overall organization, on-ice competition and in-game entertainment, OneHockey undeniably has no equal. Now a burgeoning sports media company has come…

Three years after rebrand, Jr. Sun Devils continue to thrive in Tempe

January 2nd, 2018

Three years ago, the Desert Youth Hockey Association was at a crossroads. Inside their home rink, Oceanside Ice Arena, the Tier I Arizona Bobcats program was planning a move to cross-town Arcadia Ice Arena while the Arizona State club hockey program was preparing to step up from the ACHA club level to become an NCAA…

New Mission Special Edition program progressing rapidly

December 20th, 2017

The Mission Special Edition program has finally gotten off the ground, and it is already having a significant impact on special needs children and their families in the Phoenix area. After a number of years in the planning stages, the program took a giant leap forward in early November when director Brandi Goltz and head…

Support initiatives that create a culture of respect, keep hockey fun

December 19th, 2017

At times, we need to remind all spectators and parents that they need to respect the game, the coaches and the players, both on and off the ice. Whether it is through the glass or in person, bullying players, parents or coaches is not acceptable and should be grounds for dismissal from any association. READ…

AHU Bantam Purple standout Johnson fighting like a true Knight

December 19th, 2017

Youth hockey is supposed to be full of battles, both on and off the ice, but for AHU Bantam Purple player Stormy Johnson, the battle is personal. Stormy, born in Alaska, has been an avid hockey player since he was four years old. He was drawn to hockey because of the team nature. READ OUR…

Vision remains 20/20 with strong Bobcats coaching staff

December 19th, 2017

Arizona Bobcats director of hockey Ron Filion knows that putting forth a unified front as a coaching staff is one of the keys to building a successful youth hockey program. That understanding explains why he’s so careful in choosing his coaches, and why he’s constantly watching practices, talking with his coaches daily and sharing ideas…

Pair of DYHA teams find tournament success in recent events

December 18th, 2017

Two Desert Youth Hockey Association Jr. Sun Devils teams won tournament championships over Thanksgiving Weekend in November. Those teams weren’t done, however. READ OUR DECEMBER 2017 ISSUE Fast-forward to two weeks later, and the duo of banner-claiming squads teamed up during coinciding trips to Dallas for the Winter Clash Tournament. If great minds think alike,…

Is your youth hockey coaching staff equipped with basic first aid, CPR?

December 5th, 2017

Is your team prepared? A player has been injured and is lying on the ice motionless. Someone from the coaching staff exits the bench to assess the extent of the player’s injuries, only to realize upon exam that the player has suffered a skate laceration to the back of his leg. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE…

Coyotes infusing $2.1 million into state youth hockey programs

December 4th, 2017

Back in October, the Arizona Coyotes announced a $2.1 million investment into youth hockey in the state. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The Coyotes’ four new programs that will introduce the sport of hockey to over 100,000 boys and girls include a street hockey PE curriculum, a three-step introduction to hockey program for girls, financial support…