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Category Archives: Youth

Titans coaches adjusting in second year to foster more growth, on and off ice

December 2nd, 2019

Nearly two years ago, Justin Rogers was tasked with rebuilding VOSHA and as a result, the Arizona Titans were born. What seemed like a shot in the dark to the then-22-year-old hockey director has proven to be an important decision in the growth of youth hockey in Arizona. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The mission for…

Mission Special Edition continuing to thrive in Year 3

December 1st, 2019

There is something truly special happening within the Mission AZ hockey program in Southwest Phoenix, and it has nothing to do with wins, losses and championship banners. Mission is now in Year 3 of offering its Mission Special Edition program, which is designed to allow people of all ages with special needs the opportunity to…

Mission focusing on in-house program with solid, positive results

December 1st, 2019

It’s not hard to connect the dots from a thriving in-house hockey program at any rink to a successful travel program that plays out of the same building. The best players from the house league naturally will find themselves with opportunities to play tier hockey, and if they’re familiar with the program that plays on…

Ice Den, Total Package Hockey form exciting partnership

November 26th, 2019

It may not be earth-shattering news anymore that hockey is growing in Arizona, but the fact Total Package Hockey (TPH) is coming to the desert to partner with the Ice Den Scottsdale just solidifies the fact that the game is in the desert to stay. Earlier this month, TPH announced that its eighth Center of…

Support keeps coming for AHU Mite Silver’s Accardo

November 22nd, 2019

Leighton Accardo’s story has gone national. It’s quite possible it is worldwide at this point. Back in May, the eight-year-old Accardo, who plays for the Arizona Hockey Union Mite Silver team, was diagnosed with cancer and started treatment at the amazing Phoenix Children’s Hospital. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Friends, strangers and teammates have raised money…

Mission AZ focusing on intensity in practices, leading to stellar results come game time

November 6th, 2019

Walk through the large glass doors into Mission AZ’s sprawling headquarters at AZ Ice Peoria in suburban Phoenix, and you may not notice much different from any other rink hosting any other youth hockey program in any other part of the country. The sounds of skates cutting across the ice, sticks meeting pucks, whistles blaring…

Whyte living the dream working for NHL, serving DYHA

November 5th, 2019

Sean Whyte played 21 games for the Los Angeles Kings in the early 1990s. These days, he is back in the NHL, but in a role that touches more lives than he ever did as a player. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE As a youth hockey regional director, Whyte does for the NHL what he did…

Jr. Coyotes standouts Stuart, Hymovitch choose NCAA schools

October 25th, 2019

For both Riley Stuart and David Hymovitch, staying home to play for the Jr. Coyotes has provided numerous opportunities for each to take their game to the highest level. And while Stuart will play in the USHL and Hymovitch with the Jr. Coyotes’ 16U AAA team this season, the future will see both hone their…

Knights’ Paris raising funds, fighting cancer for mother

October 24th, 2019

Marlee Paris is the only girl on the Arizona Hockey Union 10U Purple team. On top of that, she’s a goalie. This month, Paris is the Arizona captain for October Saves, a program for goalies to help raise money for childhood cancer and breast cancer. Every poke check and every glove save helps fight the…

Coyotes helping to strengthen youth hockey in Flagstaff

October 21st, 2019

Going back about seven or eight years ago, the Arizona Coyotes started making conscious efforts to strengthen their connection with youth hockey associations across the state. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE It started with invitations to a luncheon on the outdoor mezzanine of what was then Jobing.com Arena. The leaders of every association who attended the…