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Category Archives: Youth

Bird-Coppola-Steele line thriving for Mission 18U squad

March 2nd, 2018

Jeremy Goltz described it as some of the most fun he’s ever had in a hockey rink. The players make it sound just as electric. A new first-line offense has emerged for Mission AZ’s 18U team this season and according to Goltz, the director of hockey operations for Mission AZ, it has quickly become of…

Jr. Coyotes sweep to four Tier I state championships

February 27th, 2018

Early February kicked off the Arizona Amateur Hockey Association state championships and the Jr. Coyotes brought home all four Tier I titles this year. READ OUR FEBRUARY 2018 ISSUE 18U: The Jr. Coyotes swept this series in two straight over the Bobcats, culminating in a 4-2 win on Feb. 3 at AZ Ice Arcadia. In…

Jr. Sun Devils teams looking to shine in AZYHL playoffs

February 20th, 2018

As the temperatures begin to warm around the Valley, so, too, does the intensity of Arizona’s youth hockey season. The Arizona Amateur Hockey Association has completed the Tier I state playoffs, with the Tier II games fast approaching. Both decide state champions and award USA Hockey Youth Nationals tournament berths. But postseason glory doesn’t end…

Olson, Tenboer join AHU’s Mite to Midget Loyalty Club

February 20th, 2018

In hockey, there is one thing that is certain – teams will change. Whether it be players changing teams, organizations or just losing the passion for the game, it is becoming a rare occurrence that a player sticks with an organization throughout their youth hockey career. Because of this, the Arizona Hockey Union recognized the…

Mission AZ continues run of success built on pillars of consistency, character, work ethic

February 8th, 2018

Drop in any afternoon or evening to AZ Ice Peoria to watch any of Mission AZ’s nine teams practice, and you’ll notice a consistent message printed right there on their practice gear. Across the back of each of the program’s approximately 150 players’ practice jerseys is the word “character” in big, bold print. It’s a…

OneHockey comes ‘home’ for four holiday extravaganzas

February 6th, 2018

It was 14 years in the making, but the No. 1-rated hockey tournament group in the industry finally introduced its home state of California to what the highly acclaimed OneHockey Experience is all about during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. It will do so again later this month with a three-day Presidents Day festival. READ OUR…

DYHA teams prepping for strong finishes to ’17-18 season

January 25th, 2018

As the calendar turns to a new year, Desert Youth Hockey Association (DYHA) teams have turned their attention to the final stages of their seasons. For some, like Sean Whyte’s 18U AA Jr. Sun Devils squad, that means Arizona State Playdowns – and a potential berth to USA Hockey Youth Nationals – is fast approaching….

Bobcats gearing up for annual Quebec Pee Wee tournament

January 24th, 2018

A group of 12-year-old hockey players from the Arizona Bobcats is just a few weeks away from playing in a tournament that many of them will later look back on as the most memorable of their youth hockey experiences. The Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament, the legendary 59-year old event in the quaint and hockey…

Alumni link remains strong within Mission AZ program

January 23rd, 2018

Ever since Jeremy Goltz started the Mission AZ youth hockey program in the Phoenix area 13 years ago, he has made it a point to maintain connections with Mission’s alumni. It’s an important part of growing the program and giving his young players something to aim for, he believes. READ OUR JANUARY 2018 ISSUE Mission…

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…