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Brill a perfect fit behind the bench for Mission AZ

November 30th, 2017

It’s not difficult to see the passion that Adam Brill has for youth hockey. Just watching him working kids through a practice, or behind the bench during games, his love for the game shines through. He dedicates endless hours to the Mission AZ program nearly year-round, and wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t something truly…

Coyotes Development Program continues strong growth at both Ice Den facilities

November 29th, 2017

As the manager of youth hockey development for the Coyotes Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) at the Ice Den Chandler, Gary Ihling obviously has a serious and critical role not only within the organization, but in all of Arizona. Ihling works closely with Ice Den Scottsdale’s director of youth hockey development Scott Gruber and together, the…

Bobcats, Hensdell succeeding in Mite development realm

November 28th, 2017

It’s no secret that the process of developing great hockey players starts when they’re young, and the Arizona Bobcats have fully embraced the effort to build a solid foundation at the Mite level. The Bobcats held their annual Mite Jamboree on Nov. 4, featuring cross-ice games for the youngest players, half-ice contests for the more…

DYHA 16U team steps up with solid performance in Sarnia

November 22nd, 2017

Arms crossed and speaking matter-of-factly, John Damyanovich’s typically tough expression loosened as the Desert Youth Hockey Association (DYHA) 16U coach let out a deep-toned chuckle. It had been just days since his Jr. Sun Devils team had returned from a runner-up finish at the CCM World Invitational in Sarnia, Ont., Canada. He needed a quick…

Pair of AHU squads show well at CCM World Invite events

November 21st, 2017

The first weekend in November saw two Arizona Hockey Union teams attend the CCM World Invitational tournaments – the 16U AA Silver group went to Chicago, while 10U Squirt Purple headed to Port Huron, Mich./Sarnia, Ont., Canada. The 16U AA Silver team entered the AAA division knowing they would be facing some of the top…

DYHA, ASU growing the game with flourishing relationship

October 27th, 2017

Entering its second season as a full NCAA member, Arizona State hockey is becoming one of the fastest growing programs in the country. Coach Greg Powers has been able to attract young talent from around the nation, helping to build a sturdy early foundation for his young program. And as his team develops, he hopes…

Ice Den Scottsdale unveils new, state-of-the-art video room

October 26th, 2017

With technology advancing seemingly daily, the Ice Den Scottsdale is right at the forefront in keeping up with modern trends. Recently, the Ice Den revealed its new high-quality video room, which will be utilized by all the facility’s tenants, including the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes and the booming Jr. Coyotes youth program, in addition to the…

Northstars strive to leave every game with championship mindset

October 25th, 2017

Win or lose, the Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association (FYHA) is dedicated to providing every interested Flagstaff youth with an affordable, quality instructional athletic program that focuses on character development, on and off the ice. Their model works to promote teamwork, build self-confidence, develop and encourage sportsmanship, teach fundamental skills and improve the standard of youth…

Bobcats getting valuable exposure at NAHL’s Future Prospects events

October 25th, 2017

It may be early in the 2017-18 season, but players from the Arizona Bobcats have already found themselves playing in some big games with plenty of influential eyes on them. That’s because the Bobcats sent their 18U, 16U and 15U squads to Blaine, Minn., from Sept. 21-24 to play regular-season and showcase games in the…

AHU once again hosts successful Ice Breaker Invitational

October 24th, 2017

For the last decade, the Arizona Hockey Union (AHU) has hosted the Icebreaker Invitational tournament in the Valley. This year, the tournament took place Oct. 6-9 at AZ Ice Gilbert and Ice Den Scottsdale. A total of 37 teams entered in eight divisions and there was plenty of excitement to fill the weekend. READ OUR…