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Category Archives: Youth

Former NHLer McCosh settling in as Jr. Sun Devils coach

February 24th, 2020

Shawn McCosh first came to Arizona when he was playing for the Phoenix Roadrunners pro team that was the top affiliate for the Los Angeles Kings. Now, he’s come full circle by having spent the last several years coaching youth hockey in the Valley, including the 2019-20 season with the DYHA Jr. Sun Devils. READ…

AZ Ice Arcadia, VOSHA Titans partner up to increase 8U growth

February 21st, 2020

In an effort to expand hockey at the youngest level, the VOSHA Titans and AZ Ice Arcadia continue to work together to create an atmosphere that breeds growth and development but also fun for these kids from their first hockey experience on. The rink and its youth hockey organization have partnered up to put on…

AHU gearing up for inaugural Spring Into Squirts tournament

February 12th, 2020

As the 2019-20 hockey season begins to wind down, the Arizona Hockey Union wants to help those that want to keep skating end their seasons on strong notes. Coming up later this month, the association will host its 19th annual Phoenix Presidents’ Day Invitational from Feb. 14-17 at AZ Ice Gilbert, Gila River Arena, Ice…

First-year Bucks focusing on development, confidence

January 29th, 2020

The first-year CAHA Bucks program has burst into the Arizona youth hockey scene in a big way this season. The Bucks have two teams for the 2019-20 season – a combined 11U/12U team coached by Greg Sitrick and a 13U team coached by Daemion Glantz – and both have shown marked improvement over the course…

Arizona Hockey Union 10U Squirt Silver team staying busy, on and off the ice

January 28th, 2020

Whether it is getting ready for baseball, flag football or soccer, the Arizona Hockey Union 10U Squirt Silver team doesn’t sit still for too long. Led by coaches Bruce Willis, Mike Weekly, Steve Ishu and Paul Manos, these kids are hockey players. If you have ever seen them play the game, you would agree that…

Mission AZ 18U team ‘going full throttle in fifth gear’

January 23rd, 2020

The 2018-19 season was a truly special one for the Mission AZ hockey program, especially for its 18U Red team. For the first time in the program’s nearly two-decade history, one of their teams advanced to a national championship game. While Mission 18U came up short in its final game, the entire season was a…

Former NHLer Norton now behind bench with Jr. Sun Devils

January 22nd, 2020

All it took was a chance conversation with a connection from the hockey world to get Brad Norton coaching with the DYHA Jr. Sun Devils. A former NHL defenseman from the Boston area, Norton is the head coach of the DYHA 16U team this season – and loving every minute of it. READ OUR LATEST…

Jr. Sun Devils taking huge strides to maximize program’s offerings

January 9th, 2020

Brad McCaughey is in his third season as the hockey director and coach-in-chief for the Desert Youth Hockey Association and in that time, has put his own stamp on the program while piggybacking off the initiatives put in place by his predecessor, Sean Whyte. Whyte stepped down to take a role as a regional youth…

AHU 12U Black team gives back with community outreach

January 3rd, 2020

While the Arizona Hockey Union 12U Black team is making an impact on the ice this season, the team recently participated in a community service project with the Gilbert K-9 Unit. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE After the players went to police school, they watched Officer Thomas and K-9 Bono find drugs planted on a GFD…

AZ Ice Arcadia continues adult hockey initiatives for beginners

January 2nd, 2020

As hockey in Arizona has continued to grow, much of the focus has remained on youth hockey. When Justin Rogers took over as the adult hockey director at AZ Ice Arcadia nearly four years ago, he became passionate about encouraging the growth of adult hockey specifically. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE He found himself coaching the…