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Category Archives: Youth

Bobcats’ new Tier II teams finding immediate success

February 1st, 2019

The Arizona Bobcats have been a program under construction this season, but it’s not only their new home at Ice Den Chandler that has changed. The Bobcats have also added Tier II teams at the 16U and 14U levels, and they’re off to a strong start representing the program at the Tier II level. READ…

FYHA 10U program gives back at Flagstaff Family Food Center

January 29th, 2019

The Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association’s 10U travel program kicked off 2019 with a day spent volunteering at the Flagstaff Family Food Center. Founded in 1991, the Flagstaff Family Food Center feeds an estimated 1,500 individuals every day through a myriad of programs, including its Kitchen Door Sack Lunch Program, Mobile Sack Lunch Program and Free…

Mission Special Edition program going strong in Year 2

January 28th, 2019

A little more than a year ago, when the Mission Special Edition program was first getting off the ground, director Brandi Goltz and head coach Rod Rihela had no idea what to expect. Goltz had spent years thinking about starting a hockey program for kids with special needs, and after many months planning, still had…

Q & A: AHU Head Power Skating Instructor Holly Harrington

January 25th, 2019

Getting to know Arizona Hockey Union’s head power skating instructor Holly Harrington: READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Q: How long have you been skating? Coaching? A: I started skating as a young kid. I’ve been coaching for over 20 years. Q: What are your titles/roles with Arizona Hockey Union Knights? What do you teach/coach at AZ…

USA Hockey finds CAHA has ‘everything the players need’

January 24th, 2019

Last month, USA Hockey American Development Model regional manager Joe Bonnett visited the Ice Den Scottsdale and the Jr. Coyotes/Coyotes Amateur Hockey Association program. The nature of Bonnett’s job duties is to help youth hockey clubs that want help in his region. “I have known the (Jr. Coyotes) Elite Hockey program director Marc Fritsche for…

Jr. Sun Devils’ 18U team ventures to Canada, brings home championship banner

January 22nd, 2019

The DYHA Jr. Sun Devils’ 18U team traveled north of the border to wrap up 2018, winning the Richmond International Bantam Midget Hockey Tournament just outside of Vancouver on New Year’s Eve. What made this tournament win impressive is that the squad had a depleted lineup, and still went undefeated with a 7-0 mark at…

First-year Titans adding to booming growth of Arizona youth hockey

January 9th, 2019

So much is happening these days with the Arizona Titans, that one has to remember that the youth program only came to fruition this past summer. Housed at AZ Ice Arcadia, the Titans have teams ranging this season from 6U to 18U and a high-caliber coaching staff. Titans program director Justin Rogers said the last…

Trio of Jr. Sun Devils teams capture Thanksgiving tournament titles

January 4th, 2019

Nearing the midway point of the 2018-19 season, three DYHA Jr. Sun Devils teams found success winning three separate tournaments over Thanksgiving Weekend. The Jr. Sun Devils’ 14U Gold team captured a Pacific Region Silver Stick Regional championship and now advances to the International Silver Stick Finals from Jan. 10-13 in Pelham, Ont. – a…

Arizona Hockey Clubs’ Thanksgiving Shootout tournament another rousing success

January 3rd, 2019

Over Thanksgiving Weekend, the Arizona Hockey Clubs staged the 17th annual Thanksgiving Shootout tournament at Gila River Arena, Ice Den Chandler and AZ Ice Gilbert. On Nov. 25, after the third day of competition, the six divisions crowned champions, including three from the Arizona Hockey Union at the Mite, Squirt B and Squirt A levels….

Little Titans program providing stress-free development

December 28th, 2018

When the Arizona Titans program was formed this past summer, Justin Rogers had no idea it would take off at such a fast pace. It took off so quickly that Rogers, the Titans program director, helped form the Little Titans – a program at AZ Ice Arcadia for beginner hockey players 3-15 years old. READ…