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Category Archives: Youth

Mite program, Lil Devils adding to positive DYHA impact

October 18th, 2018

Chris Sehring, Shon Hata and Kayman Wong coach the youngest players with the DYHA Jr. Sun Devils with little fanfare and no complaints. Sehring coaches the Mites and joins Hata and Wong as being in charge of the Lil Devils. Getting prospective players on the ice at an early age is what the two programs…

After 20 years, Ice Den Scottsdale continues to be Valley staple

October 3rd, 2018

There was much uncertainty back in 1996 when the Winnipeg Jets relocated to Phoenix to become the Coyotes. Could the NHL work in the desert? Would there be a fan base? Were there enough rinks in the area? Fast forward to 2018 and the growth speaks for itself. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The Ice Den…

Northstars looking forward to new ’18-19 season in Flagstaff

September 26th, 2018

All our hockey teams in Flagstaff are gearing up and ready to start the 2018-19 season with anticipation. However, scheduling has been somewhat challenging at times sharing one sheet of ice between the Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association, the Avalanche high school teams and Northern Arizona University’s ACHA clubs. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE But through it…

New Titans program goes from ‘longshot’ to ‘dream come true’

September 21st, 2018

The Arizona Titans have taken the ice. A first-year program playing out of AZ Ice Arcadia, the Titans came together over the spring and summer months to give Valley youth hockey players another option to grow and develop, both on and off the ice. AZ Ice Arcadia director of hockey operations Justin Rogers heads up…

Mission AZ working to strengthen ties to AZ Ice Peoria

September 19th, 2018

For 12 of its 13 years as a program, Mission AZ has made its home in the friendly confines of AZ Ice Peoria. As the 2018-19 season gets underway, the leadership at Mission is taking steps to further its already strong relationship with the rink’s operators. Jeremy Goltz, Mission’s director of hockey operations, said he…

AHU Bantam Black team facing early challenges head-on

September 18th, 2018

For the Arizona Hockey Union’s Bantam Black team, the 2018-19 season will be one chock-full of new challenges. With body contact and checking at the top of the list, head coach Jim Pinti has been tackling those concepts during practices with the first-year Bantam club. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “The process for teaching checking? Hit…

No player left behind with Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association

August 22nd, 2018

The Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association operates in a town with a population one-third the size of Chandler. Fielding one team is a feat, but this grassroots hockey organization is continuing to grow with two full rosters at 12U, and one full roster and a development squad at 10U. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “Several factors contribute…

Mission AZ 18U squad returning to CSDHL play for ’18-19 season

August 7th, 2018

Some big things are on the horizon for some of the oldest players within the Mission AZ youth hockey program, and this exciting new development should be a significant aid in developing those players and their futures on the ice. Mission’s 18U Red team will return to the highly-competitive Central States Development Hockey League (CSDHL)…

FYHA launching 18U tournament team; Northstars’ 16U Tier II team hoping to be part of Guinness history

August 1st, 2018

The Flagstaff Jr. Jacks 18U team has been put on hold temporarily. However, FYHA is still anticipating an 18U tournament team that will hold a one-day tryout in September. The team’s head coach will be Glen Austin and will compete in 3-4 tournaments and possibly some at-large games. READ OUR SUMMER 2018 ISSUE Players interested…

OneHockey attempts to rewrite Guinness World Record Book for largest youth tournament this December

June 21st, 2018

The numbers are staggering. The logistics astonishing. But what actually might be most remarkable about the Guinness World Records-recognized OneHockey Holiday Invite 2018 this December is what inspired the impulse to host the largest hockey tournament the sport has ever seen. “This idea came to me while I was sleeping – it’s a true story,”…