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Category Archives: Youth

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…

Stenholm family utilizing hockey to overcome tragedy

December 24th, 2018

Ten years ago, the Stenholm family experienced a terrible tragedy – and then a generous donation – that changed their lives forever. Jim Stenholm, an officer with the Phoenix Police Department for over 13 years and center of calming strength in the family, passed away suddenly, leaving behind a wife and two young children. His…

Coppola lighting it up for Mission AZ 18U Red squad

December 20th, 2018

Nicolas Coppola has been skating with the Mission AZ youth hockey program outside Phoenix since he was a Pee Wee, and as he approaches the end of his run with Mission, he’s in position to leave the program as one of its best players ever. Coppola, a 17-year-old forward on Mission’s 18U AA Red team…

FYHA coaches a positive mix of knowledge, patience, attitude

December 20th, 2018

As the coaching coordinator for the Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association, Travis Johanson has an enjoyable role when it comes to the Northstars coaches. Johanson said it’s a position that takes a lot of time but is well worth it for the good of the FYHA players. “A lot of our coaches have ties to FYHA…

AHU Bantam Black squad gives back to Chandler community

December 18th, 2018

The Thanksgiving holiday is a time to reflect on what individuals and families – and yes, even hockey teams – are thankful for heading into the holiday season. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE For the Arizona Hockey Union’s Bantam Black team, those players, coaches and families instead chose to give back to the Chandler community during…

T1EHL spotlight again shining on Jr. Coyotes, Ice Den

December 13th, 2018

As the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League (T1EHL) continues to be a sustainable AAA youth league that stretches across the United States, that reach is evident in Arizona as the Jr. Coyotes, Ice Den Scottsdale and Ice Den Chandler host the T1EHL Super Showcase this month for the second time in as many years. After…

Bobcats making smooth transition to Ice Den Chandler

December 4th, 2018

There was perhaps a certain degree of uncertainty last offseason as to what would happen when the Arizona Bobcats moved their program to the Ice Den Chandler. Fast forward to mid-November and the transition has been phenomenal and beneficial to both the Bobcats and the Ice Den Chandler itself. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “The Ice…

Finding the formula: Player retention, development with FYHA

November 29th, 2018

At the youngest ages of hockey, the biggest key is to get as many players included and involved as possible. At the Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association (FYHA), the Northstars recognize this and realize that this formula works best and have been utilizing it for years in their program. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Flagstaff’s 8U House…

AHU Mite White wins off the ice, gives back to local community

November 27th, 2018

The Arizona Hockey Union Mite White team is the youngest team in the organization, with players ranging from age 6-8 years old. As part of the development of these young players, the coaches and managers are committed to teaching the kids not just about being a good teammate and hockey player, but also being a…