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Category Archives: Youth

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…

Titans coaches adjusting in second year to foster more growth, on and off ice

December 2nd, 2019

Nearly two years ago, Justin Rogers was tasked with rebuilding VOSHA and as a result, the Arizona Titans were born. What seemed like a shot in the dark to the then-22-year-old hockey director has proven to be an important decision in the growth of youth hockey in Arizona. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The mission for…

Mission Special Edition continuing to thrive in Year 3

December 1st, 2019

There is something truly special happening within the Mission AZ hockey program in Southwest Phoenix, and it has nothing to do with wins, losses and championship banners. Mission is now in Year 3 of offering its Mission Special Edition program, which is designed to allow people of all ages with special needs the opportunity to…

Mission focusing on in-house program with solid, positive results

December 1st, 2019

It’s not hard to connect the dots from a thriving in-house hockey program at any rink to a successful travel program that plays out of the same building. The best players from the house league naturally will find themselves with opportunities to play tier hockey, and if they’re familiar with the program that plays on…

Ice Den, Total Package Hockey form exciting partnership

November 26th, 2019

It may not be earth-shattering news anymore that hockey is growing in Arizona, but the fact Total Package Hockey (TPH) is coming to the desert to partner with the Ice Den Scottsdale just solidifies the fact that the game is in the desert to stay. Earlier this month, TPH announced that its eighth Center of…

Support keeps coming for AHU Mite Silver’s Accardo

November 22nd, 2019

Leighton Accardo’s story has gone national. It’s quite possible it is worldwide at this point. Back in May, the eight-year-old Accardo, who plays for the Arizona Hockey Union Mite Silver team, was diagnosed with cancer and started treatment at the amazing Phoenix Children’s Hospital. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Friends, strangers and teammates have raised money…

Mission AZ focusing on intensity in practices, leading to stellar results come game time

November 6th, 2019

Walk through the large glass doors into Mission AZ’s sprawling headquarters at AZ Ice Peoria in suburban Phoenix, and you may not notice much different from any other rink hosting any other youth hockey program in any other part of the country. The sounds of skates cutting across the ice, sticks meeting pucks, whistles blaring…

Whyte living the dream working for NHL, serving DYHA

November 5th, 2019

Sean Whyte played 21 games for the Los Angeles Kings in the early 1990s. These days, he is back in the NHL, but in a role that touches more lives than he ever did as a player. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE As a youth hockey regional director, Whyte does for the NHL what he did…