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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…

Jr. Coyotes standouts Stuart, Hymovitch choose NCAA schools

October 25th, 2019

For both Riley Stuart and David Hymovitch, staying home to play for the Jr. Coyotes has provided numerous opportunities for each to take their game to the highest level. And while Stuart will play in the USHL and Hymovitch with the Jr. Coyotes’ 16U AAA team this season, the future will see both hone their…

Knights’ Paris raising funds, fighting cancer for mother

October 24th, 2019

Marlee Paris is the only girl on the Arizona Hockey Union 10U Purple team. On top of that, she’s a goalie. This month, Paris is the Arizona captain for October Saves, a program for goalies to help raise money for childhood cancer and breast cancer. Every poke check and every glove save helps fight the…

Coyotes helping to strengthen youth hockey in Flagstaff

October 21st, 2019

Going back about seven or eight years ago, the Arizona Coyotes started making conscious efforts to strengthen their connection with youth hockey associations across the state. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE It started with invitations to a luncheon on the outdoor mezzanine of what was then Arena. The leaders of every association who attended the…

DYHA has Wright stuff with longtime hockey skills coach

October 20th, 2019

Jason Wright is one of those people that doesn’t see his hockey job as actual work. As the Desert Youth Hockey Association skills coach, Wright gets to be on the ice regularly with Jr. Sun Devils players, helping them round out their overall game. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “I just love to teach,” Wright said….

CAHA proving to be Valley’s top developmental model, on and off the ice

October 14th, 2019

The Coyotes Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) is the only program in the Valley that has house, A, AA, and AAA hockey. The association has also had a great deal of success at all levels getting players to the next level, whether that means moving a player from house to AA or AA to AAA. All…

Jr. Sun Devils bring aboard power skating expert Keil

October 8th, 2019

Expect to see an improvement this season in DYHA Jr. Sun Devils players’ skating. And be sure to thank Kristina Keil for that. As the organization’s new director of power skating, Keil is working specifically with the Mites and Lil’ Devils, in addition to those that partake in the Monday night skills sessions. She also…

Hall of Fame an honor worth celebrating for Mission AZ

October 2nd, 2019

Hall of Fame night is always an extremely special one for everyone involved with the Mission AZ hockey program, and this year was no different. Mission kicked off its season with an induction ceremony attended by most of the program’s players and their families, and the 2019 ceremony was an especially meaningful one. READ OUR…