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Jr. Coyotes alum, Phoenix native Knies wraps season at Minnesota, signs NHL contract with Maple Leafs

April 9th, 2023

Minnesota sophomore forward Matthew Knies has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and will forego his final two years of college eligibility. Knies will join Toronto immediately. Knies was a second-round pick (57th overall) of the Maple Leafs in the 2021 NHL Draft and was a Hobey Baker Memorial Award…

Phoenix native, Jr. Coyotes, AHU alum Castor takes home monthly NCHC, HCA accolades

April 4th, 2023

St. Cloud State senior Jaxon Castor has been named the NCHC Goaltender of the Month and the Hockey Commissioners Association Co-Goaltender of the Month. Castor took his game to another level in March, backstopping St. Cloud State to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff championship and an NCAA Regional Final. In his six starts last month, he…

Phoenix native, Jr. Coyotes grad Knies named Big Ten Player of Year, Hobey Baker Award finalist

March 21st, 2023

The Big Ten announced last week that Minnesota sophomore forward Matthew Knies is the Big Ten Player of the Year. Knies was also named to the All-Big Ten First Team and is a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey’s top player. The Phoenix native is the second consecutive player to…

Jr. Coyotes grad, Sun Devils captain Doan staying home, signs NHL contract with Coyotes

March 17th, 2023

The Arizona Coyotes announced today that the team has signed Arizona State sophomore forward Josh Doan to a three-year, entry-level contract, beginning with the 2023-24 NHL season. Doan will report to the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners and will play his first professional game on Friday against the Calgary Wranglers at the Tucson Convention Center Arena. “We…

Scottsdale native Gauthier takes home monthly Hockey East honors

March 1st, 2023

Boston College freshman Cutter Gauthier has been named the Hockey East Rookie of the Month for February. Gauthier led all Hockey East rookies with 10 points on three goals and seven assists in eight games during the month. He had at least one point in seven of his eight games with a pair of multi-point…

Park University Gilbert men’s team to join ACHA ranks in 2023-24

February 23rd, 2023

As hockey at all levels continues to grow in the state of Arizona, that growth recently took a step forward with the announcement of a new men’s ACHA Division 2 program next season at Park University Gilbert. The team will call Mesa’s Coyotes Community Ice Center home with Jeff Zimmel serving as the first head…

Bobcats alum Zapata picks up weekly honors from UCHC

January 31st, 2023

The UCHC has announced that Utica senior forward Dante Zapata is the UCHC Co-Men’s Player of the Week. Zapata played a major role in No. 1 Utica’s weekend sweep over Nazareth, totaling five points while winning 23 of 36 faceoff attempts over the course of the weekend. In Friday’s 6-1 win, Zapata sealed the game…

WCHC, ACHA gearing up for 2023 championship tournaments

January 12th, 2023

There are only four weeks left in the beefed-up West Coast Hockey Conference’s (WCHC) 2022-23 regular season, but the final month of play expects to be quite eventful with teams in three divisions vying for playoff berths to February’s conference championship tournament. The WCHC features 17 teams this season – six in Tier 1 and…

Scottsdale’s Gauthier collects weekly Hockey East honors

January 12th, 2023

Hockey East has announced that Boston College freshman forward Cutter Gauthier is the Hockey East Rookie of the Week. Gauthier picked up two points (goal, assist) at Frozen Fenway in his first game back from duty with Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championship. The Scottsdale native opened the scoring in front of 22,501…

Jr. Coyotes, AHU alum, Phoenix native Castor takes home weekly NCHC award

January 10th, 2023

The NCHC has announced that St. Cloud State senior Jaxon Castor is the NCHC Goaltender of the Week. Castor was stellar between the pipes for the Huskies, backstopping SCSU to a win and overtime loss against then-No. 3 Minnesota. In Saturday’s series opener, the Phoenix native stopped all 23 shots he faced for his first…

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