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Bobcats alum Bonaldi takes home weekly USPHL accolades

October 2nd, 2023

The USPHL has announced that Las Vegas Thunderbirds blueliner Nick Bonaldi is the Pacific Division Premier Defenseman of the Week. Present for the T-Birds since Day 1 of their USPHL lifetime, the fourth-year Premier defenseman and two-time All-Star is up to his old tricks. He has posted a goal and four assists for five points…

2023-24 EHL, EHLP Season Preview

September 14th, 2023

The long, scorching summer is finally coming to a close, which means hockey season is fast approaching. Starting on Sept. 14, the Eastern Hockey League and its Premier Division will begin the 2023-24 campaign, marking the league’s 11th season of operation. With 39 teams in the mix, there are plenty of storylines to watch out…

USPHL Premier, USPHL Elite 2023-24 regular season schedules released

August 3rd, 2023

The United States Premier Hockey League has released its 2023-24 regular season schedule for the Premier and Elite Conferences, and these can be found online at and The USPHL Premier continues to operate from coast-to-coast – Seattle to San Diego, and from Maine to Florida – and in 25 of the 50 United States of…

USPHL’s National Collegiate Development Conference releases 2023-24 schedule

July 14th, 2023

The Tier II National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) has released its 2023-24 schedule, which can be found online at For the first time, NCDC teams will play over 50 league games extending into late March, with the playoffs ending with the Dineen Cup Championships in late April with an expanded format that includes best of five…

EHL, EHLP release 2023-24 regular-season schedules that include showcases, all-star events

July 6th, 2023

The Eastern Hockey League (EHL) and Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) have announced the regular-season schedules for the upcoming 2023-24 season. The 11th year of the EHL will kick-off on Thursday, Sept. 14 when the Boston Jr. Rangers take on the Seacoast Spartans in Tewksbury, Mass., and the Connecticut RoughRiders play host to the Connecticut…

Jr. Coyotes product, Phoenix native Hein decides on NCAA D-III Cortland for next hockey destination

July 4th, 2023

The NA3HL’s Texas Roadrunners have announced that goaltender Hunter Hein has committed to NCAA Division III SUNY Cortland and will continue his education and hockey career this fall for the Red Dragons. Hein, a 20-year-old from Phoenix who was also tendered this season by the NAHL’s Oklahoma Warriors, is a two-time NA3HL Top Prospects goaltender…

Scottsdale native, Jr. Coyotes alum Lipinski selected by Flames in 2023 NHL Draft

July 3rd, 2023

Another Arizona native is one step closer to the NHL. Vancouver Giants (WHL) forward Jaden Lipinski was selected by the Calgary Flames in the fourth round (112th overall) of the 2023 NHL Draft on June 29. This past season, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound center finished third on the Giants in scoring with 51 points (19 goals,…

Chandler native, longtime AHU standout Yubeta earns NCAA D-III college hockey opportunity at Framingham State

June 19th, 2023

Luke Yubeta skated two seasons in the EHL and figured he’d be hanging up his skates after the 2022-23 season. Then oportunity came knocking in the form of NCAA Division III Framingham State University, the school the Chandler native will head to in the fall. “I was contacted by coach Mike Bailey kind of unexpectedly,”…

Arizona products selected in spring 2023 junior hockey drafts

June 14th, 2023

Over the past couple months, junior hockey leagues have held their annual drafts, selecting players from across the Rubber Hockey coverage areas in the process. Below, in bold, are the players chosen with Arizona and New Mexico connections. NA3HL Draft – April 19 1st round, 17th overall, Bryce Bethard, F, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders 18U AAA,…

Gilbert native St. Clair tabbed new head coach for NAHL’s Wilderness

June 13th, 2023

It did not take long for the NAHL’s Minnesota Wilderness to fill its coaching vacancy. The team has announced that Colten St. Clair as the sixth head coach in team history. His hiring comes just one week after Brett Skinner departed to lead the coaching staff of the Fargo Force of the USHL. The 30-year-old…

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