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Jr. Coyotes alum King signs ECHL contract with defending champion Komets

July 28th, 2021

The defending ECHL champion Fort Wayne Komets have announced the signing of rookie defenseman D.J. King for the 2021-22 season. “DJ is a hardnosed, tough-to-play-against defenseman who is reliable at his own end of the ice,” said Fort Wayne head coach Ben Boudreau. “He comes from a great background and will be a great addition…

Glendale native, longtime Jr. Coyotes star Griebel decides on NCAA D-I Merrimack

June 25th, 2021

Trevor Griebel found himself in rare company this season, having played a full season of junior hockey with the USHL’s Fargo Force. Along the way, the 2001-born Glendale native started talking to the staff at Merrimack College about becoming an NCAA Division I athlete in 2022. Last week, the talks resulted in the Jr. Coyotes…

Scottsdale native, Jr. Coyotes grad, ASU commit Doan tabbed All-USHL Second Team

June 16th, 2021

The United States Hockey League announced Monday its All-USHL First, Second and Third teams for the 2020-21 season. Included on the Second Team is Scottsdale native, Jr. Coyotes alum and Arizona State University commit Josh Doan from the Chicago Steel. Doan, the 87th-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting, finished the 2020-21 season third…

Pair of Arizona natives, Jr. Coyotes graduates chosen during Phase I of 2021 USHL Draft

May 29th, 2021

The USHL held its two-part draft this past week – Phase I and Phase II – as teams look to stock their rosters for upcoming seasons. Phase I of the draft is ten rounds of “futures” age players only, which are Under-17 players for next year’s season (2005 birth year players only for the 2021…

Nine USPHL players, four alumni listed in NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings

May 28th, 2021

The United States Premier Hockey League saw nine of its players who skated in the 2020-21 season ranked in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings released on Thursday, May 27. Eight of the players listed skated in the USPHL’s Tier II, tuition-free National Collegiate Development Conference during the season. Seven were listed directly as NCDC with…

Phoenix native, junior hockey veteran Bunting decides on NCAA D-I Air Force for next stop in career

May 26th, 2021

Sean Bunting is a Phoenix native playing junior hockey in Shreveport, La., with a college commitment in hand to head to Colorado Springs in the fall. Bunting, playing his third season of junior hockey and first with the NAHL’s Shreveport Mudbugs, committed last week to attend and play NCAA Division I hockey at the U.S….

Former Arizona youth hockey standout Shtrom grateful for rookie season in WHL

May 20th, 2021

Oren Shtrom grew up in a hockey family and took after his father, Leeor, in playing the game at a high level. A 2004 birth year born in Montreal who grew up in Gilbert playing for the Arizona Bobcats and Jr. Coyotes, Shtrom skated the 2020-21 season with the Western Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Tigers….

Phoenix native, AHU grad Gusso moves up hockey ladder with Gustavus Adolphus commitment

May 20th, 2021

Team Maryland forward Justin Gusso has committed to NCAA Division III Gustavus Adolphus College for the fall of 2021. The 2000-born native of Phoenix recently finished his third and final season of junior hockey, capping things off by securing a commitment that will take him to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) this fall. Gusso’s…

Jr. Coyotes duo of Benjamin, Butler chosen by Utica in 2021 NCDC Entry Draft

May 19th, 2021

Back on May 12, the USPHL’s National Collegiate Development Conference held its 2021 Entry Draft, which allowed teams the opportunity to draft 2001- through 2004-born players onto their organizational rosters. A total of 155 players were selected by the 13 NCDC teams in the 12-round draft from countries all over the world, and from dozens…

Jr. Coyotes alum, Scottsdale product Doan garners weekly honors from USHL

April 30th, 2021

The USHL announced Tuesday that Chicago Steel forward Josh Doan is the league’s Co-Forward of the Week. Doan only played in a single game last weekend but made his ice time count, registering four goals in Friday night’s game. While the four-goal performance was a first for Doan, it was his third hat trick in…