Arizona Rubber

Arizona’s and New Mexico’s Authoritative Voice of Ice and Inline Hockey

Category Archives: Pro

Opening up 2021 NHL season, Coyotes ‘created our own breaks,’ but lose in shootout to San Jose

January 15th, 2021

If there is one element facing the Arizona Coyotes in the 2021 NHL season, that would be identified as “a sense of urgency.” With a reduced 56-game game schedule and play solely within their own division, the Coyotes face a reduction of 26 contests from a regular NHL 82-game slate. That would mean the difference…

AHL’s Roadrunners had makings of Calder Cup favorites in ’19-20 season

September 11th, 2020

When the hockey world came to a sudden pause on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019-20 edition of the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners was well on its way to placing its name among the best in franchise history. The Roadrunners, the top developmental affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, had recorded a 36-19-1-2…

Coyotes’ Stepan: ‘For us, it’s about the Stanley Cup’

July 16th, 2020

Patience. That is one quality pretty much absent from most professional athletes. Especially true in these uncertain times, perseverance is likely the one virtue holding the Arizona Coyotes, as well as the other NHL teams, somewhat together. While the wait to get back on the ice is excruciating, players are trying to make the best…

Coyotes ‘OK with that’ if NHL season has already ended

May 13th, 2020

When, or even if, the NHL schedule resumes, several scenarios are out there regarding how the remainder of the season could take shape. Does the schedule pick up from the point of the pause on March 12? To allow for positioning of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, could a tournament be held? With 70 games already…

Jr. Coyotes grad, Vegas product Quinney makes NHL debut for Golden Knights

April 1st, 2020

Jason Zucker was born in California, raised in Las Vegas, and currently plays in the NHL for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Once the Vegas Golden Knights came into the league in 2017, many wondered how long it would be until a Las Vegas native would play for his hometown team. That question was answered on Feb….

Coyotes need to play desperate, confident down stretch

March 13th, 2020

Consistency. Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet continues to pound that core value into the hockey souls of each one of his players. If there are key elements of the game upon Tocchet preaches, they are reliability and regularity. When speaking about the destiny of his club, Tocchet expands on being consistency and the ability to…

Coyotes going ‘inch by inch’ looking for playoff berth

February 25th, 2020

Sixty. That’s a number that should be ingrained in the hockey souls of each member of the Arizona Coyotes. That number represents minutes in a game and if the Coyotes are to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2012, the specter of 60 looms imperative. Between now and Game 82…

After solid first half, Coyotes ‘want to keep it going’

January 27th, 2020

As the critical second half of the NHL season descends, don’t ask Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet to think outside of the box. For Tocchet and his band of intrepid ice warriors, their collective focus going forward is one-dimensional – to focus on the task at hand. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Don’t ask Tocchet to…

Building off fast start, Coyotes emerging as top team in NHL standings

January 8th, 2020

Given the nature of any marathon NHL season, most players tend to view games early as necessary but not terribly demanding and intense. Those encounters are usually reserved for the late season and each shift is magnified. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Over the first third of their current season, the Arizona Coyotes (17-9-4 and in…

Tocchet recognizing honesty is best policy with Coyotes

December 3rd, 2019

If you do not adjust, learn, grow and evolve as a coach, there’s not much of a future to direct a team. In that regard, there is little difference if you’re coaching at the NHL level or at Ice Den Scottsdale. In the end, honesty is the best policy – just ask Arizona Coyotes coach…