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Scottsdale native, longtime Jr. Coyotes standout Norling signs NCDC tender with Advantage

May 5th, 2021

Jr. Coyotes’ 18U AAA standout forward Jake Norling has signed a tender agreement to begin his junior career with the NCDC’s Boston Advantage in 2021-22. Norling, a 2002 birth year, has played his entire youth hockey career with the Jr. Coyotes and slowly worked on his game to see himself develop year after year. This…

Jr. Coyotes continue to be at forefront of developing Arizona players for college, NHL

May 4th, 2021

Over the years, the Jr. Coyotes have emerged as not only the top junior and college talent provider in all of Arizona, but in recent years, in all of the southwestern United States. This season, three former players are being touted as NHL-caliber hockey players and the trio also took part in last month’s BioSteel…

Scottsdale native, Jr. Coyotes standout Lipinski signs WHL contract with Vancouver

April 12th, 2021

The Vancouver Giants have announced the signing of 2004-born forward Jaden Lipinski to a standard WHL player agreement for the 2021-22 season. “We are excited to add a player of Jaden’s calibre and talent to our forward corps,” added Giants GM Barclay Parneta. “He’s a skilled player who plays a complete game. He showed great…

Jr. Coyotes gearing up to host Rocky Mountain Districts March 4-7

March 1st, 2021

The Ice Dens had everything in place last March to host the Rocky Mountain District event. Then the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, and cancellations became the norm, including districts. This year, the Ice Den gets another shot to host the event, which runs March 4-7 at both locations in Scottsdale and Chandler. “The Jr. Coyotes…

Bobcats standout, Chandler native Noonan heading to play juniors in Manitoba in ’21-22

February 5th, 2021

Dean Noonan is using a solid 2020-21 season with the Arizona Bobcats’ 18U AAA team to help propel him to the junior hockey ranks. This week, the Neepawa Natives of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League announced that they have signed the 2002-born Chandler native for the 2021-22 season. “I am looking forward to being a…

Fileccia celebrates 25 years since first job at Coyotes with promotion

January 22nd, 2021

Simply put, there was only one choice that made sense when Rainy Partners named a new president for Ice Den Scottsdale and Ice Den Chandler. Marcy Fileccia. After starting with the then-Phoenix Coyotes in 1996 as a summer sales associate to sell season tickets, she was hired in a full-time position in Ticket Operations where…

Ice Den boasts all levels of skating, hockey as athletes start path to success

December 4th, 2020

When it comes to learning to skate or learning to play hockey, the Ice Den programs have it all as prospective players can follow whichever path they choose to reach their ice sports goals. The programs begin with individuals as young as 2 ½ and go up through the teenage years and even adults. So…

Jr. Sun Devils taking program to next level with new Mental Performance Coach

November 21st, 2020

With the Desert Youth Hockey Association Jr. Sun Devils making the major leap to Tier I this season, the organization boasts arguably one of the top staffs in the state. Recently, that staff grew by one with the addition of James Nellis, the program’s new Mental Performance Coach. According to Nellis, an Arizona Board of…

Former NHL player, coach, broadcaster Zettler giving back mentoring youth hockey hopefuls

October 14th, 2020

Rob Zettler played 569 games in the NHL over 10 seasons, including nearly 200 games with the San Jose Sharks in the early 1990s. More than skill, Zettler said his commitment to stay motivated to play the game kept him going until he retired after the 2001-02 season. These days, Zettler is working with former…

Passionate Arizona youth, college coach Green picked to lead DYHA 18U Tier I squad

October 9th, 2020

As the DYHA Jr. Sun Devils enter the Tier I ranks for the 2020-21 season, everything about the organization is taking it up a notch. When it comes to coaching, that, too, is getting a boost as longtime Arizona youth, high school and college coach Tait Green will guide the DYHA 18U team this year….