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FROM THE EDITOR Another new year means more memories to be made with hockey


s we put all the holiday decorations into storage for another 11 months or so, we’re all reminded that it’s now January – the start of 2019. What a great time of year! The next couple months are when we see teams at all levels take their games to another level as they make their way to league and state playoffs, and for a select few, national tournaments. Just remember the legendary Herb Brooks quote: “Great moments are born from great opportunities.” More important than that, though, is when Matt Mackinder we get to look at players and teams and see how much they have improved since late August. For so many kids, this is night and day. It’s that sense of pride and accomplishment that has parents and coaches beaming. Let’s face it – hockey is a difficult sport. Players skate on ice on knives, essentially, and need to start, stop, turn, go backwards, all while lugging around a stick and attempting to make plays, even shooting the puck. Look at goalies – they do the same, but have to wear all that extra equipment and have to sacrifice their body to stop the rubber. Yeah, not the easiest game to play. But it’s fun. And it’s worth all those long car rides, those weekends at the rink or hotel, those early-morning practices, those days practicing in the driveway and getting a chance to play on a frozen pond. And it’s only January. It might be the second half of the season, but there is still a lot more hockey to come! Scottsdale native Makenna Newkirk was selected in the second round (seventh overall) by the Connecticut Whale in NWHL Draft, which was held Dec. 19-20. A former Hockey East Rookie of the Year, Newkirk has racked up 170 points so far in her career at NCAA Division I Boston College. “Makenna is a premier player on one of the premier teams in the country,” said Whale coach Ryan Equale. “A consistent offensive performer throughout her high school and collegiate career, Makenna plays the style of hockey we look for from our players.” This season for the Eagles, Newkirk has compiled seven goals and 21 points in 20 games as a senior captain. Earlier this season, Newkirk became the fifth player in BC program history to reach 150 career points. Entering the 2018-19 season, Newkirk was also the lone NCAA Division I player that had finished each of the previous three seasons in the top 25 in scoring. Can’t wait to see Makenna playing pro hockey next season! The Arizona Coyotes will be moving to the NHL’s Central Division in 2021-22 when the new Seattle franchise joins the NHL. Coyotes president-CEO Ahron Cohen said he’s excited with the change. “We are happy to welcome Seattle as the NHL’s 32nd franchise as the NHL continues to grow the game of hockey throughout North America,” said Cohen. “We will work with the league to ensure a smooth transition into the Central Division in time for the 2021-22 season, and we appreciate the league’s willingness to assist with logistics and scheduling to make travel as easy as possible between our home in Phoenix and the other Central destinations. “Our fans should take comfort in knowing they will continue to see us play our Pacific Division rivals multiple times a year, including squaring off with Vegas for desert bragging rights, while also getting to see new rivalries with some legacy franchises. Regardless of what division we are in, our goals remain the same – win on the ice against whomever they put in front of us on the schedule, build Coyotes fandom throughout the entire state of Arizona, and positively impact our Arizona community.”

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The Flagstaff 10U travel team started off the new year volunteering for a day at the Flagstaff Family Food Center. More on this heartwarming experience on Page 9.

ON THE COVER The Arizona Hockey Union is led by a slew of knowledgeable coaches, including head power skating instructor Holly Harrington, who works with the players to learn to skate and enjoy the game. Photo/Conrad Straube

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