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FROM THE EDITOR Even though it’s the February grind, still plenty of hockey left

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ere we are – well into February. The holiday break has long been gone and for teams at all levels, it’s either time for the playoffs or time to start gearing up for the playoffs. What a great time of year, yes? Teams are leaving it all on the ice, players are finding that extra gear to make a play for the good of the team and coaches are preparing teams for the grind that can lead to new banners being raised to the rafters in their home rink. Yes, what a great time of the year! It’s hard to believe, but it seems like it was Matt Mackinder just late August and teams were starting to come together. Now, it’s February and teams are more like families at this point. Enjoy the rest of the ride! In NHL news, Auston Matthews is getting paid. The Toronto Maple Leafs announced earlier this month that the club agreed to terms with the Scottsdale native on a five-year contract extension with average annual value of the contract set at $11.634 million. The former Arizona Bobcat had registered 23 goals and 23 assists for 46 points through 38 games. In 2016-17, Matthews captured the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year and was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team after establishing Maple Leaf rookie records for goals (40) and points (69) in a season, which led all NHL rookies in both categories. Matthews was originally drafted by the Maple Leafs in the first round (1st overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft. “In the end, you’re measured on championships and that’s what I want to do,” Matthews told reporters. “We want to accomplish our ultimate goal, which is the Stanley Cup, and make this city proud. We’re working toward that every day. “We always feel the pressure from fans here. They want a championship team, and we want to give it to them. This city deserves it.” Three players with Arizona ties will represent the United States at the upcoming World University Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia from March 1-12. University of Arizona forward Anthony Cusanelli will play for Team USA and will be joined by Arizona State NCAA Division I players Jack Rowe and Gage Mackie. The World University Games occur every two years, in both winter and summer. Cusanelli is the first Wildcats player ever selected to Team USA, which for these games is made up of NCAA college players and players from the ACHA, the governing body that includes the Arizona Wildcats. “The thought of wearing our nation’s jersey is almost overwhelming,” said Cusanelli. “I will do everything in my power to make Tucson and the University of Arizona proud. I am thankful for this incredible opportunity.” “It is an ultimate compliment to any hockey player to earn the opportunity to represent the United States for Team USA,” added Wildcats coach Chad Berman. “Anthony’s hockey skills are obvious, but it is the kind of person that he is that will also shine on the world stage. He will represent the University of Arizona in the best way possible. To say we are proud of him is not enough. Words cannot describe how excited we are at Arizona Hockey.” Cusanelli earned the 2018-2019 ACHA Rookie of the Year award, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Year award, a WCHL All-Star berth, the Arizona Rookie Award and Wildcats MVP award. This season, he is second in team scoring and is the team captain. In junior hockey news, Buckeye native Trey Bagwell and former Arizona Bobcat Dante Zapata have been selected to play in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, which will be held from Feb. 18-19 in Attleboro, Mass. As well, Prescott native and former Jr. Coyotes standout Jared Shuter has signed an NAHL tender with the Amarillo Bulls.

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WON’T STAY DOWN

Albuquerque native and Flint Firebirds defenseman Marcus Gretz has been sidelined since November with a shoulder injury, but has kept busy with off-ice activities surrounding the OHL team. More on Page 18. Photo/Luke Durda/OHL Images

ON THE COVER Pinnacle High School celebrates the 2019 AHSHA Division 1 state championship after defeating O’Connor High School by a tight 4-2 score on Feb. 9 at the Ice Den Scottsdale. Photo/Kenneth McGinley

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