INLINE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION OF ARIZONA
Prescott up next to ‘see memories made’ in IHAAZ play By Brian Lester
rescott is up next to host an IHAAZ festival and the president of the Prescott Storm, Nick Paris, is looking forward to the opportunity. The festival takes place April 20-22. “It’s an honor to host a festival in Prescott with some of the best inline youth hockey programs around,” Paris said. “We have been meeting often as a board to make sure we are preparing for every detail of the festival, including a variety of food, raffles, amenities for our referees, custom T-shirts, various vendors and fun for the whole family.” A lot goes into preparing for a festival, whether it’s making sure there are enough vendors and raffles to ensuring there are enough parent volunteers for things such as scorekeeping. “Our goal at the Prescott Youth Hockey Association is to see happy hockey players and families,” Paris said. “Win or lose, we want to see the kids have smiles on their faces and see memories made at the festival.” With the end of the season drawing closer, Paris knows every team will be eager to be at its best. “We are towards the end of the season and I am looking forward to seeing how the teams push themselves as we get closer to state finals,” Paris said. “We’re looking forward to an awesome weekend of hockey, fun and family.” Tucson hosted the last festival in March and there was plenty of excitement at Tucson Indoor Sports the
the way, winning all of its games at the latest festiweekend of March 16-18. In the 8U division, the Knighthawks finished first val. Among the wins was a 6-5 overtime victory over while Prescott came away with a second-place finish. the AZ Royals White. Yuma has yet to lose a game The Knighthawks won three games in the tourney, in- this season. The Royals White could still win the division title, but need a little help. It has to win its final cluding two by mercy rule. The Knighthawks came out on top in the 10U di- three games of the regular season in Prescott and then hope Yuma loses at least twice vision as well, extending their in the festival and manages win streak to 16 games. The Jr. only an overtime win at best in Wildcats placed second. The Prescott. two teams have duked it out Jr. Wildcats president Erik all season, but the Jr. Wildcats Dahl was pleased with how have yet to find a way to shut down the Knighthawks. the festival played out in TucIn the 12U division, the Jr. son. “We feel that our home tourWildcats remain the team to nament was a huge success,” beat, coming out of the festival Dahl said. “We tried some new with a nine-point lead over the things like printing tournament Knighthawks in the standings. programs with the team rosters They have tallied 33 points and and schedule in them to get the have handed the Knighthawks audience more involved.” all four of their losses. Dahl said the program got The 14U division belongs to the AZ Royals, who won The final IHAAZ festival before next month’s state fi- the families involved in jobs like three games in the tournament nals takes place April 20-22 and will be hosted by the tidying up the rink, painting and and have a 17-point lead in the Prescott Youth Hockey Association. Photo/IHAAZ cleaning throughout the facility. standings over the Jr. Wildcats. The Royals have yet to Those efforts helped create home rink pride among the lose a game this season but were taken to overtime by players and families in Tucson. the Yuma Blaze in a 2-1 win at the festival. The Blaze “Our players enjoyed the opportunity to showcase is in third in the standings. our rink to the other clubs and play in front of our In the Midget division, the Yuma Blaze Black lead friends who came to watch,” Dahl said.
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