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FROM THE EDITOR Time to exhale as youth seasons done, junior, pro start playoffs

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he month of April is always bittersweet when it comes to hockey, isn’t it? I mean, it’s really the unofficial start of the offseason as youth teams wrap up USA Hockey Youth Nationals and around the same time, the NCAA champions are decided as well. Then again, junior leagues and pro leagues begin their quests to raise hardware at the end of a grueling playoff schedule. I’ve seen this on social media and I wholeheartedly agree – the best season of all isn’t spring, summer, fall or winter. It’s playoff hockey season. And that goes for all levels – youth on up to Matt Mackinder the NHL. The stakes are higher, no one can take shifts off and each game matters. Players leave it all on the ice with hopes of sharing a banner or trophy at the end. There is still some great hockey left this season, so enjoy the ride! Until next month… Check out this huge step for women’s hockey! Arizona State University announced recently that the school will be hosting the 2019 Western Women’s Collegiate Hockey League (WWCHL) playoffs in Las Vegas next February. The tournament will take place Feb. 22-24 at City National Arena, the practice facility of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights. Women’s collegiate hockey will be brought to the Las Vegas desert for the first time in history and will showcase the top six teams in the WWCHL to compete for the conference title. The champion will receive a bid to the ACHA Division I National Championships. More good news on the women’s side as Plattsburgh State University sophomore blueliner Hannah Kiraly was named a First Team NCAA Division III All-American at the end of the 2017-18 season. Kiraly, a Glendale native, played in all 30 games for the Cardinals and totaled three goals and 18 assists for 21 points. We can’t wait to see her back on the ice in the fall! Sticking with the college theme here, the ASU men’s team announced three spring signings to its incoming freshman class. The trio of new Sun Devils includes forward P.J. Marrocco, defenseman Jarrod Gourley and goaltender Evan DeBrouwer. They join forwards Derek Brown, Jordan Sandhu and Demetrios Koumontzis (a former Jr. Coyote) and defenseman Josh Maniscalco, who signed last fall. “This class of seven players really helps us round out our roster from a skill-set standpoint and gives us tremendous depth up and down our lineup,” said ASU coach Greg Powers. “I think what our fans will see particularly with this class is a level of skill that we haven’t necessarily had. What really excites me most about adding this group is it will allow us to play everyone on our roster to their strengths as hockey players. All seven of these players complement our team very well and we are eagerly anticipating putting it all together this season.” The Sun Devils finished the 2017-18 season 8-21-5. The Albuquerque-based New Mexico Ice Hockey (NMICE) has announced its 2018-19 travel hockey coaches. Stan Hubbard (Squirt), Dylan Martin (Pee Wee), Phil Fox (Bantam) and Richard Shanks (Midget) will be behind NMICE benches next season. Keep New Mexico hockey growing! We also want to continue to keep the Humboldt Broncos team in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League in our thoughts and prayers after the terrible bus accident that impacted the team back on April 6. While none of the players or staff were from Arizona, we still keep the team close to our heart. And from the looks of social media, so has the rest of the world. Not just the hockey world, but the WHOLE world! #PrayersForHumboldt

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With one more regular-season IHAAZ festival in Prescott before state finals the first weekend in May, the inline hockey circuit is building towards a fantastic finish to the 2017-18 campaign. More on IHAAZ on Page 16. Photo/IHAAZ

ON THE COVER The Arizona Hockey Union’s Mite White team captured its division championship recently at the Pioneer Classic in Denver. Pictured front row kneeling, from left to right, are Tripp Neujahr, Liam Bump, Ethan Saline, Jackson Chuck and Noah Stanley. Pictured middle row kneeling, from left to right, are Brayden Willis, Colton Dean and Reagan Rivera. Pictured standing, from left to right, are Ethan Standley, Alex Gauthier, Wyatt Porter, Kai DeAngelis, Lucas Ishu, Declan Sandoval, Conor Smith and Rory Weekly. Coaches, from left to right, are Mike Weekly, Bruce Willis and Steve Ishu. Not pictured: strength and conditioning coach Will Porter, manager Jennifer Ishu and manager Kelsey Malinski. Photo/Amy Rivera

Arizona Rubber Magazine - April 2018  

The latest edition of Arizona Rubber Magazine features the Arizona Hockey Union on the cover!

Arizona Rubber Magazine - April 2018  

The latest edition of Arizona Rubber Magazine features the Arizona Hockey Union on the cover!