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FROM THE EDITOR Spring is here, and while seasons have ended, still lots going on


he month of April means most hockey seasons are wrapping up. National tournaments concluded earlier this month and college seasons have ended as well. Junior hockey playoffs are over or in full swing and NHL and AHL playoffs are getting going. And while some rinks may be a tad quieter these days and some players taking a well-deserved break from the season-long grind, the news aspect of the hockey world never stops. Junior players are making college commitments, youth players are signing with junior teams and some youth programs are getting tryouts set for the 2019-20 season. Matt Mackinder This time of year can be a bit bittersweet. There is less hockey being played, but some downtime for us at Arizona Rubber Magazine never hurts either. Enjoy the springtime and we’ll see you in May! The Arizona Coyotes unveiled March 28 a new outdoor DEK hockey rink at Grand Canyon University, part of the new Canyon Activities Complex. The Coyotes donated the full cost of the project to GCU, totaling $150,000. “We’re thrilled to unveil a new multi-purpose outdoor hockey rink at Grand Canyon University,” said Coyotes president-CEO Ahron Cohen. “One of our fundamental objectives as an organization is to grow the game of hockey throughout the entire state of Arizona and we will not rest until everyone in Arizona has been exposed to our great sport. We are fortunate to have an incredible partner in GCU, who is ideologically aligned with us in this pursuit. We look forward to GCU activating this rink with its students for years to come.” The Coyotes previously unveiled new DEK hockey rinks at Luke Air Force Base (April 2017), the Northwest YMCA in El Mirage (Aug. 2017), the Scottsdale Boys and Girls Club at Laguna Elementary School (Oct. 2017), and the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson at Doolen Middle School (July 2018). The Coyotes have identified numerous additional sites in the Valley where the next DEK hockey rinks will be constructed.

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A total of 13 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders have been selected to join USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) and will compete as the U.S. National Under-17 Team in 2019-20. The 23 players – all from the 2003 birth year – come from 14 different states, including two from Arizona. “As a staff, we are thrilled about the bright, young talent we have on our roster,” said NTDP director of player personnel Kevin Reiter. “We’re confident that they will contribute to the long history of success the National Team Development Program has had and are excited to see what they can accomplish this upcoming season.” The Arizona natives are both Scottsdale natives and both forwards are sons of former Coyotes players in Tyler Boucher, the son of goalie Brian Boucher, and Redmond Savage, the son of forward Brian Savage. Mesa native and Hampton Roads Whalers (USPHL) goaltender Blake Bjella has committed to NCAA Division III Worcester State University for the 201920 season. “Whaler Nation is truly a large family that welcomed me with open arms and to be a part of another championship team was an absolute pleasure,” said Bjella. “I am excited for the opportunity to get an education and further my hockey career at Worcester State.” Way to go, Blake! Later this summer, the Arizona Coyotes Summer Classic is coming to rinks throughout the Valley. Scheduled for June 21-23, the 11th annual adult hockey championship tournament will have five tiers, as well as a women’s division, and will be under the direction of the Arizona Amateur Hockey Association. The championship game will be held June 23 at Gila River Arena. Cost is $599 per team and more info is at

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In her first season of professional hockey after a four-year NCAA Division I career, Scottsdale native Katie McGovern captured an Isobel Cup championship with the NWHL’s Minnesota Whitecaps. More on Page 5.

ON THE COVER Flagstaff Councilmember Jim McCarthy (in blue shirt) looks on as players from the Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association’s 14U state championship team present a team jersey to Mayor Coral Evans at the Flagstaff City Council meeting on April 16. The team presented the jersey to the mayor after providing the audience with some fun facts about her, such as the fact she is an FYHA alum and participated with Jay Lively. Photo/FYHA

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Arizona Rubber Magazine - April 2019  

The April edition of Arizona Rubber Magazine, featuring the Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association on the cover, has hit the streets!

Arizona Rubber Magazine - April 2019  

The April edition of Arizona Rubber Magazine, featuring the Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association on the cover, has hit the streets!