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FLAGSTAFF YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION Flagstaff Northstars announce upcoming tryouts for 2019-20

NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY NAU program gives credit where credit is due for ’18-19 season

By Tyff Sweeney

By NAU Hockey Staff



lagstaff Youth Hockey Association (FYHA) travel team tryouts are taking place at the end of April. The organization is restricted this year by the Jay Lively Ice Rink construction closure taking place in May, moving up the traditional tryout window so that they can be completed before Flagstaff schools let out for summer. Tryouts will be conducted by head coaches of all teams, with all head coaches assisting all other head coaches with evaluations and selections. “The head coach of a specific team is ultimately responsible for selection of the team, but the input provided from the rest of the FYHA coaching staff will be of great value,” said FYHA registrar Jamie Miele, about the 2019-20 team selection process. Anticipated teams, depending on tryout attendance, for the 2019-20 season, are two 10U teams, two 12U teams, two 14U teams, one 16U Tier II team and one 18U tournament team (tryouts later this summer). ​​ 16U TRYOUTS (Coach Ron Kuzara) Thursday, April 25, 7:30-9 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 10-11:15 a.m.

12U TRYOUTS (Coach Kyle Palmer) Tuesday, April 23, 5:40-6:50 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 5:40-6:50 p.m.

14U TRYOUTS (Coach Scott Robinson) Tuesday, April 23, 7:05-8:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 7:05-8:15 p.m.

10U TRYOUTS (Coach Travis Johanson) Tuesday, April 23, 4:15-5:25 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 4:15-5:25 p.m.

• Tryout cost is $200 ($75 applied towards tryouts, non-refundable; $125 applied towards uniforms, refundable). • If a player is not placed on a travel team, the $125 uniform fee will be refunded. If a player is placed on a team, but chooses not to play for that team, you will have 72 hours from notice of selection to request a refund. • To register, visit

s the season has come to a close, we would like to thank all the wonderful people and organizations who help make all this possible. The student-athletes work tirelessly to compete at the highest level all while focusing on their schooling. The support of our parents, the loyal fans, and the community of Flagstaff is greatly appreciated, and we would not be able to do what we do without their assistance. NAU Hockey would like to give a special thanks to Behind the Mask, Arizona Rubber Magazine, Eagle Mountain Construction, Days Inn Flagstaff, Legacy Beverage, and Aspen Valley Golf Club for their generous donations, as well as Kathy Walsh, a longtime fan and supporter of the program, for her continued loyalty and support. We would like to thank Travis Joralmon on his work with our Coyotes Alumni event and fundraiser. A huge thank you to the Arizona Coyotes Alumni for their continued support of NAU Hockey and growing the game in Arizona. Thank you to Black Dog Hockey Productions for all our broadcasts this season. Thank you to Alesia Foster who works on the website all season. Thank you to the “Voice of Your IceJacks,” Mark Walsh, for all the live announcing this year. Dr. Eric Honing was a savior to our season. On and off the ice, Dr. Honing supported the program with first-class service. Thank you for everything you do. Last, but not least, we would like to thank our coaching staff of both teams, starting with D-II head coach Travis Johanson and assistant coaches Colin Hughes and Kris Walsh, D-III head coach Ryan Smith and assistant coaches Branden Schinzel and Billy Brenden. Thank you for a great season and your dedication to the organization. NAU will be hosting a Spring Prospects Camp from April 26-27, with three 90-minute on-ice sessions. Cost is $75 and pre-registration is required. For more information, visit ​​

On-ice improvement, community service dot AHU seasons Continued from Page 9 MVP is usually the player who contributes the most to their team. Team MVPs are 8U White: Mason Hammer; 8U Silver: Austin Russo; 10U Silver: Brayden Willis; 10U White: Reagan Rivera; 12U Silver: Jack Welch; 12U Black: Chase Kane; 12U Gray: Viktor Sliwinski; 12U Purple: Jake Goebig; 12U White: Eli Shulman; 14U AA Black: Kai Hohoff; 14U AA Silver: Tyler Kowalchuk; and 18U AA Silver: Patrick Murphy. Spirit of Service - This is an award that is awarded to the team who goes above and beyond giving back to hockey and their community. One of the greatest team-building activities that a youth hockey team can do is to venture out into their communities and volunteer where there is a need. This is an award that is awarded to the team who goes above and beyond giving back to hockey and their community. The AHU Bantam Black team has long recognized that it is a privilege to play travel hockey and giving back to the local community is necessary. In October, Bantam Black served South Phoenix families and the veteran community at St. Vincent de Paul. The team set up, served and cleaned up dinner for 40-plus families and 20-plus veterans. Adjacent to the dining hall is The Dream Center. This is an area of the facility where the kids and our players were able to hang out and play games, read books, help with homework and laugh. This service project left a lasting impression on the players and parents alike. Everyone on the team walked away a little dif8

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ferently after the event. In November, the team invaded a Fry’s Marketplace at 7:15 a.m. with one goal in mind - food shopping for their community. In conjunction with the Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA, the players and families filled their carts with turkeys, potatoes, pies

and all the other traditional Thanksgiving fixings to provide 14 local families with enough food for a hearty and healthy Thanksgiving dinner. After shopping, the team traveled to the Y where they received their delivery list and then were off again to hand-deliver the baskets they had assembled as well as an additional 11 baskets that the Y needed to be sent out. In December, for the second year in a row, Bantam Black players and their families packed boxes of food for the Salvation Army to distribute over the

holiday season. This entailed unpacking food, assembling boxes, arranging the items into an assembly line format, packing the boxes and then loading the boxes on pallets. After all was said and done, the team had 500 boxes ready to go out the door for the holidays. And finally, in February, it was Bantam Black’s fourth annual trip to Feed My Starving Children. In the team’s down time between the end of league play and state playoffs, the players, their parents and siblings gathered at FMSC to pack nutritional meals for children around the world, including parts of the United States. As this was the team’s fourth time working with this organization, the players had determined who the best fit for each task was and no slacking was allowed, even a player with a broken leg had a job. The players like it, not only for the obvious reason of helping children, but also because it promotes teamwork amongst them. We are very proud of them. Arizona Hockey Union continues to operate three tournaments in the Valley (Ice Breaker/Thanksgiving/Presidents Day) that generate the operational revenue for the coming year. It allows us to offer $25,000 in financial-based scholarships that make this expensive sport within everyone’s reach regardless of financial obstacles. We are very proud that we also contribute to the overall economic growth of the Valley of the Sun since our tournaments positively impact the local economy with the visitors that come to attend our tournaments. We also continue growing the sport since we are increasing the positive visibility of Arizona hockey across the entire country. ​​

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Arizona Rubber Magazine - April 2019  

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