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NEW MEXICO REPORT

Onward and upward for NAHL’s new Ice Wolves franchise firm resolve of the emerging culture and commitment of our ice hockey team. As the sport of hockey in New Mexico continues to grow at every level, we are proud to represent our incredible state with the New Mexico Ice Wolves beginning play in the NAHL this fall.” The Ice Wolves will play out of Outpost Ice Arenas in Albuquerque, a facility that is currently undergoing

By Matt Mackinder

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he New Mexico Ice Wolves will begin play next season in the North American Hockey League. And the Albuquerque-based junior franchise has been active in the months leading up the 2019-20 debut. Last month, the Ice Wolves unveiled their new logo designed to reflect the team’s home in the Land of Enchantment. The logo incorporates several New Mexico elements, including the official state colors which are the red and yellow of Old Spain as well as the icy turquoise eyes that share the color with the state stone. The Zia symbol is quietly reflected in the eyes and highlighted along the snout. The iconic Sandia Mountains are given a nod in the transition from red to yellow across the Ice Wolf’s face as well as on the lower jaw where glistening stars and the moon show off New Mexico’s big, endless and almost always clear skies. Finally, the nose itself pays homage to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta which in modern New Mexico has become our state’s calling card to much of the world. “Without being literal, we wanted to create an Ice Wolf that is all our own that tells our story with the Land of Enchantment living within the team logo in a way that all of New Mexico will understand, appreciate and embrace,” said Ice Wolves owner Stan Hubbard. “The logo means to capture both the old and the new of our amazing state as it is poised with the

major renovations, including bleachers that will be upgraded to provide premium VIP stadium seating, new NHL-style plexiglass for seamless viewing, an updated restaurant and snack bar menu, party rooms that will be upgraded for fans and sponsors and a very unique set of connecting ice tunnels that allow fans to watch from the ice while also skating in the auxiliary rink. In other Ice Wolves news, Keenan Kelly has been

named the team’s assistant general manager and associate head coach, joining head coach and GM Phil Fox on the bench next season. “High character and accountability are what I want on my staff, and Kelly brings exactly that,” said Fox. “I saw Kelly’s keen sense for details and great rapport with players when we worked together at Northern Michigan University. His dedication and passion for hockey is exactly what we’re looking for as we continue to grow the sport of hockey in New Mexico.” “I am extremely excited and honored to join the Ice Wolves in their inaugural season and I look forward to doing my part in building hockey in New Mexico,” added Kelly. “Being able to work with Phil Fox again was hard to pass up as we feel we can bring a strong dynamic to the locker room and we both have the experience and dedication to promoting our players to the next level. It has been a long time since I had visited Albuquerque and I’m excited to come back and make this vibrant, beautiful city my new home.” Kelly spent the last four seasons with the NAHL’s Austin Bruins, serving as director of player personnel and as an assistant coach. As well, the Ice Wolves signed their first players in Minnesota high school twin forwards Joe and Tom Paradise, out of Mahtomedi High School. “Joe competes in all three zones and is always a threat to score when he has the puck on his stick,” Fox said. “Tom is always around the puck, creating chances for himself and teammates.”

SHOP TALK

New products arriving all summer at Behind The Mask L

ook for great new products to drop soon at Behind The Mask Hockey Shops. The end of the season brings some great deals on last year’s products in our stores, often overshadowing the release of the latest and greatest new Exelby skates, sticks and protective equipment. Keep an eye out for these exciting new products coming soon to Behind The Mask. MAY RELEASES The newest line of CCM Protective will be available this month at all BTM locations. CCM’s top-rated Super Tacks line gets revamped this year with the new Super Tacks AS1 release. The all-new Super Tacks AS1 protective line is designed to give elite players the protection, customizability and comfort they need to perform at the highest levels. The AS1 line combines JDP Technology, D3O smart material and several adjustment options to make the CCM’s most protective and customizable gear to date.

Look for these new gloves, pants, shins, elbows and shoulder pads on May 24. JUNE RELEASES Skates, skates… and then some more protective gear. June 28 brings the launch of the new highly anticipated Bauer Vapor 2XPro skates and the CCM Ribcore 80K featuring the new SpeedBlade XS holder. Bauer’s newest Elite Level Vapor skates boasts a new Dynaflex System to maximize key flex positions in the boot, along with a reshaped asymmetrical toe cap to remove the extra void above your toes and adding power to each stride. The CCM Ribcor line of skates gets a new look this year with the CCM Ribcor 80K skates. The skates offer upgraded FlexFrame boot technology, the new extensively tested SpeedBlade XS holder. The XS holder has Bladelock Technology that always ensures tight connection between the holder and runner while allowing quick change of the steel. Having this tight fit enhances energy transfer to the ice. Also releasing in June is the 2019 Bauer Supreme Protective line. The line adds Curv Composite protection and Poron XRD foams exclusive to Bauer.

JULY RELEASES Coming in July is the new Bauer Re-Akt 150 helmet. This helmet comes with a Free Form Adjustment system offering independent width and length adjustment on your head. With fit being the priority in protection, the Re-Akt 150 also offers VTX technology, XRD Foam and a molded multi-density liner for maximum protection. The Re-Akt 150 replaces the popular Re-Akt helmet. Look for it in stores starting July 12. AVAILABLE NOW Get started on your offseason training to be game-ready by the end of summer. Stop by any BTM location to turn you garage or driveway into an off-ice training facility with the CCM Snipers Edge shooting tiles. These square-foot tiles can be assembled to fit any space and offer a smooth surface ideal for stickhandling and shooting. Add s t i c k h a n - dling accessories and a Passmaster Pro to work on your passing and shooting skills without anyone else around. Don’t forget magnetic or clamp-on goal targets to sharpen your accuracy. There’s always something new at Behind The Mask, so make sure to stop by and have a look around!

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Arizona Rubber Magazine - May 2019  

The May issue of Arizona Rubber Magazine, featuring the Inline Hockey Association of Arizona on the cover, has hit the streets!

Arizona Rubber Magazine - May 2019  

The May issue of Arizona Rubber Magazine, featuring the Inline Hockey Association of Arizona on the cover, has hit the streets!