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Chandler’s Blessing makes USHL roster, Air Force choice By Matt Mackinder

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uy Blessing honed his game growing up in the Arizona youth ranks and then last year in prep school in the Chicago area. This summer has seen hard work pay off for the 18-year-old Chandler native as the goaltender first signed with the USHL’s Omaha Lancers and then committed to NCAA Division I Air Force. Not a bad summer vacation. “I was scouted by Omaha playing for Team Arizona at America’s Showcase,” Blessing said. “I was fortunate enough to get to attend their main camp this year, and it was an awesome experience. I’m just really excited to get things started next year. “With Air Force, I’ve gone to their prospect camp in Colorado Springs the past two years, and they saw me at Lake Forest Academy and Omaha as well. It was really just the perfect fit.” In his youth days, Blessing played for VOSHA, DYHA, CAHA, AHU and in AHSHA for Hamilton High School, spending the most time with the Jr. Sun Devils and Knights. “My dad got me into the sport,” said Blessing. “He played as a child and my brother was already playing at the time. I actually only chose goalie because I liked the gear and I wanted to do what my brother was doing. Going to Arizona Coyotes games definitely contributed to my love for the sport. There’s really nothing more inspiring for a young player than watching some of the best in the world play live.” Blessing said coaches that he learned from in Arizona that stand out to him include Jason Evahnenko, John Damyanovich, Todd Collins, Tait Green and Matt Lundgren. Lake Forest coaches

that pushed him were Darrin Madeley, Tyler Madeley, Andrew Poska and Trevor Wilson. “All of these coaches played a major role in my development, both as a player and as a person,” Blessing said. “My goalie coach, Jeff Tecca, played perhaps the largest role in my development as a

Guy Blessing grew up in Arizona youth hockey programs and is off to the USHL this fall, followed by NCAA D-I Air Force in two years’ time.

goaltender, and I cannot say enough good things about him. I absolutely would not be where I am now without him. I strongly recommend Tecca to

any goalie in the state that’s looking to improve and have some fun while doing it.” During his time with Hamilton, Blessing said he “always had an awesome time playing with those guys, both in the regular season and in the playoffs.” “AHSHA has definitely improved during my lifetime,” said Blessing. “It’s an awesome outlet for kids in high school to come together as a team and represent their individual programs, and I had amazing experiences playing for Hamilton and Team Arizona.” This fall, Blessing will head to Nebraska to play for the Lancers. He’ll go to Air Force in the fall of 2021. “I can’t speak too much on the specifics of the USHL, but it’s really up to me to do my job, both on and off the ice,” Blessing said. “You have to be a player that contributes whenever possible, from playing during a game, to helping out around the rink, to participating in community service, and everything in between. I’m definitely very excited to receive this incredible opportunity, but at the same time there is still a lot of work to be done, and I’m ready to get started. “I can’t speak enough on the importance of education in hockey. You never know how long you’ll be able to play for, and it’s crucial to have a degree to fall back on when your playing days are coming to an end. My uncle was an Air Force pilot, and I am incredibly honored to get to serve in the same branch as him. I’m really excited to get to work in the classroom and on the ice. I’m likely going to major in Aerospace Engineering, and I’m really lucky to be going to a school with such a prestigious program in that field.”

Glendale native Mobley named new assistant coach at Holy Cross By Matt Mackinder

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ot only are Arizona natives excelling on the ice in the college ranks, but they are also making waves behind the bench. Holy Cross announced last month that Glendale native and former Phoenix Polar Bears standout Max Mobley has been hired as a new assistant coach for the NCAA Division I program that plays in Atlantic Hockey. Mobley comes to Holy Cross after spending the 2018-19 season as a volunteer coach at the University of Notre Dame. “I am very excited to welcome Max to Holy Cross,” said Holy Cross head coach David Berard. “He is an outstanding addition to our program and coaching staff. I am thoroughly impressed with his passion, positive energy and love for the game, which is clearly evident from the first time you meet him. He has relatable experiences of recruiting players to a high academic school and an understanding of the similarities to our process at Holy Cross. He is an enthusiastic coach and believes in the importance of player development, which is a pillar of our program. “Max has worked with and learned from some of the top coaches in college hockey and will bring that knowledge with him as he works with our players and staff.” “I’m extremely excited to be joining the coaching staff at Holy Cross,” added Mobley, who turns 32 next month. “Once I visited campus, it was evident that Coach Berard and Coach (Peter) Roundy have done an exceptional job of building a strong culture over the last several seasons. I’m looking forward to taking the next steps with our team and coaching staff.” Prior to Notre Dame, Mobley spent four seasons at NCAA Division III Hamilton College as an assistant coach. Mobley also served as a volunteer coach at his alma mater, St. Lawrence University. While wearing a Saints jersey, Mobley earned the ECAC Student-Athlete award three times (2010-12). He went on to play professionally in the ECHL, Central Hockey League and Southern Professional Hockey League after graduating with a history degree from St. Lawrence.

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Arizona Rubber Magazine - Summer 2019  

Our summer issue, featuring Phoenix native, Jr. Coyotes graduate and NHL draft pick Mark Kastelic on the cover, has hit the streets!

Arizona Rubber Magazine - Summer 2019  

Our summer issue, featuring Phoenix native, Jr. Coyotes graduate and NHL draft pick Mark Kastelic on the cover, has hit the streets!