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FROM THE EDITOR September is here, and that only means one thing – hockey season


on’t get me wrong – I love summer. But when the calendar moves to September, the kids start school and the rinks start to move back into full swing. Yes, my friends, hockey season has arrived! I always find something special in seeing hockey players of all ages taking the ice and starting their seasons. For many of these players, playing the great game of hockey is more than a game – it’s a lifestyle and a passion. Same goes for coaches and staff in the various associations and college and pro teams here in Arizona. And in a society where far too often we see Matt Mackinder negativity and news that can sadden some people, hockey has always been a positive way to escape all the nonsense we tend to deal with on a daily basis. Hockey is the greatest game in the world and it’s my pleasure to bring these pages to you 10 months a year and 365 days a year on our website and social media. So if I may hum a tune a few months ahead of time, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” With the seasons starting, several players with Arizona ties have signed with junior teams across North America. The OHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs signed defenseman and Jr. Coyotes alum D.J. King, while the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs added Arizona Bobcats alum Erik Atchison and the BCHL’s Surrey Eagles have inked Phoenix native and Jr. Coyotes grad Michael McCosh. “We are very excited to welcome D.J. to the Bulldogs family,” said Hamilton president Steve Staios. “There is plenty of upside with this player. He brings leadership, toughness and the ability to transition the puck.” During the 2017-18 campaign, King played for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program after being Hamilton’s second-round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. Atchison, a Las Vegas native, was a fifth-round selection of the Chiefs in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. “We were very impressed by Erik at our training camp,” said Chiefs GM Scott Carter. “He worked hard all year and it showed in scrimmages and our Red-White Game. He earned this opportunity and we are very happy to have him officially join our organization.” Also, forward Gage Quinney, who skated for the Jr. Coyotes’ 16U AAA team in 2011-12, signed an NHL free-agent deal over the summer with his hometown Vegas Golden Knights. Hockey continues to grow in Tucson, and in big ways. The Arizona Coyotes and AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners recently unveiled a new outdoor DEK hockey rink at Doolen Middle School with the Boys & Girls Club of Tucson at a cost of $250,000. The Coyotes, along with the NHL and the NHLPA, launched an initiative in April 2017 to build several new DEK hockey rinks around the state of Arizona. Within the past year, the Coyotes have previously unveiled DEK hockey rinks at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale at Laguna Elementary, Luke Air Force Base in Glendale and the YMCA in El Mirage. Might Auston Matthews be the next captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs? The Scottsdale native was asked about the possibility of wearing the ‘C’ in a recent interview with The Athletic and admitted he’d relish the role. “I’d tell them I’d feel ready,” Matthews said in the report. “I don’t know what they’re thinking about doing, what they want to do. Obviously, John (Tavares, who signed with Toronto on July 1) has been the captain in New York (with the Islanders) for a while, so I don’t know what they’re thinking or what their whole ideal situation is for that. But I don’t think it really changes much, whether you have a letter or not, for myself or anybody. “I go lead by example, on the ice, off the ice, and being a good teammate is a big part of that, too.”

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Back on Aug. 12, the west rink at the Ice Den Scottsdale was renamed the Shane Doan Rink in honor of the longtime Arizona Coyotes star and captain. More on this extraordinary event on Page 13. Photo/Sandra Tenuto Photography

ON THE COVER As the Ice Den celebrates its 20-year anniversary in Scottsdale, three individuals (left to right: Scott Gruber, director youth hockey development; Mike O’Hearn, president; and Julie Patterson, vice president of skating and programming) have been part of the building’s growth and value to the community since the very start. Photo/Sandra Tenuto Photography

Arizona Rubber Magazine - September 2018  

Check out the September issue of Arizona Rubber Magazine, celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the Ice Den!

Arizona Rubber Magazine - September 2018  

Check out the September issue of Arizona Rubber Magazine, celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the Ice Den!