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FROM THE EDITOR Loving all that we have to be thankful for, on and off the ice


t’s that time of year when we get all the holiday commercials, music and events coming at us in full force. Yes, it’s a special time of year, for sure. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the time right after Halloween until Jan. 1 or so. It’s a time for family, to celebrate the seasons and to reflect on the path we’re on in this life. With Thanksgiving approaching, we always like to broadcast what we are thankful for. For me, that is no doubt family. My wife and I recently celebrated our 15-year wedding anniversary and it’s amazing to see how fast time flies. Throw in three awesome kids, supMatt Mackinder portive families on both sides, four pets and jobs that are certainly worth getting up for in the morning, and, wow, we’ve done pretty well for ourselves. This month and the other 11, be thankful for what you have and that if you’re reading this, you probably have a connection somehow to hockey. Be thankful for that, too. Bring on the holidays! Here is some early-season player advancement news. Arizona Bobcats 18U goaltender Caleb Wall was called up to the St. Cloud Blizzard of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) the last weekend of October. Wall made his NAHL debut on Oct. 26 in a home game in St. Cloud against the Bismarck Bobcats. The Chandler native is in his third season playing in the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) for the Bobcats organization. In his first season with the 18U team, Wall has appeared in five games and has posted a 2.69 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage. Wall played the 2018-19 season for the Bobcats’ 16U team in the NAPHL, where he posted a 2-5-1 record in eight games played to go along with a 2.98 GAA and .904 save percentage. He also played a full season in the NAPHL during the 2017-18 season with the Bobcats’ 15U team. Great job, Caleb! And great name for a goalie, too! In an effort to improve relations with the Latino community in the Valley, the Arizona Coyotes announced recently the formation of the club’s Hispanic Advisory Board. The board will be led by Coyotes majority owner, chairman and governor Alex Meruelo, who became the first Hispanic majority owner of an NHL team on July 29, 2019. “We are very fortunate to have Mr. Meruelo as the first Hispanic owner of an NHL team,” said Coyotes president-CEO Ahron Cohen. “We finally have the right person in place to connect with the Hispanic community and build a genuine relationship. I’m very proud of the board we’ve assembled and look forward to working with these great business leaders to develop authentic strategies for reaching out to the Latino community. Our primary focus will be to earn their trust and get more people excited about our team and our great game.” Joining Meruelo on the board are Cohen and community leaders from the Phoenix area, Northern Arizona, and Southern Arizona. The current board is comprised of members from organizations including Chicanos Por La Causa, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, iHeartMedia, Visit Tucson, Valle de Sol, Univision, and city of Tucson council member Regina Romero. The University of Arizona hockey program recently announced the hiring of Tanner Harris as the Wildcats’ hockey coordinator. Harris, born and raised in Tucson, graduated this past year with an accounting degree from the university’s Eller College of Management. During the 2018-19 season, Harris played a major role in contributing towards the Wildcats’ community service efforts in a season where the club was recognized for two ACHA community service awards. In addition, Harris spent the last two years serving as a media relations intern with the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners.

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Sophomore Michael Bloom races up the court for Arizona State University during October’s WCRHL annual kickoff event. More inline hockey coverage this issue on Page 19. Photo/Nick Boyarsky/ASU

ON THE COVER Justin Rogers is the hockey director for the second-year Arizona Titans program. He also coaches the 10U Blue and 12U White teams, pictured on the bench this season with his 10U team. Photo/Dennison Stewart

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