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FROM THE EDITOR Holidays are the perfect time to reflect on family, goals, hockey

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es, it’s that time of year. The decorations are up, the lights are bright, the food is aplenty and family time is at an all-time high. Smiles are everywhere and for the most part, everyone seems to be in a jolly mood. As we approach the end of 2018 with the holiday season and look forward to an even better 2019, let’s all take the time to just enjoy the moment. Kick back, relax and take in all that life has given you – and all that is to come. There is always something special and magical about this time of year. The holidays have a funny way of making that happen, you know? So as we move in to 2019, make time to reflect Matt Mackinder on all that went well in 2018, what dreams you want to make a reality in 2019 and of course, don’t forget about hockey. The sport slows down a bit for the holidays, but stay in touch with the game at all levels. For those playing in holiday tournaments in the coming days, play hard, play the right way, and leave it all on the ice. From all of us with Arizona Rubber Magazine, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Late last month, the ACHA announced that Grand Canyon University has been approved to move up to the Division I level, beginning with the 2019-2020 season. The Lopes currently play at ACHA’s Division II level and compete in the Mountain West Collegiate Hockey League. “This has been a long time coming,” Lopes coach Danny Roy said. “It was part of our five-year building plan that we put together about four years ago. A lot of work and preparation to do now, but this gives us a chance to focus on what the next five years will look like.” On the New Mexico side of things, the EHL Premier League recently announced its TSR Hockey Stars of the Month for November, and one New Mexico native earned one of the awards. Rio Rancho native and New Mexico Warriors alum Nick Weaver was tabbed the junior league’s Forward of the Month with the Boston Jr. Rangers. Weaver, a 1999 birth year, was a key factor behind his team’s near-perfect month, tallying six goals and seven assists. The Arizona Coyotes and Tucson Roadrunners are taking it to the streets. Literally. The Coyotes, in partnership with the NHL, the NHLPA and the league’s Industry Growth Fund, have created a street hockey PE curriculum that will be introduced to over 300 schools in Maricopa and Pima counties this year. In addition, the Coyotes’ street hockey PE curriculum will be added to 200 new schools in 2019-20 and 200 more schools in 2020-21. In total, the Coyotes will reach approximately 700 schools and over 500,000 students in Arizona with this program. The Roadrunners will be expanding on the PE curriculum as 22 Tucson-area schools will participate in the program during the 2018-19 school year, running through the middle of May. As a part of the program, each school will receive a full set of floor hockey equipment. School districts interested in more information can contact the Coyotes’ director of hockey development Matt Shott at matt.shott@arizonacoyotes.com or Roadrunners’ manager of fan development and amateur hockey Tyler Kern at tyler.kern@tucsonroadrunners.com. In more great news, Chandler native Lyndsey Fry has agreed to serve as the Coyotes’ special advisor to the team president/brand ambassador. Fry will continue to work with the Coyotes Hockey Development Department to spearhead the growth of youth hockey and, particularly, women’s hockey with the Small Frys program. Additionally, Fry will play a central role in establishing and implementing a hockey development and engagement strategy. She will also provide strategic advice to the organization on a multitude of other areas, including brand awareness, community engagement, corporate communication and operational efficiencies.

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ONWARD & UPWARD

For Gilbert native and DYHA graduate Kenadie Cooper, developing in the desert helped boost her skills to play prep school hockey for the North American Hockey Academy in Vermont and next year, Division I hockey for St. Anselm College. More on Cooper on Page 10.

ON THE COVER Players from the first-year Arizona Titans gathered recently at AZ Ice Arcadia. Pictured back row, from left to right, are Gavin Trudeau (16U), Butch Mohler (18U) and Tyler Posivak (18U. Pictured front row, from left to right, are Michael Sarratt (10U), Ethan Uster (10U), Lexi Sarratt (12U) and Tate Burton (8U). Photo/Gil Gabo Photography

Arizona Rubber Magazine - December 2018  

The December issue of Arizona Rubber Magazine, featuring the Arizona Titans on the cover, has hit the streets!

Arizona Rubber Magazine - December 2018  

The December issue of Arizona Rubber Magazine, featuring the Arizona Titans on the cover, has hit the streets!