ARIZONA HOCKEY UNION
AHU Bantam Black squad gives back to Chandler community By Sean Phillips
he Thanksgiving holiday is a time to reflect on what individuals and families – and yes, even hockey teams – are thankful for heading into the holiday season. For the Arizona Hockey Union’s Bantam Black team, those players, coaches and families instead chose to give back to the Chandler community during a recent event that took place a week before Thanksgiving. The players met at Fry’s Marketplace at 7:15 a.m. on Nov. 17 with a shopping list and a budget of $80 to be used for each gift basket the team would then put together. After checking out, the players and their families assembled the Thanksgiving baskets in the parking lot and then ventured over to the Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA for an orientation about the Thanksgiving Food Basket Program. Each family was then assigned two homes to which they had to deliver food baskets. Cars were packed up and food was delivered to the recipients’ doorsteps shortly thereafter. In total, 25 food baskets were delivered to the local Chandler residents. Not only does the AHU Bantam Black team secure victories on the ice, but the Knights also proved they know how to make a difference off the ice as well.
Thanksgiving Shootout tournament another rousing success O ver Thanksgiving Weekend, the Arizona Hockey Clubs staged the 17th annual Thanksgiving Shootout tournament at Gila River Arena, Ice Den Chandler and AZ Ice Gilbert. On Nov. 25, after the third day of competition, the six divisions crowned champions, including three from the Arizona Hockey Union at the Mite, Squirt B and Squirt A levels.
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The AHU Pee Wee White team finished in second place in its division, while the AHU Bantam Black and Pee Wee Silver teams all advanced to the semifinals. In addition to the three AHU winners, the other three division champions were the Jr. Coyotes (Pee Wee Elite, Pee Wee A) and the DYHA Jr. Sun Devils (Bantam).
The Arizona Hockey Clubs continue to offer three tournaments in Phoenix each season. “We’re excited to extend our efforts placing Phoenix hockey on the national map,” said Arizona Hockey Clubs president Stacy Shupe. -Sean Phillips
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