It seems as though the NHL and players association had resolved to end the lockout, only four and a half months too late. In the meantime, hockey in the valley has been going strong. The number one ranked Sun Devils lost their first two ACHA games, split their weekend in Canada, and improved to 22-4 overall on the season. ASU plays their next series this Thursday through Saturday against Oklahoma University and Central Oklahoma.
Two youth tournaments took place as well. The annual Turkey Shootout and the Coyote Cup. The Thanksgiving tournament was three days of high octane hockey featuring teams from all over the valley and even some out of state teams too. The local teams captured the championship in each division except Peewee A and Bantam A where the Anaheim Jr. Ducks and the Orange County Hockey Club won the title. The Coyote Cup spanned the four days leading up to the new year featuring more talented teams. Once again the local teams nearly swept the tournament. The Midget 18 A Idaho Jr. Steelheads Midget 16 A Jr. Ducks, Bantam AA Jr. Ducks, Bantam A Arapahoe Warriors stood in the way of the sweep.
The Arizona High School Hockey Association held it’s first Coyotes Alumni vs Coaches game during the league’s All-Star Weekend. The alumni team featured former stars like Craig Adams, Cale Hulse, Tyson Nash and Jamie Ram. The coaches lost, despite an intentional own goal from the alumni, but the event was a good time. There was even a special appearance by Howler, who signed autographs with the alumni during the intermission. The following day was AHSHA All-Star Game Day featuring a skills competition and game for each division. Lastly, the AHSHA player and goaltender of the month awards will be recognized at the ASU game against Central Oklahoma on Friday.
That’s all for the intermission report. More hockey after this!