Nephew Hits The Ice For The First Time In Bauer X40’s

Today was a pretty monumental day for me!  It was myIMG_0091 first skate with my Nephew.  It feels like just yesterday, that I put on my first pair of skates and went to a private skating lesson with Coach Dwight.  I waited patiently for the past 15 months, to lace up this kids skates!  The kid is a mini-hockey beast and has a stick in his hand at all times.  I’m excited to pass on the love of hockey, like my Uncle Mike did for me.  Looking forward to coaching this kid … all the way to the NHL!

ESPN Outside The Lines Investigation Study: Many hockey helmets unsafe

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 2.49.11 PMInteresting study by researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute on the safety ratings of hockey helmets.  I know a few hockey players personally that have experienced a concussion during a hockey game, I’m glad the safety of helmets is being discussed.  In my opinion; the helmet is the most important piece of equipment to a hockey player, make sure you do your research before buying!  ESPN Outside The Lines Head Safety In Hockey.

U16 Premier Hockey Coaches

One of those seasons, I wish went on forever! Awesome U16 AHSHA Premier Coaching Staff!IMG_0639

AHSHA Highland Hawks Hockey Team Community Service

The AHSHA Highland Hawks High School hockey team doing community service at the Arizona Coyotes “Little Howlers” youth hockey program.  Members of the Hawks team can be found on Sunday mornings at AZ Ice Gilbert, teaching the next generation of hockey players!  To register for an upcoming “Howlers Hockey” session, click here!

AHSHA Highland Hawks players helping at the Arizona Coyotes "Howlers Hockey" Clinnc

AHSHA Highland Hawks players helping at the Arizona Coyotes “Howlers Hockey” Clinic

Arizona High School Hockey All Star Game AHSHA


This weekend I will be playing in the Arizona High School Hockey Association’s (AHSHA) All Star Game.  According to the AHSHA website, this event is an opportunity to showcase top players who demonstrate excellent performance skills, team play, leadership and a positive image for AHSHA and the high school each player represents.

Hockey Friends Nova & DanteI’m excited to be playing on the same team as my friend Nova.  I’ve played with his younger brother, another 2000 but Nova is a ’97 so this is the first opportunity for us to play together.

Skills Competition and All Star Game are being held at the Ice Den Chandler, game time 12:55pm.

Experience of a Lifetime 2014 NHL Draft

Attending the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia, was by far one of the BEST IMG_0596 experiences of my hockey life!  I am usually glued to the TV for the weekend , watching the prospects become a member of an NHL team and put on their jersey.  I was lucky that this year; my cousin secured tickets to the Flyers Box for me, so that I could experience the NHL Draft up close.  It was an experience I will never forget.IMG_0654

I was blown away upon entering the Wells Fargo Center, for round one.  My first time in this hockey arena, the atmosphere was incredible and it was a sea of orange.  All of the NHL trophies were onsite, including the STANLEY CUP!!  I walked around for a while taking pics with a few prospects and I purchased some NHL Draft merchandise.

IMG_1495Took our seats and in true Philly fashion, the fans  began booing!  Booing everyone & everything except for something to do with the Philadelphia Flyers.  That’s Philly for you!

Thatcher Demko & Shane Eiserman

Thatcher Demko & Shane Eiserman

I was really excited about day 2 of the NHL Draft because I was looking forward to hearing Shane Eiserman’s name be announced.  Eiserman went 100th overall, to the Ottawa Senators!  It was such a great feeling to see Shane put his Senators jersey on, he is a great role model.  What a awesome experience for all the prospects & their families.  Afterwards the draftees were on the concourse taking photos & signing autographs with fans. It was their moment to shine!

It is my dream to be a prospect in the 2018 NHL Draft, a dream that I look forward to sharing with my family!!