The hockey community is a tight one. That’s why the Coyotes quickly jumped into action on Sunday morning once they learned an out-of-state youth travel team needed to borrow equipment to continue playing in a tournament being played in Peoria.
The Southside Athletic Club Lakewood midget AA team traveled to the Valley from Edmonton, Alberta, to play in the Cactus Cup tournament this weekend. The team won its first two games. On Sunday morning, the team of 16- and 17-year olds awoke to find the trailer containing its gear – estimated to be worth about $50,000 – had been stolen from the parking lot of their hotel.
Once the Coyotes learned of the situation, Head Equipment Manager Stan Wilson and his staff arranged for most of the team’s players to be outfitted with used Coyotes equipment, allowing the team to finish the tournament.
“Calling the Coyotes was a shot in the dark,” said John Devaney, a parent of one of the players. “But after a couple of phone calls we had a truckload of equipment about four hours later and away we went. It was just amazing. We have a bunch of happy kids. It’s really nice to see a pro team like that just jump up and see what they can do to help.”
Individuals outside of the Coyotes organization also donated gear to the team.
Anyone with information regarding the team’s stolen equipment trailer is urged to contact the Peoria Police Department.