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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
Sunday, August 27, 2006

Coyotes defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and forward Josh Gratton traveled to Tucson Ice arena in Tucson, where they signed autographs and toured the rink with fans. They also held an informative question and answer session with kids and local players. A mini assembly was held during which a special youngster was suited up in all the required gear to demonstrate the safety needed to play in the NHL.

Monday, August 28, 2006
The Coyotes Caravan rolled into Prescott on Monday morning with the first stop of the day at the city's AZ-TV station. While at the station, Coyotes forward Tyson Nash and defenseman Matthew Spiller, went on the air with AZ-TV's morning show, which aired statewide. Also making an appearance on the morning show were FSN Arizona Play-By-Play Announcer Curt Keilback and FSN Arizona Color Analyst Darren Pang and Coyotes mascot Howler, went on the air with AZ-TV's morning show, which aired statewide.

Following the visit to the television station, the Caravan traveled to Granite Mountain School in Prescott where Keilback and Pang hosted an assembly teaching kids about the importance of eating healthy and living active lives.

The final stop of the day came at Humbolt School in Humbolt, where another fun, informative assembly took place, as well as a safety equipment presentation focused on bike riding, skateboarding and rollerblading.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006
On Tuesday, the Caravan began the afternoon with a visit to Power Toyota in Tempe where dealership employees had a chance to meet and talk to Coyotes Mike Ricci and Derek Morris.

The Caravan concluded the day's travel with a visit to Desert School Coyotes Center in Chandler. During the visit, Ricci and Morris took part in a free hour-long autograph session for all fans in attendance.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006
On Wednesday, the Coyotes Caravan broke into two groups for a series of stops around the state. Defensemen Keith Ballard and Keith Yandle traveled to Chandler in the morning, stopping first at Kyrene Del Milenio School. While at the school, Ballard and Yandle, along with FSN Arizona Play-By-Play Announcer Curt Keilback and Coyotes Radio Play-By-Play Announcer Bob Heethuis, taught kids about the game of hockey and importance of properly fitting equipment.

Following the school assembly, Ballard and Yandle made visits to Earnhardt Ford in Chandler and US Airways in Tempe to mingle with company employees and sign autographs.

The second group of the Caravan saw forward Fredrik Sjostrom and Bill Thomas attend a hockey instruction school assembly at Desert Trails School in Phoenix. After talking to kids and teachers about the life of a professional hockey player, the Caravan traveled to the Bamboo Club in Phoenix where a special lunch was held for a group of season ticket holders.

Thursday, August 31, 2006
The Coyotes Caravan continued on Thursday with Phoenix forwards Dave Scatchard and Owen Nolan in attendance. The day's events took place in Peoria and began with trips to Bell Toyota and Bell Ford where Scatchard and Nolan greeted employees and signed autographs for employees. ?

?The next pair of stops came at Ashley's Furniture and Larry Miller Toyota, where more employees were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience of rubbing shoulders with professional athletes.

The final stops of the day was held at Desert Schools Coyotes Center Ice Arena where an hour-long autograph session was held for all in attendance.

Tuesday, September 5, 2006
On Tuesday, the Caravan made stops in Surprise and Goodyear. Coyotes' players David LeNeveu and Zbynek Michalek traveled to the Northwest section of the Valley, making their first stop at Paramount Academy School in Surprise. The kids enjoyed an interactive assembly that tested the student's ability to move while wearing a full set of gear.

Following the assembly, the Caravan made a stop for lunch at Macayo's Mexican Restaurant for a meal with major corporate partners.

The final stop in Surprise came at Kingswood School, where the Caravan held a pair of assembly's to promote the game of hickey and active lifestyles to local kids.

The second Caravan group featured Coyotes forwards Oleg Saprykin and Joel Perrault as they visited two schools, Desert Thunder School and Desert Star School in Goodyear.

The Goodyear stopped at Macaroni Grill for lunch with season ticket holders before concluding the afternoon with stops at Avondale Toyota and Sanderson Ford. At both dealerships, Saprykin and Perrault spoke with fans and signed autographs for employees.

Wednesday, September 6, 2006
On Wednesday, the Coyotes Caravan continued in Scottsdale with forwards Mike Comrie and Steven Reinprecht. The first stop of the afternoon was at the Dial Corporation where employees had a chance to meet the players and receive autographs.

The Caravan continued with a stop to Right Toyota in Scottsdale. Comrie and Reinprecht toured the facility, met with corporate partners signed autographs.

The final stop of the evening took place at Alltel Ice Den. Along with Pack Dance Team members Stephanie, Connie and Brittany, Comrie and Reinprecht held an hour-long autograph session.

Thursday, September 7, 2006
The Coyotes Caravan split into two groups on Thursday. The first group, with Coyotes Jeff Taffe and goaltender Mike Morrison, traveled to Scottsdale. School assemblies were held at Laguna School and Zuni School. The group finished their trip with a stop at Scott Toyota where they signed autographs for employees and customers.

The second group featured goaltender Philippe Sauve and took place in Mesa. Following a lunch with season ticket holder partners at P.F. Changs, Sauve visited a pair of schools (Augusta Ranch and Superstition Springs) where he took part in assemblies, promoting hockey and healthy living to kids.

Sauve then visited Superstition Springs Toyota and Big Two Toyota, where he graciously met employees and signed countless autographs.

Friday, September 8, 2006
The Phoenix Coyotes held their last Coyotes Caravan stop in Gilbert at Buffalo Wild Wings on Friday, September 8th. 104.7 KISS FM joined Coyotes right-winger Freddy Sjostrom, defenseman Matthew Spiller and The Pack who signed autographs and greeted fans.

The event was capped off with a "Blazin' Wing" eating contest. The winners were treated to complimentary tickets to the September 20th pre-season opener against the Dallas Stars.


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