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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes


Wednesday, January 16, 2008
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Phoenix Coyotes have announced they will once again host a regional competition for the 2008 Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation Got Skills Competition.  Ace’s Got Skills Competition is the ultimate youth hockey skills event for boys and girls ages 9-12.
The 2007 edition of the competition saw seven local youth players represent Phoenix and the Coyotes at the National Championships in New York City with Scottsdale’s Austin Crosby bringing home the Fastest Skater title in the Squirt House Division. Hundreds of youth players will hope to duplicate that success, taking the first steps by participating in regional competitions from Mar. 1 – Mar. 4 at local ice arenas. 
Registration for the event is $20 and each youth only needs to compete in one local-level competition.  The competition tests skill levels in five different categories: Skating, Shooting Accuracy, Hardest Shot, Breakaway Shootout and Goaltending.  The winner at each skill will advance to the National Championships this spring.  Participants will be divided into ‘Travel’ and ‘House’ levels to create the most balanced competitive environment, and there will be winners at both levels.
To register for this year’s event, log onto  or  Registration information can also be found at ice arenas throughout the Valley.
About Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation Got Skills Competition: 
Launched in September 2004, Ace’s Got Skills is modeled after the NHL’s All-Star Super Skills Competition.  More than 120 kids representing 17 states competed at the National Championships last year in New York City. They were winners of the 10 regional/local Got Skills competitions, which were held and hosted by NHL clubs during the past season, including the Phoenix Coyotes, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals.
A portion of the “Ace’s Got Skills” registration fees benefit the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to the well being of children undergoing major medical treatment in hospitals. The foundation seeks to improve hospital programs, environments and professional services that reduce the stress of hospitalization for newborns, children and their families.
The competition and foundation’s namesake, Ace Bailey, played 11 seasons in the NHL on five different teams and won two Stanley Cup trophies with the Boston Bruins in 1970 and 1972. After his playing career, he joined the Edmonton Oilers scouting staff before serving as the Director of Pro Scouting for the Los Angeles Kings for seven years. He was killed on September 11, 2001 in the terrorist attacks as he was on board a flight to Los Angeles for the Kings’ training camp.

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The following is the schedule for the Phoenix regional competitions:

Date Level Location Time
03/01/2008 Squirt House Arena 1:00-2:30 p.m.
03/01/2008 Peewee House Arena 3:00-4:30 p.m.
03/02/2008 Squirt House Oceanside Ice Arena 9:00-10:30 a.m.
03/02/2008 Peewee House Oceanside Ice Arena 10:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
03/03/2008 Squirt Travel DSCC Chandler 6:00-7:30 p.m.
03/03/2008 Peewee Travel DSCC Chandler 7:40-9:10 p.m.
03/04/2008 Squirt Travel DSCC Peoria 6:00-7:30 p.m.
03/04/2008 Peewee Travel DSCC Peoria 7:40-9:10 p.m.

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