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Summer Hockey School to Give Students Taste of NHL Experience

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE – The Coyotes are excited to incorporate a Summer Hockey School into the annual Prospect Development Camp this July at Gila River Arena. Click HERE to download the flyer or click HERE for the registration form.

One week after team management analyzes and instructs the up-and-coming players within the organization, the Coyotes will check out young players here in the Valley for five days, looking for the next Auston Matthews.

“There’s a lot of support and resources from the Coyotes invested in this school,” said John Chayka, the team’s Assistant General Manager/Analytics. “The young players who attend will get to come into an NHL building and be on the ice and interact with some of our staff and some really fine instructors in an intimate setting. We hope it can be a springboard for them to bring their game to the next level.”

The school will be staged July 11-15, with two, one-hour on-ice sessions per day featuring instruction from Coyotes Development Coach Steve Sullivan and local youth hockey coach Tom Johnson, among others.

Coyotes prospects Dylan Strome, Brendan Perlini and Christian Dvorak also are slated to work with the students on the ice on different days.

“Being a member of the Arizona Coyotes is an interesting job,” Chayka said. “You’re not just an ambassador for the NHL, you’re really an ambassador for the entire sport in this area. We think a big part of being a member of our team is giving back to this community, which has given us a lot.”

The school will not be limited to just the on-ice sessions. Students also will get to experience off-ice workouts and video breakdown sessions with members of the Coyotes staff.

“The whole idea is to give the students a taste of the experience they would have if they were playing on an NHL team,” Chayka said.

In addition to the on- and off-ice instruction, students will receive a Hockey School jersey, an off-ice workout shirt and four upper-level tickets to a select Coyotes game during the 2016-17 season.

“I think it’s a real great initiative,” Chayka said. “Our ownership group is very supportive and committed to this school, and I think it’s going to be a really big hit.”

For more information and/or to enroll, please e-mail

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