The Holmes and Morantte families are two examples of how the Valley's youth hockey scene is changing the face of the game.
Joseph Holmes plays for the Jr. Coyotes' 9U AAA Squirt team. His maternal grandfather hails from Spain and his paternal grandmother is Chilean.
The Morantte family has deep maternal Mexican roots, a family tree that covers ground in Tijuana and Rosarito. On the paternal side is Filipino heritage. Veronica and Joe Morantte have three children, each of whom are registered youth hockey players in the Valley. Isabella, 8, is a mite in the Kachinas girls hockey program; Gabriel, 8, plays for the Jr. Bobcats 9U team; Elise, 12, plays in the house league at Ice Den Chandler.