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Kachinas at Home with A Rink of Their Own

The Coyotes Community Ice Center opened its doors Thursday

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Arizona Coyotes

They finally have a rink to call their own. Thursday night, the Arizona Kachinas skate on home ice for the first time. 

The Coyotes Community Ice Center officially opened its doors Thursday morning as the Kachinas' new home, with ribbon cutting by Lyndsey Fry, Kachinas President.

Leighton Accardo, 8, was the ceremony's guest of honor. Leighton is a player in the Kachinas Association fighting stage IV cancer. She participated remotely in the ceremony from her room at the Phoenix Children's Hospital with the assistance of an OhmniLabs robot. She provided the official ribbon-cutting countdown.

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Coyotes Continue to Grow the Game at Boys + Girls Club

Hockey development team coordinates clinic with Boys + Girls Club in Peoria

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Arizona Coyotes

"You see these kids, and they're excited," Xavier Gutierrez said Tuesday while watching a Coyotes street hockey clinic at the Boys & Girls Club in Peoria as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

"Hopefully we've exposed them to hockey and the wonderful sport that it is," he added.

Gutierrez felt good about the thought that each kid received a street hockey stick and a street hockey ball from the Coyotes hockey development team as part of the clinic, whose participants included youngsters grades 1-6 and ages 6-12. 

The Coyotes' President and CEO considers the mementos seeds to cultivate a passion for hockey, specifically Coyotes hockey.

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Coyotes to Host Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treating at Gila River Arena

Jakob Chychrun to hand out candy from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- The Arizona Coyotes announced today that the team will host drive-thru trick or treating on Coyotes Blvd. outside Gila River Arena on Saturday, October 31 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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Coyotes Calaveras Goalie Masks up for Auction Through October

Proceeds will benefit the Arizona Coyotes Foundation

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Arizona Coyotes

Hockey artist David Arrigo is adding some new items to his portfolio -- Coyotes calaveras.

Arrigo has created three, custom-painted, sugar skull-style Coyotes goalie masks in conjunction with the Arizona Coyotes Foundation and the organization's extended celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

And one could be yours. The masks, signed by Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper, are up for online auction through October 31. Funds from the auction will benefit the Foundation.

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Two More: Fischer 'Thrilled' to Sign Multi-Year Contract

The Coyotes power forward has returned to the Valley for off-season training

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Arizona Coyotes

A recent social media post showed Christian Fischer sporting a Coyotes t-shirt as a youngster. He'll be keeping the Coyotes name and logo close for (at least) two more years.

The Coyotes officially announced the signing of Fischer to a two-year contract Monday morning.

Fischer, 23, knows only one organization as a pro. He was drafted by the Coyotes in 2015 and is coming off his third full NHL season.

"I'm thrilled and happy to be a part of this team for two more years," Fischer said. "To continue what I've been through and what we started since I got drafted at age 18. I'm thrilled to be with the group we have here. It's probably the closest group of guys I've played with. It's a really, really tight group. So, I'm thrilled to be back."

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Coyotes Re-sign Christian Fischer to Two-Year Contract

As announced by General Manager Bill Armstrong

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Monday, October 19, 2020

GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Arizona Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward Christian Fischer to a two-year, one-way contract. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Latino Heritage Diversifies Valley's Hockey Look

Two families that exhibit youth hockey's developing diversity

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Arizona Coyotes

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.

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Partners of Our Pack: Dominic Orozco

Orozco is the Chief Strategic Marketing Officer of Gila River Hotels + Casinos

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes' organizational outreach is aimed at connecting with outside enterprises to develop a network of community support in the Valley.

One of the preeminent connections the Coyotes enjoy is with Gila River Hotels & Casinos, a valued partner, and Dominic Orozco, its Chief Strategic Marketing Officer. 

Orozco and Gila River Hotels & Casinos have established community initiatives through various marketing platforms that utilize brand awareness.

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Gutierrez, Armstrong, and Doan Support Vitalant Blood Drive

Coyotes' former captain described event as 'an incredible opportunity to help others'

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes held their third blood drive in five months Sunday and Monday at Gila River Arena.

Supplementing the Valley's blood supply is a key Coyotes initiative during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In partnership with Dignity Health, the Coyotes drive provides blood for Vitalant, a nonprofit organization that collects blood for hospitals. Vitalant was founded in Phoenix in 1943. 

All blood and platelet donations were tested for COVID-19 antibodies.

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Gutierrez Enjoys A Taste of Coyotes Outreach at 'La Botana'

'La Botana' is one of 45 Latino-owned restaurants highlighted by the Coyotes during Hispanic Heritage Month

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Arizona Coyotes

While it may have seemed like a typical night out for Coyotes President and CEO Xavier Gutierrez, it was anything but.

Dinner at La Botana restaurant in Central Phoenix was part of Gutierrez' and the organization's community support of local Latino businesses. The effort is part of the team's numerous Hispanic Heritage Month initiatives.

Gutierrez was accompanied Wednesday by his wife, Jericca; son, Xavi, and nephew Jonah.

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