The Phoenix Coyotes thrilled fans in Prescott Valley today when they held their practice at Tim's Toyota Center. Afterwards, players signed autographs for hundreds of people lined up with shirts, sticks, hats and more.
â€śWeâ€™re obviously excited to welcome the Coyotes to the area,â€ť said Sundogs General Manager Chris Presson. â€śThis is a chance for our fans to see something unique â€“ NHL Training Camp. The practices are open for the fans to come watch. Itâ€™s the highest level of hockey, and itâ€™s a chance to continue growing the sport here in the state of Arizona.â€ť
Robyn MacKenzie brought her children, Collin and Avery and their friend, Jared Shuter to watch the practice and gather signatures.
When asked what she thought of the practice, MacKenzie responded, "Oh, it was wonderful."
And, should people come tomorrow? "Absolutely," MacKenzie said. "Absolutely, if they can. It's a great way to see hockey, even if you're not a hockey fan. It's a great way to see hockey, and it's a great way to see an NHL team, right here in your home town."
"We are huge hockey fans," MacKenzie admitted with a wide smile. "There is no such thing as too much hockey. We're in mourning right now, because it's the off season. The season starts next week, and we're really excited. We love the Coyotes and the Sundogs."
Collin and Jared are on a roller hockey team, which won a national championship, MacKenzie confided. "But, they do both play ice hockey as well." Even 6-year-old Avery is on a roller hockey team. All the children are part of the Prescott Youth Hockey Association. "Come on out," MacKenzie urged.
In the meantime, as the various players got towards the end of the line, each one added his signature to the garments proffered, and chatted with their fans. Team Captain Shane Doan was especially gracious to the kids, posing for a photo and talking for a couple of minutes about hockey.
The team will be on the ice again Tuesday morning from 10 - 12 noon. There is no charge to come watch. But, unfortunately, there won't be time for autographs, as they have to return to Phoenix.
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