ASU’s Kale Dolinski (17) celebrates a goal. Photo Credit: Michelle Hekle
By Ed Chavez, Staff Writer
Mixed in the shuffle of the many sports in the Valley, hidden behind the dominating football and basketball teams at Arizona State University, the ASU hockey team thrived for over 25 years before making a major name for themselves at Arizona State. But due to recent success the Sun Devils’ hockey team are finding they aren’t the school’s best kept secret anymore. Now leading the nation in the ACHA (American Collegiate Hockey Association), the Sun Devils are seeing seats fill up as they continue to make a name for themselves.
The new attention isn’t limited to just the ASU college students, locked out hockey fans have begun trickling in looking to fill their hockey void as CBA negotiations continue between the league and the NHLPA.
But Coyotes jerseys, hats and t-shirts aren’t the only things you’ll see that are Coyotes related at the Sun Devils’ home rink, the Oceanside Arena in Tempe. The banners hang from the rafters donning the names of former Coyotes associate coach and two-time Stanley Cup winner, Ulf Samuelsson, former NHLer, Kurt Sauer, as well as NHL drafted players, Zac Larraza (PHX) and Luke Moffatt (COL). Even the BizNasty endorsed Sauce Hockey clothing company has a hand in the arena’s team shop in addition to a few ads displayed around the rink.
The Sun Devils pound the ice at Oceanside on a weekly bases looking for redemption after having their previous post-season cut short by Oakland University. Now hell bent, the Men’s Division I hockey team started the season hot and have yet to let up thus far.
After finishing their weekend series against instate rivals, the University of Arizona Wildcats, the Sun Devils pushed their record to 28 consecutive wins over the Wildcats, now bringing Arizona State to a 13-0-0 record.
The Arizona Sun Devils are set to face off again this Thursday against the team that ousted them last season. Ticket information located below.