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Coyotes Assist Travel Team In Need of Gear

Sunday, 01.16.2011 / 7:26 PM MT / Features
By Dave Vest
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Coyotes Assist Travel Team In Need of Gear
The hockey community is a tight one. That’s why the Coyotes quickly jumped into action on Sunday morning once they learned an out-of-state youth travel team needed to borrow equipment to continue playing in a tournament being played in Peoria.

The Southside Athletic Club Lakewood midget AA team traveled to the Valley from Edmonton, Alberta, to play in the Cactus Cup tournament this weekend. The team won its first two games. On Sunday morning, the team of 16- and 17-year olds awoke to find the trailer containing its gear – estimated to be worth about $50,000 – had been stolen from the parking lot of their hotel.

Once the Coyotes learned of the situation, Head Equipment Manager Stan Wilson and his staff arranged for most of the team’s players to be outfitted with used Coyotes equipment, allowing the team to finish the tournament.

“Calling the Coyotes was a shot in the dark,” said John Devaney, a parent of one of the players. “But after a couple of phone calls we had a truckload of equipment about four hours later and away we went. It was just amazing. We have a bunch of happy kids. It’s really nice to see a pro team like that just jump up and see what they can do to help.”

Individuals outside of the Coyotes organization also donated gear to the team.

Anyone with information regarding the team’s stolen equipment trailer is urged to contact the Peoria Police Department. is the official Web site of the Arizona Coyotes. The Arizona Coyotes and are trademarks of IceArizona Hockey Co LLC, NHL, NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL Logos and marks NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 2016 The Arizona Coyotes and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Contact Us