Hopefully this is the first in a series of new posts on CTP Hockey about memorable or epic away days following the sport we love. This post is about my very first trip to Arizona to see my beloved Coyotes. Having watched the Coyotes from across the Atlantic since their arrival in Phoenix, it has been a long long wait to see the Coyotes play in person. Like most NHL fans, when the schedule is announced, you look for homestands to make a trip worthwhile.
The new NHL season is off and running and, with around 11-12 games gone, while it is still too early for proper trends to be forming, there is enough sample size to get an idea.
The Anaheim Ducks faced off against a well rested Arizona Coyotes in game 5 of their 2018-19 league campaign for the second time in the space of four days. The Ducks would take the two points in their first meeting and the Coyotes would come to the Anaheim looking to take two points of their own.
Welcome to issue #2 of Chasing the Ducks. A weekly Anaheim Ducks series. Here I will round up the weekly goings on from results, trades, keeping up to speed with our Ducklings and any other pressing matters throughout the 18/19 NHL season.
The Arizona Coyotes announced 22-players from their recent rookie camp who have been extended invitations to the main squads training camp that gets underway on Friday, and Liam Kirk is one of them.
The seventh round selection in this years NHL Draft has had well documented hype around him since becoming the first British born and trained player ever taken in the draft, and his attendance at the NHL teams training camp is just another huge step forward as he begins his career across the pond.
Liam Kirk will be attending the Arizona Coyotes rookie training camp this month, also representing the Coyotes at a rookie tournament in Las Vegas.
Kirk, who was a seventh round pick of the Coyotes in this summers draft, will fly out to Las Vegas for a three-day tournament against the prospects of the Vegas Golden Knights, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche.
In a move that has become somewhat of a hallmark for the Chayka era Coyotes the team from Arizona used one of their unique abilities in this salary cap era to make a deal using their cap space, while not actually increasing their salary too much.