With the 2004-05 NHL season now firmly on the brink of extinction, the Coyotes and Arizona Public Service will host what might be the only hockey played at Glendale Arena for quite awhile.
Beginning today, the arena will host "99 hours of Hockey’’ — games featuring teams and players representing the Arizona High School Hockey League, Arizona Youth Hockey Associations, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona State University, police and fire departments and numerous Valley adult leagues.
Almost 100 teams and more than 2,500 skaters are committed to playing throughout the weeklong event, which concludes Nov. 24.
The highlight of the event comes Saturday at 8 p.m. with a matchup of former NHL stars living in the Valley against a team comprised of local Valley law enforcement and fire department personnel.
The alumni team includes Coyotes general manager Mike Barnett, coach Rick Bowness, TV analyst Charlie Simmer, former Coyote players Craig Janney, Paul Ranheim, Bob Essensa, Louie DeBrusk, Jim Johnson and Jocelyn Lemieux and former NHL players Dave Ellett, Jamie Baker, Tim Watters and Darren Veitch.
Admission is free, but fans are encouraged to bring a canned food donation for the St. Mary’s Food Bank.
LOOSE PUCK: The Coyotes are bringing the Stanley Cup to Glendale Arena on Saturday. Fans can take their photo with the trophy from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Lexus Club.
Fans are again asked to make a canned food donation to the St. Mary’s Food Bank.