Heart of a Coyote

Tyler Sopp, Flagstaff, Ariz.

I play Division II hockey for my school, Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. While many don’t believe it, we get quite a bit of snow during the winter months since Flagstaff sits at an elevation of 7,000 ft.

During a recent blizzard, the roof of the rink where we play at collapsed, 12 hours before we were supposed to host rival Arizona State University.

The rink was the only one in town, so the Phoenix Coyotes organization graciously let us practice at their game rink, Arena in Glendale, free of charge.

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On top of putting a story about us on their website, Shane Doan even gave us a call before our final game of the season, wishing us good luck.

I thought I’d share with the hockey world a story that demonstrated how much class and character the Coyotes organization has. They have shown the NHL a thing or two about perseverance this year, and are a great example of world-class players and human beings.