Whether its on the air or on the ice, the desert southwest and its youth hockey programs are lucky to have Mathew Blades.  The morning radio show host by morning and dedicated youth hockey coach and hockey lover by night, spends countless hours on his "blades" instructing kids of all ages.  Blades, a Minnesota native and valley resident for the past six years has seen Arizona youth hockey grow by leaps and bounds.

     That being said, as the NHL prepares for it's annual entry draft, Blades like many others will be watching intently to see if Arizona's native son and product of the state's youth program, Auston Matthews will become the top selection.  MORE TO COME...


Mathew Blades goes over power skating drills with youth hockey players Friday night at the Chandler Ice Den.

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