Monsoon Cuts Short Coyotes' Visit


The monsoon that sent folks running for cover Thursday didn't dampen the enthusiasm of those who visited the APS Power Play Tour.

The annual event was held at Green Valley Park with a "VIP Meet and Greet" hour that was attended by Arizona Public Service officials, special invitees and Phoenix Coyotes players Drake Berehowsky and Brian Savage.

Later, hockey fans young and old alike arrived to participate in the many interactive games that tour sponsors had planned for them. Visitors also got autographs from the two Coyote players.

Coyote fans recognized Savage as a left winger who played 30 games with Phoenix last season. Berehowsky, a defenseman from Ontario, played 32 games with the Coyotes after being acquired from Vancouver in a trade.

For $5, which was donated to Coyote charities, fans could have their pictures taken with the two players.

Although rain and wind eventually put a crimp on the tour, most who attended were able to enjoy about an hour of the festivities.

Among the most popular games was a "Slapshot Challenge" which tested the speed and accuracy of fan's slapshots into a goal.

APS provided a slide and a "bounce around" that provided plenty of entertainment for younger tour visitors.

Other games included a bubble hockey challenge, the Fox Sports Net Lucky Shot, a "Race for the Cup" obstacle course and a "Between the Pipes" hockey challenge.

Coyotes broadcast personalities were on hand to meet the public and give broadcasters insight into the game of hockey. The first 50 who arrived at the tour received 50-percent off tickets to Coyotes regular season home games

The tour kicked off Aug. 14 at Arrowhead Town Center in Glendale. This year, it featured both a northern and southern route which made 10 stops in nine cites.

APS and Coyotes officials billed the tour as one that would give fans in communities throughout Arizona a "one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the excitement of the NHL."

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