Coyotes Return For Aps Power Play Tour

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Wiley coyotes will soon be prowling the grounds of Green Valley Park.

Representatives of the Phoenix Coyotes professional hockey team will visit Green Valley Park from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug 15 as part of the APS Power Play Tour 2002. The hockey festival will be making its way through Arizona for the sixth year in a row.

The team's nine-stop tour of Arizona kicks off Aug. 14 at Arrowhead Towne Center in Glendale.

In addition to Glendale and Payson, the Coyotes will visit Flagstaff, Arizona Snowbowl, Prescott, Chandler, Lake Havasu, Tucson and Yuma.

According to Coyotes spokesperson Susan Kricun, the purpose of the tour is to give fans in communities throughout Arizona a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the excitement of the NHL.

"By hosting these free, fan-friendly events in cities across Arizona, we're able to thank them (fans) for their support," Coyotes president Jim Lites said.

Co-sponsors of the festivals include Arizona Public Service and Fox Sports Net.

Each tour stop will feature events in which fans have the chance to participate in interactive games, pickup tips from the pros on the finer points of the game, win prizes and meet Coyote players, Kricun said.

One of the most popular featured games is a slapshot challenge in which fans will be able to test the speed of their slapshot.

Other games include an APS Bounce Around, APS Slide, Bubble Hockey Challenge, Fox Sports Net Lucky Shot, Race for the Cup Obstacle Course and Between the Pipes. In a sumo-hockey game, fans can enter to win the chance to compete for Coyotes tickets.

There also will be a Coyotes Charities Photo Booth. For $5, which includes a keepsake frame, fans can have their photo taken with a Coyote player. All proceeds benefit Coyotes Charities.

Also on the tour will be team radio and television broadcast personalities, Kricun said. They will give out pointers and provide broadcasters' insights into the game of hockey.

The Coyote players slated to visit Payson are defenseman Drake Berehowsky and left wing Brian Savage.

Veteran hockey fans will recall Berehowsky as Toronto's first-round choice, 10th overall, in the 1990 entry draft. The Coyotes acquired him and Denis Pederson in a 2001 trade for Todd Warriner, Trevor Letowski and Tyler Bouck. Last season, Berehowsky played in 32 games for Phoenix and March 5 scored his first goal as a Coyote.

A native of Toronto, Berehowsky is well known in hockey circles for his charity work. Last season, he provided four tickets to each Coyote game for children from Phoenix Children's Hospital.

The Coyotes acquired Savage from Montreal for a third-round choice in the 2002 or 2003 entry draft.

At the time of the trade, Savage ranked second on the team in points and shots. He also was second on the team in ice time among forwards.

Last season he played in 30 games for Phoenix and ranked fourth on the team in goals. He scored his first two goals as a Coyote Feb. 8 in a 6-5 overtime win over Los Angeles. Oct. 26 against Buffalo, he recorded his seventh career hat trick.

Information regarding Coyotes tickets and merchandise will be available at the Power Play festival. Prizes and giveaways will include luxury suite nights, game tickets and autographed merchandise, Kricun said.

For more information about the tour, call (888) 255-PUCK or visit phoenixcoyotes.com.

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