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Hockey heads to Tucson; Candrea wins Pac-12 coach of the century

Candrea named Pac-12 Coach of the Century

You can now add conference coach of the century to the list of accomplishments by Arizona softball head coach Mike Candrea. His accolades include eight-time national champion, the fastest coach to reach 1,400 career victories and 31 seasons leading the Wildcat softball program.

Candrea is the Division I all-time leader in victories.

Arizona added 11 players to the all-century list, trailing UCLA by just three. Some notable names included Jennie Finch, Alicia Hollowell, Leah Braatz, Laura Espinoza and Caitlin Lowe.

Wildcats will play in Las Vegas tournament in 2016

Brace yourself Wildcat fans. Santa Clara may be facing Arizona sooner than we all thought.

When they think of the Broncos, Arizona fans either revert back to 1993’s upset loss to No. 15 Santa Clara or 2015’s tournament thriller, when the Wildcats escaped by just two points.. Now, the Broncos are led by former ASU head coach Herb Sendek, making this matchup even more exciting.

Arizona men’s basketball will compete in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational on Nov. 24-25. Besides the Wildcats and Broncos, the field includes Butler, Vanderbilt, Northern Colorado, Bucknell, Norfolk State and Sacred Heart.

The Arizona Daily Star’s Bruce Pascoe recently compiled the nonconference schedule, which many consider weak. The slate includes Michigan State, CSU Bakersfield, Texas Southern, Gonzaga, UC Irvine, Missouri, Grand Canyon University and New Mexico.

Coyotes AHL to take over Tucson

Hockey in Tucson? You heard that right. It was announced April 19 that the Arizona Coyotes have purchased the Springfield Falcons and will look to bring the AHL team to Tucson to play in the Tucson Convention Center.

The agreement is contingent on being approved by the AHL’s Board of Governors, which will meet May 10.

Tucson is not necessarily new to the sport. Through 32 seasons, the Arizona IceCats appeared in eight Final Fours and 10 Elite Eights. Additionally, the games were broadcast on ESPN radio. The team was led by Leo Golembiewski.

The IceCats dissipated in 2011 and became officially endorsed by the UA. Before the name change, the TCC was known as the Madhouse on Main Street.

There’s been no word how this will affect the UA club hockey team, which has played in the arena for decades. The arena currently holds roughly 6,800 persons.

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