John De Groote

Staff writer

I am currently a student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and hope to use my degree to acquire a career in sports journalism. I was born in New York City but moved to the Big Island of Hawaii before reaching the age of one. I graduated from Kealakehe High School in 2007 and made the move to Phoenix to attend ASU. I've been asked too many times why I made the move from paradise, especially during the summer months, but spend a few years as a sports fan on an island with none and you may see where I am coming from. I played football and rugby in high school but the sport that has stuck with me throughout my life has been hockey. There are a surprising amount of displaced Canadians in Hawaii that were more than willing to spread the knowledge of the game. Growing up in Hawaii made it hard to have teams to call my own and lead me to become more attached to individual athletes rather than teams. Since moving to Phoenix in 2008 I have felt spoiled with the NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB franchises in town, as well as spring training baseball and have even found a way to attend an Arena Bowl championship game. I like to see all the local teams and ASU sports doing well, but still remain a hopeless optimist for Hawaii Warrior (not rainbow) football.


2012 NHL Western Conference Finals: Put The Brooms Away, Phoenix Coyotes Avoid Sweep With 2-0 Win

Shane Doan scored twice and Mike Smith posted his third shutout of the postseason to avoid being swept by the Los Angeles Kings and to keep the Phoenix Coyotes Cinderella season alive The Los...

Doan's Camera Killer Puts Coyotes Up By Two

Shane Doan is obviously not ready for the offseason. The Coyote captain is leading by example and has his team up 2-0 with only one period remaining in Game 4. Doan scored on the power play in the...

Doan, Coyotes Up 1-0 On Kings After First Period

The Los Angeles Kings doubled up the Coyotes in shots, but it's the Coyotes who headed to the locker room with the 1-0 lead after the first period. Captain Coyote, Shane Doan, beat Jonathan Quick...

The Phoenix Coyotes Reaction To Game 3 And Looking Ahead To Game 4

After the Phoenix Coyotes disappointing loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center Thursday night, the Desert Dogs will have to battle back from a 3-0 deficit if they hope to advance to the...

Kings Win On Home Ice 2-1, Coyotes Go Down 3-0 In Series

Dwight King's early third period goal would be the difference for the Los Angeles Kings as they beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 and took a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. The Kings are now only the...

Two Early Second Period Goals Have Kings And Coyotes Tied Entering Third

The Coyotes lead lasted a whole two minutes and seven seconds. After Daymond Langkow scored just over a minute into the second period, Anze Kopitar put away a breakaway chance to tie the game at...

Coyotes And Kings Scoreless After First Period

Both the Phoenix Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings have had their chances, but neither team has found a way to light the lamp yet. The Coyotes lineup looks a little different in Game 3, mostly due to M...

O Captain, My Captain: How The Play Of Shane Doan And Dustin Brown Will Affect The Series

Shane Doan and Dustin Brown are at different points of their careers, but both are shining examples of what an NHL captain should be. Doan has been with the Phoenix Coyotes franchise his entire...

2012 NHL Western Conference Finals Preview: Phoenix Coyotes Vs. Los Angeles Kings, A Rivalry Renewed

The NHL's Western Conference Finals kick off Sunday at Arena in Glendale. The Phoenix Coyotes will be taking on their Pacific Division rival, the Los Angeles Kings, with a berth in the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals up for grabs.

2012 NHL Playoffs: Predators Vs. Coyotes Game 5 Preview

The Phoenix Coyotes will be looking to end the Nashville Predators season Monday night in a crucial Game 5 at Arena. The big news going into the game is the suspension of Coyotes...

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