Michael Gutnick
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Sports Reporter, Phoenix

Michael Gutnick is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sports broadcast journalism and a minor in mathematics. He is a digital reporter for Cronkite Sports this spring.

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Hey, taxi (squad)! Coyotes’ call-ups making difference during playoff push

PHOENIX – The Arizona Coyotes are in the midst of a tight playoff race in the West Division. Their postseason chances may hang in the balance with the recent success of their taxi squad call-ups.


The Kessel Run: Coyotes forward not slowing down during ironman streak

PHOENIX – Kessel will play in his 885th straight game when the Coyotes face the Vegas Golden Knights Friday, extending his ironman streak in pursuit of Doug Jarvis’ record.


Scottsdale’s Carlee Turner, Boston Pride overcome adversity to win National Women’s Hockey League title

PHOENIX – Despite thoughts of retirement amid a COVID-19 outbreak, Carlee Turner and her Boston Pride teammates overcame adversity to win the NWHL’s Isobel Cup.


Behind Derick Brassard’s hat trick, Coyotes end troubling road trip on high note

PHOENIX – Derick Brassard’s hat trick sparked the Coyotes’ offense in a 5-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks Saturday night, giving Arizona some much-needed momentum after a rough road trip.


Four takeaways from Coyotes team on edge of playoff picture

PHOENIX - The Arizona Coyotes have reached the first half of the shortened season with an even .500 record. On the outside looking in, the Coyotes’ playoff hopes bank on an uptick in offensive production and defensive efficiency.


The Dvorak notebook: Bergeron film, the Vrbackhander, hidden quick wit

PHOENIX – Arizona Coyotes forward Christian Dvorak has evolved into the team’s top center in his fifth season. His successful campaign employs unique tools of the trade.


Knack for the comeback: Resilient Coyotes start slow, finish strong

GLENDALE – The Arizona Coyotes have a knack for coming from behind. Despite a habit of slow starts, the team has played well under late-game pressure this season.


Black and blue line: Coyotes’ Niklas Hjalmarsson committed to blocking shots

PHOENIX - Coyotes defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson skated in his 800th career game in the National Hockey League Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Kings, continuing to perfect his craft in blocking shots.


North Dakota stars Schmaltz, Caggiula embrace ‘exciting’ reunion with Coyotes

PHOENIX – Forwards Nick Schmaltz and Drake Caggiula have reunited as teammates with the Arizona Coyotes. It's no surprise to see some of their early chemistry, going back to their days on the championship-winning "CBS" line at the University of North Dakota.


Leighton Accardo’s spirit guides Lyndsey Fry through 96-mile rollerblading fundraiser

PHOENIX – Lyndsey Fry, the Arizona Coyotes’ Director of External Engagement & Female Hockey and the President of the Arizona Kachinas Hockey Association, rollerbladed 96 miles across the Valley to raise money for a newly created scholarship fund in honor of Leighton Accardo.


‘Short Leash Line’ sparks Coyotes in historic series with Blues

PHOENIX – The “Short Leash Line” of Clayton Keller, Nick Schmaltz and Conor Garland scored nine goals and 20 points, lifting the Arizona Coyotes over the St. Louis Blues in an unprecedented, playoff-like seven-game series.


ASU commit Ty Murchison finds ‘home feeling’ in joining budding program

TEMPE – Ty Murchison is the second full-time U.S. NTDP player to commit to Arizona State. Murchison couldn’t resist smiling as he took in the “unreal experience” facing his future teammates last week at Oceanside Ice Arena.


NHL pulls microchipped tracking pucks after complaints about playability

PHOENIX – Only six days into the 2020-2021 season, the NHL removed microchipped pucks following concerns voiced by players and coaches.


‘They really do exist’: Coyotes fans welcome in-person experience

GLENDALE - The Arizona Coyotes opened the 2020-2021 season at Gila River Arena as a limited number of socially distanced, masked-up fans cheered.


Sprint to the start: Coyotes ready for unique season following shortened training camp

PHOENIX – The Arizona Coyotes begin an unprecedented shortened 2020-2021 season following a 10-day training camp. The players treated the scrimmages as “real games” with no preseason exhibition schedule.


Sticks and zones: The right hockey equipment can elevate a player’s game

PHOENIX – From peewee to pro, every hockey player’s stick comes down to personal preference in construction and superstition.


They shoot, they score: Coyotes’ goal to increase youth hockey participation a success

PHOENIX – The Arizona Coyotes have been seeking to increase youth hockey participation in the state of Arizona. With various youth development programs and outreach efforts, the Coyotes’ efforts are making an impact in the state.


Shot on ghoul: Chychrun, Coyotes delight fans looking for safer Halloween at drive-thru event

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun greeted and treated fans during a Halloween drive-thru event at Gila River Arena on Saturday.


Coyotes at center of ‘cancel culture’ debate after cutting ties with draft pick Mitchell Miller

PHOENIX - The Arizona Coyotes cut ties with 2020 fourth-round draft pick Mitchell Miller, who admitted bullying Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, an African-American classmate with developmental disabilities, four years ago.


Voters at Gila River Arena among million-plus in county to cast early ballots

PHOENIX - More than a million voters in Maricopa County have cast early ballots. Some were at Gila River Arena.


Pandemic puts NHL scouts in ‘adapt or die’ situation

PHOENIX – Scouting has changed dramatically since the COVID-19 pandemic picked up steam in mid-March, forcing hockey talent evaluators to embrace new approaches when assessing NHL prospects.


With captain Ekman-Larsson staying, Coyotes ready to ‘get back to work’

PHOENIX – Although the Arizona Coyotes announced several signings at the beginning of the NHL free agency period, the big news was that Oliver Ekman-Larsson will remain with the club.


Suns’ Ty Jerome helps raise awareness for Hoops 4 Humanity initiatives through fantasy football

PHOENIX – Phoenix Suns guard Ty Jerome teamed up with the Brogdon Family Foundation to raise awareness and money for Hoops 4 Humanity by playing fantasy football.


Tale of two brothers: Brinson, Steenn Pasichnuk share hockey journey from ASU to San Jose

PHOENIX- From their childhood days of ice fishing on Moose Lake in Bonnyville, Alberta to building the hockey program from the ground up at Arizona State, Brinson and Steenn Pasichnuk have been inseparable every step of their hockey journey.


With his coach as his caddie, ASU’s Kevin Yu steady in third U.S. Open appearance

PHOENIX - Arizona State fifth-year senior golfer Chun An Yu represents the youngest of seven Sun Devils competing in the 120th U.S. Open, but he’ll get some help with ASU head coach Matt Thurmond alongside him as his caddie.


Coyotes’ Gila River Arena will be used as voting center for General Election

PHOENIX - The Coyotes announced Gila River Arena will be used as a polling place from Oct. 28 to Nov. 3 for the upcoming election.


‘Groundhog Day’: Coyotes’ mental fortitude tested inside Edmonton bubble

PHOENIX - The 2019-2020 Stanley Cup playoffs presented a unique challenge in testing the mental limits of the Coyotes, outside of hockey.