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Coyotes prospects lend a hand to various Valley communities

Arizona Coyotes President and CEO Ahron Cohen with centers Barrett Hayton, John Farinacci and other prospects at the Scottsdale Fire Department. (Twitter screenshot/@ArizonaCoyotes)

With Arizona Coyotes development camp underway this week, many of the team’s prospects are in town learning something on and off the ice.

The prospects camp began Monday with over 30 players on the roster.

Some notable players on the roster include 2019 first-round pick Victor Soderstrom and last year’s fifth overall pick Barrett Hayton.

Now those players are participating in some “community day” activities that the Coyotes planned out for Wednesday as the team visits different places around the Valley.

The first stop for the team was working with the 100 Club of Arizona to serve lunch to Scottsdale firefighters and police officers.

The team also donated $50,000 to the non-profit organization as part of the Coyotes Give Back program.

Other prospects went to the Phoenix Center of the Arts to do some arts and crafts with children in the HopeKids program.

Another place players helped out was the Hope for Hunger Food Bank by sorting through boxes of food to help the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s work in hunger and poverty.

Next, the Coyotes visited the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Other players went to Tempe where they also cooked for the city’s fire department.

The last stop for the team was going to the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley to play hockey with children there.

The Arizona Coyotes Foundation has been helping throughout the Valley since the team’s relocation in 1996. The foundation has raised millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations that promote education, youth sports and health programs for children as well as service men and women.

The Coyotes development camp continues Friday when prospects face off in a red-versus-white scrimmage game at Gila River Arena.

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