KVHA News – Kent Valley 16U AAA Rainiers Perform Well in First Outing in San Jose
Kent Valley Ice Centre, Kent, WA. September 11, 2014 – The Kent Valley 16U AAA Rainiers traveled to San Jose over the Labor Day weekend to participate in the United States Hockey League (USHL) Western Shootout, a partnership between San Jose Sharks and the USHL. It was the first outing of the season for the Rainiers. The Rainiers faced off against the West Coast 15U AAA Renegades from West Valley City, Utah, for their first game of the season, and the tournament, and defeated the Renegades 5 to 3. They had two other wins, 6 to 0 over the Anaheim Wildcats 16U AA and 5 to 1 over the San Jose 15U AAA Jr. Sharks. The Rainiers suffered two losses to the San Jose 16U AA Jr. Sharks, 1 to 5 and 1 to 4.
Elliot Plourde led his teammates in scoring with 9 goals over the five games and was one of the top point getters for the tournament. Mike Thomas scored 3 goals, Nick Snyder scored 2 goals and 1 assist, Kyle Katras, Andrew Bell, Joseph Kuzmenko and Michael Morrison each scored goals.
Coach Lorenz was pleased with team’s performance. “The tournament was a good test for our guys. We are more aware of our strengths and weaknesses and we know what we have to work on over the coming weeks and as we prepare for Burnaby Winter Club’s Elite15 Ice Breaker Showcase next weekend.”
Auction is Saturday September 20th – Check it Out!
The Auction Committee is working hard to get everything organized for the September 20th event. They have a large number of amazing items to be auctioned off on Saturday. Here’s a preview of a few of the items for you to get excited about before we publish the catalog next week.
Autographed Seattle Mariners’ Jersey
Lots of Seattle SeaHawks items
Handmade Hockey Quilt – Always a popular item
Hockey Mom Basket
Man Cave Package with SeaHawks Bud Light Neon Sign, beer glasses, SeaHawks streamers, jersey banner, scratch lotto tickets, a case of beer and other fun stuff.
12pm – 1:30pm – Open Stick n Puck (The U-16 Rainiers will help on the ice for safety)
Note:Both of the above events require player to be in full hockey gear…
1:45pm – 4:15pm – Family Open Skate
Auction Events are:
12pm – 1:30pm – Silent Auction (tables will close at 12:45pm, 1:05pm & 1:25pm)
1:30pm – 2:30pm – Lunch is served
2:00pm – Start "Heads n' Tails" Game – Grand Prize TBD…
2:15pm – Start Live Auction and Fund a Player
At the end of the Live Auction we will draw the Raffle ticket for the winner of $500.00 off your 2014/2015 hockey season ice fees. (You must be present to win the Raffle)
KVHA Members are encouraged to wrap up this great day by attending the Seattle Thunderbirds home opener at ShoWare Center at 7:05pm. Tickets are available at the ShoWare box office or by calling the T-Birds at (253)239-7825.
Sadness at the Passing of Bob Suter
Kent Valley Ice Centre, Kent, WA. September 9, 2014 – We at Kent Valley Hockey Association (KVHA) and Kent Valley Ice Centre (KVIC) were deeply saddened to learn of the passing today of Bob Suter a member of the 1980 US Olympic “Miracle on Ice” hockey team. Suter was 57 years young. Several current and former members of KVHA and KVIC knew him personally. Ryan Doner and Eliot Grauer played for Bob Suter and his brother Gary Suter when they coached the Madison Capitols in 2010-2011. We were unable to reach Doner or Grauer for comment. Les Grauer played four years with Bob Suter at the University of Wisconsin. “We played on the same unit the last 3 years we were with the Badgers. I was on offense and Bob was defense,” said Grauer. Both Grauer and Lexi Doner visited Bob Suter when their sons were playing at Madison. Doner said, “Our hearts are with the Suter family during this time of sorrow.”
Editor’s note: The following information is reprinted from Wikipedia:
Robert Allen "Bob" Suter (May 16, 1957 – September 9, 2014) was an American former ice hockey defenseman and member of the Miracle on Ice 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team won the gold medal. He was the brother of former National Hockey League (NHL) player Gary Suter and father of current NHL player Ryan Suter and Garrett Suter who played for the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association and more recently with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. His nephew Jeremy Dehner is currently playing for SM-liiga team Jokerit.
Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Suter attended Madison East High School. He played college hockey at University of Wisconsin–Madison and was a member of the 1977 NCAA hockey champion Wisconsin Badgers. He was mostly noted for his rough play, setting several Badger records for penalty minutes before leaving in 1979. He initially joined the Tulsa Oilers under a tryout contract for a few games in late 1979, but soon joined the 1980 US Olympic hockey team on a full-time basis, where he won the gold medal.
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KVHA News – USA Hockey Registration Numbers Needed Before Practice Next Week
Kent Valley Ice Centre, Kent, WA. August 21, 2014 – Kent Valley players are reminded that they must have proof of 2014/2015 USA Hockey Registration before they enter the ice for practice next week. Your USA Hockey Registration number must be on record with KVHA Registrar, Rena Sullivan. Players who have not registered with USA Hockey will not be allowed to practice with their team until the registration process is complete and the number is on record with KVHA. We’re not trying to be picky; we just want to make sure everyone is properly insured through USA Hockey.
Click here for the USA Hockey Registration process.
Are You Ready? Kent Valley 2014/2015 Team Practice Schedule Begins Monday August 25th
KVHA’s 2014/2015 team practice schedule begins on Monday August 25th. The Midget 16U Tier-I Rainiers begin the first day of practices at 3:55pm Monday with Mites and PeeWees rounding out the first week of practice on Friday at 5:30pm to 6:30pm. The full schedule for week #11 of the summer schedule is posted on the KVHA Web under the Ice Schedule tab at www.KentValleyHockey.com.
We’ve been asked if the published practice schedule will remain the same for the entire season. The answer is probably not! As we state on the Ice Schedule page on the KVHA Web; “Schedules change frequently this time of the year. Please check the ice schedules often... Schedule adjustments occur as situations with teams evolve.” Go Kent Valley!
KVHA Initiates Two Rule Proposals for September 13th PNAHA Fall/Winter Meeting
Kent Valley Hockey Association will be proposing two new rules for PNAHA member associations at the September 13th PNAHA Fall/Winter meeting. KVHA has not experienced a great deal of success the past two years with rule proposals or proposed rule changes. KVHA failed to get their Rule 14 amendments passed at two prior PNAHA meetings. However, KVHA never gives up!
The first rule proposal is the Open Participation Rule. This rule would prohibit PNAHA member associations from discriminating against family members registering to play hockey when another family member is registered with another member association. Yes, trust me, this has actually happened. For example; a player registered with Association “A” tries out for a team at Association “B” and makes the team. The player in good standing requests a release from Association “A.” Association “A” responds by granting the release and denying registration in Association “A” for the player’s other family members. Basically, Association “A” is telling their members that everyone in the family plays for them or none of them play there.
The second rule proposal is the Player Release Rule. This rule would require PNAHA member associations to provide player releases within three (3) business days of being requested, provided the player is a member in good standing. Historically, KVHA has always been prompt when providing player releases for players in good standing, often providing the release on the spot. However, not all associations play fairly. We had one release in particular this year that required numerous e-mails, phone calls and 29 days to secure. That is unacceptable!
KVHA News – 2014/2015 Registrations Surge Ahead of Same Date Last Season
Kent Valley Ice Centre, Kent, WA. August 14, 2014 – Registration for the 2014/2015 Hockey Season has lagged behind last season’s numbers all summer. That is until this past week. KVHA Registrar, Rena Sullivan, reports that registrations picked up over the past week and we are now ahead of where we were at this time last summer. Lew Sellers, President of KVHA, said, “We are very pleased with the recent surge in enrollments for the 2014/2015 hockey season. We have a couple of age groups where we thought we were only going to be able to field one team. Now we’re on the verge of two teams. In the end, our total association enrollment numbers may end up higher than last season. This is very positive for our Kent Valley Hockey Association.” The KVHA 2014/2015 hockey season begins on Monday August 25th. Please check the KVHA Web for the ice schedules.
Kent Valley 16U Tier-I Rainiers Will Play in Burnaby Winter Club Elite15 Ice Breaker Showcase
The Kent Valley 16U Tier-I Rainiers have been accepted to play in Burnaby Winter Club’s Elite Ice Breaker Showcase. Upon learning the Rainiers are coached by Danny Lorenz who grew up in Burnaby and went on to star for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League, the tournament quickly invited Kent Valley's 16U squad to participate. The Rainiers look forward to playing against talent from some of the most elite programs on the West Coast. The following BC teams are participating: Okanogan Hockey Academy, Burnaby Winter Club, Yale Hockey Academy, Pacific Coast Hockey Academy, and Delta Hockey Academy. Along with the Rainiers, US teams include nationally ranked Anaheim Jr. Ducks, and L.A. Jr. Kings. It should be a great tournament.
Squirt “B” Tryouts Set for August 25th and 28th
Danny Lorenz, KVHA’s Hockey Director, announced tryout dates for Kent Valley’s Squirt “B” Selects team. Coach Derek Pizzey will run the tryouts for the Selects. The Squirt “B” tryout dates are:
Monday August 25th, 5:30pm to 6:30pm Thursday August 28th, 6:40pm to 7:40pm
No additional fees are required for the Squirt “B” tryouts. The Squirt “B” Selects will share the two tryout ice times with the Squirt Tornadoes.
KVHA Team Practice Schedule Begins Monday August 25th
KVHA’s 2014/2015 team practice schedule begins on Monday August 25th. The Midget 16U Tier-I Rainiers begin the first day of practices at 3:55pm Monday with Mites and PeeWees rounding out the first week of practice on Friday at 5:30pm to 6:30pm. The full schedule for week #11 of the summer schedule is posted on the KVHA Web under the Ice Schedule tab at www.KentValleyHockey.com. Go Kent Valley!
Auction Procurements Nearly Complete, Emphasis on Ticket Sales is Next for KVHA’s September 20th Auction
KVHA enrollment is not the only thing that surged this past week. Auction procurements have surged as well. We now have all team donations completed and we are working on a few last-minute individual member procurements. Auction ticket sales are lagging and KVHA’s Registrar, Rena Sullivan, will focus on those over the coming weeks. If you have not purchased your tickets for the September 20th Auction, please do so at your earliest convenience.
KVHA is so confident about the outcome of the September 20th auction that we have already ordered new team jerseys. The jerseys should arrive sometime during the early part of September just in time for the beginning of the NPSHL and PNAHA schedules. A major portion of auction proceeds will be used to cover the cost of the jerseys. We appreciate everyone’s support for the auction and look forward to your participation.
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The Kent Valley Ice Centre Pro Shop just received its Summer 2014 stick order from Bauer.
Come on in and check out our new supply of Bauer APX2 Regular and Limited Edition and the Bauer TOTALONE NXG. We still have some of last season's supply on the 20% discount rack. You'll find the Bauer APX and Easton Stealth RS at very reasonable prices.
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