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Kent Valley Hockey Taps Harry Smith for Hockey Director

Kent Valley Hockey is pleased to announce Harry Smith as their new Hockey Director.  Smith has coached at Kent Valley Hockey Association for the last 13 years coaching at the Mite, Squirt, PeeWee, Bantam and Midget levels.  He has also assisted with Learn to Play for the last 13 years, has run several Spring LTP sessions and has coached Kent Valley’s Spring Practice sessions for various age levels for the last 5 or 6 years.  Smith has coached several Spring tournament teams and is currently assisting with the Edmonds-Wooley High School Hockey team.  He holds a Level 4 USA Hockey Coaching Certification.

Harry Smith was born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia and played street hockey as a kid.  He took up ice hockey when he was transferred to Grand Rapids Michigan in 1999.  He and his family moved to Kent Washington in 2003.  He has played in both the GSHL and the Rainier Hockey league for the last 15 years and has refereed for the last 4 years.

Kent Valley Team Photo Night is Monday 10/29

Mark your calendar now!  Kent Valley Hockey’s team photo night is set for Monday evening October 29th.  Team and individual photos will be taken.  Players need to wear full gear with hockey stick. NO Helmet during photos. Teams need to arrive early and players dressed and in line tallest to shortest. All players must have order form in hand. If you ordered online please make sure your player has print out of order in their hand. Password: score

5:00pm - 12U Selects 

5:15pm - 14U Tornadoes

5:30pm - 18U Tornadoes

5:45pm - Learn to Play & Mini Mites

6:00pm - 12U Tornadoes

6:15pm - 8U Mites

6:30pm - 10U Tornadoes & Hurricanes

6:45pm - 16U Selects 


Bring a Food Donation to Practice Next Week

Kent Valley Ice Centre, Kent Valley Hockey Association and Kent Valley Figure Skating Club will be participating in the 8th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge for the benefit of the Kent Food Bank.

We are encouraging all our Kent Valley Hockey Association members to bring a food item or items, to practice next week.  We are hoping to fill up the bins at the front doors and make a healthy donation to the Kent Food Bank.  We greatly appreciate your donations.

USA Hockey Coaching Clinics Level 1, 2 & 3

Registration is Open for Coaches needing to attend Coaching Clinic Level 1, 2 & Level 3. Location is Tacoma Twin Rinks. Level 1 & 2 will be held Saturday October 27th Click Here to register 

Level 3 will be held Sunday October 28th Click here to register

Learn to Play Hockey (LTP) Program

Register Now for the 2nd - 8 week series starting Nov. 18th

Kent Valley’s 2018-19 Learn to Play (LTP) program was overhauled earlier this month to provide three 8-week sessions per year. The second session starts Sunday November 18th for an 8-week run and a cost of $152. 

On the 8th week of the program the skater/player will be evaluated.  This evaluation will determine if the skater/ player is ready for the next level of LTP hockey, the Mini-Mite division or a full-fledged recreation team.

Gear rental is available through Kent Valley Ice Centre for $80 per 8-week series, plus a $100 security deposit which is refundable once gear is returned.

The Kent Valley Hockey Learn to Play program focuses on skating skills, but also teaches the basic skills of stick-handling, shooting and passing.  The Learn to Play program is done in full gear, and players experience the thrill and challenges of trying to skate, use the stick, and handle the puck simultaneously.  The LTP Program is available to beginning level boys and girls ages 4 to 10 years old. 

KVHA’s hockey coaches are certified through USA Hockey for coaching at the appropriate level.  Most have previous playing and coaching experience, many with college, junior and professional experience.

Click here to Register

USA Hockey Require Helmets on Coaches While on the Ice

Safety is the top priority of USA Hockey each and every day. In 2006, USA Hockey took a significant step forward in enhancing safety by requiring coaches and volunteers to wear helmets when they are on the ice.

“While most are in compliance with the rule, this past June, USA Hockey’s board of directors added a 30-day suspension from all activities involving registered programs for failure to comply with the rule.”

The rule can be found on Page 144 Section A, of USA Hockey’s 2018-19 Annual Guide.

Here’s to a fun and safe hockey season. Thanks for all you do to make hockey the greatest game on earth.

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