The 2018-19 MHL League schedule has been completed and posted to the web on both the MHL and local hockey association web sites. Scheduling was a mammoth undertaking involving the scheduling of 2,112 games at 12 different rinks in Washington and Oregon for 97 teams and over 1,000 (estimated) players!!
Special thanks to Donna Kaufman, Puget Sound Hockey Association for coordinating the effort. Thanks also to Penny DelBarto who helped put the schedules in a form for uploading to the MHL web and to Ian Armstrong, Seattle Jr and Andrew Birnbrich, SnoKing who did the upload to the new MHL web site. Jessica Turney, Tacoma, conducted the cross checks of the schedules in Tacoma.
Kaufman said, “The MHL league reps were very responsive in looking at the schedules to check for proper ice usage and did a great job of getting the number of teams and ice to me in a timely manner: Les Grauer - Kent, Christopher Raub - Everett, Nick Fouts - Seattle Jr., Doug Kirton and Andrew Birnbrich - SnoKing, Penny Delbarto - Bremerton, Bob Knoerl - Vancouver and Andy Potter - Portland.”
Kaufman also praised the local coaches, managers and parents for their patience. “It is a job that requires everyone to work together. It is great to work with each of them.”
MHL League games begin Saturday October 13th for most teams. May everyone have an exciting and enjoyable 2018-19 hockey season.
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.
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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
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.
Kent Valley’s 2018-19 Learn to Play (LTP) program was overhauled earlier this month to provide three 8-week sessions per year. The first session under this new format gets underway Sunday, September 23rd 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.
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