Kent Valley Ice Centre, Kent, WA., Thursday, January 29, 2018 – Even the storm-caused power outages couldn’t keep participants away from Kent Valley’s “Try Hockey For Free” day on January 6th. Over 30 new skaters showed up, put on the gear, laced up their skates and tried hockey for free. Four of the thirty-four participants in the January 6th event have signed up for Kent Valley’s next Learn to Play session starting February 3rd.
Kent Valley’s Hockey Director, Harry Smith, called the event a team effort. Smith said, “We couldn’t have done it without the participation of our many volunteers.” Smith expressed thanks to Jon & Austin Graham, Brent Harrison, Matt & Easton Wagner, Josh Ellis, several players from Kent Valley’s 12U PeeWee Selects team, and special recognition to Alex Ostrovsky (10 years old) for providing Russian language interpreting services. Danny, Maria and Jenna Smith also provided valuable assistance.
Smith said he is planning another Try Hockey for Free event for February 9th, 2019. Additional information will be provided as soon as it is available.
Register Now for 8 week series starting Feb. 3rd for $152
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
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.