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The KOHA Squirt A K Wings traveled to Chicago for the My Hockey Chicago Thanksgiving Classic tournament. According to Head Coach, Dan Mehren, "We went undefeated winning 8-2, 5-0, 7-5 and 4-3. We cam from behind in the third period of the championship game to win. Pretty exciting! We outshot our opponents 123-51 for the tourney and had eight different players score."
CONGRATULATIONS SQUIRT A K-WINGS! KOHA is proud of you!!!
(photo credit: Stephanie Agnew)
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DUE TO USA HOCKEY RUNNING A HIGH PERFORMANCE CLINIC IN KALAMAZOO THIS WEEKEND, KOHA IS ENCOURAGING ALL OF OUR COACHES TO ATTEND SUNDAY'S CLINIC. THEREFORE, THERE WILL BE NO HOUSE C (OR 6U/8U) ICE THIS SUNDAY (10/27)!
THE HOUSE C SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY (10/26) IS AS FOLLOWS:
2007/08 - 8:15am ANNEX
2006 - 10:45am ANNEX
2005 - 9:30am ANNEX
(A-M) - 12:00pm ANNEX
(N-Z) - 1:15pm ANNEX
(A-H) - 12:15pm WINGS
(I-Z) - 1:30pm WINGS
2:30pm - ANNEX
The House C (including 6U/8U) DRAFT will happen on Wednesday, October 30th. Emails with Team Assignments will go out Thursday along with schedule information.
The Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association was recently named as one of only eight "ADM Model Associations" in the nation by USA Hockey.
"We are excited to welcome (KOHA to this) group of model associations," said Kevin McLaughlin, senior director of hockey development for USA Hockey. "They're committed to ensuring the best possible competition and training environment for kids involved in their programs."
The American Development Model is based on age-appropriate training to fully benefit children in their hockey and overall athletic development. As a benefit of the model program designation, KOHA will receive added support from USA Hockey to assist in implementing the ADM throughout our programs, including equipment, signage, and educational materials. Further, KOHA will receive on-going staff support from USA Hockey's national office, including in-depth coaches training and parent education that will commence in September.
From Colorado Springs to Kalamazoo:
KOHA's "ADM Kickoff with USA Hockey"
September 26-29, 2013
USA Hockey will be in town conducting ADM practices at the 10U, 12U & 14U age groups in KOHA's House B and Travel programs, working with KOHA's coaches and ADM Skills Team, and conducting parent meetings including Q&A sessions.
Saturday, 9/28/13 - 10U/12U PARENT PRESENTATION - 9:45am - Wings Stadium
Saturday, 9/28/13 - 14U PARENT PRESENTATION - 3:15pm - Wings Stadium
If you have any questions regarding the ADM, or the sports science behind it, this is a GREAT opportunity to come and ask USA Hockey directly.
Scheduled to be in Kalamazoo for KOHA's ADM Kickoff Weekend with USA Hockey:
KOHA was recently named as one of only eight "ADM Model Associations"in the nation by USA Hockey. KOHA has put a skills team together to focus on age-specific skill development throughout the season. The KOHA skills team will be on the ice weekly with our Travel & House B programs, and on the ice periodically throughout the season with our House C program.
The ADM Skills team will be led by Brian Tulik, KOHA's Director of Hockey Operations and Eric Babcock, KOHA's ADM Director. Chris Brassard has been hired as KOHA's Skating Skills Coach and Travis Sabin has been hired as KOHA's Puck Handling Skills Coach. Tom Askey returns as the Goalie Coach for our Travel program, and Andy Reynolds will handle Goalie Coaching duties for our House B program.
Chris Brassard played professionally across the US and in Germany. While having worked as a hockey skills director/instructor for many years, Chris most recently has been involved in Graeme Townshends' National Hockey Development school delivering programs designed by NHL skating and skills coaches. Aside from working with KOHA as our Skating Skills Director, Chris has taken over the reigns of the WMU Stallions as their head coach for this season.
Travis Sabin is a Level 4 USA Hockey certified coach who coached for several years in KOHA's Travel program, and most recently was behind the bench for the Kalamazoo Blades Varsity high school hockey team. Travis has been actively involved with KOHA's development programs for the last several years, including our 8U program, various camps and our Pre-Travel Tryout clinics. Travis is excited to be on our Skills Team for KOHA's inaugural season as an ADM Model Association.
Tom Askey has been involved in KOHA, as our travel teams' goalie coach, for the last several years. Tom played four seasons with The Ohio State University, and several years of professional hockey (NHL, AHL, IHL & in Europe) after being drafted by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. Tom worked with the WMU Broncos goalies last season and will be on the ice with them again this season.
Andy Reynolds is the current Goalie Coach for the AAA West Michigan Hounds. Andy grew up playing with KOHA and played for the AAA West Michigan Warriors. He played Junior hockey in Toledo and led the CSHL in GAA and Save % while leading his team to a bid for the National Championship. He played D1 for Findlay & won the UHL Colonial Cup with the Muskegon Fury. Last season, Andy led the Red, White & Blue Goalie clinics for KOHA's Travel & House B programs.
KOHA would like to thank Bronson HealthCare Midwest Sports Medicine for sponsoring our Skills Team on-ice warmups.
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