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KOHA House B Broncos 2017 Evaluation Skates & Skills Skate Dates
We highly recommend that your player try to attend both evaluation skates in order to help us fairly evaluate him or her prior to the draft.
Wednesday, August 30th - First Evaluation Skates
*10U B 5:30 to 6:30pm Wings West - N Avenue off of 9th Street
*12U B 6:45 to 7:45pm Wings West - N Avenue off of 9th Street
*14U B 8:00 to 9:00pm Wings West - N Avenue off of 9th Street
*Parent meetings for each age group at the beginning of each evaluation skate
Wednesday, September 6th - Second and Final Evaluation Skate
10U B 5:30 to 6:30pm Wings West - N Avenue off of 9th Street
12U B 6:45 to 7:45pm Wings West - N Avenue off of 9th Street
14U B 8:00 to 9:00pm Wings West - N Avenue off of 9th Street
Monday, September 11th – First skate with KOHA Skills Team & Off Ice Training with Athletic Mentors
On Ice Off Ice Training
10U B 5:40 to 6:20pm 6:30 to 7:10pm Wings West
12U B 6:30 to 7:10pm 7:20 to 8:00pm Wings West
14U B 8:10 to 8:50pm 9:10 to 9:50pm Wings West
*Coaches will be drafting the teams during the Skills Skates
Wednesday, September 13th
Regular Season team practices begin
KALAMAZOO, MI – The Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association (KOHA) is serious about player development, and, you need to look no further than the Skills Team being assembled heading into the 2017-18 season by Interim Hockey Director, Matt Kakabeeke. Joining an already impressive lineup, KOHA is excited to announce that current KWing, and Tampa Bay Lightning fourth round draft pick (’10), Jimmy Mullin will be part of the Skills Team.
“I love helping the younger kids develop. Growing up in the Cincinnati area, I would be helped by the Cincinnati Cyclones, and it meant a lot to me. I want to teach kids, help them get better, and have fun along the way,” said Mullin. “My favorite part of the summer is going back to Shattuck St. Mary’s - where I played high school hockey - and where I train and coach hockey camps; I love working with young players.”
Mullin spent three years at Miami (Ohio) University (’11-’14) playing in the CCHA and NCHC then transferred to Minnesota State for his final year of eligibility. He joined the KWings in August 2016, but spent the 16-17 season sidelined with a knee injury.
Mullin began skating and playing hockey at a young age, but credits much of his success on the ice to playing multiple sports, “Baseball, basketball, hockey, tennis, lacrosse, soccer, and golf. I don’t believe in kids just playing one sport growing up.” When asked how important getting away from the rink is summers was, Mullin said, “It was very important to me. My escape was playing other sports and being outside. Being a multi-sport athlete has lifelong benefits: coordination, flexibility, endurance, teamwork, time management, etc.”
“We are so excited to have Jimmy joining our players and coaches on the ice this coming season. He brings youthful energy, excitement, skill and the ability to connect with both coaches and players in an impactful way on the ice,” said Kakabeeke.
KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association (KOHA) is once again holding its Annual Coaches College with USA Hockey on August 28th & 29th at Wings West Ice Arena. KOHA's Travel and House B coaches (head coaches and assistants) MUST attend one of the nights, and KOHA House C (including 6U/8U) coaches and helpers are highly encouraged to attend.
The agenda/content will be forthcoming, but will align with the 2017/18 initiatives including long term athlete development, skating, body contact/checking and goaltending which will give this year's Coaches College a fresh look with new content.
ATTENTION COACHES! USA HOCKEY COACHING EDUCATION PROGRAM (CEP) CLINICS AT THE RADISSON HOTEL, KALAMAZOO, MI!
Level 4 - September 15 & 16
Level 1, 2 & 3 - September 16
Presenters will include college, professional and international coaches
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Hockey Director
Certification Program at the North American Rink Conference & Expo
(NARCE) in Columbus, Ohio. The Hockey Director Certification Program is
offered by USA Hockey and is instructed by ADM Regional Managers and
other USA Hockey staff over 3 ½ days involving classroom, off-ice and
on-ice training and education.
The Certification Program had over 70 hockey directors or administrators from across the USA and included international participants from several European countries. In 2016, the United States had 309,748 youth players, second in the world behind Canada (455,000). For perspective, the 70 plus participants impacted approximately 30,000 youth players in the USA, with KOHA representing about 700 of those players. With that said, our class would impact more youth hockey players than the coaches of the Czech Republic (26,551) and slightly less than the coaches in Finland (36,607).
As you can understand, the significance of the course offers a direct correlation to growing the game, developing players, helping youngsters become leaders – even Olympians, and connecting the game at every level while promoting a lifelong love of the sport.
I have attended countless hockey and coaching education clinics, seminars, symposiums, and summits. The Hockey Director Certification Program ranks as one of my all-time favorites!
I would like to share a few of the takeaways and how that will drive what our association will focus on this upcoming season:
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