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FIVE FOR FIGHTING AGAINST ALS: THE WALBRIDGES

In 1980, Tim Walbridge and his wife, Cecelia, moved to Kalamazoo, MI. Immediately, they enrolled their boys in hockey. Tim dedicated his weekends as a KOHA coach for his boys and 100's of youths for over 15 years. He too continued to play hockey for 40 years in various adult leagues satisfying his love of the game. He enjoyed the camaraderie and competitiveness. There hasn’t been a winter that’s passed without playing pond hockey at the cabin unless the weather didn't cooperate, like last winter when it was too warm. There is nothing he enjoys more than spending time with his family and friends! 

In June 2016, Tim was diagnosed with terminal Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).  Currently, there is no cure for ALS but Tim is determined to do what ever it takes to battle this horrible disease.  Tim plans on participating in a clinical trial at Harvard.  This will take the support of all of our friends and family. For this reason his family is hosting, Five for Fighting Against ALS

Five for Fighting Against ALS will incorporate Tim's love of hockey, his family, his friends, and his determination to battle ALS. This event is being held to raise awareness and funds to assist in the cost of treatments and transportation associated to participate in the study at Harvard. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences in Grand Rapids, MI.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR...

Five for Fighting Against ALS
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Wings West
5076 Sports Dr
Kalamazoo, MI  49009

The first hour of the event will consist of a pond-style hockey game.  The second hour of the event will be an open skate.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, OR TO DONATE, VISIT:

https://www.gofundme.com/5forfighting

 

3rd ANNUAL COACHES COLLEGE KICKOFF

KOHA is hosting the 3rd Annual “Coaches College Kickoff” on August 29th from 6-9pm at Wings West.

This season, KOHA will be focusing - association-wide - on skating skill development and goaltending instruction. "I have tasked our Skating Skills Coach, Chris Brassard, and our Goalie Coach, Tom Askey, with providing a comprehensive plan to improve the way we develop those two disciplines throughout our entire program - top to bottom - for all ages and abilities," said Brian Tulik, KOHA's Program Director. 

KOHA will be working alongside USA Hockey for an on- and off-ice intensive workshop focused on skating and goaltending instruction. COACHES PLEASE BE PREPARED TO GO ON THE ICE!

When asked about how this year's Coaches College Kickoff will be different, Tulik said, "With this being our 3rd Coaches College, we really wanted to take the time to apply all of the feedback we have gotten from our coaches, as well as the observations of our Skills Team over the course of the past couple of seasons and apply our energy in those areas identified as the most critical for marked improvement association-wide. Intensive skating skill development and goaltending instruction are our two major points of emphasis for the 16/17 season, and what better way to have all of our coaches on the same page entering the season than to intentionally focus on those objectives for this year's Coaches College."    

USA Hockey’s Regional Manager of the ADM for Michigan, Bob Mancini, will once again be on hand to help KOHA kick off our season, “USA Hockey is proud of the steps that KOHA and all our Model Associations take to continually educate their coaches. We are excited to once again visit KOHA for their annual Coaches College and look forward to interacting with their coaches at all levels and age groups.
       
ON-ICE LINEUP FOR COACHES COLLEGE KICKOFF
    
Brian Tulik, Chris Brassard, Tom Askey & USA Hockey
    

Bob Mancini – USA Hockey Regional Manager for the American Development Model in Michigan, Illinois and Missouri; Mancini has extensive coaching experience in the collegiate, professional and international ranks. Mancini joined USA Hockey having spent two seasons (2007-09) as a development coach for the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, he helped found USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, and served as the head coach for both Michigan Tech and Ferris State. Current Head Coach for the Honeybaked AAA program at the Bantam Major level.
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 for the past three seasons, Chris is also entering his fourth season with the WMU Stallions (Club) as their head coach.
Tom Askey
– Longstanding goalie coach for KOHA's travel teams, including the last four seasons with our House B teams as well. 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 is the goalie coach for the WMU Bronco Hockey team, and we are fortunate to have him as KOHA’s goalie coach for our entire program.
Matt Kakabeeke
- USA Hockey Associate Coach-in-Chief for Michigan, ADM Affiliate Coordinator for Michigan. Matt has over twenty years of experience coaching hockey at all levels in Kalamazoo - from the learn-to-skate program to travel hockey for KOHA, as well as head coaching stops with the Kalamazoo United High School team and the Western Michigan University Stallions.  He possesses a Level 5 (Masters) Coaching Certification and has attended the Master Symposium in Grand Rapids, Michigan, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Washington D.C. For the 2016-17 season, Kakabeeke will be coaching the KOHA 2007 K-Wings Squirt A team.

 

16/17 HOUSE B BRONCOS COACHING ANNOUNCEMENT

KOHA is pleased to announce the Head Coaches for our House B Bronco 2016/17 season:

10U (SQUIRT)
Dan Mehren
David Whitehead

12U (PEEWEE)
Brent Dutcher
Frank Barber

14U (BANTAM)
Steve Jepson

House B Evaluation skates are September 7th & 9th - PLEASE have your House B skater attend BOTH evaluation skates!
(YOU MUST REGISTER FOR HOUSE B TO ATTEND THESE EVALUATION SKATES - these eval skates are not intended for skaters playing House C for the 16/17 season).

The first practice is Monday, September 12th with the KOHA Skills team (while the head coaches draft their teams for the House B season).

   

SUMMER CAMPS & CLINICS

SUMMER HOCKEY CLINIC - A FEW SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE!

FERSCHWEILER HOCKEY SCHOOL - Pat Ferschweiler (Assistant Coach of The Detroit Red Wings) introduces The Complete Camp - which is virtually two camps in one. Each morning session will focus exclusively on power skating, with each afternoon focusing on individual skills. Any technical flaw in a skater's stride acts as a limiting factor in how good that skater can become. Each camper will have his/her forward and backward stride videotaped and used as a learning tool to both highlight the positive and determine the underdeveloped parts of the camper's stride. Along with individual puck skills, each day at least one new hockey concept or team skill will be taught. Features specialized goalie instruction, PLUS there is a goalie discount!

AUGUST 1-5 -->ALMOST SOLD OUT!!!

AUGUST 8-12 --> SPOTS STILL REMAIN!!!


For those looking for Learn To Skate - our next session will begin in October; registration IS NOW OPEN!!

Make sure you check out the ice schedule (on the Wings Event Center website) for weekday Sticks & Pucks opportunities at Wings West!

 

 

MEIJER STATE GAMES OF MICHIGAN

The Meijer State Games of Michigan is a non-profit, Olympic style event with over 50 sports and events offered to some 7500 total participants. The Hockey tournaments consist of 12U Boys, 14U Boys, 16U Boys, 19U Women and High School Divisions.

Eight, tryout-chosen, geographically based teams in each division will come together June 23-26 in the Metro Grand Rapids area to compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.

Each team will play a minimum of four (4) games beginning Thursday evening, with one game Thursday, one game Friday (plus State Games Opening Ceremonies Friday evening), two games Saturday, concluding with the medal games on Sunday. All players are asked to attend the State Games of Michigan Opening Ceremonies at Fifth Third Ballpark on Friday evening, and walk in the Parade of Athletes.
All games are played to a conclusion with a guaranteed winner through an overtime formula. There are NO ties. The top two teams in each division make the semi-finals to determine who will play for the Gold Medal, however, all semi-finalists are guaranteed to play on Sunday for a medal.
All Michigan Residents (USA Hockey Registered) and/or MAHA registered players who played on a C, B, A, or AA team during the 2015-2016 season are eligible to tryout for the team that will represent their geographical area. Anyone who played AAA(Tier I) during the 2015-16 winter season in NOT eligible to try out for this tournament.

Questions? Contact one of the event Co-Chairs:
Brian Bellgraph – 616.460.6496 brian@ mistategameshockey.net
Andy Hall – 616.638.3057 andy@ mistategameshockey.net

TRYOUT INFORMATION (YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER, LINK BELOW):

12U Boys (2004 and under) Tryouts
Tuesday April 26
- 6:30-8:00pm
Saturday April 30 - 5:00-6:30pm
Walker Ice and Fitness Center
http://www.mistategameshockey. net/page/show/2271466-12u- west-2016-

14U Boys (2002/2003) Tryouts
Monday April 25 - 7:30-9:00pm
Wednesday April 27 - 7:30-9:00pm
Walker Ice and Fitness Center
 
16U Boys (2000/2001) Tryouts
Saturday April 30 - 3:30-5:00pm & 6:30-8:00pm
Walker Ice and Fitness
 
19U Women (1997 and under) Tryouts
Sunday April 24
- 12:00-1:30pm  &  3:00-4:30pm
Walker Ice and Fitness
 
Players can go directly to the registration page with the link below - 
 
 

 

   

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