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"GIRLS PLAY TOO" SKATES

KOHA is partnering with Wings West in an effort to grow the girls games. There will be some Girls Only skates in April - you can find them on the Wings Ice schedule listed as "Girls Play Too". They'll be like Sticks & Pucks ($6 per skater), but KOHA will have coaches out on the ice to help younger girls, and those new to our sport. We will likely utilize the cross-ice boards or dividers, and have stations as well as 3 on 3 or 4 on 4 mini games. If you know of a friend that has a daughter that would like to give hockey a try, or would like to get back on the ice - bring her out to one of these skates! All levels - all ages - ALL FUN!

No pre-registration - you'll sign up at the Ice Events office in the lower lobby of Wings West and pay them for each session.

4/14 - 6:15pm-7:15pm
4/17 - 7:35pm-8:35pm
4/20 - 6:00pm-7:00pm
4/25 - 7:35pm - 8:35pm
4/27 - 6:00pm-7:00pm

 
KOHA will have tryouts in May for the following 2017/18 Lady K-Wings teams: 
12U (2005 & 2006), 14U (2003 & 2004) and 16U (2001 & 2002)
 

 

 

KOHA SPRING ALL-GAME LEAGUE

Spring all game league is now opened and accepting registrations:

10U (Squirt) Spring All Game League - $175.00
This League is for Players who will be playing 10U (Squirt) in the 2017-18 Hockey Season with Birth years 2008 and 2007.  One (1) practice, nine (9) games which includes Jersey.
Saturdays and Sundays: 9:00am to 10:00am April 22nd thru May 21st
WMU LAWSON ICE ARENA

12U (PeeWee) Spring All Game League - $175.00
This League is for Players who will be playing 12U (PeeWee) in the 2017-18 Hockey Season with Birth years 2006 and 2005.  One (1) practice, nine (9) games which includes Jersey.
Saturdays and Sundays: 10:10am to 11:10am April 22nd thru May 21st
WMU LAWSON ICE ARENA

14U to 16U (Bantam/Midget) Spring All Game League - $175.00
This League is for Players who will be playing 14U (Bantam) and 16U (Midget) in the 2017-18 Hockey Season with Birth years 2004 thru 2001.  One (1) practice, nine (9) games which includes Jersey.
Saturdays and Sundays: 11:20am to 12:20pm April 22nd thru May 21st
WMU LAWSON ICE ARENA

 

2017 SPRING SKATES, CLINICS & PROGRAMS

REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW FOR ALL PROGRAMS LISTED BELOW: (No pro-rating)

APRIL GOALTENDING CLINIC - INFO HERE - LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE

KOHA SPRING ALL-GAME LEAGUE INFO HERE - SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS @LAWSON - APRIL 22nd - MAY 21st

SPRING OPTIONS FOR PLAYERS PLANNING TO TRY OUT FOR A/AA TRAVEL TEAMS FOR THE 2017-18 SEASON

10U A and AA (Squirt) 2008 and 2007
Spring Coaches: Ryan Penny and Matt Kakabeeke

This program is for players that are planning to tryout for the 10U A or 10U AA (Squirt) Birth years 2008 or 2007, K-Wings Travel teams for the 2017-18 Season.

Three (3) 75 min skates May 5th (5:45-7pm), 6th (9-10:15am) and 7th (4-5:15pm)
Cost $100

10U players are also encouraged to participate in the Red, White and Blue camp in March (http://bjsports.com/hockey/hockey-camps/)

12U A (PeeWee) 2006
Spring Coach: Mark Ostrander

This program is for players that are planning to tryout for the 12U A (PeeWee) Birth year 2006, Travel team for the 2017-18 Season. 

Five (5) 75 minutes skates; April 15th (4:15-5:30pm), 23rd (5:45-7pm), 30th (4-5:15pm), May 7th (5:30-6:45pm) and 14th (6-7:15pm).
Cost $125.00

Space is limited to 23 skaters

12U AA (PeeWee) 2005
Spring Coach: Curt Penny

This program is for players that are planning to tryout for the 12U AA (PeeWee) Birth year 2005, Travel team for the 2017-18 Season. 

Six (6) 60 min skates: March 29th (6:15-7:15pm), April 12th (7:15-8:15pm), 14th (7:30-8:30pm), 19th (6:15-7:15pm), 23rd (5:30-6:30pm) and 26th (6:15-7:15pm).

4 games TBD
Cost $200

14U A (Bantam) 2004
Spring Coach: Al Felmaden

This program is for players that are planning to tryout for the 14U A (Bantam) Birth year 2004, Travel team for the 2017-18 Season. 

Tryout March 29th 7:25pm Wings West
COST $15.00

Once spring team(s) chosen:

Six (6) 75 min skates: April 12th (8:25-9:40pm), 13th (7:20-8:35pm), 19th (7:25-8:40pm), 20th (7:20-8:35pm), 26th (7:25-8:40pm), 27th (7:20-8:35pm)

Tournament April 28-30
Cost $300

14U AA (Bantam) 2003
Spring Coach:
Travis Tuma

This program is for players that are planning to tryout for the 14U AA (Bantam) Birth year 2003, Travel team for the 2017-18 Season. 

Five (5) 60 minutes skates; April 15th Wings West (10:45-11:45am), April 22nd WMU Lawson Ice Arena (12:30 to 1:30pm), April 23rd Wings West (7:50-8:50pm), April 29th Wings West (7:30 to 8:30pm) and April 30th Wings West (5:30 to 6:30pm).
Cost $100.00
 

GIRLS

KOHA is partnering with Wings West for some spring girls skates ("Girls Play Too"), information will be available March 13th. KOHA will have tryouts in May for 2017/18 teams at the following ages: 12U (2005 & 2006), 14U (2003 & 2004) and 16U (2001 & 2002) ages

   

SPRING 2017 GOALTENDING CLINIC

April 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 - @ LAWSON ICE ARENA

10U/12U GOALIES:
4:45-5:10PM VIDEO
5:40-6:40PM ON-ICE

14U+ (INCLUDING HS GOALIES):
6:50-7:50PM ON-ICE
8:10-8:35PM VIDEO

6 hours of On-Ice Specialized Goaltender Training from Tom and his staff that includes:
Edgework and Skating
Save Technique and Positioning
Angles and Net Awareness
Puckhandling Skills
Break-Away Training
Post-Save Tracking
Rebound Control
Lateral Movement
Fighting Through Screens

3:1 PLAYER/COACH RATIO
SPACE IS LIMITED PER SESSION!

Top end and up-to-date goaltending training from former NHL goaltender and current Division 1 College Assistant Coach, Tom Askey.

In addition to the ice sessions, there will be a video session each day that will be in line with and support the work that will be done on ice. Video will be a combination of practice and game footage of higher level goalies. We will also show some clips of the participants that will be taken during the 3 weeks of sessions. At the end of the three weeks, each camper will also be given an evaluation of some of his or her strengths and weaknesses with feedback on the areas that need to be improved upon.

Early bird price $395 if registered by March 17; $450 after
CLICK ON "REGISTER TODAY" (UPPER LEFT CORNER OF THIS PAGE)
 

TOM ASKEY BIO
T
om brings a wealth of hockey knowledge and experience to KOHA. In 2008, the Buffalo, NY native retired from a professional playing career that lasted 12 seasons. Since 2000, he has made Kalamazoo his home and has been working closely with the hockey community in various capacities.
Since 2009, He has been the Organizational Goalie Coach for KOHA. Tom has also helped run successful development camps year round and has worked closely with several teams in the area at every level of hockey from the learn to skate through professional hockey. Askey also specializes in private goalie training sessions for all ages and skill levels.
In addition to his duties with KOHA, Askey is a Volunteer Assistant Coach with the Western Michigan University Hockey team. He has worked with the goaltenders of the program since Head Coach Andy Murray took over in 2011. Bronco net-minders have been an integral part of the team's success throughout his tenure and has seen many highlights, including an CCHA Playoff Championship in 2012 and the team's birth into the NCAA National Tournament that same year. 
An 8th round Draft selection of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 1993, Tom played four seasons in the Central College Hockey Association as a member of The Ohio State Buckeyes. While at OSU, Tom had the experience of working under the tutelage of a former NHL goaltender, Bill McKenzie. As a senior, Askey enjoyed his most successful season and was named to the All-CCHA Second Team and was an All-American nominee.
After his time in Columbus, Askey signed his first professional contract with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
While with the Ducks organization, Tom had the privilege of working with one the hockey world’s most successful goaltending consultants, Francois Allaire. Under Allaire’s guidance, Askey would realize his dream of playing in the NHL as he spent time with the Ducks in 1998 and again during the Playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings in 1999. Askey would go on to spend a total of four seasons with season in the ducks system having stints with affiliates in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Houston and Kansas City.
In 2000, Tom had the opportunity to sign with the NHL team he grew up watching, the Buffalo Sabres. He spent five years exclusively with their American League affiliate in Rochester, NY. During that time, Tom would once again have the privilege of working alongside a premier goaltending guru, Jim Corsi. In addition to his playing duties, Tom took the coveted role of being a mentor to many of the Sabres’ prospects playing for the Americans. Among those was current NHL star net-minder Ryan Miller whom Tom worked with for three seasons.
Tom spent the latter part of his career playing in Europe with stops in the Finland, Switzerland, Italy, and the United Kingdom. During the 2006-2007 season, Tom stayed states-side and played for the Kalamazoo Wings.
Upon his retirement in 2008, Tom returned to his alma mater and spent the 2008-2009 season finishing his degree at The Ohio State University. While in Columbus, Tom acted as a goaltending consultant for a Buckeye hockey program that reached the NCAA National Tournament.


 

2017/18 HOUSE B COACHING APPLICATIONS

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 1, 2017

The KOHA House B program was designed to provide additional ice time for players to improve their hockey skills and to give them an opportunity to play competitive games in surrounding cities. The KOHA House B program takes part in the Adray Community Hockey League (West Division), which incorporates teams as far north as Traverse City and as far east as Battle Creek. Most games, however, are within an hour drive. We will have House B teams in the 10U (Squirt), 12U (Pee Wee), and 14U (Bantam) Divisions. Players will attend three evaluation skates at the start of the season and will be drafted by our volunteer coaches to their teams.

Click here to download the 2017/18 House B coaching application

   

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