- Getting Started
- Get Involved
- About KOHA
- Contact Us
Looking for some skating and skill development opportunities in August to get your skater ready for the 2015/16 season?
Checking/Body Contact Clinic (PeeWee & Bantam age players)
Summer Skills & Hockey Development Program (Squirt, PeeWee & Bantam Travel players)
B.A.D. Hockey (Beginning Adult Development)
KOHA'S 2015/16 HOUSE B & HOUSE C REGISTRATION IS OPEN! If you know which program you'd like to register for (and you already have a 2015/16 USA Hockey #), simply click the red REGISTER button on the left side of this page.
For information on our Learn To Skate & Beginning Hockey programs, click here.
For information on our House C program - including 6U/8U - click here.
For information on our House B program, click here.
Our 15/16 Travel Team Tryouts were held in the spring. Click here for information on our Travel program.
KOHA understands that hockey can sometimes be more of a financial commitment than some families can afford. Each year, our Sportship Committee accepts applications from those families interested in seeking financial assistance with their child's (typically House C ONLY) hockey season. Simply submitting a Sportship application does NOT guarantee it will be granted - only that the application may be considered.
DEADLINE TO APPLY for 2015/16 SEASON: 5pm MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th, 2015. Click here for application
Please note that applications will be denied that do not have the proper documentation.
BASIC DIFFERENCE IN OUR PROGRAM OFFERINGS:
Our K-Wings Travel (A/AA) programs are TRYOUT teams that play in the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League. Typically these teams practice 3 times/week (including one skills night) with games on the weekends, and anywhere from 2-4 tournaments (plus Districts), depending on the age group. Teams travel primarily within the state of Michigan, but do sometimes travel for an out-of-state tournament, typically in Ohio, Indiana or Illinois.
Tryouts are held in the spring, and are open to anyone. The tryout schedule for the 2015/16 season has been posted here. Some coaches typically hold bootcamps/team building events at the end of August, and regular practice begins after Labor Day.
TRAVEL A/AA - (Squirt, PeeWee, Bantam, JV)
Season length - August thru mid-March
Travel - Throughout Michigan and beyond
Experience - Competitive level athlete
League - LCAHL (Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League)
Practices - 3 per week (12 practice/month)
Games - 45-55. Detroit-based league. 4 tournaments
Sign up - Tryout sport, best players chosen from tryouts
Cost - Approx $2,800-$3,200
Our Bronco House B programs are DRAFTED teams that play in the Adray League. Registration for this program, as required by Michigan Amateur Hockey Association rules, is open to ANYONE that wants to register. The drafts at each age division are monitored by a MAHA District 6 Chairperson assigned to help ensure our teams are balanced, and our drafts are conducted fairly. Our Bronco teams typically practice 3 times per week (including one skills night) with games on the weekends, as well as 2 tournaments, plus Districts and League tournaments. House B teams play primarily in West Michigan (including areas north of Grand Rapids), although may travel to Detroit or South Bend for a tournament. Evaluation skates are held at the end of August, and teams are DRAFTED generally in the beginning of September, with practices beginning right around the second week of September.
HOUSE B - (Squirt, PeeWee, Bantam)
Season length - September thru mid-March
Travel - West Michigan based league (Grand Rapids central)
Experience - Above average House C recreational player
League - ACHL (Adray Community Hockey League)
Practices - 3 per week (12 practies/month)
Games - 30-35. Mostly West Michigan. 2 tournaments
Sign up - Open sign-ups to all. Teams drafted.
Cost - Approx. $2,100-$2,500
The House C program is our "Weekend Warrior" program. Open registration, and teams play other teams within KOHA within the same age division. A mix of practices and games are held on Saturdays and Sundays only from mid-October through the beginning of March. The first 2-4 skates are treated as evaluation skates, and then a DRAFT is held at each age division. Just as our House B drafts are monitored by a MAHA District 6 Chairperson, so are the House C drafts. It is always our intent to create balanced teams so that every child has fun and enjoys coming to the rink.
HOUSE C - (Squirt, PeeWee, Bantam)
Season length - October thru mid-March
Travel - None, all local arenas
Experience - Recreational player
League - KOHA (Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association)
Practices - Saturday and Sunday only (1 hr each day, except game days)
Games - 14-18, Varies by division, all local
Sign up - Open sign-ups to all. Teams drafted.
Cost - Approx. $700
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Mitchell, President / Tom Berry, Director of Hockey
West Michigan Elite Hockey Club
(248) 719-1117 (269) 207-2544
WEST MICHIGAN ELITE HOCKEY CLUB AND MEIJER, INC. ENTER SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENTGRAND RAPIDS, MI, May 21, 2015 – The West Michigan Elite Hockey Club is excited to announce our partnership with Meijer, Inc. Beginning with the 2015-16 hockey season, the WMEHC teams will skate as Meijer AAA Hockey in their first fall hockey season as a new organization.
“We are pleased to have Meijer, a local family-owned company, be a part of our inaugural season of Tier I hockey in West Michigan,” said Jeff Mitchell President of the WMEHC… “To have the support of one of the most prominent businesses in our state, we have even more confidence in our new hockey club as we progress towards our inaugural season.”
“We are excited to represent the Meijer name and their values in the community we jointly serve. Our Meijer AAA Hockey boys teams will have Squirts (10 year olds) through Midget (18 year olds) and will be adding Girls AAA in the 2016-17 season” said Tom Berry Director of Hockey.
The West Michigan Elite Hockey Club was approved by the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association to compete as one of eight Tier I hockey associations in the state beginning in the 2015-16 fall hockey season.
The generous support and partnership from Meijer will allow the new WMEHC program to support both their own players and the hockey community as a whole by offering opportunities for players to experience the game at the highest youth level.
West Michigan Elite Hockey Cub is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), youth hockey club specializing in Tier I youth hockey with 11 hockey member associations across West and Mid-Michigan; GBCHA (Greater Battle Creek Ice Hockey Association), GRAHA (Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey Association), Grand Rapids Blades Hockey Association, Grand Valley Amateur Hockey Association, Hockey Association of West Kent, JAHA (Jackson Amateur Hockey Association) Kentwood Hockey Association, KOHA (Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association), Lansing Hockey Club, Muskegon Chiefs Amateur Hockey Association, Rockford Hockey Association
REMINDER: KOHA holds an Annual Member Meeting where Board of Directors elections take place. Every member of KOHA is invited to attend and vote.
Final ballot for the 7 open seats:
Incumbents seeking re-election
Scott Moore (current KOHA Treasurer)
(A "Member" is defined as the parent(s) or guardian(s) of a 2014/15 season participant whose account is in good standing with KOHA)
2014/15 ANNUAL MEMBER MEETING
May 18th @ 6pm - WINGS WEST
Page 1 of 18