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NOW PLAYING: KOHA LTS AT MOORE THEATRES

BIG THANK YOU to the Moore Theatres for showing KOHA's Learn To Skate video during their movie previews! Check out their website for a list of locations and showings - and their AWESOME deals and specials! It's great, AND affordable entertainment for the whole family!

Visit http://www.mooretheatres.com/ for information on:

JC Cinema (NOW OPEN in Battle Creek)
M-89 Cinema (Otsego)
Loma Theatre (Downtown Coloma)
Michigan Theatre (Downtown South Haven)
Wonderland Cinema (Downtown Niles)

 

 

9/24 IS KOHA APPRECIATION DAY AT DICK'S

JOIN US SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH
AT DICK'S SPORTING GOODS IN PORTAGE, MI!

6355 S. Westnedge Ave. Postage, MI 49002
269-329-1956

CLICK HERE FOR A 20% OFF COUPON
(must present coupon at register to receive discount)
Special discount valid ALL DAY SEPTEMBER 24TH in-store only
(may also order online at kiosk in store)

 

 

 

FROM THE DIRECTOR: EXCITING NEWS FOR 2016/17!

With the 2016/17hockey season upon us, I wanted to announce some exciting things happening at KOHA this year.

We kicked off the season on August 29th with USA Hockey for our 3rd Annual Coaches College. Our coaches (from Travel, House B, House C, 6U/8U) were given a first-look at the way KOHA will approach player development this season: with an association-wide focus on skating and goaltending skill development.

Our Skating Skills Director, Chris Brassard, has spent the summer putting together a comprehensive plan to improve how we teach and develop skating skills, from our Learn to Skate program all the way through to our K-Wings Travel team players. Skating is the foundation of our game, and we will intentionally focus intensively on skating development, especially for the first several weeks of our Skills Skates.

For the first week or two of Skills Nights for both House B and Travel, our players will participate in skating testing - a performance assessment to collect data that will be used as a baseline to track progress and improvement throughout the season. The skating "testing" will focus on speed, power, technique, and BAM (balance, agility & mobility). There will be additional testing nights mid-season, and end-of-season so that players and parents can see the progress.

In addition to our skating initiative, KOHA is committed to emphasizing the development of our goaltenders. Our Goaltending Skills Director, Tom Askey, has put together a comprehensive, progession-based program that will be implemented and utilized as we focus on specific development for that position. Phil Osaer (USA Hockey's ADM Manager of Youth Goaltending Programs) will run our Travel Goalies through some testing during their first Skills Night, and Askey will replicate that testing for our House B goalies during week 2. The testing will focus on agility, mobility, power and technique, and will provide tangible data to track progress at that position for each of our goalies. Like our skating testing nights, there will be opportunities mid- and end-of- season to track goalie progress as well.

NEW THIS SEASON: We are very excited to be partnering with Bronson Sports Medicine and their Performance Training Services. As a USA Hockey Model Association, our goal has been to provide every player in our program the very best on and off-ice training we can. Over the first three years of being a Model Association, we have made great strides in our on-ice development for our players; The partnership with Bronson Sports Medicine now solidifies the off-ice component of our program that will help propel KOHA's players to new development levels. This added player development will help our association continue the tradition of providing quality hockey opportunities and help KOHA become a regional destination for all player's who want to excel in the game of hockey.

See you around the rinks,

Brian Tulik
Program Director, KOHA

    

   

KILLIP LEARNS, LEADS IN KALAMAZOO

Originally published by USA Hockey on ADMkids.com, by Jayson Hron, USA Hockey

The search for Western Michigan University’s new director of player development netted a familiar face in a familiar place.

Former Broncos assistant captain David Killip was the face and Kalamazoo was the place.

It was an ideal fit for Killip, who spent last season pursuing his master’s degree at WMU and coaching youth players in the Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association. The British Columbia native was KOHA’s American Development Model skills director, a specialized coaching role that put him on the ice with every player in the USA Hockey Model Association. He’ll continue to help at KOHA this season, but now he’ll also lead player development for NCAA Division I student-athletes at WMU.

“Coach (Andy) Murray is good at listening to people on his staff and we’ve had plenty of conversations about what I did at KOHA with the ADM,” said Killip. “I expect to see it this year with our guys at Western.”

Killip was part of a skill development team at KOHA that worked once a week with each 10U, 12U, 14U and girls team, and then spent weekends with 6U and 8U players. Brian Tulik, KOHA’s program director, offered high praise for Killip.

“David’s knowledge and understanding of the game and his commitment to player development is a huge asset to KOHA,” said the former ECHL defenseman. “He’s a bright young man with an exceptional ability to understand the ADM and implement it with our players and coaches. We’re very fortunate to have him.”

Even though the ADM was new to Killip, he grasped the concepts quickly.

“It’s not something I had in hockey at that age, but I saw some of the principles in other sports,” he said. “I grew up playing soccer and I saw some of the concepts there. It’s a great way to use ice, maximize player reps and expose players to more individualized coaching. It’s huge for their development.”

And as a former NCAA Division I player, Killip easily embraced ADM core tenets like cross-ice hockey and small-area games.

“I’m a big fan of cross-ice,” he said. “It’s always been part of hockey at the upper levels and it’s even more valuable today because the college game has become all about speed, skill and making plays in small areas. For kids, cross-ice makes it more challenging for the advanced players and it gives the other players more puck touches and also more engagement, which adds to their development on both sides of the ice.”

As for his view on small-area games in practice, Killip not only enjoyed them as a player, he also liked how they transferred into games on Friday and Saturday nights.

“Small-area games are more competitive,” he said. “They always amped things up in practice, got the competitive juices flowing and heightened the speed of everything, so on the weekends, you could slow things down a little.”

His weekends – and weeks – will be anything but slow this season, with MBA classes and coaching duties aplenty, but Killip is ready for the challenge and eager to learn. With KOHA kids, college players and a mentor coach whose resumé includes 333 NHL victories, he’ll have no shortage of study material.

 

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

   

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