Hello Hockey Families!
My name is Matt Kakabeeke and I am excited to be named KOHA's Interim Hockey Director. I wanted to touch base and share some exciting things the KOHA Staff and I have been working on as we prepare for the 2017/18 hockey season.

First, a little background on me: I grew up in Kalamazoo, I played my youth hockey with KOHA, I am currently the 2007 (10U AA K-Wings) travel coach, and for the last 15 years, I have been USA Hockey's Associate Coach-in-Chief for Michigan. I am passionate about coaching education, player development and growing the game. If you have any questions for me, you can email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

As you know, since becoming a USAH Model Association, KOHA has fielded an impressive Skills Team. This off-season, one of our goals is to tap into our local resources and really increase the experience of the coaches we have on the ice with your kids. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be announcing some new additions to the KOHA Skills Team - and we think you will be as enthusiastic as we are about having them on the ice with our players and coaches.

Stay tuned, too, for some terrific news about how we will be revamping our off-ice program & training offerings for the players.

Enjoy the rest of your spring - and for those players that attended tryouts last week, or are attending tryouts this week, we know it can be a stressful or anxious time for both players and parents. Below are links to some great articles to help navigate tryouts and their aftermath:

Thank you for choosing KOHA for your youth hockey experience! See you around the rink, 

Matt Kakabeeke
Interim Hockey Director, KOHA
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