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The 10U KOHA Broncos Brown won the Adray West Squirt Gold Division Playoffs on February 19th. After a slow start and a 3-3 tie against the Junior Jacks, the Broncos clamped down allowing only one more goal over the remaining four games. This was accomplished by the strong goaltending by Tre "Shutout” Rohrer, and hustle by players like "Bulldog" Richmond, "Knuckles" Weaver and "Crazy Legs" Shaffer. The Buffet Line led the team with a combined 9 goals through great passing and using their size to their advantage. All fun aside, it was a tremendous team effort. The coaches saw their players work through adversity, play unselfishly and battle for every puck, and could not be more proud of them all. The coaches would like to thank the parents and other KOHA coaching staff for all of the time you put in to make this happen. The team moves on to participate in the Adray State playoffs March 17-19.
GOOD LUCK & GO BRONCOS!
The KOHA Pee Wee B Broncos Brown won the Bronze division of the Adray West Playoffs on February 12, 2017. The team won in dramatic fashion during a shootout in which Ethan Kerschner scored the winning goal against GRAHA.
Team members include:
Head Coach, Chris Talaga
KOHA's Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Ryan Penny as our 10U (Squirt) A K-Wings Head Coach for the 2017/18 season. Ryan played his youth hockey with KOHA in the 80s and 90s, went on to play high school hockey (in the SWMHSHL) with the Kalamazoo Blades, and then spent a season with the WMU Stallions ACHA Club team.
Ryan is a Level 4 USA Hockey Certified Coach, and has been coaching in KOHA since 2012 in our grassroots programs, 6U and 8U. Ryan has an eagerness to continue to learn best coaching practices and is dedicated to athlete development. "I am a huge advocate of the ADM. I am all about fast pace, high intensity drills that only station based practices can provide. Small area games are a HUGE part of player development, which is why we see it utilized at the highest level; because the best coaches in our sport know the game breaks down and is played in small areas. Although I am very competitive and committed to trying to win, I am more concerned with long-term skill development. I believe that you develop the skills and the wins will come," said Penny.
Application deadline for all other 2017/18 A/AA Head Coaching positions for boys and girls teams is February 17th, and those announcements will be made in mid-March (at - or near - the conclusion of our current season). Applications can be found here.
Tryouts for the fall A/AA teams have not yet been announced (as of Feb. 2, 2017), so keep an eye out for that information on our website and social media sites.
This past weekend, KOHA along with the Southwest Michigan High School Hockey League (SWMHSHL) hosted our 5th Annual "Youth Hockey Fights for Kids with Autism" and raised over $10,500 for the Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research (a program of ROI, Inc.) located in Portage, MI. Thank you to our partners, sponsors and hockey community for once again coming together to support a terrific event.
As successful as the event was once again thanks to our sponsors and our hockey family, we stumbled on a pretty awesome story (and an even more amazing set of goalie pads!).
As the event day was winding down, we noticed these up in the lobby at Wings West:
THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA
The owner saw them and commented to thank us for sharing. His name is Shane and we asked him for their story. Here is what he sent via Facebook messenger:
"Story behind the pads: About a year or so ago we got confirmation that my boy, our only child, is autistic. While we had a hard time with it at first he is still my little buddy. I play net a lot at Lawson, Wings West, in port Huron for the Prowlers, Grand Rapids for theLakers, down in Tennessee, and have been to a few camps for the Walleye in Toledo, so I figured traveling so much to play would be a perfect platform to help raise some awareness for autism. I take every opportunity I can to talk about the pads and explain to everyone how it is not a disability, merely a special ability that not everyone has. The goal is to help everyone understand, not just for my son, but all the families and people affected by autism. I got with the pro rep at Brian's custom goalie and worked out a design on photoshop. We talked about wanting every piece of gear different to represent how everybody with autism is completely different, nobody the same. 10 weeks later the pads were done and I have just started wearing them. I have gotten a lot of compliments and quite a few opportunities to spread the word. Also quite a few messages on social media through Instagram and my YouTube channel expressing gratitude for making the set. I always let them know the pleasure is mine and it's an honor to support the cause."
Shane also shared more (TOTALLY AWESOME) pictures:
We all know that the holidays, for some, aren't always happy. It can be a challenge for parents to help their children not only understand, but participate in, helping those that need extra support during the holidays.
Two KOHA teams joined forces to help make the holidays a little brighter for some local families. KOHA's 12U AA K-Wings and our 10U Squirt B Bronco Gold teams came together and adopted three families through Volunteers of America, Michigan:
-- A single mom with two kids who can no longer work due to chronic degenerative condition,
-- A family of five, where mom has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and,
-- A family of 5 whose youngest (4) has autism.
They purchased household items like comforters & bath towels, personal items such as hats, boots, gloves, long johns, and pajamas, as well as some toys and age-appropriate gifts for the children in each family to open and enjoy on Christmas morning.
In a post on Facebook, one of the 12U AA K-Wings moms, Rebecca Bauer, said, "Teaching our kids to give back and be thankful for all they have. Landon's hockey team adopted three families for Christmas this year. I took him shopping for items like gloves, socks and deodorant. What a wonderful experience for these young boys. It makes my heart happy to know that these less fortunate families will have a Merry Christmas. Kudos to KOHA K-Wings and Bronco families for making this happen."
The two teams had a fun on-ice scrimmage, and then the families enjoyed pizza - and each other - while they wrapped the gifts they'd purchased to help those less fortunate than themselves have a brighter holiday.
Thank you to the coaches and managers that helped coordinate this, the parents that helped shop and wrap, and our boys that wanted to help local families that needed some holiday cheer! We are so thankful to have such wonderful families in our program - and we are so proud of all of you. #KOHAcares
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