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2016/17 KOHA NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES: SHOT FROM THE SLOT
KOHA has resurrected our former publication called "Shot from the Slot"! We hope you enjoy and find it informational! Click here to view and download February 2017 newsletter!
The Meijer State Games of Michigan is a non-profit, Olympic style event with over 50 sports and events offered to some 7500 total participants. The Hockey tournaments consist of 12U Boys, 14U Boys, 16U Boys, 19U Women and High School Divisions.
Eight, tryout-chosen, geographically based teams in each division will come together June 23-26 in the Metro Grand Rapids area to compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
Each team will play a minimum of four (4) games beginning Thursday evening, with one game Thursday, one game Friday (plus State Games Opening Ceremonies Friday evening), two games Saturday, concluding with the medal games on Sunday. All players are asked to attend the State Games of Michigan Opening Ceremonies at Fifth Third Ballpark on Friday evening, and walk in the Parade of Athletes.
All games are played to a conclusion with a guaranteed winner through an overtime formula. There are NO ties. The top two teams in each division make the semi-finals to determine who will play for the Gold Medal, however, all semi-finalists are guaranteed to play on Sunday for a medal.
All Michigan Residents (USA Hockey Registered) and/or MAHA registered players who played on a C, B, A, or AA team during the 2015-2016 season are eligible to tryout for the team that will represent their geographical area. Anyone who played AAA(Tier I) during the 2015-16 winter season in NOT eligible to try out for this tournament.
TRYOUT INFORMATION (YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER, LINK BELOW):
12U Boys (2004 and under) Tryouts
Tuesday April 26 - 6:30-8:00pm
Saturday April 30 - 5:00-6:30pm
Walker Ice and Fitness Center
CONGRATULATIONS KOHA PeeWee B Black Bronco
2015-16 Adray PeeWee House B State Champions!
Front (L to R): Michael Grassl. Zach Hufford, Ryan Osinski, Nolan Tribu
Middle Row: Noah Sidell, Owen Hobson, Griffin Ward, Ian Blair
Back Row: Tyler Jackson, James Onderlinde, Carson Westbrook, Alex Luce
Coaches: James Tribu, Kevin Sidell, Mark Osinski (HC), Bruce Westbrook, Todd Hufford
KALAMAZOO, MI: We so often hear about all that's wrong with youth sports; so when we get a chance to share something that represents all that is right with youth sports, we LOVE to share. And, when it's from the mouth (or in this case, the pen) of a KOHA competitor about our coaches and players, well, we want to shout it from the rooftops! To say we are proud of our PeeWee B Gold Bronco coaches, players and parents, is an understatement.
This past season, through a combination of tournaments and regularly scheduled games, my kids’ team—Kentwood Falcons—played the KOHA PeeWee B Gold team eight times. With the exception of the first meeting (which we lost something like 85-0 or thereabouts in a horrendous, good-old-fashioned backyard butt whooping!), the games have all been tight contests and a thrill for both parents and kids. It has been an enjoyable and evenly-matched rivalry all season long.
After every one of their games, I immediately ask my son and daughter one question: “Was the other team a good group of kids or a not-so-nice group?” Whenever I asked them about the KOHA Gold team, they would both emphatically say “They’re really nice guys, Dad.” Or “They are not dirty or chippy at all.” Or “That’s a fun team to play. I wish we would have beat them, but they’re a fun team.”
But this past weekend, at the Clover Classic in Lansing, the KOHA Gold team upped their game to an even higher level of class and sportsmanship.
The Falcons beat the KOHA Gold team to win the tournament. After the teams finished shaking hands and the medals were handed out, parents were taking photos of the team, each on their respective end of the ice.
Then the KOHA coaches walked over to the Falcons side…and gestured to their kids to skate over for a joint team photo. The kids and coaches intermingled with each other, and with some professional help to ensure the short kids and goalies were in front, and the tall kids and coaches were in back, the cameras started snapping away.
The kids didn’t care if they were wearing dark sweaters or white sweaters. The kids didn’t care if they had a 1st or 2nd place medal around their necks. The kids didn’t care that the very same person they were standing next to in the photo shoot was the very same person they were standing next to only moments earlier—except this time they weren’t jockeying for position in front of the net or fighting for a puck! But the kids were all smiling because they had just finished a fun tournament against a respected opponent and they had collectively put the cap on a successful and memorable season.
Our Falcon kids skated off the ice with a first place medal, which they’ll hang somewhere in their room and, honestly, then they’ll misplace. But what will stick with them is the memory of that all-too-familiar KOHA Gold team skating across the ice to join them in a photo session after a tight game. One-time opponents smiling together and collectively wondering “How much longer until the next season starts and we can do this all over again?!?!?”
Years from now, my son and daughter will be telling their kids about how “after this one tournament, the other team came over and we all got together for a giant group photo. That was a first-class team. That is a special memory. That’s how sports should be played.”
Keep up the good work, KOHA!!! We’re looking forward to seeing you guys next season.
Proud parent of Kentwood Falcons #99 (Edward) and #3 (Elizabeth)
Thank you, so much for your kind words, Scott; our sport is lucky to have parents like you.
Upon reading the letter from Scott, one PW B Gold Bronco parent-coach responded, "If anyone has doubts about where to play hockey next year, this letter sums up why KOHA should be at the top of their list!" Again, we couldn't agree more. You make us all very proud.
On Friday, December 11 there is a fundraiser for a longtime member of our KOHA family. Macy has 4 kids currently playing with KOHA and was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. She is recovering from one surgery, starting chemo and then radiation before another surgery. Her two daughters play for our Lady K-Wings who have organized an event at Burdick's at Wings West NEXT FRIDAY (12/11) from 6-10pm with live music and door prizes. The team will be accepting donations of any size at the door to help with Macy's medical expenses. Please join us!
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