KOHA would like to welcome Lynda Colvin to the KOHA staff. Lynda has accepted the part-time position of KOHA Bookkeeper and will work closely with the KOHA Board Treasurer as well as the Operations Director to maintain the records of financial transactions for all KOHA programs.

Lynda currently has two boys playing for KOHA, and comes to us with an impressive employment history, most recently having spent nearly 10 years with Denso Manufacturing as a General Accounting Section Leader.

“We were fortunate to have had several highly qualified and motivated individuals apply and interview for this position,” said Brian Tulik, KOHA’s Program Director, “We are very excited to have Lynda on board and look forward to a successful season.”



Alex Hufford - a senior goalie for the Portage Central Hockey team - played his youth hockey with KOHA, and has been a student coach with our program for the past three seasons (his younger brother still plays with KOHA). A week ago, Hufford and his friend Max Newsome, began a 1000 mile bike riding journey, spanning two weeks, throughout the state to raise money to build a fresh water well in Cambodia. The plan is to touch 4 of the 5 Great Lakes in an effort to raise $6,000 for the well which is being built by the organization Activewater.

"We want to raise awareness about the shortage of clean water. It's easy to take our water for granted in Michigan because we are blessed with an abundance of it," said Hufford. "That isn't true everywhere. In many places, people walk miles just to get to clean, drinkable water. That is why we have decided to raise $6,000 for a well to be constructed in a village in Cambodia."

Their team, ‘4 Great Lakes, One Great Cause,’ is gaining notoriety on social media and their web page. You can follow their adventure and even donate by clicking the links below:

Alex’s donation page: fundraise?fcid=379801

The trip site - fundraise/team?ftid=41396

The best daily source of information is their Facebook page: 4GreatLakes1GreatCause?fref=ts

As of Monday, August 10, 2015, the team had raised $3647 of their $6000 goal.





Contact: Jeff Mitchell, President / Tom Berry, Director of Hockey
West Michigan Elite Hockey Club
(248) 719-1117 (269) 207-2544
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GRAND 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



After six years of service on the Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association’s Board of Directors, including two years as Vice President and almost two years serving as President, Rob Atkins has stepped down from KOHA’s Board of Directors. Resigning as President, Atkins cited his new role as Principle Partner at Kingscott Associates as the main reason he feels he was unable to devote as much time as needed at the helm of KOHA’s Board of Directors. Current Board VP, Brian Bellware, has been named as interim President.

Bellware has been involved with the program as a coach for travel and house teams for the past 15 years, as a member of the KOHA Board of Directors for three years, and is currently the Head Coach of the Portage Central High School hockey team.

“I’m confident that my departure will not cause any bumps in the road for KOHA. We have a strong Board of Directors and a great staff,” said Atkins.

“As a board and staff, we are truly thankful for Rob’s commitment to KOHA and the leadership he has given to our association while serving on KOHA’s Board of Directors. We wish him well and appreciate all he has done for our program,” said Bellware.



West Michigan Elite Hockey Association Awarded  as Tier 1 AAA for 2015-16

KALAMAZOO, MI -- A new opportunity for youth elite hockey development was announced today by the newly formed West Michigan Elite Hockey Association (WMEHA). Tier 1 Hockey will now be available for all levels of hockey from Pee Wee through Midget for all District 6 communities. The Tier 1 award was granted by the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) at its annual December meeting. The Associations include the West Michigan Hounds, Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association, Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey Association, Lansing Hockey Club, Grand Valley, Jackson, HAWK, Rockford,  Muskegon Chiefs, Battle Creek, GR Blades, and Kentwood. The 14 associations joined together in an unprecedented effort to coordinate their resources to support the program.  Each association will continue its house and travel programs.
KOHA's Director of Hockey, Brian Tulik says, "I think this is a great opportunity for the players in West Michigan who are looking to take their game to the next level. The collaboration of many of the West Michigan hockey organizations putting their egos aside and coming together for the betterment of elite hockey is very refreshing, and long overdue in our area. It's an exciting time for hockey in our communities."
GRAHA Director Jean Laxton  said, "This creates an opportunity for our young elite athletes to develop in their home geographic area.  It is our intention to allow these players to skate and develop within their own associations."
The 14 associations plan to huddle over the next few weeks to sort out logistics, programs, coaches, and expectations by age group for the elite Tier 1 program.  A joint announcement will be made in mid-January. 
For information, contact Tom Berry at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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