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WE'VE MOVED OUR OFFICE TO WINGS WEST!

OUR NEW ADDRESS IS:
5076 Sports Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009-7118

Our phone/fax numbers remain the same:
(269) 349-7825 (Office)
(269) 349-0077 (Fax)

 

SCRIP - FUNDRAISE (FOR YOU) WHILE YOU SHOP

Question: What is scrip?

Answer: It's a way to earn money (YEAR-ROUND) towards your KOHA hockey account, when you buy things you're already spending money on - like gas, groceries, restaurants, entertainment, etc.

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

STEP 1:
Visit shopwithscrip.com and create a family account by clicking on the green Family Sign Up box and following the simple registration instructions - including entering the KOHA enrollment code, which is D381498512588

STEP 2:
Log in and Enroll in PrestoPay from the shopwithscrip.com site (you'll see PrestoPay on the left side menu once you have created an account and logged in). WE WILL NOT ACCEPT DIRECT PAYMENTS (check or credit card) for Scrip purchases. This online payment method offered through ShopWithScrip will allow you to securely link your bank account to your ShopWithScrip account. Follow the steps to set up PrestoPay; you will get emailed an approval code which you will need to forward to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Once KOHA verifies your approval code, you are READY TO SHOP! You will set up a secret PIN number to enter at checkout, and a $0.15 convenience fee (per order) will be applied. ALL ORDERS must be placed using the PrestoPay payment option. All others will be deleted.

Question: How much of each order gets deposited into my KOHA Hockey account?

Answer: It depends on the merchant at the time you place the order. Merchants offer different rebate amounts, and KOHA will charge a 3% flat fee of the rebate amount (not your total purchase), regardless of the type of purchase (physical card, reloads & ScripNow), to cover all shipping and administrative fees. THIS IS A CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS SEASONS! The rebate amount, minus the KOHA 3% flat fee, will then be credited to your KOHA account online.

Question: How is shipping calculated?

Answer: There will no longer be shipping charges! Instead, KOHA will charge a flat 3% fee of the rebate amount (NOT YOUR TOTAL PURCHASE AMOUNT) on every order, regardless of the type of purchase (physical cards, reloads, or ScripNow).

Many retailers also offers specials - such as double percentage points. We will try and keep you updated as those specials become available.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Dukesherer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

REMEMBERING NICKLAS BARNES

On Monday, March 10, 2014, KOHA lost a member of our hockey family, 11 year old Nicklas Barnes. His parents wanted us to share this with our hockey community:

Nicklas died unexpectedly on Monday morning as he was preparing for school. There are still some unknowns, but we believe that his heart just gave out suddenly and nothing we did that morning could save him.

Nicklas was a special kid. He had many health problems as a newborn and we did not know he would make it pass day one. Well, we were blessed with 11+ years with him.

Nicklas loved hockey and we are very grateful for KOHA teaching him the game of hockey. From learn to skate to Squirts; every one of the volunteers at KOHA that he came across was always very nice and encouraging.

He was always the smallest kid in his age group, but he gave everything he had every time he hit the ice, he never quit, he loved the game, and he loved all the coaches and his fellow teammates. It showed by the smile on his face. We miss him every minute and know many of the KOHA families will miss him too. It gives us comfort knowing he touched so many lives.

We want to thank the KOHA families for all their thoughts and prayers as our family deals with unexpected death of our son.

Sincerely,

The parents of Nicklas Barnes

Nicklas' visitation and celebration of life information can be found here.

    

   

ADM KICKOFF WITH USAH

The Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association was recently named as one of only eight "ADM Model Associations" in the nation by USA Hockey. 

"We are excited to welcome (KOHA to this) group of model associations," said Kevin McLaughlin, senior director of hockey development for USA Hockey. "They're committed to ensuring the best possible competition and training environment for kids involved in their programs."

The American Development Model is based on age-appropriate training to fully benefit children in their hockey and overall athletic development. As a benefit of the model program designation, KOHA will receive added support from USA Hockey to assist in implementing the ADM throughout our programs, including equipment, signage, and educational materials. Further, KOHA will receive on-going staff support from USA Hockey's national office, including in-depth coaches training and parent education that will commence in September.

From Colorado Springs to Kalamazoo:
KOHA's "ADM Kickoff with USA Hockey"

September 26-29, 2013

USA Hockey will be in town conducting ADM practices at the 10U, 12U & 14U age groups in KOHA's House B and Travel programs, working with KOHA's coaches and ADM Skills Team, and conducting parent meetings including Q&A sessions.

Saturday, 9/28/13 - 10U/12U PARENT PRESENTATION - 9:45am - Wings Stadium
Saturday, 9/28/13 - 14U PARENT PRESENTATION - 3:15pm - Wings Stadium

If you have any questions regarding the ADM, or the sports science behind it, this is a GREAT opportunity to come and ask USA Hockey directly.

Scheduled to be in Kalamazoo for KOHA's ADM Kickoff Weekend with USA Hockey:

Kenny Rausch - USA Hockey, Manager of Youth Hockey
Scott Paluch - USA Hockey, ADM Regional Manager
Bob Mancini - USA Hockey, ADM Regional Manager

 

 

MEET THE KOHA ADM SKILLS TEAM

KOHA was recently named as one of only eight "ADM Model Associations"in the nation by USA Hockey. KOHA has put a skills team together to focus on age-specific skill development throughout the season. The KOHA skills team will be on the ice weekly with our Travel & House B programs, and on the ice periodically throughout the season with our House C program. 

The ADM Skills team will be led by Brian Tulik, KOHA's Director of Hockey Operations and Eric Babcock, KOHA's ADM Director. Chris Brassard has been hired as  KOHA's Skating Skills Coach and Travis Sabin has been hired as KOHA's Puck Handling Skills Coach.  Tom Askey returns as the Goalie Coach for our Travel program, and Andy Reynolds will handle Goalie Coaching duties for our House B program.

Chris Brassard played professionally across the US and in Germany. While having worked as a hockey skills director/instructor for many years, Chris most recently has been involved in Graeme Townshends' National Hockey Development school delivering programs designed by NHL skating and skills coaches. Aside from working with KOHA as our Skating Skills Director, Chris has taken over the reigns of the WMU Stallions as their head coach for this season.

Travis Sabin is a Level 4 USA Hockey certified coach who coached for several years in KOHA's Travel program, and most recently was behind the bench for the Kalamazoo Blades Varsity high school hockey team. Travis has been actively involved with KOHA's development programs for the last several years, including our 8U program, various camps and our Pre-Travel Tryout clinics. Travis is excited to be on our Skills Team for KOHA's inaugural season as an ADM Model Association.

Tom Askey has been involved in KOHA, as our travel teams' goalie coach, for the last several years. Tom played four seasons with The Ohio State University, and several years of professional hockey (NHL, AHL, IHL & in Europe) after being drafted by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. Tom worked with the WMU Broncos goalies last season and will be on the ice with them again this season.

Andy Reynolds is the current Goalie Coach for the AAA West Michigan Hounds. Andy grew up playing with KOHA and played for the AAA West Michigan Warriors. He played Junior hockey in Toledo and led the CSHL in GAA and Save % while leading his team to a bid for the National Championship. He played D1 for Findlay & won the UHL Colonial Cup with the Muskegon Fury. Last season, Andy led the Red, White & Blue Goalie clinics for KOHA's Travel & House B programs.

KOHA would like to thank Bronson HealthCare Midwest Sports Medicine for sponsoring our Skills Team on-ice warmups.

   

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