Although we did not win any of the national prizes, our local contest had some winners for their essays:1st Place – Ingrid Harrald2nd Place – Ted Otis3rd Place – Charlene FlynnTeam winner – DivasThank you to our judges and to all of the participants! Even though we did not win, it brought us together as the close knit, dedicated hockey community that we are. Thank you.
HHA and NHLPA Goals and Dreams Team Up
HHA has received a donation of 20 brand new sets of hockey equipment, courtesty of the NHLPA’s Goals & Dreams fund. This donation will go towards helping the new ICEBREAKERS learn to play hockey program for 8 -13 year olds at the Kevin Bell Arena (formerly Hockey for the FUN of it!).
Chairman of the Goals & Dreams fund, Devin Smith, commented on the success of the program. “Over the last 14 years, NHL players have donated more than $22 million to fund and assist grassroots hockey programs around the world. We’ve sent equipment everywhere from Australia to South Africa, Europe, Malaysia and North America. The biggest obstacle in participating in hockey is the cost of equipment. Our goal is to bridge that gap for less fortunate children”.
In 1999, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) launched the Goals & Dreams fund as a way for the players to give something back to the game they love. The players’ program has donated full sets of hockey equipment that has benefited more than 70,000 economically challenged children in 32 countries and assisted with upgrades and the building of hundreds of arenas world-wide. To date, Goals & Dreams has donated more than $22-million to grassroots hockey programs around the world making it the largest program of its kind. For more information on the NHLPA, please visit www.nhlpa.com.
NEEDED: COACHING COORDINATOR
Your Homer Hockey Association is recruiting for someone to fill one of our most important volunteer positions. After several years on the job, Ingrid Harrald has “retired” from the Coaching Coordinator position. When you see Ingrid around the rink, please thank her for her years of dedicated service. Better yet, show your appreciation by stepping up to fill Ingrid’s shoes. HHA and the Kevin Bell Arena would not exist without people just like YOU who volunteer to fill one the many key positions that help make our association and our hockey rink successful.
The only qualifications required for this position are: a strong interest and personal commitment to our youth and adult hockey teams and their coaches; ability to work with the HHA Board; and a strong commitment to HHA and the USA Hockey coaching/initiation programs. The estimated time commitment for this position is just 2-6 hrs/week, on average. Some of the responsibilities of the Coaching Coordinator include:
- Recruit and recommend the yearly selection of coaches for all in-house leagues to the board for approval.
- Manage coaches USA Hockey registration and training of coaches – including background checks, SafeSport, coaching clinics, and module completion.
- Help coordinate in-house team player evaluations at coaches’ request.
- Act as liaison with board on behalf of coaches in the association.
- Meet with association coaches to discuss team problems and solutions.
- Schedule and preside over pre-season coaches meeting and post-season coaches wrap-up.
- Make regular reports and recommendations to the HHA Board regarding coaching priorities and issues.
If you’d like to help assure the success of our youth and adult teams, please consider applying for this very important volunteer position. For more information, or to submit your name as a candidate for this position, please contact Travis Brown at email@example.com