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A USA Hockey Model Association

 
Since 1964, Serving the Eastside with Youth Recreational, AA, and AAA Hockey Programs.

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Train and Learn with the Professionals
Doug Kirton - Hockey Director    
Jamie Huscroft - Director of Facilities

posted 03/28/2014
 

ME LEVELS LOCATION
Power Pro - April 1st to June 5th Mite Squirt PeeWee Bantam Midget Both Locations
Spring & Summer Pond Hockey - April 2nd to July 23rd Mite Squirt PeeWee Bantam Midget Kirkland
Spring and Summer Mite Camp - April 1st to May 27th & June 3rd to Aug 5th Mites Kirkland
Spring/Summer 3 on 3 - April 6th to Aug 27th Mites Squirts PeeWee Bantam Renton
Checking Clinic - June 30th - Aug 11th Ages 6 to 14 Both Locations
2014 Summer Hockey School July 7th to 11th Mites Squirt PeeWee Bantam Kirkland
Zach Sikich Goalie Camp - July 14th to 18th Goalies Kirkland
HES DCamp - July 21st 23rd 24th and 25th PeeWee Bantam Midget Renton
Almost Ready - July 26th and 27th Mites Squirts PeeWee Bantam Midget
Goalies
Renton
Get Ready Full Week Camp - Aug 18th to Aug 22nd Beginners Mites Squirt PeeWee Bantam Midget Renton
Sno-King Tryout Prep Camp - Aug 25th to 28th Mite Squirt PeeWee Bantam Kirkland
Turcotte Stickhandling - Aug 4th to 8th Squirt PeeWee Bantam Renton

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Sno-King Ice Arenas Signs Purchase Agreement for KVIC
by posted 03/18/2014
 

The 50th Season of Sno-King Hockey continues to be memorable both on and off the ice.  

 

  • In September, USA Hockey selected Sno-King as an American Development Model Association, reflecting how Hockey Director Doug Kirton and our volunteer coaches have embraced the principles of long term athletic development.  
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  • In January, thanks to the photography of member parent Chris Colgan, we graced the cover of USA Hockey Magazine and entered the homes of over half a million hockey players.
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  • In February, we held our annual fundraising auction, which was a big success thanks to the generosity of the Sno-King family.
  • Over the last couple weeks, our hockey teams' season culminated in games and tournaments around the state and the country.

But today I have perhaps the most exciting and dramatic announcement yet. . .

 

Sno-King Ice Arenas has reached an agreement to purchase the Kent Valley Ice Centre

 

. . .subject to feasibility, financing and court approval.

 

The Board of Directors, staff members, and I are thrilled to add Kent Valley Ice Centre to our portfolio of rinks.  It's an excellent, established facility with an active and loyal customer base, a solid revenue stream, and a supportive partnership with the City of Kent.  In the experienced hands of Sno-King’s Director of Facilities, Jamie Huscroft, Kent Valley Ice Centre will enhance Sno-King's ability to excel in serving our purpose and mission to support youth hockey and on-ice athletics. 

 

By combining our efforts across all three facilities, we will quickly realize economies of scale and hope to give patrons of each rink more opportunities at the rink closest to their homes.  In fact, our customers and members are drawn to Sno-King from a wide geographic area, including many from South King County and northern Pierce County.  For these folks and for their northern counterparts near the Snohomish/King County area, the dream of spending less time driving to the rink and more time on the ice can soon become a reality.

 

As the transaction is being finalized, I will be spending time with the leadership of the Kent Valley Hockey Association, a tenant of the facility.  KVHA has a talented leadership and membership who also have a great relationship with the Seattle Thunderbirds.  We will want to leverage those strengths to continue to grow Kent into a thriving and affordable hockey program for years to come.

 

Our membership has such a strong volunteer spirit that I know many of you will immediately ask, "How can I help?"  We will be busy tending to the details of completing the official transaction and then must quickly pivot to planning our programming for next season.

 

Registration will open early this year - the best way you can help is to register your kids early for the next season so that we can best plan our ice schedules and programming.

 

I can't promise that our 51st Season will have quite as many dramatic announcements as the 50th Season, but I hope you will agree that the future of Sno-King is looking very bright and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next!

 

Regards, Gordon Brown

Executive Director (Sno-King Hockey Association / Sno-King Ice Arenas)


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Team Seattle 14u Minor Wins State T2 Championship
posted 03/06/2014
 

Congratulations to the Team Seattle 14u Minor team who won the PNAHA State Tier 2 championship in a hard fought and exciting 2-1 victory over Spokane.  Spokane tied the game with less than a minute left and then Team Seattle scored the winning goal with 10.5 seconds left in the 3rd period. 

They will represent the state at the USA Hockey Nationals in Hackensack, NJ at the beginning of April. 
Click here for the 14u Nationals page that will have all the schedules, scores and standings.

You can also help the team's fundraising efforts by making a donation at www.gofundme.com/teamseattle14u
Your donation will be made to Sno-King Hockey, and the proceeds will benefit Team Seattle 14u Minor.

Good fortune at Nationals!


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Try Hockey Free March 1st at Sno-King Kirkland
by Jenn Wood posted 02/19/2014
 
Register online at www.tryhockeyforfree.com and select our Sno-King Kirkland rink.
Hope to see you there!



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Auction Raises over $63k!
by posted 02/12/2014
 

Thank you to all that helped make the 2014 Sno-King Fundraiser Auction a huge success.  It was a fun evening with good eats, good drinks, good friends and all in the name of a great cause. 

Over 200 members, family, friends and staff attended the event. 

A big thank you to our auction co-chairs, Kathie Roth-Johnson and Joanie Wojcicki for all their passion and efforts and to Brenda Darnbrough who goes above and beyond the call of duty every year for this important event.
 

Thank you to all of the membership for their donations/procurements/assistance. To the Midget Team Seattle and 18u players that helped work the event and load/unload trucks.

 

Thank you to all the attendees that bought items, donated to the scholarship fund, taunted their friends into bidding just a bit more J and who stuck around for the entire evening despite the big white flakes that were coming down.  

 

If you attended the event, please check your pile of items that you brought home.  We are missing a couple items and they may have gotten into your stuff mistakenly.  Let Brenda know if you have something extra or are missing something.


The event raised a bit over $63,000, which goes toward

  • Need-based scholarships - over $12,000 was pledged for kids who could not afford to play hockey otherwise

  • Keeping fees low for all members, which are the best value in town

  • Long term financial management, such as debt reduction, to ensure we can achieve our mission for years to come


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Bantam Green Wins Wenatchee Cup!
posted 02/10/2014
 
Congratulations to Sno-King Green who won the Wenatchee Apple Cup for Bantams in a hotly contested tournament. They started the tournament on Saturday with a tough 5-2 loss against Tri-Cities, in a score line that didn't reflect the way either team played. Going into Saturday evening's game with Portland Black Tie, Sno-King needed a big victory to have any chance of an automatic spot in the semi-finals, but a late goal gave them a 2-2 tie, and sent them to the wild card round. It was Portland again - this time Portland Whiteout -- that Sno-King had to face, and an early lead of 3-0 was eroded to 3-1 in the third. A late goal from Portland made for a frantic finish, but Green came through with 3-2 victory, and a date and rematch with Tri-Cities in the semi finals. This time the tables were turned, and Sno-King dominated from the first whistle, cruising to a 5-0 victory, and a date in the final rematching Portland Black Tie, who had eliminated Kent in the semi finals by a score of 3-1. Sno-King were the hungrier of the two teams, pushing hard from the get go, and getting out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period, that they built on, finally winning by 6 goals to 1, and taking the Wenatchee Apple Cup back to Seattle.

 
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Squirt Rep Bice Wins Chilliwack Atom Tournament
posted 02/04/2014
 
Team Bice earned First place at the CMHA Atom Tournament this past weekend in Chilliwack. The team went 5-0 playing Burnaby Winter Club, Chilliwack and Abbotsford winning the Final Championship Game 4-2 versus Abbotsford in a back-and-forth nail biting game. Our Players demonstrated fine off-ice sportsmanship by participating in Association Pin exchanges. Goal contributions came from eleven different Players. We are very proud of the hard work and effort all our Players demonstrated giving a good accounting of Sno-King Hockey!
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2013-14 Western Washington High School Hockey
posted 01/20/2014
 
The 2013-2014 High School Hockey season is fast approaching.

If you play Rep or Rec hockey and are presently a full time high school student you may participate.

Register now as space is limited by clicking here

For more information click here

 
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USA Hockey Magazine Cover Photo
posted 01/04/2014
 


Sno-King Hockey is featured on the cover of this month's USA Hockey Magazine. 

Click on the photo for the full article. 
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Keeping Safe When Travelling
posted 01/02/2014
 

This past week there was a violent robbery outside of a hockey rink in Surrey, B.C.

Two Sno-King teams were in a tournament at that facility at the time and a Sno-King parent was the first to administer aid to the victim.  Our thoughts go out to the victim’s family and friends.

 

These type of incidents are a terrible reminder that not all areas around all hockey rinks or hotels are without possible dangers and our families and teams need to remain diligent about their safety.

 

We recommend that

  • Parents and team management research the areas around facilities and hotels when traveling. 

  • Teams should implement player movement rules (stay in groups) and curfews.

  • Parents should also take appropriate precautions for their own safety.

 

There have been incidents (of a lesser extent) around both of the Sno-King Ice Arenas in the past. 
Players need to stay in groups if they are running their laps or warming up behind the facilities.

 

Please do what you can to help keep our players and families safe.


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Squirt Rep Cup (aka pond hockey)
posted 12/14/2013
 

The Sno-King Squirt rep teams combined their game slots, split 3 teams into 4 smaller teams and had a day full of fun hockey.

No offsides, no icing.  The only stoppages were to switch ends / opposition.  
Lots of skating, music, fun and sweating.  Smiles all around. 
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Corey Schwab on Goalie Development
posted 11/23/2013
 

Few positions on the ice can compare to the goalie. Goaltenders are saddled with a task unlike any other and can be hailed as heroes and scapegoats depending on the outcome of each game. Coaching them can come with its own differences as well. But just because you never stepped between the pipes doesn’t mean you can’t develop strong goaltending.

Kevin Reiter, goaltending coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, and Corey Schwab, goalie development coach for the San Jose Sharks, have some advice for youth hockey coaches.
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TBirds at Hockey 2 session
posted 11/10/2013
 

A handful of Seattle Thunderbirds joined the Hockey 2 session today helping out on the ice and signing autographs afterwards.  More pictures available at www.FaceBook.com/SnoKingHockey
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New Electric Zamboni at Kirkland
posted 11/06/2013
 
There is a cliché where 50 year olds have mid-life crisis’s and go out and buy shiny new convertibles.  Sno-King is contributing to that cliché, as in our 50th season we are now sporting a new electric Zamboni at the Kirkland Arena.
 
The Sno-King board decided to purchase the new electric Zamboni for multiple reasons.
  1.  
  2. The current Zambonis are getting up in age and the repairs and maintenance on them are close to the cost of financing a new Zamboni.
     
  3. Our spare Zamboni was a loaner from the Mulligan family (Many thanks to them) and they are going to need it for their own outdoor rink on the other side of the mountains this year.  (pretty cool huh?)
     
  4. The electric Zamboni has many benefits over the propane-powered units.
    1. Safety
      The Renton facility, being much newer and designed to be an ice arena, has multiple redundant sensors and alarms and a ventilation system designed to deal with possible carbon monoxide leaks from an ice resurfacer. 

      The Kirkland facility doesn’t have that and we have historically relied on the staff taking readings consistently with handheld monitors to keep our members safe.
       
    2. Lower Operation Costs
      The cost per ice cut is 1/8th of what it costs for propane.
       
    3. Decreased Maintenance/Repair Costs
      All of the engine maintenance is gone and replaced with minimal battery/electric motor maintenance.
      No more having to deal with the hassles of propane tanks will free up staff time.
       
    4. Better Reliability
      There are a lot fewer moving parts to fail.
       
    5. Positive Environmental Impact
      Minimal emissions due to the Pacific Northwest's predominant use of clean and cleaner energy for its power generation.

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Free Live Game Viewing
posted 10/22/2013
 

Sno-King Hockey is proud to announce Free live broadcasting of Sno-King and Team Seattle games. 

Both Sno-King Ice Arenas are equipped to broadcast events live.  See www.LiveArena.com for a listing of the upcoming and recorded events. 

Sno-King Executive Director, Gordon Brown, stated that "We have had great feedback on the testing of the technology and are happy to be able to provide this feature for all our teams. The viewing experience is not quite what you'll see on network TV but it allows friends and family to watch the games when they can't make it to the rink.  It also allows players, coaches and families to review games at a later date."
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Hockey 2 Begins!
posted 10/05/2013
 


It's the first day of Hockey 2.  The Beginner program registration is off to a very quick start with over a hundred players already registered.
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USA Hockey Model Club Training
by posted 10/01/2013
 

Sno-King Hockey Association was recently granted American Development Model Club status.  With this appointment come many opportunities to receive the latest ADM developments and training techniques. USA hockey ADM staff will be present at Kirkland and Renton Arena on October 1st, 2nd and 3rd. This will be a great opportunity for our players, coaches and parents to learn all aspects of the American Development Model. How it started, where it is now and what the future holds.
 
Click here for the schedule and information
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Sno-King Designated as Model Club by USA Hockey
posted 08/09/2013
 


USA Hockey announced that Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association (playing out of arenas in Kirkland and Renton, WA) has been certified as a USA Hockey Model Association. 

Sno-King becomes one of only 11 associations in the nation to receive this designation. 

With the designation, Sno-King committed to follow the American Development Model (ADM) in full at the 8-and-under, 10-and-under, and 12-and-under age groups.  The ADM is based on age-appropriate training to fully benefit children in their development, regardless of ability level.

As a benefit of their model program designation, Sno-King will receive added support from USA Hockey to assist in implementing the ADM throughout their programs, including equipment, signage, and educational materials. Further, they will receive on-going staff support from USA Hockey's national office, including in-depth coach training.

Click here for the USA Hockey Press Release.
Click here for the Sno-King Hockey Press Release.


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Konsta Jaske Chosen for USA Hockey National Camp
posted 05/10/2013
 
Congratulations to Sno-King player Konsta Jaske who played this past season for Team Seattle Midget 16U coached by Bill Audycki. He recently attended the USA Hockey U15 District camp in San Jose and has been selected for the USA Hockey National camp on July 14th-20th in Williamsville, NY. Konsta is a swift skating defenseman who can often be found working on his game at one of our local rinks. Good luck Konsta!
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2012-13 Award Winners
by posted 05/06/2013
 
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of the 2012-13 Sno-King Hockey Awards.

John MacDonald Award...Aiden Wagner

Bob McCormick Award…Doug Ross

Rep Team of the Year…Midget 18U

Rep Coach of the Year…Pat Smith (Midget 18U)

Rep Manager of the Year…Kathy Kilton (Squirt Rep White)

NPSHL Team of the Year…Bantam Blue

NPSHL Coach of the Year…Ron Ortloff (Mite Green)

NPSHL Manager of the Year…Nishi Dhanidina (Mite Green)

Rookie Coach of the Year… Matt Cain (Squirt White and Peewee B)

Rep Player of the Year...Shay Brown (Midget 18U)

Rep Player Most Improved...Dexter Corley (Peewee Tier II)

Rep Goaltender of the Year...Jamie Frantz (Peewee II)