New ice-rink facility to offer 72,500 sq. feet of space with two NHL-sized ice sheets for the development of youth and adult ice sports starting mid-2020
Snoqualmie, Washington – June 5, 2019 – Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association and Sno-King Ice Sports (Sno-King), the premier youth hockey association and home for ice sports on the Eastside, announced today that it is entering into a long-term lease agreement to create a new two-sheet ice arena in Snoqualmie Ridge. The new arena is currently scheduled to open in summer 2020. This project is in response to the recent National Hockey League announcement awarding a professional franchise to Seattle. This expansion will more than double the size of Sno-King, allowing the organization to meet the increased demand for ice time on the Eastside for the foreseeable future.
“Sno-King’s expansion to Snoqualmie is going to add over 6,500 hours of ice time to serve the entire Eastside market and beyond for many years to come, which will be critical as we grow hockey, figure skating and adult hockey leagues throughout the region,” said Dave Blanchard, executive director, Sno-King. “We are planning to add 1,600 youth and 1,000 adults to our learn-to-play and competitive youth and adult ice sports programs as a result of this new arena. We explored and exhausted many options on the Eastside and determined that this has the best potential given the location and financial structure. While we have a number of things to cross off our list as part of the planning stage efforts, we are excited to be able to officially announce our intent to build this new arena.”
Sno-King is the home of ice sports on the Eastside and its youth programs are centered on building players for life, both on and off the ice through a full development focus that integrates athletics with mental skills training and healthy eating.
“Snoqualmie is a perfect fit for our new arena, as it’s easily accessible by our families from around the Eastside and beyond,” said Sno-King Board of Directors President Doug Corley. “Not only will it be a great location for practice and games, it will also be a great place to attend tournaments and camps thanks to the many restaurants, hotels and activities near the site location. It will meet our current demand for ice time and allow us to meet future demand as more people get on the ice in the years to come. We’re grateful to the Razwick family for working with us on this project and can’t wait to see it come to life. We’d also like to thank the City of Snoqualmie for their ongoing cooperation as we develop plans for the arena.”
The arena construction will start in summer 2019. The site location is at 35300 SE Douglas Street in Snoqualmie Ridge. The developer, the Razwick family, former owners of Technical Glass Products, have a desire to give back to the Snoqualmie Community and share a common vision for youth development with Sno-King. Sno-King will lease the property as the sole tenant starting in 2020. The design / development team is led by local development expert Terra Vall-Spinosa. This team shares the family’s commitment to the community and includes Nelson Architects, Northway Construction and Kidder Mathews (Dave Bernard and Zach Vall-Spinosa). Sno-King’s team includes HTG Architects and Gausman & Moore from Minnesota along with Rosen Harbottle (Caleb Farnworth and Jerry Harbottle), Keller Rohrback and Columbia Bank.
“Supporting Sno-King by providing a building for their new home in Snoqualmie is one way we can contribute to the community,” Jeff Razwick said. “This will be a huge benefit to local youth and adults interested in hockey and figure skating, and the new arena will provide the ice space needed for everyone to get out there and skate.”
“The City of Snoqualmie is excited to play a part in the growth of hockey in Washington state and we are honored to officially welcome Sno-King to our community,” said Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson. “As a former hockey player myself, I know that this new arena will be an incredible community asset, providing more access to recreation space and an opportunity for our local businesses to thrive with more visitors.”
“NHL Seattle is thrilled to see Sno-King expanding into Snoqualmie,” said Tod Leiweke, CEO of NHL Seattle. “The future arrival of the NHL into our area is already generating increased interest in ice hockey and figure skating programs on a regional level, and we are pleased to see local partners like Sno-King rising to meet this demand.”
The funding of the new arena will come from several sources, including a mix of fundraising components and corporate sponsors. The Sno-King leadership is actively seeking sponsors for the new arena. These partners will be announced at a later date.
For more information go to https://snokinghockey.com/snoqualmie
Reminder to everyone that Kirkland will be closed June 3rd to 10th for maintenance. We are sorry for the inconvenience!
We hope you are having a good Spring and are looking forward to the start of Summer. Staff and the Board have been working on several fronts completing a review of our operations and planning all aspects of the upcoming season. Details about the 2019/20 season will begin to be communicated to you in the coming days and weeks by email, our website and social media postings so please be checking often for those.
Registration for the 2019-2020 season will open at noon on Monday July 1, 2019 for returning Sno-King member families only. Registration will be opened to everyone that wishes to play at Sno-King this coming season on July 22nd at noon. There will be caps on the number of participants in each age group so please register as soon as possible to ensure your player(s) have a spot!!
Remember to block out your calendar for the Season Opener Event scheduled for September 22, 2019. It promises to be a great day for the Sno-King community. Please look for communications about tryouts and the season in the coming weeks and we hope you have an enjoyable summer.
Sno-King Members (For Your Information Only- No Action Required):
As is the procedure every season, tryouts for Sno-King Select teams for ages 12U and up will be held August 22nd-30th, 2019**. There will be no tryouts held on Labor Day Weekend, Saturday Aug 31- Monday, September 2nd. 10UA tryouts will be held between September 4 and 8. There will be no 10UB teams for the upcoming season.
If a player wishes to have the opportunity to be placed on a Select team next season, they must attend the appropriate tryout.
Please remember tryout dates when planning your summer activities! If your player does not plan to play on a Select team, they do you do not have to attend tryouts.
NO ACTION IS REQUIRED BY YOU NOW AND MORE DETAILS WILL COME OUT IN THE SUMMER. PLEASE HOLD ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT SPECIFICS UNTIL THAT TIME. For more general information about Select teams click here and then click the links near the lower of the page labeled “Select” “Select A1” and “Select A2 and A3”.
**“The information on specific days and time for specific teams will be announced later this summer”.
Sno-King offers several programs for beginners children and adults to experience and learn the basic fundamentals of skating and playing hockey. If your child wants to try playing hockey Try Hockey Free clinics are offered where equipment is provided and where participants can experience the thril of being on the ice. A child can learn to skate in our Hockey 1 program that teaches basic skating and preliminary hockey skills. In addition, the Learn to Skate program is taught by experienced figure skating instructors. The next stage of participation is in the Hockey 2 program which prepares a player for joining a competitive team. We offer Adult Learn to Play for Adults who have never played before or for those who have very little experience. For more information on each program click the links to the right. For answers to Frequently Asked Questions continue reading below and be sure to take time to read the information within our website. If you have any further questions please feel free to call 425-821-7133 or email us.
Welcome to the Inaugural Season Opener for all Sno-King association players, coaches, managers, volunteers, parents and families that will participate in 8U through 18U divisions for the upcoming 2019-2020 season.
We are excited to see such an outstanding lineup of Clinics and Camps this year. The schedules for 2019 Spring Program and Summer Hockey Camps and Clinics have been posted online and registration is filling fast! Multiple camps have sold out and are on waitlist, so if you are wanting to register for a specific camp do so sooner then later.
The schedule includes a variety of exceptional hockey camps, clinics and off-season play for players that are equal to or better than what other more publicized and expensive camps offer in the area. The camps are run independently from SKAHA but the instructors include members of the Sno-King coaching staff, past players, and players from college and junior programs. In addition, there are also some camps from outside sponsors such as camps by Turcotte and by Hennes (see below).
There are opportunities for all age groups and they cover a broad range of activities from skating, stick handling, checking, shooting, defense, 3 X 3 games, goaltending and other fundamentals. Click the links to the left for a listing of our current available camps and clinics by each level.
Spots are filling fast for Mike Butter's Elite Prep Camp!
We are pleased to announce our Elite Prep Training Series that will take place this summer from June 12th through August 7th. The Camp will be led by former pro coach, player, NHL scout and current Jr. Thunderbirds 16U AAA Head Coach, Mike Butters. Coach Butters, along with special guest professional coaches will run a series of 20 skates that are specifically designed for the elite level player.
This camp is reserved for any player born 2005 or older "Rep" level player. The group will be restricted to 28 skaters and 2 goalies so players are encouraged to sign up immediately. The first 28 skaters who meet the camp criteria will be accepted.
Levels: Juniors, 16U (All levels), 14U A1, A2.
Instructor: Mike Butters and Guest Instructors
Location: Kirkland and Renton
June 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
July 1, 3, 8, 10 ,15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31
August 5, 7
Saturday 11am -12:15pm
June 15(12:30 to 1:45pm), 29
July 6 , 13, 20, 27
Blackout Dates: June 22nd
At least one parent will be required to become Safe Sport certified again this season. It takes about 75 to 90 minutes and is an excellent summary of some preventative measures that can be taken to help our players stay safe. For a link to take the course and more information click here.
The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to USA Hockey and Sno-King. USA Hockey SafeSport is the organization's program related to off-ice safety. This includes not only on-ice safety, but also off-ice safety in any part of Sno-King's programs.
USA Hockey and Sno-King have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for abuse and misconduct. Through the USA Hockey SafeSport Program, USA Hockey and Sno-King are committed to creating the safest possible environment for participation in hockey.
Sno-King Ice Renton and Kirkland offer a wide variety of summer skating programs for all ages and ability levels. Our group lessons are structured to teach beginning skaters through more advanced skaters. Group instruction includes a thirty-minute class, thirty minute practice the same day, class certificate and achievement badge.
Try Hockey Free Day is happening next weekend at both locations! This event is for children between the ages of 4 and 9 years old that would like to try hockey for the first time. To register go to tryhockeyforfree.com
Saturday July 13th 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Arena Address: 14326 124th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034
Sunday July 21st 1:50pm to 2:50pm
Arena Address: 12620 164th Ave SE, Renton, WA 98059
We at Sno-King are excited to put on another Alumni event on Saturday, Sept 21st from 6:45pm-9pm at our Renton location. We will have a BBQ and beverages. We are looking at putting together a great event for everyone! Every player receives a jersey and socks for them to keep.
We had a great turnout during our last Alumni event and we look forward to seeing everyone again this year. Space is limited so be sure to register as soon as possible.
If you have any questions about the Alumni Game please email Jeff.McConnell@snokinghockey.com
The 4th Annual SYHA & Moonshine BBQ Training Camp Classic (formerly known as the Jake Murphy Charity Classic) will be teeing off on August 24th, 2019 at Redmond Ridge Golf Club.
Seattle Youth Hockey Assist was created to help youth and junior hockey players in the greater Seattle area keep their skates on the ice.
We believe in paying it forward to the next generation of Seattle hockey players by bringing together people and businesses in our community.
The challenges faced in hockey teach children valuable life lessons and skills including leadership, hard work, dedication, and self-confidence.
All kids should be given the opportunity to develop healthy lifestyles, no matter the financial, physical, or language barriers that may exist!
The funds raised through our events, and from your in-kind donations, provide hockey scholarships to families in need, and to subsidize clinics for kids who wouldn’t otherwise be able to participate.
Each year we have been able to raise more money to help our community of hockey players because of YOUR SUPPORT!
For more Information go to: https://www.seattleyouthhockeyassist.com
Pucks For a Cure 24 hour Hockey Marathon and the event will be held at our Kirkland Arena on Saturday July 20th.
Most, if not all of us, have felt the loss of a loved one due to this awful disease. Fred Hutch does amazing work in research and treatment options for the many battling cancer. This is a great opportunity for our wonderful PNW Hockey community to pitch in some resources and have a little fun while we are at it.