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Welcome to the 2019/2020 Hockey Season

Welcome to the 2019/2020 hockey season at Sno-King. We have over 640 players registered to play on our youth hockey teams this year and things are well underway with tryouts, team balancing and evaluations ongoing.  There are a couple new things to take note of for this season:

1) We will be hosting a Season Opener event this year for all Sno-King families that will include important team meetings that each player and parent should attend. Please put September 22nd on your calendar and join the over 1,500 people indicating they will attend.  It is at the Accesso ShoWare center so there is plenty of parking and seating for all and there should be little to no traffic.

2) We are providing a mental skills training program for players in the 10U age group and up which will provide information on developing the life skills and character traits that are important to success in sports and other endeavors.  There is more information on each of these programs below.


As a community of families centered on youth development, let's commit to showing great sportsmanship toward opponents, referees, and each other this season, especially when things may not be going how we would like.  Be intentional about making our arenas positive, welcoming places and let's treat everyone with respect while keeping a healthy perspective toward youth sports. 

We continue to be very grateful to everyone that volunteers their time to help make the Sno-King program a success.  We have over 250 volunteers contribute time and talents to the program each year and we can't make it all happen without them. Please help out whenever you can.

We are appreciative of the opportunity to be able to facilitate the upcoming hockey season and we take joy in watching the players on the ice striving to improve, growing together as a team and having fun playing the great game of hockey.  Enjoy the season - The Sno-King Staff


2019-2020 Season Opener and Important Team Meetings for Each Team


Important Team Meeting will held at the event for each team! Get to know your teammates and families as your coach and manager provide some key information for the upcoming season. Don't miss it!!

Exciting News! We have received an overwhelming response from players, coaches, volunteers and families indicating they are planning to join our first Sno-King Season Opener event on Sunday September 22nd. Don’t miss it!! 

New Location! The ShoWare Center, home of the Seattle Thunderbirds, has partnered with us to accommodate all of the youth hockey families that want to attend. There is ample free parking, seating and food concessions to host our amazing hockey community. Please note the new location details in your calendars: ShoWare address is 625 W James St, Kent, WA 98032.

Guest Speakers! Tod Leiweke, Joe Bonnett, Bil La Forge, Flint Doungchak with event host Bill Wixey

We are fortunate to have Bill Wixey, Q13 News anchor and an Emmy Award-winning journalist who has anchored and reported in Seattle since 1998 to emcee the event. Speakers include:

Tod Leiweke is a highly successful American sports executive who is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Team President of the Seattle NHL team. Tod has played leading roles in multiple pro sports franchises including the Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Come hear him speak about the future of the new NHL franchise in Seattle.

Joe Bonnett is a regional manager for USA Hockey’s American Development Model. He provides nationwide support for USA Hockey's age-appropriate skill development efforts, bringing more than 20 years of hockey coaching experience, including 18 seasons at the NCAA Division I level.

Bil LaForge is the General Manager of the Seattle thunderbirds and plays a key part in the teams goal to build the best hockey development program in the league. Bil has a gift for identifying hockey talent, and he believes in the same values of hard work and commitment that have made the Thunderbirds franchise a success over the years.

Flint Doungchak is the General Manager of the Eugene Generals and Coach in Chief for the Pacific District of USA Hockey. For over 25 years he has coached at all youth levels from 6U to Junior. He  also serves as the USA Hockey Pacific District Coach in Chief and is former District Director. In recent years he has been with USA Hockey as a Director, Assistant Director, or Team Leader at the National Player Development Camps for the 15,16, and 17 age groups since 2009. 

Agenda! Mark your schedules with the below times:

Coaches & Managers only:

8:00am to 11am – Mandatory coaches & manager training (Breakout rooms for 8U, 10U, 12U and 14 thru 18U coaches plus all managers) * NOTE: this is for all coaches planning to lead or assist a team as well as support during practices. This may also include some on-ice training so bring your skates. Look for a specific coach's and manager's email from Doug Kirton this week with more details.

All 8U-18U players, families, volunteers, coaches and managers (NOTE: There will be an optional Kidszone setup during this time):

  • 11:00am – Important Team Meetings for ALL teams (8U-18U) will be led by the coaches. This is an opportunity to meet coaches, teammates and parents and discuss preliminary season plans.
  • 11:30am – Keynote Session for ALL players and families to learn about plans for the 2019-2020 season including progress the new Snoqualmie arena, plus hear from guest speakers including Tod Leiweke and others.
  • 1:15pm – Social Time! Food & beverage concessions will be open for purchase to ALL families. We look forward to seeing you there.
  • 3:00pm – Board Elections. Please click here to a separate announcement about board elections.

We look forward to seeing you at the Accesso ShoWare Center on Sunday, September 22!


Update on the New Ice Arena

The Landlord is making excellent progress on the site work for the new arena in Snoqualmie. Underground utility work is ongoing. We will submit for a Tenant Improvement permit from the city soon.  Once the building shell is completed some time in January 2020, we will begin our work on the interior of the building turning it into a twin-sheet ice arena for an opening in the summer of 2020.  You can see more information on the new arena by clicking here.

We are in the middle of a capital campaign to raise $3.5 million that is a key funding component needed to finance the costs of opening and operating the new facility and will be providing information soon on how you can participate.






MENTAL SKILLS TRAINING

As an integral part of the hockey program this season players on the 10U teams and up will participate in the Pro Performance mental skills training program, a professionally designed program adapted to youth hockey to help with the mental side of sports. Parents of 8U players can also choose to participate but it is not required.

The lessons are presented in an easy-to-use online format that includes videos, graphics, quotes and text.  The length of the lessons progress as the age of the player increases so they range from 10 minutes for a 10U player up to 30 minutes for a 14U and up player. 

The skills developed throughout this program are proven to help a player reach and exceed their goals on and off the ice. Research and science have proven that attitudes and thoughts guide physical abilities and provide the foundation for success in everything a person does. Pro and college athletes acknowledge that mental skills are the key to their performance.  As with anything, what you take away from the program will depend on the effort you put into it. Have fun with the lessons and experience the rewards.

Similar to learning other new subjects kids encounter such as learning multiplication tables, some of the material will require effort to learn so parents may need to help younger players to understand. Parents, this is a great opportunity for you to interact with your children discussing the content in the lessons and bringing it to life for your kids. Encourage them and support them to understand the material at an age appropriate level and provide reinforcement of the concepts they learn through the season.

We are confident those that put effort into the program will reap rewards.






The 2019-20 season is here! We hope you had a great summer and are ready to get the season underway. There is a tremendous amount of excitement in our rinks lately, much of this is due to our new facility coming to Snoqualmie Ridge, the NHL buzz and our great hockey staff. We will be continuing our partnerships with USA hockey as an American Development Model Association, dryland company IRG, TeamGenius evaluation tool and Sharepoint practice planning systems. We are also thrilled to have Livebarn in both of our rinks, you will be able to subscribe and watch your player live or in a previous game or practice for up to 30 days prior.

The tryout and evaluation process is often a stressful time for any sports association and their members. Our Sno-King staff has been working hard to provide a safe, fair and competitive tryout, but please know that we will do our best to place all players on the appropriate team where they have the best chance at having a successful season.

The lifeblood of our association is always the volunteers. Thank you in advance to all of the Division Coordinators, Managers, Head and Assistant Coaches and all other important roles on each team. It truly takes a village!





The coaching sta­ff is excited to have the following team in place for this season.

  • Program Manager Andrew Birnbrich
  • Learn to Play Director Jenn Wood
  • Assistant Learn to Play Director TBD
  • Coach Coordinator Mike Butters
  • Skills Coach David Min
  • Skills Coach Kris Wilson
  • Goalie Director Darren Campbell
  • Goalie Coach Sam Bloomberg
  • Goalie Coach Julia Takatsuka
  • Apparel Manager Melissa Tremel
  • Facilities Director Jamie Huscroft
  • Kirkland Arena Manager Kelly Gladson

Have a great season and please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or any of our dedicated staff members.

Go Sno-King T-Birds and see you at the Season Kick-Off on September 22nd at the Showare Center!



Bronze level goalie certification

There will be a bronze level goalie certification hosted by Darin Campbell on September 14th in Tacoma. This will be done in conjunction with the levels 1,2,3 and 4 CEP classes.

Bronze Level High Performance (HP) Goaltending Development Coach Seminar is the first step the goaltending coach development program. These 1-day clinics will cover aspects of goaltending such as practice planning, teaching fundamental saves, foundation skating, puck handling, positioning, recovery and more. Seminars are available to Level 1 certified coaches and upon completion of the clinic coaches will go up one level within the CEP program, excluding to a level 4 or 5. By completing a HP Goaltending Coach Development Seminar a coach will earn his or hers Bronze Level Status.

If you are interested please click here



ALUMNI GAME

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



Team Wear

This season, Bauer tracksuits and team gear are available at Skateworks. We are excited to offer our team gear at our rink shops! Tracksuits are available to order now. Players can try on tracksuits at either rink shop, or can make a fitting appointment. Bags and gloves will be available for immediate purchase- no need to order! Team dryland wear and logo items are also available.

Fitting appointment link: https://skateworksproshop.com/fitting-appointment/ola/services/sno-king-jr-thunderbirds-fitting-appointment (Please create an account.)

Order here: https://skateworksproshop.com/shop?olsPage=t%2Fsno-king-junior-thunderbirds


SKATEWORKS BACK TO HOCKEY PROMOTIONS!

Back to hockey promotions extended until October 1, 2019.

All Sno-King team merchandise orders are currently in stock and available online: https://skateworksproshop.com/shop?olsPage=t%2Fsno-king-junior-thunderbirds

If the player needs a fitting appointment for team apparel they can schedule one here: https://skateworksproshop.com/m/login?r=%2Ffitting-appointment

Hockey is one of the most expensive sports to play. Maintenance, accessories & skate sharpening all add up, but they don’t have to. Did you know the average recreational hockey player spends $2000 annually on league fees, pick up sessions, skate sharpening, accessories, and misc.  equipment & items!? The average travel hockey player spends way more! More than $250 annually  just on skate sharpening! Players who sharpen their skates once per week for 26 weeks is $260 spent during a typical season. How would you feel about saving money on skate sharpening in addition to hockey essentials like tape, accessories, and more!? You can easily save hundreds of dollars with a seasonal unlimited sharpening pass!

  • Unlimited sharpening single pair of skates monthly (single player, one pair of skates) $39.99
  • Unlimited sharpening single pair of skates for the 2019 season (single player, one pair of skates ) $149.99 
  • Unlimited sharpening family pass for the 2019 season (up to 5 players, one pair of skates ) $399.99 
  • Unlimited sharpening team pass for the 2019 season (all you can eat! ) $1299.99

All sticks in stock are buy one get one 50%! Come check out the huge selection of sticks!

Buy a pair of select skates and get a $100 gift card plus you will be entered into a raffle to win a free TRUE hockey stick! (winner selected on October 2, 2019) 

All replacement steel is 30% off! This includes special order!

Buy 4 rolls of tape (you can mix and match) and get 1 roll free!

Make sure to ask about our specials for Sno-King coaches!


LEARN TO SKATE AND LEARN TO PLAY PROGRAMS

Sno-King offers several programs for children and adults to experience and learn the basic fundamentals of skating and playing hockey. If your child just wants to have a one-time on-ice experience Try Hockey Free clinics are offered where equipment is provided and participants experience the thrill of being on ice skates along with some basic hockey movements.  A child can learn to skate without hockey gear in the Learn to Skate program taught by experienced figure skating instructors or with gear on in our Hockey 1 program that teaches basic skating and preliminary hockey skills.  The next stage of participation is in the Hockey 2 program which teaches a player the basic hockey skills needed to join a competitive team.  We also offer Adult Learn to Play for adults who have never played before or for those who have very little experience. For more information or answers to Frequently Asked Questions on each program click the links below. If you have any further questions please feel free to email us or call 425-821-7133. 


TRY HOCKEY FREE in september

Try Hockey Free Day in Renton is happening tomorrow! 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


Pacific District high performance goalie gamp

Over the weekend of August 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 42 goalies from the west coast converged on the Great Park Complex in Irvine California for the Pacific District high performance goalie camp. Nine 2005 girls and thirty three 2004 and 2005 boys comprised the camp. 8 of the campers were from Washington. Over the weekend goalies had 4 ice times, multiple classroom sessions, dryland, pre and post ice stretching. The camp was hosted by Steve Thompson, formerly the Pacific District goalie in chief. Steve has recently been promoted to the ADM manager of goaltending for USA hockey. 

Snoking goalie Director, Darin Campbell, was one of the lead instructors. Another one of SKAHAs goalie coaches, Julia Takatsuka, was also in attendance and recieved her bronze level goalie coaching certification. 

Two other Sno-king coaches, Darin Dishneau and Conor Chamberlain made the trip down and received their silver goalie coaching certification. Both of their sons are goalies here at Sno-king. 

Over all it was a great weekend of learning for the kids and adults. 

Sunday was all about the fun factor. We let the goalies design all the drills themselves. Things got a little crazy on the ice that day, but we all had a blast. 

This is the second year of the camp and things keep getting better. Last year we had it in Las Vegas at the Knights new practice facility. With Sno-king's new building on the way, hopefully we can host it here in the near future. 



Summer Festival Season

We spent the summer promoting hockey, and sharing our passion for the sport. Sno-King had a booth at Redmond Derby Days- we won best booth!- Renton River Days and Snoqualmie Train Days. We are growing the game, and excited to see new players joining Sno-King.

 

NHL Seattle and Virginia Mason

On July 25th some of our Sno-King Staff and Players were in Seattle to help NHL Seattle and Virginia Mason announce their new partnership in Seattle.


Safe Sport

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.



RMHC HOCKEY CHALLENGE

Thank you to RMHC Seattle and Alice Tang for putting an amazing event together for a great cause! 

They were able to commit to 100% of all donations going directly to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska. Thanks to everyone involved in the event, they were able to raise over $8,000 for the house and the families staying there. We hope to see more Sno-King players out next year!

Watch the amazing video David Min put together of the event.

Instagram: www.instagram.com/rmhc.hockeychallenge