Welcome back to the Inside Edge, Sno-King's newsletter with information and news about our youth hockey association and our community.
As the 2020-2021 season is now complete, we wanted to reflect on a memorable year. While presented with many obstacles as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we couldn’t be more thankful for our hockey community standing strong together to make the best of a difficult season and for the continuous support along the way. Our coaches deserve a standing ovation for their dedication and time to develop and support players in their hockey journey both on and off the ice. Our parents scored hat tricks for balancing changing work-school-sports routines and providing their kids a safe outlet for mental and physical health. Our players earned honorable stick salutes for bringing a new level of grit, resilience and mental toughness to the game and their personal hockey journey. Lastly, high fives to our volunteers and staff for their hard work with safety, planning, communications and fundraising activities!
Wishing everyone a great summer and good luck to your favorite NHL team in the playoffs!
Looking for some summer hockey camps or clinics? Limited space is still available. These camps are led by highly qualified and experienced coaches, NHL alumni, and Sno-King Hockey Staff that bring a unique, fresh, and fun approach for players at all levels to develop their skills. There are opportunities for all age groups and they cover a broad range of activities from power skating, stick handling, checking, shooting, defense, 3 X 3 games, goaltending and other fundamentals.
Click the links below for a listing of our current available camps and clinics by each level:
We offer Stick N Puck sessions for players who wish to work on their own to practice their hockey skills in an individual session.
View Daily Ice Schedules: Schedules - Sno-King Ice Arenas (snokingicearenas.com)
Registration required for Stick N Puck sessions: Stick n Puck - Sno-King Ice Arenas (snokingicearenas.com)
We are grateful for the support and time you have shared to help us deliver our mission and positively impact players in their hockey journey. THANK YOU! Please be sure to submit your hours to your employers if eligible for matching donations to Sno-King.
Masks continue to be REQUIRED at all times while on and off the ice. We are reviewing recent state COVID guidance updates and will share updates to our policies as appropriate. The safety of our players and families remains our top priority.
For more info visit Safety and Cleaning (snokinghockey.com)
WOW! The results from the Sno-King 2021 Auction are in and you helped us raise $77,100! THANK YOU SNO-KING! We are so grateful for this incredible community and everyone who helped us celebrate Sno-King’s Past, Present and Future. Funds raised from the Auction will help support our Scholarship program, assist in keeping program fees as low as possible as well as help to provide long term financial management to be able to continue to deliver our mission for generations to come. A very special thank you to all of our Sponsors, Donors, Staff and Board of Directors who provided over 200+ auction items available for bid. Congratulations as well to all winning bidders.
Director of Youth Hockey
I wanted to take a moment to discuss how our kids play and how our game is played. There has been much research in the area of child development and the benefits of unstructured play.
“Structured play is generally adult led providing direction, and a specific task in order for a child/ren to learn a new skill. Structured play is typically a physical or cognitive (brain skill) activity. ... Unstructured play means open-ended, or creative free play with endless possibilities.” (Doesn’t this last part sound like hockey!) A game that requires an unbelievable amount of decision making within micro seconds done on 3/8 of an inch of steel! Wow!
If this concept is so important then why do we continue to do more static, isolated drills that don’t allow for the most important part of our game, decision making and developing a hockey I.Q. Our coaches do a good job designing practices that incorporate small area games where quick feet, quick hands and quick decisions are the norm. I encourage any parent to watch the amount of skill and technique development taking place in a well designed game.
What is skill you may ask? USA hockey has been altering the definition of skill over the last years, technique can be defined as the tools needed to play hockey and refined by spending time skating (roller blading), shooting (in the driveway), stickhandling (with a ball in front of the TV, watching the NHL playoffs) and passing (get a rebounder or your little brother to help). Skill, in hockey, is really about having awareness on the ice. So many players have great technique, but never become the player they can be because they spent more time developing their technique and so little time working on their skill or awareness simply by PLAYING hockey.
I encourage every Sno-King player to find 4-6 players, attend a stick and puck or 3 v 3 and just play! Unstructured, fun, creative and mind resting in this off season. Click here for an article regarding the benefits of unstructured play.
Lastly a big thank you to all of the players, coaches, volunteers and parents for getting through this season. Some day we can all look back and tell stories about the “pandemic hockey season”. Sports often presents a lot of adversity and those that overcome it often rise up the ranks.
Have a great summer and good luck to your favorite NHL team in the ’20-’21 playoffs! Hard to believe the ’21-’22 season is right around the corner and the Kraken will be released!
Doug Kirton, Sno-King Hockey Director
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Sunday goalie clinics this season! Wishing you a great summer and looking forward to seeing you on the ice this fall. Sharing a goalie drill video that might be helpful.
Click here to access the goalie crease drills
We’ve got more exciting news about Sno-King Girls Hockey! We’ve been busy planning for the upcoming 2021-2022 season and excited to announce the following:
1. 8U-12U Girls Spring Skates June 6, 13, 20
2. 14U-16U Girls TRYOUTS June 4, 5, 12
3. 8U-16U Ty Hennes Girls Camp July 30/31
Please join us in welcoming Gordon Hancock as our new Hockey Program Manager.
In this role, Gord plays an important role in facilitating our youth hockey program. He is responsible for ice and referee scheduling for teams, organizing and running tournaments and acting as the Association registrar.
Gord and his wife, Jennifer, can be found around the rink most nights and weekends during the hockey season as they continue to support their ’06 goalie (CJ) and his team in various volunteer roles ranging from team manager to running the clock, keeping statistics and scores, and generally making sure game days go smoothly for both teams. Their daughter, Sydney (17), who has put her rink rat days behind her, can be found occasionally snapping photos of her brother and his team for social media and scrap books.
“Having a player who’s been in both the Sno-King Select and Rec programs since 8U, as well as volunteering in various capacities, has provided me with experiences and perspective that I can leverage to deliver a great experience to our Sno-King families.” says Gord.
Thank you to Andrew Birnbrich for his hard work and efforts to support our Youth Hockey program over the past several years! Best wishes in your new role.
Hockey Program Manager
A special thank you to one of our many Volunteer coaches at Sno-King! Fiona Boskovic has been a wonderful addition to assist our Learn to Play program.
"Skating at Sno-King has been a wonderful experience! I started in Learn-to-Skate over 10 years ago and was a competitive figure skater for years before switching to hockey. I’m so excited to coach Hockey 1 and Hockey 2 this year. Seeing the new players’ enthusiasm has been so rewarding and reminds me why I love the sport!" quoted Fiona.
An enormous THANKS to our volunteer hockey mom Rebecca Ort who stepped up to assist with our Sno-King fundraisers this season! Not only did she help support our first ever Cookie Dough fundraiser in partnership with Leanne Nanakul, she also was instrumental in leading the planning and organization of our recent Sno-King online Auction! We couldn't have done it with her experience, ideas and super fun sense of humor. Thank you Rebecca!
Join our next 6 week Learn to Play Hockey series!
Our Learn To Play programs are all about learning the skills of a great sport in a fun and challenging environment. Players learn the fundamental skills of how to skate, handle a puck with a stick, and many other valuable life skills. Learn to Play 1 is for girls and boys 5 to 9 years old that have never played before and want to learn the basics of skating.
Kirkland Saturday Sessions (9:30am or 10:20am): Jun 26-Aug 7
Renton Sunday Sessions (11:15am or 12:10am): Jun 27-Aug 8
Snoqualmie Sunday Sessions (8am or 8:55am): Jun 27-Aug 8
Have you always wanted to try playing hockey but never had the chance? Grab a friend and check it out!
Sno-King's Adult Learn to Play Hockey program is for those women and men who have never played hockey before or for those who have very little experience. This program is the first step to entering our SKAHL or our PHL. Each week participants will progress on the basics of the forward and backward skating stride, stopping, puck control, passing and shooting. Each practice is designed for players to practice their skills at their own pace. Team play will also be introduced through small area games in a fun and encouraging environment.
From 3 hockey brothers to a dedicated hockey mother, former player turned restaurant owner and one man wearing many hats-Father/Coach/Sno-King President/Retiree, the Sno-King Hockey Alumni Group has it all.
This year, we celebrate 57 years of Sno-King history in Building Players for Life. All stories and paths are different and we hope that no matter when or how long a player joined us on their journey, we all have this common bond with Sno-King roots and a passion for the greatest sport and game on earth.
Our Alumni Facebook group is one way we've been connecting with this history. We've learned more about Alumni achievements and stories from the past and present. We've also seen some incredible pictures of hockey from 50+ years ago, the teams, the gear, the rinks and the memorabilia collection.
This is a private page so please request to join. We encourage you to invite other Sno-King Alumni to this group. Click here to join now
Our Pro Shop partner Elevate Sporting is here for you this summer! Be sure to stop by for skate sharpening or any equipment you might need. Summer operating hours for Renton and Snoqualmie include:
Check out their website for more info www.elevatesporting.com