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Season Opener Update! NEW LOCATION!!, TOD LEIWEKE from NHL Seattle to Speak

By Sno-King Staff, 08/20/19, 4:00PM PDT


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!! As we look forward to our 2019-2020 youth hockey season we want to share some important updates with you about the new location, guest speakers and event timing.

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 with event host Bill Wixey

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.

Bill Wixey is a Q13 News anchor and an Emmy Award-winning journalist who has anchored and reported in Seattle since 1998.

Agenda! Mark your schedules with the below times:

Coaches & Managers only:

8:00am to 11 am – 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. Look for a specific coaches and managers 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 Joe Bonnett among 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 refer to a separate announcement about board elections that was sent earlier today.

We look forward to seeing you at the ShoWare Center on Sunday, September 22! Need to update your RVSP or have any questions please email

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