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The 8U age division is for players that are born before December 31, 2010.  Games are played in a cross-ice format and there is one game per week on the weekend. This format provides an excellent opportunity for age-appropriate skill development and is part of USA Hockey's ADM principles that our program is modeled after. The 8U age group is divided between Major and Minor divisions with the Major teams competing against teams from other youth programs in the MHL and the Minor teams competing in-house.  Age is the primary determinant as to whether a player is on a Major or Minor team. Some players may be selected to play on a Development Team.  For information on a specific team click the appropriate link.

Recent 8U (Mites) News

Holiday Hockey Camps!

By Sno-King Hockey 12/12/2018, 12:15pm PST

Keep your edge - Join former pro hockey players Jamie Huscroft and Doug Kirton and for Holiday Hockey Camps!  Two separate camps for your convenience, one at each ice arena - Renton Dec 26th - 28th and Kirkland Jan 2nd to 4th


Select 1 day, 2 day or all 3 days!




Power skating, agility and quickness - Improve on the essentials of power skating, edge work, crossovers, proper body positioning as well as work on agility, balance, tight turns, change of direction, backwards skating and quickness.


Players will improve on the following Skills:

Proper body positioning to win control

Gain leverage on your opponent 

Strategies for handling the puck in traffic 

Puck possession: gaining & keeping the puck 

Playing with confidence in tight quarters and along the boards


Shooting and Stickhandling - Proper techniques and mechanics in all shots (wrist, snap, slap, back hander and flip shots)


Shooting skills:

Quick shot release

Shooting accuracy

Getting the shot off before the goalie can get set

Shooting off the angles

Coming in on goal from either side, looking to create a shooting angle

Shooting for rebounds



We will be working on wrist rotation, dribbles both wide and quick, perform skill at top speed, change skating gears while stickhandling.

Technique training in one-on-one offensive play, creative deking & faking techniques      


Each Session will end with 30 minutes of 3 on 3 cross-ice games.


Full details and registration information can be found by clicking here


Sno-King Staff


Mindfulness, Leadership and Mental Skills Training

By Sno-King Staff 12/11/2018, 1:30pm PST

One of the Board’s primary goals for this year is to create a program centered on Mindfulness, Leadership and Mental Skills training for our players. The intent of this training is to provide guidance with the mental aspects of competitive sports and to promote life skills that will help our players to have successful and enriching futures. As the first step, we are undertaking a Pilot Program where we will work with a few selected teams and coaches the remainder of this season to develop and refine the Mindfulness, Leadership and Mental Skills Program. The coaches of the teams participating in the Pilot Program have been notified and it will begin when the teams return from the mid-season break.  


To help guide us through the pilot program we will be working with Dr. Jaime Sawchuk, a sport psychology consultant based out of Fairbanks, Alaska. After having been a collegiate soccer player, Sawchuk realized the importance of mental skills training and mindfulness and went on to pursue a Doctorate in Sport and Performance Psychology. Sawchuk has worked with many athletes of all ages in an individual and team setting with hockey being her primary population. She has presented and worked with coaches at USA Hockey Level IV Coaching Clinics across the Pacific District as well as with athletes at the Pacific District Selects Camp, Oregon Development Camp, Alaska Development Camp, and the Western Regional High Performance Camp. 


The training will be for all age levels 8U and above on an age-appropriate format. Once the program is fully implemented at the beginning of the 2019/2020 season, the program will involve coaches, parents and players in the development and training process. Until then, look in the newsletter, postings on social media and in the Mindfulness section of the website in the coming weeks to get a taste of what is to come. Also make sure you check out the nutrition and health articles in the newsletter and the Health and Nutrition section of the website as well as postings on social media from Kelley Greninger, a certified Health and Wellness Coach with a concentrated interest in Athletic Nutrition and Family Focus.

Sno-King Staff


Night at ShoWare Prize Winners Announced!

By Sno-King Staff 11/27/2018, 1:30pm PST

Thank you so much for all of your support, we set a new record this year with our ticket sales!

Team Winners:

8u Winner – Team 8U Girls (5 Minute Game at Intermission)

10u Winner – Team Lee (Meet and Greet with Thunderbird players)

12u Winner – Team Townsend (Play game on ice prior to game)

14u/16u Winner – Team York (18 person suite)

Individual Winners:

1st Place – Stand with TBird players and have their name announced during starting lineup 

Winner: Markus Koskela

2nd Place – Zamboni Ride During Intermission

Winner: Jack Galgon 

3rd Place – Zamboni Ride During Intermission

Winner: Frances Foy

Parent Prize Drawing:

Date night at The Lakehouse in Bellevue with Cocktails at Civility & Unrest afterwards (Value of $350).

Winner: Liz Gillespie

Congratulations to everyone that won. Team Managers have been notified and will be reaching out to players about the team prizes.

We can’t wait to see you all on Friday night!

Sno-King Staff