OUR MISSION IS BUILDING AND SUSTAINING A PREMIER REGIONAL HOCKEY PROGRAM BY PROVIDING QUALITY EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND SUCCESS OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN HOCKEY AND IN LIFE SKILLS WE ARE BUILDING PLAYERS FOR LIFE

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Sno-King A1 Teams strive to be the premier teams in the Puget Sound Region.

Development

  • Top coaches committed to the highest standard of professionalism

  • Local and regularly scheduled high-paced practices

  • Dry land training, video training and nutrition guidance are part of program

  • Consistent competitive level of play in the PCAHA league.

  • Consistent league schedule serves as a reliable, long-standing development model

    • Two games weekly are a must in order to stay in game shape and build on game concepts

    • Allows for coaches to adjust practices to team and players needs

    • Allows for better player and team development
    • Hockey career guidance from knowledgeable experienced hockey people.


Exposure

  • Appropriate league placement in the largest youth hockey league in the Northwest (www.PCAHA.ca)

    • PCAHA is scouted heavily by WHL teams at the 14u division

  • Participation in some of the highest level tournaments in the area and country.

  • Top exposure to all junior leagues i.e. Norpac, WSHL, NAHL, Canadian leagues

  • Coach and program referral to the top showcase events.

  • USA Hockey State, District, and National Championships

  • USA Hockey National Development Team Selection Camps
     

Cost

  • Great value/affordable hockey.

  • Cost effective travel to numerous Canadian and American tournaments

  • Play hockey at home

Quality of Family Life

  • Limited missed school days

  • Home games every weekend

  • Shared family experiences with your player (12-15 is too young to be sent away from home)


Where these Teams Play

www.PCAHA.ca in the Vancouver, B.C. area.

This league allows our teams the greatest range of competition and ensures they are playing against similarly talented teams which allows for the greatest player development.  The PCAHA league has multiple levels of teams and has eight placement games (four home and four away) at the start of the season to determine which teams will compete in which level.

Each week they have one home game on the weekend and one away game. The goal is to have the away games on the weekend also but occasionally teams will be heading to Vancouver on a week night.  The team schedulers are trained with tips/tricks to help ensure that the number of mid-week games is kept as low as possible and the team budget will include items to assist with that also.

The season is broken into three parts.  There is a 4 week assignment schedule consisting of 8 games.  The results of those games determine the flight that a team is placed into.  The lower the number, the tougher the competition.

After teams are placed into a flight, the league consists of two sections of 10 games each. After the first 10 games the divisions are reevaluated and some teams may be moved up or down to ensure they are playing against similar competition.

These teams also participate in tournaments locally and the occasional tournament that requires air travel.

The PCAHA league typically ends in Feb and our teams have the option of playing in the PCAHA President's Series or playing exhibition games and/or attending tournaments.

At the end of the year the older teams will participate in the USA Hockey championship series of tournaments. See www.PNAHA.com or www.USAHockey.com for the latest information.


Selection Sessions

Team selection sessions are typically in August. A schedule, cost and registration information will be posted on this website.

Players need to pre-register and pay for the tryouts online. 

What if my player is unavailable for the Tryouts?
If your player is unable to attend tryouts due to injury, illness, travel or hockey tryouts or schools you must inform the hockey director and request an exception.

How much does it cost to play on these teams?
In addition to association program fees and obligations team member families can anticipate to pay for the following:
Expenses include but are not limited to:
Hotels
Transportation: Bus and Airfares
Tournaments
Coaches stipends
Additional practice ice

Typically the coaches will have a rough budget available at the tryouts.

Players are required to wear equipment with the same color as their teammates.
Pants/Shells: Navy Blue
Helmet: Navy Blue
Gloves: Dark Blue or Black

Fundraising
Fundraising opportunities are available to help offset some of these costs.

Move up
See the Sno-King Policies on the website for details on Move up requests.

How are players selected?
There are selection sessions run by the teams’ coaches and they have the final word on who makes the teams but they have input from last years coaches and from outside evaluators and the Sno-King Hockey Directors who are in attendance at the tryouts.