WHO WE ARE
Sno-King is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is governed by a 12-person Board of Directors elected by its members. Our mission is building and sustaining a premier regional youth amateur hockey program by providing quality education and training for the development and success of young people in hockey and life skills. We Build Players for Life.
Since our inception in 1964, we have provided the opportunity for players from ages 4 to 18 to participate in organized, competitive hockey. We are one of the largest youth hockey organizations in the region serving over 875 youth hockey participants including over 300 in our Beginner’s programs throughout a given year. Included within our thousands of alumni are several players that have played in the NHL, WHL, college and major “junior” programs.OO
OUR PROGRAMS: Currently, our program includes approximately 50 competitive youth hockey teams that compete across all skill levels including select teams and recreational teams. We also have a vibrant Beginner’s program that includes a TryHockeyFree program with participants beginning at age 4 with progressive learn to skate and learn to play programs that ultimately lead to a participant being placed on a competitive team. We encourage co-ed play at all levels. Teams from Sno-King have won several state and national titles with the most recent being the 2016 14U Tier II national title and the 2018 18U PNAHA State title. As a community that loves hockey we feel fortunate to provide the opportunity for young people to participate in this great sport!
In 2009 USA Hockey adopted Long Term Athlete Development principles and created a blueprint for hockey development naming it the American Development Model (“ADM”). Our core values for developing young players are centered on this ADM program. Sno-King was one of the first model ADM programs in the country and through the efforts of its Hockey Director, Doug Kirton, it has been instrumental in expanding the ADM concepts throughout our region.
Sno-King has a priority to grow the game. By using the ADM program we promote skill development through age appropriate training. This allows emphasis on skill development through an opportunity for all players to touch the puck often and be in almost constant motion through well-conceived drills. The program stipulates that 8U level play involves cross-ice games and 10U play involves half-ice games. Providing the opportunity for young players to touch the puck and make decisions in close quarters with other players develops their skills quicker and more effectively than full-ice practices and games.
There are several governing influences on youth hockey in the area. We adhere to the guidelines set by USA Hockey and we are in its Pacific District. The Pacific Northwest Amateur Hockey Association is the USA Hockey affiliate for Washington state and it provides governance over play in the state. Our recreation teams and select “B” teams play in the Metropolitan Hockey League which includes many of the youth hockey programs in the western half of the state. Many of our top select or "rep" teams play in the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association in British Columbia.
OUR FACILITIES: Sno-King Ice Sports, a 501c4 entity, operates ice arenas in Renton and Kirkland that serve the Eastside. Our facilities are not only used by youth hockey but also serve a large figure skating community and are open to the public as well. These facilities offer public skating sessions, learn to skate lessons, private ice rentals and party options for small and large groups. This entity also manages the second largest adult league in the area with approximately 600 participants.
OUR MISSION IS BUILDING AND SUSTAINING A PREMIER REGIONAL YOUTH AMATEUR HOCKEY PROGRAM BY PROVIDING QUALITY EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND SUCCESS OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN HOCKEY AND IN LIFE SKILLS