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
The Sno-King Squirt rep teams combined their game slots, split 3 teams into 4 smaller teams and had a day full of fun hockey.
No offsides, no icing. The only stoppages were to switch ends / opposition.
Lots of skating, music, fun and sweating. Smiles all around.
Corey Schwab On Goalie Development
Few positions on the ice can compare to the goalie. Goaltenders are saddled with a task unlike any other and can be hailed as heroes and scapegoats depending on the outcome of each game. Coaching them can come with its own differences as well. But just because you never stepped between the pipes doesn’t mean you can’t develop strong goaltending.
Kevin Reiter, goaltending coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, and Corey Schwab, goalie development coach for the San Jose Sharks, have some advice for youth hockey coaches.
A handful of Seattle Thunderbirds joined the Hockey 2 session today helping out on the ice and signing autographs afterwards. More pictures available at www.FaceBook.com/SnoKingHockey
New Electric Zamboni at Kirkland
There is a cliche where 50 year olds have mid-life crisis’s and go out and buy shiny new convertibles. Sno-King is contributing to that cliche, as in our 50th season we are now sporting a new electric Zamboni at the Kirkland Arena.
The Sno-King board decided to purchase the new electric Zamboni for multiple reasons.
The current Zambonis are getting up in age and the repairs and maintenance on them are close to the cost of financing a new Zamboni.
Our spare Zamboni was a loaner from the Mulligan family (Many thanks to them) and they are going to need it for their own outdoor rink on the other side of the mountains this year. (pretty cool huh?)
The electric Zamboni has many benefits over the propane-powered units.
The Renton facility, being much newer and designed to be an ice arena, has multiple redundant sensors and alarms and a ventilation system designed to deal with possible carbon monoxide leaks from an ice resurfacer.
The Kirkland facility doesn’t have that and we have historically relied on the staff taking readings consistently with handheld monitors to keep our members safe.
Lower Operation Costs
The cost per ice cut is 1/8th of what it costs for propane.
Decreased Maintenance/Repair Costs
All of the engine maintenance is gone and replaced with minimal battery/electric motor maintenance.
No more having to deal with the hassles of propane tanks will free up staff time.
There are a lot fewer moving parts to fail.
Positive Environmental Impact
Minimal emissions due to the Pacific Northwest's predominant use of clean and cleaner energy for its power generation.
Free Live Game Viewing
Sno-King Hockey is proud to announce Free live broadcasting of Sno-King and Team Seattle games.
Both Sno-King Ice Arenas are equipped to broadcast events live.
Sno-King Executive Director, Gordon Brown, stated that "We have had great feedback on the testing of the technology and are happy to be able to provide this feature for all our teams. The viewing experience is not quite what you'll see on network TV but it allows friends and family to watch the games when they can't make it to the rink. It also allows players, coaches and families to review games at a later date."
8U Players Enjoying New Hard Dividers
by posted 10/20/2013
Sno-King, an ADM Model Club, recently received two sets of hard dividers from USA hockey. These temporary boards allow the players to experience the feeling of a real ice rink while competing on an age appropriately sized rink. The Mite smaller roster size also gives the player more valuable ice time. The kids enjoy the non stop action and always leave the ice with sweaty heads and red faces! The Mite half ice games have been a big hit throughout the entire North Puget Sound Hockey League.
Hockey 2 Begins!
It's the first day of Hockey 2. The Beginner program registration is off to a very quick start with over a hundred players already registered.
USA Hockey Model Club Training
by posted 10/01/2013
Sno-King Hockey Association was recently granted American Development Model Club status. With this appointment come many opportunities to receive the latest ADM developments and training techniques. USA hockey ADM staff will be present at Kirkland and Renton Arena on October 1st, 2nd and 3rd. This will be a great opportunity for our players, coaches and parents to learn all aspects of the American Development Model. How it started, where it is now and what the future holds.
USA Hockey announced that Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association (playing out of arenas in Kirkland and Renton, WA) has been certified as a USA Hockey Model Association.
Sno-King becomes one of only 11 associations in the nation to receive this designation.
With the designation, Sno-King committed to follow the American Development Model (ADM) in full at the 8-and-under, 10-and-under, and 12-and-under age groups. The ADM is based on age-appropriate training to fully benefit children in their development, regardless of ability level.
As a benefit of their model program designation, Sno-King will receive added support from USA Hockey to assist in implementing the ADM throughout their programs, including equipment, signage, and educational materials. Further, they will receive on-going staff support from USA Hockey's national office, including in-depth coach training.
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of the 2012-13 Sno-King Hockey Awards.
John MacDonald Award...Aiden Wagner
Bob McCormick Award…Doug Ross
Rep Team of the Year…Midget 18U
Rep Coach of the Year…Pat Smith (Midget 18U)
Rep Manager of the Year…Kathy Kilton (Squirt Rep White)
NPSHL Team of the Year…Bantam Blue
NPSHL Coach of the Year…Ron Ortloff (Mite Green)
NPSHL Manager of the Year…Nishi Dhanidina (Mite Green)
Rookie Coach of the Year… Matt Cain (Squirt White and Peewee B)
Rep Player of the Year...Shay Brown (Midget 18U)
Rep Player Most Improved...Dexter Corley (Peewee Tier II)
Rep Goaltender of the Year...Jamie Frantz (Peewee II)
NPSHL Player of the Year...Austin Williams (Mite Green)
NPSHL Player Most Improved...Nathan Wood (Midget Green)
NPSHL Goaltender of the Year...Jacob Fry (Peewee Green)
Coach Gudmundson Part of Team Inducted Into Hall of Fame
Coach Jason Gudmundson (Mite Minor and Mite Major) was part of the 1995-96 Colorado College Hockey team that was inducted into the Colorado College Hall of Fame this weekend.
Click on the picture for the full article.
Hockey Futures Forum Videos Online
Sno-King Hockey - Hockey Futures 2013
Sno-King Hockey partnered up with Aspire Athletes and various local hockey experts to inform the youth players and parents of the Seattle area of their hockey future options and to help them understand what they need to do to get there.
Not everyone could make the event so we recorded the presentations so all have an opportunity to learn and reach their true potential.
Thank you to all the presenters for taking time out of their personal life to assist our hockey families.
Squirt White takes second place in Gold Division at the State Squirt festival.
Squirt Blue wins the Silver Division at the State Squirt Festival.
Bantam C All-Stars win State B championship.
Mite Major Green Runner Up In Spring Tournament
Mite Major Green took second place in the Sno-King's Mite Invitational Tournament over the weekend. After a victory over the Tacoma Rockets, Green prevailed in a tight 3-1 victory over Sno-King Grey. Day two brought a matchup against the previously undefeated Ridge Meadows Jets. After falling behind 2-0 in the 1st, the Green offense came to life and scored seven goals leading to a 7-5 victory. That win set up a semifinal matchup against Sno-King Blue. Less than one month ago, Blue prevailed over Green in a shootout victory in the semifinals of the Wenatchee Apple Cup. After Blue took a 4-3 lead, Green scored five in a row to win 8-4. The boys barely had time to take off their skates and chug a Gatorade before the final game against the Langley Vipers. Playing Canadian teams in Mite is always a challenge since our teams are composed of 6, 7, and 8 year olds while the visitors usually bring all 8 year olds. This game was no different. In a back and forth game, Green was able to close to within one goal at 5-4 with five minutes to play but could not get the equalizer before time expired. While the team was disappointed not to have won the final, in reflection they fought hard against a talented opponent and gave a good accounting of Sno-King hockey. Thanks Green for a great tournament and a heck of a season!
18U Wins State Championship
18u Tier 2 won the PNAHA State Tournament this weekend with a convincing 3-1 win over Kent.
The road to the final included two overtime games that eventually came down to shootouts with Tri-Cities prevailing in one and Sno-King prevailing over Kent.
Next step, Nationals in Connecticut at the beginning of April.
Bantam C Presidents Day Tournament Set!
The Annual Bantam Presidents Day tournament is all set for this weekend. There are 16 teams competing for the coveted hardware including 12 from across the northern border. Come out and check out all the action at Sno-King Kirkland and Renton arenas. You can click on the logo for the schedule and updated scores.
Bantam Blue Takes Second In Wenatchee Cup
The Bantam Blue team came home with a second place finish after a hard fought weekend at the Wenatchee Cup, January 19th-21st.
The team had a rough start to the weekend on Saturday morning with a loss against the South Delta Chiefs with a score of 4-0. The Bantam Blue's second game of the tournament on Saturday was versus the Wenatchee Jr. Wild. The Bantam Blue squad came away with a 5-0 win. On Sunday morning the team played the Kent Valley Tornados and was victorious in that game as well, with a strong 5-0 win.
Then ranked in second place in their pool, the Bantam Blue team had to then face off against the Pool B first place South Delta Giants on Sunday night. It was an extremely close game through the first two periods with a score of 1-1 after the second. After an additional goal by the Giants, the Bantam Blue team pulled away with four unanswered goals. Victorious with a final of 5-2, the Bantam Blue team advanced to the Championship game on Monday.
On Monday morning the team's opponent was once again the South Delta Chiefs. In a battle to the very end, the Bantam Blue team came up just short in the Championship game with a loss against the Chiefs 3-2 and placing second overall at the Wenatchee Cup.
It was a great weekend of hockey and a great weekend for the Sno-King organization as the Sno-King White team also participated in the Wenatchee Cup. Both teams, Blue and White, players and parents, were continuously out at each others games routing and cheering for one another and coming together to represent Sno-King Hockey!
Sno-King PeeWee Blue Takes 2nd Place at The Moses Lake Classic
PeeWee Blue played outstanding hockey for 5 games in less that 48 hours to earn second place at the Winter Classic. After a 10-1 win over Moses Lake and a 19-1 victory over Wenatchee the team faced a tough Kent Hurricanes team in the final game of pool play. Keeping the game tied going into the 3rd period, they were unable to pull out the win forcing a matchup with Sno-King Green Sunday morning. Edging a 6-4 win in a very competetive game with Green the team forced a rematch against Kent for the championship. The final game was a nail-biter with a 1-1 deadlock after 2 before Kent scored the go ahead goal on a 5-3 power play and added another late goal for the 3-1 win. With points in the tournament from every player on the team it was an outstanding effort and fun weekend for all. It was also an outstanding showing for SKAHA with our 2 teams finishing 2nd and 3rd in the tournament.
Mite Major Green Goes 4-0 In Port Coquitlam H4 Tournament
Our Mite Major Green team had a fantastic showing at their most recent Tournament in Canada versus H4 Canadian teams (8 year olds). Game one resulted in a 10-0 shut out. The second game versus the Ridge Meadows Warriors was a close game with the first period ending in a tied score. Mite Green fought hard and ended the second game with a 4-2 score. Game Three versus the Vancouver Thunder was nail biting with each team battling to stay ahead. Mite Green scored with 2 minutes left in the third period to win 6-5. Mite Green extended their three game winning streak to four games ending their fourth and final game 8-3. Mite Green received contributions from the entire roster including our 6 and 7 year olds who were playing against older competition. The Team also utilized three different Goalies. Our Players exhibited fine Off-Ice Sportsmanship by participating in Association Team Pin Exchanges after each game. More so than the games, this Tournament will be remembered for the great time the Players and Families had celebrating the Holidays together in Canada.