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WELCOME BACK TO THE 'CHIP AND GO NEWSLETTER'!- April 2022 EDITION I

The 'Chip and Go Newsletter' is a fast and easy way to learn more about the game of hockey and connect with your SJHA community. This is a one-stop-shop for all your SJHA news and information.  This week's edition features updates and bios for all Tier I and Tier II offerings at SJHA for the upcoming season as well as an exciting staff announcement and spring and summer skill development opportunities. Give it a quick Chip and Go!

Northwest Stars Tryouts- April 21-24

The Northwest Stars are the premier Tier I program in the state of Washington. The program's primary focus is player development and advancement to the highest levels of Junior A hockey in North America. The Northwest Stars program serves players who have the goal to push their careers beyond minor hockey. Some players have the dream to be NHLers, others desire an NCAA scholarship, and some yearn to have a roster spot on a Major Junior (WHL) squad. With our spot in the North American Prospects league, one of the most elite Tier I minor hockey leagues in the country, we put our players in the best position possible to be seen by the scouts at the next level. In just 7 years we have moved 24 players on to the NCAA, Major Junior, and Junior A hockey leagues. We skate over 80 hours of practice ice every year, train with professional off-ice trainers, and learn from Stanley Cup Champion Turner Stevenson every day. If moving on beyond minor hockey is what you truly desire, then our program is the right place for you. Sign up for tryouts today at this link. 

Lady Admirals Tryouts- April 21-24

The Lady Admirals program is Seattle's only Tier I girl's hockey program. The Lady A's approach the skill development of our girl's with a fearlessness that is uncommon in the state of Washington. We believe that playing the most elite competition is the only way to truly develop our girls into excellent hockey players and future leaders. Playing in the PNAHA youth Rep leagues along with several showcases in the National Girls Hockey League and the Western Girls Hockey League, we put our girls to the test. With over 30 girls moving on to play in the NCAA and ACHA, our track record for success is undeniable. This program is for girls who are serious about their hockey careers and want to be in an inclusive and motivating environment all season long. Adding a 16U team and a Rep hockey skills session with Hockey Director Marty Rubin will only bolster our program's positive energy. If you want to be a part of the growing Lady A's program, sign up for tryouts today at this link

Northwest Admirals Tryouts- April 28-May 1

The Northwest Admirals is SJHA's Tier II (also called AA) program. The landscape of Washington state's Tier I and Tier II offerings will begin to change to fewer Tier I teams and more Tier II teams. The Tier II level is where most SJHA Rep players belong. This is not a knock on them, but rather an exciting opportunity to play high level, local, and affordable hockey with all of the benefits of elite skill development and off-ice athletic training as Tier I. USA Hockey has an extremely competitive Tier II National Championship and SJHA is striving to bring teams to that platform so that we can show the country we are a model organization for player development. At SJHA we are shifting our identity to prioritize compete and good habits (on and off the ice). We are adding a Rep skills session with Hockey Director Marty Rubin to give all players an extra opportunity each week to practice their skating and stick skills and we will be revamping our off-ice training space to incorporate more strength and conditioning into our program. With expert coaches at the 12U level leading the charge, we will be instituting a new era for all SJHA Rep players at the Tier II level. 14U, 16U, and 18U coaches will be announced after the Northwest Stars tryouts. Sign up for tryouts today. 

All Hockey Spring Clinic

Deeply rooted in the conversation about tryouts and season offerings is skating development. If you are placed on the team you wish, you will need to prepare your skating skills for the upcoming season. And if you are not placed on the team you wish, you will also need to prepare your skating skills to make progress for the upcoming season. All Hockey's Founder Erik Hanson, SJHA's Hockey Director Marty Rubin, and 14U Northwest Stars Head Coach Stevie Bryant will be running the state's most impactful skating clinic on Mondays and Tuesdays in May and June at the Olympic View Arena. With 20 hours of on-ice instruction and another 16 hours of off-ice training with Paramount Strength and Conditioning, your player will be able to optimize their athletic development and hone skills that will be integral to their success next season. For more information, visit the All Hockey page. 

PAC Challenge Summer Camp

A staple SJHA experience, the PAC Challenge camp is a week of pure hockey in mid-August. With two on-ice and two off-ice sessions each day, kids will develop a wide range of skills that are key to their success in the game. Not to mention, we have an absolute blast doing it! This camp is suited for Rep (ages 12U), Rec (all ages), and Beginners (all ages). Register today before spots fill up!

SJHA Announces New Goalie Director

There are 6 players on the ice and SJHA is committed to developing them all. We have a new Director of Goalie Development and he’s committed to taking our goaltending development and community culture to the next level.

Effective immediately, SJHA is proud to announce that Travis Moore has accepted the role of Goalie Development Director. He has spent countless hours over the last few seasons developing goalies alongside Mike Moe, the former Director. Mike has decided to step down due to health considerations and heavily endorsed Travis as his successor. 

Travis’s vision for the program and his philosophy can be summed up simply with one of his many phrases, “Mind, Body, and Goal”. This holistic development approach encompasses and distills what is most important for goalies to focus on no matter what skill level or age. Travis is dedicated to not only developing goalies’ intellectual, mental, and physical understanding of the game, but their emotional and social skills as well. Travis always wants to help our young athletes become better ambassadors for the growing game of hockey. 

Coach Moore has the teaching skills, on and off-ice experience, and work ethic to bolster the success of our program. Another priority for Travis will be working with SJHA coaches to create a tailor-made environment for each of their goalies’ individual development. We know that goalie is the most physically and mentally demanding position in all of sports, and we are poised to train our coaches and our goalies to meet those challenges head on (and square to the puck). 

Please take a moment to welcome Travis Moore at goaliedirector@sjha.com or when you see him at the rink next!

“Creating a culture using my lifelong experience as a tendy and currently playing, I have the unique opportunity to apply what I teach and train the new tendies of the future…see you at the rink!”
~Travis Moore

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WELCOME BACK TO THE 'CHIP AND GO NEWSLETTER'!- March 2022 EDITION I

The 'Chip and Go Newsletter' is a fast and easy way to learn more about the game of hockey and connect with your SJHA community. This is a one-stop-shop for all your SJHA news and information.  This week's edition features SJHA's Pre-Tryout Prep Sessions, Spring Beginner Info, All Hockey Skills Clinic, a tribute to Ukraine's hockey history, and much more. Give it a quick Chip and Go!

Seattle Junior News & Updates

-Last weekend, SJHA's Try Hockey For Free event was a major success. 75 kiddos came out to try hockey for the first time and were met by our overwhelmingly welcoming hockey community. Thank you to everyone who came to support the association bring in the next generation of hockey players! Come back every Saturday for Beginner Hockey please!

-Congratulations to the following teams on fantastic playoff and District Championship runs: Northwest Stars 18U-Pacific District Tier I Runner Up, Lady Admirals 19U- Pacific District Tier I Runner Up, Lady Admirals 14U- Pacific District Tier I Participant, 18U Northwest Admirals AA- PNAHA Semi-Finalist, 16U Northwest Admirals AA- PNAHA Participant, 14U Northwest Admirals AA- PNAHA Participant. 

-SJHA MHL teams are playing in semi-finals this weekend for banners include: 18U Spartans, 18U Americans, and 12U Totems. Good luck and bring home some banners!

SJHA Spring and Summer Skill Development

SJHA will have a variety of fun, age-appropriate skill development opportunities for the upcoming spring and summer. 

  • Spring 3v3- For ages 10U (2012-2014), 12U (2010-2011), and 14+ (2009-2004), Spring 3v3 is a great chance to play organized pond hockey with your closest hockey friends!
  • Mitey Mite FUN Sessions- For ages 8U (2013-2017), the Mitey Mite FUN Sessions are a great way to learn more about the game of hockey without the season commitment. 
  • All Hockey Spring Clinic- SJHA is proud to announce this spring we will be hosting our second comprehensive skill and player development clinic provided by All Hockey in collaboration with Seattle Junior Hockey Association. Players will receive high end on and off-ice training from recognized players and coaches who have acquired the skills necessary to play at elite levels (USHL, NAHL, NCAA). Our coaches are confident, knowledgeable educators who will go to great lengths to break skills and concepts down into a teachable format to catalyze player development and athletic growth. The off-ice portion of the camp will be run by Paramount Strength and Conditioning, North Seattle's finest fitness training program.  There is no better skill development opportunity in the state of Washington. Registrations are live!
  • PAC Challenge- A staple SJHA experience, the PAC Challenge camp is a week of pure hockey in mid-August. With two on-ice and two off-ice sessions each day, kids will develop a wide range of skills that are integral to their success in the game. Not to mention, we have an absolute blast doing it!

2022-2023 Lady Admirals Tryout Registration

The Lady Admirals will host their 12U, 14U, 16U, & 19U tryouts April 22nd-24th.  Players can find more information on the following page:  Lady Admirals Info

SJHA PRE-TRYOUT PREP

Join Hockey Director Marty Rubin for high-tempo, skills and competition focused sessions at OVA to prepare for Tier I and Tier II tryouts. 1x per week from March 22nd - April 14th. 2004 - 2011 Rep or Aspiring Rep Players from SJHA. Players from ANY association may join for the underlined dates only (SJHA does not participate in any illegal recruiting of players from other associations).

Tuesday's - 3/22, 3/29, 4/5 & 4/12
12U Girls 5:45pm - 6:45pm
14U Girls 7:00pm - 8:00pm
19U Girls 8:15pm - 9:15pm

Thursday's - 3/24, 3/31, 4/7 & 4/14
12U Boys 5:45pm - 6:45pm
14U Boys 7:00pm - 8:00pm
16U/18U Boys 8:15pm - 9:15pm

$25 per session - choose 1, 2, 3 or all 4 sessions during registration process

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Hockey 1, Hockey 2, and Late Start to Hockey begin in March and will continue through May. Spread the word about our fantastic Learn To Play program!

Admiral Academy- Learn Something New Today!

This week's Admiral Academy features a thought-provoking and well-researched documentary about Ukraine's contributions to the world of hockey. From Hall of Famers, Stanley Cup Champions, and Olympians to supportive coaches, grandparents, and rink operators, Ukrainians have made a massive stamp on the game of hockey and its famed history. These stories have not been told until now. UKE: The Untold Story of Hockey Legends, tells the story of this relatively small Soviet-era country's love affair for the game of hockey and how it came to represent over 50 players who have raised Lord Stanley's Cup (the largest number of champions representing a non-North American nationality). With interviews from Wayne Gretzky, Eddie Shack, Bruce Driver, and more, you will certainly learn something new about the sport you love! Watch the trailer below. 

If you would like to discuss the documentary, reach out to marty.rubin@sjha.com. 

Yearbook Correction

SJHA made a mistake in this year's yearbooks! The 12U Badgers actually won the 2021 Thanksgiving Classic in Spokane, not the 12U Totems. To the 12U Badger's families and players, we genuinely apologize for the mixup! Congratulations on your win!