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. So, give it a quick chip and go! This week, we feature a special edition of Coaches' Corner where we get to know our wonderful AA coaches for the 2021-22 season. Check out the SJHA News and Updates for PAC Challenge information, Coaching Applications, and our upcoming season registration!
-SJHA Pre-Season Party!!!- SJHA is already SO excited to start up the 2021-2022 season that we decided to throw a big bash to welcome everyone back to our wonderful community. We will have backyard games (and a super soaked special surprise), a silent auction for awesome items, food trucks, synthetic shooting range, Hockey Wolf tent, and plenty of time to reconnect with your fellow hockey families before we start in earnest! Needless to say, it's going to be a blast. Let us know if you can join by filling out this RSVP Form!
-PAC Challenge- Spots are still open! PAC Challenge is a week long hockey skills summer camp held by SJHA from August 2-6 at Olympic View Arena. With ten ice sessions, eight off-ice training sessions, two classroom sessions, and a chance to win the PAC Challenge Cup on Friday afternoon, this camp is everyone's favorite summer hockey event! Please register before spots are all gone. Goalies will have special goalie focused on an off-ice sessions with Coach Mike Moe and Coach Travis Moore! For more information, visit our PAC Challenge page or register on the this PAC Challenge registration link.
-PAC Challenge Junior Coaches Application- If you are over 15 and interested in Junior Coaching the PAC Challenge, please read the job description and expectations on this application. We will pay!
-SJHA Coaches Application- If you are interested in coaching for SJHA next season, please fill out this two part Coaches' Application!
-Northwest Admirals AA (Rep) Tryouts!- Please register for our AA (Rep) tryouts as soon as possible so we can answer questions and make plans for teams for next season!
-Free 14U Checking Clinic- We are excited to announce the upcoming Checking Clinic for all 07 and 08 birth years. We will have three hour long sessions on July 13th, July 14th, and July 15th to practice proper body contact and get more comfortable with body checking. Marty Rubin will be running the sessions. We will be at Olympic View Arena from 5:00pm-6:00pm. Register on this Checking Clinic registration link.
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Jerry Weir- 18U AA- Coach Weir played his youth hockey in Seattle and his junior hockey in the WCJHL with the NW Americans. He has been coaching for almost 30 years and is one of the leading private/skills instructors in the region. Coach Weir loves developing individual skills yet strives to ensure players appreciate how that fits into a greater understanding of the game and a player’s ability to fulfill their role in a team setting. More than anything, coach sees hockey as a dry run for life and excels at developing the whole player, creating a sense of community, and building hockey and life skills that will serve his players long after their competitive playing days.
Sean Joyce- 16U AA- Coach Joyce grew up in Forrest Lake, Minnesota. He has coaches seven years with SJHA, six years with the Navy, and one year with Forrest Lake High School. Sean grew up in a team environment playing football, hockey and baseball. The military, for him, was a very similar environment to team building to deploy in combat zones. He enjoys fostering an environment where people are learning individual and team skills and while being tested through competition. Sean is looking for players who are coachable, accountable to themselves and their teammates, and dedicated to hard work and improving their game.
Lee Shanahan- 14U AA- Coach Shanahan grew up in Palmer, Alaska. He has coached with SJHA for seven year. Coach Lee really enjoys being around the development process and watching players internalize the skills and concepts they acquire. He is consistently amazed at their capacity to exceed their own expectations. Laughter and live music are Coach Lee's two favorite pastimes outside of the game. He takes his responsibilities seriously, but not himself.
Zach Ham- 12U AA- Coach Ham grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. His family moved to Spokane when he was a first year Squirt (10U). He played in Spokane for two seasons and moved back up to Alaska to play with the Anchorage North Stars from his second year Peewee (12U) to first year Midget (16U). He has been coaching with SJHA since 2005. Coach Zach loves sharing the tools of accountability, coachability, goal setting, preparation, and mental imagery with his kids. He believes that skills and X’s and O’s are secondary to the importance of building a family. Respect, trust, and care are imperative to his team's chemistry. He knows that the players at SJHA are passionate and strive to be the best and he enjoy being a part of their development.
DeeJay Alook- 10U AA- Coach DeeJay Alook grew up playing hockey in Northern Canada. He started at age 4 and played competitive hockey until Midget AAA. When an illness at age 18 prevented him from continuing to play, he turned to coaching. Since then he has coached hundreds of kids both on and off the ice, at all levels from Mite through Midget AAA. DeeJay’s motto when it comes to hockey (and life) is “good attitude, good effort”. He expects this from the players he coaches. DeeJay believes that off-ice training is as important as what happens on the ice. He incorporates his kinesiology education and 10+ years experience owning and operating a hockey training facility in Canada into how he coaches and develops players. DeeJay is proud to be First Nations from the Big Stone Cree Nation. When he’s not at the rink, you’ll find him doing something active with his two daughters, Sadie and Zoe.
Coach Jerry (top), Coach Sean (middle), Coach Lee with his kids Declan and Calle (bottom)