SJHA and SKAHA have teamed together to create a pathway for the top players in the area to play on the same team. This joint effort and support between these associations ensures the area's top players will have the opportunity to compete at the highest level of competition and receive top tier coaching.
The joint teams have been developed to allow high level players to have a local option for elite play. The top local players can stay at home to play, rather than having to leave home to find an appropriate level team. Families can stay together, players can attend their local schools and families have the ability to watch their players. A local joint team significantly lowers cost of elite level hockey.
16U A1: Hosted by Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association
14U A1: Hosted by Seattle Junior Hockey Association
Players offered positions on either team should expect to make a major commitment to the team, with three on ice practices, two-three hours of dryland and fitness a week, frequent travel and multiple tournaments. Both teams are focused on player development with the goal of helping players move on to the next level. Players will receive maximum exposure at appropriate level tournaments and showcases.
Tryouts for 16UA1 and 14UA1 are held concurrently, with locations at both associations: OVA and Sno-King Kirkland and Renton. Players will be evaluated through a number of facets, such as individual skill testing, practices and game simulations.
For both tryouts, the evaluation teams are made up of former NHL, Professional, NCAA and Junior coaches and players. The evaluation teams have been developed to ensure each player receives the maximum evaluation possible.
The fee for tryouts $100.00. All players in attendance will will receive at least 3 three ice sessions. Players must register and pay to participate in the tryouts. Those wishing to register for the tryouts can do so by clicking the appropriate registration links below.
|MONDAY APRIL 15TH||BASELINE TESTING||ALL 14U||5:45PM||7:00PM||OVA|
|MONDAY APRIL 15TH||BASELINE TESTING||ALL 16U||7:15PM||8:30PM||OVA|
|MONDAY APRIL 15TH||PARENT MEETING||16U||6:30PM||7:00PM||OVA|
|MONDAY APRIL 15TH||PARENT MEETING||14U||7:15PM||7:45PM||OVA|
|TUESDAY APRIL 16TH||PRACTICE & GOALIES||ALL 14U||5:00PM||6:10PM||SK KIRKLAND|
|TUESDAY APRIL 16TH||PRACTICE & GOALIES||ALL 16U||6:20PM||7:30PM||SK KIRKLAND|
|WEDNESDAY APRIL 17TH||DRILLS/SCRIMMAGE||14U GROUP 1 - Red/Gray||5:00PM||6:00PM||OVA|
|WEDNESDAY APRIL 17TH||DRILLS/SCRIMMAGE||14U GROUP 2 - Blue/White||6:15PM||7:15PM||OVA|
|WEDNESDAY APRIL 17TH||DRILLS/SCRIMMAGE||16U GROUP 1||7:30PM||8:30PM||OVA|
|WEDNESDAY APRIL 17TH||DRILLS/SCRIMMAGE||16U GROUP 2||8:45PM||9:45PM||OVA|
|THURSDAY APRIL 18TH||SKILL EVAL||ALL 14U||6:00PM||7:45PM||SK KIRKLAND|
|THURSDAY APRIL 18TH||SKILL EVAL||ALL 16U||7:55PM||9:30PM||SK KIRKLAND|
|FRIDAY APRIL 19TH||SCRIMMAGE||ALL 14U||5:15PM||7:15PM||OVA|
|FRIDAY APRIL 19TH||SCRIMMAGE||ALL 16U||7:30PM||9:30PM||OVA|
|SATURDAY APRIL 20TH||SCRIMMAGE||ALL 14U||9:15AM||11:15AM||SK KIRKLAND|
|SATURDAY APRIL 20TH||SCRIMMAGE||ALL 16U||11:25AM||1:25PM||SK KIRKLAND|
|SATURDAY APRIL 20TH||BLUE/WHITE GAME||ALL 14U||5:25PM||6:55PM||SK RENTON|
|SATURDAY APRIL 20TH||BLUE/WHITE GAME||ALL 16U||7:05PM||8:35PM||SK RENTON|
RELEASES WILL OCCUR FOLLOWING THE WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY SESSIONS
April 15-20 2019
Tryout Registration Fee: $100.00
Registration for this tryout is closed. Walk up registrations are welcome pending available space and will cost an additional $25.00 and
Remaining Tryout spots available (as of 11:00am 4/15/2019)
Goalie - Full (incoming registrations will be put on waiting list)
Defense - 6 Spots Remaining
Forward - 8 Spots Remaining
14UA1 Coaches: Jason Gudmundson & Dan Matheson
Jason joins the SJHA Admirals for his first season behind the bench after seven seasons with Sno-King, including a 12U State Championship. Jason played four seasons of Division 1 college hockey at Colorado College which included four consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament, back to back trips to the Frozen Four, and an OT defeat in the 1996 National Championship game. He is a Colorado College Hall of Fame inductee and a member of the CC Century Club (100+ points). Following college Jason went on to a successful 5 year pro hockey career spanning multiple minor leagues in North America and Sweden. Jason’s knowledge of the game, plan implementation, and commitment to skill development has made him widely known as one of the best hockey minds in the area.
Dan returns to the 14U A1 bench after leading the 2018-2019 team to a Pacific District birth as the #1 seed following a PCAHA League title where his team went 12-3-5 in regular season play. 10 of Dan’s players from this year’s team were chosen to represent the State of Washington at District and Multi-District camps. Following his playing career that saw him play in both the WHL and College, Dan began coaching at the youth level and has been an instrumental part of the success of many SJHA teams spanning over several years.
April 15-20 2019
Tryout Registration Fee: $100.00
16UA1 Head Coach: Mike Butters
Mike returns for his third year with the JR. Thunderbirds. Last season, Butters guided his team to a record of 55 wins, 11 losses, 7 ties and 2 overtime defeats. The team won 5 five of their tournaments and had an undefeated record at both the USPHL Premiere and Honeybaked Tier 1 Elite tournamentsShowcases. The team finished their season with the top My Hockey Rankings of any 16U team in the PNW. 8 Eight of Butters’ 10 graduates have already secured higher level teams for next season and several of his players practiced with Junior A teams this season. Butters Mike is a former pro player and has coached, managed, scouted and led at every level including the NHL.