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Districts / States / Sportsmanship

By KVHA, 02/15/22, 8:45AM EST


Dear KV Family,


What a great weekend for teams representing the association in Districts Finals.  Congratulations to the Midget Minor Rebels, 2007 Rebels, 2008 Rebels, 2009 Raiders, and 2011 Renegades for being crowned District 4 Champions! 

For those who are new to the association and hockey, this is a major accomplishment and means that each of these teams move on to represent Kensington Valley in the State Championships.   Several of our Ravens teams will also be playing in their State Championship series in the next few weeks as well.  

Speaking of State Championships, we will be hosting the Squirt B, Squirt A, and Squirt AA State Championships on March 4-6 in Brighton.  I invite everyone to come to watch some excellent hockey and support our teams.  Hosting States is a large undertaking with 24 teams coming from all over the state.  We could always use extra help loading swag bags, checking teams in, penalty box attendants, giving directions around the rink, running fresh pucks and score sheets (yes, we hope to have commemorative pucks to use), or simply being available to give out of town guests dinner recommendations.  Michelle will be sending a sign-up genius later this week.  Congratulations is also due to our Squirt B Destroyers and 2012 Renegades teams who will advance to States as the Host Teams.

While we were represented well on the ice throughout Districts, I must remind everyone that sportsmanship and following the code of conduct are equally as important.  Players, parents, relatives, and friends are responsible for the reputation of our association and are expected to represent our hockey family in the best light.  Not congratulating outside teams after a loss, damaging locker room property, or challenging and taunting tournament officials is not appropriate behavior.  They make our association look bad and take away from the spotlight that our players should be enjoying.

Thank you and my best regards to all of the teams, players, and families that will be representing us in their quest to become State Champions.  Let’s bring back some banners!


John P. Popma
President, Kensington Valley Hockey Association