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CONGRATULATIONS & GOOD LUCK KVHA TEAMS

By KVHA 01/27/2020, 2:00pm EST

Congratulations to our KVHA teams moving on to Round Two of District 4 play.   

We are proud to have KVHA representation in most of the age classifications this season.   

You can see the schedules and weekend scores on MAHA's website

SQUIRT B DIVISION - Cavalry & Generals

Round Two hosted by USA Hockey Club

 

SQUIRT A (2010) - Rebels 

Round Two hosted by Suburban -FH  

 

SQUIRT AA (2009)  - Rebels & Raiders

Semi Final games hosted by KVHA ! 

Raiders play at 1030am at KVIH

Rebels  play at noon at KVIH

 

PEEWEE B - Generals

Round Two hosted by Grand Oaks 

 

PEEWEE A (2008) - Rebels

Round Two hosted by Plymouth Cultural Center 

 

PEE WEE AA 2007 - Rebels  & Warriors  

Round Two hosted by Birmingham Hockey Association

 

BANTAM A 2006 - Rebels & Renegades

Round Two hosted by Lakeland Hockey Association 

 

Bantam AA  2005 - Warriors 

Semi-Final games hosted by Arctic Edge

KVHA to Host MAHA PeeWee AA State Tournament

By KVHA 01/24/2020, 9:45am EST

KVHA is glad to announce that we have been selected by MAHA to host the Pee Wee AA State Finals!!

During the weekend of March 6-8,  the top teams from all over the state will be at our rink playing for their chance to bring home a State Championship, including at least one of our own KVHA PeeWee AA teams! 

If you are interested in helping, learning more about the event, or have any ideas that may help, we are holding an informational meeting next week, Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 6:30PM at the KV Ice House.  

Hosting the event is a large undertaking and we are seeking volunteers to make this event a success.   There are many opportunities for hands on help during the games, such as player check-in, announcing, time keeping and more.   It is a great opportunity to give back while watching some great hockey.    

If your team will be out of town playing in their own championship weekend,  we have other opportunities to help in the planning stages:  seeking sponsors, vendors, obtaining items for gift bags, and other logistics.  Please reach out to the KVHA office (office@kvhockey.org) to find out more.   

If you are a local business owner and would like to include an item or coupon offer for our player bags, please let us know as well.

We are excited to welcome players, coaches and families from across the state for some great hockey!   

A note from our Board President, John Popma:

 

How many of you are aware that our association has former players that have made it to the NHL?  Would you guess that the number of former players playing juniors, college, or minor league hockey is upwards of FIFTY players?  I have followed and tracked local players for the 7 years I have been on the board, and we are definitely on the map when it comes to hockey.

I am proud to announce that we have established a Kensington Valley Hockey Association Alumni Committee as well as a “Where Hockey Begins” initiative.   The main focus of this initiative is to embrace our role of bringing kids into the game and developing them to play at the next levels.

My goal of this initiative is to help highlight our past while fostering dreams and goals for the younger players.  How cool will it be for our younger players to go to a game or watch on TV, and have a connection with some of those players!  How cool will it be for our former players to have such an awesome fan base!

To assist in our efforts, we have partnered with Made in Michigan Hockey.  Made in Michigan Hockey is a group of local players (many KVHA alum) who focuses on giving back to area youth through training and their elite summer league.  When meeting with them, I was impressed that we hold the same values and goals to find ways to mentor the younger players!

Moving forward, here are some highlights of what we wish to accomplish:

·       Establish a list of former players. 

·       Share and highlight player accomplishments on our website and through social media.

·       Create a “Wall of Fame” at the rink to include photographs or jerseys of alumni players.

·       Training and mentoring opportunities to unite our past and present players.

·       Open a dialogue with former players and families to help guide others through the various decisions on their hockey path.

·       Long term goals…chartered bus trips to watch alumni players and cheer them on.

If you are a former KVHA player who went on to play at higher levels, or know of someone who is, please reach out to us to be included.  If you would be interested in helping with the committee or have any suggestions, please email alumni@kvhockey.org.  We are just getting this off the ground and are excited to see what we can accomplish and find ways to have our area continue to be recognized for developing such amazing hockey players.


For more information and to view KVHA alumni (as they are added) please visit our website:  https://www.kvhockey.org/page/show/5504401-kvha-alumni

 

 

Sincerely yours in hockey,

 

John Popma

President, Kensington Valley Hockey Association

president@kvhockey.org

Hockey Week Across America Set for Feb. 16-23, 2020

By USA Hockey 01/13/2020, 7:00pm EST

FROM USA HOCKEY 

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 13th annual Hockey Week Across America will take place Feb. 16-23, 2020, it was announced today by USA Hockey.

The nationwide initiative was created by USA Hockey in 2008 to engage the hockey community in both celebrating the sport at all levels and exposing hockey to new audiences.

Each day of Hockey Week Across America will include a theme, including individual days to salute players (Monday), coaches (Tuesday), officials (Wednesday) and local rinks (Thursday), as well as the traditional themes of Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day (Friday), Try Hockey Day (Saturday) and Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes (Sunday). NBC’s Hockey Day in America kicks off the week-long celebration on Sunday, Feb. 16.

Additional details surrounding Hockey Week Across America will be unveiled in the months ahead. For a look back at last year's Hockey Week Across America, click here.

 

JOIN KVHA & TRY HOCKEY FREE ON FEBRUARY 22 at NOON.  REGISTRATION COMING SOON! 

 

2020 HWAA DAILY THEMES

DATE

THEME

Sun., Feb. 16 Hockey Day In America (NBC)
Mon., Feb. 17 Salute to Players
Tues., Feb. 18 Salute to Coaches
Wed., Feb. 19 Salute to Officials
Thurs., Feb. 20 Salute to Local Rinks
Fri., Feb. 21 Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day
Sat., Feb. 22 Try Hockey Day
Sun., Feb. 23 Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes Day

 

https://www.hockeyweekacrossamerica.com/news_article/show/1050144

06 Raiders & 06 Rebel Players give back

By KVHA 12/27/2019, 9:45am EST

Our KVHA Team are amazing and here are two examples...

The 2006 Raiders team helped our community by serving  meals at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit and ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.  

PJ and Alex from our 06 Rebels team helped our furry friends in the community at Adopt A Pet of Fenton, Michigan.

Keep up the great work boys, you make KVHA proud! 

Share your volunteer stories with us, we love to see what you’re all doing to lend a hand.....

 

KVHA Player Accomplishments

KVHA Pee Wee Admirals Goalie


Pee Wee Admirals vrs. Ice Mountain Grizzlies

Markin Braciszewski
Born in El Larno, Dominican Republic - 1999
6th Grader at St. Mary Middle School - Pinckney

Markin came to the United States in April 2007 from the mountains of the Dominican Republic. He spoke no English and never saw snow and ice. After seeing one of his older brothers play at KVHA, Markin wanted to play hockey.   He started as a second year Squirt three years, playing forward and learning how to stop. As first year PeeWee, he enjoyed attacking the puck and occasionally the person. This season, Markin willingly and with commitment, offered to enter net for the Pee Wee Admirals late in the season. He courageously learned the rudimentary skills necessary to defend the goal. Markin accomplished his first shut out of his nascent career in February. Markin plans to develop his goal tending skills and looks forward to one day taking an exhibition team to the Dominican Republic. A big Markin thanks goes out to all of his past coaches and teammates, especially to this year’s PeeWee Admirals! 


KVHA House Pee Wee Playoffs Team Accomplishment

Austin Strong was born in Plano Texas in 2005, and is in the 5th grade at Maltby Elementary School.  Austin had never watched hockey, never wore ice skates or roller skates, until the summer of 2011, when he came home from school and said “I want to play hockey”. Austin had tried several other sports and never really showed a passion, the way he does for hockey. He would much rather be on the ice than playing video games, and is always asking his parents to take him skating.  On March 18th, in the KV Pee Wee House Playoffs, with his team down 3 to 2, with less than 3 minutes to go, Austin scored his first hockey goal of his young career.  Austin’s goal was the eventual game tying score that allowed his Admiral’s team to collect a critical playoff point in the round robin series. A big Austin thanks goes out to all of his Admiral Teammates, Parents and Coaches.     


Former KVHA player to play at Boston College!!


Haley McLean (KVHA to Boston College)

Haley McLean, who played at KVHA from 2001-2006, has committed to Boston College for the fall of 2013 Season. Haley is in her junior year at Brighton High School and currently plays for the Honeybaked 19U team. She has been with the Honeybaked girl’s organization for the past 5 seasons, helping her team capture the 2012 State Championship and the 16U National Championship in 2010. Haley is also a student coach for the Ravens girls program during the spring season and started her hockey career with the Kensington Valley Hockey Association.  Congratulations and good luck to Haley!


Former KVHA hockey player commits to Michigan Tech University


Former KVHA player, Joel L'Esperance commits to Michigan Tech University

Joel L'Esperance, a former KVHA hockey player has committed to Michigan Tech University.  Joel, a 1995 birth year and coached by KVHA Coach Tommy Miller, started at the KVHA as a Mini-Mite and played all the way through Bantam A.  The next year, the team moved to Compuware where they were highly competitive in the elite AAA league.  Joel's work ethic and perseverance has moved him to the next level of hockey.  Joel will likely be playing for the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) before moving to Houghton to join the Michigan Tech Division I Varsity Team.  The L'Esperance family would like to thank Tommy Miller for all his efforts in developing Joel through the years.  The KVHA would like to wish Joel the best of luck in his hockey future.


NAHL New Jersey Titans Draft Mitch Hall!!!!

KVHA would like to congratulate Mitch Hall, son of Tekla and current 16u Ravens Coach, Tom Hall!

Mitch was selected in the 2016 NAHL Draft this summer by the New Jersey Titans. Mitch, a 6'4'' forward,  has been skating with the KV Rebels for 12 years. Influential Coaches include Craig England and Ed Knighton as well as Skills Trainer  Anatoliy Buliga.  However, he had many great KV coaches over the years including:

Ron Skarzynski, Bob Harde, Gil Odoherty, Kurt Heier, Nelson Turnage, Dan Gardiner, Joe McPhail, Mike Garner and Rob Toth.

One of Mitch's favorite memories at KV was scoring the game winning goal over Allen Park to win Silver Sticks. Please join KVHA in wishing Mitch the best in his next hockey endeavor.

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