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Girls 3v3 Holiday Jamboree December 27th

By KVHA 11/13/2019, 8:00pm EST

The MGHL, KVHA & KVIH are teaming up for the 6th annual Girls Only 3v3 Holiday Tournament.

Friday December 27th at the Kensington Valley Ice House in Brighton from 8am – 5pm.  

This event sold out last year so get your team in early.   

This is a USA Hockey sanctioned event and a great way for the girls to have some fun.

$375 per team (10U, 12U, 14U Cross Ice)

$395 per team (16U, 19U Half Ice)

4 Games guaranteed.


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Ravens Player Awarded Darian Locklear Grant

By KVHA 11/06/2019, 9:00pm EST

Congratulations to  our 14U Ravens Player, Chloe Dillen, who is a recipient of a Darian Locklear Grant Award for the 2019-2020 season.    Chloe is from a family of 8 who only recently found a love of hockey.  One of Chloe's future goals is to play college hockey.   Chloe is kind and encouraging of others, and brings a light of compassion and caring to any given situation, very similar to Darian.

The grant funds will be  used to cover player expenses, such as ice time and equipment,  for the current hockey season.  


In memory of Darian, the Locklear  family set up a fund to provide grants to U-14 through U-19 female hockey players, who have financial need, reside in Michigan, and are registered with one of a handful of USA Hockey Associations.    Kensington Valley Hockey Association Ravens Girls Hockey is honored to be one of organizations selected by the family to participate in this grant program and we are grateful to the Locklear family for making this grant available to our players. 

USA Hockey Stronger Penalties For Hate Language

By KVHA 10/31/2019, 8:15pm EDT

10-30-19  letter from USA Hockey regarding increased penalties for hateful language.....


As the hockey season begins in full, we continue to receive reports of disturbing incidents involving racial and other derogatory slurs, behavior which is reprehensible and has absolutely no place in our game, especially around our children.

As you are all aware, USA Hockey has long had a Zero Tolerance Policy towards any type of abusive conduct, specifically under Rule 601 (e.3), which states that anyone who uses language that is offensive, hateful or discriminatory in nature anywhere in the rink before, during or after the game, shall be assessed a game misconduct penalty. For reasons which I cannot explain or understand, this penalty does not seem to be enough of a deterrent to stop this conduct.

I am issuing a directive effective immediately that anyone assessed a penalty under Rule 601 (e.3) will now receive an automatic Match Penalty, in lieu of the game misconduct penalty that currently exists, and shall be immediately suspended until a hearing is conducted by the governing USA Hockey Affiliate or junior league. The applicable Affiliate or junior league is required to conduct a hearing within 30 days of the incident and the individual may be subject to further discipline.

Further, our on-ice officials have protocols in place that address situations where a player is accused of saying something that violates Rule 601 (e. 3) but is not heard by the officials. While the officials cannot assess a penalty in that circumstance, they are instructed to notify the coach of the offending team and it is critical that the coach take immediate and appropriate action. Officials must also report the incident through the game reporting system, and Affiliates must review all incidents, whether penalized or unpenalized, to ensure proper application of the rules.

We also receive reports of racial harassment and discrimination among teammates; this behavior must be addressed through submitting appropriate reports through our SafeSport Program.

Parents and coaches, please take the time to address these issues with your kids. Helping educate them on these topics is an important part of our overall effort to eliminate any type of discriminatory language or behavior from our sport.

While the vast majority of our hockey games are conducted in the spirit for which they were intended, we must remove offensive, hateful or discriminatory language or behavior from our game. Please join me in stamping it out and ensuring we have an environment that is free from discrimination of any kind.

Thanks for doing your part and I hope this will be the best and brightest hockey season for you and your family.

Yours in hockey,

Jim Smith

KVIH is pleased to host Simply Defense and Strictly Shooting for their annual Christmas Clinics. 

 Simply Defense January 2 & 3 from 10am-Noon. only $179
To register visit:
For more information email or call 810-985-4529
Strictly Shooting January 2 & 3 from 130-3pm, only $179
To register visit:
For more information email or call 810-985-4529


Register BEFORE 12-1-19 and save $15 .  Group discounts are available for 2 or more players.

KVHA welcomes the Cleary Cougars to their new hockey home at the Hartland Ice House (755 Arena Dr;  Hartland, MI 48353)

Head Coach Colin Ronayne and the 24 Cleary Players are excited to kick off their inaugural season on  October 11th when they travel to Maryland to play Towson University.  

The Cougar's home opener will take place on Friday, October 18th at 7:30pm at the Hartland Ice House against Rochester University.    Let's show them some KVHA Spirit by packing the house in their first home game!   

Home game tickets are only $5, Cleary Students and Kids 12 & under are free! 

To see their full season schedule, click HERE 


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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