TEAM TEXAS returns from the HS Showcase with a 2-2 record losing their final game to eventual Champion Team Illinois.
Congrats to the squad for representing the Affiliate, finishing 7th out of 24 boys teams.
The 2016 TAHA Youth State Tournament took place this past weekend at the Farmers Branch Dr. Pepper Stars Center.
At the Tier I level, the 18U and 16U teams from Hockey Club Dallas and the Dallas Stars Elite competed in best-of-three contests. The winner at each age group will advance to the Rocky Mountain District Tier I Tournament March 11th-13th in Denver, Colorado.
At the Tier II level, 4 qualifying teams competed in a round-robin competition at the 14U, 16U and 18U age groups. At 14U, qualifying teams included the Houston Wild, Hockey Club Dallas, Dallas Penguins and McKinney North Stars. The 16U group included the Dallas Penguins, Hockey Club Dallas, Texas Jr. Brahmas and Texas Warriors. 18U featured the Texas Warriors, Texas Jr. Brahmas, McKinney North Stars and Dallas Penguins. The top two teams advanced to a Championship game on Sunday at each age group. The State Champions will advance to the USA Hockey National Championships taking place March 31st -April 4th.
The TAHA Annual Meeting was held Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Farmers Branch. With only a handful of members missing, the membership heard presentations from TAHA Officers, Section Presidents and Affiliate appointees as well as from the Dallas Stars new Director of Hockey Development; Dwight Mullins.
A key highlight of the meeting was the review of participation statistics and the continued growth being felt throughout the TAHA Affiliate. Growth and retention statistics provided by USA Hockey show that for the first time, TAHA has become the largest Affiliate in the Rocky Mountain District surpassing Colorado. (The entire Rocky Mountain District has show incredible growth and along with the Southeastern Affiliate led the way as USAH hit record highs for participation.
TAHA has shown growth in nearly all age groups with the exception of 18U which is an age group that is showing a national decline.
Nevertheless, with the tremendous efforts of our rink members we continue to see sharp increases at the 6U and 8U age groups.
All TAHA member associations have been provided a copy of the powerpoint presentation and can answer specific questions about growth this year and in years past.
Congratulations to all our members and best wishes for a great summer.
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Congratulations to the following Texas players for their selection to the USAH National Camps:
Max Gerlach - F
Nic Griebenow - F
Matthew O'Brien - D
Joseph Berg - F
Kimball Johnson - D
Will Stromp - F
Jack Barnes - F
Ty Black - F
Jace Foskey - D
Zak Kilpatrick - D
Ryan O'Reilly - F
Preston Stafford - D
Marek Wazny - F
Congrats go out to the following teams for winning their respective divisions and earning the right to represent TEXAS at Nationals (Tier II) and Districts (Tier I)
14U Tier I - Stars' Elite (automatic berth at Districts)
16U Tier I - Stars' Elite
18U Tier I - Stars' Elite
14U Tier II - DJHA
16U Tier II - Allen Americans
18U Tier II - DJHA
Congratulations to the winners of the varsity high school state tournament. Blended Division - McKinney
USA Hockey has for years advocated the use of cross and half ice hockey for our younger players amidst pushback from some coaches, parents and other so-called "experts". But now with the help of the NHL and the use of the same technology analytics used at the highest levels of our game, the data is clear that smaller surfaces enhance the development of our young athletes.
July 28, 2014
USAH released its decision today on the appeal filed by Grapevine/Polar Ice contesting TAHA's decision that Grapevine/Polar Ice breached the Member Association Agreement. As a result of the lawsuit filed against multiple parties by Grapevine/Polar Ice, TAHA determined Grapevine/Polar Ice had violated its Member Association Agreement and ultimately issued an indefinite suspension pending a satisfactory cure for the breach. (Curing the breach would require several actions by Grapevine/Polar Ice including dropping the legal action entirely and paying all fees and expenses incurred to date for defendants, Reggie Hall, Paul Freudigman and the DSTHL.)
In the 14 page decision, USAH confirmed that
1. Grapevine's claims are within the scope of the TAHA dispute resolution procedures (i.e., TAHA Bylaws, article 14),
2. Seeking monetary damages does not remove the Grapevine claims from the TAHA dispute resolution procedure, and
3. The conditions required for the cure of the breach did not exceed TAHA's authority
USAH noted that Grapevine/Polar Ice was well aware of the requirements for dispute resolution and failed to follow its contractual obligations choosing instead to pursue the matter in Court. The decision states in part, "Brad Berman (President of Grapevine/Polar Ice) affirmatively testified that Grapevine was aware of and consciously chose not to follow the mandatory dispute resolution procedures."
Grapevine/Polar Ice's suspension is upheld and has been remanded back to TAHA for implementation.
May 1, 2014
The hearing on the limited TRO was scheduled to take place on Wednesday April 30 but was delayed to allow for arguments on challenges to jurisdiction of the Court to hear the disputed issues.
The Court today elected not to dismiss the case at this time and has reset the hearing on the limited TRO for May 19.
The Court did clarify that the TRO protects only the number of teams (8) that Polar can have in the DSTHL until the hearing on the 19th. The TRO in no way modifies or alters the playing levels of the Polar Ice teams (A and B), as previously determined by the DSTHL. AA status was not granted to any Polar Ice teams and Polar Ice has yet to seek relief from the TAHA concerning any DSTHL decision.
The TAHA is still scheduled to conduct a hearing on May 12 to determine whether Grapevine/Polar Ice is in violation of the Member Agreement signed with the Affiliate and, if so, whether disciplinary action is warranted.
(October 29, 2013) USA Hockey announced today that the Texas Amateur Hockey Association has been awarded the 16U Tier II National Tournament in 2015. The application was a massive undertaking by several members of the Board and volunteers from across the state. The application submission was spearheaded by TAHA Vice President Mark Servaes.
In the next few days there will be a call for volunteers as TAHA begins assembling a committee to oversee the National Tournament. Additionally, a sub committee will be formed to consider proposals from a variety of vendors and support businesses (from hotels, to restaurants to apparel providers) who will be chosen to participate in the tournament.
Watch our web site for more details.
Stanley Cup winner and three time US Olympian Mike Richter offers his views of cross ice/half ice for Mites and endorses the USAH ADM model. Richter, compares the smaller ice surface to playing pond hockey with few rules and more touches.
Brent Sutter says he feels that too much hockey, especially for young kids, will hinder them rather than help them.
Sutter a two time Stanley Cup Champion, former NHL Head Coach, current Head Coach and GM of the Red Deer Rebels (WHL) and member of the famed Sutter family, made his remarks in an interview with the Edmonton Sun. Sutter said, "It is so noticeable on a hockey team that the kids who have played other sports and experienced different things are always the smarter players on your team, and they are able to handle adversity better.” Sutter continued, “They deal with adversity better because they are thrown into different environments and they trust their skills that they may have learned elsewhere to get them through certain things.
Bottom line is the obsession that some coaches have with year round hockey may well be the exact opposite of what is needed for your player.
Read the entire article here: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/Wanted+hockey+True+athletes/8043213/story.html
Sutter Speaks Out On Year Round Hockey
Rand Pecknold, Head Coach of NCAA finalist Quinnipiac talks ADM and Mite cross ice hockey. If there was any doubt that cross ice is the best option for these young hockey players it will be gone once you watch this enlightening video. Don't believe the "full ice" advocates with an agenda.