Just days ago the Stryker family (Mom, dad and twin boys Austin and Travis) did what thousands of hockey families did earlier this week, left home on a family trip, driving to a holiday hockey tournament. Both boys are members of the DJHA 16U team scheduled to play this weekend in Las Vegas at the regional Silver Sticks qualifier.
On Tuesday the unthinkable happened. On a remote stretch of road in Arizona, an oncoming car crossed into their lane and crashed head on into the Stryker's van. Both parents and son Travis were killed; Austin survived but was injured in the accident.
The entire hockey community mourns the devastating loss and our prayers are with the family at this difficult time. Austin and his sister Stephanie (student at A&M) need our support. DJHA has established the Stryker Family Fund where you can contribute via Paypal. Go to www.djha.com for more information.
(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.
By Aaron Paitich
Thinking about skipping a level of development to try and accelerate your hockey career? Think again. Trying to take the fast track at any age will hurt a hockey player rather than help them.
It’s a societal issue that’s not just specific to the game of hockey, but former Michigan Tech assistant and current Green Bay Gamblers associate head coach Pat Mikesch has seen it happen too often in this game.
Read more about the impact of asking too much of your player, too soon. The full story is here.
Hockey Dad/Coach and Astronaut; Mike Hopkins
(September 24, 2013) Hockey players almost always put their dads at the top of the list of most influential people in their lives. Coaches come and go and so do mentors but dads....well they are a step above all others. One BAHHA hockey dad is literally "out of this world", or will be tomorrow.
Mike Hopkins is no ordinary hockey dad/coach. He is also an astronaut. And tomorrow, at 3:58 PM (Central), Mike launches from Baikonour Cosmodrome on a Russian rocket called Soyuz. Hopkins will miss most of the hockey season this year as he heads to the International Space Station for a six month stay.
Best of luck Mike...and hey can you bring us a t-shirt?
(June 12, 2013) Last night the Boston Bruins and the Blackhawks faced off in a memorable triple OT game that saw the Hawks win it with a double deflection goal in the wee hours of the morning. It was a back and forth game with some excellent goaltending on both ends of the ice and some incredible puckhandling skill on display from both sides. And as the game moved along, it was commentary during the game that proved compelling.
Color commentator Eddie Olczyk, a veteran of more than 1,000 NHL games played and Mike "Doc" Emrick, lead NHL announcer for NBC and winner of the Foster Hewitt award from the Hockey Hall of Fame, waxed philosophical about small area games and the decision by USAH to mandate cross/half-ice for 8U players.
There was no mistaking how either felt about ADM and the cross/half-ice mandate. Both spoke strongly in favor of the decision made to downsize the playing surface and the tremendous benefits that young players gain from playing on the smaller surface.
Hockey, 'the way it was meant to be" means fun, involved and developmental for all players, not just the few who are faster and better stickhandlers already. The science of ADM is clear and the experts from youth to Juniors to the NCAA to the pros are in agreement that small area games and cross/half-ice is the most beneficial for 8U players.
And if you are in doubt still, just remember, Eddie and Doc aren't trying to get into your wallet. Listen below to the exchange and the strong support for ADM and 8U cross ice programs.
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
Plano native Seth Jones (Dallas Stars 18U Tier I) is the Central Scouting Bureau's top prospect in the upcoming NHL draft. Jones would be the first ever Texas player to go first overall.
Plano Native Seth Jones
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.