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President's Message - September 2014

New message from the President.  Click HERE for details.  

2015-2016 Tier I Hockey

We are currently in an “option” year for our existing Tier I organizations.   Authorization for the 2015-2016 season will require new applications from any interested Associations. Click here for further information.  

US Under-17 Select Team Finishes Second in Five Nations Tournament With Help From Texas

Two Texas Born players shined at the Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in Crimmitschau, Germany, during August 2014. 

In the final game of the tournament, Henry Crone (Cedar Hill, Texas) tallied four points, including a hat trick, and was named U.S. Player of the Game. Max Gerlach (Flower Mound, Texas) scored twice in that game, sniping a shot high-glove side for the first goal and burying a shot off a faceoff for his second goal.   

Crone finished the tournament with three goals and three assists and was tied for second on the team with 6 points. Gerlach finished the tournament with 3 goals and 1 assist.  

The team finished the tournament in second place with a 3-1-0 record, defeating Slovakia, Switzerland, and Germany, and losing to Czech Republic.

USAH Upholds TAHA Decision on Polar Ice

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.

Adults Experience the 8U Look at the Ice

TAHA Seeks President of Adult Hockey Section

July 17, 2014

Due to an increased work commitment Corky Brown was forced to resign his position as President of the Adult Section. We are seeking interested candidates who want to focus on leading this very important and growing segment of our player/participant base.

A description of the Section President role can be found in the TAHA Bylaws.

If interested, pleaes reply with resume to:

Reggie Hall




May 1 Update on Grapevine/Polar Ice Lawsuit

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.

TAHA Awarded 2015 Tier II Nationals

(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.

Richter Endorses Cross Ice and ADM

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.

WHL Coach Sutter Challenges Year Round Hockey

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

Quinnipiac Head Coach Talks ADM For Mites

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.