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USA Hockey will hold the 2014 Disabled Hockey Workshop October 3-5, 2014 in Washington, DC. New and existing program administrators from around the country will come together for a weekend of educational sessions and networking.
Sessions offered this year include, "Framework of a Program," "Effective Communication," "Supporting Your Program: Volunteers, Fundraising and Growing the Game," and "Public Speaking."
The workshop will begin at noon on Friday, October 3rd, and will conclude at noon on Sunday, October 5th. This year, the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will play an exhibition game with the USA Warriors program.
For more information regarding the workshop contact Jeremy Kennedy at USA Hockey.
For information regarding disabled hockey programs in the TAHA affiliate, please contact Alfredo Corona.
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.
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.
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:
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.
USA Hockey rejects Polar Ice appeal of the indefinite suspension from TAHA. Confirms TAHA position that member agreement was breached.