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Polar Ice Initiates Legal Action

April 18, 2014

On Wednesday afternoon we received notice that Grapevine Ice House, LLC (Polar Ice) filed a lawsuit against TAHA President Reggie Hall, several TAHA members/associate members, the DSTHL, as well as the Dallas Stars and Stars’ President Jim Lites.  

The lawsuit, while inartfully worded and laced with numerous factual inaccuracies, appears verbatim, in many respects, to a  2012 short-lived suit also filed by Polar Ice. Although the current lawsuit does not name TAHA (the 2012 lawsuit did), the TAHA Board is concerned that Article 14 of the TAHA Bylaws may not have been followed, based on the relief requested by Polar Ice in its Petition. 

The TAHA Board is currently evaluating the specifics of the Polar lawsuit to determine what, if any, action is necessary.

The lawsuit attempted to obtain a Temporary Restraining Order on a number of matters pertaining to the DSTHL, including restricting the freedom of former Lone Star Wolves and Ice Jet players and coaches from moving to other hockey clubs in the area.

In all there were seven items Polar requested and all but one was denied in an emergency hearing late Thursday afternoon. The one item the Judge ruled should be preserved was the 8 team allotment and classification the Wolves had been granted in the DSTHL.

A hearing to determine whether the TRO on this issue should be made a temporary injunction pending a full trial on the merits has been set for April 30th.

A New Message from the President

April 5, 2014

A new message from the President can be found HERE

TAHA Announces 2014 Tryout Dates

TAHA announced today the official tryout periods for the 2014 season. There are a few minor modifications over prior years but generally the timelines follow previous seasons. There are IMPORTANT rules around teams that utilize early tryout windows (both Tier I and Tier II) so Member Associations should pay close attention to those requirements.

Tryouts will take place as follows:

EARLIEST TRYOUT DATES for the 2014-15 Season for all TAHA Associations in the DFW Area:

May 17 All Girls

May 31-June 1 14U Tier I Boys

June 7-8 14U Tier II Boys

June 14-15 14U, 12U and 10U House Rec Boys

June 6-7 18U Tier I Boys

June 8-9 16U & 15U Tier I Boys

June 14-15 18U & 16U Tier II Boys

June 21-22 18U & 16U House Rec Boys

All Other areas in TAHA:

June 14-15 14U,16U & 18U Tier II Boys

June 21 All House Rec Boys


Any team that conducts tryouts on the dates established for Tier II (players on the ice) must be able to register that team as a TAHA/USA Hockey sanctioned Tier II team AND MUST apply and participate in the State Tournament playdowns. All players who register and commit to such teams must comply with the TAHA Tier II community-based rule.

NOTE: Should any team that conducts tryouts on the designated Tier II dates fail to register as Tier II (for any reason) and does not apply for the State tournament, the organization will be fined $5000 (per offending team) and that association will not be allowed to participate in the following year’s state tournament at any level.

If an association holds a tryout (Skaters on the ice) at Tier I the association has to field a team at Tier I for that age group.

High School Associations that also form travel teams must abide by the above dates. NO portion of such tryouts (Travel or High School) may precede the above

Tier I State Champs Crowned

Congrats to the Dallas Stars Elite for capturing Tier I State Championships yesterday in 14U, 16U and 18U divisions. Best of luck at the RM District tournament.

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.

NHL Endorses ADM

(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.

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

Jones Rated #1 by Central Scouting

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

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.

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