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First Annual GYHA Family Picnic, Sunday Aug 16th
07/30/2015
Come kick off the hockey season! Hot dogs, hamburgers, sides and...
GYHA Wins Gold Level Award for USA Hockey's 2&2 Challenge
07/30/2015
Congratulations GYHA!!! We have earned the Gold Level Award for...
Update 2015-2016 Season: Dates Announced!
07/02/2015
The CSHL has announced the dates for the upcoming season. The dates...
We've Won A USA Hockey Grow the Game Award
06/08/2015
The East Side’s local hockey fans have united in a BIG way...
GYHA Mite Welcome Session and Placements Process 2015-2016
03/31/2015
Dear Mite Parents - GYHA wanted to reach out to you to clarify...
2015-16 Season Important Dates
02/26/2015
LET'S GO LEAFS!   LET'S GO LEAFS!  ...
Pond Summer Hockey Camps - 2015
02/26/2015
The Pond has announce their Summer Hockey Camp Schedule!! Click...
UPDATE!! GYHA Volunteer Opportunities - We Need YOUR Help!!
02/25/2015
See attached GYHA Volunteer Descriptions PDF and Hockey Director/Coaches...
The Pond Ice Arena Announces Hiring of New Hockey Director
01/30/2015
  All - GYHA would like to welcome John Mihalik to The...
 
First Annual GYHA Family Picnic, Sunday Aug 16th

Come kick off the hockey season! Hot dogs, hamburgers, sides and dessert will be served.

Sunday August 16th
6-8pm at The Pond

$10 kids, includes skating and games
$15 adults.

Raffle prizes: Monsters tickets, restaurant gift cards... and more! If you have an item or service to donate, please let us know. 

Admission at the door. Adults BYOB. This is in lieu of the Golf Tournament. Any money raised will go towards funding skills training sessions hard dividers, and other organization equipment. Please come support GYHA!

Please RSVP no later than August 11th to

Download a pdf of the flyer here.

 


by posted 07/30/2015
GYHA Wins Gold Level Award for USA Hockey's 2&2 Challenge

Congratulations GYHA!!! We have earned the Gold Level Award for USA Hockey's 2&2 Challenge! We will receive 4 sets of Mite hockey gear, 12 hockey sticks and a banner to celebrate our success! This equipment will continue to feed the low-cost equipment rental program run by The Pond to give kids a chance to start playing the best sport on ice. Thank you to everyone for helping participate in last year's Dollar Day, Used-Equipment Sale, Girls Hockey Weekend, Try Hockey for Free Days and participating in our Season-End Survey. We are super proud of our Maple Leafs and how they keep giving back to the sport and each other!! Way to go GEAUGA TEAMS!!!!


by posted 07/30/2015
Update 2015-2016 Season: Dates Announced!

The CSHL has announced the dates for the upcoming season. The dates have been updated here. Pre-season starts September 24th!


by posted 07/02/2015
We've Won A USA Hockey Grow the Game Award

GYHA wins 2015 Grow the Game Award by Total Hockey!

The East Side’s local hockey fans have united in a BIG way to help grow the sport of hockey! Led by the efforts of Geauga Youth Hockey Association… and with the tremendous help of The Pond Staff, The Lake Erie Monsters, and our five high school hockey teams from Aurora, Chagrin Falls, Kenston, Orange, and University School…. We have not only come together over the past two years and been rewarded by our efforts in getting over 200 children introduced to hockey, but on Wednesday, June 3rd at USA Hockey’s National Congress in Colorado Springs, CO, our collective efforts to ‘Grow the Game’ of hockey was awarded 3rd place nationally by Total Hockey! We will receive 10 sets of youth hockey gear which will be put towards our existing low-cost rental program run by The Pond. We want to say THANK YOU to all of you that played a part in volunteering your time, equipment, marketing, and coaching to help make this award possible. Your efforts will continue to help our children get the experience of the greatest game on ice!

Read more about the 2015 Grow the Game award.

Video recap of the 2015 USA Hockey Annual Congress Day

 


by posted 06/08/2015
GYHA Mite Welcome Session and Placements Process 2015-2016

Dear Mite Parents -

GYHA wanted to reach out to you to clarify our plans for the upcoming Geauga Hockey "Welcome Session" and ongoing "placement" process for Mites for 2015-16 season.  

The April 20th session will be a "Welcome to Geauga Hockey" like last year.  During that session we will run skills/drills and also scrimmage like a higher level group tryout but mainly in order to allow parents to see how there kid(s) would fit in with the Geauga Mites.  At that session, we will explain our expectation of what level of skating/hockey skill we expect new players to be able to demonstrate to be a Mite at Geauga - which is focused mainly on skating skills, .  

This will also offer us an opportunity to deliver information on summer Pond Hockey programs to help players with those skills in preparation for the true "placement" sessions that will take place throughout August and September.

If you have any questions, please contact Paul Chase (chasepr4668@hotmail.com) or Chris Murphy (christopher.m.murphy@bankofamerica.com)

Thanks, GYHA Board


by posted 03/31/2015
2015-16 Season Important Dates

LET'S GO LEAFS!   LET'S GO LEAFS!   LET'S GO LEAFS!


Welcome to the 2015 - 2016 GYHA Hockey Season!  We hope you are looking forward to another exciting year of hockey.  Below are some important dates to mark on your calendars.

Update July 1: Confirmed dates in red below!
 

March 17th Pond Spring Leagues Start
April 14th & 15th Checking Clinics for PW and Bantam players
3rd Tuesday in April Board Meeting
April 20th - May 1st Tryouts for SQ, PW, Bantam Levels
Tuesday, July 28th Board Meeting
Late August Welcome Back Weekly Ice Sessions begin!!
Sat, Sept 19, 2015 Pre-Season Scheduling
Thurs, Sept. 24, 2015 Pre-Season Starts
Sun, Oct. 25, 2015 Pre-Season Ends
Sat, Oct. 24, 2015 Regular Season Scheduling
3rd Tuesday in October GYHA Board Meeting
Thurs, Oct. 29, 2015 CSHL Regular Season Begins
3rd Tuesday in January Board Meeting
Sat, Feb 20, 2016- Sun, Feb 28, 2016 CSHL Playoffs
3rd Tuesday in February GYHA Annual Meeting

We look forward to seeing you throughout the Year!

by posted 02/26/2015
Pond Summer Hockey Camps - 2015

The Pond has announce their Summer Hockey Camp Schedule!!

Click here for a flyer

 

Pond Summer Hockey Camp Dates:

 June 22-26 Midget/High School

 June 29-July 3 Bantam 

 July 6-10 Peewee & Bantam

 July 13-17 Mite & Squirt

 July 20-24 Peewee

 July 27-31 Bantam

 August 3-7 Mite & Squirt

 August 10-14 Midget/High School

 

Camp Fee: Players $350, Goalies $250

 

Camp Descriptions:

 

Mite: (Birth Years: 07 & 08) Program is 

designed to promote basic skill development 

and primary team play concepts. Our focus 

will be providing a fun atmosphere with many 

games to enhance the players’ development. 

 

Squirt: (Birth Years: 05 & 06) Program is 

designed to promote basic skill development 

along with primary team play concepts. 

Angling rather than checking is introduced. 

Our focus will be providing a fun competitive 

atmosphere with many small area games to 

enhance the players’ development. 

 

Peewee: (Birth Years: 03 & 04) Program 

focuses on basic skill development, 

introduction of advanced skills and team 

concepts. Last ice session will focus on small 

area games and/or a full ice scrimmage. 

 

Bantam: (Birth Years: 01 & 02) Program 

focuses on advanced skill development and 

team concepts. A large focus is on properly 

delivering and receiving a body check. Our 

focus is to create a competitive atmosphere 

during small area games and scrimmages. 

 

Midget/High School: (Birth Years: 97, 98, 99, 

& 00) Program will have a training camp 

atmosphere. Camp is designed to prepare 

players for the high school or midget season. 

Players will benefit from plyometric training 

along with body weight strength and 

conditioning.


by posted 02/26/2015
UPDATE!! GYHA Volunteer Opportunities - We Need YOUR Help!!

GYHA Hockey

See attached GYHA Volunteer Descriptions PDF and Hockey Director/Coaches Application DOC's - 

http://files.LeagueAthletics.com/Images/Club/7969/GYHA volunteer opportunities.pdf

http://files.LeagueAthletics.com/Images/Club/7969/Hockey Director Application GYHA 2105.16.docx

http://files.LeagueAthletics.com/Images/Club/7969/Coaching Application GYHA 2105.16.docx

 

 

emailed 2/25/15:

Geauga Membership -

We have been busy planning for the upcoming 2015-16 season. With that, we have many volunteer opportunities to help run the GYHA and implement the programs necessary to make GYHA one of the best in Cleveland!  As most of you know, we are an organization run almost entirely by parent volunteers.  Please consider yourself or someone you know (they don't have to be a parent!!) to help with any of the following positions:

  • Director of Hockey (applications must be submitted)
  • Coaches and Assistant Coaches (applications must be submitted)
  • Assistant Registrar
  • Assistant Treasurer
  • 2nd Vice President
  • Special Committee: Apparel Manager
  • Special Committee: Equipment Manager
  • Special Committee: Webmaster and Assistant Webmaster
  • Special Committee: Marketing/Communications Manager
  • Special Committee: Golf Outing Director
  • Special Committee: Safe Sport Ombudsman
  • Special Committee: Mite Lead Coach

 

We also have other opportunities throughout the year to help with other activities including but not limited to:

  • Try Hockey for Free events in Spring and Fall
  • Annual Equipment Sale
  • CSHL Monster Night Ticket Sales

 

Contact any of your GYHA board members (contact info on our web contact page here - https://leagueathletics.com/Contacts.asp?n=86510&org=geaugayouthhockey ) if you think you'd like to help.

 

Thank you, GYHA Board


by posted 02/25/2015
The Pond Ice Arena Announces Hiring of New Hockey Director

John Mihalik

 

All - GYHA would like to welcome John Mihalik to The Pond and look forward to working with him to further develop hockey for the Geauga area kids!!

 

See the press release:

 "The Pond Ice Arena Announces Hiring of New Hockey Director

 

Auburn, Ohio, January 26- The Pond Ice Arena announces the hiring of John Mihalik as the 

arena’s Director of Hockey, overseeing all youth hockey programming and hockey related summer camps.

 

Mihalik comes to The Pond from Miami University (Oxford, Oh) where he was the Assistant 

Director of Programming/Hockey since 2011. Mihalik also served as Head Coach of Miami 

University Men’s Ice Hockey Team (ACHA Division II).

 

Mihalik is a 2011 graduate of Kent State University with an MS in Sport Studies, a concentration 

Athletic Coaching and Sport Administration a BS in Sport Management. 

 

The Pond owner, Elisa Nash, is excited about having Mihalik as Hockey Director. She says “Our 

program has been run by hockey Hall of Famer Andre Lacroix for ten years, who will continue to 

stay on our team here. Andre has been so amazing as he’s built all our hockey programs from scratch 

into what they are today. Needless to say, tough shoes to fill, so I feel fortunate to have someone 

with John’s experience join us.” 

 

The Pond Ice Arena is home to five area High School Hockey Teams; Aurora, Chagrin Falls, 

Kenston, Orange, University School, as well as The Geauga Maple Leafs, part of the Geauga 

Youth Hockey Association and the Chagrin Valley Figure Skating Club. Mihalik will take over 

the reins from Andre Lacroix in February. Lacroix will continue to be an integral part of the daily 

administrative activities at The Pond as well Head Coach to University School Varsity Ice Hockey 

 

The community is invited to TRY HOCKEY FOR FREE on February 21st 3:10-4:10, presented by

The Pond and Geauga Youth Hockey Association and to meet John Mihalik from 3-5PM. 

 

The Pond Ice Arena is locally owned and operated by Elisa and Jim Nash, and family Chris, 

Spencer and Cooper. The Pond offers family friendly recreational and developmental programming 

for both figure skating and hockey and is known for their birthday parties and special events. The 

Pond Family Friendly Ice Arena is located at 9999 E. Washington St. Chagrin Falls, Ohio. 440 (543)

-3884, www.skateatthepond.com"


by posted 01/30/2015
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