Based on a growing demand among its membership, the Maulers Hockey Association is pleased to announce that it will be offering a Midget Hockey Program, starting with the Spring Season 2014, in addition to its Bantam Hockey Program already in existence. You know about the Mauler Bantams, and their NIHL President’s Trophy and Championship year in the 2013-14 season. So, what is a Midget Program and why you should care?
Midget hockey is generally a travel organization geared for young men with advanced hockey skills whose birthdays (for 2014 registrations) are between 1/1/1996 and 12/31/1999. In keeping with our mission to keep costs low, please know that registration fees for spring, which are not due until your skater hits the ice, will be $345-$375. Please see the registration page on www.maulershockey.com for further information, and an explanation of the price range.
The Maulers Hockey Association will reinforce the PCA (Positive Coaching Alliance) philosophies with its Bantam-Midget Hockey Program, tailored for these young men. The MHA Bantam-Midget Hockey Program will embrace the organization’s mission of teaching not just hockey, but also value-based coaching and mentoring to promote: good sportsmanship, personal growth, teamwork, community, leadership, commitment, self-discipline, hard work, and character building.
The Maulers Hockey Association is investing its resources in the future of our players. We understand that Bantam- Midget players are at or approaching a critical age. Now is the time they need to not just become better hockey players, but to also learn the life skills and develop the habits that will successfully lead them to their next stage in life, adulthood. To demonstrate the organization’s commitment to the Bantam-Midget Hockey Program and the players who pass through the Program, the Maulers Hockey Association has created the position of Bantam- Midget Hockey Director whose primary focus is to implement the Bantam-Midget Program and see to it that the Program provides its players with a healthy, positive, and competitive environment. The MHA Board has selected, as the organization’s first Bantam-Midget Hockey Director, Kurt Carlson, who has been involved with the Maulers Hockey Association for many years, is a former board member of the organization, has had multi-championship seasons as a USA Level 3 youth hockey coach, and is our board’s current Rules & Ethics Advisor, and as a player he played the game for many years. In addition, the MHA Bantam-Midget Hockey Program will have the following Championship coaches:
Dana Kane, Bantam Head Coach; Mike Kotlar, Goalie Coach; Russ Sharpe, Assistant; Kurt Carlson, Assistant.
Andy Tipton, Midget Head Coach; Dan Kaiser, Assistant; Tim Kinsman, Assistant (See the Spring Midget Coaches page for their bios)
Do you have the skills and character to be a Mauler Midget?! Come on out to evaluations. Tryouts will be held on March 13th at 7:15 p.m. and March 15th at 7:35 p.m.
Mauler Bantams (Birthdays between 1/1/00 – 12/31/01), your tryouts will be held on March 15th at 6:25 p.m and March 16th at 11:40 a.m.
Note: REGISTRATION IS OPEN AND AVAILABLE ONLINE. NO PAYMENT IS DUE UNTIL YOUR PLAYER IS ABOUT TO HIT THE ICE ON THE FIRST DAY OF TRYOUTS. Click Here to register now.
Once the team is selected, practice schedules will be posted. Please note that the majority of practices will be held at Rinkside. Check back in on this site for more information as it becomes available.
Player Requirements before Entering the Ice for Evaluations:
• All players must complete their registration • All players must register with USA HOCKEY through the online registration website: http://www.usahockeyregistration.com/ • Registration and fees must be paid by evaluations - registrations are accepted at evaluations • Players must bring a printed copy of their USA Hockey Membership to the first evaluation they attend or submit with their registration. • Players must visit the check-in table located in the lobby of the ice arena.
Click Here to register, or click on the Registration tab at the top of the page.
Maulers Hockey Association is proud to announce the details of its 2014 Spring Hockey Program! Spring Hockey at the Maulers is run by the travel hockey association and is a great way for anyone thinking about playing travel hockey next fall to meet and play for the travel coaches. Because spring is more informal than the regular fall/winter season, it also provides an opportunity for those new to the sport to ‘try it out’ in a more relaxed (and less expensive!) environment. Below are some details:
Evaluations from March 13th through March 16th
Maulers plan to field teams in the Mite (2006 and 2007 birth year), Squirt (2004, 2005), Peewee (2002, 2003) Bantam (2000, 2001) and Midget (Before 2000) age divisions
Season to include 8 league games and one local tournament with one practice per week
Practices run by Maulers travel coaches with an emphasis on individual skill development rather than team play
Season to conclude by Friday, May 23rd
Bantam Checking Clinic on Monday, March 17that 6:15pm at Pleasant Prairie
*In order to keep costs low, Maulers players will be wearing this year’s travel practice jerseys for our spring games. If your child has and can wear both the light and dark practice jersey from the current season, the cost will be $345.00; if you need to purchase those jerseys, the cost will be $375.00
Registration information will be forthcoming shortly and we anticipate opening registration within the next week.
Thank you, as always, for your support of Maulers Hockey and please don’t hesitate to contact myself or our Hockey Director, Rodger Sykes, with any questions.
Craig Bewick President, Maulers Hockey Association
Maulers families volunteered at Feed My Starving Children and packed 101,600 meals for food insecure/malnourished children in Haiti - a great experience for the kids and parents alike. Another reminder that the blown offsides call isn't really that big a deal in the scheme of things!!
Thanks to Coach John for putting it together and to all who volunteered their time - another proud day to be a Mauler.
All 2013 / 2014 NIHL players are encouraged to participate in this seasons
“Academic Excellence” Program.
All NIHL rostered 1st through 8th grade players must earn and submit a straight “A” report card, in all subjects ( except for Phys. Ed.), for a minimum of one grading period. Numeric A” Grade Equivalents will also be accepted. All NIHL rostered High School age players must earn a minimum of a “B” honor roll recognition for at least one grading period.
All qualifying report cards must be submitted by mail to:
Chicago Wolves, NIHL Academic Excellence Attn: Rob Newburg 2301 Ravine Way, Glenview, IL. 60025
All qualifying participants will be recognized on the NIHL website and receive two ( 2 ) free tickets to a Chicago Wolves Hockey game. Game dates are Sun., April 13th @ 7 PM and Sat., April 19th @ 4 PM. In addition, all High School age qualifying participants will receive a “Making the Grade” plaque.
All submissions for this year’s program shall include:
1. A copy of the Report card.
2. The Participant’s name, NIHL Club name, & Team name.
3. A Completed ticket order
Deadline: All report cards must be received by April 1st, 2014.
USA Hockey unveiled a new Heads Up, Don’t Duck instructional video featuring Olympians Jenny Potter and Ryan Suter.
The Heads Up, Don’t Duck safety initiative dates back to 1996 and is aimed at reducing spinal cord and other debilitating injuries.
“Dr. Ashare, the current chair of our safety and protective committee, helped launch this important program nearly two decades ago,” said Dr. Michael Stuart, chief medical officer of USA Hockey. “The basic premise of the program has not changed, however, we created this updated video piece to ensure that every player and coach understands the importance of keeping your head up.”
“We’ve been out in front on safety issues over the course of our history,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “Heads Up, Don’t Duck has long been one of our signature safety programs and is part of our broad SafeSport program that addresses both on and off-ice safety of our participants.”
AHAI strongly encourages all parents and coaches at all levels of hockey to have their players watch this HEADS UP – DON’T DUCK VIDEO at least twice every season to help reduce the risk of a catastrophic injury.