News and Announcements

It is with great enthusiasm and excitement we announce our 2018-2019 Head Coaches for the 14U-A1 & 16U-A1 teams!

14U-A1
Alex Peltram

Alex returns for his third season of coaching our 14U-A1 team. As a former SAYHA youth hockey player and Braves alumni, Alex brings a fun, encouraging, and professional atmosphere to the ice. “We’re thrilled to have Alex back coaching for another season,” says Hockey Director Neil Runbeck. “He’s done an amazing job with our defensive core over the past two seasons. This past season he helped lead our 14U-A1 team to a State Title and a 2-1 record at the USA Hockey National Championships. The players really enjoy his energy and his knowledge and we know he’s going to do a great job developing and mentoring these young men and women.”

16U-A1
Dustin Donaghy

Dustin played Junior “A” hockey for the Penticton Vees from 2005-2007. He then moved up to the Spokane Chiefs in the WHL and won the Memorial Cup in 2008. He finished his Junior career with the Lethbridge Hurricanes in 2010. Donaghy then turned pro with the Allen Americans of the CHL in 2010-2011. Midway through the season, he was traded tot the Wichita Thunder where he played from 2010-2014. Dustin carries his High Performance 1 Certification as well as a USA Hockey Level 3 Certification. Dustin was the Coach for the 16U Midget Varsity team at the CDA Hockey Academy that plays in the CSSHL. Dustin has spent the past 2 seasons as an Assistant Coach in the BCHL Junior “A” Hockey League.

“Dustin will bring a sense of development, structure, and discipline to our 16U program. We’re excited to have Dustin join the SAYHA team! He’s a professional level coach that will help bring our program to the next level. In addition to coaching the 16U-A1 team, Dustin will have a large presence in the development of our 16U & 14U divisions. We’re lucky to have him and we look forward to seeing his influence with our players.”

Please see this post for more information on how to register for our 14U-A1/16U-A1 Rep Team evaluations! We’re looking forward to a great 2018-19 season.

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Current and Future 14U and 16U Spokane Jr. Chiefs!

Registration for our 14U-A1 and 16U-A1 Rep Evaluations is now open! For the 2018-19 season, our 14U-A1 and 16U-A1 teams will be our Tier 2 National Bound teams. Both teams will hold two evaluation dates, one in April and one in July. During the first round of evaluations (April 21st – 22nd), we will place 50-75% of the players on both the 14U-A1 and 16U-A1 teams. At the second evaluation (July 30th – August 1st), we will complete the rosters for the 14U-A1 and 16U-A1 teams, as well as the 14U-A2 and 16U-A2 teams.

14U-A1
Saturday, April 21, 10:00-11:15 AM; Saturday, April 21, 3:00-4:15 PM; Sunday, April 22, 10:00-11:15 AM
16U-A1
Saturday, April 21, 11:30-12:45 PM; Saturday, April 21, 4:30-5:45 PM; Sunday, April 22, 11:30-12:45PM

Please note: To be considered for the 14U-A1 or 16U-A1 teams, you must register by April 20th for either the April and/or July evaluations.

Here are some of the benefits of our slightly new format:

-Players will have multiple evaluation opportunities to showcase their skills for these top teams.
-Players that might be unavailable for one of our evaluations will have an additional opportunity to be evaluated at the second or alternative date.
-Players will be able to skate with their coach in the summer months.
-Coaches are selected earlier, giving players and families more direction.
-Coaches will be able to complete early registrations for desired tournaments.
-Parents will be able to set up longer payment schedules, reducing the monthly financial obligation by paying over the summer months.

Financial information for both 14U-A1 and 16U-A1 will be available on April 20th at the evaluations. The information will also be posted on our website after that date.

Save the Date! Spokane Youth Hockey will host a 14U | 16U Training Camp the week before the July evaluations (July 23rd – 26th) with some special guests, including body contact and battling specialist, James Mercure.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Go Jr. Chiefs!

Neil Runbeck, Director of Hockey Operations
Spokane Youth Hockey Association
Home of the Jr. Chiefs

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Just a quick reminder that our 2018 SAYHA Awards Night is tomorrow (March 29th) at Eagles Ice Arena!

From 5:30-7:00 PM we will have David’s Pizza and Kona Ice of Spokane in the back parking lot of Eagles (slices are $3 each or 2/$5)!

From 6-7 PM there will be free Family Skating on Rink 2 (no sticks or pucks)! Make sure to head to the Lobby to pick up your player gift and check out the Silent Auction and Wine Pull (all proceeds benefit our 14U-A1 team and their trip to Nationals)!

Awards and Ceremony will begin at 7 PM on Rink 1 – players should wear their Jr. Chiefs jerseys and sit with their age divisions! Come and go – stay the whole time! We look forward to seeing all of our Jr. Chiefs and their families!

The document SAYHA_Awards_Night.pdf was attached to this post.

SAYHA Awards Night - March 29th

Posted by Spokane Youth Hockey at Mar 19, 2018 2:16PM PDT
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Please join us for the 2017-18 SAYHA Awards Night on Thursday, March 29th from 6-8 PM. Please see the attached flyer for more details! Stay all evening, or come and go as schedules allow – we hope to see you there!

If you have pictures from this season that we can add to our slideshow, please forward to Nicole (sayha.manager@gmail.com)!

We look forward to celebrating the season at the Awards Night on March 29th – hope to see you there!

The document SAYHA_Awards_Night.pdf was attached to this post.

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Hi Spokane Jr. Chiefs Families!

We’re excited to announce our 2018-2019 Rep Division Evaluation Schedule and House Division Rate Skate/Select Team Evaluations.

Rep Division Information. 14U and 16U. For the 2018-19 season, our 14U-A1 and 16U-A1 teams will be our Tier 2 National Bound teams. Both teams will hold two evaluation dates, one in April and one in July. During the first round of evaluations (April 20th – 22nd), we will place 8-10 players on both the 14U-A1 and 16U-A1 teams, with the remaining spots filled at the July evaluation.

Registration for the 14U-A1 and 16U-A1 team evaluations will open on April 3rd at www.spokaneyouthhockey.com.

Coaching applications for these two teams will open March 12th (also on our website) and close on March 23rd. The 14U-A1 and 16U-A1 head coaches will be announced on or before April 3rd. 16U-A1 and 14U-A1 season financial information will be available at registration.

During the second round of evaluations (July 30th – August 1st) we will complete the 14U-A1 and 16U-A1 rosters, as well as form our 14U-A2 and 16U-A2 teams from that evaluation. Please note: Players will only pay one evaluation fee to attend one or both evaluations.

Here are some of the benefits of our slightly new format:

-Players will have multiple evaluation opportunities to showcase their skills for these top teams.
-Players that might be unavailable for one of our evaluations will have an additional opportunity to be evaluated at the second or alternative date.
-Players will be able to skate with their coach in the summer months.
-Coaches are selected earlier, giving players and families more direction.
-Coaches will be able to complete early registrations for desired tournaments.
-Parents will be able to set up longer payment schedules, reducing the monthly financial obligation by paying over the summer months.

Save the Date! Spokane Youth Hockey will host a 14U | 16U Training Camp the week before the July evaluations (July 23rd – 26th) with some special guests, including body contact and battling specialist, James Mercure.

Rep Division Information – 12U and 10U. Evaluations for the 10U and 12U Rep Division teams will be August 13th – 15th. For the 2018-19 season, we will have the same team compositions as this season, with 2 teams at 12U (12U-A1 and 12U-A2) and 3 teams at 10U (10U-A1 and 2 – 10U-A2 teams). Our 10 | 12U Boot Camp will be August 6th – 9th. This is a great opportunity to get on the ice with the coaches the week before tryouts!

Registration for 10U and 12U rep teams evaluations will open on June 4th at www.spokaneyouthhockey.com. Season financial information will be available at registration.

Head coaching applications for 10U-A2, 10U-A1, 12U-A2, 12U-A1, 14U-A2 and 16U-A2 will also open March 12th on our website, and will close on May 1st. Head coaches for these teams will be announced on or before May 31st.

House Division Information. This year, in addition to our regular House Division teams, we will also field House Select teams at the 12U, 14U, and 18U divisions. Evaluations will be September 15th-16th. To play on a House Select team, you MUST be registered for our House program (the Select program will be an additional piece to our House teams).

Our House Division Rate Skate will be October 6-7, 2018 at Eagles Ice Arena.

Registration for our House Division programs (with payment plan options) will open on June, 4, 2018 – the earlier you register, the longer you have to make payments! House/Select Coaching Applications will open on or before June 4, 2018 at www.spokaneyouthhockey.com.

Thanks for a great 2017-18 … We’re already looking forward to next season! Please contact me with any questions or concerns. Go Jr. Chiefs!

Neil Runbeck, Director of Hockey Operations
Spokane Youth Hockey Association