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Summer is just about to begin and we have a neat way to cool off and have fun. And the best part, it's FREE! GFHA and Crystal Fieldhouse are teaming up to offer a "Try Hockey For Free Day" on Monday, August 3rd, starting at 5:30 pm. This is the first of more try hockey for free days to be offered during the 2015-16 fall / winter hockey season. Try hockey days are a way for those who might be interested in playing, to try for free with no obligations. The only required equipment is a helmet... a bicycle helmet can be used. We have some helmets and other equipment available to use during this event. We also have sleds available for those who are physically challenged, to try for free. Click here to register or all (810) 744-0800 for more info.
Former USA Hockey National Team Development Program Coach and our Coaching Director's friend, John Hynes, was hired by the NHL's New Jersey Devils as their head coach. Mick Carroll, our Coaching Director, served under Hynes during the 2006-07 season while doing an internship at the NTDP in Ann Arbor. "I learned a great deal from Coach Hynes and his entire staff. It was an experience I'll never forget," says Mick. During that time, 13 of the 22 players on the U18 team were drafted in the NHL. "I returned several times after to learn more. I didn't want to wear out my welcome but Coach Hynes extended an open invitation to me and I used it. I even brought some of my youth players with me to take in some games and John always took the time the meet with them." In 2009, Hynes was hired by the Wilkes Barrie / Scranton Penguins of the AHL as their head coach, where he led the team to the play-offs every year before being hired by the Devils.
The US National Sled Team, led by a lightning quick defense and stellar goaltending, defeated Canada 3-0, to win the 2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championships in Buffalo, NY. USA, much quicker than their opponents, both defensively and offensively, dominated play for most of the tournament. In the gold medal game against Canada, it took a goal by 17 year-old Declan Farmer in the 3rd period to break a 0-0 tie and USA never looked back. Another goal by Dan McCoy and an empty netter by Josh Pauls plus great goaltending by Steven Cash sealed the deal. USA outscored their opponents, 29-1, in the five games to win gold. USA, 5-0-0, finished the tourney with four straight shutouts.
The Grand Rapids Junior Sled Wings, led by Tanner Gentry, Scott Stever, Caleb Janssen, CJ Blackwell, goalie Taggart VanderMolen, and Coach Steve Kozlowski, won the 2014-15 Junior A National Sled Hockey Championship at USA Hockey's National Disabled Festival in Buffalo, NY. The Sleds Wings went 4-0, outscoring their opponents 27-8, in winning their first ever national title. FYI... Coach Koz has been aiding us in our attempt to get a disabled program up and running in Flint.
The Michigan Sled Dogs, led by Jesus Villa, Rico Vitelli, Marc Henretta (C), Bob Morris, Dan Studebaker, and the hot goaltending of Rick Lewis, also won their first ever national title at USA Hockey's National Disabled Festival in Buffalo, NY. They went 4-0, outscoring their opponents 15-1, to capture the 2014-15 Adult B National Sled Hockey Championship. Rick Lewis had a 0.25 GAA, with three shutouts. Marc Henretta, their captain, and others such as Rick have also been instrumental in helping bring sled hockey to Flint.
Congratulations to our 2014-15 National Champions, the Jr. Sled Wings, the Sled Dogs, and the Jr Hotwheels! Without a young man named Aaron, who plays for the Hotwheels and wants to skate, sled hockey in Flint wouldn't even be a thought. He gave the reason to make it happen.
If interested in playing, please contact Mick Carroll, our disabled coordinator, at 810-210-7811... the 2016 National Disabled Festival is April 7-10 in Detroit.
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John Hynes, new coach of the New Jersey Devils
Declan Farmer scores
Having a disability is hard enough: a lot of obstacles to overcome, limited accessibility to a lot of things, but most importantly, being accepted and included. Having a disability shouldn't mean you can't participate in actitvities an abled body person enjoys doing. For the most part, it might be just knowing the activity is available, like sled hockey. Yes, hockey played in a sled. Through specially designed equipment, those with a disability can enjoy being out on the ice and playing the greatest game on earth. And it's a total blast! GFHA is teaming up with USA Hockey to put disabilities on ice by making sled hockey available to Flint and the surrounding areas because hockey is for everybody who wants to participate. Thanks to Aaron wanting to skate, this is here. If interested in trying a sled, please contact Mick Carroll, our Disabled Coordinator, at (810) 210-7811 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll make sure it happens. Click here to watch a great video on sled hockey.
Warrior Hockey gifted our association with a set of goalie equipment... leg pads, chest protector, left hand catcher, right hand blocker, and a left hand stick. They'll fit a hockey player between the ages of 7 and 10 years old. We'd like to use them for players just starting out, like for our learn to play program. These items are approximately $1,000. Click here to visit their site to shop or find a local retailer. Thank you Warrior Hockey!
After a very successful spring season, please consider returning to Crystal Fieldhouse and being a part of GFHA for the fall / winter season. We're looking for players, coaches, and volunteers. All positions are available, including board positions. Email us at email@example.com or phone 810-354-4342. Thank you!
Have any hockey equipment not being used? Please help us help others. We're in need of mainly youth gear... skates, sticks, gloves, pants, protective gear, goalie equipment, disabled hockey gear. We accept all donations, including monetary. Donations can be dropped off at Crystal Fieldhouse (the former Ice Mountain).
Make a difference in the lives of those in need. It doesn't have to be huge. It's the gesture that counts. Always be nice and good things will happen!