We're a non-profit* youth hockey association with programs for all ages up to 18. We feature learn-to-play, and disabled / special hockey** programs, ADM thru midgets... house and travel hockey teams, both spring and fall/winter seasons. We play out of Crystal Fieldhouse in Burton. For complete information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact any of the following members:
Phone: (810) 569-4646
Phone: (810) 869-8525
Director of Disabled Hockey
Phone: (810) 599-3274
Phone: (810) 744-0800
Vice-President, Coaching Director
Phone: (810) 280-6656
House Director, Trustee
Phone: (810) 423-8424
Safe Sport Director
GFHA Registra, Arena Representative
Phone: (810) 744-0800
*We're a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, registered with the US Government. All donations are tax deductible.
**The disabled / special hockey programs are open to both youths (all ages up to 17) and adults (18 and over).
The Greater Flint Hockey Association started back in 1969 with the opening of the Flint IMA Sports Arena, an arena complex built by the Flint IMA Foundation, a non-profit group dedicated towards giving back to the community through sports offerings and after school activities geared towards youth. Back then there were some 60 youth hockey teams. The teams and other youth activities were supported through the Flint IMA food stores and vending machine operations located in Flint area General Motors plants. The teams continued to prosper throughout the 70's and 80's until the Flint IMA vending services were discountinued in GM factories by GM, replaced by other vending services which didn't give back to the community. In the late 80's and with funding opportunities becoming harder to come by, the Flint IMA Foundation sold the Flint IMA Sports Arena to the city for $1 for back taxes owed. Through an agreement with the city, the Flint IMA Foundation continued to offer hockey programs at the arena, but at a higher cost. Instead of GFHA, it was now called Flint IMA youth hockey. The Flint IMA Spirits youth hockey program turned into the Flint IMA Sabres youth hockey program turned into the Flint IMA Generals youth hockey program and it continued at the Sports Arena throughout the 90's until 2008 when the Flint IMA discontinued offering youth hockey, as it became too expensive of a program for a foundation struggling for funding. In the 2008-09 season, the Greater Flint Hockey Association was resurrected to replace the Flint IMA program and we continued to operate out of the Sports Arena (now named Perani Arena and owned by an insurance company through foreclosure) until 2012 when arena management decided it would no longer allow our association to operate in its buildings (Perani Arena and Iceland Arenas) choosing instead to favor EMHA after we refused a forced merger in which GFHA would no longer exist and we'd become a part of EMHA. We opted to remain GFHA and as a result, we were forced to find a new home and as we exited, we were told to leave all of our equipment we had obtained over the years. With our equipment being taken from us by Perani Arena and searching for a new home, we agreed with Ice Mountain Arena to move there but soon after the agreement was made, Ice Mountain closed. It remained closed for two years and we remained without a home. Ice Mountain was recently sold and renamed Crystal Fieldhouse. They accepted us as their youth hockey association. We now have a new home with a grand opening day of September 7th, 2014, a day for us and Flint area youth hockey to have a new beginning.
I started playing hockey in the Greater Flint Hockey Association back in the 1970’s. I was lucky enough to be joined on my journey with friends and families that have become leaders in the game of hockey and beyond including Ron Rolston who has gone on to be head coach of the USA National Team Development Program, head coach of the Rochester Americans in the AHL and also head coach of the Buffalo Sabres. The Greater Flint Hockey Association is not just focused on creating good hockey players but also instilling values which create leaders in life and the community. I was also lucky enough to be on a team with my friend Mike Manley who is a active supporter of the Flint Community and also a top notch well known Flint Defense Attorney. All of my youth hockey was played in the GFHA.
I started coaching hockey in 2010 as an assistant coach with GFHA's USA Hockey ADM program which is a skills development program for players just starting in hockey. I was lucky enough to be joined by a great bunch of kids and parents that were there to help the kids develop skills that would help them both in hockey and life! This was the springboard to my coaching career as I found the experience very rewarding and have continued to coach.
In 2011, I was the head coach of a spring hockey team, Lakeland's “Orange Crush.” That fall I was the head coach of the Lakeland Eagles Squirt Team. Again, alongside a group of outstanding kids and parents, we were lucky enough to take that team to the district playoffs and took 2nd place in our Lakeland Shamrock House Tournament held annually at the rink.
In 2012-13, I was an assistant coach of Lakeland's spring team, the “Purple Pythons” Midgets and we were fortunate to come out on top in the standings. Spring is about skill development and extra ice time and fun. For sure that's what all the players had with that team.
2014 has great things in store, as the 50 year tradition of the Greater Flint Hockey Association is restored with our alliance with Crystal Fieldhouse in Burton. I look forward to continuing my coaching career with GFHA and build the next class of great players and promote values which create great young men and women through teaching and coaching hockey. I'm honored to be affiliated with the Greater Flint Hockey Association and look forward to seeing the program continue to gain popularity and assist in its rebirth.
I currently own and operate SEOConsultingPros.Com and work as a Google affiliate with my business. I take very serious the efforts of marketing GFHA to ensure that it continues to grow. Hockey's been very good to me and I'm looking forward to giving back to the sport that has given me so much and being a part of the Greater Flint Hockey Association!