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Notes from the President of the Board

President's Note 2021-22

With temperatures in the 90’s it’s hard for some of us to be thinking about ice hockey, but it’s not too early to start planning for the Helena Area Youth Hockey Association (HAYHA) 2021-2022 season.  Registration is open and the arena expects to have ice by early September, with first practices coming in the second week of October.

Both the arena and HAYHA currently intend to move ahead without last-year’s COVID restrictions, but will obviously follow any future modifications required to stay in compliance with County health policies.  We demonstrated last season that when we all pull together, we can have fun and successful hockey under the most trying circumstances.  Let’s build on that and make 2021-2022 the best season yet.

If you’re new to our program or just checking us out, HAYHA is a Montana non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to providing a safe and fun environment where kids from age five through high school can learn and grow in the game of hockey.  

HAYHA’s goal is to provide a quality youth hockey program where participants can acquire skills, learn teamwork, and have fun while interacting with appropriate adult role models in a safe and welcoming environment.  HAYHA also seeks to promote good sportsmanship, positive behavior, and a healthy lifelong lifestyle for all its participants.

Our numbers continue to increase year after year, and our programs include everything from beginner hockey beginning at age five, to a recreational house league for ages nine through high school, girls hockey development, goalie development, and competitive travel teams from age nine through high school. 

We always manage to put fun and competitive teams on the ice, but the overall success of our organization depends on the active participation of our member families as coaches and volunteers.  As you get involved in HAYHA, please reach out to your division representatives and/or team managers to see how you can help out throughout the season.

Please keep an eye on our website for announcements on policies and programs, and feel free to reach out to me or any member of your HAYHA Board of Directors with questions, comments or ideas on how to make our hockey program the best in the state. 

I’m certain we all share the same goals of providing a great athletic and character development experience for our young athletes, so let’s charge forward with those goals in mind and set the stage for a truly outstanding season.

Go Bighorns!

Darryl James, HAYHA President