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Notes from the President of the Board

President's Note 2020-21

On behalf of the Helena Area Youth Hockey Association (HAYHA), I would like to welcome you to the 2020-21 Hockey Season. HAYHA is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to improving and expanding hockey in Helena and the surrounding communities. This year we have many challenges ahead of us as we confront the COVID-19 pandemic. In late spring, HAYHA formed a COVID-19 subcommittee and has been working closely with the Helena Ice Arena and the Montana Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) to develop a plan of operations for conducting youth hockey practices and games. Our HAYHA subcommittee has also consulted with local and statewide health officials and we hope to soon gain approval of our COVID-19 plan of operations. Health directives change frequently and we all need to do our part to keep our rink and our youth hockey program operating this season.  Learn more about our programs.

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 lifestyle for all its participants.

As with every year, the success of our organization will depend greatly upon the participation of our member families, so please ask questions and find out how you can help. This year, more than ever, we will need an active group of volunteers.

Our organization continues to grow and this past year our membership included approximately 250 skaters and their families. Last season we began a successful girls’ program and also sponsored a special goalie training program. This season we have expanded our house program to include bantam and high school age groups and also hope to roster varsity and junior varsity teams at the high school level.

Please use our website for more information concerning our policies and programs. I also encourage you to contact your age-division representatives and team managers for additional information throughout the hockey season, including how you can volunteer to make our program even better.

Finally, and on behalf of the HAYHA Board of Directors, I wish players, coaches, parents, families, and all our volunteers a healthy and happy 2020-2021 season.

Best Regards,

Kurt Moser, HAYHA President