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Notes from the President of the Board

President's Notes 2018-19


On behalf of the Helena Area Youth Hockey Association (HAYHA), I would like to welcome you to the 2018-19 Hockey Season. HAYHA is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to improving and expanding hockey in Helena and the surrounding communities. Our 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.
Because of increased community demand for hockey, HAYHA will also offer a house league option for the 2018-19 season.  The house league option will be available for youth in the 10U (Squirt) & 12U (Pee Wee) age groups.  As our program continues to grow, the house league may be expanded to include older age groups in future years.  HAYHA is also strongly considering rostering a 16U team this year to provide increased playing opportunities for our older age group players. These positive changes would not have been possible without the past volunteer efforts of our HAYHA families and coaches, the continued support of our community, and the Helena Ice Arena.
Our website has been improved and updated this season, so please use the website to find important information, and to answer any questions you may have about the organization or its policies. I also encourage you to contact your age-division representatives and team managers for additional information throughout the hockey season.
Finally, and on behalf of the HAYHA Board of Directors, I wish all players, coaches, parents, families, and our volunteers a happy and successful 2018-2019 season . . . and Go Bighorns!
Best Regards,
Kurt Moser, HAYHA President

President's Notes 2017-18


Welcome to the Helena Area Youth Hockey Association (HAYHA) website.  Use this site to keep up to date on all activities for the 2017-2018 youth hockey season in Helena.  HAYHA is a volunteer organization dedicated to serving Helena area youth by providing opportunities to play and enjoy the great sport of ice hockey.  Our mission is to promote good sportsmanship, positive behavior, and a healthy lifestyle for all participants in the HAYHA program.  On behalf of the HAYHA Board of Directors we welcome you to the organization and wish all players, coaches, parents, families, and our volunteers a happy and successful 2017-2018 season.  See you at the rink! 

HAYHA is pleased to announce that Bob Richards has agreed to serve as Coach-in-Chief for the 2017-2018 season.  Bob was selected from applicants for the position created by the HAYHA Board in the spring of 2017.  As the HAYHA CIC Bob will assist the Board with coaching recruitment and selection, player development programs, team tryout and selection, practice planning and oversight, program quality and performance evaluations, and serve as an advisor to the HAYHA Board on USA Hockey ADM program implementation.  HAYHA is excited to have Bob serve as CIC for the organization in addition to his duties as Head Coach of the Helena Bighorns Junior Team.  Please welcome Bob to the HAYHA family and thank him for his commitment to Helena youth hockey! 

John Bloomquist, HAYHA President