Promoting youth hockey in New Brighton, Mounds View, St. Anthony and Shoreview, MN
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Irondale Youth Hockey Association
Annual Meeting and Elections Meeting:Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 6:30 p.m.
in the New Brighton Family Service Center, New Brighton, MN.
Address: IYHA, PO Box 120114, New Brighton, MN   55112 Web:
From the President, April 2006
            At next weeks Board Meeting we are scheduled to transition four new Board position members. The four persons completing their terms have all done a fabulous job on your behalf. My thanks go to Brian, Cheryl, Jeanne and Pat. I am happy that none of them will vanish from the scene completely, but will continue to be assets to the Association in other ways.
            A major project that stirred our attentions since November 15th was the discussions with TriCity Youth Hockey officials about the possible combining of our two organizations. TriCity was considering dissolving their Association and joining Irondale. Two issues became an increasing concern and eventually led TriCity to decide to stay an independent club for at least another season. The first issue was Irondale’s cornerstone stance that our Association needed to stay the “Irondale Knights” in alignment with the High School and the wishes of our membership. TriCity had hoped for a neutral identity and had shown some increasing uneasiness with it. That alone may not have been insurmountable since many other issues had found middle ground. In the end it was the uncertainty about the TriCity High School programs that put off any TriCity Youth actions. TriCity has decided to wait and see what direction the High School teams take.
            For Irondale, we move on and chart our own course. Our independent planning never stopped. Our Program Coordinators and a group of coaches had already made progress on a renewed player development program. Another topic is the Minnesota Hockey Redistricting plans. For a time we thought that Irondale would be changing our District of play for next season. The last word is that we will remain with TC District #1 for at least another season. Any proposed changes would be discussed at Minnesota Hockey meetings later this month but not voted on until summer and not enacted until the following season (2007-08). The other main initiative is to boost our Association’s ice time. Next season is not as far away as you might think.
Now get your taxes done.           
Jim Cich
Annual Meeting and Elections:
If you are unable to attend the meeting and wish to ask if you can vote in absentia, contact Jim Cich for information. You MUST contact him before the meeting. Please make sure you connect with him (that you receive a response / acknowledgement). Thank you.
Candidates for open positions of the Irondale Youth Hockey Association
Board of Directors are listed on the next page. If you have any questions, contact Jim Cich. The Candidates have provided information about themselves and this information is published as it was presented.
Vice President Candidate: Cheryl Mason
My name is Cheryl Mason and I am the current Initiation Coordinator. I volunteered to fill in the past two years of the three year position. I have two skaters in the program, a son in Squirts and daughter in Initiation.
I have spent the past two years working on improving communication with both parents and coaches. I have also worked to document the duties and responsibilities of this position. This documentation will be used to help future coordinators ‘hit the ground running’. It has been a pleasure to work with the great coaches and families. I’ve met and developed some wonderful friendships because of this opportunity. (continued)
There is a saying, it takes a village to raise a child, and I think it takes more than a hockey association board to run a hockey program. Parents and families want to help and be part of the volunteer effort, but many times they just don’t know what needs to be done. As Vice President, I would like to channel the efforts of the entire association to create a better, more effective program. To paraphrase Jim Cich, we need to create an atmosphere that invites and welcomes the support, assistance, and leadership from our entire association.
Thank you for your support and I look forward to serving in the next two years.
Treasurer Candidate: open.
Initiation Coordinator Candidate: Bob Gabler
My name is Bob Gabler. My wife Sarah and I live in New Brighton. We have three boys, two of which are currently in the initiation program, (mini mite and B mite); the third is not in skates - yet.   Our children have truly enjoyed the experience and friendships they have developed while in the initiation phase of the association.
I have a strong desire to work with the IYHA as the initiation coordinator and to continue to advance the great work of Cheryl Mason and other past coordinators. I have watched from the stands over the last few years and have witnessed the desire and drive that our children have to learn the game of hockey. I have also seen the great energy and experience that our volunteer coaches bring to the ice. I believe it is time to step up and help. The IYHA has great foundation to continue to strengthen the programs and I am very excited to help in this effort.
Thank you for your support in this opportunity.
Registration Coordinator Candidate: Jeanne Falconer
My name is Jeanne Falconer. I am the current Treasurer for the Irondale Youth Hockey Association Board of Directors. This will be my 15th year with IYHA and if elected, 4th year on the IYHA Board. I have served on the Board as Vice President and Treasurer. I have one son in hockey in IYHA. I am volunteering now because when I had 3 sons playing hockey at the same time, there was no time to volunteer.
From Brian Johnson, Vice President.
Another season is completed and time to wrap up! I hope everyone had a good season and I hope that every player enjoyed their team, developed their skills, and achieved their goals.
Managers. I want to express my thanks to all the Team Managers for this last year. Your hard work and dedication made your team successful. When you see any of the following good people, offer them your thanks as well: Deb Page, Jean Aukee, Beth Soberg, Annikka Erickson, Sue Sentieri, Mary Folska, Lynne Lark, Jackie Durheim, Tannie Eshenaur, Dale Aukee, Ricky Artz, Stephen Soberg, Mike Hokananen, Mike Nundahl, Bruce Mason, Roger Slipka, Walter Eshenaur, and Rich Sonterre.
Equipment Loaner Program. The ELP was successful in making some happy first year families. Like I have told many others, I paid a hefty amount for used equipment some 5 years ago when we were new to hockey. The goal of the ELP is to make our own low cost play-it-again. 
We need to keep the ELP going. Please consider 1) donating useable equipment, 2) donating money so we can give out mouth guards, sticks, or anything else we are short, and 3) donating storage containers, a storage spot, a bar coding system for tracking. Please bring donations to the April 20, 2006 board meeting: Donate and Vote! For those that received loaner equipment, please plan on returning at the meeting or contact me if you want to return it at a different time.
SRS Tournament. We (IYHA and MVYHA together) pulled off the best ever SRS this last season! We have an excellent opportunity to make this an even better tournament. Since the Junior Gold bracket was not filled for the January SRS, many possibilities exist for other teams. Now would be the time to get the girls back in! Now is the time to explore even bigger fundraising opportunities! Now is the time for those who want to become involved in our tournaments to step forward. We are planning to have one wrap-up meeting for last year and get started on next year. I know it seems too early for planning, but it is not. Financial commitments need board approval and with two boards involved, it takes time. Tournament folks, please step up!
Recruitment. I was disappointed to hear that the Tri-City opportunity is on hold. Recruitment is the key to growing our youth hockey program and we must make positive efforts to encourage participation in our sport. Pass on the word! Be prepared to say we have ways to offset costs. (When we were on spring break, we were recruited for youth football in casual conversation and even received a follow-up call about a week later!) Tri-City would have brought on about 120 players. If we are going to “recruit from within”, there is a lot of work to do!
Summer Parades. Last year, we had great fun converting a go-cart into a hockey puck! Everyone watching those parades read the words “Irondale Knights Youth Hockey” on it! Any other fun ideas for our parade entry?
IYHA Board. I want to express my thanks to my fellow Board members. Such outstanding dedication in providing a youth sport activity! Ultimately, IYHA is about youth and hockey –in that order! It is great to see parents at the board meetings. Your input is valuable!
Vice-President Term. My two year term is up. I have chosen not to run again. During my first year, I was away during the first part of the season due to a family situation up north. I know I did not fulfill the expectations and for that I am sorry. I am extremely grateful to those that stepped in and covered for me. 
This last year was much better, much more enjoyable, and much more profitable for IYHA! 
With a Bantam and a Squirt next year, I am sure I will see you at the rink!        
CEP Certification:
If you are planning on coaching for the upcoming season, remember to get your appropriate CEP certification. Contact the respective Program Coordinator if you have any questions:
TC District Requirements:
Need Level 3 for Junior Gold, Bantam, PeeWee, U16, U14, and U12
Need Level 2 for Squirt, U10
Need Level 1: Mite, U8
IYHA 20,000 Puck Club
IYHA is pleased to announce the start of a 20,000 Puck Club starting this spring and summer.  Players that shoot at least 20,000 pucks (10,000 for returning Initiation players) during the off-season from March until the end of August will receive a 20,000 Puck Club t-shirt next fall.  All you have to do is write down the number of pucks you shoot each day in the calendar provided, add up the total, have you and a parent or guardian sign the sheet and turn it in at registration next fall. 
The key to developing a good shot is to practice shooting.  Achieving the goal only takes shooting 160 pucks a day over the course of six months.  This only takes 10 minutes a day.  It is a small investment of your time to achieve big results.  Having a good shot does not take magic, it just takes practice.
 Have Fun!
Mark A Mohar, Boy’s Program Coordinator, Irondale Youth Hockey Association
(H) 651-639-1908                 Email:
From Lake Region Hockey Association—Scholarship opportunity:
Lake Region Hockey Association is again offering scholarships to graduating seniors that have played youth hockey in either IYHA or MVYHA.  While both Irondale and Mounds View have information on how to apply, this does not
limit attendance to those two schools.  Please see the counselors at one of these two schools for more information on how to apply.
IYHA Board Meetings are open meetings.
Please feel free to come to the meetings. If you wish to have a copy of any information which is distributed at any meeting, please email or call Niki and it will be mailed to you. Upcoming dates for 2005 Board meetings are the
third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Our meetings have at in the New Brighton Family Service Center.
2006: April 20 (Annual Meeting and Elections), May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21,
October 19, November 16, December 14 (December meeting week changed due to holiday).
NOTE: If you wish to be on the agenda for the meeting, please contact Jim Cich.
Lake Region Board Meetings:
Lake Region Hockey meetings are open meetings. Contact Jeanne Falconer for dates and times of the next meetings.
There have been several teams that have sponsors for their teams. These are listed below. This part of the newsletter will continue throughout the rest of the IYHA season. Please notify Niki Gjere of any additions or corrections. (Please forward information about websites and addresses, etc.) Many thanks to our sponsors!
IYHA: **Champp’s New Brighton**Culvers of St. Anthony**New Brighton Sportsmen’s Club**Lake Region Hockey Association**
**Minnesota Wild**Lady Slipper**Premier Banks**John Dalnes Masonry**Torri Johnson**
12U Maroon: **Real Estate Appraisals and Inspections, Inc.**FujiYa**
10U Gold:    **FujiYa**
Bantam A: **Applebee’s**
Pee Wee B: **Quality Post Service**Harold Johnson family (Grandfather of Rob Hunt)**
Squirt B:    **Midwest Motor Express**
Squirt C:  **Dave’s Sport Shop**Western Bank**
Once again, many, many thanks to our sponsors! Please support them!
When you see them, please tell them you are from Irondale Youth Hockey.
            Irondale Youth Hockey Association (IYHA) Board Members 2004-2005
Jim Cich
651-295-1078 (cell)
Vice President
Brian Johnson
Jeanne Falconer
763-458-5946 (cell)
651-486-1235 (w)
Niki Gjere
612-273-6439 (w)
651-270-8551 (cell)
612-527-7437 (pager)
Ice Commissioner
Renae Olesen
763-784-6864 (h)
Boys Program Coordinator
Mark Mohar
651-639-1908 (h)
Girls Program Coordinator
Chris Tahti
651-636-6152 (h)
Initiation Coordinator
Cheryl Mason
651-639-1543 (h)
Randy Bortot
763-784-9557 (h)
952-475-4045 (Work)
Pat O’Connor
651-636-1081 (h)
District Representative
Tom Welty
763-780-4865 (h)
612-508-4833 (cell)
Non-Board Position:
ACE Coordinator
John Donovan
651-786-5200ext2480 (w)
651-592-1187 (h)
Irondale Youth Hockey Association Board Meeting Minutes:
IYHA Board of Directors meeting March 16, 2006. Note: These minutes have not been approved. They will be reviewed, corrected as needed, and approved at the next regular Board of Directors Meeting.
Meeting called to order at 6:34 p.m. in the New Brighton Family Service Center.
Present:                 Mark Mohar, Renae Olesen, Pat O’Connor, Jim Cich, Niki Gjere, Tom Welty, Chris Tahti, Jeanne Falconer, Cheryl Mason.
Absent:                  Randy Bortot, Brian Johnson.
Guests:                  John Dalnes, Barry Rog, Mark Rupp, John Donovan, Al Morelli, Torri Johnson.
Agenda reviewed, accepted.
Meeting minutes reviewed. Correction: Tadd Tuomie stated TC District should schedule A Bantam games (Incorrectly printed as Tri City.) Motion to approve with that correction (TW) (PO), motion carried.
Old Business:
Elections: Jim Cich. At the last meeting we decided to allow people to send in email ballots if they give 7 days notice to Jim Cich. Additional discussion. We need to be able to verify the votes in some way. Have used the roster in the past to verify the members. Count by two or more people. Sealed envelope and not open until the election meeting. We have 5 weeks until election day. Will ask that absentee votes are sent to Jim Cich with AOL email address, he will print them off and bring them to the meeting.
Candidates: Jim Cich. We need to have call for candidates, Annual election, and deadlines. Jim will get that out tomorrow. Need Treasurer, Registration, Initiation Program Coordinator, and we have one candidate for Vice President. If interested contact Jim Cich.
Tri-City: Jim Cich. Emailed out information today to the Board members. Information is: process hasn’t been going as well lately. This week they had a Board meeting Monday. All along it has been stated it would be Irondale Knights. At their Board meeting, they wanted a neutral name, not Irondale Knights. We have been solid about the requirement with Irondale Knights. The issue had been in the past—the transitional board. Now with the name in question, then the transitional board may be a non-issue and we may cease discussions. Minnesota Hockey meetings are in April and the redistricting discussions will occur then. Mark heard Tuesday night that the Tri-City Boys High School is close to signing with Park Center.
Motion: to resolve the Tri-City discussions about merger before April 20, 2006, and the name of the Association and Teams would be Irondale Knights (CT) (PO). Discussion. Motion carried. No abstentions.
Guest: Ray Mularie. Would like to have a better understanding about the Association Tournament monies and distribution, and the Administrative costs. Discussion. In the past, revenues have been from pull-tabs, and this has gone to ice. Lake Region Hockey Association now writes checks directly to the rinks. There is a check from the tournament for $5500 and not sure how to distribute the funds. (Will keep this for the general fund for this year.) This year, the 12UA team received a statement of the costs. This is the first year he has received this kind of a statement. The tournament monies goes to the general fund which pays for mileage, development, goalie clinics, ice for that, warm-ups and tryouts (we typically don’t charge the full costs of warm-ups and try-outs), equipment, CEP for coaches, etc. Jeanne has been working to figure out how to do something to break out the income in a better way. How much do we need to have for startups? We need to figure out our costs this summer and set dates for warm ups and tryouts. That will assist us in knowing how much to charge at registration. Can we get bills in anticipation for the Super Rink costs? Then we may be able to get funds from Lake Region during the summer. We must put information in the newsletter about what is spent—big picture.
Bantam A: Jim Cich. Last month Sue Sentieri said there were a total of 5 hours of ice that were wasted because of game scheduling of 2 hours, instead of 1 ½ hours. (Ten games, 30 minutes of ice wasted each game.) How will we resolve this next year? Legally not supposed to practice after the game. This had been brought up to Ice Commissioner in the Fall, the ice wasn’t used and not clear if it could have been used with the other teams—to extend their practice, Board was notified last meeting. Motion: to reimburse the Bantam A team 50% of the lost ice time because of scheduling – a total of $300 (CM) (RO). Discussion. Motion carried, one opposed, 3 abstentions.
Discussion about outstanding late fee for John Donovan. John requests this issue be dropped.
Tri-City: Article I Section I: would speak to geography covered. The other area would be Section 2, Article 2—size of the Board of Directors. Much discussion. Not going to make motions to change by-laws at this time, will revisit in future meetings.
Upcoming extra meetings: Jim sent an email out about the potential extra board meeting (a week before election meeting and Annual meeting) --- let Jim know if you can or cannot make the meetings.
Board Roundtable (usual order of roundtable has been changed to allow reports that were not given at the last meeting due to time constraints):
Boys Program Coordinator: Mark Mohar. 38 Bantams, 37 PeeWees, 26 second year Squirts, will ask Cheryl for numbers of A Mites. Thank you to all coaches, managers, treasurers, player development that helped out through the year.
Girls Program Coordinator: Chris Tahti. Will have Coaches’ get together soon to plan for next year with numbers, etc. There is a group of parents and players that are interested in playing U14 this upcoming year. (Note: U14A play 1 ½ hour games as well.) The challenge is where the U14 girls will play—would like to have an Irondale team. However, is having discussions with other associations. Thank you to all coaches, managers, treasurers, player development that helped out through the year.
Discussion about Player Development: At the All Coaches’ meeting, there was a lot of discussion about needing a 5 year plan. Not sure what that means. The group wants to move forward knowing that the Board wants to move forward.
Motion: IYHA shall identify program / player development as a priority in the coming years. A committee shall be established to audit and evaluate the hockey programs, report its findings to the board within 90 days along with proposed solutions for betterment of the association and for the board’s approval. The proposed solutions should take the form of a five year plan of incremental steps which are to be taken to improve the effectiveness of our hockey programs. (CT) (MM). Discussion. Motion carried. Members of the hockey audit committee are: Mark Mohar, Chris Tahti, Initiation, Tadd Tuomie, Rick McKelvie, Jeff Opperman, Kip LaMotte, Mark Henges, Dan Marcouiller, and George Mohar.
Initiation program coordinator: Cheryl Mason. Need to get loaner program equipment back. Having a meeting with Initiation Coaches soon. Will work with Steve Kracht to finalize the Initiation Program manual. Will connect with person that has expressed interest in the IP Coordinator position.
Ice Commissioner: Renae Olesen. Final ice bill for Columbia given to Jean, this is a duplicate and has been paid. Rich Sonterre did some calling for ice—the Coliseum may be available for ice next year. There has not been full commitment for the ice at the new rinks at the Super Rink. Need to get going with these opportunities. Fogarty may be adding another sheet of ice. Discussion about MaxSolutions and using the program for Ice Scheduling. Program has been loaded onto Cheryl’s computer (Renae has a Mac and cannot load program). Cheryl is having difficulty working with program.
Registration Coordinator: Pat O’Connor. Need to set up registration for next year. Need to look at dates for next year. Sunny Square seemed to be a hard location—difficult to find? MEA is October 19th and 20th. Do try-outs a week earlier than last year. Pat will put together proposed dates and will bring to a meeting.
District Representative: Tom Welty. Now seems as though we are playing under TC District, which is called District 1. Complaints this year were related to a lack of leadership at the TC District level, so what will happen with us? We may not know until closer to April what will happen and where we will end up. Minnesota Hockey has made a committee and told them to get the redistricting done. But what are the proposals? Some proposals had us going west, or south and east of St. Paul, who knows now what is going to happen? TC is too small a District—need more associations in that District. But there is no belief that this will happen.
ACE Coordinator: John Donovan. HEP reports—last year they were completed by John, this year the coaches ran the tests. Mites-no HEP, Squirt A none, Squirt B got early and not late test scores, Squirt C-got early and late, PW A sent to John, PW B none, PW C got both test results. Girls program got all results in. Hurts what we are trying to do if we don’t get the test results. For the Girls’ Program—times were improving. The lower players improved significantly; the higher level was staying more flat. Do the higher level kids get pushed out of their comfort zone and are challenged? On the Boy’s side, the A is a little closer to an A team, their averages came down—fairly consistent throughout the team. The players were pushing each other to make each other better. We need to get the clinics set up to get all of the players together from a level—to do the overspeed and push. Right now we cannot do that because of how we structure the drills. Would have been helpful to have all of the tests completed; instead of just a part of the tests.
Lake Region: Jeanne Falconer. No meeting this month. Doing a Bingo event.
Treasurer: Jeanne Falconer. Audit will cost $2800 this year. Jeanne did the 1099’s herself. Taxes are done. We have filed with the state.
Motion to adjourn (NG) (TW), motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.