Promoting youth hockey in New Brighton, Mounds View, St. Anthony and Shoreview, MN
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Irondale Youth Hockey Association

Board Meeting: Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.

at the New Brighton Family Service Center, New Brighton, MN.

Address: IYHA, PO Box 120114, New Brighton, MN   55112 Website:

From President (Tom Lucarelli):

Hello - Well warm-ups and tryouts are complete and teams are hitting the ice.  Welcome back to players and parents that have been with IYHA and welcome to the families new to Knights Hockey this year.


It is the start of a long season and our players should strive to make improvements all season long.  Development comes at different times for each player.  Keep encouraging your son or daughter throughout the year.


Thanks to the coaches who have stepped up again this year.  Coaching requires a tremendous amount of commitment and dedication.  Also, thanks to the team treasurers and team managers.  We are the association and as such by volunteering help make IYHA function.


Another thanks goes out to the IYHA members who helped out with the recent pancake breakfast and equipment exchange at Moe’s. The next time you stop by Moe’s thank Darren for helping make the pancake breakfast a success.


See you at the rink!  Tom

From Boys Coordinator (Mark Rupp):

The boys’ tryout process is complete, and as you read this the warm ups will be complete as well.  I am excited to see how our evaluation process worked and how the teams are being formed.  I feel that we have some excellent coaches on board who should make a positive impact with our kids.  Last, but certainly not least is the fact that we were able to add another Squirt team this season for a total of three.  From an expectation of possibly fielding 2 teams, to fielding 3 teams is just awesome.  This third Squirt team is all set to play at the B level.

This year we will have additional competition as we head into a series of games with Districts 2 and 3.  Beside our normal District 1 games, our Bantam A/B teams and our Peewee A/B teams will play league games with District 2.  Likewise our Squirt A/B teams will play leagues games in both District 1 and District 3.  This should make for some exciting hockey.

From Initiation Coordinator (Bob Gabler):

The Mites are on the Ice – the season has begun.  Welcome to all returning and NEW families into the initiation program at IYHA.  This season has started on a great note with registration over 75 kids.  We will working in groups by age for the first few weeks and will then group the kids into levels that will allow them to focus on their skills development and most importantly HAVE FUN.  Look for a parents meeting later this month and email with location and time will be sent once the groups are established.


It is not too late to register.  If your child has a friend who would like to join please have them contact me or Jeanne F. to get registered.


All coaches will need to have their background check information submitted; their level 1 certification completed and have registered for USA Hockey in order to be on the ice.  If you have stated in interest in coaching and have questions please contact me ASAP at .


From Web Master (Torri Johnson):

As the season begins, here is a quick review of information that may help you and your team.


Rink locations:  The rinks we visit are listed in 3 places.  1)  The Area Rinks used in the schedule are located on the home page/left hand side.  You can sort them by city or by name.  You can print them and leave a copy in your car.  It makes a nice Christmas present for the grandparents so they can come to all your practices and games!  2)  A link to is in the Hockey Parents section across the top.  These are rinks in Minnesota and in some surrounding areas.  3) is in the Hockey Parents section across the top.  These are rinks across the county and in an easy to find format.


Pictures:  To see pictures click on them to make them a larger size.  To save a picture as your own, right mouse click and choose Save As.


Practice Using a Clock Just Like the Pros:  A simulator is on our website along with instructions so you can learn to run the clock for your team and for tournaments.  If you practice at home, it is not nearly as intimidating as learning “on the job”.  Go to the Hey Coach section on the left hand side of the home page.


From Vice President (Monica Crandall):

Hockey Season has begun!! Team Managers and Treasurers - there will be an informational meeting that will take place soon. The date, time and location have yet to be determined. Please watch your emails for that important date.


From District 1 Representative (Chris Drews): 

MN Hockey has a HEP essay contest "What Teamwork in Hockey Means to Me".


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 Jean Aukee and it will be mailed to you. Upcoming dates for 2007/2008 Board meetings are the

third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m.  Our meetings are held at the New Brighton Family Service Center.

Meetings will be:  November 20, December 18, January 15, February 19, March 26, April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16 and August 20.

NOTE: If you wish to be on the agenda for the meeting, please contact the IYHA President.

Lake Region Board Meetings:

Lake Region Hockey meetings are open meetings. Contact Theresa Spiering for dates and times of the next meetings.


Sponsors for teams are listed below. This part of the newsletter will continue throughout the rest of the IYHA season. Please notify Jean Aukee of any additions or corrections. (Please forward information about websites and addresses, etc.) Many thanks to our sponsors!

IYHA: **Lake Region Hockey Association**, **Moes**, **Champps**, **Meisters**, **Our Bar and Grill**, **Big 10 Tavern**, **Make It Big Photos** and ** Dave’s Sport Shop.

Team Sponsorships:




Pee Wee A: 

Pee Wee C: 

Squirt B:  


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 2007-2008



Tom Lucarelli



Vice President

Monica Crandall


763-234-9316 (c)



Theresa Spiering


763-780-4548 (h)



Jean Aukee


763-783-8561 (h)


Ice Commissioner

Jackie Rog


651-636-6978 (h)

Boys Program Coordinator

Mark Rupp


651-269-3027 (h & c)

Girls Program Coordinator

Mike Nundahl


651-633-8287 (h)

Initiation Coordinator

Bob Gabler


651-697-4708 (h)



Tom Johnson




Jeanne Falconer


763-458-5946 (cell)

651-486-1235 (w)

District Representative


Chris Drews


651-329-3124 (cell)

Non-Board Positions:

ACE Coordinator and Player Development Committee







Irondale Youth Hockey Association August Meeting Minutes:


IYHA Meeting Board Meeting:  September 18, 2008.  Note: These minutes have not been approved. They will be reviewed, corrected as needed, and approved at the next regular Board of Directors Meeting.


Called to order at 6:03 p.m. by President Tom Lucarelli.


Board Members Present:  Jean Aukee, Monica Crandall, Theresa Spiering, Jackie Rog, Chris Drews, Bob Gabler, Mike Nundahl, Tom Johnson, Mark Rupp and Jeanne Falconer


Board Members Absent:  None


Guests:  Rick LaPorte, Paul Dulin, Jeff Opperman, Mary Ann & Mark (LR), Dale Aukee, Rich Sonterre, Doug Loahr & Torri Johnson


Minutes:  Motion to accept board meeting minutes as presented (CD) (JF); all accepted; motion carried. 


Old Business: 

A.     Jackie – Learn to Skate Program Update – where are we at?  Bob – mite numbers are going well.  8 week program start of 2009 - $2400 is what will be needed – should be after the SSR tournament in January – remainder of money $1300 should go to Tom Johnson for equipment.  For the learn to skate program kids would need to register with MN hockey & depending on age may need to pay the $40 – these kids could then be added to the fall season of that year.


New Business:    

A.     Lake Region (LR) – Mary Ann and Mark – started in 1970’s before Irondale and Mounds View split – fundraising thru charitable gambling – associations split but kept LR together – Mark has been with LR for over 20 years as a volunteer – charitable gambling has changed a lot over the years – used to be $60,000 to $80,000 per year – last year one of lowest ever – due to non-smoking and change in attitude with respect to gambling – made investments last year to hopefully turn things around – thought of disbanding but their accountant told them to stick it out – 90 sites have been closed in MN – closed because associations were taking big salaries out of money made – LR is all volunteers except Mary Ann who is the fundraising manager and does get paid – went from 2 sites to 5 sites (3 new sites were opened in 4 months) – used to be 2 site managers and 7 employees – got rid of 2 site managers to help save money – LR is not pro Irondale or MV – pro youth hockey – Maple Grove site – had to leave 50% of proceeds there – that’s why L got rid of that site – 50,000 put in to try and improve things.  Tom L – how long take to get a return on that? Can’t really say – when games are bought need to pay tax on the highest possible return – previously just pull tabs – now meat raffles, bingo and a few other new events – please encourage our membership to patronize these sites.


a.     Questions for LR emailed in to IYHA secretary and asked at meeting - How many instances of theft or fraud have taken place at any of the pull tab sites in 2008?  None in 2008 – 2007 only 1 – none in the five years before that – all games are audited 3 times – keep all games for 3 years – they audit 40 games at a time.  Is it expected and tracked that any thefts are repaid?  Thefts are reported to the state – they determine if LR needs to be paid back – the one from 2007 for about $800 went thru as a reported loss.  How can we be assured as an association relying on the funding from Lake Region that any money stolen from pull tab operations are repaid?  N/A given other 2 answers

b.     Mark R - Does LR do background checks on employees?  LR has a form that is filled out by the employee and sent to State – LR doesn’t but the state might.

c.     Bob G – does LR ever get thanked for what they do?  LR kind of unknown.  Mark (LR) - Is there a way we could get IYHA volunteers to call bingo or sell pull tabs? – that would help keep costs down - seller job more involved than bingo – 5 times a week – 3 people for a few hours a week.  Mark also mentioned the Willard Fund scholarship program.  LR gave IYHA $4000 from last year and $4000 for this season so far – Gambling Control Board needs to know what we spend the money on so that’s why money goes directly to the SSR to pay ice bills.  Gambling Control Board also told LR (and others) they can’t do just gambling – they have to do something else.  That’s why they help out at the 2 SSR tournaments and why they charge the $5 dues per player.  Meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of the month – Moe’s or Big Ten – open to the public.


B.     Election Process – Chris Drews – he would like to see the election process changed to allow more people to vote – For example - set up a day and say polls are open from 5:00 to 9:00, maybe do it the day before a board meeting (like a Wednesday).  We need more input (votes, involvement) from more of the association.  There was an issue last year with times and an issue 2 years ago with absentee ballots.  Theresa asked if we could do the voting on-line.   Someone else mentioned the bylaws would need to change.  Chris needs to write up an amendment and present it to the board and then the board needs to approve it at the following meeting.  Mail out ballots?  Print out ballots off the website?  How track for correct people?  Chris will draft something for absentee ballots too but don’t want to make it too easy for people not to vote in person because will be very difficult to administer.   


C.    8:00ish – Make It Big Photos – Kevin Bourassa – did the individual and team photos for the association last year and would like to do it again.  Kevin handed out packets to the board members.  They are offering a new product this year called the Big Cling.  Last year he did the photos at the SSR before practices and he could do that again or he would be willing to do at a school.  He is donating his time again but asking this year for perhaps a 2 year commitment with donating 15% back to association.  If only commit to one year would be 10% discount.  His prices didn’t change from last year – they have ala carte in addition to packages.  Also Kevin took pictures at various games last season and put them on the website.  He did some sponsor things – coaches package – bag tag and team photo.  He talked about doing the trophy case photos.  Question asked if there were any complaints from last year.  Some thought the sports cards were too small – so they made them bigger and resent then out.  Yes, they can do the panoramic posters.    Motion made to accept the 2 year proposal made by Kevin for Make it Big Photos with the 15% discount – CD second, all approved – motion carried.


D.    NBFSC Room Reservation Dates – Jean Aukee – October and March will be on the 4th Thursday instead of 3rd – also we have the room reserved for a December meeting if we choose to have one.


E.     List of IYHA Documents – Jean Aukee – Jean has compiled a list of all IYHA documents listing who the “owner” is and who has them stored and how (hard copy vs electronic).  The list was passed around the meeting room for the board members to update and add to it.  Jean will update it and send it out.


F.     IYHA and United Way – Jeanne Falconer – anyone can signify on their United Way contributions to send the money to IYHA – do we want to announce this?  For example on a $10 donation – about $8.50 would come to us.  Should we send out a communication to the membership?


G.    Display Case at Super Rink – Mike Nundahl – ‘06 pictures still out there – Heidi (Mike’s wife) would be willing to update it – let her know if you have trophies or pictures to be included – Jackie said Barry will build another case next to the existing one – SSR said it would be OK – all Barry asks is for the glass to be paid for – Mike and Heidi will investigate the cost of the glass and report back next month.


H.    Sweatshirts – New Players – Mike Nundahl – last year in November they took orders for shirts with mites – some teams have moved to wind suits so he and Heidi would be willing to do this again for the whole association.  They would create one sweatshirt style for all and coordinate orders.  Bob will send a sample to board via email.


I.      What is the Future of Irondale Youth Hockey – Rick LaPorte – see handout – “I am asking the board to contact Mounds View High School and form a joint committee to, at minimum, investigate the pro and cons of a possible merger or partial co-op of teams and create a plan to make it happen.”  Rick is willing to step up and help with this process – he is not just dumping it on the board.  Per Chris D – some levels of DIST1 are going to be combined with DIST2 this season.  A lot of discussion ensued.  Bob made a motion that the board form a task force to explore the pros and cons of a possible merger or coop of IYHA with another association. This committee would not actually approach another association without board approval.  They would come up with a plan or strategy to present to the board.  Discussion - eventually would need LR, DIST1 and MN hockey approval.  The committee/task force should be 4 to 6 members (girls and boys programs should be represented) with a possible liaison from the board.  Tom L will informally approach MV president and inform them of our plans.  TS second – Jeanne opposed, all others approved, motion carried.  Bob G and Mike N will both help if needed.


Board Roundtable:

President: Tom Lucarelli. – Monica – thanks for doing the meeting last month, Chris – thanks for going to district meeting on Sunday night.  Warm-ups and tryouts are going on.  Bill for ad in Let’s Play Hockey for coaches was given to Theresa.


Vice President: Monica Crandall. – Let’s Try Hockey went really well.  The tournament committee has not met yet.  Chris has offered to do the raffle – do we need a one day or 3 day permit?  Will we be doing chuck a puck?  Calendar year permit – MV did last January’s SSR tournament raffle.  Should we raffle 2 large items?  4 wheeler again?  Number of tickets – cost of tickets?  This discussion should be handled by the tournament committee.


Secretary: Jean Aukee. – Reminder that input for the newsletter is due on the 1st of each month.  If you don’t have anything, please reply to Jean’s email saying that.  If you have a written report that can be emailed to Jean for the minutes, please do so.  Thanks.  Has anyone followed up on the new skaters list from Sunday’s event?  Bob said he would.


Treasurer: Theresa Spiering. – See handouts – budget and main checking reconciliation - LR Willard Fund – November 30th deadline for submissions – one time opportunity – If get Willard Fund, should they still be able to get IYHA money?  Donations revenue – Excel Energy ($250) and Medtronic ($500)?  Per Jeanne - Theresa should call John Dalnes about a donation he made – some money still left?  He may want to donate again.


Girls Program Coordinator: Mike Nundahl. – We have 12 players for 14U co-op with SLP. We need a few more girls & could have 2 -12U teams or we will have one large team. The District & Jackie want to know number of teams & levels to establish leagues/ice time. September 26th is the deadline to decide on teams. Warm-ups are going well. Recommendation for next year – need incentive to sign up early or charge a late fee for returning players that sign up after August; difficult to make decisions not knowing numbers.


Initiation Program Coordinator: Bob Gabler. – Let’s Try Hockey night was great – numbers looking better – 4 levels.  Coaches meeting completed.  Knows of a coaches wife interested in helping with marketing – will put in contact with Monica.  Ice schedule was sent by Jackie – a lot of Sunday mornings – Jackie will look in to this and see what she can do.  Mites ice starts on October 4th – how and when will be communicated?  Once ice times finalized Bob will communicate with Mite parents.


Boys Program Coordinator: Mark Rupp. – Only one coach has been named.  Coaches manual reviewed by several people – there are still a few final updates to be made – will be used by girls too – all coaches will get copy and be accountable – will be on website.  Mandatory coaches meeting coming up.  Levels of play – Bantams - 34 kids, Pee Wee - 45 kids, Squirts - 39 kids – may expand to 3 teams instead of just 2 – don’t know yet – Jackie needs to know asap for ice scheduling - waiting on scores from evaluators to decide – next Friday the 26th is the deadline to decide - that is the last tryout date.  Need to decide collectively with player development committee.  DVDs coming.  Thanks to the boy’s advisory group – Jeff Martin, Dan Marcoullier, Doug Loahr, Paul Dulin, Tommy Bastian and Tom Lucarelli (sub when Mark was out).  Mark’s meeting notes below:


Warm ups and tryouts - Warm up and try outs are well underway.  Things seem to be going very well.  Beside Jeff Martin on the ice, we have Tyler Fitzel as well.  We have received many positive comments from parents, coaches and evaluators.  

Coaches’ selection committee – The coach selection committee (Jeff Martin, Bob Reif, Tom Lucarelli, Mike Martinjako & I) have met several times & have finished interviewing all the individuals who expressed interest in becoming a Bantam level head coach.  The unanimous choice of the committee was Tyler Fitzel.  We have one more candidate to interview at the Pee Wee level, & then our group interview process should be complete.  Contrary to some rumors, Tyler is the only coach named at this point in time. 

Coaching Manual - The coaching manual is complete and has been reviewed by many folks.  A prototype is here if anyone would like to take a look at it.  Mike Nundahl and I have spoken and with a few minor modifications, he would like to use the manual for the girls program as well.  The manual will be printed and all coaches will be receiving a copy while being accountable to its contents.  Our intent is that it will eventually make its way to the website as well.

Coaches pre-season meeting -   We are planning to have a mandatory pre-season coaches meeting to get the season off to a good start.  Many topics will be talked will be on the table for discussion.  The location, date, and time have yet to be decided upon.

Boys Levels of play – We have talked about this at length, but an update along with registration numbers would seem to be helpful.  At the Bantam level we have 34 kids registered and are staying with A/C level teams.  The Pee Wee group has 45 kids registered and we will again stay with the A/B/C levels. The Squirts have 39 kids registered which are significantly higher than expected.  Initially we thought we would have a hard time filling teams at A/C levels.  We are now going to add another team so we have 3 Squirt teams.   I am not quite ready to commit to a specific level for this 3rd team.

USA hockey skills and drills DVD – The USA Hockey skills DVD have been ordered and I expect all 12 copies to be delivered sometime next week.  They will be used by each team in the boys and girls programs. 

Boys’ Advisory group – I want to publicly thank this group for putting yeoman work as we have prepared for this season.  (Jeff Martin, Dan Marcoullier, Doug Loahr, Paul Dulin, Tommy Bastian, and Tom Lucarelli when I was out of commission)  One reminder is that any item that comes before me concerning the boys program gets communicated to this group.  They are my eyes and ears and I reply on them a great deal.


District Representative: Chris Drews. – Chris was not at the meeting – he got a preliminary copy of the minutes.  Schedules – DIST3 – IYHA Bantams and Pee Wees will play?  Squirts will play what?  DIST2 does game schedules via computer program – parent code of conduct passed – we need to have them signed – just traveling teams – not initiation – Tom L has waivers – a few have been signed – some JR Gold players since we don’t have that level – constitutional bylaws modified – paid $282 of $500 on marketing – just submit the 2 hours of ice for Let’s Try Hockey event to use balance up – register in advance for CEP/HEP seminar.


Ice Commissioner: Jackie Rog.  – It has been an interesting month/week.  Ice is in for DIST2 for the boys that will be playing there – need to figure out when DIST3 will be scheduling games – knows what is going on with DIST1 – all ice is under review with comments from all the coordinators – will have more answers soon.  All will be starting on Oct 4th.

Registration Coordinator: Jeanne Falconer. –- Thanks to Monica for getting a volunteer to send out the flyers to the elementary schools – one problem with some old flyers from the parades distributed to a couple schools instead of the new one.  Need coaches registrations because they are on the ice now.  Players are on the ice that have not completed everything – at least 25.  We need to enforce this policy.  Jeanne will have all the details on who has an incomplete registration and will send emails daily up until Wednesday.  Then a list will be provided to the coordinators to enforce Wednesday night at the rink.  Manager and treasurer meetings need to occur quickly after teams are formed.  Maybe don’t give ice times until managers and treasurers have been determined.  Jeanne has 2 student coaches for Mike Nundahl.  Jeanne is going to be pursuing the credit card option.    

Equipment Manager: Tom Johnson. – We had a good sign up from Sunday’s event – Dave’s has been very nice!  We will put something on Website about new Dave’s location by SSR for drive up skate sharpening.  Socks and Initiation Program jerseys are done.  Dave’s is helping 26 families – 10 for the free equipment and 16 getting the $75 package.


Standing Reports:


Player and Coach Development: Mark Rupp.  – The committee recently met and they have Tadd’s contract to be signed.  Jeff Opperman spoke on behalf of the committee – he has been on the committee for last couple years – they have reviewed what happened last year – good and bad.  They have plans for the upcoming year – get with Jackie to plan ice – planning clinics – better sessions – how tailor from an educational standpoint – overall communication on what is going on – get goalies going earlier this year – outside vendors to help with goalies (need separate agreement for that since not by Tadd – 6 to 8 hours) – A and B mites do normal session and others special with Tadd – last year 56 hours with 11 teams – the year before was 88 hours – have the committee get together again with Jackie.  Do more committee meetings – monthly – review what is going on – communicate back to membership and board more frequently – talked about numbers of hours at each level - mites more at the end of the season and bantams and peewees more at beginning of season?  Contract is similar to last year with a few changes.  Do we need an ACE coordinator?  Yes.  Rick L said he would help with that if needed.  ACE – Association Coach Education.  Bob made a motion to approve Tadd’s contract, (MR) second – Jackie abstained, all others approved, motion carried.  Mark’s meeting notes below:


The members of the Player and coach development committee (Jeff Opperman, chair, Jeff Martin, Mike Nundahl, Mark Hentges, Mike Martinjako, Tadd Tuomie, Bob Gabler, and I) recently met to discuss many topics, but I will defer to Jeff Opperman the committee chair for specific comments.  I will however pass out the contract put together for Tadd for the 2008-09 season. 

Lake Region: Jeanne Falconer. – Details presented with Mark and Mary Ann’s presentation.

Fundraising Committee:  Monica Crandall. – Rich is working on some options – will meet soon – 5 members – there was no meeting on September 8th because not enough members.  Brief update on Moe’s Fundraiser.    

Additional business:  None


Motion to adjourn meeting (BG) (MN); motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 9:39 p.m.

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