Promoting youth hockey in New Brighton, Mounds View, St. Anthony and Shoreview, MN

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Irondale Youth Hockey Association Board Meeting:
Thursday, December 18, 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):

Seasons Greetings,


While it looks like winter has arrived and with the colder temperatures the outdoor rinks will be ready for pick up games.


From all indications the Thanksgiving tournament was a success.  A big thanks goes out to Monica Crandall, Cheryl Mason, Tim Fredberg, Rich Sonterre and Angela Pfeifer for their many hours of hard work.  Also a big thanks to all of the IYHA volunteers and to our tournament co sponsors from Mounds View Youth Hockey for another well run event.  Remember our next tournament in January – let’s make that tourney a big success also.


Congratulations to the Irondale Peewee A team on being the Consolation Champs and to the Girls 12U for their second place finish in Hastings. Hopefully other IYHA teams will be able to follow in their footsteps and bring home some hardware in upcoming tournaments.


A final thanks to Kara Chamberlain for stepping up to be Ice Commissioner.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


See you at the rink - Tom


From Web Master (Torri Johnson):


Website News:


1) Pictures - we need pictures of your events.  Send them to and they will be loaded into the website for the association to see and for your team to see.  There are new picture features that allow higher resolution photographs and additional space for uploading.  Downloading pictures are easier than ever so your team can share.  We do not post first and last names of players nor do we post photos of players with full identification in accordance with the COPPA protection act of 1998.


2) Team Rosters and Documents - to see your team roster and to communicate with your team, go to your Team Page and click on Roster along the left hand side.  Scroll to the bottom of the screen and enter the email address and password you used for registration.  If you cannot remember or don't have a password, go to Edit My Account on the home page to get set up.  Another option is to email and you will get the information you need.


3) Volunteer Hours - don't forget to record your volunteer hours.  Use the online form under the Volunteer tab along the top of the home page.  Don't assume that because you are a coach or a board member or worked in a tournament that you don't have to document your hours.  Fill out the form, please.  It will ensure that you get your volunteer deposit returned to you and avoid hassles later in the season.


4) New!  Ice For Sale is now on the Master Schedule - All available ice through the rest of the year is now on the Master Schedule.  It is also listed in the Our Teams section.  Click on the House League and choose the Ice For Sale Team.  This will give you a listing of all available ice.  Contact the Ice Commissioner to reserve the ice.



From Heidi Dulin:

Thanks to everyone who went to Fuddrucker’s over Thanksgiving Weekend during the SuperRink Spectacular Tournament.  Fuddrucker’s is donating a portion of the sales from that weekend to IYHA and once the check is picked up, it will be presented to the IYHA Board.

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 2008/2009 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:  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**, **Big 10 Tavern**, **Make It Big Photos** and

**Dave’s Sport Shop**.

Team Sponsorships:




Pee Wee B:  **Jensen, Bell, Converse and Erickson, PA** , **Western Bank** and **Dr John Hollerud, MD of Fridley Children’s and Teen’s Medical Center**



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 2008-2009



Tom Lucarelli



Vice President

Monica Crandall


763-234-9316 (c)



Theresa Spiering


763-780-4548 (h)



Jean Aukee


763-783-8561 (h)


Ice Commissioner

Kara Chamberlain


763-786-1978 (H)

763-639-0847 (C)

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


Mark Rupp



651-269-3027 (h & c)


Irondale Youth Hockey Association November Meeting Minutes:


IYHA Meeting Board Meeting:  November 20, 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 6:32 p.m. by President Tom Lucarelli.


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


Board Members Absent:  None


Guests:  Tim Fredberg, Torri Johnson, Kara Chamberlain, Rick LaPorte and Ashley Crandall

Minutes:  Jean made correction to minutes per Barb Larson.  Bloomington Jefferson should be Bloomington Kennedy. 


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


Old Business:


A.     Election Process – Chris Drews – tabled last month - just needs to be voted on – recap – Chris needs to update and we will vote it in next month.


B.     Future of IYHA – Rick LaPorte – handout – Rich and Dale could not attend due to other commitments – both Dale and Rick each met with other associations to gather information – ask Rick if you have questions or want to see more detail – walked thru slides in hand out and discussed – Bob comment – question on transferring out if grade level not offered – Bob question on losing identity and losing kids because of that – Jeanne – can’t compare to SAYB – not the same because different sport – possibility of District 1 folding next year – Bob – how does graduated merge work?  Define it however we want to – listed examples of recent mergers – Bob – do the kids have an opportunity to tryout in the new world? – don’t have to try out – Tom J – so many assns getting smaller is that why they are merging?  Trend in competitiveness with A teams – in our SSR Thanksgiving tournament last year our teams were 1 and 14 (wins and losses) – Mark R question – tryout for A team – don’t make it – go somewhere else and tryout as A team?  Rick can find out these kinds of answers and we can define some things how we want them to work – add to bylaws of newly created organization – Bob question – is the task force going further or faster than the board wants?  No, per a lot of the members – purely fact finding and being thorough – Rick needs board to tell him where to go from here – important pieces of information – Dave Margeneau (Minnesota Hockey Maroon District Director –  we are in the Maroon District) and Derek Olson – President of the Armstrong/Cooper association - District 1 possibly going away – restructure MN Hockey – will be voting on it very soon – you need to get out in front of this -  Bob question to Chris – what hearing at the district level – MN hockey says there will always be St Paul and Mpls hockey but it may change – District 10 has 21 assns – we went to DIST 1 because members wouldn’t let go of A teams – Derek O questions and answers in writing could be sent to the board – Bob – how do we get all members to vote on what happens?  Chris - video tape a Q & A and share with membership?  Rick – can’t present too many choices – need to lay out a plan and propose it to the assn – what if no one interested in merging? – talk with MV or SLP – have a cup of coffee – even an option?  Tom – put something on the website and gauge the interest of the membership – or this could be done via a membership meeting – we need to be proactive – Poll the membership – are you in favor of partnering with another assn in some fashion?  Bob – IYHA identity?  Tom L did contact MV – they said let’s look into it – we formed a task force and did information gathering – suggest them to the same – MV said they would do that –Tom needs to follow up with them.  Per Tim F – the coaches of IHS and MV boy’s hockey have talked too.  Athletic Director’s have probably talked too.  Tom L – thanks to the task force for doing what you have done so far – greatly appreciated.  Bob – have an at large meeting to discuss after the holidays – do before the January meeting – need to add a vote to get people to come – all in favor vs all opposed – meeting will need to be called a partnership – bring in speaker – Dave?  Tom M? – Chris will invite - Bob made a motion to have a meeting of the membership at large prior to the January board meeting to discuss partnership concept (MR second) all in favor, none opposed – motion carried.  Meeting not considered “special” therefore doesn’t need to be communicated per bylaws – no business will be conducted.


New Business:    


a.     IYHA Handbook – board approval/post on website – Bob and Mark want to review the final version – Jean will send to the board – all will review so can approve at the next meeting – Jean will remove the specific contact information and reference the newsletter and the website.

b.     Ice Commissioner – open position – Kara Chamberlain.  Tom – thanks to all 4 that showed interest.  Kara was the only one who said she really wanted to do it – Kara has a 3rd grader who has been in the program for 4 years and a 5 year old who started this year – done with PTA and ready for another position – Bob motion to approve Kara as new ice commissioner for remaining term – CD second,h all approved - motion carried.  Jackie and Torri can help Kara get trained in.  Thank you Kara.

c.     Website Info – Torri Johnson – coaches manual (60 mg) too big to upload to website (only allows 50 mg) – need in word documents from Mark so she can chunk it up – send to her via flash card

d.    Outstanding Registration/Team Books Issues – Jeanne Falconer – what do with people who still haven’t paid registration or not paid volunteer deposit (4)?  Jeanne will email families and cc coordinators (and cc Theresa so she can compare to her records) so they can enforce this.  Theresa has 3 bounced checks too.  Bob suggestion for payment plans for families in need – Willard Fund requests need to be in by November 30th to Theresa.  


Board Roundtable:


President: Tom Lucarelli. – received email today from MN WILD – sell programs on December 3rd Treasure Island will add a matching $1000 this year – Jean will communicate to membership and coordinate – Tom L send email to Jean with details.  Sports Fresh – Maple Grove – equipment cleaned -$5 kicked back to assn if people do it – one day turnaround – Torri will put on website.  Per Monica – they are trying to get this company at the SSR tournament too.  U of M – doctoral thesis – bone density – compare athletes to non athletes – interested in hockey and soccer players – will pay $20 to any kid that wants to do it – Torri will put on website and Tom will send email to her.  Mark Hentges did it with his kids.  Tom has gambling certificate for Chris and receipt for meeting held here at NBFSC.  Ice purchases coming up to work on with Kara – Tom sent contracts for tax exempt from rinks to Theresa –  Torri will resend if Theresa doesn’t have.  SSR showcase no longer happening.


Vice President: Monica Crandall. – couple of receipts for Theresa – tournament coming along for Thanksgiving.  All the brackets are full for the boys – still room for girl’s teams – maybe offer half price to encourage participation – do round robin as an option?


Secretary: Jean Aukee. – updated the group about the comment above for last month’s minutes. 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. 


Treasurer: Theresa Spiering. – see handouts – LR paid $14,000 and another $2000 coming next week.  Theresa doesn’t know what to do with ice bills – no contract or bill for SSR – has paid them some money – Coliseum and Ramsey County are paid up – Theresa should just send out a billing to the teams so we get some money coming in – how does Theresa know ice times by month?  Tom and Torri talked about it – look at website to see what ice is scheduled and charge an average price per hour.  Torri can provide details from website for ice – how much ice used by each team in November – October ice costs were included in registration fees – average cost per hour of ice is $165?  Met with MAP people – going well – guy is not an accountant – her sister is an accountant – she and Theresa are setting something up for him to review – missing information is now being dealt with – may need to file amended returns – thanks to Theresa’s sister for helping her with the books.  Premier Bank – Jean needs to go in and sign.  Theresa wants emails from coordinators telling her what should be refunded in rare cases.


Boys Program Coordinator: Mark Rupp. – see Mark’s notes below:


Teams - Teams are their practices are well underway.   So far our teams have been pretty competitive against various games played to date.  We did lose one player to the girls’ varsity team at the PWA level.  Her spot was taken with a player moved from the PWB squad.  The PWC squad moved a player to the PWB squad.  Because of the small numbers on each team, these moves were quite difficult to accomplish.  Overall, I am encouraged by where our kids are headed this season.

Coaches meetings -   Two meetings were held, October 25th, and October 29th.  Coaches were strongly encouraged to attend on one of those two dates.  Between the two dates, we had very good attendance from both the girls and boys side.  Good topics were covered, and it was good to have both groups of coaches together.  


Girls Program Coordinator: Mike Nundahl. – U14 games are scheduled – U12’s already played a couple games – U10 had a jamboree up at Breezy Point – U8’s – we need to recruit more young girls.


Initiation Program Coordinator: Bob Gabler. – two kids quit.  Game scheduling should be done.  Emailed Jeff Martin regarding HS kids helping volunteer with mites (6 hours) - maybe the Blue Line Club or IYHA would pay this?  Not a real student coach – more of a guest coach – Jeanne will research & get back to Bob.  Initiation kids need 20 black pucks – Mark has some so Tom doesn’t need to get any. January 27th is youth hockey night at the boy’s HS game (usually the C mites – maybe other kids could go out and do it.)


District Representative: Chris Drews. – played secretary at the last meeting – changed link to new District 1 website – – IYHA got recognized as being the only assn with books ready on time – not reimbursed from Brenda Lacy – for flyers - $500 marketing money – give receipts to Chris – if anyone has games with Edison their C teams folded – Bantam, Pee Wee and Squirts (only Pee Wee and Squirts impact us) – Edgecombe Green Pee Wee C folded – January 18th – Shoreview and February 18 – Edison.  Dist 1 game – Dist 1 rules, Dist 2 game – Dist 2 rules.  Kids with 1994 birthdates need to go to MN hockey for select 15s – Jean give to Tyler Fitzel.  See actual minutes below:


11/10/08 District 1

Call to order 7:04pm  T. Burke


-          Move to approve minutes: Steve (Edgcumbe), Jeff (Como)

-          President Report

1.     Coach/man meeting     District Hockey Organization      Direct address is

2.     Report scores:  Tom will update an email & minutes on website.  Brian Lacey keeping scores moved edge, highland

VP- Absent

Treasurer- Absent

District Director

1.     Registration Saturday 1st   Roster verification    Irondale only to show up.  Great job Jeanne F.

2.     Budget

3.     Anyone who has Edison Bantam C, PeeWee C, Squirt C folded     Losing Edgcumbe Green PeeWee C 

4.      All rescheduled will be charged from tonight on.

5.     Corporate sponsor Kemps- 5cents for every gallon purchased in specially marked 94oz jugs w/Wild emblem

6.     New committee recruit retention  each district must supply a member     Sunday, Dec. 14th in St. Cloud Kelly Inn 11:00 want DI rep submit name to Dave Marg.

7.     Dave M. suggests setting up recruit committee for each association  Mileage reimbursed        Brenda Lacey Address:  1085 Wildhurst Trail Mound, MN  55364

8.     Christmas Dinner   December 8th  Moe’s  6:30pm  Motion Edgcumbe, 2nd Como

VP- No

Joe- Tournament Director

1.     Thanksgiving Cup

2.     Richfield this weekend- Nov. 14-16

3.     Contacts for tournament

Edge, Como

                Ref in Chief- Dennis- Good

1.     District 3 rules for D3 games

2.     D1= D1 rules

3.     D2= D2 rules

Move edgcumbe, 2nd como

                Justin- Adv 15

1.     Give forms to Reps

2.     Highest Bantam level   Fill out names pos. – phone numbers, full address  Comments

3.     All eligible from Birth Year 1994

4.     Format last year 4on4 w/8 person team around spring break & High School kids eligible

5.     Produced 7 kids to St. Cloud

6.     Helmet rule still in effect

Move    Edge, Como

                Ace Coordinator

1.     Hep Essay       “What teamwork & hockey means here”

Dec. 1st     Return to link on MN Hockey

                                Attn: HEP Essay contest

                                Executive Director

                                Minnesota Hockey

                                317 Washington Street

                                St. Paul, MN 55102-1609

2.     ACE Coordinators: each association needs to have one NOW!!!

3.     Order forms for HEP material      Langford, Highland submitted

Move: Steve, Edge, Como

                Squirt- Absent

                Mite- Mite schedule Nov. 20th Highland Arena 7:00pm

                                U8 scheduling Nov. 12th

                                Invoice for bumpers at O.J.

                                New rules for Mites

                                                Move: Edge, Como

                Old Business

1.     Scrimmage/Games move to approve – Newt, Jeff- Como (See#1)   Motion carried unanimously

2.     Modify bylaws Article IV Section III – Move: Chris, Jeff -Como (See #2)    Motion carried unanimously

New Business

1.     Edgcumbe – Unable to schedule scrimmage/games


1.     Next Meeting Dec. 8th meet Moe’s MoundsView

Move: 8:23   Steve, Jeff


Ice Commissioner:  Kara Chamberlain. – Update all documents (newsletter and agenda) and website with her name and numbers  - Torri or Jeanne gave Kara the CD & book for ice scheduling – Kara thank you to us – set up time to meet - 3 coordinators, Torri and her sometime before Thanksgiving.


Registration Coordinator:  Jeanne Falconer. – Bob – need list of teams and coaches – will get to her this weekend – still need student coaches information – numbers up – 248 (website) and 250 (registered) depending if website numbers vs registration numbers – we are getting close to having credit cards up and running.


Equipment Manager: Tom Johnson. – coordinators if need jackets let Tom know so they can be ordered all at once – question regarding SSR 4 – little lockers – suggested to have pucks and pugi pucks in one of those lockers to use them there?  Who owns the lockers?  Give head coaches combinations so they could use the equipment if they don’t have or forget theirs – a lot of teams buy little wooden balls for each team – should the assn buy those?  Let teams keep buying them.


Standing Reports:


Player and Coach Development: Mark Rupp. – passed out Jeff’s handouts - per Mike – skills schedule hasn’t been updated yet.  See Mark’s notes below:


The Player and Coach Development Committee (Jeff Opperman, chair, Jeff Martin, Mike Nundahl, Mark Hentges, Mike Martinjako, Tadd Tuomie, Bob Gabler, and I) met on November 17th to discuss our current progress.  I have the notes from the Chair, but was not in attendance.    According to the notes, the clinics have been well attended by teams, we have had 19 hours of ice through November 19th, coach participation varies at each level, and finally for future schedule the need arises to watch the combinations of more than one level on the ice.  According to Jeff Opperman, an action point was getting the clinic documentation earlier in order to ensure it gets posted.  He is working with Tadd to get this accomplished in a more timely fashion.  Anything from anyone else who attended the meeting?

Lake Region: Theresa Spiering. – LR thanks Chris for holding December meeting at Moes – Jeanne update instead of Theresa – had an IYHA member of LR resign – Jeanne has been filling in for other members – Chris moves to keep Jeanne in LR – BG second all approved motion carried – site updates - Meisters is down but all others are up – another $2000 should be coming within next couple weeks – state still needs to lower taxes on pull tabs.

Fundraising Committee:  Monica Crandall.   the committee will have a table at the SSR tournament with the calendars – 400 ordered – on board with Fuddruckers fundraiser – Polly Hanson fundraiser update – Monica will get back to board and Polly.

Tom signed and made copy of SSR contract – gave to Jean to file.

Not paid players need to be told pay up or will be off the ice as of December 15th

Additional business:  None


Motion to adjourn meeting (BG) (CD); motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 9:19 p.m.

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