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

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Irondale Youth Hockey Association

Board Meeting: Thursday, March 26, 2009 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):




With the end of the 2008-2009 hockey season comes an end to my involvement with the youth program – time sure does fly by. It doesn’t seem that long ago when we first signed up our sons to play with IYHA but the reality is ten years have gone by. I have spent many enjoyable hours at the rink – tying skates, making sure equipment was on properly and picking up the weebles as they bounced around the ice. This past season our sons were Bantams and thankfully they tie their own skates and don’t wobble quite as much!


My wife and I have gotten to know a lot of good people within the association and many friendships have developed through our involvement with the game of hockey.  I wish only the best for the IYHA going forward. If I may offer any advice, it would be to keep your options open, be receptive and listen to all opportunity’s that may present themselves.


To those past and present board members I have had the pleasure to serve with: thanks for all the time you have given to the association. To all the coaches who spend countless hours at the rink: thanks! To the team managers and treasurers, tournament committee group and all those who volunteer for the benefit of the association: thank you for all the hours spent promoting IYHA.


Finally to parents - thanks for making the commitment to allow your child to play the great game of hockey.




See you at the rink - again.




From Web Master (Torri Johnson):


Website News:


Survey - watch for the year-end survey to be available on the website soon.

Email opt-out feature - there is a new opt-out feature available on emails sent from the association through the website.  This will not affect event reminder emails

Sponsorship Report - the sponsorship report is updated through February and available in the Documents section.  Please share with your sponsors.

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April is our Annual Election Meeting.  Four volunteer board positions are available - President, Secretary, Initiation Coordinator and Registration Coordinator.  Please be thinking about your interest in these positions or someone else to be nominated.  Below are the candidates (listed alphabetically by position) as of this time. 



President – Kevin Bourassa:


My name is Kevin Bourassa.  I am running for President of Irondale Youth Hockey Association (IYHA).  I currently have two children playing hockey in IYHA.


I believe strongly in the MISSION of IYHA which is “provide an environment that is Positive, Fun, and Competitive.”  Every player is different and we need to give ALL the players the tools required to continue to succeed at every level.  The more players that we can give tools to the better we are as an association.  I believe that we have an outstanding group of players, coaches, and families within our association. 


I believe the only boundaries our players have is the boundaries that we put on them.  At the Initiation level we need to continue to make it fun and exciting, making them come back for more.  We need to continue to teach them the fundamentals of hockey.  As we move up in levels from 10U to 12U or Squirt to Pee Wee, whatever it may be.  We need to continue to nurture the fundamentals of hockey at a higher level. We need to not place boundaries on success, but give the players goals and expectations that are beyond their current skill set.  I believe the Players want to compete and by giving them the necessary tools, ie… skill development, team development, and coaching, we can COMPETE at every level.  If we are able to set expectations and goals beyond where they are currently at, our players will fear nothing and expect to be in regions, win regions, and win championships.


As a board, we need to have a common goal which should be for THE PLAYERS!  There needs to be differing ideas and opinions but the end result needs to be for the betterment of THE PLAYERS. As President, I would be committed to continuing the development of players, coaches and parents while raising expectations and challenging everyone at there own level.  Making the environment “Positive, Fun, and Competitive” will keep THE PLAYERS coming back.  Creating a culture and commitment to excellence will “insure the Irondale Hockey Community” for years to come.


Thank you for considering me for President of the Irondale Youth Hockey Association.



President – Paul Dulin:


Greetings to All,

My name is Paul Dulin and I am running for the President position of the Irondale Youth Hockey Association (IYHA).

I am married with 4 children. 3 of my children are involved in one degree or another with IYHA.
I was born and raised in Edina, MN where I played hockey under some of the greatest coaches around.  I continued my playing time in college and was fortunate to play some minor league (IHL) hockey. I have coached all levels of hockey from mites to high school and also reffed at a level 4.
I am currently a level 3 coach and have been coaching in IYHA for 4 years.
My family has been a strong supporter for this association. I'm proud that we have been a creative source behind breathing new life into the IYHA parade atmosphere which helped bring in a record number of initiation players this last year.
Also, I have taken part in everything from "Back to School Night, "Give Hockey a Try" Knight, "Welcome Knight at Moe's", to serving pancakes at the fund raising breakfast this past fall.
I want to see our association grow and thrive and to help guide IYHA in the direction of giving kids a great opportunity to learn the game that I cherish. I also want to see the players that we have continue to grow in this game and to not lose their passion for hockey.

I think I have a lot to offer this association.

Pass, Shoot, Score! Coach Paul Dulin




Secretary – Brent Eilefson:


First, I would like to resign from the Nominating Committee.  Please replace me with Phil Herbert if you need to.  He would love to volunteer for this position so that we follow our bylaws.


My statement of intent:


I would like to be considered for the IYHA Board position of Secretary.  As a former IYHA and collegiate player, IYHA coach for the past 8 years (doubling up the last 4 years), and with 2 current (and potentially 3 total) kids in the association, seeking a position on the Board would allow me to contribute to an association which has provided me so much benefit and pleasure.  In addition, IYHA is facing numerous challenges over the next several years and with my vested interests in the association and background in hockey, I believe that it is important to contribute a voice and vote to these important matters.  Thank you for considering my nomination.


Brent G. Eilefson




Initiation Coordinator – Nina Dojan:


My name is Nina Dojan and I am running for the position of Initiation coordinator. I have a son in the Mite program who was a second year skater this season. My husband Jon has been the Mini-Mite coach for the past two years, and I have been the team manager. Our family came into IYHA two years ago not knowing much about youth hockey. We've been learning as we go, just like any other family. We have developed close relationships with coaches and other families in the association and I would like to take the opportunity to serve them and the program. The future of this association lies with it's youngest players, our ability to attract them in greater numbers and retain them, and their families. As initiation coordinator it would be my mission to continue to building and strengthening the program from the ground up, for the kids and the future of IYHA.



Registration Coordinator – Beth Soberg:


My name is Beth Soberg and I am interested in the Registration Coordinator position. My family and I have been part of IYHA for the past 8 years (this season I had two Peewees). I have been team manager for the past 4 years (this year I was crazy enough to manage two teams!) and I think that my experience will be beneficial to the association.




Irondale’s A-Mites will be skating at the AA State Championship 3rd place game

on Saturday March 14th @4:00pm. 
They have tickets for sale and you will also be able to stay to watch

the CHAMPIONSHIP game at 7:00pm.
Please contact Kara Chamberlain if you are interested in purchasing tickets.

$15 Adult and $10 Child


From Equipment Manager (Tom Johnson):


There is some confusion about the goalie equipment form that I would like filled out.  I don't need any equipment back.  Lots of our goalies use it during spring and summer which is fine.  I simply want to get an accurate inventory. 

Thanks, Tom



From Boys Coordinator (Mark Rupp):


There will be a mandatory season ending coaches meeting for the boy’s coaches.  The date and time are still to be determined.  Thanks, Mark



From  District 1 Representative (Chris Drews):


Volunteers are still needed badly!!!


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 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:  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:



Bantam A:  **Response Fire Protection**, **WW Goetsch Assoc**, and **MN Conway Fire**

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 February  Meeting Minutes:


IYHA Meeting Board Meeting:  February 19, 2009.  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 6:36 p.m. by President Tom Lucarelli.


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


Board Members Absent:  Jeanne Falconer


Guests:  Paul Dulin, Mark Hentges, Rick LaPorte, Dale Aukee, Rich Sonterre and Tom Peterson


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


Old Business:


A.     Future of IYHA – Rick LaPorte, Dale Aukee and Rich Sonterre present – Tom L - nice job of putting the meeting together – Rick L - 39 present – meeting went well – very orderly – everyone had a chance to speak – a lot of good ideas presented.  Dale A – 1st main point parents want their kids to play with their friends – beginning of bylaws – we will be a competitive assn – playing with friends may not work with competitive assn – 2nd point IYHA is a strong assn – we are healthy – we are in a position of strength – 3rd point – cost – economic times are hard – we have done well with what we have but we can do that better too – full rostered teams will bring the cost down per player – that will make us more appetizing to other players and other assns,  Rich – thanks to the board for attending – he heard the friend thing too – AJ and Austin don’t get to play together – have made other friends – theme regarding competitive play – maybe don’t need an A team – need kids to play at level where they fit – Rudy comment – we need to be careful – per Rich we need to consider the possibilities - committee or board needs to take the next step – “should we knock on the door and ask?” – Board allow committee to approach another assn in the area to have a dialog.  Mark H – why wouldn’t we ask the question?  Bob – not a matter of don’t do it – just how should we do it and when and who. Per Tom L – not real strong sense in the meeting of those wanting to do it – coop would be more appealing than a merger.  Rick L – no ground swell of opinion because all theoretical – need to consider district 1 and school district issues.  Paul – would be prudent for the board to allow task force to become a committee and find out the interests of other assns – task force was told to hold town hall meeting and get the feelings of the membership.  Dale equated it to the marathon and the gun hasn’t even gone off yet – we have a long way to go – we don’t want to approach an assn with a strict guideline of what we want – number issues and levels of play are the key topics – we have experience sharing players with other assns – like SLP and IYHA girls.  Rich – approach MV – here is what we have done and why – would MV like to do the same thing and then come back together and then go from there – every partnership is different – this was realized after all of the different people the task force has talked to.  Bob - from an initiation level could we share practices/ice times and work together like SAYB – kids would play their friends – MV 140 in initiation and we have about 80.  Tom L will contact MV, SLP and Roseville.  Paul – allow committee to contact another assn?  This could be done after Tom makes a few phone calls – main issue – numbers of kids, levels of play.  Bob – school district and district 1 changes – s/b perhaps be MV but more leverage if talk to more assns.   Chris D moved that Tom L contact MV, SLP and Roseville – would you be interested – we have a task force already formed – concerned about numbers and levels of play.  Tom Johnson – seconded – all approved, motion carried.


B.     Volunteer Hours – Monica – making some progress thanks to Torri – 68 names that have done their 12 hours – need to communicate to members – 1st wave of checks being returned – volunteer hours need to be logged – Monica draft email – JMA send out tomorrow – all checks will be cashed on March 28th – email will be sent out tomorrow – send a report to Team Managers so they know who done and who not done – say something in email about if families don’t know how to do online that someone will do it for them.


New Business:    


a.     IYHA Banners – Jean - regardless what board decides Torri needs a check from Theresa, apparently per Jeanne F – her request was denied from LR to pay for these, agreed a couple months ago that it was a great idea – just need to finalize payment. Bob G motion that IYHA will pay for banners, seconded by Tom J – all approved, motion carried.  Money will be taken out of Misc Equipment Expense. 


b.     April Election, Nominating Committee and Board Member - election will be on the 15th – day before board meeting – Tax Day?  OK? Yes.  Make room or park reservation for election – Kara, Make room or park reservation for meet the candidates 1 to 7 days prior to 15th – Kara, Need a board member to be on nominating committee – should be an ongoing board member – Kara will be the board rep and Rick LaPorte will be on the nominating committee along with Tom Peterson – only need to do if more than one candidate.


c.     Protect the Net – Wild Tom – April 10thNashville game.  Still haven’t received check from Wild for program sales – Tom will follow up with Wild on this.


Board Roundtable:


President: Tom Lucarelli. – future of district 1 – still want “urban” hockey – Tom M – redistricting – some teams combining – Como and Johnson may combine – Mpls Park pushing to get out of D1 altogether – they want to play where there is more competition – maybe they should split back up again – Mpls Southwest and St Louis Park.  When will MN hockey make a recommendation?  It is in committee – plan to vote on it at fall meeting.  Bob - can assns provide input into this discussion?  Chris and Tom could relay thoughts to Tom M – add 2 districts and even things out – Chris – waivering process is on the table – where you go to school could impact where you play youth hockey.  Tom – some areas have a fear of playing in District 1 – where rinks are.  Executive committee reviewed family in need – 4 families wrote letters – they proposed $350 to each family – Theresa made a motion to give $350 to remaining 4 families who requested money and did not get Willard money – Chris D second, all approved – motion carried. Cheryl email regarding tournament - approximately $25,000 amount due IYHA – thanks to committee members!  


Vice President: Monica Crandall. – She has the check from Moes – 15% back when ate there in January - $350 to Theresa!


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. 


Go watch MV vs IHS girls play tomorrow night!


Treasurer: Theresa Spiering. – see handout.


Boys Program Coordinator: Mark Rupp. –Teams almost done – planning for next year – looking forward to planning numbers of teams – mandatory coaches meeting – summer hockey program with Jeff Martin to raise money for IYHA – bring up again soon – more details to follow.  See Mark’s notes below:


Post Season – If teams have not already started their post season, either District Playoffs or Festivals, they will be soon.  We wish them the best as they move on in this part their season.

2009-2010 Seasonal Planning – Within a couple of weeks, I will begin to start planning for the next season.  Many things become part of this process including a look back at our current season.  Among items that are part of my process going forward include a projection on teams for the following season. 

Coaches – We will be having a mandatory year end coaches meeting after the post season is completed.  My intent is to cover a very broad range of topics.  Topics will focus not only on the current season, but will branch out into ideas for the 2009-2010  season as well.   

Summer Knight Program – Last summer Jeff Martin and I explored the idea of a summer hockey program for our kids that may partially raise funds for IYHA.  Because of the timing of this discussion, we tabled it until spring.  I will be raising this possibility again to see if interest if there to run such a program, as well as make it viable.  More details coming in future months.


Girls Program Coordinator: Mike Nundahl. – meeting on Monday night for coaches for next year and get ideas together for next year.  Mark H – how communicated?  All girl’s coaches know about it and he will have Torri put it on the website.  Business card from Ceace Haagensen at Xcel Energy – she gave him 16 tickets to go watch girl’s HS tournament in March.


Initiation Program Coordinator: Bob Gabler. – Initiation fun day on February 28th – A mites will be at Como Jamoree – B mites doing both – final ice bill collection this month – A mites will be at the AA State Championship Third Place Game skating in between periods – and can stay for Championship game.


District Representative: Chris Drews. – see notes in Tom’s section – he sent out a breakdown of costs to be paid and by which level – District gave $1000 to disabled hockey to buy 2 sleds – another bill coming for the festivals – District 2 meeting last Sunday – similar concerns as us – draft of letter from Tom Mickus – all kids will get it at the Jamboree – Paul question on dates for district one tournaments – fighting penalties are way up this year.


Ice Commissioner:  Kara Chamberlain. – she got the ice schedule in for tryouts for next year and ice requests for next year – she was one of the earliest to get hers in – should know within a couple months.


Registration Coordinator:  Jeanne Falconer. – Not here and no report – see addendum.


Equipment Manager: Tom Johnson. – had a good season – no complaints – get together and reorganize stuff – new rental space – another $500 – when want jerseys back?  Should put something on the website – JERSEYS NEED TO BE WASHED before they are returned to managers.  Tom still needs to inventory goalie equipment – not done at clinics.


Standing Reports:


Player and Coach Development: Mark Rupp. – Jeff O will have a meeting in the coming weeks to plan for next year and wrap up this year.  Bob – would like to see a proposal for next year – the plan should be presented and if a change needs to be made it should be done or possibly cancelled if not needed so don’t need to discuss in January & February. See Mark’s notes below:


(Jeff Opperman, chair, Jeff Martin, Mike Nundahl, Mark Hentges, Mike Martinjako, Tadd Tuomie, Bob Gabler, and Mark Rupp)

Nothing new to report other than I am expecting the committee to evaluate where we were this past season and where we are headed into the future. 


Lake Region: Theresa Spiering. – Add something to website – MN legislatures – taxes are killing us – show up at the meetings – websites to go to and beat up legislatures.

Fundraising Committee:  Monica Crandall. – a lot of ideas – we need more formal process for how to operate – how get it thru the committee quickly – Paul question regarding team fundraisers vs assn fundraisers – need to renew members on committee – brought up last month or so ago?  Board should ID fundraisers for the year so others can move on and do other things during the year – Cookbooks fundraiser is being considered now – identify all of them ahead of time and announce them to members at registration.  Paul – the more red tape around things the harder it is to do – fundraising committee should be approached by all teams to get permission for what they want to do – lay out at the managers meeting next year.  Sponsorships – should be a separate group working - the fundraising committee is too busy.

Additional business: 


Dale – we should do a jamboree at the end of the year to celebrate what all the teams have done during the year – all the kids and coaches without the parents.  Bob – can it be done for this year?  Too late – do it next year.


Motion to adjourn meeting (BG) (CD); motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:27 p.m.


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