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

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From President Kevin Bourassa:




The summer is flying by.  Where has the offseason gone?


I am still really excited about the opportunities before us.  I truly believe we are an association of opportunity.  I think we will be giving players an opportunity to COMPETE and PLAY with their best friends and create a lifelong love of the game.  We are currently taking applications for coaches, and the parade season is heating up.  We will have a booth at all three local festivals selling cookbooks and t-shirts, as well as having a puck shooting range.  We have the pancake breakfast/ equipment swap/ 5K Knights Trail run coming up as well.  What a great way to show off our association to the community. 


The opportunity does not stop with the players.  There is opportunity for everyone to be involved.  From coaches, to managers, to treasurers, to volunteers--the opportunities to get involved and share the experience with your child are endless.  We ask that you really look at where you can help us as an association and dig in.  A couple of hours from everyone within the association will really go a long way.


We have a Director of Player and Coach Development on board.  His name is Rick McKelvie and you will all meet him shortly.  You talk about having a legacy contact.  Rick was one of the initial Irondale members that started Irondale Youth Hockey.


There have been a lot of changes and new people and so far it has been a fantastic experience.  I do not see it changing over the years.  We need to continue to recruit and retain players.  Everyone can help.  There are plenty of players that pick up the game at later ages and flourish, have success and simply love the sport.  Continue to ask friends, and friends of friends, to come out and we as an association will do everything in our power to provide them with a very fun and meaningful experience.


Remember to tell the players that we are the Irondale Knights and that we CAN compete and we WILL compete, and we will have a great time doing it.  Nothing better to see kids come off the ice after a hard fought game with a smile on their face knowing they COMPETED.


Make sure to check out for any updates and opportunities to help out.


LASTLY, the parades are upon us.  Please try to get every skater out there rollerblading or walking in the new T-shirt or Jersey and have some fun with old friends in at least one of the parades or all three.  There is strength in numbers.


Thank You,


Kevin Bourassa

IYHA President




Association News and Notes


IYHA has a new look!  Check out IYHA’s website to see our new brand.  Nina Dojan, with the assistance of several additional IYHA members, developed the new brand in an effort to modernize the look of our logo, and bring it more closely in line with the IHS logo that appears on the high school jerseys.  Dave’s and Lettermen are aware of the new logo, and all future apparel orders should standardize on this logo.  Not only will the new logo provide IYHA with a brand to “sell,” there should also be less need to purchase new apparel each season as we strive for a common look.




Just a reminder that IYHA reimburses 50% of  your cost for summer training.  The max reimbursement is $250.  Please submit receipts to Dan Marcouiller or Mike Nundahl for approval.  Please take advantage of this IYHA benefit to improve your game in the  off-season.



All those interested in coaching (Head or Asst.) at the Boys Traveling level please indicate your interest to Dan Marcouiller by filling out the online form at or by using the link below.  The coach selection process will be completed by August 28th.  If you have any questions, please contact Dan at .




From Initiation Coordinator:


Two recruiting events have been scheduled to attract new players to our association at all levels:  “Learn to Skate” and “Come Skate With Us.”  These events have been successful in bringing in new IYHA skaters and volunteer assistance will be needed.  Please note the following dates and times (both events to be held at the SuperRink): 


August 29 @ 12:50,

September 12 @ 9:40am, and

October 10 @ 3:10.




From Annikka Erickson Strong:   




Please see the IYHA website for information regarding a benefit that is being held for Mike Rundle.  Mike Rundle has melanoma and is receiving extensive treatment to fight the disease.  We are trying to raise money to help him with the medical costs and loss of time at work.                                             


Mike Rundle skated for IYHA from Initiation through Bantams.  He also played on the Irondale High School Hockey team.  He was an assistant coach for the Bantam level for several years.  His parents Gary and Cindy Rundle were on the IYHA board for many years.  Gary was equipment manager and Cindy was treasurer.  Mike's sisters, Mindy and Kelsey also skated with IYHA.  The family has given so much to the association!                                                                          

We are also looking for donations to the silent auction.  The benefit is being held at Moe's on Sunday, August 9th from 4-8pm.  It is a spaghetti dinner and silent auction.                                           


I hope the hockey families can give back to a young man that has been a part of the association for so long!   


Thank you,                                                           

Annikka Erickson Strong                                               



Website News 


From Torri Johnson: 


Registration:  Online registration is the preferred method to register and will be available on the website starting early-mid August.  Credit Card payments will be accepted!  This year, you will be required to enter your USA Hockey Confirmation number as part of your IYHA registration.  You can get prepared for this by registering now for USA/MN hockey ($40 fee-same as last year). Anyone born in 2003 or after still has to register with USA/MN hockey but does not have to pay the $40 registration fee. A link to USA/MN registration is on the right hand side of the home page.  Additional information is available along the left hand side of the home page.


New Logo:  If you need the new IYHA logo, it is available to download from the Association Pictures tab. Click on the Pictures tab along the left hand side of the home page.


New Season:  On August 1st, the website will switch over to the new 2009-2010 Season.  This will change sponsors that you see, pictures, and teams.  Previous season teams are still available by changing the season under the Our Teams tab.  Sponsors who support the Association for the 2009-2010 season will continue to be recognized with a scrolling banner across the top of the home page, recognition on our Sponsors page, and mention in the newsletter.  If you procure a sponsor, send an email to either or with the sponsors information.


For Sale/Wanted - With a new season coming, post items you need to sell or items you are looking for on your website.  You can even include a picture.  The process is very user friendly.  Click on the Exchange button along the left hand side of the homepage.  You will need to validate your email first in order to post anything.  This avoids spammers from posting things they shouldn't.


Valleyfair Discount - Take a look at the home page to see information about Valleyfair's Youth Sports Days, August 7-9.  Take your family and friends to Valleyfair before the snow comes back.  A substantial discount to admission is available for all Irondale Youth Hockey Association families.





From Tami Felling, Fundraising Committee:


The next Knight Out event takes place on Tuesday, August 4 from 11am - 8 p.m. at the New Brighton Acapulco. Go to the IYHA website and click on the fundraising tab for more details and to print the coupon--20% of your bill will be credited back to IYHA.  What could be easier or more fun?  

See you there!


From Darren and Rhonda McConnell:


The Flyer for the 5K is done.  The date is September 26th, at the Mermaid.  Check out the IYHA website and  This has the potential to be a huge event!  Spread the word!


From Kevin Bourassa:


Reminder to Medtronic employees:  if you volunteer 40 hours or more of your time to IYHA, Medtronic will donate $500 in your name to IYHA (Time and Talent program).  Others, please check with your employer to see if they have similar programs.


From Cindy Anderson:


The Cookbooks Are Coming!

The Cookbooks Are Coming!

"Faceoff Favorites", our IYHA cookbook, will be ready for the summer festivals. 

Featuring 297 recipes from our hockey families, the cookbook will be selling for $12.00 and will be available at the IYHA recruiting table at the following events.  Be sure to stop by and see us!

St. Anthony Villagefest

Friday and Saturday, July 31 - Aug 1


New Brighton Stockyard days

Friday through Sunday, Aug 7, 8 and 9


Mounds View Festival in The Park

Saturday, Aug 22


Volunteer Opportunities


Did you know that the largest fundraising events that IYHA is involved in are the November and January hockey tournaments that we co-host with Mounds View?  The funds derived from these two tournaments (roughly $30,000) dwarfs all other sources of fundraising income that IYHA generates.


For this reason, the upcoming season will see a change in the required volunteer hour policy, with a majority of each family’s commitment required to be fulfilled by working at these tournaments (or assisting in the pre-tournament efforts).  The volunteer hours required for a successful tournament are enormous—over 1100 hours of scheduled time (and untold hours of unscheduled time).  Please get involved early and often—the Tournament Committee is always looking for people interested in helping out and you can fulfill your volunteer commitment as well!


Additionally, if you are interested in a position with the Tournament Committee, current members are looking to train in future Tournament Coordinators and there is a special need this year for someone to step up and be “Raffle Guy,” coordinating the yearly raffle and auction that is at each tournament.


Contact Monica Crandall for more information about volunteering or taking a position with the Tournament Committee.         


Community Events


From Heidi Dulin:


REMINDER: Upcoming parades!  PLEASE, PLEASE, support your hockey association.

Walk in the parades or donate some time at the festival booths.

contact Heidi:


St. Anthony :  Friday,      July 31   @7pm

New Brighton: Thursday, August 6   @6pm

Mounds View:  Saturday, August 22 @1 pm


We will send out  separate e-mails prior to each parade with

specific information pertaining to just that individual parade.


We are asking kids to hand out hockey information with some really cool IYHA pencils to the crowds. If your child would like to throw candy too, we are asking the families to donate the candy that they would like throw.


Roller blades are fine for older kids. However, keep in mind that the New Brighton parade

is very hilly!


We would love to have kids of all ages , BOYS & GIRLS, feel free to bring a friend.

They don't have to be hockey players to support our association! I have extra jerseys for them too!


NOTE: If your child is under the age of 9, we are asking to have a parent or older sibling

please be present to walk the parade! It's so busy and it is very hard for a few adults

to assure the safety of so many kids.


Thanks! Heidi


10,000 Puck Club


Kids—bombs away!  The 10,000 Puck Club is looking for members.  Download your shot/save chart from the IYHA website and chart your shots (or saves) this summer and, if you reach or surpass 10,000 shots/saves, you will receive an exclusive long-sleeve t-shirt celebrating your hard work!  Have fun with it and good luck!


Food For Thought


Ultimate “Guaranteed to Work” Off Ice Training


Off ice training has become more and more common with hockey players of all ages as facilities are made available and trainers for hire flourish. As with all on and off ice training the effectiveness is dependent on the athlete and the training environment.


Most agree that the long term outcome for athlete performance depends primarily on the make up of the individual athlete. Training regimes can certainly help an athlete do better but not that much better. An individual athlete can train to increase speed, quickness, and strength. Game understanding seems to be more difficult to learn for some regardless of what they do on or off the ice. Perception and the ability to see the ice well do not seem to be able to be easily learned especially as players get into their teen years and beyond.


Most coaches who have been at this more than few years have worked with kids who have spent an incredible amount of time and money on training programs and camps with very little to show for it. This is not necessarily bad as there are many lessons they learn in the process even though they do not reach the higher levels of the game. Maybe the time could be better spent in other areas.


There is one area of off ice training that each and every player can and should pay close attention to in order to insure they have an abundant number of choices and opportunities as they get older. This particular training is available to every single player in the country and it is free. The program is called an education and it only requires time and effort.

The NCAA reports that there are eleven dollars of academic scholarships available for every dollar of athletic scholarships and there are so many more academic opportunities for kids at all schools. Putting ones eggs into one basket is foolhardy at best.


The admissions requirements at major universities like Minnesota have gone up over the past decade. Yes, top athletes at Division 1 schools can be admitted with lower than average test scores, but it is important to remember that essentially a scholarship means the player is an employee of the school athletic department. Sports come first, academics second. Division 3 hockey schools do not offer scholarships and correctly put academics ahead of athletics. The long term goal should be a high quality education in order to be able to compete after hockey.


When I talk to college coaches and junior coaches across the country about players the first question they ask is “How are his or her grades?” You see, average grades and average ACT and SAT scores eliminates nearly half of the schools that an athlete can possibly attend. All of those hours of extra training off and on ice for so little opportunity when a world of opportunity exists for those who accept the academic challenge. On the other hand academic excellence combined with athletic ability opens the doors to so many more schools and the low numbers of qualified candidates means less competition

for spots. Think of the tremendous lifetime opportunities available to athletes who attend Ivy League colleges and other top academic institutions.


Finally, it is important to remember that for 95% or more of young athletes the athletic training will benefit them for only a few years, but a high quality education will benefit an athlete for a lifetime. Balance is the key. Train the body for sports and the brain for life.

Hit the weights and the books!

Prepare for the game of your life and more importantly the game of life.


Hal Tearse

Coach in Chief

Minnesota Hockey

July 2009


IYHA Board Meetings are open meetings.

Please feel free to come to the meetings.  If you have an agenda item for the Board to consider, please contact the IYHA Secretary at  Board meetings are held the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the New Brighton Family Service Center.  Upcoming meetings will be held:  August 20, September 17, and October 15.


Lake Region Board Meetings:

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


Sponsors for IYHA and teams are listed below.  Please notify the IYHA Secretary 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




Kevin Bourassa


763-442-0435 (c)

Vice President

Monica Crandall


763-234-9316 (c)  


Theresa Spiering


763-780-4548 (h)



Brent Eilefson


612-750-6428 (c)

651-636-3690 (h)


Ice Commissioner

Kara Chamberlain


763-786-1978 (H)

763-639-0847 (C)

Boys Program Coordinator

Dan Marcouiller


Girls Program Coordinator

Mike Nundahl


651-633-8287 (h)

Initiation Coordinator

Nina Dojan


612-599-2664 (c)


Tom Johnson




Beth Soberg


612-201-4861 (c)

District Representative


Chris Drews


651-329-3124 (c)

Non-Board Positions:

ACE Coordinator







IYHA Board meeting minutes are posted to the IYHA website when approved.