Dear Fellow Hockey Families;
> I hope your summer has been an enjoyable one. EAJHA is in the process of obtaining Escanaba School Board approval of a JV Hockey team and we need your support. Six other schools in the U.P. have gone down this same path with great results. (Houghton, Hancock, Calumet, Sault Ste. Marie, Marquette and Menominee/Marinette) A JV team would work hand in hand with the varsity team, be called the Eskymo’s and wear orange and black! The JV program across the U.P. has improved over the years schools/organizations are moving toward this model instead of a midget team. We have gained the support of Nick Nolde, Matt Hughes and the Blue Line Club.
Without fundraising we have come up with a figure of under $1500 per player with 15 players. If we get more players or fundraise the price will go down and all the figures we used were on the extreme high side to be safe. This figure included three practices a week, up to 12 home games, refs for home games, home and away jersey, gloves and a paid coach.
What we need from you is your support of the JV team in one or both of the following:
1. Email to all of the following Escanaba School Board members:
2.Attend the next Escanaba School Board Meeting Monday August 15th, 6:00 PM, courtyard room at the old Junior high.
Whether your child will be a canidate this year, or in the upcoming years, or even if your player is beyond. In your own words please comment on what this program can do for hockey such as:
> Provide a respectable place for your player to continue their hockey experience
> Provide a place for your player to master their skills for future varsity possiblities
> Give your player a place to play beyond youth hockey
> thank you in advance for your support!
MONROE, Mich.---The Escanaba Riverside Hawks Bantam "B" hockey team won a state championship on Sunday with one tough victory, and one easy one.
The boys beat St. Ignace, 3-1, in the state semifinal game Sunday morning in downstate Monroe. And then in the championship game Sunday afternoon, Escanaba jumped to a 3-0 lead and rolled to an 8-3 win over St. Clair Shores.
It's totally awesome," Hawks Coach Pat Labre said as the team's bus started to make the long, nine-hour trip back to the U.P. "It's such an experience for myself and the other two coaches. The players had a phenominal, phenominal weekend. They skated their tails off."
"It's by far the biggest moment I've had in my hockey career," said Ethan Silverstone, who scored in both of Sunday's games and had a hat trick in pool play Saturday. "It was my goal all year, from the first moment we stepped in the locker room, to win states. We completed it."
"It was very exciting to win my first state championship," said goaltender Trevor Denome. "I never had the chance to win one before. It was pretty fun."
Story by Jack Hall
Escanaba won all five games at the tournament, including Sunday's 5-4 victory over Fraser in the championship game at Alpena's Northern Lights Arena. All five games saw the Hawks jump out to the lead, give up a couple of goals, then hang on at the end.
Escanaba won the semifinal game, 5-3, over Plymouth Sunday morning in a contest that wasn't decided until the Hawks scored an empty net goal.
And after a few hours of sitting around, the boys (and girls) went back to action against the metro-Detroit team from Fraser, which hadn't lost a game all season long. Escanaba wasn't scared.
The Fraser Metro Jets jumped out to a quick lead four minutes into the game, but Escanaba’s Nick Kolich struck back, scoring two goals, with Nick Martin and Chloe Allen having the assists. Kadon Hayes and Ayden Mylander scored for Esky in the second period, and so the second period ended with the Hawks in front, 4-2 4
The Metro Jets scored twice to tie it up in the third period, but with 6:11 to go in the game, Brayden Roberts scored, with assists going to Chloe Allen and Maddie Fulsher.
But it wasn't over yet. The Hawks had to fight off three penalties in the closing minutes, including a 5-on-3 power play situation for 50 seconds.
Goaltender Bryce Buchbinder held down the fort, making 2 saves as Frase outshot Escanaba, 36-20.
Buchbinder was chosen the game's Most Valuable Player, and the Hawks celebrated.
The Escanaba kids were treated like heroes after they made the four-hour ride home in a caravan from Alpena to the Wells Sports Complex. It was about 10:30 Sunday night, but Escanaba Public Safety escorted the team around town with a fire truck and two squad cars, and then everyone had a brief celebration at the rink.
It was a tournament that will show the Escanaba kids with a perfect 5-0 record, but the games were far from easy. Escanaba finished pool play undefeated.
Story by Jack Hall
Did you know that there is a tab on the EAJHA website that shows you how many hours of volunteer time you have done (and how much you have left to do?) The season is coming to an end quickly and WE NEED YOUR HELP! We have 2000+ pasties to make on Sunday, March 6th from 8-4 or until finished at the Escanaba High School kitchen. We do not have nearly enough volunteers signed up yet. Sign up ASAP on the sheet outside of concessions. We need 20-25 volunteers for this to go smoothly. You may also text Kim @ 399-4501 to sign up!!
A couple announcements: 1) EAJHA players and families sold over 2000 PASTIES!!! (The proceeds from this sale help keep the price of hockey down for EVERYONE and help give the sport of hockey a bright future!) We need volunteers to make pasties on March 6th and 7th. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board by concessions. THIS IS THE LAST MAJOR OPPORTUNITY FOR VOLUNTEER HOURS. 2) If you have borrowed equipment from the EAJHA office, please turn in your equipment at your last practice. You may also bring it to the banquet on April 4th. Equipment that was rented to the pro-shop is returned to Anita.
The Escanaba Bink’s PeeWee team won districts and will represent the UP at the PeeWee State Tournament in Alpena March 4-6. Bink’s advanced by beating Calumet in a tough title game, 4-3. Earlier in the tournament, Bink’s beat Copper Country 6-2 in the semifinal game. They also beat Keweenaw Bay 8-2 and Negaunee 7-3 in pool play, while losing to Munising in pool play 4-3. Munising was eliminated by Calumet in the other semi-final game. The Bink’s team is coached by Nick Kolich and Derek Buchbinder. Players on the team include; Chloe Allen, Braden Beauchamp, Bryce Buchbinder, Cole Crowe, Madison Fulsher, Kayden Hayes, Jace Holmio, Nate LaFave, Nick Kolich, Nick Martin, Ayden Mylander, and Braden Roberts.
The Pasty Sale is finishing up THIS WEEK (2/19)! Please turn in orders and money to your fundraising rep by Friday of this week or by Monday at 7pm at the latest so that we can order supplies. We are asking that each player try to sell at least 10 and from the sounds of it, these have been VERY easy to sell. There is still time left! SELL, SELL, SELL!!!
Riverside Bantams beat Iron River 4 -3 in District Championship Game!
Iron River scored first, Escanaba's Kyle Kurtina answeres back 18 seconds later with a goal to tie 1-1. Iron River scored putting them ahead 2-1, Ethan Silverstone scored his first goal of the game 2-2, Iron River answers back again leaving first period 2-3 Iron River on top. Period two no goals by either team, both teams played hard and held strong. Joe Borman gets taken out with possible concussion, Luke Labre rushed to ER with broken arm. Now Escanaba is playing to "protect their family", with 3 minutes left in the game Ethan Silverstone scores his second goal of the game making it a tie game. 20 seconds later Kyle Kurtina scores his second goal of the game assisted by Joey Jacobson putting Escanaba Riverside on top with 2 minutes 41 seconds left.
Activity is picking up in the turf room at the HIT Complex, with numerous softball, baseball and soccer teams getting ready for their spring seasons. This means that the heat is on in the turf room! Feel free to utilize the walking track to warm up between games or to get some exercise while your child is in practice. If the lights are off, just ask one of the rink attendants (Genie or Hunter) to turn on the lights for you and take advantage of the facility! Track length is 1/8 of a mile, 8 laps = 1 mile.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The Escanaba Hawks will be collecting returnables at Elmer's County Market on January 9th from 10-4pm. Save your holiday cans and bottles and bring them to us! If you have cans/bottles that you would like for us to pick up, you may call or text Kim at 399-4501 or simply contact any Escanaba youth hockey player you know! We will also need players in their jerseys to stand outside Elmer's to collect and return cans!
Raffle tickets are being handed out to coaches to be distributed to parents. What do you do with those raffle ticket stubs once you sell the tickets (or just sign your name to them)? Please place the stubs in the blue mail box located in concessions at any time. Drawings for the new year start in January of 2016, but will continue every month for the year.
EAJHA and HITC Open Skate Canned Food Drive was a huge success. Three large boxes of food items along with $200 was donated to The Salvation Army's Food Bank. A big thanks to all those who attended and involved.
EAJHA Board Meeting this Wed at 7pm at the EAJHA Office. Meetings are typically held the second Wednesday of every month at the Wells Township Hall. Anyone may attend!
Viau's Meat Sale Orders will be available for pick-up at Viau's Nov 13-15. Please pick up orders by the 15th. Thank you to all who participated! Together you sold $7358 worth!!! We will keep you updated with the amount of profit for EAJHA.
Saturday November 7th, 6:30pm-7:50pm.
Bring in non-perishable food items for cover charge or normal $3 fee.
Collections will go to a local food bank.
No Open Skate Friday November 6th.
Get your EAJHA Mug from the rink, a board member, concession stand or
by stopping by
Positively The Center for Success
1300 Ludington Street Escanaba.
$15 each, other colors available.
Saturday October 31st Open Skate 6:30PM-7:50PM
Costume Contest - All Ages - Prizes for the Top Three
If you had a blast at yesterday's Try Hockey Free and need some quick info on what to do in order to sign your child up for hockey, here are some quick facts! Registration for beginners (IP-Initiation Program) is available on EAJHA.com and is FREE with just a requirement of buying $50 worth of raffle tickets that you can sell yourself. Equipment is free to borrow (if sizes are available) with a deposit. Skates can be rented through the pro shop if you don't have any-her prices are very reasonable. Practices are Tues/Fri from 5:30-6:20. There are no games in the beginner (IP) program. Occasionally there may be a Jamboree that is optional. Registration link is: http://www.eajha.com/page/show/1286621-registration Feel free to message me with any questions! I am happy to help! --Kim 399-4501
All are welcome and encouraged to attend. We are planning out the season's fundraising activities so that we can get to work on the planning!
Our first fundraising meeting of the season will be held Tuesday, October 20th at 6:30pm in the EAJHA office. Bring your ideas and your enthusiasm because WE NEED YOU! If you would like to be the fundraising representative for your team, please let your coach know. Representatives are needed to bring fundraising info back to his/her team all season which will complete fulfillment of volunteer hours. All who attend fundraising meetings and assist with activities will earn hours toward the fulfillment of volunteer hours.
The 2nd annual Viau's meat sale fundraiser is going on NOW. Flyers and forms will be handed out to players ASAP. The team who sells the most $$ will win a PIZZA PARTY! Please complete one form per customer and make sure to designate the team/player on each form as well as if you would like the items seasoned or unseasoned. Orders and money will be due October 27th turned in to the EAJHA office. Orders will be ready for pick-up AT VIAU'S BY November 15th--we recommend that you pick up all your orders at one time and distribute them to your customers. Extra order forms may be found on the fundraising bulletin board outside of the concession area. Questions? Call Kim 399-4501
Try Hockey for FREE event coming October 24th at 4pm right here at the H.I.T. Complex (formerly the Wells Sports Complex) All equipment is provided, so all you need to do is pre-register! This event is for new skaters, but IP players are invited. ALL skaters need to register at https://maha.sportngin.com/register/form/608841969
Sept. 22nd 5:30-7pm-Open House at the rink to check out equipment. We will also be there to answer questions for new and returning families. IP players can borrow an entire set of equip for just a refundable deposit! Registration is online at EAJHA.com. We will not have internet connection at the open house. We will also have hockey parents available at the open house and during the first week of IP practice if you need help getting your child ready. It can feel overwhelming to put on all their gear (in the right order), but we have all been there! If you have questions, please call Kim @ 399-4501
The list has been updated on the Coaches Corner page.
Ref clinics for Levels 1, 2, and 3 are coming up right here in Escanaba! Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 17th. Classwork will be held at Bay College starting at 8:30am and on-ice clinic will be at the rink from 1-3. Taking your classes here benefits our own association. Register here: http://www.usahockey.com/officialseminars Questions? Contact Matt Holmio-399-5779
If you are interested in submitting a bid for this year's 2015-2016 hockey player/team photos, please download and submit the document located under the 'Mites 2 Men Pond Hockey' tab on the left margin. Thank you.
Dear EAJHA Players and Families, Registration is now open for the 2015-2016 season and a $50 discount is offered for those who pay prior to August 31st. The EAJHA Board would like to welcome back all returning players and families as well as welcome new players and families to the 2015-2016 hockey season! We would also like to thank you for your continued support. We are looking forward to another exciting year of EAJHA Hockey! If you have any ideas for fundraisers this year please feel free to email email@example.com.
As is the case every year, all coaching positions are open. If you are interested please send an email to Frank Sliva- EAJHA Coaching Director
Include name, division you would like to coach, USA Hockey level, and a brief description of your coaching background.
Expected divisions for the 2015-16 season are: Mite, Squirt, PeeWee, Bantam, and Midget/JV team.
Please email your interest by August 7, 2015.