Last evening, the Valley Youth Hockey Association’s Board of Director’s conducted the VYHA's annual General Membership Meeting and Season Review. Among the most important matters of business at the General Membership Meeting was the election of Board of Directors members for the upcoming season. We are fortunate as an organization to have had a wonderful field of candidates from which to choose for seats on the Board. Thanks to each of those candidates for indicating their interest in serving on the VYHA Board. We also owe debt of gratitude to Rick Kelley and Kellie Rice who opted not to stand for re-election and whose terms expire at the end of this month.
The five Board Members elected to serve three (3) year terms on the VYHA Board of Directors are:
In addition to the Board election, attendees were treated to a team-by-team review of the season and an executive summary of the recently completed End of Year Survey.
Sadly, the meeting was attended by only 30 people (almost half of whom were members of the Board of Directors). The General Membership Meeting offers the VYHA family a chance to celebrate our accomplishments and provide feedback for the future direction of our program. This meeting offers families an easy way to have a voice in VYHA.
Valley Youth Hockey player and Northside High School Senior Joe Jensen is the recipient of VYHA’s 2013-2014 Ken Sheeran Memorial Scholarship Award. The award is presented to a VYHA player who has participated in the program throughout the majority of his/her youth hockey career, has aged out of the program, and will be attending an institution of higher learning in the fall following his last season in the program. Joe has been a loyal and dedicated VYHA participant for 12 years. He is planning to attend the Virginia Military Institute this fall. Joe is the son of Ken and Shirley Jensen. In addition to a plaque, Joe will receive a $500 scholarship toward college expenses. Good luck, Joe!
Long-time VYHA volunteer and Board Member Dick Sher received the organization’s 1st annual Richard Sher Volunteer of the Year Award at VYHA’s recent General Membership Meeting. The award recognizes commitment to VYHA by a volunteer over both the most recent year and a three year period leading up tot honor. The Sher award was named in Dick’s honor this past fall based on his selfless commitment of time, energy, and passion to VYHA. There could be no more deserving recipient of this honor than DicK himself. Thank you, Dick, for all you’ve done for our organization. Congratulations on this hard-earned honor.
Both the Roanoke Express Squirt travel team and the Roalyn Express U18 travel team trekked to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for tournaments over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend. Both teams enjoyed successful weekends highlighted by appearances in the tournament finals.
The Roalyn Express U18 ventured to Pittsburgh, PA to participate in the Three Rivers Cup tournament. During pool play the Express defeated a teams from Ohio and Ontario, Canada. Their only loss during this phase of the tournament was to the Plymouth Sharks from suburban Detroit by the count of 6-1. The Express faced the Plymouth Sharks again in the tournament finals where they fell by a 3-2 count in a very closely played game. Congratulations to the Roalyn Express on their runner-up finish.
Meanwhile in Philadelphia suburbs on the other side of the state, the Roanoke Express Squirt travel team was taking part in the Liberty Cup Tournament. The Express sailed through the qualification round with victories over the Lawrence (NJ) Flames (3-1), the Watertown (CT) Redwings (10-1), and the Ramapo (NY) Saints (6-0). The Express were then paired up with the Ramapo Saints for a semi-final match-up with the Express coming out on top by a 6-1 count. The victory over the saints set the stage for a Championship game rematch with the Lawrence Flames. The Express rode a 7-1 first period to a convincing 12-2 victory to seal the championship for the kids from Southwest Virginia. It was an all-around dominating performance by this talented group of 9 and 10 year olds. The Express Squirts now sport a season record of 19-1-0.
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To keep up to date on VYHA practices, meetings, and events, please view the VYHA Schedule page. We will be adding more updates periodically throughout the season. Don't forget to check back often for news and practice info!
Roanoke Express Squirt travel team's page has been updated! The squirt travel team webpage can be found under the "Travel Hockey" tab on this site. While the site is a "work in progress", there is some useful information already posted on the webpage. This information includes the dates and times for squirt travel tryouts, as well as those for the initial squirt travel practices. As an extra bonus, the first two weekends of travel hockey games are revealed on the squirt travel page!
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Word of mouth is Valley Youth Hockey's number one source for new players joining the program. We're proud that our players and their parents enjoy the experience enough to invite their friends, neighbors and colleagues to try this thrilling sport. Here are a few other quotes.
Many players also find that hockey skills enhance their performance in other sports. Contact us to find out more and give your child a memorable sports experience.
Support Valley Youth Hockey Association by purchasing one of our sponsorship offerings. We offer highly visible dasher board ads at the Roanoke Civic Center, team jersey sponsorship (which includes your business logo on every jersey for one travel team) or a combination of dasher ad and jersey sponsorship. Please see the sponsorship link for more information.