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Annual Hockey Golf Tournament - Sat. Aug 24, 2024

4 Person Best Shot - 11:00 AM Shotgun Start

We have people asking if they can reserve a spot in advanced for our 2024 Tournament (Aug 24th).  No financial commitment, cancel anytime.  See link below.

USA Hockey Congress Approves Requirement For Neck Laceration Protection Starting August 1

By USA Hockey, 01/28/24

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The USA Hockey Congress today approved legislation requiring the use of neck laceration protection for players in all age classifications, other than adults, in games and practices, as well as for on-ice officials under the age of 18, effective August 1, 2024. For clarity, the requirement includes players in the youth, girls and junior age classifications.

USA Hockey has long recommended the use of neck laceration protection, as well as cut-resistant socks, sleeves or undergarments. The USA Hockey Board of Directors asked the organization’s Safety and Protective Equipment Committee in November 2023 to begin the process of recommending potential rule changes related to neck laceration protection.

“Safety is always at the forefront of our conversations and the action of our Congress today reflected that,” said Mike Trimboli, president of USA Hockey. “We appreciate the significant work done by our Safety and Protective Equipment Committee, led by Dr. Mike Stuart, and the many others who were instrumental in the overall evaluation process.”

“I know throughout our organization, the overwhelming opinion was that the time is appropriate to modify our rules related to neck laceration protection,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “We’re also encouraged that the hockey industry is committed to continuing to work to improve the cut resistant products that protect players to help influence the safest possible landscape for the game.”

The legislation passed today also strongly recommends use of neck laceration protection by adult players.

For more information, including frequently asked questions, click here.

2024-2025 Coaching Positions Application

Are you interested in being an Albert Lea youth hockey coach for the 2024-2025 season? We are seeking positive, passionate coaches with hockey knowledge to lead our young players and help them grow both on and off the ice. Whether you have coached before or not, looking to be a head coach or assistant coach, we are asking all who are interested in coaching to fill out the application. Please fill out the coaching application here

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Coaches Rep, Matt Tubbs.

Abuse of Officials

  1. District 9 has fined our first Association for Abuse of Officials.  This season has been the worst I have experienced.  Please send out a notice to your members asking them to refrain from this poor fan behavior.   It seems like a weekly issue this season.  I have dealt with 4 this week already.   We need this behavior to stop.  Remind all that a 3-game suspension is the 1st penalty, the 2nd time will be a 1-year suspension and a $500 fine, the 3rd time will be a 2-year Suspension and a $1000 fine.  If no improvement is seen, we will move to a 1-year suspension as our first penalty and the person will need to attend a hearing.
  2. Going forward, if a team has a video that they would like reviewed, I will only look at it after your Association D9 rep has reviewed and talked through what this video is to accomplish, and it makes sense.   The video must be sent by the D9 Representative to me.  Calls will not be changed from a video; but we may add to a call with a video review.  We do utilize some of these videos for teaching videos with our referee group.  I receive too many videos, some come from MN Hockey that our members send to them.  MN Hockey will not do anything with a video, they will just forward them to me.  Spectators need to remember that their view is different that what a referee sees, the angle is different, and the referees have pucks and players to navigate.  I promise they are doing their best job.

Have a Great Holiday.

Mark Blaisdell

D9 Director

Tiger Hockey Apparel Store

Albert Lea Hockey Association is excited to partner up with 10,000 Custom Designs (Jason & Jennifer Schrieber / Ellendale MN) in launching a new Tiger Hockey Apparel Store On-Line.

10,000 Custom Designs - Website 

Note: Hockey Warms Ups will be added to the Store in the coming days.

Pick Up Details: Items ordered by any given Friday will be available on the 3rd Friday after ordering (14-21 days).  Pick Up directions will be via email (Shop in Ellendale or Arena during a Tournament Weekend).

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