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April Newsletter - Sponsored By Home Value Renovation

April 1: LIDS Learn to Play Hockey Click here

April 1: 2021-22 USA Hockey Membership opens Click here

April 13 - May 20: IYHA Jr Fuel Spring Clinic. Click here to register

April 25: Matt Smith Memorial Hockey Scholarship Applications Deadline for Tier 1 and Tier 2 travel players

May 7 - 9: Jr Fuel Tier 1 AAA tryouts (2012 - 2007 birth years). Click here to register

May 11 - 12: AAA uniform fittings and deposits due

May 15: Jr Fuel Girls Travel Tryouts.

May 21 - 23: Jr Fuel Tier 2 travel tryouts (2012 - 2007 birth years). Click here to register

May 25 - 26: Jr Fuel Tier 2 uniform fittings and deposits due

June 1: Last day to receive 317HL early bird pricing - registration tba

June 10 - 13: Jr Fuel 15U/16U Tier 1 AAA and 16U Gold tryout camp (2005/2006 birth years). Click here to register

June 14 - 18: Hometown Heroes hockey camp. Click here

July 30 - Aug 1: Jr Fuel 18U Tier 1 AAA tryout camp (2003/2004 birth years) Click here to register

Sept 1: Matt Smith Memorial Hockey Scholarship Applications Deadline for 317 Hockey League players

About The Matt Smith Memorial Hockey Scholarship

IYHA and the family of Matt Smith have established a scholarship program in Matt's honor to make youth hockey more accessible to participants who demonstrate a financial need. Matt was a beloved hockey coach here in Indy who lost his life much too soon back in August of 2015, but not before he had greatly touched the lives of the youth hockey and adult hockey communities here in the greater Indianapolis area. 


The Matt Smith Memorial Hockey Scholarship is funded by contributions and through future events as planned by IYHA and the Smith family. IYHA encourages all families who feel they need assistance with hockey fees to apply.


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Player Of The Month - Annalise Heine

  • Current Team: 14U Jr Fuel Girls' Travel Team
     
  • Current Coach: Coach Deere and Asst Coach Bischof
     
  • Player Position: Defense (I shoot left-handed)
     
  • Player Experience: I started skating at Indiana Farmers Coliseum (then the Pepsi Coliseum) when I was 3 years old. After numerous learn-to-skate and figure skating programs, I switched to hockey as a mini mite and have played with Coliseum Youth Hockey League, the IYHA Jr. Fuel, IYHA Fusion, and the South Indy Sharks. 
     
  • Most Memorable Hockey Experience: 

    My most memorable hockey memory was scoring my first goal of the season my first year of U10. 

    I hadn’t scored all season and it was the second to last game in the season and when I scored my teammates all cheered and gave me high-fives. 

  • Who is your favorite team(s) and/or player(s)? 

    My favorite player is Jocelyne Lamoureux. Jocelyne was the forward that scored the game winning shootout goal for the USA Women’s team against Canada at the 2018 Olympics gold medal game. 

    My favorite team is Indy Fuel, because I’ve always had such fun going to Fuel games with my family over the years. 

  • School/Grade: I’m a Freshman honors student at Western Boone Jr./Sr. Highschool carrying a 3.8 GPA where I’m a member of the tennis team in the hockey off-season.
     
  • Community Service:  I participate in a non-profit organization that puts on a haunted house yearly to benefit Boone County 4H Member scholarships.
     
  • Favorite Food: My favorite food is frozen chocolate pie with raspberries
  • Favorite TV Show or Movie: My favorite TV series is Anne With an E on Netflix
     
  • Tell us a random fun fact about you: In 6th grade I was voted by my classmates as “most likely to be sorted into Gryffindor house.” However, the official test on Pottermore always puts me in Hufflepuff. 

 



Player of the Month

Each newsletter will feature players for standing out with their hard work, leadership and representing the IYHA Jr Fuel on and off the ice. 

We also want to recognize our great coaches and volunteers who generously give their time to the kids and the organization. Thank you all! 

Would you like to nominate a coach or volunteer for next month? Email JJ Beck: jj@iyha.com


April Birthdays

Abigayle Priest
Adam Orr
Andrew Carney
Andrew Polak
Annalise Heine
August Kowalevsky
Austin Wallace
Ben Stow
Benjamin Morley
Benjamin Schlicher
Bennett Haag
Bobby Ravensberg
Braden Rubin
Brady Zylstra
Bradyn Holmes
Cameron Fecht
Carson Schweitzer
Case Rynearson
Cassidy Karlander
Charles Rutz
Chase Grumme
Chaz Mcmurtry
Collin Allen
Connor Morris
Cooper Hons
Crosby Hammond
Dmitry Barney
Dylan Beaulieu
Emmett Blahunka
Ethan Johnson
Eva Patterson
Evan Reindl
Evans  Wells
Evelyn Kurek
Garrett Bauermeister
Gavin Milburn
Graham Goodrich
Jackson Gentry
Jackson Gentry
Jackson Shanks
Jackson Reeves
Jayden Bland
Jonah Miller
Joseph Whitt
Kaiden Dunn
Keenan Hume
Kellen Oshea
Kolton Ash
Lucas Sponsler
Luke Detamore
Madeline Mccrory
Mason Drew
Matthew Schmidt
Maxwell Coles
Megan Hernandez
Michael Mccourt
Nathan Gralak
Nicholas Goggins
Niklas Hansen
Noah Albrecht
Nolan Courchaine
Rachel Stillson
Reece Braun
Rheese Benjamin
Riis Hammans
Samuel Dressman
Stefan Emerick Adams
Sullivan Harmeyer
Suzanne Cobbs
Talen Mcbride
Theodore Foglio
Tucker Tone
Tyler Cooper
Wesley Jung

Renew Your USA Hockey Membership Beginning April 1!


Frequently Asked Questions About Your USA Hockey Membership

What does it mean to be a USA Hockey member?
As a member of USA Hockey, you’re part of a world-leading organization focused on providing a safe and fun environment for all participants that promotes physical, social and mental well- being. USA Hockey provides a wide range of benefits, as discussed below, in its role as the National Governing Body for the sport of ice hockey in America in an effort to make hockey the most inclusive and best sports experience in every community across the country. There is opportunity for everyone at USA Hockey.

What do I receive as a member of USA Hockey?
USA Hockey provides all members with year-long benefits. Perhaps the biggest benefits are the world-leading safety, education and training materials utilized to positively influence a safe and fun environment.

And for parents with children playing hockey, knowing that coaches and officials are certified and background-screened by USA Hockey before working with your kids helps provide peace of mind. USA Hockey coaching and officiating education and certification programs have long been lauded as the gold standard by peer groups.

Adult players, like youth players, benefit from rules and regulations that influence an organized, quality and consistent experience. Adults also have a wide array of playing opportunities across the country and receive access to skill development content to help players of all ability levels.

All members of USA Hockey receive important insurance coverage that not only protects the individual, but also allows our programs and rinks to operate. Additionally, members receive a subscription to USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely circulated hockey publication in the world.

Why is it important for me to renew my membership now?
Renewing your membership now is a significant help to local associations and programs in their planning process this summer, regardless of if you’re a player, coach, official or volunteer. Renewing your membership also ensures that you continue to receive USA Hockey member benefits, including world-leading educational resources, to help you both on and off the ice.

Does USA Hockey prorate my membership if I don’t play hockey for the entire season?
USA Hockey does not prorate membership and provides year-long benefits to all members that extends to your time away from the rink as well.

If I have a question about my current, or future membership, who is the best person to talk to?
Any questions about your USA Hockey membership can be directed to our member services staff at 719-576-USAH (8724).

If I’m and adult player and renew my membership now, does my membership also cover me if I want to coach within USA Hockey?
Yes, this is one of the many benefits of being part of USA Hockey. While you do not have to pay an additional membership fee to be a coach within USA Hockey, you do have to complete the 
Coaching Education Program requirements for the 2021-22 season.


Player Development Report

By Brent Gwidt

Keys to a successful off season

With seasons officially over and our players moving into their spring sports, it is important to enjoy the off season in a way that helps the athlete feel recharged and ready to go for when tryouts start, and most importantly the Fall, when our seasons start again.  It is extremely important to have a balance of spending your time wisely and enjoy your summer vacation, but also keeping in mind that if you want to achieve your goals there will have to be work put into it. Sometimes that “work” can be just other ways of having fun playing hockey and working on your game at the same time. Here are a few ways to help you off season have a great balance of hockey training and fun.

  1. Make yourself miss the game-When you take some healthy time away from the game you will start to miss everything about it. This is a good thing, it means you love the game and even though taking a break is a good idea, the FOMO of being on the ice is real and it shows there is true passion.
     
  2. Stay active-No this does not mean go and hockey train for 12 hours a week. This means to enjoy what our area has to offer. Whether it is a spring sport or an outdoor hobby, there are many ways for young athletes to stay moving and take part in activities that are athletic and good for you. 
     
  3. Off season workouts-I touched on this in last month’s newsletter. If you genuinely want to achieve your hockey goals, you need to find a few hours a week to dedicate yourself to becoming a more quick and powerful athlete. Find time with friends and coordinate with other parents to explore some training options this off season. I can guarantee that the players will love the feeling of getting better outside traditional season.
     
  4. Have fun playing-If you are on ice training you are there to get better and strengthen all your skills. There is no doubt that those should be taken seriously. That being said, there are many other opportunities for our players to get on the ice and just have some fun.  ie: Stick & pucks, 3v3 leagues/tourneys, pickup games, public skate.  Stepping on the ice with no pressure is what promotes creativity with the puck, and keeps the love of the game strong.
     
  5. Be a fan-NCAA Frozen Four is right around the corner. The NHL has been pushed back and the Stanley Cup playoffs will run until the 4th of July. The best part about being a young player is to have role models within the game. The NHL is filled with superstar players that we can learn from every singe night there is hockey on TV. I tell players all the time that watching hockey is step 1 to becoming a better player. Teams have YouTube pages and all the other hockey content on YouTube is endless. From hockey training, to highlight videos, to kids doing puck tricks in their driveway, you can really find a lot of cool content and learn a ton.
     
  6. Just be Healthy-Especially during the summer months it can be hard to stay on our track, compared to what we are on during the season and all the structure and routine that it brings to our lives. The summer months should not mean junk food and all nighters every weekend.  Hockey is a sport that requires an insane amount of endurance and fast twitch movement. Letting yourself get out of shape is the catalyst to taking steps backwards in your development. Make sure to hydrate in the hot months and challenge yourself to eat healthier and fuel your body properly before any physical activity. 
     
  7. Enjoy it-Have fun, spend time with your family and friends, go outside, play other sports. Enjoy your off season and downtime, but also stay “hockey ready” so you can continue to develop as a hockey player. Our season is the longest “season” over any other sport. We need to decompress from the long winter, but also continue to working hard and taking Indy hockey another step forward.

LIDS Learn to Play Hockey Report

By Ryan Beck

 

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50/50 Raffle Report

By JJ Beck

Win some cash while supporting youth hockey in Central Indiana! At every Indy Fuel home game, the IYHA Junior Fuel will conduct a 50/50 raffle with fifty percent of the game’s ticket sales going to one lucky fan and the remainder going to support the IYHA Junior Fuel. 100% of the net proceeds from the raffle will be used to support efforts to grow recreational and developmental youth hockey throughout Central Indiana.

 

DATE

WINNING NUMBER

TOTAL POT

STATUS

1/02 A-2880396 $1,185 Claimed
1/08 A-2287001 $1,975 Claimed
1/09 A-1945050 $2,695 Claimed
1/15 Game Postponed    
1/16 Game Postponed    
1/31 A-1375389

$2,255

Claimed
2/5 A-1386574 $2,605 Claimed
2/6 A-2666121 $4,120 Claimed
2/10 A-2795906 $1,445 Claimed
2/17 A-2065977 $1,175 Claimed
2/19 A-1107830 $2,425 Claimed
2/20 A-1269789 $3,840 Claimed
2/21 A-2161073 $1,910 Claimed
2/26 A-2051847 $2,640 Claimed
2/27 A-1350888 $3,400 Claimed
2/28 A-1767379 $1,625 Claimed
3/3 A-1840710 $1,540 Claimed
3/5 A-2167309 $3,770 Claimed
3/11 A-1167535 $2,470 Claimed
3/14 A-1643464 $2,365 Claimed
3/31 A-2648404 $1,435 Unclaimed

Kids' Corner


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Charlie Smith
President


Larry McQueary      
Vice President

Brent Cox
Treasurer

Josh Mervis
Secretary

Bill Stackhouse
Member

Mike Aulby
Member

Ed Carpenter
Member

John Cavey
Member


STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS

Derek Edwardson
Executive Director

JJ Beck
Director of Program Development

Brent Gwidt
Director of Player Development
15U AAA Head Coach

Nick Johnsen
Director of Goalie Development

Adam McHugh
317 Hockey League Director

Ryan Beck
Learn to Play Hockey Director

Andrea Cox
Bookkeeper

Doug Losure
Registrar

Mike Bozoian
Disciplinary Chair

Matt Moore
SafeSport Coordinator


Brian Pisula
50/50 Raffle Coordinator

 


Rink Partners

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16616 Southpark Dr
Wesfield, IN 46074
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Carmel Ice Skadium
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1040 3rd Ave SW
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317-844-8889

Fuel Tank at Fishers
https://www.indyfueltank.com
9022 E. 126th St.
Fishers, IN 46038
317-849-9930

Ice Barn Indy
https://www.icebarnindy.com
17341 Westfield Park Rd.
Westfield, IN 46074

Important Links

USA Hockey: 
https://www.usahockey.com/

MidAm Hockey: 
https://www.midamhockey.com/page/show/4649558-home

Indianapolis Hockey Officials Association:
https://www.indyhockeyrefs.org/

SportsEngine (stay connected with your team)
https://www.iyha.com/se