Promoting youth hockey in New Brighton, Mounds View, St. Anthony and Shoreview, MN
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From the Vice President:
Sue Sentieri, President for IYHA has resigned effective immediately. 
We are accepting bios from interested candidates for this position.  If you are interested in filling this role, please contact Cheryl Mason – IYHA Vice President. 
Phone:  651.639.1543
For Initiation Program (Potential Coaches):
There will be a meeting for anyone interested in coaching an initiation level team (mites and mini-mites) this Wednesday (9/13) at the New Brighton Community Center 6:30PM.   Please email Bob Gabler at if you are interested in coaching and plan to attend.  
IYHA 2006-2007 Season Registration Date (Final date):
Thursday, September 14th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
There is a mail in option this year for registration. Stay tuned! You will receive the registration forms electronically in a separate email. (If you have been receiving your newsletter in the mail, registration forms will be coming in the mail.)
Irondale's Let's Play Hockey Day:
If you have a friend who would like to give hockey a try, bring them along to this year's Let's Play Hockey Day.  This is the second year we're doing an association wide 'Let's Play Hockey Day'.  The intent is to enroll new skaters in IYHA and last year we enrolled 7 new skaters in this event!
Saturday September 23rd  at Schwanns Superrink in Blaine (Coon Rapids Rink)
1700-105th Ave. NE, Blaine, MN 55449
2:00 to 4:15 PM. 
Do you have questions?   Call Cheryl @ (651) 639-1543 or e-mail for more information.
Team Managers & Team Treasurers:
We will need volunteers for team managers and team treasurers.  These positions need to be filled early as we intend to have a meeting of team managers and treasurers in mid-October.  If you are willing to serve for your child's team, please talk to your head coach when your child is notified about their team placement.  Thank-you.
1st Annual IYHA Sponsorship Day - Saturday August 19th
I would like to give a personal thank you to the skaters and parents who participated in this event.  A lot of planning took place in order to hold this event and we learned a lot about how to make this better and increase participation next time.  Personal thank you's are being sent to everyone who contributed over $25.
This small group of parents and skaters (13 skaters in all) raised over $1500!  We have over 250 skaters in Irondale Youth Hockey, just think what we could have done if even half of the skaters participated in this event.  Next time, we'll be counting on each of you.
Mike Durheim                            Kaitlyn Durheim, 10U & Austina Klin, 10U
Randy Kapelka                          Annabel Kapelka, 10U
Jackie Rog                                           Madeline Rog, 8U
Bob Gabler                                Robert Gabler, B Mite & William Gabler, Mini Mite
Bruce Mason                             Kyle Mason, Squirt & Conner Rimell, Squirt
Tim & Patty Fredberg                 Alex Fredberg, Squirt & Eric Fredberg, Bantam
Brent & Susan Eilefson              Kilen Eilefson, Squirt & Jacob Pfeifer, Squirt

More Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Tournament planning for Thanksgiving and January has begun. Many thanks to those who are already helping, BUT we need more volunteers for the planning of the tournament.  Please call me if you are available to help.  If I don't get volunteers, I will begin making calls to line up help.  Volunteers needed for:  Working on trade show, Securing prizes for raffle, setting up tournament programs, etc,
  • Each team will be asked to participate in the January and Thanksgiving tournaments to fill our volunteer slots.  These consist of rink director, penalty box, score keeper, time keeper, trade show volunteer, front desk, cashier, concession area clean up, etc.
  • Corporate sponsorship is virtually an untapped area of opportunity for IYHA.  If you would like to help in this area of writing letters and contacting companies, then please contact me for further information.  Again, if I don't get any volunteers, I will begin calling association members.
  • Schwann’s Fundraising - This could be a very profitable fundraiser for IYHA.  The sales are done on-line (no door to door) and Schwann’s does the delivering for us.  We just need someone to step up to get this organized for IYHA. Call Cheryl Mason for more details! Phone 651.639.1543, Email 

IYHA 20,000 Puck Club Reminder
Players: Please turn in your signed 20,000 Puck Club sheet during at the last registration night or during warmups so that you will receive your t-shirt for your achievement this summer.  Deadline for signed sheets is September 30.  Sheets may also be mailed to IYHA at:
PO Box 120114
New Brighton, MN 55112
Boys Team Tryout Announcements
  1. All players trying out for Boy’s teams this fall are required to wear WHITE, Irondale socks for all evaluation sessions.  All players and goalies will receive their white game socks for the season when they pick up their tryout jersey.
  2. Parents/Guardians and other spectators will not be allowed to be in the arena (bleachers, rink side, etc) during the evaluation sessions. Spectators are allowed to sit in arena viewing areas or lobbies. Only evaluators will be allowed within the arena. At Mariucci Arena and Ridder Arena, spectators are permitted to sit in sections on the players box side only.
  3. See the flyer for additional announcements and tryout process explanation. (Attached)
If you have any questions regarding these new policies or the tryout process, please contact Boy’s Program Coordinator, Mark Mohar by email at prior to the first tryout session.
Boy’s Coordinator Report for August 2006
Note: Due to time constraints at the August board meeting, this report is posted in the newsletter for your information.
We have had discussions with Edison about Peewee players. They have made a proposal to us regarding a player trade so they can field an A Peewee team. They are also in contact with other associations about other levels.
From projected numbers, we are looking to have three Squirt teams (A, B, C), two Peewee teams (most likely A and B), and two Bantam teams (A and C).
Our coach search is in progress. We are looking for parent and non-parent coaches. Please contact Mark Mohar if interested in coaching within the boy’s program this season. 
Our tournament schedule is almost complete. Each team will be going to one out of town tournament, selected prior to the season. Teams may choose to go to an additional out of town tournament if they choose, as in past years. 
Warm-ups begin on September 11, tryouts commence on September 29. There will be a change in the Squirt tryout schedule due to the Bel Air 5th grade trip to Laurentian the first week in October. Squirts will be notified of this change during warm-ups and via email.
Players will know of their team placement on October 11. First team practices are starting October 12. 
Player and Coach Development Update for August 2006
Note: Due to time constraints at the August board meeting, this update is posted in the newsletter for your information.
First Annual IYHA Summer Goalie clinic wrapped up on August 17. A survey was sent out to participating families. Attached to this newsletter is a copy of a survey in case it was not received. Thanks to Sanya Sandahl, who was the lead instructor for the goalie clinic. 
Also, many thanks to the shooters for the goalie clinic:
            Tadd Tuomie
Joe Federer
            Phillip DeKanick
Derek Marcouiller
            David Falconer
            Jimmy Gjere
            Evan O’Connor
            Vili Paraskov
            Roumi Petkov
Jeff Martin was added to the Player and Coach Development Committee prior to the interview process for the Director of Player and Coach Development. The committee members are Mark Hentges, Jeff Martin, Mark Mohar and Jeff Opperman.
Steve Krampf and Tadd Tuomie made a presentation as finalists for the Director of Player and Coach Development to the 16 attendees at an Open Forum on Thursday, August 31 at the New Brighton Family Service Center. Thank you to all who attended this forum for your written comments regarding each candidate. The new Director of Player and Coach Development will be on the ice starting with warm-ups the week of September 11.   
                Irondale Youth Hockey Association (IYHA) Board Members 2006-2007
Vice President
Cheryl Mason
651-639-1543 (h)
Tom O’Keefe
651-785-0266 (h)
Niki Gjere
612-273-6439 (w)
651-270-8551 (cell)
612-527-7437 (pager)
Ice Commissioner
Jackie Rog
651-636-6978 (h)
Boys Program Coordinator
Mark Mohar
651-639-1908 (h)
Girls Program Coordinator
Initiation Coordinator
Bob Gabler
651-697-4708 (h)
Randy Bortot
763-784-9557 (h)
952-475-4045 (Work)
Jeanne Falconer
763-458-5946 (cell)
651-486-1235 (w)
District Representative
Tom Welty
763-780-4865 (h)
612-508-4833 (cell)
Non-Board Position:
ACE Coordinator
Player Development Committee
IYHA Board Meetings are open meetings.
Please feel free to come to the meetings. If you wish to have a copy of any information which is distributed at any meeting, please email or call Niki and it will be mailed to you. Upcoming dates for 2005 Board meetings are the
third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Our meetings have at in the New Brighton Family Service Center.
2006: September 21, October 19, November 16, December 14 (December meeting week changed due to holiday).
NOTE: If you wish to be on the agenda for the meeting, please contact Sue Sentieri.
Lake Region Board Meetings:
Lake Region Hockey meetings are open meetings. Contact Jeanne Falconer for dates and times of the next meetings.
There have been several teams that have sponsors for their teams. These are listed below. This part of the newsletter will continue throughout the rest of the IYHA season. Please notify Niki Gjere of any additions or corrections. (Please forward information about websites and addresses, etc.) Many thanks to our sponsors!
IYHA: **Champp’s New Brighton**Culvers of St. Anthony**New Brighton Sportsmen’s Club**
**Lake Region Hockey Association**Minnesota Wild**Lady Slipper**Premier Banks**John Dalnes Masonry**Torri Johnson**
12U Maroon: **Real Estate Appraisals and Inspections, Inc.**FujiYa**
10U Gold:    **FujiYa**
Bantam A: **Applebee’s**
Pee Wee B: **Quality Post Service**Harold Johnson family (Grandfather of Rob Hunt)**
Squirt B:    **Midwest Motor Express**
Squirt C:  **Dave’s Sport Shop**Western Bank**
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 Board Meeting Minutes:
IYHA Meeting: August 17, 2006Note: These minutes have not been approved. They will be reviewed, corrected as needed, and approved at the next regular Board of Directors Meeting.
Meeting called to order by President Sue Sentieri 6:30 p.m. in the New Brighton Family Service Center.
Board of Directors Members Present:                    Sue Sentieri, Niki Gjere, Jeanne Falconer, Mark Mohar, Tom Welty, Tom O’Keefe, Randy Bortot, Bob Gabler, Cheryl Mason.
Board of Directors Members Absent:     (all present)            
Guests:                                                                   Steve Anderson (Tri-City member), Sue Price (Tri-City member), Mitch Trombley (Tri-City member), Charlie Neumann (Tri-City member), Jackie Rog, Doug Loahr, Brent Eilefson. 
Meeting agenda reviewed, accepted with addition of IYHA sponsorship day discussion. Meeting minutes reviewed. Motion to accept as presented, (TW ) ( JF ), motion carried.
Old business and guests:
Guests: Tri-City Youth Hockey Association.
Steve Anderson spoke, has a PeeWee son and has coached PeeWee teams. Can there be discussion about waivering kids in as individual players or as a team? Sue states we cannot do anything—the player needs to be waived out by their home Association and District. It is a policy that we do not allow players that are waived in to try out at the A level, it is on the agenda for this meeting. Reported there has been discussion with the District Director and he would entertain this option of having them waivered out. First year – 6 kids, Second Year – 8 kids. 13 skaters and 1 goalie. One player was a first year skater. If that group stayed together, would play most likely at the B level. If could participate individually, would have a few at the A level, few at the B, and a few at the C. Would like to do this to allow the kids to play at their appropriate levels. Last year they played at the B2 level, and there were kids that were overmatched. Would ask for a one year commitment. Not looking for a merger, not looking for a rainbow. If they are not going to have a team for Tri-City, need to sell some ice time. If the kids cannot try out, most likely would keep the team together at Tri-City as has done in the past. Action: Sue will follow up with Mitch after discussion tonight.
Ice Commissioner / Ice Committee: Jackie Rog has stepped forward stating she is interested in filling position as Ice Commissioner. She states will do her best to get the ice for the teams that are needed. Cheryl states that Jackie would have a lot of help Motion to accept Jackie Rog as our Ice Commissioner, (TW), (MM). Motion carried. Jackie will work with Cheryl to transition everything over. Ice should be completed now. Waiting for only a few more hours at the Super Rink. Warm ups and Tryout hours are done. Action: Jackie will email the arenas and ask them when the billing dates are.
Let’s Play Hockey Day: Cheryl Mason. We have given out approximately 800 flyers. Will continue giving them out at various activities. Parade distribution was very successful. Super Rink for 2 hours, no conflict with any other event in our Association. Need to get parents and players there. Recommend information be there about registration. Let’s Play Hockey—helpful to used equipment there to try out. Need to have all people on the ice to complete a waiver. Action: Sue will check on the waiver of liability. Action: Randy will check on skates that are available. Action: Sue will ask Al Morelli if he will bring skates.
Tournament Review: Cheryl Mason. Pushing for a meeting—would rather have planning via email method. Sue had received an email—requesting that teams get entered soon. On the Mounds View website, it states that the Tournament is run by Mounds View. Need to form a Tournament Committee. Brian Johnson is willing to work on the tournament again.
Team Pictures Update: Niki Gjere (for Vice President section). Proposals reviewed that were sent in. Tom notes that Varsity would be able to provide action photos services if they are selected to do the still photos. (Niki hadn’t noticed that sentence, with that intent.) Will review the proposals and discuss and decide at the next meeting. We cannot make a decision about the action photos for the Tournament. That needs to be done by the Tournament Committee. Motion to table the decision until next Board meeting (JF) (NG), Motion carried. Action: Niki will call / email Varsity to see if they are willing to do the still photos if the tournament piece is pulled out.
New Business
Policy on Playing Level for Players Waiving in to IYHA: In the past, there was a policy that players that waiver in do not play at the A level. This is documented in the old IYHA Handbook. Cheryl has talked with the Initiation coaches and there is a belief that it is a stronger program to allow players to play at the level that they are most appropriate. Doug Loahr supports this framework—he has two sons that play PeeWee level. We are looking for players at the PeeWee level. This year, we are looking at 31 skaters and 6 goalies. Right now we would have two teams and 3 goalies per team. Discussion about fairness for kids that are waivering in. Discussion about developing the Irondale players. Discussion about a B player playing at the A level, is this detrimental to the player? Conversely, is this helpful for the development of the player to be practicing and playing at a higher level? Player development has been an issue for us in the past—working to correct this. Concern about losing players and our dwindling numbers. Would our first obligation be to picking up District 1 players before going outside the District? Waiver policy for discussion at the President’s meeting might be geared more toward waivering players in, rather than out; purpose of the discussion is to have a consistent policy. There is a thought (per Tom) that they would like to discourage waivering players out of District 1. Would like to have the President’s meeting before September 15th. Having a blanket waiver policy may not be helpful to Irondale—because it would seriously limit us. The greater need for the Association may be to have competitive teams. There is no other Association that has an open waiver policy—the word gets out and then Irondale players and families are disenfranchised and decide not to play hockey. Several questions remain. What is the significance for Irondale Players to have players waive in and tryout for A level. Recommend a meeting with the Pee Wee player parents and check with District 1 about their policy / belief about what we need to do with internal District Associations. We can field unlimited numbers of B teams and C teams. Tri-City is going to talk with Spring Lake Park next week—so far they have had initial discussion and they may waiver in unconditionally. Motion that upon discussion with the PeeWee parents and District 1 approval; allow the Tri-City PeeWee players to waive in and try out at all levels (including A); for the 2006-2007 season only; this is not precedent setting and does not overturn previous Board policy (TW), motion withdrawn. Motion: We conduct a special Board of Directors meeting to address the waiver issue as it relates to the PeeWees and any other pertinent agenda topics (specifically the Player Development Position) (BG) (RB), Discussion, motion carried. Meeting will be set for Tuesday, August 29th at 6:30 p.m. Room to be determined.  
Generic emails: Bob Gabler. Asking if we could set up generic emails. Action: Niki will ask the IYHA webmaster if this is available. We need to evaluate the whole website, need to wait until season gets into gear before we work on website. Possibly October. .
Asthma Program for Coaches: program developed by Minnesota Department of Health. Tom has seen this and gone through this. Would encourage that we do this.  Website is:
Manager / Treasurer Meeting: usually happens right after the teams are formed. Helpful to get the message out that ice time collection needs to happen earlier. Meetings have not been set up yet. Tom and Cheryl will get together to set up the meetings.
Sponsorship day: Cheryl Mason. This has been set up. Really working hard to have it be successful. Show up at Irondale High School to be deployed. Great opportunity for fundraising!
Budgets: Distributed tentative budgets.
·          Secretary budget, motion to approve (JF) (MM). Discussion. Motion carried.
·          Registration coordinator budget: Reviewed. Discussion. Really need to flyer the schools, District may give us funds for flyers. Will bump toner price up to $90.00. Will eliminate the second New Brighton Bulletin advertisement. Motion to approve the Registration Coordinator budget (MM) (BG), discussion. Motion carried.
·          Equipment budget, discussion about the possibility of having a jersey fund. Should start saving up for it. Suggest $25 per player on each traveling team and set aside for a specific fund. If we get corporate funds, then it would go into that fund. Will set that aside for right now, it does not have anything for this year’s budget (separate decision and issue). Motion to approve Equipment budget (BG) (CM), discussion. Motion carried.
·          Reviewed cash flow budget draft. Discussion about ice costs and when the bills come due.
·          In the past each team was billed for administrative costs fund. Is this something that we should look at for future? Ongoing discussion needed. Will continue this work.
Motion to adjourn meeting (TW) (NG), Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 9:20 p.m.
Notes from Board of Directors meeting on August 29, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. Working meeting.
Present:                   Sue Sentieri, Randy Bortot, Tom O’Keefe, Cheryl Mason, Bob Gabler, Jeanne Falconer, Jackie Rog, Niki Gjere, Mark Mohar.
Guests:                   Tim Fredberg, Mark Hentges, Tori Johnson, Rob Hunt, Tadd Tuomie, Rich Sonterre, Lauri McDaniel, Dale Aukee, Barb Lucarelli, John Donovan, Rick LaPorte, Barry Rog, Jim Cich, Patty Fredberg, Monica Crandall, Colin Crandall, Gordy Druvenga, Doug Loahr, Pat O’Connor, Mark Rupp.
Meeting has two purposes, to hear from Pee Wee Parents and finish budget discussion for voting at regular board meeting. There are 14 Pee Wee players and parents from Tri-City that want to waiver into our program, and want to try out at all levels. They do have an Association—they have waived their Bantams and 14U girls to Brooklyn Park. They intended to meet with Spring Lake Park, unsure of that outcome. The Tri-City parents that had come to the meeting stated they had not contacted all of the players and parents; they had contacted most of them.
Next year Pee Wee teams at IYHA are planned to be A and C. Sue had contacted the District 3 Director; he did not know there this request from Tri-City was happening. Much discussion. Strong concerns about having A and C teams, will work on having A and B teams for Pee Wees. Motion: to suspend the bylaws for the purpose of making a motion to deal with the Pee Wee vote (TO) (CM), motion failed. Needed 6 of 9 Board of Directors members to vote to suspend by-laws to allow a motion to vote.
(Note: See information below about by-laws.)
Mark will work to fill the teams. There are other options about waiving players in to fill out teams.
Budget discussion—reviewed budget proposals, no action taken, will take action at the regular meeting in September.
Per by-laws,
 “C. Special Meetings: A special meeting of the board may be called by any officer of the board, Notification of a special meeting must be given in writing to the board members at least one week prior to the meeting, Notification of a special meeting must be communicated to the members at large at least one week prior to the meeting via publication in at least one newspaper serving the area serviced by the IYHA.”
The by-laws may be suspended:
 “Article VI: Suspension of the By-Laws states: Section 1: Suspension of the By-Laws
These by-laws may be suspended, in case of emergency, by unanimous vote of all present board members at a meeting in which there is a quorum.”
(Additional Note: there was insufficient time to publish the meeting. If you wish to have a complete copy of the by-laws, please email Niki Gjere. I will ask our webmaster to place them on the website.)