My name is Devon Stout and I am the Initiation Division Director for the Leduc Minor Hockey Association. I am extremely excited to be a part of your little hockey players start to this beautiful game! I know all of you are getting ready to get started and you have likely begun to see many other divisions on the ice and are wondering when our group gets going. Our first Skate will be on Saturday Sept 30/17 and Sunday Oct 1/17 at the Alex Arena. I am waiting to hear for certain what our start time is and will advise asap. I will be asking all of you that are interested or have applied to coach or assist this year to help us out on the ice those two mornings for evaluations. Please let me know what your availbility is as we currently have 116 registered kids this year so far and will need many hands on deck to move things along as smoothly as possible.
Some important dates for you to note:
Sept 16/17 at 2pm is the "Welcome to LMHA" event being held at the Leduc Public Library. This is for any of you that wish to find out more about our association. Its goals, its vision and current state as it pertains to you and your kids. Our President Rob Critch, Treasurer Jenny Zaporosky, Cory Becker our Director of Player and Coach Development, Denise Broadbent our VP of Female Hockey and I will be on hand to give you a brief presentation and to answer as many of your questions as we can. Please come out and hear it straight from us rather than getting second or third hand information.
Sept 30-Oct 1 will be evaluations. This is simply a tool we use to determine where each player is in their development so we can place them on the appropriate team that best suites their needs to become better hockey players, to enjoy their hockey experience and allows us to manufacture comparable teams for competition in house. Feel free to ask me about this process as I know many people misunderstand its intentions.
Oct 7-9 is Thanksgiving weekend. Typically there is no Initiation hockey scheduled for the long weekend. I plan to have the teams put together and schedules for the following weekend available to you by the evening of Monday Oct 9 so you can schedule yourselves accordingly.
Oct 14-15 will be your first weekend with your new teams. Head Coaches/Team Managers will likely want to meet with the parents to discuss a few things so please be prepared to stay a bit longer than an hour. The Initiation "Coach and Manager Meeting" is being held at the Leduc Public Library at 2pm. This meeting is strongly suggested to the Head Coaches and Team Managers of EACH team so they can be made aware of what LMHA's expectations are and the processes that are critical to our organization and to the development of these players.
Lastly, please be patient with the scheduling at the begining of the season. It is likely that your first few weeks will be a bit frustrating waiting to find out when your child is to be on the ice. There are almost 600 kids in LMHA alone not to mention other groups that also use the 4 ice surfaces in this city. Scheduling ice for all of them is not easy. In the past I have been able to provide a season long schedule to the Initiation group by early November due to our willingness to use the Alex Arena almost exclusively every Saturday and Sunday morning but every year presents its set of challenges.
I am looking forward to meeting you all! see you at the rink!