Hello from the BAHL office!
Good Morning from Centennial Ice Arena! I hope everyone is staying warm today. The Norpac Winter Showcase is officially underway. These three days are a great opportunity to see teams that do not usually travel our way. Try to make some time and come watch a game or two!
This weekend at Centennial:
Today, January 7tth, starts the Norpac Winter Showcase at both Centennial Ice Arena and Rimrock Auto Arena. Following is the schedule for Centennial Arena:
9:30 am Yellowstone Quake vs Tri-City Titans
2:00 pm Butte Rough Riders vs River City Jaguars
6:30 pm Missoula Maulers vs Puget Sound Tomahawks
9:30 am Missoula Maulers vs River City Jaguars
2:00 pm Bozeman Ice Dogs vs Puget Sound Tomahawks
6:30 pm Helena Bighorns vs Tri-City Titans
**Following the 6:30 pm game on Friday, January 8th will be public skate**
9:30 am Helena Bighorns vs River City Jaguars
2:00 pm Butte Rough Riders vs Rouge Valley Wranglers
6:30 pm Yellowstone Quake vs Eugene Generals
TICKETS: Tickets will be sold on a per day basis or you can purchase a pass that will get you to all games at that venue. PLEASE NOTE: TICKETS PURCHASED AT RIMROCK ARENA WILL NOT BE VALID AT CENTENNIAL, NOR WILL TICKETS PURCHASED AT CENTENNIAL BE VALID AT RIMROCK ARENA. If you want to watch games at both venues, you will have to purchase separate passes. A day pass for games at Centennial Arena is $10.00. A weekend pass for all three days and all games at Centennial Arena is $25.00.
Ice Is Available!
- Ice available for purchase: January 30th: 12:30 – 2:00 pm and 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Call or email me if you are interested in the ice!
- January 7th: During the Bulls games at Rimrock Arena, the Mites will be skating between periods. During the January 8th game the Squirts will skate and at the January 9th game also at Rimrock Arena, the I.P. players will skate. If you haven’t gotten the info on how this will work, please contact your Age Group Director for details.
- Bitterroot PTA will be part of our public skate on January 23rd – If this is your school and you belong to the PTA, come out and skate! Skate rental is free to Bitterroot PTA members and we will also be donating $1.00 of each admission back to the Bitterroot PTA association. They will skate with us again on February 13th and March 27th.
MAHA Hockey Festival:
The Montana Festival is put on by the Montana Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) and gives players in Montana a chance to compete and meet other players in their respective age groups from around the state. All boys (birth years 93-97) and girls (birth years 92-97) who are residents of Montana are invited to participate. There will be two festivals this year, the girls in Bozeman on February 19, 20, 21, 2010, and the boys in Helena on February 19, 20, 21, 2010.
The cost for participation at the festival is $100.00, of which you receive a jersey and at least 5 hours of ice time with some very good instruction. This year the purpose of the Montana Festival is for skill development, coaching improvement, and the selection of players to represent Montana at the Northern Plains District Development Camp. Girls and Boys selections for the Northern Plains District Camp (NPDC) will occur during this development camp weekend only. Due to concerns about the costs incurred with travel to various venues and the NPDC from previous years, there will be no other scheduled activities (i.e. tournaments) for select team players at this time. Practices for those players selected may be held in April 2010 to prepare the players for the NPDC.
Forms and more information are available on the MAHA website: www.mthockey.com
Over Christmas break, Centennial Ice Arena hosted a number of public skate sessions. They were very successful – the rink took in $3,500 in public skate revenue and $765 in concession sales (these figures don’t take into account expenses in the arena for those events, of course). For the Sunday sessions, we are logging close to 100 skaters! Thanks to our great volunteer crew who helps us keep more of these profits in our rink pockets!
Want to see the Colorado Avalanche play? Want to watch them from a luxury box? Yes? Then you will want to purchase a raffle ticket for $5.00 to win 4 tickets to see the Avalanche vs. the St. Louis Blues on March 6th from a luxury box at the Pepsi Center in Colorado ! Raffle tickets can be purchased starting January 7th during the Norpac Showcase at both Centennial and Rimrock Arenas. Drawing for the winning ticket will be during the January 30th Bulls game. All proceeds from this raffle go to the BAHL.
Our house (Centennial and BAHL) is getting a bit tidier, but we are still working on a few items, namely registration forms and league fee payments. I will be contacting your age group director and/or team manager regarding missing forms that are required for your player to be on a team or skate with the BAHL. Please help us out by completing any necessary forms quickly so we can move past this.
Big THANK YOU’S:
We would very much like to give a big thank you and round of applause to: Dave Jones (it is so nice having doors that actually close), Hertz Plumbing, Tractor & Equipment Co., JR Electric. Their time and effort to help with repairs is greatly appreciated!
Until next week!
League Director, Billings Amateur Hockey League
Hello From The BAHL Office!
Ice looks great, the arena looks great and the number of skaters on the ice has been good this week. One more week of our September schedule which is mainly drop-in sessions and then we move to our October practice schedule. Don’t forget that you can view the arena schedule at any time through our website at www.centennialicearena.net, just choose the “view schedule” tab on the left side of the page.
Do you have a skater who is at least 16 years of age? Does this skater need or want a job during the hockey season? The arena is hiring for skate guards to help during public skate this season. We will work around travel team schedules. Send the office an email if you or your skater is interested.
This weekend is the Peewee Travel Team tryout sessions: Saturday @ 7:00 pm, Sunday @ 10:00 am and Sunday @ 5:00 pm. Peewee parent meeting will be held during the Sunday 5:00 pm session. Remember that your skater needs to attend two of the three sessions.
Our regular season public skate sessions start this weekend! Saturday and Sunday afternoon 1:00-2:45 pm both days. Next week our Tuesday and Thursday noon sessions start as well (12:00-1:45 pm both days).
Ostby Orthodontics will offer a free mouthguard fitting which includes a free mouthguard on Sunday, October 7th 3:00-5:00 pm. This fitting will take place at their heights office which is across Wicks Lane by Wal-Mart. All BAHL and Learn to Play skaters are welcome to take advantage of this offer!
Did you miss our equipment date yesterday for the first session of Learn to Play? Cristina will be available on Saturday during the Learn to Play session at 12:00 to fit your skater. Please send me an email if you are in need of equipment to get started for this first session.
Mite and Squirt players who need equipment for this season – we will schedule an equipment date for later in October to get you covered.
Help grow the BAHL Girls Program by bringing another girl to the BAHL. Earn a $50 reduction in your player fees for EVERY girl that registers (and pays) with the BAHL this season. There is no limit to the number of female players you get credit for!
Dates to Remember:
September 22/23: Peewee Travel Team tryouts
September 22/23: Learn to Play and Learn to Skate starts
October 7: Mouthguard fitting 3:00-5:00 pm @ Ostby Orthodontics
October 7: Referee Clinic
October 12: First Bulls home game vs Yellowstone Quake
November 3/4: Coaches Clinic
November 3: Try Hockey Free Day 3:00-4:30 pm
Keep up to date with current happenings and both BAHL and arena news by becoming a fan of the BAHL’s Facebook page. Search for Billings Amateur Hockey League to find us or click on the Facebook link on our website!
Until next week!
Director, Billings Amateur Hockey League
Centennial Ice Arena