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  • Sean O'Donnell
    awesome...fyi just updated the website for pre-registration for the fundraiser in April! Let me know if you have any ideas on how to make it better! ...
    Message 1 of 8 , Mar 3, 2010
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      awesome...fyi just updated the website for pre-registration for the fundraiser in April!  Let me know if you have any ideas on how to make it better!
      On Mar 3, 2010, at 7:37 PM, Chandra Picicci wrote:

       

      Hello from the BAHL office! 

       

      Varsity hockey rules the arena for the next 4 days.  Beginning tomorrow 8 MAHA Varsity teams from across Montana will be playing to see who is tops.  The full schedule is listed below – make sure and take the time to come out and support our boys!  Next weekend the little ones take over with a U8 (Mites) tournament.  This year they have 12 teams participating!  Should be a lot of fun –

       

      This weekend at Centennial:

       

      Thursday, March 4th:

      5:00 pm  Havre vs Helena

      7:15 pm  Billings vs Great Falls

       

      Friday, March 5th:

      7:00 am  Butte vs Bozeman

      9:15 am  Missoula vs Glacier

      11:30 am  Havre vs Great Falls

      1:45 pm  Billings vs Helena

      4:00 pm  Skills Competition

      6:00 pm  Missoula vs Butte

      8:15 pm  Bozeman vs Glacier

       

      Saturday, March 6th:

      6:30 am  Helena vs Great Falls

      8:45 am  Billings vs Havre

      11:00 am  Missoula vs Bozeman

      1:15 pm  Learn To Skate

      2:15 pm  Butte vs Glacier

      4:30 pm  PUBLIC SKATE

      6:45 pm  Crossover Game

      9:00 pm  Crossover Game

       

      Sunday, March 7th:

      11:00 am  Consolation Game

      1:00 pm  Championship Game

       

      Ice Anyone?

       

      There is only a little bit of ice still available before we are done for the season.  If you are looking for an extra hour for practice or to have a party – send me an email with your request and I can let you know what is available.

       

      Tournaments/ Events:

       

      March 12-14:  Mite House Tournament

      April 9-11:  Adult Hockey League Tournament

      April 16-18:  Big Sky State Games

       

      Schedule Changes:

       

      -          NO BAHL practices or games March 4th – 7th due to High School State Tournament

       

       

      Upcoming Events:

       

      -          Initiation Program Parent Meeting will be held during practice on March 20th.

      -          Annual Board Meeting & Elections will be held April 7th at 6:00 pm.  Meeting will be held at the Mansfield Center on the St. Vincent Healthcare campus.  Keep those names coming to me for nominations to the board for next season!

      -          Big Sky State Games is April 16 – 18, 2010.  Visit www.bigskygames. org for registration forms and more information on putting together a hockey team to compete!

      -          Billings Bulls Youth Hockey Skills camp at Centennial August 2-6, 2010.  The Bulls will be returning this summer with Al Bloomer and other guest coaches to provide over 12 hours of on-ice sessions as well as off-ice, dry land training.  There will be more information when it becomes available on our website in the Youth Hockey link.

      -          Planet Hockey is coming back to Centennial August 9-13, 2010.  Visit this web page for more information about our camp:  http://dnet. planethockey. com/camps/.  We will also have Planet Hockey brochures & registration forms in the lobby by the concession stand.  If we fill this camp, Planet Hockey makes a donation back to our league!

       

      Let Your Voice Be Heard:

       

      Parent meetings have been scheduled!  These meetings will each be attended by at least two board members.  The meetings are a way for you to have a say in what happens in this rink and with your hockey program.  Each meeting will last only as long as the practice during which they are scheduled.  Parents that attend are asked to bring their ideas, suggestions, and/or concerns in writing so they can be kept for consideration when formal season planning takes place this summer.

       

      These sessions are not the place to air direct concerns about a specific coach, parent or player.  If you have this type of concern, please send it in writing to either myself or to the BAHL Board .   

       

      The schedule for these meetings is as follows – please attend during your player’s age division:

       

      Mites:  March 10th @ 6:00 pm or March 17th @ 6:00 pm

      Squirts:  March 9th @ 6:00 pm

      Squirt A/B:  March 11th @ 6:00 pm

      Peewee A:  March 16th @ 7:15 pm

      Peewee B:  March 15th @ 7:15 pm

      U15:  March 15th @ 8:30 pm

      JV:  March 16th @ 8:30 pm

      Varsity:  March 9th @ 4:45 pm

       

      Please remember that these meetings are intended for Board members to listen to your ideas, your positive comments about the program and your concerns regarding the program but not a place to engage in arguments or long discussions about what might be or what might have been.  If you have any question about these meetings, please give me a call –

       

      Yeah Peewees!:

       

      Congrats go out to both our MAHA Peewee travel teams!  This past weekend in Bozeman the Peewee A team skated to the MAHA State Championship title!  Meanwhile, in Miles City , the Peewee B team placed second in their Championship game.  Way to go skaters! 

       

      Registration:

       

      Registration packet distribution has begun.  If you haven’t had a practice yet, or can’t wait until your next practice to pick up a packet, visit the “Youth Hockey” tab on the website www.centennialicear ena.net and print from home if you desire.

       

      League Service:

       

      Alright, there is only one tournament left where you may be able to finish up your league service hours – the Mite House Tournament, March 12-14.  If you are still looking for a way finish up those hours, give me a call or send an email and I can get you set up.  Age Group Directors and Team Managers:  I will need you to update your league service lists soon and turn them in by the end of the season.  If your team has completed all their hours, you may submit your list at any time.

       

      Until next week!

       

      Chandra Picicci

      League Director, Billings Amateur Hockey League

      256-1192

      director@centennial icearena. net

       



    • Chandra Picicci
      Hello from the BAHL office! Look out - here come the little ones! Lots of under 8 hockey players (Mites) takeover the arena this weekend! Schedule is listed
      Message 2 of 8 , Mar 11, 2010
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        Hello from the BAHL office! 

         

        Look out – here come the little ones!   Lots of under 8 hockey players (Mites) takeover the arena this weekend! Schedule is listed below and on the website.  Should be lots of fun – take some time to show support for our youngest hockey players.  Check out the updates to the public skate portion of our website which now shows a current public skate schedule which is expanded for the week of spring break.

         

        This weekend at Centennial:

         

        Friday, March 12th:

        4:45 pm  FSCB Learn-To-Skate

        6:00 pm  Billings Teal vs Bozeman

        7:00 pm  Miles City vs Gillette

        8:15 pm  Billings White vs Casper

         

        Saturday, March 13th:

        7:00 am  Gillette vs Billings Teal

        8:15 am  Billings Maroon vs Bozeman

        8:15 am  I.P.

        9:15 am  Helena vs Great Falls 2

        9:15 am  Cody vs Great Falls 1

        10:30 am  Casper vs Miles City

        11:30 am  Bozeman vs Billings White

        12:45 pm  Great Falls 1 vs Bozeman

        12:45 pm  Helena vs Cody

        2:00 pm  Learn to Skate

        3:00 pm  Billings Teal vs Miles City

        4:00 pm  Great Falls 2 vs Cody

        4:00 pm  Billings Maroon vs Helena

        5:15 pm  Billings White vs Gillette

        6:15 pm  Casper vs Bozeman

        7:30 pm  Bozeman vs Great Falls 2

        7:30 pm  Great Falls 1 vs Billings Maroon

        8:30 pm  5th vs 6th Full Ice

         

        Sunday, March 14th:

        8:00 am  3rd vs 4th Full Ice

        9:15 am  5th vs 6th Half Ice

        9:15 am  3rd vs 4th Half Ice

        10:30 am  1st vs 2nd Half Ice

        11:45 am  1st vs 2nd Full Ice

         

        Ice Anyone?

         

        March 20th from 8:00 pm on is available and Sunday, March 21st before 9:30 am is available.  Friday, March 26th after 7:00 pm is available, Saturday March 27th after 7:30 pm is available and Sunday March 28th 11:15 am – 12:45 pm is available.  Please call or email me if you are interested in purchasing some extra ice. 

         

        Tournaments/Events:

         

        April 7th @ 6:00 pm:  BAHL Annual Board meeting and election.  Location:  Mansfield Center on the St. V’s campus.  Parking is available in the lot across the street from the main entrance on N. 30th or on the street.

        April 9-11:  Adult Hockey League Tournament

        April 16-18:  Big Sky State Games

         

         

        Upcoming Events:

         

        -          Initiation Program Parent Meeting will be held during practice on March 20th.

        -          Drop-In Hockey sessions will begin in April.  A full schedule will be posted soon!

        -          Blades for Billings Casino Night April 17th 7:00 – 11:00 pm

        -          Big Sky State Games is April 16 – 18, 2010.  Visit www.bigskygames.org for registration forms and more information on putting together a hockey team to compete!

        -          Billings Bulls Youth Hockey Skills camp at Centennial August 2-6, 2010.  The Bulls will be returning this summer with Al Bloomer and other guest coaches to provide over 12 hours of on-ice sessions as well as off-ice, dry land training.  EARLY REGISTRATION discount ends April 1st!  Profit from the camp is shared with the Bulls and BAHL

        -          Planet Hockey at Centennial August 9-13, 2010.  Visit this web page for more information about the camp:  http://dnet.planethockey.com/camps/.  EARLY REGISTRATION discount ends March 31st.  If we fill this camp, Planet Hockey makes a donation back to our league!

         

        Let Your Voice Be Heard:

         

        The first few parent meetings have been great!  Please make plans to attend if you would like to speak directly with board members about what’s happening at the rink or with the league.  This is a great way to have your ideas or concerns heard. The schedule for these meetings is as follows – please attend during your player’s age division:

         

        Mites:  March 17th @ 6:00 pm

        Squirt A/B:  March 11th @ 6:00 pm

        Peewee A:  March 16th @ 7:15 pm

        Peewee B:  March 15th @ 7:15 pm

        U15:  March 15th @ 8:30 pm

        JV:  March 16th @ 8:30 pm

         

        Please remember that these meetings are intended for Board members to listen to your ideas, your positive comments about the program and your concerns regarding the program but not a place to engage in arguments or long discussions about what might be or what might have been.  If you have any questions about these meetings, please give me a call –

         

        Congrats Varsity Team!:

         

        What a great weekend of hockey!  The Varsity tournament did not disappoint – lots of great hockey was played.  Your Varsity team played their hearts out earning a spot in the Championship game on Sunday against Missoula .  Again, this game was very exciting and a close game all the way through.  Our boys came up one goal short in overtime, placing Second.  The team has earned a spot in the Northern Plains District Regional Tournament March 18-21!  Congrats boys and good luck in at Regionals!  Thank you to all the volunteers and rink employees who helped make the tournament a great success.

         

        Registration:

         

        There are two changes that need to be made to the Registration information that has been distributed.  1.  The fundraising page incorrectly shows that selling 5 calendars will re-coop the fundraising fee when it should state that 10 calendars would need to be sold.  2.  The early registration date has been moved to June 1st.  There was concern that the April 1st date is just too close and we agree!  As soon as the fundraising mistake was found, a new page was printed and inserted in the packet so you may have gotten a corrected version.

         

        League Service:

         

        Just think -  you could earn league service hours for next season before this season is officially over!  There are quite a few opportunities to do just that:  The Adult Hockey Tournament April 9-11 will need concession stand volunteers,  Blades for Billings Casino Night fundraiser will need some volunteers, Big Sky State Games April 16-18 will need concession stand volunteers, and the ice will be coming out soon which requires a lot of extra help.  If you are interested in helping with any of the above activities, please send me an email and I will get you on the schedule.  These hours must be documented in order to count for next season – so please contact me to get on the schedule.

         

        Casino Night:

         

        The Blades for Billings Annual Fundraiser is returning.  This year will be a Casino Night!  Mark your calendars for April 17th 7:00 – 11:00 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn.  Join in the Texas Hold’em poker tournament or a round of Bingo, come to bid on the silent auction items or just come for the fun!  Visit our website for information on how to sign up.  Volunteers will also be welcomed during the event – if you are interested in earning hours for next season by working this event, please send me an email.

         

        Until next week!

         

        Chandra Picicci

        League Director, Billings Amateur Hockey League

        256-1192

        director@...

         

         

      • Chandra Picicci
        Hello from the BAHL office! Well the cuteness factor was definitely raised this past weekend with the Mite Tournament. It was so enjoyable to watch them play
        Message 3 of 8 , Mar 18, 2010
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          Hello from the BAHL office! 

           

          Well the cuteness factor was definitely raised this past weekend with the Mite Tournament.  It was so enjoyable  to watch them play – especially when they were having so much fun!  Congrats to the Mite division parents who did a great job putting together a wonderful tournament.  There were lots of happy faces in the rink all weekend.

           

          This hockey season is coming to a close very fast.  The last official day of this season is March 31st which happens to be in the middle of spring break.  So, if you are not planning to be at your practice those last few days let your coach know so they can plan accordingly.  Just because the season comes to an end doesn’t mean we stop playing hockey though!  Look further down this email for a drop-in schedule starting April 1st which is also posted on the website.

           

          This weekend at Centennial:

           

          Friday, March 19th:

          4:45 pm  FSCB Learn-To-Skate

          6:00 pm  Billings Teal vs Bozeman

          7:30 pm  Private Rental:  Skyview Club

           

          Saturday, March 20th:

          8:15 am  I.P.

          9:30 am  Mites (Mite age I.P. skaters are invited to skate with)

          10:45 am  Mites

          12:00 pm  Learn to Skate

          1:00 pm  Public Skate

          3:15 pm  99 Thunderblades

          5:30 pm  Private Rental:  FSCB

          6:45 pm  Private Rental:  Stampede Hockey

           

          Sunday, March 14th:

          9:45 am  99 Thunderblades

          1:00 pm  Public Skate

          3:15 pm  Learn to Skate

          4:30 pm  OFS

           

          Ice Anyone?

           

          Friday, March 26th after 7:00 pm is available, Saturday March 27th after 7:30 pm is available and Sunday March 28th 11:15 am – 12:45 pm is available.  Please call or email me if you are interested in purchasing some extra ice. 

           

          Upcoming Events:

           

          -          Initiation Program Parent Meeting will be held during practice on March 20th.

          -          Senior Recognition Night:  March 24th 7:00 pm at Centennial.  All graduating BAHL seniors will be honored.  Everyone is welcome to attend!

          -          Adult Hockey League Tournament April 9 – 11

          -          Blades for Billings Casino Night April 17th 7:00 – 11:00 pm

          -          Big Sky State Games is April 16 – 18, 2010.  Visit www.bigskygames.org for registration forms and more information on putting together a hockey team to compete!

          -          Billings Bulls Youth Hockey Skills camp at Centennial August 2-6, 2010.  EARLY REGISTRATION discount ends April 1st!  Profit from the camp is shared with the Bulls and BAHL.

          -          Planet Hockey at Centennial August 9-13, 2010.  Visit this web page for more information about the camp:  http://dnet.planethockey.com/camps/.  EARLY REGISTRATION discount ends March 31st.  If we fill this camp, Planet Hockey makes a donation back to our league!

           

          Annual Meeting & Election:

           

          The Billings Amateur Hockey League Annual Meeting and board member election is April 7th @ 6:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at the Mansfield Center on the St. V’s campus.  Parking is available in the lot across the street from the main entrance on N. 30th or on the street.  We have quite a few names on the list for potential board members.  It is not too late to be considered for a board position – if you are interested in running for a position, send me and email or call the office.

           

          BAHL members receive one vote for each BAHL registered player from the current season.  Each parent does not get to vote per registered player.  For example, if there are three children from the same family registered with the BAHL, then the family will receive three ballots to complete at the meeting.

           

          Current board members whose term is over this season but are seeking re-election for another term are: 

           

          -          Rob Gagnon:  Rob has been a board member for the past three seasons.  Rob was a Director at Large and served on the Coaches Committee.  Rob has one son playing in the Squirt division this season.

           

          -          Glynis Gibson :  Glynis has been a board member for the past two seasons, serving as Secretary for the board.  Glynis has one player in the BAHL this season on the Varsity team.

           

          -          Pat Picicci:  Pat has been a board member for the past two seasons.  Pat was a Director at Large and also served on the Coaches Committee.  He has three children in the BAHL in the Varsity, U15 and I.P. divisions.

           

          -          Sean O’Donnell:  Sean has been a board member for the past three seasons, serving as President for the past two seasons of his term.  He has two players in the BAHL in the Squirt and I.P. divisions this season.

           

          BAHL Members who have accepted nominations for next season are as follows (with a bit of background information on each):

           

          -          Julie Reimche:  Julie has three children skating in the BAHL and has been involved with the BAHL for 4 seasons.  Julie is a level two coach and has coached both mites and squirt teams.  Her children will be in the Mite, Squirt and Bantam age divisions next season.

           

          -          Kris Brester:  Kris has two children in the Mite program and a third that will begin the I.P. program next season.  Kris coached in the Mite program this season.  Kris also plays in and is President of the Magic City Adult Hockey Association.

           

          -          Jeff Wilson:  Jeff recently moved to Billings from Red Lodge where he owned and operated the Best Western Lupine Inn for 23 years.  Jeff’s son has been playing hockey with the BAHL since 1997 and played this season with the Butte Roughriders.  Jeff is also a level 3 certified coach. 

           

          -          Eric Barnhart:  Eric is a supervisor for the Billings and Bozeman offices of the FBI.  Eric’s son is new to hockey, playing as a Mite this season and moving up to Squirts for next year.  Eric and his wife have also decided to take up hockey and play in the adult league.

           

          -          Layne Martin:  Layne has two children, one is currently a BAHL player in the Peewee division.  Layne is employed in sales by Motor Power Equipment.  Layne has enjoyed the positive experiences his son has had through hockey.

           

          -          Todd Young:  Todd is a Mite coach, where his son also plays and an off-ice officials for the Bulls.  Todd does a lot of off-season work at the rink from helping with the Motorcycle Hill Climb fundraiser to repainting nets and laying the new ice for the season.

           

          -          Keith Keierleber:  Keith has been involved with the BAHL as a coach, previous board member, referee and parent for the past 20 years.  Keith’s two boys are playing in the Peewee and Bantam divisions.

           

          -          Shane Coleman:  Shane has two kids in the Mite program and has been a coach in the Mite division for the past two seasons.  Shane grew up playing hockey on the outdoor rink on the westend and now plays in the adult hockey league.

           

          Registration:

           

          There are two changes that need to be made to the Registration information that has been distributed.  1.  The fundraising page incorrectly shows that selling 5 calendars will re-coop the fundraising fee when it should state that 10 calendars would need to be sold.  2.  The early registration date has been moved to June 1st.  There was concern that the April 1st date is just too close and we agree!  As soon as the fundraising mistake was found, a new page was printed and inserted in the packet so you may have gotten a corrected version.

           

          League Service:

           

          With the hockey season coming to an end, getting volunteer assistance can be more difficult.  Please don’t forget that we still have lots of work to do at the rink and that the ice stays in for a few more weeks with tournaments, Big Sky State Games, Blades for Billings Casino Night, drop-in hockey and public skate.  You could get a really great start to your volunteer hours by continuing to help this season.  Besides the tournaments, volunteers are needed during all our public skate sessions to help with rental skates and working the concession stand.  Taking the ice out is a somewhat messy job that could always use more helping hands!

           

          If you are interested in helping with any of the above activities, please send me an email and I will get you on the schedule.  These hours must be documented in order to count for next season – so please contact me to get on the schedule.

           

          Casino Night:

           

          The Blades for Billings Annual Fundraiser is returning.  This year will be a Casino Night!  Mark your calendars for April 17th 7:00 – 11:00 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn.  Join in the Texas Hold’em poker tournament or a round of Bingo, come to bid on the silent auction items or just come for the fun!  You must be at least 21 years of age to attend this event – no children will be allowed.  Get a sitter and make this a date night!

           

          Visit our website for information on how to sign up.  Volunteers will also be welcomed during the event – if you are interested in earning hours for next season by working this event, please send me an email.

           

          Senior’s Night:

           

          No, I don’t mean the over 65 crowd, but our graduating high school seniors!  March 24th 7:15 – 9:00 pm we will have a special night to recognize and honor both these players and their parents.  The BAHL would like to recognize the hard work and dedication each of these players has put in not only at their respective schools, but during their time as a BAHL member and their parents for their years of dedication as a “hockey mom or dad”.  This year’s graduating class is:  Zane Barragree, Austin Bourassa, Sean Corcoran, Ben Gibson, Paul Hoffman, Jake Hoffmann, Matthew Rose, Ray Scherer, Keith Swecker and Kolby Weller.  Please forgive me if your player’s name is not listed – contact me immediately if I have omitted someone.  Everyone is welcome to come out on the 24th and join the festivities!

           

          Drop-In Hockey:

           

          Following is the drop-in schedule for April – cost is $7.00 per session.  Please pay the rink employee before getting on the ice.  If you purchased a drop-in season pass at the beginning of the season, it will be accepted for these sessions.

           

          April 1st:

          6:30 pm  Adult I.P.

          7:45 pm  Over Age 16

          April 3rd:

          11:45 am  U10

          3:15 pm  U15

          4:30 pm  Over Age 16

          April 5th:

          7:00 pm  U15

          8:15 pm  Adult I.P.

          April 6th:

          5:45 pm  U10

          7:00 pm  Over Age 16

          April 7th:

          7:00 pm  U15

          8:15 pm  Adult I.P.

          April 8th:

          5:45 pm  U10

          7:00 pm  Over Age 16

          April 12th:

          7:00 pm  U15

          8:15 pm  Adult I.P.

          April 13th:

          5:45 pm  U10

          7:00 pm Over Age 16

          April 14th:

          7:00 pm  U15

          8:15 pm  Adult I.P.

          April 15th:

          5:45 pm  U10

          7:00 pm  Over Age 16

          April 16-18:  Big Sky State Games

           

          Just a Reminder:

           

          When you receive an email such as this one which uses our BAHL Yahoo Group, do not reply to it.  One of two things can happen when you reply to these emails, either your email will go to all BAHL members or it will go no where.  So, if you want to get in contact with me regarding something you see in one of these emails, please type my email address in to your email program instead of using the reply button.  Thanks for your help on this!

           

          Until next week!

           

          Chandra Picicci

          League Director, Billings Amateur Hockey League

          256-1192

          director@...

           

           

           

           

           

        • Chandra Picicci
          Hello from the BAHL office! How time flies! Spring break is upon us which brings baseball, soccer, and lots of other outside activities, yeah! I hope you
          Message 4 of 8 , Mar 26, 2010
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            Hello from the BAHL office! 

             

            How time flies!  Spring break is upon us which brings baseball, soccer, and lots of other outside activities, yeah!  I hope you won’t forget about the rink too quickly in your need for fresh air and still support the drop-in hockey sessions along with helping fill in our volunteer opportunities for the next few weeks.

             

            The league office will be closed most of next week so another update will not come until after the annual meeting. 

             

            This weekend at Centennial:

             

            Friday, March 26th:

            4:45 pm  FSCB Learn-To-Skate

            6:00 pm  Mites

            7:15 pm  JV

             

            Saturday, March 27th:

            9:30 am  Mites

            10:45 am  I.P. (Red Lodge skaters will be visiting us)

            12:00 pm  Learn to Skate

            1:00 pm  Public Skate

            3:15 pm  Private Rental:  YVFSC

            5:30 pm  Private Rental:  Adult Hockey

             

            Sunday, March 14th:

            1:00 pm  Public Skate

            3:15 pm  Learn to Skate

            4:30 pm  OFS

             

            Ice Anyone?

             

            Available ice on weekends is limited to April 3rd in the morning before 11:30 am or after 8:45 pm.  There are a few slots open during the week after 8:00 pm.  If any of these times work for you, let me know via email.

             

            Upcoming Events:

             

            -          Adult Hockey League Tournament April 9 – 11

            -          Blades for Billings Casino Night April 17th 7:00 – 11:00 pm

            -          Big Sky State Games is April 16 – 18, 2010.  Visit www.bigskygames.org for registration forms and more information on putting together a hockey team to compete!

            -          Billings Bulls Youth Hockey Skills camp at Centennial August 2-6, 2010.  EARLY REGISTRATION discount ends April 1st!  Profit from the camp is shared with the Bulls and BAHL.

            -          Planet Hockey at Centennial August 9-13, 2010.  Visit this web page for more information about the camp:  http://dnet.planethockey.com/camps/.  EARLY REGISTRATION discount ends March 31st.  If we fill this camp, Planet Hockey makes a donation back to our league!

             

            Annual Meeting & Election:

             

            WHEN:  April 7th @ 6:00 pm

            WHERE:  Mansfield Center on the St. V’s campus

             

            BAHL members receive one vote for each BAHL registered player from the current season.  Each parent does not get to vote per registered player.  For example, if there are three children from the same family registered with the BAHL, then the family will receive three ballots to complete at the meeting.  There are six positions open for next season.

             

            Kris Brester, who was on the nomination list, has had to withdraw his name.

             

            Current board members whose term is over this season but are seeking re-election for another term are: 

             

            -          Rob Gagnon:  Rob has been a board member for the past three seasons.  Rob was a Director at Large and served on the Coaches Committee.  Rob has one son playing in the Squirt division this season.

             

            -          Glynis Gibson :  Glynis has been a board member for the past two seasons, serving as Secretary for the board.  Glynis has one player in the BAHL this season on the Varsity team.

             

            -          Pat Picicci:  Pat has been a board member for the past two seasons.  Pat was a Director at Large and also served on the Coaches Committee.  He has three children in the BAHL in the Varsity, U15 and I.P. divisions.

             

            -          Sean O’Donnell:  Sean has been a board member for the past three seasons, serving as President for the past two seasons of his term.  He has two players in the BAHL in the Squirt and I.P. divisions this season.

             

            BAHL Members who have accepted nominations for next season are as follows (with a bit of background information on each):

             

            -          Julie Reimche:  Julie has three children skating in the BAHL and has been involved with the BAHL for 4 seasons.  Julie is a level two coach and has coached both mites and squirt teams.  Her children will be in the Mite, Squirt and Bantam age divisions next season.

             

            -          Jeff Wilson:  Jeff recently moved to Billings from Red Lodge where he owned and operated the Best Western Lupine Inn for 23 years.  Jeff’s son has been playing hockey with the BAHL since 1997 and played this season with the Butte Roughriders.  Jeff is also a level 3 certified coach. 

             

            -          Eric Barnhart:  Eric is a supervisor for the Billings and Bozeman offices of the FBI.  Eric’s son is new to hockey, playing as a Mite this season and moving up to Squirts for next year.  Eric and his wife have also decided to take up hockey and play in the adult league.

             

            -          Layne Martin:  Layne has two children, one is currently a BAHL player in the Peewee division.  Layne is employed in sales by Motor Power Equipment.  Layne has enjoyed the positive experiences his son has had through hockey.

             

            -          Todd Young:  Todd is a Mite coach, where his son also plays and an off-ice officials for the Bulls.  Todd does a lot of off-season work at the rink from helping with the Motorcycle Hill Climb fundraiser to repainting nets and laying the new ice for the season.

             

            -          Keith Keierleber:  Keith has been involved with the BAHL as a coach, previous board member, referee and parent for the past 20 years.  Keith’s two boys are playing in the Peewee and Bantam divisions.

             

            -          Shane Coleman:  Shane has two kids in the Mite program and has been a coach in the Mite division for the past two seasons.  Shane grew up playing hockey on the outdoor rink on the westend and now plays in the adult hockey league.

             

            League Service:

             

            First, THANK YOU to everyone who did their part to make our season a success!  The importance of time spent by you working on behalf of all the kids in this program cannot be stressed enough.  I cannot tell you enough how valuable your involvement in this league is. 

             

            Age Group Directors and Team Managers have been finalizing league service hours for each family in their group.  If you are concerned about your hours, please contact them right away.  I am in the process of gathering that information from each of them so all hours have been accounted for. 

             

            League Service Checks:  For those that have fulfilled their hours, we have two options for the check we are holding for you.  First option is to pick up your check at the arena office – I will need you to contact me via email after spring break for the available times to do this.  Second option – if I do not hear from you by April 9th, I will shred all remaining checks. 

             

            If for some reason you did not submit a league service check and/or you did not complete your required hours, an invoice for $150 will be sent to you in April.  This amount will need to be paid before your player can be registered for next season.

             

            Please don’t forget that we still have lots of work to do at the rink and that the ice stays in for a few more weeks with tournaments, Big Sky State Games, Blades for Billings Casino Night, drop-in hockey and public skate.  You could get a really great start to your volunteer hours by continuing to help this season.  Besides the tournaments, volunteers are needed during all our public skate sessions to help with rental skates and working the concession stand.  Taking the ice out is a somewhat messy job that could always use more helping hands!

             

            If you are interested in helping with any of the above activities, please send me an email and I will get you on the schedule.  These hours must be documented in order to count for next season – so please contact me to get on the schedule.

             

            Casino Night:

             

            The Blades for Billings Annual Fundraiser is returning.  This year will be a Casino Night!  Mark your calendars for April 17th 7:00 – 11:00 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn.  Join in the Texas Hold’em poker or a round of Bingo, come to bid on the silent auction items or just come for the fun!  You must be at least 21 years of age to attend or work at this event – no children will be allowed.  Get a sitter and make this a date night!

             

            Visit our website for information on how to sign up.  Volunteers will also be welcomed during the event – if you are interested in earning hours for next season by working this event, please send me an email.

             

            Drop-In Hockey:

             

            Following is the drop-in schedule for April – cost is $7.00 per session.  Please pay the rink employee before getting on the ice.  If you purchased a drop-in season pass at the beginning of the season, it will be accepted for these sessions.

             

            April 1st:

            6:30 pm  Adult I.P.

            7:45 pm  Over Age 16

            April 3rd:

            11:45 am  U10

            3:15 pm  U15

            4:30 pm  Over Age 16

            April 5th:

            7:00 pm  U15

            8:15 pm  Adult I.P.

            April 6th:

            5:45 pm  U10

            7:00 pm  Over Age 16

            April 7th:

            7:00 pm  U15

            8:15 pm  Adult I.P.

            April 8th:

            5:45 pm  U10

            7:00 pm  Over Age 16

            April 12th:

            7:00 pm  U15

            8:15 pm  Adult I.P.

            April 13th:

            5:45 pm  U10

            7:00 pm Over Age 16

            April 14th:

            7:00 pm  U15

            8:15 pm  Adult I.P.

            April 15th:

            5:45 pm  U10

            7:00 pm  Over Age 16

            April 16-18:  Big Sky State Games

             

             

            Until next week!

             

            Chandra Picicci

            League Director, Billings Amateur Hockey League

            256-1192

            director@...

             

             

             

             

          • Chandra Picicci
            Hello From The BAHL Office! The countdown has begun - there are only 10 more days of ice. It will be a fairly busy ten days with drop-in hockey sessions,
            Message 5 of 8 , Apr 8, 2010
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              Hello From The BAHL Office! 

               

              The countdown has begun – there are only 10 more days of ice.  It will be a fairly busy ten days with drop-in hockey sessions, extra ice purchased by the figure skaters, the Adult Hockey Tournament this weekend and then officially ending our season with Big Sky State Games. 

               

              We will have a short lull in activity at the arena after the ice is taken out, but then we will begin preparing for next season.  In emails to come later, I will have more information about the projects, large and small, that will need to be completed before our season may begin.  Ice will be put back in the arena approximately July 19th

               

              If you have any suggestions on ways we could utilize the arena during the summer that might generate some cash flow for the facility, please send them my way.  Unfortunately the concrete surface is too slippery for rollerblades – so we need alternate ideas:  Broomball games?  Floor hockey tournament?  Flea market?  These are a few of the ideas that have been suggested to me but I would love to hear more and some specifics about how we might make these work for us.  Seems a shame to have this building sit empty for so long…

               

              This Weekend at Centennial:

               

              Friday, April 9th:

              3:00 pm – 12:45 am  Adult Hockey Tournament

               

              Saturday, April 10th:

              7:00 am – 12:15 am  Adult Hockey Tournament

               

              Sunday, April 11th:

              7:30 am – 4:30 pm  Adult Hockey Tournament

              5:00 – 6:00 pm  Private Rental

               

              Upcoming Events:

               

              -          Blades for Billings Casino Night April 17th 7:00 – 11:00 pm

              -          Big Sky State Games is April 16 – 18, 2010.  Visit www.bigskygames.org for registration forms and more information on putting together a hockey team to compete!

              -          Billings Bulls Youth Hockey Skills camp at Centennial August 2-6, 2010.  Profit from the camp is shared with the Bulls and BAHL.

              -          Planet Hockey at Centennial August 9-13, 2010.  Visit this web page for more information about the camp:  http://dnet.planethockey.com/camps/.  If we fill this camp, Planet Hockey makes a donation back to our league!

               

              Introducing:

               

              I would like to introduce you to the new and re-elected members of the BAHL Board of Directors as elected at last night’s annual meeting and election:

               

              Sean O’Donnell, Rob Gagnon, Pat Picicci, Eric Barnhart, Layne Martin & Jeff Wilson

               

              Congrats to each of you!  At the next regular meeting, May 11th, the executive positions will be determined and each board member will join a committee.  Just a reminder:  the BAHL Board meetings are open to all members of the BAHL.  The Board meets the second Monday of every month at 6:00 pm in the arena.  Sometimes this time or location is adjusted, especially during the summer months.  If the time or location is changed, I will notify you in these emails.

               

              Thank You!:

               

              On a somewhat personal note, I would like to acknowledge and thank Glynis Gibson for her many years of service to our great league.  Glynis has put in more hours in this arena than she probably has at her regular employer over the years.  Glynis was a driving force to keep this arena functioning during the lapse between Jeremy’s departure and my hiring.  She has stepped up and worked countless hours without complaint and dealt with my constant barrage of questions as I have settled into this position.  Glynis – THANK YOU!  I am not sure what you are going to do with all this extra time you will now have!!!

               

              League Service:

               

              There is still a need for volunteers to help with the concession stand during the Adult Hockey Tournament and Big Sky State Games next weekend and additional volunteers are still needed for our Casino Night April 17th.  If you are interested in getting a head start on earning next seasons hours, please call or send me an email:  director@...

               

              Casino Night:

               

              This fundraiser is very important to the financial health of our hockey league.  There is a very expensive list of repairs/updates that need to be performed in the arena and to arena equipment this year.  Many of these repairs and updates were scheduled for last summer, but due to financial strains, did not happen.  The Annual Blades for Billings fundraiser goes a long way to help cover these expenses.  Please spread the word to your neighbors, friends, family and coworkers so we have a spectacular event!

               

              WHEN:  April 17th 7:00 – 11:00 pm

              WHERE:  Hilton Garden Inn. 

              WHAT:  Texas Hold’em Poker along with Bingo and a silent auction

              COST:  To participate in the Texas Hold’em Poker - $100. 

              To attend the evening without participating in poker - $25.00.

              RULES:  You must be at least 21 years of age to attend or volunteer at this event. 

              REGISTRATION:  www.centennialicearena.net  If you pre-register for the Texas Hold’em Poker online, you will avoid the $25.00 registration fee.

               

              Returns, Please:

               

              If you borrowed any gear from the BAHL or skates, sticks from Centennial, please make sure they get returned right away.  We seem to be missing a number of smaller size hockey skates.  Some of these skates were given to players to use but have not been returned.  You may return your gear to the rink any evening or during the next two weekends.  After April 18th, please call the league office for a time when you can return the equipment (256-1192)

               

              Found:

               

              This past weekend, a pair of skates was left behind – probably after a public skate or drop-in session.  If you are missing a pair of skates, please call me with the brand and size so we can get you reunited.

               

              Drop-In Hockey:

               

              Following is the drop-in schedule for the remaining days in April – cost is $7.00 per session.  Please pay the rink employee before getting on the ice.  If you purchased a drop-in season pass at the beginning of the season, it will be accepted for these sessions.

               

              April 8th:

              5:45 pm  U10

              7:00 pm  Over Age 16

              April 12th:

              7:00 pm  U15

              8:15 pm  Adult I.P.

              April 13th:

              5:45 pm  U10

              7:00 pm Over Age 16

              April 14th:

              7:00 pm  U15

              8:15 pm  Adult I.P.

              April 15th:

              5:45 pm  U10

              7:00 pm  Over Age 16

               

              Until next week!

               

              Chandra Picicci

              League Director, Billings Amateur Hockey League

              256-1192

              director@...

               

              PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.  IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ON THE ABOVE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEND YOUR EMAIL TO:  director@....  THANK YOU

               

               

            • Chandra Picicci
              Hello From The BAHL Office! The season finale is here. We will end a great year with Big Sky State Games and a fantastic BAHL fundraising event on Saturday,
              Message 6 of 8 , Apr 15, 2010
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                Hello From The BAHL Office! 

                 

                The season finale is here.  We will end a great year with Big Sky State Games and a fantastic BAHL fundraising event on Saturday, Blades for Billings Casino Night.  If you haven’t gotten your registration in for the evening, please do so right away as it makes planning so much easier for our wonderful volunteers that have worked so hard on this event.

                 

                There are still openings in the Texas Hold’em Poker and if you pre-register through our website, you save the $25.00 registration fee.  For everyone else that is attending for the bingo, food, or silent auction items, you can pay the $25.00 entry donation at the door Saturday.  Please remember that this event is not for kids – must be at least 21 years old to attend.

                 

                I will tease you a bit with just a few of the auction items that will be available during the Casino Night:  a USA Hockey jersey autographed by MVP Goalie Ryan Miller, Golf (lots of golf!), handmade gourmet cheesecakes made to order, Grizzlies sports package, Silpada jewelry, a hockey package, and so much more!

                 

                You probably won’t be hearing from me every week through the summer months (yippee you say?).  I will send out emails as necessary when we get further into the summer.  The rink and league office will not be open on a regular basis for the summer – if you are in need of something here at the rink or want to stop by and say hi, call ahead to make sure someone will be here.

                 

                This Weekend at Centennial:

                 

                Friday, April 16th:

                7:00 am – 6:30 pm Figure Skating practice and testing session

                 

                Saturday, April 17th:

                8:00 am – 12:00 pm  Big Sky State Games Figure Skating Events

                1:00 – 9:45 pm  Big Sky State Games Hockey

                 

                Sunday, April 18th:

                8:00 am – 4:30 pm  Big Sky State Games Hockey

                 

                Upcoming Events:

                 

                -          Billings Bulls Youth Hockey Skills camp at Centennial August 2-6, 2010.  Profit from the camp is shared with the Bulls and BAHL.  More information is available on our website:  www.centennialicearena.net

                -          Planet Hockey at Centennial August 9-13, 2010.  Visit this web page for more information about the camp:  http://dnet.planethockey.com/camps/.  If we fill this camp, Planet Hockey makes a donation back to our league!

                 

                Casino Night:

                 

                WHEN:  April 17th 7:00 – 11:00 pm

                WHERE:  Hilton Garden Inn. 

                WHAT:  Texas Hold’em Poker along with Bingo and a silent auction

                COST:  To participate in the Texas Hold’em Poker - $100. 

                To attend the evening without participating in poker - $25.00.

                RULES:  You must be at least 21 years of age to attend or volunteer at this event. 

                REGISTRATION:  www.centennialicearena.net  If you pre-register for the Texas Hold’em Poker online, you will avoid the $25.00 registration fee.

                 

                League Service & Donations:

                 

                As we head into our “off-season” I am working with Bill Tull on a list of specific jobs that will need to be completed before we can put ice in for next season and also other projects that we are wanting to complete.  For the rest of April we will be dormant and allowing the arena to warm up a bit.  Beginning in May will be some needed electrical repairs in the building and painting of the support beams.  Sometime in June we will start with the cleaning and prep work necessary to lay the ice – everything from buffing the dashers to cleaning the rubber mats to painting will need to be done.  The plan will be a 3 week time period when we will swarm the building with volunteers and employees to get the work completed.

                 

                One project that we would like to get started on soon is new coaches lockers and a new goalie equipment storage locker.  If you have access to the building materials that would be used for this (2x4’s, plywood, etc.) and could make arrangements for a donation or discounted purchase price to the league, it would be greatly appreciated.  The coaches lockers are rotting from the bottom up and as anyone who has walked past the goalie storage area knows, that locker has seen better days.  I have a detailed listing of the supplies needed if you would like specifics.

                 

                Congrats!:

                 

                Montana Thunderblades – U16 Tier II AA U.S. National Champions!  That has a nice ring to it!  What a huge accomplishment for this group of very talented Montana hockey players.  We believe that this is the first National title ever earned by a Montana based hockey team.  Congratulation boys!  Local team members and coaches:  Trevor Achenbach, Bobby Dringman, Bradley Hefner, Brady Hefner, Beau Milton, Jason Smith and Kyle Stone.  The coaches of the Thunderblades are our own BAHL Varsity coach, Mark Loeding and Mark Damico who was the BAHL U15 program head coach.

                 

                Thank You!:

                 

                One last thank you to everyone who makes this hockey league and arena such a great place to be every season!  Without all our parents, volunteers, and the donations of time, money and supplies from local businesses, we would not have all that we do.  Our arena may not be the prettiest, newest, or fanciest that you have played hockey in, but it is ours and we should take pride in what we have.  So, thank you for a great season!!!

                 

                Until next week!

                 

                Chandra Picicci

                League Director, Billings Amateur Hockey League

                256-1192

                director@...

                 

                 

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