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  • Billings Amateur Hockey League
    Hello From The BAHL Office! Wow, we are on the backside of the hockey season already! It doesn t seem possible that there are only 10 weeks of hockey
    Message 1 of 92 , Jan 20, 2011

      Hello From The BAHL Office! 


      Wow, we are on the backside of the hockey season already!  It doesn’t seem possible that there are only 10 weeks of hockey remaining!  I am thinking about the end of the season already because we have so much to do this summer.  One of our major undertakings this summer will be the painting of the support beams and fixing our concrete walls at both ends of the arena.  These walls are made of concrete blocks which have settled causing the mortar between the blocks to crack.  This is a safety issue that we have to address this summer.  Have you been looking around the arena and seeing some areas that you would have a suggestion to improve?  Now is the time for you to share your ideas so we have time to plan for them!


      The BAHL annual meeting and elections will be held on April 4th.  More details about time and location will follow.  Now is the time to consider putting your name in for an open board position or if you know of someone that would be a good addition to our board, talk with them about it.  We will begin taking nominations for the open positions in February.


      We have a few youth games this weekend along with some adult times as follows:  Saturday @ 8:30 am Squirt B Game, 2:45 pm Squirt A Game, 4:30-8:00 pm Adult Hockey, 8:15 pm Squirt B Game.  Sunday @ 10:45 am Squirt A Game


      Magazine Fundraiser:


      Next week your team manager will be distributing information about our magazine fundraiser.  This is an easy way for the BAHL to receive funds – no door to door selling is required or asked from you, just renew your existing subscriptions or add a new magazine and talk with your extended family about their magazine renewals.  This fundraiser is for the benefit of the BAHL.  Money earned from this fundraiser will go to the BAHL general fund and be used to help cover the cost of our summer projects (support beam painting, concrete wall fixing, sprinkler system repairs, etc.). 


      Casino Night:


      The board is excited to announce the return of our fundraiser, Casino Night, set for April 30th.  This is a big opportunity for the league to raise funds for our must-do arena projects such as painting the beams.  Your help is needed for this event to work.  A committee is being formed to make the arrangements for this event.  Please contact me or a board member right away if you are interested in serving on this committee, or if you would be willing to head up the committee for this event.


      Member Feedback Wanted:


      Please take the time during your listed practice to give the board feedback on your hockey experience this season and make suggestions on ways we could improve our program. 


      February 22:  Varsity @ 4:45 pm; Squirt House @ 6:00 pm

      February 23:  Mites @ 6:30 pm; U16 @ 7:45 pm

      February 24:  Squirt Travel @ 6:00 pm; Peewee Travel @ 7:15 pm, U15 House @ 8:30 pm


      Spreading the Word:


      Our Billboard advertising is back up in two locations right now – Grand and Rehberg and again at the location on Monad.  These Billboards (space donated by Lamar Advertising) generated a lot of interest in our hockey and skating programs the first time they were up earlier this season.  Thanks to Lamar for their support!


      Summer Plans?


      The Billings Bulls camp information and registration form has been added to the website on the youth hockey page – get your registration in early!


      Boys & Girls Festival:


      The annual festival will be held March 10-13 in Helena.  On the main page of our website is a download link for more information on the festival and the application necessary for attendance.  The festival is open to players born in 1993-1998. 


      Billings Community:


      A project to improve Swords park on the rims in Billings is up for a $250,000 grant through the Pepsi Refresh Project.  If you are interested in voting for this project, please visit this link:  http://www.refresheverything.com/swordsforkids


      Until next week!


      Chandra Picicci

      Director, Billings Amateur Hockey League

      Centennial Ice Arena




    • 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
      Message 92 of 92 , Sep 20, 2012

        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.


        Peewee Tryouts:


        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.


        Public Skate:


        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!

        Rental Equipment:


        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.


        Registration Discount:


        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!


        Chandra Picicci

        Director, Billings Amateur Hockey League

        Centennial Ice Arena




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