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OYHA October 2021 Newsletter

By OYHA, 10/07/21, 10:15AM CDT


OYHA October 2021 Newsletter

Orono Youth Hockey Association Monthly Member Communication

October 2021

OYHA is in full swing with evaluations underway for several of our team levels and the others gearing up for their return over the next few weeks.  It is an exciting time of year for everyone and we want to wish the best to our players and coaches as well as thank all of our volunteers for their time and commitment during the evaluation process.

A great thanks to all who attended Fall Face Off, although the weather did not cooperate, it was a fun and successful event for our organization.  We were able to raise over $90,000!  This year the proceeds from this event will go towards increased scholarship funds, keeping registration fees in check, new equipment, paid coaching, and the continued support of the Morrison Ice Arena.

Our list of amazing sponsors, live auction, and raffle table contributors can be found on our OYHA Website

In addition, we would like to extend a big THANK YOU to Burl Oaks Golf Club for hosting us again this year and to Sarah Meier for all of her time and energy to make this such a success!

By the end of October all of our teams will be on the ice and the season will officially be underway.  We are excited for a great season for our athletes and families!  We look forward to seeing all of you at the rink.  Lets play hockey!


2021/22 Registration is open:

  • Registration has officially closed, but we are still accepting players for Mites, 6U and 8U.  If you would like to register for any of these teams, please contact Danni Anderson at OYHA Registration.

Preseason Clinics and Evaluations:
Prior to the official start of the season, preseason clinics will be held to help prepare your skaters for the upcoming evaluation process.  Please plan to attend your assigned evaluation time.  If there are conflicts, please contact your level rep.  The dates of the preseason clinics and scheduled evaluation times can be found on your levels team page on the OYHA Site or by following the links below.

Please have your skaters arrive for clinics at their designated times.



Jr Gold














Level Reps:
Level Reps are assigned to assist our team managers throughout the season.  The Level Rep will communicate directly with families after teams are formed and until managers have been assigned.  If you have questions or concerns you can reach out as needed.


Goalies - Todd Albers

Junior Gold

Todd Swiler


Gina Hansen


Gina Hansen


Tina O'Shea


Alyssa Kanive


Jessica Steiner


Sean Rohland


Brian Sloat


Todd Dulin


Brian Sloat




COVID-19 Plans and Protocols:
TBD, stay tuned for developing or changing protocols.


Try Hockey For Free:
OYHA will be participating in the ever popular 'Try Hockey for Free' event this November.  We are actively working on scheduling ice time and will send out additional information once the date/time are known.


We are pleased to announce that Hockey Yak will again be supplying the team apparel package.  Watch for ordering information soon after team formations.  

Family and fan apparel – COMING SOON

Coaches Corner:
OYHA is currently looking for qualified coaching applicants for all levels for the boys and girls programs. We are searching for parent/non-parent coaches with passion and dedication for the game and developing young kids on and off the ice.

If interested, resources and next steps can be found on the OYHA website.

Click here to Register as a Coach

Coaching Questions?  Please reach out to Gina and/or Jon:

Gina Hansen at 
Jon Schwingler at 612.382.4293;


Want to get Involved?
OYHA is a volunteer based organization that relies on the engagement and participation of our families for our success.  We currently have several opportunities for chairs and co-chairs for the following events:

•    Pancake Breakfast
•    State of the State of Hockey
•    Hockey Gear Swap


*If you are interested in leading or assisting with any of these events, please contact the OYHA Communications Committee at. OYHA Communications

Social Media:
Do you love to share news and keep our families and community informed of the great things happening within our organization?  We are currently looking for a Social Media Coordinator to update and share information on the OYHA Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook platforms.   If you are interested please contact the OYHA Communications Committee at. OYHA Communications

Hockey Updates:
USA Hockey has completed and released the updated rules and changes for the 2021/22 hockey season.   Click here to view.

Minnesota Hockey has released a summary of the new rule changes on their site.  Click here to view.



We'd love to hear your feedback.  If you have suggestions, comments, or stories you'd like to see featured in our communications please reach out to OYHA Communications


Board Minutes:
OYHA Board meeting minutes are available on the Orono Hockey website.  Click here to view.


Thanks for all that you do,

OYHA Board