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OYHA November 2021 Newsletter

By OYHA, 11/04/21, 4:15PM CDT


November 2021

Congratulations to all of our players that have started their 2021-22 season!  We would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new families at our Mite levels and throughout our program.  We are happy to have you.  The rink is busy and it has been great to see everyone back.  Good luck to our Junior Gold and High School players as they gear up for tryouts and their season.  Go Spartans!  Have a great season.

Scheduled evaluation times can be found on your levels team page on the OYHA Site or by following the links below:
Jr Gold
We encourage everyone to subscribe to the calendars for your specific levels for the most accurate and updated information.

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.

Junior Gold

Todd Swiler


Gina Hansen


Gina Hansen


Tina O'Shea


Alyssa Kanive


Jessica Steiner


Sean Rohland


Brian Sloat


Todd Dulin


Todd Albers


Coaches Corner
Coaching Questions?  Please reach out to Gina and/or Jon:
Gina Hansen: Ace Coordinator
Jon Schwingler: Coaches Board Representative

Positive Coaching Alliance
OYHA launched its three-year partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) with two nights of Second-Goal Parent workshops. More than one hundred OYHA households participated in the workshops to help kick off the upcoming season. 

One of the key takeaways from the workshop for our parents was tips and tricks on how to successfully navigate the upcoming season and make the experience for their athletes the best it can be. The second goal parent leaves the coaching to the coaches while continuing the life lessons sports can teach off the ice.

The keys to a strong parent/child relationship

  1. Establish a conversation among equal
  2. Adopt a “tell-me-more” attitude
  3. Avoid the Post Game Analysis
  4. Resist the urge to “Fix It”
  5. Connect through activity

OYHA has a limited number of self-paced online courses available for parents who were not able to attend the live workshops. If you are interested in completing the course, please email Andrew Pillsbury at for more details. You can find online resources from Positive Coaching Alliance at

OYHA Uniform Update

Game Jerseys
As many of you know, game jerseys are delayed due to many circumstances beyond our control, the most impactful cause is a shortage of labor to produce and truck drivers. As of today, our latest estimated arrival of game jerseys is slated for the week of December 3rd.  Continued pressure is being applied to our supplier to expedite Orono Youth Hockey needs as we continue to keep OYHA updated.  Once jerseys arrive, communication will be sent to Level Reps and Team Managers to facilitate and distribute jerseys.  At this point, all team managers should have communicated jersey numbers and size.  If you have not heard or seen what size or number your player will be, please reach out to your team manager.  

Will be distributed in two waves based on the delay outlined on jerseys.

Wave #1: 
1st year SQ, PW & BT socks have arrived at Morrison and will be distributed to your team manager.  

Wave #2:
All remaining skaters will receive new socks and should arrive in about two weeks and be distributed by your team manager.  Time will be set up once socks are received for pick-up at Morrison Ice Arena.  More to come!

Team Managers
Please reach out to Erik Hovland to schedule pick-up of 1yr skater socks, available now.  

  • Sock pickup for 1st yr skaters at Morrison Ice Arena this Thursday evening ( Nov. 4th) from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.
  • Contact:

Practice Jerseys
All skaters (SQ, PW & BT) will be receiving a new HockeYak practice jersey.  Estimated arrival is likely the week of December 3rd, but will be similar to socks as we will have two waves of distribution.

Wave #1
Adult-sized practice jerseys (AS-AXL) were produced and shipped first based on supply.  Once received, communication will be sent to team managers or coaches to schedule pick-up/distribution of jerseys.

Wave #2
Youth-sized practice jerseys (YS - YXL) are in process and are likely to be about 1 week behind wave #1, arriving Nov. 15th - 19th.  Once received, communication will be sent to team managers or coaches to schedule pick-up/distribution of jerseys.

Thank you for your continued patience as we remain in unprecedented times of supply, labor, and shortages across all categories of products.  While these circumstances are not ideal, please understand that everything we can do, and control is being done to ensure all players have a successful and fun Hockey Year! 

All families are required to volunteer time to support OYHA throughout the year.  Each family is required to give 5 hours of time per child, with a 10 hour maximum per family.  First time OYHA families are excluded for the first year.  Follow the link to find out what opportunities are available.  Dibs are updated on a regular basis throughout the year.  You can also check with your Level Rep and/or Team Manager to also find out what DIBS hours are available with your team.

Have a question about OYHA?

Do you have a question pertaining to OYHA that others might benefit from as well?  Please send it to OYHA Communications and we will feature a question & answer each month in the newsletter in our new section, Center Ice.

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