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3rd Quarter - July 2023

Message From WAHA President

School has been out for several weeks now and people are getting a chance to relax and experience some down time. Summer hockey is in full swing and programs are beginning to plan for fall league play. Some of the opportunities offered this fall by WAHA are:

Tier I – Team Wisconsin: Tryouts are currently over but TW teams will be offered for the boys at the 14U, 15O, 16U and 18U age groups, and for the girls, at the 14U, 16U and 19U age levels. The philosophy of Team Wisconsin is to provide the higher end athlete with an opportunity to play against skilled competition, to vie or an opportunity to play in the USA Hockey National Tournaments and to prepare players for the WIAA high school season. For more information about Team Wisconsin hockey, contact Make Larabell at

WEHL – The Wisconsin Elite Hockey League is open for players from every WAHA Region around the state for both boys and girls. The numbers of teams vary by Region but WEHL sponsors teams at the 14U, 16U, 18U (boys/girls), and 12U Girls WEHL teams have the opportunity practice regionally, to vie for the Tier II USA Hockey National Tournaments and to prepare them for the fall association based or WIAA high school season. Regional tryouts are currently being advertised on the WEHL website: For more information about the WEHL League contact Dave Kupsky (for boys) at or Robin Bilsborough (for girls) at

WIHL – The Wisconsin Instructional Hockey League is new this year for youth players (boys and girls together) ages 9-12. This is an opportunity for over 300 players state-wide. WAHA will offer regionally base instruction for players with birth years: 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Each of the six WAHA Regions will host youth teams at each age level. The format for the Instructional League includes controlled practices, scrimmages, player-coach chalk talks and a parent meeting. For more information see the WAHA website at

Parents get to make choices whether to have their child play in a summer/fall hockey experience or not. Two things to consider when making these decisions are: 
What do I want for my child? What does he or she need?
Will participating in these opportunities help make my child a better player/person?

USA Hockey held their Annual Meeting in Denver, CO on June 6-10. Congratulations to the follow WAHA members who were recognized for benchmark years of service on USA Hockey committees and councils: Tom Slocum, Chuck Anger, Tom Hansen, Mike Connor and Bill Spohn. 
Feel free to reach out with any questions or comments. Fran Finco (

Annual Fall Association Leader’s Conference to be Held on August 4/5
The 10th Annual Association Leader’s Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn in Stevens Point, WI on August 4 and 5. The Conference will begin at 6:00 PM on Friday evening with two breakout sessions: one for Association Presidents, and one that will cover the topic of Coaching Today’s Player. The Saturday sessions will begin with breakfast and a short keynote address followed by six breakout sessions and lunch. The conference sessions will be followed by the WAHA Annual meeting. Saturday’s events will run from 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Common feedback from this conference is that it was very informative but that people attending wished they had brought another person from their association because they had to miss valuable information by not being able to attend more sessions. Association officers and hockey developers are encouraged to attend. Registration is open on the WAHA website ( are looking forward to seeing you at the conference. Don’t miss out!

What's New


In Partnership with WAHA a co-ed Instructional League for the state of Wisconsin will be starting this fall.

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 birth year teams in each region

Teaching concepts and hockey IQ for the players who believe they have strong skill sets within their birth year. This is not about skating/stickhandling/passing and shooting. This will be about improving their hockey mind.

Each region will have 1 team for each birth year of 15 skaters and 2 goalies. Players will be selected from a tryout the weekend of Aug 12-13. Cost for tryout $35

8 controlled practices (Aug 19, 26, Sept 9, 16)

4 chalk talks

1 parent instructional meeting

6 scrimmages (2 per date) against another region (Sept 17,23,30)

Skaters: $325

Goalies: $200

 (Goalies can bring their own goalie coach to be on the ice at all times with them including scrimmages)

Includes reversible jersey


Dates to Remember

WAHA Tier II Association Dates

July 22nd - Last Date for Associations to Submit Association annual dues without penalty - Any association that has not submitted their dues by the Annual meeting can not participate in votes. 

August 4-5th - Annual Workshop - Stevens Point Holiday Inn Conference Center

August  5th - WAHA Annual Meeting - election of Regional Directors for some seats (see WAHA annual guide for election table)

September 9th - 48th Annual Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Banquet  and Golf outing - Eagle River WI



Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association and the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame offer five $1,500 Scholarships and one $2,000 Scholarship to graduating seniors who are planning to continue full time education at an accredited University, College, or Technical School. 

The 6 Awardees will be honored at the WAHA Annual Meeting on August 5th in Stevens Point

Hall of Fame Scholarship Awardees

Jaden Hammes 

Nick Nelson

Alisha Latham

Anna Faulkner

Hailee Scheier

Don Kohlman Scholarship Awardee

Claire Bradford

Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Golf Outing

The Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame proudly announced the inductees of 2023.

Karyn Bye - Hudson. WI

Sis Paulsen - Stoughton, WI

Terry Watkins - Menomonie, WI

An Induction Banquet will be held in their honor on September 9th at the Eagle Waters Resort, Eagle River. 

If you would like to join WAHA and the WI Hockey Hall of Fame board of directors in celebrating these three individuals and their outstanding contributions to the game of Hockey, please join us by registering here  WI Hockey Hall of Fame Banquet

A Golf outing is held on Saturday starting at 8am at the Eagle River Country Club  - registration at the same link above.

Read about the inductees HERE

Did You Know?

How are Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame members Nominated? 

Forms for Nominating candidates can be found on the WI Hockey Hall of Fame website  WI Hockey Hall of Fame

Along with the Nomination Form, the submitter must also include at least two letters of support (from two
people other than the submitter). Once this information is received, a member of the Hall of Fame Board will
contact the nominee for his or her consent to be considered. The Board member will also contact the
submitter for additional information about the nominee that will help the Board understand why this nominee
should be considered for induction.
Application Deadline: Nominations must be received by March 15 and information discussed above must be
complete by April 15 in order for the Nominee to be considered for induction in September of the current
calendar year

Upcoming Events

WAHA Annual Meeting and Workshop

Association Leadership are encouraged to attend our annual meeting and workshop August 4-5th in Stevens Point at the Holiday Inn Convention Center.

This workshop is geared towards providing tools and information to Associations, so you can provide the best experience for our youth players.  



6:00 – 8:00 PM     Local Association President’s Forum - Presidents and Vice-Presidents in the room will discuss running an effective association and serious issues that all face as the world of amateur ice hockey becomes more complex.

6:00 – 8:00 PM     Coaching Director and Attendee Forum - “Working with Today’s Athletes-Males and Female”. Guest Speakers and moderators for the Forum are from Marian University and are husband and wife, Chris and Jamie Frederickson.  Chris is the Head Men’s Coach of the ACHA DII team and Jamie is the former NCAA Div III head Women’s Coach.

Both Forums will be interactive.

8:00 PM WAHA Social      Get together to share our passion for hockey and make and renew friendships fostered in the Wisconsin hockey family.


7:00 AM    Buffet-style breakfast and registration
8:00 AM    Opening Remarks and Wisconsin results from the USAH Parent Survey
9:00 AM    Breakout Sessions

Workshop Breakout Sessions

9:00 AM

  1. Safe Sport
  2. Improving Association Hockey Culture.
  3. Coaching – the new WAHA Fall Instructional League.

10:45 AM

  1. “D –“  is it good enough?  (Surprise topic that will open your eyes!)
  2. Girls Hockey.
  3. Association Hot Topics – a round-table discussion of issues facing associations.

The Grab & Go box lunch will be available at 12:15 for all, and the WAHA Annual Meeting will be held beginning at 12:30 and lasting about an hour.



Grass Roots Hockey Grants, of $1,000, awarded through WAHA are designed to
enhance and reward Associations that promote the growth of hockey. Total amount
of grants for this program for the 2023-2024 hockey season is $30,000. Applicants
must be members of WAHA and USA Hockey.
You can only apply for a grant in one of the following catagories:
Purchase Goalie Equipment
Purchase Dryland Training Equipment
Purchase Intermediate Nets for Cross Ice Games
Purchase Helmets for learn to Skate and or Mite Programs
The application deadline is September 1, 2023.
Completed applications must be submitted by September 1, 2023 to be considered by
the Grant Committee.

Applications should be mailed to Don Bradford, 610 N 11th
Street, Wausau, WI 54403.
If you have any questions in the application process, contact Don Bradford, at

Time Line:
➢ Applications are due by September 1, 2023
➢ Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by the end of September
➢ Money will be awarded when project is completed and Progress Report is
submitted and approved (Deadline for Progress Reports is April 1, 2024).
➢ NOTE: If you need the money prior to your completion date please notify Don
Bradford in writing and state why you need the money early.



Associations that implement the Try Hockey For Free and More Promotion program will be eligible for reimbursement for ice, promotion and marketing, and equipment of $1000.

● Available to Associations and/or Ice Rinks
● Use the USA Hockey Try Hockey Registration Portal and offer a Try Hockey for Free
Event on or near the National dates: November 4, 2023 or February 24, 2024
● Promote your event using marketing and promotional materials and/or social media (in
addition to WAHA promotions)
● Use the WAHA framework provided to transition Try Hockey participants into a 6-8 week
Learn to Play or Learn to Skate program
● Track participation of program participants and complete a report for WAHA Grassroots
Committee by January 15 (for November program) or April 15th (for February program).
USA Hockey Try Hockey for Free Portal


WAHA will once again be sponsoring the 8U Girls Jamboree events. 

Host Sign ups will be available August 1st  on the WAHA website.  

6 Grants will be awarded per Region