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    Learn to Skate/Cross Ice Program


    5 Year Olds Skate for FREE

    (2010 Birth Years)


    Session 1:  October 3rd-November 14th, 2015

    Session 2:  November 21st-January 2, 2016

    Session 3: January 9th-February 20th, 2016


    Learn to Skate Fees  (*2010 Birth Years Skate for Free*)

    $110 per session OR $300 for all 3 sessions


    • 7 week basic skating and hockey skills for girls and boys ages 3-10 years
    • Saturdays 9:30-10:30AM
    • Required Equipment: Helmet, Skates and Warm Clothing
    • Helmets and skates are available for loan at no charge for use at the beginning of each session. Skates can also be rented.
    • Optional Equipment: Hockey equipment including shin pads, elbow pads, hockey pants, hockey socks, hockey gloves, cup, shoulder pads, and hockey stick. Equipment will be loaned out to Cross Ice and Mite players first for a full season​


    Cross Ice Fees (*2010 Birth Years Skate for Free*)

    $600 for all three sessions (prorated based on start date)


    • Next Level after graduation from Learn to Skate (if LTS needed)
    • Mondays 5:00-5:50PM  and  Saturdays 9:30-10:30AM
    • Loaner Equipment for full season: Hockey equipment including shin pads, elbow pads, hockey pants, hockey socks, hockey gloves, cup, shoulder pads and hockey stick are available upon request for the year. Must be returned at the end of the season. 


    Register Here (tabs at left)

    Our director of hockey is Shawn Zimmerman. Shawn can be reached at or (616) 583-2262


    *If you are unsure if your child should be enrolled in our Learn to Skate, Cross Ice or Mite programs, please bring your child on Saturday for an evaluation skate from 9:30-10:30AM​​

    Car Wash Fundraiser!

    Attention GR Blades Family, we want your dirty cars! On Saturday, October 3, the GR Blades will be holding its first fund raising activity, The GR Blades Car Wash, to be held at the Eagles Ice Center Parking lot. We will be charging $10.00 Dollars / Vehicle (Plus Donation if you choose) for a hand wash, full rinse and chamois dry by our players, coaches, board members and volunteers.  Your support means a lot to us and we will work hard for you. Car wash time will be from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. We encourage you to tell friends and family members. Thank you in advance and we are looking forward to a fun season of Blades Hockey!!!


    2015-2016 Scholarships

    The Board is pleased to open the application period for 2015/16 hockey scholarships.

    The Grand Rapids Blades firmly believes that every child who wishes to participate in hockey should have the opportunity to do so.  Therefore, we strive to provide scholarship assistance to players with financial need who would otherwise not benefit from the youth hockey experience.  These scholarships are awarded on an annual basis based on financial need and available funds.  Funding for the scholarship program is accumulated via special donations and fundraising activities conducted throughout the preceding season.

    With that in mind, the Board is now accepting needs-based applications for financial assistance to be applied against 2015/16 Player Fees.  In order to apply, please submit the requested documentation to by September 30, 2015.  All information will be held strictly confidential and applicants will be notified of the Board's determinations by the end of October.

    Please note that in order to apply, applicants must be in "good standing" with all relevant hockey associations.  Among other things, this means that applicants must be current in their payments or should have an agreed-upon payment plan in place with the Treasurer.

    We will be executing fundraising activities to fund additional awards of this nature in the future.  We hope you and your skaters will join us in helping to share the lifelong benefits of hockey with more kids.

    Thanks for your continued support of the Grand Rapids Blades and please accept the Board's best wishes for a great season ahead!

    Practice Days and Times for the 2015-2016 Season

    Learn To Skate: Saturdays 9:30-10:30am (starts Oct. 3)

    Cross Ice: Mondays 5-6pm  and Saturdays 9:30-10:30am (starts Oct. 3)

    Mites: Mondays 5-6pm  Thursdays 5-6pm  Saturdays 9:30-10:30am (start Oct. 1)

    *** house teams below all start the week of Sept. 14th ***

    *** travel teams below all start the week of Sept. 8th ***

    Squirt B (House): Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm   -   Thursdays 5:00-6:00pm 

    Squirt AA: Mondays 5:30-7:00pm   -   Wednesdays 5:00-6:30pm 

    PeeWee B (House): Mondays 6:00-7:00pm   -   Wednesdays 5:00-6:30pm

    PeeWee AA: Mondays 7:00-8:30pm   -   Wednesdays 6:30-8:00pm

    Bantam A: Tuesdays 6:00-7:30pm   -   Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm

    Bantam AA: Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm   -   Thursdays 7:00-8:30pm


    Donation Announcement

    The Grand Rapids Blades recently received a $5000 check presented by Mickey Redmond on behalf of SpartanNash and Kraft.  The money was raised as a part of their Kraft Hockeyville fundraiser.

    Mickey Redmond with Grand Rapids Blades board members and other area associations

    Register Now for 2015-2016

    Developmental Program:

    • Learn to Skate (3 sessions) Head Coach- Paul LaGrand
    • Cross Ice: Head Coach- Paul Potter
    • Mites: Head Coaches- Eric Brooks and Paul Potter

    House Program:

    • Squirt: Head Coaches- Vince Owen and Nate VanDyken
    • PeeWee: Head Coach- Max Grover
    • Bantam: Head Coach- Jeff Boyd

    Travel Program:

    • Squirt AA
    • PeeWee AA
    • Bantam A
    • Bantam AA

    2015-16 Travel Coaches

    The Blades board is pleased to announce the following travel coaches for the coming season (click on their name for hockey bio):

    Squirt AA (2005) - Head Coach: Lynwood Sova email:
    Assistant coaches: Jim Hartlein (non-parent), Brent Mulvey, Greg Sova

    2015-16 Spring/Fall Tryouts:

    • Monday March 30, 5:30-6:20pm
    • Tuesday March 31, 5:30-6:20pm
    • Wednesday April 1, 5:30-6:20pm

    PeeWee AA (2003) - Head Coach: Jim Hartlein (non-parent)  email: 616.308.7852
    Associate Head Coach: Travis Dittmer (non-parent)

    2015-16 Spring/Fall Tryouts:

    • Friday March 27, 7-7:50pm
    • Saturday March 28, 12-12:50am
    • Sunday March 29, 3-4pm

    Bantam A (2002) - Head Coach: Mark Campbell email:
    Assistant coaches: Mike Demeter, Dave Noel-Bernier (non-parent)

    2015-16 Spring/Fall Tryouts:

    • Monday March 30, 7:30-8:20pm
    • Tuesday March 31, 7:30-8:20pm
    • Wednesday April 1, 7:30-8:20pm

    Bantam AA (2001) - Head Coach: Ben Dykstra (non-parent) email:
    Associate Head Coach: Dave Noel-Bernier (non-parent)  email:
    Assistant coach: Ty Jaenicke (non-parent)

    2015-16 Spring/Fall Tryouts:

    • Monday March 30, 8:30-9:20pm
    • Tuesday March 31, 8:30-9:20pm
    • Wednesday April 1, 8:30-9:20pm

    Midget A Wins District 6 Championship

    Congratulations to our Midget A team on wining the District 6 Championship.  Good luck at the State Finals!

    Bantam House Wins ADRAY West Silver tournament

    Congratulations to the Blades Bantam House team on wining the ADRAY West Silver tournament!

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