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Pre-Tryout Travel Prospect Skates

Keep in tryout shape, improve your skill level and show the coach you are committed to success! 

2015-2016 Blades Travel Coaches will be present and assisting with the prospect skates.  Come out and get to know your future coach.

All skates are on a drop in basis. Travel and House players welcome.


Squirts AA ('06s & '05s): Monday, March 16th and Wednesday, March 18th 5:30-6:20pm. Monday, March 23rd and Wednesday, March 25th 6:30-7:20pm.

Pee Wees A ('04s ): Monday, March 16th and Wednesday, March 18th 6:30-7:20pm.

Pee Wees AA ('03s ): Monday, March 16th and Wednesday, March 18th 7:30-8:20pm.

Pee Wees A/AA (‘04s & '03s ): Monday, March 23rd and Wednesday, March 25th 7:30-8:20pm.

Bantams A ('02s): Tuesday, March 17th and Thursday, March 19th 5:30-6:30pm. Tuesday, March 24th and Thursday, March 26th 5:30-6:30pm.

Bantams AA ('01s): Tuesday, March 17th and Thursday, March 19th 6:40-7:40pm. Tuesday, March 24th and Thursday, March 26th 6:40-7:40pm.

 

Cost: $10/Skate.


2015-16 Travel Coaches Announcement & Spring/Fall Tryouts

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: lynsova@gmail.com
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 A (2004) - Head Coach: Max Grover (non-parent) email: max@groverre.com
Assistant coaches: Zach Grover (non-parent) , Zach Fowler (non-parent)

2015-16 Spring/Fall Tryouts:

  • Saturday March 28, 11-11:50am
  • Sunday March 29, 2-3pm
  • Monday March 30th, 6:30-7:20pm

PeeWee AA (2003) - Head Coach: Jim Hartlein (non-parent)  email: boyz2@comcast.net 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: mcc211@gmail.com
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: dykstra8@yahoo.com
Associate Head Coach: Dave Noel-Bernier (non-parent)  email: director@grblades.org
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

Cost is $10 per tryout


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!


Blades Scholarship Program

 

The Board is excited to announce steps that it is taking to make hockey accessible to more kids...

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 will be 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 2014/15 Player Fees.  In order to apply, please submit the requested documentation (attached) to scholarships@grblades.org by December 15, 2014.  All information will be held strictly confidential and applicants will be notified of the Board's determinations by the end of the calendar year.

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.  It is the intention of the board to open another Application Period in the spring to award scholarships for the 2015/16 season.

Thanks for your continued support of the Grand Rapids Blades and please accept the Board's best Holiday Wishes to all of our wonderful families!


On Ice Practice Schedule

Learn to Skate: Saturdays 9-10 am
Cross Ice: Saturdays 9-10 am and Tuesdays 5-6 pm
Mite: Saturdays 9-10 am and Mondays and Wednesdays 5-6 pm
Squirt: Mondays and Wednesdays 5-6 pm
PeeWee House: Mondays 7:30-8:30 pm and Tuesdays 5-6 pm
Bantam: Mondays7:30-8:30 pm and Thursdays 5-6 pm
Peewee A Travel: Mondays and Wednesdays 6-7:30 pm
Midget A Travel: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-8:30 pm and Fridays 5-6pm


Coaching Staff for 2014-15 Season

LTS - Head Instructors: Paul LaGrand/ Dave Noel-Bernier
Cross Ice - Head Coach: Vince Owen
Assistant coach: Kevin VanSchepen
Mite - Head Coach: Vince Owen
Assistant coach: Blake Beusse
Squirt B Gold - Head coach: Nate VanDyken
Assistant coach: Brad Darooge, John Hoekstra
Squirt B Blue - Head coach: Kevin VanSchepen
Assistant coach: Brian Ainsworth, Rob Cuff, John Fisher, AJ Klynstra
Peewee A - Head Coach: Jim Hartlein
Associate Head coach: Travis Dittmer,
Assistant coaches: Patrick Fitsgibbon, Lyn Sova, Kevin VanSchepen

Peewee B - Head Coach: Jay Forstner
Assistant coaches: Matt Kellett
Bantam B - Head Coach: Jeff Boyd
Assistant coaches: John Fisher
Midget A - Head Coach: Dave Noel-Bernier
Associate Head Coach: Ben Dykstra
Assistant Coaches: Ty Jaenicke & Dan Dillon

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