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    Grand Rapids Blades Fundraising Gala

    Please join us February 18, 2016 as we celebrate and support our non-profit Youth Hockey Organization. Ticket prices are $30.00 dollars / person and $50.00 dollars / couple. Good food, good drink and great people will all be on hand in support of our common cause. There will be a silent auction with excellent offerings by our Blades and local business communities as well as other games, contests and key note speakers. Money raised will be applied to controlling player costs, continuing to offer scholarship assistance to families in need, and help keep the Blades a vibrant part of our community. Please come out and support Grand Rapids Blades Hockey!


      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

      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

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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​​