SUPER SKILL PRE-TRYOUT WITH SLAVA KOUZNETSOV – MARCH 25 & 27
- Squirt & PeeWee: 3/25 & 3/27 @ 6:00
- Bantam & Midget: 3/25 & 3/27 @ 7:15
- Steel Ice Center, Bethlehem PA
- Cost: $35/Session or $65 for both
- Spaces are limited, reply today!
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For over 5 years, Slava Kouznetsov has served as the skating coach for the Philadelphia Flyers and AHL Phantoms. He has been the personal skating coach for many professional players including Riley Cote, Oscars Bartulis, Denis Seidenberg, Freddy Meyer and many more. Slava also works with Philadelphia Revolution Junior program, Ladies Patriots team, SKA Sainkt Peterburg, Spartak Moscow, Amyrskie Tigers of Khabarovsk. As a professional skater for 10 years he ended his professional career with Disney on Ice as a featured and principal pairs skater. Slava is a graduate from the Academy of Sports in Russia and was recently named Power Skating Coach for the Lehigh Valley Tier 1 program.
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CHRIS BALA PRE-TRYOUT TUNE UP – APRIL 3
- CHRIS BALA Head Coach of the Hill School
- THURSDAY APRIL 3, 2014
- STEEL ICE CENTER
- SQUIRTS AND PEE WEES @ 6:00PM
- BANTAMS AND MIDGETS @ 7:15PM
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After spending five seasons as an assistant coach, Chris Bala took over as the head boys’ varsity ice hockey coach in the 2013-14 season. Bala spent two years at The Hill as a student, serving as President of the Sixth Form in 1996-97. After an outstanding career at The Hill, Bala went on to play at Harvard University, where he was a four-year member of the Crimson Men’s Hockey team. The Ottawa Senators drafted Bala in the second round of the 1998 NHL draft, and he made his professional debut in 2001-02 after graduating from Harvard. During his rookie season, Bala was an AHL all-star and earned a call-up to the Senators. Bala joined the Reading Royals of the East Coast Hockey League in 2005 for his final two seasons before retiring at the conclusion of the 2006-07 season. He retired at the conclusion of the 2006-07 season, and returned to The Hill that fall as a member of the Admission Office. In addition to coaching at The Hill, Bala also has coached for the USA Hockey Mid-Atlantic District during the summer months.
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TIER 1 & TIER 2 GOALTENDER TUNE-UP WITH TERRY DENIKE – APRIL 4
- Mite, Squirt, Pee – Wee (6:00 – 7:00pm)
- Bantam and Midget (7:15 – 8:15pm)
- STEEL ICE CENTER
- FREE TO ALL RETURNING FLAMES PLAYERS
- $25 TO ALL OTHERS
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Born in Mississauga ON, CANADA
- Oakville Rangers AAA (OMHA)
- Mississauga Senators AAA (MTHL)
- Junior A Tier 2
- Weyburn Redwings Jr. A tier 2 (SJHL)
- Full Scholarship to Lake Superior State University (CCHA)
- NCAA Division 1
2001 NHL Entry Draft
- Selected by the Los Angeles Kings 5th Round (152nd Overall)
5 years of Professional Hockey Experiencee
- ECHL, CHL, and SPHL
- Began and concluded my career for the Reading Royals (ECHL)
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Mark your calendars!
The Flames have set dates for evaluations for the 2014-15 Season. Tier 2 Evaluations (AA, A and B teams, Mite through Midget 18) will take place April 14-17, 21-24, and 28-30, 2014.
New this season, Tier 1 Tryouts (AAA, Squirt Major through Midget 18 Major) will take place April 8, 9, and 10. (For more information about the Flames Tier 1 program, click here.)
Dates and times for specific age groups have not yet been finalized. Keep an eye on the website and our Facebook and Twitter pages in the upcoming weeks for all the info, as well as details concerning registration.
The Flames hand out a number of awards at its annual awards banquet. There are awards given at the team level, as well as a number of organization-wide awards and scholarships. (A description of all the awards can be found in the Flames Handbook, which can be accessed on the Forms Page.)
Some of these awards are decided upon by coaches and team members, while others are open to nominations from the entire Flames membership. If you know of a worthy recipient, and are eligible to nominate, we encourage you to do so, by following the instructions on the nomination page.
All nominations must be submitted by March 6, 2014. Due to printing and engraving, this deadline cannot be extended.
If you have any questions, contact us.
Latest News & Announcements
Congratulations to the Flames Midget 16A White, who, with a 3-0 shutout of the Glaciers on Sunday, are moving on to the District Tournament! Read about their season’s journey by clicking here.
Saturday, March 1. The Flames were excited to once again join forces with the Steel Ice Center and USA Hockey to give youth in the Lehigh Valley the chance to try hockey for free. Over 90 boys and girls from ages 4 – 12 registered for the event and had the opportunity to work with coaches and players from the Flames and Steel Ice Center to learn skating, passing, and shooting skills. Participants received USA Hockey jerseys and goody bags for participating in the event. A Special Thanks to the following for their help with this event: Karen Trackim (New Player Coordinator), Rik McKinnon (Steel Ice Center Hockey Director), Coaches Chris Smedley, Lou Rivera, Steve Miller and the Bantam A team, Coaches Joe Tucker, Bill Parker, Tracy White and the Midget 16A Red Team, Coach Mike Burke and his daughter Sayler, David Beedle, Mark Gutenkunst, Larry Fortunato, Carly Fortunato, Talia Trackim and Steel Ice Center staff. Many positive comments were received and the Flames hope to host more of these events in the future!
Any member of the LEHIGH VALLEY FLAMES® in good standing, wishing to have their name placed on the ballot for a position on the Board of Directors may contact Roy Goodman, VP of Administration. The positions open for election this year are:
- Vice President, External Affairs
A list of candidates will be sent to all FLAMES member families no less than ten (10) days prior to the General Meeting in April. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor during the General Meeting.
The LEHIGH VALLEY FLAMES® is an all-volunteer organization. Our continued growth and success depends on the commitment and dedication of our members. All interested members are encouraged to submit their names for consideration. Questions can be directed to any current Board member.
To read the full notice, including the duties of each position up for election, click here.
The Lehigh Valley Flames are happy to announce that this season’s Annual Banquet will be held on Sunday, April 13th, 2014 at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem.
Doors will open at 3:00 pm, food stations open 3:30 pm – 5:30, awards presentation to immediately follow.
For all the details, and to order your tickets, click here. We look forward to seeing you all there!
To: Lehigh Valley Flames Members
From: Sandy Steidel, President, Lehigh Valley Flames
Re: Tier 1 License
As many of you have likely heard, the Lehigh Valley Flames board approved unanimously to pursue a Tier 1 license. It is with great pride that I announce to all that we were officially approved by the AMHL on January 9th, 2014.
Our AMHL License is effective immediately and we have every intention to field teams that will compete in the AYHL for the 2014-2015 season. For those that are unaware of the AYHL, please visit their website: www.atlantichockey.org. Simply, it is the finest youth hockey the East Coast has to offer and we believe this is an essential maneuver for our organization to keep the best talent playing in the Lehigh Valley.
As part of our approval process, the AMHL requested that we keep the Tier 1 team under the Lehigh Valley Flames umbrella. Their rationale was a compliment and testament to our fine members and leadership as they believe our model, our plans and our progress is first in class. This is in no way a replacement to our existing organization, but rather another goal and level for our players.
To be clear, we will continue to compete in the DVHL at the Tier II level. Just like a number of other organizations, we see the co-existence of Tier I and II as complementary and beneficial to the entire membership.
With this license and the Phantoms opening their inaugural season in the Lehigh Valley, 2014-2015 promises to be an exciting time for hockey. I want to thank all of you for your trust and faith in our board and welcome any questions you may have.
Please direct all questions to Sandy Steidel by clicking here.
Other News Announcements
The Lehigh Valley Flames traveled to Pittsburgh over the Presidents Day weekend to compete in the Presidents Cup Tournament and came home with five medals — more than any other organization that participated in the tournament. Read all about it here.
Help spread the word! The Lehigh Valley Flames is fielding a U-14 Girls Travel Team for the 2014-2015 season! (For next season, that will mean birth year 2000 and younger.) Goalie season fees will be waived! The team will compete at the Tier II level; it will be a great opportunity for girls in the Lehigh Valley to compete in travel hockey! We are in the initial stages of formation and are asking anyone who may have interest in playing or coaching next season to please contact Karen Trackim, New Player Coordinator .
Click here for a list of all News Announcements