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'Round the Rink

with Debby Connor August , 2001

Welcome back to the 44th season of hockey in St. Clair Shores. My son, Colin, started playing hockey in the SCSHA when he was a Squirt. He’s beginning his senior year at the University of Michigan this fall. My daughter, Caitlin, is playing on the girls’ 12U team this year. Throughout my career, as the St. Clair Shores Hockey Queen, I, (oops, change that to the royal “we”) we have attended many Opening Day ceremonies. Most of them have been pretty unremarkable. So we started thinking of the . . .

Top 10 Ways to Jazz up Opening Day

From the Home Office in Elktick, Manitoba

10. Turbo chargers on the referees’ skates

9. The Monster Zamboni Pull

8. Black lights on the dasher boards

7. Madonna singing the National Anthem

6. An audible sound system (We ARE snitty)

5. Sequined jerseys

4. Sell beer

3. Actually have ALL of the travel teams show up

2. City Council and Mayor perform on the flying trapeze

1. Shoot Doug DeLeeuw out of a cannon


1st Association/Coaches Meeting Planned

The first SCSHA meeting is on Tuesday, August 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Activity Room. Division Representatives will be elected and house draft packets will be handed out. All head coaches, in both the travel and house divisions must attend. As, always, the meeting is open to all members of the SCSHA.

Draft Dates and Times

The house drafts will be as follows: Tuesday, September 4 - Mite draft at 6:30 p.m. and Pee Wee draft at 8:00 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 5 Squirt draft at 6:30 p.m. - Bantam draft at 8:00 p.m. And Thursday, Sept. 6 all Midget B at 6:30 p.m. and Midget BB at 8:00 p.m.

How to Remove a Registered Player from the Draft

If your house player made a travel team outside of St. Clair Shores, if your family is moving, or if your player just decides not to play hockey, you must notify the registrar, Sal Giacalone, to remove your player from the draft. All requests must be made by Tuesday, August 28 in order to receive a timely refund. Sal’s phone number is 949-7285. Any player withdrawing AFTER August 28 will lose their registration fees.


News from the MAHA Convention

The Michigan Amateur Hockey Association held its annual summer convention at Shanty Creek Resort.

The SCSHA was represented by Doug DeLeeuw and Debby Connor. There were only 15 proposals for voting consideration. Many of them were minor rule changes. The rule change that received the most attention was allowing players from border states (within 100 miles) to play in Michigan if no program existed in the player’s area. After much heated discussion, the issue passed.

MAHA also used the the summer meeting to launch its S.T.A.R. Hockey Program, aimed at eliminating negative and aggressive parental/spectator behavior. S.T.A.R. is an acronym for Shared Tolerance Appreciation & Respect. MAHA has produced a video, narrated by Mickey Redmond, that shows the destructive affects of verbally abusive hockey parents on the entire sport. The SCSHA plans on making sure that every player and parent in the association views this video before the start of hockey season. It is hoped that this tape will serve as a catalyst to restore positive parental participation to youth hockey.


Used Hockey Equipment Sale

The Parents’ Club will be holding its annual USED EQUIPMENT SALE on Saturday, August 18 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Items can be brought in for resale from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 16 and Friday, August 17. The Parents’ Club keeps 20% of the purchase price. The terms of the sale are cash only and no items will be accepted on the day of the sale. If you want to work at the sale, and get first crack at the equipment on Friday’s workers’ sale night, call Diane Peers @ (313) 884-6411. Also see the flyer mailed with this newsletter


But I want a Glow in the Dark Jersey . . .

If your team wants to purchase a set of jerseys that are not your league issued jerseys, you must get your new set approved by the hockey board. Variance forms will be available on draft nights. The board will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 11 to review any variance requests. The next board meeting will be on Tuesday, October 2. Once again, requests will be reviewed on that date. Please put your completed request forms in the Secretary’s (Debby Connor) mail box prior to either of the meetings. Your approval/ denial will be in your team’s mail box immediately following one of the above scheduled meetings.

Treasurers’ Meeting Scheduled

Jim Rini, SCSHA Treasurer, will be conducting his team treasurers’ meeting on Thursday, Sept. 13. The travel treasurers’ meeting will be at 7:00 p.m, followed by the house treasurers’ meeting at 8:00 p.m. The meetings will be in the SCSHA Board Room. All teams MUST be represented. Call Jim @ 468-0380 with questions.


It’s Managers’ Clinic Time Again

The 8th annual Managers’ Clinic will be held on Tuesday, September 18. Material for new managers will be discussed from 6:30 p.m.- 7:45 p.m. Information for both new and “seasoned” managers will begin at 8:00 p.m. Revised league guide books, first aide kits, Dollar Store Give Away, and “Ask MISTER Referee” with Greg White are just some of the planned events. It’s fun. It’s informational. AND it’s free.


Parents’ Club Meeting Slated

The first Parents’ Club meeting of the season is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Activity Room. All teams should be represented. The Parents’ Club sponsors many outstanding events throughout the season. The commitment is about 1 hour per month. Don’t let your team miss any of the exciting events and activities. Make sure to put the first meeting on your calendar. Anyone can attend - - not just your team rep. After September, the Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Board room.


Referee School

Greg White, the SCSHA’s referee-in-chief, will be holding two upcoming referee training sessions for individuals interested in working for the St. Clair Shores Referee Association. The two sessions, August 5 and September 9, are designed for 13-14 year olds, although older participants are encouraged, too. Mt. Clemens is offering USA officiating clinics for level 2 and above referees. For more referee information, call Greg at 771-8406 or check out the St. Clair Shores referee web site at


Upcoming Events this Season

Parents’ Club Euchre Party Sat. Oct. 6

2nd Association Meeting Thurs. Oct. 18@ 8:00 pm

Opening Day Sun, October 21@ 10:00 am

Silver Stick “A” . Thurs. Dec. 6 - Sun. Dec. 9

Silver Stick “AA Thurs. Dec. 13 - Sun. Dec. 16

Skate with Santa Sat. Dec. 22 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Silver Stick - Mite Finals Fri. Jan 25 - Sun. Jan. 27


Announcing 2000 - 2001 Coaches


101 Brian McEvoy 

102 TBA

103 TBA 

104 Ted Wahby

105 Mike Blum 

110 Tom Peck


201 Gary Partyka 

202 Dave Sandora

203 Dan Drop 

204 Mark Cicchini

205 Doug Templeton 

206 Frank Demers

210 Ron Lipa 

220 Sal Giacalone

Pee Wees

301 Tim Miller 

302 Ron Lipa

303 Mark Fett 

304 Marty Sell

305 Mark Burlingame 

306 Dave Rice 

310 Rich Warner 

320 Tad Ruggeri 

350 Doug DeLeeuw



401 Doug DeLeeuw 

402 Tom Nicholson

403 TBA 

404 Dave Mutart

405 Sal Giacalone 

406 John Rafferty

410 Roger Horrie 

420 Dale Buss

450 Bob Semanco



501 Rich Alore 

502 Norm Schroeder

503 Mark Fett 

504 Dave Grout

505 Ed Knapik 

510 Fred Springer

520 Mike Rinaldi 

550 Don Benson

620/Junior C Program Jim Rini


Welcome Message from SCSHA President

Doug DeLeeuw

Hello and welcome to all new and returning players and their families. I am looking forward to the promise of another new season of hockey. The SCSHA Board has been working hard over the summer, laying the ground work for the new season.

However, our association is only as strong as its volunteers. Get involved. Teams need assistant coaches, managers, treasurers, Parents’ Club representatives, scorekeepers, jersey managers, and fund raising chair- people. It is the strong commitment to excellence that our hockey families have upheld over the years that has made our association flourish and become one of the premier leagues in the state, maybe even the country.

I look forward to meeting all of you this season. I am proud to serve as your president and am always willing to listen to what you think and feel. Foremost, remember that youth hockey exists for the players. Let’s teach them the fundamentals of the game, sportsmanship, friendship, and most importantly, encourage fun. Here’s to a great season. Doug

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