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CHA Newsletter for March 29, 2006

Welcome to the latest version of the online newsletter. 
We're in the stretch run, and headed for home!


CHA Annual Meeting Set

You probably just got an email last night on this, but the Annual Meeting will be held at Chelmsford Country Club on April 27th at 7:00 pm.  If you are interested in running for a  position on the Board of Directors, please to email Lois Heath.


And now, a word from our sponsors...
Chelmsford Hockey Association would like to welcome our new sponsors for the 2006-2007 season; 
Aucoin Hockey School -- CHA alumni, Keith and Phil Aucoin, of the Lowell Lock Monsters and the Florida Everblades, respectively, are running week-long hockey camps this summer at the Chelmsford forum.  Check out their schedule for Mite-Squirt, Peewee, Peewee-Bantam, and Girls at www.aucoinhockey.com .
Exchange Network -- Provides 24/7 LIVE or automated Telephone Answering Service and Inbound Sales & Customer Services.  Please visit their website at www.exchangenetwork.com
Pure Hockey -- New England's hockey store;  Their goal is to give you the best service possible.  Visit their website at  www.purehockey.com for store locations.  (look for their logo on the site soon)
When you visit these businesses, please be sure to tell them you are a member of the CHA, and thank them for supporting our hockey program.


SportsWash Day at the Forum
Saturday, May 6th and Sunday May 7th will be SportsWash Weekend at the Chelmsford Forum.  Saturday is a day to drop off that smelly equipment bag to have all the stink and bacteria removed.  You can then return to the Forum on Sunday, May 7th to pick up your clean, minty fresh gear.  There will be hot dogs and sodas at the event.  More details will follow, and this event will be placed on everybody's schedule.  For now, please click here to learn more about SportsWash.
The latest Calendar Raffle Results are being posted daily.   Be sure to check the Raffle page (click here).  


Don't Enjoy Fundraising Events?
Over the course of the years, we have always gotten lots of feedback on fundraising.  Some people love the fact that it decreases their out of pocket expense, others have said they would rather just write a check for more money and be done.
Now you can choose!  On this year's registration form, there will be a box you can check to pay an additional $200 to decline taking part in any Fundraising events for next season.  If you do not check the box however, it is expected that you will take part in the events, volunteer when needed, and share in the financial benefits of these activities.

Sponsorship Director Michelle Kender reports three new sponsors this month.  You will see their logo's circulating through the top banner section, and they are always listed on the home page and the Sponsors page.  Here's the report from Michelle:


Calendar Raffle Results


Squirt 2's Win Greenfiled Tournament
Congrats to coach Matt O'Brien and his Squirt 2 team on winning the Grand Hardware in the Greenfield Tournament earleir this month.


Pee Wee 1's Advance to State Semi's
Congrats as well to coach Mike McGrath and the Pee Wee 1's on their recent State Tournament Experience where they played tehir way into the semi-final game.


Coach Evaluation Forms
It's time for you to perform one of your most important duties of the year.  Please take the time to click here to download the Coach Evaluation Form.  This is your chance to shape the direction of CHA.  Please take the time to provide your feedback.  Forms may be delivered to the CHA Mailbox at the Forum, or submitted to your team reps.  Your feedback is valuable, please, lets make sure it is heard.


End of season Skate
Each year, CHA provides a sheet of ice to each travel team for their end of season skate.  Some teams choose to scrimmage, or play a parent child game.  Others choose a family skate, and still others will split the time to do any two or three of these. It's up to your team.  Team reps, please click here to visit the Volunteer menu where you can see the available ice and sign up for your spot.


Goalie Tryout Survey Helps Re-shape This Year's Evaluations

Thanks to all the goalie parents who took the time to  fill out the Goalie Tryout Survey last month.  As noted in your replies, one of the biggest issues was not seeing the goaltenders in “game-like” situations.  The new format for goalie tryouts will be different this year.  These tryouts will consist of game situation drills such as breakaways, 2 on 0s, puck control, and rebound control.  After approximately 30 minutes of these types of drills, we will then move to a scrimmage.  During the scrimmage, goalies will be scored on their athleticism, position, angles, communication skills, and decision making.


Updated Tryout Info

I recently posted some changes for those trying out for full time goalie positions for next year's Mite and Squirt teams.  Click Here to visit the Tryout page and watch for the Maroon underlined text regarding goalies for those levels.


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