With the 2015-16 season quickly approaching we wanted to get a few updates out:
Hounds/Hurricanes Day (our annual season kickoff) has been scheduled for Saturday, August 22nd from 3:20pm - 5:20pm at Bellerive Ice. We will have the BAHHA Annual Meeting, along with on-ice skills competition. Further details will be announced shortly.
The Hounds will be fielding house teams at the mite (8U), squirt (10U) and peewee (12U) levels. Additionally, we will offer a mini-mite (6U) program for the youngest players. All teams will practice Friday nights at Bellerive. Additional practices will be scheduled around weekend games. Derek Zaharko will return this season as coach of our mites, Ken Bollweg is coming back as squirt coach to defend the city title and Cory Glass will be heading up our peewee team. Registration will open in the next week with more details being released at that time.
April 29, 2015
Hounds Hockey and the Sugar Land Jr. Imperials are proud to announce the formation of the Houston Hurricanes. Having many shared hockey philosophies, both organizations recognize that our mutual goal of growing the game of hockey in Houston will be more easily met by joining forces into a single, stronger organization. With our combined resources, including our highly qualified coaching staff and passionate volunteers, the Houston Hurricanes will place the priority on developing each player to their maximum potential both on and off the ice. This will be accomplished by providing exceptional coaching and mentoring while exceeding the highest standards of sportsmanship among our players, parents, coaches and volunteers.
By joining together, we plan to field 5 travel teams (10U, two 12U, two 14U) for the 2015/16 season in the Dallas Stars Travel Hockey League (DSTHL.) We will skate out of both the Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center and the Bellerive Ice Center.
The Houston Hurricanes will be structured using the bylaws, TAHA charter and 501c3 non-profit status of the Bay Area Houston Hockey Association (BAHHA.) The teams will be governed by a Board of Directors (BOD) comprised of members from both former organizations. The BOD will also govern the Hounds house program which will continue to use the Hounds name and logo. The Sugar Land Jr. Imperials house program will continue to be run by the Sugar Land Ice Center with support from the Houston Hurricanes.
Please share in our excitement by attending our parent information session at Bellerive Ice Center on May 9th at 10:30am where we will unveil our new logo and announce our 2015/16 coaching staff. Players are welcome to attend the information session as there will be open ice at no cost from 10:30-11:30am (full equipment is required.)
Congratulations to the following Hounds players who have advanced from the Texas Affiliate Camp (TAC) to represent the Hounds and Texas at the Rocky Mountain District (RMD) Player Development Camps. The RMD camps are highly selective week long camps designed to identify national team caliber players. A select few from the RMD camps will move on the National Camps held later this summer. The 2001 RMD boys camp as well as the 2000/01 RMD girls camp will be held in June in Colorado Springs.
Squirt Hounds Last Game at SCIS
It was a bittersweet moment when the scoreboard ticked down to zero on a 6-4 victory for the Hounds squirt team as the players, coaches and parents realized it would be the last Hounds game played at Space City Ice. Only an hour earlier the Hounds mite team finished their final game with one last chant of "Who are we? Hounds!" before saluting the crowd at center ice.
While the only home the Hounds have ever known will be sold to a car dealership early in October, we all took one last day to remember all that Space City Ice has given us. As the kids marched off to the lockerroom with big smiles on their faces, we realize that this is not the end... this pack of Hounds will play on together! Go Hounds!