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Rookie Camps 2022

Please check back soon, Rookie Camp information will be available soon! 


WHA Sponsors Open Hockey Opportunities

WHA Sponsors Open Hockey Opportunities

 

The Waconia Hockey Association (WHA) is hosting Open Hockey on Saturday mornings starting July 30 for WHA members. 

Cost is $6 per skater, goalies are free. Pay in the lobby each week, cash or check made out to Waconia Hockey Association. 

 

Dates are Saturday's - July 30, August 6, August 13, and August 20. 

Skaters must be age appropriate for the upcoming season (no high school players).  This is for Waconia Association players only.  If you reside in WHA boundaries but play in a different Association, please contact Joel Knorr at joelknorr@outlook.com to verify eligibility to participate.  After a brief warm up, teams will be selected and 90 second shifts will be enforced using the scoreboard.

 

8:30 - 9:30 am        Bantams and U15 (no checking allowed)

9:45 - 10:45 am      Peewees and U12

11:00 - 12:00 pm    Squirts and U10

Waconia Ice Arena

Opportunities for open hockey for Mite/U6/U8 players will be posted by the Waconia Ice Arena webpage.

Volunteer and Coach of the Year Awards

These well deserved awards are so wonderful to give each year, but the more amazing feats are those undertaken by this year's winners. The WHA continues to be so very thankful for all of our wonderful volunteers and coaches. We couldn't do what we do without you all!

The importance of coaches and volunteers to our association cannot be understated. The Coach of the Year Award and Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes one outstanding volunteer and one outstanding coach for their valuable and selfless commitment to the Waconia Hockey Association and its members. These awards also recognize their dedication, contribution to building the Waconia Hockey Association and hockey awareness, and enhancement of the WHA. These awards were created to recognize those outstanding volunteers and coaches whose unselfish and dedicated service to youth hockey and more specifically, the Waconia Hockey Association, has made a significant difference in the community.

It is with great pleasure that we announce our winners for the 2021-2022 Waconia Hockey Season: 

Coach of the Year Award: Joe Scarrella

Joe Scarrella has been a wonderful addition to the WHA coaching staff. He is young, energetic, engaging and most importantly the kids absolutely adore him. Joe has been a stellar example of a great leader, good sport, and hockey player. Joe received numerous nominations for Coach of the Year, and it is very well deserved. Many of the nominators share that Joe was a tremendous influence on the skaters. He develops and builds the team and everyone on it. One nomination reads: "He has been a fierce leader for our boys and is a classic example of an exemplary coach/mentor. Scar truly embodies the coaching philosophy of when we're all better, we're ALL better. He truly sees all his players and meets skaters where they are at. He works strategically to foster growth/development. He has created a competitive/safe space where skaters can learn/grow/develop. He's created a space where skaters are held to high expectations not only as players but as teammates and humans. He's created a space where teammates truly appreciate each other for differences each brings to the ice/team. He brings passion, expertise and intensity to the ice. His knowledge of the game and ability to make connections with kids is unmatched. He is a true teacher. Scar was clearly built for this role. He has stepped into his first head coaching role for WHA and is enormously well respected by his skaters and their families. He makes us proud to be a part of WHA."

Volunteer of the Year Award: Andy Lynes

Andy has been an outstanding asset to the Waconia Hockey Association. He is a constant and steady leader. Andy has volunteered in various aspects of the WHA. He coaches on and off the ice. He dedicates countless hours, talent, and treasures to the skaters at the WHA. Andy had numerous nominations and was recognized as not only an outstanding volunteer but also an outstanding coach. One nominator shares that Andy is always ready to jump in and help whenever it is needed, he shows up. Andy is present at so many community hockey events from supporting and cheering on our littlest skaters to being a superfan of our high school programs, Andy shows up. Another nominator shares that: "Andy has been a blessing this year, he goes above and beyond by teaching our kids sportsmanship and morals that they will keep with them for the rest of their lives along with teaching hockey skills. He teaches them respect towards other teams, coaches and referees even if they don't show the same. He has taught them to wear their Waconia hockey jerseys with pride and never throw their jerseys on the floor in the locker room. Our boys respect their coach and we are truly grateful for him." Another shares: "Andy is the most unselfish coach I have ever met. He instills strong core values in our children with unwavering support. He is the best coach I have ever met.

There were many very impressive and deserving nominations. The WHA is so proud of the many amazing and dedicated members. These members make the WHA a great place to be! We look forward to the years to come. 

Cheers to our winners!

The WHA Awards Committee


2022 WHA Golf Outing

Thank you to those who participated in the 2021 WHA Golf Outing! We appreciate your time and support of Waconia Hockey Associations! 

Plans are underway for our 2022 event, details coming soon!

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Special Event Sponsors

A special thank you also goes out to the following supporters who have generously provided prizes for the event:

  • Everson’s Hardware Hank

  • Knotty Wood

  • MN Vikings

  • Sackett Waconia

  • Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery

  • MN Wild


Summer Hockey Opportunities

Both the Waconia Girls and Boys Blue Line Clubs (High School) offer summer hockey camps. Check them out, registration for both has opened: 

Waconia Boys  Blue Line Summer Camps 

Waconia Girls Blue Line Summer Camps