TCAHA needs volunteer coaches for our Middle School/ High School and 3 on 3 Programs this spring. The two programs give the kids a chance to continue hockey in the "off season" in a fun environment, but they cannot happen without some guidance from our volunteers.
The MS/HS season runs late March through May and is for all kids going into middle school and high school. There are practices on Wednesday or Thursday nights, with games on Friday and/or Saturday night. If you are able to help out, please contact
The 3 on 3 season runs rom early April through May. This program is for Mites and Squirt age players and games are on Sundays only. The teams are small and the games are fun, so coaching is a breeze! If you are able to help out, please contact
Terminators, Honey Badgers Represent TCAHA Well in Coeur d’Alene
02/23/2014 - Over the weekend two of the three TCAHA Squirt House teams, the Terminators and the Honey Badgers, traveled to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for the Holiday Inn Express Squirt House Tournament. With ten teams and direct seeding to the championship game, perfection through the seeding round of the tournament was all but mandatory. The Honey Badgers would follow that path to a tee, going 3-0, garnering the number one seed. The Terminators would take a little less obvious route, going 2-0-1 and entering a four-way tie for the second seed. Tiebreakers would punch the Terminators’ ticket to the championship game as they were +11 in goal differential and only giving up three goals through their first three games. This would set up a matchup of the two Tri-Cities teams in the championship game.
Although everyone involved would have rather played less familiar opponents in their final tournament games of the season, the pairing would be a testament to the quality of the players, coaches, and teams that the Tri-Cities is able to produce. And so early Sunday afternoon these two well-acquainted foes would face off for their ninth meeting of the season. Although the Honey Badgers hold the head-to head advantage with five wins, the Terminators have won the last three. The contest would ultimately live up to the magnitude of the billing as well as the competitive balance that these two teams have established over the course of the season.
The first period would be a flurry of action, with the Honey Badgers taking an early 1-0 lead with 9:41 remaining. Just under four minutes later the Terminators would tie it up. After that the rest of the period would be a back and forth battle, with neither team being able to establish an advantage. The second period started with a bang, much like the first. Just over two minutes into the period the Honey Badgers would capitalize on the only power play of the game and take the 2-1 lead. Beyond that score the second period would find both teams with sustained scoring opportunities, but neither team being able to overcome the other’s stingy defense and stellar goaltending.
Three minutes into the third period the Terminators were able to pull even with their second goal of the game. Beyond that, the two teams would skate in a 2-2 tie almost until the bitter end. Then, with only 1:15 remaining in regulation, the Terminators would take the lead, prompting a spectrum of emotions from every corner of the arena.
Immediately after this goal the Honey Badgers took their time out, during which the decision was made to remove the goalie in favor of an extra skater for the neutral zone faceoff. For the next 53 seconds (which seemed like an eternity) the Honey Badgers diligently worked to establish a sustained attack, but it was not to be. With only 22 seconds remaining in the game, the Terminators would seal the victory with an empty net goal.
In the locker room after the game, Coach Cam Richardson of the Terminators awarded the game puck to Kage Ballard for his outstanding game in which he scored three goals, including the game-sealing empty net goal. Across the rink Coach Shane Maitland of the Honey Badgers chose not to award an individual player of the game award. Instead, “Honey Badger Hat” was given to their newly-awarded trophy as a testament to the outstanding performance of the entire team throughout the tournament.
As luck would have it, these two teams will face each other once again the next time they take the ice. In the tenth matchup of the season the Terminators will be looking to even the season series while the Honey Badgers will be looking to avenge this gut-wrenching loss.
TCAHA offers spring Middle and High School Club hockey, 3 on 3 for Mite and Squirt age, and a shortened Beginners Program for those just starting out. Please register by clicking on the orange REGISTER NOW button on the tcaha.com home page.
MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL
This program is open to youth that are birth years 1995 to 2002. Birth years 1998 to 2002 can compete in middle school. All players born in 2002 but not yet in middle school, must have played PeeWee this past winter. Birth years 1995 through 1998 can compete in High School as long as they are currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12. Teams are formed based on the school that the player attends, unless there is not enough kids from that school to form a whole team. Then the League Commissioner may assign kids as needed.
The season will run from March 26 through June 1 - with games the weeks of April 11 through June 1. Practices will be on week nights and games will usually be Friday nights and Saturdays. The practices and games are played locally with no more than one out-of-town day trip for games. The costs listed are for registration only and are mandatory for all players. Additional expenses are required for equipment, uniforms, and possibly travel costs.
All registrants that are not participating in TCAHA's current winter season can begin attending PeeWee or Bantam/Midget Stick Time (whichever is age appropriate) as soon as they have completed and paid their Middle School or High School Hockey registration.
3 ON 3 The 3 on 3 Spring Program is a recreational league for Mite and Squirt age players that are birth years 2003 through 2008 that have hockey experience. The league will run for eight sessions on Sundays from April 6 through June 1 (with a bye Memorial weekend) and will consist of games only.
The 3 on 3 cross-ice game format is a fast, skill based game that allows kids to continue to develop in a fun environment. This will be a no-pressure league with the emphasis on fun and learning and not winning (scores are not kept). Teams will be drafted at pre-season meetings. During the draft we will try to accommodate friends/siblings so they can play together. Late registrants will be placed on teams appropriately for skill balance.
BEGINNERS PROGRAM (BP)
The Beginners Program is for youth ages 4 to 10 that are just beginning hockey. The focus is on the fundamentals of skating, stick and puck handling, and basic hockey skills. The program intends to get young players ready for playing on a regular Mite or Squirt team. The spring session will run for 8 weeks twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays during the early evening.
Spring Program Fees
TCAHA Middle School Registration
TCAHA High School Registration
TCAHA Spring BP Registration
TCAHA 3 on 3 Registration
USA Hockey Registration*
*Includes USA Hockey and PNAHA registrations good for an entire season. If the player is 6 or under, the registration is free. If the player registered with USA Hockey between 5/1/13 and now (perhaps for winter season), they do not have need to register again.