Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine Winter Clubs feature: Revelstoke Minor Hockey Association

Part of our Winter Clubs feature from the December print edition of Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine, the Revelstoke Minor Hockey Association checks in on what they're looking forward to this year and how people can get involved.

Revelstoke U11 Grizzlies take the win at their 2021 "Spooktacular" home tournament over Halloween weekend in October. Photo: Cory Peck/Revelstoke Minor Hockey Association

This story is part of a feature that first appeared in print in Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine’s December 2021 issue. Read the entire e-edition here:

Revelstoke’s winter clubs are pillars of the community. No matter how you choose to slip, slide or shred on the snow and ice, there’s a group of volunteers and enthusiasts ready to welcome you in.

For our Revelstoke Winter Clubs feature, we invited local winter sports activity clubs and club-like organizations to share an update on their activities, tell us about what they have planned this season, and let potential new members know how to get involved.

Here is what the Revelstoke Minor Hockey Association had to tell us:

Revelstoke U13 team travelled to Nelson, B.C. last month and
took home gold in the nelson invitational tournament.
Photo: Cory Peck/Revelstoke Minor Hockey Association.

Revelstoke Minor Hockey Association

Members: 108 kids enrolled and over 25 parent coaches, volunteers and board members.

Q: What are the main activities of Revelstoke Minor Hockey Association?

A: We provide an opportunity for local kids to play hockey in Revelstoke. Starting as young as 3 years old and extending up to 18 years old, we support players to join age-specific teams to practice and compete in exhibition, league and tournament play throughout the B.C. Interior.

We have a female-specific team called the Stoked Cubs that offer female players of all ages the chance to come out and experience the fun of hockey and develop their skills. We also have co-ed teams for Tykes (3-5), U7, U9, U11 & U13. We also have U15 and U18 players from town that have gone on from our association to play high level AA and AAA level hockey in the B.C. Interior. Our programs aim to promote teamwork, respect in sport, inclusivity, personal growth and most of all, fun!

Q: What is new with Revelstoke Minor Hockey Association over the past year?

A: After a tough year of limited game play, no spectators and gallons of hand sanitizer, we are so happy to be back to “normal” at the rink.

We have been thrilled to be working alongside the Revelstoke Grizzlies Junior “B” team to offer our players extra coaching and skills sessions on top of their regular practices and games this year. The Grizzlies head coach, Jiri Novak, brings a wealth of experience to our players. He holds a master’s degree in coaching and has played professionally in Europe.

The kids also get the added excitement of having the players from the local Grizzlies team come to the skill sessions as well, which adds to the overall experience and creates more of a community atmosphere between all the players.

These sessions, coupled with the fantastic coaching from our numerous volunteer coaches, managers and on-ice helpers, have seen all of our players improve immensely since the start of the season and it’s safe to say that the hockey “stoke” is super high in Revelstoke minor hockey right now.

Our female program, “The Stoked Cubs” is in its second year and has grown by almost 50% over last season. This program, started by Stephanie Miller, has introduced the game we love to many local female athletes. They practice every Friday afternoon and get together for a fun dryland training session at “The Studio” on Saturday afternoons.

Q: What activities or events does Revelstoke Minor Hockey Association have planned for the 2021-22 winter season?

A: Our U13 and U11 teams both compete in the Okanagan Minor Hockey League and have approximately 20 games during the season, plus playoffs.

All our teams from U9 to U13 hosted a home tournament between Halloween and the end of November. Revelstoke has become well known in the minor hockey world for hosting some of the most fun and well-organized tourneys in B.C. The kids had a blast.

The female “Stoked Cubs” took part in World Women’s Hockey Day in October, playing inter-squad games and having a pizza party to celebrate. They are hoping to travel to Salmon Arm for a girls hockey jamboree in February. Our younger U7 and tykes teams are also hoping to get some exhibition games in with neighboring towns in the coming months.

Q: How can potential new members get involved with your club?

A: We are always excited to have new players and volunteers join our association. We have a variety of programs that offer something for all skill levels and time commitments.

Whether you are a player, parent, coach, referee or just hockey fan, we would love to hear from you. If you are interested in signing up for minor hockey, or just want to get some information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at admin@revmha.

We would like to also thank our wonderful community sponsors that have helped so much this year. Cronometer and Downie Mills for their generous contributions towards our new Stoked Cubs Jerseys. Skookum Ski & Bike, Eagle Pass Heli-skiing and Kozak Mill for their help with our new young-referee gear and The Revelstoke Credit Union, Jake-Jay Construction and countless other wonderful local businesses for their ongoing support.