Registration is now open for the 2015-2016 Season for ALL LEVELS
GIRLS 8U AND BOYS MITES MUST SIGN UP NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 1ST TO AVOID A $25.00 LATE FEE CHARGE THAT WILL GO IN AFFECT OCTOBER 2.
Bob O’Connor, an Edina hockey legend, passed away yesterday. In order to honor Coach O’Connor and his incredible legacy, we have designed a helmet sticker which we are asking all EHA participants to display for the remainder of the season. The design features an excerpt from one of one of Bob’s favorite sayings, “To Win the Game is Great… To Play the Game is Greater… To Love the Game is the Greatest of All.”
For those of you not familiar with Bob O’Connor’s contribution to Edina hockey, O’Connor grew up playing hockey in Providence, RI. He earned all-state honors in high school and went on to play collegiately at Providence College. After college, O’Connor settled in Edina and began his coaching career. Over the years he coached Edina youth hockey at all levels as well as spending eighteen years as an assistant coach for Edina High School, one year at Eden Prairie High School, and two years as an assistant at Hamline University.
O’Connor was very involved with USA Hockey. He served as Coach-in-Chief for Minnesota Hockey for 14 years (1980-94), director of USA Hockey’s Coaches Section for ten years (1994-2004) and as USA Hockey’s National Coach-in-Chief for two years (2004-06). Additionally, he was a member of USA Hockey’s Youth Council for eight years (1996-2004) and was voted director emeritus in 2004.
In 1984, O’Connor was an assistant coach with the US Olympic team in Sarajevo. He subsequently served as an assistant for both the 1991 and 1992 US National Junior Teams. In addition, he has served as either head coach or assistant coach for seven U.S. select teams.
In 2015 O’Connor was inducted into the Edina Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2014, he received the USA Hockey Builders Award for those making lasting contributions to the long-term growth and success of USA Hockey. In 1990 he received the William Thayer Tutt Award for dedication to enhancing the sport in the United States at the grass roots level. In 1997 he received the Walter Yacik Award, given to an individual who demonstrates a consistent commitment and contribution to coaching education and the development of USA Hockey coaches. He is the first person ever to receive all three prestigious USA Hockey awards.
During his lifetime, O’Connor gathered a vast collection of hockey coaching materials and memorabilia. Many of these materials are now housed in the Bob O’Connor Coaching Library located at Braemar Arena. In addition, there are also O’Connor coaching libraries at USA Hockey’s headquarters in Colorado Springs and at Providence College.
Everyone who loves and appreciates Edina hockey owes a debt of gratitude to Bob O’Connor. Bob was a true hockey legend, whose contributions to helping build Edina hockey are immeasurable. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten. For those who had the privilege to play for Coach O’Connor – “The butcha shaap will always be open.”
There is a new page under the Manager tab with service opportunities for your team. If your team is looking for someone to help, check there! Or, if you know of an organization who has a service opportunity, contact Beth Psihos at email@example.com.
For the second consecutive year, the Edina Hockey Association is pleased to be able to grant 3 post-secondary scholarships to Edina High School (EHS) seniors. The recipients for this year’s scholarships include Emma Schatz, Bobby Terwilliger and Katie Murney. The three recent graduates were recognized at the Edina High School Local Scholarship Reception on May 15th. The scholarship recipients must have played hockey either for EHA or EHS teams from their freshman year through and including their senior year. These scholarships are made possible by the successful fundraising that the EHA does throughout the year.
Emma will continue her education at the University of St. Thomas this fall to pursue an early childhood education major. Bobby will also be attending the University of St. Thomas this fall studying business. Katie will attend Boston College this fall to begin a pre-med program.
The EHA would like to congratulate Emma, Bobby and Katie and wish them the best of luck in college and the years ahead!
Pictured: Emma Schatz, Bobby Terwilliger, Katie Murney
EHA Girls Hockey Goalie Coach Tom Helvick is a 2015 Award Recipient of the Minnesota Hockey Coaching Excellence Award. This award is given to the top coaches in Minnesota who make a difference in the lives of the players they coach. Tom was nominated by U14A goalie, Megan Smith, who has been fortunate to have him as her coach for the past two years. He helped Megan progress from a first year goalie when he started as her coach to a State Champion this past year. Megan says, "Tom makes every practice fun and is always super positive when he is coaching." In addition to his goalie coaching responsibilities for the U14A Girls Team, Tom provides goalie coaching clinics for new EHA goalies and coaches goalies at practices at all levels within the organization. Tom helps continue the long tradition of exceptional coaching within the Edina Hockey Association program.
|Squirt A Green – 3rd Place||Peewee A White – Appearance|
|Squirt B Black – 1st Place Tie Gold Division||Peewee B1 White – Champs|
|Squirt B White – 2nd Place Silver Division||Bantam AA Green – 2nd Place|
|Squirt C Gold – 1st Place Bronze Division||Bantam A White – 2nd Place|
|Squirt C Green – 2nd Place Bronze Division||U12A Green – 3rd Place|
|Peewee B2 Black – District and League Champs||U14 Green – Champs|
|Peewee B2 Gold – 3rd Place||U19 B – 2nd Place|
|Peewee B2 White – 2nd Place||Jr Gold A – Champs|
|Peewee C Gold – League Camps||Jr Gold B White – Champs|
|Peewee C Green – 2nd Place||Jr Gold B Green – Appearance|
|Bantam B2 Green – 2nd Place||U16 – Appearance|
|U10 A White – League and Bronze Division Champs|