Welcome to the Gillette Hockey Association (GHA), home of the Gillette Wild. GHA is an amateur, non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt youth hockey organization based in Gillette, Wyoming. The Gillette Wild youth hockey program offers a fun, safe opportunity for Gillette youth to learn the game of hockey.
Thanks to everyone that helped out with the Skills Clinics this year. We had several coaches volunteer their time, as well as invaluable assistance from players of the GHA Varsity team and Gillette Wild Junior Team. Junior Coach Steve Kruk assisted with some practice plans as well. It was a true team effort. It was a great way to get our players back on the ice.
Snow is in the air, the NHL Season is underway and the games have been posted to the WAHL website. Click on the View All Dates button in the top right side of the page. Most games do not have start times yet and there is still potential for date changes, so be sure to check back as we get closer to the end of October. Our very own Squirt White Team has the honor of playing the first home game on October 25th against Laramie at 12:00 a.m.! Like I said, the schedule is subject to change.
A big shout out to GHA Scheduler Josie Apodaca for scheduling close to 200 games for Squirts through Varsity. This is a very difficult task and she was our lone representative at the scheduler's meeting in Casper last weekend. Thank you, Josie, for all your work in putting this together.
We will not be ordering new game socks this year (the reason for that later in the newsletter). We do have some in stock. They will be distributed to any new players first and then to returning players on a first come, first serve basis. It is recommended that players only wear their game socks for games to make sure they last the season. Contact Equipment Manager Tammi Poppleton to see if game socks are available for your player. If a player's socks are unwearable (outgrew, too many holes) and new ones aren't available, black socks may be worn.
This information should have gone out in September. My apologies for that. It got lost in a pile of emails. And I missed it. Sorry about that.
The GHA Board conducted a survey earlier this year gauging the interest of our membership in changing our logo and color scheme to differentiate our organization from the junior team (to avoid continued confusion in the community) and to have neutral colors now that we have two high schools. The results of the survey showed that nearly 60% were in favor of changing the Gillette Hockey Association colors and logo.
The board decided to hold off on making any changes this season due to time constraints. The process will continue to move forward in preparation for making the change next season.
The Jersey Committee will be putting together a Top 3 List of logos and color schemes to send back to the membership for a vote.
The next regular meeting of the GHA Board of Directors will be Wednesday, October 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the Campbell County Public Library in the Wyoming Room. The agenda will be published to the website the Monday before the meeting.
“Some may have more talent, but there is no excuse for anyone working harder than you” - John Tavares