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AAHA Zero Tolerance
by posted 09/18/2019

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2019-20: Our 9th Season Kicks Off!
by posted 09/14/2019


Rink 3 Construction Is Progressing On Schedule

Welcome to PBK for the 2019-20 Hockey Season!

We begin our season with a club record 20 teams and over 400 skaters! Our growth is an indication that we are moving towards our Vision of being the premier youth sports organization in our area by setting the standard in athletic, personal and team development.

This year has seen a very significant investment by Klick Lewis Arena- adding a 3rd sheet of ice (scheduled to open at the end of this month). Included in this substantial investment is a new scoreboard, a third Zamboni, 4 new hockey nets and a refurbishing of the cooling tower.  Also new this season is a rink/locker assignment monitor over the water fountain in the lobby.

Moving left to right as you enter the rink, the ice sheets will be named Rink 1 (formerly Rink B), Rink 2 (formerly Rink A) and Rink 3 (formerly the field house).

PBK has more than tripled in size over the last three years.  We have 3 full time hockey operations personnel.  We are the only club in Central PA with a weekly PowerSkate instructor (Craig Horowitz).  We are the only club in Central PA with professional weekly goalie instruction by Terry Denike.  We are the only club providing weekly off ice training with professional instruction at PowerTrain.  KLA actively grows the hockey market- participating in National Try Hockey for Free and offering classes in Learn to Play Hockey.  In our second year with a High Performance hockey product we have teams at six Tier 1 certified age levels in the USPHL.

Our Club is actively involved with USAH and the AAHA, participating in the District Playoff committees and serving as a representative for the DVHL in the Atlantic District.

This year, KLA and PBK will be hosting the East West Challenge for 10U and 12U levels.  KLA is an ideal location to host teams from across the State of Pennsylvania.  We hope to become a tradition in this event.

PBK Blackout weekend is November 8-10.  This is a great tradition that highlights the sense of community that the Club was built on. Along with our growth in numbers and product offerings, the level of complexity in managing the organization has increased significantly.  The goal of Blackout has always been to have all PBK teams play a home game dressed in black – due to our participation in multiple leagues, we no longer have the luxury of “blacking out” a weekend for our entire club.  We will make every effort to have as many teams as possible in town and scheduled to play at Blackout – but we are at the mercy of the mandatory showcase format that many of our teams participate in.

Please check out our Sponsors tab on the Home Page to show your appreciation to our community businesses that help us offset the costs of operating the club.

We continue to enhance our website.  Our Managers’ Portal includes almost all the information needed to fulfill the duties of the Team Manager position. 

Check out our new USAH Update tab under the Policy Corner section of the PBK website.  USAH has renewed its emphasis on Safety and Sportsmanship for the 2019-20 season.  USAH has issued a specific memorandum indicating that referees have been instructed to issue a bench minor when banging on the boards occurs after an unnecessary or illegal body check – regardless of whether a penalty was issued.

Youth hockey continues to face a shortage of officials.  Abuse of officials is a significant contributor to this shortage.  The AAHA has issued a Zero Tolerance policy for abuse of officials that includes fines and suspension for non-participants.  The first offense is a two-week suspension and $150.00 fine (NO APPEAL).  Fines and suspensions escalate from there.  Please continue to represent our club with great sportsmanship and keep PBK at the forefront of youth sports.  Any fines incurred by the club will be passed on to the offender's account.  Please review this policy onder the USAH Update tab under Policy Corner

Code of Conduct - USAH code of conduct stipulates no use of controlled substances at any USAH event, this includes the premises that the events take place at.  Vaping and e cigarrettes are to be considered controlled substances and their use by USAH participants is forbidden at all PBK events.

Thank you for being part of PBK.  We have invested a lot of time and money to make our Club “Best In Class”.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns or are interested in helping the club become even better.

See you at the Rink!

Steve Jede

President

Palmyra Area Minor Hockey Association

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