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WMEHA Press Release

West Michigan Elite Hockey Association Awarded  as Tier 1 AAA for 2015-16

Grand Rapids, MI -- A new opportunity for youth elite
hockey development was announced today by the newly formed West Michigan Elite
Hockey Association (WMEHA) Tier 1 Hockey will now be available for all levels
of hockey from Pee Wee through Midget for all District 6 communities.  The Tier
1 award was granted by the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) at its
annual December meeting.
The Associations include the West Michigan Hounds, Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey
Association, Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey Association, Lansing Hockey Club, Grand
Valley, Jackson, HAWK, Rockford,  Muskegon Chiefs, Battle Creek, GR Blades, and
Kentwood.  The 14 associations joined together in an unprecedented effort to
coordinate their resources to support the program.  Each association will
continue its house and travel programs.
GRAHA Director Jean Laxton  said, "This creates an opportunity for our
young elite athletes to develop in their home geographic area.  It is our
intention to allow these players to skate and develop within their own

By combining our efforts we can do more for our youth, said Tom Berry of The West
Michigan Hounds.  "Individually we're a drop, together we're an ocean."
Lansing Hockey Club Director Jeff Mitchell said "We look forward to our
associations' growing together to benefit our youth."

The 14 associations plan to meet over the next few weeks to sort out
logistics, programs, coaches, and expectations by age group for the elite Tier 1
program.   A joint announcement will be made in mid January. For information, contact Tom Berry at: tberry@wmhounds.com or Jean Laxton at 2skaters1@msn.com

GRAHA Offering KIIH Skills Clinic and Goalie Training

This is a great opportunity for an extra ice touch during the week and improve your skills!  Limited availability for this Wednesday skills training!



West Michigan Special Hockey Association

The WMSHA is pleased to announce a full program for 2014.  Check out the attached flyer for details and sign up today if interested in skating on Wednesdays at 6:30PM at Patterson Ice Center starting on September 24th!  Registration is necessary but the program is free.



GRAHA Announces Partnership With OAM/Metro Sports Medicine



GRAHA is pleased to announce the partnership with OAM Metro Sports for this hockey season.  OAM will provide education as well as serve as our sports medicine providers.  Read more in the link below:


Please contact the Hilton

(Grand Rapids Airport)

for a special GRAHA rate


Hilton Hockey Flyer 2013

GRAHA Board Meetings

The GRAHA Board of Directors meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:30PM.  All members are welcome to attend!