The Kalkaska Rhinos mission is to develop talented young student athletes, both as individuals and as hockey players, and to help them move to higher levels of hockey. Whether their interest is in higher levels of Junior Hockey or NCAA hockey, the Rhinos will help prepare each player to move forward on their individual path. We strive carefully to design our program so that we can help our players meet their overall hockey objectives. Our approach is one that is not simply designed around practices and games. We take the approach of making each person a better athlete, and person, through intense training and education.Our coaching staff's emphasis on discipline, dedication, and maturity help to positively influence our player's character development throughout the season. Our staff of highly experienced coaches is supported by a strong management organization to ensure that attention is paid to all details of each player's growth.Once experiencing our program, we know you will agree that THIS IS THE NEXT STEP. Consider what you see here versus your current team environment and judge for yourself. Come join the excitement of Kalkaska Rhinos Junior hockey. YOUR FUTURE STARTS HERE.
Kalkaska Area Hockey Association works with area youth and their parents in Kalkaska and the surrounding area to provide for and promote the growth of hockey. KAHA will work to provide the best possible experiences by encouraging, developing, advancing and administering the sport of ice hockey. KAHA will work closely with state (MAHA) and national (USA Hockey) hockey organizations to emphasize and support grassroots hockey participation. KAHA is committed to developing coaches who will be effective instructors and role models, through a comprehensive education program at all levels of the sport. KAHA will continue to offer high quality, reasonably priced hockey while maintaining a non-profit 501(c)3 status. KAHA will recognize those businesses and individuals who have helped maintain the organization and who work to promote community efforts.
KAHA will work to serve community youth in promoting quality and affordable ice hockey for years to come. KAHA recognizes area youth have fun while gaining accomplishment and skills playing hockey. KAHA will work to facilitate quality competitive youth hockey in Northern Michigan.
The focus and goal of the Learn to Skate (L2S) curriculums are designed to teach beginner hockey players the fundamentals of skating. Every association will have different needs, access to ice, a large variation in ages (4-10 years old) and number of players in their L2S sessions. If you have 5 or 60 new players, USA Hockey recommends that you use age and skill appropriate drills to teach the players how to skate and play hockey. It’s important for these players to become comfortable on the ice, learn the basic hockey stance, stride, knee bend, use of edges and how to hold a stick before moving into a learn to play, 6U or 8U full hockey curriculum.