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    CSGHA Announces New ADoH/19U AAA Head Coach

    03/30/2015, 7:30pm MDT
    By Andy Atencio

    The Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association (the Select) is excited to announce the hiring of Karen Rickard as the Assistant Director of Hockey and 19U AAA Head Coach.  Karen comes to the Select from Bowmanville, ON Canada via Dallas, TX where she has been involved in all levels of developing girl’s hockey since 2007.  During her time in Texas, Karen has served as the Director of Girls Hockey with the Alliance Youth Hockey Association (in 2011 and 2012), as well as, coached multiple teams from 8U through the 19U ages competing at the recreational, Tier II and Tier I levels.  Most recently she has co-coached her Dallas Stars Elite 14U team to the Tier I National Tournament, which just concluded in Green Bay, WI.

    Karen holds a Level IV certification in the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program, and has a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration and Facility Management.  In addition to holding coaching positions for Tier I and Tier II teams in the Dallas area, Karen has also served as the lead instructor at the Dallas Stars Girls Hockey Academy.  
    Karen attended and played four years of varsity NCAA hockey the University of Wisconsin, where she played in 137 games amassing 81 career points. Karen was awarded the Jeff Sauer Award in 2004 as voted by teammates, which is presented annually to the player who consistently demonstrates commitment to her teammates, coaches, and the sport of hockey.  She also received multiple conference awards including being named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) All-Second Team in 2004, multiple WCHA offensive player of the week honors, the inaugural WCHA All-Star Team in 2002, and earning distinction as a Big Ten Scholar-Athlete & member of the WCHA All-Academic Team in 2003.

    In her final three years at Wisconsin she played for Head Coach Mark Johnson, a member of the 1980 Men’s Goal Medal Olympic team and four time National Champion as the current University of Wisconsin head coach.  When asked what he thought about Karen’s appointment as ADoH/19U AAA Head coach, Coach Johnson said “I am excited for her and for you (the Select). She will do a great job for you and has such great experience to offer”.  Coach Johnson also said that as a player “Karen played at an extremely high level and was always willing to give back to the game, even when she was still playing”.

    In addition to Karen’s significant coaching, player development, and playing experience, she will bring substantial experience in operations management.  Karen’s experience this area includes work done as a Director of Girl’s Hockey, but also working professionally in operational positions for both the Dallas Stars (NHL) and the Dallas Mavericks (NBA). 

    As Karen settles in to the Select, she will be responsible for a variety of areas in the association.  Karen will serve as the Head Coach for the 19U AAA team for the 2015-16 season.  In addition, she will be fill multiple roles focused on 14U – 19U age levels for the association including recruitment at all levels and ages; organize and run 14U through 19U tryouts; and association-wide scheduling.  Karen will also be responsible for player development at 14U through 19U age groups at all levels, which will include participation with on and off ice in-season practices; organization and coaching for off-season and in-season developmental clinics; development of on and off ice practice plans; and assist in the hiring, support, development, and mentoring of coaching staff.
    Karen brings an energy, drive and enthusiasm for the game of girl’s hockey to the Select, which when paired with the commitment and experiences of our existing leadership, we feel will be the beginning of a very bright future for the Select organization.  In addition, Karen brings experience of what it takes to be successful playing women’s hockey at the highest collegiate level and to do so while persevering through significant challenges (her stories are inspiring).  We hope you will join us in welcoming Karen to our family by attending a Meet and Greet event to be held at the Edge Ice Arena on Saturday April 4th from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm for all members of the Select, followed by open ice for the 19U AAA, 16U AAA and 19U AAA players from this past season.

    If you have any questions or comments you can contact Corey McDonald CSGHA Board of Directors President (president@csgha.com) or Kendall Hanley CSGHA Director of Hockey (kendall.hanley@csgha.com).

    2015 Membership Meeting Announced

    03/24/2015, 8:45pm MDT
    By Andy Atencio

    Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association (CSGHA) has announced the date of the 2015 Annual Membership Meeting.  The meeting will take place on May 18, 2015 in a room at the Ridge that has yet to be determined.

    Two critical components of this meeting will be voting on open positions for the 2015-16 Board of Directors and voting on revisions and updates to the CSGHA By-laws.  Information about both of these activities can be found on this webpage.

    All currently registered members that are in good financial standing with the CSGHA are invited to attend.  Only current members are allowed to attend the Annual Membership Meeting.  At the meeting each member family will receive one vote on any items that require a membership vote for approval, such as the Board of Director positions or the passage of the revised By-laws. It is important to understand that only current members in good standing are allowed to attend and to vote, all others will be asked to leave the meeting.  It is also important to understand that each membership family only gets one vote on each item requiring approval per player they have on a roster for the 2014-15 season.

    If you are a current member in good standing* with the association and would like to request time on the agenda you can do so by contact the CSGHA Board of Directors President Corey McDonald at president@csgha.com.  The deadline to request time to speak at the meeting will be May 4, 2015 at 5:00pm.  Any requests to speak that are received after that deadline may be entertained at the discretion of the Board of Directors.  

    The meeting agenda will be published no later than May 11, 2015, but no earlier than May 4, 2015 to ensure any requests for time by a member are included in the agenda. Minutes from the meeting will be posted no later than June 1, 2015.

    A webpage for all information pertaining to the 2015 Annual Membership Meeting has been created and can be found by clicking here.  This page will be updated as new information about the meeting is released.  If you have any questions concerning the Annual Membership Meeting you may contact CSGHA Board of Directors President Corey McDonald at president@csgha.com. 

    * A "member in good standing" means a member of the association that was on a rostered CSGHA team in the 2014-15 season, provided the association with a valid 2014-15 USA Hockey registration, and are fully current on any and all team and association fees for the 2014-15 season.

    Select Alumni Updates

    Take some time and check out the CSGHA Alumni Page in the menu at the top of the page.  Special thank you to Darren Hensley who keeps this page up to date and allows us to follow the careers of our Select family.

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    Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association

    The Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association (Colorado Select) is the first and only all girls’ hockey association in the state of Colorado.  We are a hockey organization devoted to promoting and expanding girls’ hockey in Colorado.  The purpose of the Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association is to foster the development of young girls in their pursuit of excellence in a team sport. We want to support the girls of Colorado who want to play a sport that can take them into district championships, college scholarships and even to gold medals.  Scholarship and educational opportunities are rapidly increasing as more and more programs are developed.

    The Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association has been host to several visits from USA Hockey already this season.  Two of the more memorable visits where documented on video by USA Hockey.  First CSGHA hosted a USA Hockey ADM clinic and demonstrated what makes us the only all girls USA Hockey ADM Model Association in the country.  Most recently the CSGHA hosted a visit by members of the 2014 USA Hockey Women's National Team.  Check out the videos of both events.


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