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2010 Game Day


The 9th annual 2010 Game Day was a resounding success.  It is the NYHA’s annual celebration of the game of hockey.  700 players, guided by 230 coaches and managers and supported by 138 Scor-O-Moms took part in 23 games within a 15 hour period.  In the morning, the NYHA hosted Bob Mancini from USA Hockey who conducted an ADM clinic for 8 and under skaters.  Bob is the regional manager of USA Hockey’s American Developmental Model.  The clinic included on-ice demonstrations, fun drills, and small games for the kids and an informal Q&A meeting for the parents.  There were over 50 kids who participated in the clinic with 11 coaches in seven groups on the ice surface with cones, tires, nets, and barriers.  An exciting day for the NYHA! We have found no other association within the United States which hosts an event just as Novi Game Day.  On hand to celebrate the event were:

·        Novi City Manager -                            Clay Pearson

·        Novi Parks and Rec Manager -          Nancy Cowan

·        Novi Arena Manager -                        Kris Barnes

·        NYHA Game Day Chair-                      Jeannine Makowski

·        Novi Assistant City Manager-             Victor Cardenas

Katie Dodd did a fantastic job singing the national anthem during the midday ceremony.  Taking the ceremonial faceoff were Zoe Orlich from the Mite Thundercats and Katie Novell from the Squirt Thundercats.  Several banners representing significant accomplishments from last season were unveiled:

2009-2010 Squirt B Predators- District 4 Champions

2009-2010 Squirt AA Novi Ice Cats- District 4 Champions and State Champions

2009-2010 Squirt A Novi Ice Cats- District 4 Champions and State Finalists

 

Paul Falvin was given the TopCat volunteer award.  Two year’s ago, the NYHA Board decided to start honoring those who have displayed a history of making significant contributions to the advancement of the Novi Youth Hockey Association.  A couple notes on Paul:  Paul Flavin was one of the original members of the Community Clubs of Novi which was the organization that later became the Novi Youth Hockey Association.  Paul was instrumental in drafting the original By-Laws which set forth the organization structure and mission of the NYHA as well as the establishment of the NYHA as a non-profit organization.  Paul served on the board from 1998 until 2006 in a variety of positions.  After his involvement in the NYHA, Paul began focusing his efforts on the formation of the Great Lakes Prep Hockey League.  The league incorporates a Junior Varsity league throughout southeastern Michigan.  Paul formed the Novi Wild Prep Hockey team.  The Wild has been very successful for the last 11 years.  Without Paul’s hard work and love for the game, both the Novi Wild and the GLPHL would not have experienced the amount of success that it has.  Paul still continues today to be an active assistant coach and team manager. He also stays active with the Novi High School Varsity Hockey program as an announcer for the team’s home games.

 

Game Day is the product of scores of volunteers which make this all possible. 

Coaches, Managers, Parents, Board Members, Shoot-out assistants, Rink Captains, Volunteers and many others bring Game Day to life.  There are hundreds of hours over several months devoted by many to bring this event to life.  If you see a volunteer – take a moment and thank them.  Also, thank you to Novi Arena and the City of Novi for being great hosts.

 

 

Winners of the Fastest Skater Competitions were:

 

Mini- Mites

Mites

Squirts

1st Year:

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1) Jackson Kinter

2) Gavin Garcia

3) Anthony Salah

1st Year:

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1) Trevor Mitchell

2) Matt Kim

3) William Dreiman

1st year:

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1) Robby Jackson

2) Spencer Ziparo

3) Jay Naidu

2nd Year:

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1) Nick Ridley

2) Luke Zubkus

3) Eric Zhang

2nd Year:

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1) Cody Daraban

2) Dylan Hicks

3) Connor Sargent

2nd Year:

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1) Mitchell Grinsphun

2) Alex Garbacik

3) Hayden Harrigan

 

 

The following had vendor tables:

Arbonne nutritional drinks                            American Embroidery

Hat Trick Sticks hockey furniture                  Famous Photo

PW #6 Firecats bake sale                              Bantam #1 Moonwalk

PW #7 Jewelry sales                                      PW #4 Bake Sale

Wooden Wallart.com                                      Puckmasters

1999 Ice Cats raffle                                       2000 Ice Cats jewelry and Poinsettas

 

The Guess the Number of Pucks contest was won by Josh Mitchell.  Josh guessed 198 pucks.  He was the closest without going over the actual number of 199.  For his efforts, Josh got the mini net.  Congratulations.

 

The winner of the Chuck a Puck was Scott Granzotto.

 

Silent Auction winners are:

Chris Chang

$155

NYHA Spirit Wear (varsity jacket, warm-up jacket, blanket, and sport bag

Fred Samsoon

$85

Gift Basket Gift Certificates: Pilates, Play It Again Sports, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Guernsey’s

Angela Petty

$70

Gift Basket Gift Certificates: Pilates, Play It Again Sports, Hooters, Starbucks, Guernsey’s

Josh Mitchell

$65

Gift Basket Gift Certificates: Sport Club of Novi personal training, Play it Again Sports, Hooters, Starbucks, Guernsey’s

Pat Dunn

$55

Gift Basket Gift Certificates: Sport Club of Novi personal training, Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Guernsey’s

Michelle Robinet

$40

4 Plymouth Whaler tickets

Lisa Willis

$175

Autographed Tomas Holmstrom stick

Tyler Murray

$70

Puckmasters gift certificate

Scott Wilak

$40

2 Emagine theatre tickets and 4 tickets to Paradise Park Laser tag

Akash Naidu

$20

4 tickets to Paradise Park Laser tag

Josh Mitchell

$20

4 tickets to Paradise Park Laser tag

Matthew Stone

$35

2 Emagine theatre tickets and 2 tickets to Paradise Park Laser tag

Michelle Robinet

$30

2 Emagine theatre tickets and 2 tickets to Paradise Park Laser tag

 

 

These companies all donated prizes or product to our event:

Coco-Cola, All American Embroidery, Costco, Play It Again Sports, Degree Deodorant, PuckMasters, the Novi Ice Arena, Pilates, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Hooters, Guernsey Farm Dairy, Starbucks Coffee, Sports Club of Novi, Tim Hortons, the Plymouth Whalers, the Detroit Red Wings, Emagine Theatre, Paradise Park, and Dairy Queen.

 

Action shots were taken by Famous Photo.  All photos can be viewed and ordered online at Famous Photo  The photos will be in albums with the team names of each game.

Action shots were taken by Famous Photo.  All photos can be viewed and ordered online at Famous Photo  The photos will be in albums with the team names of each game.



2010 Top Cat

Two year’s ago, the NYHA Board decided to start honoring those who have displayed a history of making significant contributions to the advancement of the Novi Youth Hockey Association. This year we are honoring Paul Falvin.
A couple notes on Paul: Paul Flavin was one of the original members of the Community Clubs of Novi which was the organization that later became the Novi Youth Hockey Association. Paul was instrumental in drafting the original By-Laws which set forth the organization structure and mission of the NYHA as well as the establishment of the NYHA as a non-profit organization. Paul served on the board from 1998 until 2006 in a variety of positions.
After his involvement in the NYHA, Paul began focusing his efforts on the formation of the Great Lakes Prep Hockey League. The league sought to incorporate a Junior Varsity league throughout southeastern Michigan. The league has expanded itself to 33 teams stretching as far north as Traverse City. In accordance with the GLPHL, the Novi Wild Prep Hockey team was formed. The Wild has been very successful for the last 11 years. Without Paul’s hard work and love for the game, both the Novi Wild and the GLPHL would not have experienced the amount of success that it has.
Paul still continues today to be an active assistant coach and team manager. He also stays active with the Novi High School Varsity Hockey program as an announcer for the team’s home games.