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Dear Alaska Hockey Family:
Happy Holidays!  I want to personally, and on behalf of ASHA, thank each of you for the invaluable contribution you make to Alaska Hockey.  While we all recognize that there is certainly room for growth in our game as the numbers are slightly smaller than years  past, and sadly some rivalries we just can't seem to get past, there actually is so much to be merry about.  Hockey is an amazing sport, a fun and great game, and the Alaska Hockey Community is an incredible environment to be a part of and contribute to.   Our youth, adult and disabled hockey programs provide a positive outlet for fun, athleticism and companionship, that you, as the tireless volunteers, should take pride in all that you do to make it happen for the end user-those who hit the ice and feel the wind on their faces.  Alaska Hockey could not survive without you, and each of you make it happen for the players and officials.
My hope for today is that if you are at a rink today or over the holiday season, you take a moment to thank a volunteer.  Thank the parent who might be rushing multiplayers between rinks, that is stepping up to the plate to do Penalty Box Duty, or Clock Duty or Score Keeper.  Thank the off-ice officials, who keep track of the scores, from the parent in the box to our amazing Web/Stats Master who gets then upload on line.  Thank a tournament volunteer who, for the sake of the game, and untimely the players, of whom your child might be one, took their holiday off-time to be at an ice rink to make the event(s) happen.  They have each scarified their time, talent and too often, their treasure for the benefit and betterment of the Alaska Hockey Community at large.  Thank a coach, who is too often only subject to second guessing and criticism, because they put in the time for the players and the game.  They are there for the players, and their circle of give back to this sport is what keeps the game alive.  Thank an official, as they too are often only subjected to second guessing and criticism. They have an incredibly difficult job and without them we would only have Pond Hockey.  Thank a Discipline Official who have to deal with all of our ASHA Discipline matters, as they all have busy lives, but take the time out to hear our disputes and to try to be fair to the participants and the integrity of the game. 
I especially would like to thank each you for the time and talent you all put in to the Alaska Hockey Community.  I known none of you do it for the "thanks" or any accolades, but they are well deserved.  Frankly, I am humbled and feel very blessed to stand with you and be part of your team.  We have so many moving parts, yet because of the hard work and love for the game from each of you, the cogs in the wheel keep the game moving.  
As we celebrity the various 2019 end-of-year holidays, we truly are blessed and we have so much to be thankful for.  I for one am thankful for what each of you do, and for the privilege of being a part of this wonderful Alaska Hockey Community.  Have a Merry Holiday!
Yours in Hockey, 
ASAH President
Darryl L. Thompson, Esq

October 30, 2019

Dear USA Hockey member –

As the hockey season begins in full, we continue to receive reports of disturbing incidents involving racial and other derogatory slurs, behavior which is reprehensible and has absolutely no place in our game, especially around our children.

As you are all aware, USA Hockey has long had a Zero Tolerance Policy towards any type of abusive conduct, specifically under Rule 601 (e.3), which states that anyone who uses language that is offensive, hateful or discriminatory in nature anywhere in the rink before, during or after the game, shall be assessed a game misconduct penalty. For reasons which I cannot explain or understand, this penalty does not seem to be enough of a deterrent to stop this conduct.

I am issuing a directive effective immediately that anyone assessed a penalty under Rule 601 (e.3) will now receive an automatic Match Penalty, in lieu of the game misconduct penalty that currently exists, and shall be immediately suspended until a hearing is conducted by the governing USA Hockey Affiliate or junior league. The applicable Affiliate or junior league is required to conduct a hearing within 30 days of the incident and the individual may be subject to further discipline.

Further, our on-ice officials have protocols in place that address situations where a player is accused of saying something that violates Rule 601 (e. 3) but is not heard by the officials. While the officials cannot assess a penalty in that circumstance, they are instructed to notify the coach of the offending team and it is critical that the coach take immediate and appropriate action. Officials must also report the incident through the game reporting system, and Affiliates must review all incidents, whether penalized or unpenalized, to ensure proper application of the rules.

We also receive reports of racial harassment and discrimination among teammates; this behavior must be addressed through submitting appropriate reports through our SafeSport Program.

Parents and coaches, please take the time to address these issues with your kids. Helping educate them on these topics is an important part of our overall effort to eliminate any type of discriminatory language or behavior from our sport.

While the vast majority of our hockey games are conducted in the spirit for which they were intended, we must remove offensive, hateful or discriminatory language or behavior from our game.

Please join me in stamping it out and ensuring we have an environment that is free from discrimination of any kind. Thanks for doing your part and I hope this will be the best and brightest hockey season for you and your family.

Yours in hockey,

Jim Smith

In our continued efforts to educate and provide resources pertinent to the Declaration of Safety, Fair Play and Respect, please see links below to a new video piece that contains examples of acceptable and unacceptable body checks. This piece is approximately three minutes and a shorter version of the 16-minute video that was released earlier this season. As you’ll hear, the voice over on this short form piece is aimed at parents, but the video is appropriate for all audiences.
The Dropbox contains two files, one with subtitles and one without. Feel free to share and use as you’d like.
Thanks much and hope this finds everyone doing great!!


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