THERE’S A NEW ICE AGE FOR YOUTH HOCKEY IN GREATER LANSING
Youth hockey in Lansing is about to get a new look.
The programs skating out of Suburban Ice East Lansing and The Summit Sports and Ice Complex are joining together to create one united youth hockey association in Lansing, Michigan.
Effective immediately, Lansing area youth hockey development and youth teams will be led by a newly unified organization that incorporates the 55–year old tradition of GLAHA (Greater Lansing Youth Hockey Association) along with the players under the Lansing Senators umbrella and the expertise of Suburban Ice East Lansing.
The goal of local youth hockey leaders is to create a new era of cooperation that fosters ongoing player development and grows the sport of hockey in terms of participants and opportunities.
“This is something that we’ve been striving to achieve for years and I’m pleased that everyone has been able to get on the same page,” said Tomas Brown, GLAHA President. “We have such a great base of coaches and volunteers in our area. This will allow for more growth and the talent will only get better. Lansing hockey will be stronger than ever.”
Jeff Mitchell, the General Manager of Suburban Ice, Paige Sauer, the General Manager of The Summit Sports and Ice Complex, and other local stakeholders, including Brown, have worked tirelessly to ensure that Lansing’s youth hockey program will set the standard for future hockey players.
“One association will be really good for the Lansing area,” said Mitchell. “Having the teams working together instead of competing against each other will not only strengthen the program, but will help build a stronger base.”
Both facilities are thrilled to be able to use their state-of-the-art infrastructure to work collaboratively to promote youth hockey in the area.
“We have seen a huge spike in hockey interest thanks to the Olympics,” said Sauer. “Our two facilities have four sheets of ice to nurture the next generation of hockey players right from mites to midgets.
The head coach of Michigan State hockey welcomes the next stage in the evolution of the local youth hockey scene.
“It’s time to try a different approach,” said Tom Anastos. “I applaud the organizations involved for coming together and all those resources that are being pooled will benefit the kids. It will benefit new kids getting in the game and, ultimately, those playing at high levels, including maybe boys and girls who graduate to become college prospects.”
Future announcements about these exciting new developments in the Lansing youth hockey community will be available at the following web locations.