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New FYHA president Miele has eye on continued development


Jamie Miele is the new president of the Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association (FYHA) and in her short time in the position, has continued the work of previous presidents to keep the organization moving in a positive direction.


“Our board is full of individuals who really want to see our association be successful, while maintaining the positive spirit of Flagstaff,” Miele said. “We have created and continue to create committees to set and reach goals for the association. The spirit of teamwork and the idea that ‘many hands make light work’ are what I am most excited about. Instead of having a fundraiser, for example, we will have a fundraising committee.

“There are so many families in our association with unique talents that can help us, and we want to harness that.”

The 2017-18 FYHA Board of Directors is made up of Miele, Dave Bereson (VP), Emily Mokelke (secretary), Stephani Allen (treasurer and fundraising committee chair), Lindsay Mellen (registrar), Ryan Gearhart (coaching committee chair), Kevin Tye (ice scheduler and scheduling committee chair), Scott Robinson (webmaster) and Mick Cummard (committee member).

Miele said the summer agenda will be full of continued planning for next season, with an eye towards development.

“Our 6U/8U program is very important to the continued development of FYHA,” Miele said. “Last year, we fielded two 10U travel teams for the first time and we will likely be doing that again for the upcoming season. The effort put into our 6U/8U program is what allowed for this growth. Our goal is to continue this trend in 10U and to be able to add a second 12U travel team in the next year or two. To make this happen, we need to capture and keep those young players in the program. We will provide our 6U/8U program with quality coaching and game play opportunities. Last year, Kevin Tye spearheaded the development of a 6U/8U league, complete with weekly games and a championship.

“The kids loved it and we will definitely be doing it again next season.”

— Matt Mackinder

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