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2022-23 YOUTH HOCKEY REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

By AHAI 07/01/2021, 11:00am CDT

Registration is now open to the youth players for next season...

We are excited to announce that the 2022-2023 Youth Hockey registration is NOW OPEN!

We are expecting all-time registration records after announcing the new Ice Ranch year-round facility coming to Amarillo this winter.

What will youth hockey bring out of your kid?

Registration: We are doing separate registrations for youth and adult programs. This letter only pertains to the YOUTH Registration. Registration for all youth programs is open, except for the Dallas Stars Learn to Play.  We will still be using our Sport Engine registration platform. Each member will have to register with SportEngin before you can log in and complete registration (if you have not already done so). Please go to www.amarillohockey.com for more information on program packages, pricing, and information.

USA Hockey: To register with AHAI, you must have your 2022-2023 USAH number. The cost to register with USAH is $46. If your child was born in 2015 or before, the cost is $0. *Last season’s # will not work- please make sure it is a 2021-2022 registration #*

USA Hockey Registration

The Amarillo Ice Ranch will be the future home to AHAI...

AMARILLO, TX- Having a community ice rink in Amarillo has been discussed for well over a decade. The Amarillo Hockey Association (AHAI) is pleased to announce that they have created Amarillo Ice Ranch, Inc. to construct and operate a year-round ice rink facility in the city-owned warehouse building at 301 S. Grant street in downtown Amarillo.

Chris Wright will serve as the initial President of AIR, Inc. and with other directors to be appointed in the coming weeks. Austin Sutter will serve as the General Manager and Eric Andersen as the Facility Manager.

“I am excited and honored to be a part of this historic event.  The City Council and staff have been wonderful partners in this negotiation, and we are looking forward to being a part of what we anticipate is a bright future for the downtown sports scene in Amarillo for years to come.  I am especially happy that we will have a facility that will be able to serve all of our community rather than just the hockey community.”, explains the President of the Ice Ranch, Chris Wright.

The Ice Ranch will not only serve the hockey community but will also be a community skating center that will offer ice-sports programming, public skating, private parties, charity events, school programs, and international summer camps.

“We are blessed and overly excited for our community. The Ice Ranch will positively impact many kids and families for years to come. This will be life changing for the many people who are already invested in ice-sports here in Amarillo and the surrounding area. Our team has worked incredibly hard to make this happen and I couldn’t thank them enough for the many years of dedication, persistence and belief they have shown our organization.”, expresses Austin Sutter, the Executive Director of AHAI and General Manager of the Ice Ranch.

“This is a special day for hockey in West Texas, specifically in Amarillo. The Ice Ranch will have a state-of-the-art ice technology system that will be very energy efficient. The Ice Ranch will be the proud host of year-round ice events and hockey programs. The hockey community should be very proud of all the hard work that has been put in to reach this goal.”, says Eric Andersen who serves as the Ice Ranch Facility Manager and AHAI’s Hockey Director.

The Ice Ranch will provide a foundation for ice sports and activities to exponentially grow with no limitations. Specific to hockey and figure skating, AHAI will now be able to host many more grass-root programs to build these activities at the youth and adult levels. Spring and summer programming will also help increase participation as well as offer our local athletes the ability to train year-round. This will give local kids the opportunity to obtain scholarships and use hockey and ice skating to create new opportunities for very successful futures on and off the ice.

“Our dream has finally come true for AHAI and our affiliates. Our organization has dedicated countless time over the past decade to enable our dream to come to fruition. We are most proud to provide an opportunity to make a difference for the youth in Amarillo and surrounding areas.”, elaborates The President of AHAI, Jason Chafe.

The Ice Ranch is expected to be completed in the winter of 2020. If you would like more information on registering for our hockey or skating programs for next season, please visit www.amarillohockey.com.

Annual scholarship to be presented to AHAI youth player...

AMARILLO, TX

The Counterman family have been contemplating ways that they could give back to the community in memory of their son, Jon-Jon who tragically left this world in 2017.

Jon-Jon was an avid hockey player and was a part of the Amarillo “Hockey Family” for a long time. He developed some of his best friendships through the game and blessed our program with his kindness and contagious smile.

The Counterman family will be donating a scholarship each season in Jon-Jon’s memorial to go to a future AHAI player to help cover the cost of playing hockey. More specific details on how the scholarship will work, will be announced soon.

“Jon-Jon always thought of others before himself. This annual scholarship is a perfect way to give back. That boy loved the ice, his teammates and coaches. We thank AHAI for their continued efforts in honoring Jon-Jon’s life”, expresses Jon-Jon’s mother, Pamela Counterman.

“We are so excited and honored to be a part of Jon-Jon’s memory. Many future youth hockey players will benefit from playing our great game because of the Counterman’s generosity”, explains the Executive Director of AHAI, Austin Sutter.

Our members miss Jon-Jon’s smile and positive personality. Our players continue to remember him and look up to him as a great teammate and friend.