It's not too late to join! We have several opportunities to get started - from beginner skaters to our Mite program! More information is available below or click on the "New to Hockey" link.
WHA and Kirk S. Nevin Arena operate three (3) programs for beginner skaters. Each program advances the skaters' abilities from beginner to the WHA 8U Travel Mite Program. Depending on the skaters' ability, you may choose to skip one or several of these programs.
1. Learn to Skate (Administered by Kirk S. Nevin Arena/ISI Figure Skating) Click on the link for more information.
2. Little Pens Learn-to-Play Program. Kirk Nevin currently holds only one Little Pens session per season. Following participation in the Little Pens program, players are encouraged to join the In-House program.
3. WHA In-House Hockey. The In-House program begins instruction in November of each year. Practices occur weekly on Wednesday evenings. Enrollment opens in October and closes in early-January. The season runs through late-March.
PAHL has sent the following message to member organizations to provide guidance in the wake of the recent mask mandate issued by the PA Department of Health.
As hopefully you have all been notified by your association at this point, new PA government mandates state that everyone involved in indoor and outdoor sporting activity must wear masks. This includes the players, coaches, admin personnel, spectators, officials - everyone. This includes practices and games. See new government mandates posted on the PAHL website at https://www.pahockey.com/covid19.
This must be policed at the association/team level. Please provide this information to all of your coaches, and families. We are at the point in this Covid environment that everyone needs to knuckle down and do the right thing to stop the spread.
There are several alternatives for players.
1. Conventional mask or gaiter across the face next to the skin under the helmet.
2. Masks that attach to the cage/helmet that provide a small buffer between the mouth and the mask. You can view these on the Pure Hockey website. Your local pro shop may also have them. If you have a crafty volunteer he/she may be able to make them by copying the picture online. Just make sure that they have adequate coverage. (see this link for one type: https://www.purehockey.com/product/ccm-game-on-player-face-mask/itm/44401-2/)
3. Clear face shields with the added "spit shield" at the bottom covering the chin area.
Note that with officials being asked to wear masks also, their ability to utilize their whistles may be a bit compromised. Please make your coaching staff aware of this and ask them to be patient during games.
We are fortunate to be able to play our game with full teams in this pandemic. This is just another little bump in the road to be able to continue forward.
We will keep you updated as to any changes as they happen.
IT IS JUST A MASK. WEAR THEM.
Executive Director, PAHL
We want to preserve the history of WHA in a digital format, and we need your help!
WHA representatives are working to build an online database of WHA and Laurel Tournament history. Anything from the old WHA days all the way to recent years!
If you have any photos, documents, information or other history of WHA or the Laurel Tournament, we would love for you to share it with us! Please email WestmorelandHockey@gmail.com to help us recreate our history in a digital format.
If you have hard copies of WHA literature, Laurel Tournament Programs, photos or other documents, we would be thrilled to borrow them, scan and return to you. Every piece of information is helpful for this exciting project. Thank you! #WHAHockey #WHAEagles