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Northern Hills Chinook Celebrates Inaugural Awards Night with League Membership Announcement...

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**Northern Hills Chinook Celebrates Inaugural Awards Night with League Membership Announcement**

 

Spearfish, SD – April 22, 2024 – In a night of celebration and recognition, the Northern Hills Chinook hockey team is excited to announce during their inaugural awards ceremony that they have been accepted as the newest league member of the South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association (SDAHA).
 

**A Night to Remember**

The inaugural awards night not only honors the outstanding achievements of the Chinook players, coaches, and volunteers but also marks the beginning of a new chapter in the team's history. The acceptance into the SDAHA was one of the many highlights of the evening, showcasing the team's success, it’s potential, and the promising future of youth hockey in the Northern Black Hills.

**Embracing the Future**

As the Chinook celebrate their individual and collective successes, they also look forward to the opportunities that come with being part of the SDAHA. The team is committed to bringing their best to the league and continuing their growth of the Chinook program. “While this is a monumental step in this history of our Association, we are just as excited for what the future holds for the Chinook”,

While this is a monumental step in this history of our Association, we are just as excited for what the future holds for the Chinook

stated Dennis Servaty, President of the 501(c)(3) Northern Hills Amateur Hockey Association, “Plans are already underway for next season as we put our first traveling league team on the ice in the Squirts (ages 9-10) division. We will also have an in-house Mites team (ages 6-8) and we will participate in multiple tournaments as well”, continued Servaty.

Plans include using the Roosevelt Ice Rink in Rapid City, the Madison Rink in the Spearfish City Campground, and the “Chinook Rink”, a 60x120 rink located at a board member’s home, but the future depends on a full-size indoor rink. “Ultimately our goal is to have an indoor rink so we can not only put a team in every age group on the ice, but to have a facility where we can have a figure skating club, adult league hockey, and family skate nights available to the public” concluded Servaty.

**A Warm Welcome from the SDAHA**

The acceptance to the SDAHA occurred on April 13th at the Spring meetings attended by Brandy Purcell-Hartman, but the announcement was delayed so it could be part of the awards night. “This was such an informational meeting to attend” said Purcell-Hartman, “and to see the enthusiasm from the other board members and teams makes us more committed to the growth of our Association than ever. To share this acceptance at our awards night capped off a great season for us”, summarized Purcell-Hartman.

**Continued Support**

The Chinook extend their gratitude to their coaches, players, sponsors, and the community for their unwavering support. This milestone achievement is shared with everyone who has been part of the team's journey.

For more information about the Northern Hills Amateur Hockey Association and the Northern Hills Chinook and their participation in the SDAHA, and how to sign up your athlete for the upcoming season, please go to www.chinookhockey.com, or see us in our booths at Downtown Friday Nights and Hometown Thursdays all summer long.

Join us in celebrating this momentous occasion as the Northern Hills Chinook skate into a new era of hockey in South Dakota.

**About the Northern Hills Amateur Hockey Association (NHAHA)**

The NHAHA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit youth organization dedicated to bringing youth hockey, figure skating, and recreational skating to the Northern Black Hills, and to raise funds to construct an indoor ice rink in the Northern Hills.

**Contacts:**
Dennis Servaty - President
Northern Hills Amateur Hockey Association

Email: dservaty@hotmail.com

Brandy Purcell-Hartman - Secretary
Northern Hills Amateur Hockey Association
Email: brandylpurcell@gmail.com
 
**About the South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association**

The SDAHA is dedicated to the promotion and growth of hockey in South Dakota, offering programs and

leagues for players of all ages and skill levels. For more information, visit www.sdaha.org.

**Contact:**
Jenni Wirkus - Executive Director

South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association

Email: sdahadirector@outlook.com

The Wheelhouse has been delivered!

By Rob Zinke 03/21/2024, 9:30am MDT

With the support of the BFHS CTE Students, the Northern Hills Chinook

With the support of the BFHS CTE Students, the Northern Hills Chinook have our new storage shed. We have named it The Wheelhouse!

Members of the Board met with Mr. Tony Musilek and Mr. Mathew Raba at the Belle Fourche High School Monday Morning along with members of the media and one of our youth skaters to have interviews and load our new shed onto a trailer provided by Sandcreek Landscaping. Black Hills Equipment Rental brought a Telehandler and loaded the shed onto the trailer and it was transported from Belle Fourche to Spearfish and placed at our rink at the Bergan Residence.

We will make some benches and shelving for inside and add a chimney vent so we can have a propane heater inside. This will be a great benefit for our kids-no more needing to get dressed inside their cars next season!

Thanks again to the Belle Fourche School District, Black Hills Equipment Rentals, Sand Creek Landscaping and Belle Fourche Roundup Building Center for their support in making this new storage shed to benefit our skaters.

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About the Northern Hills Chinook

The Northern Hills Amateur Hockey Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of youth hockey, figure skating, and recreational skating in the Northern Black Hills of South Dakota.  We invite you to join us in our efforts to bring hockey and a rink to Spearfish. Finding a location for the rink has been challenging to say the least, but hopefully we meet that challenge soon and take it to the next level.

We still have a way to go, and fundraising is our next big step. You can aid the cause by clicking on the donate tab because every little bit helps. If you are considering corporate partnership, please contact one of our board members and we can share our vision and options with you.

Help us bring hockey and ice skating to the Northern Hills. #ItsTime

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Northern Hills Amateur Hockey Association

Phone: 605-645-9196

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Zero-Tolerance Policy

 

USA Hockey and the Northern Hills Chinook will not tolerate any physical, verbal, or social behavior related to race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or mental or physical disability meant to bully, harass, or intimidate another person, on or off the ice. If such conduct occurs on the ice it should be reported to the on-ice officials and will be addressed pursuant to the USA Hockey Playing Rules and result in a match penalty. If such conduct occurs off the ice, it should be reported as soon as possible to a USA Hockey Affiliate Safe Sport Coordinator or directly to any member of the Northern Hills Chinook Board or Coaching Staff.

Reports alleging abuse or misconduct that are not within the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s exclusive jurisdiction will be referred by USA Hockey staff to the appropriate USA Hockey Affiliate Safe Sport Coordinator, who will oversee the investigation and resolution pursuant to the Safe Sport Program Handbook and the respective Affiliate’s process. Reports that do not fall under the Safe Sport Program will be referred from the Northern Hills Chinook Board to the  USA Hockey staff or District or Affiliate representatives as appropriate.