Kensington Valley Hockey Association (KVHA) is proud to serve Howell, Brighton, South Lyon, Milford, Hartland and the surrounding communities with over 50 hockey teams at Tier 2 & Tier 3 levels. From Learn to Play Hockey up to 19U Girls and everything in between, we are one of, if not the largest association in the state with over 800 kids skating with our teams. We welcome you, whether you are brand new to the sport or at the top of your game, we have a place in our hockey family for you.
KVHA is a non-profit organization administering the youth hockey program that skates our of KVIH and HIH. We do not own or operate the Kensington Valley Ice House or Hartland Ice House. The KVHA Office is located inside of the Kensington Valley Ice House (KVIH)
The KVHA and all of our teams are affiliates of and governed by the rules and policies set forth by USA Hockey and The Michigan Amateur Hockey Association.
For information on USA Hockey, its history and where they are today visit the following link: www.usahockey.com/page/show/836187-about
To Learn more about The Michigan Amateur Hockey Associaiton, please visit: www.maha.org/page/show/1204692-about-maha
Write the name of your child on a piece of hockey tape and place it on the front top of their helmet. This will help the coaches learn your child's name and get to know each of them during their sessions on the ice.
There is no need to push your child, success should be in stages, especially with children who are more reserved. Bringing them to the rink and showing them around first is a great way to get acquainted. Try open skating, sticks and pucks or skating on a pond. Register for a Try Hockey event or a learn to skate class. The main thing is ICE TIME! Once they start asking to come back for more, its time to progress to a Learn to Play Hockey class or even a Mini Mite/Mite team.
Be patient and let your kids enjoy it at their own pace. At the end of the day, it’s a game, and it’s supposed to be fun. It’s not about wins and losses, goals and assists, especially at the 8U/10U and recreational levels. Hopefully your child learns to love the game, makes lifelong friends and memories, and learns important lessons along the way.
In the words of the late Bob O’Connor, former USA Hockey national coach-in-chief: “To win the game is great. To play the game is greater. To love the game is greatest of all.
The USA Hockey ADM is an all inclusive program starting from the U8, Learn to Play (LTP) levels all the way to elite athletes competing at the Professional level. The ADM also addresses improved coaching techniques and Referee development. This program includes on-ice, off-ice, in-season and off-season curriculum for producing a well balanced complete athlete. It defines what is to be emphasized at what age to ensure proper skill development for each age level. The ADM also defines how much and what kind of competition is needed at each level.