I want to thank all of our families, friends and players for making the Admirals Hockey Club a great place to learn, play and enjoy the game of hockey. Next year will be our 10th Anniversary as a hockey club, and as someone who has been here since the beginning, I truly appreciate how everything we accomplish and become is a community effort.
The 2016-2017 Fall Season was one for the books. Our teams experienced success at nearly every level, and you can review an impressive list of team accomplishments here. Of particular note, Bantam AA pulled off the impressive double of a President’s Cup and a Wolves Cup, the U19 Girls were finalists in the state hockey tournament, and Bantam Red rode home with the Championship in their NWHL division. Our lines will soon sport more laundry than a farmhouse after the first week of harvest once all of our tournament banners hit the rafters. While these victories are not the only, or even most important, metric of our success as a club they each represent a game, weekend or season when our coaches and players brought their best to the table and came away with a great hockey memory. A couple of our coaches took home some individual accolades this season as well, with Chad Green being named the AHAI Youth Hockey Coach of the Year, Pete Powers being named the Blackhawks Youth Coach of the Month, and Chris Gonzalez being named NWHL Coach of the Year.
We appreciate the great participation we got this season with our members survey. This feedback is important to us as we try to make this the club in which each of you would choose to invest your time, effort, and money. While we thank you all for so many positive comments about our people and programs, I want to take a moment here to reflect on two specific areas identified for improvement and what we plan to do to address them.