Off and Running for Practices
KOHA had all of its levels — 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, high school and goalies from all ages — practice the first two days. Every level had two-a-day skates except for the two youngest age groups.
It took a little time to kick the rust off the skates, but that was to be expected.
“By that fourth session, kids were flying,” Kakabeeke said. “They were feeling comfortable. Obviously, a handful of them had grown quite a bit and were dealing with new equipment, new skates.”
Kakabeeke said the best part about the players being back on the ice was getting them some exercise and letting them see their friends again — some for the first time in over six months.
KOHA usually holds its tryouts every season in May, but because of the pandemic, that was all pushed back to the week of Sept. 21.
For all age groups through KOHA, season schedules haven’t been worked out yet. But as hockey continues to progress throughout the state of Michigan, volunteers and families alike know that the season schedules are right around the corner.
“It’s been a little bit of a challenge,” Dukesherer said. “We’re just getting our ice blocks from the rink now to make our season schedule. And the leagues that our Tier II and Tier III teams are in, their scheduling meetings are coming up. It’s kind of in limbo, but everybody’s been great.”