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Welcome to the home of our new Association, THE NIAGARA FALLS FLYERS!

With the elimination of AAA and introduction of AA hockey, we decided to create a new and fresh identity.

Many ideas and names were thrown around, but we kept returning to our hockey roots – The Niagara Falls Flyers.  From 1960 to 1972, the Junior A Niagara Falls Flyers were a force in our community and within the OHA.  The Flyers had 3 Memorial Cup appearances, and won in 1965 and 1968.  Affiliated with the Boston Bruins, the Flyers boasted competitive rosters which included local hockey heros!

With a fresh take on the Flyers logo, we bring together the rich history of our bold and strong hockey community while introducing a new era to our players.  When we hit the ice in September with our new logo and colours blazing, we will honour the players from our past and move forward with our current line ups and members of our united and proud Association.


LEARN TO SKATE AND TYKE INSTRUCTIONAL COACHING TEAM

The Niagara Falls Minor Hockey Association is pleased to be working with Anthony Rufrano, Steve Lidstone, Mike Agrette, Ioana Coates, and Maria Coates once again this season.

Our Learn to Skate Program is a truly instructional hockey program introducing and implementing the OMHA’s Initiation Program curriculum.  This program is designed for players born in 2010. This introductory program will focus on basics skating skills and development. A power skating module will be implemented for practices.  By introducing game play, our participants will be well prepared for the next phase of their hockey development.

Our Tyke Instructional Program is available to children born in 2009 and 2008. Using the OMHA Initiation Program curriculum as a model, this program will focus on progressive development. Offered twice a week, September and October will focus on practice and instruction. Beginning the first week of November, a game schedule will be introduced using referees and imposing all of the rules of the game. A power skating module will be implemented for some practices.

Anthony and his team of professional hockey instructors offer knowledge, development, power skating, and the next phase of hockey programming for your child.

HEAD INSTRUCTOR
Anthony Rufrano

Anthony is a long time volunteer, former NFMHA player and current professional hockey instructor.

After playing Junior B locally, he was drafted by the Sarnia Sting.  He decided instead to accept a 4 year scholarship in Massachusetts where he played NCAA hockey and was named Captain.  Throughout his education, Anthony continued to volunteer with the local minor hockey Association in Springfield where he was named the Skills Development Coach.  After instructing at several hockey schools in Canada and the United States, and coaching at various levels, including Junior, Anthony returned home to Niagara Falls.

Having the experience of coaching all levels and ages of hockey programming, Anthony brings a wealth of experience that our children will benefit from.  Because teaching comes naturally to Anthony, our youngest participants will grow with the ease in which he teaches the necessary skills, skating techniques, and hockey fundamentals.  The transition from skills to games will develop naturally and provide all children with the proper hockey education.
SUPPORTING TEAM
Ioana Coates

A former coach with the Burlington Barracudas organization, Ioana currently attends Brock University and is a member of the Brock Badgers Varsity Hockey Team.  

In addition to coaching, she has worked with several hockey schools, including the Niagara Ice Dogs. This is Ioana’s second year with our organization, and we are pleased to have her back again.  
Maria Coates

Maria is also back for her second year with the NFMHA.  Maria is also plays on the Brock Badgers Varsity Hockey team and is enrolled in the Sport management Program at the University.  

She is a great addition to our organization, and her experience in with several hockey programs and the Ice Dogs organization benefits our participants.
 

Steve Lidstone

We are very lucky to have Steve working with Anthony and our Association.  Dedicated to youth in our community, Steve boasts an extensive resume focussing on the strength and conditioning of athletes in Canadian sport.

Steve is the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator and Athletic Therapist in the School of Kinesiology at McMaster University.  In addition to overseeing athletes at McMaster, he has worked with Canada’s Olympic team; and U22 and U18 programs since 2005 and is currently a consultant with the IIHF.


Click on our Registration page to register for the upcoming season.

 

Come and join our roster of dedicated volunteers and team officials.  Consider coaching in our House League for the 2014 & 2015 Season.
 
To apply, please fill out this application and include your resume.  Deadline for submission is July 1, 2014.  Please submit to the Niagara Falls Minor Hockey Association in person, by fax or email.  
 
Niagara Falls Minor Hockey Association
4171 Fourth Ave., Rink #3
nfmha@bellnet.ca
Fax:  905-354-2828

 

RESPECT IN SPORT – PARENT PROGRAM

The OMHA has implemented the “Respect in Hockey” initiative.

This initiative will require at least one parent or guardian of each player registered in minor hockey throughout the OMHA to complete the e-learning course “Respect in Sport – Parent Program” as a condition of participation.

This certification program must be completed prior to July 31, 2014.

For Team Officials who are parents of participants, having the Respect in Sport/Prevention Services/Speak Out certification will not be accepted in place of this required Parental Certification. This course is available online now.

*IMPORTANT LOG IN INFORMATION: When you begin, the form will ask you for an "Association Code". Leave that space blank as it is not a requirement for the NFMHA Membership.

Please click on the corresponding document for pertinent information and details.

Full participation in the Respect Initiative from Team Officials, Referees and Linesmen, and now Parents will ensure everyone has received a consistent message.
 
Please click on the corresponding document for pertinent information and details.
 
For inquiries regarding the Respect in Sport - Parent Program, please contact Jodi at the Business Office at nfmha@bellnet.ca.  Alternatively, feel free to contact the OMHA directly at omha@omha.net

If  you have successfully completed the course, but wish to confirm your certification, please click this VALIDATION LINK.

 


 

 

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