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The Glacier Nationals will be skating on their home ice at the STUMPTOWN ICE DEN located in the heart of the Rocky Mountians in Whitefish, MT.
This state of the art City of Whitefish facility features a 185x85 standard NHL ice surface. Our home rink also facilitates a variety of additional users groups including the Glacier Youth Hockey Association, Whitefish Figure Skating Club, Whitefish Curling Club, Adult hockey and public skate. Visit the website to see the full calendar of events.
Welcome Coach Bailey
The Glacier Nationals are proud to announce that former NAHL coach Kyle Bailey will take the reins of the Nationals NA3HL club for 2014-15. Formally with the Kenai River Brown Bears (2011-13) as an assistant coach, Kyle has all the tools necessary to bring the level of success expected in the NAHL/NA3HL/NAPHL network. “With Kyle’s experiences as both a player and a coach in the NAHL and the USHL, he is a natural choice to lead the team as we join the NA3HL” said GM Butch Kowalka. “It is our stated goal to create a seamless network for our players to be developed for the NAHL as well as recruit from the NAHL. Kyle brings that know- how and those relationships to the Nationals. That is a huge advantage for our players.” These advantages are not lost on Coach Bailey either “Too be joining the Nationals at this time is very exciting for me and the club. To be a part of the NAHL family is the perfect fit for our players and a great resource for the club. I am looking forward to reconnecting with many friends in the NAHL.”
As an Anchorage, Alaska native Kyle and his family, parents Glen and Dawn and siblings Jessica and Casey, have deep roots in the hockey community. Glen is an off-ice official for both Div 1 UAA (University of Alaska Anchorage) and the Alaska Aces in the ECHL. Casey presently plays for NCAA Div 1 Penn State University. As a player Kyle has walked the very paths that many Jr A players are hoping to follow, playing 2 seasons in the NAHL with the Bozeman Ice Dogs and the Youngstown Phantoms. He was also a 1st round pick of the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL. All 3 clubs earned championship appearances in the Robinson and Clark Cups respectfully. These Jr experiences helped place him at Lindwood University ACHA Div 1, where he won 2 National Championships. Kyle’s career then turned to coaching where he helped the Kenai River Brown Bears (NAHL) to their 1st playoff win in franchise history. “Kyle has the experience and the ability to communicate exactly what is needed to our players. Having both played and coached at the upper Jr A levels, as well as winning Div 1 college National Championships, Kyle can lay out a clear path of success for our players” declared GM Kowalka.
Any players wishing to take advantage of this opportunity with coach Bailey and the Nationals should visit glaciernationals.com or call coach Bailey directly at 907-230-2504 or email: KyleBailey@glaciernationals.com
You can also email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org
Glacier Nationals and the AWHL join NA3HL as the Frontier Division
NHL Vet, Murray Craven, Assists Nationals
Nineteen year NHL Veteran, Murray Craven, has played in rinks and leagues all over the world, including three Stanley Cup Finals appearances. He has never however skated Tier III Jr. A. That is exactly what has happened this season with the Glacier Nationals Hockey Club of the NORPAC League. Murray has volunteered his time to attend most all of Glacier's practices for the second half of the season. Working not only on overall team play but specializing on the special team's play of the Nationals. "As a multiple season ticket holder you see Murray at nearly every home game. But to have him come out and personally work with the boys is really a great thing." according to Butch Kowalka the GM, "you really see the boys light up and pay attention when Murray speaks to them. He brings a lot of experience and knowledge onto the ice.”
The Players feel just as strongly about their time with Murray:
"It was a great opportunity for the team to have Murray come out and practice with us. He helped us out tremendously in our systems and power play, even off the ice while watching film." Paul Kinder, captain of the Glacier Nationals.
"Learning from an NHL hockey player has been a dream for me and many of the other players. The things he has taught us has improved our game a lot and it shows in practice and in games. The mentality of him being an NHL player makes you want to do your best and you know everything he is teaching you will help improve your game to becoming the hockey player you want to be." Danny Roe, Assistant Captain for the Glacier Nationals.
The Nationals will be looking forward to Murray and all his talent on the ice for next season and many to come. It has been a great honor for the organization and a huge benefit to the players development.
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