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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.
GLACIER NATIONALS 2013 CAMPS & TRYOUTS
April 13, 2013 Arctic Edge Arena Canton, MI
1:00-2:20 Skills Development 7:00-8:50 Game
April 14, 2013 Wallace Arena Bloomfield Hills, MI
10:00-11:20 Skills Development 4:00-5:50 Game
Alaska Camps to be announced
Main Camp Whitefish, Montana
August 24 & 25
All camps $50 per day. If a contract is signed, fees will be applied to season registration. All camps will be conducted by Head Coach Joakim Falt and Assistant Coach Butch Kowalka. A post camp interview will be scheduled for all paticipants.
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Nationals join the AWHL
After a unanimous vote, the Glacier Nationals were accepted in the AWHL. The winter annual general meeting for the American West Hockey League was held in Billings, Mont., just before the winter annual general meeting of USA Hockey in mid January. It was attended by all members of the league and was a very positive outcome for a process that has taken more than two years to complete.
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.
Coach Joakim Falt felt the help was huge for the players, "When Murray brought the films from the NHL with detailed power play and penalty kill breakdowns our team knowledge really accelerated. He simplified even the NHL for the boys and they transferred it right to the ice for themselves."
As Murray is the president of the local minor hockey program, Glacier Hockey Association(GHA), 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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Thank you Steve Hamel with the Daily Interlake! Nationals pull out win over Blazers
THE FALT LINE: Players Joakim has moved on
After Shock of FALT
Patrick Copeland Westpoint
Andy Bader Wisconsin Stout
Colin Phyllips Arizona State
Johnny Fiewarger ECHL Phoenix Roadrunners
Ryan Macdonald University of Miami
Kevin Nieghbert Pro Germany Div II
Mats Papista Pro Norway Div II
Axel Thor Pro Norway Div II
Seth Farrel Colorado State
Ross Gale Portland State
Brad McCabe University Alaska Div I
Rudi Pino NAHL & Michigan Tech
Dylan Woodring Ferris College
Dylan Cosford NAHL
Austin Coldwell University Anchorage Div I & USHL
Ty Lewis NAHL & USHL
Derek Wolf University of Oregon
Haakon Weinstein New York Div III
Pat Markunas University of Oregon
Austin Willenborg Finnlandia Div III NCAA