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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.
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.
Paul Kinder's Medical Status
11/7/13 Paul was released from the hospital today! He will continue his physical therapy and recovery as an outpatient. Paul, his family and our organization thank you for all your prayers, love and support!
10/30/13 Paul Kinder update and more...Thank you Juniorhockey.com for sharing Paul's story! Click for story
Donate to Paul's Medical/Travel Expense Fund
1) Send checks made out to "Lynda Kinder" at - Glacier Nationals, C/O Lynda Kinder, 815 Lost Creek Dr. Kalispell, MT 59901
2) Online @ gofundme.com - Link also located on Glacier Nationals' Facebook http://www.gofundme.com/4yo8w4
3) In person at all Glacier Nationals' Home Games
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Taylor Hulslander #7 AWHL Scholastic Player of the Year
Glacier High School Ranked Top 10% in Nation!
Paul Kinder #22 AWHL Community Service Player of the Year
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September 6 & 7 2013
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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