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    PITTSBURGH VIPERS Thanksgiving Classic Tournament November 28-30, 2014

    Announcing Pittsburgh Vipers 2014 Thanksgiving Classic Nov 28-Nov. 30th.

    We have the longest running tournament in Western Pennsylvania.
    If you are looking for a well run, organizational tournament, and NOT the big company ones, then join us!

    Click here to register


    Thanks to the USA Fitness & Chiropractic Center for sponsoring our raffle tickets this year.  Their donation has made it possible for us to offer extra tickets to anyone who wishes to sell more.  If you are interested, please contact Carole at Bawoodrow@aol.com .  
    The Fitness & Chiropractic Center is on the second floor of the Pittsburgh Ice Arena. 
    These Football and Hockey Raffle Tickets for December and January are being distributed to all team managers this week and should be given out to each family, including ADM, as soon as possible.  More information on these tickets is included in the sleeve with the tickets.  If you do not receive yours by the weekend, please let me know.
    Remember in order to be eligible to win the completely filled out stubs must be returned to me no later than November 24 for the Football tickets and January 11 for the Hockey tickets.  Once I mail the returned tickets to Greenbee it is too late.  I do not do multiple mailings.  Of course, you can return the tickets as soon as you have them filled out.  There is no need to wait and return them all at once.

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      and select your official Pittsburgh Viper and Esmark Stars gear today 


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      WANTED : Girls for Developmental Program

      We are looking for girls 14 and younger to participate in our Girls Developmental Program.  We will provide 1 or 2 practice slots weekly at the Pittsburgh Ice Arena for a total cost of $300 for the season beginning immediately and ending the end of February.  There will be some jamboree type games at various rinks during the season.

      For more information or to enroll contact Tricia at triciakreitzer@comcast.net .


      • Team Photo coordinator:  Schedule times for each team to get photographs as well distribute photos to teams. May be more than one person.
      • NHAHA board members:  Anyone interested in being added to the Board should notify Carole with the possibility of being added in October.  It must be made clear that all Board members are elected at large and once Board members are determined the Board members determine Officers.  No one is assigned to a position they are unwiling to accept.
      • Holiday Skate Coordinator - Need volunteer to email members, keep track of responses, distribute tickets, and work with others to make sure it is a fun event.  May be a few members working together.
      • Thanksgiving Tourney Committee Member : Need ideas to share and work with other committee members - attend a few meetings. Need people to work at the second rink but would still be under direction of Tournament director and that rink's directors.
      • Thanksgiving Tournament Volunteer Coordinator(s): Person is responsible for assigning parent volunteers to various positions during the Thanksgiving Tournament. Post schedule to website.  May be more than one person.  POSITION FILLED  THANKS

      Please email Carole at bawoodrow@aol.com if interested in any of the above mentioned positions.

      Little Penguins Learn to Play Hockey Program

      Once again this year, for the 7th year, the North Hills Amateur Hockey Association will proudly be hosting the Little Penguins program at the Pittsburgh Ice Arena.  We will be offering both a Co-ed Program and be one of only 5 areas to offer a Girls only program.  Both of our programs will cost $165 for 10 sessions. (The Penguin organization will add $10 to that fee for registrations.) 

      Girls Little Penguins
      Mondays at 5:30 beginning 1/26/15

      Co-ed Little Penguins
      Wednesdays at 5:30 beginning 1/28/15

      One thousand Pittsburgh area children will receive FREE head-to-toe hockey equipment this season, thanks to the combined efforts of Sidney Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Penguins Foundation, Reebok and Dick’s Sporting Goods. More than 5,200 children have already participated since the program’s inception in 2008-09.

      Boys and girls, ages 4-8, enrolled in the program will be introduced to the game of hockey and receive the following free, brand-new, head-to-toe Reebok SC87 Crosby-endorsed hockey equipment:

      • Little Penguins Jersey
      • Little Penguins Helmet Stickers
      • Reebok HT 3K Helmet
      • Reebok SK 22K Skates
      • Reebok HG87 10 Gloves
      • Reebok SP87 10 Shoulder Pads
      • Reebok SG87 10 Shin Guards
      • Reebok EP87 10 Elbow Pads
      • Reebok HP87 10 Pants
      • Reebok EBC87 32” Bag
      • Reebok HS 10K Stick

      Please Note: 4 year olds must have had their 4th birthday by September 1, 2014 to be eligible to participate

      Following the registration period, the free hockey equipment will be distributed at select Dick’s Sporting Goods stores. 
      You must have skates sharpened prior to the first session as they cannot be used until they are sharpened.


      Online registration begins on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 10 AM exclusively at www.pittsburghpenguins.com/littlepenguins.
      Registration MUST be completed online – phone and/or registration at individual rinks will NOT be accepted.


      Please review the following suggestions prior to the registration start date of Tuesday, November 4, 2014:

      • If your child does not know how to skate, we highly recommend that your sign up for a “Learn to Skate” class. The Learn to Skate Program available at the Pittsburgh Ice Arena is a good program to try.

      • Have skates sharpened prior to the first session.Trying to get them sharpened that afternoon may take so long your child will enter the ice far into the session.

        Once your child’s Little Penguins registration is complete, you will then be required to register your child for USA Hockey. USA Hockey offers free registration for children, ages 4-6. A modest fee may be charged for older children.

        Children who previously participated in the Sidney Crosby’s Little Penguins Learn to Play Hockey program are not eligible to participate in this season’s program.

        If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at littlepenguins@pittsburghpenguins.com.

      ADM / Mite program

      Do you have a new young player who would like to learn to play hockey or a young player who would like to further develop hockey skills he may already have?  Players born in 2006 or later must participate in a cross ice ADM program.  We are taking registrations for our ADM program. 

      Our ADM program season has two sessions each week, on Monday and Saturday, and includes participation in our Thanksgiving Tournament.  For more details on the program click here.

      The ADM/Mite online registration is below: 


      Any player who has been added to a team, squirt through midget, including one of our Esmark Stars teams, as a result of supplemental tryout/invite please click on link below to register. 

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      Wish to make an Online Payment?

      Click on link below to make online payments. This is not for ADM payments. ADM must pay through ADM registration ONLY.

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