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The next session of Sidney Crosby's Little Penguins Learn-to-Play program starts on Sept 8, 2019 at our Spencer Family YMCA. Registration begins on July 16 at 10:00 AM.  See the flyer below or the Little Penguins homepage for more details.



U16AA Tryout session added - Thursday (May 9) at 8:00 PM

By Michael Safko 05/07/2019, 7:30pm EDT

SHAHA will host a U16 AA Supplemental Tryout this Thursday, May 9th from 8:00 - 8:50 pm at the Spencer Family YMCA.

Please email to inform us that you are coming or register online at  Players that have previously received offers to play on the team are encouraged to attend at no additional cost.  

2019-2020 Mite Hockey Registration Information

By Justin Sullivan 04/21/2019, 6:45pm EDT

Registration for Mite hockey is now open for the 2019-2020 season. Any child with a 2011 birth year or younger can play Mite hockey, and who has participated in any of the following:  

  • Little Pens Learn to Play Hockey
  • a hockey developmental program
  • has taken skating lessons


Here are just a few reasons to play Hockey:

More than a Game
Hockey develops skills on the ice that build a foundation for a lifetime. In addition to athletic prowess, hockey promotes confidence, pride, focus and responsibility. With an emphasis on fun, hockey is a game to be played and enjoyed for life.

Life-long Friendships
Starting with the bonds created in the locker room to the relationships formed on ice, hockey creates life-long friendships. This camaraderie shared on and off the ice encourages teamwork and the natural development of leadership skills.

Set Up for Success
From learning to balance school, responsibilities at home, time at the rink and playing with friends, hockey encourages kids to learn time management skills that will later serve them in all facets of life. Hockey’s unique source of physical fitness promotes healthy living.

Hockey is Fun
The thrill of carrying the puck up the ice on a breakaway, the exhilaration of scoring your first goal or making that amazing save is possible due to the encouraging environment hockey provides to try new things and grow as a hockey player and person.

SHAHA is one of the area’s largest and most respected amateur hockey associations.  It has a lot to offer youth players, including:

  • Professional skating and skills instructors who will work with your players throughout the year.
  • Two fixed practice/game times per week.
  • Players pull from neighboring school districts including: Bethel Park, Upper St Clair, Mt Lebanon, Peters, South Park, Baldwin and others.
  • Weekly games from November through February played against other Pittsburgh area teams.
  • Team placement of your player will be in the Fall, so players have a chance to develop over the summer. This ensures they will be placed in their appropriate skill level team.
  • SHAHA follows the USA hockey American Development model. As part of the American Development Model, USA Hockey recommends younger players limit their ice time while maximizing fun and developing their overall athletic skills. 

Please visit the  or click on the attached link to register your player. If you have any questions please email or call Justin Sullivan, ADM director at  (412)-607-7999

2019-20 Bantam AA coaching staff announcement

By Keith Reed 04/21/2019, 6:00pm EDT

The following coaches will be on the staff for the 2019-20 SHAHA bantam AA  team:

Joe Thomas (Head Coach) - Coaching History - Head Coach Rink Rats -16U A Major - Head Coach Bishop Canevin Middle School - Assistant Coach Bishop Canevin Varsity - Playing history Bishop Canevin Varsity - Arctic Foxes

DJ Zeh (Assistant Coach) - Coaching History - Rink Rats 16U A Major Assistant Coach - Bishop Canevin Middle School Assistant Coach - Bishop Canevin Varsity Assistant Coach - Playing history- Southpointe Rink Rats/Pittsburgh Predators AA/Bishop Canevin Varsity/University of Pittsburgh ACHA D1

Shane Donnelly (Assistant Coach) -  Coaching History - Rink Rats 16U A Major Assistant Coach - Playing history - Viper Stars AAA/Knoch Varsity/Duquesne University ACHA D1.

Tryouts for 2019-20 season

By Michael Safko 04/04/2019, 10:45am EDT

Tryout schedule is set

SHAHA is pleased to announce the tryout schedule for the 2019-2020 season. The schedule is shown below.  If your son or daughter is registered for Midget AA (U16/U18), Midget A/B (U16) or Girls, please plan to attend the first session for your group as noted on the schedule. All other players will be contacted via email with their reporting time.

All athletes attending a AAA/AA tryout will be thoroughly evaluated in the first session; participation in subsequent sessions is by invitation only. Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam players that are deferred or are not offered a AAA/AA spot are automatically enrolled in the subsequent alphabetic sessions for their age group.

A special note for Bantam 05 & 06 birth year players:  SHAHA is holding a combined tryout for all team units except the 06 AAA team. Those trying out for AAA and are not selected will be automatically added to the Bantam AA-A-B tryouts. SHAHA will recommend division placement to PAHL based upon each team’s skill assessment, which could be AA Major, AA Minor, A or B.  Except for those trying out for AAA, select the Bantam 2005/2006 & A/B ($325) when prompted during registration. 

As a reminder, mite placements will be held in the summer.

For more information or to register please, navigate to or send an email to   

Thank you,

SHAHA Tryout Committee

Alli Paratore to Join SHAHA 12U Girls Coaching Staff

By Michael Safko 02/12/2019, 9:45pm EST

SHAHA is pleased to announce that Alli Paratore has agreed to join the SHAHA 12U Girls Coaching Staff for the 2019-2020 season.  Alli will take the lead on practices and skill development for the team.  The addition of Alli will be a tremendous benefit for this strong girls team that finished second in the PAHL Girls 12U division this past season.

Alli has been playing competitive hockey for nearly 20 years now.  She began her career in her hometown of Johnstown, PA, and played for some of the most elite girls’ teams in Western, PA.  During her amateur career, Alli played in several national championship games.

Most recently, Alli played for the California University of Pennsylvania women’s team.  While at California University, Alli served as an assistant captain for the team and was named an ACHA Division II All-American in 2011-2012 (1st Team Defense) and 2012-2013 (2nd Team Offense).

This past season, Alli volunteered with several SHAHA teams and helped players of all ages with their skill development.  Please join us in welcoming Alli to the SHAHA 12U Girls Coaching Staff.

Paul Taibi to Coach SHAHA U13 Bantams for 2019/20 Season

By Michael Safko 02/03/2019, 5:15pm EST

SHAHA is pleased to announce that Paul Taibi will be Head Coach for the U13 Bantams (birth year 2006) next season.  Our 2006 team is currently among the highest ranked teams in the United States at Tier II after playing a very competitive AAA/AA schedule.  Coach Taibi will build on this standard of excellence and will be seeking top quality players for open slots at all positions.     

Coach Taibi (USA Hockey Certified - Level 5 (Masters)) is among the most successful coaches of amateur hockey players in Western Pennsylvania.  He has coached numerous players to the highest levels of hockey, including current NHL/AHL defenseman Matt Bartkowski, former ECHL forward Tyler Murovich, and several NCAA Division I and III players.  Coach Taibi spent three seasons as Head Coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite AAA at both the midget and bantam levels.  He holds the distinction of advancing the Pens Elite U15 Midgets to third place in the 2017 Tier 1 USA National Championship.  Coach Taibi also served as head coach of Mt. Lebanon High School (2001-2008), leading them to a Pennsylvania AAA State Championship and two Penguin Cups.  He has an impressive overall high school record of 132-17-9.  Most recently, Coach Taibi has been head coach at the collegiate level with the club hockey teams at Robert Morris University and West Virginia University.  At this level, he coached his team to the ACHA Division 1 National Tournament and received CHMA Coach of the Year honors.  See below for Coach Taibi's resume.

Mike Schall will be assisting Coach Taibi by providing weekly skill and development practices.  Coach Schall, a former junior hockey player in Canada and NCAA defensemen, has been coaching for the past 16 seasons.  His experience includes several seasons at Pittsburgh Penguins Elite AAA where he served as head coach at the PeeWee through Midget levels.  He was also selected as head coach of Team Pennsylvania and took that team to the prestigious Brick Hockey Tournament in Alberta, Canada.  Coach Schall has worked extensively with high school players having served as Head Coach at Seneca Valley for four seasons and in his current position as assistant coach with Bethel Park Varsity Hockey.  Off the ice, Coach Schall is an Elementary Health and Physical Education teacher in the Bethel Park School District.

The U13 team will also utilize several staff coaches at SHAHA.  These coaches specialize in skills, power-skating, and goalie coaching.  Currently, this group includes former NHL goalie JS Aubin.

The U13 team will play an independent schedule of approximately 40-50 games with 18-20 home ice slots available.  It is expected that this team will compete at the Tier I/AAA level, seeking placement in only the most competitive tournaments and showcases.  The U13 Bantams will receive three on-ice practices per week for the entire season, including a full ice session and dry land training.  Tryouts will be held this coming April with more specific tryout and season fee information to be posted on this website in the coming weeks.  Inquiries regarding the U13 Bantams (2019/20) can be directed to

Spring Development Offerings

By Ron Michalak 02/01/2019, 8:45am EST

This Spring, SHAHA is offering three different offerings of developmental programming for young players.

To register for any of the sessions below, please visit the Registrations tab of the website.

Mite to Squirt Transition

SHAHA is offering a Mite 2 Squirt transition camp to help seasoned ADM players (2010’s) that are entering Squirt s for next season to lean the concepts and fundamentals of full ice, as tryouts are coming soon. There will be 5 total practices that will include skills, small area games, and full ice concepts. The camp will be capped off with a controlled full ice game.

Developmental #23

4 sessions for developmental players to continue to learn and grow in the sport of hockey

Spring ADM Development

  • Our program is designed to introduce and expand hockey to all beginner players age 8 and Under (Birth Years 2011 -2014)
  • The Program will follow the USA Hockey American Development Model (ADM).
  • Program is conducted by SHAHA Coaches, who are USA Hockey Certified.  
  • Sessions are held at YMCA in Bethel Park
  • 7-week program  (April-May)
  • Sunday - 1 hour (5:00 - 5:50)
  • SHAHA will do it’s best to split skaters into appropriate groups of similar ability.
  • Format - 30 minutes of Stations and 20 minutes of Cross Ice Games

Board Changes and Nominations

By Ron Michalak 01/23/2019, 10:30am EST

SHAHA Families,

The sport of hockey always adapts and changes with the times with new training and coaching techniques, safer equipment, and rule modifications to improve the game.  As an organization, we must also adapt to the evolving needs of the organization while effectively managing the business aspects with our dedicated volunteer staff.

We wanted to take a moment today to inform our membership of some changes that we are making in the structure of our Board of Directors to better serve our hockey families, and to start collecting nominations for the positions up for election.

When making these changes, there were several guiding principles that drove this change:

  • Ensuring that the Executive Committee is structured so that important leadership roles are not all up for election at the same time
  • Align and combine positions where warranted to ensure that every Director has a balanced set of responsibilities.  This includes on-ice related positions to best support our players and coaches through development and training opportunities
  • Support a total number of Directors that provides an adequate representation of the membership in line with the size of our organization

After significant deliberation and debate, detailed below is the make-up of the 2019/20 SHAHA Board of Directors which was approved at the January 6, 2019 Board meeting.

Executive Committee

Additional Board Members


Player and Coaching Development

Vice President

ADM Coordinator

Registrar / Secretary

Development and Placement

Coaches / ACE Coordinator

Communications / Head of Business Managers

Ice Scheduler

Equipment Manager


Past President


With the new make-up of the Board, here are the changes from the current structure:

  • Vice President – The position of the Vice President has been split from the Registrar position as a stand-alone role.  Responsibilities include serving as SHAHA’s representative at PAHL meetings, chairing the Discipline Committee, maintaining all website/SportsEngine activity and managing other responsibilities assigned by the President or Board
  • Registrar/Secretary – The standard duties of the Registrar for roster management have been combined with the Secretary position
  • ADM Coordinator – As was previously the case at SHAHA, this stand-alone role is responsible for all aspects of the Mite program throughout the entire year
  • Development and Placement – The responsibilities of the Team Coordinator for tryouts and team placement have been combined with the management of all development programs including the Little Penguins “Learn to Play” sessions.
  • Communications / Head of Business Managers – The responsibility of leading all Business Managers has been added to the Communications position.  While the Registrar will communicate with Business Managers for roster documentation, the purpose of this role is to help communicate with teams on PAHL processes, fundraising, organization events, and to serve as a direct contact to the Board for feedback from the membership.


With this new structure, several positions are up for election for a two-year term starting April 1, 2019.  Nominations are now open for the following roles until Friday, February 1st. 

2019 Election:

Nominations can be sent to, detailing the position that you wish to run for, and why you would like to be a member of the Board.  Nominations will be reviewed at our next Board meeting on February 3, 2019 and we plan to host elections the week of February 11th via online voting.

As a reminder, there are requirements detailed in our Bylaws to run for a Board position and we have created a more detailed list of expectations to help understand the general responsibilities of each Board member:

  • Zero Balance from past seasons and up to date on current payments in current season;
  • Willingness to accept responsibility for governance;
  • Areas of interest and expertise beneficial to the Corporation; and
  • Commitment to the interests of the Corporation.

If you have any questions about running for the Board, or about this change in the Board’s make-up, please feel free to reach out to Ron Michalak at


SHAHA Board of Directors

Little Penguins Learn to Play hockey (Winter 2019)

By Michael Safko 10/23/2018, 9:45pm EDT

Registration for the next session of Sidney Crosby's Little Penguins Learn-to-Play program starts on Nov 6. Our Spencer Family YMCA will be hosting a session. See our Facebook page for more details, or follow this link.