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SHAHA is holding a free skate for any girls interested in playing on an all-girls Pee Wee team for the 2019-2020 season.   This team will play in the co-ed PAHL Pee Wee division.  The skate is open to all girls interested, and the team is in need of a goalie.  This could be a great opportunity for a goalie, considering that SHAHA goalies will work with former NHL (Penguin) goalie JS Aubin (which is included as part of your season fee).

The free skate will be held at the Spencer YMCA on Monday 3/11/19 from 7-750pm. It is only open to girls with a 2007 or 2008 birth year. Any questions, please email Ryan Beaver at

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.