SHAHA Panthers – Beyond the Blue Line Newsletter – February

CONGRATULATIONS ALL STARS: SHAHA is proud to acknowledge our PIHL All Stars! In no particlar order, Congratulations to Assistant Coach Mike Schall, Ethan Cooley, Anthony Karner, Zachary Mazzacone, Alex Galardini, Hudson Phillips, Daniel Mack, Branden Switalski, Rory Shegan-Siniawski, Austin Landosky, Joseph Wach, Max Hagan, Roman Guido, Noah Callender, Owen Chiappetta and Xavier Bias

SHAHA Board of Directors – Elections / Nominations: Nominations are now open for the SHAHA Board of Directors.  Per the Bylaws, approximately half of the positions are elected each year for a 2-year term.  Our website summarizes the responsibilities for each position and the requirements of serving on the board, which are further detailed in our Bylaws. Please review the responsibilities for the role of interest.

The roles up for election are:

Contact any member of the current Board with questions.  Nominations can be submitted here: SHAHA Board Application / Nomination detailing the position that you wish to run for, and why you would like to be a member of the Board.

Nominations are due by February 11.  Online voting will occur in mid-February via the primary email address on file.


PIHL High School Girls Division 2024: The PIHL is pleased to announce that preliminary planning has started for the 2024 Girls Division.

Eligibility: Girls must be enrolled in Grades 9-12 during the 2023-2024 academic school year. PIHL rules and USA Hockey rules and guidelines for participation in Varsity High School hockey will be adhered to. Players must also adhere to their respective schools’ requirements for participation in extracurricular activities/athletic teams (physicals, GPA, approval from athletic department, etc.). Prior playing experience is recommended.

Uniforms: The PIHL will provide each player with a game jersey and one pair of socks (included in the player fee). Tentatively, players will be permitted to wear their own pants/shell, helmet, and gloves.

Season: Tentatively, practices and regular season games will begin in mid-April and conclude with the PIHL Girls Division playoffs and Championship game in late May/early June 2024.

Coaches: Head coaches and assistant coaches shall meet all PIHL and USA Hockey requirements for coaching accreditation and background checks.

Team Composition: Teams will be formed based upon school districts, geographical locations, and player experience/skill level as much as possible and practicable. Girls that attend the same school shall be assigned to the same team.

Registration and Cost: The PIHL will be utilizing the online StatZone registration site again this year. A refundable $100.00 deposit will be required at the time of registration. The total amount of the player fee will be determined prior to the registration opening date (tentatively set for mid to late February).

If you have any questions or require additional information please contact  Chris Chiusano, PIHL VP-West, Girls Division Committee Chairman at or at 412-287-5526 (voice calls only).


Continued Success with our Skills Program: SHAHAs commitment to skill development continues to be on full display with our weekly sessions. With Mike Schall leading the way as Director of Player and Coach Development, and Ray Conway as Lead Skills instructor, our fantastic team which includes Mike Yaremko (Goalies), Chris Conway (Skills) and Tyler Andrew (Skills) are making great progress. Each time we see kids on the ice on Wednesday’s and when the coaches are out with the teams during regular practice, the kids are benefitting from many more touches with our development team than ever before. We continue to look for ways to get our players more time and will continue to do so. The response to our instructors from the kids has been awesome to watch. We look forward to those guys continuing to work with the kids! Thank you!


Pittsburgh Penguins SHAHA Nights: Unfortunately the Wild robbed us of seeing MAF, BUT you still have time to take the family out for Valentine’s Day to see the Panthers on February 14th! Great seats available for under $50 bucks! Get your tickets now!

SHAHA Panther Gear: We will be CLOSING the Panther store on February 11th for the season! A new store will be opened shortly after tryouts in April. Get your orders in now.

Tryout Season is upon us: Tryout planning is well underway, and our SHAHA Skills development team plans to have several sessions in the weeks leading up to tryouts. More information to come, but April will be here before you know it……..

REMINDER: New Spectator Policy/Rink Behavior: SHAHA has introduced a new zero tolerance policy regarding spectator conduct and behavior at the rink. Please review as it will be enforced in full. Please remember that these are kids, this is a game, being a referee is not easy and all of this is done on two razor blades. Be respectful to each other.

Keep the hallways clear: Before and after games, please keep the hallway entrance clear for players to enter and exit.

REMINDER Snack Bar Monitoring: The YMCA Grab and go has 24Hr active security monitoring with high-definition cameras.  The facility reserves the right to sanction anyone caught shoplifting.  Please monitor and remind your children.

As always, we thank you for being a part of our SHAHA family! As we hit the stretch run, it is to the point in the hockey season where you realize how much time you have spent, how many places you have been, and how many miles you have put on your car(s). Just remember its is all about the journey and the experiences for your family and your kids. Enjoy it, lets win some banners and LETS GO SHAHA!

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