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ACYHA families, this year’s S.K.A.T.E. event will be Sunday, April 23rd.  The party will be at the New Hope Ice Arena.  Qualifying players will get to skate, enjoy food from the concession stand, and get prizes!  You won’t want to miss it! Squirts will skate at 9am, Peewees, U10s , and U12s at 10am, Bantams at 11am.  

2021-2022 S.K.A.T.E. Event at New Hope Ice Arena

Jessica Ledoux

S.K.A.T.E. Coordinator

Skaters Keep Achieving Through Education (S.K.A.T.E.) was established to encourage, support and reward youth hockey players who commit themselves to their schoolwork while enjoying the sport of hockey.  

It is the goal of the Skaters Keep Achieving Through Education (S.K.A.T.E.) program to significantly increase awareness among youth hockey players that performance in the classroom is more important in life than performance on the ice. It is also a stated goal of S.K.A.T.E. to generate a lasting, measurable impact on higher achievement in the classroom.

In 1993, S.K.A.T.E. began in the Armstrong Youth Hockey Association to encourage academic performance among youth hockey players. Merilee Reilly and Lynn Leopold were among a group of "hockey moms" who championed the effort for Armstrong. "So much emphasis in youth hockey and all of youth sports is placed upon performance on the field of play," said Leopold. "We wanted to create a program that placed greater emphasis on academic performance and recognized the sacrifices young student-athletes make to juggle schoolwork with an active sports lifestyle. We wanted to teach our kids better time management skills." Jordan Leopold and his long-time buddy, Pat O'Leary, were exposed to the S.K.A.T.E. program at the squirt level. Multi-sport athletes growing up, Leopold and O'Leary became outstanding multi-sport, scholar athletes,  graduating with honors from Robbinsdale Armstrong High School. Impressed with the impact this program had on academic performance among youth hockey players, the folks at Minnesota Hockey Journal (MHJ), in cooperation with the statewide governing body for hockey in Minnesota (Minnesota Hockey), have made it available to every youth hockey organization under the Minnesota Hockey umbrella.