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KPW introductory programs begin Sept. 27

The King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey Association is accepting registrations for girls and boys who are interested in learning to play hockey in one of the association's three introductory hockey programs. The programs begin Sept. 27, and registrations will be accepted throughout the season.

  • The KPWYH Instructional Program costs $499 and will be held from Sept. 27-March 29, with sessions held Saturday and Sunday mornings. No prior hockey experience is required to enroll, but players must have prior skating experience.
  • The KPWYH Girls In-House Program is a convenient and cost-effective opportunity for young female athletes born between 1997-2005 to try ice hockey in an all-girls environment. The program costs $499 and will be held from Sept. 27-March 29, with sessions held Saturday and Sunday mornings. No prior hockey experience is required to enroll.
  • The KPWYH U8 program is new for the 2014-2015 season, and is intended for players born between 2006-2009 who have skating experience from a learn to skate program and now are ready to learn the game of hockey. The U8 program will prepare players by focusing on skills development and hockey concepts and introducing players to competitive half-ice games. The program costs $499 and will run from Sept. 27-March 29.

King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey is a non-profit community hockey organization for boys and girls from Norfolk, Plainville, Walpole and Wrentham. The KPW instructional program has introduced new youth players to hockey for nearly 30 years, following the American Development Model created by USA Hockey. Players learn from USA Hockey-certified volunteer coaches who help new players build confidence and develop fundamentals through a focus on small-area games, skating skills and fun.

Visit the KPW Web site at for the programs' schedule, for more information and to register.

KPW seeks volunteers

King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey is seeking volunteers interested in helping support our program's families and players in several positions on the board of directors or on a new events committee.

As a non-profit program, KPW depends entirely on volunteers to continually improve the experience for our players and families on and off the ice. The time demands of the positions range from a few hours a month to a few hours a week, and none of them requires hockey experience or being on the ice. In fact, these are the best opportunities for everyone interested in helping support the program but worried they can't because they don't have a hockey background.

Secretary: Do you have a background in media, graphic design or public relations, or do you fancy yourself to be a creative writer? KPW is searching for a secretary whose primary responsibility is outreach to local schools and media outlets, helping to spread the word about the program's activities and events. This full board position would require about three to four hours per week, in addition to a monthly board meeting and sporadic email communications.

Merchandise Director: Do you sit in the stands thinking about new t-shirts we should sell? Do you lead the discussion about what kind of jerseys or what color socks we should wear? KPW needs a merchandise director who can think of new apparel to sell, work with vendors to design the materials and handle the order fulfillment process, and who also can coordinate team pictures and jerseys for all our teams at the start of each season. This non-voting board position doesn't require attendance at monthly board meetings, but requires about two to three hours per week in addition to occasional opportunities selling merchandise at rinks.

Events committee: KPW is seeking to establish an events committee that can help with special, time-specific events, such as the 2013 'Hockey Hoedown' that was such a success and 'Try Hockey for Free' nights. Events committee members are not required to attend any board meetings, and your time involvement can be as little as a couple hours depending on what events you are able to support.

If you are interested, please reach out to KPW president Randy Yanoshak at or 571-215-7729.

by posted 10/06/2014
KPW, Bruins partner on 'Little Bruins' program

Little BruinsKing Philip Walpole Youth Hockey is proud to announce it will partner with the Boston Bruins to launch 'Little Bruins,' an affordable opportunity for first-time players to try playing hockey without a large up-front commitment.

The program filled up in just three days, but for just $100, boys and girls between the ages of 5-8 will receive a full set of professionally fit CCM equipment to keep and will participate in four instructional hockey practices. At the end of Little Bruins, players will keep the equipment and will be encouraged to join KPW's Instructional, Girls In-House or U8 programs. Players who have not previously participated in a youth hockey program before are eligible to participate in Little Bruins, but players should have some skating experience.

The sessions will be held at 9:40 a.m. Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8 at Foxboro Sports Center.

by posted 09/25/2014
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