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Submitted By John Kalpakis on Monday, April 23, 2018

Dear Parents,  

My name is John Kalpakis and I am the head coach for the 2018/19 MINOR ATOM A hockey team. I would like to welcome everyone to the tryouts and thank you for taking the time to attend. I wish each and every skater the best of luck!


            Tryout #1 = Saturday, April 28, 2018 – ACC #2 – 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Tryout #2 = Sunday, April 29, 2018 – ACC #1 – 9:00 am to 10:30 am

Tryout #3 = Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – ACC #1 – 6:30pm vs. Newmarket Redman


  1. You must pre-register your child on-line (AMHA Website) for the upcoming season & purchase a tryout passport.

  2. Please arrive at least 45 minutes before the tryout begins.

  3. When you arrive at the lobby of ACC #2, please go to the AMHA table to sign-in and receive your child’s tryout jersey. THIS JERSEY MUST BE RETURNED AT THE END OF EACH TRYOUT! It does not go home.

  4. Full protective gear is mandatory, including neck and mouth guards – players without, or missing such equipment, will NOT be allowed on the ice.

  5. You must attend the first tryout in order to be invited back to the second and third tryout.

  6. There will be a team of independent evaluators who will be assisting me with assessing the players. The AMHA will also assign a team of independent evaluators.

  7. During and after the tryout, please do NOT approach the evaluators, as they have a job to do.

  8. Communication of my decisions after each tryout will occur via the website and NOT in person at the arena. Your child’s passport submission ID number is your code that identifies you on the website (Look at MINOR ATOM A for the team and the tryout page).


  • After the 1st tryout, results will be posted no later than 9:00 pm of the same day.

  • After the 2nd and the 3rd tryout, results will be posted AFTER 4pm the following day.

I am aware that some players (and/or their parents) may experience anxiety during this process. PLEASE kindly reinforce with your child that they perform at their best when feeling relaxed and confident. It is also important for parents to help manage their child’s expectations during this process. A roster position on this team should never be assumed. Let’s all make the tryout process an enjoyable one!




The following is a list of what I am looking for during the tryouts:


· Skating

o Balance

o Mobility

o Quickness

o Foot Speed

· Shooting

o Velocity

o Release

· Puck Control

o Passing

o Receiving

o Handling

· Competing

o Intensity

o Work Ethic

o Coachability

o Ability to take direction


  • There will be a financial commitment from each family. The estimated financial commitment will be approximately $2,000 to 2,500.

  • We will be looking for sponsorships and fundraising to help reduce the cost per family.

  • There will also be a time commitment required of each family. We will be on the ice 2 to 4 times per week with practices and games. It is expected that all players attend all practices and games.

  • We will be attending approx. 3 to 4 tournaments (at least one being an away tournament).

I will be looking for the following parent positions:

  • 2 assistant coaches

  • 1 practice coach

  • Team manager

  • Team trainer (I would prefer more than 1 as a back-up)

  • Treasurer

  • Other roles (fundraising, on-ice helpers during practices, etc.)

All decisions about player positions are at the discretion of the coach and will most likely change during the season based on the needs of the team.

If your child makes the team they MUST attend the Tigerware fitting on May 9th between 6 and 7:30 pm.

 If you have a question for me, then please email me. If you have a concern, then please respect the OMHA protocol of waiting 24 hours to contact the coach. Please contact me via email after this time. If I receive an email before this time, I will respond when the 24 hour wait period has expired.

THANK YOU and I look forward to seeing you at the rink.

 John Kalpakis

Head Coach – MINOR ATOM A

Email: [email protected]

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