FARGO NORTH RAIDERS HOCKEY ASSOCIATION RAIDERS NEWS NOVEMBER 2004 Second Year a Great Success for Raider’s Hockey Happening The 2nd Annual Hockey A BIG THANKS to all of Planning for the 3rd Happening was held on the Raider families that Annual Hockey Happening Inside this issue: Thursday, October 7th at donated items, only 4-5 will begin in the spring. the Speedway Event families did not help out Watch for your chance to Center in West Fargo. with donations. Next year be a volunteer. Red Fowler 2-3 Over 200 tickets were we'll aim for 100% Red Fowler Boxes 3 sold. participation. We also Parents Volunteer 3 need to thank - and The event was a huge support -all of the Board of Directors 3 success once again and we businesses that supported Poinsettia Sales 4 raised over $10,000 for the us with donations. Raiders organization. Tournament 4 Signed Sioux and Gopher All had a great time and Raffle jerseys were great sellers!! the Raiders thank you and Open Roster 4 Numerous guns were sold your friends and families Policy on raffle boards. Rick for attending. Niemi won a bundle of Raiders Rosters 5 cash. November Home Back Games Coaches Ready and Hyped For 2004-05 Hockey Season Coaches selected for the 2004-05 season include: Bantam A Peewee B Navy Squirt B Upcoming Events Ryan Griggs Jay Schnell Greg Gronland Brian Jackson Jimmy Loken Steve Johnson FNRHA Monthly Meetings Bantam B Peewee B White November 11, 2004 Rob Aasand Troy Krabbenhoft Team Pictures Brent Burns Zack Idland December 2004 Peewee A Squirt A Fargo Raiders Pee Wee Jade Nelson Scott Winjum Tournament Jeff Aikens Brent Reinarts January 14 – 16 Fargo Banquet March 22 Page 2 About ‘Red’ Fowler – a Dedication To fully appreciate Fargo North Raider and Fargo North Hockey, you have to revisit the roots of these programs and you will find Red Fowler as the “Founder” the “originator” the tireless “volunteer” who spearheaded the original Fargo Blue Line Club, which evolved into the Fargo North Raiders and the Fargo South Flyers. The Fowler family history lesson is important for all of us to know because it is who we are as an organization and without the influence and dedication of Red and Betty Fowler, we would not have the strong foundation we enjoy today. The Red Fowler Memorial Award is awarded to a Fargo Raider volunteer who has unselfishly donated their time to sustain and improve youth hockey and the Raiders Hockey Club. I need to share a few of the “Fowler Facts” and believe me, I am only touching on a few and I am sure Betty could add many more: Red spent his adult life living this belief: “It‟s all about the Kids” It was natural for Red to do things for others and his approach was always positive with a big smile on his face The original warming house for the Ben Franklin outdoor rink was the Fowler residence on 9 th Street North – that‟s where the kids could go to warm up! Red and Betty painted the boards at the Island Park Arena Red made sure that the first hand warmer at the Washington outdoor rink was a charcoal grill – there was no indoor ice and you had to keep your hands warm to keep stats. Red had a “BOX” at the Coliseum to collect hockey equipment that people either discarded or outgrew. Red would loan this equipment to kids who did not have equipment or could not afford to buy it. His only request was that when you were done with it or outgrew it, that you would bring it back for some other youngster to use. Betty still has the original box at the house When the Coliseum was built, Red would open the doors at 4:30 a.m. so the figure skaters could practice – keep in mind that Red did not work for the Park District – he did this on a voluntary basis Red worked the scorer/ penalty box for countless games. When Betty arrived for a North High varsity game on e night, they told her Red had taken a puck to the head and went down in the JV game – but he stayed in the box for the entire varsity game 15 Fowler family members graduated from Fargo North High School Red served on the Board of the North Dakota Amateur Hockey Association Red, Kermit Bye and Jim Kapitan along with other were there at the beginning of the Bison Hockey Club and the Bison Booster Club – Red served as a charter Vice-President of the Booster Club – Red worked the score/ penalty box and kept player statistics for Coach Dave Morinville Red was involved in the National Club Hockey Tournaments hosted in Fargo Red and Jim Kapitan assisted in the National Hockey Tournament that was hosted by Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa Red and his good friends Lloyd Armstrong and Jim Kapitan were instrumental in hosting the annual Edgewood Lions All Star games Red was inducted into the North Dakota Hockey Hall of Fame Red was inducted into the Fargo North High School Hall of Fame Red retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the ND Army National Guard Red Fowler is an outstanding example of leadership and tireless devotion to “Kids” and he spent countless hours giving of himself and his family to enable young people to have the opportunity to play hockey. This “LEGEND” of North Fargo hockey history set a high standard of excellence for all of us to strive for as volunteers, parents, players, coaches and friends of hockey. For those of you who knew him personally you will appreciate that this simple man had a basic belief that you did for others, you did it unselfishly, you never sought the credit or the recognition and you gave what you could and “It’s all about the KIDS”. I visited with Betty the day after Red passed away and I expressed how sorry I was to hear the news and Betty informed me that Red had enjoyed himself so much at the Fargo North High Hockey Banquet the week before and he had still been laughing about the skit that Coach Smith and I put on about the players. Red‟s laugh and smile will not be forgotten. I attended Red‟s funeral as a lot of you did and this simple man had so many friends and people he had touched you Page 3 could not fid a seat at Holy Spirit – I sat between two of his friends, Judge Rodney Webb and Judge Kermit Bye, who were there to say goodbye to their friend. If there is a true measure of a person‟s impact it is reflected in the people who were inspired and touched because of that person‟s influence, guidance and friendship – Red‟s impact will never be forgotten and it is a roper tribute that the rinks in the new Southwest Arena are named after Red and his dear friend Lloyd Armstrong. So ends the history less for Raiders and Spartans – Red‟s spirit and his famous quote will stay with all of us that are involved with North Fargo hockey – “KEEP THE KIDS OUT OF HOT WATER – PUT THEM ON ICE”. Jim Kapitan and I will commit to establish a RED’S BOX at the Coliseum and one at the Southwest Arena so that any young person who is in need of hockey equipment will have a place to go to get what he/ she needs – “It’s all about the KIDS”. Dan M. Carey March 24, 2004 Red Boxes to be Placed at Fargo Arenas As promised, Dan Carey and Jim Kapitan are now in The Dedication Letter, written previous, will be the process of producing “Red Boxes”. Dan and Jim included when the boxes are completed and dedicated. were in contact with the Fargo Park District and as a result, three boxes are currently in the works. They Once the Red Boxes are in place, hockey families will be placed at the Coliseum, Southwest Arena and are welcome to donate their used and outgrown Teamsters. Dan and Jim plan to have the boxes in place equipment. All they ask is once you‟re player has the first part of December. outgrown the equipment borrowed; they return it to the Red Box to be used by someone else. Parent Volunteers Lead the Way The Raiders couldn’t do it without you, the parent volunteers. We’d all like to thank you for volunteering for such positions as team managers, raffle coordinators, calling parents, advertising volunteers and the numerous hours spent devoting your time to hockey and your kids. Have a great season – and thank you in advance for all your hard work. Fargo North Raiders Board of Directors President Joe Johnson 235-0793 Past President Nate Brenneman 232-1597 Vice President Mark Muhonen 298-3235 Secretary Brian Cattanach 280-0466 Treasurer Nancy Slotten 235-7922 Member at Large Bonnie Johnson 298-8620 Member at Large Don Blevins 271-4781 Member at Large Mark Mazaheri 297-8187 Member at Large Jeff Aikens 232-8549 Page 4 Poinsettia Sales a Success October concluded with the 2nd annual Poinsettia Sales. Approximately 450 tickets were sold for this years‟ fundraiser. For every $12.00 poinsettia the Raiders sell, approximately $4.50 goes back to the organizations‟ general operating fund. At each level, the player with the highest sales receives a Jr., Intermediate and Sr. Hockey Stick, respectively. Our winners for 2004 were: Brodie Gylten Squirt sold 22 poinsettias Devin Wadholm Peewee sold 34 poinsettias Tyler Glueckert Bantam sold 20 poinsettias As a reminder, people can pick up their poinsettias Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1 during regular business hours. If you are unable to make it at those times, please contact Lee‟s Floral to make other arrangements. It may be a good idea to contact those you sold to as a reminder. Special thanks go out to Bonnie Johnson and Renee Muhonen for volunteering their time as the Poinsettia Sales Chairs. And also, thanks to Jeff Aikens and Kostka Sports for providing the hockey sticks at cost to the Raiders. Peewee Tournament Raffle Tickets Sales Start During the team parent meetings, Barb Parmer distributed raffle tickets to all Raiders families. If you didn‟t receive yours, please contact your team‟s raffle coordinator. Raffle tickets are $20 each and will be drawn for prizes of $50, $100, $250 and $500 on Jan 13, 14 & 15. Each ticket sold has 30 chances to win! All families are to turn in their tickets and money no later than December 30. Also, a Raffle Co-Coordinator is being sought, as Barb will no longer be with the Raiders after this year. If you are interested in helping and becoming Coordinator for future Raiders Raffles, please contact Barb at 232-6916. Open Roster Policy New for 2004-05 Season This season, the Raiders Board and Raiders Coaching year player, you were automatically on the „A‟ squad Committee decided to impose an “Open Roster” policy your second year. for the 2004-05 rosters. Coaching Coordinator, Mike Berg, explains it like this: “USA Hockey says we have to have our roster for our teams in by December 15th of each season. We also have rules within the state saying we must have our roster in before any league games are played. But, we are allowed to change that roster until December 15th within the state. In the past the Raiders have had a policy that once you made the „A‟ squad that you couldn't go down and if you were lucky enough to make the „A‟ squad as a first competitive organization. It simply gives the coaches another tool to work with to help motivate the kids and This „Open Roster‟ policy simply says that the coaches to try to make the organization competitive at every & Coordinators have the option of moving an „A‟ level. player down or a „B‟ player up at their discretion. It should also be mentioned that the high school does The Board and the coaching committee agreed that this this all year long with their player is one way we can make the Raiders a more Page 5 Introducing the Raiders rosters can and may change due to the ‘Open Roster’ Policy – final roster listings will be provided after Dec. 15 Bantam A Peewee A Peewee B White Squirt B Ryder Bekkedahl Adam Aikens Josh Blevins Alex Abdullah Kayla Berg Ben Albrecht Mike Brooks Jace Aikens Logan Gylten Kyle Berg Adam Haut Michael Bala Eric Herzog Corey Bjoralt Brady LaMont Collin Boetel Ben Jacobson Luke Buerkley Ted Loegering Christian Colman Sam Johnson Sawyer Dahl Ryan Meyer Matt Connelly Jake Labernik Alex Elliott Chase Muhonen Marc DeMarais Nick Masseth Matt Fiechtner George Niemi Gabe Ferragut Mitch Mazaheri Sam Hawkins Brady Paulson Mike Gunderson Ian McGurran Jacob McPhail Dallas Reger Robert Helming Grant Narveson Josh Nistler James Robinson Alec Johnson Ethan Parmer Ian Thompson Lukas Slotten Sam Klukken David Rommesmo Matt Trana Aaron Wiger Andrew Smith Dan Sheridan Devin Wadholm Brandon Smith Mara Teschendorf Bantam B Peewee B Navy Squirt A Max Teschendorf Nick Brenneman Cole Carlson Rhett Carlson Drew Weist Tanner Cattanach Cody Cullen Tyler Cote Taylor Cunningham Anna Grindeland Brodie Gylten Alex DuFault John Hanson Dalton Hanson Tyler Glueckert Cameron Johnson Spencer Klein Jeremy Grindeland Alex Larson Preston Lehmann Bryce Johnson Brennan Lemar Christian Moffett Nick Losee Andrew Long Ben Osman Alec Mathias Clayton Ludlum Lucas Pazdernik Andrew Schefter Colton Nefzger Blake Peterson Tom Stadum Dan Rueckert Andrew Salsman Aaron Stoe Tanner Toussaint Ben Selberg Shane Tuchscherer Cole Selberg Ethan Worley Andrew Uglem Riley Wanzek Ethan Woods Be sure to visit the web site at http://www.fargoraiders.com Heidi Klukken Publicity 1029 4th St. N. Fargo, ND 58102 firstname.lastname@example.org Raiders November Home Games home games are held at the Teamsters Arena , unless otherwise noted Bantam A Peewee B Navy Sun. Nov. 14 vs. Minot Btm A @ 9:45 a.m. Sat. Nov. 20 vs. W. Fgo PW B White @ 4:45 p.m. Fri. Nov. 19 vs. Dickinson Btm A @ 9:30 p.m. Sun. Nov. 21 vs. GF Sugars PW B @ 6:30 p.m. Sat. Nov. 20 vs. Bismarck Natls Btm A @ 3 p.m. Fowler Rink at Southwest Arena Sun. Nov. 21 vs. Bismarck Genrls Btm A @ 1:15 p.m. Fri. Nov. 26 vs. Raider PW B White @ 12:15 p.m. Fri. Nov. 26 vs. Crookston Btm A @ 2:00 p.m. Sat. Nov. 27 vs. GF Sunkings PW B @ 1:15 p.m. Sat. Nov. 27 vs. Roseau Btm A @ 5:45 p.m. Sun. Nov. 28 vs. Angels PW B @ 6:30 p.m. Bantam B Peewee B White Sat. Nov. 20 vs. Wahpeton Btm B @ 6:30 p.m. Sat. Nov. 13 vs. Wahpeton PW B @ 6:30 p.m. Fri. Nov. 26 vs. Flyer White @ 5:30 p.m. Sun. Nov. 21 vs. Angels PW B @ 8:15 p.m. Sat. Nov. 27 vs. Alexandria Btm B @ 3:30 p.m. Fri. Nov. 26 vs. Raiders PW B Navy @ 12:15 p.m. Sat. Nov. 27 vs. GF Sugars PW B @ 3:00 p.m. Peewee A Fowler Rink at Southwest Arena Sat. Nov. 13 vs. Park Rapids @ 1:15 p.m. Sun. Nov. 14 vs. Alexandria PW A @ 3:00 p.m. Squirt A Thurs. Nov. 18 vs. Dickinson PW A @ 7:45 p.m. Sat. Nov. 13 vs. Park Rapids @ 11:30 a.m. Sat. Nov. 20 vs. Bismarck Admirls PW A @ 1:15 p.m. Sat. Nov 27 vs. Warroad @ 11:30 a.m. Sun. Nov. 21 vs. Bismarck Blades PW A @ 11:30 a.m. Dec. 3 – Dec 5 FYHA Tournament Fri. Nov. 26 vs. Crookston PW A @ 3:45 p.m. Squirt B Sun. Nov 28 vs. Detroit Lakes @ 4:45 p.m.