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Returning to the Rinks

By Webmaster 05/18/2020, 9:30am EDT

Preparing your ice rink to re-open

US Figure Skating, U.S. Ice Rink Association, and USA Hockey have created re-opening guidelines for participating ice rinks.

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Hockey Award

Congratulations to all of the 2019-20 LMHL Awards!

By Web Administrator 05/01/2020, 7:45am EDT

Most Points in the Season (combined goals and assists)

Robert Zimmerman (State College) - 73 points w/ 47 goals and 26 assists
Most Goals in the Season

Robert Zimmerman (State College) - 47 goals
Most Assists in the Season

Robert Zimmerman (State College) - 26 assists
League MVP:   

Player who played exceptionally through the regular season and contributed the most to his/her team's success as well as being seen as a leader throughout the league.

Robert Zimmerman (State College)

Top Goaltender:
The goalie who performed exceptionally throughout the season.  This award considers both statistics and intangibles (e.g., remaining calm in close moments, propelling his/her team to wins in close games, etc.).  

Ian Amaranto (Westmont)

Top Offensive Player:
Forward player (center or winger) who showed exceptional offensive abilities.  This award considers both statistics and intangibles (e.g., playmaking ability, propelling teammates' abilities in the offensive zone, stepping up in key/critical moments, etc.)

Robert Zimmerman (State College)

Top Defensive Player:
Defenseman who showed exceptional defensive abilities in shutting down opposing team offensive plays, stepping up in critical moments, etc.)

Ian Hill (Richland)

Coach of the Year:
Head varsity coach who demonstrated high values consistent with USA Hockey, MidAM Hockey and LMHL views and showed exceptional coaching ability both on and off the ice throughout the season.

JJ Vasilko (Richland)

Rookie of the Year:

Player/goalie who showed exception play in their first year playing in the LMHL Varsity division.  The player can be from any grade (does not have to be a 9th grader) but the player is not eligible if they played in the varsity division prior to this season.

Mitch Paul (Richland)  

Unsung Hero:
A player who was dedicated to his/her team and a major contributor to their success but not necessarily the most statistically recognized player.

Ella Angus (Conemaugh Valley)
"Brad Wess" Senior Leadership Award:
A senior player who showed exceptional ability to lead his/her team, assist the coaching staff, lead by example, and propel others (including other seniors) to play at a higher level.

Evan Montgomery (Altoona)
Sportsmanship Award:
A player who showed the best example of good sportsmanship throughout the season towards his/her teammates, opposing players, coaching staff and officials plus did not receive a major, misconduct, game-misconduct, or match penalty throughout the season and had minimal minor penalties.   

Sam Snider (Westmont)
Player/Scholar Award:
A player who excelled both on the ice as well as off the ice in academics and other extracurricular activities.

Seth Stawarz (Richland)


Brad Wess Memorial cancelled.

UPDATE: The  Annual  Brad  Wess  Memorial  Scholastic  Showcase has  been  cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation.

The  Brad Wess  Memorial  Scholarship  will  be  presented  to  a  local  high  school senior  for  academic  excellence,  community  service  and  for providing  leadership, sportsmanship and a positive attitude as a member of their school’s hockey program.  The Wess family selects the recipient(s)–All applications are kept confidential and reviewed only by the Wess family.

Application download:

Please complete and return the application form if you are applying for the scholarship no later than April 3, 2020 by mail or email to one of the following:

Jamey Crichton
127 Cross Street
South Fork, PA 15956

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LMHL Cancels Tournaments & Events

By Webmaster 03/12/2020, 12:45pm EDT

Tournaments and Events Cancelled

Based on recent news releases by USA Hockey, Laurel Mountain Hockey League will be cancelling all remaining events until further notice.  Middle School Tournament and Varsity Playoffs will not take place.

“Safety of our participants has always been our top priority and with the current coronavirus situation, our executive committee unanimously decided to cancel these national events,” - Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey.

Thank you.


USA Hockey's National Background Screening Program

By Webmaster 03/11/2020, 9:00am EDT

USA Hockey will be implementing a national level background screening policy, beginning on April 1, 2020.

As we hope you are all aware, in order to comply with new requirements from the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (“USOPC”), USA Hockey will be implementing a national level background screening policy. Beginning on April 1, 2020, background screening will be conducted by our national background screen vendor, NCSI, and information on background screening will be included following your registration.  This letter is also to notify you of other important dates and information regarding background screening.

As of March 22, 2020, applicants will no longer be able to submit new USA Hockey background screens through Affiliate vendors, and will not be able to submit new screens through NCSI until April 1, 2020.

If you were screened after April 1, 2019 for the 2019-20 season, your screen is valid for the 2020-21 season, and you will not need to be screened under the new system until prior to the 2021-22 season. If your most recent screen is from prior to April 1, 2019, you will need to be screened under the new system, after April 1, 2020, in order to participate in the upcoming season.   

All new screens submitted through the new NCSI national screening program after April 1, 2020 will be valid for two seasons.  For example, a screen submitted and approved on April 15, 2020 will be valid through the end of the 2021-22 season, which is August 31, 2022.

Background screens through NCSI under the national program will cost $30 for all domestic screens. For international screens (members who have lived outside of the US for six consecutive months in any one county during the past 7 years) the flat rate fee in $150. If that country is solely Canada, the flat rate fee is $75.

Please note that all coaches, officials, board members, employees, volunteers, billets, and anyone else who will have regular contact with, or authority over, minor athletes are required to submit to a background screen before any such contact with minor athletes.

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