West Michigan Elite to become Meijer AAA Hockey
May 22, 2015
The West Michigan Elite Hockey Club of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) is excited to announce a partnership with Meijer, Inc. Beginning with the 2015-16 hockey season, the WMEHC teams will skate as Meijer AAA Hockey in their first fall hockey season as a new organization.
“We are pleased to have Meijer, a local family-owned company, be a part of our inaugural season of Tier I hockey in West Michigan,” said Jeff Mitchell, President of the WMEHC. “To have the support of one of the most prominent businesses in our state, we have even more confidence in our new hockey club as we progress towards our inaugural season.”
“We are excited to represent the Meijer name and their values in the community we jointly serve. Our Meijer AAA Hockey boys teams will have Squirts (10 year olds) through Midget (18 year olds) and will be adding Girls AAA in the 2016-17 season,” said Tom Berry Director of Hockey.
The West Michigan Elite Hockey Club was approved by the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association to compete as one of eight Tier I hockey associations in the state beginning in the 2015-16 fall hockey season. The 18U and 16U teams are full-time members of the NAPHL.
The generous support and partnership from Meijer will allow the new WMEHC program to support both their own players and the hockey community as a whole by offering opportunities for players to experience the game at the highest youth level.
West Michigan Elite Hockey Cub is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), youth hockey club specializing in Tier I youth hockey with 11 hockey member associations across West and Mid-Michigan; GBCHA (Greater Battle Creek Ice Hockey Association), GRAHA (Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey Association), Grand Rapids Blades Hockey Association, Grand Valley Amateur Hockey Association, Hockey Association of West Kent, JAHA (Jackson Amateur Hockey Association) Kentwood Hockey Association, KOHA (Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association), Lansing Hockey Club, Muskegon Chiefs Amateur Hockey Association, Rockford Hockey Association.