Glacier United 16U Hockey Team

GHA's Glacier United 16U program aims to provide young high school players (2003-2005) with age-appropriate, high performance supplemental training and development and the chance to compete and experience hockey at a higher level.


The Glacier United 16U A team is open to players in the Flathead and beyond that want to play in more games and participate in high-performance skill and development camps.  The 16U A roster will focus on games in MAHA and regionally-based tournaments, whereas the AA roster will focus on AA regional games in the US and Canada.  

16U Program at a Glance:

  • Open to all 2003-2005 players in the Flathead Valley and beyond who have the desire and ability to play hockey at a higher level

  • High-level coaching and training opportunities to help players develop their game to the fullest potential following USA Hockey's American Development Model  

  • 5-6 high-performance training and development weekends by professional coaches

  • High-level tournaments in Canada and western United States:  ​

    •   A/AA December 13-15 Bozeman

    •   A January 2-4 Trail, BC 

    •   AA January 16-20 Salt Lake City, UT 

    •   AA February 14-16 Tri Cities 

    •   A/AA Jamboree CDA/Spokane (TBD)    

    •   A/AA March 20-22, Home tournament, Whitefish

Please email Ryan Ulvin if your player is interested in this program or if you have any questions.

   Head Coach:               

Ryan Ulvin


Lesley Thompson

   Assistant Coaches:   

Kris Houda

   Team Practice:           

5 Development Weekends


   Program Cost:            

$500 per Development Weekend. Tournaments and Travel extra.

USA Hockey Registration

16 U AA Program Details



Glacier Hockey Association is excited to announce that we are offering a 16U AA program for the 2019-2020 season. The goal is to provide our young high school players with age-appropriate, high-performance supplemental training and development and the chance to compete and experience hockey at a competitive level.


The transition from bantam to high school is a pivotal point in the development of our young hockey athletes. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for these rapidly growing athletes to train, develop, and compete at a higher level of hockey than currently available in our area. The main objectives include more individual skill development, high-performance training, cost savings, and increased competition at higher levels. This age-appropriate program follows USA Hockey’s Player Development Model to enhance players’ skills, creativity, and participation level, while also creating a positive environment to help players reach their highest potential. This program is designed for those wishing to fulfill their hockey potential within a resourceful structure of training and competition. The fundamental emphasis behind this program is on commitment to training, personal and team development and to the game of hockey,




The Glacier United 16U AA hockey team is open to all players in Montana born between 2003 and 2004 who want to train and compete at a higher level than currently offered at the high school level. Players who want to reach a higher level need an opportunity to play with players who can contribute to their growth, not hold them back. This 16U AA program offers a place for players to train and compete with players at a similar developmental level, all growing together to reach their fullest potential.




Sunday, September 15, 2019 - Evaluation/Identification camp. Consisting of two on-ice practices and one dryland/classroom session. Games and high-performance practices will not overlap or compete with MAHA’s high school schedule – this is a complementary program focused on age-appropriate development in the fall, winter (weekends set aside by MAHA for high-performance development) and early spring. We plan to extend training and development sessions next summer at the Stumptown Ice Den (to be determined).


High-performance training & coaching:


GHA strives to provide our young players with age-appropriate on- and off-ice training and coaching from elite and professional instructors. There will be 5 development weekends consisting of both individual skills training and team building/conceptual practice times. Generally occurring each month beginning in October, after Identification/Evaluation Camp, and extending through April.

Possible Development Weekend Camps:

● September 15 - Identification/Evaluation Camp

● October 12, 13

● December 28, 29

● February - TBD

● April - TBD

Programming and skills clinics will be offered at Stumptown Ice Den by the coaching staff and hockey professionals, Wade Klippenstein, NHL Professional Scout and Instructor, and David Booth, NHL professional player and Instructor. Development Weekend camps will be open to all Midget aged players (2001-2004 birth years) for the individual skill sessions and off-ice training. Team Development sessions will be open to the 16U rostered players only.


High-level competition:       

Glacier United 16U AA will compete at 5 regional tournaments throughout the season. The ideal practice to game ratio is 3:1, and this program offers players the opportunity to consistently play competitive games together throughout the season. Possible tournament schedule:

● Thanksgiving Weekend Tournament - TBD

● Bozeman Cup Tournament - December 13-15

● Grizz Cup (Salt Lake City) - January 16-20, 2020

● Glacier United 16U Battle of the Border (Whitefish) - March 20-22, 2020

● April Tournament - TBD

Bozeman is also hosting a similar 16U AA team and we plan to compete with them locally, offering healthy competition and a chance to represent Montana at USA Hockey’s national tournament if desired.




Players will be coached by elite and professional instructors with a chance to play at the appropriate age- and skill-level specific to each individual. We are pleased to announce that the team will be coached by head coach Ryan Ulvin, Director of GHA, and assistant coach Kris Houda. Ryan is GHA’s Director of Hockey, Level 4 USA Hockey certified and has coached all age groups over the last 15 years. Kris Houda is a new addition to GHA. He played college hockey and adds a strong lineage of coaching resources via his father, Doug Houda. Part-time resident of Whitefish when not performing assistant coaching duties with the Detroit Red Wings. Doug was the assistant head coach for the Boston Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup team. Together, along with David Booth and Wade Klippenstein, and other professional resources, these coaches bring a vast level of experience, dedication and commitment to this team to bring hockey development to a new level at the Midget age.


Team manager:                  


We are fortunate to have Lesley Thompson serve as the Glacier United 16U AA Team Manager for the 2019-2020 season. Lesley has two boys who grew up playing hockey for GHA, and she brings a wealth of experience with scheduling, communicating, and logistical coordination for all aspects of this program to ensure its success.




The price for the development weekends will be approximately $500 and includes on- and off-ice training. Tournament fees and other team costs will be contingent on the number of players, fundraising (eg, our home tournament) and particular tournaments that the team decides to attend. We will rely on a committed fundraising/sponsorship effort to ensure affordability. Scholarships will be available through GHA.


Please email Ryan Ulvin ( if your player is interested in this program or if you have any questions.




Held Sunday, September 15th at Stumptown Ice Den, Whitefish, Montana. $75 registration fee.


Program at a glance:        

● Open to all 2003-2004 players in Western Montana and beyond who have the desire and ability to play hockey at a higher level

● High-level coaching and training opportunities to help players develop their game to the fullest potential following USA Hockey’s American Development Model

● 5 high-performance training and development weekends by professional coaches

● 5 high-level tournaments in Canada and western United States

● Eligible to compete at the AA-level/Tier II regionally and at nationals

● This supplemental, age-appropriate hockey development program does not interfere with the MAHA high school regular season or playoff schedule.