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Sioux Falls CVB outshines competition in current issue of Sports Destination Management magazine.

We got our July/August issue of Sports Destination Management magazine today and were happy to get it, just like very other issue we have received. You can’t imagine our joy

Hockey605 teams up with Dakota Lettering & Dakota Sports on apparel

Hockey605 is thrilled to announce our newest venture – Hockey605 apparel – through an agreement with South Dakota sporting goods and apparel store, Dakota Lettering and Dakota Sports. “As more

Street dance to benefit PAYSA Ice Arena

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PIERRE – Figure skaters, hockey players and curlers are hoping an upcoming street dance will keep ice on the floor at the Pierre Area Youth Skating Association’s (PAYSA) ice arena.

Looking for the Spring Curling Championships LIVE? Click on the image below to go to Curling605, where we have the 6:00 and 7:30 sessions LIVE for you!

SF Flyers Hockey announces first ever Hockey Director

Coach Dan Houck is new hockey director for the Sioux Falls Flyers.

April 13, 2015 Announcement from Bryan Kouri, President of Sioux Falls Flyers, Sioux Falls, SD – The Sioux Falls Flyers are pleased to announce that Coach Dan Houck will be

Sioux Falls CVB outshines competition in current issue of Sports Destination Management magazine.

We got our July/August issue of Sports Destination Management magazine today and were happy to get it, just like very other issue we have received.

You can’t imagine our joy when we took the new issue out of its plastic wrapper and the magazine automatically opened up to a fantastic marketing piece from the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The piece included a full-page ad, with a ten-panel pullout.  Very professionally-presented, with clean language.

We gave Teri Schmidt, the Executive Director of the CVB a call to congratulate her on winning the marketing contest in the issue and she was delighted to hear that someone locally had seen their work there.  Teri said they have developed two of those ten-panel pullouts – one for sports and one for conventions – and they have both worked incredibly well. No kidding. When the placement of the full-page ad, with the addition of the pullout makes the magazine automatically open to your page first, that is a win.

We wanted you all to know about this because South Dakota is known for tourism, but the Sioux Falls CVB is taking full advantage over the development of some of the best sports venues in the country and this is going to help develop sports even more as time goes by and more venues are developed. We want to mention a great full-page ad by the Rapid City CVB, too.

It’s great to see two South Dakota cities working hard to get our state noticed in the sports market!  Well done and keep up the excellent work!

Click here to see the full-page ads and read the current issue of Sports Destination Management magazine online.

July August Cover July/August Cover of Sports Destination Management magazine.

Sioux Falls Ad The Sioux Falls ad with ten-panel pullout

Rapid City Ad Rapid City CVB ad.

Hockey605 teams up with Dakota Lettering & Dakota Sports on apparel

Example of a men's Hockey605 quarter-zip jacket available at the Sports605 Web Store.

Example of a men’s Hockey605 quarter-zip jacket available at the Sports605 Web Store.

Hockey605 is thrilled to announce our newest venture – Hockey605 apparel – through an agreement with South Dakota sporting goods and apparel store, Dakota Lettering and Dakota Sports.

“As more and more hockey fans began asking about ‘Hockey605 gear’ we decided it was time to choose an official apparel marketing partner. We are in the business of sharing the stories of South Dakota hockey – not making shirts, jackets and caps. But that is the business of Dakota Lettering and Dakota Sports, and they are our ideal partner – they represent quality, and their operations, owners & key personnel are right here in South Dakota,” said Carol McKee, founder of Hockey605’s parent company, Sports605. “Dakota Lettering not only has the expertise we needed, but they also have the ability to make 605 apparel available to the public, both online and through their Dakota Sports stores in Sioux Falls and Rapid City.”

“We have been following the Sports605 group since they started,” said Curt Hauff of Dakota Lettering, “and we love the exposure, excitement and joy they are bringing to youth sports in the 605. We couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Sports605 team.”

“Curt at Dakota Lettering has been great to work with as we build our store concept,” said McKee. “He has helped us select some perfect Under Armour & Nike pieces, as well as other options that are all very affordable. Keeping with our core values, we wanted to focus on companies that started right here in the USA. Both UnderArmour and Nike definitely fit that bill. And if a fan doesn’t see something they like, they can stop in at Dakota Lettering in Sioux Falls and pick out their own style!”

An example of a women's Hockey605 T-shirt available in the Sports605 Web Store.

An example of a women’s Hockey605 T-shirt available in the Sports605 Web Store.

Hockey605 apparel is currently available online, with a limited line of long- and short-sleeved t-shirts, quarter-zips and ball caps. Other items will be available soon. Currently, shoppers can go to the Sports605 Web Store online to choose the 605 logo, style, and color, then place their order to be picked up at Dakota Sports in Sioux Falls or Rapid City, or shipped directly to them (additional fees apply).

Dakota Lettering and Dakota Sports are currently offering apparel for six sport-specific brands – Baseball605, Hockey605, Lacrosse605, Softball605, Soccer605, Tennis605, and of course, Sports605. As seasons arrive, they will also offer other 605 brands – Basketball605, Bowling605, Curling605, Football605, Skating605 & Volleyball605. “With our large selection of brands and styles, combined with our in-house production abilities, we are confident we will be able to create a piece for all the 605 sports fans that they’ll love,” said Hauff.

“We would love to see lots of fans showing their passion for their favorite sport and proudly reppin’ the 605 with their custom apparel,” said McKee. “People may play for or support different teams across South Dakota, but are all united by our geography and a common love of the sport!”

Street dance to benefit PAYSA Ice Arena

PAYSA Logo

PIERRE – Figure skaters, hockey players and curlers are hoping an upcoming street dance will keep ice on the floor at the Pierre Area Youth Skating Association’s (PAYSA) ice arena. The event is slated for 8:00 pm – midnight Friday, July 17, at the Expo Center in Fort Pierre.

Sandra Griese, an event organizer, said two of the PAYSA Arena’s four compressors are failing and repairs will top $25,000. Without the compressors, maintaining ice at Pierre’s only year-round skating facility will be impossible.

“We know we could lose this facility at any time,” Griese said. “If one of those compressors fails, it will mean the end of skating, hockey and other activities throughout this summer and potentially beyond. We definitely want to be proactive and address these issues before it’s too late.”

A former hockey mom, Mary Stewart, agrees that a pro-active approach to repairing the compressors before they fail is important in maintaining the progress made towards ice activities for children and adults in our community. She recalls the impact hockey had upon her children and now enjoys watching her grandchildren participate.

“Having access to ice-time year around is a huge advantage to figure skaters and hockey players…not something that you will find in every community,” said Stewart. “We traveled many miles in the off-season to give our kids that opportunity, not everyone can do that. Having the PAYSA rink allows kids and adults not in these programs opportunity to enjoy Ice-time, too. Adult supervised activities are the best way to keep our children’s interest in the right direction. Something that every community should support.”  

Second Wind will provide live entertainment for the July 17 street dance and admission will be $5 per person. Beverages will be available and no outside coolers will be allowed within the facility. Griese said she and many others are looking forward to the event not only because of its fundraising component, but also because of nostalgia.

“In looking at all of the possible fundraising opportunities, we always came back to the idea of a good, old-fashioned street dance,” Griese said. “Many of us remember going to several street dances throughout the summer as we were growing up and we think this will be a fun event for people of all ages.”

In addition to the street dance, PAYSA has created a fundraising page where people may donate to the compressor fund online. The site is located at: www.gofundme.com/paysa. Griese stressed that donations of any amount are welcome and that every little bit will help make a difference.

PAYSA is a non-profit organization, providing opportunities for hockey, figure skating, curling and broom ball. Information on specific programs and operating hours is available at www.skatepierre.com and you can follow them on Facebook. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information call: 605-222-3753.

Looking for the Spring Curling Championships LIVE? Click on the image below to go to Curling605, where we have the 6:00 and 7:30 sessions LIVE for you!

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SF Flyers Hockey announces first ever Hockey Director

Coach Dan Houck is new hockey director for the Sioux Falls Flyers.

April 13, 2015 Announcement from Bryan Kouri, President of Sioux Falls Flyers, Sioux Falls, SD – The Sioux Falls Flyers are pleased to announce that Coach Dan Houck will be joining our association as the first ever Director Of Hockey. In recognition of the growth in our city league and travel programs, the Sioux Falls Flyers have made a commitment to our players to provide the best experience possible. To further this, we are bringing opportunities previously unavailable in South Dakota into our program for the betterment of all our kids.

Coach Houck will be responsible for overseeing the on ice instruction and skill development of our skaters. His area of responsibility will include our city and travel teams to ensure that all of our skaters have quality instruction and opportunities. This is an important investment in our program that will help our kids achieve their goals.

Coach Houck will be in town tonight, Monday April 14th, for an introduction to the Sioux Falls Flyers parents and players. You are invited to join us at 6:30pm in the Schroeder Auditorium on the Sanford campus.

Hockey605 caught up with Coach Houck at the Scheels IcePlex in October, while he was in town doing a workshop with the Flyers, teaching a variety of upper-level hockey essentials to several age groups of players. His training sessions were actually some of the first livestream activities we did at the IcePlex! Scroll down for Hockey605’s interview with Coach Houck last fall. You can also find two clips from his workshop on our YouTube channel – just type “Houck” in the search bar on Hockey605TV!

Coach Dan Houck’s Playing Career
• 1995 USA Select 16 National Team Member-4 Nations Tournament Helsinki, Finland
• 1995-1997 Varsity Hockey-The Hill School-Pottstown, PA – Captain and Team MVP 1997
• Summer 1997 Hockey Night in Boston All-Star-1st Team
• 1997-1998 Varsity Hockey-Deerfield Academy-New England Prep Finalist 1998
• 1998-2002 Williams College – Team Captain and Team MVP 2002

Coach Dan Houck’s Coaching/Training Experience
• 2004 – Present Skills Consultant to The Landon School in Bethesda, MD
• 2005 – Present created Maryland Model, an elite summer training and placement program for older players in the Washington, DC area
• 2006 – Present Head Skills Instructor-Navy Youth Hockey in Annapolis, MD
• 2006 – 2009 United States Hockey League (USHL) Central Scouting-Southeast United States-Tier I
Junior A
• 2007 – Present Director of Coaching and Player Development for Team Maryland AAA
• 2009 USA Hockey Level 5 Masters Coaching Certification
• 2011 – 2013 Skills Consultant to Bruce Boudreau’s Golden Horseshoe Hockey School
• 2011- Present Founder and Director for DC Selects Hockey Program for elite youth hockey players to play in the most competitive summer tournaments in North America

Hockey605 Interview with Coach Dan Houck

Great weekend at NHG AAA Opener yields 21 High Definition Games!

Well, we’ve checked all our video files from the weekend and have 21 games available on High Definition Video!  Here is the list of the games we have.  Click the banner at the bottom of the page to go to the DVD Purchase page!  Thanks for helping us have the best opening ever for one of our sports platforms, as we rolled out our brand new baby – Hockey701!

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Hockey605 names Notable Players from Boys Varsity tournament.

Hockey605 was at ground zero for the Boys Varsity State Tournament last weekend.  And we saw every moment of every game.  There were a few rough spots – sure – like the entire town of Brookings being without Internet on Friday morning.  We literally had enough time to set up the Hockey605 LIVE Streams and then, well, nothing.  We did the get games on video, however, and posted them up for all to see.  Then on Saturday, one of many inconsiderate people who managed to crawl through barricades and obstacles set up by our Brookings hosts managed to cut power to our LIVE Stream equipment.  We worked frantically to get the stream back up, but many fans missed almost a period.  And, again, we did the get the video on that game.

So as YOUR representative there – after all, YOU are Hockey605 – and witnessing every pass, every penalty, every great play and every mistake over the course of three days, we are in a unique position to recognize some of the very special players we witnessed.  And we came together as a team to recognize those players who are named here.  NOTE:  This is our team’s observations over the three tournament games and NOT a reflection on the entire season.  We are absolutely certain that you may not agree with us on which players did not make the list.  But how could anyone disagree about those who did make it.  Here is our Notable Player list – in no particular order – for the Boys Varsity Tournament.

Boys Varsity Tournament

Notable Players

Goal Tenders

Donovan Knott – Sioux Falls

Robert Luken, Jr. – Watertown

Gus Kronberg – Aberdeen

Skaters

#40 Landon Badger – Oahe

#7 Kyle Krogman – Brookings

#22 Isaac Rounds – Brookings

#6 Paul Cramer – Huron

#3 Jacob Cersosimo – Mitchell

#18 Caleb Anderson – Sioux Falls

#40 Ben Prisbe – Sioux Falls

#21 TJ Nolan – Rushmore

#27 Brooks Mitzel – Rushmore

#24 Owen Lebernight – Rushmore

#3 Patrick Merrigan – Watertown

#16 Jayson Good – Watertown

#10 Cody Mardian – Aberdeen

#65 Peter Sanchez – Oahe

#11 Jack Oberg – Rushmore

#19 Anthony Petrotto – Rushmore

#18 Kyle Gutormson – Brookings

#15 Austin Himley – Brookings

#17 Jacob Otta – Sioux Falls

#17 Bubba Spiering – Watertown

#7 Chase Adams – Sioux Falls

 

Boys Varsity tournament promises to be one of best ever.

The parity among the varsity teams this year is making the upcoming tournament even more interesting than it usually is.  Brookings is getting ready for the teams and the fans.  We got a chance to visit a little bit with Kelly Koenig of Brookings Ice Skating Association about some of the new features of the tournament this year.

Meet the newest addition to your Hockey605 Crew!

What would you do if you found a seasoned media person who loved hockey as much as we do at Hockey605?  You would get them on board!  And that’s exactly what we did.  We would like to introduce you to Dakota Case – media man and hockey lover.

Dakota Case joins Hockey605 team

Dakota Case joins Hockey605 team!

Dakota Case is an up-and-coming hockey writer and radio broadcaster from the Sioux Falls area. He is a Media Management major at the University of Sioux Falls and works as the weekday morning audio operator for KDLT News Today. Dakota is also the host of “The Power Play” hockey talk radio on Thursday mornings from 10-noon on KCFS 94.5 FM in Sioux Falls.

In addition to Hockey605, Dakota currently writes for Sports Blog Nation’s Minnesota Wild site, Hockey Wilderness. He is also a founding writer for WildXtra based out of the Twin Cities – one of two sister sites to the massively popular Minnesota Twins fan site, Twins Daily – and also serves as the NHL Editor for RotoRob.com, a fantasy sports news outlet out of Toronto, Ontario.

His past writing experience includes having covered the Wild as a Staff Writer for The Hockey Writers, affiliated with USA Today, and the FanSided Network site, Gone Puck Wild, which is part of the Sports Illustrated family of web sites. After taking over as Editor of GPW in January 2013, Dakota took it from a fledgling page to arguably the second biggest Minnesota Wild fan site on the web today in the span of a year. Dakota’s articles for THW, GPW and HW have been featured on Yahoo Sports’ NHL Blog “Puck Daddy” on numerous occasions over the years.

Dakota graduated from Southeast Technical Institute in 2012 with a degree in Business Administration. He served as a Game Night/Media Intern for the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede over the course of two seasons from 2011-13.

You can follow Dakota on Twitter (@dakota_case).

DVD Orders for Games

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You can order DVDs of your team’s three State Tournament games or just one or two games.  Just click this link to go to the DVD order page.  And we want to remind you that DVDs can’t be copied and distributed.

Link to purchase DVDs.