The Mustang Hockey Association (MHA) is a youth hockey organization operating in the Chugiak/Eagle River area. We are a volunteer, non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian service organization.
Our mission is to provide a stable amateur hockey program allowing all individuals optimum participation at their own level. We offer a house or recreational program and a competitive program which serves children as young as four and as old as eighteen.
Our House League places emphasis on participation. The goal of this league is to teach basic skills and develop each player to his/her maximum potential. We feel a house league program will best benefit young players if it provides recreation, individual development, and healthy competition at the proper level of intensity. MHA strongly advocates fair and equitable distribution of ice time for each player.
The Girl's Program is to provide girls in the Eagle River/Chugiak area with an opportunity to play organized hockey on an all-girls team. Our goals are to:
- Promote the game of hockey with emphasis on fun, skill development, and lifelong friendships.
- Provide a positive and thorough learning environment for girls to acquire individual and team skills.
- Promote respect, trust, courtesy and good sportsmanship among all of our participants including players, coaches, volunteers, parents and fans.
- Provide a nurturing environment to female hockey players to be the best person they can be and have confidence in all they pursue in the future.
- Achieve overall continued growth and development of girl’s hockey.
The Competition Team Program consists of teams in the 12U through 18U divisions. Competition teams are comprised of players and coaches who have advanced skills, and who wish to contribute the time, energy and money necessary to participate in competition play. Each competition team is supported by the Mustang Hockey Association to the same extent as house teams. Additional funding necessary to operate the competition teams comes from parents and sponsors of competition team players. As the Alaska Blue Devils, the competition teams represent the Association in state, regional, and national tournament play.
The Mustang Hockey Association follows the rules, goals and objectives of the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States (USA Hockey). MHA is a member of the Alaska State Hockey Association (ASHA) which falls under the Pacific Division of USA Hockey.
The Mustang Hockey Association formed in December of 1983 in anticipation of the Fire Lake Recreational Center’s opening the next season. There was growing interest in providing an association that would represent the Chugiak/Eagle River area. The name “Mustang” was chosen to affiliate the association with the Chugiak High School mascot. The first formal team play began with the entry of three teams in the 1983-84 Alaska State Hockey Tournaments. During the summer of 1984, preparations began in earnest for the first complete season. During the first full season of 1984-85, registration totaled 235 players, far more than the anticipated 150 to 175 players.
The association has shown steady growth over the past twenty-five years. The efforts of numerous volunteers have made all of this growth possible. The continued success of the outstanding youth hockey program MHA provides depends directly on the involvement of parents and members of the surrounding community. Please do your part and volunteer and add to the history of Mustang Hockey.