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Home of the West Elk Wolverines

"The wolverine, has a reputation for ferocity and strength out of proportion to its size."    -  Wikipedia

Gunnison - Crested Butte - Lake City - Montrose - Salida - Alamosa

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Wendy Buckhanan

Hockey Administrator

Want to be a Coach?

Thank you for your interest in becoming a youth hockey coach in the Gunnison Valley.  

1st step: Let me know you are interested! (970) 596-7098,
2nd step: Fill out the coaching application, find below. You can scan it and email it back to me.
3rd step: The Hiring Committee will review your application and will let you know where you might be needed in the WEHA coaching world. The WEHA Board and Hiring Committee strive to provide our players with the best possible coaches. Please be patient and trust their decisions as we have the best intentions for the players.

Thank you to all the coaches that have volunteered their time over the years shaping our kids to succeed not only in hockey, but in life!

Volunteers Needed!!!

Wooden Nickel Golf Tournament, Sept 10th & 11th (Sunday and Monday)
This is a HUGE Fundraiser for our Association.  This fundraiser alone brings in at least $15,000 for Gunnison Valley Youth Hockey! Simply put, if you play have benefited by this fundraiser in a HUGE way! Please support in one of the following ways:
1) Hole Sponsor: $250/$500/$1000/or more! Your business or personal name will appear on a sign at a hole during the Tournament.
2) Play in the Tournament! $250/person. 4 person teams. See flyer below to register.
3) Volunteer at one of the Par 3 holes. Volunteers will be at Hole #5 and #7. At these holes there are extra incentives for the players and this brings in another $2000. We need 4 players and 1 parent at each Par 3 hole for 2 hr shifts on Sunday and Monday. Since Monday is a school day...Parents, you are up! Stay tuned for more info about sign up.

Let's make this THE BEST Wooden Nickel Golf Tournament!!!

Contact for more information.

October Camps in Gunnison

Wooden Nickel Hocktober Camp/Fundraiser (Mite-High School): Oct 7th-10th 
Rocky Mountain Hockey Schools(Mite-High School): Oct 14th-15th
In The Crease Goalie Camp (Squirt-Adult): Oct 20th-22nd

Please contact me with any questions. More info to come!


Summer Hockey Opportunities

Hi All,
Here is a list of great summer camps that are available in Colorado. There are many more in Colorado, and the country, so feel free to search around to find one that is the right fit for your player. I will try to keep updated with new links to camps. The best way to find camps is to ask more experienced players what camps they have attended. Many are "hidden" and hard to find on the internet!

Wooden Nickel Hocktober Camp in Gunnison will be held Oct 7th-10th. This is a great warm up camp! We are in the midst of planning a few other camps in Oct. More details soon!

Camps and Clinics
Aspen Camps

Summit Camps  

New power skating camp in Breck Aug 12th-13th: Contact Karen Rickard at

AirForce Academy 

Rocky Mountain Hockey School

Ricci Hockey Camps  

Laura Stamm Power Skating

Planet Hockey in Grand Junction

USJDP Boys Prep Camp at DU (Birth Years 1997-2003)

Girls Hockey Camps
College Hockey Showcase(Birth Years 1999-2004)

USJDP Girls Prep Camp at DU (Birth Years 1997-2003)

Goalie Camps
ITC Camps 

Colorado Rampage

Summit Goalie Camps 


Bob Johnson in Aspen

Out of State Camps

Heartland Hockey Camp in Minnesota

Open Hockey Schedules
Grand Junction



U19's Win State!!!

WeHockey Misson Statement

The West Elk Hockey Association will be responsible for conducting all hockey related programs in the City of Gunnison and The Town Of Crested Butte.  The organization is dedicated to keeping participant fees as low as possible while creating a volunteer organization that provides all participants with an outstanding hockey experience.  Finally, the West Elk Hockey Association will work to create and manage hockey tournaments in order to expand the potential for participants to play hockey as well as utilize the City of Gunnison and the Town Of Crested Butte’s facilities for economic development purposes.  

    By transitioning the programming aspect of hockey programs from The City of Gunnison and the Town of Crested Butte’s oversight to our association we will build a larger organization that will depend on user participation.  This will achieve a more effective management structure while allowing every participant to have ownership in the process.  Fundraising, tournament planning, and marketing revenues are expected to grow.  Our goal is to utilize these revenues to offset as much cost as possible in order to ensure that playing hockey is affordable for everyone in the Gunnison Valley.  To further the goal of affordability we will build a scholarship fund.    We furthermore hope to increase the amount of available funds for scholarship purposes in order to help even more youth players to have the chance to play organized hockey.  Finally, we hope to build an endowment that will enable WEHA to reduce youth participant fees once the endowment is of sufficient size to cover the costs associated with participation.

    Our community has a cyclical, tourist based economy.  The organization of tournaments will help our community by bringing visitors to our area during our slow months while allowing participants to play against more hockey teams and different levels of talent.  Hockey has the potential to become an economic engine within our community and we hope to develop that potential.

    The West Elk Hockey Association Will be funded by user fees, donations, and advertising revenues.  Anyone is welcome to participate in our programs, or become a member of our association.

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If you do not have a Login user name and password, click the button "Create an Account" it is free and we can communicate with you about changes or announcements. Be sure to select to "Receive Emails from WEHA" when you create your account.

Also, you will need to confirm your account by email, the system will send you a link to finish the account sign up and confirmation.

Bantam A - 4th Seed to Playing for the Championship!

U-14 went in as 4th seed and went to the championship game. What a season!!!