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This site is dedicated to all the terrific people that Siouxland Youth Hockey helped me meet!!! From my first year as a Squirt,
to my days as an Official in the USHL. There isn't a day go by that I don't think of all the good times and great people that
being a hockey player, coach and official has afforded me over the years!!! There are too many names to mention individually,
but to all of you I say "Thanks!!!!"

What is ??? 

This year Siouxland Youth Hockey Association (SYHA) will be 45 seasons old!!! will be a place
to capture some of our youth hockey history over those past years. 

This site will have team photos, individual player pictures and hockey action shots. It will feature the successes  
of each of the teams & players have had over the seasons.
It will also have a jersey history of styles from various seasons with an emphasis on the players who wore          
these jerseys and their on and off-ice hockey achievements. 
There will be a page dedicated to those SYHA players who have excelled beyond the high school hockey level
  experienced play at the College, Junior, European and Professional ranks. 
It will also have places other SYHA items like programs, jackets, patches, pins and other SYHA memorabilia.  

 I would ask you to “Become apart of this history project!!!” Any type of SYHA memorabilia you have will be greatly welcomed and
regardless of what you have, I will make sure that it is properly displayed within this collection!!!

I can receive any scanned/digital images you may have available. Any photos as well as other memorabilia will be
documented and returned by SYHAstuff in a timely and secure manner!!! Actual pick-up and return of some memorabilia could be possible.
Please contact me using the e-mail link on the home page.



To this day, hockey still remains a huge part of my life. I love to play it, I love to ref it, I love to coach it, I love to watch it
and I love to reminisce about it!!!

 Many of my fondest hockey memories are the result of my time spent as a young member of SYHA. The lessons it taught me and the
 experiences it provided me over those years have been, like the commercial says, “priceless”!!!  

For what many say the Boy Scouts does to make prepared and successful adults, I have to say, SYHA did that for me!!! SYHA provided me terrific
 life experiences and character building opportunities all while teaching me the merits of: team work, sportsmanship, camaraderie, competition and
dedication, all skills that I use today on a daily basis.

This project is my chance to show off the many, many other success stories of players that surely feel the same positive
 impact of those SYHA years and a chance to say "Thanks" to the Siouxland Youth Hockey Association!!!


About Me

 I have been associated of SYHA for most of it's 45 plus seasons. I first became a youth player in 1974 as a Squirt and played four
seasons (79-83) for the high school team (Jr. Musketeers/Metro). After college, I returned to SYHA to coach at the
Squirt and then Peewee levels (1988-90). After a pair of season behind the bench, I traded in my clip board for a finger whistle the
following season and still remain active as an on-ice official and SYHA Referee-in-Chief.

I was a member of the United States Hockey League (USHL) referee staff for 20 seasons (1991-2011) and am still currently an
active USA Hockey official working a regular schedule in the Midwest High School Hockey League as well as some College Club
hockey. I have been fortunate to work several State Tournament  games as referee/linesman, two USA Hockey regional tournaments
as a linesman and in 2008 the Regional Championship Game as referee.

I have a collection of United States Hockey League (USHL) game used jerseys as well as a collection of Sioux City Musketeers game
jerseys and other memorabilia. Please check out my other collection at

 It seems that all my life was spent around the rink. While I played some baseball, football and cross country, hockey was the sport that gave
me the greatest joy!!! From my first season in SYHA to today, I still think back to the many things that SYHA is responsible for as far as
learning of  life’s lessons!!! I can still name every one of my coaches & mentors, and think daily of the many things they all taught me over
 the years!!!  From sportsmen ship to learning how to be the best player/person I can. Many of those coaches and mentors are still great
hockey leaders and I can continually look to them for the same guidance they gave me years ago!!!


An Open Letter to Past SYHA Players

Dear SYHA Player...At sometime in the next few minutes you  may find yourself asking "Just how much free time does this guy
LOL!!! ;-) Here goes... 

I Am starting a sort of SYHA / Metros History  web site. When completed, it will look much like my jersey
website ( but with all SYHA / Metros related items (  My goal is a place that provides a
look and feel for our 45 plus year old =-O youth hockey program!!! 

I hope to be able to show many different Metro and SYHA jerseys, Team pictures, Photographs and other similar items. I also plan on
a page dedicated to local players who have passed through our program on their way to upper level hockey!!!  Not to sound 'corny" but
kind of an inspirational page for young SYHA players who may run across the site and a reminder of those terrific hockey days past for
those of us from the old days!!!
I am certain that many people around SC do not know of
the many successes of our High School Hockey Team; with the most State
Tournament Championships, as well as the most appearances in the final Championship Game. Also untold are the many success
stories of local hockey players that have been able to continue their hockey careers at a higher level!!! While the list of local players
  in the NHL is short, the list of SC youths who have gone on to play (and officiate) in the USHL, NAHL, College, Jr. A, Jr. B,
Foreign Pro Leagues and Semi-Professional is very impressive.

I am sure you can agree like me and many, many other players, that SYHA helped us do things that, with out it, may have never
been possible!!!

My question you have any old SYHA / Metros items that I could document??? All items while in my possession will
be treated like the important items they are, and I will make sure that everything is returned to you in a timely manner!!!

          I have just started this project, but have already have a lot of positive responses from many of the guys I see on a regular basis. In fact
 as you read this, many are searching  their basements and attics for mementos from the old days!!!! LOL!!!;-)  

I have started this website and I would ask you to check it out at in hopes that you will get a little chuckle and/or
some information out of  it's content as  well as become a part of it's content!!!

I will be looking forward to hearing back from you and Thanks!!!! bob
Bob Batcheller
Sioux City

Items of interest:

Post-Metro Jerseys
Post-Metro Photographs
USHL Jerseys
USHL Game Socks
Metro Jerseys
Metros Game and/or Practice Socks
Metros Team Pictures
SYHA Travel Jerseys
SYHA Travel game and practice socks
SYHA Team Pictures
SYHA Jacket Patches
House League Jerseys
House League Team Pictures
Any other SYHA / Metro photos  

PS...I am set-up to receive any scanned/digital images. All items will be returned to you by in a timely and secure manner.
Please contact me using the e-mail link to arrange possible pick-up and returns of some items.



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