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Chad Kapla

Chad Kapla

Head Coach

Phone: 605-760-3226

Terry Pedersen

Terry Pedersen


Phone: 605-660-3118

Heidi Berry

Heidi Berry

Boys Var/JV Team Coordinator

Phone: 605-760-4404




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Thank you Lou Ella

By YAIA 03/04/2019, 9:30am CST

Lou Ella Machin and her late husband Victor have been tremendous supporters of our ice rink, well before it was built.  Lou Ella first saw YAIA along the parade route at a Riverboat Days Parade, and upon her accepting a flyer announcing our group was working to build an indoor skating rink, she contacted us and offered their help.  Lou Ella quickly referred to her days growing up in Yankton and ice skating at the local outdoor ponds and she loved the game of hockey.

Lou Ella has a unique background with the sport of hockey.  Her first husband, Lou Prohut, was a Chicago entertainer.  Lou and Lou Ella had six children and they grew up in the entertainment world.  Amongst Chicago athletes they became acquainted with were Chicago Blackhawks stars, Stan Makita and Bobby Hull. Lou even went to the effort to write a Chicago Blackhawks theme song "Here Come the Hawks".  Lou died at an early age from leukemia.

Lou Ella's love for hockey continued and upon marrying Victor Machin, they retired to Yankton.  Victor's career was with Shure Communications and was instrumental in developing microphone communications used in the airplane bombers of WW II.  Lou Ella and Victor had a special place in their hearts for The American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association, of which Stan Makita also supported.  Makita died in August 2018.

The Machins have not only been moral supporters of YAIA's mission to build a rink, but they have also contributed financially every year to our efforts to get the rink built and continued that support well after our facility was up and running.  Their support helped us keep our "dream" alive in our founding days and they enjoyed seeing the community enjoy ice skating sports that weren't possible before our facility was built.  

YAIA is so ever grateful for the support of Lou Ella and her family over all of these years!

Moblie App Available to Follow Your Team

By YAIA 11/01/2014, 11:00am CDT

There's an app for that...

Fans, parents, students, athletes, and coaches of 80,000+ sports teams worldwide now have unprecedented access to scores, stats, schedules, photo and video sharing, and more.

Install the app today and keep up with the latest schedules, results, news and statistics. Share photos and videos right from the game and enjoy rosters and player profiles, complete with game-by-game statistics.



Safe Sport Training

By YAIA 10/21/2013, 9:45pm CDT

To access the training:

  1. You’ll need your USA Hockey membership number (confirmation number from online registration as a Player/Coach, Official or Manager/Volunteer). If you don’t know your USA Hockey membership number (confirmation number) you can access by clicking here – under Member Options, click on ‘Request Duplicate Registration Confirmation.’
  2. If you don’t have a USA Hockey membership number you can get one by processing your Manager/Volunteer Registration for the 2013-14 season. It’s easy to do and there’s no charge. Go and click on ‘Register Now’…check that you are over 18 and select Ice Manager/Volunteer. At the end of the process you will immediately receive your confirmation number.
  3. To access the training click on the link Click on the Register button on the bottom right hand side of the page.  You will then be asked for your email address as well as a password. In the drop down menu for “Select Organization,” be sure to select USA Hockey. You will then be asked for your membership number, which is your USA Hockey confirmation number. Next, click on the red register button on the bottom left side of the page. You now have an account with SafeSport. You will only need to register the first time to set up the account. Once the account is set up, you will use your email address and password in the sign in area to access the training.