Our Mission Statement
The Atlanta Women’s Hockey Association (AWHA) was founded to promote women’s ice hockey in the Atlanta metropolitan area. The AWHA is committed to providing a supportive environment for women to develop their skating and playing skills. The AWHA is a women’s league organized in accordance with USA Hockey guidelines. Women of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate. Members of the AWHA share equal ice time during all team practices, scrimmages and league games.
The Atlanta Thrashers Women’s Hockey Team was started in 1996 by Dawn Hangle. The “Lady Thrashers” moniker came along after the NHL team chose the same name and began skating at our rink. Though the men’s team has moved to Winnipeg, we have kept the Lady Thrashers name as it has long become part of our identity. We are proud to be known by all our names: Atlanta Thrashers Women’s Hockey, Lady Thrashers, Chicks With Sticks, and our newest team Jr. Thrashers.
Meet the Coaches
Head LT and Jr. Thrashers Coach: Dr. Samantha Menton
Coach Sam started playing hockey at the age of 9 in Chicago, Illinois. She played girls travel hockey with Team Illinois and Chicago Mission. After high school, Sam played hockey at Plattsburgh State University while earning her Bachelors degree in Nutrition. During her time at Plattsburgh State University the team advanced to the Frozen Four every year. Her junior year the team won the National Championship. During her summers, Sam worked for USA Hockey at their National Development camps. After college Sam returned home to Chicago and was the head coach for Team Illinois’ U14 girls team and an assistant coach for Lake Forest College. Sam continued to work for USA Hockey after college as a strength and conditioning coach for the National Development Camps. She was offered an opportunity from USA hockey to help develop the first residency program in Finland that was designed to be the home for their U-18 National team in Finland. After returning home from Finland, Sam found her true calling in Chiropractic care. She moved from Chicago to Marietta, Georgia to attend Life University. While earning her doctoral degree at Life University, Sam was the only girl playing on the schools Division II club team. Sam began helping out at Lady Thrashers half way through her chiropractic program and hopes to continue to help grow the program.
- USA Hockey Team Leader Girls State, Rgional, and National Development Camp (2004-2008)
- Head coach Team Illinois U14 Girls (2010)
- Assistant Coach Lake Forest College Womens team (2009-2010)
- USA Hockey Girls U18 Residency Program in Finland (2010-2011)
- USA Hockey Girls National Development Camp U18 Strength and Conditioning Coach (2009-2012 and 2015-Present)
- Lady Thrashers Coach (2015-Present)
- USA Hockey Southeast Girls National Tryouts Evaluator (2016-Present)
Assistant LT and Jr. Thrashers Coach: Mr. Kevin Luebke
- Lady Thrashers Coach (2012-Present)
- Atlanta Ice Bandits (Present)
Coach Kevin and his wife Julissa run a business that organizes outdoor hockey tournaments based in Athens, GA. Check out Southern Hockey Tournaments.com!
Coach Luebke was born in St. Louis, MO., is currently living in Canton, GA., and has been playing hockey for the past 43 years. He has been coaching youth athletics for the past 24 years, bringing the last eight years of his experience to The Ice Complex in Cumming, GA. He has coached Squirt to Midget; House league, Selects/All-Stars, A and AA travel. He was part of a Midget AA team that won the league in 2012-2013 and for the past 2 years has been coaching the Squirt A travel team, who for the 2017-2018 season, won the league as well as the league Championship Tournament. For the 2018-2019 season he will be coaching Bantam Travel A. Coach Luebke is one of the assistant coaches for the Lady Thrashers, coaches with the Weekend Warrior adult hockey camps, volunteers with the Atlanta Sparks sled hockey team, and serves on the board for the adult hockey league in Atlanta where he also plays on several of their teams. Coach Luebke, along with his wife, runs an outdoor youth hockey tournament in Athens, GA. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, traveling, and spending time with his 3 sons, grandson and wife of 30 years. He is currently a Level 4 certified USA Hockey Coach.
Assistant Jr. Thrashers Coach: Dr. Chanelle “Nellie” Poulin
LT and Jr. Thrashers Goalie Coach: Anthony Zilahy
Coach Anthony has played hockey since he was 8.