About

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, Hockey With Hooters, etc.

Meet the Coaches

Head Coach: Dr. Samantha M. Menton

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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.

Coaching Experience:

  • 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 Girls National Tryouts Evaluator (2016)

Assistant Coach: Dr. David A. Bak

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Coach Dave started playing hockey at the age of seven in Canton, Michigan. Hockey was his passion and he spent all his free time practicing his shot and playing street hockey with his neighbors. In high school, Dave played three years of hockey and met the love of his life. While playing for the school he earned 1st Team All-Conference and was the runner up for the All-State award. His senior year of high school Dave played for the Ice Dogs AAA Midget Major team, Little Caesar’s AAA Midget Major Team, Michigan Ice Dogs Junior Team CSHL, and was invited to the Sadbury Wolves OHL training camp. While earning his doctoral degree at Life University, Dave played for the school’s Division II club team (along side Andrew and Sam) and was an alternate captain all four years. After graduating, Dave went to multiple ECHL training camps as a free agent but was unable to sign a contract. Dave enjoys coaching the Lady Thrashers program, especially when he gets to watch his wife play.

Coaching Experience:

  • Lady Thrashers Coach (2012-Present)

Assistant Coach: Dr. Andrew Weis

Coach Andrew

While earning his doctoral degree at Life University, Andrew played for the school’s Division II club team (along side Dave and Sam).

Coaching Experience:

  • Lady Thrashers Coach (2012-Present)

Assistant Coach: Mr. Kevin L.

Coaching Experience:

  • Lady Thrashers Coach (2012-Present)

BIO TO COME

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