Spring Pond hockey will begin the week of April 4th Tuesday night. There will be Mites, Squirts, Jv, and HS divisions. The Registration form is now live. The season consists of 8 games and all registrations and payments will have to be on line.
Game times on Tuesday:
6:00 Cross Ice Mites
We would like to thank our of the players and families for a great hockey season. All of the teams had a good season. The HS team placed second in their division and was very strong in the EVHL playoff championship losing in the final seconds 7-6 but overall a great season. In the JV division HR2 took 1st place in league play and HR1 took the EVHL playoff Championship game.
In the EL division, HR1 and HR2 were neck and neck all season long with HR2 winning the EVHL Playoffs
And the Mite division saw some outstanding improvements all season long with outstanding team play and skill development.
Both Select teams and the MG tournament teams had outstanding seasons against some pretty tough competition, not to mention the Cross Ice Jamboree team which also was very competitive.
Special thanks to all the coaches and team mgr who put in countless hours with our players.
THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR A GREAT SEASON.
Coaches Meeting March 19th
Due to several conflicts this meeting is being rescheduled and will be posted once finalized
Would like to get together next Sunday for end of season meeting. Meet at Iceland Sunday morning at 10 am.
Would like to hear everyone's feedback from each level. Will also let everyone know what they will need in terms of CEP level, ASM's, and screening for next season.
Please get input from your respective team managers as well.
Also will need coaches to help run the pond hockey sessions that are upcoming in April.
See you then.
To all of my good players and parents:
By now you may have heard from the players that I announced I have coached my last game. However, I will not be leaving youth hockey; just the coaching portion.
I have been actively coaching for eleven years and served a dual role as director for the past eight. Last season I coached three teams and said I would not do that again. I was right. I coached four teams this season. This was done out of necessity as I can assure you it was not done by choice. At the end of this season I confessed to a fellow coach, and friend since I joined HRYHA (our boys started as mites) that I had done a lot of things this season; I did not do a lot of things well. Relationships became strained near the end of the season and at one point I thought I had lost that same friend. Thankfully, we are “big boys” and were able to chat and clear things.
From this point on, I will continue to proudly serve as youth hockey director with the on-going goals of growing our program, establishing a working relationship with the Norfolk Admirals, building a solid foundation of good and caring youth coaches, continue to help young athletes develop while having fun, and organizing various camps for players in our area.
I have been incredibly fortunate to have met some great parents and awesome kids over the years. It is said that one of the most influential people in a child’s life is a coach. I can only wonder what type of impact I have made, if any, on the kids that have come into my coaching life. However, I can say each one of them have taught me something about myself and what I need to do to be a better coach which every coach knows is a never-ending process.
I would like to thank all of the parents who have supported me over the years (and put up with me). I hope that I was approachable and each of you had the faith in me to teach your child this great game and help make them better each time they stepped on the ice.
I would also like the thank all of my fellow coaches and assistant coaches for putting the time and effort into the program and for helping me out when I was in a bind. One person cannot do it all, let alone do it well. One must have a good supporting crew to make the entire program successful.
To all of my team managers, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you. All of you have helped keep me sane by taking care of the administrative team items which are paramount to having a good season: Sending communiqués to the families from the coach, arranging lodging accommodations with free breakfast (the hotels with a bar were a plus!), and recruiting parents to brave the cold to do the score sheet, time clock, and work the penalty box. The behind the scenes things the team managers accomplish are truly amazing.
Finally, I would like to thank my wife and kids. I have been blessed with two incredible children who have both overcome obstacles to play. My daughter, Misha, is a Junior Admirals alum and is currently on our coaching staff as both goal tending coach and a Squirt assistant coach. Misha has been blind in one eye since she was about 14 months old and did not start playing hockey until she was fourteen. She won a shootout competition at goalie camp when she was fifteen. I am proud to say I have had the opportunity to coach my daughter at both the youth and collegiate levels. Misha has done a wonderful job giving back to the program and I hope she continues to do so. Misha is eligible to earn her USA Hockey coaching level four.
My son, Logan, has been a Junior Admiral since he was a mite. I have coached him all but two of the eleven years he has been playing. It can be difficult at times for one to coach one’s child and perhaps even more difficult to be the child of the coach. I know I have made some terrible blunders while Logan played for me, with Misha as well, and I definitely know I was more critical of him at times and there were a few silent car rides back to North Carolina. However, I cannot say with any more certainty that I am so proud of him. Logan beat cancer when he was eleven years old and came back to play just a few short weeks after his final chemotherapy treatment. Logan has become a student of the game and has built a solid foundation of practical “hockey sense.” It has been an absolute joy to see him bring that out on the ice.
Many of you know my wife, Amy. For a few seasons she was the manager for most of the squads I coached and did an absolutely wonderful job. Amy was phenomenal at organizing everything from administrative items to bringing me my coaching warm-ups when I would forget them at home which happened more times than I care to admit. Often, we would be going in different directions due to my work schedule at the fire department and Amy would always be the one to pick up the slack. Amy has truly been my biggest supporter and perhaps has a bigger heart, even over mine, when it comes to doing things for the kids. I have a bit of a running joke when people ask why my wife is not the team manager. I tell them that I opted not to renew Amy’s contract as the organization has chosen to move in another direction. This of course could not be further from the truth. Amy is still my biggest supporter and continues to keep me grounded… and sane. For that, a thank you will never suffice.
I would like to leave you all with one of my favorite quotes from one of my coaching “mentors.”
-Play not to see yourself in hockey but to see the hockey in yourself.- Anatoli Tarasov
It’s been a hell of a ride!
Details of the Spring Hockey Program will be posted soon. This will consist of a 4 on 4 game weekly either Tuesday or Wednesday night. You will be able to register for 4 games or 8 games. Each age group will be limited to 22 players. Games are continuous play with two 20 minute run time periods.
Also we will be conducting Sunday Skills for one hour weekly. Detail on dates, times and cost coming soon.
There will also be at least 3 summer camps announced soon that will begin after school is out in June.
Meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Sunday, March 19 at Iceland.
We just learned of Gerald's passing. Gerald started his hockey career as a youngster with HRYHA and then moved to travel with the Whalers. Our condolences to the Owen family. Details of the service will be posted when received.
LEICESTER, Mass. -- A Massachusetts college is mourning the death of a student who starred on the men's hockey team even after being diagnosed with cancer.
Becker College announced on Monday that senior Gerald Owen had died at age 25.
- Owen was from Chesapeake, Virginia. He was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2014 while attending Becker. He missed the hockey season to receive treatment but returned a year later and led his team in assists. The cancer returned before his senior year.
Becker athletic director Frank Millerick said Owen inspired his teammates by attending games and practices even as his health deteriorated.
Becker President Robert Johnson gave Owen his diploma at a Boston hospital last week.
The private school of 2,100 students plans to hold a tribute to Owen at a Feb. 9 hockey game.
BELOW IS THE FALL HOCKEY PROGRAMS DETAILS
2016-2017 HOUSE AND SELECT PROGRAMS
28 shared practices
14 skill sessions-power skating
14 EVHL regular season games
3-4 EVHL playoff games
Mites cross ice $535. $485 UP TO AUG 15TH
Sqt/PW/BN/MG divisions $925. $875 UP TO AUG 15TH
EVHL league games with PYHA
Practices start week of Sept. 13th
Games start week of October 1st
Dues payable on line-payment plan available
Early Registration opens July 1st
Early Registration ends August 15th
FALL SELECT PROGRAM
TEAMS TO PLAY IN CAROLINA HOCKEY LEAGUE
PYHA TO PARTICIPATE
12 GAME CHL SEASON
4 GAME ROUND ROBIN WEEKENDS
18 SHARED PRACTICES
MINIMUM TEAM ROSTER IS 14 PLAYERS
EVALUATION/TRYOUTS AUGUST TBD
TEAMS MAY SCHEDULE EXTRA GAMES
SELECT DUES $675
MITE TOURNAMENT TEAM-3 TOURNEYS/18 PRACTICES $450
BANTAM AND MIDGET TOURNAMENT TEAMS- 4 TOURNAMENTS PLUS 10 PRACTICES $675.
Here are the early details on the Fall Season.
Early registration will begin July 5th and run through August 15th. As in the past there will be an early registration discount during this time. Registrations will continue after that until September 30th. The practice season for House will begin the week of September 13th and games are scheduled to start October 1st through February 12th. The last two weekends of February will be the EVHL playoffs. These dates need to be finalized with the PYHA.
Based on player counts we hope to roster teams at the Squirt, Peewee, Bantam, and Midget levels. We also will have Cross Ice Mites.
The teams will continue to compete with each other and teams from the PYHA House program. Practice ice will be Tuesday and Wednesday. The house registration fees will be announce by June 1st.
At the Select level, we will host Squirt and Peewee Select teams to play in the CHL Select league. There will be four round robin weekend with games beginning in late October. At the Bantam and Midget levels we will have Tournament teams playing 3-4 tournaments next season as determined by the teams. The tournament teams are in the process of forming now and over the summer and the Select teams will form in September.
All season fees will be published by June 1st. Early registration will open in July and will be available on the web site.
Coaches meeting dates will be announced soon and all current coaches and interested coaches should attend. There will be a USA Hockey Level 1 and 2 clinic scheduled in the fall-details to be posted once finalized.