Below are the practice groups for Sept and October. When you arrive at the rink to check in you will receive a locker room or lobby assignment to put on skates. Remember all players except goalies must arrive dressed in your gear and everyone in Iceland must wear a face mask. Thanks for all your help.
I have just emailed to everyone's individual emails the attachments from USA Hockey/PVAHA regarding the Covid guidelines as well as the procedures we have put in place and the Sept/October practice schedules. The attachments will provide all the details. There is also a waiver that you can print out, complete and bring to the rink for your first practice. There will be a check in table when you enter Iceland manned by Coach Casey Hall and Coach Mike. They will assist in the check in process and also give the locker room assignments to the players. All players, except goalies, must come to the rink dressed in their gear and proceed directly to their assigned areas.
Please take time to read thru all the attachments.
Players practice groups will be posted tonight and emailed out. The practice schedules will be in place until at least October 30th. Hopefully we will see guideline changes in the future.
We appreciate everyone's support and patience and we work thru all the details of getting the hockey season kicked off.
We will put out the practice schedule tomorrow but it is being modified to meet not only the Virginia guidelines but the updated guidelines we received tonight from the Potomac Valley Hockey Association which is the USA Hockey affiliate for USA Hockey in Virginia and Maryland. The guidelines are very stringent and we are reworking the practice and game schedules to comply. More to come. But practices will start next week.
Click on the link below for a message from USA Hockey
It's that time of year. Time to register for the Fall Season. As an added reminder that if this season is interrupted based on the Covid issue, dues will be refunded on a pro-rata basis or refunded in full if in the unlikely event, the season is cancelled. As of right now plans are full speed with practice starting the week of September 14th.
The registration numbers look very good this year with not only the returning players but a number of new players joining up.
The registration link is on the website front page. This year we are setting August 19th as the registration deadline. If you are planning on playing please register. If you are pretty sure of playing, please register. If you decide to not play prior to the season start, we will refund your amount paid 100%.
In addition to the House program we will offer Tournament teams for Sqt, Pw, Bn, and Mg (U16 and U18). This is all based on sign ups.
Also as a reminder, this is a new jersey year and we will be scheduling jerseys sizing sessions in the next two weeks. We are moving to Red/White/Blue jerseys as we start our transition with the Warrior for Life Fund program.
Feel free to contact me with any questions.
BELOW ARE THE DETAILS OF THE FALL SEASON. WE PLAN ON HAVING TEAMS AT ALL AGE GROUPS. BELOW ARE THE USA HOCKEY AGE GROUPS:
2012 AND YOUNGER U8 MITES
2010-2011 U10 SQUIRT
2008-2009 U12 PEEWEE
2006-2007 U14 BANTAM
2004-05-03-02 U18 MIDGETS
THE SEASON STARTS THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 14TH. MOST OF THE PRACTICES WILL BE ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENING AS IN THE PAST. BASED ON TEAM COUNTS THERE MAY BE SOME MONDAY AND THURSDAY PRACTICES. GAMES WILL BE PLAYED WITH PYHA AND GAMES WILL BEGIN THE WEEKEND OFOCTOBER 3RD. ALL GAMES WILL BE SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO BALANCE OUT AND MINIMIZE SUNDAY GAMES AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
PRACTICES WILL BEGIN SEPT 14TH AND PLAYERS WILL BE ASSIGNED TO TEAMS THE WEEK OF SEPT 28TH AT THE LATEST.
CROSS ICE MITES $595
ALL OTHER DIVISIONS $985
For the payment plan we have spread the payments over 5 months beginning Sept 5th. The following information will be on the registration link on the website.
For Jr Admirals gear click on the link below and for Warrior for Life gear click on the Squad Locker
Yesterday we received the Phase 2 reopening details and we are preparing to reopen on a limited basis. During phase 2 there will be no public sessions.
We are working on Hockey and Figure skating programs in line with the Phase 2 restrictions. We will be offering power skating sesssions and skills sessions for the hockey players. We don't have times or the structure of the sessions as yet. Once we get it all sorted it we will post the details on the HRYHA and Iceland websites.
Hopefully Phase 3 happens quickly and we can get back to a more normal schedule.
Please do not call Iceland as they are unable to field lots of calls and get ready to reopen at the same time.
Details will be posted on the web sites and I will email the information to everyone the details as they are finalized.
Thanks for your patience and we will get you informed.
We hope everyone is coping well with these very unusual and difficult times. We are getting ready to reopen once we get clearance from the state of Virginia on reopening guidelines. During the shutdown we have redone the ice surface and it is looking great. Still in the process of building the ice but it will be ready soon. We have also updated the bathrooms and did some internal paint work and upgraded parts of the ice refrig system.
A big thanks to the Warrior for Life Fund and they donated the cost of redoing the ice and the installation of new partitions in the bathrooms.
Details on the summer programs and the Fall season will be released soon. Still waiting for information from the state and also USA Hockey. We will keep you posted as we work out the details.
We have had a lot of calls asking when we are going to reopen and all we can say is stand by and we will let you know as soon as we can. More to come
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Based on the decisions today March 30th by the State of Virginia Iceland will be closed for all activities until June 11th. See below:
The following recreation and entertainment businesses are considered non-essential and must close to the public beginning at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020:
Thanks to all our hockey families for a great 2019-2020 season. We hope that all the players had fun playing hockey this past season. Below is a brief update on events coming up:
MARCH 21-22 AZALEA OPEN COMPETITION AT ICELAND-MOVED TO MAY 9-10
MARCH TBD SEASON END COACHES MEETING-Details to be posted soon and emailed to all coaches.
April TBD 2020-2021 Select and Travel Tryouts-Details coming soon
April 28TH Spring Pond Hockey starts-Registration is now available on line.
July 10th Boston Bruin Alumni Youth Camp-registration will be available June 1st
July 12th HRYHA Membership Meeting and Warrior for Life Update
There are a number of youth camps planned at Iceland and all those dates will be published shortly.
Face-off for Heroes Sailors assigned to Naval Special Warfare (NSW) participated in the inaugural “Face off for Heroes” (FOFH) hockey games in Boston, Oct. 26, 2019 and New York City, Oct. 27, 2019. Four SEAL operators played in two hockey games alongside former professional and hockey hall of fame players. “In addition to the excitement of the sporting event where NSW players wore the uniform of the Bruins and Rangers Alumni Teams, the weekend’s events offered service members and families an opportunity for respite from the stressors of life in NSW,” said Capt. Ryan Croley, deputy NSW Group-2 commodore. “FOFH provided an opportunity for stressed families to reconnect, which can be incredibly healing.” The Boston Bruins Foundation and the Warrior for Life Fund (WFLF), a co-beneficiary of the Navy SEAL Foundation and a 501(c) (3) charitable organization, hosted FOFH to honor the military, their sacrifices and their families. “WFLF was established in 2019 to provide infrastructure, therapeutic sports programs, and support to Gold Star Families in support of NSW and military veterans,” said Croley. “For NSW hockey players, especially those who have retired or are nearing retirement, playing hockey is just as much therapeutic as it is about competition. Playing hockey has a way of clearing the mind for guys who may be struggling with fatigue, posttraumatic injuries and other ailments that they have acquired over their time in service. It is a game that has created bonds and lasting memories for a number of SEALs and their families. Some have said that playing hockey and engaging in ‘play’ has significantly changed their lives for the better.” WFLF, originally known as the Virginia Beach Hockey Club, has hosted over 14 NSW memorial hockey games that have been attended by more than 550 NSW players and families over the past five years. For more information about the Warrior for Life Fund, visit www.warriorforlifefund.org.
Below is a brief clip from the Warrior for Life Fund event in Boston featuring the Boston Bruin Alumni vs the New York Ranger Alumni teams. This event was a tremendous success and more details will be posted soon. Games were played in Boston and the following day in New York at Madison Square Garden. Check out the link below:
Hampton Roads Youth Hockey and the Warrior for Life Fund (both 501c organizations) have agreed to partner to build a new ice arena facility in Virginia Beach to both promote the growth of hockey and to provide a venue to support the military community in the Tidewater area.
Below are two articles providing more details on this important project. Once completed all HRYHA programs as well as all the other activities at Iceland will move to the new facility under the Warrior for Life Fund organization.
The Warrior For Life Fund has tremendous support from the Navy Seal Foundation and the Boston Bruin Alumni and Boston Bruin Foundation. There are two fundraising hockey games planned for October 26 in Boston and October 27th in New York city between the Boston Bruin Alumni and the New York Rangers. Information on these games is on the Warrior for Life Fund site (see link below).
The efforts for this project were officially kicked off last weekend when 7 Boston Bruin Alumni attended our Hockey camp event at Iceland. The players spent 4 days touring Hampton Roads and were very impressed with the area and the level of play with our players. They also joined the Adult Sled team and played in an exhibition game. The players had a great time and were very pumped about our project.
Beginning in the 2020-2021 season HRYHA will adopt a new name and team colors. The new name will be the Hampton Roads Youth Hockey Warrior program to coincide with the new arena. New uniforms will be adopted with the Warrior for Life crest. The Warrior for life colors are red, white and blue and the new uniforms will reflect this color combination. An example of the jersey and crest are also below. These changes will not take effect until 2021.
Prior to the start of this season, we will schedule some information meetings to keep everyone up to date on our progress. We have already visited several brand new facilities and have plans to visit 2 to 3 more this fall as we prepare for the transition.
Many of our members have asked about getting involved and we will definitely accept your help. More information will follow on this. Feel free to contact Rich Appleby (email@example.com) or Bob Pizzini (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information on this important project.
Below is the schedule for Friday's Bruin Alumni Event. The players who have registered to attend have been assigned to groups. If there are any other players who wish to attend, please email me at email@example.com. This is going to be a very crowded event and we would ask the players to come to the rink already dressed if possible and go directly to the assigned locker rooms upon arrival. Please wear your game jersey. The following Bruin Alumni members will be in attendance:
Rick Middleton, Ken Hodge, Bruce Crowder, Frank Simonetti, Tim Sweeney Sr, Tim Sweeney Jr, Bob Sweeney, and David Jensen.
Mission BBQ will cater the event and the Bruin Alumni group will be available after the sessions for meet, greet, and autographs.
Sunday at 1:00pm will be the HRYHA Membership meeting were we will review next season's plans and the future Warrior Ice Center Project.
We look forward to seeing all of you Friday and Sunday
Hampton Roads Youth Hockey Association has partnered with the Warrior for Life Fund Organization for a major project in Virginia Beach. To announce and promote this program HRYHA will be hosting a Youth Hockey Event July 11-14 at Iceland. Below is some information from the Warrior for Life Fund web site:
"The Warrior For Life Fund, in collaboration with the Navy Seal Foundation, aims to raise at least 3.5 million dollars in order to build the Warrior Ice Center: a two-sheet complex and community facility. The center will host programs to support the unique needs of military families, while easing the difficulties associated with deployment, combat, disability, and re-acclimation into society. The Warrior Ice Center will serve the local military community and civilians in and around Virginia Beach, Virginia, which is home to the largest concentration of active duty and retired military personnel in the world."
The Warrior Ice Center will also be the new home of the Hampton Roads Youth Hockey program and all current activities at Iceland.
To kick off this event the Boston Bruin Alumni Association will have up to 10 Boston Bruin players (some retired and some active) attending this kick off.
The Youth Hockey portion will be conducted on Friday July 12th. In addition to the Press Event, the Bruin players will conduct a clinic for our coaches and two player clinics. Times for these events will be posted soon and there will be a required registration process for both coaches and youth players. There will be food and refreshments and an opportunity to meet and mingle with the players.
Sunday July 14th will be the annual HRYHA Membership meeting where next season details will be discussed as well as more information on the Warrior for Life Fund project.
More details will be posted as they are finalized.
From active duty to retirement, the Warrior for Life Fund supports our warriors as they transition through the unique challenges of combat by providing programs and infrastructure designed to support service members and their families long-term.
Through veterans, family support and community programs, the Fund will ensure the bond of service remains unbroken. The Warrior for Life Fund will memorialize the history and heritage of military service and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Warrior for Life Fund, in collaboration with the Navy Seal Foundation, has a goal to raise 3.5 million dollars to assist and shape the design and build of the Warrior Ice Center, a two sheet ice complex and community center planned for Virginia Beach, VA, home to the largest concentration of active duty and retired military personnel in the world. In exchange the Warrior for Life Fund and Navy SEAL Foundation Hockey Programs will receive preferred ice times at discount rates, dedicated locker room with sled storage, study room for children, an Honor Wall that will pay tribute to service members from all branches. In addition the main rink will meet Paralympics standards to accommodate the areas rapidly growing sled hockey programs. Most importantly the Warrior Ice Center will host the programs which support the unique needs of families from all branches of the military, easing the difficulties associated with deployment, combat, disability and re-acclimation into society while also serving First Responder’s and the civilian hockey community in Virginia Beach.