HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT HOLIDAY. PRACTICES RESUME TODAY JANUARY 3RD. SEE YOU AT THE RINK.
Please see the notice below about the USA Hockey Level 1 and 2 ref training August 13th at Iceland. To register go to usahockey.com, click on officiating and look for the course to register.
Welcome back to the 2022-2023 youth hockey season. We are expecting a large turnout this season and here are some details:
The registration link is on the website at www.hryha.com. Season dues are $695 for Cross Ice Mites and $995 for all other divisions. At registration there is a $300 payment and then 3 payments beginning in September. Practices will begin the week of September 12th and games beginning the weekend of October 1.
Our jersey provider has warned of a longer than usual lead time to produce our jerseys. Each house player will need a Red and White jersey for the house program. If you already have your jerseys, then you are good. We do expect a large number of new players this year who will need jerseys. Our jerseys are custom produced with your players number and name. Stop by Iceland and get your jersey in.
All Tournament/Select/Jamboree players must also order house jerseys. If they have already ordered the tournament jerseys they know their size and just need or fill out the order form for the house jerseys.
Socks can also be ordered on the jersey forms.
Many returning players probably do not need to reorder unless your player has outgrown the jersey.
Players numbers are protected but every effort will be made to honor number requests.
So, REGISTER as soon as you can and ORDER YOUR jerseys as soon as you can.
Any questions can be directed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Casey at email@example.com
Below is the registration for the Fall Season. We are expecting a very big turnout for the season so plan on signing up as soon as you can. Payments for season dues are available after paying the initial deposit.
Practices will begin the second week of September with games starting the 1st weekend of October. Jersey orders (if needed) should be placed at Iceland. We will post suggested jersey sizing and order dates.
Games will be played with HRYHA and PYHA teams.
Thanks for all the support for the Warrior for Life Memorial game for Commander Brian Bourgeois Saturday at Iceland. This game was preceded by the Warrior Sled hockey game featuring four members and the Coach Hoff from the USA National Gold winning Sled hockey team.
During a break in the action the New Warrior For Life Shield was unveiled at center ice. This will be installed in the lobby area of Iceland soon.
Another great weekend-Thanks to the Bruin Alumni, the USA National Sled team, members of the NSW community, and all fans of the game who attended. Special thanks to WFL board members Mike Fleetwood and Bruin Alumni Frank Simonetti for all their hard work on setting up this event.
This beautiful Warrior for Life shield will soon be on display at Iceland.
Our own Coach Bob pictured with the Gold winning members of the USA National Sled Team. Check out the gold medals.
Kevan Miller has come through again. He and Brad Marchand of March & Mill Co. have created “The Enforcer” T-Shirt to honor Cmdr. Brian Bourgeois. 100% of the net proceeds will go to the Warrior for Life Fund. Kevan plans to present Ryan with a check when he’s in VB July 23rd so let’s do what we can to pump up sales,
Below find link to purchase plus Kevan’s 2 Instagram posts and March & Mill Co’s Facebook post. Please share within your teams, friends & family networks, the WhatsApp hockey contact list, and any supporters who are social media active, asking them to go wide with this.
July 18-21 - Hockey Clinics
July 22 12:00pm Warrior Sled Game
July 22 4:00pm WFLF Memorial Games dedicated to Commander Brian Michael Bourgeois (USN)
Cmdr. Brian Bourgeois Memorial Jersey
The Warrior For Life Fund is proud to announce former Boston Bruins players Mark Mowers, Dave Jenson and Frank Simonetti will visit Virginia Beach to host youth ice hockey clinics, July 18th-21st, and Memorial Game July 22nd at Iceland Family Skating Center in Virginia Beach. Simonetti and Jenson are former defenseman who played with the Boston Bruins. Mowers is a former forward with the Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, and Anaheim Ducks. Mowers is currently a pro scout for the Minnesota Wild. Jenson played with the Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals and the Boston Bruins Organizations and was a key member of the 1984 USA Olympic hockey team. In addition to the star-studded lineup are four 2022 US Paralympic sled hockey gold medalists. Coach David Hoff is an ice-sled hockey coach and a member of the 2018/2022 United States gold medal Winter Paralympics ice sled hockey teams. Hoff recently led his team to an overall win gold in the 2022 Paralympics in Beijing and Ostrava 2021 - World Para Ice Hockey Championships | International Paralympic Committee games held in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Accompanying Hoff are players Travis Dodson, Rico Roman, Ralph DeQuebec and Joe Woodke, who will participate in a sled hockey clinic and game Saturday 12 noon in conjunction with the Boston Bruins visit. Sled hockey is the most popular Paralympic sport. A Proud Supporter of the Navy SEAL Foundation, The Warrior For Life Fund® supports our warriors by providing programs and infrastructure that help military families from all service branches cope with the unique challenges of combat, extended deployments, disabilities, and the long-lasting effects of war through the game of hockey while ensuring the bond of their service remains unbroken. The Warrior For Life Fund® will memorialize the history and heritage of military service and honor those who have unselfishly given the ultimate sacrifice. warriorforlifefund.org 4915 Broad St. Virginia Beach, VA 23462
The Warrior Summer Hockey Camp is scheduled for July 18-21 at Iceland. Boston Bruin Alumni Frank Simonetti will be the guest coach along with coaches from HRYHA and PYHA. The camp is open to all youth hockey players. Cost is $250.00 and the Camp Registration is below
Below are the Camp details.
The Registration "Welcome to the Home of the Jr Admirals/Warrior Ice Hockey" is not currently available.
June 20-24, 2022
Learn to Skate camp (includes any skater through the delta level- also good for young hockey players who need to work on their skating skills)
Freestyle camp (Advanced skaters)
$225 for 1st player, $200 for 2nd & 3rd
Drop off is 8:30-8:45am Ice time starts at 9:00am
Camp ends at 3:00pm
June 27-July 1, 2022
Hockey Camp (good for young hockey players) We mostly get players up through the U10 age group, some U12's who are newer players.
$225 for 1st player, $200 for 2nd & 3rd
Drop off is 8:30-8:45am Ice time starts at 9:00am
Camp ends at 3:00pm
MATT JONES CAMP
JULY 10 - AUGUST 28
$600 / PER PLAYER
WARRIOR SUMMER HOCKEY CAMP
All age groups-There will be a morning, mid-day and afternoon session each day. Boston Bruin Alumni Frank Simonetti along with Coach Granata and Coach Casey will run. All HRYHA and PYHA coaches are invited to participate. Full details on the camp be published soon.
Thanks to all our HRYHA families for a great 2021-2022 EVHL season. Even with a few Covid delays and two weather weekends we were able to complete the full practice and game schedules and for this we appreciate for help.
The final playoff winners were:
The Cross Ice Mites will have their final Jamboree the weekend of March 19th.
The Spring Pond Hockey 4 on 4 season will begin the week of April 18th. This program consist of 8 games (one per week), with 2 twenty minute run time periods. The full details will be published March 21st and the registration will open that day. Games will be played on Tuesday evenings.
There are several summer camps being planned and dates and details published soon. There will be a Warrior for Life Camp July 18-22. There will be three groups per day for four days. Frank Simonetti from the Boston Bruin Alumni Association will run the camp with a couple of Boston Bruin guest coaches for the Friday sessions. The registration for that camp will be available April 1st.
We will be holding tryouts for EJ/CHL teams the week of April 18th. We also hope to support tournament teams. Projected game and tournament schedules will be worked on and reviewed at the tryout sessions. Players and coaches from both HRYHA and PYHA will participate in these programs.
We have added the actual CDC Covid guidelines that were recently released. As in the past we ask that if anyone has any symptons to refrain from attend practices or games. We appreciate everyone continued cooperation in this very confusing times.
Head coach David Hoff and members of the U.S. National Sled Team didn’t hesitate when offered the chance recently to help the Warrior For Life Fund (WFLF) Sled Hockey Program, an upstart sled hockey organization based in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia.
Hoff was joined by national team players Joseph Woodke and Travis Dodson as the group participated in an annual memorial game at the Iceland Family Skating Center in Virginia Beach.
The charity game also featured NHL players from the Boston Bruins, including Kevan Miller, in addition to members of the military community. The game benefitted the WFLF, a non-profit, which is dedicated to supporting active duty, retired veterans and their families as they transition through unique challenges of combat service.
“It was cool for me to go out there, but I wanted to get a couple players, especially a couple of our military guys to connect with them,” Hoff said. “I reached out to Travis Dodson and Joe Woodke, and asked if they’d be willing to come out, and they both jumped on it.”
Ryan Croley, a retired Navy SEAL and hockey coach, is the WFLF director. Croley said that the area features the largest concentration of active duty military and veterans in the country.
“Hockey serves as an amazing connection point for these guys who are looking for camaraderie or looking to stay connected,” Croley said. “I’ve been told by a number of people, from them personally, or their family, that the program has kept guys alive. That’s one of my biggest takeaways. The competition is great, but it’s really about the camaraderie and what hockey does from a therapeutic standpoint.”
Hoff feels it’s incumbent upon his players and the organization to give back in an effort to support and grow sled hockey.
“I think we’re fortunate to be in the spot that we’re in, and we’re treated awfully well,” Hoff said. “There are a lot of guys who have paved the way for our guys to have it as good as they do right now in terms of the way we’re treated. To me, it’s part of our responsibility.”
Hoff said that Woodke and Dodson were part of the charity game, but they also hung around an extra day and sat with players from the WFLF Sled Hockey Program.
“Our guys sat down with each of their players and talked to them about equipment,” Hoff said. “They were giving ideas on how they could fine-tune their sleds and other hints. Our guys were just like them at some point trying to figure everything out, so I hope the impact helped them become better sled players. That was one of our goals.”
Hoff recalled a tender moment between Dodson and a young boy.
“He was telling him how he really needs to take care of his blades underneath his sled,” Hoff said. “All of the sudden, I saw Travis reach into his bag and pulled out a USA Hockey blade cover, he put it on the kid’s sled and the kid was just ecstatic. For Travis, it was probably no big deal, but for the kid, it was a big gesture. It definitely had USA Hockey on it, too, so it was something pretty cool for that young boy to get.”
Hoff, Woodke and Dodson arrived a day before the charity event took place. Woodke and Dodson are both retired Marines, and the group received an opportunity to visit the Navy SEAL training base
“We’re kind of a fledging sled hockey program down here, and to have those guys come down with the talent level that they have, just really created a lot of energy,” Croley said. “It was very impressive. They’re great ambassadors for the sled hockey program, and I can’t say enough for the way those guys represented the U.S. national team.”
We are excited to welcome back all the players and hockey families to the 40th year of Hampton Roads Youth Hockey. Practice begins next week and games will begin the first weekend of October.
A couple of reminders:
1. If you need jerseys you can come to Iceland any day 2:00pm- 7:00pm to get sized. Bring your shoulder pads.
2. All players are required to wear mouth guards and neck guards.
3. All current CDC Covid guidelines are in place and locker rooms will be open-locker room 5 (outdoor locker room) will be open.
4. Players cannot get dressed or undressed in the lobby areas.
This is a rule change year for USA Hockey and the new penalty rules will be strictly enforced by the ref group. So, bear with both the refs and coaches as we adjust to the new enforcement levels.
Games will be played with the PYHA again this year. The two groups have met many times to coordinate and ensure that we have a fun and great youth hockey season this year. There will be the following age groups for both practice and games. Below are the practice times beginning next week:
House practices begin next Tuesday Sept 14th. Within the first two weeks the teams will be divided with the intent to have balanced teams. Games begin the weekend of October 2.
Keep in mind that all games are Limited Contact rules as defined by USA Hockey-this means no deliberate checking at any level. We moved to this format years ago and injuries due to checking have dropped dramatically.
Once teams are formed we have asked the coaches to have a team meeting with the parents to review the House guidelines.
There will be scoreboard and timekeeper training offered.
For our older youth players, there is a Ref clinic scheduled for Sunday Sept 12 from 8:00am-2:00pm. Interested players can register at USA Hockey. HRYHA will reimburse the $45 fee for new level one refs from HRYHA that take this course.
Looking forward to see everyone back at the rink.
PS. NEW FURNACES HAVE BEEN ONSTALLED AT ICELAND AND THE LOCKER ROOMS WILL NOW HAVE HEAT. No more dressing in the lobby.
Any questions can be directed to Rich Appleby at 757.470.0973 or Casey Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fall hockey program will begin the week of September 13. The season comprises 2 shared practices a week and up to 16 house league games. The game season begins the weekend of October 2nd. Games are played at Iceland and also at the Iceplex in Newport News against teams from the Peninsula Youth Hockey Association.
The registration for the fall season will be available beginning July 15th on the website at www.hryha.com.
The fees for the fall season are $995 for all divisions except Cross Ice Mites which is $595. Upon registration the fee is $200 with the balance in three payments beginning in September.
Jersey orders can be taken at Iceland (home and away) plus a set of socks.
In addition for the House program we will also offer Tournament teams at all age divisions. There has already been interest skates at the U10 and HS divisions and more information will be released soon on those two divisions as well as U12 and U14. These teams will have a limited practice schedule and will play in Invitational tournaments.
We expect a big turnout this year for the House program, so would encourage players to get registered as soon as the registration is posted.
If you have any questions you can contact Coach Casey at email@example.com or myself at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Jr Admirals gear click on the link below and for Warrior for Life gear click on the Squad Locker
Below is the Pvaha Letter dealing with guidelines for Hockey. Please take a moment and read this important information.
Please see the attachment below for team assignments. There may be some small changes before the games begin.
Game schedules for October will be posted Wednesday morning as well as team assignments. We are going to stagger the opening games with U10, U8, and HS teams starting the weekend of Oct 10-11 and the U14 starting the weekend of Oct 17-18. All games on Oct 10-11 will be played at Iceland and going forward with the Oct 17-18 games will be at Iceland and Iceplex.
As we are currently doing, all players must arrive dressed in their gear and facemasks are required in Iceland. All players are required to wear neckguards, mouthguards, and a facemask during the games while on the bench.
Jerseys are due to arrive October 6th but will not be ready for the Oct 10-11 weekend as nameplates and numbers must be put on the jerseys. Coaches will advise their teams on jerseys to be used the first weekend.
We realize the Covid restrictions have had an impact on how we do things, but we appreciate everyone's cooperation. More game information will be posted soon.
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.
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.