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WARRIOR SELECT/TOURNAMENT/TRAVEL TRYOUTS

Below is the link for the Warrior Select/Tournament/Travel tryouts.  Here is the dates and times for each age group:

INTEREST APRIL 9 SAT 3:15PM ICELAND U10 U10 U10
TRYOUTS APRIL 25 MON 6:15PM ICELAND TOUR U12 U12 
TRYOUTS APRIL 26 TUES 6:30PM ICELAND TOUR U10 U12 
TRYOUTS APRIL 26 TUES 7:30PM ICELAND TOUR U14AA U16A
TRYOUTS APRIL 28 THURS 6:30PM ICELAND TOUR U14AA U16A
TRYOUTS APRIL 30 SAT 3:10PM ICELAND TOUR GIRLS

U18

SPRING POND HOCKEY

There will be no Pond Hockey games Tuesday April 26th due to Select/Tournament/Travel tryouts.

Games will resume Tuesday May 3rd.

SPRING POND HOCKEY

Below are the team assignments for Pond Hockey.  There are two 20 minute run time periods with 3 minute warm up.  All games are no check and non stop flow managed by an on-ice coach.  Penalties will result in a penalty shot.  Any major penalty including fighting will result in an immediate ejection from the game and suspension for the balance of the Pond Hockey season.

If teams are unbalanced, the Hockey Director may reassign players as necessary.  Max number of coaches on ice is two and one coach on the bench and all coaches must be USA Hockey certified.  Neck guards and mouthpieces are also required.

Games start Tuesday April 19th.

SPRING POND HOCKEY TEAMS

 

U8 (6pm)
LIGHT   DARK
Cade Cross   Jordan Aldridge
Meya Acuna   Oscar Murnane
Lincoln Denney   Anthony Malatesta
Luka Karpov   Finley Mihill
Easton Morgan   Jackson Norkeveck
Louis Calabrese   Jaxson Schoen
Landon Blaylock   Graham Sonnabend
James Ramirez   Hunter Winkler
         
EL (7PM)
LIGHT   DARK
Tristan Aldridge   Hudson Kusheba
Anders Gilliom   Isabella Murnane
Kara Phillips   Charlie Murnane
Chloe Copen   Chase Bunch
Marco Colacchio   Declan Virts
Lev Aldinger   Emmett Vasko
Zachary Bein   Tegan Gilliom
Jesse Larocca   Gaige Gaddis
Easton Frost   Reid Godfrey
Alexander Kerzner   Bryson Shaffer
Hunter Owens   Gavin Gwinn
      Robert Orr
JV (8 PM)
LIGHT   DARK
Laurelai Roznowski   Paul Knasas
Brady Langman   Adam Lubig
Lucas Rille   Andrew Blankenship
Crosby Wukotich   Rocco Vasko
Ian Stryker   Cameron Hall
Noah Mclean   Talon Oneill
Ethan Mcelheney   Felix Johnson
Tyler Noden   Kameron Cornell
Gabriel Giordano   Nick  Granata
Lukas Barry   Shadrach Vanaman
         
HS (9 PM)
LIGHT   DARK
Evan Northrop   Abigail Godfrey
Benjamin Krug   Kade Mccormick
Tyler Butler   Everett Rille
Michael  Granata   Mitchell Lyon
Corbin Lopreste   Bennett Meddows
Caitlyn Weir   Dax Kimener
Tegan Gerber   James Kempf
Samuel Krug   Isaac Bobrowitz
Thomas Tyree   Matthew Clark
Philip Aloisa   Sullivan Meddows
Dominic Pizzini   Matthew Gerber
         
         
* PLAYERS SHOULD WEAR LIGHT OR DARK JERSEY AS ASSIGNED ABOVE. HOWEVER PLEASE BRING BOTH A LIGHT AND DARK JERSEY IN CASE PLAYERS NEED TO BE REASSIGNED TO BALANCE TEAMS.

WARRIOR SUMMER CAMP

The Warrior Summer Hockey Camp is scheduled for July 19-22 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 will be available April 20th.

Below are the Camp details.

MIDGET U18 TOURNAMENT TEAMS

For the Fall 2022 season there is the possibility that there could be two U18 tournaments teams available.  

Hryha will be holding tryouts for the Warrior MG tournament team Saturday April 30th at 3:10.  Tryout registration is above this notice.  

Pyha will also be holding tryouts for their MG tournament team(Tidewater Tritons) Saturday April 16th and Saturday April 30th.  Times and details are available at https://www.prowlhockey.com/tidewatertritons.

There are no restrictions on players playing for both teams if they wish.  All tournament team players will also be playing in the HS house division of the EVHL

U8 JAMBOREE SKILLS AND TEAM INTEREST

U8 SKILLS AND JAMBOREE INFORMATION

 

 

U8 Skills & JAMBOREE INTEREST

4-May

Wednesday

5:30-6:30pm

U8 Summer Skills

11-May

Wednesday

5:30-6:30pm

U8 Summer Skills

18-May

Wednesday

5:30-6:30pm

U8 Summer Skills

25-May

Wednesday

5:30-6:30pm

U8 Summer Skills

8-Jun

Wednesday

5:30-6:30pm

INTEREST SESSION

SUMMER CAMPS

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)

Camp fees:

 $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.

Camp fees:

 $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

https://www.joneshockeyschool.com/virginia-beach-virginia

  • Sun, Jul 10, 20227:30 AM  Sun, Aug 28, 20221:30 PM
  • Iceland Arena (map)

8 SUNDAY’S

JULY 10 - AUGUST 28

$600 / PER PLAYER

 

WARRIOR SUMMER HOCKEY CAMP

JULY 19-22  

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.

END OF SEASON MESSAGE

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:

U10

GM1

GM2

GM3

POINTS

POSITION

HR2

5

1

4.5

10.5

PLAYOFF CHAMP

           

U13

GM1

GM2

POINTS

POSITION

 

P1

4

5

9

PLAYOFF CHAMP

 
           

HS

GM1

GM2

GM3

POINTS

POSITION

P2

4.5

4

3

11.5

PLAYOFF CHAMP

 

The Cross Ice Mites will have their final Jamboree the weekend of March 19th.

Upcoming Events:

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.

U13 PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

LEAGUE MO DATE DAY START END RINK DIV AWAY HOME
PLAYOFFS FEB 19 SAT 7:15AM 8:30AM ICELAND U13 P1 HR1
PLAYOFFS FEB 20 SUN 8:30AM 9:45AM ICELAND U13 P1 HR2
PLAYOFFS FEB 26 SAT 4:00PM 5:15PM ICELAND U13 HR2 HR1
PLAYOFFS FEB 27 SUN 8:15AM 9:45AM ICELAND U13 #2 #1

CDC COVID GUIDELINES UPDATE

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.

U.S. National Sled Team Steps Up to Help Military Sled Program

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.

Sled hockey players on the ice smiling and talking to each other

“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.”

WELCOME BACK

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 caseman68@cox.net

2021-2022 FALL SEASON DETAILS

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 caseman68@cox.net or myself at richappleby08@gmail.com.

WARRIOR FOR LIFE FUND AND JR ADMIRALS GEAR BELOW

For Jr Admirals gear click on the link below and for Warrior for Life gear click on the Squad Locker

Warrior for Life Fund Squad Locker

PVAHA GUIDELINES FOR PLAY

Below is the Pvaha Letter dealing with guidelines for Hockey.  Please take a moment and read this important information.

TEAM ASSIGNMENTS

Please see the attachment below for team assignments.  There may be some small changes before the games begin.

GAME SCHEDULES AND TEAM ASSIGNMENTS

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.

PRACTICE GROUPS

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.

UPDATES

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.
Thanks,
Rich

PRACTICE NEXT WEEK

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. 

MESSAGE FROM USA HOCKEY

Click on the link below for a message from USA Hockey

FALL SEASON REGISTRATION DEADLINE AUGUST 19TH

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.

Thanks

FALL SEASON DETAILS

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.

SEASON DUES:

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.

  • PAY ONLINE IN FULL: Submit total fees online today upon conclusion of this registration session via Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or checking account. ($50 discount if paid in full)
  • PAYMENT PLAN:  Fees are divided into 5 installments with the first installment ($200.00) to be collected online today upon conclusion of this registration session via Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or checking account. The remaining balance will be automatically debited from the SAME ACCOUNT on September 5, October 5, November 5, 2020, December 5, January 5.

ICELAND UPDATE

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.

UPCOMING INFORMATION

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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ICELAND UPDATE

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:

  • Theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues, museums, and other indoor entertainment centers;
  • Fitness centers, gymnasiums, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities;
  • Beauty salons, barber shops, spas, massage parlors, tanning salons, tattoo shops, and any other location where personal care or personal grooming services are performed that would not allow compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain six feet apart;
  • Racetracks and historic horse racing facilities;
  • Bowling alleys, skating rinks, arcades, amusement parks, trampoline parks, fairs, arts and craft facilities, aquariums, zoos, escape rooms, indoor shooting ranges, public and private social clubs, and all other places of indoor public amusement.   
  •  Pond hockey will be delayed to start June 16th..  If the State removes the close date, Iceland will reopen as quickly as possible.  We urge all to follow the guidelines issued and to stay safe and healthy.  Looking forward to getting back on the ice and having some fun.
  • During this mandatory shutdown we are busy getting the ice surface prepared to be painted, updating the bathrooms, painting some areas of the interior and other projects that are in the works.
  • The Fall 2020-21 hockey season registration will be available June 1st.  Select and Travel tryouts will be announced once the PVAHA decides the dates of tryouts.  We will post the information as received.
  • We are anxious to reopen as soon as we can.  Stay safe and we will see all of you soon.

THANKS FOR GREAT SEASON

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

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. 

WARRIOR FOR LIFE FUND EVENT IN BOSTON

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:

https://www.danboyvideoproductions.com/single-post/2019/11/16/BruinsRangers-Alumni-Game

HRYHA and Warrior For Life Fund Announce Partnership

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 (richappleby08@gmail.com) or Bob Pizzini (bob@iflyvabeach.com) for information on this important project.

 

FRIDAY JULY 12TH EVENT

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 richappleby08@gmail.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

UPCOMING EVENT

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.

 

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Warrior for Life Fund

   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.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM WLF/BRUIN EVENT

WFL MEMORIAL SLED GAME

WFL MEMORIAL GAME

Warrior For Life Fund Video

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