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CCYHA PW B1 runner up at Avon Thanksgiving Tournament
Congratulations to our CCYHA PeeWee B1 team on finishing runner up...
CCYHA Bantam B featured on Gotta Love CT Hockey
The Central CT Capitals Bantam B team was featured on the lastest...
CCYHA PW A makes donation to Hurricane Relief
The CCYHA PeeWee A team has been holding several fundraising events...
2017 CCYHA 3v3 Pond Hockey Turkey Shootout
The 6th annual CCYHA 3 vs 3 Pond Hockey Turkey Shootout was a huge...
CCYHA SHA Tier 1 U15 & U16 New Regional Champions
The CCYHA Selects Hockey Academy at South Kent Tier 1 U15 and U16...
Winter Hockey Camps at Newington Arena
Turcotte Stickhandling - Dec 26 and Dec 27 - 1:30pm-4:30pm. ...
Jingle Bell Tournament - Embassy Suites
Live Barn - CCYHA Discount Code
Capitals Families, You can watch games Live and On Demand with LiveBarn! In...
USA Hockey Rule Changes for 2017-2018
Some very important rule changes have been accepted for the 2017-2018...
Registration Open for LTP, Advanced Mites, and House League
Registration is now open for Learn to Play, Advanced Mites and House...
Presidents Welcome Letter 2017-2018
President’s Welcome Letter – 2017-2018 CCYHA Season Hello,...
CCYHA PW B1 runner up at Avon Thanksgiving Tournament

Congratulations to our CCYHA PeeWee B1 team on finishing runner up at the Avon Thanksgiving Tournament. The PW B1's went 2-0-1 in the opening round beating West Hartford 4-0, Western Mass Wizards 8-1 and tying Avon.  In the semi-finals the PW B1's beat Western Mass Wizards 7-3 to earn a spot in Finals.  The PW B1's lost a hard fought battle against Greater New Haven 4-1.  Congrats to the kids and coaches on a great tournament.

by posted 11/28/2017
CCYHA Bantam B featured on Gotta Love CT Hockey

The Central CT Capitals Bantam B team was featured on the lastest webisode of Gotta Love CT Hockey. Please check out the episode at the following link:


by posted 11/27/2017
CCYHA PW A makes donation to Hurricane Relief

The CCYHA PeeWee A team has been holding several fundraising events over the past few months to raise money for their teams trip to Lake Placed to participate in a tournament. In light of the recent Hurricane crisis, the PeeWee A team has decided to donate $1,584.83 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief. Thank you to the coaches, parents and players for this very generous donation to a worthy cause.

by posted 11/27/2017
2017 CCYHA 3v3 Pond Hockey Turkey Shootout

The 6th annual CCYHA 3 vs 3 Pond Hockey Turkey Shootout was a huge success with a record 183 current and former CCYHA players competing in our annual night before Thanksgiving event. 132 games were played in 5 age divisions. A huge thank you to Doug Partridge for spending countless hours the week prior to and during the event to ensure that eveything ran smoothly. Thank you, also, to Kim Partridge and Paul Cholewa for their support before and during the event. And finally thank you to the numerous volunteers who assisted throughout the evening. 


Winners from the 2017 CCYHA 3v3 Turkey Shootout:


Cup: Fury: Tyler Beaudoin, Michael Casparino, Soren Walsh
Plate: Beavers: Jack Fradin, Liam Hogan, Braden Linskey
Bowl: Hellions: Bruno Begazo, Gavin Power, Nathan Rydecki
Cup: Fury: Josh Beaudoin, Riley Doty, Lola Espiritosanto
Plate: Beavers: Alex Botelho, Parker Gammons, Mason Parker
Bowl: Gangsters: Braden Drapea, Will Morgan, Matthew Schneider
Shield: Eels: Jason Backman, Emily Schneider, Amy Wall
Pee Wees
Cup Aliens: Leila Espiritosanto, Michael Prestash, Colin Reilly
Plate: Iguanas: Jude Exantus, Jordan Hopping, Brady Quinn
Bowl: Cougars: Seth Cholewa, Wade Crowther, Chuck Blanchard
Shield: Lunatics: Varya Atsian, Kyle Klimas, Jack Millen
Cup: Eels: Zack Caporale, John Kelly, Will McCarter
Plate: Demons: AJ Guzzardi, TJ Mayfield, Jay Socha
Bowl: Fury: Teddy Crowther, Roman Ghirlanda, Alex Rodriguez
Cup: Gangsters, Victor Czerneckianair, Ryan Drust, Kayden Hinchey
Plate: Demons: Adam Bradshaw, Jack Holl, Michael Schneider 
Bowl: Hellions: Sean Gilland, Matt Lavoie, Brendan Slack

by posted 11/16/2017
CCYHA SHA Tier 1 U15 & U16 New Regional Champions

The CCYHA Selects Hockey Academy at South Kent Tier 1 U15 and U16 teams won their respective New England Regional Championships and both will advance to the USA Hockey Tier 1 National Championships in April.

The U15 team (#4 in the country) beat Yale Jr Bulldogs U15 Tier 1 in the final by a score of 4-0. Along with the CCYHA winning team, we were well represented in the game with former CCYHA players, Cam Partridge and Cam Grillo, playing on the Yale team as well.

The U16 team (#9 in the country) also beat Yale Jr Bulldogs U16 Tier 1 in the final by a score of 2-0.

Congratulations to both teams and best of luck at Nationals in April.

by posted 11/13/2017
Winter Hockey Camps at Newington Arena

Turcotte Stickhandling - Dec 26 and Dec 27 - 1:30pm-4:30pm.  For more information:

Simply Defense - Dec 27 and Dec 28 - 9:50am-11:50am.  For more information:

Strictly Shooting - Dec 27 and Dec 28 - 1:40pm-3:40pm.  For more information:

by posted 10/26/2017
Jingle Bell Tournament - Embassy Suites



CCYHA travel teams will once again be attending the Jingle Bell tournament in Marlborough MA from Dec 29 - Jan 1. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Embassy Suites at a reduced group rate. The Embassy Suites has postponed the renovation of the Atrium side until after the tournament so rooms are available on both sides of the hotel. Please make your reservation as soon as possible.  The Embassy Suites provides a full cook to order breakfast each day as part of your stay.

Below is the link to the resevation site:

You can also call the front desk at 508-485-5900 and state you are with the Central CT Youth Hockey Room Block in order to receive the group rate.

by posted 10/01/2017
Live Barn - CCYHA Discount Code

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Milford Ice Pavilion
Northford Ice Pavilion
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Stamford Twin Rinks (coming soon)
The Rinks at Shelton (coming soon)
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by posted 09/04/2017
USA Hockey Rule Changes for 2017-2018

Some very important rule changes have been accepted for the 2017-2018 season:

1. All face-offs can only take place on one of the 9 dots on the ice

2. If a shot is taken and hits a post or crossbar and goes out of play, the face-off stays in the attacking zone

3. ICING IS NOW PROHIBITED ON A PENALTY KILL.  Icing the puck while short handed will result in a whistle and a face-off to take place in the defending teams zone.

by posted 08/22/2017
Registration Open for LTP, Advanced Mites, and House League

Registration is now open for Learn to Play, Advanced Mites and House League. For more information, please select each program on the left hand column of the CCYHA website ( Follow the below link and register for the appropriate program:

by posted 08/15/2017
Presidents Welcome Letter 2017-2018

President’s Welcome Letter – 2017-2018 CCYHA Season

Hello, and I hope everyone is enjoying the summer. This will be my ninth year as President of Central CT Youth Hockey and I am so proud to see the growth and success at all levels of our program. I know this is quite long, but it has some very important information in it, so please read.

In just a few weeks we will start our conditioning ice prior to the official start of the season. Please check the master schedule as it has been updated with conditioning ice and practices.

To our returning CCYHA families, welcome back. To our new CCYHA families, welcome to the program. I hope that you find Central to be your home organization for a long time to come. We are always excited to welcome new families and to watch our program grow as much as it has.

Central Connecticut Youth Hockey (CCYHA) is looking forward to another strong year at all levels. Our program is the largest travel organization in Connecticut and our success is built on the hard work and dedication from our Board Members, coaches, and parents who are dedicated and willing to provide their children an opportunity to play this great sport of hockey. Every year our players prove to have a strong work ethic and a desire to improve every time they step on the ice. It is our hope that this is the most successful year for all of our members on and off the ice. The sport is a great release from the everyday grind and the friendships developed through hockey are second to none.

Newington Arena:

We have worked very hard to get the best possible ice slots for all of our teams while also continuing with our goal of keeping consistent nights and times which has been very well received by the membership. With the number of teams we have at Central, this is no easy task. Newington Arena has partnered with us to ensure that the rink will remain a clean and safe environment for our members.

A mini-rink will be built with the planned open date of December 1st which can provide a home for our House League, Mites, and provide extra ice for us to run weekly skills clinics.

Hockey 1 Pro Shop from South Windsor Arena will once again run the pro shop at Newington Arena. We recommend you use them for your hockey purchases. Steve, at the Newington Arena Grill, will once again be open for us. He has been a very strong supporter of our program so please support him.


Our division directors will be working with team coaches/managers/schedulers on scheduling games for our teams for the upcoming season. Each team will be challenged appropriately and our goal of seeing development throughout the organization should be reached through challenging practices and a competitive game schedule.

Season Opening Faceoff Party – Saturday September 9th from 9:00am to 1:00pm:

CCYHA will be hosting our seventh annual Season Opening Faceoff Party on Saturday September 9th at Newington Arena. In addition to all the fun events that we will have planned, we will also have a second warm up suit fitting for any players looking to order a warm up suit as well as a second uniform fitting for any players who may need new uniforms. We are putting together various activities to make this day fun for everyone. We will be having an open skate, equipment swap, a shooting contest (with prizes), bounce houses in the parking lot, a barbecue, more…….


In season events:

Other events that we have planned throughout the season are our Annual Dinner Dance and Auction (to be held in November) and our Annual Coaches vs Coaches game (date tbd). CCYHA (all of our travel teams) will once again be participating in the Jingle Bell Tournament in Marlboro, MA from December 29 to January 1. This is a great opportunity to keep all of our families together over the holidays. The Jingle Bell Tournament is the only one, that I know of, that could accommodate our entire program. It is always a fun couple of days when we take over the Embassy Suites. I will be setting up the room blocks and you will be receiving an email in November to reserve your rooms.

CCYHA Helmet Program:

In continuing with our previous sponsorship through CT Childrens Medical Center’s Injury Prevention Center and Kohl’s Tween Safe Program, Central CT Youth Hockey will once again be outfitting our travel players with the Reakt helmet for the upcoming season.  Any new player to CCYHA or new travel player will be receiving their helmet in early September.

Partnership with Future Fitness:

CCYHA has partnered with Future Fitness at Newington Arena and they will be providing weekly off ice training for our bantam aged players throughout the season.

Partnership with ProCrease:

CCYHA has also partnered with ProCrease goaltender training for the upcoming season. ProCrease will be on the ice at two practices per month for each team to work with our goaltenders. ProCrease works with many youth goaltenders as well as high school, junior and college goalies.

Partnership with Hartford Wolfpack:

Keep an eye on the CCYHA website throughout the season as many of our teams (travel, house and learn to play) participate in events before, during and after Hartford Wolfpack games at the XL Center in Hartford. The Hartford Wolfpack are strong supporters of youth programs in the community.

Skill Development Sessions with Laura Stamm Powerskating:

CCYHA will have Laura Stamm Powerskating running skills sessions during the season. The first time they will be in is October 10 and 11. Laura Stamm is a world renowned powerskating instructor.

CCYHA Online Store:

The CCYHA online store will be run by Hamden Sports. They will have several order dates and emails will go out with that information

CCYHA Midget Tier 1 Teams:

For the sixth year, CCYHA has partnered with South Kent Prep School – Selects Hockey Academy to host their split season midget teams. We will be fielding U15, U16 Midget Minor and U18 Midget Major Tier 1 teams. These teams are comprised of some of the best players from all over the US, Canada and Europe. Please check our master schedule on our website for the games that these teams are playing in Newington Arena as you will have a chance to see a very high level of hockey. These teams competed quite well at the Tier 1 USA National Championships last season and finished ranked in the top 10 in the country.


Our Squirt A, PeeWee A, and Bantam A teams will be competing in the EJEPL, in addition to CHC. The EJEPL is made up of teams from all down the east coast spanning Maine to Florida. This league will provide an added challenge for our A teams.

Capital Wolves Girls Program:

We partnered with West Hartford Youth Hockey to form a girls program that will compete in CHC and the CGHL. We feel that this will provide girls in our program a local home throughout their youth hockey years.

CCYHA House League:

With the continued growth of our House League, last season CCYHA purchased a set of cross ice boards from Becker Arena Products. These boards go across the red line and form two curved rinks on each side of the red line. This will give the players the feel of a real game environment in a cross ice setting and was received quite well by our house league players last year. The house league continues to be a strong asset for our program.

CCYHA Learn To Play:

Each year our Learn to Play program grows and develops the future of our program. Over the past several years, the program has grown to new heights providing a mix of teaching and fun with the goal to provide these young players with the fundamentals of skating and playing hockey. This program kicks off in October.

CCYHA Board of Directors:

If you have any questions throughout the season, the appropriate members of the Board can be found under the contacts section of our website Our board is made up of a great cast of volunteers, and as always, I would like to thank them for their commitment. Our Board is comprised of the following individuals:


Anthony Giusto (President)

Doug Partridge (VP of Development & Coaching)

Aaron Odell (Registrar)

Rob Adduci (VP Admin & Ice)

Matt Peary (Treasurer)

Dan McClutchy (VP of Fundraising)

Traci Lynn Fox (Secretary)

Paul Cholewa (Tournament Director)

OPEN (Learn to Play Director

Rob DeFilio (House League Director)

Mike Deegan (Mite Director)

Val Calciano (Squirt Director)

Andy Prestash (PeeWee Director)

Bob Patz (Bantam Director)

Bill Ralph (Midget Director)

Marc Labrie (Girls Director)


If you have questions throughout the season, please contact the appropriate board member.

When you see a title next to a board member’s name, know that a lot of hours are contributed from that member to make our program what it is.

Please make sure your kids are continually thanking their coaches as all are volunteers and give a lot of their time to help develop your kids. Finally, thank you to the parents who sacrifice so much during the hockey season so that your children can play this wonderful sport of hockey.

Best wishes for a great rest of the summer and a very successful 2017- 2018 hockey season. LET’S GO CAPS!


Anthony Giusto (Juice)

CCYHA President

by posted 08/12/2017
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