Prior to the July 4th weekend, I sent out an email about the passing of Patrick Deegan. Patrick was the father of Mike Deegan. Mike is a coach and board member at CCYHA and has been for many years. Mike and Kari Deegan have volunteered countless hours to our program and have three children (Mike Jr., Nathan, and Karissa) in CCYHA. The sorrow felt by the passing of Patrick cannot be replaced, but his love for watching his grandchildren play the game of hockey can be passed along, in his memory.
In lieu of flowers or donations at the services, the Deegan family has set up the Patrick Deegan Scholarship Fund. See below for information regarding the scholarship fund:
The Patrick Deegan Scholarship Fund has been established by his family to honor and remember a very special man who lost his life suddenly to a heart attack on June 30, 2015. Pat loved all children and had a young spirit. One of his favorite things to do was go to the hockey rink early in the morning and watch his grandchildren and all the other Central children play hockey. Whether it was watching the Learn to Play kids skate for the first time or traveling on a bus to Sarnia with the Squirt A1 team, Pat was always there on the boards with a smile and thumbs up. Please help us remember Pat's love of life, kindness and generosity. The contributions to this fund will be used to provide financial assistance for hockey funds for a CCYHA family that is dealing with a hardship. Pat would never want an unexpected hardship to get in the way of a child doing something they love; playing hockey. Donations can be made out to Central Connecticut Youth Hockey Association (CCYHA) with the note Patrick Deegan Scholarship Fund.
CCYHA player, Shane Dawson, was awarded the Coaches Award recently at Elite Hockey Camp at Norwich University in Vermont. The award is given to a player who is well behaved, works hard, is dedicated and someone who is a coachable kid. Congratulations to Shane on receiving this wonderful award. The character shown by Shane at this camp exemplifies everything that CCYHA stands for.
The accomplishment itself is a tremendous honor, but amazingly enough, this is the third consecutive year that a CCYHA player has been awarded this honor at this camp. Shane follows Michael Goralski as last years winner and Ian Fisher as winner two years ago.
CCYHA Learn to Play Registration Open for Session 1
Learn to Skate & Play Hockey Registration is Open
5 Sessions of Skating and Ice Hockey
Instruction for Kids Ages 3 and up
When: Open House is October 3, 2015 from 8am to 11am.
On Ice dates are Saturdays Oct 24, Oct 31, Nov 7, Nov 14 & Nov 21 at time TBD
Where: Central Connecticut Youth Hockey Association *
300 Alumni Road
Newington, CT 06111
Cost: $100 for the program (5 One Hour Sessions).
Hockey Equipment needed to participate includes Hockey Skates, Helmet, Pants, Gloves, Elbow Pads, Shoulder Pads, Shin Pads and Equipment Bag.
Equipment packages including all of these items are available at a group rate for $175. You can get fitted during our open house.
There will be a second session of Learn To Play that runs from December through March. Registration will be open near the end of Session 1.
For those who have not signed up for this years sessions and are planning to skate with Advanced Mites, please do so at your earliest convenience. If you are a returning Advanced Mites skater or new to the organization and are interested in possibly skating in the House League, you must attendTWOassessment skates. Those skates are scheduled forSaturday October 10th at time TBDandSundayOctober 11 attime TBD.In order to be considered for House placement you MUST attend two sessions. These skates are also open to those skaters who do not wish to move up to House and can warm up for a fun season with Advanced Mites. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There is Fun/Conditioning Ice October 10 & 11 for Advanced Mite and House League players registered in the CCYHA system. Register today and find out the details!
SEASON WILL BEGIN MID OCTOBER REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
WHO? For kids aged 4-12 who have completed a Learn to Skate or Learn to Play Hockey program or have comparable experience (generally a previous season of skating).
A qualified and dedicated coaching staff teaching skating and hockey skills through practices and small area games. Besides their regular practices and games, during the year the kids will also play some cross ice games against other organizations in the Hartford area. There will be at CT Wolfpack event where the kids skate for an hour before the game at the XL Center.
WHEN? The season begins October 10th, and practices will be held on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
COST? $800 (Includes practice jersey)
REGISTRATION? 1. From the CCYHA home page, Click on "USA HOCKEY Registration" link and complete. Once completed Email USA Hockey Registration including barcode to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com OR print it out and give to Nick May (House League Program Director) or Jason Zito (Advanced Mites Head Coach). 2. From CCYHA home page, Click on "Register Online". Select "2015-2016 ADVANCED MITES REGISTRATION". Complete registration (make sure to enter your child's 2015/16 USA Hockey Registration number) and make online Credit Card payment.
CONTACT? For further information contact Nick May - firstname.lastname@example.org or Jason Zito - email@example.com
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There is a Conditioning/Evaluation skate on October 10 & 11 for Advanced Mite and House League players registered in the CCYHA system.
SEASON WILL BEGIN MID OCTOBER
***In order to be placed on a CCYHA House League team, skaters will need to attend both of the conditioning/evaluation skates - times to to be announced
WHO? For kids aged 5-12 who have at least 1-2 seasons of skating AND hockey experience.
Kids are placed onto teams and have one practice and 1-2 games per week. Games are played half ice, with real boards across the center ice line separating the two games. Games are played 4 verse 4 plus a goalie in net (using goalie equipment).
Once assigned to a team kids will practice with their team all season long on their designated practice day/night. Games will be played Friday nights and/or on Saturday or Sunday morning.
$950 (Includes practice jersey, game jersey, game socks)
REGISTRATION - NOW OPEN for 2015-16 Season
1. From the CCYHA home page, Click on "USA HOCKEY Registration" link and complete. Once completed Email USA Hockey Registration including barcode to firstname.lastname@example.org OR print it out and give to Nick May (program director).
2. From CCYHA home page, Click on "Register Online". Select "2015-2016 HOUSE LEAGUE PROGRAM REGISTRATION". Complete registration (make sure to enter your child's 2015/16 USA Hockey Registration number) and make online Credit Card payment.
For further information contact Program Director Nick May: email@example.com
Kids are placed onto teams and have 2 practices and 1 game per week to start the season, this will change once we get further into the season. Games are played half ice, with real boards across the center ice line separating the two games. Games are played 4 verse 4 plus a goalie in net (using goalie equipment).
COACHES / VOLUNTEERS
Anyone interested in coaching / volunteering, please email Nick May: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any CCYHA player that was on a CCYHA roster for the 2014-2015 season and will be playing for another organization in 2015-2016 must have a release to that new program. We have set up a registration process to ensure that your release will be processed in a timely manner. Once the release request is received by the CCYHA Registrar, Aaron Odell, he will complete a release and send to CHC. We are not allowed to send a release to a parent, it must be sent to CHC.
Even if a player is going to a non-CHC program, you must still obtain a release.
CHC updates their release list periodically throughout the summer. You could view that list on the CHC site.
If you have any questions, please contact the CCYHA Registrar, Aaron Odell, at email@example.com
The link below will take you to the page where the Release Request Registration is:
The CCYHA Squirt A team has won the New England Squirt Tier 2 Championship! This is the third year in a row that the CCYHA Squirt As have won both the Connecticut Tier 2 and the New England Tier 2 championships.
The 2014/15 Squirt A squad compiled a remarkable undefeated and untied record in Tier 2 league competition this season, notching 34 wins against no losses or ties.
New England Regional Results (Burlington VT):
Friday March 27 at 8:30pm vs Warwick Squirt A (RI) - WIN 13-0
Saturday March 28 at 12:30pm vs Maine Gladiators Squirt A (ME) - WIN 4-1
Saturday March 28 at 7:50pm vs Central Mass Squirt A (MA) - WIN 12-0
Sunday March 29 - Semifinals at 9:00am vs Stamford Squirt A (CT) - WIN 5-1
Sunday March 29 - Finals at 3:20pm vs Maine Gladiators Squirt A (ME) - WIN 7-2
Congratulations to the Squirt As on a fantastic season!
CCYHA Selects Hockey Academy at USA Hockey Tier 1 Nationals
The CCYHA Selects Hockey Academy Tier 1 U16 and U18 teams will both be competing in the Tier 1 USA Hockey National Championships in Buffalo, NY. The U16 team earned a berth by winning the Midget Minor Tier 1 New England Regional Championships. The U18 team earned an at large berth by being ranked 7th in country at the Midget Major level. This weekends schedule is:
Thursday 3/26 at 2:15pm - CCYHA SHA U16 vs Victory Honda (MI) - WIN 5-3
Friday 3/27 at 2:15pm - CCYHA SHA U16 vs Shattuck St Marys (MN) - LOSS 8-0
Saturday 3/28 at 12:00pm - CCYHA SHA U16 vs Amherst (NY) - WIN 10-0
CCYHA Selects Hockey Academy U16's advance to the quarterfinal round as the third overall seed in U16 division.
Sunday 3/29 Quarterfinals at 10:15am - CCYHA SHA 16 vs Honeybaked (MI) - LOSS 9-2
Did not advance to semifinals
Thursday 3/26 at 6:15pm - CCYHA SHA U18 vs Buffalo Jr. Sabres (NY) SHOOTOUT LOSS 4-3
Friday 3/27 at 8:00pm - CCYHA SHA U18 vs Ontario Avalanche (CA) - WIN 6-4
Saturday 3/28 at 6:00pm - CCYHA SHA U18 vs Culver Academy (CO) - WIN 3-0
CCYHA Selects Hockey Academy U18's advance to the quarterfinal round as the sixth overall seed in U18 division.
Sunday 3/29 Quarterfinals at 12:15pm - CCYHA SHA 18 vs NJ Avalanche (NJ) - LOSS 2-1
CCYHA Squirt C1 receives IHONC Sportsmanship Award
Congratulations to the CCYHA Squirt C1 team for being selected by IHONC (Ice Hockey Officials of Northern CT) as the 2014-2015 recipient of the IHONC Sportsmanship Award. The award was presented to the Squirt C1 coaches at the annual IHONC banquet on Tuesday March 17th.
The award is presented to individual teams that IHONC services in which the team coaches' and players' attitude and behavior towards the officials and opponents was a positive model that should be recognized.
CCYHA is very proud of this recognition received by head coach, Pete Nower, and the entire Squirt C1 team.
Congratulations Squirt B - Adams Division Champions
Congratulations to the Central CT Squirt B team on capturing the Adams Division Championship. The Squirt B's went undefeated in the opening round of the state tournament outscoring their opponents 20-2. They faced off against Greater New Haven Squirt B in the semifinals where our Squirt B's defeated GNH 8-0. The championship game was a rematch against Wonderland Wizards B1. Our Squirt B's defeated the Wizards in a spirited game by a score of 4-2 to capture the Adams Division Championship. The Squirt B's advance to the CT State Tier 4 Championships to face off against the winners of each of the other Tier 4 brackets.
Congratulations Squirt A - CT Tier 2 State Champions
Congratulations to the Central CT Squirt A team on capturing the Squirt Tier 2 State Championship. The victory marks a back to back CT State title for the Squirt A team. The Squirt A's went an impressive 3 and 0 in the opening round of the state tournament outscoring their opponents 17-1. They faced off against Yale Squirt A in the semifinals where our Squirt A's defeated Yale 6-0. The championship game had our Squirt A team face Stamford Sharks. Our Squirt A's defeated Stamford by a score of 7-2 to capture the Tier 2 State Championship. The Squirt A's advance to the New England Regional Tier 2 Championships!
Congratulations to the Central CT Mite A team on capturing the Adams Division Championship. The Mite A's went an impressive 4 and 0 in the opening round of the state tournament outscoring their opponents 33-8. They faced off against Simsbury Mite A in the championship game and after the Mite A's jumped out to a 6-0 first period lead, they hung on to win the Adams Division by a score of 7-6.
CCYHA Player - Connor Sundquist Commits to Colorado College
CCYHA is extremely proud to announce that former CCYHA youth hockey player and current CCYHA Selects Hockey Academy player, Connor Sundquist, has committed to play his college hockey at, Division 1, Colorado College. Having personally coached Connor for several years during his youth hockey time at Central, this could not have happened to a nicer and harder working kid and a wonderful family. In his youth hockey career for CCYHA, Connor was part of two CT State Championship teams, two New England Regional Championship teams and one team that competed at USA Hockey Nationals. Central CT Youth Hockey is very proud of Connor and wish him the best of luck at Colorado College in the future.
Below is the press release:
Connor Sundquist of CCYHA Selects Academy has committed to play college hockey at Colorado College. The Glastonbury, Conn. native is in his third season with the organization that operates out of the South Kent Prep School. In 28 games played this season he has 19 goals and 18 assists, good for second on the Selects Academy 18U team.
Sundquist, whose father Erik played college hockey at Providence and was part of the Friars' 1996 Hockey East Championship squad, is a strong skater who is solid on the puck. He's a rugged kid who has good vision and hockey IQ, but he also possesses a quick release.
Sundquist chose Colorado College over the University of New Hampshire and St. Lawrence, the two other schools in the mix. Sundquist was drafted in the 24th round by the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the 2014 USHL Draft. His QMJHL rights are owned by Baie-Comeau. It is expected that Sundquist will matriculate to play for Mike Haviland's Tigers for the 2016-17 season.
CCYHA SHA Midget Minor Tier 1 New England Regional Champions!!!
This weekend our CCYHA Selects Hockey Academy Tier 1 Midget Minor and Midget Major teams competed in the Midget Tier 1 New England Regionals. The Midget Minors went on to capture the New England Regional Championship and advance to the USA Hockey National Championships in the spring. Our Midget Minors won a grueling 4 overtime semifinal game and then defeated the CT Jr Wolfpack in the finals. The Midget Majors also reached the final game, but was defeated by the CT Jr Wolfpack. The Majors could still get an at large bid to nationals if they are ranked high enough in the national rankings.
Games are being played at The Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA:
Midget Minor SHA:
Friday November 7th at 4:00pm vs Rhode Island Saints - TIE 1-1
Saturday November 8th at 8:00am vs New Hampshire Cyclones FS - WIN 3-0
Saturday November 8th at 3:00pm vs New Hampshire Jr Monarchs - WIN 7-1
Sunday November 9th at 8:00am - Semifinals vs East Haven (CT Wolfpack Full Season) - WIN 3-2 in 4 overtimes
Sunday November 9th at 2:15pm - Finals vs CT Wolfpack Split Season - WIN 4-3
CCYHA SHA Midget Minor Tier 1 CHAMPIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Midget Major SHA:
Friday November 7th at 6:00pm vs New Hampshire Cyclones FS - WIN 3-0
Saturday November 8th at 10:00am vs New Hampshire Jr Monarchs - WIN 4-1
Saturday November 8th at 5:00pm vs Stamford National - WIN 2-1
Sunday November 9th at 10:15am - Semifinals vs Stamford National - WIN 2-1
Sunday November 9th at 5:00pm - Finals vs CT Wolfpack Split Season - LOSS 6-1
Congratulations to the CCYHA Selects Hockey Academy Midget Minor Tier 1 team on capturing the CHC Tier 1 Midget Minor State Championship this past weekend. The CCYHA SHA team defeated Mid Fairfield 2-0 on Saturday to advance to the championship game where they faced off against the CT Jr Wolfpack. The CCYHA SHA team went on to capture the state championship over the CT Jr Wolfpack with a 3-2 win.
The CCYHA SHA Midget Minor team will be the #1 seed at next weekends (Nov 7-9) New England Regional Midget Minor Tier 1 Championships with the winner advancing to the USA Hockey National Championships in the spring.
Also competing in next weekends New England Regional Championships will be our CCYHA SHA Midget Major team. The Midget Major division did not have a state tournament and four teams from CT have advanced to the New England Regionals. The CCYHA SHA Midget Major team is the #2 seed entering into Regionals with the winner advancing to the USA Hockey National Championships in the spring.
Congratulation on the midget minor state championship and good luck in next weekends New England Regionals!