CCYHA Selects Hockey Academy Tier 1 Midgets at Woodchuck Classic
Congratulations to the CCYHA Selects Hockey Academy Tier 1 U16 and U18 Midgets on both going undefeated at the Woodchuck Classic in Burlington Vermont.
The event hosts 48 teams from Canada and the United States. With over 115 College and Professional scouts in attendance throughout the weekend, the Woodchuck Classic is one of the top tournaments in the country.
The U16 CCYHA SHA team finished first in their age division after going 3 and 0 throughout the weekend and outscoring their opponents 21 to 1.
The U18 CCYHA SHA team also finished first in their age division after going 3 and 0. Equally as impressive, they outscored their opponents 21 to 3.
Both team play at Newington Arena this Sunday. The U16's host Mid Fairfield Midget Minor at 12:25pm and the U18's host Mid Fairfield Midget Major at 2:20pm.
The CCYHA Selects Hockey Academy teams are made up of some of the best players from the US, Canada and Europe. If you are interested in seeing some very good hockey, check out their games.
President’s Letter – 2014-2015 CCYHA Season
Hello, and I hope everyone enjoyed the summer. This will be my fifth 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.
The official start of the 2014-2015 season is upon us. Please check the master schedule as it has been updated with practices and games. I know this is quite long, but it has some very important information in it, so please read.
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 over the past 10 years.
Central Connecticut Youth Hockey (CCYHA) is looking forward to another strong year at all levels. Our program is the premier tier II organization in Northern 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. CCYHA is coming off a season where our Squirt A and PeeWee A teams won the CT Tier 2 State Championship as well as the New England Regional Tier 2 Championships. 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.
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. Hockey 1 from South Windsor Arena will once again run the pro shop at Newington Arena. We recommend you use them for you 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 managers 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 6th from 9:00am to 1:00pm:
CCYHA will be hosting our fourth annual Season Opening Faceoff Party on Saturday September 6th at Newington Arena. 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, and a barbecue, plus 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 October to reserve your rooms.
CCYHA Public Relations and Communication:
CCYHA has set up a Twitter account @centralcapitals and a Facebook page facebook.com/centralcthockey as new avenues to communicate with our membership. Michelle Bonner will be serving as our Public Relations Director and will the primary source of communications to the CCYHA membership. Michelle will also be designing our newsletter that will periodically go out to our membership.
Sponsorship by Marc’s Appliance Warehouse:
Thanks to CCYHA member, Marc Labrie, for his sponsorship of the Messier Project M11 helmets for next season. 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 Messier Project M11 helmet for the upcoming season. We greatly thank Marc Labrie for the support. 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 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.
CCYHA Online Store:
We are working with various suppliers to ensure that CCYHA apparel is inexpensive and readily available. We will have more information as the season begins.
CCYHA Midget Tier 1 Teams:
For the third year, CCYHA has partnered with South Kent Prep School – Selects Hockey Academy to host their split season midget teams. We will be fielding 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. Both of these teams won their respective New England Regional Championships and competed quite well at the Tier 1 USA National Championships last season.
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.
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 www.centralcthockey.org. Our board is made up of a great cast of volunteers and as always, I would like to thank them for their commitment. I would like to personally welcome back to the Board from last season:
Garret Plona (VP of Development)
Brendan McKiernan (Coaching Director)
Dan McClutchy (VP of Fundraising)
Charlie Hatten (VP Admin & Ice)
Deirdre Murray (Secretary)
Mike Deegan (LTP Director)
Joe Sadak (Treasurer)
Andy Prestash (Mite Director)
Doug Partridge (Squirt Director)
Steve Piecewicz (PeeWee Director)
Sean Peoples (Bantam Director)
Bill Ralph (Midget Director)
We are excited to have the following individuals joining our Board for this season:
Aaron Odell (Registrar)
Bob Patz (In House / ADM / X-ice)
When you see a title next to a board member’s name, know that an awful lot of hours are contributed from that member to make our program what it is today.
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 2014- 2015 hockey season. LET’S GO CAPS!
Anthony Giusto (Juice)
What a great turnout at our Season Opening Face-off Party! The kids braved the heat and humidity and had a great time in the bounce houses and playing street hockey in the parking lot. The ice was filled during the family skate and the shooting competition had over 100 participants. We also had a great turnout from last seasons Squirt A and PeeWee A teams for the unveiling of their banners.
Thank you to the Arena Grill for supplying the food for the event and to Future Fitness, Sonar from the Wolpack, and DK's ProShop for all being on hand.
The winner of the shooting competition was Henry Dougherty. Congratulation Henry and I hope you enjoy your new stick!
If anyone has pictures, from the Season Opening Party, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a winner of the CCYHA 30th anniversary logo contest. We had many great entries from drawings done by many of our members to digital logos. The winning entry was submitted by Renaud Bolduc and it will be used on various apparel items to be purchased throughout the season. More information on items to purchase will be forthcoming.
Central CT Youth Hockey Association Families & Friends,
My name is Michelle Bonner and I am the PR Director for CCYHA. Each month, I will be sending out the CCYHA Newsletter. Along with emailing it out to everyone, I will also be posting it to our website. The first edition has been sent out and has been posted to the Documents section of our website. Once you navigate to the Documents section, there is a folder labeled CCYHA Newsletter where you can find it.
I welcome any feedback or questions about the Newsletter as well as any contributions. The Newsletter will be a monthly publication and we'd like to include as much information about CCYHA's teams, former players, and any "newsy" items about our members.
I will be relying on managers to provide me with updates throughout the month for inclusion in the Newsletter, but if you have anything you'd like to provide please don't hesitate to reach out. You can email me at or .
Thanks so much and I look forward to seeing you this season!
CCYHA has set up a Facebook and Twitter account to keep everyone aware of the happenings around CCYHA. At the right hand side of our website, you could click on the Facebook logo or the Twitter logo to take you directly to those accounts.
The CCYHA Facebook page is located at https://www.facebook.com/CentralCTHockey
The CCYHA Twitter handle is @centralcapitals
Thanks to CCYHA Public Relations Director, Michelle Bonner, for setting up and managing these accounts. We will also have an e-newsletter in August introducing our board of directors, promoting our season opening faceoff party, and introducing the teams/coaches.
Congratulations to CCYHA Squirts, Finn McHugh and Jacob Markowitz, on winning the Connecticut State Mini One on One competition sponsored by Gotta Love CT Hockey. Teams of two (one skater and one goalie) from programs across the entire state competed in the event. The newly crowned champions will represent CT and CCYHA at the Boston Garden next fall and will be broadcast on NESN between periods of Boston Bruins games. Markowitz and McHugh beat a fellow CCYHA team of Bob Lachance and Ryan Rhodes in the semifinals to advance to the final round. We will send out details in the fall about when Finn and Jacob will be competing on tv.
CCYHA partners with Future Fitness for 2014-2015 season
Central CT Youth Hockey is pleased to announce a partnership with Future Fitness based out of Newington Arena for off-ice conditioning and agility for the 2014-2015 season. Our Bantam teams will participate in one (45 minute) off-ice session each week for the entire season prior to practice. We are extremely happy to support Pete Asadourian and Future Fitness.
CCYHA partners with Pro Crease for 2014-2015 season
Central CT Youth Hockey is pleased to announce a partnership with Pro Crease Goaltending for the 2014-2015 season. The experienced instructors at Pro Crease will be providing on ice instruction (during our practices) for each teams goaltenders twice per month throughout the season.
In addition to the on ice instruction, Pro Crease will also be discounting private lessons to all CCYHA goalies at their two locations in Cromwell and Simsbury. CCYHA goalies could book 30 minute private lessons for a reduced rate of $40.00 per lesson (effective after tryouts).
Pro Crease also provides summer camps for goaltenders of all ages and levels. CCYHA goalies could enroll and get a discount of $25.00.