Central CT Youth Hockey Program Overview 2017-2018
Central CT Youth Hockey Program Overview
CCYHA is one of the largest and most successful travel programs in the state. We are an American Development Model (ADM) compliant program with the objective of long-term development. Our mission is to provide an opportunity for young people to learn the rules and skills of ice hockey through supervised instruction and competition while emphasizing the ideals of good sportsmanship and teamwork.
Learn to Play Hockey – This program is for our beginner hockey players ages 3 and up. Session 1 is a 5 week session (one weekend instructional hour per week) from mid October until the weekend prior to Thanksgiving. Session 2 runs from December through mid March and consists of two weekend instructional hours (Sat. and Sun.) per week. Registration for Learn to Play Hockey opens in late summer.
Advanced Mites – This program is for our players (ages 4-12) that have already participated in a Learn to Skate or Learn to Play hockey program. The Advanced Mites program runs mid October to mid March and consists of two weekend instructional hours (Sat. and Sun.) per week. Registration for Advanced Mites opens in late summer
House League – This program is for kids aged 5-12 who have at least 1-2 seasons of skating AND hockey experience. Players are placed onto teams and have two practices and 1 game 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). The House League program runs from mid October to mid March. Registration for Advanced Mites opens in late summer.
U8 Mite Travel (09 &10 Birth Years) – CCYHA is compliant with USA Hockey ADM model at the U8 level. The mite travel teams consist of our more experienced players at the U8 level. Mite travel teams will compete in CHC Tier 4. Tryouts are held in March for the following season. Mite Travel teams will have two practices per week plus 2 games per weekend. Most weekends consist of one home and one away game. The number of mite travel teams will be dependent on several criteria including; number of participants, birth years, and talent level. The Mite Travel program runs from late August to mid March.
U10 Squirt Travel (07 & 08 Birth Years) – We have offerings for all experience levels at the U10 level. We typically have several teams at the A, B and C levels. Tryouts are held in March for the following season. Squirt Travel teams will have two practices per week plus 2 games per weekend. Most weekends consist of one home and one away game. The number of squirt travel teams will be dependent upon number of participants. Our squirt travel teams will compete in CHC and will have the opportunity to qualify for Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4. Our Squirt A team will also compete in the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL) Diamond Division. This will consist of a 16 game schedule, 8 games of which will be played at two festivals and 4 home and 4 away games. The Squirt Travel program runs from late August to mid March.
U12 PeeWee Travel (05 & 06 Birth Years) – We have offerings for all experience levels at the U12 level. We typically have several teams at the A, B and C levels. Tryouts are held in March for the following season. PeeWee Travel teams will have two practices per week plus 2 games per weekend. Most weekends consist of one home and one away game. The number of peewee travel teams will be dependent upon number of participants. Our peewee travel teams will compete in CHC and will have the opportunity to qualify for Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4. Our PeeWee A team will also compete in the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL) Diamond Division. This will consist of a 16 game schedule, 8 games of which will be played at two festivals and 4 home and 4 away games. The PeeWee Travel program runs from late August to mid March.
U14 Bantam Travel (03 & 04 Birth Years) – We have offerings for all experience levels at the U14 level. We typically have teams at the A, B and C levels. Tryouts are held in March for the following season. Bantam Travel teams will have two practices per week plus 2 games per weekend. Most weekends consist of one home and one away game. The number of bantam travel teams will be dependent upon number of participants. Our bantam travel teams will compete in CHC and will have the opportunity to qualify for Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4. Our Bantam A team will also compete in the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL) Diamond Division. This will consist of a 16 game schedule, 8 games of which will be played at two festivals and 4 home and 4 away games. The Bantam Travel program runs from late August to mid March. For those players that plan to tryout for their high school teams in the fall, we offer a Bantam Half Year option. Players who plan to tryout for their high school must notify CCYHA on the commitment agreement so we can plan accordingly. These players will be guaranteed a spot on a travel team if they do not make their high school team.
U16 Midget Tier 2 (Freshman and Sophomores) – CCYHA will be hosting a Midget Minor (U16) Tier 2 team. This will be a half season team with players from high schools and prep schools on the roster. This team will play a twenty game schedule in CHC Tier 2 and will have an opportunity to compete for U16 Tier 2 New England Regionals and U16 Tier 2 USA Hockey Nationals. Tryouts will be held on April 1st. Midget season will run from mid-August through Thanksgiving.
U18 Midget Tier 2 (Juniors and Seniors) – CCYHA will be hosting a Midget Major (U18) Tier 2 team. This will be a half season team with players from high schools and prep schools on the roster. This team will play a twenty game schedule in CHC Tier 2 and will have an opportunity to compete for U18 Tier 2 New England Regionals and U18 Tier 2 USA Hockey Nationals. Tryouts will be held on April 1st. Midget season will run from mid-August through Thanksgiving.
Midget High School Teams – CCYHA will be hosting Midget teams for the Wethersfield HS coop and Newington HS coop. These teams will be a half season team with players from those high schools on the roster. These teams will be undeclared midget teams. Midget season will run from late-August through Thanksgiving.
U15, U16, U18 Midget Tier 1 Selects Hockey Academy at South Kent – CCYHA will be hosting Midget teams at the U15, U16 and U18 Tier 1 levels for Selects Hockey Academy at South Kent. These teams will be run through Selects Hockey Academy and will consist of players attending South Kent Prep School. These teams will play a twenty game schedule in CHC Tier 1 and will have an opportunity to compete for U15, U16 and U18 Tier 1 New England Regionals and U15, U16 and U18 Tier 1 USA Hockey Nationals.
Additional Program Offerings:
ProCrease – On-ice goaltender instruction for all Mite-Bantam teams two times per month.
Future Fitness - Off-ice training for all Bantam teams two times per month.
Skills Sessions – Weekly skills sessions will be offered.
The Capital Wolves are a Girls Youth Hockey program located in the greater Hartford, Connecticut area. The program is beginning it’s first season with the 2017-2018 USA Hockey season, and has been created out of a partnership between the Central Connecticut and West Hartford youth hockey associations. The program skates girls teams at the U10, U12, U14, and U19 levels, and will compete in the CHC and CGHL conferences.
Developed in large part thanks to rising numbers and tremendous interest across the Greater Hartford region, the goal of this collaborative effort is to provide an opportunity for girls of various ages and skill levels to have a local place to play hockey, while simultaneously helping to build and grow a unique program to compete at the highest level against other Girls’ programs throughout CT and New England.
We anticipate fielding multiple teams at the U10, U12, U14, & U19 levels for this coming season, including both CHC and CGHL representation. The expectation is to offer competitive teams at the highest skill levels, while also affording every girl with interest a place to play hockey without having to leave the area.
Trinity College (Hartford) | Newington Arena (Newington) | Veteran’s Rink (West Hartford)
We offer the following activities for each travel team:
The Peewee A's invaded Lake Placid Thursday to participate in the CAN/AM Challenge Cup. Falling short in their first game against the Rye Rangers 4-2 Thursday night, the Peewee's came back to defeat the Huntsville Otters on Friday morning 3-1. The rest of the day was spent taking in the sights and experiencing the speed of the Olympic Bobsled as well as taking in the views from the observation deck of the Olympic Ski Jump, 240 ft. in the air and finishing the night with the Tournament Party. Saturday afternoon the Peewee's went on to defeat the NJ Titans 4-0 and on to tie the Montclair Blues 1-1, which was enough to send them to the Gold Medal Round on Sunday to face the Rye Rangers again. Sunday morning, at the Gold Medal Round, the boys came out strong to defeat the Rye Rangers 5-1 and win the Gold!!!
The Peewee A's also participated in a Skills Competition including a Shoot and Relay.
Congratulations to our goalie Jacob Markowitz for winning the shootout competition by shutting down every shot!
Congratulations to Will McCarter, Evan Oliver, Kyle Kirejczyk, Nick Huempfner and Owen Murphy on their effort in the shootout and relay.
Congratulations to the all the boys on their effort this weekend, what an amazing way to finish the season!!
Squirt C win CHC Olympic Division State Tournament
The Central Squirt C's invaded the Norwich Rose Garden Ice Arena for the Tier 4 Olympic Division Championship. They immediately put teams on notice with a 3-0 win over #1 seed Southern B on Thursday. They backed up that win with another shutout win on Friday over Ridgefield B 4-0. Saturday brought a match up of two of the C's archrivals from the regular season, Watertown B and South Windsor C. A 7-1 win over Watertown just about assured them a place in Sunday's final, but for good measure they took down South Windsor in the afternoon 6-2. Sunday's final featured a rematch with Watertown B, and the C's were up to the challenge again. After going down 1-0 early, the C's tied it a few minutes later, then never looked back and took the championship with a 4-1 win!
Congratulations to the Squirt C coaches and players !!!!!
The Mite C’s entered their State tournament weekend taking on South Windsor B, Simsbury B, and Wallingford B’s in the Mite Nutmeg Division. This was the Mite C’s second full ice tournament of the year, since participating in the Jingle Bell tournament. The first game had Central down 2 – 0 in the first period, but the team never gave up and pulled out a 5 – 4 win over Simsbury B. Even though the team was tired from the first battle, the second game of the day had Central on top 7 – 1 against the Wallingford Mite B’s. Day two of the tournament started against South Windsor Mite B’s, where central was down early, but quickly regained the lead and never looked back finishing the game with a 10 – 3 Win. The championship round was a rematch with the Simsbury Mite B’s. The team was determined to take their coach up on an offer to shave his head for a victory, and finished the weekend off with a 5 -1 win, to capture the Mite Nutmeg Division Championship!!!!!
CCYHA is planning to hold tryouts for migdet minor (u16) and midget major (u18) split season teams for the 2017 fall season. These teams will be comprised of local high school / prep school (age) players who are looking to compete at a high level prior to their high school / prep school season beginning. Tryouts for these teams will take place in mid April. These teams will be competing in a 20 game schedule against other CT teams vying for a spot at USA Hockey Nationals. More information to follow.
CCYHA would like to wish the best of luck to former players competing in prestigious PeeWee Quebec (Q) International tournament this week.
Great names of hockey such as Brad Park, Guy Lafleur, Wayne Gretzky, Howe brothers, Mario Lemieux, Patrick Roy, Steven Stamkos and much more have all participated at this event at one point in their career.
Good luck to former CCYHA players; Ryan Drust, Sean Gilland, Matt Kraus, Bobby LaChance, Will Monroe, Evan Partridge, Ryan Rhodes and Jack Roberts
It is with great excitement that we announce our plan for a partnership between the West Hartford Wolves and Central CT Capitals to create a combined Girls Youth Hockey program, beginning with the 2017-18 season.
Developed in large part thanks to rising numbers and tremendous interest across the Greater Hartford region, this collaborative effort will provide an opportunity for girls of various ages and skill levels to have a local place to play hockey, while simultaneously helping to build and grow a unique program to compete at the highest level against other Girls’ programs throughout CT and New England.
The teams will skate out of Veterans Rink in West Hartford, Newington Arena, and Trinity College. Program leadership will be comprised of representatives from both parent organizations and will work together to finalize specific program details, including team name, uniforms, tuition, tryouts, and Head Coaches.
We anticipate fielding multiple teams at the U10, U12, and U14 level for this coming season, including both CHC and CGHL representation. The expectation is to offer competitive teams at the highest skill levels, while also affording every girl with interest a place to play hockey without having to leave the area.
Please help us spread the word about the Capital Region’s new Girls Hockey program. Stay tuned for further details over the next week, including tryout dates and registration, which will be posted and available shortly on both the WHYHA and CCYHA websites.
For those interested in more information, please contact or
REGISTRATION CLOSES TOMORROW....... REGISTER NOW !!!!
CCYHA 2017-2018 travel team tryouts (updated 3/13/17) - SCHEDULE UPDATE.....VERY IMPORTANT
Central CT Youth Hockey 2017-2018 Tryout Registration for Travel Teams
The registration system has been set up for travel team tryouts for the 2017-2018 season. Any player who is trying out for travel hockey is required to register for tryouts. The tryout schedule has been posted under the tryout tab on our website. TRYOUT REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON SUNDAY MARCH 19th. The tryout fee of $100.00 is due at the time of online registration.
Players will be split into groups and attend three tryout sessions (mites are only two sessions, a third night may be added if necessary). Players must attend the tryout times assigned to them. Mites will tryout all together, Squirts through Bantams will be split by last name; A-L and M-Z for first tryout (no switching times allowed). After the first tryout, all players will be split into 2 groups (not alphabetically) and must come to the tryout time they are assigned to. The updated list will be found on the Central web site after each tryout under the tryout tab.
Players who plan on participating in house league, advanced mites, or learn to play next season do not attend travel team tryouts.
Please follow the link below to register for tryouts:
The CCYHA Learn to Play kids will be playing during the Hartford Wolfpack game on Saturday January 28th. Come watch the Wolfpack play against the Providence Bruins and catch our LTP skaters between both periods.
Once again the Central CT Capitals invaded Marlborough over New Years and fun was had by many (on and off the ice).
Below are the write ups for the teams that submitted one to me:
Mite A: Jingle Bell Champions
Game 1: Our undefeated squad came out firing on on all cylinders against the Warwick Wave. Mason Parker was MVP for serving Sean's penalty after the referee sent the wrong Central player to the box. Central scores two short handed goals on said penalty to go up 2-0. Central goes on to win 12-0. Ryan Socha finishes with a hat trick. Trace "Price" Therrien with shutout.
Game 2: Tyson "future fitness" Asadourian scores two goals. One from 180' with the goalie in the net (A Jingle Bell record!) Central squad rolled 3 lines with energy and tenacious forechecking. The Mass Spitfires were unable to contain the consistent puck pressure that Central brought for 3 full periods. The Spitfire fans took exception to Centrals excessive celebration as we pulled away with the hard fought 5-2 win.
Game 3 championship:
The Central Coaching staff mixes up the lineup and puts Sean "The hammer" Millen at center. His performance was like my cell service. 4G! Shane "Lilman" Smith gets us on the board early with the eventual game winner. Running time early in 2nd period. Trace Price stops several breakaways in the shutout. 10-0 win! Mite A division champs!
The Mite B's were faced with their first full ice games. The entire coaching staff was very pleased with how they played. We lost our first two games 7-5 and 7-3, but the kids competed hard in both those games. Both of those games were closer than the score showed. All of the parents and coaches were very proud of their performance. We won our last game 12-0, and that was on New Years Day at 6:10am. Overall, it was a great experience for the mite B.
The Central Mite C's were introduced to full ice with some stiff competition this year in the Mite B division. In their opening round, they faced off with the eventual tournament champions, NCMYH Sting, with a tough 7 - 1 loss. The next round put the Mite C's up against the Manchester NH Flames, and they pulled out a 4 - 2 win for their first full ice Win!! The third game drew the Northwest Icehawks as the second game of the day for the Mite C's. The team fought hard, and used every list bit of gas in the tank, but suffered a 6-0 loss. The team finished 1-2 and did not make the playoff round, but fought hard, played as a team, and never gave up! The coaches and parents were extremely proud of the group, and fun was had by all during the entire weekend.
The Squirt A team’s first day of the Jingle Bells Tournament resulted in 2 wins against familiar foes from CHC, South Windsor and Northwestern. The boys gave their all on the ice, but the real competition was in the Embassy Suites Conference room for the hotly anticipated knee hockey game. On the 31st, the Squirt As played the only other undefeated team of the tournament, the Troy/Albany Titans. After a fast paced game, the Capitals ended the year on the ice on a high note with a 5-3 win. To celebrate, the Squirt A families took advantage of Therese Horn’s hospitality (once more) and had a “Ice Cream” party at the corner room. Not sure if it’s the “manhunt games” or the abundant ice cream or the late night (or early morning?), but the players and most of the parents too 😉, definitely had a lower energy level the next morning for the Championship game against the Titans. The tournament ended in yet another second place finish for the Squirt A (5-3 loss). Everyone was a little disappointed given the fact that they knew they could beat them… but would not change a thing, everyone had a blast! It’s always fun to bring in the new year with our Central family!!
The Squirt A1 team started the Jingle Bell tournament with a tough early morning 5-1 loss to Northwestern. Later that afternoon they fought back with vengeance and took on the A's from South Windsor beating them 6-2. This was a much needed win to pump them up for Saturday's game against a AAA team. The boys played the best game of their season against the Troy Albany Titans. Even though they lost 6-0, their spirit never wavered and they played their hearts out. They wrapped up Jingle Bell with awesome memories!
Marlborough, MA- The Central Squirt B Capitals rolled into Massachusetts with their hockey bags, knee hockey sets and their coolers seeking Jingle Bell Skate glory. Unfortunately, they forgot to bring their game with them on Friday morning as they were almost literally caught sleep walking by a very capable Lynn Comets club. By the time the Caps came to their senses, they were handed a 4-1 wake up call loss, and the damage was done. The fact that the game didn’t count in the tournament rankings, due an inordinate number games being assigned to the team didn’t matter to defenseman Molly Regan. Regan chastised her team in a fiery tirade, that crescendoed into her tearful declaration that she “refused to accept losing as a habit” (may, or may not have actually happened).
Luckily, the Caps rebounded in their afternoon fixture versus a rough, and tumble Mid Fairfield Stars hockey club. Back stopped by the “Kunzelman Wall”, the Caps battled their way to a 1-0 win, allowing them to regain their footing, and build their resume towards winning a tournament championship. The goal came courtesy of a hard working front of the net goal by Jake “Missile” Anastasiades. After the game, forward Nick Fretz stated “It’s a step in the right direction, however we need to do better.” Fretzy, also lauded the forechecking efforts of his line mates Jack Turner, and Jack Breen in their mission to keep the pressure on the Stars defenseman. Although they were happy with result, the Caps coaching staff stated that the would prefer to see more shots on net, and 100% less wrap around attempts as the tournament continued.
On Saturday, the Squirt B’s really found their stride, and appeared to be taking the tournament seriously, as they took to the ice against the Adirondack hockey club. Another tight game that featured better all around play, starring the slick skating line of Connor Peary, Logan Muscillo, and Tyson Jarvis, the Caps pulled ahead halfway through the 3rd period, and handed the Adirondacks a 3-2 loss. The win was punctuated by a “backhand, bar-downski, GWG” perpetrated by Center Nik Allen. Offensive spark plug, “Mighty” Tyson Jarvis later described the effort as “really awesome, man”, and as usual he didn’t need a microphone to be heard.
The Cap’s next game was a true statement of championship intent in a 7-2 romp over the GYPHA Bears. Spearheaded by the Kayden Sharkavich, Nik Allen, Jake Anastasiades line, the Capitals offense was firing on all cylinders. Unable to handle the blazing north south speed of the “Jake Missile”, the beleaguered Bears were on their heels for the majority of the game. The effort was much more indicative of the Caps offensive potential, and Coach Brendan McKiernan offered a special on ice cold toe drags (2 for 1) for the entire 3rd period. Strong performances from defensemen Jackson Dannahy, and Will “Nifty” Morgan buoyed the Squirt B’s high flying antics, and setting up an entry level appointment with Championship Sunday.
Sunday’s first test arrived in the form of civil war. The Central Connecticut Capitals B1’s had also made their championship desires known, qualifying for the semi final tilt with their sister club, and practice mates. With an appointment in the final, and supremacy over the Monday 5:45 practice slot on the line, the Caps B’s punched their ticket with a 5-0 defeat of the B1’s. The game featured great two way play from defensemen Kate McKiernan, Derek “Diesel” Plona, and Spencer Malloy. Although played amongst friends, the B1’s weren’t pulling any of their punches as defenseman McKiernan learned in the form of an Ellie Lachance body check. When Lachance was asked after the game about laying the lumber on a good friend, the talented defenseman responded “I had to do it. It’s my game”, a comment that even produced an eye roll from her distinguished father, and coach Bob Lachance.
Unfortunately, all the forward momentum generated by the Squirt B’s was halted in the final due to an immovable object, in the form of the NS Stars SLYH team. Easily the best team that the Caps had faced all year, the highly skilled Stars bounced the B’s off the ice with their efficient passing and shooting abilities. The final buzzer sounded a 7-0 win for the Stars, and dreams of a championship were torn asunder. The Squirt B’s could hold their heads high knowing that they had earned their date in the final, and just lost to a better team.
Game 1 Central B1 vs South Windsor B
The squirt B1 team faced South Windsor in their first match up; both teams came out swinging. Central B1 stepped it up with some great stick handling and team work, and finished the game with a final victory score of 10-4.
Game 2 Central B1 vs North Shore Stars AAA
This was a tough game, as our North Shore Stars opponents were a AAA team. When our focus shifted to not giving the Stars a shut out, Ally Guyer was able to put the puck in the net and took away that opportunity. The game ended with a loss of 7-1
Game 3 Central B1 vs Mid Fairfield CT Stars
Game 3 was really competitive, as both teams wanted to advance. However, Central B1 pushed the pace, skated hard, and worked together to secure a 4-0 victory.
Game 4 Central B1 vs Central B
Central B was the first seed, and Central B1 was the 4th place seed. The B team brought their A-game and secured a win to advance to the finals.
The Central Squirt C team played great hockey during the 2016 Jingle Bell Skate Tournament. The players were relentless during the first game against Medfield MA as they came from behind 4 times throughout the game. This game was anxiety inducing for all in attendance. It ended in a 5-5 tie. The second game against the Providence Jr. Bears was successful as they won 7-0. Squirt C ended the tournament with a game against South Windsor Squirt C. Sadly, this constant hard fought game ended in a 4-4 tie. A special thank you goes to Matthew Schneider for stepping up to play goalie for the entire tournament. You were fantastic! Head Coaches Todd and Bob along with Assistant Coaches Pierre and Steve were proud that the kids were dedicated to working as a team while having a great time. Great job team!
The PeeWee A team had a strong showing at jingle bell this year. We kicked off the tournament with a 10-2 victory over Maine Wild AA. In game two the boys skated to a 2-2 tie with Saugus Lynnfield A.
Our final preliminary game was played against the mighty Top Shelf HC AAA. We needed at least a tie to advance to the crossovers and we accomplished that with a hard fought 2-2 tie. The boys played their best game of the year to get that result.
In the semifinals we faced off against the Adirondack Thunder A. The boys carried the momentum into this game and came out with a resounding 5-2 win to advance to the finals.
We met Top Shelf again in the finals. This time we just couldn't get the puck in the net. Despite another hard fought game we ended up loosing 3-0 with an empty net goal with 2 seconds left.
The coaches are very proud of the effort the boys played with this weekend and we hope to carry the momentum into 2017 and States.
The PW A1's enjoyed a great Jingle Bell experience. Many team members and their families arrived on Thursday to ensure everyone was well rested and hydrated for their 10:30 start on Friday morning. After a chippy 2-1 win against the team from Northwestern CT, The PWA1's retreated to the serenity of the Embassy Suites to enjoy the rest of the day off. Unfortunately, an early game on Saturday morning prevented the team from having the benefit of the breakfast buffet to fuel their legs which we believe contributed in no small part to a 6-0 loss to an impressive team from Adirondack, NY. You can never underestimate the power of a freshly made omelet from the comic duo manning the Embassy Grille. However, after some rest and nutrition advice from Coach Healy, the PW A1's spent the day relaxing, watching movies, wandering the halls, visiting the buffet and mentally preparing for their 9:00PM tilt on the big stage Saturday night. The Maine Wild were in town and they were looking for revenge on a team from Central after the PW A's had dismissed them earlier in the tournament. The A1's prevailed with a 3-2 win advancing them to the semifinals the next day. All of the boys were in their street clothes and had their bags packed after the game before the parents could even make it to the bottom of the lobby stairs at the New England Sports Center. After all, the ball was dropping in less than 2 hours and everyone had some NYE celebrating to catch up on. Coach Healy laid down the law and let it be known that any player who was caught roaming the halls after 3:00AM would face serious consequences. Luckily everyone made it to bed by then so there were no uncomfortable decisions that had to be made about playing time. A 7:30am puck drop on New Year's Day requires your players to feel good and be well rested. Fortunately there is no such requirement for the parents. Our opponent this New Year's morning turned out to be a team from Connecticut that was recruited to play just for this tournament. (Really....?) The boys came out flying. The other team did not know what hit them. After all, the A1's were playing Central hockey and not everyone is cut out for Central hockey. After 2 periods the score was 0-0. Unfortunately,the opponent scored a couple of goals in the 3rd and the A1's ended up losing 2-0. But they had fun, skated hard and enjoyed themselves. With a 1:00PM kickoff against Miami looming for Pats fans, it was time to go back to the Embassy Suites, grab some breakfast and make it back to the couch in Connecticut for the game....and a nap.
PeeWee B1 Game 1 on Thursday at the Jingle Bell, the PWB1’s were ready. Facing the unknown, the Saratoga PeeWee B team. The team was ready, goalie Dom Lilley was up to his usual tricks. Stopping every hard shot in sight. The pressure offense put on by Aiden Stepina, Gordon Culton and Ben Centurelli was too much for this Saratoga team. The PWB1’s netted 5 goals and Saratoga was only able to put one past Dom who played stellar as always.
Next up was the Quincy MA team. The team asked the coaches during the on ice huddle that if this was Quincy, then why do their helmets say Bay State Breakers? Well that was a sign of things to come, 9 seconds in, Quincy barely squeaked one by Dom. The PWB1’s held “Quincy” to a two goal lead. CJ Howes, Easton Patz and Niko Anastasiades were taking advantage of the limited penalties being called and quickly got used to the rough style of play. In the second period, it was more of the same, rough play and “Quincy” netting another 2 goals. The third period started off strong, pressure was applied by all of the lines and our defense came up with some hard shots on net. Nick DiNino took a blast from the point, only to have it the Quincy goalie barely get a pad on it. The game was back in forth in the 3rd, the game came to a close with the Breakers, I mean Quincy shutting out the PWB1’s 6-0. Coach Huempfner’s quote was short and sweet. “Speed Kills!”
The third match up was against Walpole MA was a 7:20pm thriller on New Years Eve. Jacob Gallasso came out of the gate like he was lit on fire. The speedy Thatcher Gorman was able to keep up, but unfortunately they were not able to get anything by the Walpole net tender. Walpole’s defense was able to keep the Sean Huempfner rocket at bay by not allowing any clear shots from the point. Logan Miller was quoted as saying “we could have used the 3 defensemen who did not attend the Jingle Bell Tourney”! Walpole was able to put the PWB1’s away in the third. The 7-0 score did not reflect the level of play and effort by this team.
Coach Culton said “the kids played their hardest, but were overmatched. Coach Ray became frustrated with the refs lack of responsiveness, but he overcame his frustration and continued to keep the “O” moving.
After the game, Teddy Braiewa asked, was that really a “B” team. The kids just laughed. All was forgotten once everyone returned to the team returned to the hotel. They are a much stronger and closer team now and the majority of kids have also improved their NHL ’17 skills.
The PWB2 team headed into the Jingle Bell Tournament with lots of enthusiasm and hopes of great performances. The journey began with an incredible performance against an incredible team. The Quincy, MA PWB2 team gave the Capitals all they had but simply could not keep up. George making an incredible 54 saves, and each of the offensive lineman scoring, Central went on to an 11-0 win over Quincy. Wait a minute, I think that is backwards. Reality is Quincy, an alleged AAA Elite team (no one knows what this team really is), appeared to be a team of elite players possibly from a league set up to shuttle players directly into the NHL that somehow found it appropriate to enter this tournament in the B bracket. Our kids hung on the best they could, George took a lot of shots and made a lot of saves, and all the kids had a memorable experience against some elite skaters. One of the most impressive parts of this game was that it took Quincy 7 minutes to score their first goal. The Caps gave it their best effort and hung on as long as they could.
Our next game was against the Titans from MA and the team had high hopes of being able to compete, however they fell to a the quicker and more agile Titans. Our final game was against the NH Monarchs who had an aggressive style of play, and our players adapted quickly and gave their best effort, although it was too much to overcome and dropped their final game to the Monarchs.
All in all the team did have a memorable few days in Marlborough. We got to play against some top tier teams, had several team dinners, played massive amounts of floor hockey and PS4/Xbox, put the chlorine filters to work in the pool and rang in the New Year together in style.
Congratulations to former CCYHA goalie Kyle Carducci
Congratulations to former CCYHA goaltender and "original" Pro Crease Goaltending student Kyle Carducci on his commitment to Western New England University in Springfield, MA. Kyle will enroll effective immediately.
Kyle began training with Pro Crease Goaltending's Jared Waimon when he was 7 years old! Prior to committing to Western New England University, Kyle played both Junior A & B with the Hartford Junior Wolf Pack. He played his entire youth hockey career with the Central Connecticut Youth Hockey Association.
Although undersized by today's standards, Kyle has worked tirelessly on his technical skills and knowledge of both the goaltending position and the game itself. We are thrilled to see Kyle receive the opportunity to play at the NCAA level and demonstrate that hard work and commitment can often be as, if not more, important and rewarding as simply fitting a specific physical size. Congratulations Kyle!
Congratulations to our Squirt B1 team on going undefeated and winning the Avon Thanksgiving Tournament.
The kids played great and ended up going 4 and 0 to win first place in the Squirt B Division. The Squirt B1's beat West Hartford 6-0 to open the tournament on Friday. Saturday brought two more wins for the B1's as they beat Millbrook 3-2, and Wonderland 8-2.
The final game was a rematch against West Hartford. After our B1's jumped out to a 3-1 lead late in the third, West Hartford put on the pressure but we held on to win the championship.
Head coach Justin Kulvinskas had kind words about his teams victory: "I am proud of all of them, they worked extremely hard and gave it everything they had until the end."
Congratulations to the kids and coaches of the Squirt B1 team on your victory.
Many CCYHA teams competed in Thanksgiving Tournaments.
Squirt A at Springfield Pics AAA/Elite Fall Classic: 2-1-1 in opening round. Played the NE Jr. Falcons Squirt Major Elite team in the finals and lost 6-5. Great job by our Squirt A team playing against AAA teams.
U12 Girls at 9th Annual Girls Thanksgiving Tournament in Walpole MA: 1-1-1 in opening round. Played Walpole Express in the finals and lost. Congratulations to the U12 girls on a great tournament.
PeeWee A1 at New England Regional 'A' Silver Sticks: 2-0-1 in opening round. Played against Watertown A in semi-finals and lost 3-2.
Squirt B1 at Avon Thanksgiving Tournament went 3-0 in opening round and eventually beat West Hartford 3-1 in finals to win the tournament. Congratulations !!!!
CCYHA Selects Tier 1 U16 - New England Regional Champions
The CCYHA Selects Hockey Academy at South Kent U16 Tier 1 Midget team won the New England Regional Championships by going 2-0-1 in the preliminary round then beating Mid Fairfield in the semi-finals to advance to the championship game. The CCYHA team knocked off the #1 seed, Yale, by a score of 1-0. In winning the New England Regionals, the CCYHA Selects will play in the USA Hockey Tier 1 National Championships in April in Pittsburgh, PA.
The U15 team also advanced to the New England Regional Championship game but came out on the losing end of a 2OT thriller against Yale. The CCYHA Selects U15 team came into the tournament as the #2 ranked team in the country but was upset by Yale in the finals. The U15 Selects can still qualify for Nationals with an at large bid.
The 5th annual pond hockey turkey shootout was a huge success. With over 150 kids participating in this fun event the night before Thanksgiving. A huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped on and off the ice. A special thank you to Doug Partridge, Paul Cholewa, and Garret Plona for organizing and ensuring that the night ran so smoothly.
Cup - Anderson, Beaudoin, Dube
Plate - Drapeau, Gorcenski, Power
Bowl - Asadourian, Gammons, Parker
Shield - Fox, Socha N., Socha R.
Cup - Ganey, Horn, Lachance
Plate - Beaudoin, Beaulieu, Regan
Bowl - McHugh, Millen, Reynolds
Shield - Borrup, Jones, Markowitz
Cup - Braiewa, Nower, Oliver
Plate - Howes, Horn, Reilly
Bowl - Centurelli, Deegan, O'Leary
Shield - Rhodes, Seymour, Stepina
Cup - Gilland, Nafis J., Rhodes
Plate - Mayfield, Monroe, Nafis D.
Bowl - Drust, Kelly, Rodriguez
Shield - Gallasso, Kirejczyk, McHugh
Cup - Jean, Millen, Proteau
Plate - Avery, Bartone, Slack
Bowl - Labrie, Mascolo, McCarter
Shield - Bradshaw, Moskal, Sadak
Cup - Fontaine, Horn Lavoie
Plate - Child, Cholewa, Sweitzer
Bowl - Jordan, Partridge, Ralph
THE WINNER OF THE HOCKEY NET RAFFLE, DONATED BY SOUTH WINDSOR ARENA, IS DREW MAXWELL FROM MITE C. THE BOX WILL BE LEFT IN THE COACHES ROOM WITH YOUR NAME ON IT.
Instead of just paying tuition for next season, CCYHA is exploring holding a raffle for the 2017-2018 season. This will be a large scale raffle with significant prizes including a car, large cash prizes, travel opportunities and more. We will be able to do this by increasing the tuition for each member by a small amount to offset the prizes that we will offer during the raffle. By holding this raffle and involving everyone from the organization, we are giving each member the opportunity to offset part or all of your tuition by selling raffle tickets. For those that do not want to participate, nothing will change, you will still be required to pay the full tuition as in years past, however you can enter your tickets as entries into the raffle giving you a chance to win the prizes.
An example: Squirt Tuition is about $2,000. We will increase this to $2,200. Each squirt player will be responsible for purchasing/selling 110 tickets ($20 each). CCYHA will collect $2,200 from the family. The player and their family can either, sell the tickets and recoup the $2,200, sell some of them and use some as their entry into the raffle, or put all raffle tickets in their name and have a bigger chance to win the prizes.
For the Members:
- Opportunity to completely or partially offset tuition or opportunity to win significant prizes in lieu of selling tickets.
For the Organization:
- Provides guaranteed collection of tuition prior to November
- Provides an alternative to giving waivers for hardship cases
- Increased exposure and “buzz” around the upcoming drawing
Please go to the following survey site to give us your input. This decision will be based on our members input.
The annual CCYHA Dinner, Dance & Auction has come and gone and what a great night it was! A great turnout from the CCYHA families. Thanks to Dan and Amy McClutchy for organizing such a wonderful event. Alot of hard work goes into making the night run as smooth as it did.
Thank you to all the team managers for putting together such great baskets for the silent auction. This years baskets set the bar very high!
Big winners for the night were the Sharkevich family for winning the 50/50 raffle and the Millen family for winning free hockey tuition for next year.
A lot of fun was had by all and thank you to everyone who attended and donated. Because of the support that we get from events like this, it allows us to keep our tuition at or below other programs.
The Central Squirt A, PeeWee A and Bantam A teams competed in the New England Regional AA Silver Sticks tournament in Bridgeport. The winners from each division advance to the International AA Silver Sticks tournament in Port Huron, Michigan or Sarnia, Ontario Canada.
The PeeWee A and Bantam A teams won one game and lost two in the preliminary round and did not advance to the semifinal round.
The Squirt A team went 3 and 0 in the preliminary round and advanced to the semi-finals where they faced off against the Maine Gladiators. The CCYHA Squirt A team defeated Maine by a score of 3-1 to advance to the 5th consecutive New England Regional Silver Sticks finals. The finals pitted our Squirt A team against the other undefeated team in the tournament, the Skyland Kings (NJ). After regulation play ended, the score was tied 1-1. The first overtime did not decide a winner and the finals went to a shootout. After a great effort, the Squirt A Capitals came out on the losing end of the shootout. Great job by the players and coaches !
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CCYHA hosted our sixth annual Season Opening Faceoff Party on Sunday September 11th at Newington Arena. We had a tremendous turnout from the membership and the day was filled with a lot of fun.
In addition to all of the great activities below, we will once again be using this opportunity to donate equipment to Defending the Blue Line (now part of United Heroes League). Please bring us any hockey equipment that you no longer need so we can once again make a donation to this great cause. All gear will be sterilized, repaired and shipped to children of US Military Personnel across the Nation.
The CCM Reebok Hockey Experience was fantastic and the kids got to test out some of the newest CCM sticks and skates. We thank CCM/Reebok for giving out the backpacks, water bottles and hats.
Thank you to the Arena Grill for supplying the food trolley for everyone to enjoy some great food.
The kids seemed to have a great time in the parking playing street hockey and playing in the bounce houses
The ice was busy during the family open skate where the kids got to wear some of CCM skates that were on display.
Thank you to Hamden Sports Center for being on hand to do uniform fittings, wind suit fittings and sell apparel. Wind suits that were previously ordered were handed out. If you did not pick up your windsuit, your coaches will get them later this week.
Matt Shaw, from Bauer, was also on hand to work on the helmet sizing issues that we had.
John Thiell with 3D Hockey was on hand to show off his synthetic ice
The Hartford Curling had a table set up to provide information regarding their curling club.
Thank you to the extremely generous equipment donations from our members. We were able to fill 15 large moving boxes of equipment that will be shipped to Defending the Blueline. DTB is a program that supplies hockey equipment to children in military families stationed all over the world. This is a wonderful organization but to do this on 9/11 makes it even more special of a donation.
The day was capped off with Steven Mascolo winning our on-ice shooting competition. By winning our competition, Steven won new CCM P29 Super Tacks stick.
Thank you to everyone who helped throughout the day and for everyone who attended.
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