CCYHA Dinner Dance and Auction is Friday, December 7th, 7pm to 11pm at Keeney Memorial Center in Wethersfield. Get your tickets now!!!!!!
Tickets are purchased through the CCYHA Online Registration system. Tickets are $55.00 for a couple or $30.00 for individuals. When you get to the payment screen, if you are purchasing a ticket as an individual, you can change the amount due to $30.00 then hit recalculate. We do not anticipate any door tickets being available this year as we reached maximum capacity the past few years. If you are purchasing tickets as a couple, only one person needs to do the registration/purchase. When you submit payment for $55.00, that covers two adults entry into the event.
An Uber credit will be part of your ticket purchase. A 5.00 uber credit for individuals and 10.00 uber credit for couples is included with your purchase. All uber rides need to originate or terminate at the Keeney Memorial Center. There is no additional charge for this, it is our offering to ensure that everyone gets to and from the dinner dance safely.
If you are new to the organization, or have never had a chance to attend before, this is an (adult only) event you do not want to miss. It is a great way to get out for a night, enjoy some great food, meet some new faces and catch up with some old ones. Local Wethersfield business, Ascot Catering will be providing food for the evening. We will also be raffling off one FREE HOCKEY TUITION for those that attend the event.
No dinner dance would be complete without a silent auction and some great raffles. Team Managers are in the process of putting together their team baskets as we speak.
Please note that the CCYHA will provide dinner, music and all of the soda you can drink. If you need anything else (alcoholic beverages), it is up to you to supply it.
We look forward to seeing you on December 7th!
Please register by going to the CCYHA website and selecting Register Online on the left hand column. Then scroll to the 2018 CCYHA Dinner Dance and Auction. Or follow the link below to register:
All three CCYHA tier 1 midget teams have advanced to the New England Regional Championship games. All three teams will be facing off against in state rival, Yale, with a berth to the USA Hockey Tier 1 National Championships on the line for each age division.
The CCYHA Selects Tier 1 midgets will be competing in New England Regionals this weekend in Marlborough, MA. Our u15, u16 and u18 teams are the #1 seeds out CT and will be competing for a spot at the USA Hockey Tier 1 National Tournament.
u15's (ranked 6th in the country):
Friday 11/9/18 at 3:20pm vs Mid Fairfield - WIN 9-2
Saturday 11/10/18 at 7:00am vs New Hampshire Northern Cyclones - WIN 8-2
Saturday 11/10/18 at 1:50pm vs East Haven - WIN 6-1
SemiFinals - Sunday 11/11/18 at 7:20am vs Providence Hockey Club - WIN 8-2
Finals - Sunday 11/11/18 at 3:40pm vs Yale - WIN 5-0 (Advances to USA Hockey National Championships)
u16's (ranked 3rd in the country):
Saturday 11/10/18 at 8:00am vs Yale - LOSS 4-3
Saturday 11/10/18 at 5:10pm vs New Hampshire Avalanche - WIN 5-1
Sunday 11/11/18 at 7:10am vs Mid Fairfield - WIN 5-1
Finals - Sunday 11/11/18 at 3:20pm vs Yale - LOSS 5-1
u18's (ranked 5th in the country):
Friday 11/9/18 at 7:10pm vs Yale - WIN 3-0
Saturday 11/10/18 at 9:00am vs New Hampshire Northern Cyclones - TIE 2-2
Saturday 11/10/18 at 6:20pm vs Mid Fairfield - LOSS 4-1
SemiFinals - Sunday 11/11/18 at 11:20am vs Mid Fairfield - WIN 3-2
Finals - Sunday 11/11/18 at 5:20pm vs Yale - LOSS 4-1
It's time for the 7th annual CCYHA 3 vs. 3 Pond Hockey Turkey Shootout! This event is open to current and former CCYHA and Capital Wolves travel players who want to participate in a fun event on Thanksgiving Eve night. Bringing home a CCYHA pond hockey championship is one of the most coveted awards to acquire and the glory lasts forever.
We need to know how many players to expect, teams to form, and ice time to secure; so please help us pull this event off by registering immediately if attending.
The tournament is played pond hockey style where teams play at least 3 games with each game lasting 5 minutes. The only required equipment is skates, helmet, gloves, and elbow pads but you may wear full equipment if you like. Each team will consist of a mix of players of the same age group but from different levels with the goal of creating balanced three person teams. Goalies are not used in this event, but are welcome and encouraged to skate out.
This schedule is approximate and will change slightly once we have the final numbers (both Red & Blue rinks are used).
Wednesday, November 21, Newington Arena:
Pee Wee/U12 6:50pm-8:40pm
Legends (High School/Midget, Alumni, and distinguished guests) 9:00pm-10:00pm
If you register to play in this event, please make sure you attend since each team will only have 3 players placed on them. Registration will close November 17.Anyone signing up after Nov 17 will be placed on an alternate list and will not be guaranteed entry.
This a fun event, with some very spirited hockey being played as well; it's a great way to kick off the holiday season so hopefully you can join us. There is a suggested $5.00 registration fee to help cover the costs.
Once again, the CCYHA travel teams will be competing in the Jingle Bell Tournament in Marlborough MA from Dec 29-Jan 1 and we will be taking over the Embassy Suites. We have set up a room block for a reduced rate. The hotel is going through some renovations but we have been assured that they will have the breakfast area and bar open.
Below is the online booking link all your teams can use to make their reservations!
A block of rooms has been reserved for December 29, 2018 - January 1, 2019. The special room rate will be available until November 29th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.
Capital Wolves u19 win Andy Noel Columbus Day Tournament
Congratulations to our Capital Wolves U19 girls, beating Hamden 4 to 2 to take home the Columbus Day tournament championship! The u19's completed an undefeated weekend going 2-0-1 in the opening round before beating Hamden in the finals.
CCYHA PW B runner up at Andy Noel Columbus Day Tournament
CCYHA PeeWee B participated in the Andy Noel Columbus Fall Classic hosted by the Wallingford Hawks. It was an exciting weekend of hockey with the Pee Wee B starting off with a 7-1 win against Wallingford PeeWee B team.They lost to the Southern Stars A-1 with a score of 5-3; however they rallied in the afternoon to beat the Putnam Panthers B team 6-4 and earn a spot in the semi-finals.There, they overcame the Wallingford PeeWee A-1 team with a score of 3-0 and moved onto the Championships against the West Hartford Wolves A-1 team.After an exciting game and DOUBLE OVERTIME, the Wolves were able to score and win 3-2.The PeeWee B coaches and parents could not have been more proud of this team for their hard work and determination this weekend!
Congratulations to our PeeWee B1 team on winning the Andy Noel Columbus Day Tournament hosted by Wallingford Youth Hockey. The B1's avenged a 4-1 loss to Southern a day earlier as they bested them in DOUBLE OVERTIME to earn the victory and championship by a score of 2-1.
President’s Welcome Letter – 2018-2019 CCYHA Season
Hello, and I hope everyone is enjoying the summer. This will be my tenth 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 one week 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.
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 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 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 8th from 9:00am to 1:00pm:
CCYHA will be hosting our eigth annual Season Opening Faceoff Party on Saturday September 8th 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,.....plus more…….
ALL UNIFORMS AND WINDSUITS PREVIOUSLY ORDERED WILL BE GIVEN OUT DURING THIS EVENT
In season events:
Other events that we have planned throughout the season are our Annual Dinner Dance and Auction (date TBD) and our annual 3v3 Turkey Shootout, the night before Thanksgiving. 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 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 Bauer 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 IPH:
CCYHA will have IPH (I Play Harder) running skills sessions during the season. These are small area station based session focusing on individual skills.
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 and will have merchandise available at the season opening party and during the 3v3 turkey shootout.
CCYHA Midget Tier 1 Teams:
For the seventh year, CCYHA has partnered with South Kent Prep School – Selects Hockey Academy to host their split season midget teams. We will be fielding 15, U16 and U18 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. All three teams were nationally ranked in the top 10 in the country and the U18 team won the National Championship last year.
Our Squirt AA, PeeWee AA, 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 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 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. Our Board is comprised of the following individuals:
Anthony Giusto (President)
Doug Partridge (VP of Development & Coaching)
Aaron Odell (Registrar)
Bryan Ruck (VP Admin & Ice)
Matt Peary (Treasurer)
Rich Faber (VP of Fundraising)
Traci Lynn Fox (Secretary)
Paul Cholewa (Tournament Director)
Brian Smith (Learn to Play Director
Matt Allatin (House League Director)
Rob DeFilio (Mite Director)
Val Calciano (Squirt Director)
Tim Poulin (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 2018- 2019 hockey season. LET’S GO CAPS!
The 1st annual CCYHA golf tournament was held at Indian Hill Country Club on July 17th. Despite the gloomy forecast, the tournament was completed before the rains came. A huge thank you to our VP of Fundraising, Rich Faber, for organizing the extremely successful event. The day was filled with great on course activities, raffle, putting competition, and give aways.
Our first place team at 14 under par was Bill Anastasiades, Joe Montano, Kevin Carroll and Jason Jarvis. Our second place team at 13 under par was Kevin Linskey, Brian James, Mike Bernard and Jim Schmidt.
Other on course winners were: Longest Drive - Mike Gaydos and Closest To The Pin (4'5") - Michael Gallon.
We had many sponsors that we would like to thank. The day could not have gone so well without the generosity of our members.
The half off hockey tuition for next season was won by the Malloy family for their son, Spencer Malloy......congratulations.
Thank you to the volunteers and the golf committee, especially Mike Gaydos, Christina Williams, and Christina Halle.
Please be on the look out for next years golf tournament information.
CCYHA SHA U18 Tier 1 Midgets win NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Central CT Youth Hockey Selects Academy u18 Tier 1 team wins the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP by defeating the Cape Cod Whalers 5-2. Congratulation to the midgets on winning a national championship for CCYHA.
Former CCYHA player, David Hallasey plays with Hartford Wolfpack
Fresh off an NCAA tournament birth with his Princeton University team, former CCYHA player David Hallasey, has signed with the AHL Hartford Wolfpack and played in his first game on April 6th. Congratulations and best of luck to David.
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