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North American Challenge Cup at Newington Arena
04/15/2019
CCYHA Annual Board Meeting Notice
04/15/2019
CCYHA Members:  Notice of Annual Meeting Meeting Time  -...
Spring / Summer Camps, Clinics & Skills
04/11/2019
CCYHA Members: Many of you have asked for off season hockey options....
2019-2020 Outgoing Release Request
04/09/2019
Any player that was part of Central CT Youth Hockey in 2018-2019...
CCYHA U18 Tier 1 BACK TO BACK National Champions
04/08/2019
The CCYHA U18 Tier 1 Midgets completed their quest for a BACK TO...
Former CCYHA player, Brennan Horn, selected to USA National Camp
04/03/2019
Congratulations to former CCYHA player, Brennan Horn, on being selected...
CCYHA Tier 1 Midgets at USA Hockey Nationals
04/01/2019
CCYHA is proud of our long standing partnership with South Kent Selects...
Specialization in Sports Article
03/26/2019
CCYHA Members: As we are entering the spring and summer months,...
CCYHA launches U16 & U18 Tier 2 National Bound Teams
03/04/2019
  CCYHA launches U16 & U18 Tier 2 National Bound Teams Central...
CCYHA 2019-2020 TRYOUT REGISTRATION
02/26/2019
  CENTRAL CT YOUTH HOCKEY & CAPITAL WOLVES 2019-2020 TRYOUT...
Pittsburgh Penguins Skating & Skills Camp at Newington Arena
02/01/2019
This summer Pittsburgh Penguins Skating and Skills Coach, Ty...
CCYHA - Who Are We
01/29/2019
CCYHA Members are comprised of 43 different CT towns, 20 different...
CT Werewolves Spring Hockey
01/28/2019
REGISTRATION IS OPEN 2019 WEREWOLVES SPRING TEAMS www.CTWerewolves.com 7...
CCYHA SHA U18 Tier 1 Midgets win NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
04/10/2018
The Central CT Youth Hockey Selects Academy u18 Tier 1 team wins...
Former CCYHA player, David Hallasey plays with Hartford Wolfpack
04/07/2018
Fresh off an NCAA tournament birth with his Princeton University...
 
North American Challenge Cup at Newington Arena


by posted 04/15/2019
CCYHA Annual Board Meeting Notice

CCYHA Members:  Notice of Annual Meeting

Meeting Time  - Thursday May 16th at 6:00PM

Location – Newington Arena Upstairs Conference Room

Good day to all Central CT Youth Hockey families.  As we are opening the chapter on the 2019-2020 season, we have already started planning for next fall.

The CCYHA Bylaws mandate that each year, we have an annual meeting. At this time, we encourage any and all members in good standing to come to the meeting.  Members can address the Board or could just be present to hear the re-cap of the year.  We will also elect all the new members of the Board and say thanks to the old ones departing.

According to the bylaws, we formed a nominating committee, and went over the applicants for board positions and the nominating committee has put forth the following slate to be voted in or challenged at the meeting. 

President                                Anthony Giusto

VP Development/Coaching    Doug Partridge

VP Fundraising                       Rich Faber

VP Admin/Ice                         Bryan Ruck

Secretary                                Traci Lynn Fox

Treasurer                                Matt Peary

Registrar                                 Aaron Odell

Tournament Director              Chuck Carey

Learn to Play                          Brian Smith

House / ADM Cross Ice           Kevin Linskey

Mite Director                          Matt Allatin

Squirt Director                        Rob DeFilio

Pee Wee Director                   Valerie Calciano

Bantam Director                     Bob Patz

Midget Director                      Marc Labrie

Girls Director                          Steve Wall

As a member, you are also allowed to challenge any board position if you desire to do so. You need support from the membership and this would bring on a vote at the annual meeting. If you have interest in this option, please contact me for the guidelines.

This meeting will also be a forum for open discussion on any matters that any member would like to put on the table.

Thank you all for such an enjoyable season of hockey and fun and look forward to another great year in 2019-2020!

Anthony Giusto – CCYHA President


by posted 04/15/2019
Spring / Summer Camps, Clinics & Skills

CCYHA Members:

Many of you have asked for off season hockey options. Below are a list of options at Newington Arena for kids to work on their skills during the off season:

Monday May 27 - ProCrease Goaltending Camp - www.procreasegoaltending.com

June 3 - August 15 - CCYHA will be providing ice for players for drop-in 3v3 each week. Mites/Squirts and PeeWees/Bantams will each have one hour per week. The master CCYHA schedule will be loaded with this ice.

June 24 - June 27 - SD Hockey Forward Camp - www.breakthroughsd.com

July 8 - July 11 - Turcotte Hockey Stickhandling Camp - www.turcottehockey.com

July 8 - July 11 - ProCrease Goaltending Camp - www.procreasegoaltending.com

July 15 - July 18 - SD Hockey Defense Camp - www.simplydefense.com

July 15 - July 18 - SD Hockey Shooting Camp - www.breakthroughsd.com

July 22 - July 24 - Ice Works Elite Hockey Training w Bobby Butler - www.iceworksusa.com

July 22 - July 24 - SD Hockey Junior Prep Defense Camp - www.breakthroughsd.com

August 5 - August 8 - Ty Hennes (Pittsburgh Penguins) Offensive Skills & Skating - www.cthockeycamps.com/ty-hennes-hockey-camp.aspx

August 5 - August 8 - Ty Hennes (Pittsburgh Penguins) Defensive Skills & Skating - www.cthockeycamps.com/ty-hennes-hockey-camp.aspx

August 12 - August 15 - Crowley/Dabkowski Camp

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Also at Newington Arena:

Daily Hockey Skills Sessions. Check the schedule at www.newingtonarena.com for exact times. Work in a small area on your skills with or without a coach. No age limitations. 15.00 per session.

There are several coaches who provide lessons during these sessions. They are:

Bryan Healy -

Don Davidson -

Mike Kingston -

Mark Anair -

IPH Hockey does daily lessons and have ice booked. Contact them directly for lessons: http://www.iphhockey.com/


by posted 04/11/2019
2019-2020 Outgoing Release Request

Any player that was part of Central CT Youth Hockey in 2018-2019 and will NOT be playing for CCYHA in 2019-2020, you must obtain a USA Hockey release. You must follow the below link and submit a release request. Our registrar, Aaron Odell, will process these in a timely manner. Per USA Hockey rules, releases are not valid if they are sent directy to parents, they must be sent to CHC. Parents will not get a copy of the release but they can check the release status on the CHC site (www.chchockey.org), although they dont update the list very often.

Follow link below:

https://leagueathletics.com/Registration/Restrictions.asp?n=100192&org=WW.CENTRALCTHOCKEY.ORG

or go to www.centralcthockey.org and select Outgoing Release Request from left hand menu


by posted 04/09/2019
CCYHA U18 Tier 1 BACK TO BACK National Champions

The CCYHA U18 Tier 1 Midgets completed their quest for a BACK TO BACK National Championship by defeating the North Jersey Avalanche 3-2 in overtime.  The CCYHA Selects started the national tournament with convincing wins over the Belle Tire 9-1 and Washington Little Caps 5-2.  Game 3 brought a loss for CCYHA at the hands of the Boston Jr. Eagles by a score of 4-1.  By going 2-1 in the opening round, the team earned the top seed coming out of their bracket.  The opponent in the quarterinals would be #1 nationally ranked Shattuck St. Mary's. CCYHA was up to the test as they advanced to semifinals by defeating Shattuck 8-6.  In-state rival Yale Jr. Bulldogs was the opponent in the semifinal round.  CCYHA earned a berth in the national championship game by defeating Yale 6-2.

The final game was a matchup against #5 nationally ranked North Jersey Avalanche. After CCYHA took a 2-0 lead late in the third period, the Av's tied it up with 2 goals in a 14 second span in the final minute of play to force overtime. The game ended early in the first sudden overtime period as Killian Rowlee secured the second of the back to back National Championships for CCYHA.


by posted 04/08/2019
Former CCYHA player, Brennan Horn, selected to USA National Camp

Congratulations to former CCYHA player, Brennan Horn, on being selected to the USA Hockey U17 National Camp.  Nintey of the best players from New England recently competed at the New England Regional Camp. From there, Brennan was one of only 10 players selected to attend the USA U17 National Camp. Brennan will compete with the best players from all over the United States June 25th to July 1st in Amherst, NY as part of the National Development Program.

Brennan played at CCYHA from Learn To Play through Bantams.  He then went on to play two years at Northwest Catholic High School and has recently commited to play Prep School hockey at Westminster for the upcoming school year.

With players jumping from program to program these days to play for "AAA" or "Tier 1" teams, this is a great example of how you can develop at any level.

Congratulations and Best of Luck to Brennan !!!!!!
 


by posted 04/03/2019
CCYHA Tier 1 Midgets at USA Hockey Nationals

CCYHA is proud of our long standing partnership with South Kent Selects Academy, and are here to continue providing support for their quest for a National Championship. Wishing luck to our defending champion U18 and U15 team as they head to Nationals in Michigan.

Both teams are competing this week:

CCYHA Selects U15:

Wednesday April 3 at 11:45am vs North Jersey Avalanche - WIN 6-5 OT

Thursday April 4 at 1:45pm vs Phoenix Jr Coyotes - WIN 3-2

Friday April 5 at 5:45pm vs Neponsett Valley River Rats - LOSS 4-3

Saturday April 6 Quarterfinals at 12:15pm vs Shattuck St. Mary's - LOSS 3-2

 

CCYHA Selects U18 (defending national champion):

 

Wednesday April 3 at 1:20pm vs Belle Tire - WIN 9-1

Thursday April 4 at 11:00am vs Washington Little Caps - WIN 5-2

Friday April 5 at 7:20pm vs Boston Jr. Eagles - LOSS 4-1

Saturday April 6 Quarterfinals at 3:00pm vs Shattuck St. Mary's - WIN 8-6

Sunday April 7 Semifinals at 2:45pm vs Yale - WIN 6-2

Monday April 8 Finals at 10:30am vs North Jersey Avalanche - NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - WIN 3-2 OT

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS !!!!!!!!!

 

Also competing at the Tier 1 Nationals are former CCYHA Players; Cam Partridge (Yale U16), Ryan Pineault (Yale U18). 


by posted 04/01/2019
Specialization in Sports Article

CCYHA Members:

As we are entering the spring and summer months, I wanted to share a great article about specializing in one sport:

Study Finds Just 12 Percent of NHL and NCAA Hockey Players Specialized Before Age 12

 
 
 

Early sport specialization does not guarantee future stardom.

If anything, it may make eventually reaching an elite level in said sport more difficult.

A new study from the Penn State College of Medicine polled 91 professional, NCAA Division I and NCA Division III hockey players about their sports history. From ScienceDaily:

"After analyzing the data, the researchers found that the mean age of beginning any sport was 4.5 years, and the mean age of specializing in ice hockey was 14.3 years. Only 12 percent of the athletes specialized in their sport before 12 years of age. Most of the athletes played two to four sports as children, with soccer and baseball being the most popular in addition to hockey. The mean age of specializing in ice hockey—around 14—was consistent across professional, NCAA Division I and NCAA Division III players."

"If you only play one sport, you (do) miss out on sports diversification, which is the idea that being a really good soccer or tennis player may help you be a really good ice hockey player," Matthew Silvis, a researcher on the study and the team physician for the Hershey Bears minor league hockey team, told ScienceDaily. "We've seen a lot of professional athletes coming out in support of this, saying that by playing a lot of sports you'll learn many skills and work different muscle groups that will help you if you specialize in one sport later on."

This was a rather small sample size, but bigger studies have found similar results. For example, a 2017 study from the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital analyzed 3,090 athletes (503 high school, 856 collegiate and 1,731 professional) and found that the average high school athlete began specializing in their sport at 12.7 years old while the average collegiate athlete specialized at 14.8 years old and the average pro athlete specialized at 14.1 years old. One of the most telling findings in the study was that only 22.3% of professional athletes said they "would want their own child to specialize to play a single sport during childhood/adolescence."

A 2017 study from the University of Wisconsin found that high school athletes with a "high specialization classification" had an 85-percent higher incidence of lower extremity injuries than high school athletes with a "low specialization classification." Essentially, athletes who specialized were found to be at a much higher risk of lower extremity injury than athletes who play and train in multiple sports.

Six-time NHL All-Star John Tavares is a great example of how multi-sport youth athletes can ultimately blossom into superior hockey players. Growing up in Ontario, Tavares traded in his skates for a pair of cleats and a lacrosse stick every summer. He only began specializing at age 16, and he believes his background in lacrosse gives him a definitive edge on the ice.

"My mom never really believed in the summer hockey, all year-round. I needed a break and I always looked forwarded to the lacrosse season. And when hockey season came around I was really looking forward to that. It was good both ways to help myself in both sports," Tavares told NHL.com in 2009. "The biggest is moving in traffic, shooting in traffic, making plays while guys are on you...When you're able to do that, you're able to draw guys toward you, make those plays in traffic, I think it creates a lot of chances offensively. Also rolling off checks -- when you roll off checks or lean into guys, use your body to create room, you do a lot more of that in lacrosse because it's such a possession game. You learn to make room for yourself, like in hockey...(It) definitely translates a lot."

USA Hockey's American Development Model, an initiative designed to help more American kids "play, love and excel in hockey", strongly encourages kids to play multiple sports during their childhood and pre-teen years. "I like the fact that kids are encouraged to play other sports. Hockey is a great sport, but playing other sports definitely helps you become a better hockey player," NHL all-star and 2014 U.S. Olympic captain Zach Parise said of the ADM.


by posted 03/26/2019
CCYHA launches U16 & U18 Tier 2 National Bound Teams

 

CCYHA launches U16 & U18 Tier 2 National Bound Teams

Central CT Youth Hockey (CCYHA) will be forming split season teams at the U16 and U18 Tier 2 levels for the 2019-2020 season. Building off the success of our youth teams, we are forming these teams to fill a void in our area at the Tier 2 level. Teams will be competing in CHC Tier 2 with the winners of the CT State Tournament advancing to the USA Hockey Tier 2 National Championships. Teams will practice and play at Newington Arena and Wesleyan University.
 
Coaches:
U16 - Anthony Giusto
U18 - Bryan Healy
 
Tryout Schedule:
Wed April 17: U16 Tier 2 - 7:40PM-8:40PM
Wed April 17: U18 Tier 2 - 8:50PM-9:50PM
 
Thu April 18: U16 Tier 2 - 6:40PM-7:40PM
Thu April 18: U18 Tier 2 - 7:50PM-8:50PM
 
50.00 Tryout Fee
 

Please follow the link below to register for tryouts:

https://leagueathletics.com/Registration/Restrictions.asp?RegID=187796&n=107196&org=CENTRALCTHOCKEY.ORG

You could also access the tryout registration by selecting Register Online from the left hand column menu on the main page of the Central website ( www.centralcthockey.org ) then selecting CCYHA 2019-2020 TRYOUT REGISTRATION MIDGET TIER 2

 

Cost: 1500.00 - includes 2 practices per week, 2 games per week, Future Fitness off-ice workout once per week, 2 tournaments (including state tournament)


by posted 03/04/2019
CCYHA 2019-2020 TRYOUT REGISTRATION
 

CENTRAL CT YOUTH HOCKEY & CAPITAL WOLVES 2019-2020 TRYOUT REGISTRATION FOR TRAVEL TEAMS

The registration system has been set up for travel team tryouts for the 2019-2020 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 MONDAY MARCH 18th for Mite through PeeWee tryouts and WILL CLOSE ON SUNDAY APRIL 21st for Bantam tryouts.  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 (except for u8 mites). Players must attend the tryout times assigned to them. All Mites will attend the same session, 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, mite development, or learn to play next season do not attend travel team tryouts.

Please follow the link below to register for tryouts:

https://leagueathletics.com/Registration/Default.asp?n=107196&org=M.M.M.M.CENTRALCTHOCKEY.ORG

You could also access the tryout registration by selecting Register Online from the left hand column menu on the main page of the Central website ( www.centralcthockey.org )

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE REGISTRATION PAGE AND ENSURE THAT YOU ARE COMPLETING THE REGISTRATION FOR 2019-2020 TRYOUT REGISTRATION.

Tryout dates and times are listed under the tryout tab on our website or by following the below link:

https://leagueathletics.com/Page.asp?n=86750&org=centralcthockey.org


by posted 02/26/2019
Pittsburgh Penguins Skating & Skills Camp at Newington Arena

This summer Pittsburgh Penguins Skating and Skills Coach, Ty Hennes, is coming to Newington Arena.  His Pro Skills program is designed to help you be a better player on both sides of the puck!  In the morning he will help you with your offensive skating and skills.  In the afternoon focus shifts to the skating and skills needed on the defensive side of the puck.  Both sessions are appropriate for forwards and defensemen.  So your choice - pick morning, afternoon or both.  If you attend both, a significant discount is provided!  For more information and to register please go to: Pittsburgh Penguins Skating and SKills


by posted 02/01/2019
CCYHA - Who Are We

CCYHA Members are comprised of 43 different CT towns, 20 different states and 6 different countries. Check out our breakdown


by posted 01/29/2019
CT Werewolves Spring Hockey
REGISTRATION IS OPEN
2019 WEREWOLVES SPRING TEAMS
www.CTWerewolves.com


7 Games in South Windsor Spring League
1 Tournament in Marlboro, MA 4/18-4/20
Jersey and Socks
Team Apparel
Team BBQ


 
1/2 ICE MITES, Full Ice 2010 Mites, Squirts,
Pee Wee, Bantam 
$325 
Midgets $350
 
Mite Cross Ice
8 Cross Ice Games in West Hartford
Jersey 
Team Apparel

$195
Approximate dates 4/7 - 5/12
 
 Wolflings - Mite Development 
8 Station Based Practices in West Hartford
Jamboree
Jersey 
Team Apparel

$195
Approximate dates 4/7 - 5/12
 
Any questions, please direct to Rob Polo at

by posted 01/28/2019
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.


by posted 04/10/2018
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.


by posted 04/07/2018
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