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2017 Season Kickoff Event
Power Skating Clinic - Discount
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2017 Season Kickoff Event

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by posted 07/27/2017
Power Skating Clinic - Discount


by posted 07/27/2017



I hope that everyone is having a relaxing and enjoyable Summer. It has been great to see some of you on Monday nights at Vets for drop in hockey. Those sessions will continue every Monday throughout the Summer, with Mites and Squirts from 6:30-7:30 and Pee Wee and Bantams from 7:30-8:30. $16 per session. Just a chance for your skaters to stay loose and fresh, mixing it up with other kids from our program, as well as several others from around the area, in an open ice scrimmage environment. High quality skate...stop by and check it out. No RSVP needed...

With this email, I wanted to update all of you about some early plans for next season. Although many of you are not likely thinking about the Fall hockey season yet, rest assured that the Board is actively at work preparing our ice schedule and several of the headline events that we intend to host this season.

As a Board, we have made a few decisions during the early off-season related to the start of our Fall season.

With the complexity and chaos of scheduling that often surrounds Fall sports and the start of a new school year for everyone, we have decided to use the month of September as more of a "return to hockey". We will have ice for all of our Travel teams, but the ice will be used more in a clinic style, focusing on skills and conditioning and less on strategy and game play. The needs of each skater and each team are unique, and we hope that this approach will allow both a smooth start to the season without causing conflict with other activities, as well as keep our skaters fresh and hungry through the balance of an almost 7 month season!

The month of September ice will also include September Mites to allow our youngest skaters to get back out there and brush the rust off. We will also be hosting Robby Glantz once again for our annual power skating / skills sessions, with a twist this season, as we will hold the team skates all on 1 weekend, rather than stretched across an entire week after a full day of school. Stay tuned for the specific dates and times, but circle the weekend of September 22-24. We think this approach will allow a strong transition into the start of our season game play, which we anticipate kicking off the weekend of October 7th. A full month of team building and skills-based practice should translate into a running start onto the ice with hopefully some early success and confidence for our kids, parents, and coaches.

I anticipate the ice schedule will be loaded into the Master schedule within the next week or so. Head coaches and team schedulers can then begin informal work on their team planning prior to the CHC Scheduler's meeting (held usually in mid August). With 11 WHYHA travel teams and 3-5 Capital Wolves Girls teams taking to the ice this year, plus our House and Development programs, ice is at more of a premium than ever before and Jenn Trent is working every angle she can to ensure the best times and locations for each of our sheets throughout the season.

Registrations are now open for Mite House, Development, and Learn To Skate. For information about each of these opportunities and to learn which is most appropriate for your skater, please check the tabs on our Home Page (New To Hockey and WHYHA Overview). The dates for each session are below:

LTS 1 - October 14 - November 19
LTS 2 - December 2 - January 14
LTS 3 - January 20 - February 25

DEV / Mite House - October 14 - February 25

Our 3rd Annual WHYHA season kick off event will be held on Sunday, August 27th at Vets Rink in West Hartford. Times will be firmed up this week, but we anticipate 10 am - 2 pm. There will be open ice to let the kids skate and have some fun, food and drinks, visits from Sonar and the Hartford Wolfpack, as well as several other exciting activities. All travel equipment and uniforms will be distributed with help from our Equipment Manager and our friends from Hamden Sports and we will be holding a gear exchange and information session to help assist anyone who might be entering the great world of youth hockey for the 1st time. More details to follow later this month, but mark your calendars now! A tradition not to be missed...

I will continue to share information with all of you as the Summer winds on, so remember to check the WHYHA site regularly. We anticipate the return of the All Star weekend again this season over the New Year's Holiday weekend, a Wolves Day at the Wolfpack event, a Parents' Night Out, and a new End of Season Awards Banquet. 

We are also always interested in any parents who want to help out this Fall, whether on or off the ice. We are an entirely volunteer organization and hockey skill and knowledge is not a requirement to have a role. Any moms or dads looking to be involved, either at the team level or perhaps at the organizational level, please email me directly at jbankoff7@yahoo.com and I will get back to you.

I hope everyone has a safe Holiday and I look forward to seeing you all around the rink.

Jon Bankoff
President, WHYHA



by posted 07/02/2017
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