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2017-18 WHYHA Midget Split Season team
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Loss of a friend
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2017-18 WHYHA Midget Split Season team



For those interested in playing Midget Split Season hockey in West Hartford, we intend to have a team this fall. It is open to all age-appropriate kids from West Hartford. There is no tryout. The season will run from early September to late November.

If interested, please contact me directly. This will allow us to anticipate and plan accordingly, based on numbers / ages.

Thank you.

Jon Bankoff 
President, WHYHA

by posted 04/22/2017
Loss of a friend


Dear Wolves' Families:

It brings me great sadness to share with all of you the passing of one of our own, Thomas McGowan.

Tom was a fervent supporter of West Hartford Youth Hockey and all youth sports in general. He was a proud and always present father to 5 fantastic kids, 4 of whom skated for West Hartford. 

His passion for our program and for his children was palpable and contagious. His constant smile and willingness to engage in conversation on any topic will be missed by many, including myself.

Please see the information below regarding visitation, as well as for more detail about Tom's life and the lives he touched.


Thomas Edward McGowan, age 59, was brought Home to Paradise on Easter morning, April 16, 2017. Tom's greatest joy was his 5 children: Eily, Nora, Rose, Gavin and Max. Besides his children, he leaves his beloved wife Mary (Haggerty), brothers Robert, Stephen and Brian and their families, along with a large extended family who adored him. He was welcomed to eternal life by his father Francis and mother Shirley, along with his father-in-law Francis and brother-in-law Paul.

In the chapters of Tom's life, he was blessed to assemble a tremendous group of friends, including those from Hall High, Trinity College, work colleagues in NYC and worldwide, and friends from West Hartford, Pelham, NY and Weekapaug, RI. Tom was a loyal friend who worked hard to nourish and cherish those he loved. Of all of his many achievements in life, he would say that the role of father was his greatest. Protector, confidant, advisor, biggest sports fan and doting Dad, he described being father to Eily, Nora, Rosie, Gavin and Max as "pure joy". Tom committed his life to doing acts of kindness, easing economic burden, promoting education and making the world a better place for his family, friends and the causes he held dear. He tried his best in everything he did and he never, ever, gave up. Tom McGowan was a great man.

Visiting hours and memorial service will be at Holy Family Monastery, 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford, Connecticut. Visiting hours will be held Thursday, April 20, 4:00-8:00 pm (Use Main Entrance). A memorial service will be held Friday, April 21, 11:00 am in the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charitable foundation that is being established by Tom's friends in his memory.

by posted 04/18/2017
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