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Greetings Needham Youth Hockey families,


With Thanksgiving on our doorstep, it’s about that time of year to reflect on the ‘first period’ of the hockey season.  We hope that all our travel teams have emerged from the parity round to find a good balance of competition and that they are all developing and benefiting from skills and practices.  Development program has almost a month of games in MCIHL and in-house is in full swing, bringing hockey to the grassroots of our town.


The board wanted to take this time to update you on some of the things going on with the program and to let you know about some upcoming events.


As you all know, NYHA is a volunteer led organization, and one of the keys to keeping it successful is by refreshing the board with new members on a rolling basis.  We have some new members of the board this year, but there are a few important positions that should be opening up.  Ideally board members would serve for two to three active years and then be replaced, staying on during a transition year before handing the reins to his/her replacement.  We humbly request people step forward to fill the following positions:

  • Board roles:

    • President (replacing Esther Jesurum)

    • Vice President (replacing Phil Berejik)

    • Secretary (replacing Michael Hegarty)

  • Non-Board roles:

    • Registrar (replacing Leslie Prescott)


As usual, at this time of year, when we finally don’t have conflicts with fall sports, we also generally suffer a shortage of ice as high school/prep schools start their season.  Hang in there, and be prepared to see more teams on the ice, and more weekend-loaded schedules.   We wish we could find more ice, but this precious resource is sadly quite scarce.


We are planning to have an open meeting, as usual, in January.  Tentatively scheduled for the 23rd of January, we will send out a firm date soon.  I wanted to get the conversation started by seeding some topics to discuss.

  • Should we bring back in-house majors?  Before we introduced SQ Development, we used to have an in-house level for the older beginner (basically servicing PW and SQ aged kids that were just learning to play hockey).  We still get kids registering (even sometimes at the Bantam level) that really want to learn to play, and it seems like we really don’t have anything appropriate to offer them.

  • Do we have enough interest to continue with a GU14 team next year?  I know some of the current team will be in high school next year.  Should we structure this team differently?  Input from interested families is crucial.

  • Is there interest in no-check Bantams?  The VHL couldn’t drum up enough interest, but some nearby towns have interest...


We would like to wish our hockey families a happy and healthy holiday season.


NYH Board


by posted 11/23/2016
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