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Pre-season is coming soon

Greetings NYH families,

During the dog-days of summer, it's hard to think about lacing up those skates again, but believe it or not, the season is almost upon us.  We are still finalizing ice contracts, but keep a lookout for at least one skills session for our travel teams during the week of August 22nd.  If you're development or GU8, things will get started in September -- almost there.  And Mites will have their tryouts most likely the week that school starts (Aug 31).

As I wrote earlier this summer, please make sure you register with USA hockey before that first skate.  No better time than the present:

Go to USA Hockey to registerhttps://www.usahockeyregistration.com/login_input.action

  1. Log into nyah.org and go to 'My Account'
  2. For each player, coach, click on the person's name to edit member information
  3. Scroll down to enter the USA Hockey Confirmation Number for each member

Anyone without USA hockey registration will not be allowed on the ice at any time.

Also, don't wait until the last minute to check on all your equipment.  If you need anything new, here is a Pure Hockey coupon: http://files.LeagueAthletics.com/Images/Club/4152/Attachments/NEEDHAM YOUTH HOCKEY.pdf

See you on the ice real soon!


by posted 07/23/2016
Off-season news

Greetings NYHA families,

I hope everyone is enjoying the short off-season, some outdoor sports, and some nice weather.  By now, if you tried out for a travel team, you should have been notified of your placement.  Those who made a team should expect to hear more from your head coach in the next couple of weeks.

We are keeping busy organizing jerseys for next season, obtaining ice (that precious resource), registering our teams in the various leagues, and refreshing some spots on the board.

It is with great pleasure that I welcome the following new board members, and sincerely thank those for whom they are taking over:

  • CJ Young is taking over as the Director of Girls Programs.  NYH (and me personally, as the mother of two girls) would like to thank Fred Cromp for creating this program and sticking with it long after his own daughter aged out of it.
  • Ken Ciesielski is taking over as Tournament Director.  As many of you know, this has been a tough spot to fill.  Kim Christie has been running the tournament for as long as I can remember; first with Laura Hassenfus, but basically single-handedly for the past couple of years.  Thank you so much for your legacy, Kim.
  • Mike Spalla is coming aboard as our new Director of Tryouts.  Mike is taking over for Phil Berejik, who remains on the board as Vice President.  Phil has been in the hot-seat for a few years now, fielding complaints from displeased parents while getting almost no thanks in return for his efforts.  We want to take this time to thank him, now, for volunteering to organize (pinneys, evaluators, ice) for these many years.

Thank you to all those who took the time to respond to our recent survey (posted late March).  On the bright side, our report card was generally positive, but there were a few legitimate criticisms and suggestions worthy of a response.  If you are interested, under Documents/General Information, you can find a PDF of our response.

Have a great summer,


by posted 05/11/2016
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