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Griffin on WINY

Hello Griffin Nation,



    Please tune into WINY Radio this Wednesday April 7th, 2021 at 6:45 AM as our Acting Chairperson and 14u Coach, Andre Bessette, will be a guest on the Morning Show with Gary “O.” Andre will be talking about all things Griffin. Do not miss it.



Thank you,


GYHA Board

by posted 04/05/2021
Griffin travel try outs April 10-11 2021

Hello Griffin nation,,


Are you ready for some hockey?????

Do you have what it takes to represent the Flames??????

Travel Team try-outs for Griffin Youth Hockey are upon us and all 8u,10u,12u, and 14u eligible skaters are invited.

Cost: $70 per skater (Includes a T-shirt)

Date: April 10th and 11th 2021 (Skaters will attend both sessions)

Where: Bolton Ice Palace - 145 Hop River Rd, Bolton, CT 06043


8u and 10u: 10:00am-10:50am

12u and 14u:  11:00am-Noon


Registration is open on the griffin website. Please register your skater to reserve your spot(s) today.



Thank you,

GYHA Board

by posted 03/30/2021
No Activities This Weekend 11/21-11/22/2020

Hello Griffin Nation,


   We hope the day finds you well. We have heard back from Pomfret School regarding Sunday’s proposed ice time. Unfortunately, Pomfret School has made the decision to not allow groups on their campus for the foreseeable future. This means we will not be skating until January at the earliest. The safety of the families comes first and foremost so we can understand the decision. However, it is still disappointing that it needs to happen. We will be busy planning for a January return to the ice. We will keep everyone posted on our progress. The Covid-19 situation is very difficult as the goalposts keep getting moved. We thank everyone for their continued support and patience as we navigate this truly unprecedented and difficult season.



Thank you,


GYHA Board

by posted 11/20/2020
Town Hall Meeting 11/13/2020

Hello Griffin Nation,



    Please join me along with the other members of the Griffin board for a Townhall meeting this Friday 11/13 at 7 PM via zoom (link provided below). The Town Hall meeting will be an open forum discussion for anyone who would like to join.  Topics to be addressed will be the Covid policy, current restrictions/procedures, changes to the upcoming season as well as answering any additional questions or concerns that the nation may have.  We ask that everyone who chooses to attend mute their mic unless they are directly speaking. We ask that we keep the discussion civil and respectful.  Members of the board will be on hand to answer questions.  If someone is uncomfortable speaking up and would like to remain anonymous, they can message Molly or Glenn directly on Zoom and we will address their question/concern in the meeting without having to be named. We hope that you will take the time to join us and we can clear up any question that the nation has. We look forward to getting back on the ice.



Yours in Hockey,

Molly Marshall Chairman, Griffin Youth Hockey


Molly Marshall is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: GYHA 2020/2021 Season Town Hall
Time: Nov 13, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 850 7710 6169
Passcode: 997638
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by posted 11/12/2020
Griffin Gear On-Line Store Is Open

Our new on-line store is live and taking orders. We have some great new items and now offering personalizing on our Griffin Hoodies. Simply click on the Griffin Gear button in the left menu on our homepage or use this direct link.  HAPPY SHOPPING!


by posted 10/01/2020
Chairman Chat #1

The first Chairman Chat has posted. Click the link below to watch on youtube.


by posted 08/31/2020
GYHA End of Year Banquet

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The Griffin end of year banquet is almost here!

This year's banquet will be on Saturday-3/16/19
from 5pm-9pm
at the
Thompson Raceway Restaurant

The entire GYHA family is invited! From Learn to Skate, House, Travel, and Adult Learn to Play.

As always there will be lots of Raffles Baskets, a 50/50 Raffle and the cash bar will be open.

This years dinner is a stuffed chicken or pork buffet with roasted potatoes, veggies, salad and rolls.
Tickets are required for entry and should be purchased ahead of time. 
Ticket Prices:
- Under 4 = Free (ticket still required)
- 4 to 10 years old = $15
- 10 years old to 110 years old = $20
- Over 110 years old = Free (dinner's on us!)
- All levels of players & Coaches = Free (ticket still required)
To purchase your tickets please see Molly or email ( ) to RSVP, purchase tickets.  Cash, check or debit accepted.
Note: Anyone who will attend needs to obtain a ticket, even for our under 4 kids, player and coaches who eat for free. This will help us finalize meal counts and stay within the room occupancy for fire code.

by posted 02/22/2019
Spring Tryouts/Evaluations


 Griffin Youth Hockey will be conducting its tryouts/evaluations for our 2019-2020 travel hockey teams on March 16th and 17th from 1:45-3:45pm at the Freitas Ice Forum at the UCONN campus. We are hoping to field teams at the 8U,10U,12U and 14U age groups. If your child is even considering playing travel hockey during the 2019-2020 season please mark these two dates on your calendar. More information will follow.


Head coaches for each of the travel teams will be announced shortly after the Board of Directors meeting on February 28th. At that time contact information will be available for each head coach so you may ask any questions you have about next years team.


Note: These tryout/evaluations are for travel teams only and are not part of any other GYHA Learn to Skate, Learn to Play, Mites, or Atoms programs.


by posted 02/21/2019
Coaches Wanted for 2019-2020


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Good Afternoon,

GYHA is currently looking for adults who are interested in serving as head coach of a 2019 - 2020 Griffin travel team. Responsibilities for head coaches include, but are not limited to: selecting and being responsible for their entire coaching staff; leading the player selection process; scheduling an appropriate number of games and practices; developing a season-long curriculum and individual practice plans; communicating well with players, parents, and guardians; and following pertinent USA Hockey and Connecticut Hockey Conference (CHC) rules. GYHA coaches will need to have all of the appropriate trainings and background checks completed by December 31, 2019 as required by USA Hockey and CHC.
Selected coaches will have to be prepared to conduct their evaluations during our spring tryouts on March 16 and 17 from 1:45-3:45pm at UCONN.
Please email Director of Travel Operations Bruce Wolanin ( ) and Secretary Chris O'Korn ( no later than noon Monday, February 25 . We are expecting to field at least one team in each of the following age groups: 8U; 10U; 12U; and 14U.
Selection of head coaches is planned to take place at the Board or Directors meeting on February 28th, 2019.

by posted 02/20/2019

GYHA Atoms Division Playoffs/Championship Schedule


Its almost time for playoffs to start and the Atoms standings from the regular season have been finalized, thanks to league statistician, Mark Tillinghast:

1. The Baker's Dozen Blackhawks
2. Square 1 Building Maple Leafs
3. DCR Trucking Rangers
4. Day Kimball Healthcare Bruins
5. Gerardi Insurance Red Wings
6. International Paper Canadiens

Based on the standings, the teams have been populated into the first round of our 6 team, double elimination bracket. You can see the entire bracket below and games have been scheduled for the entirety of playoffs.

by posted 02/18/2019
2018-2019 Travel Team Coaches

Griffin Youth Hockey Association is pleased to announce coaching staff for the 2018-2019 season for our travel hockey program.

8U Travel - , Assistant Coach Ryan Ericson
10U Travel - , Assistant Coach Chris O’Korn
12U Travel - , Assistant Coaches George Dodds and Andre Bessette
14U Travel - , Assistant Coaches Bruce Wolanin and Marc Sauer

Griffin runs best when everyone gets involved and we welcome new and previously certified coaches. Anyone interested in getting on the ice as an assistant coach should speak to their team’s head coach and/or to make their intentions known.

All coaching staff must complete an online, leveled video training series provided by USA Hockey and participate in a classroom and on-ice training day taught by USA Hockey certified instructors. Additionally all on-ice volunteers must pass a background check, become Safe Sport certified and be registered with USA Hockey. Your head coach or Bruce Wolanin can assist you in moving through the process so you are ready to skate when the season begins.

Thank you to the individuals who have already committed their time and energy to a successful 2018-2019 season, we’ll see you on the ice!

by posted 03/17/2018
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