ENTER TO WIN!!!
An EZ Goal Foldable Regulation Hockey Goal
Donated by Kleen 'n Hard Sports
Beginning tonight, February 26th, you can enter to win an EZ Goal foldable regulation hockey goal, graciously donated by our friends at Kleen 'n Hard Sports in Worcester. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10 and are available at the concessions stand from now until the drawing at the league banquet on March 21st. All money raised from the raffle will go towards helping GYHA to send our own Coach Kevin Johns to the USA Hockey 2020 Level 5 Coaches Symposium in Duluth, MN this summer.
For those who are new to youth hockey and USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program, a Level 5 certification is the highest level available to coaches. While dozens of inexpensive Level 1, 2 and 3 clinics are offered locally across the country every weekend each fall, the Level 5 Symposium only happens once every 2 years in a single location. The three day symposium draws dedicated Level 4 coaches from all over the country looking to achieve the highest level of certification within the Coaching Education Program, as well as welcoming back existing Level 5 coaches. In addition to the level 5 certification, the symposium offers Gold level goalie track certification to current Bronze and Silver level goalie coaches.
Coach Kevin has been a part of GYHA for many, many years and has had all of his kids come through our program. He hasn’t had a player in the league for a number of years, yet he is a still a fixture at the rink and donates so much of his time and expertise to coaching our young goalies and running the clock for our games. GYHA is lucky to have a dedicated coach willing to commit his own time and travel funds to further his coaching education. Level 5 coaches bring their education back to their organizations so everyone can benefit and we're looking forward to what Coach Kevin will bring home from Duluth. We are hoping to raise enough money to cover all of the symposium tuition, $575, and you don't need to be present at the banquet to win, so encourage all of your hockey-loving friends and family to purchase raffle tickets for this great prize and fantastic cause!
Special thanks to our friends at Kleen 'n Hard Sports in Worcester for donating the prize, we hope you'll check them out! They carry a great selection of new and used hockey gear and they're a great place to outfit your player for the upcoming spring lacrosse and baseball season!
It's hard to believe that it's that time already, but our season will be coming to an end soon down. Our annual awards banquet will be held on Saturday, March 21 from 11-4. It will be held at the Raceway Restaurant in Thompson CT. Everyone from our Learn to Skate players to our Adult Learn to Play players are all welcome to attend. We have made some great changes to the menu for everyone to enjoy. Tickets will be on sale starting this Saturday at the concession stand. Prices are as follows:
Players / Coaches = Free
Under 4 = Free
4-9 = $15
10 and up = $20
Checks can be made payable to Griffin Youth Hockey. We also can accept Credit or Debit cards. Be sure to hang on to the ticket(s) you're given and bring it to the banquet as that is also your entry to our door prize (a free tuition).
Please see Molly Marshall or Dara Griswold if you have any additional questions.
At the February 28th board meeting the following people were selected to lead the GYHA travel hockey programs during the 2019-2020 season:
8U - Currently vacant
10U - Head Coach
12U - Head Coach
14U - Head Coach
Just a reminder, tryouts for next year's travel teams are the weekend of March 16th and 17th. These tryouts are currently the only tryouts for the 2019-2020 travel hockey season! If your skater played travel last season or is considering playing on a travel team next year, please sign them up for next year's tryouts now. If you have any additional questions, please contact the appropriate head coach by the link above.
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.
- 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.
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.
GYHA is currently looking for adults who are interested in serving as head coach of a 2019 - 2020 Griffin travelteam. 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.
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.
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!