Valley Youth Hockey is a Tier II association based at Onondaga Nation Arena and Meachem Rink in Syracuse, NY.

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Registration Is Open for First Goals!



Welcome to the VYHA Recreational Hockey Program:  First Goals


The Valley Youth Hockey Association Recreational Hockey Program (aka “First Goals”) offers players in the Syracuse area a low cost - no travel - low commitment hockey alternative.  First Goals focuses on teaching basic hockey skills and sportsmanship in a no check, low-pressure environment that fosters a love of hockey. Players with limited hockey experience are welcomed! 

First Goals is an in-house recreational hockey program for boys and girls aged 9-12 who are not involved in travel leagues (First Goals players cannot be on an existing travel hockey team). Recreational hockey is non-competitive and emphasizes fun along with learning valuable hockey skills. It is an ideal program for those kids who either want to start hockey or for youth who still want to be involved in the sport.

First Goals unique approach to hockey provides players the opportunity to pursue other sports or activities in the winter and allows players to play with their friends with the goal of maximizing each player’s experience and limiting travel.

First Goals will meet one night a week each Sunday with a skill session & pond hockey style-of-play. The program will hit the ice in November and run into the middle of March.

  • EQUIPMENT: All children are required to wear full equipment (VYHA may have some equipment that can be loaned, however participants need to plan on having their own equipment, including sticks. Ice skates can be rented at the rink if needed).
  • FEES:  $100 (to VYHA) plus Registration of $43 to USA Hockey 
  • LOCATION: Meachem Ice Rink
  • DATES & TIMES: Begins Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 6 - 7pm EST.  Every Sunday following at the same time and location.
  • GOAL: To have fun and enjoy the great game of hockey!
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Questions? Please email any of the coaches listed below or email  .


Anthony Polhamus (VYHA Registrar) -   

Travis Hayden (First Goals Coach) –

Carey Lorraine (First Goals Coach) – 

Rob Rioux (First Goals Coach) -