As many of you know, Bantams is the first level of youth hockey where checking is part of the game. For many of the kids, this will be the first time that we will be playing in games where checking is allowed.
To that end, we have arranged for 1st year Bantams to participate in a pre-season clinic on how to play with checking. Players will be introduced on how to accept checks and give checks.
The clinics will take place at Fessenden on September 8th and 10th at 8:00pm. Second year Bantams are welcome to attend to watch and listen to the instruction, but due to space constraints will not be able to participate in the on-ice drills.
A quick update on the beginning of the season. We're in the midst of trying to secure ice for the season so the details are not yet confirmed, but we will definitely begin travel team practices by 9/8 and possibly some before then.
The first Valley League parity games start 9/12 and 9/13.
Hockey season is just about a month away and we need to get current USA Hockey numbers for all of the players and coaches for next season. If you have already registered with USA Hockey for the 2015/2016 season, please take a few minutes to update your accounts in the NYH database. (Note: the 4th digit of new 2015/16 number is a "6".)
If you have not yet registered with USA Hockey for the 2015/2016 season, please register online as soon as possible. Then be sure to update your profile(s) on the NYH website with their new USA Hockey number.
NO PLAYER WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE ICE FOR THE FIRST PRACTICE OR GAME WITHOUT IT! The coaches will have a list of their players that are NOT registered.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Enjoy the rest of the summer.
The results of the Newton Youth Hockey Board election held June 1 at the Annual General Membership Meeting are posted below. Thank you to the members that turned out to vote and especially to those that volunteered to serve NYH. The new term officially begins on July 1.
A special thanks to those that have stepped down after several years of service:
· Rob Hallion - President
· Susan Bianchi - Clerk
· Neil Paterson - Girls Program Coordinator
All three contributed quality time and effort which leaves the organization better than when they entered. On behalf of the new Board, I can say that we'll try to do the same. I'm honored to have the privilege of steering the ship for more than 500 youth hockey hopefuls.
One item of note. The results of the "Organizational and Coaches Survey" will be distributed to the members with in the next couple weeks. Feedback was robust and informative and will be used to determine areas of focus for the coming season. Thanks to those that participated.
Please enjoy the summer. September will be here before we know it.
The Girls U-19 high school prep team will have open tryouts the week of September 1st. This team will practice twice a week and play games from early September to the Sunday before thanksgiving. Tryouts will be conducted by a veteran group of coaches (See below). Based on the level of participation we may end-up with two teams OR a group that competes in games and practices and another that participates in practices only. If you have any further inquiries, please contact us via
The N/C coaching staff includes:
Head Coach - Dan Barton
Assistants -John Crowley, Ray Ethier; Italo Visco.
Parent Liaison: Michael Gropman
You MUST be registered to take part in tryouts the 1st week of September.