The safety of each player is our organization's highest priority. The purpose
of this organization is to provide an opportunity for young people to learn
the rules and skills of ice hockey through supervised instruction and
competition while emphasizing the ideals of good sportsmanship and
We are 9 days away from the start of CCYHA travel team tryouts. Tryouts start on Saturday July 11. REGISTRATION CLOSES JULY 9. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED BEFORE POSTPONEMENT, YOU DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER AGAIN.
CENTRAL CT YOUTH HOCKEY & CAPITAL WOLVES 2020-2021 TRYOUT REGISTRATION FOR TRAVEL TEAMS
The registration system has been set up for travel team tryouts for the 2020-2021 season. Any player who is trying out for travel hockey is required to register for tryouts. The tryout schedule has been posted under the tryout tab on our website. The tryout fee of $100.00 (mite-bantam) and $50.00 (midget) is due at the time of online registration.
Players will be split into groups and attend three tryout sessions. Players must attend the tryout times assigned to them. All Mites will attend the same session, Squirts through Bantams will be split by last name; A-L and M-Z for first tryout (no switching times allowed). After the first tryout, all players will be split into 2 groups (not alphabetically) and must come to the tryout time they are assigned to. The updated list will be found on the Central web site after each tryout under the tryout tab.
Players who plan on participating in house league, mite development, or learn to play next season do not attend travel team tryouts.
Please follow the link below to register for tryouts:
If you played for CCYHA in 2019-2020 and will be playing for another organization in 2020-2021, you need to get a USA Hockey written release from CCYHA. All transfers need a release, including those going to non CHC programs. All releases get sent directly to CHC/USA Hockey and do not go to parents. Please follow the below link to request a release from our registrar, Aaron Odell.
Pro Crease Goaltending has always operated our summer camps under the guidance and laws set forth by the State of CT. While monitoring the conditions and, of equal importance, listening to the wonderful feedback via our recent survey, we have developed an industry leading summer program that will keep our goaltenders safe, on the ice more while providing a highly customizable and personalized experience, the PCG Fast Track Summer.
We are extremely excited to announce that the Fast Track Summer maintains an on ice goaltender to coach ratio of 2:1.
Also, the total attendance of each session is well within the desired comfort range expressed in the survey with only 6 goalies in each zone! Finally, the locker rooms at the Newington Arena are all properly divided with clear visual markings to maintain a safe distance.
While we look forward to returning to Avon Old Farms, Quinnipiac University and South Kent, these facilities will be closed to summer camps due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result the 2020 Scenarios, Newington, Frozen 72 Men’s and Women’s Camps are canceled.
The Development Camp set to take place at the Newington Arena has also been canceled in order to provide the best version of the PCG Fast Track Summer.
The 2020 Elite Week will now take place at the Newington Arena during the same dates, July 20 – 23. If you have already signed up for Elite Week an additional email will soon be sent out.
All CPCT summer camps have been canceled except the Development Camp which will still be held the week of August 17th.
Please take a moment to read the very specific explanation of the PCG Fast Track Summer!
Your Summer Training Just Got
All goaltenders will enjoy 2:1 goaltender to coach ratio during the entirety of the PCG Fast Track Summer during an uninterrupted 90-minute ice session!
With the 2:1 ratio and limited number of total attendees, goaltenders will be grouped with a single partner of similar age and level. There is no need to worry about the overall age level of the session. Every goaltender will receive the right coaching for their game from NCAA – Youth.
We know that every goaltender wants to be in the net as much as possible this summer and we’re making that a reality with this amazing ratio. There will be no wasted time on “group teaching” or Zamboni time.
Before the goaltenders need to arrive to the rink a highly detailed video will be available for each goaltender to review when it best suits them. This video will include the day’s situational and skill focuses along with drill explanations. Also embedded will be real game examples and breakdowns. This video will be available for download so goaltenders can refer back to the information for later use. This is an amazing takeaway for all attending goaltenders.
A very exciting component to the 2020 PCG Fast Track Summerwill be One on One Video Sessions! There is nothing like individual feedback and conversation. For each session your goaltender attends, One on One video time will be scheduled via Zoom with a member of the Pro Crease Goaltending staff.
Strength & Conditioning
After the amazing feedback we have received about our Online Spring Training Staff we are happy to welcome the following staff who will be leading an hour long daily online strength and conditioning session.
Terrance McLellan – Quinnipiac University Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
Customizable and experiential is the focus of the 2020 PCG Fast Track Summer. With this in mind each goaltender will be able to build their own summer schedule. Below are all the dates and times listed for your convenience and ability to plan. The entirety of the summer has been planned with keen detail to allow for goaltenders to develop whether they sign up for a single session or the entire program.
Goaltenders are able to create their own summer schedule! Sign up for a single Blue or Red Session which is 2 days: a Monday and a Wednesday or a Tuesday and a Thursday of a given week or sign up for multiple Sessions for an even more comprehensive training experience.
CCYHA U16 & U18 T2 Players Receive Post Season Awards
Congratulations to our many CCYHA Midget Tier 2 U16 & U18 players who received high school awards this season. This is a very impressive list:
Nick Maringola - Cheshire - Goalie - CCYHA U18 - CTHS D2 Goalie of the Year, CTHS D2 First Team, CIAC D2 All State First Team, CIAC D2 MVP, SCC/SWC D2 First Team All-Conference, SCC/SWC D2 Player of the Year, Record Journal All Area Team, New Haven Register All Area Team, New Haven Register High School Hockey Player of the Year.
Niklas Vasiljevs - Cheshire - Forward - CCYHA U18 - SCC/SWC D2 Second Team All-Conference, Record Journal All Area Team.
CCYHA is one of the largest and most successful travel programs in the state. We are an American Development Model (ADM) compliant program with the objective of long-term development. Our mission is to provide an opportunity for young people to learn the rules and skills of ice hockey through supervised instruction and competition while emphasizing the ideals of good sportsmanship and teamwork.
Learn to Play Hockey – This program is for our beginner hockey players ages 3 and up. Session 1 is a 5 week session (one weekend instructional hour per week) from mid October until the weekend prior to Thanksgiving. Session 2 runs from December through mid March and consists of two weekend instructional hours (Sat. and Sun.) per week. Registration for Learn to Play Hockey opens in late summer.
Mite Development – This program is for our players (ages 4-12) that have already participated in a Learn to Skate or Learn to Play hockey program. The Mite Development program runs mid October to mid March and consists of two weekend instructional hours (Sat. and Sun.) per week. Registration for Mite Development opens in late summer.
House League – This program is for kids aged 5-12 who have at least 1-2 seasons of skating AND hockey experience. Players are placed onto teams and have two practices and 1 game per week. Games are played half ice, with real boards across the center ice line separating the two games. Games are played 4 verse 4 plus a goalie in net (using goalie equipment). The House League program runs from mid October to mid March. Registration for House League opens in late summer.
U8 Mite Travel (2012 & Younger Birth Years) – CCYHA is compliant with USA Hockey ADM model at the U8 level. The mite travel teams consist of our more experienced players at the U8 level. Mite travel teams will compete in CHC. Tryouts are held in March for the following season. Mite Travel teams will have two practices per week plus 2 games per weekend. Most weekends consist of one home and one away game. The number of mite travel teams will be dependent on several criteria including; number of participants, birth years, and talent level. The Mite Travel program runs from late August to mid March.
U10 Squirt Travel (10 & 11 Birth Years) – We have offerings for all experience levels at the U10 level. We typically have several teams at the A, B and C levels. Tryouts are held in March for the following season. Squirt Travel teams will have two practices per week plus 2 games per weekend. Most weekends consist of one home and one away game. The number of squirt travel teams will be dependent upon number of participants. Our squirt travel teams will compete in CHC and will have the opportunity to qualify for Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4. Our Squirt AA team will also compete in the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL). This will consist of a 16 game schedule, 8 games of which will be played at two festivals and 4 home and 4 away games. The Squirt Travel program runs from late August to mid March.
U12 PeeWee Travel (08 & 09 Birth Years) – We have offerings for all experience levels at the U12 level. We typically have several teams at the A, B and C levels. Tryouts are held in March for the following season. PeeWee Travel teams will have two practices per week plus 2 games per weekend. Most weekends consist of one home and one away game. The number of peewee travel teams will be dependent upon number of participants. Our peewee travel teams will compete in CHC and will have the opportunity to qualify for Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4. Our PeeWee AA team will also compete in the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL). This will consist of a 16 game schedule, 8 games of which will be played at two festivals and 4 home and 4 away games. The PeeWee Travel program runs from late August to mid March.
U14 Bantam Travel (06 & 07 Birth Years) – We have offerings for all experience levels at the U14 level. We typically have teams at the AA, A and B levels. Tryouts are held in April for the following season. A new rule by USA prohibits U14 teams from trying out until 24 hours after Nationals conclude. Bantam Travel teams will have two practices per week plus 2 games per weekend. Most weekends consist of one home and one away game. The number of bantam travel teams will be dependent upon number of participants. Our bantam travel teams will compete in CHC and will have the opportunity to qualify for Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4. Our Bantam AA team will also compete in the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL). This will consist of a 16 game schedule, 8 games of which will be played at two festivals and 4 home and 4 away games. The Bantam Travel program runs from late August to mid March. For those players that plan to tryout for their high school teams in the fall, we will explore offering a Bantam Half Year option. Players who plan to tryout for their high school must notify CCYHA on the commitment agreement so we can plan accordingly. These players will be guaranteed a spot on a travel team if they do not make their high school team.
Midget High School Teams – CCYHA will be hosting Midget teams for the Wethersfield HS and Newington HS coop. These teams will be a half season team with players from those high schools on the roster. These teams will be undeclared midget teams. Midget season will run from late-August through Thanksgiving.
U16 &U18 Midget Tier 2 and U15/U16 Split Season Teams – Building off the success of last year’s inaugural season at the midget tier 2 level, Central CT Youth Hockey (CCYHA) will be, once again, forming split season teams at the U16 and U18 Tier 2 levels for the 2020-2021 season. These teams fill a void in our area at the Tier 2 level. Teams will be competing in CHC Tier 2 with the winners of the CT State Tournament advancing to the USA Hockey Tier 2 National Championships. Teams will practice and play at Newington Arena and Wesleyan University. Tryouts will be held in mid April.
Additional Program Offerings:
ProCrease – On-ice goaltender instruction for all Mite-Bantam teams two times per month.
Future Fitness - Off-ice training for all Bantam teams two times per month.
Summer Ice – We will be offering ice throughout the summer. Each age group will have a weekly session to stay on the ice (if they wish). This will be a combination of skills, small area drills and scrimmage.
Skills Sessions – Regularly scheduled skills sessions will be offered throughout the season.
The Capital Wolves are a Girls Youth Hockey program located in the greater Hartford, Connecticut area. The program is beginning it’s third season has been created out of a partnership between the Central Connecticut and West Hartford youth hockey associations. The program skates girls teams at the U10, U12, U14, and U19 levels, and will compete in the CHC and CGHL conferences.
Developed in large part thanks to rising numbers and tremendous interest across the Greater Hartford region, the goal of this collaborative effort is to provide an opportunity for girls of various ages and skill levels to have a local place to play hockey, while simultaneously helping to build and grow a unique program to compete at the highest level against other Girls’ programs throughout CT and New England.
CAPITAL WOLVES CONFERENCES
We anticipate fielding multiple teams at the House League, U10, U12, U14, & U19 levels for this coming season, including both CHC and CGHL representation. The expectation is to offer competitive teams at the highest skill levels, while also affording every girl with interest a place to play hockey without having to leave the area.
CAPITAL WOLVES HOME RINKS
Trinity College (Hartford) | Newington Arena (Newington) | Veteran’s Rink (West Hartford)
CAPITAL WOLVES PROGRAM OFFERING
We offer the following activities for each travel team:
CCYHA U15/U6 & U16 Tier 2 & U18 Tier 2 National Bound Teams
Building off the success of last years inaugural season at the midget tier 2 level, Central CT Youth Hockey (CCYHA) will be, once again, forming split season teams at the U16 and U18 Tier 2 levels for the 2020-2021 season. These teams fill a void in our area at the Tier 2 level. Teams will be competing in CHC Tier 2 with the winners of the CT State Tournament advancing to the USA Hockey Tier 2 National Championships. Teams will practice and play at Newington Arena and Wesleyan University.
The 2019-2020 U16's, head coached by Anthony Giusto, finished the split fall season with a record of 15-8-2 and earning a berth in the state tournament as the #3 seed, eventually falling in the semifinals. The U16's were also the runner up in the Midget Fall Classic in Foxborough MA.
The 2019-2020 U18's, head coached by Bryan Healy, finished the split fall season with an impressive record of 16-3-2 and earning a berth in the state tournament as the #2 seed, eventually falling in the semifinals to eventual champion Wonderland Wizards.
For the 2020-2021 season, birth years 2004 and 2005 will be eligible for the U16 Tier 2 and U15/U16 teams. Birth years 2002 and 2003 will be eligible for the U18 Tier 2 team.
U15/U16 & U16 Tier 2 (2004 & 2005 Birth Years) - THIS GROUP WILL BE SPLIT INTO TWO DUE TO A LARGE NUMBER OF TRYOUT PARTICIPANTS. MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW ON WHO SHOULD ATTEND WHICH TRYOUT SESSION.
The CCYHA U18 Tier 1 Midgets completed their quest for a BACK TO BACK National Championship by defeating the North Jersey Avalanche 3-2 in overtime. The CCYHA Selects started the national tournament with convincing wins over the Belle Tire 9-1 and Washington Little Caps 5-2. Game 3 brought a loss for CCYHA at the hands of the Boston Jr. Eagles by a score of 4-1. By going 2-1 in the opening round, the team earned the top seed coming out of their bracket. The opponent in the quarterinals would be #1 nationally ranked Shattuck St. Mary's. CCYHA was up to the test as they advanced to semifinals by defeating Shattuck 8-6. In-state rival Yale Jr. Bulldogs was the opponent in the semifinal round. CCYHA earned a berth in the national championship game by defeating Yale 6-2.
The final game was a matchup against #5 nationally ranked North Jersey Avalanche. After CCYHA took a 2-0 lead late in the third period, the Av's tied it up with 2 goals in a 14 second span in the final minute of play to force overtime. The game ended early in the first sudden overtime period as Killian Rowlee secured the second of the back to back National Championships for CCYHA.
CCYHA SHA U18 Tier 1 Midgets win NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Central CT Youth Hockey Selects Academy u18 Tier 1 team wins the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP by defeating the Cape Cod Whalers 5-2. Congratulation to the midgets on winning a national championship for CCYHA.
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