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                     CCYHA Mission Statement:

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
teamwork.

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CCYHA at UCONN Huskies - Jan 22
01/13/2022
CCYHA Day at the UConn Huskies will be Saturday, January 22nd. ...
CCYHA "Who Are We"
01/13/2022
CCYHA Families: Each season I do a "who are we" map...
COVID Quarantine/Isolation Information from CHC
01/08/2022
Per CHC:   To clarify our last email regarding quarantine,...

01/07/2022
I am sure by now most have heard about the tragic on ice accident...
CHC State Tournament Grid
12/15/2021
For planning purposes, attached is the CHC State Tournament Grid
CCYHA 9th Annual Turkey Shootout Recap
11/29/2021
CCYHA members,   Thank you for all who came out to the...
CCYHA PW AA Avon Thanksgiving Tourney Champions !!
11/29/2021
Congratulations to our Central Capitals Pee Wee AA Team for their...
U16 Tier 2 Back to Back State Champions !!!!!!!!
11/14/2021
Congratulations to the CCYHA U16 team on winning the U16 Tier 2 State...
U18 Tier 2 State Champions
11/14/2021
Congratulations to the CCYHA U18 team on winning the U18 Tier...
Congratulations former CCYHA Player - Molly Jordan
10/14/2021
Congratulations to former CCYHA player, Molly Jordan, on being selected...
CCYHA U15 wins Doritos Midget Classic
08/29/2021
Congratulations to our U15 team on winning the U16 A division at...
USA Hockey 2021-2025 Rule Changes
07/02/2021
CCYHA Members: USA Hockey recently passed rule changes effective...
CCYHA U16 at USA Hockey National Championships
04/21/2021
The CCYHA U16 Tier 2 team competed at the USA Hockey National...
CCYHA Program Overview 2021-2022
03/05/2021
Central CT Youth Hockey Program Overview CCYHA is one of the largest...
CCYHA Director of Goaltending
02/26/2021
CCYHA created a Director of Goaltending position to help foster goaltender...
Arena Golf
10/19/2020
What better way to spend time while our kids are practicing and playing...
CCYHA U18 Tier 1 BACK TO BACK National Champions
04/08/2019
The CCYHA U18 Tier 1 Midgets completed their quest for a BACK TO...
CCYHA SHA U18 Tier 1 Midgets win NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
04/10/2018
The Central CT Youth Hockey Selects Academy u18 Tier 1 team wins...
 
CCYHA at UCONN Huskies - Jan 22

CCYHA Day at the UConn Huskies will be Saturday, January 22nd.  While the UConn vs New Hampshire hockey game starts at 4pm, there will be plenty of Central Capitals action before, during and after the UConn game on the XL Center ice.  Our day starts at 11:30am with the Mite Development group skating in a half ice scrimmage game and the House League Flyers vs the House League Predators going head to head on the other half of the sheet.  Then at 12:30pm there’s more House League action as the Bruins, Capitals, Golden Knights and Rangers take the ice.  During the first and second intermission breaks of the UConn hockey game our Learn to Play kids will skate, playing in front of thousands of fans.  Make sure you cheer them on, loudly!!!  And to cap off our CCYHA Day we have three more teams in action.  From 6:30pm to 7:30pm, watch our Mite B team face off against South Windsor Mite B team in a half ice game while on the other half of the ice our House League Select team will take on the South Windsor Mite C team.  And from 7:40pm to 8:55pm our Pee Wee B1 team will battle the Northeast Huskies Pee Wee B team. 

So don’t wait, get your $12 discount tickets now for this event;

To order tickets for the UConn game, log onto Uconnhuskies.com/promotions and enter the promo code: CENTRAL, then click on the “Find Tickets” tab, select seats by clicking on green dots and follow sales flow to checkout.  If you don’t already have an account with UConn Huskies, you’ll need to create an account with the typical address and credit card information.  There is a $3 service charge per order, NOT per ticket.  So for example I bought four tickets for my family, $48 plus the $3 service charge for a total of $51.  Make sure to order your tickets sooner than later.  People trying to buy tickets the day of the game will not get the discount price.  Tickets MUST be shown to get into the pre and/or post game skate.


by posted 01/13/2022
CCYHA "Who Are We"

CCYHA Families:

Each season I do a "who are we" map showing where our membership comes from. This season Central CT Youth Hockey membership is made up of players from 55 different towns. Below are the town listings with number of players from each town.

Town Number   Town Number
Wethersfield 90   Coventry 2
Glastonbury 60   East Haddam 2
Southington 60   Hebron 2
Newington 31   Marlborough 2
Berlin 25   New Britain 2
West Hartford 25   South Windsor 2
Rocky Hill 15   Willington 2
Bristol 14   Windsor 2
Cheshire 14   Wolcott 2
Cromwell 14   Colchester 1
Wallingford 13   Collinsville 1
Farmington 11   East Granby 1
Manchester 9   East haven 1
Middletown 9   East Lyme 1
Plantsville 9   Enfield 1
Kensington 7   Guilford 1
Avon 5   Haddam 1
Portland 5   Harwinton  1
Burlington 4   Killingworth 1
Canton 4   Lebanon 1
East Hampton 4   Meriden 1
Marion 4   Niantic 1
Plainville 4   Orange 1
Unionville 4   Sheffield, MA 1
Middlefield 3   Southfield, MA 1
Tolland 3   Terryville 1
Columbia 2   Vernon 1

by posted 01/13/2022
COVID Quarantine/Isolation Information from CHC

Per CHC:

 
To clarify our last email regarding quarantine, please continue to check and follow the latest CDC recommendations, which recommend quarantine for 5 days after a close contact, rather than the 14 - day quarantine period included in the DPH Guidance document.  
 
The CDC Guidelines are more recent, updated 1/4/22. Below is the link to the CDC Guidelines, effective 1/4/22.
 
 
 
The DPH Guidelines are from a document entitled: Updated Guidance for the Operation of Interscholastic, Youth and other Amateur Sport Activities during the COVID - 19 Pandemic, effective 12/22/21.
 
Below is the link to the DPH guidelines, effective 12/22/21.
 

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Coronavirus/Community_Resources/Vaccinations/Print-Materials/Fact-Sheets/DPH-Youth-and-Amateur-Sports-COVID19_UPDATED_Winter_2021_2022.pdf

 


Please be advised. Even though the current 12/22/21 DPH document (under the section titled "Quarantine and Other Actions after Exposure") is citing to old quarantine recommendations, it still acknowledges the CDC as the authority. Therefore, it is reasonable to read the current 12/22/21 DPH document, implies that, if the cited CDC recommendations should change (which they did on 1/4/22), those new recommendations should be followed. 
 
 
 

by posted 01/08/2022

I am sure by now most have heard about the tragic on ice accident that happened last night in Greenwich. The entire hockey community is grieving the loss of one of our own players. Teddy Balkind played his youth hockey for New Canaan Winter Club and was currently playing high school hockey for St. Luke's. The entire CCYHA board passes on their deepest condolences to the Balkind family. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with this terrible accident. 
 

Anthony Giusto

CCYHA President 


by posted 01/07/2022
CHC State Tournament Grid

For planning purposes, attached is the CHC State Tournament Grid


by posted 12/15/2021
CCYHA 9th Annual Turkey Shootout Recap

CCYHA members,
 
Thank you for all who came out to the 2021/22 CCYHA 3v3 Turkey Shootout.  A great time was had by both the kids and the parents and thank you to all who helped out.  
Over the course of 6 hours there were 97 games played and 518 goals scored! 147 current or former CCYHA players laced em up, ranging in age from our youngest 2014 Mite, to our oldest 2002  "OG Legend”.
 
Congratulations to the following ‘Cup’ Winners:
Mites: “Cougars” Ken Barse, Mateo Faienza, Carter Gworek
Squirts: “Aliens” Aaron Austin, Max DeFilio. Jacob Drapeau
Pee Wees: “Fury” Griffin Karwick, Logan Kurnick, Braden Linskey
Bantams: “Aliens” Evan Kuczenski, Sean Millen, Ryan Socha
Young Legends: “Hellions” Noah Butler, Lucas Gorcenski, Sean Huempfner
OG Legends: “Aliens” Nick Huempfner, TJ Mayfield, Cam Partridge 
 
All Champions:
DIVISION
CUP
PLATE
BOWL
SHIELD
MITES
COUGARS
FURY
EELS
N/A
SQUIRTS
ALIENS
FURY
BEAVERS
HELLIONS
PEE WEES
FURY
JOKERS
EELS
HELLIONS
BANTAMS
ALIENS
COUGARS
FURY
BEAVERS
YOUNG LEGENDS (05 & 06s)
HELLIONS
COUGARS
FURY
EELS
OG LEGENDS (04s & OLDER)
ALIENS
DEMONS
BEAVERS
N/A

 

* The OG Legends (combined these Capitals have played over 400 Turkey Shootout games through their careers! 


by posted 11/29/2021
CCYHA PW AA Avon Thanksgiving Tourney Champions !!

Congratulations to our Central Capitals Pee Wee AA Team for their championship win in the Pee Wee A Division of the Avon Thanksgiving Tournament this past weekend. The Pee Wee AA  team went 2-1 in round robin play with the only loss coming from Simsbury. On Sunday they revenged that loss with a dominant 4-0 performance to win the championship. That’s 3 shutouts in 4 games for the Champs. Congrats to all the players and coaches for bringing home the trophy!!


by posted 11/29/2021
U16 Tier 2 Back to Back State Champions !!!!!!!!

Congratulations to the CCYHA U16 team on winning the U16 Tier 2 State Championship!!!!!!!  CCYHA U16 defeated the undefeated Wonderland Wizards by a score of 7-4 to capture their back to back state title. The U16's will be representing CT at the USA Hockey National Championships in March/April in Troy, Michigan. Congratulations to players and coaches.


by posted 11/14/2021
U18 Tier 2 State Champions

Congratulations to the CCYHA U18 team on winning the U18 Tier 2 State Championship!!!!!!!  CCYHA U18 defeated the Wonderland Wizards by a score of 3-2 to capture the state title. The U18's will be representing CT at the USA Hockey National Championships in March/April in Irvine, California. Congratulations to players and coaches.


by posted 11/14/2021
Congratulations former CCYHA Player - Molly Jordan

Congratulations to former CCYHA player, Molly Jordan, on being selected for the 2022 U.S. U18 Women's National Team.  Molly currently plays for Loomis Chafee and is committed to player her college hockey at Boston College. The US Womens U18 World Championships is being held January 8-15 in Sweden. Best of luck to Molly and congratulations on this accomplishment!!!!!!


by posted 10/14/2021
CCYHA U15 wins Doritos Midget Classic

Congratulations to our U15 team on winning the U16 A division at the Doritos Midget Classic in Bridgeport. The U15's went 2-1 in the opening round to earn a spot in the semi-finals where they defeated the SW Blackhawks 3-2 to advance to the championship game. The U15's avenged their loss in the opening round to the Long Island Rebels by defeating them 1-0 in overtime to claim the championship. Congratulations to all players and coaches !!!! 


by posted 08/29/2021
USA Hockey 2021-2025 Rule Changes

CCYHA Members:

USA Hockey recently passed rule changes effective mites through midgets for 2021-2025. The full list of rule changes/interpretations could be found at the following link:

  https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.leagueathletics.com/Text/Documents/1978/75701.pdf

Some of the rule changes include:

  • A game misconduct will now be assessed to a player who receives 4 penalties in a single game and to a coach whose team receives 12 penalties (changed from 5 per player and 15 per team).
  • Icing is prohibited while a team is shorthanded.
  • Shorter length of minor penalties
    • 12 minute periods - 1:00
    • Greater than 12 minute periods and Less than 17 minute periods - 1:30
    • 17 minute periods and greater - 2:00
  • After a penalty is called, the ensuing faceoff will be in the zone of the offending team
  • An unsportsmanlike penalty will be called when banging on the boards after a LEGAL or ILLEGAL hit
  • Tag up offsides has been eliminated at all levels mites through midgets
  • Body Checking is now called Competitive Contact and the first level of contact must be made on the puck. Making physical contact with an opposing player without making an attempt on the puck will be penalized
  • Late body checks will be penalized. There is no longer such thing as "finishing the check". Once a player passes the puck, contact cannot be initiated.

by posted 07/02/2021
CCYHA U16 at USA Hockey National Championships

The CCYHA U16 Tier 2 team competed at the USA Hockey National Championsips April 29-May 3. The U16's competed against 15 of the other top teams in the country in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  An amazing experience was had.  Congratulations to the team on making it to Nationals.

Results:

Central CT Capitals vs USA Eagles, Michigan (#6 ranked in US) - LOSS 7-1

Central CT Capitals vs Littleton Hawks, Colorado (#31 ranked in US) - LOSS 2-0

Central CT Capitals vs Afton Americans, Missouri (#7 ranked in US) - LOSS 6-1

 


by posted 04/21/2021
CCYHA Program Overview 2021-2022

Central CT Youth Hockey Program Overview

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.

Program Offerings:

         Development Programs

                  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. 

 

         Travel Programs

                  U8 Mite Travel (2013 & 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 (11 & 12 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 (09 & 10 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 (07 & 08 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 March for the following season. 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 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 2021-2022 season. Our U18 team finished tied for second in Tier 2 and our U16 team went undefeated in state games and have been crowned STATE CHAMPIONS and will be representing CT at USA Hockey Nationals. 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. 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.

                  Goaltending Director – CCYHA has a Director of Goaltending to help advance the skills of goalies within our organization.

                  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.

                  Turkey Shootout Pond Hockey Tournament

                  State Tournament

 

       Program Fees:

                  Tryout Fee: $100.00

                  Mite Travel: $2,325.00

                  Squirt Travel: $2,375.00

                  PeeWee Travel: $2,625.00

                  Bantam Travel: $2,725.00

                  Bantam Half Year: $1,500.00 (if we have enough players for a half year team)

                  Midget U16 & U18 T2, U15/U16: 1,850.00


by posted 03/05/2021
CCYHA Director of Goaltending

CCYHA created a Director of Goaltending position to help foster goaltender development within the organization.  The position's primary role will be to work with each coaching to staff to ensure goalies receive the proper attention & instruction during practices.  The Director will also distribute information about the position for coaches, goaltenders & goaltender parents, work with each team to track their goalies' development, coordinate with Procrease and be a general resource to answer any questions that come up related to goaltending & goaltender development.  Matt Allatin will be taking the lead as our first Director of Goaltending.  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to him. He could be reached at 

Director of Goaltending

 

Responsibilities

    • Educating Coaching Staff - each team designates a goalie coach

    • Periodic check ins with each team’s goalie coach

      • Discuss progress - identify areas for improvement

    • Coordinate with Procrease as needed

    • Address any questions from goaltenders or goaltender parents 

    • Participate in goaltender tryout evaluations

 

Educating Coaching Staff

    • Each team will designate a goalie coach for the season - their job will be to work with the goalie during the season

    • The Director of Goaltending will provide education to the designated coaches - identifying basic fundamentals that can be reinforced in practice - in form of a meeting before the season starts (all coaches are encouraged to attend)

    • Discuss points where practices typically neglect goalies in practice - ways to improve practice plans

 

Periodic Check-Ins with Designated Goalie Coach

    • Coaches explain how the goalie is progressing through the year

    • If the goalie struggles with a particular facet of the game the director will work with the coach and Procrease to identify drills for improvement

 

Coordinate with Procrease as Needed

    • Communicating specific areas of improvement for each goalie as they arise

 

Address Questions/Concerns from Goaltenders or Parents

    • Answer questions & provide advice as needed to goaltenders or goaltender parents

 

Tryout Evaluations

    • Evaluates goaltenders at the goalie specific tryout session

      • One of several evaluators

      • Not involved in player placement


by posted 02/26/2021
Arena Golf

What better way to spend time while our kids are practicing and playing than to play some virtual golf. Overlooking the Red Rink at Newington Arena, Arena Golf will be open for business on Monday November 2 at 9am. Please visit www.arenagolfct.com for more information and to book time in our state of art golf simulator.


by posted 10/19/2020
CCYHA U18 Tier 1 BACK TO BACK National Champions

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.


by posted 04/08/2019
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.


by posted 04/10/2018
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