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
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 !!!!
Dear Presidents and Player Safety Representatives,
Below are the current COVID Mask Policy, Reporting Guidelines, Contact Tracing and Quarantine Period Guidelines, Return to Play Guidelines, and HIPAA Guidance.
Mask/Facial Covering Policy – Effective September 1, 2021
In consultation with the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), and in conjunction with the Connecticut Rink Owners Association (CROA), and in conformance with Gov. Ned Lamont’s Executive Order No. 13A, the Connecticut Hockey Conference (CHC) hereby requires, effective September 1, 2021, that all individuals and participants inside facilities hosting CHC sanctioned events (including practices, scrimmages, and games) in the State of Connecticut, and inside facilities hosting events of CHC member programs, Pawling and Putnam Youth Hockey, must wear a mask or face covering at all times. For players and on-ice officials who are actually on the ice, a face shield that covers the entire face, including the nose and mouth, attaches to the player’s helmet, and is specifically manufactured for use with the player’s helmet, may be worn.
Rink, Town, or Local Health Department Policies or Guidelines do not supersede this mandate.
“Individuals and participants” include all players, coaches, on-ice officials, off-ice officials (including scorekeepers and timekeepers), and spectators.
Failure to comply with this requirement carries with it may constitute a violation of Executive Order no. 13A and subject the violator to a fine, as provided in the executive order.
Accepted Facial Coverings for Ice Hockey
Cloth Masks Neck Gaiters CCM Game On Face Mask Bauer Concept III Face Shield
We list four types of facial coverings for your use.
The first picture shows a mask that attaches to your face.
The second picture shows a gaiter encompassing the neck/face.
The third picture shows the CCM Game-On face covering which attaches to the wire cage.
The fourth picture is the Bauer Concept III w/ splash guard.
Medical Exemptions related to facial coverings are used for exemption from having to wear (aka: attached to your face) a mask / facial covering. By using either the Game-On, or Concept III shown above (both of which do not attach to the face), or similar HECC approved products, requests for medical exemptions are unnecessary.
Examples of Masks Improperly Worn
Under the nose On the chin Only on the nose On the forehead Dangling from ear
COVID Reporting Policy – Effective August 24, 2021
In the event that a participant in a CHC hockey program receives a confirmed, positive test result for COVID-19, the Player Safety Representative for the program with which the individual is associated should immediately provide notice of the positive test result to the local health department of the program’s home city or town. The representative should also notify the program staff for any program with which the individual shared the ice for practices, games, or skill sessions, and officials with whom the individual shared the ice or had close contact within 48 hours prior to the onset of the individual’s symptoms or test date (if asymptomatic). (See below for more detail as to the specific people the Player Safety Representative must notify and the proper procedure for providing the required notifications.) All notifications required under this section should be made in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local privacy and confidentiality laws and regulations.
In the event that an individual with a CHC hockey program receives a confirmed, positive test result for COVID-19, the Player Safety Representative for that program must notify the following people via email with the required information:
the Program President;
the local Health Department;
the parents of the all team members on the affected team;
the team coaches;
the management staff of any hockey facility in which the infected individual was in attendance during the 14 days prior to the positive test result or the first onset of symptoms, whichever is sooner (call or email is acceptable);
Amy Landino, Player Safety Coordinator – CT,
Chuck Wilkerson, CHC President,
Art Blakeslee, CHC Vice President, art.
Mike Federico, CHC Treasurer,
Dawn Bryson, CHC Secretary,
If the infected individual participated in a game, practice, or skill session with another team during the 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms or test date (if asymptomatic), the Player Safety Representative for the infected individual’s program shall immediately provide notice to the Player Safety Representative for the opposing team’s program via email and then immediately follow up with a call the Player Safety Representative to ensure he/she received the email.
In a situation such as the above, where the infected individual did not play for the home team, the Player Safety Representative for the home team shall immediately provide notice to the local health department. This is in addition to the notification to the local health department for the infected individual’s program, which is to be provided by the individual’s Player Safety Representative, as set forth above.
If there were officials present for the relevant game(s), practice(s), or skill session(s), the Player Safety Representative for the infected individual’s program shall immediately provide notice to Connecticut Referee-in-Chief, Kevin Redding, via email to:
, so that he can notify the affected officials.
Player Safety Representatives are reminded that it is their responsibility to inform their program’s teams, coaches, and parents of the relevant association, local, and state guidelines and policies.
All program Presidents and Player Safety Representatives should check their email and the CHC website regularly for updates to state guidelines.
Contact Tracing and Quarantine Period – Effective August 24, 2021
A person is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or 14 days after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control’s general guidance for identification of close contacts defines a contact as within 6 feet of an infected individual for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. However, this definition is intended for individuals interacting at a relative resting state (e.g., engaged in conversation, seated near each other, etc.). In cases where significant respiratory droplet generation and spread could reasonably be expected (e.g., with a cough or sneeze, aerobic activity, forced exhalation upon exertion, etc.), then 15 minutes of exposure is not needed to be considered a contact. In the case of ice hockey, given the highly aerobic nature of the activity, caution would dictate that anyone who was on the ice with the infected individual during a practice or game for any period of time (or was within six feet of the infected individual for 15 minutes) should be considered a close contact. Masks do not factor into CDC’s definition because it is not possible to verify consistent and correct use of masks during activities.
Individuals who are not fully vaccinated who are identified as a close contact of a known COVID-19 case quarantine away from sports for a full 14 days from the date of their last exposure to the case, or for 10 days with a negative test at day 8 or later. Even if players are allowed to return to school or other activities earlier than the timelines listed above, they should not return to sports until 14 days or 10 days with a test. The date of last exposure counts as day 0.
Fully vaccinated individuals do not have to quarantine away from sports at all, as long as they do not have any symptoms. It is recommended that fully vaccinated individuals get tested between day 3-5 after their last exposure to a case and wear a mask when around others at all times until they receive a negative test result or for a full 14 days.
When someone becomes infected, that person must go into “isolation” (as opposed to close contacts of an infected individual, who quarantine away from sports). Isolation lasts for a full 10 days from the time symptoms started or the positive test was administered (if the individual did not experience symptoms prior to the positive result). Date of positive test or onset of symptoms counts as day 1.
"Individuals who have had COVID-19 do not have to quarantine after a new exposure during the 90 day period following their date of diagnosis, as long as they do not have any symptoms that might be associated with COVID-19. That last part is important as we are definitely seeing re-infections of people with the Delta variant and often those people have mild symptoms that they dismiss as “allergies” or “just a cold” because they assume that, because they had been infected in the past 3 months or have been vaccinated, that it couldn’t possibly be COVID-19."
Also - Either a PCR or rapid antigen test are acceptable test formats.
Return to Play – Effective August 24, 2021
The American Academy of Pediatrics’ 6-day, Return to Play Information: After an infected player’s isolation period ends, that player should confirm with his or her medical provider that the player is cleared to return to athletic activities. Those players, in consultation with their medical provider or the team trainer/physician, should follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Return to Sports and Physical Activity guidance and procedures, including the multi-day progression of physical activity as indicated. A written note from the players pediatrician is required to be presented to Return to Play.
There is no need for additional COVID testing in order for a player to be released from isolation (in fact, the person may continue to test positive for up to 90 days after they are infected, so testing is not recommended for people who have recently recovered from COVID-19).
Given the current state of infections in Connecticut, it is likely that, sooner or later, someone will show up at practice or a game infected, and so all CHC participants will benefit significantly in terms of practice/game time if they are fully vaccinated.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
To the extent anyone raises the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act in connection with any of the above requirements, please be aware that CHC is not acting in a manner that would deem it to be defined as a “covered entity” under HIPAA.
Please direct your questions to: CHC Player Safety Coordinator Amy Landino. Email: playersafetycoordinatorCT@gmail.com
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.
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.
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
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 (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
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)
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
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
Evaluates goaltenders at the goalie specific tryout session
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.
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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