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Raffle Winner 12/15/17 - Final Results

FINAL RAFFLE RESULTS

 

Date Raffle # Winner Player sold Prize $
15-Nov #1429 Joe Czarnecki Kirsten Czarnecki $25
16-Nov #0785 Chris Greenfield Leif Paul $25
17-Nov #0385 Chapman n/a $25
18-Nov #0594 Katynski n/a $25
19-Nov #0026 Melissa Pelaquin Owen Moore $50
20-Nov #0863 Deirdre McMahon Sean McMahon $25
21-Nov #1378 Hope Towers Sean Rowbotham $25
22-Nov #0320 Miriam Harriman Bert McLaughlin $50
23-Nov #1070 Fred Hepburn Paula Hepburn $25
24-Nov #1339 Kotfila n/a $25
25-Nov #0808 R.J. LeClair Daniel LeClair $25
26-Nov #0399 Erik Schnopp Darrin Schnopp $50
27-Nov #1374 Ethan Towers Sean Rowbotham $25
28-Nov #0217 Jody Goodwin n/a $25
29-Nov #0158 Larry Foryet Scott Spear $100
30-Nov #1426 Kirsten Czarnecki Brayden Czarnecki $25
1-Dec #0370 Frank Perry n/a $25
2-Dec #1434 Desmund Conz Desmund Conz $25
3-Dec #1479 Mary Caplette Thomas Keating $100
4-Dec #1160 Liz Bitzas Johnny Lacey $25
5-Dec #1008 Tina Spina Cameron Soucy $25
6-Dec #0349 Bailey Tymeson Joe Tymeson $50
7-Dec #1269 Ashley Abarno Ethan Clarke $25
8-Dec #0752 Steve Tansen Will Shea $25
9-Dec #1112 Sandi Cyr Tyler Barker $25
10-Dec #1429 Joe Czarnecki Kirsten Czarnecki $50
11-Dec #1249 Meg Bacon Bacon $25
12-Dec #1148 Tracey Gamble Jon Learek $25
13-Dec #0728 Becky Stedman Madison Sniczck $50
14-Dec #0786 Chris Greenfield Leif Paul $25
15-Dec #0662 Shawn Rumplik Nila Healy $25

 

 

Contact Fundraising Coordinator, Heidi Leonard, to make arrangements for collection your prize.

hleonard5@comcast.net

413-454-9553


by posted 12/14/2017
WYHA Board Meeting Agenda - December 14th at 6pm

Westfield Youth Hockey

November 2017 Board Meeting Agenda

 

Approve November 2017 Minutes

 

President Report – Aaron Michelucci

  • Recognitions – PWA / Bantam A Tournament Victories!
  • Military Benefit Game – 12/16 Amelia Park @ 5PM
  • Financial Director Board Position

 

1st Vice President Report – Chris Bard

  • Coaching Certification Updates
  • Novice Players
  • LTS  / LTP Update

 

2nd Vice President Report – Chris Pinney

  • Ice schedule update: open dates / other
  • Fire and Ice Update

 

Financial Director Report– Aaron Michelucci (For Meg Bacon)

  • Financial update

        

Communications Report – Tim McMahon

  • Live Barn Discount
  • Blazing Speed Christmas Clinic
  • Planet Hockey Summer Camp

 

Fundraiser Report – Heidi Leonard

  • Calendar Raffle
  • Fundraising Update

 

GSL Report – Paul Braccialarghe

  • GSL Update

          

USA Hockey Report – Jennifer Ondrick

      

Merchandise Report – John Millard

  • Coaches Jackets
  • Equipment update                  

 

Miscellaneous / Open Forum – ALL


by posted 12/14/2017
Stay Warm, Watch on LiveBarn!

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to watch your favorite players with LiveBarn! 
 
LiveBarn allows family & friends to follow the action from anywhere, anytime! When you subscribe to LiveBarn, you can stream and share unlimited video from any LiveBarn venue for $14.95/month, and may cancel at any time.  
 
For a complete list of LiveBarn venues, click hereSave 10% by using Promo Code eabf-7d7a
Please contact   if you have any questions. For more information or to sign up, visit www.livebarn.com.
 

by posted 12/09/2017
Congrats Bantam A Champs!

The Bantams were victorious in the Avon Thanksgiving Tournament with a Championship!


by posted 11/26/2017
Blazing Speed Christmas Clinic


by posted 11/13/2017
Planet Hockey Summer Camp

CAMP LOCATION Hockey Players & Parents,

 

We invite you to join Planet Hockey this summer in WestField, MA at the Amelia Park Arena.

 

 

 
  ICE RINK / DATES| August 13-17, 2018 (Mon - FRI)
Westfield, MA Discount: $30
Final Camp Tuition:  only $469
Discount Code:  PHSAVE30
View camp details & features

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View all other 2018 Planet Hockey Camp Locations – click here

 

OUR TOP PROMOTION OF THE YEAR...Register by November 23rd and YOU can GET:

1.     Early Registration Special - secure your camp spot for only $99

2.     Receive your Camp Discount (see above)

3.     Your balance is not due until 45 days prior to camp.

4.     Custom Sportswear option (receive before the Holidays)

 

Custom Sportswear Bonus - you may order custom Planet Hockey sportswear with your NAME & NUMBER in time for the Holidays!  Registrations must be received by November 23rd. View Sportswear >

 

EARLY REGISTRATION SPECIAL - expires 12/31/17
Register TODAY for only $99.00!  Register before December 31, 2017 and you can reserve your camp spot for only $99 (deposit)…AND receive your exclusive Camp Discount!  Camp balance not due until 45 days prior to camp.  Simply select this payment option at check-out.  Offer expires 12/31/17.

 

CAMP FOCUS/FEATURES:  European Power Skating – Quickness, Edge Control, Speed & Efficiency | Stickhandling – Deceptive Moves & Dekes | Shooting – Release, Quick Release, Different Shots | Small Games | Team Play | Body Contact, Battles & Puck Protection | Dynamic off-ice training | Video Lectures & Hockey Focus Sessions | Personalized Player Skill Assessment | Free Camp Jersey | STP Program – European Flow Drills| Final Day Game & much more!

 

 

REGISTER WITH YOUR DISCOUNT

·         Copy and paste the discount code above into the 'Discount Code' field on the last page (payment page) of your online registration.

·         Goaltenders – do not enter above discount code, goaltenders receive a $100 discount (off of full tuition).

·         Discounts cannot be combined.  Largest discount always applies.

·         Discount must be applied at time of registration.  No refunds/credit given for missed discounts. 

 

 

OTHER PLANET HOCKEY SUMMER PROGRAMS

Day Resident Hockey/Adventure Camps - Breckenridge, CO & Jay Peak, VT

European Youth Hockey Summit ‘18 – Copenhagen (Esbjerg), Denmark July 27- August 4, 2018

Adult Oktoberfest Hockey Classic – Munich, Germany & Austria September 17-24, 2018

2018Camp Locations – coming to a rink near you

Planet Hockey Website – learn more about Planet Hockey view all programs

 

CAMPS FILL QUICKLY
We expect this camp to fill quickly, so register before it’s too late.  Planet Hockey limits group sizes, so REGISTER NOW to ensure your spot and discount in the upcoming 2018 Westfield, MA Planet Hockey SUPER Skills Camp.


by posted 11/11/2017
Planet Hockey Camp


by posted 11/11/2017
BlazingSpeed Hockey Customized Clinic 12/27 & 28, 2017
Are you watching the game or are you IN the game?
 
Experience Hockey game situations before they happen.  Learn how to get there, when to get there, why you are there and what to do next.  Develop crucial on-ice thinking skills.  After an overwhelming summer response to our new clinic format, we are customizing the game development drills as per your requests. 
 
Your Clinic, your players needs.
 
In the comment box on the bottom of the registration page, please leave your
requests and we will fulfill your submissions.  All players have individual skills and unique abilities that we will help them discover with our passion to motivate and inspire.
 
See you on the Ice!
 
BlazingSpeed Hockey Christmas 2017 Clinic, 12/27&28, Olympia Ice arena:
11am-1pm (7-10 yr. olds)
1pm-3pm   (11 and up)
$120 
 
Please visit blazingspeedhockey.net for registrations and more information.

by posted 11/05/2017
Kacey Bellamy's Keys to Development

No matter where hockey has taken two-time Olympian Kacey Bellamy over the past decade – and it’s taken her an awful lot of places – home is always Westfield, Mass. 

Westfield is where Bellamy grew up playing roller hockey with her siblings. It’s where she skated with them on the pond. And that’s where the memories of developing her skills take her when she’s thinking about playing on her family’s backyard rink west of Springfield. 

“I was actually thinking about this the other day,” she said after coming off a recent trip home from her Team USA residency in Tampa, Fla. “I would say right around the age of 6, or 7 or 8, going out in the pond in the winter or the backyard rink when I was in sixth or seventh grade, getting out there before and after school with my siblings and my neighbors. That's when I truly fell in love with the game. Such a great childhood memory.”

Always Wanting to be Better

Westfield is where the now 30-year-old Bellamy fell in love with the game, but it is her work ethic that has taken her across the country and around the world.

“I would say prep school is where it started, when I was around 15 or 16,” she says of her days at the Berkshire School, which were elegantly referenced in her popular post for The Players’ Tribune in July 2016. “I didn't understand if I was really good at hockey or if I just really enjoyed it. But I was getting closer to college and realized I was getting attention from D-I colleges. Work ethic and working toward something was a big thing for me at Berkshire. I always told myself I wanted to be the best at whatever I was doing. And, if I wasn't, I made sure I was going to work hard to get there.”

In many ways, work ethic is as much a talent as shooting and skating and passing. For Bellamy, that work ethic has continued to fuel every effort of developing her game, too.

“My motto on the ice is I try to go into every game like I'm the best,” she says. “But I practice like I'm No. 2. Because I always wanting to be better.”

Gritty Game

In her own mind, though she has put up points and scored two goals in Team USA’s most recent Women’s World Championship win over Canada this past April, Bellamy is more of a grinder.

“I would like to say I'm pretty gritty,” she says. “I think of myself more as a passer, too. I grew up playing a forward role, but I always wanted to be the last person back. I never wanted to get scored on.”

The effort hasn’t been lost on her teammates, either. When asked who the toughest player to play against, captain Meghan Duggan, a Danvers, Mass. native, spoke volumes: “I’d say Kacey Bellamy. She’s just so solid, so physical and has a great stick.”

“I think that working hard and having a good attitude,” says Bellamy, “those are two things you can control in any situation.”

Battling Adversity

That doesn’t mean the road has always been easy, either.

“I've had a few years where maybe I wasn't playing as much as other players and I wasn't sure of my ability,” Bellamy says. “I lost a little bit of confidence there around the last Olympics. But I think I worked a lot on my mental training and honed in on what I knew I needed to work on. For me, the biggest thing was mental. Physically, I know I have the skills. If I just kept working hard at them, they were going to improve.”

Developing her game and tying to improve is a way of life – whether that’s her first pass out of the defensive zone or shooting at the other end. Constantly.

“I'm here in Tampa, and I pick out little things that I know I need to work on,” she says. “I'm always, always working on my shooting because I know I don't have the hardest shot. But, if I can work on the quick release or getting it and putting it into areas, it works just as well as having the hardest shot on the team. I work on tiny little things here and there – like the precision of my passing. Or the quickness of getting a pass off. And not holding on to it too much. I'm always tweaking my game and I think it's important at the highest level. If you're not trying to get better or make your teammates better, what are we doing this for?

Bellamy’s Biggest Hockey Tip

“Well, I think when you're growing up you can always work on your speed,” she says. “I think over the last six or seven years I've always tried to do extra sprints or extra conditioning because I think at this level speed is the most important thing. Once you get to that age and you maybe don't think you're going to get any faster, it comes to the off-ice training. For me, the off-ice training and off-ice and lifting has helped me tremendously to get to where I am today. I was able to beat someone to the puck, or, when I had the puck, beat them to the middle of the ice.”  

Bellamy’s Biggest Life Tip

“Do what you love, no matter what that is,” she says. “Do it to the fullest. If you do love it and have a dream, go for it. You were obviously put here for a reason, and, you’re passionate about it, go and in life go for it.”

Staying in the Present, Preparing for PyeongChang

Next up for Duggan, Bellamy and Team USA, which will continue to train in Tampa through the naming of the Olympic team, is looking ahead to 2018. In Sochi, Team USA lost a heartbreaking overtime game to rival Canada and would earn silver in the process.

“This year, and the last three years, we just focus on getting better,” Bellamy says. “We try to put that game behind us. For me, it was such a bittersweet game because it was an amazing women's hockey game. As hard as it was to lose that game, it was still beneficial to our game and we learned so much. Where we are today is incredible and we're just trying to look forward. We don't even look to a week or two from now. Everything that we do, we stay in the present. We’re excited for it. I love this year. This is the best year of our lives. We're living together for six months and training and getting better and bonding, and I don't want it to go anywhere. I kind of want time to stand still. But, at the same time, all the work you put forth, you want to showcase it.”

No matter the outcome, Bellamy will look forward to enjoying the ride.

“It would be my third Olympics, and the team isn't picked yet, but, hopefully in January, it will all work itself out,” she says. “I just look at it as a complete honor, especially with everything going on in the world. I take a lot of time and think about how special the Olympics are. It's an amazing thing to be a part of. To be able to do it with my teammates and some of my best friends, it's hard to explain. It's just wonderful.”

Should Team USA return with another medal, there’s a good bet one of the first things Bellamy would be thinking about is taking it home to Westfield.


by posted 10/20/2017
Benefit Hockey Game for Our Area Military Families

COME SUPPORT OUR AREA MILITARY FAMILIES

HOCKEY GAME BETWEEN BARNES AIRPORT & WESTOVER

Help Benefit the Family Support Groups for both Bases

Please come watch and support our military families!

Ticket Donation: Adults $8 Ages 10 and under $4

December 16, 2017 @ 5PM

Amelia Park Ice Arena

21 South Broad Street

Westfield MA, 01085


by posted 10/15/2017
My 13 simple rules for hockey parents everywhere

My 13 simple rules for hockey parents everywhere

BuccigrossBy John Buccigross
ESPN.com
Archive

Women and men used to gaze up at the stars, awed at the sight and size of the universe, much like Detroit Red Wings fitness trainers used to be in awe at the sight and size of Brett Hull's butt during his final Motor City days.

My understanding of the sky's map is limited to the Big Dipper (good nickname for Buffalo's Tyler Myers, by the way) and the constellation Orion. Orion is located on the celestial equator and can been seen across the world, much like Pat Quinn's head. Its name, Orion, refers to a hunter in Greek mythology. Since my late teenage years, whether I am in Mingo Junction, Ohio, or Vancouver, British Columbia, I always look up and locate Orion. It's my satellite to home and youth.

I first became aware of Orion from the now bankrupt movie production company Orion Pictures Corporation, which made movies from 1978-1998. I remember the company's animated intro prior to the start of a movie: stars from the constellation would twirl into the letter "O" before the entire word "Orion" was spelled out.

It seemed as if 46 percent of movies produced in the late '70s and early '80s, my HBO sweet spot years, were produced by Orion. I am sure this number is probably much lower. "Back to School," "10," "Hoosiers," "Platoon," "No Way Out" and others all began with the animated Orion logo. I would like to publicly thank the now defunct movie company and HBO for my astronomy acumen and the indelible image of Bo Derek jogging on the beach with wet, braided hair. ("Before the Internet, there was HBO." Now there is a slogan to believe in.)

Today, kids, teenagers, adults and Sean Avery don't so much stare up to the trees, clouds, airplanes, stars and 6-foot-9 NHL linesman Mike Cvik as much as they used to; now, most stare down at their cell phones and personal digital assistants (Jim Balsillie's PDA BlackBerry, yo). As a result of all this "looking down," we miss so much up in the heavens. We even look down at these things during dinner, hockey games and Heisman Trophy presentations. People even look down at their PDAs while they drive. Who needs a moon roof on a clear summer night when I can play Tetris on I-95 while I soar through the E-ZPASS lane?

This is my gigantic preamble to why you should one day sign up your young son or daughter to play youth hockey at a local rink near you. If nothing else, it gets them away from electronics and teaches them a small slice of humanity that they can take forward through life, a life with more heart and less battery power. The rink's cold robs electronics of their battery power and signal reception, anyway.

So, if you are a first-time hockey parent, or dream of one day spending more than $10,000 and sacrificing weekends for a decade of glamorous youth or "minor" hockey, here are 13 important things you need to know about the youth hockey universe -- and hockey in general -- to help speed up the assimilation process in joining the "Congregation of Independent Insane in the Membrane Hockey Community Union" or COIIITMHCU. If you move those letters around you eventually get Chicoutimi. A miracle from the star-filled heavens above. (I'm sure my fellow COIIITMHCU members will offer even more, and we can post next week.)

1. Under no circumstances will hockey practice ever be cancelled. Ever. Even on days when school is cancelled, practice is still on. A game may be cancelled due to inclement weather because of travel concerns for the visiting team, but it would have to rain razor blades and bocce balls to cancel hockey practice at your local rink. It's good karma to respect the game.

2. Hockey is an emotional game and your child has the attention span of a chipmunk on NyQuil. The hockey coach will yell a bit during practice; he might even yell at your precious little Sparky. As long as there is teaching involved and not humiliation, it will be good for your child to be taught the right way, with emphasis.

3. Hockey is a very, very, very, very difficult game to play. You are probably terrible at it. It takes high skill and lots of courage, so lay off your kid. Don't berate them. Be patient and encourage them to play. Some kids need more time to learn how to ride the bike, but, in the end, everyone rides a bike about the same way.

Your kids are probably anywhere from age 4-8 when they first take up hockey. They will not get a call from Boston University coach Jack Parker or receive Christmas cards from the Colorado Avalanche's director of scouting. Don't berate them. Demand punctuality and unselfishness for practice and games. That's it. Passion is in someone, or it isn't. One can't implant passion in their child. My primary motive in letting my kids play hockey is exercise, physical fitness and the development of lower-body and core strength that will one day land them on a VH1 reality show that will pay off their student loans or my second mortgage.

4. Actually, I do demand two things from my 10-year-old Squirt, Jackson. Prior to every practice or game, as he turns down AC/DC's "Big Jack," gets out of the car and makes his way to the trunk to haul his hockey bag inside a cold, Connecticut rink, I say, "Jack, be the hardest, most creative and grittiest worker ... and be the one having the most fun." That might be four things, but you know what I mean.

5. Your kids should be dressing themselves and tying their own skates by their second year of Squirt. Jack is 67 pounds with 0 percent body fat and arms of linguini, and he can put on, take off and tie his own skates. If he can, anyone can. I don't go in the locker room anymore. Thank goodness; it stinks in there.

6. Do not fret over penalties not called during games and don't waste long-term heart power screaming at the referees. My observational research reveals the power-play percentage for every Mite hockey game ever played is .0000089 percent; for Squirts, .071 percent. I prefer referees to call zero penalties.

7. Yell like crazy during the game. Say whatever you want. Scream every kind of inane instruction you want to your kids. They can't hear you. In the car ride home, ask them if they had fun and gently promote creativity and competiveness, but only after you take them to Denny's for a Junior Grand Slam breakfast or 7-Eleven for a Slurpee. Having a warm breakfast after an early morning weekend game will become one of your most syrupy sweet memories.

8. Whenever possible, trade in your kids' ice skates and buy used skates, especially during those growing years and even if you can afford to buy new skates every six months. Your kids don't need $180 skates and a $100 stick no matter what your tax bracket is. They will not make them better players.

9. Missing practice (like we stated above) or games is akin to an Irish Catholic missing Mass in 1942. We take attendance at hockey games very seriously. Last week, the Islanders' Brendan Witt was hit by an SUV in Philadelphia. Witt got up off the pavement and walked to Starbucks for a coffee, and then later played against the Flyers that night. Let me repeat that: BRENDAN WITT WAS HIT BY AN SUV ... AND PLAYED THAT NIGHT! Re-read that sentence 56 times a night to your child when they have a case of the sniffles and want to stay home to watch an "iCarly" marathon. By, the way Philadelphia police cited Witt for two minutes in jail for obstruction. Witt will appeal.

10. Teach your kids not to celebrate too much after a goal if your team is winning or losing by a lot. And by all means, tell them celebrate with the team. After they score, tell them not to skate away from their teammates like soccer players. Find the person who passed you the puck and tell him or her, "Great pass." We have immediate group hugs in hockey following a short, instinctive reaction from the goal scorer. I am proud of my boy for a lot of things, but I am most proud at how excited he gets when a teammate scores a goal. He is Alex Ovechkin in this regard.

11. There is no such thing as running up the score in hockey. This is understood at every level. It's very difficult to score goals and unexplainably exhilarating when one does. Now, if we get to 14-1, we may want to take our foot off the gas a tad.

12. Unless their femur is broken in 16 places, Mites or Squirts should not lie on the ice after a fall on the ice or against the boards. Attempt to get up as quickly as one can and slowly skate to the bench.

13. Do not offer cash for goals. This has no upside. Passion and love and drive cannot be taught or bought. I do believe a certain measure of toughness and grit can be slowly encouraged and eventually taught. Encourage your kid to block shots and to battle hard in the corners. It will serve them well in life.

Enjoy the rink. Keep it fun, keep it in perspective and enjoy the madness. In this digital world of electronics, you may find hockey to be the most human endeavor you partake in. Cell phones run on batteries. Hockey players run on blood. Blood is warmer. Welcome.

John Buccigross' e-mail address -- for questions, comments or crosschecks -- is john.buccigross@espn.com.


by timothy mcmahon posted 09/30/2017
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