We look forward to seeing players and families next week for tryouts. A few reminders to ensure you have a smooth tryout:
Tryouts will take place: Tuesday 9/2, Wednesday 9/3 and Thursday 9/4. See the tryout schedule for times and fees.
Please arrive early, each player will need to sign in and be assigned a number they will wear on the outside of their jersey.
Your player must be registered and have paid the $350.00 fee prior to tryouts.
All youth hockey players must be registered with USA hockey prior to trying out. Players can register on usahockey.com. Under Massachusetts Hockey Association Rules, Players not registered with USA Hockey for 2014-2015 Season CANNOT BE ALLOWED ON THE ICE for tryouts, there will be no exceptions.
Intercity Travel Program Teams
This season, like past seasons, we have strong numbers for each level. Below are approximate number of teams/players per team that will be selected:
*Three or Four Mite teams / 13 players per team
Three Squirt teams / 16 players per team
**Three Pee Wee teams / 16 players per team
Two Bantam teams / 16 players per team
Two Midget teams / 16 players per team
This is the same number of teams as last year. Based on available ice time, this structure of teams enables the Hockey Club to deliver on our commitment of two practices and one skill session in the months leading up to Thanksgiving and two practices from Thanksgiving until the end of the season. Practice schedules will be communicated after teams are selected.
We also offer an in-house hockey program starting in mid-October, which meets on Saturday and Sunday through March. This program consists of a practice and a game.
If the numbers warrant, there will be a 4th team as there was last year. (That 4th team would compete in the Stoneham Cross-Ice program). However, if the numbers do not support fielding a 4th team, we will suggest that some players spend another season with the Developmental Program. Unfortunately there is no way for us to predict this before tryouts.
**Pee Wee level
Pee Wee level registration numbers are very strong, which means many players will not make one of the three teams. With the existing number of teams we have exhausted our ice options in Arlington and unfortunately we do not have the extra sheets of ice for practices and games to accommodate an additional (4th) Pee Wee team. In the past we have worked with surrounding communities to help place eligible players who have not made a team in Arlington. We have some good news again this year. Watertown Youth Hockey is in need of a second Pee Wee team. Like Arlington, they play in the Valley League and practice on Monday and Tuesday nights at 7pm (in Watertown) and offer skills once per week. The overall cost of the program is similar to the fees in Arlington. For those players who do not make an Arlington Pee Wee team, there will be an additional (optional) team placement evaluation session that will take place on either Friday 9/5, or Saturday 9/6 at the Arlington rink, we will communicate the time and date as soon as confirmed. The Watertown coaches and Hockey Club President will be in attendance.
If you have any questions, please contact Gregg Malatesta or Matt Mansfield. We look forward to seeing you next week.
I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather and your time outside of the rink. A lot has been happening since the ice was removed from the Ed Burns Arena. With the recent elections, a new Arlington Hockey Club Board (AHC) was installed. I would like to personally thank Cindy Sheridan Curran (past President), Jim Carney (past Vice President), Kathy Femia (past Treasurer) Erin Pigott (past Secretary), Jeanne Kelly and Charlie Tomaszewski (past Christmas Tournament Directors) for their passionate commitment to serving Arlington's youth hockey players and families for the past seven years. Under their tireless leadership they grew the enrollment of the hockey program, increased the skill development of our player’s with the introduction of our Mite DevelopmentalProgram, In-House Program and Pro Ambition Skills, and helped teach our players the importance of giving back to the community through numerous volunteer efforts such as the Children’s Room Skate-A-Thon. The AHC Community is grateful to the countless hours they have invested in making this program stronger, more fiscally viable and for carrying on the tradition of great, competitive hockey in Arlington.
The new Board has been busily transitioning with the prior Board and attending to business so that we can begin Fall tryouts in two short months! We have re-drafted the mission statement to reflect our evolving and dynamic hockey community. We continue to emphasize the on-going development of our players and coaches and strive to offer as many opportunities for quality developmental and competitive hockey as fiscally possible. Below is the list of new Board Members and ourmission, goals and guiding principles.
The new Board consists of:
President - Gregg Malatesta
Vice President Intercity Travel Teams - Matt Mansfield
Director, In-House, Developmental and Instructional Hockey - Bill Kelly (previous Board Member)
Director, Girls Program – Robert Kelley
Treasurer - Kim Davies
Secretary - Mark Lombard
Registrar- Bruce Newell (previous Board Member)
To offer a high quality, affordable opportunity for kids to play hockey. AHC strives to provide age-appropriate and skill-appropriate player development and coaching. We strive to build solid foundational skills as part of our travel, developmental and in-house programs, which will enable us to have a strong, sustainable program year after year.
·Continuously improve player development
·Provide high quality coaching
·Increase family and community involvement
·Strengthen fund raising
AHC Guiding Principles
We look forward to a fun, action-packed hockey season as the 2014-15 enrollment numbers are very strong. If you have any questions, please contact me via phone or email. For now, pick up a glove, Frisbee or golf club and enjoy the outdoors!! See you in September!