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The PeeWee 4s celebrated their 7-0 final victory over the Warwick Wave to win the NRI Vikings Thanksgiving tournament on November 23. Team members are Evan Auger, Henry Bierman, Eli Brown, Daniel Cohen, Zachary Elin, Kieran Healey, Brendan Hegarty, James Lapsley, Jesse Lichtman, Jake McGrath, Jake Melanson, Will Pachus, Jack Pouliot, Braeden Sammut, Lucas Smith, Nick Staley, Nolan Zdanavage. Coached by Mike Hegarty, Esther Jesurum, Kevin McGrath, Mike Pouliot, and Scott Sammut, the team scored 43 goals while holding opponents to just 3 goals against
A few quick updates for our families as we head into the 2nd half of our season.
Supplemental Skills – NYH will be hosting 7 supplemental skills sessions (led by pro ambitions) on Saturday mornings at Dexter from 9am to 11:15am starting 12/27 through 2/7. These skills are in addition to the regular practices and games on your team schedule during that time. Each session has limited capacity and a small cost ($20). We have setup registration for each session, and ask that you limit signing up to no more than 3 sessions initially to give everyone a chance to hopefully participate. If the sessions do not fill up, we will allow players to attend more than 3 sessions. Each session has a skill focus – Battle, Sniper, or Defenseman. Descriptions of each session is listed on the registration page. The target audience is players in the travel program born between 1/1/2000 and 12/31/2006 (this includes girls u10 & u12s). Players will be grouped by age and ability during the sessions. Note: your child does not have to be a defenseman to benefit from the defenseman skills. Please refer to the registration page for more details and to sign-up. The fee is non-refundable, so if you sign up and later can’t attend – please find your own replacement. These sessions are only for players registered with Needham Youth Hockey.
Practice Ice –Due to historical limitations on weekday ice we have in January and February, NYH will be experimenting with putting 3 teams on the ice for some of the weekday practices in attempt to get more touches for our players. Teams will continue at times to get sheets with 2 teams on the ice or even full sheets on the weekends, but we are looking at creative ways to add ice touches for teams and players without impacting the quality of the practices. This approach is based on feedback we received from families and coaches at last year’s open meeting that more ice touches were important and we should experiment with three teams on the ice this season. 3 teams on the ice is also consistent with usa hockey ADM model for player development.
Registration and Tryouts – Based on feedback we have received the last few seasons and due to the dates of school vacations (private and public) and religious holidays, NYH will be hosting our tryouts for 2015/16 season in early March. Registration will need to be in mid to late February. Additional details will come out in January. Team placements will not be announced until after the 2014/15 season is over, but it is necessary to hold the tryouts earlier in the spring than in prior years. Mite tryouts will continue to be in the fall.
Open Meeting – NYH will be hosting are annual meeting in late January. More details to follow in early January.
Congrats to the Midget 1 players and coaches on finishing in first place in the Tier 1 north division of the Valley League (the league's top midget division). The team beat Winchester 8 to 4 on Sunday night to secure first place. The team finished the regular season at 6 wins, 1 loss, and 3 ties.
The team also recently competed in the Midget II Large State Tournament after winning its 3rd straight district championship. For several of the boys, it was their 4th straight trip to the state tournament, having qualified as 2nd year Bantams.
12 of the players will be graduating from Needham Youth Hockey this year and 4 will return to anchor next year’s team. The group began playing as beginners and rookies, and while they have not always been on the same team every year, the group on average has been playing Needham youth hockey for 12 seasons.
This group exemplifies the vision of Needham hockey where every player has the opportunity to play from beginners through midgets and hopefully develops a life-long enjoyment for the game. Watching the game last night, the boys seem to enjoy their final 12 minutes of Youth Hockey as much as they enjoyed the first time they stepped on the ice.
Congrats to the following players and we wish them well in their high school season: S. Arnao, J. Atkinson, C. Canavan, D. Caruso, J. Concannon, A. Davoren, C. Ektov, S. Jacobs, J. Katz, P. Milligan, E. Mirageas, C. Niles, J. Piersiak, E. Quinn, B.Rayment, C. Wolfe
Thank you to the parents and coaches who over the years have committed time, energy, and lots of miles of their cars to get the kids to the rink.