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Off-season news

Greetings NYHA families,

I hope everyone is enjoying the short off-season, some outdoor sports, and some nice weather.  By now, if you tried out for a travel team, you should have been notified of your placement.  Those who made a team should expect to hear more from your head coach in the next couple of weeks.

We are keeping busy organizing jerseys for next season, obtaining ice (that precious resource), registering our teams in the various leagues, and refreshing some spots on the board.

It is with great pleasure that I welcome the following new board members, and sincerely thank those for whom they are taking over:

  • CJ Young is taking over as the Director of Girls Programs.  NYH (and me personally, as the mother of two girls) would like to thank Fred Cromp for creating this program and sticking with it long after his own daughter aged out of it.
  • Ken Ciesielski is taking over as Tournament Director.  As many of you know, this has been a tough spot to fill.  Kim Christie has been running the tournament for as long as I can remember; first with Laura Hassenfus, but basically single-handedly for the past couple of years.  Thank you so much for your legacy, Kim.
  • Mike Spalla is coming aboard as our new Director of Tryouts.  Mike is taking over for Phil Berejik, who remains on the board as Vice President.  Phil has been in the hot-seat for a few years now, fielding complaints from displeased parents while getting almost no thanks in return for his efforts.  We want to take this time to thank him, now, for volunteering to organize (pinneys, evaluators, ice) for these many years.

Thank you to all those who took the time to respond to our recent survey (posted late March).  On the bright side, our report card was generally positive, but there were a few legitimate criticisms and suggestions worthy of a response.  If you are interested, under Documents/General Information, you can find a PDF of our response.

Have a great summer,


by posted 05/11/2016
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