Save the Date- Friday, Feb. 3rd @ 7:00
The Cameleon Club at Cara's Irish Pub- 11 Fourth St, Dover NH
Back by popular demand, DYHA's "Parent's Night Out" Dance is coming up on Friday, February 3rd. So leave the kids at home and come on out for a night of fun highlighted by music from 80's cover band 'Gazpacho'!
The event will also include a raffle featuring prize baskets, gift certificates and a chance to win FREE PLAYER TUITION for the 2017-18 season!
Tickets to the event are $15 online or $20 at the door. Online registration will be available through the DYHA website starting later this week
Dover Youth Hockey Association is pleased to announce a new partnership with Premier Hockey to provide player skill development programs beginning in September 2017.
The DYHA Board of Directors selected Premier Hockey after reviewing proposals from several professional skills development organizations in the region. The close alignment between Premier’s training philosophies and DYHA’s player development approach, the extensive playing and coaching experience of their staff and the strong support for Premier voiced by many DYHA coaches and families all contributed to the decision to move ahead with the partnership between the two organizations.
Premier Hockey was founded in 2004 and is owned and operated by Todd Spencer. Spencer played his high school hockey at Exeter High School before moving on to Sacred Heart to play D1 hockey. He also spent several years playing professionally in the ECHL and IHL. Spencer is also a USA Hockey Master Level 5 Certified Coach whose experience includes several years as a skill instructor for the Manchester Jr Monarchs, Seacoast Spartans and Berwick Academy. He is joined on the ice by a large staff of instructors— all with extensive playing and coaching backgrounds.
In addition to managing skill development programs, Premier Hockey conducts numerous clinics and camps throughout the year at the Dover Arena and several other arenas throughout New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts. More information can be found at their website: www.premierhockey.com.
On behalf of all DYHA players and families, the Board of Directors would like to welcome Todd and his staff to the Dover Youth Hockey Association. We look forward to a long partnership with Premier Hockey and the many benefits they will provide for our young players in the coming seasons.
We would also thank Ray Terrell, Zach Cobb and Chris Hitchcock for the excellent work they did this year providing skill development programming for the organization.
Keep an eye out for Granite State Wild jerseys the next time you’re watching a Bruins game! Shea Buckley, Cole Meyer, Garrett Aceto and Dylan Cossette- all members of our GS Wild Squirt Major team- recently participated in the Bruins Mini 1-on-1 tournament at the TD Garden. Their games will be replayed on NESN during the intermission of Bruins games in the coming weeks.
The team from Dover earned the opportunity to represent New Hampshire after a very strong showing at the qualifying tournament held in Manchester on October 16th. Having just played several games with their Wild teammates at weekend tournament in Jay Peak, VT, the four drove directly to Manchester to play in a series of 2-minute, 3 v 3, cross-ice games. After reaching the quarter finals, they notched a win against a very tough Manchester Flames team a shootout victory against the team from Hanover to reach the finals-- and a guaranteed trip to Boston. After a very long weekend of hockey the boys took the Seacoast Spartans to triple overtime before coming up just short in a shootout thriller.
Buckley, Meyer, Aceto and Cossette travelled to the TD Garden on November 13th to compete for New England bragging rights and tickets for them and their families to attend the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. They came out of the gates red hot, posting a 5-0 win in the Round of 16 against a team from the Maine Fighting Spirit. All three icemen scored during the game, while Cossette was a wall in net to earn himself an opening round shutout.
Unfortunately their luck ran out in the quarter final round. In another exciting game, the boys took the team from the Rhode Island Saints to OT but lost in the second round of shootouts. The Wild dominated much of the game, which also saw more stellar netminding from Cossette, but the Saints were able to capitalize on a bad bounce in front of the net with under a minute to play in regulation to take a 1-0 lead. The Wild continued to battle and drew the game back to even with just 7 seconds remaining when Buckley knocked home a perfect pass from Meyer. After a scoreless first round the Saints finally picked up the shootout win when the Wild failed to match their second round shootout goal
Congratulations Shea, Cole, Garrett and Dylan on an impressive showing and for doing such a great job representing New Hampshire and DYHA!
If you’ve spent time at the Dover Arena recently you’ve probably noticed a lot of young faces out there on the ice sporting the black and white stripes. At a time when the number of certified hockey officials is on the decline nationally, DYHA is experiencing a big time youth movement!
During the 2016-17 season, no less than a dozen of our young Stars and Wild players will also take the ice to officiate games. They include: Orlando Ricci, Molly Grace, Nathan Coffey, Ryan Cole, Jake McGuire, Hunter Camire, Ethan Crawford, Dominic Ciccotelli, Adam Enscoe, Austin Gilbert, Aidan MacRitchie and Bryce Gamache.
The process of becoming a certified USA Hockey official is not easy. While balancing the demands of school work, and their playing hockey schedules, each of these young officials had to attend a day-long seminar that included both on-ice and off-ice instruction. They also completed over almost 4 hours of online coursework and had to pass a certification test before receiving their official’s patch.
Some of the officials-in-training also spent time extra time at the rink learning the finer points of officiating with the help of their DYHA coaches. Arriving early for practice, or staying late, they spent numerous hours on and off the ice, working on proper positioning and white boarding game scenarios with coaches Dan Coffey, Jeff Cole and Richard Grace. (DYHA would like to say a special ‘thank you’ to Dan, Jeff and Richard for volunteering their time!)
Having so much already on their plates with schoolwork and their team obligations hasn’t prevented these ambitious student-athletes from also pursuing their official’s patch. Orlando Ricci, a 12-year old member of the Dover Stars Pee Wee 1 team, summed up his motivation as “a love of skating, a love of the game of hockey and a great experience that not a lot of people get to do."
Molly Grace, a 11-year old 6th grader, who is also a member of the Stars Pee Wee 1 team, expressed an interest in becoming an official when she saw other young officials out on the ice. She has since also been inspired to take up a coaching whistle and is currently helping coach players in the DYHA House League during their Friday night practices.
PJ Bandouveres, DYHA’s Referee in Chief responsible for scheduling officials for all DYHA home games, is all too familiar with the challenges created by the declining number of available officials. He is especially appreciative of DYHA’s youth movement. “Having such a large group of our young players make the decision to pursue their official’s certification is exciting to see. We desperately need to reverse the decline in our officiating numbers that we are seeing across the country. I’m happy that DYHA is helping to boost those numbers by encouraging young people to consider becoming officials and supporting them in their efforts.”
So, the next time you’re at the rink, keep an eyes out for our young zebras roaming the arena and congratulate them for all of their hard work! Without them the games literally do not go on!
If you have a son or daughter interested in becoming a certified official, please contact PJ Bandouveres at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Friday, January 27th is DYHA Night the Whittemore Center! Join your DYHA teammates, friends and families for a fun-filled night cheering on the UNH Men's Hockey team. The Wildcats will face off in a Hockey East battle against the Providence College Fryars and the excitement will continue between periods as two of our own Mite teams will take the ice for a DYHA vs. DYHA showdown!
DYHA will have our own section at the game where Wild E Cat and Gnarls will come up to say hello and take pictures. All players should wear their game jerseys. Let's fill our section with Stars and Wild colors and show the UNH crowd our DYHA pride!
Tickets for the game are $15 for adults and $12 for children age 17 and under. The deadline to order tickets is Sunday, January 8th. Tickets will be distributed by DYHA at team practices the week before the game.