(Please note that a road race is scheduled in Dover on Sunday. The course passes the Dover Arena and may cause delays. Please plan your arrival accordingly.)
Dover Youth Hockey Association is excited for the start of our 2017-18 House League season. The season starts up in mid-October, so to kick things off we will be hosting a free skating and skill session for House League players with DYHA coaches on Sunday, Sept 24th.
Players will be joined on the ice by members of the UNH Mens' Hockey team and everybody's favorite mascot Gnarlz!
This is a special session only for our House League players. Any players who may be interested in participating in the 2017-18 DYHA House League are invited to attend. This includes players who have not previously played in our House League. Please share this information with any players you know who may be interested!
For more information about the 2017-18 DYHA House League program and to register online, please visit our House League page on the DYHA website. There will be DYHA coaches and Board members on hand at our kick-off skate to answer any questions about the program.
Please let us know if your player will be attending by emailing their name, birth year and USA Hockey number to firstname.lastname@example.org. (All player must bring their USA Hockey registration number for 2017-18, or must sign a temporary USA Hockey waiver to participate. Temporary forms will be available at the event)
Location: Dover Ice Arena
Date: Sunday, 9/24
Session 1: 10:00-11:00 (Players born 2007 or later)
Session 2: 11:00-12:00 (Players born 2003-2006)
(All players must have full equipment and must be able to skate unassisted.)
Please email any questions to email@example.com
The DYHA apparel store is now open for business, just in time to get some new Granite State Wild and Dover Stars gear for the start of the season! We've got some great new items in the store this year, including jersey replica hoodies, tech gear shirts and team leggings for mom.
Please click here to visit the DYHA online apparel store
A representative from Collins Sports will be on hand at the arena on Wednesday and Thursday (9/6 & 9/7) with samples.
The deadline for placing orders is Sunday, September 17th
Registration is now open for the 2017 DYHA Golf Tournament! The tournament will be held on Friday, September 15th at the Links at Outlook Golf Course in South Berwick, ME with a shotgun start at 1:00 and a dinner to follow.
Teams and individual players can register by clicking here. The deadline for registering is Sunday, Sept 10th at midnight. Space is limited!
Our 2nd Annual golf tournament is held in honor of two long-time members of the Dover Youth Hockey family, Mike Hower Sr and Scott French, with all proceeds going to player scholarships and to offset player tuition costs for all members of DYHA. Last year's event was a huge success with over 100 attendees and over $8000 raised to support our young players!
Cost of entry for the tournament is $500 per foursome or $125 for individual players and includes 18 holes of golf, a gift bag, brown bag lunch and dinner at the club house. The event will also feature a raffle with sports memorabilia and other great items, as well as several specialty holes (putting contest, closest to the pin, etc)
If you aren't a golfer, but want to help DYHA with one of our most important fundraisers of the year, we are also seeking volunteers to during the event. Please click here to register as a volunteer!
DYHA is preparing for our 2nd annual golf tournament which is being held in September at The Links at Outlook Golf Course. We are currently seeking members of the organization who are willing to help out with the event, as well as local businesses that are interested in being hole sponsors or contributing items to the raffle table.
The DYHA Memorial Golf Tournament is held in honor of Scott French and Michael Hower Sr, two long-time members of the DYHA family. All proceeds from the event are used for player scholarships and to offset player tuition costs for all players. In 2016 the event raised nearly $8000. We hope to exceed that total this year with your help!
Anyone interested in helping with preparations for the event or willing to volunteer to help at the tournament is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org. The tournament is tentatively scheduled for Friday, September 15th with a shotgun start at 1:00 and will be followed by a dinner. All volunteers eat for free!
We are also asking members to reach out to local businesses for sponsorship and donations for the event. If you know a local business that is interested in sponsoring a hole ($100) or willing to donate items to the raffle table, please email email@example.com.
The Annual Meeting for the Dover Youth Hockey Association was held this past Monday, May 15th at the Dover Ice Arena. The DYHA Board of Directors and Director of Hockey Operations gave a number of reports during the meeting, including a review of the 2016-17 season, an overview of the organization’s current finances and operating budget for 2017-18, as well as plans for organizational improvement in the coming year.
Elections were also held to name new Board members to 3 vacated positions. The Board thanked departing members PJ Bandouveres, Mike Aceto and Sean McIntyre for their service to the organization. They also noted that Bandouveres will continue to serve as the DYHA Referee in Chief. Following a nomination and vote, the Board welcomed new members Jolynn Seaver, Craig Croteau and Perry Plummer. (Members Marc Behan, Scott Hamel, Samantha Grace and Jeremy Forest will continue their terms on the Board.)
Following the Annual Meeting the newly formed Board of Directors met to elect officers. The executive board for the 2017-18 season is:
President- Jeremy Forest
Vice President- Marc Behan
Treasurer- Scott Hamel
Secretary- Samantha Grace
Calling the 2016-17 seaon a year of “significant transition for DYHA”, Board President Jeremy Forest touched on a number of topics during his report to the members in attendance. He highlighted the many changes in the organization’s leadership, which started last March when Mike Young accepted the role of Director of Hockey Operations and 5 new members joined the DYHA the 7-person Board of Directors.
He talked about the new partnerships that DYHA has formed to foster player skills development. These include agreements with Premier Hockey to provide skating skills, Puckstoppers LLC for goaltending skills and PRVN Sports Performance which will continue to bring a ‘total athlete’ approach to player development with their dry land and synthetic ice training program. The Board also thanked Ray Terrell, Chris Hitchcock, Zach Cobb and Fred Strum for managing the DYHA skating skill program during the 2016-17 season.
Forest also reviewed DYHA’s current finances, highlighting the work that was done over the past year to manage operating costs, increase revenue and improve cash flow. He noted that improvements in these areas, and a focus on the collection of past due payments owed to the organization, enabled DYHA to pay off much of the debt that was carried over from previous seasons. He also stated the Board’s expectation that DYHA will continue to move in a positive financial direction and anticipates operating with a small profit in the current fiscal year.
The success of several fundraising programs was cited as a significant contributor to the organization’s improved finances. DYHA’s first annual golf tournament was a major success, as were the DYHA ‘Night at the Whitt’ UNH Hockey game and a new partnership that increased revenue from the Heyliger tournament.
The organization’s Bingo game was mentioned as continuing to be a major contributor to DYHA’s fundraising efforts. Forest noted that 2016-17 Bingo revenue far exceeded expectations. The Board thanked Kathy Gilpatrick, Bingo coordinator, for the great job that she has done managing the program for the past 20 years. DYHA’s bingo game is celebrating its 20th year later this month. A celebration is planned at Seacoast Bingo over Memorial Day weekend with special door prizes and refreshments during the DYHA game days (Saturday and Sunday).
Looking to the future, Forest discussed plans for improvement in 2017-18, which include a continued focus on communication. The implementation of SportsEngine as a tool for messaging, tuition tracking and online payment processing has been success and the Board will continue to look for ways to keep members well informed.
The plan to hire a part-time Program Coordinator to support the Director of Hockey Operations and Board was also discussed. The Coordinator will manage a variety of administrative tasks and organizational initiatives..
Mike Young, Director of Hockey Operations, discussed the performance of our Granite State Wild and Dover Stars teams in 2016-17. He highlighted the Stars Peewee 1 team, who won their Granite State League Championship, Dover Stars Bantams winners of their Seacoast League Division, the Wild Mite Majors and Dover Stars Mite Development White team who reached the NHAHA Mite Championships in their respective tiers, and the Wild Squirt Major team that reached the finals of the Premier Tier of the New England Premier Hockey League.
Young also noted that participation remained consistent throughout all levels of the organization. For the 2017-18 season DYHA will again field 10 full-season teams, along with 2 split season teams (Bantam and Midget) and a Mite Development program.
Marc Behan, DYHA Vice President and Chairperson of the Disciplinary Committee, reported that there were no significant disciplinary issues during the season. The committee did not hold any disciplinary hearings during 2016-17.
Behan also presented the DYHA operating budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. He reviewed the organization's profit and loss statement from the previous year and the adjustments made in the 2017-18 budget to ensure financial stability.
Finally, PJ Bandouveres, DYHA’s Referee in Chief, discussed the implementation of a new schedule management software this past season. The new system streamlined communication and provided various additional benefits for the scheduler and referees, including providing reminder notifications that helped to reduce scheduling challenges.
The meeting adjourned with a thank you from the Board to all members who attended.
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