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    2017 Annual Meeting Notes

    05/23/2017, 8:45am EDT
    By DYHA Board of Directors

    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

     

    Meeting Notes:

    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.

    Warren Brown Award Winners Announced

    04/14/2017, 7:45am EDT
    By Jeremy Forest

    Dover Youth Hockey Association is pleased to announce the 2016-17 recipients of the Warren Brown Sportsmanship Award.

    The award is named in honor of Warren Brown, a UNH student and standout hockey player, who also volunteered as a coach for Dover Youth Hockey.  Warren was known for being a great teacher of the game and especially for encouraging his players to work hard and set a good example on and off the ice. 

    In 1973, Warren was killed in an automobile accident while traveling home to Ontario with 2 UNH teammates for the Christmas holidays. His passion for the game of hockey and his sportsmanship left a lasting mark on our entire organization.

    Recipients are selected by their fellow teammates on the basis of their sportsmanship, effort and contribution to making their team a better unit. 

    This year’s recipients are:

    Wild Mites- Cole Levesque

    Wild Squirt Minor- Liam Eddy

    Wild Squirt Major- Owen Kenney

    Wild PW Minor- Chase Turcotte

    Wild PW Major- Cody Dubois

    Wild Bantam Minor- Crosby Smith

    Stars Mites- Noah Stone, Elizabeth Pelletier, Travis Cole

    Stars Squirts- Aidan McQuaide

    Stars PW1- Orlando Ricci

    Stars PW2- Joseph Labonte

    Stars Bantam- Colby Roy

    2017-18 DYHA 'Off-Ice' Conditioning Program

    04/13/2017, 10:00am EDT
    By Jeremy Forest

    Registration now open!

    Registration is now open for DYHA’s “Off-Ice” Conditioning Program for the 2017-18 season.  All interested players must register by Friday, May 19th to participate.   

    Program details are provided below.  Please visit www.doverhockey.org/conditioning to register.

    DYHA has once again partnered with PRVN Sports Performance to provide a customized conditioning program for players.  Led by Head Coach Matt Carney and a staff of certified strength & conditioning trainers, the program will focus on developing each player’s strength, metabolic conditioning, balance and core stability. The PRVN coaching staff will lead players through age appropriate high-intensity circuit training and body weight strength development techniques, as well as hockey-specific sessions on a synthetic ice surface.  

    Additional Program Details:

    Eligibility: Any DYHA travel team or house league player born 2008 or later may enroll.  Players will be assigned to groups by age.  Each group will contain no more than 14 participants.

    Schedule: sessions will be 50 minutes in duration.  Players will attend one session per week at the time scheduled for their group.  Sessions will begin in September and run to the end of February for a total of 22 sessions.  

    Each group’s sessions will be held on a consistent day and time week-to-week, but the final schedule will only be determined after the DYHA 2017-18 practice schedule has been finalized.  Every effort will be made to schedule off-ice training sessions on a nights when players are not also scheduled for an ‘on ice’ practice.  Currently there are no plans to hold conditioning sessions on Fridays.    

    Location: all training will be done at the PRVN Sports Performance facility (50 Crosby Road, Dover NH). 

    Cost:  $230 per player*
    (*Bingo credits cannot be used to pay for the conditioning program)

    DYHA Annual Meeting: Monday, May 15 @ 6:30

    04/10/2017, 4:30pm EDT
    By Jeremy Forest

    Seeking New Members to Board of Directors

    Dover Youth Hockey Association will be holding its Annual Meeting on Monday, May 15th.  The meeting starts at 6:30 pm and will be held in the main conference room at the Dover Ice Arena (110 Portland Ave, Dover NH).  
     

    The meeting agenda will include reviews from the DYHA Board of Directors, Director of Hockey Operations and Referee in Chief about this past season and the upcoming 2017-18 season.  During the meeting, new members will also be elected to the DYHA Board of Directors.  


    With the departure of two current members who have completed their service to the organization, the Board is actively seeking to add several new members.  Any current DYHA member, honorary member or DYHA booster is eligible to participate on the Board of Directors. 


    The Board is particularly hoping to add more representation from the Dover Stars and DYHA House League programs.  We are also in need of an individual to fill the role of Director of Fundraising.  

    Don't forget that DYHA is a non-profit organization run by member volunteers!  We urge you to get involved and help DYHA continue to provide a great hockey program for our young players!


    Anyone interested in participating on the Board of Directors who cannot attend the Annual Meeting is asked to contact Jeremy Forest at dyhapresident@doverhockey.org prior to the meeting.  More information about participation on the Board of Directors can be found on the Board Meeting Minutes page of the DYHA website.

    DYHA Coaches & Alum Participate in CHaD "Battle of the Badges"

    03/22/2017, 9:00am EDT
    By Jeremy Forest

    The 10th annual 'Battle of the Badges" hockey game was played this past Sunday (March 20th) at the SNHU Arena in Manchester.  The game is a fundraising event played each year between members of NH Police and NH Fire Dept. to benefit the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth.  The event has raised nearly $2 million for CHaD since it started in 2008.

    Dover Youth Hockey Association was well represented at Sunday's game, with 8 players on the ice having ties to DYHA:

    Micky Drouin (Capt of Team Fire)- current DYHA coach

    Perry Plummer- former DYHA coach

    Chris Plummer- current DYHA coach & former player

    Tyler Briand- current coach DYHA & former player

    Matthew Blonigen- Former Player and played at STA

    Dustin George- Former DYHA Player 

    Matthew Harnish- Former DYHA Player 

    Brendan Sullivan- Former DYHA player 

    Thank you all for your service to your communities and for your involvement in a game that supports a great cause!