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Expansion Allows DYHA to Restructure Staff Roles

07/28/2015, 8:15pm EDT
By Board of Directors

DYHA would like to announce new staff responsibilities and titles.

The name change associated with the major/minor teams has allowed DYHA to expand and restructure staff roles. The roles will be distributed as follows:

Dennis Pease will be the Director of Hockey Operations for the Granite State Wild and will assume all responsibilities related to those teams in both a scheduling and day-to-day operations role. Dennis will also slide over to become the Assistant Director of Operations, assisting the Director with association-wide operational tasks when needed. Lastly, Dennis will become the DYHA Office Manager; working in conjunction with the Treasurer and Bookkeeper surrounding payments and other general administrative office issues.

Stacey MacKinnon will be the Director of Hockey Operations for the Dover Stars and DYHA’s House League. She will assume all responsibilities related to Dover Stars and House League teams in both a scheduling and day-to-day operations role. Stacey will be the Director of Operations for DYHA, responsible for the overall operations of the association. Any and all DYHA run tournaments and leagues will fall under the jurisdiction of the Director of Hockey Operations for DYHA. Stacey will also become the Association’s Registrar, responsible for overseeing all teams’ rostered players and coaches.

We are very excited to be able to take this crucial step in expanding our Association and expect that this restructure will allow for a smooth transition as we begin our new season.

Skate for Levi

07/21/2015, 7:30pm EDT
By Tracie Baccon

Saturday, June 25 from 11am-2pm at the Dover Ice Arena

Come join us for a great day filled with fun in benefit of Levi Whitcomb.

* Family skate from 11am-1pm for $10 per person

* Silent Auction and Raffle

* Barbecue and Bake Sale

* Merchandise for sale

* Dunk Booth

* And more fun events!!

If you would like to donate merchandise for the silent auction for this event, please bring it to the Dover Arena Monday-Friday between 8:00-4:00 and leave it Attn: Dennis Pease. Thank you!
Also, if you would like to bring a baked good on the day of the event, we would appreciate the donation!

Summer Floor Hockey

06/13/2015, 4:15pm EDT
By Dan Coffey

DYHA will host a summer floor hockey skills series for 8-14yrs at the Dover Rink (Foster side.)  Drop in sessions will be held on Thursday nights, (starting Thursday, June 25th through August 13th, no full session commitment needed, come out when you can) at 5:30-6:55pm.  Each session will be a $10 drop in fee.  Each night will be limited to 30 players, sessions will be run by DYHA coaches.  Mandatory gear will be helmets, gloves, and sticks (all other padding is optional.)  Each night will include some stick-handling, shooting, passing, game spacing, and of course floor hockey games. Hope to see you out during the “off-season.”

2015-16 Travel Roster Openings

06/06/2015, 1:30pm EDT
By Stacey MacKinnon

DYHA has the below openings on travel rosters for the upcoming season.

There are openings for the following birth years:





Any interested participants should contact the Director of Hockey Operations as soon as possible.


2015-16 Travel Scholarships

05/30/2015, 12:45pm EDT
By Kim Fuller

The DYHA Board of Directors approved a budget that includes limited scholarships for travel players. During the next month, the following four types of scholarships may be awarded, provided we have applicants for each:

Kathleen and Fred Gilpatrick Bingo Volunteer Scholarship
Kathy Gilpatrick is the original and current DYHA Bingo Coordinator, She and her husband Fred have been instrumental in creating this incredible fundraising arm of the DYHA organization. Prior to her involvement in Bingo, Kathy was a DYHA board member, serving as treasurer and making her name as Dover Hockey’s most effective fundraising coordinator. Gilpatrick Scholarships of up to $400 may be awarded to current Dover Youth Hockey Bingo volunteers to help further reduce their tuition obligations.

McNulty Sibling Scholarships
Pat McNulty was a longtime member and president of DYHA who was instrumental in developing our house and travel programs. Pat was also the original driving force behind creating the Dover Youth Hockey Bingo fundraising program, which helps control costs for all members. Pat and his wife Lorraine raised two children who both played travel and high school hockey. They know what it means to have two children enrolled in travel hockey at the same time, and the time and financial demands placed on a family by two children’s hockey commitments. Pat currently works for the City of Dover. Both Pat and Lorraine McNulty have been named honorary members of DYHA by the Dover Youth Hockey board of directors. McNulty Sibling Scholarships will be awarded to children of families with more than one child playing travel hockey. Amounts may vary depending on need and the resources available.

Robert “Pops” Higgins Scholarships
A Higgins Scholarship will award between $250 and $1000 to families in need to help reduce the cost of travel hockey. A lifelong hockey fan, Bob Higgins has been a fixture as a volunteer at Dover Youth Hockey Bingo for more than a decade. During that time, he has quietly helped many families manage the cost of hockey. Bob’s greatest hope is that all children are able to experience the great game of hockey, regardless of their families’ circumstances. Bob Higgins has been named an honorary member of DYHA by the Dover Youth Hockey Board of Directors.

Frederick Catalfo Referee Scholarship
Freddy Catalfo is well known to anyone who has ever spent time at Dover Arena. In addition to working the front desk and as a referee, Freddy has worked as DYHA’s referee scheduler for many years. Freddy Catalfo has been named an honorary member of DYHA by the Dover Youth Hockey board of directors. One Catalfo Scholarship of $200 will be awarded each year to a travel hockey player who is also a USAHockey certified referee. This award will be made in the form of travel tuition reduction in recognition of the additional investment young referees make in training and referee equipment and uniforms.

If you have a travel hockey player who you believe may qualify for one of these scholarships, please send an email response to WE ARE NOT looking for your income or financial details, except for that information you chose to furnish. What we DO want is a brief description of your player and the relevant details by which he or she qualifies for one of the above scholarships (e.g., you are a Bingo volunteer, your family has siblings playing hockey, your child is a certified referee, or your family simply has financial need. Any information you can give that will help our scholarship committee consider your request is welcome.

All responses must be received by July 1st. Awards will be determined by mid-August. Scholarship amounts will be credited to account balances.

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