DYHA is excited to unveil the official new logo of the Granite State Wild! Starting with the 2018-19 season all DYHA travel team players will take the ice as members of the Granite State Wild and will have this new logo on their jerseys!
A big thank you to all of our travel team players who logged in and voted in our logo survey. We received 124 player votes and our new logo was an overwhelming favorite, receiving over 75% of the votes! Stay tuned for more on our new GSW jerseys soon, including another chance for YOU to vote on our new look for next season!
(Most players also voted that we should to add nameplates to our uniforms next season. Because this adds to the cost of uniforms, the Board is waiting on parent feedback from the program survey before making a final decision on this.)
Perseverance, hard work and a positive attitude. These are qualities that we all hope to impart on our children, both on and off the ice.
The next time you’re looking for a good example, just take a look in the DYHA trophy case in the lobby of the Dover Ice Arena. In it you’ll see trophies and plaques from the past victories of DYHA teams. You’ll also find a picture of a Dover Stars goalie, arms raised in victory, with the autograph “Levi #35.”
In 2015, Levi Whitcomb was a typical boy playing hockey as a member of the Dover Stars Squirt team. He was a pivotal contributor to the team’s spectacular 40-7-4 season. On March 15th, Levi donned his pads and manned the net for the Stars in their GSL championship game, not knowing that it would be the last time he would lace up his skates for a long time.
A few weeks later on April 6th, at the age of 9, Levi was diagnosed with brain cancer (medulloblastoma). A week later, he underwent an 18-hour surgery where doctors successfully removed 95% of the mass. He awoke from surgery needing assistance to breathe and eat and spent the next 3 weeks in the Intensive Care Unit at Boston Children’s Hospital. After leaving the ICU, Levi endured 31 proton radiation treatments and 6 months of chemotherapy to attack the remaining tumor. That July, he also underwent another surgery at Mass Eye and Ear to correct issues of facial muscle weakness caused by the tumor.
Over two years have passed since Levi’s diagnosis. Many of those days have been filled with hours physical, occupational and speech therapy to regain the mobility and muscle control that were impacted by his tumor and treatment. He had to learn how to walk, talk and write again. The road to recovery was difficult. But, through it all, Levi kept one goal in mind: a return to the ice.
A few weeks ago, all of his perseverance, hard work and positive attitude were rewarded. Levi laced up his skates, pulled on his #35 jersey, and jumped back on the ice as a forward for the U14 House League White team. To see him out there skating with his teammates you wouldn’t know all that he has been through. He’s just boy playing hockey. And, for a kid that has been through so much at such a young age, that’s exactly how it should be.
Welcome back Levi!
(On December 11th, DYHA Board members Jeremy Forest and Craig Croteau were honored to meet with Levi and his parents following his game. On behalf of the DYHA family, they presented Levi with a brand new hockey stick and welcomed him back to hockey.)
***The deadline for ordering tickets has been extended through Sunday, January 14th. This is the LAST chance to order tickets!!!***
Friday, January 26th 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 currently 13th ranked Wildcats will face off in a Hockey East battle against the UConn Huskies 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 7th. Tickets will be distributed by DYHA at team practices the week before the game.
Five DYHA teams hit the road in November seeking to bring home CanAm Challenge Cup titles from Lake Placid, NY and Montreal. After long weekends filled with hockey, mixed with some sight seeing and team bonding, the Stars Bantams, Stars PW1 and Wild Squirt Majors all made the drive home with championship banners in hand, while the Wild Bantam Minors and Wild PW Minors took home bronze medals of their own.
The following are summaries provided by each team following their weekends of tournament play. Congratulations to all of the teams on their hard-fought victories in the Challenge Cup!
The Bantam Stars arrived in Lake Placid firing on all cylinders for the Challenge Cup. Thursday afternoon the team kicked off the weekend with a public skate where all teams and their families got a chance to skate on the 1980 Olympic Rink, the same ice where the US beat USSR in the 1980 Olympics in what is now known as “The Miracle on Ice.” The skate was followed by Opening Ceremonies which were capped off by our own Corey Furman lighting the ceremonial torch.
The team played their first games shortly after the ceremony, getting back on the 1980 Olympic Rink to play a solid Lexington/Bedford Revolution team from Massachusetts. After a tight first period the scoring opened up with goals from Brady McDonough and two assists from Connor Veno, helping the Stars roll to an 8-0 win.
Friday morning the Stars travelled to The Saranac Civic Center to play the Masconomet Chieftains from Massachusetts. The Stars grabbed an early lead and saw goals from seven different players in a 7-0 victory. The team followed up with a 12-0 victory against the Greenwich Skating Club which featured a hat trick from Jeffrey Ouellette and 3 assists from Johnny Kodzis.
The Stars continued their success in the Friday afternoon skills competition. The Sprint Relay team of Joe Neal, Nate Coffey, Jeff Ouellette, and Garrison Keathley outpaced the field to take first place, while goalie Nic Pruett took home runner-up honors in the Goalie Skills competition and Jacob Pelletier placed 2nd in the Shoot Out
Saturday afternoon, the Stars played the Ridgefield Lions from Connecticut on the 1932 Rink. Brayden Beckwith netted 2 goals in a 5-0 win, putting the team into the Gold medal game against the Lexington/Bedford Revolution. Captains Joe Neal, Jacob Pelletier and Garrison Keathley set the tone early and the two-way play of Calvin Lambert on defense was key to a 4-0 victory in the championship game.
The Stars PW 1 team had a great time in Lake Placid, going 5-0 on the weekend and bringing back a gold medal for the DYHA trophy case! The team enjoyed a public skate on the 1980 Olympic Rink, followed by opening ceremonies and the lighting of the torch.
The team took to the ice for their first game on Friday morning against Lexington-Bedford. A well-balanced team effort gave the Stars a 6-1 victory in the opener. This was followed up by the Skills Competition, where goalie Aidan McQuaide was runner-up among goalies and Gordon Diment took 2nd place in the Shootout. Our relay team of Jace Parker, Austin Keenan, Will Hamel, and Colby Seaver came in third place in a very exciting race.
The PW Stars finished their Friday night with a game on the historic 1980 Olympic rink, which was exciting for players and coaches alike. Like the US, the team brought home victory, beating the Ridgefield (CT) Lion Black team 4-1. Saturday saw more of the same, with the Stars beating Ridgefield Lions White team 9-0 and the Masconomet Chieftains 6-1 to earn a spot in the finals.
In Sunday morning’s Gold Medal game the team faced off against the Manchester Flames, a team they know well from Granite State League play. The teams had split their two previous contests this season and were geared up for another tough matchup. After a scoreless first period the Stars struck first, netting a pair of goals in the 2nd. The Flames tallied a goal late in the period to end the period with a 2-1 score. Manchester continued the scoring with a quick goal just 13 seconds into the 3rd, tying the game, but the Stars answered less than 2 minutes later with a power play goal that gave them a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. After a tense period with a lot of back and forth play the Stars iced the game with another goal at 1:30 and celebrated a 4-2 win.
The team had a great weekend of hockey that also featured a lot of pool time and team dinners in the Lake Placid village.
GSW Squirt Majors
The Granite State Wild Squirt Major (2007) traveled to Montreal, Quebec to play in the 2017 Canadian Challenge Cup. The Wild were the only US team in their division, with 3 Canadian teams from Sieurs De Chambly (Quebec), Brossard Coyotes (Quebec) and the Kingston Canadians (Ontario) filling out the bracket.
The Wild kicked off the weekend with two games on Friday, picking up a 4-1 victory in the opener against Sieurs De Chambly and following up with a 8-1 win against Brossard Coyotes. The team continued their winning ways on Saturday, netting 9 goals in a 9-2 win over the Kingston Canadians that assured them a spot in Sunday’s title game.
Sunday saw a rematch against a Sieurs De Chambly team that had revenge on their mind. Both teams were fired up and proud to represent their respective country. The Wild came out shooting again and were rewarded with 2 goals in the first period. The team netted a goal in each of the following periods in a hard fought, back and forth contest to notch a 4-0 win and the Canadian Challenge Cup title.
Coach Adam Kozlowski highlighted a solid team effort from the Wild offense, defense and goaltenders as the catalyst for their very successful and fun-filled weekend in Montreal.
GSW Bantam Minors
The GSW Bantam Minor team traveled to Lake Placid to take part in the Can/Am Challenge Cup on November 16th. The team kicked off the weekend by joining friends from the Stars Bantam and PW1 team on the 1980 Olympic ice for the public skate and opening ceremonies.
The weekend started out tough for the Wild Bantams, as they came up on the wrong side of 3-2 result against the Martha's Vineyard Mariners in a hard-fought contest, followed up by a 6-0 loss to eventual tournament champions, the Ridgefield (CT) Lions.
The Wild turned things around on Friday night, putting up 7 against the MASCO Chieftans to post their first ‘W’ in a 7-3 game.
Saturday saw the Wild engage in a tight battle with Lexington-Bedford. The Wild worked hard through two scoreless periods, creating countless opportunities, and finally netting the game’s first goal early in the 3rd period. But Lexington-Bedford answered back with two goals of their own in a game that ended in a 2-1 score, leaving the Wild with a 1-3 record and in need of some help to get into the Bronze medal game.
The Bantams got the help that they were looking for on Saturday night and entered Sunday’s medal round as the #4 seed, geared up for a rematch against Martha's Vineyard. The game was in many ways a repeat of Thursday’s contest, with exciting back-and-forth action throughout the contest, but a very different outcome on the scoreboard. The Wild tallied 3 goals and held off a late surge by Martha’s Vineyard to take home Bronze in a 3-2 victory.
Even more important than the hockey itself was the team bonding experience they had together. Bobsledding, meeting 5x stanley cup champion Pierre Bouchard, team meals, team pizza parties, tournament party and strolling downtown Lake Placid are just some of the things that made this weekend one that will be remembered by all.
GSW PW Minors
The trip to Lake Placid was a lesson in perseverance for the Wild PW Minors. The team took the ice down 3 members of their forward line and suffered some tough losses in round in preliminary play, but stayed tough and ultimately battled their way to victory in the Bronze Medal game.
The weekend started off with much excitement as the team hit the ice for a group skate on the 1980 Olympic Rink and opening ceremonies, and continued when the team was assigned Locker Room #5- the same locker room used by the US team during the 1980 games.
The Wild hit the ice on Thursday afternoon against a solid New Jersey Rockets team. Falling behind early 2-0, the Wild created a number of chances and held the Rockets to just one more goal, but couldn’t capitalize in a 3-0 loss.
Friday morning the Wild faced off against the Amherst (NY) Knights, scoring first and trading goals with the Knights through the first period, which ended 2-2. The balanced action continued until late in the 2nd period when the Knights picked up a pair of goals, followed by 4 in the 3rd in an 8-2 result.
Saturday’s skills competition was highlighted by a Shootout victory for Wild winger Ayden Lockard, who was the only competitor to net all 3 of his chances. Goalie Dylan Cossette and the team of Kyle Behan, Sawyer Levesque, Connor Gray and Logan Forest represented the Wild in the goalie skills and team relay.
Saturday afternoon the Wild hit the ice again, squaring off against the Protec (NJ) Ducks. The Ducks, who would go on to win the Challenge Cup, got ahead early and never looked back in a 5-0 victory. The loss sent the Wild to the Bronze medal game.
Sunday the PW Minors showed why determination and effort are often rewarded. They were met on the ice by a confident Amherst team that had beaten them 8-2 on Friday. This time the was quite different.
The Knights struck first, notching a goal just 1:25 into the contest and setting up what looked like a repeat of Friday’s contest. But the Wild fought back and tied the game 5 minutes later on a goal by Logan Forest. The Knights would score again later in the 1st, but the Wild answered with two goals in the 2nd period from Owen Kenney. A late Knights goal in the 2nd locked the game at 3-3 heading into the 3rd period.
The Wild jumped ahead again early in the 3rd period when Ayden Lockard sniped and celly’d a 4-3 lead that the black and gold refused to relinquish. Fighting to hold the lead for nearly 10 minutes, the Wild saw stellar goalkeeping from netminder Cole Harwood and lock down defense from Ben Thyng, Carter Bell, Kyle Behan and Connor Gray as they shocked the Knights and took home Bronze.
27 brand new hockey players got all geared up on Monday night in preparation for hitting the ice as members of DYHA's first ever session of The First Shift. Members of the Bauer 'Fit Team' were on hand at the McConnell Center to size players for a complete set of Bauer gear and to educate players and parents on the basics of fitting and wearing hockey equipment. The players will take the ice on December 3rd for the first of six 'Learn to Play Hockey' sessions led by our House League coordinator Fred Strum and other DYHA coaches and assisted by players from local high schools.
Dover Youth Hockey is the second program in the country to partner with Bauer for The First Shift. The program is part of Bauer's "Grow the Game" initiative and is designed to offer a high-fun, low-cost opportunity for boys and girls ages 5-10 to try hockey for the first time. The program will be offered annually each fall by DYHA.
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