Each year, DYHA awards approximately $6000 in scholarships to assist families with paying their player tuition. These scholarships are funded by DYHA's annual fundraising efforts, which include our golf tournament and the Don Heyliger Memorial Tournament, as well as our weekly Bingo game.
The available scholarships and the qualifying criteria are listed below. If you are interested in being considered for a scholarship, please complete the online application by June 30th. All applicants must complete this application to be considered. The DYHA Scholarship Committee will review all submissions and will notify all applicants no later than July 31st.
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 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 up to $1000 annually. This money is given 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 USA Hockey 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.
Congratulations are long overdue for several Granite State Wild teams that ended their 2019 seasons with league championship titles!
The Wild Peewee Major 12U team won a hard fought 5-4 victory over the #1 seed CT Chiefs to take home a trophy in the New England Premier Hockey League Premier division. The team was making its 4th consecutive appearance in the title game after defeating the Cape Cod Lighting 2-1 the previous day. The team twice battled back from 2-goal deficits and locked down their net against a 6-on-4 power play for the Chiefs during the closing seconds of the game to win in dramatic fashion.
The Wild Squirt Minor 9U team will also get to hang an NEPHL division bannerb after defeating #1 seed MaxPro Jets to win the Squirt Major Elite Division. The Wild Squirts rolled into the finals red hot after beating the RI Junior Blues 7-1 and continued their high scoring ways, beating the Jets in convincing fashion 5-1.
The Bantam Select 1 team entered the Granite State League Tier 4 tournament weekend as the #1 seed and lived up to that billing. After a strong effort against Kearsarge the team lost to the Mount Washington Valley Eagles, setting up a quarterfinal match with the Concord Capitals. A solid win against Concord gave the team a bid to the championship game where they bested a tough New Hampshire East Eagles team to take home a GSL crown.
The Wild Pee Wee Select 1 team also picked up hardware in the GSL, winning the Peewee Tier IV championship. After going 29-10-4 during the regular season, the team won 3 of their 4 playoff contests and beat the Back Bay Chiefs 4-2 in front of a packed house at the Rochester Arena to close the season with a title.
Congratulations to these and all of our teams on a great season!
The Granite State Wild will hold tryouts for our 2019 Split-Season U16 and U18 Midget teams on Tuesday, March 19th at the Dover Ice Arena.
Tryouts for the U16 team will be held 5:30-6:30
Tryouts for the U18 team will be held 6:30-7:30
As a regional Seacoast NH/Southern ME hockey program, our goal is to build the most competitive teams possible comprised of the top players in the region. The U16 and U18 Granite State Wild teams will play in the New England Premier Hockey League in the Fall of 2019.
For existing high school players, this offering gives you the chance to play with some of the best players in the region, including current teammates and top players from rival high school and club teams in the region, fostering different relationships while preparing for the kick off to high school season. Split-Season is a way for you to push yourself and grow as a player.
Tryout registration is $35 for player who register online. Please click here to register.
Same-day "walk-in" registration cost is $70.
Tryouts for the 2019-20 Granite State Wild will be held starting Monday, March 4th. The 2019-20 program guide is now available along with the tryout information, schedule and online registration. These can also be found on the "2019-2020 Wild Tryouts' page on the DYHA website, under the Travel Team menu.
The Granite State Wild offers players the best in hockey skill development and competition by offering a combined schedule of league games, tournaments and independent games in the New England Premier League, Granite State League and Seacoast Hockey League.
Granite State Wild players participate in weekly 80 minute skill sessions and a weekly 50-80 minute team practice. Goalies receive training both on the ice during team skills sessions and in specialized sessions at the Puckstoppers goalie training center in Exeter, NH.
As a non-profit hockey organization, DYHA keeps hockey as affordable as possible while providing the best value of any hockey program in the region. We encourage you to compare all that we offer to similarly priced programs...or even the programs that charge $1000 more!
Wild player tuition includes:
*140-160 of ice time per week for most age levels (80 min practice & 80 min skill session)
*5+ full ice, 60-minute practices per season
*Professional skills training
*Professional on-ice and specialty goalie training
*30-40 games per season, plus playoffs (*league dependent)
*Entry fee into 2 independent tournaments (most levels)
*Pro-weight, twill home and away game jerseys, game socks & practice jersey
Wild team rosters are limited to a maximum of 16 players (14 skaters, 2 goalies) at ALL levels.
We look forward to seeing you at tryouts starting March 4th...
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