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CT RIVERHAWKS TRYOUT SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION LINK
03/19/2015
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER   CT RiverHawks Tryout Schedule   MITE 3/16   ...
Midget Tryout and Season Information Announced!
03/19/2015
    Connecticut RiverHawks   2015 –...
Tiers, CHC, EJEPHL, AAA.. What does it all mean?
03/16/2015
With try outs just days away, and people’s inboxes being inundated...
2015-16 Coaches Announced; Tryout Registration is Open!
03/09/2015
The CT RiverHawks are pleased to announce the following coaching...
RiverHawks Come Close in States; Bantam A's to Regionals
02/25/2015
Congratulations CT RiverHawks Bantam A – CHC Tier 2 Runner-Up The...
NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HOCKEY OPERATIONS POSITION ANNOUNCED
02/16/2015
The CT RiverHawks are excited to announce the appointment of Greg...
New Video Quantifies Cross-Ice Advantages
02/04/2015
New Video Quantifies Cross-Ice Advantages... A great article to...
Goalie Development Yielding Strong Results
01/16/2015
Our goalie development program continues to flourish under the direction...
 
CT RIVERHAWKS TRYOUT SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION LINK

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

CT RiverHawks Tryout Schedule

 

MITE

3/16       Monday              6:00 – 6:50p        Meet the Coaches           Lower Rink

3/23       Monday              5:30 – 6:35p        Mites A – Z                    Lower Rink

3/25       Wednesday         6:30 – 7:35p        Mites A – Z                     Lower Rink

3/26       Thursday             6:00 – 6:50p        Mites A – Z                     Upper Rink

 

SQUIRT

3/19       Thursday             6:30 – 7:20p        Meet the Coaches           Lower Rink

3/21       Saturday              7:30 – 8:35a        Squirt A – L                    Upper Rink

3/21       Saturday              8:45 – 9:50a        Squirt M – Z                    Upper Rink

3/22       Sunday                 7:00 – 8:05a        Squirt A – L                     Upper Rink

3/22       Sunday                 8:15 – 9:20a        Squirt M – Z                    Upper Rink

3/26       Thursday               6:30 – 7:35p        Squirt Group 1                 Lower Rink

3/28       Saturday               7:45 – 8:50a        Squirt Group 2                 Upper Rink

 

PEEWEE

3/16       Monday               6:30 – 7:20p        Meet the Coaches           Upper Rink

3/21       Saturday              1:45 – 2:50p        PeeWee A – L                Upper Rink

3/21       Saturday              3:00 – 4:05p        PeeWee M – Z                Upper Rink

3/22       Sunday                8:15 – 9:20a        PeeWee A – L                 Lower Rink

3/22       Sunday                9:30 – 10:35a      PeeWee M – Z                 Lower Rink

3/23       Monday               6:30 – 7:35p        PeeWee Group 1             Upper Rink

3/28       Saturday              9:00 – 10:05a      PeeWee Group 2             Upper Rink

 

BANTAM

3/19       Thursday            7:30 – 8:20p          Meet the Coaches            Lower Rink

3/21       Saturday           10:00 – 11:05a        Bantam A – L                  Upper Rink

3/21       Saturday            11:15 – 12:20p       Bantam M – Z                  Upper Rink

3/22         Sunday                 2:00 – 3:05p       Bantam A - L                   Upper Rink

 3/22         Sunday                  3:15 – 4:20p       Bantam M - Z                   Upper Rink

 3/23         Monday                 6:45 – 7:50p       Bantam Group 1               Lower Rink

 3/28         Saturday               10:15 – 11:20a     Bantam Group 2               Upper Rink

 

MIDGET

**3/25    Wednesday        7:15 – 8:20p          Midget A – Z                      Upper Rink

3/28       Saturday            11:30 – 12:35p       Midget Minor                     Upper Rink

3/30       Monday              6:30 – 7:35p          Midget Major / Open          Upper Rink

*if necessary      **time change as of 3/17


by posted 03/19/2015
Midget Tryout and Season Information Announced!

 

 

Connecticut RiverHawks

 

2015 – 2016 Midget Try Outs 

Registration is open!

Try Out Dates

March 25        Wednesday           7:15 – 8:20p           Midget A – Z                  

March 28        Saturday            11:30 – 12:35p           Midget Minor                

March 30        Monday                 6:30 – 7:35p           Midget Major / Open     

 

www.CTRiverhawks.org

  • Midget Minor: 1999 & 2000 Birth Years – T2 and Open Division
  • Midget Major: 1998 & 1997 Birth Years -  Open Division
  • Focus on Conditioning and Development for High School Players
  • One Practice / Skills Session Per Week : 75 minutes of ice
  • Two Games Per Week
  • One Tournament
  • Season starts in late August 2015; Concludes in November 2015
  • Professional Coaching:

 

  • Pete Maxfield (Minor)
  • Eddy Lemaire (Major)

 

  • 2015-16 Tuition: $1650 for season

 Registration is open now at www.CTRiverHawks.org !!!!

 

For questions or additional information please contact .

 

The CT RiverHawks/Greater Bridgeport Junior Hockey Assoc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


by posted 03/19/2015
Tiers, CHC, EJEPHL, AAA.. What does it all mean?

With try outs just days away, and people’s inboxes being inundated with emails about new and exciting opportunities in youth hockey, many programs will advertise different things.  In order to help folks sort through what this may mean to them we thought it might be helpful to provide some insight.

CHC is the Connecticut Hockey Conference; the governing body for USA Hockey in the state. The CHC currently has two member organizations that compete as Tier 1 programs. They are MidFairfield and the CT Wolfpack.   These teams attract and select what would be considered the top 2 % of the players for a particular age group.  At the midget Level there are additional Tier 1 teams that are predominantly made up of prep school players.

The CHC allows each program to declare their teams Tier 2, 3 or Open. Most organizations who plat ay Tier 2 (not all do) typically have a Tier 2 “A” team, a Tier 3 “A1” team and an Open Tier “B” team.  Teams that are declared at CHC Tier 2 and 3 are deemed to be eligible to play for the state, regional and national tournaments of USA Hockey. These are often referred to as "tournament bound teams.”

If a program is not a CHC member they are still able to play games against CHC member teams but are not tournament bound and are only eligible to participate in CHC State Tournaments at the Open level. These programs may also be “for profit” organizations and may be more focused on winning the generation of revenue than they are on the development of young hockey players. These are pay to participate; not necessarily pay to play and often lead to a lot of travel as the pool of potential opponents is limited by the absence of a CHC membership.

In addition, we have seen a recent trend in the liberal usage of the “AAA” label and what it exactly means to an organization.  Consensus opinion in hockey circles would say that most programs currently using the AAA label in CHC are essentially Tier 2 programs as described above. There are even programs currently operating in the state who refer to themselves as AAA and play what is essentially a Tier 3 schedule.

 

In other New England states AAA hockey is the norm and programs will have a AAA elite team, which is generally of Tier 1 quality, a AAA team that equates to a CHC Tier 2 and any number of AAA non-elite teams which are basically Tier 3 and/or 4 .

Recently, you may have seen a lot of news and emails about a newcomer to the marketing of youth hockey in the state; the EJEPL (Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League) - you can visit this site at www.ejepl.com.  Take a minute to review the location of these teams and you can imagine what a typical weekend of travel hockey could look like.  You will also see that some of these teams are AAA or Tier 2 hockey. Travel for hockey is standard, to travel around the Northeast for weekends at a time can be very expensive.

If your child is in the top 5 % in their age group, they should try out for one of the state's Tier 1 teams. These are great programs that serve top end players extremely well and, in most cases, they will find you if your child is truly a top caliber player. For the other 95% who want to develop as hockey players, and would prefer not spending their weekends at a Holiday Inn,  select a program that offers a comfortable environment for your child to enjoy the game of hockey.


by posted 03/16/2015
2015-16 Coaches Announced; Tryout Registration is Open!

The CT RiverHawks are pleased to announce the following coaching assignments for the 2015-16 season:

 Mite A- AG Guarino

 **Additional Mite teams and coaches will be added based on tryout registration numbers.

 

Squirt A - Don Ryan

Squirt A1- Paul Watson/Gene Kisken

Squirt B - Todd Ramos

 

Pee Wee A - Charles Gilbert

Pee Wee A1- Kevin Finn/Shaun Belward

Pee Wee B- Tony Berardi/Dan Miressi

 

Bantam A- Dan Forrest/George Nrekic

Bantam B- Martin Hallett/Frank Castorina

Bantam 1/2 Year- Dan Miressi/Shawn Belward

 

Tryouts will be held between March 21 and March 28. Times will be posted in the next few days.  Online registration for tryouts are now open.

See you at The Rinks!

 


by posted 03/09/2015
RiverHawks Come Close in States; Bantam A's to Regionals

Congratulations CT RiverHawks Bantam A – CHC Tier 2 Runner-Up

The CT RiverHawks Bantam A team took second place in the Connecticut Hockey Conference Tier 2 State Championship Tournament last weekend at the Northford Ice Pavilion.  Despite a 3-1 loss to the Wonderland Wizards in the finals, our Bantam As will move on to play in the New England Tier 2 Sectional Tournament in New Hampshire at the end of March.   Good Luck RiverHawk Bantam A!

Congratulations CT RiverHawks Mite A – CHC Campbell Division Runner -Up

The Mite A team concluded their season last weekend with a strong showing at the CHC Campbell Division Mite State Tournament in Northford.  Despite a tremendous effort, the RiverHawks took second place falling 2-0 to the Yale Bulldog Mite A team.  Congratulations on a great season!

 

Congratulations CT RiverHawks Mite B – CHC Norris Division Runner -Up

The CT RiverHawk Mite B team also had a strong showing last weekend, placing second in the CHC Norris Division State Tournament held in Bolton.  The Mite Bs played hard all weekend, advancing to the finals where they fell 5-2 to the Greater New Haven Warriors. Congratulations Mite B on a great season!

 


by posted 02/25/2015
NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HOCKEY OPERATIONS POSITION ANNOUNCED

The CT RiverHawks are excited to announce the appointment of Greg Maxey to the newly created position of Executive Director of Hockey Operations. In this role, Greg will work together with The Rinks and RiverHawks to grow and develop the hockey programs of both groups. This is a unique position in youth hockey which we feel will be a critical step in our efforts to improve our program as we recognize that today's youth sports environment requires more than the hard work of dedicated parent volunteers. We feel that the creation of this position is a valuable investment in the future of our program.

Greg's role will be to report jointly to the RiverHawks Board of Directors and the management of The Rinks, but will have a direct impact on the RiverHawks program as he will be responsible for:

·         Establish new and innovative programs to enhance and improve the development of RiverHawks players

·         Increase the competitive level of RiverHawks travel teams

·         Responsible for the marketing of RiverHawks and The Rinks hockey programs

·         Lead and instruct all travel related hockey skills, clinics and camps

·         Establish new tournaments to be hosted at The Rinks which will benefit the RiverHawks program

·         Conduct Coaching Clinics for RiverHawk House and Travel coaches

·         Direct and oversee The Rinks Spring Madness and Jr. Islanders spring hockey programs and tournaments

 

Greg is the Head Coach of the Trumbull High School Hockey Team and has over thirty years of hockey experience. He has been leading the Trumbull hockey team since 1999 and has won several championship titles, and coaching awards.

He holds a Level 4 USA Hockey coaching certificate, SafeSport Training, High Performance Coaching Certificate and is a Level 3 official.

The RiverHawks will be setting up introductory meetings and hosting on-ice sessions with Coach Maxey as we get closer to tryouts in March.

We feel very strongly that the addition of Greg to the organization is an important step in the evolution of our program. Please join us in welcoming Greg to the RiverHawks and The Rinks Families.


by posted 02/16/2015
New Video Quantifies Cross-Ice Advantages

New Video Quantifies Cross-Ice Advantages... A great article to understand the benefits of the USA Hockey development model and its use in Mites ice hockey.

www.usahockey.com/news_article/show/472676?referrer_id=1093254

 

 

 


by posted 02/04/2015
Goalie Development Yielding Strong Results

Our goalie development program continues to flourish under the direction of Coach Pete Alfano. Under this program, our goalies have the opportunity to get specific goalie instruction from one of the area’s premier instructors – Justin Eddy. Each RiverHawks goalie is offered 2-4 sessions every month.

And you don't have to look far to see results, both within our program as well as with some of our recent graduates. In fact, three goalies have successfully broken into the High School goalie ranks with the help of this instruction over the last few years: Will Guttman with Trumbull High School, Bill Scovill with Notre Dame of Fairfield, and Ryan Wilson with Saint Joseph's High School. All are playing well for their teams and getting plenty of starts at their respective high school programs.

The Connecticut RiverHawks are proud of, and committed to, the continued success of our goalie specific instruction.


by posted 01/16/2015
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