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Squirt A's Go Undefeated in CHC Play!!!
02/05/2016
  The CT RiverHawks Squirt A team completed their 2015-16...
2016-17 Travel Hockey Tryout Registration Now Open!!!
02/04/2016
Tryout for Connecticut RiverHawks 2016-17 Fall / Winter Travel...
RINK RATS SPRING TRAVEL HOCKEY - at Shelton this Spring!
02/01/2016
Coming the Spring to The Rinks At Shelton RINK RATS   Spring...
JOHNNY LONGO'S STRENGTH ACADEMY AT SHELTON
02/01/2016
Johnny Longo's Strength Academy Winter Training Programs Available...
Mite A's Have A Memorable First Tournament!!!
01/04/2016
The RiverHawks Mite A team participated in the New England Sports...
Tiers, CHC, EJEPHL, AAA.. What does it all mean?
03/16/2015
With try outs just days away, and people’s inboxes being inundated...
 
Squirt A's Go Undefeated in CHC Play!!!

 

The CT RiverHawks Squirt A team completed their 2015-16 CHC season undefeated. They went up against many tough teams and came out on top with a 20-0 CHC record.

They are headed to the CT State Tournament in Northford February 24-28. Good Luck, RiverHawks Squirt A's! 

 


by posted 02/05/2016
2016-17 Travel Hockey Tryout Registration Now Open!!!

Tryout for Connecticut RiverHawks

2016-17 Fall / Winter Travel Hockey Teams

BROCHURE AVAILABLE HERE

Multiple Ice Touches and Conditioning!

• Two Structured Team-Based Practices Per Week

• Additional USA Hockey American Development Model Station Based Skills/Practice Sessions Each Month

• Personalized Goalie Training Two Times Per Month

• PowerSkating Clinics

• Two or more Games a Week, in Connecticut Hockey Conference Tier 2-4

• Access to onsite off-ice training

• Two or more travel tournaments a season

 

Experienced Coaching!

• Certified professional coaches with age appropriate teaching experience

• Average of 10+ years of coaching experience within the organization

• Guest instruction by local high school and college hockey coaches

 

Convenient Schedule for Players and Parents!

• Consistent and favorable practice times

• Modern, well-appointed and family friendly facilities, The Rinks at Connecticut Sports Center

• Winter Season September 2016 – March 2017

 

 


by posted 02/04/2016
RINK RATS SPRING TRAVEL HOCKEY - at Shelton this Spring!

Coming the Spring to The Rinks At Shelton

RINK RATS

 

Spring Tournament Teams

See Attached Brochure HERE For More Information

 

2002-2003 Birth Years

Coach: Vic Vicenzi, Head Coach Watertown High School

Coach: Patrick Cooper, Assistant Coach Trumbull High School

 

2004-2005 Birth Years

Coach: Sean Ryan, Power Skating Instructor, Salve Regina ('11), Walpole Stars (EJHL) 

Coach: Brian Sorosky, Uconn ('15), CT Wolfpack (EJHL)

 

2006-2007 Birth Years

Coach: Andy Townsend, Head Coach Masuk High School

 

2008-2010 Birth Years

Coach: Greg Maxey, Head Coach Trumbull High School

 


by posted 02/01/2016
JOHNNY LONGO'S STRENGTH ACADEMY AT SHELTON

Johnny Longo's Strength Academy

Winter Training Programs Available Now!
 

203-521-1075 or


by posted 02/01/2016
Mite A's Have A Memorable First Tournament!!!

The RiverHawks Mite A team participated in the New England Sports Center Jingle Bell Skate Tournament December 31st - January 1st. Our RiverHawks won their first three games and made it to the Championship.

They played their hardest, but were defeated by the IceHawks by a score of 7-4. This was the first tournament experience for our Mites and taking home the second place trophy was a huge success for them. Congratulations to all the players!


by posted 01/04/2016
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
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