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!
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!
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!
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.
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.