Knights Corner - This Week in South Windsor Youth Hockey
Knights Corner - 11/23/15 Update
Here's what's been happening in South Windsor Youth Hockey as we enter Thanksgiving week, about the halfway point, or so, of this season.
1. This Past Weekend
Midgets played their final game of the season and defeated Enfield 4-0. Great Midget season for these players and next up for them is South Windsor High School Bobcats hockey tryouts. Good luck!!!
Bantam A, on Sunday, came from behind to beat Central 3-2 with Tommy Dallahan scoring with 14.3 seconds left. Mason Haley played a big part with two of the three assists. Way to go! This year our Bantam A is competing in Tier 3 and they are currently sitting in third place in their Conference.
Bantam B defeated Simsbury 2-0 on Sunday, shutting them out with some strong hockey. Great job!
Pee Wee A traveled last night and defeated Stamford 7-4. It was a strong performance and a physical game, led by Zach Jarvis with a hat trick. Congrats!! This game was also noteworthy for two other reasons. The first, before the game, Coach Kent promised the players that he and Coach Bobby and Team Mom Egidia would perform a cheerleading pyramid if there was a victory. The photo is below. Second, after the game, when stopping for some food on the way home, our South Windsor Knights ran into a retired Boston Bruins player, Lyndon Byers. He posed with South Windsor Knights players. Check out his bear-claw fist. Photo below. This year, our Pee Wee A jumped into Tier 2. They are sitting tied for 9th place out of 14 teams against Tier 2 opponents, and they are undefeated, 7-0, against Tier 3 opponents.
Squirt A beat Avon 7-5 on Sunday (defeating them two weekends in a row). They also had fun at the XL Center on Saturday. Great team photo is below. This year, our Squirt A is competing in Tier 3 and they are currently sitting in second place in their Conference.
Mite A played at the XL Center on Saturday. After a slow start, the team picked up its play and battled for the remainder of the game. Chase Laramee played his best game of the year. On Sunday, Mite A picked up where they left off and gave a strong team effort. Shane Smith was solid in net and made a couple saves using his head! Nolan Hathorn played strong on both ends of the ice.
Mite B had an outstanding weekend. They hosted Greater New Haven on Saturday and split the teams in two to play both halves of the ice. Nicholas Baboolal and Noah Butler protected the nets like pros! With minimal bench time, the players gave it everything they had. They reportedly slept well Saturday night! Then they played away Sunday in Enfield. Once again, they gave it their all. Noah Butler defended the net like a champ. Although no official score was kept, South Windsor won 3-1. Great job!!!
Mite FCI played a great game in front of huge crowd at the XL center. They played the Northern Lights to a 4 - 4 tie. Andrew Wojnar and Landon Ayotte were the players of the game, and Landon Tyc had an outstanding performance in net. Cameron Kadish worked hard throughout. The team then enjoyed watching the Hartford Wolf Pack.
2. Mite Jamboree
This weekend, the South Windsor Mites will be hosting a Thanksgiving Jamboree on Saturday. They would LOVE to have some fans come out and show support.
3. Thanksgiving Tournament in Foxoboro
It's been mentioned, but as a reminder, South Windsor Youth Hockey is sending four teams to a tournament in Foxoboro, Massachusetts, this coming holiday weekend. A HUGE good luck to Bantam A, Pee Wee A, Squirt A and Squirt B. Have lots of fun, and good luck!!!
4. Seven Ways to Strengthen Your Shot
USA Hockey put out the following article that's worth a read:
As part of the continuing effort to show how fortunate we are at South Windsor Youth Hockey to have a number of outstanding and accomplished goalies who now coach our kids and provide informed guidance, this week, we are profiling Assistant Coach Grant Sampson whose son, Noah, plays goalie for our Squirt A team.
1. Full Name:
2. Current youth hockey teams that you are coaching: SW In-house SW Squirt A Goalie Coach UCONN Women's Division 2 club team Goalie Coach
3. Where you went to high school: Ellington High School
4. Where you went to college: American International College -graduating Spring of 2016 BSN
5. How old were you when you started playing goalie: 12
6. All of the youth hockey, high school, college and post-college teams for which you played goalie: Enfield Youth Hockey Peewee Major, Bantam Major Team USA Jr. A ( junior team out of MA) Bantam JR Sharks Jr. A (Jr. team out of MA) Midget Tri-Town (High school)
7. Recruitment efforts directed at you as a goalie: Recruited to play in the OHL, and various Jr. teams in MA
8. Your goalie resume and experience highlights: Practiced with Hartford Whalers during off-season while in High school, Juniors Spent 2 months every summer training in Ontario, Canada Goalie Coached by Stanley Cup winning goalie Manny Legace While playing Juniors played against all Metro Boston teams, and top New England Prep Schools
9. Are you still active as a goalie, and if so, where: I play for a charity hockey team Hartford Wolfpack Fans Team for last four years raising money mainly for CCMC.
10. Greatest goalie accomplishment: Having the honor to give back to the game I love and coaching my two sons. Watching them flourish as hockey players . Being blown away each weekend watching Noah excel and love the position of goal tending.
11. What are the three most important or critical things for youth hockey goalie development:
Fail harder. You cannot get better if you are afraid to fail and make mistakes. By allowing a goalie to make mistakes, you encourage creativity, allow them to learn from mistakes, and most importantly allow them to form their own style of goal tending with confidence.
Don't rush their development. Goal tending is an extremely complex game. It takes years to develop the skills both physically and mentally. Mental training is an area often neglected but may be the most important part of goal tending.
Understand the needs of goalies. We are a unique breed of people. Goalies require appropriate mental training and prep. Respect that especially prior to games as they get older. Some may only require a few minutes or like a pro friend requires two hours of pregame mental prep.
Incorporate goalies into your practice plan. They are not just targets. They are key aspects of winning just like the rest of the players.
Never ever ever try and change a goalies style as they get older. If he is a butterfly goalie then support that. This is not 1960's hockey.
12. Favorite NHL team: Whalers ....Capitals
6. Quote of the Week
"A person who really wants something will find a way; a person who doesn't will find an excuse." -- Stephen Dolley, Jr.
Hope everyone has a great hockey week before the holiday, a great hockey weekend after the holiday, and most importantly, South Windsor Youth Hockey hopes everyone has a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.
The Bruin’s Coaching Symposium is live and coaches can register for the Coaching Symposium by clicking on the link (www.bostonbruins.com/youthhockey). Coaches can go from a Level 1 to Level 2 or from a Level 2 to Level 3 by attending the Coaching Symposium. If a coach has already attended a clinic this season they can still attend the Bruin’s Coaching Symposium but will not be able to register for the Level 2 and Level 3 clinic on the USA Hockey website because a coach can only take one clinic in a year. There are two different registrations if you want to move up one Level: All coaches attending the Symposium must register with the Bruins (use the link above). If the coach wants to get credit for Level 2 or Level 3 must also register on the USA Hockey website.
USA Hockey Education Program/New England District/Connecticut
John Buccigross has been involved in SWYHA for the past 20 years with his two sons beginning in our Learn to Skate Program and then playing In-House all the way through Bantams before going on to play at South Windsor High School. John has been a big supporter of our Association over the years, most recently as a Gold Sponsor at last year’s golf tournament.
John is currently a sportscaster on ESPN and loves the game of hockey at all levels. If you follow John on Twitter, then you are familiar with the #Bucciovertimechallenge Twitter Game which he hosts. If you are not familiar with the #bucciovertimechallenge, below is a summary:
When a professional (and sometimes college) hockey game is tied after regulation play and goes to overtime, I will post a tweet on my twitter account (@buccigross) using HASHTAG#bucciovertimechallenge.
To participate ... you will tweet#bucciovertimechallenge followed by the two hockey players (one from each team) who you think is most likely to score the game-winning goal for their respective team in overtime.
Winners are chosen at random from the pool of participants who selected the correct player.
Proceeds from the #bucciovertimechallenge are donated to various hockey-related charitable organizations. This year SWYHA is proud to once again be the recipient of John’s generosity. John will be paying ½ of all the dues for players who participate in our 2nd Learn to Skate Program in November in support of USA Hockey’s Grow the Game Initiative.
We are both honored and thrilled that the #bucciovertimechallenge has chosen SWYHA and thank John for his efforts to both SWYHA and all the charities he gives back to in support of the game we all love!!!
Please visit www.bucciot.com for more information on the #bucciovertimechallenge and to browse the apparel.
Registration for South Windsor Youth Hockey's 2015/2016 In House Program is now open. Click Here to register now.
In House I is the introduction to hockey basics. Children that have completed the 4 (four) week Learn to Skate program are now ready for the In House I program. Each child is individually developed based on their ability, and then taught more intensely on the aspects of skating, stick and puck control, and basic game instruction. The players gain confidence on their skates and in using a hockey stick, so the cross ice games become a fun environment. The program is directed by USA Hockey coaching and instruction, which is universal throughout the US. In House I begins after the first Learn to Skate session has completed and meets on Saturday and Sunday mornings for an hour. The Saturday and Sunday schedule will be provided to you by the Association.
In House II is the continuation of the In House I program. This is open to all young players. The emphasis is on skill development and introduction to small area games in a fun environment.
If you have any questions please contact Head Coach
On our web site, we have an area called "The Exchange." In this area, you can post items you have for sale, for free, or your lost and found items. By default, items will stay out in the exchange area for 2 weeks, but you can extend the time or delete the item at any time during the 2 weeks.
It may be best to start your description with FOR SALE or LOST or FOUND or FREE, then what you are posting - like SKATES or HELMET or GOALIE LEG PADS. We're open to suggestions... hopefully this area will be helpful.