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.
1. Here are some game result highlights from the past weekend.
Midgets played on Sunday and defeated Simsbury, 4-1. Nice!
Bantam A tied Hamden 3-3 on Saturday in a hard fought game. Great job playing hard!
Bantam B beat Wallingford 3-2 on Saturday. Congrats!
Pee Wee A played their first home Tier 2 game of the year on Saturday. They defeated the CT Riverhawks 5-1. Well done!
Squirt A beat West Hartford on Saturday, 7-4. Then they battled Darien on Sunday and won the game 5-4. Way to go with a great weekend! Goalie Noah Sampson played well and Matt Venzie put the puck in the net four times.
Squirt B played its first home game of the year against local rival Enfield on Sunday and dominated with a 4-0 shut out. Great job by the team, and a shut out for new goalie Eric Prates who played great!
Squirt C struggled against Enfield yesterday but has shown impressive improvement by playing their games one period at a time and winning the third period of their game. Great effort, great progress and playing with heart.
2. Did you know that South Windsor Youth Hockey is now including dryland training? In addition to the two practices per week, and in addition to the numerous third night on the ice for skills sessions, and in addition to professional goalie clinics, many of the teams are regularly working on conditioning and agility off-ice one or two nights a week. Some were even doing this in August, before the season actually started. Great job by those coaches to recognize that success on the ice includes hard work off the ice. Two photos below of Pee Wee A and Squirt A last week with some off-ice training.
3. Learn to Skate and In House II started this past weekend. By all accounts, our numbers are looking very good and most importantly, kids were out on the ice having fun. Did you know that the Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches for all South Windsor teams, all age groups, help on the ice with Learn to Skate?
4. Remember that there is a regular monthly Board Meeting this week on Tuesday night at Nomad's at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. You do not need to be a coach or member of the Board. These meetings take place on the first Tuesday of every month.
5. This coming weekend, on Saturday, October 10th, it is opening night for the Hartford Wolf Pack. They have been good friends to our organization. We should be there to support and see great local professional hockey. Did you know they have provided free tickets to all of our kids in Learn to Skate, and have done so the past two years, too?
6. Reminder that South Windsor Youth Hockey Association runs an active Twitter Account. Follow us at @SWYouthHockey.
7. Here is some food for thought. Much is often said about why our kids play hockey. One of our South Windsor Coaches surveyed his team this year and asked them. Here are their responses.
Yesterday at practice, the boys were asked why they played hockey. Here are the not-so-scientific results:
FUN - 10 votes
Love the game - 5 votes
Friends - 3 votes
Part of a team - 1 vote
Checking - 1 vote
Excitement - 1 vote
Learn - 1 vote
"It's kewl" - 1 vote, but minus 5 points for spelling.
As you can see, nothing about winning, scoring goals, or making saves. It goes beyond that. Very interesting results.
While we're not sure how it came to be that so many votes were cast, the results are something for all parents to keep in mind and remember.
8. For those of you who do not know, there are some great plans underway for Thanksgiving this year. Our Mites will be hosting a HockeyJamboree. We will also have a number of South Windsor teams competing in a Tournament in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The following teams will all be attending: Bantam A, Pee Wee A, Squirt A and Squirt B. Should be exciting!
9. Quote of the Week: "Hockey players have fire in their hearts and ice in their veins." — Author Unknown
Hope everyone has a great week and especially a great hockey week.
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
South Windsor Youth Hockey Learn To Skate is the beginner program for a new skater. It is designed to teach boys and girls ages four to ten years old the basics of skating. It consists of four "on-ice" sessions. Once these four on-ice sessions have been completed, the Learn To Skate beginner will be able to transition into the In House I program.
The cost of the Learn to Skate program is $99.00 and it includes hockey skates, helmet with face mask and gloves and 2 complimentary WolfPack game tickets! If the skater provides their own equipment, the cost is $50.00. Helmets must be certified hockey helmets.
SESSION 1 - Sunday from 8:10 to 9:10 am: October 4, 11, 18, 25
or SESSION 2 - Saturday from 8:10 to 9:10 am: November 7, 14, 21, 28
All skaters interested in participating in the Learn to Skate program will be required to register online and attend one of the registration and sizing sessions identified below.
Please register Online, print your registration confirmation email, and bring your confirmation and player to the equipment sizing at South Windsor Arena, 585 John Fitch Blvd (Route 5), on one of the following dates/times:
Session 1 sizing will be held on September 22nd from 5:30 to 7:30 pm or October 1st from 5:30 to 7:30
Session 2 sizing will be held on: October 20th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm or October 29th from 5:30-7:30
At the registration, your child will receive hockey skates, a helmet with face mask and gloves. South Windsor Arena staff will properly fit all equipment. A Learn to Skate informational pamphlet will be provided to each participant at registration identifying the format of the program which will include:
Explanation of what the program offers;
How participants should be dressed;
How participants advance with hockey after Learn to Skate; and
Other Learn to Skate FAQ's with answers.
Please register by clicking on the Online Registration tab.
CHC requires that players moving to a new hockey program obtain a release. Please do not request your release until you have committed to the new organization. All financial obligations to South Windsor Youth Hockey must be fulfilled to receive the release.
If you require a release from South Windsor Youth Hockey, please provide the following information to
, SWYHA Secretary:
Player Full Name
Name of New Hockey Program
All releases will be sent directly to CHC for processing.
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.