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New Rules for 2021-25
Hello We are Your Officials Today
Respect The Refs
Yelling at the Refs Will Help Your Team WIn (NOT)
Respect The Refs
If You Don't Like the Call - Lace Up Your Skates and Take the Course
Video below describes acceptable and unacceptable body checking. Recommended for all parents and coaches.
The Ride Home
5 ways to be a rock star parent
This 5 minute video is highly recommended for all parents. The last 2 minutes have several scenarios of suspect parent behavior that will make you think...
Raising Good Persons
This is what your child hears when they hear you yelling at them from the stands or in the car going home!
Should we try, what are the stats and if we try, what are the options
Keeping it fun while encouraging development
|"We often forget that the person an athlete is going to confide in the most is a friend, a teammate … So, one of the best ways to become aware of the concussions we're currently missing is to ask teammates to speak up when they realize a teammate might have a concussion."|
|Chris Nowinski, Ph.D.
Concussion Legacy Foundation
A lot of information specifically for hockey players on detection and management of concussions. This information should not replace consulting your family physician should you suspect your child has a concussion.
There are many college recruiting websites. Whether you want to spend time on them or get involved with them is up to you.
But Realize: The most important group in college athletics is the NCAA. They provide a huge amount of info for guidance counselors, parents and athletes. This is where you should get the facts and if you hear something or get contacted by someone - check them out or go to the NCAA for the facts.
Answer - play Juniors. Go to the Junior and Development League websites (listed below) - they have recruiting events and tell you how to play in their leagues. Even the NTDP 18U and 17U teams play in the USHL (Tier I Junior League).
My child plays AAA! or AA! We go to these big expensive Tournaments to get recruited. Fact remains, most college coaches want players to play a year or two of high level juniors.
Still don't understand? Go to Division I and III hockey programs and check out their rosters. Almost all list their players last team - very few come from High Schools or AAA teams, most come from Junior Teams or in some cases Prep Schools. See the links below.
Road to Tier 1 Juniors (USHL)
Most NHL players came out of the CHL (Canadian Hockey League also known as Canadian Major Junior), the NCAA, or various European Leagues.
The CHL includes the OHL, WHL and QMJHL. Playing or signing a contract to play in these leagues will forfeit your NCAA eligibilty.
Many NHL players play in the minor leagues before making it to the NHL. Many NCAA players "go pro" after graduating from college by joining one of these leagues. The American Hockey League (AHL), ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) and SPHL (Southern Professional Hockey League). Each NHL team has a AHL affiliate. Each AHL generally has an affiliated team in the ECHL and most ECHL teams have an affiiation with SPHL teams to replace players who get called up or are injured.
There are more than 480,000 student athletes, less than 2% go pro
As we move on to more normal seasons, we should never forget what we went thru and remain cautious and careful so our kids can PLAY HOCKEY!
Hamburg Hawks Message
Posted with the permission of the Hamburg Hawks & Colleen Wheeler who put this together.
Some sneak in some actual learning!