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October letter from HPC - *Please Read*
Dear Winter Club Families, With the hockey season officially underway,...
U8 & U10B: Ice Cats Supplemental Teams
Parents, As we move through fall sports, it's time to turn...
Issues with Optonline email addresses
Attention NCWC Families using Optonline email addresses:   As...
Registration is open
Registration for Men's Hockey League, Senior House League, Women's...
October letter from HPC - *Please Read*

Dear Winter Club Families,

With the hockey season officially underway, we, the HPC, wanted to reach out to you with some updates. We are very excited about our exceptionally talented coaching staff that are working with our record number of hockey players.  We are looking forward to building on the success of our teams last year. 

Looking back at the past year, we have learned a lot, and we are working on making improvements on several fronts. We know we cannot please everyone, but our mission is to satisfy the majority of the membership and to try to have everyone on the same page.  Our philosophy remains consistent: we want to create the best environment to develop each child as a hockey player and as a person; teach them the life lessons that come from playing a team sport such as commitment, camaraderie and hard work; and, of course, to have fun.

Now, a few items that you will hear from us about over the course of the next few months:

Practice Schedules

In the past, it wasn’t uncommon for the Winter Club travel teams to get off the ice after 10pm on a weeknight and to travel up to Ridgefield for practices. Now we have two home rinks in close distance to most of our membership. We are working hard this year to have more consistent practice schedules, but we recognize that sometimes consistency can cause complications. Specifically, we understand that many of your children play fall sports, and we support this. Your child’s fall sport should take priority right now, and your coaches will understand if your player cannot make a practice because of it.


Lake Placid (Nov 2-Nov 5)

For the first time this November, all of our Squirts, Peewees and Bantams will be playing in the Challenge Cup Tournament, which means we will see many Wildcats” walking around Main Street and playing on the Olympic Center Rinks of Lake Placid. As the LP veterans will attest to, this trip is so much more than hockey. Our teams really gel into a cohesive unit both on and off the ice, friendships strengthen and memories are made. We all hope that you will try your best to step back from the usual demands at work and home and enjoy a few days with your families for this special weekend. It is also a fantastic opportunity for parents to get to know one another or reacquaint with parents from prior years’ teams. These relationships bind our Club and make the Winter Club the special and unique place that it is.



For Squirt, Peewee and Bantam teams, CHC States will be held sometime in the month of March. We will not know exactly when your tournaments will be until sometime in January. Please remember that being a member of a travel team means you are a dedicated Winter Club player. After working hard together for seven months, it’s important that players don’t let their teams down by not making it to their State tournament. We will communicate exact dates to you as soon as they become available so that you can plan accordingly.



If you have not already downloaded LiveBarn, please do so. Last year, Darien Ice House installed cameras in the rink so when you cannot attend your child’s practice or game, you can watch it on your iPad or phone. Not only can you watch your child playing at Darien, but you can watch him/her from any rink that has installed LiveBarn. Use Promo Code f122-1017 and save 10% at livebarn.com. There is a monthly fee for LiveBarn, but $1 of that fee goes back to Darien Ice House. Thank you to everyone who helped get these cameras installed.


That’s all for now. We will continue to keep you up to date on these and other topics as the season progresses, and we look forward to working with all of you during the season.



by posted 10/11/2017
U8 & U10B: Ice Cats Supplemental Teams


As we move through fall sports, it's time to turn our attention to the Ice Cats U8 and U10B teams.  If you are receiving this email, you have a Mite aged (2009-2010 birth year) or Squirt aged (2007-2008) daughter registered at the Winter Club.  The Ice Cats U8 and U10B teams are supplemental offerings to our female players' participation in our various hockey programs.  On average, this team will have one practice per week and will play approximately 15-20 games against local area teams, with a potential year end tournament.  The goal of the team is to be as inclusive as possible while giving our young female athletes the opportunity to play hockey in an all-female environment.  There will be a supplemental fee to play on this team.   

As an immediate next step, you can either email Boyd at Boyd19@aol.com about your daughter’s interest level or register through the attached link-http://assn.la/Reg/?r=1:225909-on the DYHA website. 

There will be an evaluation skate at the end of October, with details to be announced shortly.  Also, please let Boyd know if you are interested in volunteering as a coach, manager or scheduler.  

Ice Cats Governing Council

by posted 10/04/2017
Issues with Optonline email addresses

Attention NCWC Families using Optonline email addresses:


As many of you know, the League Athletics websites have been having delivery issues with Optimum email accounts (emails with @optonline.net or @optimum.net) for the last several weeks. League Athletics insists that the issue is on the Optimum side and is recommending that all Optimum customers contact Optimum to voice their concerns about timely email delivery. As of today, the issue is still occurring. We are recommending that anyone with an “@optonline.net” email address attached to their profile should change the email on their account or add another email address at least until this is resolved. Another recommendation would be to add the following addresses to your email address book: "Notification@LeagueAthletics.com".   A third recommendation is to set your account to receive text messages. You can do this through your profile on your town's website. 


We apologize for the inconvenience, but please know that this is outside of our control and is likely happening with any of the other sports that are run through a League Athletics website – so it would be a good idea to make an email change for other sports as well as to voice your displeasure with Optimum. 




by posted 10/04/2017
Registration is open

Registration for Men's Hockey League, Senior House League, Women's Hockey and all Group Skating Classes is open. Please register by October 31st to avoid the non-refundable, non-waivable $75 late fee. 

by posted 09/17/2017
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