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2015-6 Travel Hockey Season - PLEASE READ *** Important


We know that it is hard to focus on hockey in May, but we wanted to update everyone on our preliminary plans for the 2015-2016 travel hockey season. 


I.            Hockey Policy Committee

We are very pleased to announce that Mark Sproule has agreed to join the Hockey Policy Committee for the upcoming season. Mark has a great hockey resume, has coached Mites during the past several seasons and brings a wealth of new ideas about developing young hockey players to our hockey program.

Current HPC members are John Almeida (Chair), Katharine Calderwood, Doug Famigletti, Eric Haley, Ian Hobbs, Glen Reid, Chris Robustelli, Mark Sproule and David Tohir. 


II.           Program Overview

CHC.  The Winter Club will continue to approach our level of play the same way that we have since the CHC went to a self- declared Tier System for squirt level travel hockey and above.  We look at each team and choose the tier where we feel they will face equally competitive teams.  As we did this past season, we are expecting to declare our A teams to compete in Tier 2, our A1 teams to compete in Tier 3 and our third Squirt and Pee Wee teams to compete in the Open/Tier 4 division. 

Ice Time.  As many of you noticed, we had more full ice practices and more home games last season than during previous seasons and our players (and families) benefited from the additional ice time and reduced travel.  We continue to work on strengthening our position with local rinks for the upcoming season so our players have access to plenty of local ice time and can minimize travel to the extent we can.  Expect more on this front as we approach next season.

Tryout Dates.  We once again anticipate holding two or three voluntary pre-tryout skates for all age groups over Labor Day weekend.  Try-outs will be held the weekend after Labor Day from September 11th to September 13th.  We will send a note further detailing the tryout process as the date approaches. 

Lake Placid.  A number of our teams will be attending Lake Placid again this season, scheduled for the weekend of November 5-8.  Mark your calendars.

III.         Projected NCWC 2014-15 travel teams

Thank you to everyone who responded to Registration in April.  We are pleased that interest in Winter Club travel hockey remains very high and we look to add three new teams to the overall lineup, including two (U16 and U18) split season Midget teams and a third Pee Wee team.  This anticipated growth augments the expansion of our all girls IceCats partnership with DYHA that we announced in March.  Next year projects to be the largest class of hockey players at the NCWC ever. 

Based on our registration, we expect to offer our Members a great lineup of teams that meet the needs of most of our travel hockey caliber players.  While we take great pride in the growth of our hockey program, we also must address the practical realities of a larger program, the most obvious issues being ice time and access to strong coaching.  At this time, we feel we can provide the “infrastructure” for the additional teams and expect to move forward with the lineup we describe below.  It is also important to note that given our numbers, we will unfortunately not be able to offer a travel team spot to every child who has registered for NCWC travel hockey.  While we philosophically believe in trying to find an appropriate travel hockey team experience for all of our Members, this is practically not always possible.

For next season, we expect to have the following teams:

  • Four Mite teams (for birth years 2007 and younger)

  • Three Squirt teams (for birth years 2005 and 2006)

  • Three Pee Wee teams (for birth years 2003 and 2004)

  • Two Bantam teams (for birth years 2001 and 2002)

When a player accepts a position on a travel team, he/she is expected to participate fully in practices, games and tournaments.  State and other tournaments have traditionally fallen over both the public and private school breaks.  While fall sports may present some understandable conflicts, a strong commitment is essential to our Program’s success.  Please keep in mind the NCWC also offers a house program for those who feel uncomfortable with this level of commitment.


IV.         Anticipated Coaches for the 2015 - 2016 season

We are pleased that most of our coaches will be returning from last season, including Mike Carlucci, Scott Linde, Ken Gammill, John Greenwood, Jamie Hanford, Clark Jones and Kyle Mills to complement our strong group of parent coaches that we have identified to coach the other teams.  We also have a number of other strong new coaches who will be joining our Coaching Staff.  Please feel to reach out to us should you have any further questions on the coaching front.

V.           Follow up Registration

In early July, instructions on how to complete your child’s registration will be e-mailed out.  The purpose of this “follow up’ registration is to complete our administrative requirements for travel hockey (USA Hockey registration, waivers, etc.).  It should be simple and quick to complete.  Any player who is new to NCWC travel hockey will be asked to submit a copy of their child’s birth certificate at tryouts before their child is allowed to step on the ice.  We will send out instructions of what paperwork is required prior to tryouts.



For those of you with Squirt, PeeWee and Bantam aged players who need to re-order shells (lost, new size), please order directly from BlueLine sports (203/656-0324) by May 22.  These shells are special order so your timely order will insure that they are completed in time for next season.  Be prepared to share your child’s age/birth year and size of existing shells as this information will be important for your order.  While we will have a limited number of shells for new players to the program for purchase at the completion of tryouts, it is important that you place this order in a timely fashion. 

Volunteers Needed!  Finally, we need volunteers to get involved.  We are a family club and we all must contribute and work together to make it function.  Specifically, we are looking for volunteers to act as Team Managers and Schedulers for the upcoming season.  Please reach out to us should you have an interest in getting involved.   


As always, if you have any questions, suggestions or comments please feel free to contact any of the members of the HPC.  Enjoy your summer, stay healthy, and we look forward to seeing you soon. 


All the best,


John Almeida
On behalf of the NCWC Hockey Policy Committee

May 2015

by posted 05/05/2015