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EYHA Key Dates

September 23- Oct. 6 - Welcome Back Skates - details below

October 2 & 16 - 2016 Boys VT Player Development Camp - details below

October 7-10 -  Travel Team Evaluations - details below

October 21-22 - EYHA Skills Development Camp - details below

October 23 - 2016 Girls VT Player Development Camp - details below

February 10 -12th - State Tournament Weekend 1

February 17 -19th - State Tournament Weekend 2

March 3 - 5th - State Championship Weekend - Stowe VT


2016 EYHA Skills Development Camp

EYHA is excited to offer a preseason development camp for our Squirts, 10UG, Pee Wees, 12UG, Bantam, and 14UG players at the Essex Skating Facility on Friday October 21 and Saturday October 22. 

Our overall goal for the camp is to offer a skills camp for our program at the Squirt- Bantam Levels. 

Please see the attached document for further details and register your player early as we anticipate the camp filling up quickly. 



2016 Officials Clinics

If you are interested in officiating this season please visit the VSAHA website for details on the available clinics. Click on the attached link for further details.

Registration for the 2016-17 season is open!

Use the link below to access the registration page.

Coaching application is open for the 2016-17 season!

Please use the link above to indicate your interest in coaching for the 2016-17 season.  Applications are required each season.


  • All coaches must renew their SafeSport training every 2 years
  • All coaches must have a background check completed every 2 years


Please reach out to Mike Smith with any questions.

2016 VT Player Development Camps Announced

Tryout dates have been set and registration is open for all fall tryouts.

Girls - 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 - October 23, 2016 - Hooksett, NH - More Info

Boys - 2000, 2001, 2002 - October 2 & 16 - Cairns - More Info

2nd Annual Street Hockey Classic a Huge Success

Thank you to all the players, parents, and volunteers who came out to make  our 2nd Annual Street Hockey Classic a huge success. We look forward to seeing everyone next year. Good luck with your seasons this winter.

A special thanks goes out to the following local businesses whose contributions helped make the day such a success:

Hannaford Groceries
Champlain Farms
Sports Central
Aquarius Landscape Sprinklers
Guys Farm & Yard
Cabin 46 Studios 
Dunkin Donuts Essex Jct
Essex Skating Facility 
Essex High School
Vermont National Guard
Green Mountain Nutrition & Smoothies
Vermont Sports Images 


2016 EYHA 3 v 3 Street Hockey Tournament Division Winners

Congratulations to the winners of each division in this year's tournament. Thanks to all the teams for playing.

U8 Division winner - VT Cats
U10 Division winner - 2 Minute Minors
U12 Division winner - Terminators
U14 Division winner - Blue Thunder 

2016 Peewee AA VT State Champions

Congratulations Peewee AA State Champions. Good luck at regionals.

Coaches and Parent volunteers serving as locker room monitors must submit USAH Confirmation numbers through the registration below.

The Registration "2015-16 Coaches and Volunteers" is not currently available.

TD Bank Boston Bruins P.A.S.S. Clinic a Great Success

EYHA would like to extend a huge thank you to TD Bank and the Boston Bruins for a great clinic and the wonderful financial donation to our association 

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Premier EYHA Sponsor -The Backstage Pub and Restaurant

Please support our Premier Sponsor - when at The Backstage Pub and Restaurant mention that you are from EYHA!!

60 Pearl Street, Essex Jct, VT (behind Big Lots)

Backstage Pub and Restaurant

The Backstage provides exclusive funding to EYHA to help manage the costs associated with operating our program.  Please support new owner Vince Dober and his wonderful staff.  Tell them EYHA sent you!


EYHA Honors and News

News celebrating some current and former Stingers!

VSAHA Select Player Selections

Congratulations to all of our current and former players who were selected for the 2015/2016 State Select Teams. Complete team lists can be found on the VSAHA website. 


American Development Model
A plan for long-term athlete development
Endorsed by the National Hockey League
 (click on the picture for more information) 

Changing The Hockey Culture One Shift At A Time



By: Roger Grillo

More cross-ice games and practices, and a greater emphasis on skill development and fun are the backbone of the American Development Model.

The two most important gifts that coaches and parents can give to their players and children are to allow them to develop a true passion for the game and to develop that passion on their terms.
This is why I am involved in USA Hockey’s American Development Model, to help put our kids in an environment that allows them to reach their full potential without losing their innocence. In simpler terms, it’s giving the game back to the kids.

Our game today is too structured and over-coached; we shortcut the development process for “wins.” In previous generations, a player’s passion and creativity was developed on the pond and structure, positioning and team play was taught inside. That is not really an option for our youth players of today.

We need to make sure that we bring the components of the “pond” indoors. It should be our mission to give our kids an environment that allows them to grow a strong passion for the game and gives them multiple opportunities to make mistakes, be creative and learn through trial and error.

The best way for this to happen is using cross-ice or small area games not only to bring the pond inside, but to set up the optimal teaching environment. By allowing our kids to play full-ice hockey in both games and practices, especially at the younger ages, we create an environment that ingrains poor habits that we spend hours at older ages trying to fix.

Full-ice hockey has created generations of players that pace themselves and take two- to three-minute shifts. Scoring chances come solely from individual play, and not from a great pass, support, team play or creativity. It honors the selfish player.

We spend so much time focused on “staying in our lane” and where we stand for a faceoff, that it gets in the way of what the true goal is, and that is giving our young players the proper base of skills and passion that will be at the core of their later success.

We do not hand our children a trombone and ask them to perform in a school concert until they have mastered many of the basic skills, yet in our hockey culture we expect our young athletes to perform on the large stage right away, and we are upset if they are not successful.  

The second big advantage of small area games is that it allows coaches and youth hockey associations to maximize their ice and get as many kids on the ice as possible with as many touches and opportunities in each practice session and game. With the amount of time we spend preparing for a practice and or game (getting dressed, travel to and from the rink) we must make sure that the time spent on the ice is as productive as possible.

Not to mention that at $200 an hour, at the low end, we need to maximize the opportunities. The studies show that one cross-ice game is worth three or four full-ice games in terms of time spent with or at least around the puck, and that a properly run practice is worth five to six games.

Cross-ice or small area games are all too often used at the end of practice as a reward, which is fine, however they can be utilized in so many other positive ways. In fact, I find it best to actually teach skills and concepts through them.

It is important to expose our young players to as many situations in which they are not only challenged physically, but as important that they are forced to use their minds. These games put players in situations where they have to make hockey decisions that have consequences, and they develop their hockey sense along with their physical skills.

Basic full-ice warm-up or skating drills do not help to develop the complete player. Cross- ice and small area games help to develop the intangible skills that allow players to survive when the size, strength and speed playing level is much more even. The ability to know where to go without the puck, and the ability to protect the puck, the ability to make a good hockey decision quickly under pressure are just a few of the critical skills that are developed and needed to play our game.

To me, it is simple. Now is the time to take a hard look at what we are doing and grasp the concepts of the ADM and run with them so we are having a larger impact on the environment that we are placing our players in. 

Roger Grillo is an ADM regional manager for the New England and Massachusetts Districts.