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EYHA,Vermont Lake Monsters Team Up For Hockey Night at the Ballpark!

Sunday, July 21st

In an effort to bring awareness to hockey in our community, we are working with the Vermont Lake Monsters to host a “Hockey Night at the Ballpark”.  Please share the link and flyer above with family and friends.

The idea is to have coaches and players out pushing the flyers and links so family and friends in your hockey community will buy tickets to support our association. EYHA will receive a percentage of the ticket sales for our association on this night. They have to use the link provided for EYHA. 

This will be a great way to build awareness in our communities with a branded community event like this.

The night will be a fun night out at the park with a hockey theme. The game starts at 5:05 PM and the gates open at 4:00 PM, the first 1000 fans through the gate will receive a Lake Monster Hockey Jersey.

Players will be asked to join the athletes on the field for the national anthem. VSAH will be hosting a 50/50 raffle and other fundraising efforts and auctions during the event to raise funds for youth hockey in Vermont.

Purchase your online ticket today and support EYHA and VSAHA with building awareness about youth hockey today. 

Go Sting!

2019 3v3 Street Hockey Tournament

EYHA 2019 4th Annual Street Hockey Festival


August 3, 2019

Essex Youth Hockey is hosting our fourth annual Street Hockey Festival at the Essex High School Skating Facility Saturday, August 3rd!

EYHA is excited to bring hockey to the streets of Essex…and we want you to be there by forming a team and taking on challengers from all around Chittenden County!

The festival will be divided into separate age groups, weather you’re a kid in a beginner program or played through High School, we have a place for you. The day-long tournament will take place at the Essex Rink and the parking lot next to the track. Bring the family because we’ll have food, games, music and much more throughout the day.

Each team will be comprised of five players participating in 3-on-3 game play (three players & one goalie on the court at a time and one sub). EYHA will provide the nets, boards (Hay), and officials, while it is up to the teams to provide sticks and approved goalie equipment.

The competition will feature a round-robin style play. The age groups are U8, 10U, 12U, 14U. To ensure good competition and a manageable schedule, we may place a cap on the number of teams in each age group.

See the festival information sheet above for complete details.

Registration per team is $175

Each player will need a current 2019-2020 USA Hockey registration number.  If you do not play ice hockey or have a current year USA Hockey number, you can still participate but will need to fill out a waiver form (link below).

Our online registration is now open.  The registration deadline is July 28th 2019. We expect this to fill up real fast. Please don't wait, build a team and register today using the registration link at the top of this page.  

*Please note if you do not have a team, and want to play, contact Rick Villamil at

2018-2019 Essex Youth Hockey Coaches Game

Our Annual EYHA Coaches game was a lot of fun.. It was fun to see the coaches having fun and showing off some of those skills we teach and promote at the youth levels.

To all our coaches!!!

I wanted to first say thank you for volunteering your time and knowledge to help our young athletes grow as players and teammates. Being a Head or Assistant Coach is an important role because coaches have the ability to make this experience a memorable one for all the players.


Once again, I/EYHA really do appreciate your commitment to our program and to your teams. We want you all back and we want you all to know we value you in our hockey community.


Head Coach

Mike Smith

Parent Volunteers

All coaches and parent volunteers must register with USA Hockey.  Please submit your USA Hockey registration number to EYHA using the link below.

New EYHA Player Code of Conduct

USA Hockey is no longer requiring player Code of Conduct documents to be part of our travel team books.  EYHA takes pride in the sportsmanship of our members and has developed an enhanced Code we will be using this season and beyond.  Coaches will review with their respective teams to set clear expectations and reference throughout the season.  Below you can find the new document.

ADM is the future! Get out and play!!


American Development Model
A plan for long-term athlete development
Endorsed by the National Hockey League
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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.

Essex Youth Hockey Learn to Play Program

Bruins Academy 2019

EYHA will again host for the 3nd year in a row the Learn to Skate Bruins Academy. This learn to skate program is for kids who have not played hockey and want to try hockey. Our coaching staff will provide drills and will have instructors on the ice working with the kids. Again, this is a try hockey and learn to skate program that is designed for both boys and girls that are NEW to hockey.

Location: Essex Skating Facility

September 21, 2019 @ 9am 
September 28, 2019 @ 9am 
October 5, 2019 @ 9am
October 12, 2019 @ 9am

Promo codes have been distributed and will go live at 10:00 am EST on July 8th. Please direct promo code registrations to:

Use Code: ESS2019.

2019-2020  USA Hockey Team Classifications

USA Hockey Age Classifications are based on birth year. 

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