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EYHA Evaluations 2018-2019

A special thank you to all of our members, evaluators, on ice helpers and off ice volunteers for an efficient and well organized evaluation session.  We will be posting teams later this week!


EYHA Development Camp-Cancelled

Our Development Camp is cancelled due to low participation numbers.  We will issue a reimbursement to all the players that signed up. 


EYHA is excited to continue our development camp tradition. We will be offering a all day development camp Friday October 19th for 10U, 12U and 14U players. The cost of this camp for the day is $75.

On-Ice Training: Individual hockey skills are the most important aspects of becoming a hockey player. Our program strives year over year to provide skill develop for all hockey players in our program. Skating will be one of the main skills of emphasis. Other skills such as stick handling, passing, and shooting will also highlighted. All on-ice training will be based upon USA Hockey’s ADM model.

Small Ice Games: Small ice games will help develop the skills necessary to compete. We will have many different small ice games along with 3v3 and 4v4 games. The more the players can touch the puck, the better overall player they will be.

Off-Ice Training- Off-ice training will include a variety of fitness training concepts. 

We will also need coaches for this camp, please contact head coach Mike Smith if you can help out. 

2018-2019 Season Registration Open!!!!

We are pleased to announce that online registration for the 2018-19 season is now open!

The start of a new EYHA season is approaching quickly and we are very excited about seeing everyone back at the rink.  Some key dates are already posted on the website for your planning purposes. Please be aware and make note of these important dates and deadlines. 

Travel players must be registered by August 17th.  It is critical to our planning that we have an accurate count of players at each team level.  Please register as soon as possible using the link below. 

House players must be registered by September 30th. 

Travel Team Evaluation dates will be posted soon.

Please see the 2018-2019 Fees link on the left menu bar of the EYHA web page for more information on program fees.

It is critical to note that our ability to maintain fees and support additional programming is largely due to our continued sponsorship from the Backstage Pub and Grill.  For this reason we, both individually and as an Association, must make every effort to thank them through our patronage and support of special events like the annual EYHA Calcutta. 

Again, we thank you for registering as soon as possible.  Any questions about the registration process should be directed to Drew Hier at

Thank you for everything that you do to support EYHA. 

We look forward to seeing everyone at the rink soon. 



EYHA Board of Directors

Link to Registration Page

Coaches for 2018-2019

If you are interested in coaching for EYHA during the 2018-2019 season please visit the coaches link on the left side of our website to review the coaching guidelines.  EYHA will need your USAH and a coaching application for all coaches.  Please use the (2) links below.

State Champions

Congratulations to our Tier 2 10U, 12U and 14U teams who all won their respective State Championships.

Good luck to the 10U and 12U teams as they head on to represent Vermont at the New England District Regional Championships, and good luck to the 14U team as they head to the USA Hockey National Championships. 

Congratulations state champions!!

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!!



Bruins Academy 2018

EYHA will again host for the 2nd 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.

The Academy Dates are as follows:

Saturday September 22, 2018  9AM -10AM

Saturday September 29, 2018  9AM -10AM

Saturday October 6, 2018  9AM -10AM

Saturday October 13, 2018  9AM -10AM

We are going to open the registration up to the Essex Community by offering a promo code (ESSX15) for any parents that live in Essex Vermont.

Please if you are interested in having your child try hockey, this program is for you. EYHA is fully invested and could not be more proud to team up with the Boston Bruins to offer a learn to skate and play program for our community. 


2 Educational Dr 
Essex Junction, VT 05452 

Sat., September 22, 2018 9:00am 

Participants birthdate must be between 11/25/2008 and 09/19/2014


Mike Smith 

EYHA Head Coach




Essex Youth Hockey in USA Hockey Magazine

EYHA was recently featured in the USA Hockey Magazine. If you haven't already seen it, please take a moment to read it. 

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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.