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Mask Wearing Update

VASHA has determined that given the state mask mandate, our players, as of current guidelines, will be required to wear a mask while playing. Attached is a link with an approved option for our players that adheres to the mandate. These masks attach to the inside of the face mask on the helmet and are not directly attached to the face. There is a player and goalie option. 

Currently the bubble mask or face shield is not an accepted option. The mandate requires a cloth face covering. The regulations are set to be reviewed again around October 15th. Although this could be difficult for our players these are the current guidelines for a safe return to play. Thank you in advance and I hope to see everyone at the rink soon!

2020-2021 SEASON REGISTRATION is Open!

Welcome to the 2020-2021 Season Registration!

Dear EYHA Families,

We want to take a moment to update you on a number of developments related to Essex Youth Hockey and let you know that registration for the 2020-21 season is now open. There are still many unknowns and concerns regarding a possible second wave of COVID-19 in the fall. However, we are encouraged by a number of developments, including new guidance from the state of Vermont that enabled limited youth sports activity to resume, and that provides a pathway for EYHA getting back to the rink in the fall. 

2020-21 Season Registration:

Included in the registration process is a COVID-19 Waiver that will be required in order to complete registration for each player. Additionally, costs have remained the same as last year with the exception of purchasing the raffle tickets. Those are not required for this year and have not been included in the cost.

Everyone will only have the option for a payment plan. The thought is that if we have to refund any monies that it would be easier to process refunds for a prorated month rather than the whole year. We can also stop all future payments on our end as well.

Thank you for everything that you do to support EYHA. 

We look forward to seeing everyone at the rink soon.


EYHA Board of Directors

Coaching Applications

2020-21 Coaching applications are now being accepted.  If you are interested in coaching please click on the link below and complete an application. 

Thank you for your willingness to coach.  We look forward to a great season!

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.

EYHA Apparel Store

The EYHA on-line apparel store is open and taking orders for the upcoming season. The store will remain open until the first week of October and all orders will be completed after the store closes.

Please use the attached link to access the store.

Essex Youth Hockey Learn to Play Program

Bruins Academy 2021

EYHA Masks

EYHA is please to announce that we now have 3 ply cloth masks available for purchase. The masks are offered in 4 colors and cost $7 per mask.

Please us the attached link to purchase your masks.

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