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Open House!

Gardiner Youth Hockey is hosting Open Houses on Monday, October 27th and Wednesday, October 29th from 6 - 8 PM at Kent's Hill School.  Click here for directions.  Come to observe a practice, meet some players and talk with coaches.  Gardiner Youth Hockey has openings available at all levels and we are running a special promotion:  First time players for Gardiner can join for just $95 for a full season of hockey!  Your young player will receive two well planned and coached practices per week, 18 or more games throughout the season and 2 tournaments.  There isn't a better value for your winter sports dollar.   For more information e-mail:  president@gardinerhockey.com



Registration Time Is Here!

Come join us on Thursday, September 18th from 5:30 - 7:00 PM at the Gardiner Middle School to sign up for the 2014-2015 season.  You can fill out the registration forms in person when you get there, or if you would like to get a head start, download the document below and bring in the filled out documents.  Please note - all players must be registered with USA Hockey to fully complete their registration.  You can do that and bring in a printed confirmation of your USA Hockey registration by clicking here:  https://www.usahockeyregistration.com/login_input.action

So grab a friend and get ready for another great season of Tiger Hockey!  We have been able to keep our fees the same as last year, and we have great practice times just like last year on Monday and Wednesday evenings.    

Please note - we are holding registrations a little earlier than last year and as a result, our on-line registration app is not functional yet.  The web site company says it should be done by the end of the week.  If you want to use this online feature to pay in full or to use their automatic payment system - that's great.  It will be available soon.  In the meantime, if you could send a quick note to our Registrar at:  registrar@gardinerhockey.com with the name of your player and birth year, we will keep a roster spot for him / her while waiting for the registration process to be ready.

Let's Play Hockey!


USA Hockey - Woman's Evaluation Camp

Come check out some current and future women's hockey Olympians and National Team players as the 2014 US Women's National team takes the ice at UNE in Biddeford on September 12, 13 and 14.  You can learn more about this by downloading the flyer below.


Gardiner Midgets - 2014 Season

Gardiner Fall Midgets schedule has now been posted here.  It consists of 2 practices and 9 games (5 home and 4 away).  If you are interested in playing on the midget team, please e-mail Coach Hebert at:  midgethc@gardinerhockey.com


2014 - 2015 Rule Change - Please Note

The 2014-2015 season is approaching and in advance of this new season comes an important rule change aimed at preventing injuries and making the game safer for all. This has been distributed to all coaches and they will be working with their respective teams and players, but it is critical that all parents and players are aware of it as well.  We need your help to reinforce the coaching we do, especially when it comes to player safety.  Please read the information below and if you have any questions, discuss it with your coach.

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The beginning of the 2014-2015 season will bring with it the implementation of the "new" progressive penalty rule number 411. (see below)

This rule was implemented last year with no consequence to the reporting in the first trial year.

 

PLEASE make your players and coaches aware of this "NEW" rule!  THIS season there will be additional game suspensions for overly aggressive players that get multiple "Major" penalties. There is also additional suspensions for coaches who's players accumulate multiple "Major" penalties throuhout the season.The rule is putting more responsibility on coaches to control players with previous penalty history. This rule has been implemented "NATIONALLY" in all of USA Hockey, with safety being the number one goal. Hopefully it will lead to a more enjoyable game for players, coaches and fans alike.

 

 

Rule 411 | Progressive Suspensions

(Note) USA Hockey is committed to providing a safe and fair environment for all participants. While the vast majority of player s participate within the rules and respect the game and their opponents, USA Hockey recognizes the need to hold those player s and coach es deemed to be repeat offenders accountable for their actions. Beginning with the 2014-15 playing season, the Progressive Suspensions rule will take affect nationally.

(a) Any player  who receives their third major penalty  during the same season for any combination of aggressive infractions listed below shall receive an additional three-game suspension. For any player  who receives their fourth major  penalty  in this category, the player  shall receive an additional five-game suspension. Any player  who receives their fifth major penalty  in this category during the same season shall be suspended until a hearing is conducted by the proper authorities (USA Hockey Affiliate). These designated game suspensions shall be in addition to any other suspensions imposed through the official playing rules. The aggressive infractions that fit into this category are:

  • Rule 603 Boarding 
  • Rule 604 Body Checking (Body Contact categories)
  • Rule 606 Butt-Ending
  • Rule 607 Charging
  • Rule 608 Checking From Behind
  • Rule 609 Cross-Checking
  • Rule 611 Elbowing
  • Rule 619 Head-Butting
  • Rule 620 Head Contact
  • Rule 621 High Stick
  • Rule 627 Kicking
  • Rule 628 Kneeing
  • Rule 634 Slashing
  • Rule 635 Spearing
  • Rule 639 Tripping/Clipping/Leg Checking
  • Rule 640 Unnecessary Roughness (Roughing)

(Note) A separate progressive suspension rule for Fighting  is covered under Rule 615(f) Fighting .

(b) Any team that receives three major penalties in the same game shall have its Head Coach  suspended for the next game of that team. For any subsequent game where that team receives three or more major penalties in the same game, the Head Coach  shall serve a three-game suspension. For a third game with three or more major penalties by the same team during the same season, the Head Coach  shall be suspended indefinitely until a hearing has been conducted by the proper authorities (USA Hockey Affiliate).

(Note) The role of the Official is to enforce all playing rules at all times and they are expected to strictly enforce playing rules that fall under the aggressive infraction category.  Player s and coach es must be held accountable for dangerous actions and the onus is on them to teach and play the game within the rules. Officials are required to submit a game report immediately following the game for any major  penalty  falling in the aggressive infraction category, game misconduct or match penalty  that is assessed.

 

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Red Sox - Hockey Night at Fenway!

Hockey and baseball?  Why not?  The Boston Red Sox are hosting a Hockey Night at Fenway Park on Wednesday, August 20th at 7:10 PM.  A percentage of every ticket goes back to support Youth Hockey.

Click on the document link below for more information.

If you are interested, please e-mail an e-board member (president@gardinerhockey.com, vp@gardinerhockey.com, or secretary@gardinerhockey.com.  More coordination information will follow once we gauge interest.

 


GYHA - Bottle Drive

Help support Gardiner Youth Hockey by donating bottles to our 2014 Bottle Drive.  This fund raiser will take place on Sunday, July 6 from 9 - noon.  If you have bottles that you would like to donate, you can drop them off anytime at the Randolph Redemption Center and tell them they are for Gardiner Youth Hockey Association.  If you have any questions, please e-mail our Fund Raising Director, Melissa Weston at:  funddir@gardinerhockey.com

 


Gardiner Hockey - PeeWee State Champions!

Congratulations to the Gardiner Hockey PeeWees - State Champions for the 2nd year in a row!  They played an amazing State Tournament, winning all 5 of their games to defend their title as State Champions!  Way to go Tigers!!!


Gardiner Hockey - Bantam Zone Champions!

Congatulations to the Gardiner Bantams - the Central Zone Champions for the 2nd year in a row!  Best of luck next weekend at the State Championships!


Gardiner Hockey T-Shirts Are Now Avail. For Order

Just in time for tournaments:  Show your Tiger Pride with these great GYH T-Shirts.  The order form below has more information.  Don't delay - order now so that we can get them back in time for tournaments!


Tiger Sweatpants Available

Sweat pants

GHYA Has Tiger Sweatpants available for sale featuring the graphics shown.  Download a copy of the order form below for more information.



Gardiner Community Involvement

Many of our families are already activily involved in the Gardiner community in various ways.  Some of us have also participated in the "Heart and Soul Summit", but more voices are needed.  Now you can help coordinate your efforts and help represent Gardiner Youth Hockey Association at the same time.  Please read the following message from Gardiner Main Street for more information:

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Good Morning! 

 Thank you for your interest in participating in our community expo during the Heart and Soul summit.  Please plan on arriving on Saturday between 9 and 9:30am at Gardiner Area High School on Saturday to set up your table.  See the attached table named “Summit Expo”, and review to make sure we have correct info about you, especially your level of participation, and let me know if there are any corrections.  Please let me know if you require any special needs for setup.  We have 26 community expo tables!  This is a fantastic turnout, and testament to the strength of Gardiner.  Some points to remember going in to Saturday:

 ·        Your organization can win $250 cash if you have the most volunteers register as being associated with you.  Please ask your membership to register (and register yourself if you have not already done so) at www.gardinermainstreet.org/heartandsoul

·        An additional cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the Heart and Soul project that gets the most “sign on” for support during the event.  If you are interested in leading a project identified through Heart and Soul, and have not already let me know, please do so ASAP.  A list of project ideas generated by the community is attached, also. 

·        You have the opportunity to recognize a “volunteer of the year”, and will have one minute to recognize them in front of the entire community, and say a bit about why they are being chosen, and what volunteer opportunities are available within your organization. 

·        There will be wireless internet access at the school, but they are behind a pretty stout filter/firewall, so if you intend to access specific websites as part of your display, send them to me so that I can test them.  If you have any other special needs, please let me know.

 If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 Best,

Patrick

 Patrick Wright, Executive Director

Gardiner Main Street

207.582.3100

director@gardinermainstreet.org

www.gardinermainstreet.org

 

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Gardiner Youth Hockey Association Hosts the Bantam Zone Play In Tourament

GYHA is hosting our Zone Play-In tournament February 21-23 at Kent's Hill.  This is a great opportunity for our organization to shine.  To pull all the details together, we need your help.  Click on the menu item to the left to go to the Fund Raising Page to find out how you can help.


Bruins Hockey - Unique Opportunity

On March 27, the Chicago Blackhawks will be visiting the TD Garden to take on the Boston Bruins.  We have been invited to join players and families from other area associations to attend this game AND play a coed shinny game on the Garden's ice just before the game!  All are invited to this event, although the shinny is only available for Mites through PeeWee aged players.  Space is limited and we need to coordinate our families this week (no later than January 10) to reserve our space.  If you are interested, please e-mail Bob at:  webmaster@gardinerhockey.com and I will help coordinate this effort.  Here are some more details about the event:  

Event:   Boston Bruins v. Chicago Blackhawks!  Plus, Youth Hockey Pre-­‐Game. 
Where: Boston, MA, TD Garden 

When:  Thursday, March 27th, 2014.   Pre-­‐game: 4pm.  Bruins: 7pm. 
Cost:   $150 per person…this includes game ticket + transport + lunch. 

Transportation   and   Lunch   Included!    Via   modern   coach   to/from   Kent’s   Hill  Athletic Center.    Chartered  coaches  will  leave  at  ~noon.    Lunch  will  be  provided  enroute.  Each coach has DVD and WiFi capabilities…and a bathroom.   

Tickets:   Anyone is welcome to join this trip.  We are limited to 112 tickets.  Group seating (30 tickets remaining) in Section 320.  All attendees and skaters must have a ticket.    

Skater  Selection:   Skaters  will  be  selected  based  on  the  number  interested.    Kids  will be divided into 2 teams and skate against each other. Skating details will be provided later. 


Safesport Training

Maine Amateur Hockey has mandated that all coaches, team parents, and adults with regular access to the players complete the online Safesport Training.  Click here to go to the Safesport Training page for more information and to begin the training.  This is an online course that should take about 90 minutes to complete.  It pauses at various intervals for quizzes on the material.  

In addition, coaches, team reps, & locker room monitors need to have a current background check through MeAHA.  If yours is not current, click here to update it.  

Both of these services are free and are for the protection and well being of our players.


Gardiner Youth Hockey - Sportswear Order

We will be placing orders for sweatshirts and jackets on Dec. 9.  If you would like a Gardiner Hockey jacket or sweatshirt, please print out and complete the form(s) below and get them to Vickie Hebert.  For questions, email Vickie at:  secretary@gardinerhockey.com


GYHA Supports the "Food For Thought" Backpack Program

What makes Gardiner Youth Hockey Association Special?  Here is a hint:  It is about more than hockey.  Below is a "thank you" letter for our donation to help support the "Food for Thought" backpack program.  We owe a debt of gratitude to all of those who helped with their support of GYHA fund raising programs.


GYHA Receives USA Hockey Award

From USA Hockey:

Congratulations again on achieving the Gold level of the 2 and 2 Challenge in 2012-13.  By now you should have received your 12 sets of OneGoal equipment as a reward for your accomplishment.

To further recognize your achievement, banners are being shipped to you this week.  These banners are great for display in your rink to show everyone about your commitment to growing youth hockey.  Attached is artwork for a web banner that can be added to your association webpage.

Thanks again for the great work, please let us know if you have any questions.

 Kevin Erlenbach | Director, Membership Development

1775 Bob Johnson Drive | Colorado Springs, CO  80906
T (719) 538-1119 | C (719) 439-2933 | kevine@usahockey.org

GYHA - Special for New Players to Gardiner Youth Hockey

Are you, or do you know someone that would like to give hockey a try?  Gardiner Youth Hockey is running a special for all new players to our association.  If you did not play for GYHA last year, you are eligible to skate with us for just $99 for the entire season!!!  That is the hottest deal on ice!  We also have equipment available to get you started.

Come see what the excitement is all about and let us share with you our passion for this great sport.  We offer great pracitice ice times (Monday and Wednesday evenings - 6 - 7 for Mites and Squirts, 7 - 8 for PeeWees and Bantams), a full slate of games (over 20 per team) and at least 2 tournaments.  There isn't a better value out there!

To learn more, e-mail us at:  president@gardinerhockey.com

Let's Play Hockey!

Attn: New Hockey Players!

New players are sometimes concerned about the investment involved in playing hockey, especially when they are not sure if they are going to like it or not.  In an effort to make it easier for everyone to play hockey who wants to, we will make equipment available - and we have a bunch to share!  We have been very fortunate to have received through donations and from USA Hockey a PILE of hockey equipment that your new player can use FOR FREE!*  If your child would like to try hockey but you are concerned about the cost of the equipment and whether or not they will like our sport, we will work with you to outfit your player to minimize your initial investment.  Come and join us for fun on the ice and we'll work with you to make sure your player has the right equipment to get started.

*Note:  we are particularly well equipped to supply the smaller sizes of equipment for younger players.  We will do everything we can to outfit all players.  Equipment is available on a first come - first served basis.

If you have questions about what equipment is available, please contact our Equipment Director, Steve Sacre at:  equipdir@gardinerhockey.com



GYHA - Fall 2013 - Hockey Season is Coming!

Gardiner Youth Hockey Association hopes that everyone is enjoying their summer.  We are very pleased with the Summer Hockey Development program that we offered this summer and want to thank all of the coaches and players who have made it successful.  There is one more session on August 14th.  Then will be turning our attention to the upcoming season.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy your fall sports.  USA Hockey recommends that young atheletes engage in a range of sports.  Most every sport offers benefits that will pay dividends when you step back on the ice.  

Midget Hockey:

For the older players, we are putting the finishing touches on our upcoming Midget Hockey program.  This is a great tool for HS age players to get geared up for the HS hockey season.  Please check back here for more details.

2nd Annual Day of Play

Let's not forget about our 2nd annual "Day of Play".  On Saturday, August 10th the Gardiner Waterfront will once again be the home of some exciting and fun activites for the whole family.  They day starts with the 5K Run / Walk, followed by the 3 on 3 street hockey tournament, food, and more.  Details will be posted here, but what you really need to remember is to come on down to the waterfront for a day of of FUN - and bring friends!  This is a great opportunity to help us raise money for great causes (not just Gardiner Hockey), but to share our love for the sport of hockey with our community!  See you there!



Gardiner PeeWees - NH Spring Classic Champions - 2012-2013

Gardiner PeeWees - NH Spring Classic Champions - 2012-2013

Gardiner PeeWees - NH Spring Classic Champions - 2012-2013

The Gardiner Youth Hockey PeeWees capped of their amazing season by winning the championship at the NH Spring Classic in Hooksett, NH.  They faced tough competition from teams hailing form MA, NY and NH.  They emerged victorious after a tough battle against the Keene Cobras in the final game, winning by a score of 5-3.

More important than the trophies, medals, and accolades, however, is the WAY this special team won their games - as a TEAM.  Throughout the season they worked exceptionally hard in practices and in games to continually improve, sharpen their skills and come together as a cohesive unit.  Every player on the team contributed in a very significant way, and the end result was a team that skated with energy and confidence.  Even in games where they got behind in the score, they maintained their focus and battled back with the confidence that only comes from their trust in one another.  Congratulations Gardiner PeeWees!

Gardiner PeeWees - 2013 Bangor Friendship Tournament Champions!

Gardiner PeeWees - 2013 Bangor Friendship Tournament Champions!

Gardiner PeeWees - Bangor Friendship Tournament Champs!

Continuing its winning ways, the Gardiner Youth Hockey PeeWees are Champions once again.  This time they come away with the big trophy at the Bangor Friendship Tournament.  The team battled some tough teams and even had to come from behind in two games, but ultimately emerged victorious in all 5 games it played.  Way to go PeeWees!

Gardiner Bantams - Central Zone Champions

The Gardiner Bantams won first place in the Central Zone Tournament this weekend, earning them a 1st seed entrance from our zone to the State Tournament next weekend.  Their path to the championship included 2 wins and a tie during the round robin games followed by a 4-0 win in the championship game.  Way to go Tigers!  Good luck next weeekend!

Gardiner Bantams - Central Zone Champions - 2012 - 2013

Gardiner Bantams - Central Zone Champions - 2012 - 2013


Gardiner PeeWees - State Champions!

Gardiner PeeWees - State Champions - 2012-2013

Gardiner PeeWees - State Champions - 2012-2013

The Gardiner PeeWees swept all 5 of their State Championship tournament games with a combined 33 goals for and only 7 goals against for the weekend.  This is the culmination of a great season of hard work by a quality group of players that believed in themselves and played as a team.  Way to go Tigers!

Gardiner PeeWees - State Champions - 2012-2013

Gardiner PeeWees - State Champions - 2012-2013


Gardiner Squirts Make it to the State Championships!

Members,

We would like to congratulate our Squirts Team and Coaches on their hard play and determination at this weekend’s games!  You have WOWED us all!  It goes to show you that with hard work and a lot of heart you can certainly attain your goals - onto Bangor you go!  Good Luck this coming weekend, we will be routing for you! 

 


Follow-up from the TC Titans Orange @ Gardiner Bantam Game on 2/1/13

As many have heard by now, the game between the Twin City Titans Orange team and our Gardiner Bantams on Friday, February 1 was a challenging game for more reasons than just hockey.  The TC Titans Orange team had lost a player who died earlier in the week.  This would be the first game for the Titans since his death.  Coaches from both teams conversed before the game to discuss how best to handle it.  We wanted to make sure we all stood together as one hockey family to try and cope with this loss.  In honor or their fallen player, the Titans had his sweater on the bench with him and at center ice prior to the game for a moment of silence.  The Gardiner Tigers all donned green hockey tape on their helmets and sticks with the #4 in his honor.  
 
Following the game, we received the following post on our Facebook Page that we felt should be shared with our entire association.  We all play for different teams and different associations, but we all come together as hockey players.  
 
Once again - our deepest condolences for the friends and family of Dana Latlippe.
  • I would like to send your organization and Bantam team the biggest gratitude from the Twin City Titans for the honor that they gave to our Bantam Orange Team Friday Night, as you know they had just lost a team mate that week. That was just the amazing thing that your kids and coaches did for our kids. For the Gardiner players to put green tape on the back of their helmets and have a moment of silence is the classy thing any organization can do for another one that is going through a tough time losing a part of their family
    THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH and please send our thanks to your bantam team and coaches.
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Kennebec Savings Bank Award Case - PeeWee State Champs

Kennebec Savings Bank Award Case - PeeWee State Champs

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