Youth Hockey organization for the towns of Haverhill, Pentucket, Groveland, Georgetown, Merrimac, Paistow, Newton NH, Salem NH and surrounding areas.

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GHPYH Mission Statement
The mission of the Greater Haverhill / Pentucket Youth Hockey Program is to administer and maintain a not-for-profit organization designed to support inter-league competition in the sport of hockey. It is our objective to foster good sportsmanship, discipline and teamwork through the execution of structured programs. We will provide for a positive learning experience geared towards developing the fundamental knowledge and athletic ability of our players.
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10/19/2021
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10/08/2021
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Welcome to the 2021-2022 Season!
09/05/2021
Good afternoon Thunder Families!   Hope you are enjoying...
 
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Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Fire! Join this Bocce Event on December 4th at the Sons of Italy in Methuen beginning at 6pm. Prizes, sponsorship opportunities, cash bar, food, fun and games, raffles, silent auction (golf, vacations, spas and more!)- so many chances to win! Want to sponsor this event? Find all info on the Eventbrite link or scan QR code:

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by posted 10/19/2021
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by posted 10/08/2021
Welcome to the 2021-2022 Season!


Good afternoon Thunder Families!

 

Hope you are enjoying the last few days of summer and getting excited about the 2021-2022 hockey season. As we get ready to begin the new year of hockey this week, I want to get several important updates out to you now so that you’re prepared for the start of the season. I apologize in advance for the lengthy email, but there’s much to share:
 

2021-2022 COVID related guidelines – I think I speak for everyone on our board in saying that we had hoped last year would be the only time we’d have to deal with a global pandemic. Unfortunately, that is not the case. But we have hopefully dealt with the worst. For this year, our policy is very simple. Follow the State, DPH and local guidance always. Where masks are required, wear them. Where social distancing is asked, adhere. When limits are in place, follow them. We don’t like any restrictions, but we also want to continue to follow them wherever they are.

On that note, the City of Haverhill has a mask policy in place for all properties they own. For that reason, masks will be required at the Veterans rink for all spectators. Currently, participants on the ice do NOT have to wear a mask. We hope that does not change.

 

Code of Conduct – By registering your child to play with us, you have agreed to all parties participating, spectating, and interacting within our program to abide by the USA Hockey codes of conduct. These are in place to allow for all to equally enjoy our sport. There are no exceptions to this. It’s the board unwavering expectation that all players, spectators, coaches, parents and fans take this seriously and follow the appropriate guidelines, which can be found here.

Rosters - As we always do, we’ve left room for movement in the first month of the season.  We call this our callup process and more details can be found in our policies document located here. Coaches will work with each other and the board to provide feedback and help further finalize the rosters by the end of September.

 

Age Level Coordinators – The league has designated a board member to be the age level coordinator at each level. These members will be responsible for working with coaches, parents, players and the board on any specific items related to that level. We hope this will allow for a closer connection between the board and members. Think of these board members as your first line of defense and go to contacts for items related to that age level. They will also help coordinate the callup process with coaches. As always, the full board is fully accessible to you, but this gives you an initial point of contact. The members are designated as follows:

 

Mites (8U) – Kevin Belfiore ( )

Squirts (10U) – Tom O’Brien ( )

Peewee (12U) – John Abromovitch ( )

Bantam (14U) – Bobby Caron ( )

Midget (18U) – Bobby Caron ( )


Payments – For the 2021/22 season, we set our budget up to operate at a deficit in order to keep tuition stable. As a result, ensuring on time payment will be more important than ever for us. Please remain current with our payment schedule. That can be found on our tuition information section of our website. For any payment concerns or issues, please email our Treasurer, Shawn Guertin, at  .

 

Game Schedule – For some ages, games can begin next week. Others have a few weeks to go and we are excited to get practicing before we start playing. Games will start as early as these dates:

  • Instructional Mites – 10/9
  • Travel Mites – 9/18
  • Squirts through Midget – 9/11

     

Online team schedule – Skills sessions will begin 9/7. The first team practices will start 9/8. Please check the team schedule for your child for the latest info. Please expect some tweaks to the schedule as well and we appreciate your patience. Game schedules for all teams except instructional mites have been posted through the parity rounds in mid-October. The instructional Mite game schedule should be released in the next week. Go to: www.hpthunder.org and select your child’s team to view the schedule. The Valley Hockey League Website will maintain the most up to date game schedules for all teams (except instructional league). That site will always take precedent over the league site for games.
 

Valley League and USA Hockey Registration – As is always the case, no child may participate in our program without a USA Hockey registration.  If you are on a Valley League team, that also means you MUST register with the VHL. Please use the following steps to assist us:

  1. Register for USA HOCKEY herehttps://membership.usahockey.com/
  2. Register your child with the VHL: https://admin.vahockey.com/VHL/playerregistration?code=28FAA01E0
    1. Check your email after registration and click verify.
    2. Instructional Mites may skip this step
  3. Upload the USA Hockey Number to our website
    1. Login
    2. Click “edit My account”
    3. Select childs name
    4. Update the field labeled – “USAH confirm. #”
    5. Click Submit

USA Hockey numbers are required for all participants to get on the ice or play in a game. There are no exceptions to this process. Anthony Bonfiglio, can help with questions at
 

Equipment – As we always do, players will be provided socks, practice jerseys and if they ordered them, game jerseys. We’re having some supplier issues so everything may not be ready this week. But we are working hard to get all items as fast as we can. The equipment managers and other board members will be at the rink handing out socks and practice jerseys on Tuesday during skills questions. They will be able to answer any additional questions you may have as well.
 

We are thrilled to begin another season this week and hope you are as well. We look forward to seeing all the kids on the ice and parents back in the stand cheering them on. Go Thunder!


Chris Baker

President – GHPYH Board of Directors

 


by posted 09/05/2021
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