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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2021-2022 Tuition Information
05/13/2021
Hello Thunder Families,  Hopefully, everyone is enjoying...
2021-2023 Board Seats
05/10/2021
  Good Morning,  At our April 14th Board of Directors...
Bucky Jenkins
04/03/2021
Good Afternoon Thunder Family, It is with tremendous sadness that...
Rink is open! + Guidelines reminder
09/15/2020
Hi parents,  Quick update. 2020-2021 season is officially...
Summer Skills begin this week
07/20/2020
Parents,  As we reach the midway point in the summer, our...
 
2021-2022 Tuition Information

Hello Thunder Families,

 Hopefully, everyone is enjoying the spring sports season, warmer weather and increased sunlight. Before you know it, we will be back at it.  We are excited to officially kick off the 2021-2022 season and are looking forward to a more normal season than we have had over the last 15 months. At the April 24th meeting, we finalized the tuition and fees schedule for the 2021/22 season. It is with excitement that I share, for the 7th consecutive year, we will maintain consistent tuition rates flat for the upcoming season:

  •                 Instructional Mites (Graf League) - $900
  •                 Travel Mites (Valley Hockey League$1400
  •                 Squirts, Peewees and Bantams - $1800
  •                 Midgets - $700
  •                 Full time goaltenders will receive a 40% discount
  •                 3rd child discount of 50%

The board reviewed our budget numbers and based upon on comments from our community, focused on these areas the best we could.

  •                 Less players on a team / increased ice time
  •                 Desire to return to full in-season skills sessions
  •                 Desire to maximize in-season practice time

 

This decision to maintain tuition rates was one that was not taken lightly and will require some modifications to the offerings this upcoming season. But in line with our mission to provide a cost effective and comprehensive hockey program, we felt this was the best decision for the 2021-2022 season.

 We fully expect to operate this season at a significant operating deficit. We recognize what the last year has been for many and felt compelled to maintain tuition levels for one more season. Valley League is projecting a 5rd straight year of increases to game fees. The city will be increasing practice ice fees. All other costs continue to increase. Through the boards fiscally responsible approach over the years, we have positioned ourselves to make this decision. We don’t expect to keep tuition flat forever, but we continue to meet the goal of providing some of the best value in the area.

We had to make the hard decision between raising tuition or removing summer skills.  We saw the overall usage of the summer skills being about half of our community, whereas raising tuition would affect everyone. This became the overriding factor in our decision.   That is the only change in our program for this year.  Even with the removal of the summer skills our program is going to operate in an incredibly significant loss this year.  We hope you understand our decision.  Pride Hockey, who runs our skills programs, has been a great partner and we will continue to work with them for our in season skills offerings.  If you are in the camp of those who would gladly pay more to keep the summer skills, we encourage you to contact Jeremy Tabb at Pride Hockey to get information on his summer program offerings.

 

Program offerings for the 2021-2022 season include all the following benefits:

  •        Fall Skills Sessions (25 weeks)
  •        35 Game Valley Hockey League Schedule (25 for mites, 11 for midgets)
  •        2+ Practices per week (average is 2.6 per team during normal years)
  •        25-week Goalie skills session with Mike Lane and ITZ Goaltending for full time goalies
  •        Thunder Practice Jersey
  •        Game Socks

 

Please take the next 24 hours prior to responding.  There are no other programs out there that have kept their fees consistent for this long. We are thrilled to do it but recognize some may be disappointed to lose summer skills. We will have our next board meeting on June 7th if you would like to come and discuss anything within your program.

 

We thank you for the continued support of our program.

Thank you,

 

Chris Baker

President - GHPYH Board of Directors


by posted 05/13/2021
2021-2023 Board Seats

 

Good Morning,

 At our April 14th Board of Directors meeting, we tallied your votes for the 8 open positions: 6, two-year terms. Please join me in welcoming Tom O’Brien to the board.

Elected to the board for the 2021 – 2023 seasons are: Pete Leblanc Adam Hurrell, John Abromovitch, Tod Arivella, Kevin Belfiore, Tom O’Brien.

Returning to the board with 1 year of service remaining are Chris Baker, Fred Bishop, Shawn Guertin, Anthony Bonfiglio, Bobby Caron and Megan Arivella.

At the April 24th meeting, Executive officers were voted on as follows:

Clerk: Fred Bishop

Treasurer: Shawn Guertin

Vice President: Pete Leblanc

President: Chris Baker

The board also made several appointments to other critical roles as follows:

Equipment Managers: John Abromovitch and Adam Hurrell

USA Hockey Registrar: Anthony Bonfiglio

Fundraising leader: Megan Arivella

Age level coordinators:

  • Mite – Kevin Belfiore
  • Squirt – Tom O’Brien
  • Peewee – John Abromovitch
  • Bantam / Midget – Bobby Caron

Age level coordinators will be that age levels first line of communication for all items. Each member is well equipped to assist with player/parent concerns, callups, and general inquiries. All contact info will be updated and shared on our league website.

Thank you to all that took the time to vote during the evaluation process. Our members came out in force to cast their votes.

Lastly, if you have any questions, we are here to help. Please reach out. We are excited for the upcoming season and hope to have a more normal 2021-2022 hockey season.

Chris Baker

President – GHPYH Board of Directors


by posted 05/10/2021
Bucky Jenkins

Good Afternoon Thunder Family,

It is with tremendous sadness that I share the passing of Roscoe “Bucky” Jenkins. Bucky was a coach in our program for over 40 years. He began his coaching career with us in the late 1970’s with his oldest son Jeremy and then younger son Ben.  He coached all levels in our program, from learn to skate through midgets. He was most recently able to coach his grandson Aidan for the past two years. Over the course of 40+ years, Bucky has coached thousands of kids and made a lasting impact on even more members of our program. From countless coaches, parents, players and league personnel, Bucky was a force within the Greater Haverhill Pentucket Youth Hockey community.  Bucky's selfless dedication to the sport and our program is something we'll be forever greatful for. He's taken dozens of team to league championships, state tournaments and countless travel tournaments; all for the love of the game and his players. Many of those players are now either board members and/or coaches themselves. His legacy was cemented several years ago when we renamed our 7th player award in his honor. And his memory will continue on within our program forever.

We hope you join us in sending condolences to the entire Jenkins family. For those that are interested, please find the arrangements located here: https://www.berubecomeau.com/obituary/roscoe-jenkins-jr

Thank you,

Chris Baker

President, Board of Directors

Greater Haverhill Pentucket Youth Hockey


by posted 04/03/2021
Rink is open! + Guidelines reminder

Hi parents,

 Quick update. 2020-2021 season is officially underway. The Haverhill Veterans Memorial Rink opened yesterday, and our teams began practicing. The VHL teams also started playing games over the weekend and we’re excited to be back on the ice. If you have not registered for the city registration, please do so immediately. The link is below and here.

Also, VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER. We must operate under strict rules if we want our kids to play this year. We’ve already received many reports of parents ignoring program guidelines at games and practices. To reiterated here are some key points for Veterans Memorial Rink:

  • Players must arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before their ice session begins
  • Players and 1 spectator must be registered with the City before entering Veterans Memorial Rink. Plan ahead.
  • 1 Parent per player
  • 0 Siblings allowed as spectators
  • Players must come dressed into the rink (except skates, helmets, and gloves)
  • Please adhere to in-building traffic flow. (get dressed on bench side, leave on penalty box side)
  • All must wear a mask/neck gaiter/face covering (players may remove face coverings during practices)
  • Spectators must socially distance (on the penalty box side of the rink)
  • All must leave the rink within 10 minutes of the conclusion of practice
  • Strongly encourage parents to wait outside or in their car when possible. Your kids will be fine!

These are not optional guidelines or suggestions. They are in place so that our kids can play hockey. They are state, city and league rules. If you choose not to follow them, your child will not be able to play.

If you have any concerns, please let me or a board member know.

Thank you,

Chris

Haverhill Rec dept player registration: www.haverhillrec.com

USA Hockey Registration: https://membership.usahockey.com/

Valley Hockey League Registration: https://admin.vahockey.com/VHL2021/playerregistration?code=8213DD4B2


by posted 09/15/2020
Summer Skills begin this week

Parents,

 As we reach the midway point in the summer, our voluntary summer skills are about to begin. We’re excited to return to some semblance of normalcy during these challenging times. Our goal is for the children in our program to safely return to the ice and prepare for the upcoming season. To do that, we all need to follow the guidelines set forth to ensure we maintain compliance with the rink and USA hockey guidelines and directives.

These guidelines will be enforced by the rink and our board membership. Please adhere to them so that we maintain our ability to use the facilities. They are as follows:

  1. Players must come to the rink dressed and show up no more than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled ice session. Player must wear a mask entering and exiting the rink. Space will be provided to put your skates on in a socially distant atmosphere. No locker rooms will be available for use.
  2. Players must leave within 15 minutes of the end of their session. Players cannot linger at the rink while other siblings are on the ice.
  3. Valley Rinks strongly recommend drop off only. When that is unavailable, only 1 spectator per skater is allowed in the building. Spectators must wear face masks and practice safe social distancing.
  4. Masks are not required while player are on the ice.
  5. Players must provide their own water bottles and fill them at home. Water fountains will not be available.
  6. If your player is ill, coughing, fever, or other flu like symptoms they should not attend
  7. If any player of family member in attendance receives a COVID diagnosis after attending our sessions, they must report to the league president – . We will anonymously communicate a positive diagnosis to the families of participants in our program and the hour that the player attended a session. No further information will be provided to the program out of consideration to the privacy of that individual/family.
  8. Hand sanitizing stations will be provided by the rink.
  9. Participants and spectators must not spit under any circumstance.
  10. Participant may only attend the session for their age group.

Session schedule:

Monday’s, 7pm - Squirt, Peewee, Bantam, Midget Goalies ONLY

Tuesday’s

Mites – 5pm-5:50pm

Squirts – 6pm-6:50pm

Peewees – 7pm-7:50pm

Bantams – 8pm-8:50pm

Midgets – 8pm-8:50pm

  • Location: All Sessions will take place at Haverhill Ward Hill Forum. Address is 7 Parkridge rd Haverhill Ma
  • Schedules: Sessions begin July 20th and 21st and will run for 5 consecutive weeks. 
  • What is it?: A summer conditioning program geared towards improving core hockey skills on ice.
  • Is this mandatory?: These are not mandatory sessions. Kids may attend as many or as few sessions as they would like for their assigned age group. You are not required to attend both on and off ice sessions each day. No discounts are provided to your annual tuition for not attending some or all of these sessions. 
  • Cost: There is NO additional cost. However, Team placement deposit must be made in order to attend these sessions. To make your team placement deposit, go to www.hpthunder.org. If you need to make arrangements with the league please email:  @gmail.com as soon as possible.  
  • USA Hockey numbers are required for this session and the GHPYH season. We must have an updated, 2020/21 USA Hockey number on file in order to attend the session. Go to https://www.usahockeyregistration.com to sign up prior to the first session.  Once signed up you can upload it online as well. Click on "edit my account" then select the childs name. Finally scroll down and enter it in the USAH Confirm. # field and click submit. Please also email it to us at  .

Looking forward to getting the kids on the ice. Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Chris Baker

GHPYH – President, Board of Directors


by posted 07/20/2020
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