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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Fall Fundraising
08/04/2021
Are you looking to not be that parent on the sidelines, the one who...
Summer Update 2021/2022 Season!
08/02/2021
GHPYH Community, It’s that time of year again. We are...
2021-2022 Tuition Information
05/13/2021
Hello Thunder Families,  Hopefully, everyone is enjoying...
Rink is open! + Guidelines reminder
09/15/2020
Hi parents,  Quick update. 2020-2021 season is officially...
 
Fall Fundraising

Are you looking to not be that parent on the sidelines, the one who wishes they could do something to help? Are you wanting to be involved but not overcommitted? Seeking those who want to have a good time, help plan the fun and lend a hand!...As the Fundraising Lead, I am hoping to have a parent rep from each team level volunteer as a contact person to help coordinate events. I am also looking for volunteers to be willing to assist with two major fall fundraisers (info below). Please specifiy to which activity you would like to assist with (Parent Contact Person, Cottage Gardens fundraiser and/or Bocce Tournament). Email Meg Arivella at hpthunderfundraising@gmail.com with your name, your child's team/level, email and phone number and which committe you are interested in. Much appreciated!

Save the dates:

Wednesday, September 8th from 4-9pm G's Restaurant in downtown Haverhill. Southern food, fun and fundraising for our league! (flyer attached and posted on FB). Forward it out, post it! See you there!

Coming in September- hold off on buying those mums!! Will be hosting a fundraiser with Cottage Gardens in Haverhill for various sized mums (50% proceeds back to our league) approximately the 2nd week of September. Another one following up in November/December for wreaths, etc. More info to follow. 

Bocce Tournament- Saturday, Dec. 4th starting at 6pm at the Sons of Italy in Methuen. Get a foursome together for $40pp ($20 ticket for entrance and food if not playing)! Teams recommended. Those sigining up last minute with be placed with other single registrations.  Raffles, food, cash bar, prizes for winners and so much fun! Talk it up- not just for Thunder families but any willing participants! We will be looking for any donations (food donated by Market Basket, etc) & gift cards or prizes in any denomination if we have any families who would like to help or have any good services/connections. We will also be asking again for each team to donate items for raffle baskets. Themes will be assigned in November. More info to follow.

Looking forward to a great year!


by posted 08/04/2021
Summer Update 2021/2022 Season!

GHPYH Community,

It’s that time of year again. We are less than a month away from the start of the 2021-2022 season!  The board is working to get everything ready for the start of the season; jerseys, ice time, equipment, etc.  Some parents have been reaching out with questions so I thought now is a good time to send out some useful pieces of info as the season gets closer.

The two most important items that you can help us with:

USA Hockey number – If you have not already provided it to us, please do so ASAP. This is mandatory and is our insurance policy. Kids and Coaches cannot go on the ice without a 2021-2022 USA number on file with the league.  You can go to the “edit my account” section of our website and update it under the child’s name.  You can also email it to   . Anthony Bonfiglio is taking the lead with USA Hockey rostering duties. So be on the lookout for emails from him if you don’t get this in.  Let Anthony know if you have any questions.

Payments – Please continue making your payments. You should have made multiple installments at this point.  The next payment will be due 9/1/21.  You can pay both online and via a check through the mail.  If you have any questions regarding payments, Shawn Guertin can assist via email at   .

Now for some updates as we get ready for the season:

  1. Start Dates – As of this week, the City is telling us the rink will be ready to go by 9/7. So be prepared to have a practice/skill session on 9/7
  2. Game schedule - Games are slated to start 9/11 for the Valley League.  We do not have the game schedule yet. We don’t anticipate our parity schedule to come until the end of August, at best. Once we have that, we’ll post it right away. Mite teams, especially instructional teams will start games a few weeks later.
  3. Practice schedule – As is always the case, we create practice schedules based on game schedules. This allows us to maximize our practice time without conflicting with games.  Because of the lack of a game schedule, we’re holding off on publishing a full practice schedule. Though, be on the lookout for Fall Skills sessions and some weekday practices to be added shortly as those do not conflict with games.
  4. Practice Ice times – We have secured our Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday/Sunday practice days once again at the Haverhill High school. Much like last year, we will also be adding times on Monday and Wednesday at the rink.  Practice Sessions will be 50 minutes in length.  Weekday practices will start around 5pm and go until 10pm (5 hours each weeknight to be divided up).  Weekend practices will start as early as 8am and go to 12pm. Our goal is to continue to provide as many practice sessions as possible for each of our teams.  (see the bottom of this email for more details and approximate schedule guides by age.)
  5. Skills Sessions: Pride Hockey will provide our skills instruction on Tuesdays. We are excited to continue to offer skills for 25 weeks, throughout most of the season.
  6. Goalie Skills:  We continue our partnership with “In The Zone Goaltending” and Mike Lane. Mike and his company ITZ, has also been a long-time partner of ours and has proven to be very successful in developing the critical components of effective goaltending.  This weekly goaltending session will run for 25 weeks and is open to all full-time goaltenders (squirt-midget ages).
  7. Available Space:  If you know anyone interested in playing, but they did not attend tryouts, we still have space available at most ages. Have them go to our website to sign up asap. 
  8. Coaching help: If you are interested in helping coach, please reach out to your teams head coach. They are always looking for on and off ice assistance. Our coaches meeting will be scheduled for late August and more info will be provided soon.
  9. Bocce Night Save the Date!: December 4th Methuen Sons of Italy. We are very excited to bring our Bocce fundraiser back for this year. This will be the can’t miss parent night of the year once again! Be on the lookout for more info soon including registration info.
  10. Learn to Skate / Learn to Play: More info will be out soon. Learn to skate will begin in mid-October. Bruins Academy will also begin in mid-October. Our learn to play program will begin in early December

I will share more information/schedules for you as soon as we have it available.  As always, please let any of the Board Members or I know if you have any questions or concerns at all.  Thanks, and enjoy the rest of your summer.

 

Chris Baker

GPYH – President Board of Directors

 

Typical ice time:

Instructional Mites (8U): Tuesday skills 5pm fall and 6pm winter. Saturday afternoon games. Sunday morning practices 8am.

Travel Mites (8U) (Fairly consistent): 1-2 Practices per week + 1 game.Tuesday skills 5p fall and 6pm winter. Game – Saturday or Sunday. Practice – Saturday or Sunday. Additional weekday practices where available. Typically 5pm one day Monday/Wednesday/Thursday.

Squirt 10U, (Varies): 2-3 practices per week + 1-2 games.Tuesday skills 6pm fall and 7pm winter. 1 weekday practice per week. Typically Thursday with Monday or Wednesday possible. 1-2 games per weekend. If available, additional practices added on the weekend.

Peewee (12U)(Varies): 2-3 practices per week + 1-2 games. Tuesday skills 7pm fall and 8pm winter. 1 weekday practice per week. Typically, Thursday with Monday or Wednesday possible. 1-2 games per weekend. If available, additional practices added on the weekend.

Bantam (14U) (Varies): 2-3 practices per week + 1-2 games.Tuesday skills 8pm fall and 9pm winter. 1 weekday practice per week. Typically, Thursday with Monday or Wednesday possible. 1-2 games per weekend. If available, additional practices added on the weekend.

Midgets (18U) – Tuesday or Thursday practice @ 9pm. 1 Game per week. Additional practices added where available.


by posted 08/02/2021
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
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
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