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Team Placements

Thank you to all of the players and volunteers that participated in the evaluation and placement process. 

All team placements are now posted. 

Please select the Teams tab, then select Team Placement Info on the left side of the page. 


5th Annual Jay Peak Training Camp

Jay registration will be closed on October 2nd!

Please register now...

Coaches and Parent volunteers serving as locker room monitors must submit USAH Confirmation numbers through the registration below.

EYHA Key Dates

Saturday October 10th - Enforcers vs. EYHA Coaches 6:30 – 8:30pm at Essex

Monday October 12th - Travel team practice starts

Friday October 16th - No practice for travel teams

October 16th - 18th - Jay Peak camp

Saturday October 24th – House & Newbee Programs start

Saturday October 31st - Travel team games start (Halloween)

Week of November 16th - Essex High School tryouts

November 27th & 28th - Essex X-Ice Mite Yamboree

Registration Now Open for the 2015-16 Hockey Season

We are pleased to announce that online registration for the 2015-16 season is now open!

The start of a new EYHA season is approaching quickly and we are very excited about seeing everyone back at the rink.  Some key dates are already posted on the website for your planning purposes. Please be aware and make note of these important dates and deadlines. 

  • House players must be registered by September 30th. 
  • Travel players must be registered by August 15th.  It is critical to our planning that we have an accurate count players at each team level.  Please register as soon as possible using the link below. 
  • Travel Team Evaluations will be held October 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Please see the 2015-2016 Fees link on left menu bar for more information on program fees.

In addition, we intend to offer the Jay Peak training camp again this year.  This continues to be an extremely popular event.  We are working hard to keep this opportunity affordable for all eligible families and should have more details to share soon. 

It is critical to note that our ability to maintain fees and support additional programming is largely due to our continued sponsorship from Backstage Pub and Grill.  For this reason we, both individually and as an Association, must make every effort to thank them through our patronage and support of special events like the annual EYHA Calcutta. 

Again, we thank you for registering as soon as possible.  Any questions about the registration process should be directed to Dan Forcier at

Thank you for everything that you do to support EYHA.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the rink soon. 


EYHA Board of Directors

2014-15 Slide Show and Yearbooks

If by chance you missed the slide show at Awards Night or you just want to watch it again (and again, and again) the link is provided below:

Also, if you didn't get a FREE yearbook and would like one there is a limited supply available at Sports Central on Pearl St. in Essex Junction. 

Thank you to Julie Miller-Johnson for creating both the slide show and the yearbook! 

U12 AA take Silver in VT State Championships!

Team advances to the New England Championships in Maine

Squirt AAs Win State Championship!

Super-Stingers cap off a dominant season by running the table in states!

Please email team photos for the website to

Peewee AAs Win Vermont State Championship!

Peewee AAs ride timely scoring, solid team defense, and excellent goaltending to win the Vermont State Championship!



Sting Bantam AAs Win Vermont State Championship

Ian Amaliksen's goal with 15 seconds left in VT state championship game advances the Stingers to Salt Lake City, Utah for USA Hockey Tier 2 National Championship Tournament March 25-30.

Photo credit: VT Sports Images

Photo credit: Rick Yates

EYHA Locker Room Policy

Please note that Essex Youth Hockey recently adopted a new Locker Room policy.  It is imperative that all members familiarize themselves with the new policy.  Any questions or concerns can be directed to SafeSport coordinator Sean Haggerty.

Thank you. 

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Premier EYHA Sponsor -The Backstage Pub and Restaurant

Please support our Premier Sponsor - when at The Backstage Pub and Restaurant mention that you are from EYHA!!

60 Pearl Street, Essex Jct, VT (behind Big Lots)

Backstage Pub and Restaurant

The Backstage Pub & Restaurant is the exclusive sponsor of our EYHA Jay Peak Training Camp and EYHA Dryland Training 2 Fit2Excel .  The Backstage provides exclusive funding to EYHA to help manage the costs associated with operating our program.  Please support new owner Vince Dober and his wonderful staff.  Tell them EYHA sent you!


EYHA Honors and News

News celebrating some current and former Stingers!

Former Stingers Win USA Hockey U16 National Championship

Former Stingers Tiff, Victoria, Molly, Rachel and Rachel bring"The Gold" to Montpelier


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.