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New EYHA Player Code of Conduct

USA Hockey is no longer requiring player Code of Conduct documents to be part of our travel team books.  EYHA takes pride in the sportsmanship of our members and has developed an enhanced Code we will be using this season and beyond.  Coaches will review with their respective teams to set clear expectations and reference throughout the season.  Below you can find the new document.

2017-18 EYHA Evaluations

Evaluations for our 2017-2018 season are complete and the youth travel team rosters are now posted. 

This is one of my favorite times of year as we get to see all the kids in our program come together for evaluations. 

At EYHA we provide a competitive, fun, yet challenging program where players grow and hone their individual hockey skills, technique, tactical knowledge of the game and the ability to play within a team setting and demonstrate sportsmanship.

Thanks to all the parents for coming to the rink and your continued support and dedication to youth hockey and player development. 

EYHA Head Coach

Mike Smith 



EYHA Development Camp-2017

EYHA Development Camp

Friday, October 20, & Saturday, October 21, 2017

EYHA is excited to offer a preseason development camp for our 10U Squirts, 10UG, 12U Pee Wees, 12UG and 14U Bantam, 14UG players at the Essex Skating Facility.

Our overall goal for the camp is to offer a skills camp for our program at the 10U-14U Levels.

EYHA coaching staff will be on hand for the two-day camp and will provide on ice and off ice activities for your players. The Development Camp will be filled on a first come first served basis with limits at each level. Please sign up ASAP.

Over the course of the two days, your player will experience a European style camp with small area games and off-ice workouts. This style of development camp is similar to NHL development camps and is promoted by USA Hockey with the ADM and it’s off ice programs.

We will be on the ice 2 times a day with on-ice skills sessions in the morning and 3 v3 and or 4v4 x-ice games in the afternoon.

The Camp will be starting at 7 am each day and ending around 4 pm.

On Ice Skills

• Puck Manipulation
• Skating with the Puck
• Stick Handling and tight turns.
• Possessing with Purpose
• Small Group Defending
• Small Group Possessing
• Small games
• Skating drills
• Shooting
• Passing


Overall we are excited to bring this two-day camp to EYHA and we hope that players will take advantage of this great opportunity.

 Note all campers will need the following:

Clothing suitable for physical activity, including sweat pants, t-shirts, sweatshirts, lightweight jacket, and running shoes.

Campers might do some light running and jumping, make sure they bring the proper shoes for activities. Full hockey gear is required. 

Each camper will need to provide lunch, drinks, and snacks each day.

Camp Fee: $65per Camper

Registration Link


Note*We will also need volunteers on and off the ice these 2 days.  

2017 Important Dates

October 20th-21st - EYHA Development Camp- Travel Players Only 10U,12U,14U

October 21st - VSAHA 12U & 14U Goalie Symposium 

October 21st - VSAHA 8U & 10U Try Goalie for Free 

Attention Current and Future Goalies

VSAHA will be hosting a symposium and clinic for all 12U & 14U goalies and their families on Oct. 21st. Please visit the attached link if you are interested. 

In addition they will also be hosting a Try Goalie for Free event for 10U & 8U players on the same date. Please visit the attached link if you are interested. 

2017-18 Season Registration is Open

The registration for the 2017-18 winter hockey season is now open!  Please follow the instructions on the registration page.

Attention Coaches

If you plan to coach this season please be aware that USA Hockey has made some changes to the requirements for the 2017/2018 season:

Coaching Education Program Online Age-Specific Requirements (Must be completed PRIOR to participating in any team activities and cannot be added to a roster until completed)

  • Complete the online age-specific module(s) for the age level of play you are coaching (Cost is $10 per module and only needs to be completed once per age level)

USA Hockey Requirements (Must be completed before participating in any team activities)

  • Register as a member of USA Hockey (Cost is $40 plus any affiliate fees if applicable).

  • Complete the background screening (found on your affiliate website and some affiliates require approval before you can be added to a roster).  

  • Complete the USA Hockey Safe Sport Training (required every two years and cannot be added to a roster until completed).

Coaching Education Program Certification Clinic Requirements (Must be completed by Dec. 31)

  • Find, register and attend the required certification clinic. (Cost is $45 plus any lunch fees if applicable) You can only attend one clinic per season and all coaches start at Level 1. (The coaching clinic season for Levels 1-3 officially runs from September 1 to December 31).

If you have any questions about the process please contact Head Coach Mike Smith 


Essex Youth Hockey in USA Hockey Magazine

EYHA was recently featured in the USA Hockey Magazine. If you haven't already seen it, please take a moment to read it. 

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Bruins Academy 2017

Essex Skating Facility Sept. 30, Oct. 7,8,14 at 10:15AM

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VSAHA Select Player Selections

Congratulations to all of our current and former players who were selected to represent Vermont at the 2016/17 New England District Development Camps.Complete team lists can be found on the VSAHA website. 

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 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!


News & Updates




American Development Model
A plan for long-term athlete development
Endorsed by the National Hockey League
 (click on the picture for more information) 

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.