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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Bocce Night, fundraising and our mission
10/25/2021
Hi Parents,  I rarely send the “letter from the president”...
Schedule Updates - Games and Practices
10/25/2021
Hi Parents,  We have updated the next round of games and...
Bocce Event is Live!! Buy Tickets now!
10/19/2021
Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Fire! Join this Bocce Event on December...
Welcome to the 2021-2022 Season!
09/05/2021
Good afternoon Thunder Families!   Hope you are enjoying...
 
Bocce Night, fundraising and our mission

Hi Parents,

 I rarely send the “letter from the president” as I think you hear from me enough and are probably sick of my emails. But I wanted to send a quick note to you all about our fundraising. As fall season quickly moves along and we look towards the colder months of winter, I did want to bring your attention to our fundraising efforts with our Bocce tournament on December 4th. The fundraising team is putting in a tremendous amount of work to make this 2nd Bocce night an even greater success than the first one. We’re excited to see all of you joining in on the fun. Additionally, we will soon begin our other very large fundraising endeavor, cash calendars, which are always a hit.

But my email it to talk through the “why” behind it all. If you remember, in the offseason, we decided to maintain our tuition price steady for the 7th consecutive year. We knew how challenging the last 18 months havd been and wanted to ensure some continuity with our fees to our members. In doing so, we chose to operate this season at a significant loss and utilize a good chunk of our reserves from our fiscally conservative approach over the years. Additionally, we projected both the VHL and City of Haverhill would increase our fees, but held out hope they would not. Unfortunately, they both did increase, VHL by 3% and the city by 5%. We play over 450 games a season and purchase over 500 hours of practice ice, you can imagine how it adds up quickly.

We know it’s a tall order for your children to play hockey. That’s why we do everything we can to keep costs down. I am sending this to drive home how important the fundraising efforts that Megan and all the volunteers create are for the program. They help keep costs as low as possible while having some fun along the way playing bocce/gambling/eating/drinking/etc.

You can find more info about the Bocce tourney on our website, Facebook and by asking any of the wonderful volunteers helping to organize the event. We’ll share cash calendar and other fundraising events with you in the coming weeks.

Thank you all for your support of what I truly believe is the best youth hockey program in the area.

Chris

 


by posted 10/25/2021
Schedule Updates - Games and Practices

Hi Parents,

 We have updated the next round of games and practices to the program website. Because of the way the VHL releases the schedules, we hold back practice times so we can ensure there are no confilcts. As the VHL releases games, we add practices to maximize the ice time we have as best as we can. We appreciate your patience. As we turn the page towards the fall season, I did want to remind you of one item, High School season. Once we get past Thanksgiving, we lose all of our 5pm ice times. The Haverhill High School Varisty teams takes this ice, and they have priority over us. That means our times typically slide back an hour, notably on Tuesdays. We will look for additional ice time during the week to supplement when available and if possible, we'll add more practices at that time. 

Speaking of the high school boys team... In the event that locker rooms are once again opened (fingers crossed), I do want to remind the teams that have practice at 6pm to be mindful that there will be 15-18 year old boys coming off the ice, and likely using the showers. They are not shy about using the showers and want to warn everyone so they can determine where their childen get ready for practice. 

Thanks

Chris Baker

GHPYH President, Board of Directors


by posted 10/25/2021
Bocce Event is Live!! Buy Tickets now!

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:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/haverhill-pentucket-youth-hockey-goodness-gracious-great-balls-of-thunder-tickets-182717602267

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by posted 10/19/2021
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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