As you may be aware, the Governor has set youth team sports to resume this coming Tuesday, January 19. The Department of Public Health has recently given the go-ahead for CIAC high school winter sports to resume practices on January 19th with games resuming as early as February 1st. However, as seen previously high school sports and youth athletics may be handled differently. That being said we are seeking clarification from CHC for what this means for youth hockey and are hopeful it will align with the DPH guidance for high school sports. We hope to have another update with more info available to all of you soon.
We are in the process of scheduling our mid-year parent meetings over the coming weeks. These will be scheduled per team and we will review where we are as a program, what our plan is for next season and collect any feedback you have for us.
Happy New Year! What’s for dinner tonight? How about something delicious off the menu at Casa Nova Ristorante! During the month of January, when you visit Casa Nova Ristorante, please mention the RiverHawks. Whether you dine in or take out, a portion of the sales will go straight to our organization. Enjoy!
Want a fun way to work on your game preparing for 1/19 when hockey team play is expected to return? Want a fun way to raise some funds for your team? Introducing the 2020 Shot Challenge!
What is the 2020 shot challenge? It's similar to other 3000-5000 shot challenges you may have seen before, but shorter and aptly named after the unique and historic year we've had thus far. In short, for every day you take at least 100 shots, you will get credit towards the challenge. You can take 200, 300, or more interval of 100 shots and credit for the same day multiple times! So get out onto your icy driveway or decend into your concrete basement, break out that shooting board, bust onto your newly frozen back yard rink, step onto your synthetic or whatever you have to rip some shots and let's hone those shooting skills during the shutdown!
Players who complete the challenge and get sign off from themselves, a parent, and their coach will get recognized! Players who recieve the most sponsorship during the challenge will also be recognized!
On Thursday November 5, 2020 the State of Connecticut issued a statewide public health advisory due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases.
Among the new measures going into place on Monday November 9, 2020 are:
Sports Sector Rules:
Medium-risk indoor sports (Ice Hockey as defined) must wear a mask beginning Monday, 11/9, including during competition, which means all players must wear a mask before, during and after games and practices.
No hosting in CT of competitions or tournaments for high and medium risk sports, Ice hockey is defined as a medium risk sport. Therefore the Battle of the Biscuit and any other home Tournaments will be cancelled for the rest of 2020.
No CT team to travel to out-of-state games.
Limit spectators. We will update the Organization if new procedures are put into place at the Rinks.
Facilities and leagues must have protocols for spectators, rosters and safety. The RiverHawks Health and Safety Representative and our current protocols are in compliance with this requirement.
The State of CT looked to enact these regulations in collaboration with Massachusetts and Rhode Island, per the Governor.
As this is a fluid and ever changing pandemic, we will keep you updated as matters change in the future.
The CT RiverHawks PWAA Minor team participated in their first EJEPL Showcase this weekend. The team played all of their games out of the Astor Rinks in Aston, PA, skating home with a 2-2 record. They kicked off their showcase on Friday against the Ashburn Xtreme playing to a commanding 5-0 victory. Saturday saw the team split their games dropping their morning contest to the Long Island Arrows 3-0 only to rebound later that day against the Red Bank 6-2. Their final game came Sunday morning against the Ramapo Saints a 6-5 nail-biting loss in Double OT! The kids had a great showing against some of their toughest competition of the season to date.
Between bonding as a team, watching some great hockey, consuming many Philly Cheesesteaks, and playing even more Among Us than anyone thought possible, this team really came together this weekend and had a blast. Great job RiverHawks PWAA!
This past Saturday 10/17 we finally had our long awaited Mini Golf Fundraiser. A tremendous thank you to all involved who helped make this day a huge success for the program! The first ever CT RiverHawks mini-golf fundraiser ended up being a terrific day with lots of great families and a successful fundraiser. The money raised will be used to enhance the players experience for the remainder of this hockey season. Thank you again to all who helped!
The CT RiverHawks Squirt AA Major team had their first EJEPL showcase this past weekeend down at Ice Line Quad Rinks in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The team played their hearts out and came home 4-0, winning every game including a shutout to close out the showcase! On Friday 10/2 the RiverHawks came out on fire against the Hollydell Hurricanes skating away to a 11-3 victory. Later that day they took the ice against the Woodbridge Wolfpack and went back to the hotel after an 8-1 win. The second day of the showcase saw them facing off against the Howard Huskies playing to a 7-1 win. They capped off the weekend with a convincing 3-0 shutout win over the New Jersey Stars. Way to go RiverHawks!
Tournaments and showcases are always a great time for team bonding. Being only 30 minutes out of Philadelphia the team took advantage of getting some Geno's & Pat's cheese steaks as well as visiting other nearby attractions such as the Rocky steps. On the way out of Philly you could see the stadiums for the Eagles, Phillies, and 76er's all packed close together.
The Blueline Sports shop downstairs at the Rinks are expanding their hours now that the season is in session. They will be open 7 days a week. As of tomorrow (Saturday 9/12) they will be open from 9am-5pm, and on Sunday from 10am-2pm. As of this upcoming Monday 9/14 they will be open from 11am-7pm (Mon-Fri).