Please show your support for a former RiverHawk who is fighting another round of cancer.
It was announced that Charlie Capalbo has been diagnosed with cancer a 3rd time. Many already heeded the call on social media to put sticks out last night for Charlie, but we're asking all RiverHawks to also put sticks out again tonight (Sunday night) for this young man to show the support from our program for he and his family. If you post about it anywhere on social media please tag it with #CapalboStrong
Here is the update on the COVID pause as it pertains to our youth hockey program.
The sports pause remains in place until Tuesday, January 19th
Any practice/tryout activities should not be happening until that time
Activities out-of-state are not allowed during the current pause and will still not be allowed under the rules that will be in place after January 19th
No games are allowed before February 1st
Violating the sports on pause or other sector rules can carry fines both for the club participants/organizers and facility operators, and the suspension of activities to be enforced by both local health departments and the CT Hockey Conference
We're back on the ice starting this week! Here's what you need to know.
Practices - resume this week starting Tuesday 1/19! Practice schedules for all RiverHawks teams have been updated through January on the website and parents should have gotten emails and calendar updates (if you subscribed) as they were added. Practices after January will be added soon. Schedules can always be confirmed on the website.
Games - won't take place until Feb 1. Those are on the schedule as well, your team's scheduler has been busy filling out the new slots and confirming existing games. Disregard any games listed before Feb 1st that other teams' schedulers have not yet cancelled.
The Season - will be extended from what we are hearing until April 4th. As we get confirmation of that we will share with the organization. At this point we are not sure of what will take place at the end of the season in terms of States etc. Again we will share information as we get it.
Masks - a change from where we left in November before the pause - the CCM Game On masks that attach to the helmets are not COVID approved by the CT Department of Health, only masks that attach to the player's head are. If a player wishes to wear a CCM Game On Mask some other shielding they can, provided they also wear a traditional mask that attaches to the player's head. Should this change we will update the organization accordingly.
Get those skates sharpened and sticks taped up! It's time to get excited and we look forward to seeing all of you on the ice this week!
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.
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).