We are a non-profit youth hockey association offering programs for children ages 3-18 years old. Programs include travel teams from the Mite through Midget level, a House team and a TYKES (Teaching Young Kids the Essentials of Skating) program. The Ice Dogs skate at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum, the home of the UCONN Huskies.
If you have a future hockey star in your family and want to learn more about our program, please click on TYKES (Teaching Young Kids the Essentials of Skating) or contact us. No prior skating experience is necessary for TYKES.
The Northeast Youth Hockey Association (NEYHA) is proud to announce the purchase of Croxice divider panels from Becker Arena Products for use by our skaters! We are one of the first area organizations to make this investment and we are thrilled to offer an even better hockey experience for our skaters, especially those at the Mite and below levels. The Croxice panels work to shrink the ice surface in order to make the playing surface better fit the abilities of young skaters.
While we have used foam dividers with great success in past seasons, the Croxice panels offer a much more realistic hockey experience because they effectively recreate corner angles (see an example of this here) that are lost with the foam dividers. The need for these boards has taken on added urgency over the last few seasons, as USA Hockey has prescribed the use of the American Development Model for all youth skaters and as it has increasingly limited the number of full ice games that can be played at the Mite and below levels.
We are grateful to the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum (and especially to its rink manager Mike Iacampo) for finding the storage space needed for the panels, to USA Hockey for offering a matching grant to make the panels more affordable, and to our former Connecticut Hockey Conference (CHC) Representative Jim Sterling for his tireless championing of this purchase. With the addition of these Croxice panels, NEYHA continues its commitment to excellence in the development of our skaters. Go Ice Dogs!