LBYHs mission includes the following:
Provide a safe, healthy and fun environment in which to learn the game of hockey.
Offer boys and girls the opportunity to participate and play hockey in a manner that fosters sportsmanship and fair play through
The LBYH In-House evaluation skate is this Saturday, October 1st, at the Hayden rink in Lexington.
Please note your assigned times below:
12:50-1:30 : Birth years 2009, 2010, 2011
1:30-2:30 : Birth years 2008, 2007
2:30-3:00 : Birth year 2006
There are 200+ kids participating in the league again this year, so please be on-time to the rink and ready to take the ice at your assigned starting time. We recommend arriving at the rink at least 20 minutes ahead of your time to park, check-in and get your player dressed and ready to skate. There will be a table for players to check-in in the lobby of Hayden when they arrive.
All players should have full hockey equipment on Saturday. Players should also bring a practice jersey to wear. All players will be skating for the evaluation (no goalies please).
This evaluation skate is NOT a try-out. It is run by LBYH coaches, and will involve basic and fun hockey drills for the kids. The success of our In-House league is based on creating well balanced teams, so that during each shift in each game, players are competing on the ice against comparable players. These evaluations are a critical part of forming the teams and lines for the league, so please make every effort to be on the ice during your assigned slot on Saturday.
We recognize some families may have multiple children assigned to different times, and certainly it can be difficult coordinating multiple trips to and from the rink. If that is the case, siblings can have the option to take the ice together during one of your assigned slots.
During each session, there will be a quick parent's meeting with LBYH board representatives, who will give a brief talk about the league and answer any questions you have. This will take place in one of the warming rooms at the rink while your kids are on the ice, and there will be announcement inviting parents to gather when it begins.
If you are not able to make your assigned slot this Saturday, there will potentially be a make-up evaluation, tentatively scheduled for October 15th at 7:00AM.
As we announced last spring, through an agreement with the Concord Carlisle Youth Hockey (CCYH), their HotShot program will be available for LBYH players for 2016-2017 season. The CCYH HotShot program is a great option for players who have aged out of our in-house program and do not want to play travel hockey but want to continue to play hockey. HotShots is open to players 8-14 years of age and runs from the end of November to early March. Teams have one practice and one full ice game per week, all at the Middlesex School rink in Concord, MA at consistent, reasonable times.
LBYH players have participated in the HotShots program in the last few years with great success.
Welcome LBYH Players and Parents to the 2016/2017 hockey season!
For those of you new to the LBYH, welcome to the family! For those of you returning, thank you once again for your commitment to the program!
Thanks to the efforts of our many volunteers and coaches we are ready for the upcoming season and raring to go! Hard to believe when it is 75 degrees and sunny outside!
This year we will be fielding more teams than ever with 24 boys and girls travel teams. As always the farm team for travel program has been, and continues to be the LBYH in-house program. Last season was our most successful in-house season yet with 16 teams. This is without a doubt where most of our boys and girls develop their love for the sport of hockey. While there are many that end up making the transition from in-house to travel, there are some players that like the pace and level of commitment of in-house. Thanks to a partnership with Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey’s Hot Shots program, players who are not interested in travel hockey but wish to continue to play recreational hockey after they have aged out of In-house, now have an option. Look for registration details coming soon on LBYH.net.
LBYH is always looking for ways in which our players can accelerate their level of play through skills training and development This year we truly believe that we have heightened the level of our offering.. Our program is very pleased to have established a partnership with Ken Hodge. Ken’s experience as a player and teacher of the game is unparalleled. Including playing at St John’s Prep High School, Division 1 hockey power Boston College, and our own NHL team The Boston Bruins. While his hockey pedigree is outstanding, it was really important for us to work with someone who appreciated the ideals of the LBYH program: learning the essential skills of hockey in a fun, challenging and safe environment. I know I, as well as the other members of the board, feel very lucky to have Ken as part of LBYH and we hope you do too!
For our players that enjoy keeping the puck out of the net, we will continue our partnership with Stop It Goal Tending. Stop It has been a tremendous program to get the personalized attention that they need to continue their development. Big thanks to our goalie skills coordinator Dave Ellis for his continued efforts for our net minders. Be on the lookout for an email from Dave detailing the specifics of the Stop It program.
Families with players that are newer to the sport of hockey will be happy to know that hockey skills clinic, coordinated through Hayden Recreation Center, will be starting September 10th. This program is run by Lexington High School coach Curt Colarullo who has many years of experience teaching players of all ages and skill levels. It is a great way to help our younger players build their confidence level on the ice.
Comings and goings:
I would like to extend a very big thank you to Kerry Heyda. As an LBYH volunteer, Kerry has been responsible for the coordination of all referees and timekeepers for games played at Hayden Rink. This is no easy task. At times, there have been as many as 12 games that required her attention on a Saturday mid-season. One of Kerry’s last duties has been to train her replacement Una Gillis. We are very pleased and excited to have long time LBYH volunteer Una in this role. Please join me in thanking Kerry for her efforts and in welcoming Una.
Also, I would like to welcome our newest board member, Dave Stewart. Dave has been a big part in the recent success of in-house, working with Hank Manz to make sure that the program runs smoothly. This year, Dave will also be working with fellow board member Jane Kalinski, our Valley League representative, as she looks to transition some of her responsibilities.
As a reminder, a couple of years ago LBYH instituted age level coordinators. The role of the coordinator is to field any questions or concerns that you may have about the program. Please feel free to reach out to the appropriate age level coordinator with your questions.
Joseph Dolcimascolo – Mite Level Coordinator
Ron Tashjian – Squirt Level Coordinator
Brad Conlin – PeeWee Level Coordinator
Jim Murphy – Bantam Level Coordinator
Charlie Minasian – Girls Program Coordinator
It is the continued addition of volunteers that makes this program the success that it is. LBYH is always looking for volunteers, on and off-ice Please do not be shy in asking if there is an opportunity for you to support the program. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to be an expert in hockey in order to help out. There are many areas where you can volunteer.
I have one ask of you, remember that we are teaching our children much more than just the game of hockey. Sportsmanship, teamwork, volunteerism, achieving results through effort are just a few of the things that come to mind. How we as parents support these endeavors with our players and their coaches, will truly determine the success of our program. Leading by example is the best thing we can do as parents!
Thank you for your commitment to LBYH and your children!
LBYH is proud to announce a partnership with Ken Hodge Jr. to run the skills program for the 2016-2017 season. After a stellar college career at Boston College Ken Hodge Jr. played 11 years of professional hockey including 2 with the Boston Bruins where he was a 30 goal scorer. Following his professional hockey career Ken has been a lead instructor and director at Paul Vincent Hockey where he has helped train numerous NHL players and is currently skills coach for the AHL Portland Pirates.
Ken will be working with our Mite through PeeWee/U12 level boys and girls full-time teams.
LBYH is thrilled to be offering our Lexington Bedford players the kind of high level skills training and a commitment to player development that is unparalleled by any other town program.
If you have not already registered your player for the 2016-2017 season, now’s the time! Click here to begin registration.
LBYH is excited to announce that the Concord Carlisle Youth Hockey (CCYH) HotShot program will be available for LBYH players for 2016-2017 season. The CCYH HotShot program is a great option for players who have aged out of our in-house program and do not want to play travel hockey but want to continue to play hockey. HotShots is open to players 8-14 years of age and runs from the end of November to early March. Teams have one practice and one full ice game per week, all at the Middlesex School rink in Concord, MA at consistent, reasonable times.
A few LBYH players have participated in the HotShots program in the last few years with great success and this announcement signifies more formal cooperation between LBYH and CCYH.