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February 27, 2013


Lots of excitement around Icehawks Country recently. And with the State Tournaments in full swing, there's plenty of it to go around. 

Bantam A State Champions 
Congratulations to our Bantam A team for their exciting victory in the Connecticut Tier III State Championship. After a long weekend of hockey, the championship culminated with a thrilling 4 to 2 victory over a tough New Canaan squad on Monday night. Sixteen teams from around the state battled for 4 long days. Our Bantams will head to Vermont in two weeks to represent Connecticut in the New England regionals. Go Icehawks! 

More on Mite Hockey
Since our very productive meeting concerning mite hockey a little over 2 weeks ago, I've been hesitant to send out a summary of the meeting. Although the meeting was very productive, I've received a fair amount of constructive feedback from those who weren't able to attend. The main theme of the feedback is a desire to continue to field at least 1 travel team at the mite (U8) level. Because this requires further discussion by the full board and our members, we plan to do so at the beginning of our next regular board meeting this Sunday, March 3 at 7pm in the Brodie Room at Canterbury. Feel free to attend and participate. 

Tryouts
The dates for travel team tryouts has been posted on the web site.  In addition, there is a tab entitled “2013/14 Tryouts” that contains detailed information about the tryout and registration process.  Please take a few minutes to read through it and understand it.  Over the years, our board has spent countless hours trying to create a process that is fair and impartial when it comes to evaluations and team placements.  Although no tryout process is perfect, I feel confident that our process is transparent and as impartial as possible.

Northwestern’s Players and Parents
Those of you who have travelled around the state to play other teams know that not all players play with appropriate sportsmanship and, for that matter, not all parents behave like adults.  I thought I’d share a note sent to me by a parent from the ECHO Bantam team immediately following their semi-final loss to our Bantams this past Sunday.

As a parent who has had three kids go through the youth hockey system in CT, I wanted to express my appreciation for your organization. Yesterday my kid's team (ECHO Bantam A) lost a heartbreaker to your Bantam A squad in the semifinals of the state tier 3 tournament. Some of the sting was taken out of the loss, however, by the fact that it was a clean, well-played game. From a parent's perspective, I also really appreciate that your parents were gracious both before and after the final buzzer. Over the years, win or lose, my experience has been that Northwestern teams play hard, are well-coached, and never dirty. You should really be proud of your kids, your coaches, and the culture you have managed to foster. I wish I could say the same for some other hockey organizations in the state!
Good luck tonight in the final.


We want our players to be solid competitors, but we also want them to be solid people -- and the parents and coaches should lead by example.

Larry Schopfer