It’s hard to believe the season is almost over, but banquet night will be here before we know it. Banquet night is a time to honor and thank those who made a special contribution to their team or program, and it’s a chance for the players to get together with their teams one last time before moving on to next season. This year’s banquet will be held Tuesday, April 14 at 6:00 pm at the high school cafeteria, with pizza provided by Prince Pizza. We are in need of volunteers from 5:00 to 6:00 pm to help with set up. Please email WakefieldYouthHockey@gmail.com to volunteer.
Reserve your spot for Inside Edge off-ice training by RSVP-ing to Joanne Collins at email@example.com. This week's session will be held on THURSDAY, MARCH 12 from 5:15 - 6:05 pm upstairs at Hockey Town. Training focuses on a combination of hockey functional conditioning and hands skills (stickhandling, shooting, passing). Each session will include training aspects with a focus on proper mechanics and techniques to prevent injury. $10 per player per session. Bring your stick and gloves!
Congratulations to the the Bantam 2 team for winning the 2019-2020 14U Bantam Tier III Medium Massachusetts Hockey State Championship! The Bantam 2s knocked off Masco on Sunday night 6-4 to bring home the banner. Congratulations as well to the Squirt 2 and Pee Wee 2 teams for their phenomenal performances in their respective state tournaments. The Squirt 2 team went 2-1, and the Pee Wee 2s made it to the semi-finals with a record of 2-1. We're proud of all our teams! Good luck to the Bantam 1 team who heads to their state tournament this weekend!
Last Saturday night, the Mite 4 team got to experience one of Boston's fiercest hockey rivalries first-hand, taking in the BU vs. BC game at Agganis Arena and getting to play a scrimmage between the second and third periods. In addition to skating before a sell-out crowd, the players got to meet with Rhett the BU terrier and were even interviewed on camera by Agganis staff! Thanks to BU, Agganis Arena staff, and especially Spencer Dalby for helping to arrange.
On Sunday, March 29 the three I-Mite teams are heading down to Providence to play each other and the Eastern MA Senators between periods of the Providence Bruins game. Tickets are normally $28 plus fees, however if anyone would like to attend, Wakefield Youth Hockey is receiving a reduced ticket price of $22. Please contact Bill Welch at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
After a hard-fought battle that came up just short in their district championships, the Squirt 2 team has received an invitation to participate with their division in the Massachusetts Hockey State Championship. The tournament will be played in Springfield the weekend of March 6-8. Good luck players and coaches!
The Fifth Grade Grey team have been battling it out in their division play offs over the last two weekends, and this Sunday they knocked off Burlington 5-2 in the finals to take home the Valley Middle School Hockey League Championship. Congratulations to Head Coach Dave McCarthy, Assistant Coach Drew Palmer, and all the players, including: Devin Baldwin, Nathan Daly, Cameron Donegan, Brandon Howe, Chase Kaufman, Luc Laverdiere, Conor Lyons, Kevanni Marroquin, Ryan McCarthy, Brayden Myette, Edward Palmer, Malykai Pelczar, Joseph Sasso, Michael Taranto and John Taylor.
Our Learn to Play skaters already have two scrimmages under their belts thanks to Tier-1 Hockey and the Burlington Youth Hockey program. On February 2nd, the Wakefield Learn to Play players and I-Mite Grey team traveled to Burlington to play a friendly scrimmage, and on February 16th LTP and the I-Mite Red team made the trip down 128. Both events were well attended, and it was a first chance for Learn to Play skaters to play in a game against another town. Parents and players had a blast. Special thank you to Jaime Boyle and Tier-1 Hockey for setting up the events. Tier-1 Hockey runs skills and learn to skate/play programs for both Burlington and Wakefield Youth Hockey, and this is the fourth year they have hosted this type of crossover event.
Topher Scott of the Hockey Think Tank shares his thoughts on what he refers to a “disturbing” amount of fear associated with Youth Hockey and youth sports in general. FOMO, fear of judgement and fear of the unknown.
This year’s fundraiser event was a record-breaker, bringing in more than $16,000! 100% of the money raised goes right back into the program to help ensure we are providing Wakefield with a top-quality youth hockey program at an affordable rate. This event could not be possible without the tireless efforts of our Fundraising Chair, Kara Simoneau, and the dedicated parents and family members helping to make the event come together. Special thank you to Lindsay Rocca, Christina Morris, Joanne Collins, Angel Defeo, Laurie Sillari, Jenn Baldwin, Cheryl Sartori, Lisa Van Dorpe, Kerrie Casey, Sara Eriksen, Saritin Rizzuto, Jackie Timmins and Michelle Harrington.
(From the 1972 WYH Supplement to the Wakefield Daily Item)
Charlie Kirk and Donald MacKay started it all back in 1946 with a handful of boys, and it has now grown to the program you see today. The children of Wakefield can thank these dedicated men for starting it all.
The Wakefield Youth Skating Association (WYSA) as it is know today was organized in 1969.
Congrats to the Bantam 1s on their 5-3 win!
Congrats Bantam 1 punching their ticket through to championship weekend!
Congrats to Bantam 3, Squirt 2 and Squirt 3 on your big playoff wins today! Good luck on Championship weekend next week!
Good luck to the Bantam 2 and Bantam 3 teams playing in State tournament semifinals this morning!!!
Getting ready for tonight! Some awesome raffles and silent auction items!