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2017-2018 Bantam Team Selections
04/21/2017
To all parents of registered Bantam players, RAHA has made its...
Play for A Purpose: NY Ranger Alumni at Winter Garden, May 6th
04/19/2017
2017-2018 PeeWee Team Selections
04/04/2017
To parents of registered Pee Wee players, Thank you for your participation...
Congratulations! Coach Michele Gintoli Named Captain
04/03/2017
RAHA would like to congratulate coach Michele Gintoli, who has been...
2017-2018 Squirt Team Selections
03/30/2017
To all parents of registered Squirt players, RAHA has made its...
2017-2018 Mite Team Selections
03/30/2017
To all parents of registered Mite players, RAHA has made its Mite...
Ridgefield Lions Bantams are Connecticut State Champs!
03/24/2017
Ridgefield Lions Bantams are Connecticut State Champs Heading to...
2017-2018 RAHA Coaches Announced
03/17/2017
The Ridgefield Amateur Hockey Association is please to announce the...
Register Now for the PLAY FOR A PURPOSE Charity Tournament
03/12/2017
Order Your Lions Spirit Wear
07/22/2016
  Ridgefield Lions Online Spirit Wear Store operated by our...
 
2017-2018 Bantam Team Selections

To all parents of registered Bantam players,

RAHA has made its Bantam team selections for the 2017-18 season. We want to thank Bantam players and families for their participation in the tryout process.   

Please find your child’s team assignment on the list below, by pinnie number:

AA Team:  13, 21, 23, 25, 26, 27, 38, 41, 54, 56, 65, 70, 73, 87, 90

A Team:  3, 6, 8, 9, 15, 17, 28, 34, 42, 44, 47, 59, 62, 81, 82, 92, 93

A1 Team:  7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 22, 29, 30, 32, 35, 57, 58, 78, 79, 88, 91

Please know that much time and effort went into these team selections. Every decision was made in an effort to place each player in a position that would allow him or her to grow their individual skills (both hockey and personal) and to ultimately grow and strengthen the RAHA program for years to come. Due to the number of players who tried out, we did not have enough players to fill four teams. We regret that we were not able to offer roster positions to all players who tried out. 

If you have questions about your child’s placement or the team itself, please contact Eric Presbrey ( ) or Tom McNicholas ( ). If you would like to decline your spot, please let Eric and/or Tom know by 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, and we will destroy your deposit check or return it to you. This is a hard deadline. Otherwise, the $1,500 check will be applied to your tuition balance. 

For those who accept their position in the groups above, in the next few weeks you will receive a welcome email and communication from RAHA. You’ll also be invited to consider volunteering for the important position of team manager or scheduler. Additionally, players who are new to RAHA will also be asked to choose a number to wear on their jersey and receive information about ordering their jerseys (approximately $200 per set). There will also be RAHA Lions spirit wear items available for purchase.

You will also be invited to attend RAHA’s annual meeting, to be held on April 26. RAHA will also provide you with a number of forms to complete, including a Consent to Treat form, a Code of Conduct form, and a Parents’ Code of Conduct form. Practices will begin for all teams in late August or early September. We hope to communicate the exact dates and schedule very soon.


by posted 04/21/2017
Play for A Purpose: NY Ranger Alumni at Winter Garden, May 6th


by posted 04/19/2017
2017-2018 PeeWee Team Selections

To parents of registered Pee Wee players, Thank you for your participation in the 2017-18 Pee Wee tryout process. We were extremely pleased with the enthusiastic turnout we witnessed at the Pee Wee level, but with that level of interest comes the unfortunate reality that we could not offer every player a position on one of our travel teams for the 2017-18 season. For those players not offered a spot, we encourage you to keep working hard and we hope to see you back again next year.

Please find your child’s team assignment on the list below, by pinnie number:

AA Team: 1, 2, 9, 27, 28, 42, 44, 62, 65, 68, 73, 76, 83, 85

A Team: 3, 5, 10, 11, 17, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 34, 41, 59, 81, 87

A1 Team: 4, 13, 19, 22, 24, 26, 32, 35, 38, 54, 56, 64, 78, 90, 91

B Team: 6, 7, 39, 47, 55, 58, 60, 74, 82, 84, 86, 88, 89, 92, 93

Please know that much time and consideration went into these team selections. In an effort to place each player in a position that would allow him or her to grow their individual skills (both hockey and personal), and to ultimately grow and strengthen the RAHA program for years to come, all decisions were made carefully.

If you would like to decline your spot, please let us know within 24 hours, and we will destroy your deposit check. For those who accept their position in the groups above, the $1,500 check will be applied to your tuition balance.

In the next few weeks, you will receive a welcome email and communications from RAHA, including:

• Information on important volunteer positions for your team: team manager and scheduler.

• An invitation to attend RAHA’s annual meeting, to be held in late April.

• Requisite forms, including Consent to Treat, Player Code of Conduct, and Parents’ Code of Conduct.

• New RAHA Players will also be asked to choose a number to wear on their jersey and will receive information about ordering their jerseys (approximately $200 per set).

There will also be RAHA Lions spirit wear items available for purchase.

Practices will begin for all teams in late August or early September. We hope to communicate exact dates and schedule very soon.

If you have questions about your child’s placement, or the team itself, please contact Jeff MacDonald (jmacdonald@ridgefieldhockey.org) or Andrew Greeley (greeleya@ridgefieldhockey.org).

Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you on the ice when the season starts! Go Lions!


by posted 04/04/2017
Congratulations! Coach Michele Gintoli Named Captain

RAHA would like to congratulate coach Michele Gintoli, who has been named a captain of the first USA women's team to compete at the World Deaf Ice Hockey Championship. 
 
The 2017 U.S. National Women’s Deaf Ice Hockey team was chosen from players who attended the AHIHA tryout this March in Minneapolis, MN. The team has a geographically diverse roster with players from 10 different states.
 
Head Coach Jackie MacMillan said "I am extremely honored to be a part of the first USA Women's National Deaf Ice Hockey Team. AHIHA and Coach Jeff Sauer have been instrumental in providing a great opportunity for these talented athletes and it continues to show the positive impact Ice Hockey continues to have for everybody involved in the sport. I know that these young women take great pride in the opportunity to participate during the World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships in April and we are looking forward to our series against Team Canada. I hope that both of our programs will ignite the growth of Women's Deaf Hockey across the world and I look forward to taking part in this exciting event."

The World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships will take place in Amherst, New York, April 19th – April 29th, 2017. The USA Women’s Team will play the Canadian Women’s team on April 22nd and April 23rd. Men’s teams will play April 22 – April 29th.

The teams operate under the guidelines of the USA Deaf Sports Federation. To qualify for the games, athletes must have a hearing loss of at least 55 dB in their "better ear". Hearing aids, cochlear implants and the like are not allowed to be used in competition, to place all athletes on the same level.

Funding for athletes is provided by the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association through private donations and support from the USA Hockey Foundation. For information on the USA Deaf Sports Federation, please visit www.usdeafsports.org. For information about the 2017 World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships, please visit www.2017WDIHC.com.
 

Congratulations, Michele! We are honored to have you as part of our organization, and we wish you and your team the best of luck in the tournament!


by posted 04/03/2017
2017-2018 Squirt Team Selections

To all parents of registered Squirt players,

RAHA has made its Squirt team selections for the 2017-18 season. We want to thank and congratulate the Squirt players and families for their participation and selections in the 2017-18 Squirt tryout process.   

Please find your child’s team assignment on the list below, by pinnie number:

AA Team:  3, 6, 9, 13, 28, 29, 34, 35, 38, 41, 56, 60, 78


A Team:  4, 10, 11, 18, 20, 22,  24, 44, 55, 57, 58, 64, 74, 75


A1 Team:  2, 5, 7, 12, 14, 15, 16, 23, 25, 26, 27, 59, 65, 76


B Team: 8, 17, 21, 42, 47, 54, 62, 70, 82, 85, 86, 91, 92, 93

 

Please know that much time and effort went into these team selections. Every decision was made in an effort to place each player in a position that would allow him or her to grow their individual skills (both hockey and personal) and to ultimately grow and strengthen the RAHA program for years to come.

If you have questions about your child’s placement or the team itself, please contact Michael Luft ( ) or Dennis Bishop ( ). If you would like to decline your spot, please let us know within 24 hours, and we will destroy your deposit check or return it to you. Otherwise, the $1,500 check will be applied to your tuition balance. 

For those who accept their position in the groups above, in the next few weeks you will receive a welcome email and communication from RAHA. You’ll also be invited to consider volunteering for the important position of team manager or scheduler. Additionally, players who are new to RAHA will also be asked to choose a number to wear on their jersey and receive information about ordering their jerseys (approximately $200 per set). There will also be RAHA Lions spirit wear items available for purchase.

You will also be invited to attend RAHA’s annual meeting, to be held in late April. RAHA will also provide you with a number of forms to complete, including a Consent to Treat form, a Code of Conduct form, and a Parents’ Code of Conduct form. Practices will begin for all teams in late August or early September. We hope to communicate exact dates and schedule very soon.

Again, share our congratulations with your players. We are excited to have you as part of our growing Lions community. Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you on the ice when the season starts!

Go Lions!


by posted 03/30/2017
2017-2018 Mite Team Selections

To all parents of registered Mite players,

RAHA has made its Mite team selections for the 2017-18 season. We want to thank and congratulate the Mite players and families for their participation and selections in the 2017-2018 Mite evaluation process.   

Please find your child’s pinnie and group assignments on the list below:

Gold Team:  5, 11, 13, 23, 28, 36, 44, 45, 49, 78
Black Team:  4, 9, 16, 24, 37, 42, 46, 50, 53, 54
White Team:  2, 30, 48, 51, 55, 74, 76

Please know that much time and effort went into these team selections. Every decision was made in an effort to place each player in a position that would allow him or her to grow their individual skills (both hockey and personal) and to ultimately grow and strengthen the RAHA program for years to come.

If you have questions about your child’s placement or the team itself, please contact John Markwell ( ). If you would like to decline your spot, please let us know within 24 hours, and we will destroy your deposit check or return it to you. Otherwise, the $1,500 check will be applied to your tuition balance.

For those who accept their position in the groups above, in the next few weeks you will receive a welcome email and communication from RAHA. You’ll also be invited to consider volunteering for the important position of team manager. Additionally, players who are new to RAHA will also be asked to choose a number to wear on their jersey and receive information about ordering their jerseys (approximately $200 per set). There are also additional RAHA Lions spirit wear items available for purchase.

You will also be invited to attend RAHA’s annual meeting, to be held in late April. RAHA will also provide you with a number of forms to complete, including a Consent to Treat form, a Code of Conduct form, and a Parents’ Code of Conduct form. Practices will begin for all teams in late August or early September. We hope to communicate the exact dates and schedule very soon.

Again, share our congratulations with your players.We are excited to have you as part of our growing Lion community. Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you on the ice when the season starts!

Go Lions!


by posted 03/30/2017
Ridgefield Lions Bantams are Connecticut State Champs!

Ridgefield Lions Bantams are Connecticut State Champs

Heading to National Championship in April

On March 5, the Ridgefield Lions Bantam A ice hockey team won the Connecticut Tier II State Tournament, defeating rival Wonderland 3-1 in the final game for the 2017 title and a trip to the National Championship. With the Lions the number one-ranked team in the state, there was considerable pressure to win it all, but the coaching staff conveyed a calmness that allowed the team to focus on its goal and play with purpose. This is a talented and intensely motivated group of hockey players, and they are especially well prepared to play at such a high level. The Lions won not only all five of its tournament games, but also the organization’s first trip to the USA Hockey National Championship in Coral Springs, Florida, where next month they will compete for a national title.

Head coach Mike "Buzzy" Schneider, a fiercely competitive coach with a long track record of success, including a Tier III state title two years ago, led his team to a regular season record of 22-4-1, as well as a title at the Silver Stick tournament in November. That title also earned them a berth to the Silver Stick national championships in Port Huron, Michigan, in January. When asked how he was able to get his team to perform at such a high level, Schneider said, “I teach them the importance of doing all the little things correctly and to give 110% on every shift. I instill in them the importance of trusting their teammates to execute.” This selfless style of play was apparent to anyone who watched the team this season, as they passed the puck consistently and without hesitation. All season, Schneider kept the focus on team-oriented goals and asking each player to do his or her part in to help the team achieve them.

Coach Schneider also emphasized the importance of having an all-consuming drive to win. “Of course you want talented and skilled players, ” he said. “But as a coach, what matters more to me are those players who are passionately competitive and fiercely driven to succeed. If winning is your goal, you have to want it more than anything. ” The 2017 state title clearly illustrates that the team fully embraced their coach’s competitive spirit.

When asked to explain the team’s success, assistant coach Jeff MacDonald said, “We had solid performances and significant contributions from every player on the team, and our goaltending was the best in the league.” The numbers back this up. During the five games of the Connecticut state tournament, the Lions scored a total of 22 goals but let in only four. This included a 4-2 win over East Haven to open the tournament, back-to-back shutouts, with 7-0 and 6-0 wins over Hamden and New Canaan the following day, a 2-1 win over Yale in the semifinals, and a 3-1 win over Wonderland in the championship game. Goaltenders Catie Boudiette and Ryan Maguire were simply outstanding, always giving their team a chance to win and often completely shutting down their opponents. Boudiette remarked, “We knew that since we were the number one seed, other teams would bring their best against us, but we were confident because we believed in each other.” According to captain CJ Stafford, “Catie really stepped up and came prepared to play this season. We would not have won a state title without her. And Ryan was outstanding.” Ridgefield goalies coach Rob Sutherland concurs, “The success of the team’s goaltending is a result of very hard work and dedication to their position. Catie and Ryan have a great relationship on the ice and they push each other to do better.”

Coach MacDonald also emphasized the team’s depth. “You don’t go this far with only one good line,” he said. “This is a good group of kids, with a lot of talent and dedication.” He also said that the team took nothing for granted and that despite its talent, they knew that they had to play their best every time they stepped onto the ice. The level of competition in Connecticut is fierce, with strong, well-coached teams throughout the state. Defenseman Drew Greeley complimented the coaches’ drive and intensity. “Our coaches are both very serious about the game and how we play. Buzzy and Jeff are not afraid to make you sprint or sit you if you did not show up to play. This keeps us focused and at full speed all the time, which relates to our success. They’re not maniacs, though. You look at some coaches and they go crazy. Buzzy and Jeff both love the game like all of us but know it is up to us, not them, to go out and get a W. This gives them a laid-back but serious attitude.”

Ridgefield Amateur Hockey Association board president Michael Luft believes that the Bantam A state championship speaks volumes to the organization and its core philosophy. “RAHA’s goal has been to help all its young hockey players reach their potential and succeed,” he said. “Not merely to find players elsewhere and bring them into the program.” Luft adds, “The Connecticut State Championship is a tremendous achievement, built through years of hard work and dedication. It is a testament to all of the RAHA coaches, players, and parents who stuck together over the years and committed themselves to something great.”

Luft is also quick to credit the outstanding coaching staff for the team’s success. “Coaches Buzzy and Jeff consistently emphasized the importance of team over individuals,” he said. “They insisted on selfless play, and it was apparent even early in the season at the CanAm Tournament in Lake Placid, New York, that the kids had dedicated themselves to this philosophy.” Throughout the season, teammates were always quick to dismiss individual accolades and insist that all praise be shared equally among the team. This is an impressive show of maturity and a willing embrace of the team-first philosophy.

More than half of the kids on this championship Lions squad have played together within the organization for their entire hockey careers, starting as Mites more than seven years earlier. For talented players such as these, there is often a temptation to find a different program that promises something greater, but this core group of players stuck together for years, culminating in the ultimate success as a team. Captain Michael Thompson emphasized, “Most of us have been playing together at RAHA for years. We practice together at home, we go to sticks and pucks together, and we just know each other really well. We can anticipate each other’s moves on the ice, which makes us a better team.” Captain Kevin McNicholas echoed this point as well when he said, “When a team knows each other as well as we do, playing together becomes second nature.” Boudiette also emphasized the team’s long history. “We’ve all been playing together since we were really young, ” she said. “[RAHA] is a great program. Everyone treats each other like a big family.” Said Drew Greeley, a defenseman, “We are a very serious team. When it comes to practice and game time, it is a strict hour before we are ready to go. We work hard on our own time and on the coaches’ time. We know what we want to do and how we can do it. Most of all, I think our success is due to what a tight group we are. We play other teams and see kids yelling at each other and parents yelling at each other. We all look out for each other.  This helps us stay like a family, and then we don't have problems with kids on our lines, which could affect how we play. We're not selfish with the puck and that makes it easy to win games. “

Drew Greeley has been out most of the season with a devastating knee injury, but that still hasn’t dampened his dedication to the team. On the bench for every game this season as a player-coach, Greeley is an irreplaceable member of this RAHA family. “I’ve been playing with these kids since first grade,” he said. “It’s so great to finally prove we’re a great team.” Before games Greeley gets his teammates motivated in the locker room, and on the bench he helps with the door and always provides a positive attitude for his teammates.

It’s important to note that success did not always come easy for this team, but that it was resilient enough to learn from its mistakes. When the Lions came up one game short at the CanAm tournament, finishing with silver medals, captain CJ Stafford reflected, “We learned we were beatable if we didn’t give it our all. If we want to win, we’re going to have to leave it all on the ice every time we play.” This proved to be a valuable lesson for this young group of skaters.

Following their second place finish at CanAm, the team came together and talked about what it needed to do. Captain Mike Thompson emphasized, “We knew that if we played together as a team, we could beat anyone. We trusted our teammates, and that’s how we went out and played.” According to Coach Buzzy, after the loss at CanAm, he and the team all got together and mapped out its goals for the remainder of the season, which included a state title and a trip to “Nattys” (the national tournament). The team then went on to record more than 20 consecutive wins and accomplish everything it set out to do. “Being with most of these teammates since Mites or first-year Squirts really made this tournament much more of a priority. Early on as a team we gathered and wrote our final goal in the middle of the locker room whiteboard one word: Nattys,” added Drew Greeley. “We knew this was the last time some of us may ever play, or play with each other, that this was that tournament. Winning, and knowing you are the best at the end of your youth hockey career, is just such a great feeling. We were all glad we could get it done and have another opportunity to play under one name for a few more games.“

What these young men and women accomplished is extraordinary. They won a Connecticut State title by putting aside personal egos and dedicating themselves to the team. This is a tremendous achievement on its own, but the way this team won is even more special. The players on Ridgefield Lions Bantam A team accomplished their goals by sticking together, working hard, and endlessly dedicating themselves to their teammates—critical lessons these kids will take with them for the rest of their hockey careers and, more important, for the rest of their lives.

The 2016-17 Lions captains are Michael Thompson, CJ Stafford, Kevin McNicholas, and Catie Boudiette. The squad also includes Matthew Ambrosio, Toby Berner, Jack Caiola, Samantha DeLeo, Tyler Everitt, Giancarlo Faraci, Drew Greeley, Taylor MacDonald, Ryan Maguire, Shane McCaghey, Patrick Rigby, William Stewart, Brody Trew, Bryce Wallace, and Kees van Wees.


by posted 03/24/2017
2017-2018 RAHA Coaches Announced

The Ridgefield Amateur Hockey Association is please to announce the coaching lineup for the 2017-2018 season.

Mites

Mite Director - John Markwell

A/B - Les Mooney

C - TBD

C-Development/Skating - Cathie Bonner

Squirts

AA - John Markwell

A - Hunter Alicea

A1 - Michele Gintoli

B - TBD

Peewees

AA - Andy Marchison

A - Nate Allen

A1 - Rob Sutherland

B - TBD

Bantams

AA - Mike "Buzzy" Schneider

A - Gil Alicea

A1 - Peter Bafundo

B - Frank Castorina

Midgets

U18 - Brett Farson

Goalies

All age levels - Rob Sutherland

Strength & Conditioning

All age levels - Jay Mountain

 

We are looking forward to seeing you all at tryouts.

Go Lions!


by posted 03/17/2017
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by posted 03/12/2017
Order Your Lions Spirit Wear

 

Ridgefield Lions Online Spirit Wear Store operated by our friends at Custom Ts 'n More (aka Tenners) and Top Shelf Hockey.   RAHA members may access the store by clicking on the below link:

http://customtsnmore.com/RAHA_Lions_Spiritwear_Store

Samples of Ridgefield Lions Spirit Wear are available for viewing and trying on at RAHA Pro Shop Day at the Winter Garden Ice Arena in Ridgefield tomorrow.

We hope you will enjoy your online shopping experience at the new Ridgefield Lions Online Spirit Wear Store. 


by posted 07/22/2016
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