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RAHA Board Voting
Hello RAHA familes, Below are the final RAHA Board position candidates...
2019-2020 RAHA Mite Team Assignments
Hello RAHA Mite tryout players and families!  Below are the...
2019-2020 RAHA Squirt Team Selections
Hello RAHA Squirt tryout players and families, Below are the 2019-2020...
RAHA Player Spotlight: Duncan Craine
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RAHA Board Voting

Hello RAHA familes,

Below are the final RAHA Board position candidates and their bios. In preparation for the Annual Meeting on June 4th, please review the candidate info and provide your vote via email to Eric Presbrey, at .

The RAHA Board candidates are:

Danielle Scesa - Danielle is finishing her first term on the RAHA Board serving as program Registrar & RAHA Uniforms & Equipment coordinator.

Danielle and her husband James have lived in Ridgefield for 15 years. They have two children, Cameron a second year Squirt 10 years of age and Gianna, 5-year-old who is up on hockey skates prepping for RAHA.

The hockey bug hit about 6 years ago when Cameron quickly gained comfort on skates and even more so once the stick found his hands when launched into House Program.  Cameron met several new hockey buddies while starting to learn and progressing skill in the game.   After hockey quickly became his sport of preference the decision was easy to elevate him to the Mite RAHA travel hockey program.  Danielle finds herself falling in similar line with Cameron’s newly found hockey obsession and jumped right in volunteering to be the team manager for the Mite C team and then a co-manager for the Mite A team last season.

Danielle’s passion for organized sports goes back to her childhood where she was a competitive Gymnast for over 10 years then transitioning to springboard diving after devastating knee injuries and multiple medical opinions. Danielle moved on to become a Division 1 Diver for the University of South Carolina and later The University of California at Berkeley where she graduated.   The passion for sports did not end when her career did as she went on to coach a High School Diving team in California and a Division 1 Diving team for Georgia Southern University.  Of more recent, Danielle was also one of the assistant track and field coaches for Saint Mary’s School in Ridgefield.

Professionally, Danielle is finishing 16 years within Talent Acquisition Management for Boehringer Ingelheim, a large pharmaceutical company where she remains in constant hunt for the top niche industry talent within the medical and sales & marketing departments of North America.

Danielle is confident in her ability to apply her passion for organized sports and the skills she’s acquired in her professional career to support and grow the mission of the RAHA organization and its impact on all players and families who aid in its success.

Danielle has been a key influence in helping RAHA develop its Mite Mite A, B and C team program.


David Turberfield - David, his wife Kelly and son Ryan (second year RAHA squirt) have been Ridgefield residents since 2012, coming to Connecticut from Manhattan.

David grew up in Western Canada, mainly on Vancouver Island, and played competitive youth hockey atom thru midget and travel soccer.  He continued to play competitive hockey while in University and has been playing men’s league hockey ever since.  David currently plays for two Danbury teams as well as local pickup groups.  He has been active in Ridgefield youth sports, coaching house soccer and mite hockey, and as a RAHA assistant coach for the past two seasons.  David has a USA Hockey Level 2 coaching certification and will complete Level 3 this fall.

After graduating with a BA and an MA in Economics, David began a two decade career as a fixed income and foreign exchange trader in Toronto, Asia and finally New York City.  He is currently an independent trader and investor.

Hockey is an exciting sport, great exercise and a lot of fun.  Travel hockey is a big family commitment, but it’s great to watch young players develop and teams come together, and programs that emphasize both competition and fun will develop players who want to keep playing.  David hopes to bring his lifelong enthusiasm for hockey to RAHA.

Vera Hertwig – Vera and her family made the move to Ridgefield this past August. She and her husband Craig have a daughter (Claudia) and two sons (Craig and Luke) who immediately became involved in Ridgefield Youth Sports. Their athletic activities include soccer, field hockey, baseball, and of course, hockey. In fact, the boys were rostered for RAHA even before she and her family found their new home here in Ridgefield!  Craig is a second year Squirt, Luke is a second year Mite, and Claudia is their biggest fan!

Vera has always been involved in athletics. Growing up she excelled at field hockey and lacrosse before going on to captain her college lacrosse team. After graduation, Vera began coaching varsity field hockey and lacrosse at Pelham High School where she coached for 15 years. Vera also volunteered as a travel soccer coach as well as team manager for her children’s various teams.  As soon as she moved to town and met her new hockey “family,” Vera knew she wanted to continue her commitment to youth sports here in Ridgefield.

Vera jumped right in and began volunteering her time to Ridgefield Field Hockey as a referee which led to her becoming a member of the parent board and a new coach for the 8th Grade team in the upcoming Summer clinics and Fall season. She is also currently serving as a member of the RAHA Fundraising Committee and has volunteered as a team manager for the Squirt AA team.

Vera is currently a 5th grade teacher in Pelham, NY where she has dedicated her heart and soul to children for the past 18 years. As an educator and coach, she understands that when we develop programs, activities, and instruction for children and young adults, whether it be in school or sports, we have to make sure we are taking into consideration all parties involved, and that the outcomes are in the best interest of the organization and its members as a whole. Vera is confident in her expertise to foster relationships, and will work to connect RAHA to its families. She believes that only when both parties work together can the program truly grow and benefit all involved.


Jim Doughman - Jim lives in Wilton with his wife, Heej Ko and their sons, Ryan (10) and Alex (8).  This will be Ryan’s second season with RAHA as one of the Squirt A1 goalies; before RAHA, Ryan learned to skate at Winter Garden and played for 2 years in the Mite and Squirt House leagues. 

He was new to hockey when Ryan started, and since has become a joyful hockey parent. In the 2018-19 season, he was the score and timekeeper for the RAHA Squirt B's, and has been named Team Manager for the 2019-20 Squirt A1's.

Jim comes to RAHA with extensive youth and young adult volunteer leadership experience:

  • Pack Committee Member and Den Leader for Wilton Cub Scout Pack 17 since 2015
  • League Director and Team Manager for Wilton Little League 2nd Grade Development League since 2017
  • Open House Volunteer for Children's Day School of Wilton from 2012-2014
  • Advisory Board Member for The Salvation Army of Greater NY from 2006-2009
  • Founder and Co-Chair of The Manhattan Associates -Young Professionals in Service to the SAGNY from 2005-2009
  • Board member (1997-present) and President (1999-2001) of the Tabard-Sigma Chi Corporation at Dartmouth College.
  • Assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 42 of Omaha NE from 1981-1982

He works as a marketing and communications consultant to pharmaceutical and medical education companies and their agencies. Originally from Omaha NE, Jim moved to Wilton from New York City with Heej in 2003.

Jim is a proud member of the Wilton Singers, a vocal ensemble that raises funds for two scholarships for Wilton High School seniors involved in the choral music program. During the off-season, he and Ryan can be seen fishing local lakes and rivers and the beaches of Long Island Sound.


If you have any questions about the Annual Meeting (June 4th at 7:30PM), the voting process or anything else RAHA related, please contact Eric Presbrey at .

Thank you...and Go Lions!


by posted 06/03/2019
2019-2020 RAHA Mite Team Assignments

Hello RAHA Mite tryout players and families! 

Below are the 2019-2020 RAHA Mite Team selections:

*NOTE:  We will finalize the Mite Rosters in the early season as 5-8 year olds develop rapidly over the summer.  Until then we will group them by skill range and we will finalize into Mite A, B & C teams early in the season.  This will give the opportunity for players to move up if warranted, but no player will move down.

RAHA Mite Black – 5, 15, 21, 22, 23, 75, 79, 90

RAHA Mite Gold – 9, 10, 16, 28, 42, 54, 74, 82

RAHA Mite White – 2, 4, 13, 24, 39, 48, 61, 81, 87

Thanks to all who participated in this year’s tryout process.

If you have any additional questions please contact the Squirt Tryout ALD’s, Danielle Scesa at   and Hillary Kao at

Have a great off-season.

Go Lions!

by posted 04/07/2019


Dear Pee Wee families,


Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2019 / 2020 RAHA team tryouts.

Below are the team assignments for the upcoming Pee Wee 19-20 season.


PW AA             2, 4, 15, 17, 21, 41, 44, 59, 62, 76, 84, 89, 94, 96, 99

PW A               3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 18, 23, 42, 50, 54, 78, 88, 91

PW A-1            5, 13, 16, 19, 22, 26, 27, 29, 45, 47, 57, 60, 70, 71, 74, 93

PW B               1, 7, 14, 24, 25, 28, 32, 55, 65, 69, 72, 73, 81, 85, 90, 97,


If you decline your team assignment you must notify one of the ALD’s listed below within 24 hours or RAHA will acknowledge your acceptance and cash your deposit check. 


If you have any additional questions please contact the Pee Wee Tryout ALD’s, Patrick Walsh  and/or Kim Hulber at  .

Have a wonderful summer. 

Go lions !

by posted 03/17/2019
2019-2020 RAHA Squirt Team Selections

Hello RAHA Squirt tryout players and families,

Below are the 2019-2020 RAHA Squirt Team selections:

RAHA Squirt AA - 4, 5, 9, 10, 13, 15, 16, 21, 42, 54, 73, 80, 81, 87

RAHA Squirt A - 2, 22, 23, 24, 28, 30, 39, 48, 61, 63, 74, 75, 79, 82

RAHA Squirt A1 - 1, 6, 25, 29, 35, 36, 37, 44, 46, 49, 57, 78, 83, 86, 89, 90

Thanks to all who participated in this year’s tryout process.

If you have any additional questions please contact the Squirt Tryout ALD’s, Kevin White at and Eric Presbrey at

Have a great off-season.

Go Lions!

by posted 03/17/2019
RAHA Player Spotlight: Duncan Craine

RAHA Player Spotlight - Duncan Craine
Duncan Craine, Co-Captain of the Ridgefield Lions Bantam AA's was selected by the EJEPL to represent the Lions at the 2019 U14 All-Star Games, hosted by the Abe Stark Rink in Coney Island on Monday 1/21.
Duncan was one of 6 defensemen on the Blue team, partnered with a defenseman from Utah. He represented the Lions well, scoring 1 goal and 2 assists in the game.
A second-year Bantam, Duncan has been skating at the Winter Garden since Ice Mice and with RAHA since Mites.
For more info and pictures from the EJEPL U14 All Star game, check out:
Congratulations Duncan! Way to represent RAHA.
Go Lions!


by posted 01/25/2019
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