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The purpose of the DVHL is to promote, govern and improve organized hockey in the Delaware Valley area by authority of USA Hockey, Inc.: to foster among its members, supporters and teams a general cooperative spirit; to maintain and increase interest in the game of hockey; to have and exercise a general care, supervision and direction over the playing interest of its teams and players.
Wissahickon Player Tragedy
A letter to the membership of the Wissahickon Skating Club:
Dear Wissahickon Family,
It is with the heaviest heart that I write with news of the passing of a member of our Youth Hockey community. On Sunday morning, Nick Bond-a Midget 18 skater who played at the Club since he was old enough to put on skates-collapsed after leaving the ice. Emergency services were called and Nick was transported to Einstein Hospital where he underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. Nick did not recover. He passed Monday afternoon surrounded by his family and many close friends.
For those of you who were not fortunate enough to have known Nick, I would describe him to you as a true Wiss kid. He was a fiery and skilled competitor who believed that success on and off the ice was built on teamwork and friendship. Year after year Nick was selected by his teammates and coaches as team captain. He lead with confidence and compassion. Though somewhat diminutive, Nick fearlessly challenged every opposing player regardless of size. He was, without question, the epitome of what we want most in our children. Most recently, Nick was passing along those valued traits to our younger generation of skaters as he volunteered time with the Squirt hockey skaters and the Basic Skills program.
Many of you know the Bond family. Nick's dad-Rob Bond-has been Nick's coach at Wiss since the beginning, and before that was the coach of Nick's older brother, CJ. In the Wiss tradition, Nick followed in the footsteps of his older brother. Nick's mom, Margaret, is the rock of the family and was at virtually every practice, game, and Saturday evening Wiss potluck. There were Merriton Exchanges, travel tournaments, away games, and non-hockey gatherings. Through it all, there was Nick, and the Bonds, and the Wiss community, and love. And all were present when Nick passed.
I will end with the social media posting from one of Nick's long-time friends and Wiss teammates: "Eleven years ago, I went to my first hockey practice on the night before Halloween. The season had already started and my brother was on the team, so I decided to give hockey a try about a month into the season. I struggled during the practice, but I made a friend that night that convinced me to stick with it. I ended up playing every season of my life for Wissahickon with this kid. I can honestly say I have never met a person who is more committed, tough, motivating, and loyal than Nick Bond. I am honored to call you not only my captain, but one of my best friends in my life. Fly high buddy...."
With greatest respect and affection,
Details regarding arrangements and support for the family forthcoming.
We are pleased to announce our new sponsor, Dick's Sporting Goods! Thru the efforts of our Vice President of Marketing, Larry Sechuk, we were able to secure a working relationship with Dick's. They have agreed to pay for our DVHL Champion and Finalist banners for our league as well as offer our families a discount when visiting their stores. Dick's Sporting Goods representatives will be on site at our playoffs, so be sure to stop by their table and check for more coupons for discounts!
Schedules are being completed as we speak for our upcoming playoffs! We are partnering up with the ECHA for them to hold their final playoffs at our first week of playoffs at the Ice Works Ice Arena in Aston, PA. Please be sure to check the ECHA schedule and come out to watch the games!
Our 14U All-star game was held at the Hill School Ice Arena on Saturday, December 3! We would like to thank Chris Bala, Hill School Ice Hockey Varsity Head Coach, for helping to make it happen. This was a wonderful opportunity for the players who not only got to play the game but were also given an opportunity to take a tour of the school if they wanted to. All players who participated not only got to keep the jersey and socks they wore during the game, but were also given a hoodie to keep as a memento!
The DVHL is proud to say that working with the Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference this year was a great success! Our first joint endeavor in attending their 5th annual College Showcase provided great exposure and opportunities for our players with the goal of continuing their hockey experience at the Division III College level. This showcase offered our 18U and 16U All-star players the opportunity to meet and be evaluated by 20-25 of the regions D-III Colleges.
The event was held at the Ice Works Ice Rink in Aston, PA the weekend of November 19. We look forward to continuing this for next season to allow our players this great opportunity!
With a goal of inspiring more Philadelphia area families to join the hockey community, the Philadelphia Flyers have partnered with nine hockey rinks across the region to launch the Flyers Rookie Program, a six-week learn-to-play initiative for first time youth hockey players that features FREE head to toe equipment for participants!
This program, open to both boys and girls ages four through eight, provides each participant with a full set of Flyers branded hockey equipment including: helmet with cage, should pads, elbow pads, hockey gloves, hockey pants, shin guards, skates, jersey, socks, stick and equipment bag. Upon completion of the program, participants can keep their equipment. The six week course also includes age appropriate instruction by a certified coaching staff, including NHL Alumni.
Those families interested in registering their child for the program can visit PhiladelphiaFlyers.com/RookieProgram. Standard learn to play rink fees apply and vary by location.
The Haverford Hawks 16AA's played a very special game against our DVHL Hammerheads Sled Hockey team. It was an awesome event with the Hammerheads giving the Hawks a quick lesson on the sleds and off they went. It was great to see the children enter the Skatium on wheelchairs and on crutches, then take to the ice on their sleds and cruise around shooting pucks and scoring goals just like any other kid. On the ice everyone was equal. A great experience was had by all!
Every year the DVHL gives out our annual scholarship to a player who has participated in the DVHL and has shown outstanding performance, dedication and high standards of excellence. This year we are proud to announce that Eric DeLellis of the Quaker organization as the recipient for the 2015-16 season. Eric not only will be attending Penn State Berks Campus this fall, but he has also accepted an offer to play ice hockey for the University! We wish Eric all the best in his college career and thank him for his dedication to our league!
The DVHL will be starting a new alumni association and we need your help! Ben Umstead, VP, has agreed to take on this project and would appreciate it if you could send him any players names and what school they went to from the past and where our players from the upcoming season and where they will be going. Ben can be reached at Ben@powerplayrinks.com. Please help us to get this started!
Rock for Hockey's goal is to provide material support to US born hockey players in the mid-Atlantic region that demonstrates a need for assistance in order to continue playing the game. Potential recipients must demonstrate character as well as commitment to the game. Rock for Hockey is proud to announce that four families were award assistance for the 2015-16 season totally $3325. Families from the following organizations will receive assistance: Mighty Moose Girls Ice Hockey (PA), Exton Kings Ice Hockey (PA-DVHL), Kingsway Ice Hockey (NJ) and the Delaware Stars Youth Ice Hockey (DE-DVHL).
For more information on Rock for Hockey, please go to their website: www.rockforhockey.org
An unmonitored locker room exposes the minor participants to possible physical and emotional harm. It is the responsibility of each organization and coach to provide a safe program on and off the ice.
According to the USA Hockey SafeSport Program Manual: It is the policy of USA Hockey that all USA Hockey Member Programs have at least one responsible screened adult present monitoring the locker room during all team events to assure that only participants (coaches and players), approved team personnel and family members are permitted in the locker room and to supervise the conduct in the locker room. Acceptable locker room monitoring could include having a locker room monitor in the immediate vicinity (near the door) outside the locker room that also regularly and frequently enters the locker room to monitor activity inside. If the monitor(s) are inside, then it is strongly recommended that there be two monitors, both of which have been screened. A local program or team may impose or follow stricter monitoring requirements. Any individual meetings between a minor participant and a coach or other adult in a locker room shall require that a second responsible adult be present. The responsible adult that monitors and supervises the locker room shall have been screened in compliance with the SafeSport Program Handbook and District.
All local programs shall publish locker room policies to the parents of all minor participants that are specific to the facilities they regularly use. The local program’s policies shall include the program’s (a) practices for supervising and monitoring locker rooms and changing areas; (b) permission or lack of permission for parents to be in the locker rooms; (c) prohibited conduct, including at least all forms of abuse and misconduct prohibited by USA Hockey; and (d) specific policies regarding the use of mobile electronic devices and phones and prohibiting the use of a device’s recording capabilities. A sample locker room policy form may be found at www.usahockey.com/safesport.
It is also reminded if more than one locker room is used by the team each locker room must be monitored. Example, you coach a youth team that has both male and female participants the locker room for each must be monitored by a properly screened adult.
USA Hockey has now mandated that each organization have a SafeSport coordinator. A handbook is now available for all coordinators to download along with a copy of the different policies and required training of USA Hockey's and its member programs'. Please go to the website link: http://www.usahockey.com/SafeSport.aspx to review this new policy and to download all of the required paperwork for your coordinator!
Each club coordinator must take the course and download/complete their SafeSport certificate. All completed certificates are to be emailed to Pete Rothman, Atlantic District SafeSport Coordinator, at email@example.com. All certificates must be completed by September 30 and sent to Pete for confirmation. The training website link to USA Hockey is: http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0042/6452/USA_Hockey_SafeSport_Program_Handbook.pdf or you can always find it on the SafeSport webpage at www.usahockey.com/safesport. For a copy of a coordinators checklist, click here!
Emails were sent to all USA Hockey local programs, and to all coaches and referees registered in 2013-14, to notify them of the requirements for SafeSport Training for the 2014-15 season, and to encourage them to get a head start by completing the training this summer. Rather than copying you on all three emails, we are sending you this email with links to each of the emails below:
How to Take
USA Hockey is now requiring that all coaches, both head and assistants, must complete the SafeSport Training Program. This is in addition to accreditation, modules and screenings. All coaching requirements are mandated to be received by December 31. Screening by the Atlantic District is required to be completed by October 1 online at www.atlantic-district.org. All coaches, both head and assistants, will be checked throughout the season, at our DVHL playoffs and Atlantic District tournaments. If you do not meet the proper requirements, you will not be permitted on the bench!
Reminder of what a coach needs:
Below are the links for you to use for on site training for the Pointstreak terminals in all of your rinks. Please feel free to use them to setup group training sessions if you need to as well as print them off for yourself to use!