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Arlington Hockey Club Mission

To offer a high quality, affordable opportunity for kids to play hockey.  AHC strives to provide age-appropriate and skill-appropriate player development and coaching.  We strive to build solid foundational skills as part of our travel, developmental and in-house programs, which will enable us to have a strong, sustainable program year after year.

 

AHC practices USA Hockey's American Development Model, and over 75% of AHC coaches have college or high school hockey experience.

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MA Dept. of Public Health Orders Closure of Rinks - 2 weeks
10/22/2020
Dear AHC Families,   Tonight the Massachusetts Department...
Masks are Now Required at All Times by All Players in Arlington
10/22/2020
Dear AHC Families,   We received notice today that all...
Hockey Game Mask Requirements
10/20/2020
All players are required to wear a mask when on the bench and...
Registration for Developmental & Instructional Hockey 2020-2021
10/06/2020
Registration for Developmental & Instructional Hockey 2020-2021...
 
MA Dept. of Public Health Orders Closure of Rinks - 2 weeks

Dear AHC Families,

 

Tonight the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has ordered the closure of hockey and skating rinks throughout the Commonwealth until November 7, 2020.  During that time AHC will not be allowed to use the Ed Burns Arena, nor any other rink or arena in the state.  There will be no games or practices during that time.

 

This is unfortunate news and we're still waiting for more guidance from the town, Commonwealth, and MA Hockey on next steps.  Our anticipation is if hockey reopens on time on November 7, there will likely be new constraints on activities, so we will commiunicate those as we know them.  Please be patient and we will be in touch soon with additional information as we learn it and have an opportunity to plan for any necessary changes we may need to implement.

 

This move by the Commonwealth highlights the seriousness of the on-going COVID pandemic and while disappointing, the order is being enacted to minimize the health risks for the community and hopefully ensure our long-term safety.

 

Best Regards,

-Michael Raab & the AHC Board


by posted 10/22/2020
Masks are Now Required at All Times by All Players in Arlington

Dear AHC Families,

 
We received notice today that all players in hockey games and practices at Ed Burns rink in Arlington will have to wear masks for the entire game (so on the bench and on the ice; see attached file) starting Friday, October 23, 2020.  In addition, there will be no more locker room use at Ed Burns Arena until further notice.  Going forward players that arrive at the rink not dressed will need to dress in the parking lot before they can come into the rink.  Furthermore, commuincations from Arlington Recreation have stated that the Arlington Board of Health is going to be monitoring the rink for compliance.  The Board of Health has reviewed our COVID plan previously, so as long as members are following the plan and the rink rules (and signs), we should have no issues.
 
It's critical if we want to continue to play hockey that everyone carefully follow the protocols.  These are designed for our collective safety, as are the rink rules, so it is very important that all members comply.  Just like we're responsible to each other for our safety, our enjoyment and continued engagement in youth hockey depends on our ability to follow the protocols, which are the expected conduct of AHC members and are consistent with our code of conduct that members agree to at registration.
 
Regarding the masks, while any suitable mask will satisfy the requirement (including gators), as we've communicated previously, CCM is making a mask that is designed to be worn inside the player's helmet and attaches to their facemask:
 
https://ccmhockey.com/en/product/accessories/player/facemasks-and-more/skater-game-mask
 
It is quite breathable and feedback is that it doesn't interfere with the player's vision.  They are currently available at Sports Etc. and if you want one, make sure you let them know you're with the Arlington Hockey Club as we have our own allotment at Sports Etc.  We anticipate these masks will likely be in high demand as more town's require masks for play.
 
While we hope we'll be able to continue our hockey activities, additional guidance is expected from Massachusetts Hockey in the coming days, so we will communicate that information as we receive it.
 
 
Stay safe and healthy, and best regards,
-Michael Raab & the AHC Board of Directors

by posted 10/22/2020
Hockey Game Mask Requirements

All players are required to wear a mask when on the bench and if they are performing a faceoff during a game.  Recently, MA Hockey asked referees to remove players from faceoffs if they are not wearing a mask, and if they return to a faceoff without a mask they can be assessed a penalty.  

 

Handling a mask on the bench can be difficult as all players must leave their helmets on, and pulling up a mask to comply with the rule may be challenging depending on the type of helmet, facemask/ cage, and required COVID mask.  For these reasons, the club has reserved a number of CCM masks at Sport Etc that are designed to go inside of players helmets and be worn for the entire game.  Initial feedback on these masks has been good---they're very breathable and don't interfere with vision, so it's a good option for having a mask that can be worn continuously (it also would likely be safer than not wearing a mask at all during the game).  If you want to try one, go to Sports Etc and tell them you're with the Arlington Hockey Club as we have a special allocation reserved for the club.

 

 


by posted 10/20/2020
Registration for Developmental & Instructional Hockey 2020-2021

Registration for Developmental & Instructional Hockey 2020-2021 Season

 

 The Arlington Hockey Club is still registering players for the 2020-2021 season for participation in the Instructional & Developmental Programs!

Developmental Hockey

    • Assessment Skates will be conducted 31 OCT 2020 & 1 NOV 2020.
    • Team assignments will be communicated as early as 1 NOV2020.
    • Practice will be held Saturday morning; either the 7-7:50A slot or the 7:50-8:40A slot.
    • Games will be held Sunday night; either the 4:10-5:10P slot or the 5:20-6:20P slot.
    • The Season will end the weekend of March 6 & 7, 2021.

 Saturday 31 OCT 2020

  • 7:00A - 7:50A Developmental players with last name starting with letters A-L
  • 7:50A – 8:40A Developmental players with the last name starting with letters M-Z

*Please make sure that you have checked-in with the AHC Registrar Bruce Newell before taking the ice.

 Sunday 1 NOV 2020

  • 4:10P – 5:10P Developmental players with the last name starting with letters M-Z
  • 5:20P – 6:20P Developmental players with last name starting with letters A-L

 

Instructional Hockey (learn to skate/learn to play)

    • Sessions will start Saturday morning, 14 NOV 2020 at 8:40A.
    • Sessions will be held Saturday morning at 8:40A or Saturday afternoon at 2:00P (depending on enrollment numbers to properly social distance, sessions might be split).
    • The Season will end Saturday, March 6, 2021.

Please visit Arlingtonice.com for full program details and registration information as well as information on COVID 19 and rink instructions.

Below are designated vacation weekends, no hockey will be played.

  • November 28, 2020 – November 29, 2020 – Thanksgiving Recess.
  • December 26, 2020 – December 27, 2020 – Holiday Recess/Winter Vacation.
  • January 16, 2021 – January 17, 2021 – Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend.
  • February 13, 2021 – February 14, 2021 – Winter Recess/February Vacation.

 

 

 

We would like to welcome back our coaches from last year!  If you are interested in coaching again, please contact Jimmy Conway, contact information below.

If you are new to the program, we welcome any Mom, Dad, Uncle, and or Grandparent to join AHC as a coach.  If you are interested, please contact Jimmy Conway, contact information below.

Please note that you will need to register with USA Hockey, complete the mandatory background requirements, and submit this information to the Arlington Hockey Club.

We will have a mandatory coaching meeting on Thursday night, the 29th of October from 7:30P – 8:30P via Web Ex/ Zoom Conference.  Invite will be sent at a later date.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the rink!

 

Jimmy Conway

Arlington Hockey Club

Vice President

Director of Developmental & Instructional Hockey

jimmyconwayarlingtonhockey@gmail.com

 


by posted 10/06/2020
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