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The objective of The Southern Connecticut Youth Hockey Organization, is to provide a well organized and supervised youth ice hockey program, which offers opportunities to children of all levels of skill and proficiency.



Happy Thanksgiving!


The Southern Connecticut Youth Hockey Board of Directors, would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Please take extra time and caution if you are traveling over the holiday weekend.


by posted 11/25/2015



The Southern STARS Midget Major U18 team, won its third consecutive CHC State Championship on Sunday (11/8/15) held at the Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, CT. It will be a rink to remember for Jake Kirby as he led the STARS to 9-1 win.         

Kirby was named the EJEPL MVP just seven days earlier when the STARS won the EJEPL U18 championship and he followed up with an incredible seven goals, in the CHC championship game.

In just his first year as head coach for SCYH, Coach Mark Wilhelm has lead the STARS to a impressive 30-3-1 season, also winning the College Cup Challenge along the way.  The team will travel to Buffalo in March to compete in the USA Hockey National Championships.

In the meantime, best of luck to all of the skaters as they head off to play on their respective high school and Prep school hockey teams. The team will meet up again, just before they leave for Nationals in March 2016 and hope to re-capture the magic for just one more run.


by posted 11/08/2015



Dave Starman EJEPL Director of Player Development and Montreal Canadiens NCAA Scout

10/27/2015, 3:45pm EDT

By EJEPL Reporter

Theory of Developing Hockey Players

...still way too many squirt and pee wee teams playing games with the NHL win at all cost/shorten the bench mentality.  If our best 16's can "play to develop" over playing to win, I'm sure Tier I squirts could probably take a few minutes to digest the concept.  Theory of developing hockey players vs hanging banners well in play at the NDTP....further accentuates what we're striving for at USAH for player development.  We always ask these coaches and parents who play a zillion games and play like its the NHL..."are you winning the race to the wrong finish line?"

If I had to bet, more than 65% of players in the NCAA probably didn't play on a team that ever won it's league championship in youth hockey and about 80% of them were never the best player on any youth hockey team they were on.  They are playing in the NCAA because they played for coaches who understood development first above all else.


Don Granato is the one who starts his season by going to the strength coach/off ice coach and says "how many workouts do you want and when?"  Once off ice is scheduled from September through May, Don then puts the practice schedule together to supplement the off ice schedule.  Then he does the game schedule.  Practice to game (includes on and off ice practice) ratio is about 4:1.  NCAA is 4.5:2  Interesting, games are his last concern and he practices three times as much and plays half the games most Tier 1 squirt and pee wee's do in our area.  

His guys are getting drafted in the first and second round, most championship squirts and pee wee's are probably falling behind by bantam because skill development fell lower than strategy for most of their coaches/organizations (and parents probably pushed for 60 games and their ego pushed for hanging a banner) and as they got older, they missed the golden age of skill development between 9-13.

All things I hope to work with you and the league on to correct the mindset's of our member clubs. Player development makes better leagues, not pee wee teams who can trap or run a faceoff play.

by posted 09/24/2015
Southern Mites in Action!


The Mite A's of West Haven and Southern CT helped us kick off the 6th season of GottaLoveCTHockey!

These players are back-to-school and back-to-hockey, and they're ready to work hard and learn a lot — especially on the ice!

Watch now to find out what they hope to improve this season...and what grade they'd give their coaches!


by Master Admin posted 09/23/2015
Southern Stars join Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League

UPDATED 3-16-15


The Southern Connecticut Youth Hockey Organization is proud to announce it has accepted the invitation to join the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL) for the 2015-2016 Season. www.ejepl.com

The EJEPL is a AAA hockey league created to prepare players to become EHL and College recruits of the future. Many of the owners of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), Metropolitan Junior Hockey League (MET) and Atlantic Youth Hockey League (AYHL) are affiliated with the EJEPL and its (45) partner organizations. Players will be exposed to the EHL’s NCAA style practices—including systems, plays, skill development, off ice training techniques and most importantly—academic guidance.

The SCYH Stars will still maintain its membership with CHC, along with its membership in the EJEPL. The Tier 2 teams will skate at the AAA level in the EJEPL. This will allow skaters the opportunity to skate in both leagues, thereby maximizing exposure. 

The goal is to ultimately have teams at every level (to include girls) compete in the EJEPL. For the 2015-2016 season, we expect to enter a Boys Midget Minor and Major team, along with Squirts to Bantams. These teams will compete in both the EJEPL and CHC. 

SCYH Vice President Rick Beckwith is the General Manager and Point of contact for any questions related to the EJEPL.  SCYH is very excited to be part of this expanding program and the opportunities it will provide its skaters.

by posted 03/16/2015
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