The Milford Blues will be offering teams at the Squirt through Midget levels this year.
Each Team will get:
10 Practice sheets of ice starting in March and ending last week of May.
2 Tournaments (1) local (1) away
All practices will be held at the Milford Ice rink
The Blues Teams will Coached by Erik Roos along with special guest Assistants.
Erik Roos played varsity for Notre Dame of Fairfield from 1996-1999. In 1999, he scored the gaming winning goal to give Notre Dame of Fairfield their first Division I state championship. He then continued his career in prep school at Northfield Mount Hermon from 1999-2001. Then he had the opportunity to play junior hockey for the Junior Coyotes of the Eastern Junior Hockey League under Gary Dineen and Lincoln Flagg. Erik played Division I college hockey at Sacred Heart University from 2002-2006. After college, he spent two years as an assistant varsity coach at Notre Dame of Fairfield.
During his tenure with Southern, Erik has been a head coach at every level from Mites thru Midgets. He is also Southern's skills & drills instructor, as well as a try out evaluator, and advisor on setting Program direction. His recent accomplishments as a coach for Southern include:
• 2010-11 Bantam A T2 CHC State Champions
• 2010-11 Bantam A T2 National 3rd Place Finish
• 2012-13 Midget Minor T2 CHC State Champions
• 2012-13 Midget Minor T2 16U National Champions
• 2013-14 Midget Major and Minor T2 State Champions
• 2013-14 Midget Major and Minor T2 National Appearances
• 2014-15 Midget Major and Minor T2 State Champions.
• 2014-15 Midget Major and Minor T2 National Appearances
Erik has coached numerous youth hockey players that have gone on to compete at the Prep School and Division 1 College level.
In the documents section of this website (drop down menu on left) please find registration paperwork along with a Credit Card authorization form for your convenience.
If paying by check please make it payable to Milford Ice Pavilion and send it with registration paperwork by February 15th to:
Milford Ice Pavillion
291 Bic Drive
Milford CT 06461
The Milford Blues Spring fee is $600
Any Questions please contact Rick Beckwith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Former Southern Stars Sean Henry and Greg Ferris were recently selected as the top defenseman in the USPHL Elite and Empire divisions. Sean Henry (94) plays for the Jr Bruins Elite Team and is one of the top defenseman in the North Division. Greg Ferris (96) plays for the Richmond Generals Empire team and was recognized as one of the top defenseman in the South Division. Congratulations to both skaters!
You can see the announcement for Sean and Greg along with the rest of the selected skaters at the link below.
NCAA Recruiting: Path to College Hockey out East needs fixing
Interesting article by Jeff Cox
Having watched a lot of college, junior, high school, midget and summer showcase games over the past few years, something seems painfully obviously, but it won't happen without a lot of pressure from key figures in the hockey community.
USA Hockey brass and NCAA coaches need to step in and make the game better and help the financial pockets of all hockey parents who have kids aspiring to play Division I or Division III hockey.
There are far too many junior hockey leagues and the crux of the problem is out east. Don't get me wrong. The United States Hockey League (USHL) is a terrific league and any parent or player would be silly to not jump at the opportunity to play in the finest development path to college hockey. This argument is not against the USHL, it is against the lesser leagues that are watered down and only viable due to the money it brings in for its organizers.
Where the problem lies is at the lower levels of "junior hockey." The words junior hockey are in quotations because half of the leagues and teams that call themselves junior hockey are an absolute joke. Not to pick on the USPHL, but that league having an empire, elite and premier divisions is just complete nonsense.
However, don't expect it to stop anytime soon. The owners of these leagues and the teams in the leagues make far too much money off gullible hockey parents and players who can't hang up the skates and realize the dream is over.
Several times in the past few years this writer has heard of or directly seen examples of kids not good enough to make their public high school team or gaining significant ice time heading off to "junior hockey." This is absurd and is proof of the watered down nature of "junior hockey." Junior hockey should be for the best of the best. It should be for kids who have finished playing high school hockey who need a little more time to develop, but who have a legitimate shot at playing college hockey. As it stands now, more than half the teams out east are filled with kids who have very little chance of playing Division I.
This is where USA Hockey and NCAA coaches need to step in and send a message -- loud and clear. Playing high school or prep school hockey isn't a bad thing. As a Division I college coach told me last season, "If you're a good player, we'll find you."
Sure, right now with the current makeup of the NCAA developmental path, many parents and players are forced to leave high school hockey in favor of full-year midget teams. However, that could change if enough influential coaches and others in the hockey community push for a change.
I'm not naive enough to think my opinion matters or will even change anything, but there has to be enough coaches and USA Hockey brass who have the ability to put an end to this nonsense.
Play high school or prep hockey during the high school or prep season and play for the split season midget teams during the fall and spring. When a player graduates and has a better than average chance of continuing his career to college, play a season or two of junior hockey in the USHL, NAHL or a single league out east. The EHL and USPHL need to be merged and about half the teams need to be eliminated.
There are several examples of kids playing Division 2 or Division 3 high school hockey in Massachusetts before heading to a year of junior hockey or a PG year at a prep school then receiving a scholarship offer from a Hockey East school.
This won't be a popular opinion among the lesser junior leagues and its owners and coaches, but it's a message that needs to be said. Watching today's two separate USPHL Premier Division "All-Star Games" at Merrimack College was a lost three hours for every observer in the building.
Sure, there were some good players. Vermont recruit Conor O'Neil of the Jersey Hitmen and un-committed Ryan Cloonan of the Junior Bruins showed off some nice skill, but there were far too many players who had no business being on the ice for a so-called junior hockey All-Star Game.
However, as the current makeup of the USPHL stands, it hurts players and doesn't benefit scouts trying to find good players. The Jersey Hitmen, Junior Bruins and South Shore Kings are relatively good hockey teams with several players going to Division I and some rightfully so garnering NHL Draft attention.
The problem is those players have to play against the bottom half of the league, which is just downright awful. Eliminate junior leagues, eliminate teams, combine the top half of the EHL and USPHL and everyone - players, coaches, recruiters and scouts - will all be better off.
Former Southern Star Charlie Zuccarini is heading west. The STAR standout played his freshman and sophomore years at Notre Dame Fairfield before leaving for Trinity Pawling. Charlie was the first ever NDF skater under Coach Marty Roos to be named Captain as just a sophomore. Best of luck to Zook as a a Sun Devil!
Smokies speedster Zuccarini jumps at chance with ASU
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - Submitted by Trail Smoke Eaters
The Trail Smoke Eaters are pleased to announce Charlie Zuccarini has committed to I Arizona State Sun Devils for the 2015/16 season.
In his first full year in the BCHL, Zuccarini has accumulated 45 points for the Smokies, scoring 24 goals and 21 assists, good for sixth place in league scoring. Highlighting Zuccarini's first half was a five-goal game against Coquitlam in his BCHL debut at the Bauer Showcase in Chilliwack.
In addition, the Shelton, Connecticut product has scored four game-winning goals for the Smoke Eaters.
Arizona State Sun Devils won the 2014 American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) National Championship. The Sun Devils recorded their best ever season in 2013/14 with a 38-2-0 record.
The Sun Devils have announced that the hockey program will be transitioning to NCAA Division I status over the next three years. In 2015 they will be playing a hybrid schedule with a mixture of Division1 (NCAA) and ACHA competition. In 2016 they will play a full NCAA Division I schedule independent of conference alignment. In 2017 the team will compete in full conference NCAA Division 1 competition.