Win, lose, or tie, even with the fiercest rivalries, hockey families share a common bond, the love of the game. Hockey families have always come together to support each other in tough times. Sunday’s storms in Central Illinois around the Peoria area have left several hockey families homeless.
The Peoria Youth Hockey Association (PYHA) is asking the hockey community for its support during this difficult time. Please join us in helping the hockey families in our area who lost or had their homes severely damaged. The short term needs are being taken care of by the Red Cross and various support organizations.
The longer term needs are yet to be determined; however, we know with the holidays upon us, there will be additional financial constraints to these families. PYHA is organizing a gift card and fund raising effort. The goal is to help the kids keep playing hockey and return to a somewhat normal routine during this time.
We are asking for gift cards to Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, Wal-Mart, and Target, etc. You may drop off a gift card at Owens Center Ice rink in Peoria or mail to:
Hockey Supports Hockey
c/o Owens Center
P.O. Box 3692
Peoria, IL 61612
If you would like to make a financial donation you can send a check to:
PYHA - HSH
c/o Owens Center
P.O. Box 3692
Peoria, IL 61612
The Central Illinois Red Cross
Peoria Youth Hockey Association will make sure donations are distributed to families in need. Please help us get the word out to hockey families across Illinois by sharing this information.
Thanks for your support!
PYHA Board of Directors
As a result of the USA Hockey Board of Directors meeting at the annual Congress, several important rules changes have been implemented by USA Hockey (USAH). USAH expects full compliance and strict enforcmement of the new rule changes which will take effect at the start of the 2013-2014 season. Please read the attached .pdf file in its entirety and make sure you and your skater are aware of the upcoming rule changes.
Please check out the attached flyers which outline the changes to the Mite level, both House and Travel, for the upcoming season. The flyer dated August 29th contains specific practice times, as well as a few friendly reminders. Dates and times for the Mite practcies will also be posted on the Calendar page.
This new format for our Mite program was developed with input and recommendations from PYHA Hockey Director Jean Guy Trudel, as well as Jr. Riveremen Mite AA Coach Luke Gruden. The PYHA Board is excited about the benefits of this new format and we are confident these changes will improve the development of the younger players within our organization! If you have any questions, please contact:
Re-Election Year 2016
Phone: (309) 676-0591
To: All PYHA Members
Re: Helmet Certification
We are aware that there has been much confusion surrounding the new Rule concerning approved helmets. Initially, the notice from AHAI simply referenced the Rule itself which reads as follows: (Rule 304 states: (Note) HECC certification includes an expiration date on the sticker and a helmet that has an expiration date that has expired is no longer considered certified. The player may not wear a helmet that does not have a valid and current certification sticker).
We interpreted the second sentence of the foregoing as requiring the presence of a sticker. Upon further inquiry, however, we have been able to confirm that a helmet which contains no sticker may still be legal as long as it appears on the Hockey Helmet Certification Council (HECC) approved list. This list can be viewed at www.hecc.net.
A helmet can also be approved by a referee based solely upon a visual inspection of the helmet. However, as an organization, we feel that this is too arbitrary and will expose our players to removal from the ice at the whim of any referee. Therefore, PYHA will be implementing the Rule at all levels of play as follows:
1. If the helmet has a sticker, then that sticker will be conclusive. If it is within the expiration date, then the helmet is good. If it is outside the expiration date, you cannot use it for any PYHA play.
2. If the helmet has no sticker, then it is up to you to confirm that the make and model of your helmet is on the HECC list. You should obtain a copy of the list from the HECC website and be prepared to present it to us, with your helmet model being listed, as proof that the helmet is compliant. That is to say, if there is no sticker, the burden is on you to establish it as compliant, not on PYHA to establish that it is not.
Please understand that absent a current sticker on the helmet, your player is subjecting himself or herself to the discretion of every referee that you will see this season. Therefore, we are strongly recommending that every player obtain a helmet with a current sticker. However, for the purposes of participating in PYHA activities, we will approve helmets for use as outlined above.
NOTE: We are also strongly recommending that every member with no sticker keep the HECC list with them at all times just in case some referee attempts to remove your player from a game.