Dear PYHA Members,
I want to take a moment and update everyone on our current plans for the 20/21 season. We all know that as of August 15th we can only have non-contact practices. The rink will be staying open during this phase of our return to play. The Governor has not put a date on when this will be lifted or changed. I know in years past we usually jump right into a season after tryouts, so this could be a blessing in disguise to get our teams on the ice together for few more practices before we jump into games. I am very optimistic that we will have a season, it just will not start at the time we are used to.
I want to address all of the registration questions that I am seeing. First, all of the registration is online and together. When one signs up, one must pay for all the options at that time through the site. These options are season registration, conditioning and the tryout fee. Conditioning can be paid in for all of the sessions or for individual sessions, but must be at the time of registration. We will not be accepting money at the door. If for some reason we have to stop conditioning or a season does not happen, PYHA will issues refunds for services not rendered.
I also want to take a moment to thank the park district and Doug and his staff for the measures they are taking to keep our children safe. The rink looks better than new with all the maintenance and cleaning that was done while the rink was shut down. The Owens Center staff is disinfecting and keeping everything clean on an hourly basis. I know as parents everyone wants to watch their children do what they love, but for right now we need to stay safe and only have the athletes in the building. Masks must be worn at all times other than when on the ice.
I hope these answers most of the questions. If there are any other issues that come to mind please feel free to email myself or any other board member. PYHA is working as hard as we can to keep providing a safe environment for our young athletes to train. Our hockey directors, Jean Guy and Alec are still committed to putting the best product on the ice for membership and when games start, we will be more than ready to show what hockey in Peoria Il is all about. Thank you all so much for your support.
Dear PYHA members. I want to let everyone know that we as a board are working diligently with Doug and the Park District to make sure we have hockey in Peoria. Doug and his staff have taken extraordinary measures to make sure our young athletes are safe when participating at the rink. With the recent news, I am working closely with AHAI and Owens Center to do everything we can to be able to play this year. At this time we are planning on having a season. What that season will look like is still up in the air. With all the info coming in daily, we will have to follow the guidelines of our area. As soon as I have more information and a better idea of how we will need to operate I will pass it along. I hope everyone stays safe and healthy during this time and we will do everything to keep our kids safe while playing hockey.
Travel registration for the 2020-2021 season is now open. Please click the link to register your player.
PYHA is excited to announce that Owens Center will have ice available for PYHA members every Tuesday at 545pm starting on June 30th through the start of conditioning.
$20 per session and all players must provide a valid USA Hockey number
*No coaches or lessons allowed
The Peoria Mustangs are getting ready to start their season and they are in need of some more billets. Billets are host families that the families live with during the season. For more information please see the flier below.
The Registration "Official Website of the Peoria Youth Hockey Association" is not currently available.
A Huge Thank-You to the Blackhawks and Stanley Cup alumni Jamal Mayers
Last Saturday the Little Hawks Learn to Play sessions had a special guest coach on the ice helping with lessons.
Jamal Mayers, Blackhawks alumni from the 2013 Stanley Cup winning team and his son Crew visited Peoria to help with the PYHA and Blackhawks Little Hawks program.
During the sessions Jamal went back and forth between groups and worked with the kids on group skill sessions and took time with each kid individually.
It was a great experience for the kids (and parents). His son Crew jumped right into one of the groups and practiced his skills along with everyone else. At the end of the session Mr. Mayers spent a few minutes talking to the kids letting them know how impressed he was with them.
After the on ice session, Mr. Mayers stayed and signed autographs then had to head to Chicago for a Hawks game where he is the NBC Sports Chicago Blackhawks analyst.
PYHA would like to identify and track our former players who are playing at the "next level". Please let us know if you or your child has played or is currently playing at the junior, college, or professional levels. We would like to post the names of these players as well as the organizations they moved on to on the website and at the rink. Please contact Brad Mitchel at email@example.com.