Monthly Archives: October 2014

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NH Avalanche 2000 @ Raynham

Coming in to the weekend the NH Avalanche 2000’s had been playing pretty well and started to create more offense for themselves. Offensive zone puck possession, scoring chances, shots, and forced turnovers from the forecheck all looked to be getting better and resulted in more pucks finding the back of the opposing net.

Then the Avs knew they’d be traveling to Raynham with only 8 skaters and a goaltender which must have caused some trepidation. Afterall, the team they were visiting had beaten the Avs 9-2 in their last meeting, and going to their barn, with a short bench didn’t bode well. But then again, that’s why they play the games, because you never know. Continue reading

NH Avalanche 2000 – Introduction & Update

Welcome to the NH Avalanche 2000 youth hockey team. This group of Bantam Major players is currently competing in the Boston Hockey League’s National Conference. The team calls the Ice Den Arena in Hooksett, NH their home rink. This is the first update of the season, and time allowing, there will be more updates forthcoming.

First let’s meet our Roster:

1  Spencer Burgess (G)

6  Cody Sullivan

7  Jonathon Last

8  Cade Facey

9  Sebastian Beal

10 Max Lajeunesse

12 Sydney Herrington

15 Clayton Sanders

16 Tyler Whiting

20 Caiden Paradise

22 Christian Levesque

31 Gavin Cram (G)

80 Michael Perry

88 Nicholas Gagne

*3  Shawn Tewksbury (left the program to make room under the salary cap, I am guessing)

Assistant Coach Dan Sullivan

Head Coach Bruce Harvey

So, entering play yesterday down in Raynham, MA, the NH Avalanche 2000’s were 0-6-2 based on the game sheets I have seen. Although, the Standings in the BHL suggest they are 1-3-2, but either way it really doesn’t matter.

What matters is this; the team is improving and players are developing. Wins or losses, even ties, don’t always tell the complete story, nor do these numbers matter as much as a lot of people think they do. Not in Youth Hockey, or youth sports for that matter. These are kids and hopefully they are being developed properly to best handle what will come later in life for them all, whether we like it or not. So, just as we work with them, give them direction, test them, and nurture them at home they don’t always win those battles either but hopefully it’s done in the name of love and development; enter this year’s hockey team.

I am very competitive and have played competitive sports for most of my 40+ years on this planet. Yes, someone always wins and someone always loses, even in ties. Tell me our tie in Exeter felt like anything other than a loss. Just like our tie at the Ice Den two weeks ago felt like a win. But that’s okay as long as there is effort, respect, and learning happening. It’s about the kids, and are the kids getting better at anything here, even with, whatever the won-loss record is? I would say they are. My guess is that the coaches would say the same thing.

Moving on, I have broken the ice here introducing this team and I will also write-up a recap of this weekend’s action by the time Monday night’s practice gets under way. Hopefully these updates will continue as long as this group is playing hockey this season. I thank you for your time and patience and look forward to recognizing our kids and their teammates for the rest of this season.

 

Drifting

Permission taken.
Communication maybe.
Outlook possible.

We Span

Born welcome.
Life separation.
Death gathers.

Passage

Light reveals.
Absence conceals.
Time heals.

Hands Holding

Hands free. Miles away. Holding me.