Today, two of Rochester’s most historic youth hockey organizations, Rochester Youth Hockey and Rochester Grizzlies, are pleased to announce their intention to form a coalition.
The coalition will provide for a unified player development platform, including USA Hockey Tier 1 and Tier 2 tournament bound teams for boys and girls at all age levels. Non-tournament bound travel teams and Empire Conference house teams will continue to be supported.
The coalition’s hockey leadership group will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry and the Rochester community, and the coalition promises to provide the most comprehensive and competitive hockey option available in the area. Further information, including members of the coalition’s hockey leadership group, coaches, the try out schedule, and more specifics on player development and game competition planning, will be reviewed with the hockey community in an informational session on or before February 15, 2017.
Members of the proposed coalition have expressed excitement at the prospect of this arrangement and what it means for Rochester hockey, and look forward to furthering hockey excellence in our area.
About Rochester Youth Hockey:
Rochester Youth Hockey (RYH) was established in 1983 to promote and encourage athletics, physical exercise, and sportsmanship, and the sport of ice hockey, as well as to enhance the moral character and physical health of young boys and girls through organized athletic instruction and competition. Among our members, supporters and teams, RYH fosters and promotes fair play and sportsmanship, a general community spirit, and interest in amateur youth hockey in the greater Rochester area. RYH fields teams for boys and girls at all ages and levels of play, including: Tier I travel, Tier II travel, and Empire/House, and is also affiliated with the competitive Rochester Edge girls’ program. RYH Alumni include NHL, AHL, and Olympic players.
About Rochester Grizzlies Youth Hockey:
The Rochester Grizzlies were established in 2006 based around a unique skill development model and the Wooden Pyramid of Success character development system. Over the last 10 years, the Grizzly Program has placed players in the highest levels of Prep School, Juniors, and College Hockey, with one player being placed in the USA Hockey National Development Program. Our Skill and Character Development Model is now being used by top hockey associations in Boston and Canada.