The Southeastern District is divided into four Affiliate Associations: Carolina Amateur Hockey Association governing North Carolina and South Carolina, Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association governing Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, Southern Amateur Hockey Association governing Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee and the Statewide Amateur Hockey Association of Florida governing Florida.
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The Carolina Ice Palace teams up with local Charleston Youth Hockey Association volunteers and the South Carolina Stingrays to teach 75 new recruits to take their second “first steps”.
On Saturday, February 25th 2017, 75 first-time skaters, ages 4-9 years old, laced up their skates, donned a helmet and gloves and grabbed a stick as they took their second “first steps” onto the ice rink in the 2017 USA Hockey Try Hockey For Free event sponsored by the Carolina Ice Palace and the Charleston Youth Hockey Association (CYHA).
The adage of ice hockey being the ultimate TEAM sport could not have been more accurate when more than 30 volunteers from the CYHA, the Carolina Ice Palace, the North Charleston Police Department and the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays came together to begin planning for this spring’s USA HOCKEY TRY HOCKEY FOR FREE (THFF). Member volunteers from the CYHA took to Facebook and local schools beginning in December 2016 to start community outreach and advertising for this event. The SC Stingrays began advertising during pre-game and intermissions for several home games in January and February. In addition to the many adult volunteers, we also had 13 current youth hockey players from our 12U, 14U and 16U Junior Stingrays Travel and CYHA House league divisions volunteering their time to help us set up and run this year’s event. Additionally, this year the CYHA teamed with the North Charleston Police Department to combine forces and introduce ice hockey to “at risk” youngsters as part of a long term partnership between our two organizations.
CYHA Youth Hockey Growth Chairman, Erik Gardner, commented on the consistent growth seen during these events being indicative of how strong the support for ice hockey is in the South, especially when you have a professional hockey team sharing the ice with you – a reference to the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays who also call Charleston their home. Participating on the ice in this year’s event were South Carolina Stingrays President, Rob Concannon, and the Stingrays mascot, Cool Ray. Mr. Gardner also commented on how important the 12U, 14U and 16U Junior Stingrays Travel and CYHA House league player volunteers were to this year’s successful event. “We usually have a handful of kids crying the minute their skates hit the ice. Not this year. We had our team of youth hockey players standing by to take these kids by the hand and give them individual attention and reassurance. I saw nothing but smiling faces everywhere! It was simply awesome and I cannot thank our youth hockey volunteers enough for their contribution in making this event so much fun for everyone.”
CYHA President, Terri Mills, working with Carolina Ice Palace General Manager, Matt Mons, coordinated registration where we had 90 players pre-registered with a month left to go before the event. This was our largest turn-out in the 4 years we have been participating in the THFF events. Terri Mills reflected on the 19 skaters we had attend in 2014 and how this event has grown exponentially each year where we saw more than 50 at last year’s event and 75 at this year’s. Mrs. Mills predicts we will exceed 100 participants and need two sheets of ice to accommodate this rate of growth expected at next year’s spring THFF event. Mrs. Mills stated that having so many participants and needing more ice are all good problems to have.
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October 12, 1937 - January 13, 2017
It is with deep sadness to announce the passing of Don Gensler, Southeastern District High School Representative.
The Washington Post recently published a story on Don and his influence on high school hockey:
Ice hockey notebook: Don Gensler remembered as ‘the glue’ that held MSHL together
By Eric Goldwein and Dillon Mullan January 25 at 2:15 PM
The Washington Post
In 1988, a Howard County Youth Hockey board member was tasked with taking a group of local high school hockey teams and organizing them into a structured league. The first season began with about 100 total players on the original six teams — DeMatha, Mount St. Joseph’s, Boys’ Latin, Atholton, Howard and Wilde Lake. But Don Gensler had a greater vision for what was then the only league in town.
The new commissioner wanted high school hockey to be played all over Maryland, D.C. and Virginia, and in nearly two decades with the Maryland Student Hockey League, he helped accomplish that.
Gensler died Jan. 13 at 79 years old after battling lung cancer, but he is being remembered and celebrated this month for his contributions as co-founder of the MSHL and influence as a youth hockey leader.
The MSHL now has about 70 varsity and junior varsity teams while other leagues — public, private, boys’ and girls — have formed around the D.C. area.
“Without Don, there’s no MSHL as we currently understand it,” said MSHL Commissioner Joe LaCour. “Don was the continuity. He was the glue, the captain of the ship.”
Gensler grew up in West Texas and was an Army Colonel. His son played hockey for a fledgling team at Wilde Lake, and Gensler was asked to help launch the MSHL after the teams played a season without a league structure. Tom Hendrix, a general manager at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel who co-founded the MSHL, said Gensler was detail-oriented and helped add stability to the league by establishing and enforcing rules relating to safety, academics and sportsmanship.
“He always wanted every child who liked the game to be able to participate. That was his mission,” Hendrix said. “He had a specific mission statement and he never veered from that.”
Gensler was also a longtime Southeastern District High School Representative for USA Hockey as the sport grew across the region with a total of 207 teams from Florida to Arkansas to Maryland.
MSHL teams held a moment of silence for Gensler before last week’s games, and his influence lives on with the MSHL division playoffs and 16-team state tournament set to begin the next few weeks in rinks across the D.C. area.
“All the high schools here should thank Don for his perseverance, because it would not have happened if he hadn’t persisted over the years,” Hendrix said.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Don's family during this sad time.
Club Excellence is a new online portal system designed to give USA Hockey associations a unique home to drive organizational success. The portal walks youth hockey leadership through the day-to-day needs of running a successful youth hockey association.
To access, the local association President or Vice President would need to submit through the link below. Once confirmed, they can invite the rest of the board to join them in the portal. Each leader has a job description, monthly tasks and a resource center with quick reference templates / best practice guides that relates to their association role.
If you have any questions about Club Excellence, please contact Brittany Bobak at (719) 538-1102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Camp Tryout was held at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, NC from May 6 through May 8, 2016.
This tryout was open by invitation only to players who attended a National Camp last summer or who were selected at their Affiliate tryouts to advance to the district event.
The Southeastern District Girls Player Development Tryout was held April 22-24, 2016 at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, NC. This tryout was open to all female U.S. citizens born in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. Girls will be selected at this tryout to attend USA Hockey National Select Camps and Multi District Player Development and Goaltender Camps.
National Camp selections now posted.
East Select Regional 2002 Camp, Multi District Player Development Camp, Multi District Goaltender Camp and Girls Age 11-13 Camp selections are posted. Click the link above to view the selections.
Please visit the Girls Player Development webpage for the Girls Player Development Guides and additional information on the USA Hockey / Southeastern District Girls Player Development program.
Congratulations to Southeastern District teams earning a medal at the 2016 Toyota USA Hockey National Championship Tournament.
JW Mitchell (FL) - High School Combined Division National Champion
Carolina Aces (NC) - Women's B Silver Medalist
Atlanta Phoenix (GA) - 14U 2A Bronze Medalist
Charleston Jr. Stingrays (SC) - 16U 1A Bronze Medalist
Winston Churchill (MD) - High School Pure Division Bronze Medalist
Manatee (FL) - High School Pure Division Bronze Medalist
The NHL analytics team uses tracking technology to compare cross-ice to full-ice for 8U players
A cutting-edge NHL analytics team put the test to youth hockey for the first time ever, comparing cross-ice hockey to full-ice hockey. Watch this video and see what you think.
What is it like to play on full ice as a 8 year old?
To demonstrate how a full sheet of ice looks to a child, USA Hockey put adult players on an extra large rink with giant nets to simulate what a child sees. The players found the games tiring, difficult and said they would lose interest quickly in the sport if that was what they faced. See how adult players opened their eyes to what is being taught by the American Development Model of cross-ice hockey and small area games. Learn more at ADMKids.com.
Each year, USA Hockey publishes its Annual Guide, which details the organization's administrative structure, programs and philosophy, bylaws, rules and regulations and much more.
The Official Playing Rules provides consistency for all participants, to ensure a safe and positive playing environment while continuing to focus on skill development and enjoyment of the sport.
The USA Hockey Mobile Rulebook is the digital version of the current USA Hockey Rulebook. Use the search bar or click on 'Sections' to navigate the vast hockey resources including rules, descriptions, casebook examples and videos. All content can be shared on Facebook and Twitter.