LBYHs mission includes the following:
Provide a safe, healthy and fun environment in which to learn the game of hockey.
Offer boys and girls the opportunity to participate and play hockey in a manner that fosters sportsmanship and fair play through
As always it is with mixed emotions that we say good bye to summer and jump right into the 2014-15 youth hockey season. It is always a busy time of year with our kids saying good bye to their leisurely summer activities and jumping right into school schedules and sports practices including what looks like a very busy hockey program. It’s not as bad as it looks, I promise, and you and your kids will adjust as always.
This year we have a total of 20 Travel and Girls teams. Within these 20 teams there are many first time players and families to LBYH. Welcome and thank you for helping a very strong town hockey program get even stronger.
As always the LBYH board, coaches and volunteers will do whatever we can to help you and your hockey player improve, grow and enjoy this game we love. We plan to continue to focus on the USA Hockey ADM (www.admkids.com) model for our program and hockey development needs of the kids involved.
To help bolster our Skills program this year, we are thrilled to announce the addition of Besa Tsintsadze and B.E.S.A Hockey. Besa is a world renowned skating instructor and has coached many NHLer’s and European National Teams and will be joining us this year in the fall. Besa and his family have moved to Lexington and have generously agreed to work with our program. We are extremely lucky to have him this fall.
We are equally as pleased to announce the addition of Max Gratchev. Max is also a renowned hockey instructor in the area, and we look forward to his high energy skills sessions in the fall. With the addition of these two skills instructors, no program can rival LBYH’s offering and we cannot be more excited with our skills offering for your players.
Our program is also excited to announce our continued partnership with STOP IT. (Stop It Goal Tending) The STOP IT goalie organization and LBYH will incorporate three goalie skill sessions throughout the year for our goalie community.
As parents of children in LBYH it is incredibly important to remember that our mission as a program is to keep your children healthy, happy and foster an atmosphere that challenges and teaches teamwork and sportsmanship. This can be achieved when parents work with coaches and volunteers in remembering that all of the kids that participate in LBYH hockey are just that, kids. Sportsmanship is not just for the players but for everyone who is part of the LBYH family.
Speaking of family, I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize the significant contributions of Kent Riley who unfortunately lost his battle with multiple myeloma this summer. Kent worked diligently in our program as a LBYH Board Member, Registrar, In-house Coordinator, Girls Coordinator, Coach and Friend. Kent spent many, many hours, unselfishly, volunteering his time and tremendous perspective to our program. The LBYH community will sorely miss his hard work, intellect and humor.
I would also like to take this time to say thank you to outgoing board members Rob Titemore and RJ Pitts. Although they are moving on from the board of directors this year, we want them to know their services have not gone unnoticed. Rob coordinated all ice scheduling activities for the program, a difficult and time consuming job that sometimes goes unnoticed. Thank you Rob! RJ has also been an important member of our board who was responsible for donations and helped coordinate our current goalies skills partnership with “Stop It”.
I would also like to announce the addition of Kendall Walker to the board. Kendall has coached both Travel and In-house teams and brings a new perspective to the LBYH Board. I would also like to thank Malcolm Campbell for assisting with the ice scheduling job this year and is working closely with Rob to transition the process.
We are always looking for more enthusiastic volunteers to help out or set up other volunteer committees. If you are interested please let me or any of the board members know.