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2021-2022 Season Update

05/13/2021, 4:45pm EDT
By NCCYHA Board of Directors

2021-2022 Season Update

Greetings to all our Steelers families and players. Your Board of Directors wanted to make an early announcement on the status for the 2021-2022 season. We weathered the pandemic keeping the NCCYHA in good financial order, and remain strong as we enter into next season. We are making every effort to return to Fredonia State’s Steele Hall which appears to be in a positive direction. Never the less, if something drastic happens we are prepared to shift gears so hockey will not be interrupted.

The NCCYHA will host all divisions including: Learn to Play Hockey, Mites (all ages) 6U and 8U, Squirts 10U, PeeWee 12U, Bantam 14U, Modified (7th & 8th grade), High School Hockey for JV and Varsity. We look to have some very strong divisions as our players return from the pandemic. We hope families that either took the year off or tried another organization will return to keep our teams healthy and solid. All kids will eventually be required to return to play high school hockey (as this is determined and mandated by school districts). We believe keeping our kids playing together can boost our hopes of another repeat for a New York State Championship like in years past. The coaches and staff members are convinced we have much talent coming up through the ranks to be successful.

As always, our focus is to have fun and draw out the best in all our players both in hockey and as individuals. We will continue this by offering a substantial increase in ice sessions going forward for all divisions (except Mites, as they have 3 per week already). We want to give our players the best opportunity to succeed and we will do this by providing more ice for coaches and players to thrive. The NCCYHA Board will keep communications flowing throughout the summer and any Director is available to answer questions. If you should know any family that is uncertain feel free to reach out on their behalf and one of our Directors will contact them.

We look forward to seeing everyone in the fall. Stay safe and have a wonderful summer!

High School Modified 2021 Season Update

04/02/2021, 3:45pm EDT
By NCCYHA Board of Directors

Dear Modified Eligible Players/Families,

The 2021 WNYHSCHL Modified hockey season is upon us. We are slow at receiving details but we have enough information to proceed with practices and preparations for games. We are being told games should start toward the beginning of May but no specific dates have been set by WNYHSCHL (Western New York High School Club Hockey League). All practices will be at the Northwest Arena in Jamestown and all games will be at the Haborcenter in Buffalo.

A few details:

  • This program is not USA Hockey, it is insured and governed by AAU
  • Players currently in 7th or 8th grade can participate unless they have already been rostered for a high school Varsity or Junior Varsity team
  • We will have 15 practice times. Two per week until May 1st (around when games start) and then we will drop to one practice per week
  • 8 total games ending in June
  • The practices are now listed on the NCCYHA website, times and dates
  • Modified is full check hockey. Body checks will be legal at this age and skill level
  • Registration fees will cover all practice and games times, refs, and scorekeepers
  • Equal ice time is not guaranteed to any one player or line combination
  • NCCYHA handbook rules, social media rules, and player/parent conduct rules will apply for the entire Modified season

Our coaching staff will work to teach players how to give and receive a body checks legally. We will work on teaching these skills so each player will know how to play physical hockey in a clean and respectful manor. Also these skills will teach how to protect themselves from the same physical play. Our coaching staff will consist of 3 coaches, Shaun Fadale, Nick Keefe, and Brian Madurski for the 2021 season. Most families are familiar with one or all the coaches and we are all very excited to see all their smiling faces this spring.

Many have already registered but if not, please register on www.nccyha.com so we can have an advanced knowledge of players would will be participating this season. We will cut off the registration on April 7th at 5pm. The first practice is Tuesday April 13th at 6:00pm – 7:00pm (again, all practices are currently on our website). Registration is $380.00 plus the AAU registration fee.

The coaching staff is having a formal meeting on Monday April 5th to discuss details for the season. We will find out later in April about games dates/times and update everyone as soon as that information comes out from WNYHSCHL. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out. We will do our best to answer them.

Truly Yours in Hockey,


Shaun V. Fadale

2015-2016 Steeler Midget 16U Travel Team