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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 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

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