Welcome to Western Jr Colonials Hockey - Our Mission Statement
The Western Connecticut Youth Hockey Association is an all-volunteer organization that offers boys and girls of the Greater Danbury area the opportunity to learn the sport of hockey and improve their skills through practices and competition. The organization seeks to promote sportsmanship and fair play, and to develop young people with character and athletic ability.
Athletes will have equal opportunities to participate, and will respect their teammates, opponents, and coaches. Parents will be encouraged to promote their children’s development, and to assist the organization in meeting its mission.
Western Announces Partnership with Pro Crease Goaltending
The Western Board is excited to announce a new partnership with Pro Crease Goaltending for the 2014-15 season! Pro Crease coaches Jared Waimon and Robert Leiser will be working with all our goalies and teams during the 2014-15 season at every Thursday night practice throughout the entire season. They will also be providing our goalies with in-game evaluations during the season. The Pro Crease staff brings with them experience and knowledge which will help our goalies improve their skills while building their confidence, helping them reach a higher level of play. This is just part of the board’s continuing efforts to bring the best possible coaching and development to the Western Players. Welcome to Western Jared and Robert!
Tryouts for the 2014-15 Season will begin on Monday, March 31, 2014 and run through Saturday, April 5, 2014. All sessions will take place at the Danbury Arena. Valid USA Hockey number is required to register. Please use the "2014-15 Tryout Registration" tab to register.
Tryout Dates and times:
Monday, March 31 (6:30) and Wednesday, April 2 (5:30)
Monday, March 31 (7:40), Wednesday, April 2 (6:40) , and Friday, April 4 (5:30)
Tuesday, April 1 (5:30),Thursday, April 3 (5:30), and Saturday, April 5 (11:30)
Bantam Tuesday, April 1 (6:40),Thursday, April 3 (6:40), and Saturday, April 5 (12:40)
Congratulations Pee Wee B !! Thanksgiving Champions!
Congratulations to our Pee Wee B players and coaches for winning the Watertown Thanksgiving Tournament over host team Watertown in dramatic fashion! After playing to a 1-1 tie through regulation both teams then played a scoreless overtime period which resulted in a shootout to determine the champion. Western then won the game and tournament in the second round of the shootout! On behalf of the entire Western family, congratulations on a great accomplishment!
Welcome to the Western Connecticut Youth Hockey Association, Home of the Jr. Colonials!
Here are some tips to help you and your player become part of the family:
Check the website often! Updates to games are posted as soon as they are known. You will receive an email if a game or practice time is changed.
The website contains valuable information on policies, documents required for play and general news updates.
You may hear our organization referred to as Western, Jr. Colonials, WCYHA or Danbury. Our official name is Western Connecticut Youth Hockey Association (WCYHA).
Our home ice is at the Danbury Ice Arena (DIA). Please remind your player to respect the locker room and treat it as if it were their own home. We are very proud to have our home at the DIA, and will look to you to keep your eyes open for areas to improve our relationship with the DIA. Discount parking tickets are available at the DIA counter for purchase by referring to the WCYHA program - these discounted tickets will allow you to park at the parking garage for a discounted rate.
We are affiliated with USA Hockey and the Connecticut Hockey Conference (CHC), and WCYHA participates in both CHC seasonal games against other CHC affiliated teams, and the CHC end of year state tournament. There are four tiers of CHC hockey, and WCYHA participates in Tier III for A level teams, and Tier IV, or the Open Division, for B level teams.
The CHC season runs from late-September through mid-March, with the State Tournament typically being held in late-February through mid-March. For the 2013/2014 season, we will participate in three tournaments in the Squirt- Bantam levels.
We will play in The Haunted Shootout, a two-night overnight tournament in Marlborough, Mass, on Oct. 25-27, 2013. Hotel reservations can be made now. WCYHA has reserved rooms at the Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough. The telephone number is 508-460-0700. Register under the Western name to receive a rate of $114 per night plus tax for singles and doubles, and $149 per night plus tax for suites (there are only five available, so don't delay). The cost includes a cold breakfast for everyone in the room.
The A level teams at the Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam levels will play in The Silver Sticks tournament Thanksgiving weekend in Bridgeport. The B level teams will play in tournaments in Watertown or Avon the same weekend.
The third tournament is the end of year CHC state tournament for all teams if qualified. Dates and locations of play will be released in late-January or early-February.
Two practices are held each week, typically Tuesdays and Thursdays during the season. Practices begin in mid-September and run through the end of year tournament. During the year, Western has contracted Shaun Hannah (power skills hockey) to a practice each month to help our continued effort for skills development.
Game jerseys and socks will be available for purchase in September. The cost is generally between $150 and $175. Shells will be loaned to each player before the first game, and must be returned when the season ends.
Games are typically every Saturday and Sunday, with one being on our home ice and one away. Travel to an away game is generally no more than 1 hour, 15 minutes. Addresses for all of the rinks we travel to are on the website (some directions as well). A GPS is extremely helpful!!
Car pooling is a great way for players and parents to get to know each other and save on gas! If you are unable to take your player to a game, another parent is always willing to help you out!
Every team is assigned a Team Manager (a parent volunteer), who keeps the records for the team and assists the coach (es) with communications to the players and parents. The Team Manager will also provide each parent with a "Cheat Sheet" at the beginning of the season. It lists all of the players' numbers and names as well as parent names and contact information. The Team Manager is also responsible for communicating any team issues to the Board prior to the monthly meetings so members can discuss the matter.
Parents are welcome to attend the first 30 minutes of the Board Meeting. Meeting dates are typically the second Wednesday of each month at DIA, and are listed on the website.
Teams will consist of no more than 20 players, including two goalkeepers. Although not mandatory, all level players are encouraged to participate in WCYHA off season workouts and WCYHA supported summer camp, which will be held in August at DIA. This season we have sessions set with Shaun Hannah from power skills hockey running Sunday evenings from late April to the end of June.
Get Involved!!! We love volunteers! Coaches, Team Managers and Board Members are all parent volunteers. We always need help with fundraising, tournament planning, game scheduling and organizing social activities for the entire organization or at the team level. We need your ideas and talent to be successful.
We are already planning a beginning of the season Parents Night Out event with dinner, dancing and an auction to be held Sept. 28, 2013, at Capellaro's Grove in Bethel. Mark your calendars now! Please let a Board member know if you would like to help plan this fun event.
The WCYHA Board fully understands that issues may arise during the season and open communication is the key to a successful program. The Board, coaches, and managers are in place to hear what you have to say and want to address your issues and concerns in a timely manner.
Please be reminded that this is an all-volunteer organization and all communications should be directed to the contact information provided on our website. At no time should anyone be contacted at their place of work unless otherwise directed to do so. Any and all correspondence will take place in the evenings or on the weekends outside of traditional Monday through Friday business hours.