Lewis Evans Selected for 2015 Scholar-Athlete Awards
Pictured (left to right): Olivia Culotta, Lewis Evans, Pictured (left to right): Steve Henley, David Wright, Lewis Bonnie Evans, Kim Evans Evans,Bonnie Evans, Kim Evans
This year RYHA and the friends and family of Buzz Culotta introduced two merit-based scholarship opportunities for Junior Hurricanes players.
The Culotta Scholar-Athlete Award honors the memory of former RYHA coach Buzz Culotta who died at the age of 49. Buzz not only had a passion for the great sport of hockey, but also for education. He encouraged his players to pursue academic excellence just as they had pursued excellence on the ice. Award funds may be used for formal education or hockey development.
The Junior Hurricanes Scholar-Athlete Award is offered to recognize and support players who embody the core values of the Junior Hurricanes including hard work, commitment, passion, teamwork, integrity and respect. The award recognizes excellence both on and off the ice. Award funds are for formal education.
The RYHA Board of Directors and friends and family of Coach Culotta have selected Junior Hurricanes player Lewis Evans as the 2015 Junior Hurricanes Scholar-Athlete and Culotta Scholar-Athlete award winner. Evans will receive $5,000 to continue his pursuit of academic and hockey excellence.
Lewis is a member of our Junior Hurricanes 16U AAA team and junior at Wakefield High School. In addition to his commitment to a rigorous hockey schedule, Lewis works hard to maintain a 4.25 GPA in a challenging schedule of AP and Honors courses at Wakefield. He is also active in school and community service through the school's National Honors Society and Beta Club.
Lewis plans to continue his education and hockey career next year at the Brooks College Preparatory School in Massachusetts.
We are pleased to announce our Jr. Hurricanes 2015-16 Season Girls Program Evaluation Registrations are currently open. Please register through our Online Registration System on the main page of our RYHA website.
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We are pleased to announce our Jr. Hurricanes 2015-16 Season AAA Tryout Registrations are currently open.
Please register through our Online Registration System on the main page of our RYHA website. Click the "Register Now" button to process the tryout registration.
This will be another exciting season for our Jr. Hurricanes 2015-2016 AAA Travel Hockey Program. Our tryouts start on April 17th and continue through April 21st for 16U AAA (Combined 1999, 2000 birth years), Bantam AAA Major (2001, 2002 birth years) and Bantam AAA Minor (2002 birth years), PeeWee AAA Major (2003, 2004 birth years) and PeeWee AAA Minor (2004 birth years).
The registration will close Wednesday, April 15th at midnight. Further information will be provided closer to the tryout dates.
The Junior Hurricanes are pleased and excited to announce the Coaching assignments for the 2015-16 season. Please join us in congratulating an exceptional coaching staff:
Squirt Major - Andrew Barron
Squirt Minor - David Jones
Squirt AA Mixed - Steve Rice
Squirt A - Dave Rappaport
Squirt A - Mark Pugh
Squirt A - Kevin DeAngelo
PW Major - Dean Melanson
PW Minor - Jimmy Powers
PW AA - David Wright III
PW A - David Wright II
PW A - Terry Hoey
Bantam Major - Colin Muldoon
Bantam Minor - Dwight Collinson
Bantam AA - Rob Simora
Bantam A - Thomas Weathers
U16 AAA1 - Clay Cotie
U16 AAA2 - Jesse Boulerice
U16 AA - Bill Fredenburg
U16 A - Mike Balint
U18 AA - Tom Coyle
Congratulations to the Pee Wee Major AAA team on a very successful January!
The month of January was a busy month for the Pee Wee Major’s that included 2 trips and a total of 18 games. The boys worked hard, played very well as a team, and represented the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes extremely well in the Northeast and Midwest! Some of the highlights from the month:
1) In Foxboro, MA – after going undefeated in the round robin, quarter finals and semi-finals at the JWK tournament, the boys battled hard in very exciting (and entertaining) championship game but ended up losing in overtime 3-2. A tough loss but the players handled it with class.
2) The following weekend in Cleveland OH – the team quickly bounced back and played 5 games over 2 days against the Cleveland Barons and Rochester Monarchs finishing with a 3-1-1 record.
3) In the final weekend of the month, the teams hosted Atlanta Fire and the Pittsburgh Stealth in Wake Forest. It was a great to see so many parents, friends and families at the rink to watch the team in action as they earned wins in all 3 games.
Overall, through hard work and playing as a team, the boys ended the month with 15 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie in those 18 games. Congratulations to all the players and Good Luck at the Southeast District Tournament at the end of February!
Jr Hurricanes Squirt Minor Sweep Seasons Tournaments
The Squirt Minor team embarked on their final games and tournament of the season in Washington, D.C. over the Valentines / President’s Day weekend competing in the Congressional Cup Tournament.
Prince William (VA) was the first team they would face. In two prior meetings, this team had proven to be tough opponent playing to a 3-3 and a rare 0-0 tie in those previous matchups. Again this was a tight affair, tied 1-1 until late into the third. The Jr Canes broke through with the go ahead goal in the last three minutes and added an empty netter 0to start the tourney with a 3-1 win. Palmyra (PA) got the better end of the team the next morning. Although outshooting the opposition 25-8, a stout goaltending performance resulted in a 2-0 loss.
There was an unusual 11 hour scheduling gap before their next game against Ashburn (VA), a team 3-0 in the tournament so far. Coaches Andrew Barron, Donnie Lichty, Anthony Veilleux, and Ed Rosen used the extra time for a chalk talk to emphasize playing as a team and trusting their teammates. In a must win game to stay in contention to play for the championship, the boys took those words to heart playing arguably their most dominating game of the season. They blitzed Ashburn for 2 goals in the first two minutes and never looked back winning the game 5-1, outshooting their opponents 25-4, and frustrating the opposing coach into an unsportsmanlike penalty late in the game. It truly was a dominating performance.
President’s Day morning arrived and an impending winter storm was on its way. Win and you are in was the scenario, and the Jr. Canes had plans for a storm of their own. Reston (VA) played them tight to a 3-3 tie into the third. A Palmyra loss on the other rink halfway through the period changed the scenario to a tie and we’re in. They battled and fought hard to maintain the tie and succeeded to earn a rematch with Ashburn in the championship game that afternoon.
The afternoon arrived with snow cascading outside, and with certain tough travels home that evening, the Jr Canes wanted to make sure it was worth it. Ashburn played better to start this game, but again became frustrated in not being able to crack the Canes resolve, nor their defense. Taking two penalties late in the first creating a 5 on 3, the Canes capitalized with two successive goals on both penalties to take a 2-0 lead. Adding a goal in each the second and third periods, the Canes stifled the opposition to a 4-0 championship win.
This tournament capped off a great season, and a great tournament run for this team. The team entered into four tournaments on the season, and emerged as the champion in each. They finished the season as Southeast Earlybird Tourney Champs in Sept., Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Classic Champs in Nov., Bauer Music City Champs over New Years, and finally Congressional Cup Champs. Congratulations to the players, coaches, and families on wonderful season full of great accomplishments and growth.
Former Jr Hurricanes Goaltender Commits to Air Force
RYHA would like to congratulate goaltender Billy Christopoulos on his acceptance to play his NCAA Division I hockey at Air Force!
Christopoulos currently is playing junior hockey for Alberni Valley in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). He is currently 7th in the league for GAA and SV% and is carrying the load for a young squad. This is Christopoulos’ third year of junior hockey, playing for Des Moines in the USHL for the past 2 seasons before joining Alberni Valley this year. Christopoulos exemplifies the teachings of the Junior Hurricanes program – “Work Ethic and Discipline” – as our focus is developing the kids both on and off the ice. Click Here to see the the headline on Alberni Valley’s website complimenting his character.
Christopoulos will join former teammate Sean Romeo at the D1 level (Romeo is a freshman at Maine University). The two goalies played together for Bantam and Midget for 3 seasons. Christopoulos continues the tradition of strong goaltending from RYHA’s program with former RYHA goalie Logan Halladay (set to join Minnesota after his junior career) successfully moving on to play collegiate hockey.
Christopoulos is known to the younger goalies as he frequently assists with on-ice sessions when he is home and loves to teach the next generation of goal tenders. The Goalie Department and everyone at the RYHA would like to wish him success at the next level!
The 2015 Boys Prospect Tryouts are scheduled for April 10-12, 2015 at the Extreme Ice Center located in Indian Trail, North Carolina.
Tryouts are open to all male U.S. citizens born in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001. All players must be legal residents of North or South Carolina to participate.
1998, 1999 and 2000 players selected during the Affiliate tryouts will advance to the Southeastern District National Camp Tryout. The Southeastern District National Camp Tryout selects players to attend the USA Hockey National Camps and Festivals held during the summer. Twenty (20) 2001 birth year players, 2 Goalies, 12 Forwards and 6 Defensemen, will be selected from the Affiliate tryout to advance to the Southeastern District 14 Camp held annually during the summer.
2001 Birth Year
Early bird registration opens February 1st, 2015. The cost for 2001 birth year boys will be $120.00. Early bird registration will close on March 15, 2015. On March 16, 2015 registration will reopen at cost of $145.00. Registration officially closes April 3, 2015. There will be NO WALK UPS!!
Early bird registration opens February 1st, 2015. The cost for 1998, 1999, 2000 birth year boys will be $80.00. Early bird registration will close on March 15, 2015. On March 16, 2015 registration will reopen at cost of $105.00. Registration officially closes April 3, 2015. There will be NO WALK UPS!!