The Jr Hurricanes 19U girls won Districts this weekend and have now qualified for Nationals the weekend of April 4-8. The Girls qualified by beating Saddlebrook 6-3, Nashville 2-0, and losing to Northern Virginia in overtime 6-5 in the round robin.
The 19U's fought hard in the Championship game, beating Northern Virginia 2-1 in an exciting rematch.
The Jr Hurricanes 8U teams are in Chalreston March 9-10 for their final jamboree of the season. The Charleston weekend will feature 10 teams, including our three teams: Team Koss, Team McGhee, and Team Boulerice.
By the looks of the photo above, the teams are enjoying a great weekend of sun and hockey!
We would like to thank all our 8U parents and players for their support to the Jr Hurricanes 8U program.
The 10U AA Squirts rolled into the Extreme Ice Center as the #1 seed and were matched up against the #2 seed Charlotte Rush in the first-round robin game. It was tied in the second at 1-1 until Sam Huffine put the Jr Canes into the lead. The Canes continuous pressure and tremendous goaltending by Alex Schnarr lead to a bench minor penalty being assessed to the Rush. In the ensuing power play, Colton Bacon scored the eventual game winner giving the Canes a big 3-2 win.
Next up, the Canes met the Carolina Eagles in a high scoring affair resulting in a 5-5 draw.
Sunday morning, the Canes were matched up against the Triad Storm in the final round robin game. Needing a win to make the Championship Game, the Canes attacked with a relentless forecheck, outstanding puck possession and an offensive outpouring by all, ending in a 7-2 win. The Championship Game was a rematch with the Storm. Once again, the Canes played a complete game lead by goals from Nolan Roberts (2), Jaxon Williams, Evan Winebar and were backstopped by another stellar goaltending performance by Alex Schnarr giving the Canes a 4-0 win.
The CHL tournament capped off an outstanding season by the 10U AA Squirts who finished with a record of 37-15-2.
The 2006 AAA Jr Hurricanes stormed into Toledo, Ohio and won the Ohio Valley Championship, besting the 10 teams in attendance. Round Robin play started with a 5-3 win over the Penguins Elite Black where balanced scoring helped seal the victory. The 2nd game was a back and forth battle with the Pittsburgh Predators. The Hurricanes needed a lot of goals in this one and a hat trick by Aidan Bearman led to a 6-5 win for the team from the South. Up next was the Columbus Lumberjacks. It was another close game and the Jr Hurricanes went down 3-1 by the end of the 1st. Their was no quit in this team and Cam Stehle had a hat trick of his own which helped overcome the deficit and lead to a 5-4 win. A 6-3 loss to the Indy Fuel rounded out round robin play but the team battled hard and earned the 3rd seed in the semifinal where they faced the South Hills Panthers. This one was tied at the end of regulation 4-4. In overtime, the Jr. Canes had to kill 4 minutes of penalties to force the shootout. With great goaltending by Mikayla “Boom” Williams and shootout goals by Kevin Ma and Casey Landrum, the Jr. Canes took this one in 8 rounds and headed to the finals against the hometown Sylvania North Stars. This was a grinding game where both teams left it all on the ice. In the end, the lone goal was scored by Cam Stehle and goalie Jack Foy stopped every shot he faced to earn the 1-0 shutout Championship victory. It was a great way to end the season…congratulations to the players and coaches for the hard earned Gold medal.
Great fun and camaraderie tonight at Ice Plex. Tonight before bedtime, Abigail hugged me and said "thanks for Tuesday night practices" I know she was touched by the Sled Players who let her be like them, and try it out!
Hey Big Mike Young, you make a difference!!!!!! Great skills competition tonight. Thanks for including our new siblings Tyler, Connor, Brad and Kim!
Hey Steve Henley, you always deliver when I ask for something for our kids. Thanks for showing up on such short notice.
Hey Kris Kenney, looking forward to many great things with Sled Hockey and Jr Hurricanes and THE LOBSTER BAKE.
The Jr Hurricanes Bantam Red landed in Pineville chasing a championship and achieve just that!In round robin play first up was the Triad Storm. After going down 3-1 after 2 periods, the Canes stormed back to achieve a 3-3-tie, with goaltender Connor Schuh stopping 37 out of 40 shots.
Next up was the Carolina Eagles, and behind the stellar play of goaltender Anthony Trantas and 2 goal, 2 assist performance by Jake “Boston” Gifford, the Hurricanes shutout the Eagles 9-0. To wrap up pool play, the Canes faced the Charlotte Rush, and completed pool play undefeated with a 2 goal showing by Trevor Morris, winning 4-2.
Sunday morning brought a rematch with the Triad for the championship, and again Jake “Boston” Gifford stepped up for the team scoring 2 of the 4 goals with 1 assist, and the Canes brought home the Championship beating the Triad 4-1.The Bantam red finished the season with a record of 23-11-5.
Championship Sunday was also a special day, as the team wore wristbands in memory of Hannah Viall. Hannah was Daniel Leary’s sister’s best friend and was killed in a tragic car wreck in Wake Forest one year ago. Before the game the team discussed how some things are more important than hockey and heard about Hannah’s passion for life. The boys dedicated the game to Hannah’s incredible spirit and wore wristbands inscribed with “Hannah Fly High”.
Jr. Canes PeeWee A stormed into Tampa, notching two huge wins en route to the Citrus Cup finals, resulting in a 2nd place finish over President’s Day weekend.
PeeWee A dropped the opener to the eventual champion Tampa Bulls, before rattling off six tallies against Atlanta Center Ice for a comfortable 6-3 win. The team was supported by solid net play from goaltender Seth North, who helped set up a win-and-in game versus local rivals the Carolina Stars.
After giving up an early goal, the Jr. Canes dug in. Kaiden Kelly scored the first of his two goals for the game, and PeeWee A never looked back. They broke a 2-2 tie in the 2nd period, and Finn O’Connell made a series of outstanding saves in the final frame to seal the victory. The final score of 4-2 would be the team’s biggest come from behind win of the season.
The medal round saw a back and forth affair for the first two periods, highlighted by two goals from Josh Zhu. The short handed squad battled valiantly through absence and illness, but late in the game the Bulls threw in an empty netter, and held on for the win.
Kids and families alike enjoyed a great weekend of hockey, camaraderie and Vitamin D.
CAROLINA YOUTH HOCKEY GROWING AND GETTING STRONGER
- Carolina Junior Hurricanes and Carolina Eagles Merge to Create More Opportunity for Youth Hockey Players
Raleigh, NC (Friday, February 1, 2019) - The Raleigh Youth Hockey Association (also known as the Carolina Junior Hurricanes) and the Carolina Eagles are proud to announce that the two organizations will merge and operate under the Carolina Junior Hurricanes brand and logo, effective March 1, 2019.
The two largest youth hockey programs in the Carolinas have united in a joint effort to provide youth hockey players a premier hockey experience that best aligns under the banner of the NHL Carolina Hurricanes. By bringing the players together, as well as selectively combining staff and resources, and operating as the largest youth hockey family in the Southeastern District, the new Carolina Junior Hurricanes will proudly provide one of the strongest development programs and elite training opportunities.
“Today, is a GREAT DAY FOR HOCKEY in the City of Raleigh,” says Steve Henley, Executive Director/Director of Hockey for RYHA. “The hockey landscape has changed many times over the last 20 years. Through all of those changes, RYHA and the Carolina Eagles have continued to move forward to become two of the premier programs in the Southeast. While it may have taken longer than many have hoped, we will now combine the significant strengths of both programs into one united front. We will continue to provide opportunities for all travel players to train and compete in an environment that is appropriate for their skill level, provide the best coaching, the best player development, and the best education for those athletes wishing to move beyond youth hockey. We have integrated our resources at every level, including our Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Coaching as well as Administrative Staff to give our members the strongest program in the Southeast. We are proud to join forces with the Carolina Eagles and look forward to building the new Carolina Junior Hurricanes together.”
Growing the game of hockey in the area and providing a positive hockey experience has always been in important initiative for both organizations. Consolidating the two programs is a natural evolution that both sides feel will strengthen and elevate every level of play for the athletes. By working together, teams will immediately be more competitive during the season.
“Creating the best environment and a great program for players to play hockey has always been one of our main goals. I’m extremely proud of what we accomplished with the Carolina Eagles,” says Jocelyn Langlois, Chief Executive Officer of the Carolina Eagles. “Merging both programs will create the best environment possible for all players. There will be less division in the market and this will create stronger, more competitive teams at both the local and national levels with players placed at the appropriate level to succeed. We are bringing the best of both organizations by creating a full integration of officers, staff, policies, committees and coaches, which will enable us to grow properly and create the best program for all of the players while still maintaining that personal family feel. I’m really excited about this merger and am glad to be part of the new Carolina Junior Hurricanes Hockey Association.”
As each program brings a rich history and a loyal spirit, both organizations recognize that this announcement will be met with a variety of emotions. The leadership of both teams are optimistic and excited about the future ahead and are committed to a successful integration. Athletes who want to play hockey in an environment that focuses both on the creation of competitive teams and strong player development, will have a home with the Carolina Junior Hurricanes.
The hard work that each organization has done to provide the best hockey programs, promotion and culture possible, will be carried on at the new Carolina Junior Hurricanes and is supported by the NHL Carolina Hurricanes.
“The Carolina Hurricanes recognize and celebrate this united move forward towards creating a clear and focused direction for hockey families to follow and grow,” says Shane Willis, Carolina Hurricanes Representative to the Board of Directors. “We believe the merger will create a homogenous development program that will serve to provide a solid and superior foundation for players, preparing them physically and mentally for the next level. We look forward to working together to provide positive leadership and support in the growth of the players and the game.”
With the rest of the season to finish, the expectations remain the same and that is for every player to do their very best and enjoy the game. While next season will bring changes and new teammates, for the remainder of this season both clubs expect their teams to play hard, play fast and play the game of hockey the way it is intended.
Details of the overall program and processes including tryouts, apparel and more are still being finalized as the 2019-20 Carolina Junior Hurricanes prepare for the official launch date of March 1st.
An Open House Event will take place at the PNC Arena in March to present and review the 2019-2020 Carolina Junior Hockey Program (exact date and details to be announced). In the interim, a series of FAQ is listed below to answer some of the most immediate questions.
Is this really a merger?
Yes, this is really a merger. This is not a takeover of any single club. It is the culmination of a longstanding desire to bring together two great programs to create an even greater and stronger entity for the development of our players.
Who will make decisions about the program?
A newly formed Carolina Junior Hurricanes Hockey Committee made up of RYHA and Carolina Eagles staff will work together to develop the 2019-2020 Youth Hockey Program. The Hockey Committee’s recommendations will be approved by a combined Board of Directors which will also include representatives from both organizations.
Will both organizations be represented on the Board of Directors?
Who will be in management?
Program and Executive Directors are Jocelyn Langlois and Steve Henley. o Colin Muldoon and Lincoln Flagg will combine their efforts to lead Player Development and Parent Education programs, respectively.
How many teams will you be fielding?
An estimated 30-35 teams is being projected, including boys and girls programs. Exact breakdown still to be determined, based on registration and participation. The goal is to have a place to play for all our athletes by assigning players at the appropriate level in an effort to maximize development and success.
Will the Select U8 Program continue?
When will tryouts take place and will they still happen over just one weekend?
Tryouts will take place over 3 weekends but may expand into the week, based on registration and participation: AAA (May 3-5); Girls (May 10-12); AA/A (May 17-19) Select U8 (TBD).
How will tryouts be formatted?
The newly combined coaching staff from RYHA and the Eagles will work together to evaluate all players in a comprehensive and inclusive tryout experience. We remain committed to providing a fair and even playing field for all players regardless of their prior organization.
Who will be next season's coaches and how will they be selected and designated?
The Hockey Committee will review the current coaching staff from both organizations and vet all new coaching candidates. Coaches will be selected based on overall qualifications, experience and merit and will be assigned at the best suited level.
Which rinks will be used?
We will be using all the rinks (WF/Garner/Cary/RCI/Iceplex) as per our contracted ice.
Are the jerseys changing?
Yes. All members of the 2019-2020 Carolina Junior Hurricanes, regardless of their 2018-19 organization, will be purchasing new Jerseys for the season. We will try to provide complete packages as economical as possible to help with the merger.
What color helmets, gloves and pants will be required?
The Carolina Junior Hurricanes will wear red helmets, gloves and pants.
How should we expect to receive communication and which website do we reference for more information?
Communication and messaging will continue to come from each respective organization until the end of the 2018-2019 Season. A new website will be launched for the new Carolina Junior Hurricanes. The roll-out plan for the new website and social media accounts will be communicated in late March.
For more information about the NEW Carolina Junior Hurricanes program, please contact Steve Henley at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jocelyn Langlois at email@example.com