Dec 21 - Jan 3: NO 317 Hockey League practices/games (Winter Break)
Jan 4: 317 Hockey League practices resume
Jan 9: 317 Hockey League games resumes
Jan 16 - 18: NAPHL Central Division Bonus Event, Fuel Tank
Feb 25: Final 317 Hockey League practice
Feb 26 - 28: Guenin Cup Championship Tournament for the 317 Hockey League
March 6-7: Indiana State Championship in Ft. Wayne
We hope this message finds your families safe, healthy and enjoying our Holiday Break. The IYHA Jr Fuel Board of Directors and staff would like to thank you for your membership, cooperation and support through this unique year and hockey season.
We would like to thank our rink partners for the extra time, effort and attention to detail needed this year just to keep us on the ice since our return to hockey in mid-June. The management teams at the Carmel Ice Skadium, Arctic Zone, Fuel Tank and Ice Barn have put in endless hours cleaning, sanitizing, planning and enforcing controversial policies to keep up with the ever changing COVID regulations. Thank a rink manager when you see them in the New Year. We would not have had a season as successful as the one we’ve had without them.
Thank you to our coaches. Like the rinks, their job descriptions were expanded this year without a choice in the matter. When coaches agreed to help out last spring, there was no mention of contact tracing, locker room distancing, home dressing, parking lot pep talks and everything else we’ve had to adapt to this year. Despite this season’s hurdles we currently have the most competitive, highest ranked and highest number of teams in Indy youth hockey history.
Our 15U, 16U and 18U AAA teams went a collective 11-0-1 in their recent NAPHL Showcase in Dallas, TX. We had four players, Grayson Garrity, Bobby Pokupec, Liam Donovan and Ty Boone, participate in the NAPHL All-Star Game showcasing their talents for dozens of junior and college coaches and recruiters.
18U AAA player and Carmel native JJ Grainda signed a tender agreement with the Chippewa Steel on the NAHL for the ‘21-’22 season.
We currently have 4 AAA teams in the top 50 in the nation based on MyHockey Rankings. Jr Fuel Tier 2 travel teams occupy 1st or 2nd place in this year’s Indiana Hockey League in seven out of nine divisions. Our girls 19U and 14U teams are ranked 59th and 67th respectively in the nation at the tier 2 travel level.
Our new 317 Hockey League, competing out of all local rinks, has a total of 38 teams fighting to be crowned Guenin Cup Champion at the end of February.
Indy youth hockey has made tremendous progress in the past few years. That is a tribute to the coaches, players and your families. We appreciate your support and trust in the long term vision. Thank you.
We’re not done yet. Our goal is to continue to grow our numbers, competitive level and promotion of local players to hockey’s highest levels.
The IYHA Jr Fuel Board and staff wish you a happy and healthy 2021!
IYHA Jr Fuel Executive Director
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Congratulations to 12U Madeline McCrory!
· Current Team: Girls 12U House
· Player Position: Left wing
· Player Experience: 6 years with Girls house team
· Most Memorable Hockey Experience: When I played travel with the Girls Fusion 10U team and went to South Bend for a tournament
· Favorite team: Toronto Maple Leafs
· School/Grade: I am 11 years old and I go to Clay Middle school, Grade 6
· Favorite Food: Cheese Pizza
· Favorite Movie: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
· Tell us a random fun fact about you: I'm good at climbing trees and I have 3 citizenships: American, Canadian & British!
The Jr Fuel is very fortunate to have a great group of coaches that are dedicated to the players, the teams, and the sport of hockey and Coach Anthony Deardorff is one of our finest. His ability to communicate and connect with young players in the beginning stages of their development is extremely effective and his passion for hockey is contagious at the rink. Coach Anthony always brings his positive attitude to the ice in practice and during games which gives the kids the encouragement to learn from mistakes and have fun while doing so.
Every week Coach Anthony takes the time to write up an entertaining game summary with player highlights of individual efforts and team successes. These are the little things that can make a difference in a child’s life. If you haven’t read one of Coach Anthony’s game summaries, you’re missing out! It’s not about the scoresheet for Coach Anthony, it’s about the youth hockey experience. It’s about giving the boys and girls the best opportunity to find out what they are able to accomplish with a little hard work, determination, and perseverance on and off the ice. Thank you Coach for all that you have done and are doing to make the Junior Fuel all it can be!
“Coach Anthony always takes the time to say hi and talk to the kids and joke with the kids. He is always positive with them but works them hard. My son Niklas loves seeing Coach Anthony at the rink and has a great relationship with him. Coach Anthony is a tremendous asset to the 8U division and the IYHA.” -Jim Hansen
Each newsletter will feature players who are nominated by their coaches for standing out with their hard work, leadership and representing the IYHA Jr Fuel on and off the ice.
We also want to recognize our great coaches and volunteers who generously give their time to the kids and the organization. Thank you all!
Would you like to nominate a coach or volunteer for next month? Email JJ Beck: firstname.lastname@example.org
This can also be done in Amazon app! Just go to 3 horizontal lines at the bottom and select Setting-> AmazonSmile- (will need to update/enroll every 6 months).
The IYHA Jr Fuel is a fast-growing, dynamic organization whose purpose is to teach and promote ice hockey to children in Fishers, Carmel, Westfield, Indianapolis, and the nearby communities.
The IYHA Jr Fuel is the largest youth hockey association in the Midwest, with over 1200 local boys and girls ages 3 – 18 participating. We are committed to providing opportunities for all skill levels to ensure each player has a positive experience that they will always remember.
In order to be successful in our goals, the IYHA Jr Fuel is seeking financial support from individuals and businesses. Please contact JJ Beck for sponsorship opportunities: email@example.com
By Ryan Beck
The IYHA Jr Fuel is back in action and Learn to Play Hockey is offering classes at multiple locations for boys and girls of all ages. This a great introduction to the sport and skill levels are welcome. Players will learn everything from the fundamentals of skating, controlling the puck, passing to teammates, and scoring the game winning goals! Our station-based format gives players the opportunity to learn the skills necessary in a safe and competitive environment. The action packed practices keep the kids moving, engage, and excited to back to the rink every week!
Register today for classes at www.iyha.com/ltp
Class Days, Times, and Locations:
Saturdays 10:30am - 11:30am
Arctic Zone Iceplex 16616 Southpark Drive, Westfield 46074
Sundays 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Indy Fuel Tank 9022 E. 126th Street, Fishers, Indiana 46038
Mondays 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Carmel Ice Skadium 1040 3rd Avenue SW, Carmel, Indiana 46032
Thursdays 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Indy Fuel Tank 9022 E. 126th Street, Fishers, Indiana 46038
By Jimmy Mullin
No Excuses for Devon Levi
During the crazy year of 2020, every sport, league, and age group has been affected by Covid-19. People are losing job opportunities to play professionally, kids are being pushed out of junior hockey, and youth organizations are missing games, and practice time. Some teams have had to forfeit games, reschedule or even leave showcases due to exposure and positive test results. Unfortunately, this is the norm right now and kids have every excuse to be mad, angry and so do the parents. But... this article that I am going to attach isn't about the negative side of Covid. It's about making do and maximizing the opportunity that you are given. This article is about taking advantage of every opportunity and controlling the controllables. This article is about the Canadian World Junior Goalie Devon Levi and he is defying all the odds in many different ways.
Devon just like most kids played AAA hockey and he aged out of his AAA hockey eligibility. After his AAA hockey days, he joined the Carleton Place Canadians in the CCHL, which is “Junior A” in Canada. After a great year in the CCHL Devon earned a scholarship to Northeastern University where he is now a freshman.
Even though the CCHL is an unconventional route to World Juniors and probably wasn't even a thought in Devon’s mind he earned a spot at camp. Now, Devon is 1 of 3 goalies in the last 40 years that Canada has rostered that wasn’t a part of the 3 major junior hockey leagues. In this article, they explain his path in hockey and the unfortunate events that occurred where he was isolated for 14 days in the biggest camp of his life due to Covid.
If the backdoor route to the biggest stage of hockey doesn't inspire you, maybe the relevant pain of Covid-19 and Devon’s training regiment in a hotel room will inspire you or your child to take advantage of the opportunity and extra time at home. Take this time and do more and control what you can control!!!
By Brent Gwidt
Development quote of the month:
“Let your mistakes make you better, not bitter…”
Small area game of the month:
8 Ways to be more coachable:
By Adam McHugh
By JJ Beck
Indy Fuel games are underway. Stay tuned for 50/50 details and winners!
Learn to Skate USA Marathon Challenge allows for individual and group participation, including off ice for skaters with limited ice time. Want to give it a try? Select an option below and get started!
1. Participate as an Individual
Download the Marathon Challenge Mileage Tracker here (or download image on the right). Bring your tracker and a marker to the rink every time you skate, and chart your progress by tracking your laps and filling in the marathon loop.
2. Participate as a Team
Download the Marathon Challenge Mileage Tracker here and skate your marathon with friends! Get a group of skaters together and track your laps around the ice. Contribute five laps or a 5K — it’s up to you!
Turn it into a full team effort by taking turns skating laps to complete the marathon as a relay, or skate as a group to see how fast you can complete all 289 laps. For friendly competition, you can even use different colored markers to see who completes the full marathon loop first.
3. Participate Off the Ice
If your ice time is limited or you need a good warm-up or team building activity, get your friends together and use the Marathon Challenge Mileage Tracker to track your laps off the ice.
No pedometer? No problem! The average person walks a mile in 2,000 steps, so with a bit of counting, you can walk, run, skip or rollerblade your way through each mile, be it on the ice, around your rink or in a local park or gym.
Want to challenge yourself even more? Add some lunges, straight leg kicks or wrist weights to your steps.
Director of Program Development
Director of Player Development
18U AAA Head Coach
Director of Player Development
15U AAA Head Coach
Director of Goalie Development
317 Hockey League Director
Learn to Play Hockey Director
50/50 Raffle Coordinator
Arctic Zone Iceplex
16616 Southpark Dr
Wesfield, IN 46074
Carmel Ice Skadium
1040 3rd Ave SW
Carmel, IN 46032
Fuel Tank at Fishers
9022 E. 126th St.
Fishers, IN 46038
Ice Barn Indy
17341 Westfield Park Rd.
Westfield, IN 46074