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Bruins | Update/Communication
Dear Berkshire Bruins Families, We hope that everyone...
Summer Hockey Opportunity | CDSHL
CDSHL Families,   Attached is the registration form for...
End of Year Letter
Dear Berkshire Bruins Families, We hope this email finds you all...
Bruins | Update/Communication

Dear Berkshire Bruins Families,

We hope that everyone is maintaining some sanity during these unprecedented times and remaining positive. Although we are stuck at home with our kids and performing new home schooling tasks, we thought that it would be a nice distraction to chat with you about hockey and provide you with some important updates.

First, we have begun the process of restructuring ourselves so that we can better support the organization and our families in achieving our long term goals. The organization is now led by an Executive Committee. The Executive Committee has been expanded to include 9 members and it is our pleasure to welcome our newest members of the Executive Committee, Andrea Nuciforo and Matt Sheehy. The other members of the Executive Committee are Leanne Bishop, John Hammill, Dan Kearns, Joe Kotelnicki, Randy McLeod, Matt Noyes, and Steve Polastri. In April, we voted on this new structure and approved Matt Sheehy as Chair of the Executive Committee.

Second, the Executive Committee approved the establishment of several working committees. These committees will require the support of you and your families in order for us to move forward as an organization. The new committees are:

  • Player Development, Compliance, & Coaching Coordination
  • Social Media and Individual Team Communications
  • Scheduling & Team Management
  • Kittredge Tournament

We will have more information in the coming months on the charge of each of these committees and the expectations of what we hope each committee will do to support the program and our players. We will be in touch with you and seeking volunteers to fill out these committees.

Third, the Executive Committee approved a new Vision and Mission statement for the organization. We hope this is a helpful guide for coaches, families, and players. It will serve as a roadmap for our approach as an organization and guidance for the decisions that will be made.

We remain keenly focused on next season and doing lots of planning. We are of course hopeful that we will return to some sense of normalcy soon and that we can begin supporting our teams as they compete in the fall. We are exploring options for league affiliations for our travel team programs as well as how to expand our house league program to engage more youth in hockey.

Lastly, there are plenty of opportunities to get your hockey fix during the summer months including the CDSHL, the Hockey Hut in Clifton Park, Friday night’s with Dave Randall at the Albany County Rink, at home workouts using Mass Hockey or USA Hockey drills, and hopefully plenty of summer camps.

If you have any questions, the Executive Committee’s contact information is available on the website. We would love to hear from you. Please spread the word about our program. We are excited about our growth and would love to engage more players in the game.


Stay healthy and safe.

The Berkshire Bruins Youth Hockey Organization Executive Committee

by posted 05/15/2020
Summer Hockey Opportunity | CDSHL

CDSHL Families,

Attached is the registration form for the CDSHL. If the league is unable to proceed due to the Coronavirus I will refund, in full, anyone who has registered/paid, I order the jerseys in early May so that would be a cut-off date if we have to cancel. 
Games will again be played at-the Albany County Hockey Facility (ACHF) primarily on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.  Teams usually play 1 game per week---we start right after July 4th so this year we would start Tuesday July 7th and run through the end of August.  Each team can expect to play 6-8 games, including play-offs/championship games.
We are adding a 16u division for all  2003, 2004 and 2005 birth years---that flier will be sent out tomorrow to anyone in those birth years that has participated in the past--those games will not be played on Tuesday and Wednesdays, however they will be played at ACHF.
Any questions please feel free to e-mail me, my cell # is 518.281.7837 if you'd prefer to call or text me.
Hoping you and your families are healthy and safe.
Please feel free to pass along the attached flyer to other hockey families.

by posted 03/28/2020
End of Year Letter

Dear Berkshire Bruins Families,

We hope this email finds you all well and healthy. These are certainly unprecedented times. Since the end of the season and the evaluations, we have all been adjusting to a new normal.  To try and bring a little normalcy to your life we wanted to reach out to celebrate another hockey season and to thank you.

This past season we witnessed so many exciting moments and milestones for the players. From our learn to skate program where we observed children work to stand on skates and reaching the goal of gliding across the ice to the success of our house league program where players battled against one another in measured competition.

Our travel teams represented themselves with class and sportsmanship whether on the road or at the club. These teams through their commitment to being good sports were also rewarded with many wins in several tournaments including a very successful 49th Annual Kittredge Tournament.

It was a year of growth, one in which we had success and of course made some mistakes. In the end, we hope those mistakes will be teachable moments for us as board members, coaches, and parents.  We saw lots of players make lasting friendships, mature in their hockey skills, and grow as people.

The Board has already begun planning for next year as well as considering what impact COVID-19 may have. We remain optimistic that life will resume some normalcy by next season. To that end, we wanted to share some opportunities that may be suitable for your child to help them grow in the game and have some fun this summer.

Each summer The Capital District Summer Hockey League takes place at the Albany County Rink. It is a fun way to play hockey and make new friends.  A flyer regarding this program is attached.  Additionally, North American Hockey Systems runs a weekly clinic at the Albany County Rink on Fridays. This is a 2-hour session dedicated to skating and stick handling.  There are several great opportunities to be found in our region for additional time on the ice and these are just a couple to think about.

Again, thank you for your participation in our spring evaluations and look for further messaging regarding fall evaluations as summer progresses. We sincerely want to thank you all for the opportunity to work with your children this past season and for your continued support of the program.

by posted 03/28/2020
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