ALL coaches must complete Safe Sport training and must have submitted a screening application BEFORE a roster can be approved.
Try Hockey For Free Days will be Saturday, November 7th, 2015, as part
of Come Play Hockey Month and Saturday, February 20th, 2016, as part of
Hockey Weekend Across America.
George Mason University has been named a finalist for the ACHA Community Service Award.
Washington, DC – Dec 20, 2014
Not all kids get to spend Christmas at home. Many children remain hospitalized due to long-term illness, disease, and injury. On Saturday, December 20, 2014, the Ashburn Xtreme U18AA team spent the day sorting and delivering toys to the numerous sick children at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. “This event represents the character of our team. Today, the U18AA team didn’t think about puck possession; rather, selfless giving” said Head Coach Sean Braziel.
Coordinated through the hospital’s volunteer services division, the team did all the heavy lifting as waves of donated toys arrived. Chris Lombardi, the Patient Experience Liaison at Children’s National commented “There’s no way we could have done this without the team. They carried themselves with the utmost honor and had a huge impact for our patients.”
During the course of the day, the team sorted, prepared, and delivered thousands of donated toys. “It’s important to give back to the community and to these kids. We did this as a team and a family” stated Forward Kyle Heidt. Teammate Bobby VanDusen echoed the sentiment: “Helping the kids who are in tougher situations than we are reminds us that we can’t take anything for granted – it’s important to give back.”
Team Captain Keegan Kelly looked upon his team as they executed the best play of the year – passing gifts to the bravest kids in the world. Although the team won’t be able to see the smiling faces on Christmas Day, the team left the hospital with big hearts knowing those smiles will come for these children. Assistant Captain Tyler Lohmeyer said “this was a great opportunity to bring the whole team together, work as a team off-ice, and help these sick kids.”
“It takes a lot of volunteers and commitment to do good in this world today. Our young men have an appreciation that helping others doesn’t just mysteriously happen – it’s a great life lesson” said Assistant Coach Rob Barrett.
Ashburn U18AA, who is 19-4-4, will return from the holiday break on January 3 to face-off against the highly ranked Delaware Ducks.
It’s possible that no one has helped create more opportunities for American men and women to play competitive college hockey than Marshall Stevenson, Jr., a founding father of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Formerly a coach at Towson (Md.) University, Stevenson joined the ACHA board of directors in 1994. He ascended to his current role as ACHA president in 2004, overseeing an expansion from 15 teams nationwide to more than 430. Today’s ACHA includes three men’s divisions and two women’s divisions, giving thousands of student-athletes a competitive hockey opportunity to complement their studies. In recognition for his tireless efforts and leadership, Stevenson was named recipient of the ACHA’s Don Spencer Award for outstanding service in 2009. A 1966 graduate of the University of Vermont, Stevenson also serves as the ACHA’s representative on the American Hockey Coaches Association board of governors. Stevenson, who played forward, was a major part of re-launching varsity hockey at Vermont in 1963-64 after a 12-season absence.
It is with great sadness that I must report that Chris Dernetz has passed away. Chris died while on vacation in Hawaii.
Chris was on the Affiliate Board of Directors and was the Affiliate Treasurer. He served as the Affiliate Background Screening Coordinator. He was also active with the Baltimore Area Special Hockey Association and the USA Warriors Hockey Program.
Chris will be missed by his many friends in USA Hockey.
Kevin Upton has been associated with USA Hockey for more than 35 years as a coach, administrator, on-ice official and supervisor throughout Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. As an administrator in the 1970s, Upton established the Hampton Roads Youth Hockey Association, was a co-founder of the Mid-Atlantic Youth Hockey League and organized the first local officials association in Virginia. He then moved to Washington, D.C., where he concentrated on officiating and was eventually elected president of the Southeastern Hockey Officials Association in 1989. Several of his programs and policies are still in effect today. Upton worked as an on-ice official for numerous USA Hockey district and regional championships and has been a supervisor of officials for six national championships. He is noted for implementing a culture of integrity and accountability among officials that resonates from his career in the military, from which he retired a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army.
The Chet Steward Award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the USA Hockey Officiating Education Program during many years of service to the hockey community as an official or volunteer.
Kevin Upton receiving the USA Hockey Chet Stewart Award from Southeastern District Referee in Chief Jim Dewhirst and Dave LaBuda
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