24 Sep

Walking with Ryan

Devils Family:

Bantam AA center Ryan Suchy is used to working hard on and off the ice. If you've been to one of his games amid chants of "Soooch," you know #93 wheels toward the net so fast it looks like he's floating. And it's not unusual for him to practice shooting and stick-handling drills for 3 hours a night in his downtime. 

But don't worry - Ryan and his parents are strong believers in balance. They know when to take a break to avoid injury or burnout. 

Inside, Ryan faces a bigger battle than any opponent on the ice. As a 13-year-old living with Type 1 Diabetes, it means there are no days off and no cure.

But there is hope - and a big hockey family to support him.

Please join us on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) walk in Harrisburg as we raise money for a cure. Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m., and the 2.25-mile walk starts at 2 p.m. Ryan, his family, the Bantam AA team and other players will be walking with him.

How awesome would it be if we could get several players, from various teams, to go? What a difference that act of kindness and compassion could make in a child's life!

If you've ever played on a team with Ryan, you know he is an unselfish, team-first guy. On the Pee Wee AA team last year, he was a leading goal scorer, but his assists outweighed his goals by about 3 to 1.

If a teammate needed Ryan, he'd be the first to show up. On Nov. 3, let's show up for him. 

Right now, there's not a cure. And Ryan may have to fight this for years to come, but let's show him he doesn't have to fight alone. 

With your support at the walk, we can be a few steps closer to defeating the toughest opponent Soooch has ever faced. 

Please donate here today. 

Thank you for your support,

Candy Woodall

Director of Outreach and Communications

24 Sep

Pink Out: Battling for a Cure

One of the most valuable lessons our athletes ever learned happened before a game started.

Young hockey players, barely teenagers, lined up on the ice and watched as Donnie Baker dropped a puck in memory of his wife, Heather. Our players saw the tears in his eyes and listened to his message of loss and hope. This was something bigger than hockey unfolding in front of their eyes.

Heather is remembered for her own legacy and her own story of fighting like a champion, but like too many women she lost her battle with breast cancer, leaving behind her husband and three young children.

The foundation bearing her name helps local women in York and Adams counties by easing the stress and financial burdens associated with treating the disease.

As our hockey club strives to develop not only excellent athletes, but also excellent people, we saw an opportunity to get our entire organization involved in a fundraising effort and battle for a cure.

Our annual Pink Out is a day of hope, when we celebrate survivors, honor lives lost, promote breast cancer research and help bring breast cancer care to our local neighbors who so desperately need it.

But we can’t do this without you.

We want to see more moms, wives, sisters and friends step onto the ice and drop the pucks as survivors, instead of loved ones dropping pucks in their memory.

There’s a good chance you know a woman who has been affected by breast cancer – or you will. About 1 in 8 women develop breast cancer. Every 2 minutes, a new case of breast cancer is diagnosed in the U.S.

We want to help those patients become survivors. And with your donation, we can reach our goals at our Pink Out this year on Oct. 12.

Please consider making a donation to this great cause, even if you can't join us at the rink in October.

Checks can be made payable to the York Ice Hockey Club. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. A donation receipt for tax purposes can be sent if requested.

Thank you for your generosity and support,

The Pink Out Committee

24 Sep

An Awesome Fundraiser Starts Today

York Devil Families,

We had a successful fundraiser last year, and we're ready to do even better this year! The proceeds will benefit your 2019-20 ice hockey account!!

My name is Ann Stare, and I have been with Thirty One for more than 9 years and love helping others!! My grandchildren have played for the York Devils for the past 11 years, and I am a York Devils fan as well.

Together we can make this fundraiser a great success to help offset the cost of your 2020 Season! Please feel free to reach out to me personally if you have any questions (717) 515-2216.

Each family can participate. Here's how:

1. Fundraiser Date: Now to Oct 8th.

2. Medium Utility Tote is offered for $35.00. Player Credit is $13 per tote sold!

Personalization may be added for $8, if only word or name. $10 if they add an icon. We have a hockey sticks icon!!

3. The top seller in each level (Mite, Squirt, Peewee, Bantam and Midget) who sells the most Medium Utility Totes will earn a $50 bonus in player credit. *Player must sell a minimum of 10 Medium Utility Totes to receive bonus!

4. All orders turned into Candy Sipe or myself by Oct 8th. (Checks get written to: Ann Stare)

5. Any party booked from this fundraiser will receive 10% of their party sales back to their players account! 

6. Simple and easy because everyone Loves our medium utility totes! Its great for the Ice rink, grocery store, beach, or catch all in the back of the car.

Let's get this started!

* I will be at the rink on Oct 8th to collect all order forms!!

* Remember I am available for any questions!

Ann Stare

alsgram@gmail.com

717-515-2216

www.mythirtyone.com/astare 

17 May

In-House Registration Now Open

Our In House program is for kids new to hockey and those that aren't ready to make the full commitment that is necessary in the travel program. Birth years 2004 to 2013.

Learn More and Register Here

15 Aug

Remembering former Devils hockey dad and Coach Tony Sipling

Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of former Devils hockey dad and Coach Tony Sipling. He died Tuesday after bravely battling ALS for years.

In his 49 years, which weren’t enough for anyone who knew him and loved him, he made an indelible mark on his players and the club.

“Tony was a fantastic mentor and coach to our youth and was willing to do whatever it took to insure positive experiences for all players,” said former Devils Chairman and President Rick Lefever. “Men like Tony are hard to replace. My condolences to his wife, Angie; his daughter, Kylie; and his son, Jacob. He will be missed, but not forgotten.”

Former Devils President, team manager and longtime hockey mom, Wendy Schanberger, got to know Tony when he coached her daughter, Summer Schanberger.

“We were lucky in York to have him as a coach,” Wendy Schanberger said. “He always complimented the positives of the players, never focusing on the mistakes. He had a big heart.”

The Devils organization is grieving not only for Tony, but also his family, friends and hockey family. We will remember Tony with a moment of silence during all of our first home games, from Mites to Midgets. We’re also having a special jersey made with Tony’s name on it that will hang in the rink for the season. At the end of the season, we will give it to Tony’s son, Jacob, who played for the Devils.

“These tributes are small gestures to remember Tony and honor his years of service in the York Ice Hockey Club,” said current Devils President Clayton Edwards. “But we know far beyond the moments we take to remember Tony, he will live on forever in the memories of the players he coached.”

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the John W. Keffer Funeral Home. Details are forthcoming.

We send our deepest sympathy to the Sipling family, and everyone in the Devils organization and beyond who is missing Tony right now. Our hockey family will always be here to support you.

And, one more time, please join us in saying, “Thanks, coach.”

6 Aug

Devils Draft: Welcome to a New Season

Greetings, Devils! 

Welcome to the 2019-2020 hockey season in York. You'll notice some new paint, new faces and new ideas this year. We are forever thankful to all of the hardworking parents, volunteers and alumni who made this club what it is today, and we are excited to grow the organization and carry it into the future. 

Through this weekly post, called the Devils Draft, we will update you on the latest club news. Great communication with our members is essential to a healthy organization, and we encourage you to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, comments or news you want to share. You can find board contacts here

Let's have a great season together! 

All the best,

Candy Woodall

Outreach@yorkdevils.org 

FROM THE PRESIDENT'S DESK

Devils Families,

Welcome to another year of Devils hockey! As the beginning of the season draws near, I want to reach out and say thank you for entrusting us with the development of your young athletes through this great sport. Hockey teams and clubs are like families, and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of the York Devils.

We are going to be stressing our core values throughout the season. The one I’d like to focus on this month is “PASSION.” Our parents, especially, are some of the most passionate around. I love running into parents who want to sit down and talk about Devils hockey. The cheering and enthusiasm from the stands as our players compete is particularly inspiring. I encourage everyone to use their passion in a positive manner this season to, as Matt says, “provide energy for everyone around you.”

I look forward to seeing everyone at Mini Camp this weekend and to an exciting season for the York Devils.

Sincerely,

Clayton Edwards

president@yorkdevils.org

HELP FROM THE HOCKEY DIRECTOR

As we approach Mini Camp, I want to update the club on the progress the coaching staff has observed at the rink. 

Attendance for Hockey Fit this summer has been solid! As a club, we started with a great base of athleticism and we are well on our way to quality Linear Speed Development. 

In the second half of Hockey Fit, we transitioned into Lateral Speed Development. That's when players  developed more explosive change of direction and lateral movement. The structure of that programming is bringing us into the season prepared to compete. 

If your players have missed out on Hockey Fit, hopefully they have been busy! We have many multi-sport athletes, as well as full-time hockey players, that are currently grinding through their summer.

Continue to be an athlete away from the rink, and continue to enjoy the work as our season begins!

We have players participating in the Hockey Strength Program as well. Their knowledge, strength and ability has tremendously improved. The first half of their programming gave them a base level of Prime Mover Strength and technique. The second half focused more on Hockey Specific Explosive Movements. 

Again, if you need guidance on strength conditioning coming into the season, please reach out ASAP! We will have age/sport-specific strength training practically every week in-season. We want to be as prepared as possible for a great year.

I'm also extremely proud of those who attended DSS19 in June. The effort and focus put out by our players proved the ability to play and train at a highly competitive level! Every year we can honestly say this was the “best year yet.”

Players who were new to the camp were surprised by the work ethic and focus of YD players. We were not!

Thank you to all who attended. We have another camp next week, and a few spots are still open. After these two camps, and all your hard work this summer, we can't wait to see you hit the ice this season!

It's clear the culture of the York Ice Hockey Club is producing committed, educated and hardworking people, athletes and hockey players. 

We are looking forward to entering training camp as prepared as we’ve ever been. 

Bring on the Hockey Season!

Matt Doyle

YIHC Hockey Director 

Doyle@yorkdevils.org

Tom Kapp

Hockey Fit Program Director 

Alex Prego

Hockey Fit Head Instructor

THE COACH'S BENCH

The preparation process makes the experience fulfilling. No preparation means no foundation to build on in the future. – John Stockton

Welcome to the Coach's Bench: a spot where I will be providing updates throughout the season. For those I haven't met yet, I am Gary Suchy, the newly elected Commissioner of Coaches. My primary goal is to assist Hockey Director Matt Doyle with implementing basic, player-training baselines and a positional-structure framework for our coaches. As players advance from mites through 18U, we will increase specialization, but all will be built on fundamentals. In addition, I assist Matt with discussing our core values with coaches and help through situations that challenges those values. I am also here for all parents to discuss concerns about their head or assistant coaches. Please know that I appreciate hearing about the positives too.

A big thank you goes out to all coaches for volunteering to help. It's a big commitment. Remember, our coaches spend a lot of time evaluating their players, reviewing game and practice video, personal education, off/on ice practice plans, game rosters, logistics and communications with team managers, parents and most importantly, our players.

I hope your players are having a great summer. It's really important at this time to focus on them being athletes first and hockey players second. Developmental experts all agree that promoting the athlete through playing multiple sports, off-ice workouts and just being a kid (biking, swimming, t-ball with neighborhood friends, etc...) are excellent aids in year-round athletic development. 

My best,

Gary 

Commissioner@yorkdevils.org

FUNDRAISING

Hockey is not a cheap sport, but our club offers many fundraising opportunities. Take a minute to look at the options on our website here. 

If you have any questions, reach out to Fundraising Director Candy Sipe at aay1584@gmail.com.

5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MINI CAMP

1. We are having a club cookout. 

2. You can find ice times here. 

3. Your team manager will have some of the apparel you ordered, and we will also have a pop-up apparel sale. 

4. In-House registration will also being going on this weekend. 

5. We will have donation boxes ready for three causes we support as a club: juvenile diabetes, breast cancer and veterans. 

GET CLEARED BEFORE YOU VOLUNTEER

Parent helpers are integral to our club's success. But we need to make sure all of our parents and volunteers have the proper clearances. Player safety is our top priority. If you want to volunteer, we need the following clearances from you:

Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Checks for Employment (SPA-164) or Volunteers (SPA-164A)

Child Abuse History Clearance (CY113)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Fingerprinting or waiver

Verified Volunteers 

Safesport certification

Heads up certification

Even if you don't volunteer, we need these two things:

Safesport certification (if you did it last year, it is good for this year)

Heads up certification

See your team manager for more information, or if you have questions. 

SCHEDULES

Practice schedules, DVHL schedules and EJ schedules are posted. Your team manager will be giving you details and times.

OUR NEXT MEETING

Our next board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 in the meeting room on the second floor of the rink. 

Please join us and have an active voice in the club!


 


4 Jun

Travel Hockey

Are you new to the area or want to play travel hockey for York?  

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