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Timothy Bennett

18 hours ago

Mite 3 Weekly Update - 1/27/20

Hello all,

Great work this weekend vs North Andover. I was very pleased with our passing and shooting. We had a few instances where players were not moving their feet, and also trying to stickhandle through too many opponents, but on the whole we were very disciplined and balanced. Let's keep rolling and improving! Conor hustled his way to the Lunchpail, and Joy was stellar in goal.

Special thanks to Fran for planning a great night for us on Saturday. The kids had a blast at dinner and at the game - and those who were able to stick around until the end saw a fantastic finish. We're working on a few more fun family events for the rest of the season.

Also - a reminder to please try to attend the parents' meeting tonight. As the kids get older and more involved in hockey I think it's helpful for families to understand how everything "works", and have the opportunity to ask questions and get more involved, especially if this is your first time through. I happen to think the AHA product (and more importantly the AHA community) is the best around but of course every family needs to decide what works best for them. The meeting is at 7pm at the Andover Town House.

This week's schedule:

Wednesday - Practice 5pm

Thursday - Micro Ice Supplemental 6pm

Friday - Practice 5:20pm

Saturday - Game 12:50pm @Phillips v. Acton Boxboro (Elizabeth will be goalie)

Sunday - Practice 1pm

Have a nice week,

TB

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Timothy Bennett

8 days ago

Mite 3 Weekly Update - 1/19/20

Hi everyone,

I got a great report from the coaches on yesterday's game. Balanced scoring, everyone playing well on defense, good hustle and smart play all around. I knew we could beat that team - we've been close twice so I am pleased our combination of speed and skill (plus a much quieter bench) prevailed.

Reyansh shook off jet lag to earn the Lunchpail, and Conor was solid in net. Let's keep our win streak going!

This week's schedule:

Today (Sunday) - Micro Ice Supplemental 4pm

Tomorrow (Monday) - Pro Ambitions 5:20pm

Wednesday - Practice 5pm

Thursday - Micro Ice Supplemental 6pm

Saturday - Game 2:20pm @Phillips v. North Andover (Elizabeth will be goalie)

Next Sunday (1/26) - Practice 1pm

*I've grabbed practice slots on Sundays so that we can do more full ice work to get the kids who are moving up to squirts/U10s next year more full ice experience. These are purely optional and I don't want to burn anyone out but if you are around and up for it, please try to attend.

**Saturday is also our Merrimack game! The plan is to meet at Fuddrucker's at 4:30pm for a pre-game dinner (please RSVP to Fran with how many will be attending). The kids need to be at the rink by 6:15 to get dressed. They will be on the ice pre-game for warmup/anthem. Then they will join us back in the stands for a Hockey East battle between the Warriors and Vermont. Any questions please ask Fran this week at the rink!

Have a good week,

-TB

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Timothy Bennett

15 days ago

Mite 3 Weekly Update - 1/12/20

Hello everyone - sorry I missed this morning's game! My PeeWee 1 team (Elizabeth's brothers) was short-staffed on the bench for their game this morning so I had to be there for that game. Thanks to Coach Tremblay and Coach Olier -we are lucky to have so many people on this team that can step up and help run the show. Unfortunately I will not be able to be at our game next week either as the PeeWee1's have a state tournament playdown game at the same time, but I already know we have it covered. If we keep winning maybe you will want me to stay off the bench for the rest of the season ;)

Ollie earned the Lunchpail for his tenacious hustle, and Gaby had some great saves in net. Let's keep it up!

This week's schedule:

XP Dryland Training - Wednesday 4:20pm

Practice - Wednesday 5:20pm

Practice - Thursday 6:30pm

Game - Saturday 11:50am @Phillips vs Tewksbury (Conor will be goalie)

Micro Ice Supplemental - Sunday 4pm

Have a great week!

TB

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Timothy Bennett

21 days ago

Mite 3 Weekly Update - 1/6/20

Happy new year! And what a big win to start off the new year this past weekend. I thought that was one of our most complete efforts all season. Let's keep improving and challenging ourselves to do better, and I will do my best to keep everyone motivated through the cold and dark "dog days" of the hockey season.

Joy earned the Lunchpail for outstanding effort in goal, and thanks to the Enos family for the snacks.

I've been rotating the goalie position among the three kids (Joy, Conor and Elizabeth) that expressed interest at the beginning of the season. But if anyone else wants to take a turn just let me know!

This week's schedule:

Pro Ambitions Practice - Today 5:00pm

Micro Ice Mites Session - Thursday 6:00pm

Practice - Saturday 7:10am

Game - Sunday 9am @ The Groton School vs. No. Central MA (Gabriel will be goalie)

Have a great week!

TB

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Timothy Bennett

a month ago

Mite 3 Weekly Update - 12/30/19

A common catchphrase used by coaches like Bruce Cassidy (or even Bill Belichick) is that their players need to play a "60 minute game". Well, in mite hockey it's a "48 minute game", but the same concept applies. And while we played great for about 44 of those minutes on Saturday, there were a couple of shifts in the second half of the game where we simply stopped skating. As a result, we were on the short end. We need to always remember to skate hard every minute of every shift, and use our speed and skill especially when opponents may be bigger and stronger. (Although I do want to check the birth certificate on that kid who scored 5 of their 6 goals!)

Nevertheless, there were lots of bright spots. Birthday boy Thomas earned the LunchPail (and scored on a great shot) and Conor made some excellent saves. Let's continue improving, build on the positives and regain momentum heading into the new year!

This week's schedule:

Practice - Today 6:10pm

Practice - Friday 5:20pm

Game - Saturday 2:20pm @ Phillips vs. Newburyport (Joy will be goalie)

Power Skating w/ Erika Hammar - Sunday 2:10pm

If I don't see you tonight, I would like to wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy new year! I am very thankful to have the opportunity to coach this group and look forward to a fun and exciting 2020.

-TB

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Timothy Bennett

a month ago

Tonight's Mite Practice will be a "Family Skate"!

Good morning everyone - we just were informed tonight's practice will be a family skate open to all AHA registered parents and siblings as well. Helmets are required for all participants and full equipment recommended for all kids. Any questions please contact Coach Mike or Coach Henry. Have fun everyone and merry Christmas!

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Timothy Bennett

a month ago

Mite 3 Weekly Update - 12/22/19

I heard I missed quite the offensive explosion yesterday! I was receiving in game text updates and all the coaches were thrilled with our performance - so I am sending my congratulations to everyone from here in sunny California.

Cormac earned the LunchPail and Conor was steady in goal as always. Well done players and coaches - hopefully there will still be a spot for me on the bench next weekend!

This week's schedule:

Practice - Monday 6:10p

Practice - Friday 5:20pm

Game - Saturday 2:20pm @ Phillips vs. Acton/Boxboro (Conor will be goalie)

I hope you all have a merry Christmas and happy holiday season! See you on Saturday.

-TB

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Timothy Bennett

a month ago

Mite 3 Weekly Update - 12/16/19

What a game this past weekend! That was a true up and down battle. We lost by a few goals when we played that team last month, so it is encouraging to see our improvement. We still need to make sure we are making smart decisions with the puck and our feet are moving, but I was very pleased with the effort and the performance.

Gabriel earned the LunchPail for his hat trick and nifty moves (thanks to the Bausemers for the snacks), and Elizabeth was stellar in goal.

A big thank you so much to Fran and her elves for our post-game holiday party. It takes a lot of thought and planning to make even informal events like this happen and so it is greatly appreciated by all the players and families. We have a great group and are lucky to have so many people who want to be involved. It is a good sign for the future of AHA!

This week's schedule:

Pro Ambitions Practice - Tuesday 5:40pm

Micro Ice supplementary - Thursday 6pm

XP Dryland Training - Friday 4:20pm

Practice - Friday 5:20pm

Game - Saturday 2:20pm @ Phillips vs. North Andover (Conor will be goalie)

The Bennetts will be in sunny California visiting family from December 20-27, so if I don't see you at practice tomorrow night I hope you have a merry Christmas and happy holiday season!

-TB

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Timothy Bennett

2 months ago

Mite 3 Weekly Update - 12/8/19

It felt nice to get that win yesterday! We outskated our opponents for *almost* the entire game. But, we had a few shifts "off" towards the latter part of the game which enabled them to tie it up. In the end we regained focus and pulled out a victory. I think that was a good learning experience for the kids. Even when you are the better team you can't let up. You need to play every shift like you're down a goal with one minute left. Your feet always need to be moving and your head always on a swivel! If we keep up that intensity for the rest of the season we will do just fine.

PJ earned the LunchPail for his game winner (thanks to the Oliers for the snacks!). He was driving hard to the net, stick on the ice, and jammed home the rebound. And Joy was solid in net, making a few key stops when needed.

This week's schedule:

Practice - Wednesday 6:30pm

Micro Ice supplementary - Thursday 6pm

Game - Saturday 2:20pm @ Phillips vs. Tewksbury (Elizabeth will be goalie)

Notes:

1. As Fran mentioned we would like to have a little holiday celebration after Saturday's game. Unfortunately the meeting room at Phillips is not available as there is a high school game coming on later that day. So, the plan will be to decorate the locker room with "hockey stockings" while the kids are playing , and then have some snacks in the "fishbowl" warm area after the game. Fran will be following up with further details during the week.

2. Please let Fran know asap if you are in for the Bruins event on March 24 (and if so how many tickets). We've only had four families confirm, so it may be challenging to proceed given that we need to guarantee a minimum number of tickets sold for our group. If we don't end up doing that we will plan a few other fun events for after the new year.

3. If you have not done so already please let me know if you are available for our games on December 21st and 28th. I still haven't heard from everyone and as of now it looks like we will be missing at least a few players each game. If we don't have good numbers, we will plan to cancel and reschedule.

Have a great week!

-TB

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Timothy Bennett

2 months ago

Micro Ice supplemental skills sessions start TONIGHT!

Just a reminder for those who signed up that the supplemental sessions over at Micro Ice start tonight. Check your family calendar for the group to which you were assigned.

Also please note the sessions are NOT at Phillips, they are at the Micro Ice training facility in North Andover. If you have not been there before it is a bit tricky to find. From Rt. 114 heading east, take a right at Willow Street (after the Stop and Shop plaza) and then bear left onto Flagship Drive. The address is 65 Flagship Drive, Building B, in North Andover.

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Timothy Bennett

2 months ago

Mite 3 - Holiday scheduling

Hi everyone,

Just trying to plan ahead as Christmas is right around the corner!

We are scheduled to have two games over the holiday break:

Saturday 12/21 vs North Andover

Saturday 12/28 vs Acton Boxboro

The Bennetts' will be away 12/20 to 12/27, so Elizabeth and I would definitely miss the 12/21 game.

Can you let me know if you plan to be around for both, one or neither of those games? If we are light on numbers, we will cancel and try to reschedule.

Also since I didn't hear anyone who wanted to take the lead for the Arlington tourney, we will pass this year.

Thanks!

TB

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Timothy Bennett

2 months ago

Mite 3 Weekly Update - 12/2/19

Good morning everyone-

Hope everyone is enjoying the snow day - and some time away from the rink!

Thanks to everyone who helped make this weekend so special. Many people on our team and across AHA stepped up and spent many, many hours volunteering. I saw lots of smiles from all the players - Andover teams and other teams too - all weekend and that is what is most important.

As for our on-ice performance, I think for the most part everyone played quite well. We had a few lapses, but overall the kids were focused and played with heart and hustle. We were really stressing puck protection this weekend, and what to do with the puck when you gain possession in your own defensive zone. (Hint - don't pass it up the middle!) This is the beginnings of full-ice hockey strategy (breakouts, positional play, etc.) which we will continue to develop during the rest of the season.

FYI, our game schedule from December through February has been posted and should have loaded to your calendars. And, it seems we've been re-adjusted in the Valley league for the remainder of our league schedule, so hopefully we can rack up a few wins between now and Christmas. As I told the kids yesterday, the season isn't even halfway over yet and we have a lot of hockey to play - and a lot fun to have!

This week's schedule:

Pro Ambitions Practice - Tuesday 5:40pm

*Team Photo - Wednesday before practice - Please be fully dressed in game jerseys and meet in "fishbowl" by 6pm*

Practice - Wednesday 6:30pm

Game - Saturday 2:20pm @ Phillips vs. North Central Mass (Joy will be goalie)

Erika Hammar Power Skating Session - Sunday 2:10pm

A few notes:

1. As I mentioned to a few folks this weekend, we've been invited to participate in the Arlington Christmas Tournament this year (I grew up there and know the coaches). It would be 3 games plus a possible championship over the course of 12/21 - 12/30. Unfortunately the Bennetts' will be gone from 12/20 - 12/27, so I would need someone else to be in charge until we are back, and I am not sure of the dates/times of the games. It seems like there is a rather lukewarm response level so far, so my inclination is to pass this year unless someone really wants to do it and can take the lead when I am away. So please let me know by practice tomorrow if you want to do it and I can help coordinate on the logistics. If not maybe we can look for a tourney over February break if people are interested.

2. Our team is confirmed to be on ice for the Merrimack/Vermont game on Saturday, January 25th at 7pm. Tickets are $10 per person. Please pay Fran via Venmo or at the rink.

3. We have the opportunity to skate during intermission of the Bruins/Red Wings game on Tuesday, March 24th at 7pm. We need to guarantee 50 tickets at $75 per seat. Please let Fran know asap if you are in (and if so how many tickets) or out so she can set it in motion.

Have a great day!

-TB

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Timothy Bennett

2 months ago

Championship Sunday

Great job so far! Our quarterfinal game is tomorrow at 9:45am vs the Andover House team. If we win we play in the semi finals at 10:15. Then the finals would be at 12:45. Everyone get a good night sleep and have a healthy breakfast and be at the rink by 9am.

Thanks!

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Timothy Bennett

2 months ago

Mite 3 Weekly Update - 11/24/19

Hello all -

What an outstanding effort yesterday! I thought that was our best game of the season. We pushed the Edge to the edge (bad pun alert) and came up just short. Much better than last week's performance and great momentum heading into the tournament.

Gabriel earned the LunchPail Award for his nifty moves (thanks to the Stevens family for the snacks) and Conor stood on his head to make save after save.

This week's schedule:

Practice - Tuesday at 5:40pm

Heseltine Tournament:

*Friday - 4 mini-games starting at 8am (Joy will be goalie for all Friday games)

*Saturday - 3 mini-games starting at 11:40am (Elizabeth will be goalie for all Saturday games)

*Sunday - quarterfinals starting at 9:15am, possible semifinal at 9:45am and possible championship at 12:45pm (Conor will be goalie for all Sunday games)

A few notes:

1. Please sign up here to take a shift to volunteer during the Heseltine tourney:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e44a...

2. Our team is confirmed to be on ice for the Merrimack/Vermont game on Saturday, January 25th at 7pm. Tickets are $10 per person. Please pay Fran via Venmo or at the rink.

3. We have the opportunity to skate during intermission of the Bruins/Red Wings game on Tuesday, March 24th at 7pm. We need to guarantee 50 tickets at $75 per seat. Please let Fran know asap if you are in (and if so how many tickets) or out so she can set it in motion.

Have a great day!

-TB

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Timothy Bennett

2 months ago

Mite 3 Weekly Update - 11/18/19

Hello all-

Thank you again to the Gourdeau family for hosting our team pizza party on Saturday! It was a great time and the kids (and adults) all seemed to enjoy themselves. Stay tuned for more get-togethers coming up soon.

As for the game, that was a tough one. I think everyone could have done a bit better in terms of keeping their feet moving and looking to pass or shoot rather than trying to stickhandle around the other team. But we move on and have a rematch against the Edge next week.

Kate earned the LunchPail Award for hard work (thanks to the Bausemers for the snacks) and Elizabeth was outstanding in net as she faced a barrage of shots.

This week's schedule:

On ice skills w/ Pro Ambitions - Tuesday at 6:30pm (note time change)

Practice - THURSDAY at 4:50pm (note date and time)

Game - Saturday at 1pm at Phillips vs Edge (Joy will be goalie)

A few notes:

1. The Heseltine Tournament is now only 11 days away! Game schedule has been posted (start times Friday 8am, Saturday 11:40am, Sunday 9:15am and possibly 12:45pm). We will be soliciting for volunteers shortly to help run check ins, locker room assignments, boards, etc. Please sign up to take a shift and help with this massive, all-volunteer charitable undertaking.

2. Our team is confirmed to be on ice for the Merrimack/Vermont game on Saturday, January 25th at 7pm. Tickets are $10 per person. Please pay Fran via Venmo or at the rink.

3. Unfortunately the opportunity to skate at the Bruins game on March 26th is no longer available, but we do have the opportunity to skate during intermission of the Bruins/Red Wings game on Tuesday, March 24th at 7pm. We need to guarantee 50 tickets at $75 per seat. If you are interested please let Fran know by tomorrow night's practice so she can set it in motion.

Have a great day!

-TB

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Timothy Bennett

2 months ago

Team - we’ve been asked to take a team picture for the Heseltine program. Can everyone plan to be fully dressed (no helmet) ten minutes before faceoff today? Also is anyone good at taking pictures? I have been told on more than one occasion I am not :)

Thanks

TB

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Timothy Bennett

2 months ago

Heseltine Tournament Schedule

Good morning everyone - the schedule for the tourney over Thanksgiving weekend has been posted. We will play a minimum of eight 24 minute period games (up to ten if we advance to the championship). It is still subject to change but please plan on the following (all games at Phillips):

Friday 11/29

8am vs Winchester

8:30am vs Haverhill

9am vs Wakefield

9:30am vs North Reading

Saturday 11/30

11:40am vs Charlestown

12:10pm vs Billerica

12:40pm vs Micro Ice

Sunday 12/1

9:15am Quarterfinals

9:45am Semi-Finals (if necessary)

12:45 Finals (If necessary)

We will have more details over the coming days.

Thanks

TB

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Timothy Bennett

2 months ago

Mite 3 Weekly Update - 11/11/19

Happy Monday -

Good job this past weekend. I loved that we came back to tie the game in the second half. We need to play with 100% effort and determination each and every shift. I am comfortable we can compete with the teams in our division and think we will have a breakthrough victory soon. But as I tell the kids on the bench - if you look down and your feet aren't moving, you are doing something wrong.

PJ earned the LunchPail Award for awesome hustle (thanks to the Chavans for the snacks) and Conor was solid in net, showing grit after getting a hard shot to the leg.

This week's schedule:

Practice- Tuesday at 5:00pm (note time change)

Practice - WEDNESDAY at 5:20pm (note date change)

Game - Saturday at 2:20pm at Phillips vs Haverhill (Elizabeth will be goalie)

A few notes:

1. Unfortunately we are now into the portion of our weekly practice schedule that will not be as consistent as it was previously. Our schedule may vary week to week as the various high school teams are starting to take the ice. Please check these updates and your calendars to make sure you have the most current schedule information.

2. The Heseltine Tournament is only 18 days away! We should know our game schedule shortly (come on Dave, not too early for us!). In the meantime, as Fran noted we will be contributing a pair of tickets to an upcoming Bruins game for the raffle baskets. The tickets were $138 so the cost per family is $12.55. Please give Fran the cash when you see her next or if you want to Venmo her account is mcguinnessfran@gmail.com. Also we will be soliciting for volunteers shortly to help run check ins, locker room assignments, boards and parking lot duty. Please sign up to take a shift and help with this massive, all-volunteer charitable undertaking.

3. Please respond to Fran's note from last week to let her know if you will be able to participate in our event at Merrimack College on January 25th, and also to see who is interested in participating in an on ice experience at a Bruins game at the end of the season.

3. Finally a reminder that the Gourdeau family has graciously offered to host a post-game pizza party following our game Saturday. Henry will be in touch this week to let folks know more details and what to bring.

Have a great day, enjoy the day off, and to any vets out there, thank you!

-TB

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Timothy Bennett

2 months ago

Mite 3 Weekly Update - 11/4/19

Happy Monday -

I heard we put forth a great effort at yesterday's game and fell just short. I am pleased that we continue to make progress and am confident some victories will be in our future.

Reyansh earned the LunchPail Award, and Joy was excellent in net.

This week's schedule:

Skills w/ Pro Ambitions- Tuesday at 5:40pm

Practice - Friday at 5:20

Game - Saturday at 11:50am at Phillips vs Acton/Boxboro (Conor will be goalie)

A few notes:

1. The Heseltine Tournament is only 25 days away! We should know our game schedule shortly. In the meantime, as Fran noted we will be contributing a pair of tickets to an upcoming Bruins game for the raffle baskets. The tickets were $138 so the cost per family is $12.55. Please give Fran the cash when you see her next or if you want to Venmo her account is mcguinnessfran@gmail.com.

2. Also please respond to Fran's note from over the weekend to let her know if you will be able to participate in our event at Merrimack College on January 25th, and also to see who is interested in participating in an on ice experience at a Bruins game at the end of the season.

3. The Gourdeau family has graciously offered to host a post-game pizza party following our game Saturday November 16th. Details to follow from Henry.

Have a great week!

TB

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Timothy Bennett

3 months ago

Mite 3 - Request for Feedback

Families - hard to believe we are almost two months into the season! How is it going so far? It looks to me like everyone is having fun and we have a group of kids who get along. I hope nobody is burned out from hockey yet, there's still a long season to go. Any comments, questions or concerns are welcomed. I'm especially interested to get your perspective on our new skills programs (Dryland w/ XP, Skills w/ Pro Ambitions and Power Skating w/ Erika Hammar).

We are planning some fun stuff for the kids coming up soon - skating at a college game and a team holiday party are in the works. See everyone tomorrow at practice!

Thanks

TB

Staff

Timothy Bennett
Head Coach

Scott Corning
Asst. Coach

Sylvain Olier
Asst. Coach

Richard Enos
Asst. Coach

David Tremblay
Asst. Coach

Fran Walker-McGuinness
Team Manager