2021-2022

Bantam 1


The Week Ahead

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday
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practice 7:20 PM (1h) Phillips Academy Gurry Rink
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game 2:30 PM (1h) vs. Beverly Bantam 1 Tewksbury 2
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League game 7:40 PM (1h) vs. Tewksbury Bantam 1 Lawrence
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practice 7:20 PM (1h 30m) Phillips Academy Harrison Rink Boys HSHS 2 Gold

Team Feed

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Timothy Bennett

a day ago

AHA B1 Update 10/18/21

Good morning-

1. PLEASE make sure every player has a mouthpiece and an extra in their equipment bag. It is the rule and referees were enforcing it strictly this past weekend as we saw. I was at another game this weekend and saw an entire team sent off the ice before the start and assessed a penalty for delay of game because players were missing mouthpieces. If you don't have a mouthpiece starting next weekend we will not let you on the ice for a game - it is not fair to penalize the team if individual players are not prepared with the proper equipment.

2. Saturday's game was a tough loss to a good team. I am proud the boys did not give up and actually played a solid third period. I think for the most part the effort was there, in contrast to the previous week. BUT, the reality is that we are going to be facing hard competition all season long. That is a good thing because it will help get these boys ready for high school hockey, which is our primary goal. However, that also means that effort itself will likely not be enough. Effort needs to be coupled with execution. We need everyone on the same page doing their job on the ice. And during the game we did not execute consistently. For example, we did not have players lining up for faceoffs correctly. We did not have players running the correct breakout or forecheck systems. Instead, we had players reaching and lunging instead of skating through the opponent and playing the body and not getting back to cover in front of the net. As we have said every week, we need to do these little things right. Effort and execution need to be the goal every week.

This week at a glance:

1. Practice Tonight 7:20PM (90 Mins w/ HS Gold)

2. Practice Wednesday 7:20PM (60 Mins Single Team Practice)

3. Game Saturday 2:30PM @Tewksbury vs. Beverly

4. Game Sunday 7:40PM @Lawrence vs. Tewksbury

*Please also check your schedules for your individual Elev802 skill session*

Thanks,

TB

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Timothy Bennett

a week ago

AHA B1 Update 10/11/21

Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend. A quick note on attendance. We have had some lightly attended practices over the past week. We are of course aware that everyone on this team has multiple commitments between other hockey teams, fall sports, and most importantly schoolwork. We also appreciate that some players have been ill or injured recently. All we ask is that if your player will not be attending a game or practice that they let me know as far in advance as possible. A lot of planning goes into each practice and game and if we are short, that can result in a lot of last minute changes.

As I noted at the start of the season, we want the boys taking responsibility for managing their schedules themselves. We are trying to get them ready for high school hockey in the short term, and for life in general beyond. Please stress to them the importance of keeping their schedules organized and letting us know if they will be unavailable. Repeat offenders will see ice time reduced during games in the future.

This week at a glance:

1. Practice Tonight 7:20PM (90 Mins w/ HS Gold)

2. Practice Wednesday 7:20PM (60 Mins Power Skating w/ Erika Hammar)

3. Game Saturday 9:00PM @Woburn vs. Everett/Revere

*Please also check your schedules for your individual Elev802 skill session*

Thank you!

TB

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Timothy Bennett

a week ago

AHA B1 Schedule Updates

1. Just a reminder there is NO GAME this weekend. The game scheduled for tomorrow has been rescheduled to Wednesday 10/27 (so they can go to "Clown Town" if that is still cool at their age). It may still be showing on your calendar but please disregard, for some reason the system is not allowing your esteemed webmaster to delete this event.

2. I added practice sessions on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Saturday is at 10:40am (with HS Gold) and Sunday is at 8:50am (single team). Please make every effort to attend. Freshmen, you have 8 weeks until Thanksgiving.

Thanks

TB

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Timothy Bennett

2 weeks ago

AHA Bantam 1 Weekly Update 10.4.21

1. I will keep my post game remarks short following last night. In a word, our performance was uninspired. We simply did not show up to play and the other team did - and so they beat us in every phase of the game. We will move on and grow from it.

2. Please note that due to numerous conflicts we are going to postpone our game that was scheduled for this coming Friday night. Most likely the game will be made up during our usual Wednesday practice sheet (7:20pm on 10/27). The Winchester coach is ok with this, I am just in the process of going through the AHA and league protocols. Since we will have no games this coming weekend, I have reached out to schedule some additional practice times depending on AHA open ice availability.

3. We are registered for the Arlington Winter Classic tourney December 20-24. I will follow up once we know more specifics as to game times and cost per player.

4. Week ahead is as follows:

Tonight - Practice 7:20pm (90 mins w/ HS Gold)

Wednesday - Practice 7:20pm (60 mins single team)

*Please also check your schedules for your assigned Elev802 skills sessions.

Have a good week,

TB

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Timothy Bennett

2 weeks ago

AHA Bantams - Weekend Reminder

1. One game this weekend - Sunday afternoon 4:40pm at the Essex Sports Center in Middleton v. Beverly. Please plan to arrive by 4pm as we would like to go through a few items before the game. Please let me know if anyone can't make it.

2. Following up from the past week - please let me know if you are interested in the potential pre-holiday tourney in Arlington the week of December 20. I've only heard back from about half the team and we need a few more players to make it work. I'd like to make a decision on this one way or the other by the end of the weekend.

Have a great day!

TB

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Timothy Bennett

2 weeks ago

AHA Bantams - Please arrive early tonight if possible

We have single team practice tonight 7:20p. We would like to work on diagramming and explaining some of the drills and systems we will be working on at practice including power play and penalty kill. If possible please try to arrive to the rink by 6:45p so we can go over in the locker room before going out on the ice. If you cannot make it tonight please let me know if you haven't done so already. Thanks!

TB

Timothy Bennett

3 weeks ago

AHA Bantam 1 Weekly Update 9.27.21

***Team Photos tonight! Please be fully dressed in game jerseys by 6:45pm. Please pre-order and print out your receipt to give to photographer.***

1. Very satisfying win over a fast, skilled team on Saturday night. I was most impressed we kept our composure even though it seemed at times we were playing not just the other team but the officials. But we adapted our game, eliminated our mistakes, and battled for a well earned victory. If we keep up the smart, heads up plays (example: Aiden hitting Ian coming out of the penalty box) and rugged determination (example: Brendan's empty net goal), we will have a great season.

2. Week ahead is as follows:

Tonight - Practice 7:20pm (90 mins w/ HS Gold)

Wednesday - Practice 7:20pm (60 mins single team)

Sunday - Game 4:40pm @Essex Sports Center (Middleton) v. Beverly

*Please also check your schedules for your assigned Elev802 skills sessions.

3. Finally housekeeping:

(a): A few people still owe me for the open ice session last month. Please Venmo me when you get a chance.

(b): Please let me know your thoughts on the potential tournament I mentioned last week. So far we have a few "INs" so I would like to continue to get responses and make a decision by this weekend.

Have a good week!

TB

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Timothy Bennett

3 weeks ago

Offensive Zone Faceoff

Folks - following up on Coach Addesa's instruction from practice last night, below is a link to a perfect example of execution on an offensive zone faceoff. This clip is from today's Worcester Junior Railers game (Mike's older son plays on the team).

Each player is doing their job and the result is a nice goal. Please have your sons watch this clip and their homework is to explain to mom and dad where everyone is supposed to line up and what every player's job is on the faceoff.

Note - We may be quizzing some parents at random this weekend! Enjoy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZCbTJxZ...

See you Saturday!

-TB

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Timothy Bennett

4 weeks ago

AHA Bantam 1 Weekly Update 9.20.21

1. Great win last night! Solid effort and contributions all around. Again, lots of work to be done but we can see signs this team has potential for a successful season if they are locked in each and ever shift. We will try to give them the tools to get there but ultimately they need to put in the work to get the job done.

2. Week ahead is as follows:

Tonight - Practice 7:20pm (90 mins w/ HS Gold)

Wednesday - Practice 7:20pm (60 mins single team)

Saturday - Game 5:00pm @Lawrence v. Tewksbury

*Please also check your schedules for your assigned Elev802 skills sessions.

3. I know it's early but I am looking at a potential local Christmas tournament. The tournament would be in Arlington and the dates for our division (Bantam AAA) are actually the week before Christmas - three games evenings the week of December 20 with the championship game Christmas eve morning. I participated in this tournament as player myself back in pre-historic times and also as a coach for squirts and peewees more recently and so would love the opportunity to finish off the youth hockey experience for this group as bantams. Please let me know if you would be interested and available. The cost is $950 per team, which works out to $64 per player (goalie free). It is usually some combination of Arlington, Winchester, Belmont in the tournament so very good competition. Please let me know this week and if we can get 10 skaters and a goalie I will move forward.

Thanks

TB

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Timothy Bennett

a month ago

AHA Bantam 1 Quick Update 9.18.21

1. As I told the boys in the locker room after the game this afternoon, there was a lot to like but a LOT we need to work on. Please let your boys know the points of emphasis this week at practice will be shooting accuracy, breakout coverage, backchecking/angling and offensive zone faceoffs. We will be sending some materials on that last point that I would ask the boys to review before our Wednesday single team practice.

2. Reminder we have a game tomorrow (Sunday) night 6:30pm at Haverhill vs. NH East. I don't know much about them other than that it looks like they have the same color scheme as us, so please make sure you have a dark numbered jersey in your bag (the blue HSHS jerseys should work for those who have them). Always a good idea to keep one in your bag just in case. Please let me know if you will not be there if you have not done so already.

3. Just some housekeeping - I forgot to settle up with people following that pre-season skate we had last month. Cost is $36 per skater (goalies free) - Venmo @Timothy-Bennett-26 when you get a moment if you have not done so already.

Thanks

TB

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Timothy Bennett

a month ago

AHA Bantam 1 Weekly Update - 9/13/21

1. Practice tonight 7:20pm - 90 minute session with HS Gold. We will practice together (breaking off into smaller groups as needed for some drills). Please make sure you have a WHITE and DARK practice jersey so we can scrimmage.

2. Wednesday night 7:20pm - 60 minutes power skating session with Erika Hammar. We only get her once a month so please make every effort to attend.

3. Game Saturday 1:30pm @ Pingree vs. our rivals from Triton. This is always a tight, tough game so a great way to start the league schedule.

4. Game Sunday 6:30pm @Haverhill vs. NH East.

5. Also reminder to check your calendars for your assigned Elev802 skills session. For example, some of the boys have it tomorrow night at 8:30pm.

I have game jerseys and socks for anyone who was not at last Friday's practice.

Please let me know if you cannot make any of the above events this week.

Looking forward to a great week, see you tonight!

-TB

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Timothy Bennett

a month ago

Also FYI - I went to cancel the game on our calendar but now for some reason it is showing as a practice in Methuen instead. Please disregard. Whoever the webmaster is will have to figure this one out!

Thanks

TB

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Timothy Bennett

a month ago

Bantam 1 - no game this Sunday

I just received a notice that our game scheduled for Sunday has been cancelled due to "issues" at the Methuen Rink. Not sure what that means exactly but bottom line is that there are no games this weekend. We still have practice tonight at 7:40pm, please let me know if you cannot make it.

Thanks

TB

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Timothy Bennett

a month ago

AHA Bantam 1 Update 9.3.21

1. Our initial practice schedule has been posted (and pushed to your phone if you enabled that function). Our first practice is this Wednesday, 9/8, at 7:20PM. The first week we will practice Wednesday and Friday; thereafter we will practice Mondays and Wednesdays. That will be our set schedule until mid-November, then there may be some deviation once the high school season starts.

Also for those players who will be participating in the HSHS program, that practice schedule has been posted and games should be posted shortly.

2. Our VHL parity game schedule has been posted as well. The first game is scheduled to be Sunday, 9/12 at 10:50AM at Methuen vs. the Gladiators (Lewiston, Maine). This will be an early challenge for the boys so they will need to be ready to play hard.

3. Also next week our skills sessions begin at the new Elev802 facility. This schedule is also posted and pushed to your phone (it says "802 Bantam Practice").

4. Please make sure you have done all the registration paperwork required by the end of this weekend. If your player's USA Hockey number is not posted to our system, he can't step on the ice. If you haven't registered with VHL, your player can't play in games. If you have any questions or are unsure if you have done everything, please ask me and I can check.

5. If they have not already done so please ask your boys to check their equipment this weekend so we can be sure everyone is ready to go on Wednesday night - skates sharpened, helmet screws tightened, extra masks and mouth guards packed, sticks taped and all equipment tried on, fitting correctly and packed up in their bags. We have only two practices to get ready for the first game and so can't afford to waste any time. I want the boys to take responsibility for this.

6. Finally we all know this is a crazy time of year between back to school, fall sports and other activities and commitments. That said I expect players to make every effort to attend all practices and games. I encourage you to have them download our schedule onto their phones and work with you to manage their daily time commitments. If they cannot make a practice or game please have them text me (with a parent on the same text message thread please) so that I know and the other coaches and I can plan accordingly.

Have a great holiday weekend and please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions. I am looking forward to seeing everyone next week!

-TB

Staff

Timothy Bennett
Head Coach
(781) 883-7967
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Michael Longo
Assistant Coach
(917) 204-9541
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Rachael Longo
Team Manager
(914) 373-1335
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Mike Addesa
Assistant Coach

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