Onondaga Youth Hockey Association: Welcome

Bantam Travel Try Out Dates Announced!

Click here for the Bantam Travel Team Page

 September 6th 6:45pm - Cicero Twin Rinks - Olympic Rink

September 7th 6:30pm - Cicero Twin Rinks - NHL Rink

Try Out Fees - $25

Bring a Release Form if you did not play with OYHA last season

Bring Current USA Hockey Registration Form

Click here to print a duplicate USA Hockey Registration

Click here to create 2014-2015 new registration with USA Hockey


2014-2015 Thunder Halloween Rumble Tournament

16U and 18U - October 24-26, 2014 - Fee is $900

Please contact Susan Carey 315-247-7556 / scareyesq@hotmail.com


2014-2015 Planned Teams 

Initiation Program - Session 1 & 2 

8U - Mites - levels to be determined based on player skill

10U - Squirt House (Snowbelt Blue) and Squirt Travel (Snowbelt Red) 

10U Girls

12U - Pee Wee House and Pee Wee Travel

12U Girls

14U - Bantam House and Bantam Travel

16U Split Season State Bound - starting in late August

18U Split Season Independent - starting in late August 

Midget Snowbelt - traditional schedule

Players can choose to play Split Season and Midget Snowbelt

Online Registration is open! We are accepting players at all levels!

Parent Meeting

***OYHA Annual Parent Meeting***

***TONIGHT - September 11, 2012 at 7pm***

DeWitt Fire Station (E Genesee St & Erie Blvd) Parking behind Tops gas station 

Topics for discussion: introduction of board members/coaches, tournaments, jerseys & apparel, banquet, equipment exchange, fund raising, upcoming board positions, and fiscal matters. Please email Mary Gasparini at megasparini@twcny.rr.com with additional items.

Committee Volunteers Needed!

Committees - Interested in volunteering? Please contact the committee chair!

Uniform Committee - Chaired by Mary Gasparini

Fundraising Committee - Chaired by Holly Thompson

Banquet Committee - Chaired by Mary Gasparini

Tournament Committee - Chaired by Jerry Carges

Wednesday, September 12
Additional Tryout Dates for Pee Wee and Bantam

Pee Wee Second Tryout - Friday, 09/14/12 @ 6pm - Tennity Ice Pavilion at SU
Attention Bantams

Bantam Additional Tryout  - Friday, 09/14/12 @ 7:15pm - Tennity Ice Pavilion at SU
There will be no additional charge for players who already paid for tryouts. There will be a $15 charge for new players trying out. The only new players that will be allowed to try out will be Onondaga players that have played with the organization in previous seasons. We had an internal communication issue and felt this was the best way to rectify the issue and give all our kids the same opportunity.

Wednesday, August 22
2012-2013 Registration

Initiation (8 weeks in November and December) $25

Mite (8U)  $310

Squirt (10U) $495

Pee Wee (12U) $570

Bantam (14U) $570

Midget  (16U Split Season) $275

Midget (18U Full Season) $425

NOTE: Midgets can play on the Split Season team and the Full Season team. They should register for the Split Season team. When registering, choose the Full Season option to indicate desire to play full season while the split season is in High School season.

Friday, September 28
Click on the Uniform Tab for new information regarding jerseys, socks, and warm-ups.

Try Hockey for Free Day

November 3, 2012


4yrs to 9yrs of age

Onondaga Nation Arena

Join us in this USA Hockey supported introduction to hockey day. 

On and off ice experiences run by qualified coaches and current Onondaga Youth Hockey Association (OYHA) players. 


No pre-registration, sign-in on arrival! 


Limited quanties of skates and helmets are available,

if you have your own, please bring them!


Wear winter gloves for warmth.


First 40 participants get a free hockey jersey!


Each participant will receive a free ticket to a Syracuse Crunch game with tickets available to family members at a reduced price!


Please contact Mary Gasparini if you have any questions megasparini@twcny.rr.com


OYHA Picture Days - 11-12-12 and 11-13-12

Click on the Team Pictures tab for more information.

Mandatory Parent Meeting **DATE CHANGE**

At least one parent for each player must attend one of the Parent Meetings or their child may not participate in games or practices. Meetings will be held in the Elders Room (upstairs) at the Nation Arena. Sign-in sheets will be available.  

Monday November 19th @ 7:00pm

Tuesday November 20th @ 7:00pm

Travel Team Tryouts
Thank you to the players that attended our tryouts!
Travel team rosters are posted on the team websites!

2013-2014 Head Coaches Announced
Bantam Travel - Co-Head Coaches  - Bob Padula/Curt Jetter
Bantam House - Ace Stout
Pee Wee Travel - Bill Blanchard
Pee Wee House - Tim Quinn
 Squirt Travel - John Weston
Squirt House - Jim Carr
Midget and Mite Coaches to be announced soon.

Attention Players 15 - 18!

Next season, OYHA will host the following teams for players ages 15-18:

  1. U16 Split Season State Bound - starting in late August
  2. U18 Split Season State Bound - starting in late August 
  3. Midget Snowbelt - traditional schedule

Players can choose to play Split Season and Midget Snowbelt.

Try outs for the Split Season U16 and U18 teams will be held at the Tennity Ice Pavilion on the SU Campus.

April 26th & May 3rd

12:30pm - 1:30pm for U16

1:45pm - 2:45pm for U18

Monday, June 23

It is time for another brief update on the pursuit of ice for the 2014-2015 season.

As of this writing, the City has not made a decision yet on who will be the primary tenant at Meachem Ice Rink.  We are still working with the City to try and become the primary tenant. There have been several phone calls, meetings, and information sharing between members of OYHA board and people involved in the decision making progress with the City.

I have received several emails and phone calls with frustration over the pace this process is taking.  Please remember; while this is a number one priority to us, there are other priorities in the City that are taking attention of the decision makers.

I also receive requests about why we are not in the press with this issue.   I ask you, please do not interpret our lack of presence in the press as a lack of activity or a lack of progress.  The OYHA board is focused on working with the people in City Hall and associated government entities that need to hear our story.  We are getting our story to them.  Our work is at a delicate point right now, and the advice we have received is that it would not be in our best interest to go to the press at this time.

We have initiated our Online registration process with ActiveNetwork, and hope to go live with that system in Mid-July.  Please be watching for future emails related to this topic.

Lastly, I have a request of you.  Please be very cautious when using social media.  I receive several questions a week about, “Did you see what (choose your favorite name) put on Facebook?!”  I know social media is a very useful tool with communicating with friends and family, but it also is very easy to say something while at a keyboard that you would not say to someone in person.  While on social media, please remember who we (OYHA) are, what we stand for, and the expected level of behavior we expect from each other.  As my Momma used to say, “If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all!”   As I mentioned before we are at a delicate point in our work with the City, I would hate to see something posted to Facebook, or any other social media, that may negatively impact our position.

Let’s stay the course!  Go Thunder.


Dan Aird,
President, OYHA

Monday, June 23
As you may be aware, the Onondaga Nation executed a contract with Valley Youth Hockey to be the primary youth hockey association tenant at the Nation Rink. 
As for OYHA, we remain in discussion with the City of Syracuse to become the primary youth hockey association tenant at Meachem Ice Rink which would allow OYHA to continue as a premier hockey association in Syracuse and Central New York.  We are hopeful that we will partner with the City of Syracuse in order to continue programs, from initiation to midget and Try Hockey for Free and that we will soon be able to identify our new home. 
Please feel free to contact any board member should you have any questions, we will keep you posted as our future takes shape.

Monday, June 23

OYHA Association Wide Meeting

Thank you to all that attended the meeting on June 3rd. We appreciate your support!

As further information becomes available, we will communicate it to you.

Click here to read the letter from President Dan Aird

Tuesday, February 11
Thunder Rumble Travel Tournament Seeking One More Team at Each Level!

Teams committed:

Onondaga Thunder Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam

Camillus Cougars Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam

Canandaigua Knights Squirt

Rochester Grizzlies Bantam

Binghamton Jr. Senators Pee Wee

Tuesday, February 11
Thunder Squirts Snowbelt Division Champions!

Onondaga Thunder Squirt Red and Blue have clinched their divisions as division champs in Snowbelt AND taken all 16 Fair Play Points earning them the Sportsmanship award for their divisions!!!

Great job Thunder Squirts!!!

Wednesday, August 22
2012-2013 Season Tryouts

All Try-outs are at Tennity Ice Pavilion at 511 Skytop Road (SU South Campus).

Squirt Try-outs 

Saturday 9/8 12:00pm 

Monday 9/10 6:00pm

PeeWee Try-outs

Monday 9/10 7:15pm 

Second PW tryout time TBD

Bantam Try-outs

Saturday 9/8 1:15pm 

Sunday 9/9 1:15pm 

Midget Try-outs

Saturday 9/8 2:30pm 

Sunday 9/9 2:30pm

Friday, September 14
NYSAHA Central Section Meeting

The NYSAHA Central Section Meeting will be held at the Skaneateles Fire Department on September 23rd at 10am.

OYHA Equipment Exchange/Sale


OYHA Hockey Equipment Exchange/Sale at the Nation Arena
$5.00 to buy a parking space

All organizations are welcome!

Park your car and pull out your old hockey equipment to sell or trade. If you would like to donate your old stuff to OYHA we will sell it and proceeds will go to general fund.

Please call or email: Holly Thompson thompsontaylor@twcny.rr.com 591-3801, Wenji Meyers Mye3575@gmail.com 559-7053, or Cindy McCreary 727-0790 for more information or to make donations.

Thank you!

Thank you to all of the players that participated in tryouts! Travel teams rosters will be posted on the website once selections are made.

Tuesday, September 11
Squirt Travel Team Roster

Congratulations to the following players that were selected for the Squirt Travel Team!

Sammy Bonacci
Brackton Bowler
Tanner Burns
Zach Delaney
Ben Hammond
Griffin Grooms
Trevor Humez
Colin Jordan
Jordan Joslyn
Joshua Kuchinski
Tyler Murray
Luke Pinckney
Derek Schumaker

OYHA Annual Meeting - (Open Meeting)
September 10, 2013
Onondaga Nation Arena

Squirt Division I Squirt Division II
Onondaga Ithaca
Osgoode Ice Deamons
Midstate Valley
Orleans Skaneateles
Pee Wee Division I Pee Wee Division II
Ithaca Ottawa East
Onondaga Livingston
Batavia Fulton
Bantam Division I Bantam Division II
Ottawa Mohawk Valley
Oswego Onondaga
Batavia Salmon River
Tournament Schedule - Revised 01-09-14
All teams - please be aware of new game times
*schedule is subject to change*

OYHA host of the 2012 10U Tier III State Championship!

Thursday, November 3
*UPDATED WITH RECENT CHANGES* November has been posted to Master Home Ice Schedule

There have been changes due to ice availability, please verify times with your team manager.

(As always, schedule is subject to change)

Wednesday, September 12
Attention Potential Referees (Players/Parents/Siblings)!

Are you 14 years old or older? Please consider becoming a USA Hockey Ice Official.

To completely register with USA Hockey as an official you need to complete three steps each season:

Go to the Officials section of USAHockey.com and click "Register Online". Select the option to register as an Ice Official. Enter your personal information for our Membership Database (note: please use consistent information throughout the registration process), and pay the National and Local Affiliate (if applicable) Registration Fees. After online registration is complete you will receive a confirmation within 24-hours and a copy of the USA Hockey Playing Rules within a week.

Important note: Please confirm you are able to attend a seminar (see below) prior to completing the online registration process. The registration fee is non-refundable.

The Open Book Rules Exam is accessible 24-hours after online registration. Go to the Open Book Exam page at the Officials section of USAHockey.com and follow the steps to begin your online exam. The exam may be printed (look for the link at the first question), and you may save, quit, and return at any point of the exam. Once complete, please review your answers and and confirm submission of your exam (it will no longer be accessible once submitted). We strongly encourage you to wait until you receive your rulebook and attend your seminar prior to completing the exam.

All USA Hockey Officials must attend a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar each season. To find one in your area, go to the Seminars page at the Officials section of USAHockey.com and select the link for your state. This link will bring you to your State or District website where you may follow the links (or enter search terms) to find a seminar in your area. Most seminars are scheduled between August and November of each season, and schedules begin to appear at the websites by mid-July. Since all seminars are scheduled and coordinated by Local USAH Staff, please contact them using the respective links at the Directory page of the Officials section of USAHockey.com.

Once you complete the three steps of registration, you will receive your USA Hockey Officiating Card and Crest and you are eligible to work USA Hockey sanctioned games.

Thursday, September 13
Attention Mites! Pond Hockey this Saturday!

OYHA Mites have been invited to play pond hockey at Tennity Ice Pavillion this Saturday, 09-15-12 from 6:45 to 7:45 pm.

Please contact John Weston for more information or to reserve your spot.

Cell: 315-436-9232
E-Mail: john@dannantool.com

Friday, January 17
Squirt Bracket

Squirt Pool A   Squirt Pool B
SQ2     1 2 3 Total   SQ4     1 2 3 Total
Friday  12:10 PM Midstate           Thursday  5:15 PM Valley        
Nation  Rink Orleans           Nation  Rink Skaneateles        
SQ1     1 2 3 Total   SQ3     1 2 3 Total
Friday  1:20 PM Onondaga           Friday  2:30 PM Ithaca        
Nation  Rink Osgoode           Nation  Rink Ice Demons        
SQ5     1 2 3 Total   SQ7     1 2 3 Total
Friday  3:40 PM Onondaga           Friday  6:00 PM Ithaca        
Nation  Rink Midstate           Nation  Rink Valley        
SQ6     1 2 3 Total   SQ8     1 2 3 Total
Friday  4:50 PM Osgoode           Friday  7:10 PM Ice Demons        
Nation  Rink Orleans           Nation  Rink Skaneateles        
SQ9     1 2 3 Total   SQ12     1 2 3 Total
Saturday 9:20 AM Orleans           Saturday 10:30 AM Valley        
Nation  Rink Onondaga           Nation  Rink Ice Demons        
SQ10     1 2 3 Total   SQ11     1 2 3 Total
Saturday 12:50 PM Osgoode           Saturday 11:40 AM Skaneateles        
Nation  Rink Midstate           Nation  Rink Ithaca     Tuesday, January 17
Congratulations Pee Wee Travel: Niagara Falls Blizzard Challenge Champions!

Wednesday, January 25
Congratulations Squirt Travel - Niagara Falls Blizzard Challenge Champions

Friday, September 16
Bantam State-Bound Roster is posted

Coach Burns would like to thank all the players who tried out for the Bantam State-bound team.  All the players should be proud of their efforts.  They made it a very difficult decsion for the selection committee.

 All players who did not make the team will be notified when the first Bantam House practice is scheduled!

The roster is posted on the Bantam Travel team page under the teams section of the website.





 Thursday 01-16-14 5:15 PM SQ4 Valley Skaneateles
 Friday 01-17-14 12:10 PM SQ2 Midstate Orleans
  1:20 PM SQ1 Onondaga Osgoode
  2:30 PM SQ3 Ithaca Ice Demons
  3:40 PM SQ5 Onondaga Midstate
  4:50 PM SQ6 Osgoode Orleans
  6:00 PM SQ7 Ithaca Valley
  7:10 PM SQ8 Ice Demons Skaneateles
  8:20 PM BT1 Ottawa Oswego
  9:45 PM BT2 Mohawk Valley Onondaga
Saturday 01-18-14 6:30 AM PW1 Ithaca Onondaga
  7:55 AM PW2 Fulton Ottawa East
  9:20 AM SQ9 Orleans Onondaga
  10:30 AM SQ12 Valley Ice Demons
  11:40 AM SQ11 Skaneateles Ithaca
  12:50 PM SQ10 Osgoode Midstate
  2:00 PM PW3 Batavia Ithaca
  3:25 PM BT3 Batavia Ottawa
  4:50 PM BT4 Salmon River Mohawk Valley
  6:15 PM PW4 Livingston Fulton
  7:40 PM BT5 Oswego Batavia
  9:05 PM BT6 Onondaga Salmon River

Sunday 01-19-14 7:00 AM PW5 Onondaga Batavia
  8:25 AM PW6 Ottawa East Livingston
  9:50 AM SQ13 1st SQDiv I 2nd SQDiv II
  11:00 AM SQ14 1st SQDiv II 2ndSQDiv I
  12:10 PM BT7 2nd BTDiv I 3rd BTDiv II
  1:35 PM BT8 2nd BTDiv II 3rd BTDiv I
  3:00 PM SQ15 Winner SQ13 Winner SQ14
  4:25 PM PW7 2nd PWDiv I 3rd PWDiv II
  5:50 PM PW8 2nd PWDiv II 3rd PWDiv I
  7:15 PM BT9 1st BTDiv I Winner BT8
  8:40 PM BT10 1st BTDiv II Winner BT7
Monday 01-20-14 8:30 AM PW9 1st PWDiv I Winner PW8
  9:55 PM PW10 1st PWDiv II Winner PW7
  11:20 AM BT11 Winner BT9 Winner BT10
  1:00 PM PW11 Winner PW9 Winner PW10

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