Southern Tier Hockey Association: Welcome

Last Updated:  28 June 2016 @ 9:56 PM


The Southern Tier Hockey Association is a Youth Hockey Organization located in the Southern Tier of New York State.  We offer both House and Competitive Tier II Travel Programs ranging from Mini-Mites through Midgets, ages 4 to 18. 

STHA Address:  P.O. Box 2765, Binghamton, NY 13902


Tuesday, June 28
Coaches Letter of Intent




The STHA is now accepting Letters of Intent and Applications for House and Select Coaching positions for the 2016-2017 season.   


All Coaches shall be USA Hockey certified to coach at the proper level and screened, per USA Hockey Official Rules of Ice Hockey and the New York State Amateur Hockey Association (NYSAHA) Official Guide. All candidates interested in becoming head coach of a house team shall submit, in writing, a coaching application. A separate coaching application shall be submitted for each age level the applicant is interested in coaching. The letter shall state the age level the applicant is interested in coaching, the current coaches level that is held with the expiration date, and past coaching experience(s). Additional information can be submitted as desired by the applicant.  


All applicants must have their Letter of Intent and Coaches Application submitted to the House VP's for House and Select coaching positions by August 31, 2016.  


For the cross-ice divisions (8U), all Letters of Intent and Applications need to be emailed to Joe Roberto, ADM Coordinator. 


For the upper divisions (10U, 12U, 14U, 16U), all Letters of Intent and Applications need to be emailed to Patrick Basile, VP of House Operations, Upper House. 


Please be sure that Roy Wagner, ACE Coordinator, is also copied on all submissions. 


The Coaches Application is located on the STHA website and can be accessed here.

Friday, June 24
Thank You - Romney Shelepak




After 9 years of dedication and service to the STHA as a Board Member, Romney Shelepak has decided to move on.

Romney has served in many of the most demanding and thankless roles in her years as a Board Member (most notably Treasurer and Scheduler), and her contributions to the organization are immeasurable. 

Romney has agreed to continue to work with the new scheduler throughout this year as we transition the role. 

The STHA Board of Directors would like to sincerely thank Romney for her many years of dedication and service to the STHA. 

 Thank you Romney!


Friday, June 24
USA Hockey Age Classification Name Changes






At their recent Annual Meetings, the USA Hockey Board of Directors voted to remove references to age classifications using Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget, and instead refer to them using age categories.
Age categories will now be referred as:
 18U (Formerly Midget 18U)
 16U (Formerly Midget 16U)
  14U (Formerly Bantam)
 12U (Formerly Pee Wee)
 10U (Formerly Squirt)
8U (Formerly Mite)
The birth year groupings will remain unchanged.  We will be updating the website to reflect these changes.  Old habits are hard to break, but we will use the new designations going forward. 



Monday, June 27
SIHA Summer 2016 Clinic


The Sport International Hockey Academy is excited to be bringing our 27th year of hockey instruction to: The Ice House Sports Complex (August 22 - 26) - "40 Hour Program".


We currently have 11 Skater slots & 2 Goalie spaces still available for our August 22 - 26 Camp. As a side note we did fill most of our camp locations last year and we do limit registrations, to ensure that we offer quality hockey instruction, to all of our students.


To quickly register online and to avoid disappointment, please click on the following link;


OUR 40 HOUR SIHA PROGRAM (8:15 AM - 4:15 PM)


Player On-Ice Program: We offer each student 3 hours of daily Power Skating & Puckhandling training including Power Skating (Forward Stride, Tight Turns, Backwards Skating and Stops & Starts). Puckhandling (Passing, Shooting, 1 on 1's, 2 on 2's, 2 on 1's & Intro to Checking.


Goalie On-Ice Program: We offer each Goalie, daily 1 on 1 Goalie Instruction including the following skill emphasis drills; Stance & Angles, The Pad Save, The Glove Save & The Break-Away Save. All goalies will enjoy concentrated instruction from our Goalie Instructor on a daily basis.


Video Analysis: All students (players & goalies) will be filmed each day in a different on-ice drill (players & goalies) and will then sit down daily with our Head Instructor to have their skills thoroughly analyzed through the use of our telestrator, instructor audio, split screen comparisons and Pro-Video Comparisons. You may purchase your Personalized Take-Home DVD Analysis (MP4 Computer Transferable Files) for $15.00. "Clearly Our Best Guarantee For A Quality Hockey Education".


Russian Training: Each student will have the opportunity to participate in a series of daily off-ice conditioning exercises to further develop their hockey muscles including; Arm exercises, Leg exercises, Agility Stickhandling exercises, Obstacle Course Challenge (for prizes) & our "Iron Man Contest".


Off-Ice Shooting: All students will participate in our daily off-ice shooting program, shooting approximately 75 pucks per day with a different shot each day (Wrist Shot, Backhand Shot, Snap Shot & Slap Shot). Our expert staff will also film each player with their shooting technique and professionally analyze their shot through the use of our I-Pad (telestration and slow motion analysis).


Recreation: Our program also offers a cool down segment where our staff and students have fun each day with a different recreational activity each day (Road Hockey, Whiffle Ball, Kick Ball, International Hand Ball & Soccer).


Daily Lectures: We offer a daily hockey lecture for all students including the following; Sportsmanship & Self Discipline, Game-Tape Analysis (Scrimmage Break-Down), Rules Lecture, NHL Behind The Scenes & Pre-Game Preparation. You may purchase your Game Tape Analysis Group Scrimmage DVD (MP4 Computer Transferable Files) for $15.00.


Lunch Program: We do offer the choice of ordering a lunch package (Pizza, Sub, BBQ burger or hot dog, BBQ Chicken Patties) - all lunches are served with Gatorade, chips, desert and fruit. Our Youth Meal is $37.00 and our Big Kid Meal is $48.00. Some cities may incur a $10.00 catering surcharge (please see our website or brochure).



2016 SIHA Brochure (PDF):

2016 SIHA Online Registration:

SIHA Regional Director: Eric Kretzmer


We look forward to having you participate in our 2016 Sport International Hockey Academy and our 27th instructional summer. For a hockey camp experience that will be sure to offer the perfect combination of both fun and hard work, please consider SIHA, this summer!


If you should have any questions, please contact our SIHA head office at 1-800-724-6658.


We look forward to a great summer, we'll see you soon!

Tuesday, February 2
Fastrac 2016 Summer Hockey Schools










July 18-22, 2016

August 29 – September 2, 2016

Open to all age groups and skill levels, players will be grouped according to their ability.

Hockey schools will include on-ice training at Ice House Sports Complex, off-ice training at FasTrac Hockey Training Center, videos (analysis and training) and outdoor hockey activities (weather permitting).

OFF-ICE at FasTrac includes:

- State of the art skating treadmill

- Hockey specific plyometrics and strength training (“dryland”)

- Skating stride and Russian Box for explosiveness

- Skills training (shooting, passing, shot accuracy) using synthetic ice

Head Instructors: Rich Laganiere and Pierre Laganiere (former Broome Duster and coach of STHA and Junior teams for over 25 years)

Special instruction for goalies with goalie coach

First come-first serve, limited spots available (Each day is ~8 hours, drop-off at ~8am)

*Registration requires $100 deposit;  Full payment required by 4/1 for discounts to apply.

$350 for each week (lunch each day is included in cost)

15% discount for players who register* for both schools by Feb 15 - $595

10% discount for players who register* for one (1) school by Feb 15 - $315

15% discount for siblings who register* by Feb 15 - 2 siblings - $595, 3 siblings - $890, 4 siblings - $1,190


Please see the flyer for more info.


Registration form


Tuesday, June 21
STHA Board Meeting




The next Regular Meeting of the STHA Board of Directors will be held on Monday July 18th, at 7:00pm at the The Relief Pitcher in Binghamton, NY.     



Please attend and support youth hockey in the Southern Tier.


Saturday, June 4



The Friday Night Hockey League(FNHL) is on for another season and is open to all kids playing at the Dyno, Squirt, Pee-Wee, Bantam and 16U levels in the 2016/2017 hockey season.


The registration form can be found at the below link, and the deadline is currently set for June 27th so please respond accordingly.


2016 FNHL Registration Form


Please feel free to pass the information along to other hockey families and friends.


Any questions please feel free to contact Mike Patrick at


Wednesday, June 1


Congratulations to the following members elected at the annual board meeting on May 31, 2016

Patrick Basile (3 Year Term)
Jim Brady (3 Year Term)
Bill King (3 Year Term)
Joe Roberto (3 Year Term)
Thank you to out going board members Jennifer Carlo, Jeff Espe, and Al Gorick for your time and dedication over your terms of service to the STHA.

Saturday, May 21
Goalie Training


Jared Levine played youth hockey as goalie for the STHA and continued his career in the junior ranks in Florida and Syracuse. He will be attending and playing for Becker College (D3) this fall. Jared will be running on ice and off ice goalie development sessions this summer. He has experience as an instructor in Canada and is currently mentoring several youth goalies now. This a great opportunity for goalies to prepare for the upcoming season. If you are interested, please contact Jared at 759-7080 for fees and availability.

Monday, May 23
Update on Potential Pee Wee "C" Travel Team



  Thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest in the STHA forming a third (“C”) travel team at the 12U level. The Board is currently weighing options on how to proceed with this proposal.

The Board is currently in the process of laying out the 2016-2017 ice schedule. We need to assess whether enough weeknight ice exists to field another travel team, as well as alternative options including potential late-afternoon and weekend ice time for this team. We must also carefully weigh how this option would impact our house program.

The May STHA meeting is the annual meeting where new officers are elected and the upcoming season's budget is discussed. There is no open floor discussion or Executive session at this meeting.

The potential 12U "C" team option will be formally discussed at the June board meeting. We would invite anyone interested in giving their thoughts to attend the June meeting. The date of the June meeting will be determined at the Annual Meeting in May and posted to the STHA website and Facebook page.

We also wanted to make everyone aware that in the event a 12U "C" is approved, there will be a separate tryout held for the team. The tryout would be expected to take place sometime during last two weekends in August.

Thank you for your patience. Please feel free to contact the Board if you have any additional questions.  

Wednesday, February 24
Maximum Athletic Performance at Binghamton University

Maximum Athletic Performance at Binghamton University


Maximum Athletic Performance at Binghamton University is a program for boys and girls aged 13 to 18 geared to improve overall athletic ability.


Attendees will be trained in strength training, core strength, flexibility, and agility/speed drills.


Sessions run this Spring/Summer from May 16th until August 18th, and this Winter from December through February.


Please contact BU Head Strength Coach Bryan McGovern at 607-777-6652, or or log onto for more information. 

Tuesday, September 8
STHA Equipment Rental




New to the STHA? In need of equipment?
The STHA has a rental program that you can take advantage of. Email Equipment Director, Piero Lisio for more information.
The rental equipment form can be found under the Handouts/Forms section of the website, or by clicking here





Monday, June 29


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Monday, July 22





Any member wishing to purchase customized warm up suits, sweatshirts, shirts or other items that contain the Binghamton Senator Branding shall obtain approval from the STHA Equipment Director prior to placing any orders to ensure appropriate license requirements are met.  Binghamton Senators merchandise, including Binghamton Jr. Senators merchandise, is only available through authorized dealers.  The STHA Equipment Director shall seek approval of the Binghamton Senators if their branding is being requested.


For more information, please contact Piero Lisio.


Tuesday, October 23


Interested in purchasing Jr. Senators apparel?  


The Binghamton Senators have recently added new Jr. Sens items to their on-line store, some of which can be customized with your favorate players name and number.  Click here to view a list of current items available for purchase.



Sunday, May 3

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