Southern Tier Hockey Association: News

Friday, September 9
STHA website


The STHA's new wesbite is LIVE!
Please bookmark/visit the following:
While the old site will remain up for awhile, all new postings and information releases will be made only on the new site. Please make sure you visit the new site from today forward for up-to-date information.
Some pages are still being built (history, photo gallery, etc.), but take a look around and contact Chris Behonick ( if you have any questions, find any broken links, have any suggestions, etc.
Team managers/Coaches, I will be working on giving you permissions to update your individual team pages if you so wish. I will try to answer any questions you have.

Sunday, July 31

Bill Pfeiffer Memorial

"Between the Pipes" Fund


The STHA is currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 "Between the Pipes" Fund awards.  All applications must be received by September 5th, 2016 to be considered for the award.  Award recipients will be notified no later than one (1) week after the submission deadline.


The Between the Pipes Fund was established in 2007 to benefit members of the greater Binghamton area youth ice hockey community and to memorialize Bill Pfeiffer as a long-term supporter of youth hockey.


The STHA grows this fund with the STHA Ice Breaker Fundraiser and other events. The fund will provide the base fees associated with each age group, based on USA Hockey age classifications.  The fund will benefit the following levels, regardless of position played and the program of participation (house or travel): 6U/8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, and 18U.  If awarded, the fund will make the base fee payment directly to the STHA to offset the recipient's base fees.

  For the Application and further information click here.

Monday, August 1



Player age groups and fees have been posted.  


All general registration questions should be directed to the Registrar, Kirk Avery.


Registration is a 2-Phase Process.

   1) USA Hockey Registration

   2) STHA Registration

To register for USA Hockey and STHA click here and follow both steps.


For registration instructions click here.


Payments can be made Online using a Credit/Debit Card

(VISA, MasterCard, Discover) or with a Electronic Check Payment,

or by mailing a Personal Check or Money Order to

STHA, PO Box 2765, Binghamton, NY 13902.


A late fee of $25 shall be assessed for any registrations accepted after August 31st.  


Please ensure all base house payments are made

by August 31st, 2016 (No invoices will be provided).


Friday, August 5



  The annual STHA Hockey Swap Sale will be held rain or shine, at The Hockey Shop (1146 Front St., Binghamton, NY 13905) on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 9:00-11:30am.

Anyone who has equipment they would like to try and sell is asked to fill out the swap form in advance and bring it with you (along with the equipment) for drop-off at the Hockey Shop on Friday, September 9th, between 5:00-8:00pm.

Any cash and/or unsold equipment can be picked up at the Hockey Shop from 11:30am-12:00pm on Saturday, September 10th.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Behonick



Monday, September 5
Name Changes for Travel Teams


USA Hockey has recently made a change and now requires associations to call Tournament Bound Teams "National Tournament Bound", or "NTB". This causes some obvious problems with our teams we were calling "Non-Tournament Bound" (with the exception of 8U & 10U). 
To that end, we are updating all National Tournament Bound teams to be NTB:
o 18U NTB
o 16U NTB
o 14U NTB
o 12U NTB
Our other travel teams will be referred to by the following:
o 18U Travel McGrady
o 14U Travel Basile
o 14U Travel Robitaille
o 12U Travel Macan
o 10U A Travel Roberto
o 10U B Travel Kelly
8U Travel Teams will continue to be referred to as 8U Red, 8U White, and 8U Blue. 

Friday, September 2
STHA to launch new website


We are excited to announce that the STHA will be moving to a new website this season.
The new site will be hosted by the former Sportngin (now SportsEngine), and will have many advantages over the current site, some of which include:
- Mobile-friendly
- More modern look
- Individual team pages available for both House and Travel (for those who want to utilize them)
- Ability to follow your team through the Sports Engine app
- Unlimited content
- Ease of maintenance
The go-live date for the new website is currently expected to be Friday, September 9th.
The new site will be located at:
Please contact Chris Behonick ( if you have any questions.

Friday, September 2
Coaches Meeting and House Player Draft

  House Coaches Meeting and Player Draft

Will be held on Tuesday, September 13th at 7:00PM at Brothers 2 Restaurant, Endwell, NY

All House Head and Assistant Coaches are requested to attend the meeting; however, all Assistant Coaches will not be allowed to be present during the Player Draft process.  

Parents and players will be contacted by their coaches no later than Thursday, September 15th. 

If you have any questions, please contact either Joe Roberto for the Lower House Division (8U) and Patrick Basile for the Upper House Division (10U & above).


Wednesday, August 31
8U Divisions will move to the Red/White/Blue model this season



The STHA is implementing the USA Hockey Red, White and Blue (RWB) model for the 8U (formerly Mini Mite and Dyno Mite) divisions for the 2016-2017 season.
The (RWB) model will result in more equally balanced divisions based on the level of development of the players and will allow coaches to implement practice plans specifically designed toward developing the skills needed for advancement.
To learn more about how the 8U Red, White, and Blue program will work this season, please click here
Please contact ADM Coordinator Joe Roberto with any questions. 

Friday, September 2
House Player Evaluations 2016-2017 Season



  Mandatory House Player Evaluations will take place on
the following dates/times:
All 16U House Players
- Fri Sept 9th @ IHSC 7:45-8:30pm House Evaluations
- Fri Sept 9th @ IHSC 8:30-9:15pm Checking Clinic
All 10U House Players
- Sat Sept 10th @ SBIC 8:00-8:45am House Evaluations
All 12U House Players
- Sat Sept 10th @ SBIC 9:00-9:45am House Evaluations
8U House Players (only 2008 Birth Year)
- Sat Sept 17th @ IHSC 7:00-8:00am ADM House Evaluation
- Sun Sept 18th @ IHSC 7:00-8:00am ADM House Evaluation
8U House Players (only 2009 Birth Year)
- Sat Sept 17th @ IHSC 8:15-9:15am ADM House Evaluations
- Sun Sept 18th @ IHSC 8:15-9:15am ADM House Evaluations
8U House Players (only 2010 Birth Year and younger)
- Sat Sept 17th @ IHSC 9:30-10:30am ADM House Evaluations
- Sun Sept 18th @ IHSC 9:30-10:30am ADM House Evaluations  

 If there are
any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Joe Roberto for the 8U House Division, or Patrick Basile for the 10U-16U House Divisions.

Thursday, September 1
September Goalie Clinics


The STHA will hold two goalie clinics in September, open to all STHA goalies. The cost is $10 per goalie for each session.  Please RSVP to Piero Lisio if you are planning on attending either session. 
The clinics will be held:
Wednesday, Sept. 7th, 5:15-6:15pm at the IHSC
Sunday, Sept. 18th, 5:00-6:00pm at the IHSC

Thursday, September 1
Learn to Skate


The STHA is considering implementing a “Learn to Skate” program for the 2016-2017 season geared toward interested families of children who have not yet been on the ice.
This program, if implemented, would consist of the following:
o Beginning players (typically 3 years old and up)
o The only requirement is interest in hockey
o The learn to skate sessions will be shorter sessions and the focus will be to progress the players to skate under their own power. It is anticipated that many of the children in this group will advance into the Blue division as the season progresses.
o The program would consist of 10 sessions running from October to early December. The sessions would take place once a week and run about 45 minutes.
The STHA Board will assess the level of interest in the Learn to Skate Program and determine if there’s enough interest to warrant implementing the program for the 2016-2017 season.
If you have an interest in this program please let us know by emailing Piero Lisio at

Wednesday, August 31



Sunday drills sessions will be held on Sunday mornings at the Ice House Sports Complex. 

8U and 10U will run from 8AM-9:30AM, and all others (12U and above) will run from 9:30AM-11AM. 

The cost is $10 per child per session, payable to Mike Rogers (cash) prior to getting on the ice. Any coaches interested in helping out please contact Patrick Basile. Kids of coaches who assist get to skate for free in that session. 

Please note that there will be goaltending instruction at these sessions. 

  The Ice House Sports Complex will have breakfast items available for  purchase in the upstairs restaurant during these sessions.

Drill Dates (all Sundays) are shown below.

July 17  (This session is cancelled due to ice issues)
July 24
July 31
August 7
August 14
August 28
September 4
September 11

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.

Thursday, August 4
Players Needed for the 18U NTB Team


Attention all 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 birth year players. The 18U Non-Tournament Bound is in need of additional skaters.
Please share this message with anyone you know that might be interested.
Interested players can either contact Coach Ed McGrady ( or Travel Director Piero Lisio ( for more information.


Wednesday, August 31
STHA Board Meeting




The next Regular Meeting of the STHA Board of Directors will be held on Monday September 19th, at 7:00pm at the The Relief Pitcher in Binghamton, NY.     


Please attend and support youth hockey in the Southern Tier.


Sunday, November 29


As part of Hockey Weekend Across America, the STHA will be hosting a  free "Try Hockey Day" for children ages 4 to 11.

Date: Saturday, February 20th, 2016 

 Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Where: The Ice House Sports Complex, 614 River Road,

Binghamton, NY 13901


      You can pre-register for the event by clicking here.


Equipment will be provided, please come out and join us and see how much fun hockey can be! 


If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Espe


Wednesday, September 16
House Coaches for the 2015-2016 Season


2015-2016 SEASON


The current House Coaches selected for the 2015 - 2016 season are listed below:
Mini Coaches: 
Kevin Farry, Matt Landers, Trevor Morgan, Vinnie Polacek, Ken Ruland, Steve Ash.
Dyno Coaches:
Scott Beattie, Dan Ciaravino, Rick Masters, & Robert Matson.  
Two more coaches are still to be named.
Squirt Coaches:
Evan Ekstrom, Tim Labosky, Ed Spence, & James Pratt. 
Peewee Coaches:
Jason Smith, Eric Kretzmer, Scott Trelease, & Brett Walworth.
 U16 Coaches:
James Bedford, William Cohen, Chris Colapietro, & Anthony Pittarelli.
The current Select Coaches selected for the 2015 - 2016 season are listed below:
Select Dyno Coach:           Robert Matson
Select Squirt Coach:     Dave Burnsworth
Select Peewee Coach:                         TBD
Select U16 Coach:          Anthony PIttarelli
Thank you to all those named for volunteering your time for this upcoming season.  
For more information on the House Coaches, please contact Piero Lisio and Anthony Pittarelli.