North Park Hockey Assocation is a private, non-profit youth hockey club based in New York City. North Park was founded in 1987 in Central Park, and we are proud to be heading down the homestretch of our 30th season. We offer programs from learn-to-skate through Bantam. Our learn-to-skate program is based at Bryant Park and runs from November thru February. Our travel teams (Mite, Squirt, PeeWee, and Bantam) play from September through May, with the exception of holidays, and we are grateful to be partnered with a variety of metropolitan New York City venues, including Chelsea Piers’ SkyRink, City Ice Pavilion, MacKay Ice Arena, Cutting Edge Ice Academy & Long Island City-ICE, among others.
We compete against other elite programs in Long Island, Westchester, Connecticut & New Jersey, and our mission is to be New York City's leading hockey program focused exclusively on Mite through Bantam levels, while making a long-term commitment to our families to develop players from preschool through 9th grade. Our tryouts evaluate new players and make roster determinations for returning players. While we will address behavioral or attendance issues if necessary, we do not "cut" returning players based on an annual talent assessment. We have found players at these young age levels to develop at different rates, and over time, all will advance to a high level in our program. Our primary goal is to instill a lifelong love of hockey, which we believe is put at risk unnecessarily at this age with a more short-term mindset.
We consistently produce graduates into AAA clubs and top high school teams. We accomplish our goals with a focus on coaching talent from the U.S. and overseas, as well as strength of commitment from our member families. We believe that there is ample competition within a 45-60 minute drive of Manhattan to develop talent at this age, so it is rare that we will travel outside of that radius to play games. We also encourage balance with the rigorous academic requirements in New York City schools, and with other extracurricular pursuits when not in peak season. Please note that North Park also offers a need-based financial aid program.
If you have any questions about playing for North Park, please contact
. And if you would like to schedule a game with our program, please contact Bara at
Let's Go North Park!
Mite 2010 Wins Silver in Mite March Madness
Mite 2010s Win Silver Medal in Freeport
All three of North Park's Mites teams performed well in the Mite March Madness Tournament in Freeport, Long Island on March 3-4. Our Mite 2010 and Mite Green both won silver medals in their respective divisions. Our Mite Blue went 2-2 and missed out on the finals only on a tie breaker.
North Park will host Tryout Tune Up Clinics on Tuesday, March 13th and Wednesday, March 14th at City Ice Pavilion. These clinics will be free of charge and open to everyone.
Mites (2010-12): Tuesday, March 13, 5:30p-6:50p
Squirts (2008-09): Wednesday, March 14, 5:30p-6:50p
PeeWees (2006-07): Tuesday, March 13, 7p-8:20p
Bantams (2004-05): Wednesday, March 14, 7p-8:20p
In order to participate, you must register online (under Club menu on our website). If you were registered with another NYSAHA club in 2017-2018, you must bring an executed release (link to the release form is provided on the registration window).
Tryouts for the 2018-19 Season will take place at the following dates/times (all sessions at City Ice Pavilion):
Mites (2010-12): Weds-Thurs, April 4-5, 5:30p-6:50p
Squirts (2008-09): Weds-Thurs, April 4-5, 7p-8:20p
PeeWees (2006-07): Weds, April 11, 7p-8:20p & Thurs, April 12, 5:30p-6:50p
Bantams (2004-05): Thurs, April 12, 7p-8:20p
Please register online (under Club menu on our website). Tryouts are free of charge. Release forms are required for players looking to transfer from another NYSAHA club.
If you are a Mite or Squirt interested in North Park and unable to attend the tryouts due to school spring vacation, please email us at
If your child is 2011 and younger, and you are unsure whether he/she is ready for travel hockey, you are encouraged to register for our Spring Developmental Mites program. We will promote Developmental Mites to travel hockey when they are ready, even if that timing is mid-season.
North Park Bantam Tryouts announced for 2018-2019 – April 12th , 7pm at City Ice Pavilion. Tryouts are free and open to all prospective players. However, you must pre-register on the North Park website. In addition, North Park will host a free open skating and skills development “Tryout Tune Up” for Bantams on Wednesday, March 14th, from 7pm till 8:20pm, at City Ice.
North Park Hockey anticipates fielding two Bantam hockey teams for the upcoming season and will have available roster spots for new players and goalies on both teams. Our NP Green team will be a Tier III Tournament Bound team that will participate in the Hudson Valley Hockey League (HVHL) TB Division and will be eligible to qualify for NYSAHA State Championship Tournament. In addition, it will play in the Metro Elite Hockey League’s (MEHL) Gold division, consisting of AA teams from Long Island, CT and NJ. Our NP Bantam White Team will be registered in the HVHL B league and potentially the MEHL Silver A division.
Both Bantam teams will have two evening on-ice weekday practices as well as off-ice strength training opportunities. North Park bantam coaches place an emphasis on developing proper and safe body-checking skills and techniques following USA Hockey recommendations. Our North Park Bantam coaches bring the highest quality personal coaching and playing experience to help the team and individual player development. Bantam director and Green team head coach Ivo Mocek has been a NP coach for 9 years bringing his brand of “Evil Hockey” to North Park. Coach Ivo played for the Czech Republic National team from 2004 -2008 and was a first round pick in the QMJHL. Our Bantam White coaches Ryan McDonald and SJ Broadt were teammates while playing D1 hockey at the University of Delaware, following impressive careers playing Juniors and Tier 1 AAA youth hockey. SJ is currently the emergency backup goalie for the NJ Devils NHL team.
North Park bantam player development provides the critical development to continue their hockey playing for top Prep School JV and Varsity hockey teams as well as local Midget and High School teams. As per NYSAHA rules, non-returning NP players must provide prior to tryouts a Signed Release showing they do not have any financial and/or equipment obligation owed to their prior Association.
North Park won two championships in the Hudson Valley Hockey League over the Feb 24-25 weekend. Squirt White won the 10U Select division with playoff victories over Rye Rangers and Hudson Valley Polar Bears, and Squirt Green won the 10U Elite division with playoff wins over the New York SkyLiners and the Hudson Valley Polar Bears. Congratulations to Squirt White Coaches Jason Michaud and Ryan Gottschalk and to Squirt Green Coach Martin Cejka for bringing home two more championship banners!
North Park Posts a First and a Second in MEHL Gold Playoffs
10U Gold Champions
Congrats to North Park Squirt Green, Champions of the Metro Elite Hockey League 10U Gold division, and to North Park Bantam Green, which came in second in the 14U Gold division. Links to full recaps on the MEHL website below:
On Saturday, February 10th, our North Park Mites visited New Haven for a fun overnight trip to Yale. We divided up our Mites into two balanced teams to face off against the Yale Junior Bulldogs at Yale's beautiful Eero Saarinen-designed Ingalls Rink, aka The Whale. In the evening the Mites watched the Yale team defeat Princeton 7-2. Special thanks to the Simonds & Brooks families for organizing the trip, including special tours of the varsity locker rooms and the alumni lounge.
Coach Andrew Nawn Accepts Service Award from Coach Earl Rix
In recognition of Andrew Nawn's TWENTY years of volunteer coaching service to North Park, we have established the Andrew Nawn Service Award to be given to volunteers who make an exceptional contribution to North Park. Andrew coached our youngest players, helping literally thousands of North Park players learn to skate, stickhandle and shoot, in our 6 & under Developmental Mites program. Coach Earl Rix presented the award to Andrew on February 2, 2017 at a reception attended by several "generations" of the North Park family, including past and present coaches, commissioners and players. Andrew, we sincerely appreciate the incredible contributions you have made over the years, in teaching our children both hockey skills and life lessons, and we hope to bring you out of "retirement" on occasion in the future.
Blackhawks Coach Delaney Gets Roughed Up Last Spring
The 2018 Spring Program for North Park Hockey Association will run 10 weeks starting Wednesday, April 4, 2018, and ending Saturday, June 9, 2018.
We will offer each player 2-3 opportunities to practice and/or play games per week. All sessions will take place at City Ice Pavilion in Long Island City, and will be led by our talented team of coaches including Martin Cejka (Head of Squirts, 15 years with North Park), Ivo Mocek (Head of Bantams, 7 years with North Park), David Cernan (Head of PeeWees, 8 years with North Park), Robert Kucera (Head of Goalies, 11 years with North Park) and Lada Majkus (Head of Mites, 5 years with North Park).
Our ice times will be as follows:
Wednesdays AND Thursdays - 5:30p-6:50p (Mites/Squirts) and 7p-8:20p (PeeWee/Bantam) - Skating and Skills Development - Players can come to either one or both days.
Saturdays - 2:30p-3:50p and 4p-5:20p - Games/Scrimmages
In addition, Kevin Delaney, Skating Coach for the Chicago Blackhawks, will be returning this year on May 9-12 to run a special series of practices.
North Park Squirts Blue and White both had successful runs at the Squirt B New England Regionals for Silver Sticks in Norwich, CT. Our Blue and White teams went a combined 5-1 in the initial round and advanced to the semifinals, where they played one another in a close game that was tied at 2-2 until the final two minutes. In the end, our Blue team advanced to the finals, but finally ran out of steam against a strong Western Colonials Squirt Major team from Danbury, CT. Congrats to both teams for the strong performances and to Blue for bringing home a Silver Stick Finalist Banner!
On December 2nd, North Park Mites Blue and White headed out on their first overnight road trip to Princeton. The teams each played two games, including one in the historic Hobey Baker Memorial Rink at Princeton, in addition to watching the Harvard vs Princeton game. The players also were given a VIP tour of Baker rink, including a visit to the Princeton varsity locker room. Thanks to Princeton hockey alums and North Park parents Miro Pasic and Clint Murray for making this special experience possible for our young stars.
Stay tuned for our Mites Green trip to Yale in February...
Congratulations to coach Martin Cejka and our Squirt Green team, winners of the AA New England Regionals of the prestigious International Silver Stick Tournament! Squirt Green went 5-0 in the tournament, and won both Semifinal and Final games in overtime with sudden-death goals by Lucien Haskas in the Semis and Tournament MVP Aidan Pasic in the Finals. Our goalies Max Hausman and Dylan Lee-Stack also put in remarkable performances throughout the tournament. Squirt Green will now advance to the International Finals of Silver Stick, which will be held on the US-Canadian border in Port Huron, Michigan/Sarnia, Ontario over MLK Weekend.
On Saturday, October 21st, our North Park 2009 Blue and Green Mites teams played a quick scrimmage at Madison Square Garden in between the first and second periods of the NY Rangers vs Nashville Predators game as a part of the Junior Rangers program. Reese Tunney was able to notch the only goal of the game with a great shot from long range.
Look out for our 2008 Squirts and our 2010 Mites/Development Mites to take the ice at MSG on Saturday, December 9th and Saturday, January 13th, respectively.