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 approaching our 30th season in Winter 2017-18. 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 & Cutting Edge Ice Academy, among others.
We compete against other elite programs in Long Island, Westchester, Connecticut & New Jersey, and our mission is to be the top hockey program in the country 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.
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Tryouts for 2017-18 Season
North Park will be holding tryouts for its 2017-18 season on the following dates:
U8 Mites (2009-2011): Monday, April 3rd, 4:00p-5:20p, City Ice Pavilion
U10 Squirts (2007-2008): Wednesday, April 5th, 5:30p-6:50p, Chelsea Piers
U12 PeeWees (2005-2006): Wednesday, April 5th, 7:00p-8:20p, City Ice Pavilion
U14 Bantams (2003-2004): Wednesday, April 12th: 7:00p-8:20p, City Ice Pavilion AND Thursday, April 13th: 7:00p-8:20p, City Ice Pavilion
Tryouts are free of charge. Please register for the tryouts in advance via Club menu, Register, then Winter. Tryout registration will not commit players to North Park. It will streamline the actual registration process following tryouts.
Any players who were registered with another NYSAHA team during the recently completed 2016-17 season will need a release from your prior club in order to participate in the tryouts.
REGISTRATION FOR THE SPRING PROGRAM IS NOW OPEN to current North Park Players! Simply click on "Club" on the main page tool bar, then click on "Register Online".
We will be offering a new format for our Spring Program this year. Families can come to any session that works for their schedule, and they can come to as few or as many sessions as they want, for one price ($1,100). The sessions will be highly organized and focused on age-specific skill development, including working on Spring transitions of rising Squirts into full ice hockey and rising Bantams into checking.
The schedule will be as follows (April 3-June 8, 2017):
Monday - City Ice Pavilion 400p-520p (DevtMites/Mites) AND Chelsea Piers 530p-650p (Squirts/PeeWees)
Wednesday - Chelsea Piers 530p-650p (Mites/Squirts) AND City Ice Pavilion 700p-820p (PeeWees/Bantams)
Thursday - LIC-ICE 4:15pm-6:15pm (Mites) AND City Ice Pavilion 700p-820p (PeeWees/Bantams)
The age group designations are meant to be guideposts. The goal is for all of our players to have an option that works for his/her schedule in the context of other Spring commitments. If you can attend only sessions that appear targeted towards a different age group, please let us know.
We will also have three special NHL-level guest coach mini-camps: Sean Skinner (stickhandling specialist), April 23-27, Kevin Delaney (skating and skills devt coach for the Chicago Blackhawks) May 10-13, and Steve Serdachny (power skating specialist and former skating coach for Edmonton Oilers) May 31-June 3. The mini-camps are included in the Spring tuition.
We will also offer a one session per week option for Mini-Mites at half the price ($550), and the Mini-Mite session will be on a portion of the ice on Mondays at City Ice Pavilion 400p-520p.
Please note that our Spring Program will be exclusive to North Park. Graduating 2002 players are welcome to play in the Spring Program. Anyone new to North Park who makes a team for 2017-18 after tryouts will be able to participate in the Spring Program. We may also have openings for players who do not make a team, depending on numbers and parent feedback on expected participation across the various sessions.
North Park Bantam A and Squirt A won 2016-17 Metro Elite Hockey League regular season titles in the AA Bantam Gold division and AA Squirt Silver division, respectively. North Park's PeeWee AA team also notably came in second place in the AAA Pee Wee Major division.
On Saturday, February 25th, the North Park Squirt A team defeated the Rye Rangers 4-2 in the finals of the Hudson Valley Hockey League playoffs. This was the second playoff win in a row against a team who had beaten our Squirt A team twice in the regular season. In the semifinals, North Park defeated the top seeded Scarsdale team 2-1 with a dramatic golden goal in overtime. Hats off to Coach Robert Kucera for developing this team into champions.
North Park Mite Green capped off a fun-filled weekend of hockey in Buffalo, NY, on Sunday, March 12th, with a dramatic victory over the top Mite team in the Cleveland Barons AAA program. After winning the first three games over strong regional upstate New York teams, the stage was set for a captivating showdown. The final game did not disappoint, as each team exchanged leads before North Park notched two goals in the final four minutes to go back up by one. A blocked empty net shot followed by an exciting flurry in front of the North Park net culminated in victory!
On Feb 11th, Taft played Deerfield, and North Park alums, Stuyvie Coleman, Dylan Nagle, Avery Coleman and Taro Sochi, battled it out to a 6-6 tie in the JV game. In the first period, Taft's starting goalie went down with an injury, and Stuyvie volunteered to put on the gear and play out the game in goal. Avery helped out his older brother with a couple of goals, including the game tying goal. Stuyvie, Dylan & Avery pictured.
North Park alums battle in New England Prep School contest
Nicholas Enders, Oli Paumgarten, Finn Carey, Justin Li, Sean O'reilly, Liam Carey, Chris Chachas. Missing from the shot: Rhys Foulke.
After spending countless hours on the ice growing up together from Mites to Bantams, some recent North Park alums chased each other around the ice, at Brooks School, in North Andover, Mass. It was the St. Paul's JV squad, which has five ex-North Parkers on the roster, vs. Brooks JV, which has three. Brooks won, 1-0.