The past seven days have been crazy as the Connecticut Hockey Conference (CHC), the governing body for youth hockey in the state, allowed Tier I and Tier II clubs to sign players without formal tryouts. This guidance was specific to national bound team selection, with CGHL activity remaining on hold until the moratorium is lifted.
With only 24 hours notice, the CHC announcement caused some panic and uncertainty about the process. To ensure our players knew the next steps for national bound consideration, we sent a broad-based communication.
Our age-specific evaluation committees worked hard over the past week, as they evaluated and communicated with over 190 players interested in our U14, U16, and U19 Tier II teams. Although everyone understands why the process happened this way, it was not the ideal approach for team selection.
Our attention now turns to CGHL travel tryouts. Based on yesterday's report from the state, the good news is that rinks should begin opening on June 20th. However, we don't know the parameters surrounding the re-opening.
We remain hopeful that we can hold traditional on-ice tryouts/evaluations for our 11 CGHL teams (click here to learn more about our CGHL program). Until the CHC provides definitive guidance to us and all other CT-based programs, we are in a holding pattern.
While we wait, we continue to ask those interested in consideration for a CGHL team or joining our clinic this summer; please go to our 2020 – 2021 Travel Team Tryouts and Summer Skills pages to register.
If you have questions about tryouts, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.