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By CB 06/22/2017, 2:30pm EDT

Colgate will hold their 2017 Youth Hockey Camp, with Men's Assistant Coach Mike Harder, from July 31st - August 3rd, 2017.

Details on the camp and how to register can be found at the following link:

You can email Coach Harder with any questions at


By CB 06/20/2017, 1:30pm EDT

The July Regular Meeting of the STHA Board of Directors will be held on Monday July 17th, at 7:00pm at The Relief Pitcher in Binghamton.  

Please attend and help support youth hockey in the Southern Tier.


By CB 06/20/2017, 1:30pm EDT

At USA Hockey's Annual Congress, several rule changes were voted into effect that will be implemented in the 2017-2018 season.

The significant changes include:

- 601(e.2) Abuse of Officials and Other Misconduct - Changes language for racial/ethnic slur to include any language that is
“offensive, hateful or discriminatory in nature”.

- 612(b) Face-Off Locations - All face-offs must be conducted at one of the nine designated face-off spots.

- 624(b) Icing the Puck - Eliminate the ability of a shorthanded team to legally ice the puck for 14U
age classifications and below.

The other rule changes mostly clarify/further define existing language and rules. The full list (Youth Edition) can be found here:


The below provides some of USA Hockey's rationale for changing the shorthanded icing rule:



By CB 06/18/2017, 9:00pm EDT

Bob Janosz, Developmental Goaltender Coach for the NHL Buffalo Sabres and Head Goaltender Coach for the AHL Rochester Americans, will be running his annual goalie camp in Syracuse this summer,  July 17th-20th at Cicero Twin Rinks.

All camp information can be found on his website at  

If you have any questions feel free to call at 716-308-9224 or email


By CB 06/14/2017, 7:00pm EDT


When: Friday August 4th through Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Where:  Ice House Sports Complex Binghamton, NY

Rumble in the Rink has been held each summer since 2009. The camp has attracted over 200 hockey players since its inauguration. We pride ourselves on preaching what it takes to get to the next level, both on and off the ice. Every instructor has been in your child’s shoes, and knows what it takes to get to the next level! Passing on this information has become our primary goal, and will become a piece of your son/daughters mentality surrounding the sport.

We strive to teach, have fun, and inspire.

 There will be a drop-off between 8:00am-9:00am every morning
You can pick them back up between 2:00pm-3:00pm
  1. Players spend two hours on the ice each day working on various skills and battle drills
  2. Players spend one hour each day undergoing hockey-specific off-ice conditioning
  3. Players spend one hour each day participating in team-building games/learning seminars

Camp includes:

* 6 hours of on-ice sessions

* 3 hours of NHL off-ice workouts

* 3 hours of team building exercises/learning seminars

* Prizes

* Instruction from other Professional/NCAA Division 1 instructors

* 30 minutes of goalie-work each morning ice-session

Total Cost is $300 USD | Register Below

President's Letter - 2017

By CB 06/13/2017, 1:30pm EDT

Greetings STHA Hockey Families,

At our Annual Meeting on May 31st, the Board of Directors voted to place me in the Southern Tier Hockey Association’s President's seat for the upcoming year, an opportunity I am both humbled and honored to take on behalf of our parents and the kids who make up our great association.

First off, I would like to sincerely thank the outgoing Board members for their service and commitment to the STHA over the years. 

Roy Wagner wore many different hats as an STHA Board Member and Coach over the years, and his efforts have been vital to the success of the STHA.  His experience will be missed.  Thank you, Roy.

Kirk Avery had served as President of the STHA over the past seven years, and has been involved as a Board Member and Coach for even longer.  Kirk’s dedication, commitment, and effort over the years cannot be overstated.  As President, his organization, attention to detail, and drive to ensure that our policies, procedures, and rules are followed consistently and fairly were been vital in the growth of the STHA over those years.  His efforts have helped to make the STHA a model association in the eyes of NYSAHA and USA Hockey, and I’m extremely happy that Kirk has agreed to continue to serve the Board this year in the role of Past-President (an advisory, non-voting role), to help ensure a seamless transition.  I look forward to working with him this year to gain as much knowledge from him as possible.

I would also like to welcome Vinnie Polacek, JR Reynolds, and Dan Smith to the Board of Directors.  All three have been involved with the STHA and other youth sports for many years, and their experience and fresh voices will be a welcome addition. 

As we move towards the 2017-2018 season, planning is already well underway.  Budgets will be presented and voted on by the Board at our upcoming meeting on June 19th, and registration for the season should be open by the end of June.  I would encourage everyone to register as early as possible, as it will help as we plan our House seasons and get our Travel rosters finalized and approved by USA Hockey.

The STHA Board of Directors are here for you and your kids.  With almost 600 members, we are under no misconception that everyone will agree with every decision we make.  Please know however, that we strive to never make a decision that isn’t well-thought out or thoroughly discussed, and to make the best decision in terms of the overall organization.  We are hockey parents just like you, and the men and women who volunteer for the Board give up a lot of their own time to ensure we can keep this great organization rolling along. 

I encourage all parents to get involved as much as you can.  Check out the Board of Directors page on the website, and see who is doing what for the STHA.  If you can help with Fundraising, or finding a House sponsor, or have ideas on how to make the Hockey Swap better, etc., please come to a meeting, reach out to the Board, or volunteer for a committee.  The more members we have involved, the stronger the STHA will be.  We know we have some challenges to overcome, and your comments and thoughts are encouraged and welcome as we work through them.

I will be starting my 9th season in the STHA this year.  From watching our players take their first unsteady steps on the ice to watching them take (or dish out) that first body check and keep on trucking, the time absolutely flies by.  And it does not stop.  Take some time this season and just enjoy every minute of watching your children play a game they love, whether this will be their first year, their final year, or somewhere in between. 

Summer will officially be here next week.  Enjoy the warmth, the sunshine (hopefully), and your families.  We can’t wait to see everyone around the rink this fall!

Chris Behonick


Southern Tier Hockey Association

Below is the listing of individuals who have submitted their Letter of Intent and application for the position of Head Coach for the STHA's 8U Blue travel team for the 2017-2018 season.
Per the STHA Travel Policy, a period of seven (7) days will now be provided to the STHA membership to submit letters of recommendation or other for the potential travel Head Coach. At the conclusion of the period of recommendation letters or other, the Travel Coaches Selection Committee (defined in the STHA Travel Policy) shall have no more than seven (7) days to complete the selection process.
Once the Travel Coaches Selection Committee has completed the selection process, the selection shall be presented to the Board of Directors, the potential Head Coach shall be notified of the selection, and the Head Coaching selection posted to the STHA website.
The candidate is:
8U Blue - Kyle Houser


The STHA Board of Directors strongly encourages our membership to give us feedback on the list of prospective coaches.

Email feedback can be sent to VP of Travel Patrick Basile at with courtesy copies sent to Asst. VP of Travel Piero Lisio at, or STHA President Chris Behonick at

Anyone that would prefer to write a letter may send it to:
PO Box 2765
Binghamton, NY 13902
All emails and letters must be received by 5pm ET on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017.


By CB 06/05/2017, 11:30pm EDT

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

The Board will be presenting and voting on the 2017-2018 Budget at this meeting.

Please attend and help support youth hockey in the Southern Tier.

The STHA currently has an opening for the 2017-2018 8U Blue Travel head coaching position, and is now accepting applications for the open position. The STHA Board of Directors will select one head coach for this team.

Applicants need to complete the STHA coaching application and email it to Piero Lisio, VP of Travel Operations.

The application can be found on the STHA website:

Applications must be received by Sunday June 11, 2017.

Applicants names will be posted to the STHA website for a period of 7 days (after the 7 day submission period), after which the Board will meet and select the head coach for the 8U Blue Travel team.

Contact Piero Lisio ( or Patrick Basile ( with any questions.


2017 Board of Directors Election Results

By CB 05/31/2017, 10:45pm EDT

Congratulations to the following members elected to the STHA Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting, held on May 31, 2017:

Chris Behonick (3 year term)
Kevin Calabrese (3 year term)
Beth Patrick (3 year term)
Vinnie Polacek (3 year term)
JR Reynolds (1 year term)
Dan Smith (1 year term)
A special thank you to outgoing Board members Kirk Avery and Roy Wagner.  Your time and dedication over your terms of service to the STHA is greatly appreciated. 
Kirk Avery will continue to serve the Board in the advisory, non-voting role of "Past President" for a term of one year.