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WYH 2017 GRADUATING SENIORS - 2nd Series
12/07/2017
This is a second in a series of articles celebrating Wilmington Youth...
WYH 2017 Graduating Seniors
11/28/2017
This is a first in a series of article celebrating Wilmington Youth...
Middle School Hockey Tryout Registration
10/18/2017
Attention all 5th through 8th grade players, The Middle School...
Learn To Play (LTP) Session 1 Now Open
10/11/2017
To All WYHA Members, The first session of Learn To Play (LTP)...
 
WYH 2017 GRADUATING SENIORS - 2nd Series

This is a second in a series of articles celebrating Wilmington Youth Hockey’s graduating class of seniors. This year, WYH will graduate 13 boys from the organization. We, in the organization, are proud of our seniors.  Many many years ago, the boys were given a jersey with a “W” on the chest and they leave youth hockey with a “W” on their chest. Some would never leave and others took many travels but in the end they finished representing Wilmington because they started a Wildcat and will always be a Wildcat.

This year, Wilmington Youth Hockey will graduate Ryan St Jean, Bobby Lord, AJ McKearney, Micheal DuCharme, Jarred Aucoin, Calvin Stafford, Steve Bowker, Nate Demico, Max Shapiro, Tom Worob, Joey Mirabella, Tom Robarge and Dylan Bresnahan.

This week’s edition: Joe Mirabella and Moe DuCharme. 

Joe Mirabella

Joe Mirabella finished his Wilmington Youth Hockey career in style winning the u18 State Tournament. Joey paired with Bobby Lord all tournament long as a hugely successful offensive line. Joey’s mission for a monster senior year was off and running earlier in the season when he scored all three goals against Maine Hockey. 

Joey accomplished a great fall season; all the while he was captaining the varsity soccer team for the high school. Although the soccer record was not what he would hope for, it was the conclusion of a very successful high school career on the grass.  Joey’s leadership abilities were paid off with the captain’s designation.

Like so many in WYHA, Joey started his youth hockey career doing Learn to Skate and Learn to Play attending early morning practices with Coach Scott Stafford.  Joe’s hockey career blossomed in youth hockey. He will never forget winning in tournaments with Wilmington and most of all playing as childhood pals that are his teammates of today. 

As a player Joey plays bigger than his size. He good hands, great wheels and consistently plays with high energy. As a returning varsity player, big things will be expected of Joe.  He will likely be asked to bring his scoring prowess as a top six forward. 

Next year, Joe plans to attend a 4 year college with interests in Marketing/Business. 

Joe would never have accomplished all his hockey goals without the guidance and help of his parents Paula and Joe .  Joe is also thankful for the many coaches he had through the years. 

Moe DuCharme

If you have attended a sporting event in Wilmington, you likely know or have seen the DuCharme family.  Linda and Bob don’t miss an event.  The middle child is Michael but you only know him as Moe.  Moe is part of the graduating class of 2017-18 for Wilmington Youth Hockey. 

Don’t judge Moe by the thin legs and arms, he is fearless.  He will throw a check against any size.  If he loses one battle of body weight, that will not stop him throwing the next check.  Moe’s on-ice versatility is a big asset as he is equally comfortable in all forward positions.  During the great State Tournament run, Moe and Nate Dimeco combined for 4 goals.  Moe is determined on the ice and quick with the one-liners on the bench. 

Moe completed his youth hockey career in style and only hopes to complete his high school hockey season in the same results.   

Moe is far from a “just hockey” kid, he is the rare three sport high school athlete in 2017.  Moe is a varsity in football, hockey and lacrosse player. Moe’s football season was highlighted with a two touchdown performance against Stoneham.  He has spectacular hands and is as comfortable going over the middle as he is going long to stretch the field.  In the Spring, Moe will captain the lacrosse team. 

Moe’s youth hockey career began in the Buzzers program with Jay Barrett teaching him how to skate.  Moe got his first taste of victory winning the Lowell Devils Tournament as a mite.  Those tournaments would be the best of times, because the fun had with friends  in the hotels and swimming pools. 

After Moe graduates from WHS, he plans to attend college studying Construction Management or Business Management.

 

WYHA is happy that Joe Mirabella and Moe DuCharme made our organization such a large part of the youth hockey experience.  We wish them luck in all their endeavors and hope to see them one day returns as coaches and/or Dad’s.


by posted 12/07/2017
WYH 2017 Graduating Seniors

This is a first in a series of article celebrating Wilmington Youth Hockey’s graduating class of seniors. This year, WyH will graduate 14 boys from the organization. We, in the organization, are proud of our seniors.  Many many years ago, the boys were given a jersey with a “W” on the chest and they leave youth hockey with a “W” on their chest. Some would never leave and others took many travels but in the end they finished representing Wilmington because they started a Wildcat and will always be a Wildcat. 

This year, Wilmington Youth Hockey will graduate Ryan St Jean, Bobby Lord, AJ McKearney, Micheal DuCharme, Jarred Aucoin, Calvin Stafford, Steve Bowker, Nate Demico, Max Shapiro, Tom Worob, Joey Mirabella, Tom Robarge and Dylan Bresnahan. 

This week’s edition: Jarred Aucoin and Bobby Lord

Jarred Aucoin

The physically imposing but puck moving defenseman, Jared Aucoin is a coaches favorite.  He is always a player to step up when asked and always a player to answer a request with two words, “ok coach”. Endurance?  Jarred has that and some, this coach twice asked him to play an entire game without ever taking a rest.  Jarred's reaction, "I don't need breaks.  Lets play".  Sacrificing self for the team comes easy to Jarred.   This coach will also never forget Jarred showing up the second team games as a top team player simply because he loves to play hockey. In those games, Jarred was just one of the boys playing an egoless game. 

Although Jarred plays with an edge and sometime a nasty edge, he is a personable young man. We enjoyed that he could say just about anything to a referee after a controversial call or non-call because he was able to affably talk to the referees without ever getting their ire. Besides, he always has something to say.

The Aucoin family were staples of the Wilmington youth organization.  Jared started his career at four years old in the Buzzer’s program. Dad Joe was able to coach Jared for many years. Jarred credits his father’s coaching as one of the biggest reasons for his hockey success. 

Jarred has also found great success on the baseball field. He was an integral piece to the high schools great State run of the past year.  This year, the slick fielding first baseman with good lefty pop will have high expectations on the Wildcat diamond.  

Jarred’s youth hockey career comes to an end winning his highest achievement, the U18 State Championship at the top Midget level. Jarred has big plans of continued greatness hoping for Stare titles in hockey and baseball in the coming season. 

Next year, Jarred plans to attend college and focus on Construction Management. Ultimately, Jarred hopes to take over his father‘s business and build on his success. 

Jarred thanks his father Joe and mom Gail for their many sacrifices enabling him to play hockey. 

Bobby Lord



Toughness comes in many forms, most commonly thought of in the form of big muscles or bone crunching hits but it is not true.  Toughness comes from within you’re heart and Bobby Lord has true toughness. Last year Bobby suffered a gruesome and major head injury. After a lengthy stay in the hospital and missing the end of hockey and all of the lacrosse season, Bobby is back to hockey. At the start of season, I had to remember that stepping onto the ice this year was different from any year previous for Bob.  The first step on the ice was worrisome and the first hit was nail biting but if it wasn’t anything but normal to Bobby, we will never quite know. The mentality to overcome Bobby‘s injury is a toughness that luckily most of us will never need to know.

The best part of Bobby‘s toughness, is his personality. There is never a bad day in Bobby Lord’s world. He comes to the rink with a smile, and leaves the rank with a smile whether the game was a win or a loss. That trait is not to be confused with not caring, Bobby cares. His personality allows him to make a joke on the bench one minute and grind out a greasy goal the next minute. It’s in his nature.

Bobby and Jarred Aucoin were asked to take a leadership roles on the team and in the locker room, a roll he embraced and exceled at. This year, on the high school team he will be asked to be a goal scorer. Bob is a gifted play-maker, with a knack for scoring.

Like so many, Bob's hockey career began in WYH’s buzzer program. Bob’s dad Cliff would coach many of Bob’s teams winning the Valley League in 2008 and 2009. Bob remembers many a mite and squirt tournaments when the winner of the knee hockey match in the hallway of the hotel was just as important as winning the tournament. He loved those times forming great friendships that stand today.

So many of Bobby’s great bonds of friendship will come to fruition this winter as he leads the Wilmington Wildcats on the varsity ice. Bob hopes to reach the State Championship status he reached in his last youth hockey game of his career.  

In the Spring, Bob will Captain the WHS lacrosse team. In the fall, Bob is leaning towards attending URI or UNH to take up studies in marketing and/or business.  Bob has been blessed to have parents Cliff and Corinne so involved in his career.

Lastly, Bob provided me with the best quote of the year. Speaking to Bob in the locker room, I mentioned a Wilmington game was in conflict with Bob’s second team. I said, Bob, “I know you have a conflict on Sunday...” Bob stopped me mid-sentence and replied, “Coach, I play for the Wildcats”.


by posted 11/28/2017
Middle School Hockey Tryout Registration

Attention all 5th through 8th grade players,

The Middle School Hockey registration form is now available to download and complete.  Paul Collins runs the Middle School program for Wilmington and will be at Ristuccia on Thursday October 26, from 6p-7p to collect the registration forms.  There is a $20 tryout fee due at the time of registration.

Tryout Dates:

6th Grade:                    Thursday 11/02/2017 at 07:00 PM @ Ristuccia

7th & 8th Grade:          Thursday 11/02/2017 at 08:00 PM @ Ristuccia

5th Grade:                    TBD, sometime in November/December


Click Here for the Registration Form

Please contact Paul Collins at paul.collins@kadant.com should you have any questions about the tryouts or the program.

Thank you,

WYHA BOD


by posted 10/18/2017
Learn To Play (LTP) Session 1 Now Open

To All WYHA Members,

The first session of Learn To Play (LTP) program is now open for registration.  This is an eight session program with a start date of November 18th at 7:00am at Ristuccia Arena.  Visit our home page at http://www.wilmingtonyouthhockey.org and click the red REGISTER NOW!!! button.

Thank you,

WYHA BOARD


by posted 10/11/2017
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