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Valley Bridge Schedule added
Hello WYHA Families, A bridge schedule for games has been...
Raffle Tickets Call to Action
  Dear WYHA Membership: The start date of our Cash Calendar...
Fundraising Committee Meeting Schedule
Friends of Wilmington Youth Hockey Fundraising Committee is pleased...
A Message from WYHA's President
Dear Wilmington Youth Hockey Parents, Welcome to the 2018-2019...
2018/19 Mini-Mite Registration Now Open!
To the WYHA Community, Mini-Mites Registration is now open. ...
Coaching Registration 2018/2019 Season - Now Open
Coaching registration for the 2018/2019 season is now open! ...
Valley Bridge Schedule added

Hello WYHA Families,

A bridge schedule for games has been added to your team schedules.  The bridge schedule for all teams is through the end of the month while the results from parity are being considered and a longer schedule developed by the Valley Hockey League.  However, all Mite teams have their game schedules available through 11/25 and are loaded in the team schedule.  Please note this does not affect the Mini-Mite program.

The practice schedule beyond this week will be sent out as soon as possible.

Thank you and have a great weekend.  Go Wildcats!


by posted 10/14/2018
Raffle Tickets Call to Action


Dear WYHA Membership:

The start date of our Cash Calendar Fundraiser is fast approaching! We have a very short timeframe to get the remaining Cash Calendars sold. 850 calendars were distributed to the membership with a request that a small amount be sold by each family. To date, we have had 171 calendars returned. The first 143 calendars sold will only cover the cash prizes being awarded and printing expenses. We are currently at breakeven.

The remaining 679 calendars currently in circulation represent over

$13,500 in much needed revenue for our program.

We need your help!! If everyone sells their share, we will be successful in our mission!! Some ideas to help promote sales:

Bring them to work! Post in your break or lunch room!

Hit up the relatives!

Post on Facebook!

Use Venmo to make it easier to collect payments!

Door knock your neighbors!

Please provide your calendar tickets and money collected to your Coach and/or Team Manager no later than Wednesday, October 17th. If anyone has sold their raffles and can sell more, please reach out for additional raffle calendars. If you have an idea to promote additional sales, please feel free to share it! Coaches or Team Managers who need a pickup of raffles stubs and payments, please let us know! Your Fundraising Committee contacts are Shelley Sainato, ssainato@comcast.net or Monica Archer at marcher474@gmail.com.

We truly appreciate your support as we work diligently toward improving the

financial health of the WYHA program.

Our goal is to ensure that aspiring hockey players of all skill levels will always have a place to play

by posted 10/13/2018
Fundraising Committee Meeting Schedule

Friends of Wilmington Youth Hockey Fundraising Committee is pleased to announce our upcoming meeting schedule.  Locations are TBD and will be announced just prior to the meetings.  We are going to meet every two weeks until Thanksgiving while we get some important initiatives up and running.  Please join us!

October 9th, 6:30pm

October 23rd, 7:00pm

November 6th, 7:00pm

November 20th, 7:00pm


Thanks to the members of the WYHA Community who have reached out with some great ideas!

by posted 10/01/2018
A Message from WYHA's President

Dear Wilmington Youth Hockey Parents,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 hockey season.  I hope that each of you were able to enjoy some summer activities during the brief off-season that we, as hockey parents, get to enjoy each year.

I would like to introduce myself to all those who do not know me.  My name is Scott Audette, and I was recently elected to serve as the President of Wilmington Youth Hockey.  I have been on the board since the 2013 season and have served in many positions including the valley league representative, buzzer/mini-mite director, squirt director, and bantam director.  I grew up in Wilmington, playing in the Wilmington Youth Hockey program.  I have been playing the sport of hockey for over 30 years and coaching for the better part of the last 12 years. I am a Level 4 USA Hockey certified coach and a Level 1 USA Hockey certified referee.

This year, the organization is facing several challenges.  We experienced a loss of over 100 hundred players from the previous season, mostly at the squirt and bantam levels.  With the loss of so many players, the program will have a large decrease in revenue this season.  We are consistently one of the least expensive programs in the area, being around $400 to $800 dollars cheaper than the surrounding towns and $1,000 to $1,400 cheaper than the club teams in the area.  That said, with the number of teams we have at all levels, most will experience increased ice time per week, rivaling the club teams for 2/3rd the cost.  Fundraising is going to be a must this season.  The program is looking at a financial gap of nearly $50,000 this season.  This deficit reflects a combination of the drop in player registration and the rink management raising the cost of ice 6% from last season, which is now $365 per fifty-minute sheet of ice.

Shelly Sainato and Monica Archer head the Fundraising Committee.  They do a great job, but they cannot do it alone.  They need assistance with managing and promoting the WYHA Raffle program, and are looking for other creative ideas on how to reduce the budget deficit.  We must assume going forward that the cost of ice will continue to increase, so we need to raise funds and increase enrollment to sustain this program.  We have many ideas on the table to help further develop our young hockey players but need your support to accomplish this goal.  If you are available to help with the fundraising initiative, please reach out to Shelly at ssainato@comcast.net. If you would like to make a personal or corporate tax deductible donation, one hundred percent of your support will be used to offset this year's operating deficit.

We are fortunate enough to have dedicated hockey coaches who volunteer their time every week to their team and the program.  A number of coaches have played at division 1 NCAA and other college hockey programs, and others have played through high school.  All of our coaches love the game of hockey, enjoy passing on their knowledge to your sons and daughters and above all, want the kids to have fun.

Given the current operating deficit, and the talented coaching staff that we have at our disposal, the Board of Directors recently voted to forego the expense of hiring outside vendors to run our Skills program.  Instead, we will rely on our dedicated and capable coaches to run this program for the 2018-19 season.  Going forward, these Skills sessions will be included on the multi-schedule link found on the organization website

My goal, and the goal of the extremely dedicated and energetic Boards of Directors, is to grow this program back to the robust program of a few years ago.  I invite you to attend a Board of Directors meeting to hear more about the program and to be a part of the conversation – all are welcome and encouraged to attend.  We meet the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 7:30 pm in the 4th of July Building, across from the town common.   The agenda is posted on the WYHA website no later than Tuesday of that week.

I am excited about the 2018-19 season, and I look forward to working with all of you to grow this great program, together.




Scott Audette
Wilmington Youth Hockey Association, Inc.
President & Valley Rep

by posted 09/25/2018
2018/19 Mini-Mite Registration Now Open!

To the WYHA Community,

Mini-Mites Registration is now open.  The program will begin on September 29, 2018.  Full program details are below.

Please register at WYHA REGISTER NOW!!!




Mini-Mites - Birth Years 2010 and younger

Start Date:  September 29, 2018

All Skaters/players must be registered with USA Hockey, the cost is $48.00 per player (see website for updated costs), this is not refundable, please Click Here for registration information.

Projected Ice Time:  Twice a week (with some exceptions, please stay current with Schedule on Website)

Saturday 7:00am to 7:50am (subject to change prior to the start of the season)
Sunday 1:30pm to 2:50pm (subject to change prior to the start of the season)
exceptions include additional cross ice local games and tournaments

Location: Ristuccia Arena, 190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887

This program is an in-house, fun introduction to the game of hockey with an emphasis on skills: stops & starts, edgework, and puck handling.  There are typically two practices a week and as the season progresses, Saturday is dedicated to skill building and Sunday is dedicated to cross ice 3v3 scrimmaging.  Other potential opportunities during the season, depending on timing and availability, include local tournaments and half ice scrimmaging with neighboring programs.  Possible call-ups to mite travel team when players are needed based on coach recommendations.

Goals of this level:

Develop skating and puck control skills of the individual player
Introduce basic shooting and passing skills
Introduce goalie position
Introduce basic game play

Throughout the year, players will participate in a goalie rotation with WYH providing the equipment for the players to try the goalie position. During the cross ice scrimmages, all emphasis is put on going after the puck and not positional play.  During half ice or full ice scrimmages more emphasis will be put on positional play. The primary goal is to develop a solid foundation of skating and puck handling skills to build on in the upper levels of Wilmington Youth Hockey.  

Participants should have skating experience
Ideally have completed a Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Program
Skaters are required to bring their own equipment:
Skates, Helmet, Stick, Elbow Pads, Shoulder Pads, Neck guard, Knee/Shin Pads, Pants, Socks, and Shirt

by posted 08/27/2018
Coaching Registration 2018/2019 Season - Now Open

Coaching registration for the 2018/2019 season is now open!  Go to http://wilmingtonyouthhockey.org and click REGISTER NOW!!! to get started.  Coaches will need to get their 2018/2019 USA Hockey ID in order to register.  

Thank you, 




by posted 04/03/2018
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