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    Message from the President: October

    Hello Jr. Spartan families,

         The 2019/20 playing season is officially underway. The players and coaches have been working hard throughout the month to prepare for the season opening weekends. It has been great to see the kids building a sense of team and camaraderie with new and returning team mates, learning and developing their hockey IQ and having a fun time doing it.

       We’ve also been holding Little Bruins sessions over the last several weeks. With the help from the Castleton Univ. hockey teams, the kids have learned a lot of hockey skills and skills that can be applied off the ice such as learning to be part of a team, challenging themselves and dealing with adversity. I had the pleasure of being at the final session today and the enthusiasm the kids brought was contagious. Excellent job Little Bruins! We’ll be seeing many of you in Mite Lites or Mites starting next week.

      It was also very heartwarming to see the turnout we had at Rutland’s annual Halloween Parade as we are developing a sense of a larger hockey family. We had players from ages 4 – 14, parents, siblings and coaches partake in the festivities and it looked like they enjoyed themselves. I loved seeing the kids smiles, the thrill of putting on a new jersey, laughs and the fun experience of being in a large parade. Thank you to everybody who contributed to the candy donation. We very much appreciate it.

     October has been a great month and we are off to the start of what will be a fun and memorable season. See you at the rink!

    Go Jr. Spartans!!!!

    Get your Jr. Spartan gear!

    Looking for a great holiday gift or want to show Jr. Spartan pride? Look no further! RAHA apparel is available for Jr. Spartan fans of all ages. Click on the link below to shop and place your order. Orders must be placed by Nov. 3rd.

    https://rutlandyouthhockey2019.itemorder.com/sale

    RAHA Night at Spartan Arena!

    Friday Nov. 8 is RAHA night at Spartan Arena. Come on down to the arena to support our Castleton Men's team as they take on the Univ. of Southern Maine. The puck drops at 7 PM. RAHA players up to age 15 and in their RAHA jersey get free admission!  

    Come Play Hockey!!!

    Come Play Youth Hockey!

    The Pathway to Youth Hockey in Vermont.

    These local associations host Learn to Skate and Learn to Play programs for 4 to 8 year olds in the state of Vermont. These programs support USA Hockey’s American Development Modelwith age-appropriate, age-specific competition and training for boys and girls at any age that is fun and low cost to help introduce the game of hockey to your kids in your community. Through hockey, players learn teamwork, dedication, determination and perseverance and commitment.

    Please click on the links below you to find out more information today!

    This fall area rinks will be hosting the Bruins Academy Learn to Play Hockey Program. We will have several locations all over Vermont. The program is available to boys and girls from 4 to 8 years old that have never signed up for hockey before. This program is designed for kids that are NEW to hockey. Included in the registration fee is a full set of CCM equipment to keep valued at $500 retail, which includes skates, stick and a professional personalized fitting, and four weeks of on-ice instruction led by certified coaches. The Boston Bruins are thrilled to share their passion for hockey with the next generation of hockey players in Vermont.

    Our goal once the Bruins Academy is finished, is for your child to sign up with a local association and become part of the local hockey community in Vermont.

    ***Locations, dates and times will be posted on our VSAHA website this fall.

    Have a question about introducing your child to hockey? Contact @ Mike Smith