The Mamaroneck Youth Hockey Association (M.Y.H.A.) is a private, non-profit, parent-run corporation founded in 1994. Town of Mamaroneck resident boys and girls are eligible to try out for selection to our teams.Our select travel team ice hockey progra
Great Coaching: Cornerstone of the MYHA Experience
by posted 02/21/2019
“A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.” John Wooden
A critical component of a positive travel hockey experience is the coach your child has the opportunity to play for. That’s why it is a core principle for the Mamaroneck Youth Hockey Association to provide the best-caliber coaching available for our players at all ages and levels of competition.
Sometimes it’s a parent coach, sometimes a paid professional coach. But we always look for experienced, talent coaches who love working with young players and are committed to our mission:
Teaching the sport of hockey to young, developing players.
Teaching young athletes how to compete respectfully and enthusiastically.
Ensuring that hockey season is the right mix of hard work and fun.
If quality coaching and high-caliber people are an integral part of what you’re looking for in a travel hockey program, we hope you will take a look at the Mamaroneck Youth Hockey Association. Here’s an overview of the hockey backgrounds of some of our coaches who were involved during the 2018-2019 MYHA season:
Tom Capalbo, Hobart (Assistant Coach, 10U Tigers, LIAHL Tier II): A Mamaroneck native who played for the MYHA as a Mite, Tom played three varsity seasons at Mamaroneck High School before leaving for Northwood Prep in Lake Placid, NY. After two years there, he played one season with the Long Island Bobcats of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League. From there, he moved on to Hobart College, where he and his team reached the NCAA Division III Frozen Four twice in four seasons.
Jim Coady, Harvard (MYHA President Emeritus): Jim grew up in the greater Boston area, playing for Tier I equivalents Boston Mini Bruins and Boston Junior Terriers. He played high school hockey for Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Ken Martin, at Belmont Hill, where he contributed to four ISL Keller League and one New England Prep School
championships. At Harvard, Jim played for 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medalist, Bill Cleary, was a member of the 1989 NCAA Championship team, and also contributed to Ivy and ECAC championships.
Erik Eaton, Bowling Green (Head Coach, 8U Tigers): Erik is a lifelong Mamaroneck Tiger; he and his brother grew up in the program, playing for their father, Kim Eaton, who helped start the program in the 1980s. Erik went on from Mamaroneck to play at Salisbury Prep, then in the USHL for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders. After junior hockey, Erik played four seasons of Division I hockey for Bowling Green State University, and then played professionally in the USHL.
Brett Jackson, Nichols (Assistant Coach, 18U Tigers, LIAHL Tier II): Brett played Division III hockey at Nichols College, where he won two ECAC Northeast championships. Prior to Nichols, Brett played for the Brewster Bulldogs and Applecore junior teams. Brett is a graduate of Mamaroneck High School, where he earned second-team all-state honors.
Ryan LeBlanc, Fordham (Head Coach, 16U Tigers, LIAHL Tier III & 14U Cubs, HVHL Atlantic Division): Currently a senior on Fordham’s hockey team, Ryan graduated from Mamaroneck High School in 2015. He played defense for the MHS varsity hockey team throughout high school, and was a team captain for the Tigers during his senior year.
Mike Loga, Dartmouth (Head Coach, 15U Girls, CGHL Division I): Mike played Division I hockey at Dartmouth, and he was elected team captain during his senior season. Prior to Dartmouth, Mike played two years in the BCJHL for the Powell River Kings. He later played minor league hockey in what he calls “the greatest hockey city in the world”: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Chris Pedota, Bowling Green (Assistant Coach, 8U Tigers): Chris played youth hockey for the Nassau County Lions, Long Island Selects and Long Island Gulls, where he won several state championships. Chris then attended St. Mary’s High School, where he was the team’s leading scorer as a junior and senior and won three state championships. Chris also
played for the New York Applecore throughout high school. Following high school, Chris played two seasons with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders of the USHL. He went on to play Division I hockey at Bowling Green State University, and then played professionally with the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL.
Adam Platt, Manhattanville (Head Coach, 14U Tigers, LIAHL Tier II): Adam played four years of hockey at the Salisbury School, followed by two years of junior hockey. He then played four seasons of Division III hockey at Manhattanville College.
Jay Quenville, Yale (Head Coach, 12U Tigers, LIAHL Tier II): Jay played Division I hockey at Yale University, which won several Ivy League titles and Yale’s first ECAC championship during his tenure. After graduation, he played professionally in Europe. Prior to Yale, Jay played two years at Taft. He also played for Malone Minor Hockey in upstate New York, and as a young player was a member of Franklin Academy’s lone trip to the New York State Championships in the early 1990s.
Miro Recicar (MYHA Goalie Coach): Miro has been a professional goalie coach for 10 years and is finishing his first season as dedicated goalie coach for all MYHA teams. He played professionally with the Brooklyn Aces and Elmira Jackals of the ECHL, and back home in Slovakia for the HK Presov Penguins. Miro has spent several seasons as the goalie instructor at Chelsea Piers in New York City.
Steve Thompson, Bowdoin (Head Coach, 18U Tigers, LIAHL Tier II): Another lifelong Mamaroneck Tiger, winning the New York State Squirt C championship in 1994. Steve played four years on the Mamaroneck High School varsity ice hockey team and served as co-captain during his junior and senior seasons. As a senior, Steve also played with the New York Applecore. After graduation, Steve played Junior A hockey with the New York Applecore before attending Bowdoin College and playing four years on the varsity ice hockey team.
Full equipment is required for all tryouts. If your child wants to try out as a goalie and needs equipment, please email David Seigerman (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange for a set to be made available.
All 8U players are expected to make both evaluation sessions. If you have a scheduling conflict or any questions about the MYHA Mites, please email Erik Eaton (email@example.com).
All players 10U and older -- on mixed teams or Girls teams -- are expected to attend all tryout sessions for their age group. If you have a scheduling conflict or any questions about the MYHA or travel hockey, please email Jay Quenville (firstname.lastname@example.org).
When registering for tryouts, a non-refundable fee will be charged ($75 for 8U, $100 for everybody else).
As well, a current USA Hockey Number is required for players of all ages (returning players must obtain a new USA Hockey Number prior to tryouts, which will remain valid through the 2019-2020 season). You can register or update your membership at www.USAHockeyRegistration.com.
This spring, we once again will be offering a six-session Pre-Tryout Clinic at Hommocks on the following dates:
MONDAYS: March 18, March 25, April 1
THURSDAYS: March 14, March 21, April 4
Age-specific clinic times will be announced after registration closes on Feb. 28th.
Click here to register for the Pre-Tryout Clinic series. The Early Bird fee ($125) is available through Jan. 31st.
We intend to offer a multiple-session clinic for goalies; dates, times and registration information will be available soon.