A regularly scheduled board meeting of DYHA took place on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 7.45pm at Stamford Twin Rinks. Present board members were Todd Halloran, Frank Cataudo, Art Flynn, Jeff Eccleston, David Hill, David Kreppein, David Johnson, Larry Paredes, Lisa McCarthy, Nick Hathaway, John Fraser, Pete Canelli, Kevin Cassidy and Gigi Williams.
Todd Halloran opened the meeting with an update on the Founder’s Award.
The board was informed that the 2013-2014 Slate and Ballot would be presented to Voting Members on May 15, 2013 in compliance with the Association by-laws. It will be communicated to Voting Members that votes are due by May 22, 2013.
Lisa McCarthy provided an update on the plans for the 40th Anniversary Season for DYHA.
Fall Tryout dates for Mites, Squirts and Pee Wees were announced. The block of dates will be communicated to the membership while individual ice times are finalized.
Pete Canelli provided the board with an update of secured ice. An on-site inspection of full-height, cross-ice boards was discussed. Order time, association decals for STR boards and storage were discussed. Boards will be ordered by DYHA.
Enrollment at Mini- and Mighty-Mite levels discussed. Local awareness will be raised via adverts in local media and flyers at Darien Ice Rink.
The existing options of the website and social media to post DYHA Community announcements was discussed.
Tournament plans for the upcoming season were outlined. A preliminary discussion on a possible Canadian Exchange took place.
Player development was discussed. Goalie Clinics will continue and skill sessions will be refined. Defensemen clinics were proposed and physical contact training will be deployed to team coaches during the season at the Pee Wee level.
Jeff Eccleston reported on the U-19 tryouts which took place in late April.
Kevin Cassidy provided an update on the recent CHC meeting. Items included size limits to Tier 2 and Tier 3 State Tournaments, Midget team formation and a commendation of the Ice Cats representation of Connecticut Hockey at USA Hockey National Tournaments by CHC President Tom Regan.
The nomination committee tasked with recommending a candidate to fill the CHC Representative position at the end of Kevin Cassidy’s term made its report.
The board voted on the committee’s recommendation and David Hill was approved as CHC Representative. Nick Hathaway recommended a candidate to fill the Senior House Coordinator position at the conclusion of his current term. The board voted and Tom Raymond was approved as Senior House Coordinator.
It was discussed and agreed that the board would next meet on June 10, 2013 via conference call.
With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 10.39pm.