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Mandatory Online Registration System
04/18/2014
Mandatory Online Registration for ECHO Commitments   Important...
ECHO Board Position Nomination and Election Procedures
04/16/2014
ECHO Board Position Nomination and Election Procedures   The...
2014/15 ECHO Travel Team Head Coaches
04/12/2014
2014/15 ECHO Travel Team Head Coaches   ECHO is pleased to...
All Member Board Meeting
04/10/2014
  The elections of the Open Board Member positions for ECHO...
CT Hockey Academy Clinics Coming to BIP
03/21/2014
Bolton Ice Palace is excited to announce the Connecticut Hockey Academy...
UCONN Men's Hockey Season Tickets
03/19/2014
Men's Hockey Season Ticket Deposits Available for 2014-15 XL...
Hockey Summer Camps are Coming our Way!!!
03/11/2014
I know it's hard to believe that we are letting you know about...
Spring 2014 "Edge Out" Skating Class for Hockey Player
03/07/2014
ImPACT Testing for PeeWee and Bantam Players
09/01/2011
 Announcing ImPACT Test Concussion Management Program for ECHO...
 
Mandatory Online Registration System
by posted 04/18/2014
 

Mandatory Online Registration for ECHO Commitments

 

Important note to all registrants of the 2014/15 ECHO Travel Hockey Season:

Online registration is MANDATORY for all those who have committed or are planning to commit this year with an ECHO Travel Hockey team.  Even if other payment arrangements have been made (via check or overpayment of last years skater fees) you MUST still enter and register your player online with the ECHO website.  ECHO must have the electronic signature for the official registrar, code of conduct, and all players current USA Hockey Membership number. 

 

Thank you,

 

ECHO
Board of Directors

 


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ECHO Board Position Nomination and Election Procedures
by posted 04/16/2014
 

ECHO Board Position Nomination and Election Procedures

 

The procedures by which directors are nominated and elected to the ECHO Board of Directors are governed by the ECHO Constitution and Bylaws. In the interest of informing membership about these procedures in anticipation of the Annual Election Meeting, the ECHO Board of Directors is pleased to provide membership with a synopsis of the procedures and of the progress of the Nominating Committee for this year’s election, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

 

ECHO Board Position Nomination and Election Procedures

 

The procedures by which directors are nominated and elected to the ECHO Board of Directors are governed by the ECHO Constitution and Bylaws. In the interest of informing membership about these procedures in anticipation of the Annual Election Meeting, the ECHO Board of Directors is pleased to provide membership with a synopsis of the procedures and of the progress of the Nominating Committee for this year’s election, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

 

1. Nominating Committee Appointment: The ECHO President or Co-Presidents, as the case may be, appoint, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, a Nominating Committee to preside over and execute the nomination and election process. The Nominating Committee consists of at least three adult members of ECHO, with at least one member of the Nominating Committee being a currently serving director. The Nominating Committee for the 2014 election was appointed by the ECHO Co-Presidents and approved by the Board of Directors at its March monthly meeting. The Nominating Committee for the 2014 election consists of Joanne Holm, Trevor Bailey (VP of Travel), and Bob Pilney (Past President).

 

2.  Notification to ECHO Membership Regarding Open Board of Director Positions: The Nominating Committee issues a general notification to ECHO membership in order to announce open Board positions. The general notification remains open for a reasonable period of time to allow interested ECHO members to submit their names for consideration. The general notification will close at least thirty days prior to the Annual Election Meeting to allow the Nominating Committee to identify candidates for open positions prior to the Annual Election. If there are no qualified candidates identified for a specific open Board position during the general notification period, the Nominating Committee will post a special notification for this specific position. Only those members who have submitted their names for consideration during general or special notification periods will be eligible for consideration by the Nominating Committee as part of the candidate identification process. Therefore, any member who fails to submit his or her name for consideration before the close of the general or specific notification period will be ineligible to be placed on the slate of candidates for the Annual Election. The Nominating Committee for the 2014 election issued the general notification for open Board positions on March 16, 2014. The general notification period closed on March 31, 2014. No qualified candidates were identified for the open Treasurer position. A special notification for the Treasurer position was issued on April 10, 2014.

 

3.  Candidate Identification: The Nominating Committee identifies potential candidates for any open Board positions. Candidates are identified on the basis of their qualifications and/or suitability for particular positions. The Nominating Committee will make every effort to place an identified candidate in a position for which the candidate has expressed a preference. In the event that no candidate is identified for one or more open positions, however, the Nominating Committee, in its sole discretion, may allocate identified candidates among the open positions on the ballot to ensure, so far as reasonably possible, a full slate of officers to serve on the Board. The Nominating Committee will notify each candidate so allocated prior to the election, and such candidate may withdraw his or her name from consideration. The Nominating Committee presented the candidates that it had identified for the 2014 Annual Election to the Board of Directors at its April monthly meeting.

 

4.  Annual Election Meeting: The Nominating Committee presides over all aspects of the Annual Election Meeting. Not less than thirty days prior to the Annual Election Meeting, the Nominating Committee shall notify the ECHO membership about the date of the Annual Election Meeting. No additional names may be placed in nomination at the time of balloting at the Annual Election Meeting. During the Annual Election Meeting, the Nominating Committee shall collect and count the membership votes for the slate of candidates for open Board positions. The method by which votes are collected (e.g., ballot) and counted is at the discretion of the Nominating Committee and will be explained at the commencement of the Annual Election Meeting. Furthermore, such method will be consistently applied across all open Board positions. Each adult member who is properly registered and in good standing, as provided by the ECHO Constitution and Bylaws, and present at the Annual Election Meeting, may vote. The names of all successful candidates shall be announced after the votes have been collected and counted. Newly elected members of the Board of Directors shall take office immediately following the election.


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2014/15 ECHO Travel Team Head Coaches
by posted 04/12/2014
 

2014/15 ECHO Travel Team Head Coaches

 

ECHO is pleased to announce the Head Coaches for the 2014/15 travel teams!!

 

Mite A –                  Rob Christina

Mite B –                  Mike McDermott

Mite B1 –                Scott Winot

Squirt A –                Mike Russo

Squirt A1 –              Sean Peck

Squirt B –                Jason McCoy

Squirt B1 –              Sean Roche

Pee Wee A –           Trevor Bailey

Pee Wee A1 –         Greg Mahoney

Pee Wee B –           Shane McCann

Pee Wee B1 –         Mike Thibodeau (interim)

Bantam A –              Jim Donahue

Bantam B –              Bruce Bailey


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All Member Board Meeting
by posted 04/10/2014
 

 

The elections of the Open Board Member positions for ECHO will occur at the Board of Directors All Member Annual Board Meeting that is set to take place on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014  at 6pm at the Bolton Ice Palace.


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CT Hockey Academy Clinics Coming to BIP
by posted 03/21/2014
 

Bolton Ice Palace is excited to announce the Connecticut Hockey Academy will be hosting clinics this spring starting April 8th.... see the following link for more information:

http://www.championsskatingcenter.com/cha.php
 
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UCONN Men's Hockey Season Tickets
by posted 03/19/2014
 

Men's Hockey Season Ticket Deposits Available for 2014-15
XL Center Games


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March 18, 2014

 

Visit UConnTickets.com for 2014-15 Season Tickets at the XL Center

STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's hockey team will open play in Hockey East starting next fall and deposits for 2014-15 season tickets for the Huskies home games at the XL Center in downtown Hartford are now being accepted.

Fans can visit UConnTickets.com today to reserve their season tickets for the Huskies inaugural season in Hockey East.  A $20 deposit is required for each season ticket.  The 2014-15 schedule will be released at a later date.

The Huskies will become the 12th member of Hockey East in 2014-15.  The historic league is in the midst of celebrating its 30th anniversary season.  UConn joins Boston College, Boston University, the University of Maine, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Merrimack College, the University of New Hampshire, Northeastern University, the University of Notre Dame, Providence College and the University of Vermont to round out the league's membership.

Over the past 30 years, Hockey East has cemented itself as the nation's elite college hockey league, having earned 38 berths in the NCAA Frozen Four and boasting eight NCAA title winners: the University of Maine in 1993 and 1999, Boston University in 1995 and 2009, Boston College in 2001, 2008, 2010 and 2012.


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Hockey Summer Camps are Coming our Way!!!
by posted 03/11/2014
 

I know it's hard to believe that we are letting you know about summer camps for our hockey players, but it will be here before you know it!  Here is the first of excellent and many to come..... prepare ahead of time for your player to keep up their skills and expertise!

Ben Smith Summer Hockey Skills Development Camps

With Head Coach Ben Smith of the NHL Chicago Blackhawks
and Coach Tommy Cross of the AHL Providence Bruins

Two Sessions for Your Convenience!

July 28-31, 2014 — Newington Arena, Newington CT
August 4-7, 2014 — International Skating Center of Connecticut, Simsbury CT

For Experienced Mites, Squirts, Pee Wees and
Bantams

http://cthockeycamps.com/ben-smith-hockey-camp.aspx


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Spring 2014 "Edge Out" Skating Class for Hockey Player
by posted 03/07/2014
 


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ImPACT Testing for PeeWee and Bantam Players
by posted 09/01/2011
 

 Announcing ImPACT Test Concussion Management Program
for ECHO PeeWee and Bantam Players

 

To follow up on our Winter 2011 Newsletter article, Concussion Testing,  ECHO has contracted ImPACT Applications, Inc. to provide a Concussion Management Program.  This program consists of an online tool to establish a Baseline for Concussion Management. 

ECHO has pre-paid ImPACT for testing for any/all PeeWee and Bantam ECHO players who wish to take the test.  Testing is limited to PeeWee and Bantams as the test is for players aged 11 years and older. Awareness of the effects and the dangers of concussions has grown rapidly recently. In the past year, both the NHL and NFL have changed rules to attempt to prevent the likelihood of concussions and have amended the protocols for concussed players to return to action. While youth sports bear much less risk of concussion than at higher levels of play, our awareness of and sensitivity to concussions has also risen.
The danger of continuing to play or returning to play before the injury has healed is now known to post risks greater than previously thought. When an athlete can safely return to play can confound players, parents, coaches and medical professionals alike. The best measure of fitness to return to play is not only a cessation of symptoms (headaches, etc.), but also a return of full cognitive function. The only way to know for certain whether an player has regained full function and therefore is completely healed is to have previously conducted baseline (pre-injury) testing of those functions.
The most widely recognized baseline concussion test is called an ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) test. The NHL and the USA Hockey National Team Development Program both utilize this test. CIAC, by State law, requires all public high school athletes who suffer a concussion to take an ImPACT test prior to return to play. The test is short (25 minutes) and painless.  It is almost like a video game and provides performance data on cognitive functions such as memory, concentration recognition and reaction time. By having been ImPACT tested before any potential injury, retesting of injured athletes allows medical professionals to precisely determine when an athlete has completely recovered and can safely be cleared to return to play.
The ImPACT Test is just one tool for consideration; It should not be the only deciding factor in returning a concussed skater to play.  All athletes should be cleared by their medical professional prior to returning to practice or games.
For additional information on concussions or the ImPACT Test, visit:    www.impacttest.com

A two page FAQ guide is available by contacting    Please use the following link for baseline testing: http://www.impacttestonline.com/impactteams
  • The player must be well rested and ready to concentrate for 25 min. The test environment MUST BE free of any & all distractions.
  • The computer must have a traditional mouse. Trackballs and touch pads will not provide accurate results.
  • If you are taking your exam on a laptop computer, make sure it is plugged into an electrical outlet and is not running on battery power.
  • Please close any applications other than ImPACT that are currently running on the computer.
  • The following code will need to be entered when an Athlete takes an ImPACT Baseline Test.
  • Customer ID Code for Eastern Connecticut Hockey Organization:   Code will be sent to all PeeWee and Bantam Players separately
  • The Organization wording above should be entered in the School/Organization section when you launch the baseline test program.
 
The ImPACT testing process is as follows:
  • Section 1: Demographic Information & Health History Questionnaire  
  • Section 2: Taking the test (baseline testing and post-injury testing)
  • Module 1: Word Memory
  • Module 2: Design Memory
  • Module 3: X's and O's
  • Module 4: Symbol Matching
  • Module 5: Color Match
  • Module 6: Three Letter Memory
  • Section 3 ImPACT Test Scores - Copies of the results can be obtained as needed for reference or post-injury follow-up by contacting Eric Levine  The information for the first component of the test can be gathered and entered by the exam supervisor/parent.  The Second component must be completed by the skater.
    Once you have checked out the ImPACT Test site and the  ImPACT Test - FAQ if you have any additional questions or require the Customer ID Code, send queries to Eric Levine.

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