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    The Club is planning a full return to hockey for the 21/22 Fall and Winter season. For our CBHL girls and coed programs, we plan to field a team at each age group (10U-18U for coed and 10U-19U for girls) but will adjust based on interest, the player skill levels, and ice availability from our partner rinks. 

    We will conduct CBHL tryouts on June 5th and 6th with supplemental tryouts on June 19th and 20. All tryouts will be conducted at the St. James. Each age group will hold one session on the 5th, one session on the 6th, and one supplemental session on the 19th or 20th.

    Registration for tryouts is now open at https://nvhc.demosphere-secure.com/_registration. Please note: your player will need a new (21/22) USA Hockey number to register. You can register with USA Hockey at https://membership.usahockey.com/. Tryouts will cost $100.

    We will use the number of registrations at each age group to solidify our planning for the season and determine how many teams the Club can field. We will use USA Hockey ADM guidance when determining the minimum number of players required for a team. This guidance is available here

    The Ice Dog CBHL season will commence in early September and run until late February or early March. CBHL teams will practice twice a week at Mount Vernon during the 21/22 season. Games will be played on weekends and home games may be played at other facilities as we determine ice availability and restrictions at Mount Vernon.

    Declarations of team levels to the CBHL will be determined after tryouts are complete and a final decision is made on the age groups at which we can successfully field competitive teams. We will not field CBHL teams if we don’t believe they will be competitive based on the number of registrants and the results of tryouts. The girls' program will decide what league and level to play in on a team-by-team basis.

    The Facility Situation:

    • Mount Vernon ice is available to the Club with the same restrictions that have applied during the winter and spring skills and drills sessions: limited numbers of players allowed on the ice, all players must wear masks, and we are not allowed to conduct competitive drills that bring players or coaches within 6 ft of each other.
    • Fort Dupont has not opened and we have no clear indication of when they will open again or what they will establish as their on-ice rules and protocols.
    • Tucker Road may open again this fall but we don’t yet know what ice will be available there or what they will establish as their on-ice rules and protocols.
    • The St James will sell the Club ice to conduct tryouts this summer and may be able to provide a limited amount of ice for games in the fall and winter.
    • We are working with several additional rinks to be our back-up plan for game-ice in the event our public rinks are slower to allow competition this fall.

    Our goal is to simplify the program and make it easier for parents and players to get to practices and games.

    NoVA 14U Blue ended a memorable season as champions, winning the 2019-2020 Joe Loschiavo Memorial Cup 14U Division I Tournament held in Frederick, MD over February 29 and March 1.

    During the Capital Corridor Hockey League (CCHL) regular season, NoVA Blue earned a 8-1-3 (71GF 30GA) record, with its sole loss to NoVA Red and two ties against NoVA White. Together NoVA Red, Blue and White finished the CCHL regular season first, second and third, respectively, to represent the CCHL 14U Southern Conference in the CCHL Division I Tournament.

    At the tournament in round robin play, NoVA Blue faced the top three qualifiers from the Northern Conference: the league’s top defense, Easton White; the league’s top offense, Howard Navy; and scrappy Baltimore Green. NoVA Blue played hard and earned a berth in the elimination round as the fourth seed with a 1-1-1 (6GF 7GA) record and 13 points under Buffalo Scoring System.

    In the semi-finals, NoVA Blue put forth its best game of the entire year in a back-and-forth rematch against NoVA Red for a hard fought 2-1 victory. In the first period, Blue scored first from a strong side deflection sent from the point, and Red responded immediately with a powerful drive from the ensuing face-off. Midway into the second period, Blue went ahead with a well-placed backhander along the ice to just inside the far post. Both goalies played exceptionally well stopping all shots near and far for the balance of the game.

    In the finals, NoVA Blue pounced on Howard Navy gaining a 4-1 lead by the second intermission. Howard Navy responded unconventionally by pulling the goalie and applying incredible offensive pressure for nearly the entirety of the final fifteen minutes, but in the end, the scoreboard showed 5-4 in favor of NoVA Blue. Champions!

    Throughout the tournament, NoVA Blue was led by elite defenseman and team captain, Rodrigo Mattioli; indefatigable center and alternate captain, Liam Chmura; explosive forward and alternate captain, Noah Gizzarelli; potent scorer, Vincent Cirenza; and outstanding net minder, Brendan Short.

    NoVA 14U Blue was a very young team, comprised of just three second year bantams (1) and eleven first years (2), including a first time player (3) and a core group (4) who have had tremendous success playing together over the past four CCHL seasons, tallying three Southern Conference championships, two Division I championships and one as finalist, for a combined record of (52-6-8).

    Rodrigo Mattioli (C) (1)

    Liam Chmura (A) (1)

    Noah Gizzarelli (A) (2,4)

    Andrew Hoffman (2,4)

    Brendan Short (1)

    Calvin Yee (2)

    Charlie Waite (2,4)

    Drew Conley (2,4)

    Erin Johnson (2,4)

    Ethan Lan (2)

    Sam Moore (2,4)

    Tommy Johnson (2,4)

    Vincent Cirenza (2,4)

    William Talay (2,3)