Founded in 1963, during a long run of dominance by Hamden High Hockey, the Hamden Youth Hockey Association (HYHA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering developmental and competitive hockey for youths in Hamden and the surrounding area. As one of the longest running & most successful youth hockey programs in the state of CT we are committed to furthering hockey for the entire state.
In the early history of our program HYHA developed & grew many players that would go on to play for Hamden High. HYHA was a major contributor to the continued success of that program. As the years have gone on and the scope of the program has widened, HYHA has grown to include players for all over CT and our players go on to play for teams all over the US.
At HYHA our focus is on player development through teaching our players to be responsible and accountable for their attitude and effort. Our goal is to build in our players the kind of character, including a competitive attitude, that will help them both love the game of hockey & grow to become successful adults.
A major goal at HYHA is to have players learn the importance of the small day to day or game to game things they do to impact their progress, while also recognizing that at HYHA they are part of something bigger than any individual or team.
With a long history of successful teams, we value competition and winning at HYHA. We also realize that developing hockey players is ultimately about more just hockey. We want to help develop players that will be successful in all areas of life.
At HYHA we focus our player development on growing all aspects of a players game. Our coaches are made up of former players from all different levels & experience. They understand the skills needed to both grow and mentor a player.
At HYHA families can expect:
- Access to top notch coaching to develop their skills. Our coaches understand the game & are here to help mentor players both on and off of the ice.
- An average of 2 weekly team practices & 2 weekly games.
- Partnership with our vendors for weekly skills sessions.
- Partnership with CT Crease for advanced sessions with our goalies.
- Tournaments, both CHC and out of state, each year