In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Bowie Hockey Club Board of Directors would like to extend our most sincere thanks to all of our members for your support. In addition to our loyal players, coaches, and parents, we have many reasons for which to be thankful.
October 17th, BHC hosted our second annual Hocktoberfest Casino Night. Thank you to the 123 guests and the many donors who helped us to raise $10,523.29! The event was a great success and we couldn't have done it without our members, coaches, and donors. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We are humbled and grateful for your support.
The BHC Board has allocated the above funds as follows:
Water filtration/Bottle-filler System to be installed at the rink (Pending rink approval)
BHC Coffee Cart for early morning games when snack bar is not open (Pending rink approval)
Funds for ice time for the Future Bruins Prospects Instructional Program
Donation to Defending the Blue Line in honor of BHC members, especially those who serve our country in the Armed Forces as well as those who serve our communities in Law Enforcement
BHC will host (2) Atom/Mite Jamborees - Jingle Jamboree: 12/21 and Miracle on Ice: 2/22
Helmets, hockey sticks, and other expenses for Try Hockey for Free Day
Funds for teams who donated silent auction baskets for Casino Night
In addition to Casino Night, BHC has more great news to share. In conjunction with USA Hockey, Bowie Hockey hosted Try Hockey for Free Day on November 8th. The turn-out was incredible! More than 65 children joined us to give hockey a shot and the reaction of parents and kids was overwhelmingly positive. If you haven't done so already, check out the video we posted to the Facebook page to see a small snippet of this fantastic event. Special thanks to the Bantam Black and other BHC players who volunteered their time to this event. Thank you to the coaches and parents who came out to assist us with this event as well; your time and assistance does not go unnoticed.
Thank you to Bill Schmidt and the coaches and players who assist Coach Bill with our ever-growing Future Bruins Prospects Instructional Program. We had 20 participants in the Fall session and, with the help of Try Hockey for Free Day, our Winter I session has 29 registered participants-a growth of 45%! With the growing number of parents and children who are interested in Bowie Hockey, the funds we have allocated for this program are essential to continue this growth pattern.
Finally, thank you, once again, to our BHC family. Although our children are spread out amongst 19 teams and the Instructional Program, we are one club, one family, with a common bond: Bowie Pride. Together, we share a love for a sport that has allowed us to make genuine friendships with people we may have never met otherwise and, for that, we are thankful.
Enjoy your holiday and, for those of you who are participating in a hockey tournament over the weekend, play hard and do your best!
Sending our best to you and yours for a very happy Thanksgiving,
Because of the short week, this week's schedule was amended when the season schedule was created. Please verify your team's schedule for this week, Monday-Wednesday as there are some different times and days for some teams. There are not Skills Sessions or Goalie Practices tonight for any teams.
BHC Joins the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League
Starting in the 2015-2016 season, the Bowie Hockey Club will be a member of the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL). In 2015-16 Bowie will compete at the PeeWee level and will look to field other teams as possible in the future.
Teams that play in the EJEPL will still compete in the CBHL but will also play 16 games against other teams from the EJEPL . Eight of the games will be in the form of regional showcases at two tournaments during the year. The other eight games will be scheduled against teams in the league. These games will basically be the non-league portion of the schedule for Bowie teams. The league also includes an all-star jamboree, playoffs, professional web site, professional stats management, coverage in the Junior Hockey News, and end of season awards.
Membership in the EJEPL will allow the club to retain the quality players we have and draw more players to the club. It will also allow our strongest teams play other high level teams. From year to year the teams we select for inclusion in the EJEPL might change depending on the level of teams BHC fields.
As you may be aware, USAH is implementing Rule 411 which governs major penalties and their consequences. The Club will take this rule seriously and follow the USAH guidelines. If you have any questions please talk with your coach. All penalties can be found in the USAH Rulebook in section four here.
USAH Rule 411 | Progressive Suspensions
USA Hockey is committed to providing a safe and fair environment for all participants. While the vast majority of players participate within the rules and respect the game and their opponents, USA Hockey recognizes the need to hold those players and coaches deemed to be repeat offenders accountable for their actions. Beginning with the 2014-15 playing season, the Progressive Suspensions rule will take affect nationally.
Any player who receives their third major penalty during the same season for any combination of aggressive infractions listed below shall receive an additional three-game suspension. For any player who receives their fourth major penalty in this category, the player shall receive an additional five-game suspension. Any player who receives their fifth major penalty in this category during the same season shall be suspended until a hearing is conducted by the proper authorities (USA Hockey Affiliate). These designated game suspensions shall be in addition to any other suspensions imposed through the official playing rules. The aggressive infractions that fit into this category are in section six here:
Rule 603 Boarding
Rule 604 Body Checking (Body Contact categories)
Rule 606 Butt-Ending
Rule 607 Charging
Rule 608 Checking From Behind
Rule 609 Cross-Checking
Rule 611 Elbowing
Rule 619 Head-Butting
Rule 620 Head Contact
Rule 621 High Stick
Rule 627 Kicking
Rule 628 Kneeing
Rule 634 Slashing
Rule 635 Spearing
Rule 639 Tripping/Clipping/Leg Checking
Rule 640 Unnecessary Roughness (Roughing)
A separate progressive suspension rule for Fighting is covered under Rule 615(f) Fighting.
(b) Any team that receives three major penalties in the same game shall have its Head Coach suspended for the next game of that team. For any subsequent game where that team receives three or more major penalties in the same game, the Head Coach shall serve a three-game suspension. For a third game with three or more major penalties by the same team during the same season, the Head Coach shall be suspended indefinitely until a hearing has been conducted by the proper authorities (USA Hockey Affiliate).
The role of the Official is to enforce all playing rules at all times and they are expected to strictly enforce playing rules that fall under the aggressive infraction category. Players and coaches must be held accountable for dangerous actions and the onus is on them to teach and play the game within the rules. Officials are required to submit a game report immediately following the game for any major penalty falling in the aggressive infraction category, game misconduct or match penalty that is assessed.
So Your Kid Wants to Play Ice Hockey - Where Do You Start?
Make sure they like to skate, because as a hockey player they are going to be doing lots of skating. The Bowie Ice Rink offers public sessions throughout the year. Bring your child and some of their friends to a couple of public sessions to see if they like skating, they might actually bump into some of the hockey players.
Once your child has decided he wants to learn how to play hockey start them off with lessons at the Bowie Ice Rink. The Bowie Ice Rink offers many ISIA group lessons for all levels of skating including the Alpha/Beta programs. To see all of the programs offered by the Bowie Ice Rink go to the Bowie Ice Rink website.
When your child has learned the basics of skating the Bowie Hockey Club offers the “Future Bruins Instructional” program. This program is designed primarily for players who want to start playing hockey. This program emphasizes hockey skating skills and stick handling with an introduction to the game of hockey. The Future Bruins program runs for 5 or 6 weeks throughout the year. For more information checkout the Future Bruins page on our website.
Full equipment is required for all participants, which can be loaned to you, (Contact the
Helmet with face mask
Now it’s time to join a league. The Bowie Hockey Club offer two levels Recreation, which plays in the Capital Corridor Hockey League and Travel, which plays in the Chesapeake Bay Hockey League.
Recreation runs from October through February. Most practices are held at the Bowie Ice rink and will be held once weekly. The teams will play approximately 18 games traveling no further than 1-hour from Bowie. For more information checkout the Recreation page on our website.
Travel runs from September through February. Most practices are held at the Bowie Ice rink and will be held twice weekly. The teams will play approximately 20 games throughout the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia areas. For more information checkout the Travel page on our website.