The City Council of Bowie is exploring the possibility of building a new two-sheet ice facility within the budget for next year, 2015.
What does this means to you, the members of BHC, no more traveling to Tucker Road, Wells or any other ice rink for practices. The club will have greater ability to run skills, skating, and stick handling clinics. A new facility provides the ability for more ice time for BHC players and teams and allows the club to grow to another level of competition in both the Recreational and Travel programs.
The Bowie Hockey Club needs you to be a vocal member of the club, by emailing and calling the Mayor and Council Members. In your email, please thank those who already support the two-sheet ice rink and urge others to support the two-sheet ice rink. Inform them of the short practices, the inability to work on full ice concepts due to the lack of ice time, the late night practices and additional travel time due to practice at facilities outside of Bowie.
Please share your positive experiences at other multiple sheet ice facilities and the fun the players have at these tournaments. A new two-sheet ice rink would allow BHC to host additional tournaments bringing in players and families from outside the city of Bowie.
Finally, again please thank them for their support.
The next two budget meetings are Monday, April 21 and Monday, May 5, both start at 8:00 PM and are held at Bowie City Hall. We MUST have a large show of support from BHC members to help make this a reality. We are looking for BHC members that are residents of Bowie to speak in support of the two-sheet ice rink at the meetings. Those that wish to speak will need to register with the City Clerk when arriving for the meeting.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact BHC Board Members or .
Update - Tryouts and Head Coaches for CBHL Travel Teams 2014-15
Bowie Hockey Club is pleased to announce tryout information for CBHLTravel Teams for the 2014 - 15 season!
Head Coaching Selections:
Mite: Jason Wanner
Squirt 1: Dave Quader and Derek Rabold
Squirt 2: Billy Palmer
Pee Wee 1: Clark Mowrey
Pee Wee 2: Kevin Richardson
Bantam 1: Chase Fuchs (bio at bottom of page)
Bantam 2: Larry Robinson
U16: Lee Robinson
U18: Jay Fohs
The Bowie Hockey Club may have additional teams at any age level depending upon interest, skill level, and the availability of ice time. More information regarding this will be posted.
Goalies should attend the age level they are trying out for as well as the individual goalie session.
Please bring a tryout jersey (black or white is preferable) without the player's name on the back - no game jerseys!
Bowie Hockey Club is a USA Hockey registered Tier II program that fields competitive teams from the U8/Mite to the U18/Midget age group. These teams participate in the Chesapeake Bay Hockey League (CBHL). The league is part of the Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association, (PVAHA) which is the governing body of all amateur hockey with in the District of Columbia and within the states of Maryland and Virginia. Our teams play in a highly structured league environment, and play additional non-league games against local and out-of-state USA Hockey sanctioned teams.BHCtravel teams will have two practices plus an on-ice skills session each week throughout the season.
Tryouts forU8/Mites -U18/Midgets run from 4/25 – 4/30; players arestrongly encouragedto attend all tryout sessions for the best consideration in making a travel team.
Chase Fuchs played collegiately at Clarkson as a defenseman as well as in the EJHL for the Syracuse Stars. Chase will also be helping out at the Monday skills sessions. He will be assisted by former CBHL Commissioner Pete McArdle as well as Eric St. Lawrence and Brian Smith. I would like to welcome these new coaches to the club.
Former NHL Defenseman Dean Melanson and BHC Coaching Director Randy Richardson will be running skills clinics for Mites thru Bantams in April to get players ready for the CBHL tryout process at the end of the month. We will focus on power skating, puck handling, body contact, and some controlled scrimmaging during these clinics. CLINICS ARE OPEN TO EVERYONE. No pre-registration needed.
Dates and Times:
MITES / SQUIRTS
April 14th 6:15-7:15pm
April 16th 6:15-7:15pm
April 17th 7:00-8:00pm
April 18th 6:15-7:15pm
April 21st 6:15-7:15pm
April 23rd 6:15-7:15pm
April 24th 7:00-8:00pm
PEEWEES / BANTAMS
April 14th 7:30-8:30pm
April 16th 7:30-8:30pm April 17th 8:15-9:15pm
April 18th 7:30-8:30pm
April 21st 7:30-8:30pm
April 23rd 7:30-8:30pm
April 24th 8:15-9:15pm
SPECIAL SESSIONS: Tuesday April 15 & 22 from 8:15-9:15 pm - Body Positioning / Body Contact Clinics for Peewees and Bantams to help prepare players for body checking at the Bantam level.
The cost for the April clinics is $140 for all 7 sessions (Mites / Squirts). Peewees / Bantams $180 for 9 sessions with two body positioning / contact. Drop in's are $25 per session.
Bowie Hockey Club Presentation at Bowie City Hall Meeting
There was a budget meeting at the City Hall tonight where the upcoming year's budget was discussed. In attendance from the Bowie Hockey Club was Larry Robinson, Joe Loschaivo, Jason Wanner, Amy Richardson, Kevin Richardson, Bill Schmidt and myself. Bill, Joe, and I spoke to the council members and mayor regarding the need for a two sheet facility for the Bowie Hockey Club.
I encourage club members to attend future meetings on April 21 and May 5 to show your support for the club. If you wish to speak you must register with the Town Clerk on the left side of the room prior to the beginning of the meeting. The three of us were the only ones who spoke at the meeting and the council seemed to appreciate what we had to say regarding the club and the need for a new facility for our needs and for the people of Bowie and the surrounding area.
We also spoke with the Bowie Gazette after the meeting so this should be in the paper as well.
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.
Spring Hockey Assessments, Practice Schedule and Head Coaches
by Andrej Kolaja posted 03/26/2014
Spring Hockey Participants,
There are 121 players signed up for our spring hockey program. We will be having two teams at birth year 06-07, two teams at 04-05, two teams at 02-03, two teams at 00-01, and one U16 team. There are a few spots open on the 02-03 team still, all other teams are closed. Below are the head coaches for the teams:
06-07 - Clark Mowrey
?06-07 - Pat Brennan
04-05 - Jeff Matthews
04-05 - Billy Palmer
02-03 - Kevin Richardson
02-03 - Co-coaches Dave Gould/Scott Schmidt
00-01 - Larry Robinson
00-01 - Bill Schmidt
98-99 - Lee Robinson
If you have interest in helping as an assistant on any team, please let me know if you have not already done so. Head coaches will also be recruiting assistants. Thanks to everyone!
Below are the tryout and final practice schedules. During the skills sessions we will focus on specific skills that will translate to game play as well as overall skating and skill development. One session will be for offensive skills and one for defensive skills. On these days there will also be goalie practice with Darren Hersh from the Goalie Academy. We may be able to pick up some scrimmages as well but more info will be coming about those opportunities. Note: All April events are at Bowie and all May events are at Tucker Road.
Planet Hockey will be returning for another five day Super Skills Camp at the Bowie Ice Arena - August 4-8. Space is limited so register now by clicking on the link below. Use the special Bowie Hockey Club code to receive a discount.