Our four clubs have each experienced similar challenges in recent years, all of which are difficult to overcome as smaller organizations. At the core of these challenges is our athlete experience. Limited access to full-sheet practice time has been a hindering factor for many of our older teams. An even greater challenge has been providing the appropriate level of skill development in each age bracket. Some players are leaving our programs to seek more competitive options while others are leaving because it is too competitive -- in short, a “one-size-fits-all” approach isn’t working.
We believe the unification of our four clubs’ resources will allow us to grow the game of hockey in Central Vermont. Together, we can improve the development experience and increase the opportunities available to players while keeping youth hockey affordable and inclusive in our communities. For more on how and why we decided to merge, see the Parent/Athlete Letter.
To ensure the merger goes as smoothly as possible, your volunteer Board of Directors has been working diligently on logistics and planning. We still have a lot of details to work through and we likely won’t have all the answers as quickly as you would like the information. Please know that we do value your feedback and will do our best to work through inquiries as best we can while we work on the tasks required of us to complete everything in time for this upcoming season's registrations. We want to thank you in advance for your patience if we have slow response times and we greatly appreciate your positive support as we navigate this process.