SIKICH NAMED BACK BAY HOCKEY DIRECTOR AS PROGRAM TRANSITIONS
Over the past 38 years Back Bay Hockey has had much success with its youth hockey program including multiple State Championships. In 2019 Back Bay has put forth a renewed commitment towards expanding and developing the youth hockey program in Wolfeboro, NH.
The news broke to Back Bay members and members of the Lakes Region in the Granite State News Paper published on February 21st, 2019. The advertisement, located on the front page of the sports section, introduced John Sikich as the organization’s Director of Youth Hockey.
A seasoned coach with the Los Angeles Jr. Kings program in Los Angeles, CA; Sikich brings with him 26 years of coaching experience at all levels of competition including Tier I and Tier II. He will oversee the operation and player development structure of the Back Bay Hockey program in 2019-2020.
For Sikich, who for the last 28 years has been a Deputy Sheriff, owned and operated a private investigations company with his wife of 26 years and has three boys who are NCAA Division III athletes and 1 boy playing at the Prep School level. John and his family moved from Hermosa Beach CA are now permanent residents of Wolfeboro.
Vic Drouin, who has been the President for the Back Bay organization for 9 years is certain that Sikich is the right guy to lead the organization to the next level.
“John’s experience and passion for hockey, coupled with his ability to teach and communicate are assets that are hard to come by. His expertise will contribute to the organization's overall player development while enriching the parent player experience to a new level.” Said Vic. “He has developed an outstanding reputation in the CA hockey community, and we look forward to him bringing that same reputation to our great State.
Sikich will concentrate on working directly with all coaches in the Back Bay program in a renewed effort to bring continuity to development and teaching, while attaining realistic, tangible goals at every age level. “First and foremost, I believe our coaches are experienced, passionate about the game and have the ability to teach. I will be implementing a blueprint for development that will be age specific, in line with USA Hockey’s American Development Model and will bring coaching consistency as players move from level to level. We’re going to implement new tools and resources to help develop our coaches and the education process moving forward,” said Sikich.
Sikich continued, “As part of the Los Angeles Jr Kings program I had the luxury of an Education Center to assist in developing the mind of the athlete. This room allowed all coaches to develop their players hockey acumen, or on ice vision. It is my opinion that “vision” can be taught and through the use of visual aids like video, white boards and reference books we will be able to train our athletes better than ever before.” “I will be using resources such as Kingswood High School and their Director of Athletics Aaron House, to make this education center a reality.”
Sikich firmly believes that Back Bay is taking a proactive approach and are fully vesting in the future of the organization, as well as, making a push towards developing a higher level of competition for its athletes. “They want to be involved and are listening to my suggestions for future development” Sikich said.
“Change will start at the Learn to Skate, Learn to Play, Mini-Mite and Mite levels ensuring that all players receive the proper age appropriate skill development to start the foundation of success.” Said Sikich. “My development philosophy is about player confidence and attitude; by playing at their appropriate level, determined by their ability and age, confidence can be reinforced, and attitude is formed. Confidence is so fragile in today’s athlete and I believe is an overlooked piece of the puzzle. We are not only developing players we are shaping the character of our future men and women.” According to Sikich. “As players move from level to level positive reinforcement should be at the forefront of development so each year is about advancement to the next level without risk of digressing.”
“I am excited that I can use my training and experience as a coach and teacher to provide a solution in the community. There is no reason our young athletes need to drive over 3 hours daily to receive the highest level of athletic training for the sport they love; sacrificing the much needed time for their studies. Education should be the number one thought when deciding where to play youth hockey”
Victor Drouin is enthusiastic about what this new position will bring to the program and what it represents for the organization moving forward and added, “John’s dedication to the game and player development is evident, Back Bay is fortunate and honored to have John to provide the level of attention that is needed to push our organization to the next level. It will be exciting to see how youth hockey will benefit across the region with the addition of John Sikich”.
The Kingswood Department of Athletics is excited about partnering with Back Bay Youth Hockey Association for a FOURTH year and offer a summer long Kingswood Street Hockey Series.
The street hockey games will take place Thursday evenings. Dates and times will be released soon.
The games will be a co-ed, multi-age "pickup" style game. The game is open to all Back Bay players and open to youngsters looking to try street hockey for the first time.
The games will be held at Kingswood right outside of Alumni Field in the parking lot.
Players are asked to bring sneakers, hockey stick, hockey gloves, and a hockey helmet with a cage.
The 2019 - 2020 coaching staff would like all players who were selected during evaluations to attend this development clinic and team skate.
If interested in attending and not assigned to a specific team during evaluations please email email@example.com.
Evaluations a huge success! With attendance at an all-time high, Back Bay Hockey was able to add 12U Girls and a Peewee 2 team to the organization. Openings are available on the following teams.
If you are interested in playing for the Back Bay Indians please email Johnsikich@yahoo.com.
Spring Select teams are forming for the following levels and will start the first week of April and end Memorial Day weekend May 2019. Includes 8 practices and one tournament.
If you did not signed up on the interest list during evaluations please email Johnsikich@yahoo.com to be placed on the list.
Congratulations to all the winners in February!!
Congrats to SQUIRT 1 and SQUIRT 2 for their great finishes in the Seacoast Tourneys this past weekend. Both Teams took home runners up trophies!!!
Congratulations to our Bantams for beating the Maine Breakers 2-1 in a shootout to take the SeaCoast 1 Tournament!
Great NHAHA/GSL season for our PeeWee's as they finished as runner-up in the Championship game! Nice job boys!