The Back Bay Indians hockey program kicked off their 2020 – 2021 season Saturday afternoon with its U18 Split Season Midget team. The U18’s hosted the New England Edge Midget 1’s in a home opener at the Merrill Fay Arena in Laconia. An outstanding show by both Back Bay Indian goaltenders (Oleg Sheahan and Bryson Wrobleski) resulted in the U18’s first shutout of the season. Goals by three Indian forwards (Captain, Cody Emerson (4), TJ O’Keefe (1) and Colby Hall (1)) with assists by Cody Emerson, Ethan Mosher, Braden Cash, Nate Holiday and Dylan Mathieu. The 6 – 0 Win was a result of the teams efforts. Head Coach Sikich said, “The kids looked rusty and in need of some conditioning but we definitely have the skill and ability to compete, I am looking forward to the season and see how we can grow as a team.” The Back Bay Indian’s U18 team will be playing their second game of the season on Saturday 10/3/20 @ 12:00 PM at Merrill Fay Arena against Concord 2.
You can follow the Back Bay Indians on Instagram and Facebook or by going to their website www.backbayhockey.com. Anyone interested in learning how to play can find information on the website.
The Back Bay Hockey Annual Meeting has been scheduled for May 17, 2020 at 9:00 AM at the Abenaki Lodge. If the COVID 19 restrictions have not been lifted the meeting will be conducted through the use of Zoom. If this should be the case additional information will be sent out on how to attend.
Wishing everyone the best and please stay healthy.
John Sikich, Director of Youth Hockey
Back Bay Indians
Good Afternoon Back Bay Indian families,
The Back Bay Hockey is tracking the COVID - 19 pandemic and its effect globally on everyone personally and professionally. If an effort to ease the financial burden for families, The Board of Directors has unanimously voted to reduce the deposit from the current listed amount to $20. We request that you go online and register so we have an accurate player count and can declare our teams at the appropriate skill levels. We do want everyone to know that while the hockey season is currently over we do want to make the parent / player experience a good one. We extend our best wishes to your families during this time.
Thank you for your continued support of our Organization and we are looking forward to continued success at Back Bay.
Back Bay Hockey Board of Directors
****For Immediate Release****
The Backbay Indians have announced that the Skills Competition and Ice Cream Social scheduled for Thursday 03-12-20 will be cancelled. The Board of Directors has decided that in the interest of safety for all our participants and the current Caronavirus situation tonights event will be cancelled.
The Backbay Indians Squirt 1 team entered the NHAHA Granite State League’s Playoff round with an undefeated record of 13 - 0 - 3. The Indians won their first two round robin games against two very tough opponents, Plymouth and Keene. The semifinal game was a tough fight against a skilled Rochester team, however the Indians prevailed again advancing to the State Championship game on Sunday the 23rd. The rematch against Plymouth was a very hard battle during the first two periods. The Indians Liza Demain scored first and the period ended with a Backbay 1 - 0 lead. The second period started quickly with a second goal by Liza Demain and Plymouth’s Audra Custance answering with their own goal one minute later. The Indians quickly scored two more unanswered goals by Myles O’Keefe ending the second period with a 4 to 1 lead. The third period ended with 3 goals by Chloe McClain, 1 by Reid Swinerton and 1 by Myles O’Keefe, Audra Custance scored late for Plymouth bringing the final score of the game to the Backbay Indians 9, Plymouth 2. The Indians end their Granite State League as State Champions with a final record of 17 - 0 - 3. “I am so proud of the way the team played and the level of development each player achieved throughout the season. Every player knew their role, played a two way game and brought a new level of competition to their game.” said Coach Sikich. Coach Sikich continued by stating that The Backbay Hockey Association has devoted so much time and effort to changing the way the program develops their players and has shown that they can provide a program where focus is on skill development at a reasonable cost. I can’t thank the organization enough for providing the amount of practice time needed to be successful. The Backbay Indians Squirt 1 team will continue their season by playing the Seacoast Hockey League’s Playoff rounds this coming weekend in Rochester, NH. We look forward to some very tough competition and hope we can continue our success.
The New England District Futures Camp was help this past month and several of New Hampshires finest hockey players put forth their best efforts to be selected for the NED Futures Select Teams.
I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate our very own Parker Aucoin who is rostered with the Peewee Team coached by Aaron House. Parker was selected to the Select 12 Boy's (2008) team. I know Parker will represent himself and the BackBay Indians well on his team and we wish him luck.
Well done Parker, keep up the hard work..... We are proud of you!
The Back Bay Indians have expanded their program to include an all Girls team. The Indians 12U Girls Team will be playing in the Seacoast Hockey League for their first season and are looking to expand to the GSL next year. Their first game of the season is on Sunday 11/17/19 at 9:10 AM Vs. The Laconia Lakers. We wish the girls the best of luck in their game and encourage everyone to come out and support their efforts.
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.
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!
This 3v3 cross ice tournament is being held to remember Ryan Goggin and raise funds for scholarships for Back Bay and Pop Whalen Ice Arena in his name as well as contributing to Pop Whalen Ice and Arts Center Expansion.
For over 7 years, Ryan Goggin proudly served his country as a U.S. Army Infantry Sergeant in Texas, Korea and Iraq. After suffering serious injuries, Ryan came back to the U.S. to receive medical treatment and rehabilitation services. Given an honorable medical discharge, Ryan moved back to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire to be close to his family.
Before beginning college in Colorado in Fall 2015, Ryan decided to take a backpacking trip in Peru. Due to plane delays, Ryan’s trip was extended from three to seven weeks. The morning of his flight back to the U.S. Ryan began to feel dizzy and could barely walk through the airport to board his plane. Upon landing in Miami, Ryan was rushed to the VA to begin medical testing. On January 24th, 2016, Ryan was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. This may have resulted from exposure to radiation or cancer-causing chemicals while he was serving his country.
Unfortunately, Ryan lost his battle on March 31, 2017.
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Here's the link to sign up, it is on the Parks and Rec page and not the Pop Whalen page.
The format is 3V3, typical team size is 6.
Cost: $150/ team
Format: Recreational 2 10-minute halves, 3 game minimum
Date: Saturday 3/30, first games will begin at 8:00 am