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Back Bay Girls - First Game of Their Inaugural Season

By John Sikich 11/13/2019, 9:00pm EST

 

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.    
 

The final game of the season for the Back Bay Indians resulted in a 10 - 0 victory over the Northern Cyclones. The Back Bay Indians controlled the game from the start and did not let up. Unfortunately the team will not advance due to a lack of games played during the season. 

After a long hiatus the Back Bay Indians 18U Midget Team showed the Granite State League they are back and full of speed and skill. With a final record of 10 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie in 13 games the Back Bay Indians 18U Midget team finished 2nd in the GSL, 1st in the State (My National Rankings) and 84th in the Nation out of 410 Tier II 18U Teams (My National Rankings). 

The final team total was 73 Goals For, 25 Goals Against which equates to a 5.23% Goals For and a 1.08% Goals Against Per Game average. This achievement is even more impressive when you take into account that the Team played with an average of 8 skaters and 1 goalie for most of the season. 

Great job Boys we can't wait to see what next year brings.

Exciting first round of the 18 U Midget GSL Playoffs

By John Sikich 11/09/2019, 8:15am EST

The Back Bay Indians first game resulted in a 2 - 1 win for Back Bay against a tough opponent. The NH Avalanche 2 team fought hard and adjusted well to the speed; however could not get through the tough defense put up by goaltender Charlie Rubin and the rest of the Indians team. 

Congratulations on the win and good luck with the Northern Cyclones at 12:45 PM on 11/09/19 at the HAM Arena. Lets bring home another win. 

Unfortunately due to a game deficiency the Back Bay Indians were informed the day of the GSL Tournament that they would not be allowed to win any of their games played. Regardless of outcome the Indians would take a 1-0 loss. I am proud of our Boys and the way they represented the organization.  Good Luck today!  

18 U Midgets Make State Playoffs

By John Sikich 11/04/2019, 4:30pm EST

The Back Bay Indians 18U Midget Split Season team is headed to the Granite State League State Tournament. Placing second in the standings the Indians look forward to an exiting playoff round and hopefully a birth to the State Championship Game. These boys worked hard and we are excited for their accomplishment. 

Learn to Play Registration

By John Sikich 10/29/2019, 9:30pm EDT

Get ready for learn to play.....  If you are ready to start playing ice hockey register for Learn to play.  The Back Bay Indians are opening registration for Learn to play.  Please go to the Learn to play page under player development for more information. 

Link - Learn to Play

Backbay Clinics

By John Sikich 10/23/2019, 10:00am EDT

The Backbay Indians are hosting Development Skills Clinics on Monday and Tuesday Nights.  Cost to non Backbay skaters is $20. Anyone currently registered with Backbay can attend for Free.  Please contact John Sikich for details.

2019 - 2020 Midget Split Season Team

By John Sikich 06/04/2019, 8:00pm EDT

Registration for the 2018 - 2019 Midget Split Season Team is now open.  Information can be found on the Registration page.

Summer Street Hockey Series

By John Sikich 06/03/2019, 8:15pm EDT

Kingswood Athletics in a partnership with Backbay Hockey present the 2019 Summer Street Hockey Series. This event will take place at the Kingswood High School every Thursday night starting at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM from July 11th to August 29th, 2019.  If you would like to participate please register by clicking the link below.

Summer Street Hockey Series

 

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Sikich Named Youth Hockey Director

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”.

 

Kingswood Summer Street Hockey

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.

Back Bay Cash Calendars Winners

Congratulations to all the winners in February!!



Squirt 1 and Squirt 2 are Runners up in SHL tourney

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!!!

Bantams Win SeaCoast Hockey Tournament!

Congratulations to our Bantams for beating the Maine Breakers 2-1 in a shootout to take the SeaCoast 1 Tournament!

Championship Winning Shootout Goal!

CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING SAVE!!


PeeWee's Finish 2nd

Great NHAHA/GSL season for our PeeWee's as they finished as runner-up in the Championship game! Nice job boys!

Ryan Goggin Memorial--3v3 Hockey Tournament

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.

http://wolfeboronh.maxgalaxy.net/BrowseActivities.aspx?GUID=ebb6fca8-b93a-4a0c-9d37-bbac08dc10df

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