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The objective of The Southern Connecticut Youth Hockey Organization 
is to provide a well-organized and supervised youth ice hockey program,
offering opportunities to children of all levels of skill and proficiency.


Happy Holidays from Southern Connecticut Youth Hockey

by posted 11/27/2020
Season Update

To all of our SCYH families:

On Thursday November 19th, 2020 Governor Lamont issued a statement indicating that beginning Monday, November 23, 2020 all club and team sports must pause activities until January 19th 2021. This includes Youth Hockey.

During this time, we will be monitoring for any updates and will inform the membership of any changes, as we have been throughout the season. We remain optimistic that Youth Hockey will resume once the pause has been lifted. However, during the pause we will be reviewing options regarding tuition, in the event the season is shortened.

Once a final decision is made by the Governor’s office, we can determine how we will move forward. We ask that everyone be patient as we navigate through these changes and uncharted territory.


Thank You and Have a Happy Thanksgiving.


by posted 11/21/2020
Helmet / Splash Guard update

HECC Approved Spit/Splash Guards and Face Masks for Players

Nov 16, 2020

Today the HECC approved a set of spit/splash guards and face masks that do not invalidate HECC certification for helmets, cages, or shields. Both the Bauer Concept III Splash Guard and the CCM Game On face mask are on the list. 


by posted 11/18/2020
CHC Updated COVID Guidance 11-11-2020


UPDATE ON YOUTH SPORTS GUIDANCE Connecticut issues updated guidance pertaining to rinks & hockey NOVEMBER 11, 2020

On Thursday, November 5, 2020, Governor Ned Lamont signed Executive Order 9K (CLICK HERE FOR LINK). In that order, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 6, 2020, the Governor gave authority to the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, in consultation with the Connecticut Department of Health (DPH), to establish, in Sector Rules or other rules issued by him, mandatory rules, regulations, and recommendations for the safe conduct of youth sports. Attached please find the updated guidance from the Governor’s office and the DPH regarding youth sports in the state of Connecticut. (CLICK HERE FOR LINK). The DPH issued these sports-specific guidelines on Monday, November 9, 2020.

The State Capital has put hockey ‘under the microscope’. Disregard for this guidance may be subject to fines and shutdowns from various local and State agencies resulting in a much longer shut down. CHC and its member programs are looking to avoid this result.

While we are highlighting some of the changes to the guidance below, we strongly urge everyone to read and understand the expectations. Note as well that, while the source and supporting information referenced from the National Association of State High School Associations refers to "recommendations," the Governor’s order specifically refers to Rules, implying that these are to be considered mandates.

FACE COVERINGS: Players, coaches and officials are required to wear face coverings at all times, including during play and while on the bench. Acceptable face coverings should follow the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CLICK HERE FOR LINK). Products that are specific to the sport of hockey are understood to be acceptable unless otherwise indicated by local or state health authorities. There is additional information in the following links provided by USA Hockey regarding face coverings and various types of helmet modifications, including "spit guards" (CLICK HERE FOR LINK) and full clear shields (CLICK HERE FOR LINK).

RULE MODIFICATION AND ENFORCEMENT: CHC rules regarding facemasks will generally follow the USA Hockey rules as outlined in Rule 304 Protective Equipment. These rules apply to all players and team officials participating in a game involving at least one CHC member organization.

  1. (a) All players, including goalkeepers, and all team officials are required to wear a face mask or cloth facial covering that completely covers the nose and mouth.

For the first violation of this rule, the team shall be issued a warning. Each subsequent violation by any player of that team during that game shall result in a misconduct penalty for an equipment violation. For a second violation by any team official, a bench minor penalty shall be assessed. Each subsequent violation by any team official shall result in a game misconduct penalty to the offending team official.

  1. (b) If a face mask comes off during play, the on-ice officials shall stop play immediately. The player shall be ruled off the ice and may not participate in the game until completion of the ensuing face-off.

UPDATE ON YOUTH SPORTS GUIDANCE Connecticut issues updated guidance pertaining to rinks & hockey NOVEMBER 11, 2020


  1. (c) Wearing a face mask does not absolve a player from the responsibility of wearing a mouthpiece. Since mouthpieces are not required to be attached to the cage/shield, they can still be worn under a facemask. An official’s duties with regard to enforcing mouthpieces does not change. If an official observes a player on the ice improperly wearing a mouthpiece, regardless of whether or not the player is wearing a face mask, then the procedure under 304f paragraph two shall be followed.
  1. (d) Coaches are responsible for ensuring their players are properly equipped, including face masks and mouthpieces. Officials may ask the coaches to confirm that players are properly equipped during a pre-game meeting. An affirmative answer will eliminate the need to check for mouthpieces under face masks.

SPECTATORS: Facilities (at their discretion) may now allow up to two (2) spectators (parents/adult guardians and/or siblings) per participant, providing that they follow social distancing guidance and the facility remains below 50% of capacity.

GAMES/PRACTICES: Facilities may only allow CHC Member Programs Teams, Players and Participants (including long-standing CHC member programs Pawling & Putnam) to engage in Connecticut-based events held at Connecticut-based facilities (Tier 3 of the Risk Categories assigned to Various Athletic Activities).

MULTIPLE GAMES/TOURNAMENTS: In accordance with Risk Category Tier 4 (multi-team meets and tournaments) DPH also recommends suspending all activities and reconsidering for the Spring 2021 season. At this time, CHC has not eliminated the potential for state tournaments. Rather, we are waiting for further developments and guidance while we continue with the CHC season.

OUT OF STATE COMPETITIONS: In accordance with Risk Category 5, contests involving CHC Member Program Teams, players, and participants vs. non-members (i.e. teams from different states) are not recommended.

by posted 11/12/2020
Full Clear Shield vs Cage

Full Clear Shield



As together we make our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, USA Hockey has been asked if wearing a helmet with a full clear shield is better than a visor (half shield) or cage. In addition, many are asking about players wearing a face mask to cover their mouth/nose while practicing or in games. Below is information that we hope is helpful.

 HELMETS -- FULL CLEAR SHIELD vs. HALF SHIELD OR CAGE There is no scientific proof that a full clear shield on a hockey helmet provides better protection against infectious diseases compared to a visor (half shield) or cage.

 That said, a full clear shield is likely better than a visor (half shield) or cage:

1. Can act as a barrier in case someone in close proximity coughs or sneezes

2. May be a deterrent to decrease touch of the face (vs. cages where players stick their fingers through the cage)

3. Likely to prevent spitting on the ice/bench (should be enforced regardless)
 It should be noted that a full clear shield will not prevent the inhalation of aerosolized droplets.
 And it is important that regardless of what kind of mask a player wears that it be cleaned thoroughly after each use.

 A cloth mask protects the wearer's nose and mouth from contact with droplets and may protect others by reducing exposure to the saliva and respiratory secretions of the mask wearer. This is especially important if someone is infected but does not have symptoms.    Players should wear cloth masks at all times, except while playing. Coaches and other support personnel should wear cloth masks at all times.   Wearing a cloth mask during high intensity aerobic activity is not recommended by the CDC and WHO. 

by posted 11/04/2020
Former STAR drafted by NHL Tampa Bay Lightning!

Former STAR Nick Capone

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On October 7, 2020 Nick Capone, from East Haven, CT, was selected by Tampa Bay Lightning for the 157th pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

          Nick began skating with East Haven Youth Hockey in their Learn to Skate/House Program.  He then joined Southern CT Youth Hockey as a Mite in 2008, where he was coached by his father, Pete.  He continued to play for the Southern Stars for six seasons. He then played with the Connecticut Wolfpack Tier 1 Bantam Program for 2 seasons.  Nick then joined the Yale Jr. Bulldogs Midget Tier 1 Program, playing for 3 seasons, coached by Steve Novodor and was on the U15 Tier 1 National Championship Team, winning in Scottsdale, AZ in April 2017.

          His freshman year was played with East Haven High School, coached by Lou Pane. He had 40 goals and 48 assists to lead Connecticut in scoring. He was an All-SCC/SWC Division II First Team selection, made the Connecticut High School Coaches Association All-State Team, as well as the New Haven Register’s All-State and All-Area squads.  He also earned the Division II Rookie of the Year and Skater of the Year awards.

          On May 2, 2017 he was selected 38th overall in the United States Hockey League (USHL) Draft by Bloomington Thunder (Central Illinois Flying Aces), in Bloomington, IL.  He played in four regular season games with them. 

          Nick played his sophomore and junior years, at the Salisbury School, in Salisbury, CT coached by Andrew Will.  He had 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) in 27 games as a sophomore and 47 points (20, 27) in 30 games as a junior.

          On June 4, 2018 he was also selected by Acadie-Bathurst Titan in Round 2 as the 35th pick of the American draft in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

          On August 6, 2018 he was traded to (USHL) Tri City Storm in Kearney, NE.  Nick played in five regular season games and two playoff games as an affiliate list call-up.  He scored his 1st Career USHL Goal on March 23, 2018 in his debut with the Storm.  Nick continued to play with Tri City Storm for the 2019-20 USHL Season.  He had 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists).

          In September 2019, he de-committed from the University of Maine, switching to the University of Connecticut to play under Coach Mike Cavanaugh, in the Hockey East Conference.

          Nick was selected to participate in the 2020 Bio-Steel All-American Game, which consisted of the top 40 American prospects eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft. The game took place at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, MI on January 20, 2020.

             Nick’s older brother Peter also played many years at Southern, Pee Wee through Midgets and his younger brother, Christian, is currently the Southern Stars Pee Wee A goalie.  His father, Pete, is the current Pee Wee A Assistant Coach.

          Nick is currently attending UCONN and preparing for the 2020-21 hockey season to begin.

by posted 10/10/2020
Parent Conduct

Keeping it real


With the start of 2020-2021 hockey season to begin soon, the SCYH BOD would like to welcome everyone back and wish you a safe and fun experience. The season can seem like a long stretch at times and over the course of the next several months, there will be occasions when emotions can run high.

If there comes a time during the season where you need to voice a concern, please remember that all inquiries must begin with the team coach. If the coach (or the coaching staff) can not resolve the issue, the coach will then initiate communication with the appropriate person on the BOD.

Please remember, if the BOD is not aware of a problem, it can not be addressed.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and remember:

This is the time in the kids lives to have fun and enjoy the experience.

Please do not be the parent this sign was made for!

If you have not already done so, please visit the Milford Ice Arena (MIA) Website and fill out the MIA waiver. Also please be sure to become familiar with the new MIA COVID protocols.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and we look forward to seeing you around the rink.

by posted 08/10/2020
New SOUTHERN Sportswear!

Please click on the above Webstore Tab!

by posted 07/14/2019
SCYH Store
Southern Shorts - Navy

• 100% Polyester • Two deep side seam pockets • 2" covered elastic wasteband and drawcord • Adult = 10" inseam, Youth = 7" inseam
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