BYHA offers many different programs to help our players develop their skills. Our in-season (winter) programs include Cubs, Inhouse, Traveling, and Junior Gold, while our summer offerings include Summer Academy, Summer Skills Camp, and the Nick Bjugstad Camp. Continue reading for more information on each program.
Eligibility for each program is determined by a players' birthdate. Click the "Minnesota Hockey Age Cutoff Dates" link to the right to see date ranges for the upcoming 2017-2018 season.
We are proud to announce that we are continuing our partnership with Dave’s Sport Shop where all new, first-year players will receive a Starter Equipment Voucher that can be used to purchase a starter kit, which will include all equipment needed (excluding skates, cup/pelvic protector, hockey socks and stick), and also includes a hockey bag. Equipment can also be purchased at many sporting goods retailers in the area, including Dave’s Sports Shop, Lettermen Sports,and Hockey Central.
Our inhouse program consists of Cubs and Mites. Each is detailed below, and you can click the Inhouse FAQ document to the right for more information and differences between Cubs and Mites.
Our Cubs program is our Learn-To-Skate program and is intended for players just beginning their hockey experience. It is available to anyone in the Mini-Mite or Mite age classifications on the "Minnesota Hockey Age Cutoff Dates" page. To view those age classifications, click the link on the right.
Cubs meets once a week on Saturday mornings. They meet from the beginning of November until early February, with breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The program is designed to give beginners a chance to learn the basics of skating with less of a commitment, both time and financial. The cost for Cubs is only $99.00 per player for all 12 weeks. At the end of the program, there will be a graduation, where each player receives a medal and a special gift!
Our Mite Program is divided into 4 levels. D Mites is for beginners who are just starting out and have very little or no skating experience. C Mites is for those that have had a year or two of skating. B Mites is for the players who have skated for a few years, while A Mites is for the top level Mite players. There is also a U8 level, which is comprised of all girls. To be considered for the U8 team, girls will have to first be at the “C Mite” level of play. Girls are not required to play U8 and are also welcome to play with the boys at any Mite level.
Mites are divided into teams and have a mix of games, practices, and jamborees. They play games against other Mite teams at the same level. The Mite Program provides increased ice time compared to the Cub Program. Cost for the Mite program is dependent on the level. Costs for 2017-2018 will be determined prior to registration opening up and posted here once determined.
Our traveling program has both boys and girls teams. Traveling teams will play a regular season schedule against other District 10 teams, and will also attend various tournaments. At the conclusion of the regular season, playoffs consist of District playoffs for those teams qualifying. At levels above Squirts and U10, teams can move on to Regions and State.
Our boys traveling program consists Squirt, Peewee and Bantam teams. Each level will field multiple teams that are determined by tryout results.
Our girls program consists of teams at the U10, U12, and U15 levels. At the U10 and U12 levels, we have a co-op agreement with Spring Lake Park. Girls from both associations will tryout together, and the results of those tryouts will determine the makeup of each team.
Our Junior Gold program is intended for high school aged players who are not involved with the High School teams. For more information on our Junior Gold program, click the link below.
Intended for Girls ages 16-19 (birth dates January 1, 1998-June 30, 2001). This league was created as an alternative to high school hockey. We are a co-op team consisting of players from Blaine, Spring Lake Park, and Centennial players.
The team practices 2 days most weeks up until the first game in the beginning of December. There are up to 20 league games with a State Tournament in March (this year is in Stillwater). The league is fast paced and competitive.
Registration will open soon! For more information, contact Joe Gratz.
Our Summer Academy program is for our inhouse (mite and cubs) players. It is a great way to keep the kids skating and developing their skills throughout the summer at a very reasonable cost.
Click the Academy Flyer on the right to find more information.
Our Summer Skills Camp program is for our traveling players to improve their skills during the off-season. It is instructed by professional instructors, and contains training options for both players as well as goalies. During the Summer Skills camp, players will be working on and reinforcing level appropriate techniques which include stick handling, shooting, angling, proper checking, strength training, and more. Summer Skills Camp takes place from April-May and August-September.
Our Nick Bjugstad Camp program is a 4 day camp in late July - early August where Blaine Hockey alumni Nick Bjugstad returns for a week from his NHL training to spend time with our traveling players. There is also a Mite Day where Nick spends time helping our youngest players.
During the Bjugstad camp, Nick and his staff work closely with BYHA players to improve all aspects of their game. There is also dryland training each day where they will work on their stickhandling, shooting, and conditioning.