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Jul 24, 2014

Let Kids Be Kids: A Letter to Parents

Posted by: Steve Seymour

Let Kids Be Kids: A Letter to Parents

06/11/2014, 9:30am MDT
By Hockey Mom

Editor’s Note: The following is an open letter submitted by a hockey mom to USA Hockey.

I’m a hockey mom – and I’m done.

I’m not done taking my child to hockey. I’m not done cheering them on. I’m not done providing for them, playing with them or parenting them. I’m not done loving them, by any means. But I am done trying to create the perfect hockey experience for them.

As parents, we want nothing but the best for our children. It’s an innate part of being called mom and dad. We want to ensure they have the best academic possibilities, the best upbringing, and in many cases, the best athletic opportunities. High achievements in any or all of those categories assert us as “good parents.”

But sometimes striving to obtain that “good parent” status causes us to get in our own way.

We tend to overexert ourselves in the process of trying to get our kids to the very top, which, in turn, can overexert them. This is becoming a very common trend in general parenting, but especially sports – hockey being no exception.

I feel our responsibilities are simple: 1. Get them to the rink. 2. Be supportive.

Yelling should be swapped for cheering. Car coaching exchanged for song celebration after the game. And long hockey talks at the dinner table can be replaced with compliments to the chef.

Sounds easy, right? But it can be hard sometimes.

Instead, the desire for our child to be an A-tier player and the seduction of a college hockey scholarship has families running mad from rink to rink. It turns into a game of “Keeping up with the Joneses,” always wondering what the parents next door are doing and causing us to think that we failed if our kid fails to make the best team or doesn’t have the newest gear.

I’m done breaking the bank for the most expensive equipment and summer “showcase” events. I’m done watching every second of every practice with a keen and critical eye.

When I grew up, my mom or dad would drop us off at practice and come get us when we were done. But now the trend has shifted to 24-7 hockey – and it’s exhausting.

I don’t want to dictate family life by the hockey schedule. It’s nice for everyone in the household to be able to take a breath and have some downtime. That’s what summer vacation is for: biking, swimming, camping, baseball, Frisbee, and just being kids.

Summer offers a hockey break not only for my hockey player, but our hockey family. And once the leaves start turning colors again in the fall, we can’t wait to hit the ice and see the smiles on kids’ faces.

But there’s always that concern if you do limit hockey: What if they don’t make the team? How will that affect them? Well, it’s probably for their own good.

New York Rangers defenseman and 2014 U.S. Olympian Ryan McDonagh was cut from his A-squirt team.

“And it turned out to be one of the most fun years that I had,” McDonagh told the Minnesota Hockey Journal. “It really jump-started me to stay positive. My dad was real positive about the whole experience. He just wanted me to have fun and not stress out about it. I gradually got better as it went on.”

My kids aren’t NHL players, and they likely never will be. They are kids. Kids who love to play hockey … and baseball and soccer and go camping and biking. And I’m going to let them do it. I’ll let them play. I’ll let them fail. I’ll let them learn on their own.

I’ll let the kids be kids.

“I think you learn lessons as a kid,” 2014 U.S. Olympian Kevin Shattenkirk told USA Hockey. “It’s fun playing hockey as a kid and it’s not about being a professional. Most of us (NHL players) will tell you we still feel like kids when we are playing this game and that’s the biggest thing I’ve taken from playing hockey – the fun of a game.”

Years down the road, my kids won’t remember the summer clinics, hockey lectures or brand-new skates. What they will remember is the camaraderie with teammates, lifelong friendships, family camping trips, accomplishments, hardships and lessons learned. Those are the childhood memories worth making.

And I’m done trying to get in the way.


Anonymous Hockey Mom

Jul 23, 2014

NOHC July Newsletter

Posted by: Steve Seymour

Hello NOHC Membership,

I hope this note finds you well and everyone is enjoying this fine Cleveland summer weather. It’s hard to imagine it’s already the middle of July and even harder to imagine that in a little over a month, we’ll be back on the ice.
As you may or may not know, the NOHC Board of Trustee’s meets regularly through the off season and keeps hard at work preparing for the upcoming season. At our June meeting it was discussed and decided that it would be beneficial to the membership to send out a monthly newsletter. This will help to keep you updated as to the happenings within NOHC and give notice of upcoming events. Below is a list of events you may want to attend.

Sunday, July 20, 2-6pm, The North Olmsted High School Varsity team rented the pavilion at the North Olmsted Park for an afternoon of food and fun.
We will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers and will have corn hole, kickball, softball, etc.
This event is for youth hockey players from North Olmsted and the families of those players. I want to begin building the bridge from youth hockey to the high school program, and I know my players are eager to get to know the younger players in the city. Feel free to pass the word along, as I'm not sure that this message will reach everybody its meant to reach.
Please kindly respond to TJ Murray if you plan on attending. TJ Murray-Head Coach, North Olmsted Varsity Hockey. Email: Cell: (440)-552-0294

Olmsted Falls Heritage Days Parade is Thursday, August 14th at 6:30pm. This is a huge parade with thousands viewing and gives us the opportunity to pass out fliers to the kids and parents in Olmsted Falls. All are welcome to join us and walk in the parade and help pass out info. For exact time and meeting place contact Jeff Kerkay @

North Olmsted annual Homecoming is August 21st-24th with a parade on Sunday the 24th at 1pm. Again, all are welcome to join us in the parade and help pass out club info. NOHC will once again have the Slap-Shot booth during homecoming and we could use as many volunteers as possible to help out. Elizabeth Vertosnik will have a sign-up sheet for those that can help. Please contact her direct @ and she will let you know what dates/times are available.

Play it Again Sports is booked for Wednesday 8/20 and Monday 8/25 from 6 to 8 pm for jersey fittings. This will be during our ice sessions so if you need new jersey’s, this will be the time to get fitted and place your orders. Also, Spirit wear will be available for order 8/17 through the 31st. Cindy Berish will have a finalized order form to be available first day of conditioning (and via membership distribution). For more info on these items you can contact Cindy direct at

Our start date to return to the ice is Monday, August 18th.
Exact times per division/level will be posted on our website at and another confirming email sent before that date.

Our website is updated regularly. There you’ll find a complete list of NOHC board members, contact info, important dates, times and upcoming events. Please check it often to keep informed as to what’s happening within the program. Our goal this year is to be as informative as possible and continue to provide you and your families with the best hockey experience possible. Anything we can do to help, please let us know.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and yes, see you soon, at the rink…..

NOHC Board of Trustees

Apr 19, 2014

NOHC 2014 - 2015 Evaluation Results

Posted by: Steve Seymour

Head Coach - George Zajankala

1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 17 - 18 - 19

Pee Wee 1
Head Coach - Jim Free

61 - 62 - 63 - 65 - 66 - 67 - 68 - 69 - 70 - 71 - 72 - 78 - 81 - 90

Pee Wee 2
Head Coach - TBD

60 - 73 - 74 - 75 - 76 - 79 - 80 - 82 - 83 - 84 - 85 - 86 - 87 - 88 - 89 - 91

Squirt 1
Head Coach - Ray Ardire

3- 4 - 6 - 7 - 9 - 12 - 15 - 32 - 35 - 41 - 43 - 45 - 51 - 55

Squirt 2
Head Coach - Dan Victor

1 - 5 - 8 - 10 - 11 - 16 - 20 - 25 - 29 - 38 - 40 - 44 - 47 - 53

Squirt 3
Head Coach - John Thorne

2 - 13 - 17 - 19 - 21 - 22 - 23 - 27 - 30 - 31 - 36 - 37 - 56

Squirt 4
Head Coach - Howie Simons

14 - 18 - 26 - 28 - 33 - 39 - 42 - 46 - 48 - 49 - 50 - 52

Apr 18, 2014

NOHC ALL Division Evaluation Results Coming Soon

Posted by: Steve Seymour

The Evaluation sessions for the 2014-2015 season for our Squirts, Pee Wee and Bantams wrapped up on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

All results will be posted in this section no later than Sunday, April 20, 2014.

Each team will be posted with Coaches name and the Evaluation Pin On Number Only.

Feb 24, 2014

NOHC ALL Divisions Evaluation Dates and Times

Posted by: Steve Seymour

Sunday March 2nd 11:45am ALL Current Mighty Mites
Sunday March 9th 11:45am ALL returning Mites (2006 Birth year or younger)

SUN April 13TH 9:15-10:15am-ALL Squirts
MON April 14TH 5:45-6:45pm-ALL Squirts
WED April 16th 5:45-6:45pm-ALL Squirts

MON April 14th 7-8pm ALL Peewees
WED April 16th 7-8pm ALL Peewees

MON April 14th 8:15-9:15pm ALL Bantams
WED April 16th 8:15-9:15pm ALL Bantams

Also, a reminder we will be holding a meeting Tuesday, February 25th 7pm at the rec center to discuss the NOHC tryout process.
All are welcome to attend

Thank you

President, NOHC

Feb 24, 2014

NOHC Squirt Evaluation Sessions

Posted by: Steve Seymour

The Evaluation Sessions for the NOHC Squirts have been set, these sessions are for kids with Birth Years of 2004 and 2005.

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 9:15am -10:15am - North Olmsted Rec Center
Monday, April 14, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:45pm - North Olmsted Rec Center
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:45pm - North Olmsted Rec Center

These sessions are for all kids who will play Squirt Hockey this Winter Season (2014-2015) for the North Olmsted Hockey Club.

Feb 10, 2014

Mite Spring Hockey

Posted by: Steve Seymour


The North Olmsted Hockey Club will be holding Mite ADM registration and evaluations for the Spring 2014 and Winter 2014-2015 seasons.

Players wishing to play in the Spring, Winter, or both need to attend an Evaluation Session in order to be assigned to a Spring team and placed in a division of play for the Winter season.

Winter 2014-2015 teams will be formed within each division in August when the club returns to the ice.

All Evaluation sessions will be held on the main rink at the North Olmsted Recreation Center.


Sunday, March 2nd - 11:45AM – 12:45PM
All Mitey Mite Players born in 2006 or later only

Sunday March 9th - 11:45AM – 12:45PM
All Mite ADM Players born in 2006 or later only

Spring teams and Winter 2014-2015 division assignments will be posted online at on Wednesday March 12th.

Hope to see everyone at the evaluation sessions.

Dec 11, 2013

A Founding Father of NOHC passes away

Posted by: Steve Seymour

Richard "Dick" E. Jones

This past weekend the North Olmsted Hockey Club as well as the North Olmsted High School Hockey Team lost one of its Founding Fathers.

Dick Jones was instrumental in forming the North Olmsted Hockey Club and Varsity Hockey team and was still actively involved with the Varsity team by being in the penalty box at every game.

I had the pleasure to serve on the Board with Mr Jones and there is no finer gentleman who was committed to the sport of hockey and making sure the players who played for the Hockey Club or the Varsity would have fond and enjoyable memories of their time playing hockey.

Please remember Mr. Jones as well as his wife Gail in your prayers and thoughts. The sport of hockey and people who knew Dick have lost a Great Friend.

Ed Garrity


Dec 03, 2013

Customized NOHC Stick Stickers

Posted by: Steve Seymour

The North Olmsted Hockey Club has teamed up with Stick Bandits and would like to offer its members this opportunity to have their very own personalized stick stickers.

A great way to differentiate your child's stick from others and/or a great stocking stuffer for this Holiday season.

The NOHC has designed a custom sticker for our players that can be ordered direct from this web site or a team order can be placed through your Team Manager.

Please fill in the name and number you would like on your sticker and submit your order.

These stickers will be printed and shipped to you directly from Stick Bandits.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Stick Bandits directly at 630-978-1580.

Six (6) Stickers for $9.99.
Stickers are 4” tall x ½” wide

Nov 11, 2013

1st Annual Monster Mite Mash at Quicken Loans Arena

Posted by: Steve Seymour

North Olmsted Hockey Clubs Mite White teams will participate this weekend in the first Monster Mite Mash Jamboree at Quicken Loans Arena.

Each team will play four (4) games between Noon and 6pm verse the Strongsville, Shaker Heights and Strongsville Mite Teams.

To attend any or all games you will need a ticket to that nights Monsters game v. Hamilton Bulldogs. See flyer below for discounted ticket information.

Go NOHC White Mites!


Sep 23, 2013


Posted by: Paul Hieronymus

Hello Everyone,

Hockey season is starting up again which means it is time for our annual HOCKTOBERFEST. This will be the events 3rd year and it has always been a good time for the whole family. So come reunite with your hockey family or if you are new to our Club come meet those that you will soon call your family.
This year we will be having a CHILI COOKOFF too. Bring a pot of your favorite Homemade chili and be entered to win a prize. Chili needs to be available for tasting at 5:30pm.
We will also have the club’s infamous “Slap Shot” game set up the entire day along with corn hole and other outdoor games. Rain or shine were sure to have a great time.

This event is casual and attendance welcome throughout the day. Feel free to stop up at your leisure and have a good time and meet other people in our program.

Can't wait to see you there!
Your NOHC Board


Jul 26, 2013

2013 - 2014 Travel Team Tryouts Results

Posted by: Paul Hieronymus


Jul 26, 2013

A Message From The President

Posted by: Paul Hieronymus

Hello NOHC Membership and Happy Spring to all!

After another great season of NOHC Hockey I wanted to take this opportunity address the membership and pass on some important information and dates.

First, I would like to sincerely thank each of you for allowing us the opportunity to provide your families with the NOHC hockey experience. As you know our club is made up of volunteers who do their best to provide a quality program where not only your children can develop as hockey players but your families can enjoy the sport. Our board members, coaches, team managers and division directors are committed individuals who do their very best and spend countless hours to insure the best possible experience.

I would also like to congratulate all our teams on a job well done. Sometimes the end of season records don’t always tell the full story for any sports team. I know from watching our teams throughout the season that our players not only developed as hockey players, but as young athletes and individuals. You should all be very proud of your children’s accomplishments. And a big tip of the Eagle’s wing to Coach Henley’s squirt 1 team and coach Free's Squirt 3 team. Coach Henley’s SQ-1 team dominated their division winning it all and headed into a tough round of play-offs to finish it up with and overtime victory and secure the coveted “2 Banner Season”. Coach Frees SQ-3 team couldn’t have been more of a Cinderella story. Starting off the season with what looked to be “a good learning year” at best, through the commitment of the coaches, players and parents progressed like no other team before and won their division bringing another play-off victory banner to NOHC.

A few important announcements and dates to remember.

Our program will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, April 18th 7:00pm at the North Olmsted Rec Center. This meeting, as all our monthly meetings are, is open to the membership. We will elect new board members and officers to the NOHC board of trustees and all are welcome to join the meeting. There are many openings and anyone is invited to run for a position.

Below this message are the tryout dates for the 2013-2014 season. Be sure to mark your calendars and have your players attend. As in past years, we will conduct tryouts for the Squirt, Peewee and Bantam levels in the spring and the Mite level in the fall. (Dates/Times TBA)

Again, on behalf of the NOHC Board of Trustee’s, I would like to thank you for participating in our program and hope that we can continue to provide you and your families with the ultimate hockey experience.

Have an enjoyable summer!

Roger Galippo



Jul 26, 2013

New Website!

Posted by: Paul Hieronymus

The North Olmsted has a new home! Please take some time to look around our new website.

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