youth hockey association in Amherst, NY

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Coach Tim DiGiulio has 21 plus years of competitive youth hockey coaching experience.  This season (2018-2019) Coach DiGiulio’s team was ranked 12thin the country out of 127 teams.  They were victorious over the #1 team in the country, Kensington Valley Ravens. Appeared in the Finals of 3 Tournaments (Harbor Center, Riverworks, Erie Sarah Backstrom 14U Division).  Coach DiGiulio’s team advanced to the finals in the NYSAHA Tournament finishing second.  For the upcoming season:


·      Play in the Lower Lakes Ontario Girls Hockey League for 2019/2020 season

·      Former Buffalo Sabre Grant Ledyard is an assistant coach and runs the Girls program regular skills clinics

·      Access to state-of-the-art film room, dryland facility, exercise experts, nutrition sessions

·      Detailed Practice Plans with emphasis on skill development (2x week) at local Northtown Center

·      Additional 1-2 games per week



Coach Patrick Bonner level 4 USA Hockey Certified Coach with 12 years coaching experience.  Has been head coach for 7 different girls’ teams at the 12u, 14u, and 16u levels. Was also Director of Girls Hockey for the Buffalo Shamrocks and the Wheatfield Blades.  For the upcoming season:


·      Play in Bantam BB division in the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League.

·      Practice twice per week along with former Sabre Grant Ledyard working on power skating, edge work, and skills with the girls every two weeks. 

·      1-2 games per week. 3-4 Tournaments planned.

·      Weekly film review of games and systems; offseason skating and skills program with Mark Metzger (Skills coach of the Carolina Hurricanes); and use of dryland training at Proformance Sports Training within the Northtown Center.

·      Player access to team app that is supported on iPad, Windows, Mac, and Android platforms.  Girls can watch drills and systems in 3-D animation along with coaching voice over of games to help provide playing tips.


Coach Darren Palaszewski, non-parent, has 20 years coaching experience as a head coach for Amherst Youth Hockey.  10 Years as Head Coach at St. Josephs Collegiate Institute, Joe Crozier Dedication to Coaching Award Recipient 2018.  Current President of Great Lake Girls Hockey League. two-time Amherst Youth Hockey Coach of the Year, Amherst Youth Hockey Hall of Fame member, NYSAHA Quarter Finalist Girls 16U Tier II 2014-2015, NY State Quarter Finalist Boys Junior Varsity 2017-2018, USA Hockey National Championship Quarter Finalist Girls 16U Tier II 2013-2014.


For the upcoming season:


·      Play Lower Lakes Female Hockey League

·      Practice twice weekly, with emphasis on skill development, additional sessions with Amherst Hockey Director Grant Ledyard

·      Access to state-of-the-art film room, dryland facility, exercise experts.

·      Pre-season training camp