Welcome to the Raleigh Youth Hockey Association (RYHA) website, home of the Carolina Junior Hurricanes. Follow all the latest news and events for RYHA and the Junior Hurricanes here and on our Facebook page.
Every year USA Hockey has the top youth hockey prospects participate in a development camp in Upstate NY or Minnesota. These camps are called National Camps or the Player Development Camps and last one week for each age group. This is an opportunity for USA Hockey to work with the top players in the country, educate them on nutrition, skill development, game play, etc. while keeping an eye on their growth for their junior and national teams down the road. USA Hockey brings in some of the top coaches in the country from junior, college, prep school and professional ranks to coach the kids. It is a great opportunity for the players to compete against the top players in the country, learn from top coaches and USA Hockey’s development program, and make some lasting friendships. It is also a great opportunity for exposure as it is a great venue for junior and college hockey teams to scout the top players in the country.
This spring, RYHA and the Junior Hurricanes Goalie Program continued its strong showing by having 3 Jr. Hurricane or former Hurricane goalies selected to participate in their respective National Camp:
Logan Halladay U17 - boys
Josh Greune U15 - boys
Cameron Leonard U14 – girls
Halladay has been to the camp before, joining former Jr Hurricane goaltender Sean Romeo as a multiple year participant. Romeo is now playing Tier 1 junior hockey in the USHL and has committed to play at the University of Maine following his junior career.
It takes a lot of hard work over several years to develop into a top goalie. Congratulations to all three and everyone here would like to wish them luck at their respective development camp this summer.
Please be reminded that we will be holding an AA/A informational meeting on Sunday May 19th, 6:30pm, at the PNC Arena.
Also, AA/A tryouts will take place May 30th - June 4th. Registration is now open through the website by highlighting the "Registration" button, clicking on "RYHA Online Registration" and selecting "Travel".
We are conducting both AA/A tryouts at the same time, so when the weekend is completed, we will have filled all of our AA and A teams.
When you sign in to register, you will be asked to select a box if you only want to be considered for an A position. If you select that box, you will not be considered for a AA position. If you do not select that box, you will be considered for a position at either level. If at some point during the evaluation, the evaluators feel you are not ready for a AA position, you will automatically be considered for an A position. There will also be seperate final sessions for both AA and A at each age group. If your player is selected for the final AA session, but does not make that team, they will automatically be included for the A final session. All AA final session sessions will on Sunday June 2nd, while several of the A final sessions will be on Monday June 3rd and Tuesday June 4th.
The official U8 Development evaluation will be the weekend of June 13-15. Specific times for that weekend will be announced shortly as well. However, a supplemental session will be scheduled for Sun June 2nd, 215-315pm Factory Icehouse, for those players that will not be able to make it to the official evaluation on June 13-15.
The complete scheduel for AA/A tryouts will be posted shortly. If you have any other quetsions, please free to contact Steve Henley at
We loved your letter - and learning more about your players, coaches and especially the sportsmanship they display every game.
For Passion, Purpose and Play our eleven Ice Caps players and two phenomenal coaches have it! Win or lose our players have the determination to learn and improve through their sheer love of the sport. Our team of eleven unique boys each bring a different element to the team. Whether it be exceptional skills, speed, or a positive attitude our team blends it all together and makes it work.
The Ice Caps were one of the teams that skated with the Capital City Crew this past fall. Our boys were humbled by the experience and the meaning behind it all. Coach B and Coach Aaron are amazing with our boys and they offer each player the perfect balance and combination of training, patience, discipline and good sportsmanship.
After each practice or game and as all the hockey gear comes off, what's left is eleven boys that are laughing and cutting up in a locker room. They are eleven boys who are a little better on the ice today, then they were the day before. Off the ice they are closer to becoming our young men of tomorrow. Isn't that what hockey is all about, not only a lesson in hockey, but in life as well?
Congratulations on your Squirt Ice Caps being chosen as the "High Performance Team" for February!
The Upper Squirt Team 2 has been chosen for the High Performance Team in January. The team demonstrated Passion, Purpose and Play in all games. They struggled to get a W in the win column for many weeks, but still kept playing every game with a positive attitude. The losing streak ended on the weekend of January 12 & 13 when we not only won BOTH games, but both the games were shut outs! Our team then traveled to Charlotte this past weekend where we won our first game and tied the second!
We have great players on our team who are full of heart and these past few wins have given our boys a little confidence boost. Congratulations to Upper Squirt Team 2.
As you may know, there have been some recent changes within the status of several of the 2013-14 Jr Hurricane teams. Mike Housman has accepted a job position in the DC area which will require him to relocate. We wish Mike success in his new position. The Bantam A team was without a coach, and the U18 AAA team will not be fielded this season. As a result, we have made some coaching changes as follows:
Clay Cotie - U16 AA
Steven Halko - Bantam AA
Kohl Schultz - Bantam A
Steve Henley - Bantam A
The Jr Hurricanes would like to thank these coaches for their patience and flexibility during this time of change.
As well, the Jr Hurricanes now have avilable ice to add another team during the AA/A tryouts. The RYHA BOD has determined that the bantam age group provides the best opportunity to expand. As a result we will be offering a second Bantam A team.
We believe these changes provide a strong coaching foundation at every level of our program. We look foward to seeing you at the AA/A tryouts.
Financial Aid is now available for the 2013-2014 Fall Season. The financial aid will be available to those who qualify. Please submit your completed application by the dates listed on the 2013-2014 Financial Aid Procedures Document.
The Financial Aid Procedure and Financial Aid Application can be found on the main page of the website, under the Home Tab - Documents and Forms. Back to top
Jr Hurricanes Travel Informational Meetings
Jr Hurricane Members:
We will be holding informational meetings prior to tryouts on the following dates:
Sunday April 28th - PNC Arena - 630pm - AAA
Sunday May 19th - PNC Arena - 630pm - AA/A
These meetings will provide an opportunity for us to review our programs for the upcoming season, as well as offer you an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. On April 28th, we will focus on the AAA program, and on May 19th, we will focus on the AA/A program. We hope to see you there!
Coaches, we have been informed that CAHA and USA Hockey will be hosting a Level 4 clinic in Charlotte on June 22-23rd.
They are not only reducing the price for coaches, but also shortening the clinic by a day. They will have a two day clinic, with no frills and thrills, a few speakers talking on numerous topics, and coaches will be on their own for meals and hotels.
The cost will be $185/coach. The location is still TBD and will be updated when we have been notified with the facility location.
Former Jr Hurricane Michael Merrit Wins D2 Championship
On Sunday, March 24th, Michael Merritt (#10, former Jr. Hurricane) was crowned a National Champion. Michael is currently attending Michigan State University and playing Div. 2 Club Hockey for the Spartan’s. The Spartan’s won the ACHA D2 National Championship. Congratulations Michael on an outstanding accomplishment.
The Junior Hurricanes are pleased to announce that our Junior Hurricanes Bantam AAA Minor team finished the season ranked 13th in the country. This is a great accomplishent for the Bantam Minor team and the Jr Hurricanes organization. This team exemplifies the hard work, desire and dedication needed to perform at the AAA elite level. Little Ceasars, a perrenial top 10, finished just behind the Junior hurricanes at 14th in the country. Back to top
2013-2014 Program Information Now Available
RYHA is pleased to provide the full program details for the 2013-2014 season. Information can be found under the Program Info tab off the home page and then selecting 2013-2014 Program Info from the menu.
RYHA Announces 2013-2014 Program Coaches - Updated 5/7
RYHA is pleased to announce the Junior Hurricanes head coaches for the 2013-2014 season:
Tier I AAA:
11U Pee Wee Minor - Dwight Collinson
12U Pee Wee Major - Richard Shulmistra
13U Bantam Minor - EJ Stern
14U Bantam Major - Colin Muldoon
16U Midget Minor - Mike O'Leary
Tier II AA:
9U Squirt A/AA Minor - Dave Jones
10U Squirt AA Major - Dean Melanson
12U Pee Wee AA - David Wright III
14U Bantam AA - Steven Halko
16U Midget Minor AA - Clay Cotie
18U Midget Major AA - Bill Fredenburg
Tier II A:
12U Pee Wee A - Colin Kurtz
14U Bantam A - Kohl Schultz
14U Bantam A - Steve Henley
16U Midget Minor A - Sean Bernhardt
18U Midget Major A - Geoff Wing
10U Developmental A:
10U Dev A Red - David Wright Jr
10U Dev A White - John Kasper
10U Dev A Black - Ken Glonek
8U Developmental A:
8U Team 1: Andy Haldane
8U Team 2: Andrew Barron
8U Team 3: Mark Pugh
8U Team 4: Don Litchey
8U Team 5: Anthony Veilleux
8U Team 6: Tom Kuppinen
The Carolina Hurricanes have announced their 2013 Summer Hockey Camp. The camp will include skill development camp and goalie camp. Week 1 of the camp will be help July 22-26 and week 2 will be held July 29-August 2. Please see the below camp registration form for further information.