Springfield Pics Jr. Program and Springfield Rifles Hockey Organization Announce Formal Alliance
West Springfield, Mass (March 11, 2013) – The Springfield Pics junior hockey program and the Springfield Rifles hockey organization announce a formal alliance for the 2013-2014 season.
All teams will play out of the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield,Mass.
The Springfield Pics were recently accepted into the newlyformed United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) at the U16 and U18levels. These 2 full season teams will compete as the Springfield Rifles.
In addition to the current Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL-Jr. A), Empire Junior Hockey League (EmJHL-Jr.B) and (USPHL) for the U16 and U18 teams the Springfield Rifles offer full season programs from Learn to Skate through Bantam Major competing in the Hockey Northeast League. The Springfield Rifles also have national recognized and national bound U14, U16
and U18 split season teams at the Tier I and Tier II levels.
The EJHL-Jr. A team will continue to be called the Springfield Pics and be coached and managed by Patrick Tabb. Pat Tabb will be the GM for the Empire Jr. B, U18 and U16 full season Springfield Rifles teams.
The full season Bantam Major Team is a unique program. After the two split Bantam
Major Teams complete their season in November the teams will combine. The second half team will be coached by Kevin Kervick (U16/U18 Tier1 split season midget coach). The team will play an aggressive prep school schedule that includes 2 tournaments.
For the first time in years Western Mass and Northern Ct players,
Mites through Jr. A, (including Cathedral and other top high school programs)
will play under the same roof at Olympia Ice Center. Youth development will include power skating, goalie clinics and skill sessions by guest instructors.
“ On behalf of myself , Scott Daniels, Rob Bonneau, Vern Smith and the Pics program we look forward to working with the Rifles and their staff to bring the local hockey community a great opportunity. This alliance provides the student athlete a complete hockey avenue from mites to juniors. No matter what path these student athletes are looking to take to achieve their
goals we now provide them with the teams to achieve that." said Patrick Tabb, Jr. GM/Head Coach, Springfield Pics.
Brian Foley, Springfield Rifles, said, “I am excited to work together with Patrick Tabb and his coaching staff. This partnership will provide stability to players and parents in pursuit of their hockey goals.”
Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) GM/Head Coach Patrick Tabb. firstname.lastname@example.org
United States Premier Hockey League
(USPHL) Full season teams:
USPHL U16 &U18 General Manager Patrick Tabb email@example.com
USPHL U18 Head Coach Rob Bonneau. Rob@robbonneau.com
USPHL U16 Head Coach Vern Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Empire Junior Hockey League JR B General Manager Patrick Tabb email@example.com
Mass Midget Select Tier 1 National Bound Midget Split Season:
U16 Head Coach Kevin Kervick Kervnkaren@msn.com
U18 Head Coach Kevin Kervick Kervnkaren@msn.com
Mass Tier 2 Development League National Bound Midget Split Season:
U16 Head Coach Dino Inarelli firstname.lastname@example.org
U18 Head Coach Paul Rivest email@example.com
Both U14 teams are National Bound
Bantam Major Hockey Northeast Head Coach Brian Foley firstname.lastname@example.org
Bantam Major Mass Tier 2 Development Coaches Joey Furnari & Steve Hudyka email@example.com
For Youth Hockey Information Mite Minor thru Bantam Minor contact:
Barbara-Jean Deloria firstname.lastname@example.org
Information regarding the 2013-’14 season is forthcoming at springfieldjrpics.com and rifleshockey.org.