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Mass Bay Warriors Program Information

History of the Program.

In 2015, it became apparent that both Woburn and Burlington youth hockey programs would once again struggle to have enough girls to roster girls-only teams for their individual programs.  In the spring, the presidents of each organization met and agreed to recognize a joint girls program under one of the programs.  By summer, the planning committee found that Medford was in a similar situation and invited them to join the effort. 

The focus of the program is to provide a town-hockey option for the girls of Burlington, Medford and Woburn, with a unique team name that allowed the girls to identify with each other without having to identify with a town other than their own.  With the three towns committed to making this program a success, a name was coined off the first letter of each town; and so Mass Bay Warriors was started.

The teams consist of players from Woburn, Burlington and Medford.  There is a planning committee that oversees the program consisting of Board members from each of the three town youth hockey programs. Currently, Woburn Youth Hockey is charged with financial management and recognizing the MBW program under their program for Mass Hockey and USA Hockey purposes.  The teams have played in the Middlesex Yankee Girls League since the MBW program’s inception.

Practices and Skills

Burlington, Medford and Woburn youth hockey programs contribute ice time to the Mass Bay Warrior program.  The full-season teams’ schedules are based on 1-2 practice per week for most weeks, and skills provided in the fall.  (Note:  additional practices are added as ice becomes available) The practice ice is split between the three town programs, when ice is best available at:

·       LoConte Memorial Rink, 97 Locust St, Medford

·       Burlington Ice Palace, 36 Ray Ave, Burlington

·       O’Brien Rink, 55 Locust St, Woburn

Skills have historically been held in either Burlington or Woburn, in conjunction with one of the towns’ youth hockey program skills training schedule.  This is based on ice availability for each program.

Team Participants

While the teams were created for the girls of Burlington, Medford and Woburn, when the roster space permits additional players, girls from other towns are granted registration in the program. U12 teams and up are considered full season team with practices, skills and games.  The U10 team is considered a supplemental team that is a games only team; the girls rostered on these teams are expected to play on their respective town team.  Teams are created when there are enough girls to roster a team.  All tryout fees are refunded to players if an age appropriate team cannot be created. Historical program composition is as follows:

 

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/2018

2018/2019

Medford

10

11

6

10

Burlington

18

10

18

18

Woburn

9

17

16

24

Other

6

9

12

22

Total

43

47

52

64

 

 

For more information contact Paul Chamberlain, Medford Youth Hockey at paul.chamberlain@comcast.net, Bruce Flett, Burlington Youth Hockey at bruce@jwflett.com, or Jean Sullivan, Woburn Youth Hockey  at wyh.jeansullivan@outlook.com