The Rochester Junior Americans are committed to providing consistent and constructive player development while emphasizing the fun of playing the game.

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PYH House Program 2014 – 2015

This season is the 25th anniversary for PYH serving youth hockey players and their families.   Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about this 25th anniversary season and how you can help make it great for this year and years to come.



  • Thirty two (32) sessions from early October to early February.
  • Girls and boys both encouraged to join
  • Practices will be held regularly on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings
  • Wednesday practices run by the Rochester Hockey Academy
  • Extended season options for late winter will be available
  • Beginner program (available as half-season registrations as well) for new hockey players in 2006-2010 birth years
  • Intermediate program (available only as full-season registration) for skaters with good skating control and some hockey experience, 2006 through 2010 birth years.
    • The Intermediate program, known widely as “PreMites” will be participating in the Empire Hockey Conference and will play up to 8 games with programs from the Rochester area.
    • Games/scrimmages will be played cross-ice using thirds of the rink
  • Note: The Mite program (below) is intended for skaters in 2006 and 2007 birth years and with good control, confidence, coordination and coachability on the ice.

Initiation questions - contact:


Mites / 8U / Red, White and Blue

  • Over sixty (60) ice sessions from September through early March.
  • Girls and boys both encouraged to join
  • On average two practices and one game per week
  • Practices will be station-based, high-energy and fast-paced
  • Preseason camp and team evaluations held in mid-September
  • The Mite program is intended for skaters in 2006 and 2007 birth years with good control, confidence, coordination and coachability on the ice
  • Game play will be half-ice and we will skate 5x5
  • Games will be played with our new half-ice dasher boards and 4’ x 3’ Mite regulation nets
  • Skaters will be placed on teams of approximately 11 players (two shifts of 5 skaters plus a rotating goalie) at one of three different levels based on ability, experience and coachability: Blue (typically 1st year Mites, equivalent to House B players), White (mix of 1st and 2nd year Mites, equivalent to House A Players) or Red levels (mostly 2nd or 3rd year Mites with advanced skills and skating, equivalent to a travel team).
  • Blue and White teams will be members of Empire Amateur Hockey Conference and play 14 league games plus tournaments.
  • Red teams will play an “independent” schedule of 20+ games plus tournaments. Red teams will also be skating on additional practice ice with skill development.
  • All Mite teams will compete in the annual PYH Big Thaw Tournament

Mite questions - contact:


Squirts to Midgets

  • Over 60 ice sessions from mid-September to late February
  • Participant in Empire Amateur Hockey Conference – approximately 16 games plus playoffs
  • Power-skating sessions built into the season program


It is important that you keep the following items in mind for the upcoming season:

  • This year it will be important to register early and pay your fees to ensure your player has a secure slot for the upcoming season.  We will be instituting a wait list at certain registration break points for each age level to help manage player counts on each team.
  • House evaluations will occur shortly after Labor Day.  We will follow last year’s approach which included a combination of timed drills and scrimmages to properly place players based on ability.
  • Save money this season.  Keep your jerseys in good shape and at registration time you can avoid having to buy “new jerseys” for this season.  This can be a significant savings.  Jerseys can be passed down to family members or traded with friends if they no longer fit.  Remember, jerseys must be kept in good shape to ensure they appropriately represent our organization.

Any questions on the upcoming season contact either of the House Directors:

Roger Salmons –  

George Van Bramer –