Jr. Dawgs 2019-2020 Travel Hockey Tryouts

In an effort to allow Roanoke Jr. Dawgs travel teams to be prepared for CHL and EJEPL team declarations in the summer, 2019-2020 travel tryouts will be conducted in May 2019.

Roanoke Jr. Dawgs Join Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League

Starting this 2019-2020 season, the Roanoke Jr. Dawgs, travel affiliate of Valley Youth Hockey Association, will become a member of the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL).  This league membership will be in addition to the club’s membership in the Carolinas Hockey League (CHL).  For the 2019-2020 season, all Jr. Dawgs travel teams will participate in CHL league play, without any playoff restrictions.  In addition to regular league play in the CHL, Jr. Dawgs U12A and U14A teams will play a 16 game EJEPL Futures League schedule while the U16 AA team will play a 20 game EJEPL Diamond League slate.

The Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League consists of top Tier I and Tier II teams such as New York Apple Core, Richmond Generals, Philadelphia Little Flyers, Long Island Royals, Boston Bandits, Philadelphia Revolution, Connecticut Oilers, New York City Cyclones, Ashburn Extreme, Piedmont Predators, Charlotte Rush and Carolina Rage.

“Membership in the EJEPL will help define the Roanoke Jr. Dawgs as a top level travel program,” commented Valley Youth Hockey President Jason Pollard.  “Our players will play against top teams up and down the East Coast, including top programs from the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.  Our membership in the EJEPL will be a significant asset in team and player development.”

Most of the EJEPL games will be in the form of regional showcases that will take the place of tournaments, creating less travel than would be expected for this type of opportunity.  The EJEPL offers all level of play from U10 through U18.  The league features an all-star jamboree, playoffs, professional web site, professional stats management, coverage in the Junior Hockey News, and end of season awards.

“This will definitely be a very unique opportunity for our players,” said VYHA Player-Coach Committee Chair Paul Haskins.  “Developing our players to the highest degree possible is a top priority for Valley Youth Hockey and our Roanoke Jr. Dawgs travel teams.  Participation in the EJEPL will provide our student-athletes the opportunity to compete and shine in a new environment.”

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Travel hockey is a competitive league that plays in the Carolina Hockey League (CHL). Just as the name suggests, many games require travel within the Carolinas, Virginia or other states based on tournament locations. Each year, Valley Youth Hockey holds tryouts for the travel teams. Please check the schedule of events page for details on dates and times. 

Travel Practice Schedule:

  • Monday / Wednesday: April 1 – April 29 (off April 15-19, Spring Break)

    • 5:45-6:40 – Squirt

    • 6:40-7:35 – Peewee

    • Ice-Cut

    • 7:50 – 8:45 – Bantam

  • Monday / Wednesday: May 1 – May 22

    • 5:45-6:45 – Peewee

    • 6:45-7:45 – Bantam

  • Tournament Schedule (tentative)

    • April 26-28; Spring Thaw, Delaware: Squirt, Peewee, Bantam

    • May 24-27; Boston Cup, Peewee & Bantam

Travel Team Format:

  • Squirt; Full ice instructional for higher level players. Captures rising squirts and existing squirts. Focus on positional play, offsides, and team development.

  • Peewee; Captures rising peewee and existing peewee. Focus on team development, leadership, faster tempo play, positional play, and body contact.

  • Bantam; Captures rising bantams and existing bantams. Focus on team development, leadership, and body contact with an emphasis on checking. Beyond body contact and checking, the primary practice model will be focused on the “Pond Experience” where players have the opportunity to develop in a less forced scenario.

2018 - 2019 Travel Team Costs:

  • Squirt: $225

  • Peewee: $415

  • Bantam: $415

"Playing Up" in VYHA:

While no player is allowed to play in a younger age group than required by USA Hockey regulations, parents may request that their child be allowed to "play up" in an older age group. All requests to play up must be submitted in writing and must be approved by the Coaches Committee. Requests should include a careful and complete explanation of the reasoning for asking to play up and should detail the player's recent playing history and the name of his/her coach during the preceding season. Decisions on playing up will be made promptly and parents will be notified. Any questions regarding playing up, including requests, should be directed to Coach Paul Haskins or sent to pahaskins@aol.com.