Brookline High School Warriors Ice Hockey : FAQs
Overview:

The Brookline High School Boys Ice Hockey Program is overseen by Head Coach Mike Yanovitch and consists of a Varsity team and a JV team, each of which fields a roster of about twenty players. Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior players are eligible to play for the Varsity team. Freshman, sophomore, and junior players are eligible to play for the JV teams. 8th grade players are also eligible to play for the JV teams through our 8th grade waiver program.

For more information, contact Coach Yanovitch by email at bhswarriorshockey@gmail.com or by phone at 617.785.2057.


Registration:

Registration time is a very busy time for the Athletic Department. It is best to complete registration well in advance of the registration deadline. The registration deadline for the 2016-2017 season is November 21st, 2016.

The following steps must be completed before a student-athlete is cleared to participate in organized team activities:

  1. Register online using FamilyID.com.
  2. Have a valid physical exam on record with the Athletic Department. The coaching staff will notify any returning player who has a physical that will expire prior to or during the season.
  3. Submit payment by check. The registration cost is $300, but financial assistance is available for players in need. Checks should be made out to BHS Athletics and brought to the Athletic Department, mailed to the high school, or given to a coach. *Please write the student's name and sport on the check.*
  4. Return all borrowed equipment to the equipment room and pay all fees for late, missing, or damaged equipment. The coaching staff will notify any returning player who has unreturned equipment or unpaid fees.

For more information, visit the Athletic Department website or contact Coach Yanovitch by email at bhswarriorshockey@gmail.com or by phone at 617.785.2057, Coach Spiers by email at bhswarriorshockey@gmail.com or by phone at 845.235.2882, or Deborah Donaldson, Athletic Department Secretary, by email at deborah_donaldson@psbma.org or by phone at 617.713.5289.


Equipment:

Some, but not all, ice hockey equipment is provided by the school. Both Varsity and JV home and away uniforms (jerseys, pant shells, and socks), practice jerseys, and hockey bags are provided and, if needed, helmets are available in the high school’s equipment room. All other equipment must be provided by the player. A blue helmet and blue gloves (preferably navy blue) are required. Ice hockey is an expensive sport and, thusly, secondhand equipment (available through equipment swaps or local hockey shops) is highly recommended, especially for growing players or players who are new to the sport.

For more information, contact Marc Lofchie, Equipment Manager, by email at marc_lofchie@psbma.org or by phone at 617.713.5278.


Sports Medicine:

Brookline High School is fortunate to have a partnership with Brigham and Women's Hospital that provides comprehensive and multidisciplinary care to our student-athletes. Our expert physicians, athletic trainers, and staff provide coverage for all organized team activities.

The Athletic Training Room is located on the basement level of the Tappan Street Gym.

For more information, visit the Athletic Department website or contact Alex Jzyk, Athletic Trainer, by email at ajzyk@partners.org or by phone at 617.713.5416.


When:

The ice hockey season typically runs from late-November/early-December through mid-February, including during school vacations. Practice and game times vary, depending on the availability of ice. The Varsity team usually meets five or six times per week, which includes three or four practices and one or two games (one home and one away) per week. The JV team usually meets three or four times per week, which includes one or two practices and one or two games per week. Depending on performance, the Varsity season may be extended into the post-season tournament, which goes beyond mid-February.


Where:

The majority of practices and games are held at local rinks, including, but not limited to, Kirrane Skating Rink (Larz Anderson), Thorndike Rink or Dexter Athletic Facility (Dexter Southfield), and Reilly Memorial Rink (Cleveland Circle).

Varsity home games are held at Walter Brown Arena (Boston University). Transportation is provided to all Varsity away games. All players are required to take the team bus, unless told otherwise. The bus waits for no one.

JV home games are held at Kirrane Skating Rink (Larz Anderson), Reilly Memorial Rink (Cleveland Circle), or Rodman Arena (formerly Iorio Arena) in Walpole. Transportation is provided to some JV away games. All players are required to take the team bus, unless told otherwise. The bus waits for no one.

The addresses of home and away rinks can be found here.


Schedule Changes:

Due to inclement weather, practices or games may be cancelled or moved with relatively short notice. Official announcements will be made by the coaching staff as soon as information becomes available. Nothing is cancelled until it is officially announced by the coaching staff. For scheduling updates, follow us on Twitter @bhsboyshockey2. (To receive updates from @BHSBoysHockey2 via text message, text "Follow BHSBoysHockey2" to 40404.)

The most up-to-date schedules (available to sync with both Apple and Android devices) can be found here.


Attendance (Varsity):

Details coming soon.


Attendance (JV):

The coaching staff understands that JV players, particularly 8th grade waiver players, may be involved in activities other than JV hockey. Because of this, we are far less strict about attendance at the JV level than we are at the Varsity level. That being said, last minute conflicts, with rare exception, are the result of poor planning or preparation and are not valid reasons for being late to or absent from a JV hockey event. JV hockey is not an activity of convenience and commitment to team is expected and encouraged, although not required. What is required, however, is clear communication and sufficient notice from the players — NOT from the parents or guardians. If a player is going to be late to or absent from a JV hockey event for any reason, the player must provide notification no less than forty-eight hours prior to the scheduled start time of the event. Any lateness or absence will be excused, no questions asked, as long as clear communication and sufficient notice is provided. Lack of clear communication or sufficient notice from the player will be considered an offense and result in loss of playing time. The rule is simple: first offense, sit one period; second offense, sit two periods; third offense and every offense afterward, sit a full game. We trust that this flexible and reasonable attendance policy will not be abused.


FOBHSH and Fundraising:

The team booster club, Friends of Brookline High School Hockey (FOBHSH), raises funds year-round to subsidize the cost of the team. Funds raised by FOBHSH are used to provide, among other things, practice ice, low-cost team apparel and bags, financial assistance for players in need, stipends for volunteer coaches, and the end-of-the-season awards and banquet. All parents of players in the Brookline High School Boys Ice Hockey Program are automatically members of FOBHSH and are encouraged to be involved.

The FOBHSH Advisory Board for the 2016-2017 season has yet to be determined.

If you are interested in supporting the team through FOBHSH or have any questions about becoming more involved in FOBHSH, contact us at fobhsh@gmail.com. If you would like updates on fundraising efforts and community events, visit our website or follow us on Twitter @FOBHSH. (To receive updates from @FOBHSH via text message, text "Follow FOBHSH" to 40404.)