Welcome to the Empire Amateur Hockey Conference website. Remember that our site is continuously evolving and we will add to it over time. Here, you'll be able to get news, information, schedules, rosters, game results, directions and much more. Check back frequently for the latest information about our conference. Members of the EAHC Board who supervise this league can be found on the "Contacts" page on the left hand side of this page.
This year the EAHC will manage and supervise league play for approximately 100 youth hockey teams in the greater Rochester area. Teams range from RWB 6U & 8U through Midget 18U. 6U participate in several Cross Ice Jamborees hosted by local rinks and member organizations. 8U play Half Ice Games at the White & Blue skill levels. Squirt 10U teams play a 16 game schedule at the 'A' & 'B' levels. Older divisions do not separate by skill level. Peewee 12U teams play a 16 game schedule., Bantam 14U play an 18 game schedule & Midget 18U teams play a 20 game schedule. Our EAHC 2017-2018 hockey season runs from October, 2017 through February, 2018 with playoffs for 10U thru 18U divisions from February 21 to February 24, 2018 and Championship Finals on Sunday February 25, 2018 at SUNY Brockport.
EMPIRE & SNOWBELT ANNOUNCE RED DIVISION THRUWAY SERIES
EMPIRE CONFERENCE AND SNOWBELT LEAGUE ANNOUNCE RED DIVISIONS THRUWAY SERIES!
To Empire and Snowbelt Coaches, Managers, Parents and Players:
The Empire Amateur Hockey Conference and the Snowbelt Hockey League are excited to announce the inter-conference Thruway Series and Cup competition for the 2018-19 Season!
RED DIVISION SQUIRT/10U and RED DIVISION PEEWEE/12U teams from Empire and Snowbelt will have the option to compete in a season-long competition, with home-and-home scheduling of approximately 8-10 additional games, Series standings kept for each age division, and a four-team one day Thruway Cup bracketed playoff for the top two Thruway Series finishers from each conference.
Only RED DIVISION SQUIRT/10U and RED DIVISION PEEWEE/12Uteams have the option to participate in the Thruway Series and Cup for 2018-19. To accommodate the Thruway Series and be in step with Snowbelt, Empire has now formally approved a change to Red/White/Blue division classifications, replacing the prior A/B designations.
Over the past month, Peewee/12U teams previewed the Thruway Series in a collection of games, all held in Rochester. Several strong Snowbelt squads traveled to play challenging Rochester area competition, resulting in great action and competitive games – overall Snowbelt came out on top 4 games to 3.
Starting with the upcoming 2018-19 season, the Thruway Series will provide Empire and Snowbelt teams with the opportunity to experience this great level of play all season, against strong competition in awesome new places and rinks, all while competing in both regular Empire or Snowbelt league play and the Thruway Series. USA Hockey rules and policies will govern all rostering, on-ice play and rink activity, at all age levels.
The Empire and Snowbelt Boards are working on developing more structure and providing more information for the Thruway Series, including classification of Red Division teams, opt-in mechanism for Thruway Series participation, assigning designated weekends for Thruway Series play, hosting of playoffs in the spring of 2019, and budgeting for Thruway Series expenses to conclude the Squirt/10U and Peewee/12U competitions with that playoff to award the Thruway Cup.
We will be working diligently to develop this new opportunity for our organizations and players, and will have more information out to everyone very soon. Please do not hesitate to contact your Empire or Snowbelt representative with any questions about the Empire/Snowbelt Thruway Series!
EMPIRE AMATEUR HOCKEY CONFERENCE SNOWBELT HOCKEY LEAGUE
Jayme Hurwitz, President Doug Lindsey, President (Home Org: Rochester Youth Hockey) (Home Org: Fulton Youth Hockey)
The April EAHC Monthly Meeting is Monday 4/9/2018 @ 7:00 PM at the Bill Grey's Regional Iceplex
This meeting is open to all. Agenda items and requests to speak should sent to the Empire President, VP and Secretary one week before the meeting date. Meetings are held in the conference room opposite Rink #3. Special Guest: Snowbelt Leagues Reps!
The May EAHC Monthly Meeting is Monday 5/14/2018 @ 7:00 PM at the Bill Grey's Regional Iceplex
This meeting is open to all. Agenda items and requests to speak should sent to the Empire President, VP and Secretary one week before the meeting date. Meetings are held in the conference room opposite Rink #3.
ALL EAHC Rosters are Frozen on 12/31/2018 If you need further information on dates, please consult the Events Calendar on the right hand side of the Home page. Empire Contact Information can be found on the Empire Contacts page accessed thru the link on the lef side of the Home page.
EAHC 2017-18 Reminders - Report An Infraction & Referee Evals
Referee Evaluations REMINDER: The Head Coach (or his/her designee) must fill out a referee evaluation for every game via the online form located on the Forms Menu at the top of this website. No team official will be permitted to complain about referees. All feedback, both positive and negative, should be entered into a Referee Evaluation Form. Remember: your positive feedback is as valuable as your negative feedback as both give RIHOA important information about referee capabilities. This is requirement for ALL teams from RWB to Midget!
RWB Schedules are Posted on the RWB Team Websites and Commissioners are maintaining the schedules per EAHC Rules.
Fair Play Points: Each Fair Play Point is worth 1.0 this season per game.
Game Misconduct, 5 Minute Major & Match Penalty Reporting: All Game Misconducts, 5 Minute Majors and Match Penalties incurred in EAHC Regular Season & Playoff Games, Scrimmage Games and Tournament Games must be reported via the "Infraction Reporting Form" located off the Forms tab at the top of this website. This is to ensure that all Progressive Suspensions under USA Hockey Rules 411 and 615 are served. DO NOT report 2+10 Aggressive Play Penalties!
During the second week of January, Nick Tochelli, our local Supervisor of Officials sent a letter to all the local Presidents. Hopefully by now, most of you have seen the letter (or heard about it) from your House Director or President. It was primarily aimed at the Squirt Coaches but the message applies to all new Coaches and also to those of you with 5, 10 or even 20 years of coaching experience. The theme is to improve team interactions with the referees before we reach a crisis point where Coaches are receiving suspensions regularly and Empire starts bringing coaches in for hearings. ...
The rest of the message posted here has been moved to the Tab Entitled "Message to All Coaches" on the left hand side of this page.