U16 Hockey Season 2016-17

Junior Gold 16U Team Coaches:

Head Coach Bill McCarthy - bmccarthy@cadets.com
    Assistant Coach
Robbie Jones

Welcome to the 2016-17 Junior Gold U16 hockey season.  I am excited about my first year as coach of the team.  It has been a whirlwind first few days.  I would like to take this opportunity to both welcome you and thank you for the opportunity to help with the development of your sons.

My hockey background spans 5 decades and includes time as a player, 20+ years as a USA hockey referee, 15 years as a Minnesota High School Hockey coach and 10 years as a scout for the NHL Ottawa Senators. 

A game schedule has been set, (see below) and a practice schedule is in the works.  Finalizing practice times for the year will be set by the end of the week.  Our first game is scheduled for Wednesday December 7 at Braemar arena vs Edina @ 6:40PM.  We have two tournaments (Hudson, Buffalo) that will be added to the schedule.

Here are some particulars about the team.

  1. We need families to write two checks:
    One for $1,000 for participation on the team. This check will be cashed and used for operations.
    A second check for $350 is also required for uniform deposit. The $350 check will be kept and only cashed if the school uniforms are lost or damaged, or not returned at the end of the season.  Once uniforms have been washed and turned in, the $350 check will be returned.
    Both checks should be made out to STA.
    Any financial challenges can be discussed with STA Athletic Director, Bob Slater.  He can be reached at 651-683-1503.
  1. The U16 team is in need of a Team Manager.  This is a volunteer position.
    Steve Goldade has offered to provide information to anyone who is interested.  He can also speak to what is involved with the position.  Please let me know if you are available and interested.  There is a mandatory Manager meeting scheduled for this coming Sunday, December 4, at the Rosemount Ice Arena at 7:00. The meeting will be held in the PDA room which is located behind the stands in the far corner (next to the scoreboard).
  1. Players will be issued practice socks and a practice sweater, 2 game uniforms and 1 pair of game socks.  The uniforms must be returned at the end of the season.
  1. Communication will be done primarily through U16 team emails and/or the U16 page on cadets.com.
  1. Team apparel is available until Thursday December 1 (at 12:00 midnight,) through the website:  http://www.isaksenpromotions.com/cadets/. Purchase of any or all items is not mandatory or required.  The link is provided for your convenience.
  1. This season we have been asked to staff the concession area during Junior Gold Games.  The plan is for the U16 parents to volunteer during U18 games.  The parents of the U18 team are being asked to volunteer during our games.  More news to follow. 
  1. At this time, the team consists of 17 skaters and one goalie.  There is a plan in place to assign a second goalie and a possibility that one skater may make a different decision about playing.  Playing time is always a topic of discussion when talking with players (and parents.)  Philosophically, my approach is fairly straight forward.  I would like to play everyone, in all situations.  My goal is for the players to have fun and learn a little about themselves, their character and play some good hockey along the way.  Junior Gold hockey historically, has not always been looked at in the most favorable way.  I am involved as a coach to help teach and learn about the game.  The transfer of passion and knowledge about hockey to the players is a major focus.  Questions about hockey i.e. playing time, certainly should be addressed by your son with me directly.  Other questions, operation, information etc., can be sent my way through my email address, bmccarthy@cadets.com
  1. Parents or players are responsible for their own travel to games and practices.  I would like players in the arena 30 minutes prior to scheduled ice times for games and practices.

Thank you, once again for you and your son’s participation with this year’s U16 team. 

Bill McCarthy

651-683-1570 (school)

2016-17 Schedule as of December 1, 2016

Day Date Location / Time / Opponent
Wed Dec. 7 U16 - AWAY - @ Edina - 6:40PM @ Braemar South
Sat Dec. 10 U16 - Maple Grove @ STA 4PM
Tue  Dec. 13 U16 - Minnetonka Blue @ STA 8:00PM
Wed Dec. 14 U16 -  Centennial @ STA (played at Blaine Super Rink #8) 7:40PM
Sat Dec. 17 U16 - AWAY - @ Minnetonka Black - 5:15PM @ Minnetonka Rk A
Sun Dec. 18 U16 - AWAY @ Elk River - 12:15PM @ Elk River Barn
Thu Dec. 22 U16 - AWAY @ Eagan - 6:30PM @ Eagan East
Tue  Dec. 27 U16 - Edgcumbe @ STA 3:20PM
Thu Dec. 29 U16 - Wayzata @ STA 8:00PM
Tue  Jan. 3 U16 - Burnsville @ STA 6:20PM
Wed Jan. 4 U16 - AWAY - @ Prior Lake - 7:20PM - Dakota Rk. 1
Sat Jan. 7 U16 - Elk River @ STA 4:40PM
Mon Jan. 9 U16 - AWAY - @ Stillwater - 5:45PM @ St. Croix Croix South Rink
Sat Jan. 14 U16 - AWAY - @ Eden Prairie - 12Noon @ Eden Prairie Rink 1
Thu Jan. 19 U16 - AWAY - @ Maple Grove - 8:40PM @ Osseo West
Jan. 20-22 Hudson Tournament
Wed Jan. 25 U16 - Hastings @ STA 8:00PM
Jan. 28-31 Buffalo Tournament
Sat Feb. 4 U16 - Eden Prairie @ STA 6:50PM
Tue  Feb. 7 U16 - Prior Lake @ STA 8:00PM
Thu Feb. 9 U16 - AWAY - @ Blaine - 8:00PM @ Blaine Super Rink #7 
Sat Feb. 11 U16 - AWAY @ Centennial Black - 7:50PM @ Blaine Super Rink #8
Tue  Feb. 14 U16 - AWAY @ Wayzata - 8:45PM @ Plymouth Ice Center Rink A
Wed Feb. 15 U16 - Lakeville @ STA 8:30PM (Played @ Ames 2 (Lakeville))
Fri Feb. 17 U16 - AWAY - @ St. Mary's Point - 7:45PM @ St. Mary's Point
Tue  Feb. 21 U16 - Eagan @ STA 6:20PM