CO-PRESIDENTS’ MESSAGE Oct / Nov 2006 Dear Wizards’ Families: We’d like to welcome you to our second edition of The Wizard. The 2006-2007 season is now fully under way. Travel Team tryouts were completed in late August and the regular season began on September 30th. We have 12 travel teams this year: half year midget teams at both the Major and Minor level, 2 Bantam teams, 3 Peewee teams, 2 Squirt teams, 2 Mite teams and a Girl’s U12 team. The House program began on September 30th with a great turnout. The house kids will skate 2 to 3 times per week for the first 3 weeks and then be split into teams by age group to start the season beginning the weekend of 10/21. All practices this year will be run under the direction of Paul Kelly. We are happy to announce that the new rink at Wonderland officially opened for business as of 10/1/2006. Our organization now has the ice available to us that we need to grow our program. We will be able to offer the practice ice we need as well as have the opportunity to runs clinics for skaters and goalies throughout the year. Please watch the web site for announcements regarding these clinics. We hope you all enjoy reading this edition of The Wizard. Remember “It’s always about the kids” and that is the focus of The Wizard so please participate in its success. We want to hear about any achievements your children may have with regards to their life overall, it doesn’t just have to be hockey-related. Tell us about those honor students and we know that many of our players don’t only play hockey, so please share those successes with the rest of our Wizards’ family as well so please submit information you would like to see published. The Wonderland Wizards is an up and coming organization and we want to maintain open communications with all of our members. To accomplish this goal, we will continue to use our website WONDERLAND WIZARDS.COM as the main source of communication throughout the year. However we view this newsletter as a valuable additional source of information and hope you will support and contribute to it. We are looking forward to a great 2006-2007 season. With the second rink now open at Wonderland of Ice, we believe this season will be the most exciting yet. We are proud to be part of this organization. Best regards, Jeff Galiani, President Tom Blackwell, Co-President Wonderland Wizards The Wonderland Wizards announces it's second annual Golf Tournament on Friday October 27, 2nd Annual Golf 2006 at Racebrook Country Club in Orange. Come Tournament out and enjoy a day of fun in the sun before the winter rolls in and help raise money for a good Friday, October 27th cause. The application can be found under the Racebrook Country Club documents tab on the left hand side of the web Orange, CT site. Please contact Michael or John Ferguson with questions at (203)338-0202. Want to be a REFEREE? See the game from the other side -- The new ice sheet at the Wonderland of Ice is finally OPEN! Not become a referee yet finished, but open for all of us to enjoy. In order to ref house The master plan for the construction project has been changed as games you need to well, to allow us to have the use of both sheets of ice for the attend a seminar 2006-2007 hockey season. and pass the exam. The major renovation of the existing “Stadium” rink will now Go to links on the happen in April, 2007. Some projects will be ongoing during the Wizard website, then season, so please excuse the dust while we keep moving forward CHC, next enter the to make your home at the Wonderland of Ice, the best arena our referee tab on the left hand side and area has to offer! then the http://www.nedis The Wizards will be using both rinks throughout the season, so trictric.org/Semin always check the board or the TV monitor upon your arrival at the ar.htm link in the rink each day for your rink and locker room assignments. middle of the page. That link will show Many new programs, classes and events will be added to the all the seminars schedule this season, so please check our website, available. The next www.wonderlandofice.com or the front desk for flyers, one is November 5th information and updates. at the Shelton rink. Once you have HAPPY SKATING! Raffle Reminder . . . your team parents will be providing passed the test and information shortly about the annual raffle. This is a received a reffing mandatory fundraising effort, and every family is number, email Judy expected to participate. Thanks for your support Carnicky at email@example.com et with your name, address, telephone and cell numbers, and email address. If you’ve enjoyed this edition of The Wizard, we’d like to hear from you – especially with coach and team updates. Please e-mail news and information to – LMSollitto@msn.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome and support POSITIVE comments that support our children and their activities at WOI. Goalie and Coach Clinics September 23rd The Wonderland Wizards held it’s first Goalie clinic early on the morning of September 23. We had a great turnout with 15 goalies attending from both the House and Travel programs. The Crease goaltending school in Cromwell Conn ran the clinic. We plan on running this type of clinic on a regular basis throughout the season. (watch the web site for future dates). Thanks again to all of the shooters will came down to help us out. The same morning of the goalie clinic we were able to hold our annual coaches meeting. We were able to review the new rules for the upcoming season and had the head referee for our district address the coaches about these changes. The coaches then spent about 45 minutes on the ice with Lisa Fedick to work on power skating skills that they can use to help the kids throughout the year. RELEASES . . . If your child played hockey last season for an organization other than the Wonderland Wizards, you will need to request a "release" from your previous hockey program. A "release" is required before you child can play for the Wizards. It's actually a very simple process. All you need to do is contact the President or Registrar from your prior program (by phone or e-mail) and, provided you do not have any outstanding financial obligations with the program, they will submit an electronic release to CHC. If you have any problems obtaining a release, you may contact Laura Underkofler via e-mail at email@example.com and she will be happy to assist you. We Need Your Help!!!! The Banquet committee has already started planning. We are looking for donations for our silent auction. Do you own a business or know of a business that would consider making a donation to our organization? These are the types of things we are in need of: Got box seat tickets or know of someone who might consider donating tickets to any type of sporting event?? Donation of restaurant gift certificates??? Nail or Hair Salon gift certificates Do you own a summer or winter home that you might consider donating a weekend stay for us to raffle?? We are looking for airline/hotel point donations!! Any services you could provide that you might think a good auction. Please contact me! Landscapers-Spring clean up service certificate? Jewelry designers can u donate? Caterers can donate a dinner party for 8,10 or 12??? If you would like to donate an item please contact Christine Vagnone at 261-1459 or firstname.lastname@example.org or if you would have any positive banquet suggestions we would love your input. Remember we are a non-profit organization so any donations you make are tax deductible! Tournament Update 2006/2007 Season The Wonderland Wizards program will be paying for the travel teams to participate in 2 tournaments in the upcoming season. The entire program will be going to the NYHL tournament at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Mass the weekend of January 19 to 21. We’ll once again be staying at the Sheraton hotel in nearby Framington. Your team parents will be collecting credit card information shortly. The other tournament the organization pays for is the Connecticut State tournament, which is held in late February and early March. If your team would like to do additional tournaments throughout the year please talk with your team parents. The Great Wizard Turkey Give-Away The City of Bridgeport has been very good to the Wizard’s organization. Now it is time for a little payback – a token of our appreciation. Each family in the Wizard’s organization (house & travel) is being asked to bring a frozen turkey to their home game on the weekend of November 18th & 19th. The Wonderland of Ice management will have a truck waiting to store the donations. That week the Representatives of the various sections of the City will distribute these turkeys to needy families in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Each travel team is also challenged with contacting the visiting teams to let them know what we are doing and to encourage them to help us in this kind endeavor. New Standard of Play If you are wondering how the ref’s have been instructed to interpret the rules this year, there is a very good video on the USA HOCKEY web site. It demonstrates acceptable and unacceptable play with respect to hooking, tripping, slashing and interference. THIS VIDEO IS A MUST SEE. Go to www.usahockey.com and click on the video link on the right side of the page. Squirt B Update The Squirt B team is off to a great start to the 2006-2007 season. The team has compiled a season record of 6-0, after going 3-0 in the pre-season. With the latest win coming a 5-3 victory over a very good Westchester Vipers A1 team. The team has shown great chemistry with many boys that have played together for 2 - 3 years. The team truly has an international flair with players born in Italy, Switzerland and Sweden. The team is anchored by two first year goaltenders. The goalies have made the commitment to play between the pipes after very successful careers in the open ice. The team’s goals are to have fun, continue to improve as a team and hopefully make it into the State Tournament. House Update Bantam A’s Update The 2006/2007 House program is off and The Bantam A's won their home opener sat running. We had an excellent turnout the 9/30/06 under the coaching of Jason Pagni, first weekend and we expect to see more Phil Blackwell, and Kim Lariccia with a score kids signup as the season progresses. With of 4-2 against South Windsor A. Goalie John the new ice available to us we will be trying Galiani made 16 saves. Goals were scored to start the games at 7:00 AM this year by Dale Elbert and Donald Carnicky in the instead of 6:00 AM. We’ll also have the first period. Scotty Bialczak scored in the advantage of cutting down on the number second and Donald Carnicky scored in the of kids on the ice during our practice third. Assists were made by Conner sessions. The first 3 weeks will be run as Peterson and Matt Brophy. practices/clinics and will be overseen by Paul Kelly. The weekend of October 21 will Pee Wee A Update start the season and there will be one game a weekend and one practice a week on Tuesday nights. Please continue to watch With 2 pre-season games under our belt, the web site for updates throughout the we've knocked a few bugs loose and also year. seen the work that is cut out for us in some areas. Overall the kids are working hard and Pee Wee A1 Update having some fun. The players in the locker room have been loose and friendly with each other and spirits and sense of humor The Wizards took the ice for the first of have been great. Tony and Josh see some many Saturday evenings and put in a gritty, areas that they need to concentrate on but solid effort for a 3-1 win. After a scoreless they also saw some very promising effort 1st period, highlighted by the Wizards killing and chemistry out there. a 5 on 3 for over a minute, the home team struck first, seconds into the 2nd period. A few parents took some photos at the The lead didn't last long, with Ridgefield game and possibly we'll get a few posted on answering at 0:47 mark. Midway thru the the site soon. Some of us who do take period, the Wizards took the lead for good. photos and then of course I do a lot of A third goal in the third put this one away. photo editing and special effecting were Good passing, solid defense, strong talking about having some fun by taking pics goaltending throughout. Not a flashy of the kids in different and more unique performance but a good beginning in the poses. I'd like to try and do some retro style "Defense of the House". photos. Overall I would say we are off to a promising start and I think the kids are having a great time so far.