EDGE General Information

We Made it !

When the 2021-22 season began, we all hoped for something that resembled a normal season.  With some good luck, and co-operation between teams and local government we accomplished this – with just a few minor snags.  We are now confident that the 2022-23 season will have no interruptions and will allow everyone to play and enjoy the fun of competition. We hope you will be a part of that experience!

I think that when an organization focuses on players having fun and developing into confident men and women, that goes a long way with having families staying loyal."

An EDGE Parent

That quote sums up what we strive to do at the EDGE…have fun, enhance hockey skills, and  develop character and personal growth as well .The EDGE is truly a hockey family. Many have had all their children play here – building relationships that spanned 15 years or more!  Sons of some of our original (from the 80’s)  EDGE players are now involved with their children. 

. While we look to keep our “family” together, we also have room for new families… new players are added and readily accepted as teammates.  Competition ramps up as players get older and become more responsible for how they practice and play.  The performance of our “older” teams validates the path we take as EDGE teams frequently finish at or near the top of the LIAHL standings

Some Basic Information

First... Congratulations to the EDGE teams on their performance this season...

We have become accustomed to the EDGE teams doing well on the ice, and this season was no exception. Five teams played in the EJEPL Playoffs with four appearing in Championship games …with one Championship won, and a tough 3 OT loss for another.  Four teams are scheduled to play in the the LIAHL playoffs, and our 18U team is headed to the States for the 8th time in 9 seasons.  We were challenged this season and proved that  hockey can be played safely, even with covid around.   It’s a tribute to the coaches, parents and players who all hung together.  We all  benefited from the camaraderie,  the physical and mental comfort of spending time with teammates and friends, and from playing a sport that’s loved.

For 2022-23 we will  focus on enhancing skill development, teamwork, and confidence, creating positive self-images for our players.  We will  do it while both the players (and families) have fun. 

A little history

The EDGE started in 1986 as a new group with just two teams and about 30 players. We now have about 175 players participating on 11 different travel teams that collectively play over 500 games a season.

As we have grown, the goals for our organization have remained the same. We enjoy great success on the ice, but we also are aware that winning is not all consuming. There are other values and considerations that determine the make-up of our club and our view of how successful a season may be – especially at the entry and younger levels. As players age they must assume responsibility for their preparation and performance and face the reality of competitive tryouts.

We approach tryouts each year hoping to balance the stability from the returning families — many of whom have been here for years — with opportunity to include new skaters (whether from our house league or outside organizations) as well. We expect all players to show the level of involvement and commitment to training, practicing and playing that matches the commitment they receive from the organization and their teammates.

The EDGE coaches, managers, administrators and parents support values and goals that go beyond hockey. These values include loyalty, self-improvement, teamwork, dedication and self-control. These traits often factor in player selection along with playing skills.

About the Season

Practice Locations and Schedule

Practices: Practice ice is at Port Washington and Iceworks ONLY. Games are played at Iceworks, Ice Hutch and Aviator, with Mites and Squirts playing at Port Washington. Teams will generally have two practice sessions each week. Eric Nates and his staff will provide additional power skating and shooting training sessions for our Mite through Bantam Minor teams. Goalies will have special  bi-weekly sessions scheduled as well.  Practice schedules will be finalized in Early August, but based on what we have done over past seasons here’s what you can expect :

  • 8u :  Wednesday and Friday.  Nates Power skating every other Thursday – may be in addition to or in place of a practice day
  • 10U  Tuesday and Thursday Nates Power skating every other Thursday – may be in addition to or in place of a practice day
  • 12U Wednesday and Friday Nates Power skating every other Thursday – may be in addition to or in place of a practice day
  • 14U III Tuesday and Thursday
  • 14U II  Monday and Wednesday
  • 16U III  Monday and Wed or Thurs
  • 16U II  Tues and Wed or Thurs
  • 18U II Monday and Thursday
  • Please remember that these days are subject to change based on coaches “real-life” work schedules, possible high school conflicts, and ice availability

EDGE Coaches

  • 8U Kris Nielsen, Mike Enright
  • 10U III TBA  Dana Seims, Jesse Wadler
  • 10U II Bob Bedford, Brian Lieberman
  • 12U III Bryan Giancarlo, Dan Kim
  • 12U II Robert Weston, Sean Maloney, Jon Rowe
  • 14U III Mike Kavanaugh
  • 14U II Phil DeGaetano, Scott Askenazy
  • 16U III ED Shinnick Sr
  • 16U II Ed Healey, Mike Carazzo
  • 18U II Ed Shinnick Jr.

Continued off-ice training for the 2022-23 Season

Most developing players have two obvious flaws…They don’t shoot well, and have not developed their strength. We look to maximize player potential will using our hockey-centric training facility -THE ANNEX –  added training this season. Each team from Squirt Major through Midget will participate with scheduled training sessions during the season, coordinated with practice dates.  Hockey specific equipment provides opportunity and feedback with all training results recorded and made available with the RapidShot phone app.

Games

 Home games for 12u,14u,16u, and 18u are played at Iceworks, Ice Hutch and Aviator. Our 8U Mites and 10U teams play  at Port Washington .We typically provide 20 game slots for each team to book their league schedules, resulting in approximately 40 games being played. Additional games are usually scheduled at tournaments or in secondary leagues. We realize that some teams may wish to play a more aggressive schedule than others, and we provide opportunity for each team to find its “comfort zone” with respect to how many games they will play and how far they would like to travel. Many teams elect to participate in a second league  the EJEPL for more diverse competition and more interesting scheduling.

Team Fees

Years ago it was easy to establish one fee for all teams. Things have become more complicated with different leagues, tournaments, arrangements, ice fees and coaching costs affecting the budgets of teams at different levels. To be fair with players on each team, we set a basic fee for each — which covers approximately 40 practices, Nates power skating, 20 game slots, LIAHL fees (including referees) and staffing. We have always acted in a financially responsible manner and have established a climate of trust based on over 30 years of operation in the community. Based on a “normal” season, base fees are expected to be in the $3950.for team 10U and older.  Mite fees (8U) will be substantially lower, at $2600 for the season. Additional costs for second league membership, off-ice training at the Annex, tournament participation and similar expenses will be added to each team based on their choices.  Team schedules may vary to satisfy those with the desire to play a more aggressive schedule than other teams. In past seasons the “extras” ranged from a low of $200 to a high of $965.

We have no other “Fundraising” or “Journal” requirements, although most teams often collect a small party fund to be used for special team events.

If you have any questions or comments regarding tryouts or the forthcoming season, please feel free to email zamtwo@aol.com or text (516) 445-7907 or contact will Sylvia at will.sylvia@yahoo.com

Good Luck at tryouts !

The Annex - Even More Good Stuff

 

To give our players an even better opportunity to improve performance – especially shooting – we established the Family Skating Annex training facility directly across the street from the rink.

Complete with specialized hockey training systems and highest quality equipment for strength development , the Annex offers a unique combination of assets to help the hockey player become faster, stronger, and a better shooter.  All Edge teams 10U II and older will have off ice training at the Annex as part of their regular season activity. Added shooting and stickhandling coaching will be part of the Annex program, along with  Sense Arena sessions for all players

 

 

Annex Training Center

A Quick Note from the EDGE President

It’s great to be able to get back to what we do best — have fun at an ice rink.

Our overall philosophy and focus remains solidly in place.

Here’s what is most important to us :

Growing and keeping long lasting friendships among players and families often stretching from grade school to college and beyond.

Helping players grow from children to responsible men (and women).

Striving to develop character and discipline that will empower players to become successful and healthy adults.

Learning to compete and finding it takes to excel at sports or anything else.

I hope you have a chance to skate with us and experience what EDGE Hockey has meant to the hundreds of families that have played with the EDGE over the years.

Fred Nielsen

President, LI EDGE

 

EDGE General Information

Hockey is Back…

Hockey games restarted Feb. 1 and continued to be played without any problems through the end of the travel season..  We are now looking forward to a “normal” 2021-22 season with full travel play and all the joys of competition.  We hope you will be part of that experience.

Some Basic Information…

“I think that when an organization focuses on players having fun and developing into confident  men and women,  that goes a long way with having families staying loyal.”  EDGE Parent

That sums up what we strive to do at the EDGE….develop character and personal growth as well as hockey skills. The EDGE is a hockey family.  Many have had all their children play here – building relationships that spanned 15 years or more.  Sons of original EDGE players are now involved,  While we look to keep our “family” together, we also have room for new families…  new players are added and readily accepted as teammates..

First… Congratulations to the EDGE teams for getting through the Covid crisis.  

The challenges faced this season were monumental.  Finally, after proving how hockey can be played safely, the door was opened again and games scheduled.  It’s a tribute to the coaches, parents, and players that the hung together and benefitted from the camaraderie, physical and mental comfort in being together with their teammates, playing a sport they loved.

The hard work, sacrifice and dedication of the players, coaches, and families was key to getting through this year – The success of our teams serves as a model for all teams to emulate –  keep learning,  keep developing,  continue to  overcome adversity and never stop working towards a common goal.

Special congratulations for our 14U team heading to the New York State Tournament (and maybe beyond) and to our 16U Team for winning the EJEPL Championship at the Diamond II Level. Regrettably a late Covid positive test caused us to remove a very talented 18U team from their qualifying opportunity.

As a group we focus on enhancing skill development, team work, confidence, and positive self image of our players, while both the players (and families) have fun. Competition ramps up  as players get older and become more responsible for how they practice and play.

About the EDGE …from an acorn ….

The EDGE started in 1986 as a new group with just 2 teams and about 30 players. We now have about 175 players participating on 11 different travel teams that collectively play over 500 games a season.

As we have grown, the goals for our organization have remained the same.  We enjoy great success on the ice,  but we also are aware that winning is not all consuming. There are other values and considerations that determine the make-up of our club and our view how successful a season may be.

We approach tryouts each year hoping to balance the stability from the returning families- many of whom have been here for years – with opportunity for inclusion of new skaters, (whether from our house league or outside organizations) as well.  We expect all players to show the level of involvement and commitment to training, practicing and playing that matches the commitment they receive from the organization and their teammates.

The EDGE coaches, managers, administrators and parents support  values and goals that go beyond hockey.  These values include  loyalty, self improvement, teamwork, dedication and self control. These traits often factor in player selection along with playing skills.

SCHEDULES :

Practices: Practice ice is at Port Washington, and Iceworks ONLY . Games are played at  Iceworks, Ice Hutch, and Aviator, with mites and squirts playing  at Port Washington.   Teams will generally have 2 practice sessions each week,  Eric Nates and his staff will provide additional power skating and shooting training sessions for our mite thru Bantam Minor teams.

NEW FOR 2021-22 SEASON : We will be using our hockey-centric training facility across the street from the rink for added training this season..   Each team from Squirt major through Midget will participate with scheduled training sessions during the season, coordinated with practice dates.  Fees for these sessions will be included in the season tuition.

Games:  We typically provide 20 game slots for teams to book their league schedules, resulting in approximately 40 games being played.  Additional games are usually scheduled at Tournaments or in secondary leagues.  We realize that some teams may wish to play a more aggressive schedule than others, and we provide opportunity for each team to find its “comfort zone” with respect to how many games they will play, and how far they would like to travel.

TEAM FEES :  Years ago it was easy to establish one fee for all teams.  Things have become more complicated, with different leagues, tournament arrangements, ice fees, and coaching costs affecting the budgets of teams at different levels.  To be fair with players on each team,  we set a basic fee for each – which covers approx. 40 practices  Nates power skating,  20 game slots, LIAHL fees (including referees) and staffing.  We have always acted in a financially responsible manner and have established a climate of trust based on over 30 years of operation in the community.  Based on a “normal” season  base fees are expected to be in the $3750-$4000. area.  Costs for ice at other facilities have not yet been established and fees may rise somewhat if facilities have to recoup losses due to the corona shutdown.  In any case our goal is to keep the cost of playing as low as possible. Additional fees for second league membership, off ice training, Tournament participation, and similar expenses will be added to each team based on their choices.   Mite fees will be substantially lower, around $2500 for the season.

There are no other “Fundraising” or “Journal” requirements, although most teams often  collect  a small party fund to be used for special team events.

If  you have any questions or comments regarding tryouts or the  forthcoming season, please feel free to  email zamtwo@aol.com  or text 516-445-7907.

Good luck at tryouts!!

A quick note from the EDGE PRESIDENT:

It’s great to see the light ahead, and to get back to what we do best – teach kids to play hockey and develop as players and people.

Our overall philosophy and focus remains solidly in place.

What’s important to us is :

The long lasting friendships and memories formed and the camaraderie among players and families. often stretching from grade school to college and beyond.

Having players grow from children to responsible men (and women).

Helping to develop character and discipline that will empower players to become successful and healthy adults

Learning to compete and what it takes to excel at sports or anything else.

I hope you have a chance to skate with us and experience what EDGE Hockey has meant to the hundreds of families that have played with the EDGE over the years.

Fred Nielsen

President LI EDGE

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