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Welcome to OYHA's Web site - home of the Orlando Jr. Knights Travel Hockey Club!!!  We've made a lot of improvements and hope you will take advantage of all the great features we have to offer.  You'll have access to news, information, schedules, rosters, game results, directions, photos, and much much more.  Check back frequently for the latest information about our our club.
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Enclosed you will find a club calendar for EVERY Jr Knight team...
  14U/16U: Profiling True College Hockey...
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For those of you that can’t live without your tech...

Enclosed you will find a club calendar for EVERY Jr Knight team and when they will be playing at home.  If you are not playing one weekend it would be great to have the players watch other members of our club play and make the most of home ice advantage for our league games!




by posted 10/27/2014


Solar Bears Owner Helps Fund Advancements in Pediatric Unit

Orlando, FL, Oct. 22, 2014 - Pediatric patients took to the ice when they stepped into the new Solar Bears themed playroom at Florida Hospital for Children. The new playroom is designed to be half ice rink, half Solar Bears locker room.

Through visits to Florida Hospital for Children, Orlando Solar Bears owner Joe Haleski and his wife Kate decided they wanted to make an impact in an even bigger way. The Haleski Foundation has made a $250,000, five-year commitment to Florida Hospital for Children to help fund advancements in the pediatric unit - the first of these advancements is the Solar Bears playroom.

The Haleski Foundation was established by Joe and Kate Haleski as a way for the entire Haleski Family to develop a long term giving plan that would approach donating to charities and non-profit organizations in a more thoughtful manner. Joe and Kate Haleski's family is comprised of a number of nurses and medical practitioners including Kate, who was a medical surgical nurse; Joe's mother Beth Ann, who was a pediatric nurse; and his aunt Margie Bourne who worked as a nurse at Florida Hospital from 1976 to 2006.

"We are so pleased to partner with Florida Hospital to name the playroom at their children's hospital. Having a large number of care givers in our family, there was a strong consensus that naming the children's playroom would provide a tremendous outlet for hospital patients and their families to escape from often serious medical issues and give them a place to play and have fun together.  It is our pleasure to provide this gift so that Florida Hospital can continue to care for those in need throughout Central Florida," said Joe Haleski, Chairman and Governor of the Orlando Solar Bears.

Joe and his business partner and college friend Jason Siegel own and operate the Orlando Solar Bears and brought the hockey team 'Out of Hibernation' in November 2011.  They play their home games at Amway Center in downtown Orlando.

"Florida Hospital has been one of the strongest supporters of Solar Bears Hockey  since our first days in the Orlando market.  They manage our training staff and team of doctors that look after our players and they have played a major role in our organization's success," said Jason Siegel, CEO and President of the Orlando Solar Bears.

Solar Bear players make several appearances at Florida Hospital and visit kids throughout the hockey season. Kate Haleski was passionate about decorating the playroom with a Solar Bears hockey theme.

"The decision to decorate the room in Solar Bears colors was an easy one.  Our players and our mascot Shades bring so much joy and excitement to our fans, especially the kids, every time we take the ice at Amway," said Kate Haleski.  We wanted to share that excitement and bring the action to the kids being treated here at Florida Hospital."

Design, production, and installation of the Solar Bears Playroom was made possible by Steven Hauck of Stellar Sign and Design. Solar Bears photographers Fernando Medina and Gary Bassing captured the images used in the room.

Marla Silliman, senior vice president and administrator at Florida Hospital for Children, said, "It is because of individuals like Joe and Kate Haleski that Florida Hospital is able to grow and thrive, and we are ever so grateful for their interest in creating a place where pediatric patients can escape their ailments to enjoy games and activities."

Florida Hospital for Children is a full-service facility served by more than 130 pediatric specialists and a highly trained pediatric team of more than 1,000 caregivers and staff. This unique children's hospital provides patients with private, family-centered pediatric rooms, a dedicated pediatric emergency department and an Advanced Center for Pediatric Surgery. The Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children, in Orlando, delivers a complete range of pediatric health services for younger patients including advanced surgery, oncology, neurosurgery, cardiology and transplant services, full-service pediatrics, and an innovative health and obesity platform. The 200-pediatric bed facility serves as a destination for pediatric health care. For more information, please visit

The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL's Toronto Marlies, play all of their home games at the 2012 Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year, the Amway Center.  Entering their third season of play in the ECHL, the Solar Bears have drawn 500,000 fans to their home games and have been third in the League in attendance each of their first two seasons. Since beginning operations in November of 2011, the Solar Bears have helped to raise and donate over $800,000 for the Central Florida community. To read the Solar Bears Report to the Community, click here.   Follow the Solar Bears at, Facebook, and Twitter (@OrlandoHockey) for all the latest news and updates. Stay in touch with Shades the Solar bears mascot on Instagram by following ShadestheSolarBear.

For more information, contact Florida Hospital Media Relations at 407-303-8217.

by posted 10/23/2014


14U/16U: Profiling True

College Hockey Prospects

09/02/2014, 4:00pm MDT
By USA Hockey

Michael Cavanaugh, the University of Connecticut men’s hockey head coach and one of the game’s top recruiters, believes that all college hockey coaches initially look for the same things in a recruit: “Skating ability, the ability to make plays and a high-grade hockey IQ.”

Cavanaugh knows firsthand how to evaluate a college hockey prospect. Prior to taking the reins at Connecticut, Cavanaugh spent 18 years as an assistant coach and associate head coach at Boston College, during which time the Eagles won four national titles. In all, Cavanaugh helped groom 22 All-America selections and more than 30 NHL players. A large part of Boston College’s winning foundation was built on Cavanaugh’s ability to not only recruit premiere talent but also find premiere talent that fit his program’s culture both on and off the ice.

Cavanaugh will be the first one to tell you that college hockey recruiters don’t merely evaluate players’ on-ice skill set. To get a full evaluation of their true ability, potential and character, Cavanaugh considers a host of other factors, too.

“We also look at little things like how good of a teammate the player is,” said Cavanaugh. “How well a player handles adversary and criticism and coaching is also very important.”

Cavanaugh offers the following advice on what college coaches seek in prospective recruits:

Style of Play

“I think it’s important that coaches recruit to the style of hockey that they want to play,” said Cavanaugh.

There are 59 Division I hockey teams and all of them have varying degrees of team identity and playing style.

“Union won the NCAA championship with fast and mobile defensemen like Mat Bodie and Shayne Gostisbehere,” said Cavanaugh. “The coach decides what style he wants to play and then recruits according to that model.”

The Whole Game

When Cavanaugh watches a prospect, he judges the player’s entire game, not just the highlights. The player’s actions and reactions to negative and positive situations between whistles and on the bench are included in his evaluation, too. This is important for 14U/16U players to remember, because emotions can often run high and then swing low if they’re not in control.

“I watch the player throughout the whole game,” said Cavanaugh. “We watch his body language on the bench. Does he try to lift up his teammates? How does he handle the coach’s criticism during the game? These are the things you can’t see on video.”

Work Hard on the Ice and in the Classroom

At Boston College, renowned Eagles head hockey coach Jerry York has two basic principles for the foundation of the hockey program: Compete for championships and graduate players. Cavanaugh has carried this tradition with him to UConn.

“When I recruit a player, I tell him that if they don’t want to go to class, they should go play major junior hockey,” said Cavanaugh. “If you’re going to come to UConn, I’m going to push you as hard in school as I do on the ice.”

Cavanaugh truly believes that there’s a direct correlation between kids that do well in school and kids that succeed on the ice.

“I know that the teams I coached at B.C. that won championships were always led by a senior class that had guys flirting with 3.0 GPAs or better,” he added. “I think as a hockey player, if you’re going to put the time and effort into school, hockey will be the fun part.”

The Importance (and Unimportance) of Size

Cavanaugh also wants 14U/16U players to know that they shouldn’t be discouraged if they are smaller in stature.

“If you’re good enough, you’re big enough,” said Cavanaugh.

He points to outstanding Boston College alums and current NHL players Nathan Gerbe (5-foot-5), Johnny Gaudreau (5-foot-9), and Brian Gionta (5-foot-7) as examples of players who were often overlooked because of their size but achieved great things through hard work and heart.

Parents’ Role

“The college decision is four years that will shape the next 40,” said Cavanaugh. “That should be the student-athlete’s decision. That being said, it’s important that the parents provide their child with a strong sounding board and guidance. They can express their opinion and present the facts. At some point in their life though, the child has to make decisions on their own.”

Cavanaugh illustrates this point by telling a story about the time he recruited a player for Boston College.

“The player’s dad went to a rival alma mater and I assumed the dad would guide the kid to that school,” said Cavanaugh. “I was pleasantly surprised when the kid committed to B.C. Later on, the dad told me that the one phone call he never wanted to get was from his son asking him why he sent him to that school and not the one he really wanted to go to. That really shaped my views.”

The One Constant

A true college hockey prospect is comprised of many desirable traits, but there is always one constant.

“Work ethic is a given,” said Cavanaugh. “Everybody that plays for me works hard. I would think all 59 Division I coaches would say the same thing.”

The Big Radar

Cavanaugh believes that there are many different paths that can lead to Division I opportunities for a 14U/16U player.

As long as players are dedicated and routinely practice their basic skills, play hard and act as good teammates, good things can happen for any player in any city. After all, college coaches have huge radars and they’re always looking for talented players.

“I flew to Minnesota to watch a certain player,” said Cavanaugh. “But during the game, I noticed two outstanding players on the opposite team. I inquired with the coach of the two opposing players. We took another look at these two kids and really liked them. We recruited them and brought them out for a visit. We couldn’t figure out why these two kids weren’t being heavily recruited. Now, both Johnny Austin and Spencer Naas are on our UConn roster. It all worked out.”


by posted 10/22/2014



TEAM Day 1 - On Ice Day 1 - Off Ice Day 2 - On Ice Day 2 - Off Ice Friday Knight (7:30pm)
Squirt Minor - Rigsby Monday - 6:00 PM N/A Thursday - 6:00 PM N/A 9/12, 10/10, 11/7, 12/12, 1/23
Squirt Major - Nyman Monday - 6:00 PM N/A Thursday - 6:00 PM N/A 9/12, 10/10, 11/7, 12/12, 1/23
Pee Wee Gold (2003) - Nyman Monday - 7:30 PM TBA Thursday - 7:00 PM  TBA 9/19, 10/17, 11/14, 12/19, 1/30
Pee Wee Black (2002) - Mace Monday - 7:15 PM TBA Thursday - 7:00 PM TBA 9/19, 10/17, 11/14, 12/19, 1/30
Bantam A - Conway Monday - 8:30 PM Monday - 7:00 PM Thursday - 7:15 PM Thursday - 6:00 PM 9/26, 10/24, 11/21, 1/2, 2/6
Bantam AA - Pinel Monday - 8:30 PM Monday - 7:00 PM Thursday - 8:15 PM Thursday - 7:00 PM 9/26, 10/24, 11/21, 1/2, 2/6
Midget 16 A - Ullyot Tuesday - 8:30 PM Tuesday - 7:00 PM Thursday - 8:30 PM Thursday - 7:00 PM 10/3, 10/31, 12/5, 1/9, 2/20
Midget 16 AA - DeBello Monday - 8:45 PM Monday 7:30 PM Wednesday - 8:30 PM Wednesday - 7:00 PM 10/3, 10/31, 12/5, 1/9, 2/20
Midget 18 AA - Conway Monday - 8:45 PM Monday 7:30 PM Wednesday - 8:30 PM Wednesday - 7:00 PM
10/3, 10/31, 12/5, 1/9, 2/20


* Friday "SKILLS KNIGHTS" are by division

* THANKSGIVING Week - last day is Tuesday 11/25/14

* CHRISTMAS / NEW YEAR Break - last day is Friday 12/19/14

* MLK - no practice Monday 1/19/15

PRESIDENT'S DAY - no practice Monday 2/16/14

SAHOF - last week of practice 2/23/15 (no Friday night)

by posted 09/01/2014

For those of you that can’t live without your tech toys – there’s a real handy feature on the Web site that allows you to synchronize the team schedule to Outlook and your cell phone.

There are a couple different ways you can perform this synchronization.

When you are looking at your team's schedule page on the Web site, you’ll see a header with 3 buttons.  The button on the left  says "Subscribe to an iCal feed for this schedule".  This button allows you to set up an automatic feed that synchronizes the schedule to Outlook.  If you have Outlook synchronized with your cell phone, it will then automatically synchronize with your cell phone.  Click here to find out how to set it up.


The other option is a manual export/import.  Use the blue arrow button for this operation.  .  The site allows you to download the schedule to a .csv file.   Once you have the schedule saved to a .csv file, you can import it into Outlook. 

To import the schedule data into Outlook, use the Outlook File/Import and Export menu commands.  The resulting dialog box allows you to choose what action to perform.  Choose "Import from another program or file" and click "Next".  The next screen prompts you for the type of file to import.  Choose "Comma Separated Values (DOS)" and click "Next".  On the next screen, enter the path and file name of the .csv file you downloaded previously.  You can also choose how duplicate events are handled.  Choose "Replace duplicates".  After you press "Next" again, you'll be prompted for the folder to import into.  Choose your "Calendar" from the list and press "Next" and then ""Finish" on the following screen.  Your calendar should now contain all the game and practice events from your schedule.

Remember, this is a manual operation, not automatic synchronization.  This means that when there are changes to your schedule (e.g. when tournament games are added to the schedule) you'll need to export the schedule again and re-import it into Outlook.

by posted 08/20/2009
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