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 & Peewee 12U teams play a 16 game schedule at the White & Blue levels. Squirt/10U & Peewee/12U Red teams will pay 10 games in the Thruway Series against Red teams in Snowbelt (Syracuse) and a 12 game season against teams in Empire. Older divisions do not separate by skill level. Bantam 14U play an 18 game schedule & Midget 18U teams play a 20 game schedule. Our EAHC 2018-2018 hockey season runs from October, 2018 through February, 2019 with playoffs for 10U thru 18U divisions from February 21 to February 23, 2019 and Championship Finals on Sunday February 24, 2019 at Batavia's Falleti Arena.
The September EAHC Monthly Meeting is Monday 9/10/2018 @ 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. Preliminary Team Counts are due at this Meeting. Orgs not present should email their counts to the President before the Meeting.
The Pre-Scheduling/Commissioner Training Meeting is on Monday 9/24/2018 @ 7 PM at Bill Gray's Regional IcePlex All Org Reps and Commissioners are required to attend. Agenda will include: FINAL team counts, discussion of Justifications, finalization of Scheduling Meeting Details, and Commissioner Training.
The November EAHC Monthly Meeting is Monday 11/10/2018 @ 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.
Tuesday, October 2 @ 6 PM (East High School Cafeteria) – Scheduling Meeting for ALL Squirt/10U thru Midget/18U Teams
This meeting is required for Commissioners and all Empire Teams Squirt thru Midget. All Teams should send one, but no more than two team officials, with all paperwork completed ready to schedule all 16 EAHC Conference games (18for Bantams, 20 for Midgets). No children and no pets are allowed.
East High School Address: 1801 East Main Street. However Parking lot is on Ohio Street. Meeting is in the cafeteria.
Required Paperwork for BOTH (10/2 & 10/4) Scheduling Meetings:
1.)EAHC Team Coaching Staff Form in Excel
2.)EAHC Guidebook Form
3.)EAHC Team Roster Form in Excel
All can be found on the EAHC website Documents page. The Guidebook Form must be signed by the Head Coach. The Team Roster Form must be signed by all players in the Bantam and Midget divisions (note: Peewee signatures not required).
Thursday, October 4 @ 6:30 PM (East High School Cafeteria) - Scheduling Meeting for all 8U teams This meeting is required for Commissioners and all Empire 8U teams.. All Teams should send one, but no more than two team officials, with all paperwork completed ready to schedule all 14 EAHC Conference games. No children and no pets are allowed.
Organizations are requested to have their Ice Scheduler's attend all Scheduling Meetings so that game conflicts can be resolved at the meeting!
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)
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.