NBYHL board met last night after getting word from the City that the rink opening was delayed again. Based on this we talked with the President of the Berkshire Bruins and agreed a collaboration with them and the Berkshire Rattlers is the only opportunity we have for our kids to be on the ice this season.
Our league will collaborate with the Bruins and Rattlers to have a house league that creates a hockey bubble for our community utilizing the Boys and Girls Club. It’s important to highlight that this is a true collaboration. Jerseys will be blue and white which are the colors of the Boys and Girls Club, and teams will not be based on the organization that players originate from. Each team will have 3 hours of ice time per week for practices. As well, the coaching staff will be combined so players continue to see familiar faces in coaching positions.
At this time, there are no plans for travel or games play outside of this collaboration. This will be reconsidered as the season and the pandemic situation progress.
We are so very sorry that we had to reach this conclusion. We tried to work within the guidelines of the state and to assure the city that we would operate responsibly with safety our first priority.
We hope to see you on the ice this season and will begin to strategize how we ensure ice for Northern Berkshire next season.
Let’s play hockey!
Since 1969 Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey (NBYHL) has been a league that has promoted and developed the game of hockey among the youth of Northern Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and Southern Vermont. Our league has travel teams (Black Bears) for boys and girls from age 6 through high school. We also boast a recreational house program (Bear Cubs) for ages 4-12, including a session that teaches children how to skate.
The purpose of the league is to provide the best available instruction in order to teach the game of hockey, stress the importance of physical fitness, and provide the core values of USA Hockey: sportsmanship; respect for the individual; integrity; pursuit of excellence as an individual, team, and organization; enjoyment; loyalty; and teamwork.