Welcome to the Empire Amateur Hockey Conference website. Our site is continuously evolving and we add content continuously. Users will be able to get news, information, schedules, rosters, game results, directions and much more. Check back frequently for the latest information! 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 14 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 the remainder of their 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 2019-2020 hockey season runs from October, 2019 through February, 2020 with playoffs for 10U thru 18U divisions from February 27 to March 1, 2020 culminating in Championship Finals at Webster Ice Arena.
Travel Midget Request to Play on an Empire Midget Team
The Empire Conference is pleased to announce that it will continue to offer the opportunity for Midget Travel Players to petition the EAHC/Empire Conference for permission to play on a Empire Midget Team. This opportunity is intended for those Midget players who have no High School Varsity or JV/Club team to play for after the split season Midget season is over in early November.
Midget players who are cut from a High School team or their school district/school does not offer a High School team, and their Midget Travel season is completed may petition Empire by filling out the Form located under the Forms tab at the top of the EAHC Home page above. In order to be eligible to play for a EAHC Midget Team, your Midget Travel Season must be completed (i.e. all league, scrimmage & tournament games finished) & you MUST be home schooled, attend a high school that has no Varsity team, be cut (ineligible) from all high school associated teams and not be on a JV/Club team. This Petition Process is ONLY for players with no team (HS Varsity, JV or Club League) to play for after the Midget Travel season completes in November.
Once the form is filled out, reviewed by EAHC Board (at the November & December EAHC Meetings & by email if needed), and Midget team openings determined, you will be notified of the EAHC Midget team you have been assigned to. We try to assign players to their 1st choice team but players should realize that EAHC will steer players to teams that have less than 17 players first rather than trying to fill 1 or 2 spots on your preferred team provided the assignment makes geographical sense and does not upset the Midget division balance. Note that you will be required to obtain a Release if you are changing organizations and pay the fees set by the organization of the team you are assigned to.
Each EAHC Midget Team is limited to a MAXIMUM of 2 Petitioned Midget Travel Players for the 2019-20 Season. Each Midget Team is limited to a maximum of 18 skaters & 2 Goalies by USA Hockey rules and may not have room to add petitioned Midget Travel players. Also, Head Coaches and the organizatiion may choose whether to accept new players. Some orgs may not.
The sizes of each Midget Team & # of Openings (Max: 2) are as follows:
MCYH Castronovo 18 Lakeshore None MCYH Williams 16+1 Lakeshore None
PYH Jasie 17+2 RIC (TC) None
PYH Stantz 17+1 RIC (TC) None Webster Countryman 15 Webster Open Positons: 2 Webster Coulombe 14 Webster Open Positions: 2 TCYH Hartman 12 Brockport Open Positions: 2
TCYH Pilon 14 Brockport Open Positions: TBD
RYH MacKenzie 19 BGIP None
RYH Chatterton 18 BGIP None
Batavia Franclemont 20 Falleti None
PETTITION will be reviewed and approved/denied within 10 days after submittal & HS tryouts have completed. Players should plan on 10 days to complete paperwork and registration steps after they are approved by the Empire Board before they can play.
If you have any questions, please contact the Empire Representative for the organization you are currently playing for. The Contacts page (link on the lefthand side of this page) wil have contact info for the Reps for every organization.
Held on the 2nd Monday of each Month @ 7:00 PM at Bill Gray's Ice Arena
Disciplinary Hearings may be held prior to each meeting at 6:30 PM
Meetings are 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 generally held in the conference room opposite Rink #3.
Next Meetings are:
Monday November 18 at Bill Gray's Monthly Meeting
Monday December 9 at Bill Gray's Monthly Meeting & Finalize Playoff Planning
Monday January 13 at Bill Gray's Monthly Meeting
Monday February 10 at Bill Gray's Monthly Meeting & Commissioner Playoff Training
Monday, March 9 at Bill Gray's Monthly Meeting & Season Closeout/Celebration
General Meeting Schedule:
May - Spring & Summer Meetings are for discussion of rule changes and planning
June - Final EAHC Calendar set including Scheduling Meeting date
July - Rule Changes & Planning
August - Commissioners determined, planning begins for Scheduling, Finalization of Rule Changes
September - Board Meeting (Preliminary Team Counts due)
Last Monday of September Meeting:
Final Team Counts are Due
Final Divisions are set
October - no Board Meeting
The annual Scheduling Meeting is held on the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday.
November - Commissioner Reports & Issue Discussions
December- Commissioner Reports & Issue Discussions & Finalize Playoff Planning
January - Commissioner Reports & Issue Discussions
February - Playoff Training for Commissioners Plus January Topics
March - End of Season Closeout and Celebration
April - Transition of Officers, Preliminary EAHC Calendar set
ALL EAHC Rosters are Frozen on 12/31. 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.
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.