Christmas gift orders must be placed by Thanksgiving
Need a new jacket? Sweatshirt? Yoga pants? King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey has you covered: the online store is open and is accepting orders for KPW merchandise and apparel.
Among the new items available for sale are a Bauer hockey jacket, Under Armour tight-fit long-sleeve shirt, and yoga pants, in addition to other popular items such as lace-up hooded sweatshirts, blankets, sweat pants, t-shirts and other apparel.
All orders must be placed online and paid for with a credit card. Much of the merchandise currently is in stock, and other merchandise must be pre-ordered, and all orders must be placed before Thanksgiving in order to be completed and delivered in time for Christmas.
In addition, KPW has posted sale prices on some overstock and discontinued items currently in stock.
Keep an eye out for additional information about when we will be setting up a table during practices to display merchandise samples.
U19 White playing for SSC championship
The U19 White team, which finished second in the highly competitive South Shore Conference U19A division regular season, will face the top-seeded Cyclones for the conference championship at 11:20 a.m. Sunday at Asiaf Arena in Brockton.
The U19 Whites picked up a forfeit from No. 3 Duxbury Saturday, while the Cyclones advanced with a 6-0 win over Quincy in the other semifinal.
The U19 White team outscored its SSC opponents, 33-18; opened the season with a six-game unbeaten streak and finished the regular season 8-3-2, posting three shutouts along the way. Last season, KPW won the U19B SSC tournament championship.
Good luck to our U19 White players, coaches and families!
The Bantam 1's stormed into the District 3 Tier II Large championship game after rolling past the Weymouth Bantam A team, 8-2, Tuesday night in Franklin. The B1's will play the Franklin Bantam 1's for the district title, with the champion earning an automatic berth in the state tournament.
The Pee Wee 4's opened the Pee Wee Tier V tournament by beating Brookline, 9-1, at the Dexter Academy rink in Brookline. The P4's next will face the winner of a quarterfinal game pitting Braintree and Needham.
The U10's lost to Canton, 1-0, on a goal with seven seconds left in their Tier IV tournament semifinal.
King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey introduced 27 new players to ice hockey as part of USA Hockey's nationwide Try Hockey for Free event Saturday night at Norfolk Arena.
Supported by KPW coaches and players, boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 12 geared up and took the ice for the first time in a fun atmosphere aimed at providing first-time players an opportunity to try hockey without making a big commitment.
Last season, KPW played host to three such events, and welcomed more than 70 first-time players to the sport. We are excited to say many of those players joined KPW or other programs following their introduction, and we hope to see all the smiling faces from this year's event around the rink soon.
KPW girls players guests at Providence College game
Girls players from King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey were the special guests of the Providence College women's ice hockey team for its game against the University of Connecticut Sunday afternoon at Schneider Arena in Providence.
More than 50 players from the U8, U10, U12, U14 and U19 teams, along with their families and friends, joined the Friars for a pre-game party, a behind-the-scenes tour of the recently renovated Schneider Arena facilities and a post-game autograph session.
The action on the ice was just as exciting: The Friars fell behind 1-0 with a late goal in the first period, but scored three second-period goals before allowing two goals to open the third. The Friars scored a game-tying goal with just four second to play, then rode through a scoreless overtime to hold onto a 4-4 tie with UConn.
Thanks to all the coaches, team managers and families who helped make this such a success.
King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey partnered with the Boston Bruins to run the first Little Bruins program, an affordable opportunity for first-time players to try playing hockey without a large up-front commitment.
Guided by KPW coaches, student coaches and players, 53 players enjoyed a four-week instructional program and received a full set of professionally fit CCM equipment. At the end of Little Bruins, many players joined KPW's Instructional, Girls In-House or U8 programs. The four-week session was a crash course in youth hockey, with a mix of skating drills, skills stations and other practice all culminating with a number of games in the final session.
KPW is proud to have partnered with the Bruins to offer this innovative program and is excited to have introduced all of the Little Bruins to ice hockey.
KPW Instructional, Girls U8 and Girls In-House registration
The King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey Association is accepting registrations for girls and boys who are interested in learning to play hockey in one of the association's three introductory hockey programs. The programs began Sept. 27, and registrations will be accepted throughout the season.
The KPWYH Instructional Program costs $499 and will be held through March 29, with sessions held Saturday and Sunday mornings. No prior hockey experience is required to enroll, but players must have prior skating experience.
The KPWYH Girls In-House Program is a convenient and cost-effective opportunity for young female athletes born between 1997-2005 to try ice hockey in an all-girls environment. The program costs $499 and will be held through March 29, with sessions held Saturday and Sunday mornings. No prior hockey experience is required to enroll.
The KPWYH U8 program is new for the 2014-2015 season, and is intended for players born between 2006-2009 who have skating experience from a learn to skate program and now are ready to learn the game of hockey. The U8 program will prepare players by focusing on skills development and hockey concepts and introducing players to competitive half-ice games. The program costs $499 and will run through March 29.
King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey is a non-profit community hockey organization for boys and girls from Norfolk, Plainville, Walpole and Wrentham. The KPW instructional program has introduced new youth players to hockey for nearly 30 years, following the American Development Model created by USA Hockey. Players learn from USA Hockey-certified volunteer coaches who help new players build confidence and develop fundamentals through a focus on small-area games, skating skills and fun.
Visit the KPW Web site at www.kpwhockey.org for the programs' schedule, for more information and to register.