WHAT IS THE FESTIVAL
To be able to truly understand Festivals, you need some background information. The objective of USA Hockey’s Player Development Program is to select and train the most competitive men’s and women’s ice hockey teams to represent the United States at the Olympic, National, National Junior and Select levels of international competition.
The attainment of that goal begins each summer as USA Hockey hosts a series of Select Festivals and Player Development National Camps exclusively for girls ages 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18. Nearly 700 athletes representing each of USA Hockey’s 11 Districts participate in the week-long Festivals and camps. These events attract scouts and evaluators from every level of hockey. Festival participants receive on-ice and off-ice training under the direction of leading USA Hockey coaches, along with current and former Women’s National Team players. Participants are chosen for these national camps through an evaluation process conducted at the local and District levels.
LOCAL AND DISTRICT EVALUATION PROCESS
Tryouts for New England District girls ages 14, 15, 16, and 17 are held at the beginning of November each year. The players chosen from these tryouts form combined teams to play in the Festival against each other. Tryouts for New England District girls ages 12 and 13 are held in each of the players home states also. The players chosen from each state tryout are combined with the other states to create teams to play in the Festival against each other. Each Festival team is made up of a combination of girls from all the states
During the New England Festivals, the players are there to showcase their talents. They are not there to win a tournament, and there is NO championship game. Every team plays competitive games so the players can demonstrate their talents. During the Festival weekend the host state is responsible for coordinating and executing the event. One of the more critical parts of this weekend is the coordination of the festival evaluators at each level.
New England additionally provides a Festival opportunity to our 12 and 13 year old girls. Although they do not move on to the National Festival Camps, these young skaters can experience the festivities. This helps take some of the novelty out of the experience, making it easier in the latter years to focus on the task at hand, showing off their skills and playing hockey.
WHAT IS TEAM CONNECTICUT
The term "Team Connecticut" encompasses all the players at all age levels selected from CT to participate in the Festival. All the teams at the NE Festival are an age appropriate mix of players from all the New England District states. There is not one team consisting of just CT players.
NEW ENGLANDS WORK IS NOT DONE
New England provides further player evaluation and development after the National Festival selection process is complete. New England offers a 4-6 day camp for the 13-17 year olds. This presents a setting where athletes can compete at their highest level. It is not a tournament, but a grueling camp of training and competition. The top priority is for players to experience a camp of development and outstanding competition. All players in this age group who attend the New England festival are eligible to attend the development camps. The camps are filled to capacity each year via a first come, first served registration process.
Questions can be directed to CHC Girls/Women's Director Joe Dymarczyk at