Where do tryouts take place?
Tryouts take place at our home rink, Rodman Arena, in Walpole, MA. For directions to Rodman Arena, Click Here.
Where do the teams play?
Our U15, U16, and U18 teams have been accepted to participate in the E9/BHL, one of the top leagues in New England. We will also continue to host teams within the Premier Hockey League of New England (PHL). We are allowed to place multiple teams at each level and therefore will field as many competitive teams as possible.
What if my player's not ready to move up a division?
All players will be evaluated and placed at the proper level for their development.
What if my player is stronger than many players at their current age group?
All players must tryout at their proper age group and will be moved according to level of play during and after tryouts.
My player skates for their high school team. What programs are available to them?
We will be offering both split season travel and full season options for High School aged players. Travel teams will be split season teams that play within the E9/BHL/PHL. We will have U15, U16, and U18 teams. Details on our full season midget teams can be found here.
My player is a freshman in high school, what are the options?
If the player is looking for a full season option then they are to attend the 04 tryouts to be placed on one of our 04 teams. All of our U14 teams will be full season. If you are looking for a half season option you are to attend the U16 tryouts.
What if my player cannot make all 3 tryouts?
Although we cannot change your assigned group a player may miss 1 tryout and will still receive the same amount of scores and evaluation. We will never cut a player based on missing 1 tryout. If we must, we will schedule a 3rd tryout.
What dates are the mandatory Conditioning Clinics offered?
The Conditioning Clinic will be August 27th-30th. You can attend the 9am-12pm session or the 12pm-3pm session.
Who are the Express Coaches?
All Express coaches are paid professional coaches who are trained accordingly. Each coach completes training with owner Rob Barletta, Director Todd Stirling, and Skills Coach Jon Lounsbury prior to coaching with the Express. There are also guidelines that each coach must follow through out the season to fully develop each player on their team. Coaches are monitored through out the season on a weekly basis. To see coach bios, click here.
Who runs the weekly skill sessions?
Rob Barletta's hockey school will be running the skill sessions for all Express players. Each week our coaches will work to sharpen the individual's talents and skills. All drills are done at full speed with the coaches pushing each player to their full potential. Areas to be covered are forward and backward skating, shooting, pivoting, crossovers, stops, starts and fundamentals. You can check out RB Hockey’s website at www.rbhockey.com.
Do goalies receive specialized training?
Yes. Goalies are a unique position in the game that require special training. Express goalies get a weekly skill session with our goaltending coach, Ed Kesell. Coach Kesell with be attending a weekly practice for all teams. You can check out the website at www.ngdgoalies.com.