When and where are tryouts?
Tryouts take place at our home rink, Rodman Arena, in Walpole, MA in March. Specific dates are listed on the Dates/Times tab above. For directions to Rodman Arena, Click Here.
Where do the teams play?
Our U15, U16, and U18 teams participate in the E9/BHL, one of the top leagues in New England. We also continue host Elite & Select teams within the Premier Hockey League of New England (PHL). We are allowed to place multiple teams at each level and therefore will make as many competitive teams as possible.
What if my player's not ready to move up a division?
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 05 tryouts to be placed on one of our 05 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.
Who are the Express Coaches?
All Express coaches are paid professional coaches who are trained accordingly. Each coach completes training with owner Rob Barletta and Director Todd Stirling 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.
Why is the Conditioning Camp mandatory?
The Conditioning Camp was implemented to ensure our players are prepared for next season and ready for their parity rounds. As we evolve into a club program we have to make sure our players are prepared to compete. We feel that getting the kid together for a week of skills and training will better serve them and the coaches for preparation for the season. Players will participate with their specific team and coaches.
When is the mandatory 2020 Conditioning Camp?
This camp will take place around the end of August. Each team will be assigned a four day schedule in early summer.
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, Ryan Hatch. Coach Hatch with be attending a weekly practice for all teams. You can check out the website at www.ngdgoalies.com.
Do players need mouth guards (including goalies)?
Mouth guards are necessary. A player without one will be asked to leave the ice until they get one.
Can my player bring their own water bottle to the bench?
Players are permitted to bring their own water bottles to the bench. The Express provide clean water bottles, however we would never stop a player from bringing their own. Please note that the player is responsible for their own water bottle.
Will players be receiving helmet stickers?
Players in the Midget levels will not be required to wear decals as we recognize that many players participate on their high school teams.