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by posted 03/20/2014
 
Rangers Golf Outing Announced!
by posted 03/20/2014
 

We are excited to announce the Boston Jr Rangers 2nd annual Golf Outing!  This year the tournament will be held at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading, MA.  The scramble format will tee off at 8am on Friday June 13th.  All players will be greeted at registration with coffee and donuts.  Following the 18 holes players will be treated to lunch.  We will also host a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, as well as prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive.  The entry fee is $125 per person.  To enter a foursome please contact Jon Hutcheon at   

Companies and individuals who cannot attend, but would like to contribute can choose from the following sponsorship opportunities:

Event Sponsor: $2,000
  • Complimentary foursome
  • Product/Information display
  • Representative announces golf awards
  • Logo on website…on all email and printed invitations….signage at registration area, lunch and dinner…on program…sleeve of balls for each player….on each tee sign
Lunch Sponsor: $1,250
  • Complimentary foursome
  • Product/Information display
  • Welcome at lunch
  • Logo on website…..on program…on all email and printed invitations…on signage at registration area and lunch/dinner
Breakfast Sponsor: $750
  • Signage at breakfast
  • Mention in program
Putting Green Sponsor: $500
  • Signage at practice green
  • Representative at practice green
  • Signage at Event
  • Mention in program
Tee Sponsor: $150
  •  Signage at tee
  • Mention in program  

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Full Season Midget Tryouts Announced
by posted 03/05/2014
 

We are excited to announce our tryouts for our 18U and 16U full season teams!  Tryouts will take place on May 3rd and May 4th at our home facility the Breakaway Ice Center.  The Rangers will play in both the Mass Selects League and the Eastern Junior Prospects Elite League.  Jon Hutcheon will serve as head coach for both teams and will be assisted by Mike Heffron, Steve Bergin and Seth Goodrich.  

If you have any questions please contact Jon Hutcheon at or by phone at 978-930-5140.
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Hockey Development Recommendations
by posted 03/03/2014
 

An excerpt from Kevin Neeld's blog:
  1. Practice more. Play less. It’s amazing that almost all youth teams play more games than NCAA D1 hockey teams and have a comparable travel schedules. The next time you’re at a youth game, follow one player and document the amount of time they’re on the ice, the amount of time they have a puck on their stick, the number of passes they give/accept, and the number of shots they take. You can do this 10,000 times and you’ll always come back with the same result. Most players have more puck contact time in a single practice (even a poorly designed one) than they will in a month of games.
  2. More active practices. Perform a similar tracking activity as above during practice. How much time, both in absolute terms and relative to the total practice time, does the player spend skating and with a puck on his/her stick? How many passes? How many shots? Poorly designed practices will out-perform games in these measures EVERY time, but looking at these statistics will surely demonstrate that we can make better use of our ice time. Players need to move and handle a puck to develop skating and puck skills. Do chalk talks and explain the drills off the ice. At younger ages, there should be more moving than not. 60 minute practice? AT LEAST 30 minutes of movement (standing in line doesn’t count). No exceptions.
  3. Allow time for unstructured play (pick-up). Almost no organizations do this. Small area games are a step in the right direction. Providing open ice for players to scrimmage and have fun is even better. Coaches can supervise, but not coach. Players will develop skills and learn to compete while developing a passion for the game. It’s a win for everyone.
  4. Put more kids on the ice at younger levels. Pro teams might need full ice for practices. The overwhelming majority of youth teams don’t. Colleges put 30 kids on the ice at once. Why do 10-year olds need a full sheet for 12 kids? Putting multiple teams on the ice at once will either increase the number of ice sessions available for players or decrease the cost associated for the same number of sessions. Either way the kids and families win. Don’t worry about mixing kids from various talent pools. Kids shouldn’t be divided by talent younger than 10 anyway, and if coaches run quality practices with a lot of skill work, the discrepancy in ability won’t play an important factor in the fluidity of the practice OR the improvement of the players.
  5. Put less kids on each team at younger levels. Less kids means more ice time, more opportunities to touch the puck, more opportunities to read and react to the play, more development. It’s not necessary to roll three lines with young kids. Go with two and let kids play more. They’ll develop more and have more fun. Kids want to play, not sit on the bench.
  6. Train more. Hockey has replaced preparation with more competition. The players that sacrifice off-ice training to play in prospect camps get hurt. Short-term exposure should never be prioritized over long-term development.
  7. Teach nutrition. Most players eat too little (even the ones that think they eat a lot) and rarely consume a quality nutrient. Why nutrition is thought of as a passive relative to peak performance is beyond me. What you eat provides the fuel for EVERYTHING that a player does and all of the internal reactions of his/her body. It often explains why well-conditioned players feel tired, make poor decisions, and begin to feel run down throughout the season. Nutrition fuels recovery. Over time, a lack of proper nutrition and consequent under recovery causes overtraining symptoms and can result in injury. As a last point, remember that if your games take two hours, and you ate your pre-game meal 3 hours before the game, you won’t have consumed anything to provide you with energy for over 4.5 hours when the third period rolls around. Pre-game, in-game, post-game, and throughout the day nutrition are ALL important.
  8. More parental support. Less parental coaching (unless they’re the actual coach). Dan Bauer says it best in his article “Great Advice to Star the Season
  9. Give the refs a break (they’re all bad anyway). I use to tell the players on my team that all refs were terrible so don’t complain when they make a bad call. It’s expected. To be fair to the refs, every call will be perceived as bad by someone (coach, player, parent, etc.). They do the job to the best of their abilities. Sometimes they do well; other times they don’t. It rarely dictates the outcome of a game. Complaining is a sign of mental weakness, and almost never improves your position in the ref’s eyes. Be smart. Be tough. Be quiet.
  10. Improve skills off the ice. Ice time is expensive, practicing stickhandling and shooting off the ice is not. Grab a wooden ball and spend time handling it on all sides of the body, on two feet with and without weight shifts, and on one foot with and without weight shifts. Incorporate dynamic movement into these skills by throwing on a pair of rollerblades. Buy a cheap piece of plexiglass and practice taking wrist shots, snap shots, and backhanders from a variety of body positions. It’s not the same as on-ice work, but it will transfer.

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02 Selects Win Presidents Day Tournament with 6 - 0 Record!
by posted 02/20/2014
 



The ’02 Selects finished a terrific Tournament run with a victory in the Championship Game of the NH Monarchs President’s Day Tournament.
The team completed the 6 win weekend with a 5-2 victory over a  strong NH Monarchs Elite team in the Finals. Johnny Rowe scored two goals and added an assist,  Logan Campbell chipped in with a goal and two assists , while Garrett Alberti and Ryan Allard added the other tallies in the win. Goaltender Andrew Macdonald earned Tournament MVP honors with a stellar effort in the title game.
In the semi -finals, Evan Arpin scored the clinching goal in a shootout while Andrew Macdonald stopped all 3 Boch Blazer shootout attempts to secure the Rangers spot in the Final.
 
On the way to the Championship, the Rangers beat the Boston Bandits, North Shore Shamrocks, Wizards, and the South Shore Kings.
“ It really was a total team effort all weekend, from the goaltending, to the solid play of our defensemen, and outstanding two way play from all of our forwards”, the coaches said.
The team now looks forward to the NEHL playoffs next weekend.


 

 
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Midgets to Play in Mass Select League
by posted 02/17/2014
 

Boston Junior Rangers Join Mass Selects League

 
We are proud to announce that our 16U and 18U full season teams will play in the Mass Selects League in the Rangers inaugural season!  The Mass Selects League is regarded as one of the top midget leagues in the country and a breeding ground for all NCAA D1 and D3 recruiters.

In the past three seasons, the 18U league has sent two teams to the USA Hockey National Semi-Final game (GBL 2011, Cape Cod 2012) and in 2012-13 the Neponset Valley River Rats won the USA Hockey National Championship.  The 16U league has seen players commit to BC, BU, Brown, Providence, UConn and more in the past three seasons.
Both Rangers teams will play 14 league games in the Mass Selects League.  In years past, the Select League has received 6 bids at each level to the Mass State Tournament. 

Existing teams in the league are: GBL Bruins, Dual State River Hawks, Neponset Valley River Rats, Springfield Rifles, Rhode Island Saints, Valley Jr Warriors, East Coast Wizards, Boston Jr Bruins, Eastern Mass Senators, District 10 Bulldogs, Cape Cod Whalers, North Stars, NS Wings, 495 Stars, and Boch Blazers.
 
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Rangers Add Full Season Midget Teams
by posted 12/29/2013
 

The Boston Jr Rangers are proud to announce our U16 and U18 full season teams.  The teams will be Tier 1 National Bound in 2014-15.  The Rangers will play approximately 60 games at both levels, practice 3 times a week, have unlimited access to Xcelerated Performance and a dedicated locker room at their home rink the Breakaway Ice Center.  

Jon Hutcheon will serve as the head coach for both teams.  Seth Goodrich will be an assistant coach and Mike Heffron will serve as both teams Director of Operations.  Hutcheon is currently the Rangers youth hockey director and comes to the Rangers after a 7 year reign with the Neponset Valley River Rats.  In 7 years with the River Rats he helped place over 100 student-athletes in college, coached 9 NHL draft picks and helped run their youth program.  Hutcheon spent 4 years as the River Rats head coach, in that time his teams went 85-24-7 winning 3 league championships (2010-2013), a state championship (2012-13) and a National Championship (2012-13).  "My plan is to bring that type of success to the Rangers players and teams at this level.  Our goal is to develop well rounded players both on and off the ice, while winning championships." said Hutcheon.

Both teams will begin their season in August 2014.  Stay tuned for more information!
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Boston Junior Rangers Mission Statement
by posted 01/05/2008
 
 Mission Statement:

 The Boston Junior Rangers program is designed to foster the overall development of young hockey players through a focus of on-ice skill development and off-ice physical training. The Junior Rangers program play's out of the Breakaway Ice Center in Tewksbury, MA. The teams play a minimum of 40 games through the New England Hockey League, AAA tournaments and independently scheduled games. It is the concentration, commitment and priority to skills development, on and off the ice, which differentiates the Junior Rangers Hockey program from many other local programs. 


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