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General Board Meeting May 28th

The next monthly General Board meeting will be held this Thursday, May 28th in the Training Room in Levy Rink at 6:30 pm. All members are welcomed & encouraged to attend!

Coaches for the 2015/2016 Season

Coaches for the upcoming season were announced by the Board of Director's at last nights meeting:
Chris Doherty - Bantam Half Season
Robert Menard - Bantam Full Season Team 1
Marc Boisvert - Bantam Full Season Team 2
Randy Hopkins - PeeWee Team 1
Dave Allard - PeeWee Team 2
Brian Potter - Squirt Team 1
Aaron Lescault - Squirt Team 2
Jamie Sousa - Mite A
Midgets, Girls, Mite B & Mite C Coaches will be announced in the Fall after tryouts are completed

General Board Meeting on April 27th

The next monthly General Board meeting will be held this Monday, April 27th at The Post #88 Building on Chapel Street at 6:30pm. All are welcome & encouraged to attend!

2015/16 Season Registration and Payment Process

The fees for the upcoming 2015/16 season will be published shortly.

This year registration will be open from July 1st – July 31st for Mite A, Squirts, Peewees and Bantams and a deposit for the upcoming season will be required. Parents will have the option to pay 100% of the fee during the July registration session, or can select the monthly payment option.  You will be required to pay 30% of the fee at registration and the remaining balance will spread into four (4) automatic payments on the credit or debit card of your choice. The installments will be due August 31st, September 30th, October 31st and November 30th.

Registrations after July 31st will also have the option to pay 100% of the fee during registration BUT the monthly installment option will not be the same.  You will be required to pay 50% of the fee at registration and the remaining balance in two (2) automatic payments on the credit or debit card of your choice. The installments will be due September 30th and October 31st.

New this year, there will be no cash or check options, all registrations need to be processed on credit or debit cards.

Registration for Mite B, Mite C, and Midgets will be held after the fall tryouts. Mite B and C parents will be offered a payment installment option, Midgets will need to be paid in full due to the half season.

Please contact Robert Menard, Treasurer at menard.bjhl@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you. 

Coaching Applications for 2015/2016 BJHL Season

The Burrillville Junior Hockey League (BJHL) will be accepting coaching applications beginning today for the 2015/201616 season. Please express your interest via an email to the BJHL Coaches Representative, Brian Potter, at bpotter12@cox.net.

Please include the age level (mite, squirt, etc...) and indicate if you are seeking a head coaching position, assistant coaching position or either.   Applications are due by 6:00 p.m. Monday April 6, 2015 to Brian Potter.

Thank you for considering coaching with the Burrillville Junior Hockey League.  

2015/2016 BJHL Team Selections

Below are the team selections for the 2015/2016 season for the recently completed try-outs:

Mite Team 1 - Numbers:

Squirt Team 1 – Numbers:
             22  White

Squirt Team 2 – Numbers:
             4    Black
             4    White
             22   Black
             5    White
             5     Black

Pee Wee Team 1 – Numbers:

Pee Wee Team 2 – Numbers:

Bantam Team 1 Half Season – Numbers:

Bantam Team 1 Full Season – Numbers:

Bantam Team 2 Full Season - Numbers:

2015 BJHL Annual Elections

On Monday April 6, 2015, the Burrillville Junior Hockey League (BJHL) will hold a special meeting to conduct elections for all open positions on the Board of Directors.  Only the position of President is not up for election.  Elections will be held in the BJHL off ice training room at Levy Rink beginning at 7:00 p.m. 

Those elected to the Board will serve in the position for the 2015/2016 league year.  Each position is a one year team.  The exceptions to this are the positions of President and Vice President.  These two positions are elected to two year terms and are filled in opposite years.  For example, the Vice President position will be filled this year and that individual will serve in the Vice President position for the 2015/2016 league year and the 2016/2017 league year.  The President position will be up for election next year and will serve in the position for the 2016/2017 and the 2017/2018 league years.

The following are the positions that will be voted on at the April 6, 2015 elections.  Each of these positions is considered to be open for any interested candidate seeking the position.  The positions with names listed indicate the current holder of that position who intends to seek re-election:

Vice President
Learn to Skate and House League Director

Parent at Large/Travel Team Coordinator
Booster Club Director
Events Coordinator
Website Coordinator (new, non-voting position)

Secretary (Lori Sousa)
Treasurer (Robert Menard)
Scheduler (Mike Dailey)
Registrar (Lee-Ann Parrillo)
Coaches Representative (Brian Potter)

Anyone who is interested in running for any of the 11 open positions should submit their name to the League secretary, Lori Sousa, using the email address of loriasousa@yahoo.com. Additional candidates for the open positions will also be accepted at the meeting on April 6, 2014.

The following are the descriptions for each of the positions on the Board of Directors:

President (voting position)

  • The President shall preside over all meetings
  • The President will also assign duties and responsibilities to others within the organization of said programs as deemed necessary to insure site is properly maintained
  • Represent the League at the monthly meetings of Rhode Island Hockey (governing body of all hockey in Rhode Island)
  • Represent the League at the monthly meetings of the Southern New England Hockey Conference


Vice President (voting position)

  • In the absence of the President, the Vice-President will preside
  • Oversee, in conjunction with the Learn to Skate and House League Director, the coordination of the House League and Learn to Skate
  • In conjunction with the Coach’s Rep, shall also make recommendations for development programs including skills sessions for all levels, goalie clinics/training, and any other development programs as deemed necessary by the Board of Directors
  • Along with the League President, represent the League at the monthly meetings of Rhode Island Hockey (governing body of all hockey in Rhode Island)
  • Along with the League President, represent the League at the monthly meetings of the Southern New England Hockey Conference


Secretary (voting position)

  • Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings
  • Responsible for all correspondence within the League and with other associations
  • Responsible for submitting the annual report to the Corporations Division of the Secretary of State’s Office to keep the League charter current
  • Shall assist the Registrar as needed during the annual registration process


Treasurer (voting position)

  • Receive and disburse money for the league
  • Collect program fees and other monies from members
  • Maintain and file required tax forms
  • Prepare Budget and report monthly expenses
  • Coordinate registration and payment processes with league Registrar
  • Maintain accounts in QuickBooks


Scheduler (voting position)

  • Plan ice needs (practices, games, skills, & jamboree) for the season
  • Schedule regular practices for all league teams
  • Work with RI Hockey to schedule state league games for all league teams
  • Schedule referees for all home games and home scrimmages
    Coordinate year end Mite jamboree hosted by Burrillville Junior Hockey League


Registrar (voting position)

  • Coordination of annual registrations
  • Responsible for submitting all registration forms and rosters to RIAHA/USA Hockey in a timely manner.
  • Provide accurate registration to Treasurer for billing purposes.
  • It will be the responsibility of the Registrar to inform any player of ineligibility due to delinquent payments.  Coaches will not be responsible for this action as it may be misunderstood as disclosure of delinquent credit.
  • Maintain and update information on registered players and coaches.
  • Ensure that all registered personnel within the organization have submitted all necessary paperwork: i.e., “Consent to Treat” forms, birth certificates, signed form regarding release procedures, etc. and obtain Travel Permits for teams traveling to out of state tournaments
  • Strong computer skills required
  • Ability to interact with 3rd party website developer for necessary league items/setup


Coaches Representative (voting position)

  • Liaison between coaching staff and Board of Directors
  • Inform coaches of Coaching Certification classes
  • Recommend or coordinate coaching clinic
  • Monitor practice sessions / games and insure travel team game sheets are sent in within 24 hours to State League by the travel Coaches
  • Identify any coach weakness and work with coach for resolution
  • Work with the Parent-At-Large and President to resolve any player/parent/coaching problem that arise in accordance with League discipline policies
  • Responsible for collecting all coach's applications and present them to the Board of Directors for coach selection
  • Recommend, without bias, personnel for coaching positions. Subject to approval by the full Board
  • Assist with the development and implementation of a coaching evaluation system, subject to approval by the Board
  • In conjunction with Vice President, make recommendations for, and implement, development programs
  • The coach’s representative will oversee the coordination of the skills program


Learn to Skate and House League Director  (voting position)

  • Coordinate learn to skate/instructional program
  • Junior House League coordination, management and implementation (jerseys, team assignments, coaches)
  • Facilitate and Maintain communication with parents of learn to skate, instructional and house league
  • Guide volunteers and coaches via ADM standards in accordance with USA Hockey
  • Recruit on and off ice assistance through parent involvement
  • Ensuring kids/parents get a positive first experience with skating and hockey


Parent at Large/Travel Team Coordinator (voting position)

  • Coordinate the tryout process for both Spring and Fall with the Board of Directors and oversee final results
  • Develop sound and age appropriate evaluation sheets for tryouts
  • Procure appropriate evaluators for each level of tryouts
    Act as liaison between parents of the league and Board of Directors for questions and concerns
    Communicate skater placement on teams post-tryouts
  • Distribute team uniforms (including start of season and collection at end of season); must ensure sufficient uniform supply including jerseys, socks, etc…
  • Serve as parent spokesperson at the Board of Directors and general meetings.  Problems that arise will be brought up at Board meetings through the Parent-At-Large.
  • Assist with coaches application review and background checks along with President and Coaches Rep
  • The Parent-At-Large will serve as the coordinator of Team Parents with the Head Coaches and Booster Club President


Booster Club Director (voting position)

  • Coordinate and oversee the timely and effective execution, with the assistance of the Board of Directors and League volunteers, all fundraising events:
    • Regular skate nights as distributed by the Levy Rink manager
    • Annual calendar fundraiser raffle
    • Team basket raffle at the year-end League banquet
  • Work with the Board of Directors to identify additional fundraising opportunities
  • Coordinate and execute fundraising events at the annual BJHL Mite Jamboree


Events Coordinator (voting position)

  • The events coordinator is responsible for coordinating the following:
    • Annual holiday skate for Learn to Skate program (including refreshments and participation awards)
    • League running of skate nights
    • Annual League banquet including facilities rental, ticket production, participation awards
    • Annual League picture day:
      • With the Board of Directors, select a photographer
      • Set picture schedule for picture day
      • Distribute, in advance, picture order forms to team parents

Website Coordinator (non-voting position)

  • Responsible for most aspects of the league website
  • Manage the relationship between BJHL and the web service provider SportNgin
  • Learn all available functionality of the website and maximize its potential
  • Manage individual team page setup and content for the season
  • Manage news content on the home page
  • Work with the league registrar to set up registration on the website 

2015 BJHL Travel Team Banquet - Ticket Deadline

This is just a reminder for coaches/team parents to turn in their banquet ticket count and money by this Friday, March 27.

Please email your count to Melinda Hopkins at mmhopkins7@gmail.com.  Payments can be turned into Melinda Hopkins or Robert Menard at the rink this week during tryouts.


See you all at the banquet!!!



BJHL Tryout Registration for the

2015-2016 Season

As the tryout dates are fast approaching, we would like to provide you with the registration information for the tryout sessions. Information regarding the tryout process can be found at bjhl.org under the Program Info/Tryouts tab.

Good luck to all the players!

  • Registration will be on the first night of tryouts for each division.
  • The process will be manual as it has been in the past-players will be registered and given a numbered pinnie at the front door.
  • Tryouts are $100 cash or check payable to BJHL due on the first night of tryouts.
  • The tryout fee is non-refundable if your player is placed on a team, fully refundable if your player is not.
  • Any player with an outstanding balance will not be allowed to tryout.
  • If your player is not a current member of BJHL, please have proof of your player’s current USA Hockey #, either on paper or a mobile device. No player is allowed to take the ice without their USA Hockey #.


  • Mite, Squirt, and Pee Wee-2 sessions are mandatory. Players need to make at least 1 skills session and the game.

Session 1-skills

Session 2-game

Session 3-skills

  • Bantam-2 sessions are mandatory. 

Session 1-skills

Session 2-game

Session 3-game




Recent Headlines

BJHL Board Meeting 03/23/2015

03/18/2015, 3:39pm EDT
By BJHL Board of Directors

There will be a meeting of the BJHL Board of Directors on Monday March 23, 2015.  The meeting will be held at the American Legion Post #88 at 6:30 p.m.  The address for the Post is 111 Chapel St, Harrisville, RI 02830.  The public is invited to attend.


The annual elections for the BJHL Board of Directors WILL NOT occur at this meeting.  Instead, elections for the Board of Directors will be conducted at a special meeting to be held on Monday April 6, 2015.  This meeting will be held in the BJHL off ice training room located at Levy Rink.

All league members in good standing (no outstanding payments due to BJHL) will be eligible to vote. 

A list of positions up for election will be posted along with a description of the responsibilities of those positions.

Change in The Bantam Format for the 2015/2016 Season

03/18/2015, 3:17pm EDT
By BJHL Board of Directors

Dear BJHL parents and players:

The Southern New England Hockey Conference (SNEHC) has made a change at the Bantam level to the 2015-2016 playing season. The change comes in the form of the creation of a new “full season” bantam level, as well as continuing to host a traditional fall season (first half season team). The league will be discontinuing the mid-season (second half season team) bantam level effective next season. Here is some information concerning the upcoming season:

Fall Half Season:

  • BJHL will field a fall half season bantam team(s). The number of teams fielded will be dictated by the number of kids that register, tryout, and the availability of ice.
  • If your child will be of high school age for the 2015-2016 season and anticipates playing for his/her high school team (see below for more information), we would encourage you to register for the fall half season team.
  • The fall half season will begin in late August or early September and conclude in November; there will be no second mid-season hosted by SNEHC.
  • SNEHC has indicated there will only be one level of play for the fall season as opposed to 3 levels of play hosted by SNEHC this season.

Full Season:

  • BJHL will field full season bantam team(s). The number of teams fielded will be dictated by the number of kids that register and the availability of ice.
  • If your child will be in 7th or 8th grade during the 2015-2016 season, we encourage you to register for full season bantams.
  • The full season team will begin in September and conclude in March; SNEHC anticipates having 3 levels of play for the full season bantams.  BJHL’s teams will be placed at a level where the BJHL Board believes those teams will be competitive.

Background Information/Half Seasons:  

For those new to bantams, some background information may help answer some questions about the change and how it will impact your bantam player:

  • Traditionally, first year bantams were 8th graders and second year bantams were 9th graders. With that being the case, the bantam hockey season was designed to accommodate the 9th grade second year bantam players leaving in late November to play hockey for their high school teams. To make this accommodation, the bantam level had two separate seasons…a fall season and a mid-season.
  • The bantam fall season would begin in late August and end in mid-November, just before high school tryouts. After the high school teams were picked, BJHL would then hold a new tryout and create mid-season teams for those kids that were not playing high school hockey, or those that were but were only playing on junior varsity or freshmen teams. The second season would run from December through March.

Why the Change to Full Season?

The reason for the shift to full season teams is tied to a change made by school systems a number of years ago. At that time, the schools changed the cutoff date for entry into school to September 1…you had to be of school age by September 1, as opposed to December 31. That change has resulted in more kids of bantam age being in 7th and 8th grade, as opposed to 8th and 9th grade.

The kids that were impacted by that decision are now reaching the bantam age level. So the move to full season teams is motivated by an effort to provide those kids (the bulk of the kids) with a more consistent hockey experience at the bantam level.

This is new to BJHL and we will do our best to get these teams in place.  We are committed to working with our families and doing what we can in order to get BJHL players the hockey experience they are looking for.

SNEHC has indicated that there will be some flexibility with our rosters.  So BJHL would be able to make some adjustments after tryouts if the circumstances call for them.

BJHL Tryouts for 2016/2016 Season

03/18/2015, 3:16pm EDT
By BJHL Board of Directors

The Burrillville Junior Hockey League (BJHL) will be competing in the Southern New England Hockey Conference (SNEHC) again in the 2015/2016 season.  Tryouts for next season will be held this month for Bantam down through Mite A.  Midget, Mite B, and Mite C teams will have tryouts in the fall.

The following are the birth years for the 2015/2016 season for each level:

Bantam – 2001 & 2002
Pee Wee – 2003 & 2004
Squirt – 2005 & 2006
Mite – 2007 and younger

The following will be the tryout schedule:

Mite                      Tuesday 3/24/15 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
                            Thursday 3/26/15 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
                            Monday 3/30/15 5:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.

Squirt                    Wednesday 3/25/15 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
                            Friday 3/27/15 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
                            Monday 3/30/15 6:30 p.m. to 7:20 p.m.

Pee Wee              Tuesday 3/24/15 6:40 p.m. to 7:40 p.m.
                            Wednesday 3/25/15 6:40 p.m. to 7:40 p.m.
                            Friday 3/27/15 6:40 p.m. to 7:40 p.m.

Bantam                Tuesday 3/24/15 7:50 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.
                           Wednesday 3/25/15 7:50 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.
                           Friday 3/27/15 7:50 p.m. to 8:50 p.m

Tryout fee is $100 (credited to next season's fees) which is non-refundable unless your child is not place on a team. 

Thank you,

BJHL Board of Directors

Week 3 BJHL Calendar Raffle Winners

03/18/2015, 3:15pm EDT

1/12 - Kelly Pickering (sold by Seth Pickering - Squirt Smythe)
1/13 - Tom Perry (sold by Steven Gingell - Mite Norris Blue)
1/14 - Dodie Murphy (sold by Ethan Murphy - Mite Smythe)
1/15 - Ed Marceau (Bantam)
1/16 - Jason Rhodes (sold by Annabelle Rhodes - Mite Norris Blue)
1/17 - Amanda Gingell (sold by Madison McCutcheon - Pee Wee Norris)
1/18 - Jane Comtois (sold by Mason Moore - Mite Norris Blue)
Thank you to the players for selling the calendars and thank you to all who purchased.

2015 SNEHC Playoffs

03/18/2015, 3:15pm EDT
By BJHL Scheduler

By League

With the inaugural SNEHC playoffs fast approaching we wanted to share some of the details with you.

When are the Playoffs:

  1. 2nd season bantams will be held March 7-8th at Lynch Arena in Pawtucket.
  2. All other division will be held March 14-15th at Thayer Arena in Warwick.

Who will make the playoffs: The top four teams in all divisions will make the playoffs. The standings will be determined by winning percentage of games played within the division. These standings will posted on the SNEHC website as soon as all the games have been played.

Format: Semi- finals will be played Saturdays, Finals will be played Sundays

We hope every one has enjoyed the season and look forward to seeing you at the rink.


Bruins Raffle Winner

03/18/2015, 3:15pm EDT
By BJHL Booster Club

Thank you to the entire BJHL community who got involved with this fundraiser.  Thank you also to the BJHL Booster Club for procuring the tickets and putting this raffle together.

The winner of the 2 tickets for the Bruins game on 02/07/2015 is Heather Dailey.


BJHL Raffle Winners Week 4

03/18/2015, 3:15pm EDT
By BJHL Booster Club

Congratulations to the Winners!

1/19 - Geri Reilly (Sold by Mason Moore - Mite Norris Blue)
1/20 - Sam Wellingham (Girls U16)
1/21 - Steve Grupp (Sold by Sean Grupp - Pee Wee Norris)
1/22 - Keith Nadeau (Sold by Kyle Nadeau - Pee Wee Smythe)
1/23 - Kristen Harper (Sold by Cameron Menard - Pee Wee Smythe)
1/24 - David Antoni (Sold by Jack Corrao - Pee Wee Smythe)
1/25 - Rodney Frenette (Mite Smythe)

BJHL Raffle Winners Week 5

03/18/2015, 3:15pm EDT
By BJHL Booster Club

Congratulations to the Winners!

1/26 - Seamus Coleman (Mite Wales)
1/27 - George Andrescaritgrz (Sold by Stephen Veresko - Squirt Norris)
1/28 - Kim Durand (Sold by Austin Amaral - Mite Smythe)
1/29 - Nicolas Carey (Mite Wales)
1/30 - Jacob LeClerc (Pee Wee Smythe)
1/31 - Elizabeth Sharp (Sold by Cameron Menard - Pee Wee Smythe) 

2nd Informational Session Scheduled - 3/12/15

03/02/2015, 11:30am EST
By BJHL Board of Directors

The BJHL Board of Directors will hold a second informational meeting on Thursday March 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the BJHL off ice room at Levy Rink. This is a follow up to the meeting held on Thursday March 5, 2015.  We will update the league and its members on the decision to move forward with BJHL tryouts only for the 2015/2016 season.

BJHL will be holding tryouts for levels Mite A through Bantam by the end of March. The tryout schedule days and times will be posted separately.

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