PW A1 Marko and PW A1 Moceri teams finished 1st and 2nd at Wishbone.
November 2010 The PW A1 Marko and PW A1 Moceri teams finished 1st and 2nd at Wishbone.
Peewee A! Marko's team came in first in a nail biter with a score of 1-0. This may be the first time two CHA teams battled it out in Chicago for the Championship title
January 1-3 2010
CHA Squirt A1-2
Team wins the Peoria Snowball Tournament
March 4, 2009
CHA Peewee AA (Duggan) wins State Championship
The 2009 Chesterfield
Falcons Missouri State Tournament Champions pictured are: Danny Trost,
Tommy Kueser, Michael Steingraeber, Andrew Schwietz, Jake Schulte,
Garrett Zombo, Cam Brinkmeyer, Bradley Rosencrans, Brendan Duggan,
Chandler Beck and Matt Mancini. The Falcon’s head coach is Pat Duggan
and assistant coaches are Bob Kueser and Rob Schwietz. The team manager
is Brad Rosencrans.
February 18, 2009
Peewee AA Black Pres. Day shootout Champs!
Congratulations to the Peewee AA Black team who went 5-0
to win the 2009 President’s Day Shootout Tournament!
Coaches: Bill Baker, Ted
Rumpf (Head Coach), Dave Edmiston
Top Row: Matt Johnson,
Michael Joyce, Jay Brunts, Sammy Johnson, Max Leach, Luke Fraser, Will
Edmiston, Nick Glanvill
Middle Row: Billy Baker,
Matt Hehr, Blake Kochner, Jake Case
Goalie: Kevin Joyce
Missing from photo: Injured
player Noah Catt
February 6, 2009
Blues Rink Tours - Hardees
Feb. 8 1:45 - 3:15PM
The following players will be at the Hardees Iceplex to
sign autographs and greet fans!
January 21, 2009
Mid-States High School Winter Classic
This weekend we’ll be playing a 30 minute exhibition game
at the Mid-States High School Winter Classic. There will be four league
High School games and three youth exhibition games (Mini-mites, Mites
and Squirts). The Mid-States press release announcing this event is http://www.midstateshockey.org/upload/files/186.pdf?PHPSESSID=24b14aa674bb65172dffaa069b5026e7
KSDK (channel 5) will broadcast an introductory story on
1/21 or 1/22 during the sports portion of their 6 pm newscast. There
will be media coverage the day of the event.
All games, including ours, will be broadcast live on the
radio. Details will be posted on the Mid-States web site in the next few
One of the announcers will be Andy Strickland, a long time CHA Central
The games will also be filmed by a professional crew,
Lifetime Media. Teams can purchase game DVDs with replays and highlights
from the entire day. The price is $400 per team.
Stephens Photography will also be taking team and action
Total Hockey will be sponsoring an event similar to the
NHL Winter Classic. The Total Hockey logo will be attached to one player
in each game and fans can "text to win" a prize if they identify the
Efforts are being made to get a few Blues players to stop
by. It has been reported that TJ Oshie is very excited about the event.
Our game is scheduled to start at 7:15 pm on Saturday,
January 24, 2009 at Shaw Park. We will take the ice at 7:10 pm for a
team picture, introductions and the National Anthem.
The locker rooms will be used for the High School teams.
They are playing league games. We will be changing into our gear in the
Shaw Park warming room and we can store bags in the skate room.
We will have passes for every player and a parent. This
will allow all-day access to the Winter Classic. Additional passes are
$5 (kids under 10 are free), but these are only good for our game and
the game after ours, CBC vs Vianney. Vianney is coached by Lindsay
Middlebrook. He is a former NCAA division 1 goalie (with SLU back when
they had a division 1 hockey team), NHL veteran, and the coach of CHA’s
National Champion Midget Major team.
Players can be dropped off in front of Shaw Park. Parents
will then need to park. There are two maps on the Mid-States home page
that will be helpful http://www.midstateshockey.org/
October 22, 2008
Bantam Major CSDHL wins in Ohio
Congratulations to the CHA Bantam major CSDHL team for
winning The Redhawk Tournament at the University of Miami Ohio!
Starting bottom is Bradley
Amato, Lane Rommel, Ryan Coon.
Next Row- Cody Fedak, Collin
Chandler, Trace Jablin, Matt Grzybinski, Ken Ruiz, Steven Lordo,
Brennan Anderson and Drake Mossengren.
Back Row- David Allen, Eddie
Rogers, Andrew Zimmermann, Justin Rader
Coaches and 2 players very
back row standing- Coach Larry Bumb JR, Coach Mike Land, Coach Larry
Bumb SR, Coach Jon Mica and Dan Warnecke and Christian Argyros.
October 17, 2008
CHA Squirt A1 Runner up in Show Me State Halloween Shoot
From Left to right, back row
- Cole Gast, Adam Silverstone, Will Carter, Teddy Martin, Matthew
Wahle, Jacob Gabel, Jon Koester, John Randall
Front Row - Jake Martin,
Matt Bozdech, Kevin Wahle, Sean Keegans, Justin Gilbert, Luke Horn, Nick
Coaches (L to r) Ted Martin,
Rick Koester, Bill Horn (Not pictured - Coach Ken Keegans)
September 25, 2008
BANTAM MINOR CENTRAL STATES WINS AFFTON TOURNAMENT!
From left back/top row:
Assistant Coach Matt Jeans;Trevor Thornton; Seth Cooper;
Drew Quinones; Chris Krueger; Michael Cella; Marty Rubin; Alex Rowland;
Nick Morgan; Coach Al Carter
From left bottom row:
Sam Canfield; Mitchell Miller; Parker Stevens; Billy Hindle
III; Noah Howerton; Cody Guidorzi; Kyle Meeh; Corey Quinn; Conner Wagner
April 9, 2008
CHA Midget Majors Win National Championship Title!
Congratulations to the Midget
Major team for winning the National Championship! For the first time in
Chesterfield Hockey’s 13 year history, CHA is honored to receive this
title. Keep watching for celebration information!
Congratulations to: Head Coach Lindsay Middlebrook and
Coach Titus Dare
Congratulations to the following Players:
G Stephen Willett
D Luke Thompson
D Elliot Corwin
F Ryan McGrath
F Dan Kaufman
D Peter Bensing
F Jake Kanipe
F Paul Goodwin
D Eric Williams
F Zach Glazer
F Brian Albertelli
D Joe Moritz
F Johnny Moore
F Kyle Everett
F Justin Dye
F Josh Bunian
D Rodney O’neal
F Tim Dolan
G Alec Schnitzler
channel 5 Midget Major video
For game details, click here
Midget Major National Championship run
and for more information about the team visit the team
Midget Major Team Page
March 5, 2008
Mite A1 2008 State Champs!
1st Row: Max Rogers, Zach Lodes, Luke Horn, Jimmy
Giacin, Justin Gilbert, Hunter Blake, Chase Arend-Farrell, Jake Helland
2nd Row: Jacob Sinopoli, Dylan Giacin, Will Carter,
David Tuttle, Alex Stewart
3rd Row (Coaches): Michael Blake, Jim Giacin, Bill
Tuttle, Bill Horn
March 4, 2008
Mite AA 2008 State Champs!
Back Row: Caiden Duggan, Noah Roofe, Owen Benben,
Jacob Weithaup, Clayton Gerwitz, Zach Muller, Zach Stolz
Front Row: Bobby Bross, Stephen Pawlow, Will Chase,
Hudson Grote, Jake Barczewski, Jack Wachter, Caiden Diel, Spencer
Turner, Sam Mudd
Coaches: Kelly Chase, Kiley Hill, Bill Muller
February 28, 2008
Midget Major quest for nationals!
The Midget Major team defeated Twin Bridges last night
7-1 to advance on to the Regionals in Omaha. They will play the host
Omaha, the Chicago entry and the Wisconsin entry. Winning that will put
them in the Nationals
Did you know. . .
- Chesterfield's Midget Major Central States Team
finished 1st in the Central States League with a league record of
20-1-3. The total goals against for the season was only 32, I believe
that was another league record!
- Chesterfield's Midget Major Central States Team won
the Central States Championship game against the Flames 6-1 with a
playoff record of 3-0-1.
- The overall season record which includes the AAA
Tournament, Affton Invitational Tournament, NAHL Showcase is 33-6-5.
- On Wednesday, February 27th at 9:00 PM at the Summit
Center, the Chesterfield Midget Major Central States Team will play
Twin Bridges AA in the first of a two game series to determine the State
Champion. They face Twin Bridges again on Saturday, March 1st at 3:00
PM at East Alton.
can keep up with the progress of the Chesterfield Midget Major Team by
visiting the team web site..
February 26, 2008
PWB 2008 State Champs!
Congratulations to the Peewee B team for winning the
2008 State Championship!
Front Row: Goalie Kevin Joyce
Second Row: Colton Brewer, Max Leach, Clayton Yettke,
Dominic Lombardo, Brandon Green, Christian Hanselman
Third Row: Matt Soderstrom, Connor Burke
Fourth Row: Jacob Margaliano, Blake Clynes, Charlie
Lebens, Ben Swiger, Frank Hester, Adam Kaemmerer
Coaches: Brad Soderstrom, Kyle Blumenberg and Bill
Forness (not pictured Steve Forness)
February 7, 2008
Midget Majors - CSDHL Champions
- Chesterfield (4) vs. Omaha Jr. Lancers (4)
- Chesterfield (6) vs. Affton (1)
- Chesterfield (5) vs. Huskies (3)
- Championship game: Chesterfield (6) vs. Flames (1)
Row 4: Kyle Everett, Justin Dye, Pete Bensing,
Eric Williams Brian Albertelli
Row 3: Josh Bunjan, Rodney O'Neal, Ryan McGrath,
Daniel Kaufman, Elliott Corwin, Luke Thompson
Row 2: Johnny Moore, Tim Dolan, Paul Goodwin, Zach
Row 1: Stephen Willett, Jake Kanipe, Alec Schnitzler
Not Pictured: Joe Moritz
CHA Dad helps save hear attack victim
Chesterfield Hockey Association would like to recognize
Rich Link and Bob Brandon and their life saving actions at their sons'
recent hockey game. During the first period of a game between the CHA
Falcons Pee Wee Major Central States team and the Highland Park Falcons a
father of twins on the Highland Park team suffered a massive heart
attack and collapsed in the stands. Stabilizing the situation,
performing CPR and administering shocks from a portable defibrillator
Rich and Bob were able to keep the father alive until the ambulance
arrived and transported him to the hospital where he remains in critical
Rich is a paramedic in the St. Louis area and Bob is an
electrician in Springfield, IL and had just been recertified in CPR two
days prior to the incident. If not for the actions of these two men the
Highland Park father would not have survived long enough for the
ambulance to arrive.
Congratulations and thank you to Rich and Bob for
saving this man's life!
January 29, 2008
CHA Midget Majors host Team Slovakia
As a reciprocation of the Midget Major team's summer visit
to Slovakia, our CHA Midget Major team is doing the hosting now! The
Trencin visitors will live with US Billet Families during their stay.
While they are here, there will be a couple of Friendship games played
between the two teams. In addition, they will get the opportunity to
live (eat, sleep, and play) the US culture. We are all honored to have
this opportunity to provide them the unique and fantastic experience
they provided our players this past summer.
There will be a 1:15 PM friendship game played on Sunday,
February 10th against these two teams at Scottrade. It is free to anyone
who would like to attend. If there is anyone interested in attending
the Blues game on February 10th they can buy tickets for $30 each. Can
not guarantee the exact seats but it should be equivalent to section
Sandy Dye will be the focal point for organizing the
orders of and collecting the money for the Blues tickets for February
10th game. Anyone interested can call Sandy Dye at (home) 636-939-0847
or (cell) 314-570-1334.
Download the preliminary itinerary
January 22, 2008
CHA Peewee A1/Mite A1 win Arctic Blast!!!
Some say dreams are meant to be broken...But not this
weekend, not for the CHA Peewee A1 team who won the CHA Arctic Blast
Tournament! The CHA Peewee team won it all, going 5-0 in the tournament.
The team played Highland Park Falcons, Russell Stover Stars and Omaha,
Nebraska beating them all easily. The trouble came playing both the
Affton A2 team (2-1 in the first game) and Affton A1 in the final,
beating Affton A1 2-1 for the Championship title.
Coaches from left: Head Coach Hoby Finney, Bob
Kueser, Tal Sant. (Not pictured: Ted Konopelski)
Top Row from left: Brendan Crawford, Noah Catt, Jay
Brunts, Clayton Brenner, Brennan Buerck, and Allie Sant.
Bottom Row from left: Will Konopelski, Tommy Kueser,
Jacob Biershenk, Matthew Hehr, Max Vaaler, Tyler Finney, Ryan Joyce,
Matt Mancini, Ben Kraus and Davis Fetzer (Not pictured: Nick Nast).
The Chesterfield (MO) Falcons defeated the Highland Park
(IL) Falcons 5 to 0 to win the Mite A Championship. In the five games
they played in the tournament, Chesterfield scored a combined 20 goals
while allowing only 5. Chesterfield secured the championship via a great
team effort all weekend.
kneeling: Hunter Blake, Max Rogers, Zach Lodes, Luke
Horn, Jimmy Giacin, Alex Stewart, Chase Arend-Farrell & Zach Naeger
standing: Justin Gilbert, Will Oliver, Will Carter,
Jake Helland, David Tuttle, Jacob Sinopoli & Dylan Giacin
Coaches: Head Coach Jim Giacin, Asst. Coaches Michael
Blake & Bill Horn
(not pictured Asst. Coach Bill Tuttle)
December 10, 2007
CHA Central States Pee Wee Minor Wins Silver Stick
The Chesterfield Central States
Pee Wee Minor team won the silver – the Silver Stick regional that is –
winning the Pee Wee Minor qualifier over the weekend of December 7-9 in
Cincinnati. Competing against 12 other teams from around the country,
CHA defeated the AAA Florida Jr. Panthers (5-1) and the Cleveland AA
Warriors (7-0), and tied the AAA Cleveland Jr. Jacks (0-0) in pool play
and advanced to the semis where they defeated the Atlanta AA Fire (6-1)
and the finals where they defeated the Cincinnati AAA Cyclones (3-0)
claiming the title.
Of note, the Falcons never trailed in the tournament and
only allowed 2 goals in five games while scoring a total of 21. The
defense held opponents to 13 shots on goal in both the semi-final and
final games, while goalies Aaron Brickman and Logan Osborne posted a
combined 0.4 GAA for the entire tournament with a .979 save percentage.
The team is led by Head Coach Chris Cahill and Assistant Coach Rob
As a result of the victory, the Falcons have been invited
to participate in the Silver Stick national finalist tournament in
Newmarket Ontario this January where they will face the winners of the
other Silver Stick regional qualifiers.
The Falcon’s roster includes Aaron Brickman, Cam
Brinkmeyer, Cayden Cahill, Brendan Duggan, Kyle Estes, Matt
Groppenbacher, Austin Junger, Jeffrey Makowski, Logan Osborne, Stan
Pawlow, Cody Pingleton, Bryce Rommel, Bradley Rosencrans, Jake Schulte,
Drew Schweitz, Michael Steingraeber, and Hayden Vance.
October 26, 2007
Chesterfield Dinner, Dance & Auction
here to visit the photo gallery.
October 15, 2007
Squirt AA wins in Kansas City
The Falcons capped off an
exciting weekend with a shootout win over the Kansas City Stars to
capture the 2007 Fall Breakout Tournament Squirt AA division
championship. Participants in the tournament included the host team
Kansas City Stars and league rival Kansas City Outlaws, local and league
rival Twin Bridges, the Omaha Mavericks, Des Moines Buccaneers, and the
Oklahoma City Blazers.
The Falcons began the difficult task of playing 3 games
in 9 hours and 4 in under 24 hours with a 9-5 win over Des Moines and a
6-0 win over the Outlaws. But the third game of the day proved to be a
little too much against a very speedy and highly skilled Stars team as
the Falcons succumbed to them 7-1. Following a quick "team-building"
swim and a good nights rest the Falcons were revitalized to defeat the
Omaha Mavericks 5-3 to earn a spot in the tournament finals versus the
same team they lost to the previous night.
The finals saw a much tighter game than the prior meeting
between these two teams. The game was scoreless for much of the first
half before the two teams began trading goals ending with a final late
Falcon goal to knot the game at 2-2. Overtime was tightly checked with
minimal scoring opportunities. As shootouts, especially for a tournament
championship, are always exciting this one did not disappoint. The
championship game was decided when all of the first three Falcons scored
and the Stars were shutout.
Congratulations to Coach Preete and the Chesterfield
Squirt AA Falcons who now have a pre-season record of 7-1-0.
Bottom Row; Goalie - Joey Bernanrdini
Middle Row; Austin Petrie, Michael Joyce, Grant
kaemmeyer, Parker Mitchem, Dominic Abell, Matt Doran, Dominic Caito,
Top Row; Nick Glanvill, Jared Preete, Brady Tkachuk,
Billy Baker, TJ. Delaney,
Head Coach - Kerry Preete
Assistants - Tom Caito (not pictured) Matt Schade, Bill
September 11, 2007
Congratulations to the CHA Pee Wee major Central
States team for winning the 4th Annual "Texas Shootout" hockey
Tournament in Dallas, TX on Labor Day Weekend.
The Falcons led by head coach Ryan Kane and assistant
coach Mark Halliman brought the team to Dallas for an early bird tourney
and came home with all the hardware. The team went on a roll with four
consecutive to victories against Team Houston, Alliance Bulldogs, Dallas
Stars Selects and the Ice Jets. Entering the Championship game against
the Dallas Penguins the team continued their strong play and the game
was tied at 2 at the end of regulation. After a 5 minute overtime went
scoreless the Falcons went on to victory in a shootout! A very strong
showing by all players!
Midget Majors Travel to Trencin, Slovakia
From left to right -
Back row: Bob Kerns (Assistant Coach), Sean Philbin
(Forward), John Lucas (Forward), Dan Kearns (Defense), Justin Dye
(Forward), Eric Williams (Defense), Ryan O'Connell (Defense), Luke
Thompson (Defense), Joe Moritz (Defense), Lindsay Middlebrook (Coach),
Peter Filip Sr. (Assistant Coach)
Front row: Alec Schnitzler (Goalie), Pete Bensing
(Defense), Tyler Jones (Forward), Ryan Atkinson (Forward), Mitch
Galligan (Forward), A.J. Koller (Forward), Peter Filip Jr. (Goalie)
Not Pictured: Zach Brancato (Forward), Cameron Chinnery
(Forward), Tim Dolan (Forward), Jake Kanipe (Forward), Shaun O'Rourke
A BIG THANK YOU to Lindsay Middlebrook and his wife,
Dottie for putting in the time and effort for this trip!
Click on each date to view entrees
Pictures are available online HERE
- July 27th, 2007
Hello to everyone,
Sorry we missed updating you yesterday but we had a
busy day so this log will include events from Tuesday and Wednesday. The
boys practice at 7:45 AM yesterday morning. The Trencin ice rink has
skylights and the boys practice in natural sunlight. After practice some
of the adults went to Trencin Teplice spa which is about 10 kilometers
outside city of Trencin.
The adults were treated to a 30 minute bath in sulfur
water and a message after out 20 minute heat wrap. They tell you not to
shower after the spa in order for the sulfur to really work. The adult
who went carried a "special" aroma with the for the rest of the day.
After our spa and message we enjoyed the chance to mix with the locals
and those that were vacationing at the Spa Town. Lindsey and Bob left
the Spa town and went directly to the rink for our game versus Trencin
Midget Major team for upcoming season. It was a good game which we ended
Chesterfield winning 2-0. Our first goal came in the second period on a
power play. Pete Bensing scored the goal with an assist from Danny
Kearns. Our second goal came in the third period on a goal from John
Lucas assisted by Cam Chinnery. At one point in the game Jake Kanipe
thought he had been wrongly penalized for high sticking and used a
rather exaggerated pretend fall to get his point across to the referee
(we all had to laugh)--I must admit that all of us have used some rather
creative sign language to get a point across during this trip.
Today we visited the mayor or should I say one of his
assistants since the mayor was on official business. The boys were all
there dressed nicely and used their best manners. After the meeting with
the mayor we toured the Trecin castle---we had an option for a short 30
min tour or a longer 90 min version and believe it or not the majority
choose the longer tour. The weather was much cooler today so the climb
up the approximately 500 steps did not seem so bad.
Our final game was at 3pm today against the team we
played the first night. The boys came out strong and played hard
considering how tired they are (I think the billet kids are just as
tired as our kids). At the end of the first period the score was 2-1 in
our favor. Our first goal was scored by Cam Chinnery and I am sorry to
say that I do not know who got the assist and the second goal was from
AJ Koeller assisted by John Lucas. In the second period the Slovakian
team scored 1 goal and the game was tie 2-2 at the end of the period. I
think the Slovakian team got an earful between the second and third
period and they came out strong scoring 3 goals to our one goal making
the final score 5-3 favoring Slovakia. Our final goal was scored by Sean
O'Rourke and assisted by Dan Kearns. At this point I would also like to
interject that our new defensemen Joe Moritz, Eric Williams and Luke
Thompson have played remarkably well throughout all the games. Joe told
me that his billet family speaks very little English and they have a
daughter and his billet player and he has enjoyed his stay with them.
After the final game we enjoyed a pig roast which was
hosted by the Slovakian team. Alan Dye took many pictures of all the
kids and we have made promises to the Billet families that we would send
pictures on to them.
This has been an extraordinarily hospitable group of
people. I have tried to get stories from all of the kids, some talk more
than others but I am sure they will have a lot to tell you when they
get home. We are off to Vienna tomorrow (maybe I will be able to get
some stories on our 2 hr bus ride tomorrow)and then home. The time has
flown by especially with the cooler weather and the boys have enjoyed
their stay but-----there are rumblings of McDonalds being heard.
Janice and Bob Kearns
- July 23rd, 2007
Today saw a break in the heat wave that has griped
Trencin for the better part of two weeks with temperatures in the Mid
80's. The day began with a two joint practice session with the Trencin
Midget Major Team. The sessions were held in the Dukla/Trencin Sports
Stadium which was is the 4500 seat home of the Trencin hockey
organization. The Trencin Coach ran the first session which with 10
players from each team participating. Lindsay Middlebrook ran the second
session with ten players from each team. The amazing thing about the
practices was that both coaches organized their practices independently
and ran similar drills. The players enjoyed the opportunity the practice
with the friends that they made on the Trencin team and the sessions
were up-tempo and productive.
In this evening's game, Trencin put their best
players on the ice. The opponent was the Trencin Junior Hockey Club.
This team has won the Slovakian Junior League the last three year and
sports two players who are on the Slovakian Olympic team. They were by
far the best team that Chesterfield has faced this season. Tonight's
score was 10-2 for Trencin. Our goals were scored tonight by Mitch
Galligan (Unassisted) and by Tyler Jones from Justin Dye. Our
goaltenders were outstanding and our players played hard particularly in
the 2nd and 3rd periods.
Tomorrow the player have a 7:45 AM practice and a
2:00 PM versus the Trencin Midget Major team. On Wednesday we will meet
with the Mayor of Trencin and play our final game.
Couple of notes of interest today. Pete Bensing ate 5
Toast sandwiches (Grilled Ham and Cheese) prior today's practice. A new
Trencin hockey rink record. During this evening's game our players
started making the conversion to mineral water on the bench drinking
four two liter bottles. The Trencin Junior team skated on the ice this
evening in their Red Game Jerseys and we quickly adapted and played in
our white practice jersey's with no numbers on the back. In the Sunday
evening game versus Team Gaborik, the referee was Pavel Demitra's cousin
who looks just like him except 40 pounds heavier. The parents on the
trip have found some wonderful places to eat in Trencin and have spent
time a lot of time taking in the local sites.
See you tomorrow.
- July 22nd, 2007
Hello from Slovakia,
Today we were treated royally--our trip to the castle
in Bojnice was tremendous. It is really the first time the kids have
gotten together as a group to do something besides hockey. Alan got some
great pictures at the castle and Peter Filip Sr got some great pictures
at the pool including the boys entertaining some of the local females!!
The boys napped on the way to the castle and the way home since it
appears that several (many) of them were out with billets fairly late
the night before.
Tonight's game was with the Marion Gaborik academy team
and from the onset it was a more physical game. They scored first on the
first shift of the game but we quickly tied the game at 1-1 on a goal
by Jake Kanipe, assisted by AJ Koeller. We scored 2 more power play
goals one by Cam Chinnery, assisted by Sean O'Rourke, and the other by
Ryan Atkinson assisted by AJ Koeller. So at the end of the first period
it was 3-1. The Zamboni apparently inhaled a puck, broke a hose and
deposited antifreeze on the ice leaving a rather large hole delaying the
game approx 45 mins. The second period finally got under way and
immediately Ryan Atkinson scored his second goal assisted by AJ Koeller
who also netted the fifth goal on a pass from Justin Dye. About mid way
through the period Zach Brancato was awarded a penalty shot. He skated
toward the net full speed and lost the puck when it hit the makeshift
hole repair in the ice. Our final goal came from Danny Kearns on a pass
from Peter Bensing at the end of the second period. They decided not to
clean the ice again. As you can imagine with a score of 6-2 things
really got chippy in the third period. The Gaborik team had a 6'5"
player who planted himself in front of the our net on every power play.
Ryan O'Connell made it his personal mission to clear this guy out from
the net. The battled in front of the net until coincidental penalties
were called, all the billet kids applauded O'C's efforts. The Gaborik
team scored one goal in the third period and the game ended 6-3.
Tomorrow there will be a joint practice with 10
players from each team practicing together in two sessions. Tommorrow
night's game promises to be the most difficult in our trip. We will be
facing a team that is made up of half Trencin Junior players and half
from the Midget Major team.
- July 21st, 2007
Hello from Slovakia,
Temperatures are still hot but perhaps a little
cooler today. The boys are becoming more accustomed to living without
air conditioning, however water with gas (carbonated mineral water) is
still not what they want on the bench (I depleted the supply of gasless
water at the bar upstairs from the rink much to the dismay of the
cashier). They practiced this morning and looked better than yesterday,
it is amazing what a little sleep does for the spirit. Due to the heat
the soccer game was cancelled and the boys spent the after noon with
Tonight's game was competitive with our boys ending up 2
goals behind Trencin Midget Major Team(4-2). We had the first 2 shots
on net but Trencin scored first in the first period, John Lucas scored
for us making it a tie game. At the end of the first period they had
scored again making it a 2-1 game. At the beginning of the second period
they scored their third goal making it a 3-1 game. With 5 minutes left
in the second period, Danny Kearns received a great pass from Sean
O'Rourke and scored making it 3-2. We had several opportunities in the
third, Ryan O'Connell hit the post on a great shot, but we were unable
to put the puck in the net. The Slovaks put in one more making it 4-2 at
the end. Peter Filip played the first 2 periods and Alec Schnitzler
played the third, both goalies were terrific. The boys all played hard
and I am happy to report were very respectful, to the Slovakian team. So
far they have not given the Slovaks any reason to resurrect the cold
war :) On a personal note, the billet families are very concerned that
the boys are not eating enough, when you talk to the boys, they state
they are constantly eating and are getting more than enough to eat. Tim
Dolan reports that they are eating one breakfast, 2 lunches, and 3
dinners plus desert and they are trying to feed them in between as well.
Tim also reports that he has never walked so much in his life. Several
of the boys went to the Trencin music festival and reported it to be an
awesome experience. The boys are quickly beginning to understand how the
currency works, so when Lindsey handed Cam Chinnery 20 SK to buy him a
coke, Cam gently told him "Coach this is only about 70 cents and it wont
buy you much coke". A similar episode occurred between Mike Thompson
and Luke ----Mike handed him a 50 SK bill and Luke let him know that
would not get him far. One more story of the billet family's kindness
shown to our boys; Ryan Atkinson and Tyler Jones are staying with a
family of 7. The kids range in age from 9 mos to 19 years old---the
fourteen year old is sleeping in a tent in the backyard. One of the boys
gave one of the younger kids an American dollar and the boy was around
the rink showing it to everyone. The boys have been well cared for and
are behaving very well---hopefully I can report the same after the fifth
game. They all miss home but I think they are enjoying the trip and
experience. Good Night, talk to you all tomorrow. Janice
- July 20th, 2007
Today has been another hot day with a high of 104
breaking all previous records----lucky us. The boys had their first
practice and welcomed the cool rink since most of the houses they are
staying at do not have any air conditioning with the exception of
Thompson and Williams who not only have air conditioning but are
enjoying an in-ground pool. Who would have believed the rookies would
have lucked out. The boys practiced fairly well, they were doing their
best to impress the other team and make Lindsey proud.
The ice is very soft making passing difficult but in 100
degree heat what can you expect. Another complaint on the bench was
that the water that they had to drink was carbonated--that is common
here. I quickly went to the bar and bought 2 cases of water (no gas) for
the bench and instructed everyone to take the bottle with them and
refill it tomorrow.
After practice I actively tried to get information about
their experiences with their families---I was told "What happens in
Trencin, stays in Trencin", so after a little more prodding I did find
out some interesting things that they encountered----1) The windows here
are not screened which allows a lot of bugs into the houses, as a
matter of fact Allen Dye was having problems keeping a bird out of his
room. 2)Zach Brancato's family packed him a lunch for after practice
with enough food for 10 kids--and they all helped him eat it 3) Ryan
O'Connell's family were surprised when he only had 2 sausages for dinner
(Their son ate seven). 4)Several of the boys announced that corn was a
popular topping on pizza. 5)Danny Kearns reports that he swam in green
pool water and feels he is almost fluent in Slovakian.
6) Many of the boys report learning words that were not
listed on our help card and should not be repeated in mixed company.
Finally we all wished Tyler Jones a happy 17th birthday.
That is my report for the day. I believe all the boys
are experiencing this culture in different ways but it has been an eye
opener for all.
Tomorrow we practice in the morning, Play Basketball
and Soccer against the Trencin team and play our first game at 7:00 PM
Stay cool and enjoy your AC
- July 19th, 2007
Hello to all,
WE HAVE ARRIVED :)
We arrived to record breaking 102 degree temperatures in
Vienna this morning, so much for the cooler weather we were hoping for.
The flight was long (nine and half hours). The plane was not crowded so
we were able to spread out. The boys made themselves at home and it was
rather amusing to see them all donning their orange blackout blinders
wearing them on top of their heads etc. We only encountered one problem,
British airways lost Justin's hockey bag but they promised to deliver
it today. Peter Filip Sr.
met us at the airport in Vienna. We took a 2 and a
half hour ride to Trencin. We meet our billet families at the rink and
had a group meal. Most of the Trencin players spoke English and all the
boys seemed to get along very well. After lunch/dinner the boys
presented the billet families their gifts then left with their billet
families for the night. We are seven hours ahead of St. Louis
Tomorrow we have a practice at 2:15. After that the
players will attend the music festival.
- July 17th, 2007
July 17, 2007
OUR LAST PRACTICE WAS LAST NIGHT AND EVERYONE WAS
FLYING HIGH, GREAT PRACTICE. THE KIDS ARE GETTING VERY EXCITED AND MOST
OF THE LAST MINUTE DETAILS HAVE BEEN TAKEN CARE OF. A LOT OF THE BOYS
HAVE BEEN E MAILING THEIR BILLET FAMILIES AND THE RELATIONSHIPS HAVE
ALREADY STARTED TO BLOSSOM. THE GUYS ARE DECKED OUT WITH SOME GREAT
LOOKING UNIFORMS AND OTHER APPAREL ALONG WITH SOME GOODIES FOR THERE
BILLET FAMILIES. THE BOYS HAVE BEEN GIVEN A JOURNAL, SO HOPEFULLY THEY
WILL TAKE THE TIME TO WRITE DOWN THEIR THOUGHTS AS THIS WILL BE AVERY
MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE FOR THEM. THERE ARE A FEW PEOPLE THAT I WOULD LIKE
TO PERSONALLY THANK AT THIS TIME, TO BARB BENSING AND SANDY DYE A
SPECIAL THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR TIME AND ORGANIZING, I CAN'T BELIEVE IT
IS FINALLY HERE! TO JOHN MACARTHUR OF JOHNNY MAC'S FOR MAKING SURE THAT
THESE BOYS LOOK GOOD WHILE REPRESENTING ST LOUIS AND THE USA. TO THE
CHESTERFIELD BOARD FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN TAKING ON WHAT WE HOPE WILL
BECOME A LONG TIME TRADITION AND MOST IMPORTANTLY TO MY WIFE DOTTYE FOR
MAKING ME LOOK GOOD, HER WISDOM AND ADVISE IS ALWAYS RIGHT ON.
WE LEAVE TOMORROW AFTERNOON AND WE WE REPORT BACK
DAILY, THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST AND TO ALL THE BOYS, LETS GET READY TO
PLAY SOME HOCKEY.
- June 29th, 2007
WELL, OUR FIRST PRACTICE AS TEAM USA/CHESTERFIELD WAS
THIS PAST TUESDAY AND IT DIDN'T GO AS PLANNED. AFTER BEING TOGETHER FOR
SEVEN MONTHS AND GETTING EVERYONE WORKING TOGETHER AS A TEAM, IT LOOKED
LIKE IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THESE GUYS HAD EVER SKATED TOGETHER. THERE
WAS NO FLOW, THE PACE WAS SLOW, AND THE INTENSITY LEVEL WAS POOR. THIS
FROM A TEAM OF GUYS THAT WERE AS CLOSE AS ANY TEAM THAT I HAVE EVER BEEN
A MEMBER OF, SO SOMETHING WAS OUT OF WHACK. AT THE END OF PRACTICE, WE
HAD A SHORT TALK, REMINDING THEM THAT THIS TRIP WAS NOT A SPRING
VACATION, BUT AN OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME TO EXPERIENCE A DIFFERENT
CULTURE AND HOCKEY EXPERIENCE. I THINK THE BOYS WERE A LITTLE MORE
CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO DURING THEIR SPARE TIME IN
TRENCIN, FORGETTING THAT THIS TRIP WOULD NOT BE HAPPENING IF IT WERE NOT
FOR THEIR HOCKEY ABILITIES.
AFTER GIVING THEM A LITTLE ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT I WAS
HOPING FOR, AND VERY OPTIMISTIC THAT THEY WOULD COME BACK LAST NIGHT
WITH A MUCH BETTER PERFORMANCE
NOW THIS IS THE TEAM THAT I HAVE COME TO ADMIRE SO
MUCH. TONIGHT'S PRACTICE WAS GREAT, THE GUYS WERE INTENSE, THE TEMPO WAS
HIGH, AND THE GUYS WERE FLYING. BRING ON THE SLOVAKS!!!. THE BILLET
ASSIGNMENTS WERE GIVEN OUT AND IT WAS EXPLAINED TO THE GUYS THAT THE
PEOPLE IN TRENCIN DON'T GENERALLY LIVE IN HOMES AS LARGE AS OURS AND
THAT THEY REALLY DON'T HAVE THE ROOM TO TAKE IN 2 BOYS PER FAMILY MOST
OF THE BOYS WILL BE STAYING INDIVIDUALLY WITH A BILLET FAMILY, BUT I
BELIEVE EACH FAMILY HAS A BOY THAT PLAYS ON THE TRENCIN HOCKEY TEAM.
TRENCIN IS A TOWN OF ABOUT 50,000 PEOPLE SO MOST OF THE HOUSES ARE VERY
CLOSE TO EACH OTHER SO I AM SURE THE BOYS WILL BE HANGING OUT WITH EACH
OTHER MOST OF THE TIME.
THE ITINERARY IS UP AND THE BOYS WILL BE BUSY, BUT
ALSO HAVE ENOUGH FREE TIME TO ENJOY THE CITY.
WE ARRIVE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA ON THE MORNING OF THE 19TH
AND WE WILL BE MET WITH A BUS THAT WILL TAKE US ON A 2 HOUR TRIP TO
TRENCIN,SLOVAKIA. WE WILL UNLOAD OUR HOCKEY GEAR AT THE RINK, THEN MEET
UP WITH THE BILLET FAMILIES AND THEN WE ARE PUTTING ON A DINNER FOR ALL
THE FAMILIES AS A THANK YOU FOR KEEPING THE BOYS FOR THE NEXT 9 DAYS.
ON FRIDAY THE 20TH WE START RIGHT UP WITH A GAME
AGAINST MARION GABORIK'S TRENCIN TEAM (HE PLAYS FOR THE MINNESOTA WILD
BUT IS FROM TRENCIN) WE ARE TRYING TO GET IN A PRE SKATE BEFORE THE GAME
BUT NOT SURE IF IT WILL HAPPEN. THE REST OF THE DAY WILL BE OPEN AS
THEIR IS A HUGE MUSIC FESTIVAL RUNNING FOR 3 DAYS THAT ENGULFS THE
ENTIRE CITY, SO I AM SURE THE BOYS WILL ENJOY THIS.
SATURDAY 21ST WE WILL PRACTICE WITH THE TRENCIN TEAM,
SHARING THE ICE AND COACHING STRATEGIES. I AM PERSONALLY LOOKING
FORWARD TO SEEING HOW THEY OPERATE AT PRACTICE. PRACTICE WILL BE
FOLLOWED BY HALF THE TEAM PLAYING IN A SOCCER GAME AND THE OTHER HALF
PLAYING IN A BASKETBALL GAME. I AM NOT SURE HOW WE WILL FARE AGAINST
THEM IN HOCKEY , BUT I DON'T LIKE OUR CHANCES IN THE SOCCER GAME AND
PROBABLY THE BASKETBALL GAME TOO, EVEN THOUGH OUR GUYS ARE ALREADY
STARTING TO TALK A GOOD GAME.
THAT EVENING WE WILL FINISH UP WITH A GAME AGAINST THE
TRENCIN JUNIOR TEAM.
SUNDAY 22ND WE ARE GOING ON A SHORT TRIP TO VISIT THE
BOJNICE CASTLE AND ZOO. KIND OF AN ODD COMBINATION BUT WHEN IN TRENCIN
DO AS THE TRENCINS DO. I WONDER IF THEY HAVE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ANIMALS
IN SLOVAKIA. THAT EVENING WE WILL PLAY A GAME VS TEAM GABORIK.
MONDAY 23RD WE WILL PRACTICE IN THE MORNING, SPEND
SOME TIME IN THE WEIGHT ROOM AFTER PRACTICE AND THEN COME BACK THAT
EVENING WITH A GAME AGAINST THE SLOVAKIAN JUNIOR TEAM.
TUESDAY 24TH WE START UP WITH AN EARLY MORNING
PRACTICE, THE PARENTS AND COACHES ARE BEING TREATED TO A THERAPEUTIC SPA
JUST OUTSIDE OF TOWN, SIMILAR TO THE HOT SPRINGS IN ARKANSAS, I THINK.
THE BOYS HAVE THE AFTERNOON OFF TO CHECK OUT THE DOWNTOWN AREA, AND THEN
WE WILL MEET UP FOR A GAME THAT NIGHT AGAINST THE TRENCIN MIDGET AAA
WEDNESDAY 25TH WE HAVE A 10 AM MEETING WITH THE MAYOR
OF TRENCIN WHO WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME US TO HIS CITY. THIS WILL BE
FOLLOWED BY A TOUR OF THE TRENCIN CASTLE WHICH STANDS ON A HILL
OVERLOOKING THE TOWN. LATE AFTERNOON WE WILL HAVE A GAME AGAINST A
COMBINATION OF THEIR MIDGET AND JUNIOR PLAYERS.
AFTER THE GAME THERE IS A PARTY FOR EVERYONE WRAPPING UP
THE WEEKS ACTIVITIES BEFORE WE HEAD BACK TO VIENNA AUSTRIA TO SPEND
SOME TIME SIGHTSEEING.
THURSDAY 26TH WE BUS TO VIENNA IN THE EARLY MORNING
ARRIVING IN VIENNA AROUND 11AM, CHECKING INTO THE HOTEL, AND THEN ON TO A
DAY OF SIGHTSEEING. FINISH THE EVENING OFF WITH A NICE DINNER WE LEAVE
EARLY THE NEST MORNING FOR THE AIRPORT AND OUR TRIP HOME TO ST LOUIS
ARRIVING THAT EVENING.
WELL, THANKS FOR FOLLOWING OUR ADVENTURE AND WE WILL
KEEP IT UPDATED AS WE CONTINUE ON OUR SLOVAKIAN HOCKEY TOUR. THANK YOU,
- June 8th, 2007
Hello, my name is Lindsay Middlebrook and I am the
Director/Coach of the Central States Midget Program in Chesterfield. Our
team had a very successful year that just fell short of our goal of
going to the National Tournament. This past year I found a group of
young athletes who not only were excellent hockey players, but more
importantly, a group of quality young men who were dedicated, committed
and very respectful who have been raised in home with good family values
as shown by the way they carry themselves. When the year ended, there
was definitely a piece to the puzzle missing and we were give the chance
of a lifetime.
The team will be traveling overseas to Trencin,
Slovakia to play against Midget AAA and Junior teams from July 18 - 28.
We will play 5-6 games during our stay against local teams as well as
teams from other parts of Slovakia. This opportunity to be billeted with
Slovakian families, to experience their way of life and to exchange
hockey practices and games with these people will truly be a fantastic
I hope you will find this entertaining and fun as you
travel along with me and the boys because this may well become a yearly
trip for the Chesterfield Midget CSDHL team if everything goes as
planned. Thank you for your time and to the boys...you better start
getting back into shape because you know that they will be ready for us!
January 29, 2007
For the first time in
Chesterfield Hockey history, a AA team has won the coveted Silver Stick
Championship! The CHA Squirt AA2 team, playing in their age bracket as
Mite/Novice AA, won in St. Clair Shores, Michigan over the weekend! For
more information on Silver Stick, check out: http://www.silverstick.org/
Top from left to right: Trent Frederick, Luke Martin,
Michael Joyce, Willie Canfield, Logan Brown, Zach Schade, Connor
Fitzgerald, Cody Foppe Bottom from left to right: Ty Farmer, Joseph
Woll, Brandon Purcelli, Clayton Keller, Brady Tkatchuk, Dominic Caito
Coaches (not pictured): Jeff Brown, Keith Tkatchuk, John Fitzgerald
November 27, 2006
There were three CHA Silver Stick regional winners over the
weekend at the Illinois Regional in Glen Ellyn:
Mite AA (Brown)
Mite A1 (Duggan)
Bantam CSDHL (Moorhouse)
These teams will compete in the Silver Stick Finals in
Michigan in January!
Congratulations to these Chesterfield teams!
November 6, 2006
September 28, 2006
The CHA Central States Midget
Major Falcons came into the Affton Fall Invitational with high hopes.
They recently returned from a trip to Kansas City and won three out of
four games there. They had a couple of good practices leading up to the
Invitational and were ready to take on all challengers.
The team got off to a little slow start at the beginning, but quickly
pulled everything together and was clicking on all cylinders by the
time they completed the first round of games with a 2-0-1 record...Good
enough for a 2nd seed in the National Division.
This placed them into the qualifying round game against the Affton
American team...These teams have been running into one another for many
years and our boys really took control of the game early and put them
away with a 6-2 victory moving them into the semi-final match-up against
the Chicago Blues. The Chicago Blues were the number 1 seed from the
American Division...Our team cruised to a 5-2 victory in this semi-final
This set-up a championship game with the St. Louis AAA Midget
Minors...This was a very close and exciting game. Our boys grabbed a
lead and the AAA team came right back and tied things up. This game went
back and forth until early in the 3rd period when our Falcons scored
and hung on for a 3-2 victory.
Our boys took on the challenge with eleven other very good teams and
came out on top. Fantastic effort by the boys and our coaching staff.
This was an excellent way to get the upcoming league season games off to
Congratulations to all and good luck as you move forward.