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Welcome to North Central Mass Youth Hockey

The mission of the North Central Mass Youth Hockey Association is to provide an ice hockey program which believes quality instruction and skill development allows all players to reach their maximum potential in a safe and recreational environment. The development of all players is to be a positive, enjoyable experience which focuses on team play and sportsmanship. North Central Mass Youth Hockey Association serves as the local youth hockey program for the following towns Ashburnham, Gardner,  Westminster, Winchendon and surrounding areas.

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PO Box 212

Gardner, MA 01440

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Covid Update as of 11/20/2020 Everyone wears a mask in...

Hello Everyone! Learn to Skate (LTS) and Learn to Hockey (LTH) registrations...

Covid Update as of 11/20/2020

  1. Everyone wears a mask in the rink at all times.

  2. Players get dressed before entering the rink and enter no earlier than ten minutes before ice time.

  3. Teams (and their respective spectators) are assigned one of four bleacher sections (marked A,B,C,D) to put on skates and wait to go onto the ice.

  4. We have just been informed no hockey bags in the rink, so just bring in your skates.

  5. Spectators: Currently 2 adults are allowed plus any siblings but we strongly urge that just one guardian plus siblings attend practices and games.   The rules are for safety but we all know there is a visual here that is being looked at so the smaller the crowd in the stands the better, and I just want to say people have been awesome about this.

  6. Please exit the ice by the rink door closest to the teams assigned bleachers

  7. Remove skates and exit the building by the nearest side door as quickly as is reasonable.

Rink flow

All teams enter the rink through the front Lobby entrance where a signboard will let you know which bleacher section that your team is assigned.  Typically teams will be on opposite sides of the ice rink.  Section A teams will go through the lobby doors into the rink and turn to the right. B,C, D teams will turn left and go to respective bleacher sections that are all labeled.  There are now separate doors onto ice for each section. Sections C and D enter the ice by the Penalty Box doors and exit the ice the same. Sections A and B enter the ice by the nearest double doors. 

Thank you,

Go Sting

by posted 11/20/2020

Hello Everyone!

Learn to Skate (LTS) and Learn to Hockey (LTH) registrations are now open! These programs are for new skaters ages 4 and up!

Both programs are going to run consecutively on the same ice observing proper Covid-19 guidelines with separation between the two programs. This means you must choose between  Basic Skating Instruction or Basic Hockey Instruction when signing up for a session. 

  • LTS - has a maximum cohort of 20 kids per session
  • LTH has a maximum cohort of 22 kids per session

Because of cohort restrictions, we are strictly limited to a maximum number of players and coaches on the ice. Registration is open to first come first serve and we are keeping waitlists for both programs if there is a player who drops.

Session 1 of LTS & LTH starts 11/08/2020 @ 8am and runs 6 weeks every Sunday morning.

Session 2 of LTS & LTH starts 12/20/2020 @ 8am and runs 6 weeks every Sunday morning.

All sessions are at Gardner Veterans Arena, Gardner MA. 

Cost is $60 per session (6 week program)

All players are to arrive at the rink fully dressed except for skates. FMC will have an area by the bleachers to help your player get their skates on. Per FMC guidelines, only one guardian/parent per player is allowed to watch the lesson. Spectators will sit in the bleachers 6' apart. 

FMC is also asking not to congregate in the lobby area.

Masks are required for everyone inside the building. Kids on the ice are also encouraged to wear a cloth facemask under their helmet cages or face shields. 

If you have any questions please feel free to email   

Go Sting!

by posted 09/29/2020
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