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Before an overflow record crowd at the Columbia Ice Rink, the Howard Huskies 18U team captured the Maryland State Tier II AA championship on Sunday with a 3-2 win over the Tri City Eagles.

The huge throng  of hockey fans waited patiently for over an hour for the start of the game, when due to a scheduling snafu the referees did not arrive until just before 11 a.m.. 

The Huskies scored halfway through the first period on a power play goal by Wes Crofoot to jump start the home team.  However, the Eagles tied it up quickly at one a piece when they knocked in a PP goal of their own, and then quickly snaked a 2-1 lead early in the second period on a nice transition goal.   The Huskies rallied and converted a classic two on one break into a beautiful goal by utility winger Noah Kowalczyk to tie it up.   Shortly thereafter Crofoot again on the power play ripped a bar down shot in for his 2nd of the game to give the home squad a 3-2 lead after two periods.

The building was rattling throughout the third period which saw numerous chances at both ends and some spectacular netminding by Huskies goaler Ben Algatt.  Howard went on the power play with exactly 2 minutes remaining and were able to ride out the period en route to the win and the state championship.

With the win the Huskies will travel to Irvine, CA for the USA Hockey Nationals tournament April 1 thru 6.


Wes Crofoot scores a beauty in the shootout

The Howard Huskies 18U team forced a third and deciding game in the best of three Maryland State playoffs with a thrilling 3-2 overtime shootout win over the Tri City Eagles today at the Columbia Ice Rink.

The Huskies lost on Saturday to the Eagles 7-5 in Laurel, MD but rallied today at home at the Columbia Ice Rink.  Down 1-0, the Huskies tied it on a goal by Pat Meckel in the first period.  After a scoreless second frame, Tri City took the lead early in the 3rd period.  The Huskies battled back right away and tied it on a shot by Jack Callaghan off a faceoff deep in the Eagles zone.  Both teams traded chances throughout the rest of the game and into overtime but nobody could tuck one home.

In the 5 player shootout, Tri City could only score once on Huskies goaler Ben Algatt but two goals by Wes Crofoot and Ryan Chapin sent the near capacity home crowd into a frenzy at the buzzer.

Game 3 will be held at the Columbia Ice Rink next Sunday, March 8th at 10 a.m..

Bill Boarman June 8th, 1935-February 20th, 2020

It is with great sadness that we learned former Huskies President Bill Boarman passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020. Bill was instrumental in building the foundation of what has grown into a premier hockey organization in the country. His dedication to providing a place for Howard county children and families to gather during the winter months to develop into well rounded people. What started out as a small group of players and families dedicated to hockey in the early 1970's grew into a club of over 350 players by the time he stepped down as the Club President 10 years later and close to 500 today. Bill’s commitment to growing the program organically created the largest in house program in the Baltimore Washington area. He always believed that a club’s strength lies in the development of the program from the in house and youngest age groups up which provides the foundation for growth and success of the program. To offset initial costs he began the used equipment sale, donuts and coffee concessions and used older players from the club to referee the house league games. Making hockey affordable for everyone was something that he always stressed. The impact this had on the community can be seen today as countless alumni of the program that he built can be seen today both in our club and in all parts of the country playing, coaching and parenting the next generation of hockey players. (3 of Bill’s grandsons are playing on HCYHC Travel teams @ the 12UAA, 14U A and 16UAA levels respectively and his son Gerard is currently a HCYHC Coach and member of the club’s Board of Directors


Huskies Board of Director Nominations

It's time for Board of Director nominations.  Please complete the form below and email to Bob Tibbs at if you are interested in running for a vacant seat on the board.  The term is 3 years.

The hard deadline for nominations is Saturday February 29, 2020 at 12 noon EST.

Countdown to 2020 Silver Stick Tournament


USA Hockey Letter from USA Hockey President Jim Smith regarding Hate Language

On October 30, 2019, a memo from Jim Smith, President of USA Hockey, was sent to all USA Hockey members. The memo described a significant change to Rule 601 (e.3), providing for a stronger penalty for hate language. Specifically, the penalty assessed for a violation of Rule 601 (e.3) is now a Match Penalty.

3rd Annual Huskies Spring Development Program

All sessions are at Columbia Ice Rink. We will improve players skating and skills in preparation for tryouts and next season. Each session of the program will consist of power skating, puck work, shooting, and small games. They will be divided into skill-specific groups during sessions. There will be twelve sessions over six weeks of the program. Goalies will do position specific skating, movements, and puck work while they are not taking shots. 

Space per group is limited. Drop-ins will not be allowed this year unless a group does not fill up. If there is room for drop-ins it will be announced before the first session. Players should sign up for the age level they will be trying out for this year. If you have any questions about what group your player should sign up for, email Mike Donnellan at


Tony MacAulay , Halifax, NS Played Canadian Div 1 CIS Dalhouse University.  Participated in Vancouver Canucks NHL main training camp in 1992. Played 3 seasons Professionally in the ECHL and Sweden. Coached in ECHL in Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, and Vancouver Canucks organizations, and Canadian Div 1 University. Current Dematha Prep Head Coach in his 18th year with a few years coaching Professionally in between. 

Brad Powell, Cohasset MA-Calvert Hall varsity head coach. Former BYHC travel coach at Squirt, PW, Bantam. Played NCAA D3 Norwich University with 3 frozen four appearances and a National Championship in 2003. 


Mike Donnellan, Baltimore MD- NCAA  D1 Umass Amherst, Pro-Huntsville Havoc SPHL, Watertown Wolves FHL, Peoria Rivermen SPHL, Missouri Mavericks ECHL, Roanoke Railyard Dawgs SPHL, Evansville Thunderbolts "C" SPHL, attended Nashville Predators NHL main training camp in 2017. 

Matt Powers, Columbia, MD- Jr A Jersey Shore Wildcats, Mt St Mary’s University. Huskies U16 A Coach. 



Location:Columbia Ice Rink 

Travel Dates and Times: 

March: 23,26,31
April: 1,13,15,20,22
May: 4,6,11,13
Squirt Travel  6:15-7:10 PM
PW/Bantam Travel 7:25-8:20 PM
Midget Travel 8:35-9:30 PM

Rec/Mites Dates and Times:

May: 5,7,12,14,19,21
Mites: 6:15-7:10 PM
REC: 7:25-8:20 PM

Lady Huskies 12U Wales are CBHL Champions!!!

2019-2020 CBHL 12U Girls CBHL Champions!

Lady Huskies U12 finish regular season undefeated and win CBHL Play-offs in 4-0 shut-out!

The 2019-2020 U12 Lady Huskies have had an amazing season. They went undefeated in their Whales division playing teams from Montgomery, Chevy Chase, Baltimore, Potomac, and Navy. On Saturday they were awarded the trophy for placing first in their regular season play. After winning their first play-off game against Chevy Chase, they went on to win 4-0 against Montgomery to be CBHL playoff champions. After controlling the game and successfully defending their own net, Mira Kalirai (96) scored the first goal late in the first period and got the scoring momentum started for the Lady Huskies. With three more unanswered goals in the second and third periods, including a break-away by Camden Van Kirk (92), the Lady Huskies finished with a shut-out by goalie Kate Allen (36). “I am so proud of these girls. They really put their heart into this game and played three excellent periods of hockey,” said Head Coach Keith Ramsay.

Comprised of 10 Squirts and 5 Peewees, The U12 Lady Huskies are in their second year as a team. “The amount of growth last year and this year has been noticeable, especially when we play these tougher teams,” said assistant coach Kris Phillips. The Lady Huskies play in two more tournaments to end their season, The Capital Showdown, March 6-8 and the Ponytail Tournament March 14-16 where last year they placed second.


Mt. Hebron Food Drive -A Huge Success

Huskies Families,

Thank you for your contributions to the Mount Hebron High School food drive. With your help, Mount Hebron was able to smash it's goal of 40,000 cans with a whopping 49,000! We were able to feed over 200 families, with each receiving enough food to last an entire month! Thanks again for rallying to help support families in need. Happy holidays and go Huskies!


Jack Callaghan

October Goalie Saves Challenge-You can still help

Huskies Families,


October may be over but there is still one week left to collect in the October Saves Goalie Challenge. Our goalies are stepping up and raffling off baskets they put together themselves to raise more funds to fight cancer! Stop by Columbia Ice Rink until 6pm tonight, from 7:30-9:45am and 3-5 Sunday, 11/3, and from 9-7 on Nov 9 and enter to win! We’ve got a movie night basket, a Fortnite basket (available starting 11/3), a sports basket, and a basket of cheer, plus a 50/50! You don’t need to be present to win - winners will be drawn at 7pm on Nov 9. All funds for the baskets will be donated to October Saves to support women's and pediatric cancer research.


Pledges and flat donations are accepted up to 11:59pm on Nov 9. Visit, and use the "Find a Goalie" feature to support the efforts of our goalies below:

Devin Brown-Bantam Blue

Jonah Boles-Bantam Blue

Gyan Cerwinski (Squirt Blue)

Aidan Clow (Squirt Silver)

Jayden Collins (Squirt Navy)

Dylan Collora (Bantam Silver)

William Culy (Peewee Silver)

Justus Hecht (Peewee White)

Matthew Pistner (Peewee Blue)

Sean Raynor (Midget 18U Silver)

Thomas Russell (Midget 18U Silver)

Bryce Schneider (Squirt Gray)

Carter Slowey (Bantam Gray)

Camden VanKirk (Lady Huskies)

Joseph Zibragos (Midget 16U Silver)

Shawn Grant Named New Huskies Hockey Director for 2020-21 Season

The Huskies are pleased to announce  Shawn Grant as our new Hockey Director.  Coach Shawn Grant has worked the past three seasons as a Head Coach for Team Maryland as well as teaching lessons through Wolfe Hockey Development.  Prior to that, Coach Grant worked as Volunteer Assistant Coach for Clarkson University men’s team for 5 seasons and 2 seasons with Clarkson’s women’s team (3-time NCAA Champions).  Coach Grant’s additional collegiate coaching experience include 1 season as the Assistant Men’s Hockey Coach at Neumann College, 1 season as the Assistant Women’s Hockey Coach at SUNY Potsdam, and 2 seasons as the Assistant Men’s Hockey Coach at SUNY Potsdam.  Coach Grant also coached youth hockey in his hometown of Potsdam, NY for 7 years, which included helping lead the Potsdam Icestorm U16 girls’ team to back-to-back State Championships (2013 & 2014) and finished 2nd at USA Nationals in 2013 and 3rd at the USA Nationals in 2014.  


Coach Grant left Potsdam, NY his senior year of high school and attended Northwood School (Lake Placid, NY) for 2 years.  During his post-graduate year, he was voted by coaches and players as an Assistant Captain and was voted as MVP of the team, and selected to participate in the Hockey Night in Boston All-Scholastic Tournament.  During his postgraduate year, Grant also travelled and played Jr. B for the Char-Lan Rebels (Williamstown, ON).  Following that season, Coach Grant played Junior A for the Cornwall Colts (Cornwall, ON), leading the league in save percentage (.910) and the second lowest goals against average (3.05).  Coach Grant was recruited, and lived his lifelong dream, to play NCAA Division 1 hockey, in his hometown, for Clarkson University.   During the 1998-1999 season, Grant set the school record for most wins by a Freshman goaltender (25), won the ECAC regular season championship, and posted his career high of 46 saves in the team’s 3-2 win over arch rival St. Lawrence University in the ECAC Championship game, in front of 8,469 fans in Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, NY.  It was the second largest crowd for a hockey game in the arena, trailing the 1980 Olympic game between USA and Russia.  During his freshman season, Grant was voted by teammates and coaches as Clarkson’s Rookie-of-the-Year and was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team.  During his Junior season, doctors recommended that he stop playing hockey due to severe knee injuries.  Coach Grant finished his collegiate hockey career with a record of 37-20-5, .894 save percentage, 2.89 goals against average, and 2 shutouts.


Coach Grant graduated from Clarkson University in 2002 with B.S. in Management Information Systems and a minor in Telecommunications.  He currently lives in Rockville, MD with his dog, Dudley.

Coach Shawn Grant in the net for Clarkson

Coach Shawn Grant in the net for Clarkson


The Huskies have made the decision to cancel the Annual Year End Awards Banquet in light of the current events regarding the COVID-19 Virus.  Full refunds will be made available for those who have already purchased their tickets.


Three Huskies named to the MSHL All State Team

Huskies 18U AA Blue players David Kelley (defenseman)Glenelg HS class of 2020 and Jack Callaghan (forward) Mt. Hebron HS Class of 2020, were named to the 2020 All MSHL First Team. Huskies 16AA Blue's Captain Tommy Tracy, a Junior at Glenelg HS was also recognized and was named to the 2020 All MSHL Second Team. Congratulations to all three players. Huskies Nation is proud of you!

TRYOUTS 2020 - 2021 SEASON

Tryouts for next year the 2020 - 2021 season will be held from Saturday, April 25 through Sunday, May 3.    Registration link and tryout schedules for all ages to be posted soon.


Contact Info

Mike Donnellan

Mike Donnellan

Director of Player Development

Phone: 802-299-9265


The Howard County Youth Hockey Club (HCYHC), also known as the Howard Huskies, is a not for profit hockey club started in 1971. At that time, there were 45 players.   In the 2018 - 2019 season, we had well over 400 boys and girls playing.

The Huskies provide both recreational (CCHL) and tier-II travel (CBHL & EJEPL) hockey ensuring there is a team for every player’s skill and commitment.  

We also host the largest SILVER STICK tournament in the United States every Thanksgiving weekend with over 100 teams.

Our Club’s emphasis is on sportsmanship, teamwork, and character; three themes you will hear woven throughout your experience.

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