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The Howard Huskies are pleased to announce that tryouts for our travel teams will take place the week of July 13th, and the week of July 20th.
The tryouts will be conducted In full accordance with the guidelines set forth by USA Hockey,  the Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Assoc., and the CBHL.
Tryouts the week of July 13th will only be for players who last year were  members of the Huskies organization during the 2019-2020 season. 
Starting on July 20th, the tryouts will include any players who have registered for tryouts with the Huskies, but played the 2019-2020 season with another organization.
Here is the tryout schedule.

PVAHA 2020-21 Tier 2 Tryout Statement

The PVAHA has published guidelines for the 2020-21 Season's Tryouts and Team Selection Process. All Tier II Youth 10U–18U/Tier II Girls’ 10U–19U Beginning on Monday, July 13, 2020, all member associations which are planning to skate Youth 10U–18U teams and Girls’ 10U–19U teams rostered as Tier II (USA Hockey 1T Roster) for the 2020–2021 season, may start to offer player agreements/contracts without on-ice evaluations/ tryouts to only those players who were rostered within their respective organization last season (2019–2020). Member associations may also at this time conduct on-ice evaluations/ tryouts in lieu of, or in addition to, “contracts without tryouts” if that is their preference for only those players who were rostered within their respective organization last season (2019– 2020). Any on-ice evaluation or tryout must follow State Guidelines, and local Health Department guidelines and restrictions that apply to indoor recreational sports activities including social distancing, facemasks and limitations on the number of people within the facility. On Monday, July 20, 2020, all member associations which are planning to skate Youth 10U–18U teams and Girls’ 10U–19U teams rostered as Tier II (USA Hockey 1T Roster) for the 2020–2021 season, may start to offer player agreements/contracts to all players, irrespective of where they were rostered last season (2019–2020). Member associations may also at this time conduct on-ice evaluations/tryouts in lieu of, or in addition to, “contracts without tryouts” if that is their preference. Any on-ice evaluation or tryout must follow State Guidelines, and local Health Department guidelines and restrictions that apply to indoor recreational sports activities including social distancing, facemasks and limitations on the number of people within the facility. The Huskies will announce our club specific plans with respect to the selections of teams for the 20-21 Season. We intend to field AA teams at all levels 10U through 18U as well as UA, LA and B teams as well. We also intend to fiel 8U Rec and Travel teams as well as 10U through 18U Rec teams. Please check back for details. Here is a link to PVAHA's full statement on tryouts for the 20-21 Season

Bud Buonato

President -Howard Huskies



Thanks to everyone for your patience.  I am excited to announce that we are still moving forward with the program to start next week on Monday, July 13.  There are NO changes to any of the dates from the last update, only changes to some of the start times for the groups.  Please note the final start & end times below:

July 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31
Squirt 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
PW / Bantam 1:20 - 2:20 p.m.
Midget 2:40 - 3:40 p.m.

Mites 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Rec 1:20 - 2:20 p.m.

We will have information on the final safety protocols Columbia Ice Rink has for us to follow closer to Monday as the situation continues to be fluid.  Thanks again for all your patience.  The other coaches and I are thrilled to run a great program for the kids.  Note that all of this info is also posted on my website

Mike Donnellan


With tryouts set to commence on Monday, July 13th at the Columbia Ice Rink, the Howard Huskies today announced the age level tryout coordinators and also the AA level head coaches for the upcoming season.

Lady Huskies - Keith Ramsay
U10 - Mike Hendrix
U12 - Rob Finks
U14 - Mike Donnelly
U16 - Bob Tibbs
U18 - Bud Buonato

AA Head Coaches:
U10 - Brad Powell
U12 - Mike Donnellan
U14 - TBA
U15, U16 & U18 - Midget age level coaching group led by Bud Buonato, and to include Rob Finks, John Buba, Jeff Haskell, Bill Paliscak and Mike Donnelly.

Coaches at the A level and B level in each age group will be selected and announced over the course of the two week tryout period.



As we prepare for the coming season, we realize that predicting the landscape for this fall and winters hockey season is difficult.  The season could play out with limited changes, or we may be asked to navigate a variety of challenges.  

We are announcing that we are officially opening up registration for the 2020 – 21 season for our REC, CROSS ICE and our TRAVEL programs.   There is still time to register for the Travel Program tryouts.  For the travel program, we will follow the guidelines for travel tryouts, evaluations, team selections, etc. as set forth by USA Hockey and the Potomac Valley District due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, as soon as they are released to us.   Those will be announced immediately after we receive further direction.

For the REC program, if you register and pay the $75 fee you are guaranteed a spot on one of our REC teams.

Depending on the direction announced moving forward by USA Hockey and the Potomac Valley Hockey Association, the Huskies will  also be announcing our season fee structure.   We are currently looking at ways to potentially reduce costs to our club members this year. 

Use the links below to register for either the Travel program tryouts, or for placement in our Rec program  (which includes Cross Ice ).   You may only register for one of those.

There is a $75 registration fee for either the travel tryouts or the Rec program.  While we all hope for a full return to hockey, if USA Hockey and the Potomac Valley District decide we cannot play the 2020 – 21 season, then all fees paid will be returned in full.


Use this link to register to play in our Rec program only for the 2020 - 2021 season:

2020 - 2021 Registration Link - Travel Tryouts Only

Use this link to register for tryouts for our travel hockey program only:

Countdown to 2020 Silver Stick Tournament



Registration is now open for our 31st annual Eastern Regional Silver Stick tournament to be held over Thanksgiving weekend in Columbia, MD.  Go to the link below to register:


All Huskies coaches need to register for the Huskies program at the link below:


Southeastern District Coaching Update June 2020

Southeastern Coaching Update – June, 2020

Getting Ready to Coach for 20/21

This information is being sent to Southeastern coaches and team managers who were registered for the 2019-20 season.  As we move into less restrictive phases of COVID transition, in the foreseeable future the ability to return to the ice will be a reality.  With all that you have endured, we want to make returning to the ice to coach as painless as possible.   
Fulfilling Coaching Clinic Requirements next season
Because of the Pandemic, which has caused so much havoc, USA Hockey has decided to offer three clinic options this fall for Levels 1 through 4:

1.  Temporary Card Option: (I recommend this option and it expires 30 JUNE)
Realizing that many coaches (a) may not want to attend in person for health reasons, or (b) may not have the at-home capability to participate online, USA Hockey will be offering a special “Temporary Card” option.  This option will only be available for the 2020-2021 season and ONLY in the month of June.  It will extend your current coaching level for the 2020-2021 season.  USA Hockey sent an email about this on June 4.  Additionally, if you do take a TEMP Card you are pre-paid for either on-line or in-person clinics for the 2020-2021 season.

2.  On-Line Clinics:  USAH is currently developing on-line clinics.  We will be using the free Zoom video conferencing software.  Zoom will allow us to use “breakout” rooms where your clinic session can feature small-group discussions as part of the learning experience.  To make clinics more manageable, I expect that each one will be broken up into two, three-hour sessions.  Finally, please keep in mind that you need a good, solid internet connection to participate in clinics in this way.  You can enroll in the same way as an in-person clinic.   We will have clinics available by July 1.

3. In-Person Clinics:
Some clinics may still be offered in-person.  Most of my staff of instructors are willing to do in-person clinics, with the assurance that various safety factors, as recommended by the authorities, will be implemented.  Attendance will likely be very limited, there will be no wait listing, and no walk-ins will be accepted at the door.
I encourage each of you to act and decide on what works best for you.  Understand, that seeking a TEMP card prepays the other two options for this season but gives you the peace of mind that you will have met your CEP requirement for this season.  I wish you good health, and hope to see you around the rink.

Good Luck this Season,

Mike Mulligan
Southeastern District


The Howard Huskies continued their deliveries to local first responders today with a complimentary dropoff to Howard County Fire & Rescue Station # 10 at Rivers Park.  This is part of the Huskies partnership effort with Ledo Pizza in Clarksville.  Thanks for all you do !


Showing their continuing support for our local first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Howard Huskies in partnership with Ledo Pizza of Clarksville, MD delivered pizza and wings today to the Scaggsville Fire Station in Maple Lawn.   The staff at the firehouse were thrilled !  Big thumbs up for all you are doing for our communities !

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.

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Coach Shawn's Weekly Blog June 3rd, 2020

Coach Shawn Grant in the net for Clarkson

During this segment I will discuss the importance of playing multiple sports as a youth and how to decide which level best helps your personal development.  Growing up, I was a multi-sport athlete having played baseball, soccer, football, lacrosse, golf, and, of course, hockey!  Every sport helped improve my skills as a hockey player, and fortunately provided me the opportunity to play Division I college hockey at Clarkson University.  That being said, growing up in Northern NY, we didn’t have AAA hockey in my area, so until I was 17, I played Tier II “B”, which is now Tier II “A”.  Even though we weren’t AAA, and the only players were from my small town of Potsdam, we still produced college hockey players, and some that played professionally, including up to the NHL.

Having previously coached hockey at the Division I collegiate level and knowing many coaches from other sports too, I’ve heard countless times the benefits of playing multiple sports growing up.  There are many pros on a personal level as well.  It helps reduce injuries that occur due to over use and over straining certain muscles.  It also provides different environments for youths to grow form experiences and having different teammates.  Many skills can be enhanced and translated into success when they are playing hockey.  It allows players to understand the importance of being a team player and finding similarities that make them successful at each sport.

I’ve coached at many levels of youth hockey and watched countless hours of games and practices.  I can’t say enough how important it is to be on the correct level for the team you choose to play for.  Every one’s goal should be to one day play in the NHL or at least at the NCAA level.  The reality is, not everyone will be fortunate to achieve those goals.  That’s why I can’t emphasize enough how important SKILL DEVELOPMENT is growing up.  If you want to getter better personally, then it shouldn’t matter what level you are playing on, as long as you are constantly improving your skill and hockey sense.  There are many factors to consider when choosing a team.  The ones that I feel are most important are who the coach of the team is, how much time will the team have for practice, financial considerations, travel, amount of playing time they could earn, and ability to be a strong contribution to the team.  Having coached for Team Maryland AAA, and seeing many AAA games.  I saw many times that there would be players that wanted the notoriety of saying they played for a AAA team, when in all actuality, playing AA would have been better suited for them.  It would have allowed some players the chances to gain confidence and have more opportunities to improve their skills.


“You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way.  Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.”  Michael Jordan

Shawn Grant

Howard Huskies Hockey Director

Phone: 315-262-5985



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.