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16U AA and 18U AA Summer Tournaments

The 16U and 18U National teams released their summer tournament schedule today, highlighted by their first ever appearance in the Mid Atlantic Showcase Series in Hatfield, PA.  That tournament features some high end competition and will be held over the June 4-6 weekend.

The 16's and 18's will also play in the Denis Duplanti Memorial later in June as well as the Summer Sizzler in July.  Both of those tournaments will take place in Newark, DE at the Patriot Ice Center.

Both teams are using the summer tourneys as stepping stones for a loaded fall / winter season that includes play in the CBHL National divisions the EJEPL division as well as additional tournament appearances.


Below is a list of the Travel Tryout Coordinators and the Head Coaches for the upcoming season.  Please reach out to the Tryout Coordinator at your age level if you have any questions.

Tryout Coordinators


U16 & U18


Bob Tibbs



Mike Donnelly



Rob Finks



Mike Hendrix

Lady Huskies


Bob Tibbs


Head Coaches


Midget National


Bud Buonato

Midget National


Bud Buonato

Midget America


Matt Powers

Midget America


Brandon Potter

Midget Olympic



Bantam Blue


Eric Lustig

Bantam Silver



Peewee Blue


Matt Powers

Peewee Silver



Peewee White



Squirt Blue


Brad Powell

Squirt Silver



Squirt White



Squirt Black



Lady Huskies


Keith Ramsay

Lady Huskies




Registration is now open at the link below for Travel team tryouts for the 2021-2022 season.

Tryouts will start on Saturday, May 15th.  A detailed tryout schedule will be posted here shortly.

Click to register

Registration for our Rec program will commence shortly after Travel tryouts have finished.

CLIPPERS Tryout Schedule - Week 2


Registration continues for the COLUMBIA CLIPPERS spring hockey at the link below.  The CLIPPERS offer 6 spring practices and participation in 2 spring tournaments - Apr. 23-25 in Newark, DE and May 21-23 in Laurel, MD.   The cost is $450.   The coaching will be directed by Shawn Grant, Brad Powell and Matt Powers.

Tryouts begin tonight and continue all week - see the schedule below.

10U - Thursday, March 25 @ 5:40 p.m. at Columbia
12U - Tuesday, March 23 @ 7:00 p.m. at Columbia
14U - Wednesday, March 24 @ 7:55 p.m. at Laurel Logsdon
16U - Monday, March 22 @ 7:50 p.m. at Laurel Logsdon
18U - Monday, March 22 @ 9:00 p.m. at Laurel Logsdon
12U / 14U Girls TBA

Age groupings are based on the 2021-2022 season:
10U - 2011 and 2012
12U - 2009 and 2010
14U - 2007 and 2008
16U - 2005 and 2006
18U - 2003 and 2004

The weekly practice schedule will be announced this week.


These are the two tournaments that the Clippers are entered in for the spring.

April 23-25
Patriot Ice Center
Newark, DE

May 21-23
Gardens Ice House
Laurel, MD


The Howard Huskies are excited to launch their new spring tournament team option for this year.  The CLIPPERS will set sail next week when tryouts open up at the U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18 age levels.  

The teams will each have 6 practices and play in 2 tournaments.  The program will be spearheaded by Huskies Hockey Director Shawn Grant and Skills Director Brad Powell.  The cost will be $450 per player.

Tryouts for the teams will start the week of March 21.  Details including registration for tryouts will be announced here shortly.

THANK YOU from the Donnelly family

We wanted to thank everyone in the Huskies family for their unwavering support during the past few weeks since our house fire on February 1st.  We are extremely grateful for all of the texts, messages, emails, visits, etc..  It has been amazing !

Our family has been part of the Huskies since 2005 when our son Evan was an atom and I began coaching.   My wife was a team manager a couple of years ,  my daughter Lauren was a member of the first Huskies girls team and my daughter Blaine was at the rink for many of those experiences.   We absolutely love the Huskies and all of the principles that they operate under and stand for.  They truly are a part of our family.

This support has been fantastic and we cannot put into words our feelings.   If you look at the picture attached you will see that one thing that survived in the rubble was a Huskies sticker :) 

Thank you all !

Mike, Lisa, Lauren, Blaine and Evan

Donnelly Family House Fund

We are sharing sad news about this longtime and lifetime Huskies hockey family. Yesterday Huskies coach and dedicated volunteer Mike Donnelly and his wife Lisa lost their home in a fire. From serving as a current Huskies Board VP and Director of Travel Hockey, to coaching every age group over the past 16 years and chairing the Eastern Regional Silver Stick Tournament, Mike goes above and beyond for the Huskies and for youth hockey in general. Mike's dedication to youth hockey and growing the game is unmatched. 
Now is your chance to help the Donnelly family in their time of need. Please consider sharing this GoFundMe and donating if you are able. CBHL (Chesapeake Bay Hockey League) Capital Corridor Hockey League Chesapeake Regional Hockey Review USA Hockey
If you would like to donate, click on the blue bar below.


All club members are invited to familiarize themselves with the Huskies FAQ COVID-19 document                                                                   Currently being updated to reflect latest CDC and PVAHA guidelines


The Howard Huskies today announced the finalization of their new MIDGET DEVELOPMENT MODEL which will start up this coming season.
The program will encompass all teams at the Midget level, which this year is likely to include two U18AA teams, two U16AA teams, and 1 U16 A team.
"We have been in discussion for the last six months about structuring a program to develop our midget age kids as best as possible.  We wanted to figure out how we could best transition the kids in our club from bantam into U16, and then into U18 and then even beyond that whether they would want to play junior hockey, ACHA club hockey, or NCAA hockey in college",  added Bud Buonato who is the Head Coach of the Midget Development Model program.  "We will have roughly 100 kids going through the program this year, and all will receive the same coaching from the same core group of experienced coaches".
The midget age kids will also be the beneficiaries of quality on and off ice tutelage from the club's new triumvirate of skills coaches.  Shaun Grant has assumed the role of hockey director for the club, and Mike Donnellan and Brad Powell have taken on the roles as skill development coordinators.  "We are so excited to have Shaun, Mike and Brad on board", said coaching director Bob Tibbs.  "They all bring an excellent coaching and skill development background to the club.  Shaun will be the overall director and will himself oversee all of the goalie instruction of all of our goalies in the club.  Mike will coach our top peewee team and provide skill and video analysis for our players, and Brad will implement and operate many of our skill sessions for our players", said Tibbs.  
All three have NCAA playing experience, youth coaching experience and will bring their unique talents to the club membership.
"We will have more information on our MDM in the near future",  added Buonato.  "We are just unbelievably excited at the talent level that we have at U16 and U18, and we all want to make all of  the kids the best they can be".


In Memoriam -Scott Banks

Please keep in your prayers the family of Huskies Dad  and former Huskies coach Scott Banks who  passed away on February 27th, 2021 after a short but tenacious battle with brain cancer. Scott's son Joey is a member of the Huskies 16UAA American team. Here  are links to Scott's obituary and a Go Fundme page set up in Scott's honor.



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



The Clippers spring hockey teams are set to play this coming weekend April 23 - 25 in the Spring Thaw tournament being held at both the Patriot Ice Center in Newark, DE and Iceworld in Abingdon, MD.

Wish them all luck in their first tourney !


Here is the link to sign up for cross ice for the upcoming fall / winter season.  Be sure to sign up early as we expect to sellout.


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.

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.


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The Howard Huskies 16 U National and 18 U National teams will participate in three tournaments this summer following team selections at the upcoming tryouts in mid May. 

The first tournament will be the Mid Atlantic Showcase which will be held June 4-6 at the Oaks at Hatfield Ice Arena in Colmar, PA.  The Denis Duplanti Memorial will be held the following weekend June 11-13 at the Patriot Ice Center in Newark, DE.  The final tournament will be the Summer Sizzler will be held July 23-25 at the Patriot Ice Center in Newark, DE as well.

The teams will practice weekly from late May until the final tournament.