Spring/Summer Registration Now Open. Register Early and Save!
by posted 03/19/2021
Hooksett, NH - Sundays - Ice Den - Starts 5/23/21 Nashua, NH - Thursdays - Conway Arena - Starts 6/3/21 Newton, MA - Wed/Thurs - Fessenden School - Starts 4/28/21 (Note: At Babson until late July) Tyngsboro, MA - Sundays - 40+ League at Skate 3 - Resumes in Fall 2021 Woburn, MA - Mondays - O'Brien Arena - Starts 5/10/21 (Note: In Bedford, MA for May)
We hope everyone is staying safe during these crazy times. Just wanted to provide an update on the current leagues going on and their status's
Hooksett League: Currently running. This league operates on Sunday Nights at The Ice Den and has room if there are any additional skaters looking to join. Email us today for a pro-rated cost!
Nashua League: Currently running. This league operates on Thursday Nights at Conway Arena and has room if there are any additional skaters looking to join. Email us today for a pro-rated cost!
Tyngsboro 40+ League: Currently running. This league operates on Sunday Nights at Skate 3 and has room if there are any additional skaters looking to join. Email us today for a pro-rated cost!
Woburn League: This league is currently on hold due to the curfew time restrictions. We reached out to O'Brien Rink about alternative times. After polling the league, the majority voted on just remaining on pause until we can resume under normal game times.
Newton League: Typically we have our Upper and Lower Divisions. Due to lack of numbers, we condensed to 1 league on Wednesday Nights. This league is currently on hold due to the Massachusetts curfew restrictions. Unfortunately, the only option Fessenden gave us for an alternative time was 6 AM. We polled the league and the majority voted to remain on pause until we can resume under normal player times.
We hope everyone is staying safe and as we have any updates we will relay to those registered for leagues! If you'd like to join a league currently operating, please email
The Hockey Academy will be opening a new online store! The online store will be your destination for Tournament Apparel, Maine Wild & New England Stars items, Hockey For Life Apparel, and Adult Hockey items!
The opening date is still TBD but we will update everyone as it gets closer to being finalized.
Our Black Friday Sale starts at 12:01 AM. This is our biggest sale of the year on our Adult Leagues. Registrations MUST be made online and cannot be combined with any other discounts. Register ONLINE to save!
SAVE BIG on Adult Hockey Leagues during our Black Friday Sale!
by posted 11/25/2019
SAVE BIG on Adult Hockey Leagues during our Black Friday Sale! This Friday save $50 on our 2020 Winter Adult Hockey Leagues. Registration MUST be made online, Friday, November 29. Sale valid 11/29/19 from 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM.
Registration is open for our Summer Adult Hockey Leagues!
by posted 04/02/2019
Registration is open for our Summer Adult Hockey Leagues. As always, register at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the league and SAVE $30!
Hooksett, NH - (13 Weeks) No changes here. All games will be on Sunday night at the Ice Den Arena.
Nashua, NH - (16 Weeks) No major news here. Times will shift slightly throughout the summer but all of that will be listed on the schedule. Tyngsboro League does not operate in the summer so some will be coming over from that league.
Newton / Wellesley - (16 Weeks) Per usual in the summer, we will only be running one night a week so it will be a combination of the upper and lower levels. Games will be played on Wednesday nights. Games will be played at Babson Arena and shift back to Fessenden later in the summer.
Woburn / Stoneham - (15 Weeks) Games will be played at Stoneham Arena until Woburn re-opens on August 12th.
Most leagues sell out. All spots are given on a first come first serve basis. Rosters will be capped. Register Early to secure your spot.
Congratulations to our Newton Fall League Champions!
by posted 01/04/2019
Congratulations to our 2018 Newton Fall League Adult Hockey Champions! Team White won the Lower Division defeating Orange 2-0 and Team Green took the Upper Championship with a 6-5 win in overtime over Yellow. Congrats to all teams on another successful session and we look forward to the start fo the Winter League!
LAST CHANCE to save $30 on our 2019 Winter Leagues
by posted 12/20/2018
This is your LAST CHANCE to save $30 on our 2019 Winter Adult Hockey Leagues. Registration must be made by the 2 weeks prior to the league starting cutoff date to receive the discount. You can register online at www.AdultHockey.com.
Check out the Latest Version of The Hockey Academy News!
by posted 06/01/2018
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Check out the Latest Version of The Hockey Academy News!
by posted 02/28/2018
CLICK HERE to view the latest edition of The Hockey Academy News! The Hockey Academy News is a quarterly online publication showcasing all current events revolving around The Hockey Academy's divisions, affiliates, and sponsors. We hope you enjoy and we are already looking forward to our next issue!
Notes:Congratulations to Team Green on Winning the Spring League Championship! They defeated Team Orange 4-0. Congrats to all teams on another great season and we look forward to having you all back for the Fall league!
Points Leader:#4 Team Gray John Zuzenak 6G 5A 11PTS
#4 Team Green Michael Bowdoin 7G 4A 11PTS
This Weeks Scores:
8/24/2017 - 8:00 PM: Red (2) vs. Green (4)
8/24/2017 - 9:10 PM: Light Blue (1) vs. Black (6)
Next Week’s Schedule:
8/31/2017 - 8:00 PM: Black vs. Green
8/31/2017 - 9:10 PM: Red vs. Light Blue
Notes:We are going into the final week of the Nashua Spring/Summer League! Team Black will face-off vs. Team Green in the championship and Team Red vs. Team Light Blue in the consolation game. Good luck to all teams!
Points Leader:#13 Team Red Mike Eagleston 23G 11A 34PTS
This Weeks Schedule:
8/23/2017 - 8:00 PM: Gray (7) vs. Light Blue (5)
8/23/2017 - 9:10 PM: Black (2) vs. Orange (3)
8/24/2017 - 8:00 PM: Red () vs. Orange ()
8/24/2017 - 9:10 PM: Light Blue () vs. Black ()
Next Weeks Schedule:
8/30/2017 - 8:00 PM: TBD vs. TBD
8/30/2017 - 9:10 PM: TBD vs. TBD
8/31/2017 - 8:00 PM: TBD vs. TBD
Notes: The post season continues this week with all teams trying to advance to the finals which will be on 8/31.
Points Leader:#5 Team Red Lucas White 17G 6A 23PTS
This Weeks Scores:
8/21/2017 - 9:00 PM: Gray (3) vs. Black (2)
8/21/2017 - 10:10 PM: Light Blue (1) vs. Yellow (2)
Next Week’s Schedule:
8/28/2017 - 9:00 PM: Gray vs. Yellow
8/28/2017 - 10:10 PM: Light Blue vs. Black
Notes:It is championship week! Gray will take on Yellow in the championship game and Light Blue takes on Black in the consolation game.
Points Leader:#5 Team Light Blue Christopher Robichaud 16G 12A 28PTS
*Any “This Week’s Scores” or “Next Week’s Schedules” that have not changed from the previous is week is due to a delay in scoresheet upload.
Our first ever Tournament of Champions was held recently at The Edge in Bedford, MA. Although we featured more teams from the Bay State, the Granite State brought their A game. Congratulations to Hooksett which beat Nashua in the all New Hampshire final 2-1.
New To Adult Hockey? Here's The Equipment You'll Need
Many times when people call us and they want to learn to play hockey, they ask us what kind of equipment they need and what recommendations I have as to where they can buy their equipment.
We have new learn to play hockey program starting in March in Woburn. For more information click "register" above.
If you have a friend who is interested in learning to play hockey, feel free to forward this information along!
When buying hockey equipment, we usually recommend a few of my favorite stores and websites, depending on a player’s location. These generally include TSR Hockey in New Hampshire, Zwickers in Bedford MA, Pure Hockey (which has a number of locations) and Hockey Monkey (if you are lucky enough to live close to there…if not, you can shop there online!).
Personally I always shop for the best prices but there are a few things worth splurging on and getting fitted for because they’re important pieces of equipment.
Get fitted for this. It’s important that you are comfortable in your helmet and it’s not too small (you’ll get the worst headache ever) or too big (no protection!). Choose a shield or a cage for face protection; you may find you prefer one over the other and decide to switch later.
It is so important to get fitted for these! You don’t want to be in agony on the ice, so you might have to invest a little more money here. It will be worth it!
For your first time playing hockey, you’ll want to get this in person as well. Choose one that is comfortable for you and since you’re just starting out, you don’t have to make too much of an investment here.
Shoulder pads, elbow pads.
You can buy these online and relatively inexpensively if you choose.
You can get used gloves but we recommend new ones.
You can measure your calf and buy these online if you choose.
You can buy a cheap pair online but definitely check the size chart on these!
You need something to put all your stuff inside! You can shop online or in person for this.
Undergarments (jock or jill short)
Long sleeve or short sleeve tech t-shirt to wick away sweat
Hockey Academy provides jerseys but you may want to pick up an additional one that fits you more true to your size, just in case. Always go with a white or black/dark jersey. Nothing is worse when you’re trying to play pick-up with your friends and people forget what team you were on because your jersey was orange, yellow, purple, etc.
Hockey is a game that is played throughout the world by people of all ages and skill levels. It is common for local ice rinks to have adult aged recreation leagues (some would refer to as beer leagues) in place. There are enough people who enjoy the game that there are different divisions comprised with many teams at these rinks.
Over the last few years, I have been asked by other adult hockey league players- “How can I get in shape for hockey?” or, “Can you give me a program?”. Usually I will give a general answer that may include instructions to add strength training and possibly change their diets.
What I want to share is a few simple things that can help people enjoy the game for as long as they can. The ability to play hockey for it’s enjoyment and being pain-free is what has inspired me to write this piece. I understand that some people may skate for about an hour per week. However, I also see many folks who participate in multiple leagues and pick-up games on a weekly basis. Also, I have come across several people who have sustained injuries both from acute and overuse nature.
The reality is that hockey is a fast paced game with frequent changes of direction. Hips, backs, and knees can become sore and injured while playing. Personally, I realize that as I get older, I need to be fit to play hockey instead of using hockey as a way to get fit.
First, I think it is important to invest in a foam roller. These are now considered to be must-haves for all of the players that I work with. I recommend a half foam roll because it can be used both at home and at the rink because it fits in a hockey bag.
Foam rolling is recommended to be done for a few minutes prior to stretching and warming up. Players that I work with love the foam roll because they can address their muscle trigger points which are those little knots of tenderness that you may feel in different muscles. The more that you use it, the more you will know where to use it on your body- especially when crunched for time.
Foam rolling is recommended for the quads, hip rotators, IT bands, glutes, hamstrings, pecs, lats, and any other muscle groups that you would need to address.
Static stretching should be done more often for the older hockey player. Not only should you stretch while at the rink, but you should stretch while at home as well. You must think about all of the work that the muscles like the hip flexors, quads, and hip adductors do during the course of a hockey game. The more games that you play, the more time you should spend stretching. With the fact that many recreation level hockey players have jobs that require them to sit for long periods of time, stretching is even more important.
Stretches for the Hip Flexors, Rectus Fomoris’ (Quads), Adductors, and Hip Rotators can all be addressed during a short period of time.
From a practical perspective, a proper warm up for a recreational hockey is hard to accomplish. It is common for people to roll out of bed and head to the rink, or go to the rink immediately after work. Although I understand that it can be difficult to get to the rink; there should be a semi-conscious effort to get to the rink a little earlier for a proper warm up.
Here is an example of a dynamic warm up that can be done for 5 minutes and can be either done in place or over 10-15 yard space. If you have only a few minutes to warm up before you go on the ice, at minimum I would recommend the dynamic warm up. Skip the foam rolling and static stretching, but don’t skip the dynamic warm up.
Heel to Butt with Reach
High Knee Run
When you look at the time spent for foam rolling, stretching, and warming up, we are talking about maybe 15 minutes total. Doing this prior to taking the ice will go a long way in preventing injuries.
Strength training for hockey can be an easy process. It can help reduce the chance for injury while also increasing performance. How many players do you know who would like to stay healthy and get faster on the ice? While it may seem confusing due to a large number of exercise possibilities, it can be broken down to a really simple, yet effective method.
A few good exercises might be all that you need for a good strength training program. Sure, high level athletes might want to add some plyometrics, sprints, and some Olympic lifts, but I think this is where we may draw the line. The goal is to be a healthier and fitter hockey player that plays for fun. Strength training can be done simply and have outstanding results. Here is an example of a 2-day strength training schedule:
Split Squat (Progress from body weight only to holding dumbbells)
Ball Roll Out
1-Leg Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat (Progress from body weight only to holding dumbbells)
1-Arm DB Row
1-Leg DB Straight Leg Deadlift
DB Incline Bench Press
These strength training sessions could be done twice per week. I would recommend 2-3 days between sessions. The most important aspect of strength training is having proper technique in all exercises. If you don’t know how to do an exercise properly, please get with someone who knows what they are doing. Start light and do the exercises correctly. Then as you get stronger, add some more weight and continue to progress. Keep it simple.
If you fear that you've waited too long to join an adult league, not to worry! There is still room in some adult leagues. E-mail Krista at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out availability or call us at 1 800 800 7373 press 0.
Registration is now open for Winter hockey leagues!
Here is some information about our leagues & locations.
Hooksett, NH Novice League:A beginner/novice hockey league ideally for those with less than 5 years of experience, though we recognize others with more experience who are looking for less intense competition may join this league as well.
Game days/times: Sunday nights in the 7pm, 8pm, or 9pm range with a few 10pm games possible at Tri Town Arena.
Nashua, NH Novice League: This is a league for those ideally within 5 years or less of their hockey playing experience, or those not looking for a very competitive experience.
Game days/times:Thursdays at 9:10 or 10:10pm at Conway Arena; Thursday at 10:20pm at Skate 3 in Tyngsboro.
Newton Novice/Intermediate League: This is a mixed level novice league with both novice and intermediate level players, some of whom have been playing for less than five years and some have 5-10+ years of experience.
Game days/times: Wednesday/Thursdays at 9pm or 10:10pm at Fessenden in Newton
Reading Novice League: This is a mixed level novice league with both novice and intermediate players, with those who have been playing for less than five years and those who have been playing longer.
Game Days/times: Monday nights in Woburn at 9pm or 10:10pm; Monday nights in Reading at 9:30pm or 10:40pm
Tyngsboro 40+ League: A league for players 40+, though players 37+ may apply to play in this league. It is a novice/intermediate mix.
Game days/times: Sundays at 7:20pm and 8:30pm at Skate 3 in Tyngsboro
Instructional/Adult Hockey Clinic Locations:
Woburn - either 9pm or 10:10pm at Obrien Rink
Hooksett - 8pm/9pm time ranges on Sundays in Hooksett
In the Newton league, the lower division solidified the first round of playoff seedings. With white beating black 5-1, and Vegas Gold beating Light Blue 4-3 last night, White has solidified its first place seed and will play vegas gold next week. Black and Light Blue will play and winners will face each other in the championship.
In the Reading/Woburn league, the first round of playoffs begins next week as black and green have a bye to the finals and white and gray face off, as do yellow and red. Last week red beat gray 6-1, black beat yellow 4-1 and white beat green 5-1.
In the Hooksett League, seedings were solidified for the first week of playoffs with yellow and red receiving a bye to the semifinals. Black will face light blue and teal will face white. Last week black ran past white 9-5, light blue edged teal 6-5 and red and yellow tied at 5.
In the 40+ league, the green team edged the red team 4-3, with four different goal scorers for green including Michael Joyce, Sigis Angelo, Paul LeMire and Brian Solari. For red, Scott Manchester and Chris Streeter scored. White beat yellow 7-4, with Jason Mainini scoring four goals in that game. Mark DiMarzio scored twice for yellow.
This Week in Adult Hockey: Flannery Notches Hat Trick
In the Newton league, light blue bested black 5-2, with Michael MacSwain's hat trick lifting light blue to the win. Jon Garvin and Fahim Razzique scored for black. White edged Vegas Gold 4-3, with two goals from Jeremy Shrauger in white's win. Jeffrey Smith notched two goals for gold. Red beat yellow 7-1, with Michael Campbell notching the lone goal for yellow. Red's Richard Giminez notched two goals and one assist. Teal and gray each tied at 4, with Kevin Daley scoring twice for teal and Mike Felger scoring twice for gray in the draw.
In the Nashua league, green edged gray 6-5, with Joe Cloughessey and Earl Vaillancourt notching goals in the win for green. Gray's John Ruble scored twice in the loss. Orange and yellow tied at 2 each, with Chris McKean, Keith Vecchione and Jeff Grandmason all scoring.
In the Reading/Woburn league, the yelow team beat the white team 6-3. Matt Pendleton scored two goals, while Scott Lennox scored twice for white. Gray edged green 2-1 when Matt Alber scored a pair of goals. Dennis O'Neill scored for green, assisted by Erin Cannon. Red and black each tied at 6. For red, Steve Mini, Paul Lapointe and Eric Previte scored. For Black, Jon Melanson scored twice; Sevan Demirdogen and Greg Schultz also scored.
In the Hooksett League, black beat teal 8-3 with Aaron Belanger and Tom Wickey each scoring two goals in the win. James Thomas scored twice for teal. White beat red 5-3, with Mike Prymak scoring twice for red. Yellow beat light blue 5-1 with Aaron Flannery scoring a hat trick in the win.
In the 40+ league, the yellow team edged the green team 3-2. Brian Solari notched a goal for green but yellow's Michael Scopa, Tom Levasseur and Mark DiMarzio were too much for the green team and scored for yellow. Red edged white 3-2, with Bill Brossi scoring twice for white but it was not enough; Brian Lussier, Scott Manchester and Dave Butler scored for red.
In addition to its adult hockey leagues, the Hockey Academy has added instructional sessions back into its adult programming.
The instructional sessions will be in Woburn MA on Monday nights and Hooksett NH on Sunday nights. These skills sessions are perfect for those looking to learn the game, and will go over basic hockey skating strides, puck control, passing, shooting, and scrimmage time.
Our professional staff will be guiding you through how to play the best sport on the planet this winter! Don't miss out on the opportunity to do what you have always dreamed: learning to play hockey.
Monday night Woburn sessions will be either at 9pm or 10:10pm with the times rotating weekly; Hooksett NH sessions will be Sunday nights with varying times. View the Hooksett NH schedule here.
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In the Newton league, white and light blue tied at 4 each. For white, Doug Murstein, William Carrigan, Jeremy Shrauger scored, as did Chris Ryan. Light blue saw production from Michael MacSwain, Cameron McLeod, Michael Teryazos and Doug Taylor. Vegas Gold secured a win against black, with Darcy Faibish netting a hat trick, and Scott Martin also scoring two goals. Pasi Janne and James Garvin scored for black. Last week gray beat yellow 6-1 with goals from Greg Pachus, Chris Gordon, Michael Gealson and Mike Felger. For yellow, David Dobies scored.
In the Nashua league, orange beat black 6-2 with goals from Pat McMahon, Patrick Williams, Brandon Kisecki and more. Gray beat yellow 5-4, with Derek Bouley and Matt Alber scoring for gray and Chris McKean and Bob Ricard scoring for yellow. Light Blue blankeed green, with goals from Michael Locke and Kyle Roderick.
In the Reading/Woburn league, the white team ran past the gray team, 10-5, with goals from John Helbert, Eric Gilbert, Scott Lennox, David Le and Joseph Kostka. Dan Albert scored two goals for gray, as did Matt Jenkins. Red beat yellow 4-2, with goals from Eric Previte, Barry Glovsky, Steve Mini and Paul Lapointe. Ben Littauer and Anthony Sorrentino scored for yellow. Green beat black 3-1, with one goal from Thomas Kinchla and two from Brent Guerard.
In the Hooksett League, white beat teal 10-9, with John Cail scoring four goals in the contest for white and Lowell Balch, Mike Prymak and more scoring for teal. Yellow beat blue 4-2 with goals from Russell Schmitt and Nick Bartashevich. Red beat teal 7-1, with Todd Bryan netting two goals for red.
In the 40+ league, the yellow team blanked white 5-0 with two goals from Tim Erasmi and two from Michael Scopa, and one from Joe Cloughessy. Red edged green 3-2, with goals from Scott Manchester and Brian Therriault. George Spraklin and Sigis Angelo scored for green.
This Week in Adult Hockey: Teryazos Nets Two Goals in 3-1 Win
In Newton, light blue beat gold last week 3-1, with Michael Teryazos netting two goals for light blue; gold's lone goal came from Fred Surr. Red beat yellow 4-1, with two goals from Ken Yuen and yellow's lone goal coming from David Dobies. Gray blanked teal, 2-0, with goals from Jeff Russel and Michael Gallant.
In Reading, Black ran past gray 4-2. Last week, yellow and red tied at 3; white edged gray 5-4, and black beat green 5-1.
In Hooksett, the teal team beat the black team 9-4. Teal's James Thomas scored 4 of those 9 goals, while Jordan McCLuskey scored two. Mike Szulc scored three goals for the black team. Yellow beat white 11-3, Nick Bartashevich, Jeff Gorman, Todd Bryan and Sean Harrington all scoring goals. John Cail Jr scored twice for white. Red beat light blue 8-3.
In Nashua, black beat gray 6-3, but Mike Eagleston netted two goals for the gray team in that contest. Yellow blanked green 1-0 with a goal from Christopher McKean. Light blue beat orange 7-4, with Kyle Roderick notching four goals in that game.
In Tyngsboro, green and yellow each tied at 4, with Michael Joyce scoring twice for green. White edged Red 3-2, with Bill Brossi scoring two goals for white.
Beyond the Body: Player with Prosthetic Won't Be Stopped
Andrew Wigren may not have a right a foot, but it hasn't stopped him from lacing up his skates and playing his favorite sport.
Wigren was born with a congenial birth defect in which his right leg was growing at a different rate than his left. By the time he was a child, doctors realized he would have significant problem walking due to the issue. As a young child, Wigren's foot was amputated at the ankle. The surgery was performed by nationally recognized orthopedic surgeon Dr. Arthur Pappas, of UMass Medical Center, and a Red Sox doctor.
As a child and young teenager Wigren continued to play sports such as hockey, soccer and lacrosse, even with a prosthetic foot. Now, as an adult, he plays in the Hockey Academy Newton league at Fessenden rink.
"There isn't a sport I've found that I've been shut out of because I have a prosthesis," he said. "I ski, I play squash, I cycle. It's been great, there really isn't a whole lot that I can't do."
There are few things in hockey, specifically, that Wigren has difficulty doing, such as stopping on his right side.
"You learn to work with it," he said. "Having your knee is a big deal. I'm lucky that I have my knee. If you are an above knee amputee, that adds a whole other layer of challenge."
Wigren said as a child, his prothesis was like getting a new pair of shoes, since he outgrew them quickly; now at the age of 41, he said he only needs a new one once he wears his current one out.
"It happens quite frequently, it gives you an appreciation for the human body," he said. "I don't think I've broken one playing hockey because the skate is protective, although I broke the ankle joint skiing last year. I'll break them frequently playing squash because of stopping and starting."
Wigren continued to play hockey in school at Moses Brown in Providence, continuing on to Hobart, where he played club hockey.
"I basically hung up the skates until probably 2009 whe