North End resident Amanda Forziati skated for the Charlestown Youth Hockey Association on the Mite B Team last season and is moving up to the Squirt Team this year.
Amanda also plays on the under-ten girls team, maximizing her ice time, preparing for her Squirt Team appearance.
“The level of confidence my daughter gets from this organization (CYHA) is simply remarkable.” Amanda’s mother Karen said. “I’m a hockey mom, I couldn’t be more proud.”
When former Boston Bruin star Brian Leetch moved to the North End in 2005, he quickly enrolled his oldest son in the CYHA and has since had another son and a daughter join the Association. Leetch also coaches in the hockey hotbed of the City that consistently produces top talent.
Many players get their start with the Charlestown Youth Hockey Association, which sent seven teams to state championships last year.
The associations welcomes all levels of talent. Many kids start playing when they are five or six, starting with Mite Instuctional.
As the grow, they graduate to new divisions: Squirts for nine and ten year olds, Pee Wee for 11 and 12 year olds, Bantam for 13 and 14 year olds. There are also three teams exclusively for girls: under 10, under 12 and under 14 year olds.
For information about Charlestown Youth Hockey, visit www.cyna.com. Inquires can be made by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 617-416-8138.