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A Note to all Hockey families in WNY

I would like to clarify the new rule pertaining to the competitive designations of “AAA”, “AA”, “A”, as it pertains to USA Hockey and now WNYAHL.

USA Hockey does not recognize these designations until 12U, when teams begin to compete for State or Regional Championships. The WNYAHL has recently adopted the same rules for the league. The 11U and younger age groups will no longer be divided by these designations but will be allowed to compete at the level they are capable of, based upon the strength of their team. Stronger teams will compete against similar strength teams as will average or weaker teams.

The goal of this new format is to help stop movement of players and teams, at the younger ages, in order to play on a more competitive team or at a higher level of play. This should help players stay at rinks closer to their homes when they have a strong coach, good facility and highly competitive team. They can stay together, at the same organization, developing as players and as a team, while being allowed to play at the highest level of play, both in the WNYAHL and the tournaments they choose to attend. Coaches who have been able to develop a strong group of skaters, in their development program, at 4-8 years old, no longer need to move their team to another organization to compete at the highest level they are capable of. Once they get ranked in MY Hockey Rankings the same will apply to the tournaments they attempt to enter because USA Hockey does not recognize competitive designations until the 12U age group.

The emphasis will now be on organizations having strong development programs, attracting strong coaches and running cost efficient programs. Parents no longer need to chase the A’s but make sure their child develops the proper skills, no matter where they play, so they excel at whatever level they play, build confidence, make friends and learn the importance of team play while developing their skills.

 

John Thur

President

Clarence Mustangs


Congratulations to the Mustangs Squirt Minor Team!!!

Mustangs come home with the hardware in their first tournament of the season.

The Mustangs Squirt Minor team battled back from a tournament opening 7-5 loss to win 3 in a row including a 4-2 championship Sunday win over the Perinton Blades.

The entire weekend was a total team effort including wins from both goalies.

 

Mustangs 18U Captures the State Title!!!

Congratulations to the 18U Mustangs for going 5 & 0 in the NY State tournament and capturing the state title.  Today's championship game was a 6 - 1 win over Syracuse.

Congratulations to the Bantam Minor Team!!!

Clarence Mustangs Bantam Minor Win WNYAHL Championship game!

Congratulations to all the players, Coach Best and his team staff!!!

Way to go...

Congratulations!!!

Congratulations to our Squirt Minor team coached by Joe Byrne for finishing runner up in their WNYAHL division!!!

Go Mustangs!

Mustangs Move to Championship!!!

Our Squirt Minor team played a hard fought game against West Seneca winning with a score of 2 to 1.  Our Bantam Minor team breezed past Cheektowaga in a 3 to 0 game. 

Both teams advance to the Championship games for their division.  Come cheer on your Mustangs:

Squirt Minor playing Sunday, February 24th 12:30pm at Cheektowaga.

Bantam Minor playing Sunday, March 3rd 7:50pm at Cheektowaga.

Mustangs Bantam Minor bring home the Cup!!!

Congratulations to the Bantam Minor team on their win at the Rock N' Roll Cup in Cleveland!!!

Mustangs moving into the playoffs

Congratulations to both the Squirt Minor and Bantam Minor for making into the WNYAHL playoffs!!!

The Squirt Minor finished regular season in the #2 position, and Bantam Minor was tied for #1 in points.

Clarence made their presence known at the Gene Harrington Winter Classic!

Clarence was hard at work this weekend at the Gene Harrington Winter Experience tournament.
Both the Clarence Stallions Mite Minor and Clarence Mustangs Squirt Minor teams finished in 2nd place.
The Clarence Mustangs Peewee Minor and Peewee Major teams both finishing 3rd.

Congratulations to all our teams!!!

Photo is the Squirt Minor team with their trophies and medals.  

Mustangs secures the Championship at the Niagara Showdown!!!

The Clarence Mustangs 16u Team, coached by Patrick Petrella secured the championship in the Niagara Showdown Sunday, October 30 at the Cornerstone CFCU Ice Arena.  The team rallied in the 3rd period, putting 3 in the net to beat Perinton Blades and secure the 3 to 2 win.  Congratulations Mustangs!

Congratulations to Squirt Minor for 2nd place in the Rock n’ Roll Cup!!!

The Squirt Minor team, coached by Joe Byrne finished in 2nd place at the Rock n’ Roll Cup this past weekend in Cleveland.  Congratulations Mustangs!

Mustangs bring home the Three Rivers Cup!!!

The Clarence Mustangs Peewee Major team, Coached by Scott Zeplowitz secured the Three Rivers Cup Sunday, October 21 at the Pittsburgh Ice Arena. In a hard fought game, the Mustangs took the lead early in the first period, and held off the Alleghany Badgers to cinch a 1 to 0 win. Congratulations Mustangs!

Bantam Minor Team takes NJPE Columbus Day Tournament Title

The Clarence Mustangs Bantam Minor team emerged victorious Monday, October 8 with an exciting Championship Game win over the Wheatfield Blades at Niagara's Dwyer Arena taking the title in the Columbus Day Weekend Tournament.  The final game was an intense, hard-fought battle throughout that couldn't be decided in regulation time and two overtime periods. The champions were crowned only after a seven round shootout! Congratulations Mustangs!