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Mr. Phil Zona Receives USA Hockey's Prestigious Grassroots V
It is with tremendous pride that the Milton Youth Hockey Board of Directors announce that our Treasurer and Registrar, Mr. Phil Zona, is the 2016 recipient of a very prestigious national award from USA Hockey; The William Thayer Tutt Award. Having personally worked next to Phil for the last 25 years, I have witnessed firsthand his unending dedication and commitment to the youth hockey players of Milton. Congratulations to Phil for receiving this incredible award after spending the last 40+ years trying to make Milton Youth Hockey a better organization for the kids! Phil - we are lucky to have you as a part of this great program!
Milton Youth Hockey Board of Directors
William Thayer Tutt Award - Phil Zona
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For more than 40 years, Phil Zona has been a fixture on the Massachusetts youth hockey scene, volunteering in nearly every capacity and earning a reputation for dependability no matter the need. But above all, Zona is known for keeping his focus on the kids and relentlessly encouraging others to do the same. His story began not on the ice, but on summer’s baseball fields, where Zona coached kids in the mid-1970s. Lured by a friend who coached hockey at Quincy High School, Zona soon found himself volunteering during the winters, too, as a coach at Quincy. He was then blessed with a new generation of Zona skaters, Peter and Elizabeth, who made Milton’s Max Ulin Rink their second home. Zona didn’t coach his own children, but he happily set them on a path toward their own joyful pursuits, with Peter playing hockey and Elizabeth skating figures. Meanwhile, Zona flung himself into volunteering with Milton Youth Hockey. In the decades to follow, he served Milton, and also Massachusetts Hockey, in countless roles, culminating with his appointment as vice president in 2011, a title he still holds, in addition to serving as registrar, district director and treasurer. He also chairs the scholarship committee, helping ensure that hockey is truly a sport for all. Zona is a catalyst for girls hockey growth, too, serving as director of the South Shore Conference girls program since 2000. And while all those titles are meaningful, a job without an official title was Zona’s favorite. For two decades, he helped run the snack stand at Ulin Rink, connecting with countless children he encountered. Those interactions brought a brighter glow to Ulin, leaving young skaters with lessons and memories every bit as meaningful as those made on the ice.
The Wm. Thayer Tutt Award is presented to a volunteer who, during many years of service, has displayed selfless dedication to the enhancement of ice hockey at the grassroots level in the United States.
The MYH Board has donated $250 to the LloydStrong Medical Trust. Donations to this trust are being solicited to assist Justin and his family in defraying the costs of medical treatment for his extremely rare form of cancer, which in some cases can cost as much as $150,000.00 per treatment. Justin is a former MYH player, and he and his family, have been significant MYH and other Milton town and sports supporters over the years. Despite his dreadful disease, Justin is trying his best to go forward with an ordinary life. Justin was a key member of the first ever MYH Bantam A Massachusetts State Championship team about six years ago. Justin went on to play hockey and baseball at Thayer Academy, and then to Union College where he was a member of the men’s varsity baseball team. Due to his illness, he was forced last year to give up baseball and transferred to Boston College so he can be closer to his medical care providers. Justin, a junior at BC now, is a mature, respectful and outstanding young man in every respect who makes MYH, and the entire town of Milton, proud he is one of our own. Accordingly, on motion made by Mr. Haddad and duly seconded by Mr. Zona, the Board unanimously agreed to donate $250.00 to the LloydStrong Medical Trust. The Board also consented to post information about the LloydStrong Medical Trust to the MYH website and to encourage other members of MYH to consider donating to this important, and potentially life-saving, cause. Please go to the following website to view this video and find donation information: https://www.gofundme.com/riseaboveit26
For those new to hockey and to MYH, we offer two major Hockey programs: A Travel program and a House League Program. We also offer a Learn to Skate program. For additional information about the last two programs, please see the appropriate tabs at the top of the Home Page.
The MYH travel program consists of aged based boys and girls divisions. The Boy’s division is broken in to five age levels based on USA Hockey guidelines: Mite (ages 7-8), Squirt (9-10), Pee Wee (11-12), Bantam (13-14) and Midgets (15-18). The Girls division is broken in to five age levels based on USA Hockey guidelines as well: U (under) 10, U12, U14, U16 and U19. Depending on the numbers of registrations, MYH tries to field teams in all levels.
Within each level – boys or girls, teams are selected based on skating and hockey skills: “A” teams having the highest level and “C” teams have lesser skills. Regardless of skill levels – whether your son or daughter is on an A, B or C team, MYH offers players a fun, safe and competitive playing environment.
As most of the players on the Midget and U19 teams are at the high school levels – and a majority of these players play for High School hockey, MYH offers a Half Season program. This program typically runs from late August and ends prior to Thanksgiving. They typically have about 13 games plus the one Skills/Power Skating and one Team Practice each week.
For all the other teams, MHY offers a full travel season that runs from mid-September to the end of March. These teams typically play about 30 games, and includes a weekly Skills/Power Skating and one team practice each week.