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A Tradition Of Hockey Development And Excellence
The Central Penn Panthers JR Ice Hockey Team Plays In The EHL Premier.
The Central Penn Panthers JR Ice Hockey Team Plays In The EHL Premier.

The Central Penn Panthers JR Ice Hockey Team Plays in the EHL Premier.

Central Penn Panthers Youth Ice Hockey Club Supporting Ice Hockey Players; Ages 4 - 18

Central Penn Panthers Youth Ice Hockey Club — Supporting Ice Hockey Players; ages 4 - 18

The Central Penn Panthers Organization is committed to advancement of young athletes, and prides itself on its’ ability to deliver high quality players to the next level of competition.

A Tradition Of Excellence

A Tradition of Excellence
The Central Penn Panthers’ have made four appearances (1996-97, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12) at the USA Hockey Junior Nationals. Earning medals in both 1996-97 (Bronze), and 2008-09 (Silver).

The Central Penn Panthers Youth Travel Teams Participate In The DVHL

The Central Penn Panthers Youth Travel Teams Participate in the DVHL


As we approach June 11 – signing day, we would like layout the 2020-21 process of registering, this will help clear up some questions that we have gotten regarding registration fees and contracts. 

Each DVHL club can handle their registration and fee structure differently but must adhere to the AAHA approved registration and evaluation dates. We (CPP) have decided to eliminate any financial risk throughout the registration process, understanding that many household incomes have been negatively affected by the coronavirus, and the uncertainty we all have to deal with now. 


  • Pre-register on-line
  • On June 11 (or after) you will be issued a player agreement
  • We will be accepting this player agreement without a registration fee
  • NO player tuition payment(s) are due or taken at this time
  • We will need your players USA Hockey registration number to accompany along with your acceptance of your player agreement
  • Evaluations will happen for team placement once we are cleared to return to the rink
  • The player registration fee ($30) will be expected at the time of evaluations
  • At evaluations, you will receive a payment schedule. This schedule will be based on the projected opening date

When the rink opens, we will schedule evaluations, at that time we will expect your registration fee ($30) and accept player tuition payments. IF the season is canceled before any team practices or games are played, you will receive a complete refund (excluding the $30 registration fee). If the season begins and is canceled, you will receive a prorated refund. The prorated refund will be based on the percentage of the season played vs. remaining.

We have spoken with the league and the member clubs. Several season scenarios have been discussed. There are many factors, that must be considered; first and foremost the health and safety of the player, coaches, and parents – another is the ability to complete the required number of games to qualify teams for both Districts and Nationals. One scenario would possibly have teams play a few weeknight games with local partners if needed. All of the members are in favor of getting the kids back on the ice and feel that a scenario that starts as late as December 1 is a possibility.

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A Tradition Of Hockey Development And Excellence

What’s wrong with where we’re going? From

For starters, many athletes spend too much time traveling, competing and recovering from competition and not enough time preparing for it. Second, there is too heavy a focus on the result rather than the performance. This attitude leads to long-term failure, as coaches forgo the development of skills to focus on specific game tactics. And third, too many athletes are specializing too early on. An early focus on just one or two sports often leads to injuries, burnout and capping athletic potential.

This way of thinking has led to 60% of players dropping out before PeeWees and 20% dropping out after only one season leading to an overall decline in retention since 2000.

Coach Herb Brooks was famous for saying that, “Great moments are born from great opportunities.” Well this is our opportunity. Our time to get it right.

The American Development Model is a nationwide model for successfully developing American hockey players. It is by no means a mandate sent from USA Hockey, but a tool that will ensure every kid will have the same chance to succeed.

By implementing ADM, associations will see an increase in player retention. Again, ADM is not a set of rules or mandates, but guidelines designed specifically to help kids reach their full potential. »

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