San Francisco Youth Hockey Association


Five of our six travel teams participated in the NORCAL finals last weekend in Oakland and Vacaville. We are so proud of all of our players and coaches. Thank you for representing our hockey club with such great sportsmanship and spirit. And with three of those teams winning the NORCAL Championship this weekend the San Francisco Youth Hockey Association has firmly established itself as a force to be reckoned with in west coast youth hockey. 

Pee Wee A, Pee Wee BB & Squirt B Advance to State Finals!

For the first time in Sabercats history, three teams are heading to CAHA State Finals! After winning their last three regular season games to barely squeak into the playoffs, Pee Wee As continued their great team play, knocking off arch-nemesis Tahoe in the championship game 3-1. Similarly, Pee Wee BBs, playing the entire season with the shortest bench in the league, again fought hard and willed themselves to victory by beating the San Jose Girls 12U team 4-2.  Finally, in Michelle Chee’s first year as head coach, the Squirt Bs capped off a strong season with a dominating 8-1 victory over Vacaville in the championship game.CAHA State Championship Playoffs are March 31 to April 2nd in San Jose. The game schedule is posted here. Come on out to support the Cats!

Pee Wee A – Front Row: Ian Holland; Middle Row (L-R) William Koukopolous, Benjamin Thurlow Lam, Theodore Koukoplous, Luke Scheible, Eamon Navin, Spencer Pirie, Kellen Sharpe; Back Row (L-R): Joshua Elias, Samuel Tateosian, Declan Donovan, Erica Paschke, Assistant Coach David Scheible, Assistant Coach Don Sharpe, Head Coach Mike Tulini, Davis Lebeck.
Pee Wee BB – Front Row (L-R): Ron David, Eli Lin, Nathan Eibshutz, Finn Scott, Spencer Kwan, Mattise Blouin, Luke Duplessis; Back Row (L-R): Oliver Budd, Cooper Vernachio, Mark Machle, Rohin Young; Not pcitured: Head Coaches Brad Young. & Paul Scott. Assistant Coaches Ofer Eibshutz & Alan Blouin.
Squirt B – Front Row (L-R): Kristian Olsen-Makdessian, Dylan Anzel, Alexander Novo, Julian Ault; Middle Row (L-R): Maren Jones, Oliver Howard, Nathan Kopman, Wolfgang Frederiksen, Colm Grieb, Cian Butler, Zachary Shapiro: Back Row (L-R): Head Coach Michelle Chee, Elliott Bercovitch, Alex Kesel, Thomas Grenier, Assistant Coach Igor Kesel, Assistant Coach Jonathan Bercovitch, Assistant Coach Alec Makdessian: Not Pictured: Assistant Coach Pierre Grenier.

High School D2 & Bantam B Teams Finish Exceptional Years

Sabercats High School D2 and Bantam B each lost hard-fought, semi-final games in their NORCAL appearances, leaving everything on the ice. In it’s inaugural season, the High School team not only made the NORCAL play-offs but won games against key, heavily-favored opponents throughout the season. Likewise, Bantams battled several key injuries and a short bench all season, yet still finished second in their division as well as winning the 12th Annual MLK Lake Tahoe Invitational Tournament. Congratulations on amazing seasons. We’ll get them next year!
Bantam B – Front Row: Ben Clement; Middle Row (L-R): Trieu Tran, Riley Goodman, Noah Raimi, Gavin Abom; Back Row (L-R): Kameron Jacob, Sahil Maurice, Quinn Klaiman, Carraig Butler, Alejandro Velasco, Erin McGlynn, Ben Ornelas Fries, Head Coach Zach McCoy.

Good luck to all of our State bound playoff teams. Congratulations to our High School D2, Bantam B and Squirt A players and coaches on great seasons.

Go Cats Go!


Elaine Paschke
SFYHA Presiden

March 2017 Newsletter 


For the first time, five, yes FIVE, of our travel teams (out of six teams) are going to the NORCAL playoffs! The teams include High School D2, Bantam B, Pee Wee A, Pee Wee BB and Squirt B. Playoffs are this Friday through Sunday, March 10-12, in Vacaville and Oakland. High School and Pee Wee A schedules are posted here. Bantam B, Pee Wee BB and Squirt B schedules are posted here. Come on out and support the Cats!

Congratulations to our players, coaches, families and fans of all our teams for an exciting and memorable regular season. Good luck in playoffs. Go Cats Go!

Congratulations Coach Michelle!

On March 3rd, Squirt B Coach Michelle Chee was just one of ten SF Bay Area youth coaches presented with the Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coaching Award that recognizes youth coaches who emphasize good sportsmanship and who stress personal mastery for each player rather than just wins on the scoreboard. Coach Michelle was the only youth hockey coach recognized in a night that included a panel discussion with San Jose Sharks Coach Peter DeBoer, General Manager Doug Wilson and COO John Tortora. Thank you to Coach Michelle’s awesome team for nominating her for this amazing award! Way to go Michelle!

SFYHA Supports Hockey is for Everyone

Along with the NHL and USA Hockey, the SFYHA supports Hockey is for Everyone. Last Saturday night, our Squirt A team showed their support during their last game of the season. We are proud of of our players!

Spring / Summer Mites Program

Saturday and Sunday morning sessions will continue for Mites and In-house players who wish to keep playing during the off season.
Sessions start Saturday, March 25.
1) Full session (40 sessions – attend any/all days) $800 (Save 27%):
  • All Saturday and Sundays March 18-August 6. Register here
2) Half session (attend up to 20 sessions) $450 (Save 17%):
  • Any 20 Saturday or Sunday sessions (March 18-August 6). Register here.
3) Purchase individual sessions:
  • $24 each Saturday session from 8:45am – 9:45am. Register here.
  • $28 each Sunday session from 7:15am – 8:45am. Register here.

3rd Annual Larry Barron Hockey Clinic

Larry Barron, the skating coach for the Anaheim Ducks NHL team, is running his third annual hockey clinic at Yerba Buena. We received great feedback from players and parents in past years and this clinic will sell out quickly. Sign up today!
Cost: $185 for 3.5 hours of on-ice training. Full gear required.

Squirts (2007 & 2008) and experienced Mites (2009):

  • Friday, June 9: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Saturday, June 10:  10:00am – 11:00am
  • Sunday, June 11: 9:00am – 10:30am
  • Register here.
  • This clinic is ideal for current Travel Team (A/B) and experienced (2009) Mite players.

Peewee (2005 & 2006), Bantam (2003 & 2004) and High School:

  • Friday, June 9: 7:45pm – 8:45pm
  • Saturday, June 10:  11:15am – 12:15pm
  • Sunday, June 11: 10:45am -12:15pm
  • Register here.
  • This clinic is ideal for current Travel Team (A/B) and Tier (AA, AAA) players.
Little Sharks returns to Yerba Buena on March 26th. This six week “Learn to Play” program presented by HockeyGiants is designed for children ages 4-8 who have no prior hockey experience and are interested in learning the sport of ice hockey. We currently have the maximum 40 kids enrolled in the program. However, you can sign-up for our wait list or register for Little Sharks at another rink here.

Thank you to our Try Hockey for Free Volunteers!

On February 25th, over 40 kids (70 registered!) stepped onto the ice at Yerba Buena to try hockey for the first time at Try Hockey for Free Night. Thank you to our coaches and players (especially our High School team) for showing these future Sabercats a fun time. 


Try-outs for the 2017-18 season will be on June 3-6 for Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam and High School teams. More information to come.


Message from the SFYHA

Over MLK weekend both our Bantam and Pee Wee A teams won the championships for their divisions at the Lake Tahoe Invitational and  the Las Vegas Invitational tournaments, respectively. Our Pee Wee BB team made a strong showing in the A division in Vegas and placed 3rd. Our Mites team hosted another fun Hockey Mites event in San Francisco. Congratulations to all of our teams!


Our amazing Squirts BB coach, Michelle Chee, is a finalist for the Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach award. Coach Michelle was nominated by her team for this award that recognizes coaches who interact with players in a positive and “tank-filling” way, emphasize good sportsmanship and stress personal mastery for each player rather than just wins on the scoreboard. Coach Michelle was selected as one of 145 finalists out over 2,000 nominations. In the upcoming weeks, judges will select 50 national winners, culminating in PCA’s National Youth Sports Awards dinner on April 22nd in Palo Alto. We’ll keep you posted regarding the results. Coach Michelle is already a winner in our eyes! To learn more about PCA visit

Five of our Sabercats teams will be competing in tournaments over President’s Day weekend. Good luck to Mite 1 and Squirt BB teams who will be in Valencia, CA, at the Presidents Day Celebration Tournament. Go get ’em Squirt A, Pee Wee BB, Pee Wee A and Bantam B teams who will be at the President’s Day Invitational in Phoenix, AZ. 
Show off your Sabercats pride by sporting team gear at our upcoming tournaments. Buy your tee, beanie and hoodie at the rink this week during practice. Merchandise can also be purchased here
Concussion baseline testing coming soon!
In an effort to supplement our concussion protocols, the Sabercats organization will be offering bench-mark cognitive testing for our travel team players. This test determines a baseline so if a player gets a concussion the test can be repeated and the player’s healthcare provider will have additional information available to assess whether the player has fully recovered. The concussion testing program is by ImPact.
What does ImPact measure?
The test tracks a player’s symptoms and measures multiple aspects of cognitive functioning, including attention span, working memory, sustained and selective attention time, non-verbal problem solving, and reaction time. 
Stay tuned for testing schedule details.

Welcome back Sabercats!


September is here and we’re ready for another great season.

All of your (wonderful) team managers have this set up in TeamSnap but just in case, the practice schedules are here and the Norcal game schedule is here. Club contact info is here.

Good luck to our teams that play this Labor Day weekend!

Sabercats High School Tryouts This Weekend

The San Francisco Sabercats High School team will hold tryouts on Sunday July 17. If you are a registered High School student and either played with the Sabercats last season or reside where Yerba Buena is your closest ice rink please come out to tryouts.

Time: 5:15pm-6:45pm

Location: Yerba Buena Ice Rink

Cost: $50

  1. Click here to register
  2. Remember to get your 2016-17 USA Hockey number (click here)
  3. Complete this form and the Participant Code of Conduct Form and bring them to the rink with you.

See you there!

Cathy Andrade Power Hour @ Yerba Buena

Hope everyone’s enjoying the summer. We’re happy to welcome Cathy Andrade back to Yerba Buena this summer. Cathy and her coaches focus on developing dominant power skating abilities.


Cathy Andrade Power Skating clinics 
Time: 10:45am-12:15pm (90min – A Power Hour and a Half)
Dates: Sunday July 17 and 31
Cost: $50 for one session, $90 for both
Ages: Mites to Bantams
Location: Yerba Buena Ice Rink
Click here to register

Wednesday Skills Clinics
Join Sabercats hockey coaches at our Wed Skill Clinics this summer and practice your shooting, stickhandling and skating.

Time: 6:15pm-7:15pm
Dates: July 6, 13, 20, 27 and Aug 3, 10
Cost: $35 per session
Ages: Mites to Bantams
Coaching ratio: 1 coach for 4-5 players
Click here to register