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From the Falmouth Patch
By Conor Powers-Smith  June, 2012

 
Movers and Shakers: Paul Moore

While winning three straight ECAC Division III titles with Southeastern Massachusetts University, then playing two years in the International Hockey League, Paul Moore didn't know where he'd eventually settle. But in retrospect, returning to his hometown of Falmouth may have been inevitable.
“I don't see my life going any other way,” Moore says, adding, “Falmouth is a great place to raise your kids.”
Last Saturday, Falmouth received another in a long line of reasons to be glad Moore did return. After years of involvement in the Falmouth Youth Hockey League, during which he rose to become the organization's president, Moore unveiled the crowning achievement of his tenure at a ribbon cutting ceremony outside the new, state-of-the-art Falmouth Ice Arena.
What the public didn't see were the years of planning, hard work, and frustration behind the new rink.  “It's been a daunting task,” Moore says, citing the many zoning restrictions and environmental regulations that made finding the right location almost impossible. “Every step of the way, we ran into hurdles we couldn't overcome.”
It was that kind of challenge that had already kept the project on the shelf for decades. The idea of a new arena dates back to 1981, when Moore, a senior in high school, had other things on his mind. At that time, the town had discussions on the subject of replacing the old rink, built in 1965, and even conducted formal feasibility studies. But nothing ever came of the idea, until, in 2005, Moore got serious about it.
The seemingly intractable problem of siting was finally settled when Moore worked out a land swap with the Steamship Authority, exchanging the property on which the old rink sat for seven ideal acres located at 9 Technology Park Drive (plus $1.6 million). The property was already considered developed, so there were no conservation issues, yet it remained empty, almost as if awaiting the structure that would soon rise there.
That structure, a 49,000-square-foot, one-and-a-half-sheet arena with seating for 700, is remarkable for much more than its amenities. More than 3,300 solar panels crowd its roof, and the roof of the adjacent parking shelter, generating electricity which, thanks to a power-purchasing agreement with ConEdison, will reduce the electrical rate from the 17 cents per kilowatt hour the FYHL was paying at the old rink to seven cents.
Moore estimates the resulting savings at $85,000 per year for the first 10 years, and $90,000 for the next 10. That, in turn, will allow the FYHL to improve on an area of its mission to which Moore is wholeheartedly committed.
“The mantra of the Falmouth Youth Hockey League has always been, 'keep it affordable for the kids in town,'” he says. Lower ice rates and tuition mean more children will be able to enjoy the rink, and all without a single taxpayer dollar, since the arena was financed mainly through private donations.
It all comes back to power, which ice rinks guzzle in prodigious amounts (in order to avoid becoming very large, very shallow swimming pools). As Moore puts it, “Rinks are traditionally energy pigs.”
By finding a way to dramatically cut his new rink's diet, Moore may have initiated a trend in his industry. At the very least, interested parties far beyond Falmouth are taking notice.
“Our phone's been ringing off the hook,” Moore says. Representatives of other rink-building projects across New England have been seeking his perspective and advice on what may turn out to be the next big thing.
Had things worked out differently, Moore may have been diligently working on one of those projects all these years. That's just one more reason for Falmouth to be glad he came home.

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MA Hockey Changes Girls Program & State Tourney Dates
by posted 06/20/2012

Update on information from the USA/Mass. Hockey Annual Meetings & Girls/Women Section.

U14 Coaches only need Level 3 for Tier II teams
All players other than 8 & under can play up
If there is an 8 year old in issue playing up, a roster exemption can be applied for through Mass. Hockey
Rosters Due October 1 for National Bound teams; All others by Nov 1
Roster changes by Nov 15 for U16/U19; U14 roster changes by year end
Dual roster players must declare national bound intention by Nov 1
No roster fee this year for girls teams
If hosting a tournament, there is a $50 fee to Mass Hockey due
Playdown application fee is $50 for national bound, state bound is $0
Game sheets can count as of August 1 games for state tournament qualification
Programs must have U12, U14 and U16 or U19 teams to qualify for national bound tournaments
All U8 teams must play cross-ice
Planning for IIHF Girls Hockey Weekend - October 13 & 14, 2012 Try hockey for free, jamborees or other girls event can be planned by local organizations
Other:  Teams playing in a Tier 1 division of the NEGHL cannot enter a Tier 2 tournament.
State Tournament Dates for Girls:  U16/U19 - November 23, 24 and 25, 2012. U10/U12/U14/Senior - March 8, 9 and 10, 2013.

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FYH Pres. Paul Moore Awarded USA Hockey Award in Colorado
by posted 06/13/2012

USA Hockey Annual Congress Held This Week  June 7-9, 2012
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey will host its 2012 Annual Congress from
Wednesday, June 6, through Saturday, June 9, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in
Colorado Springs, Colo. The four-day event provides USA Hockey's various
councils, committees and affiliates the opportunity to conduct the business of
the national governing body and celebrate the year's accomplishments.
In addition, two dinners will be staged to honor those who have contributed
to the great success of USA Hockey and celebrate the 75th anniversary of
the organization.
 
USA Hockey will honor its service award recipients and most of its top awards
on June 6 at its annual Night of Tribute Awards Dinner.   The award recipients
include Adult Ironman of the Year Bobby Lund (Roseau, Minn.), Bob Allen
Women's Player of the Year Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio), Dave Tyler
Junior Player of the Year Andrew Welinski (Duluth, Minn.), Dave Peterson Goalie
of the Year Ryan McKay (Palatine, Ill.), College Player of the Year Jack Connolly
(Duluth, Minn.) and Disabled Athlete of the Year Ron Hermansen (Coon Rapids,
Minn.).  Other honorees will include Excellence in Safety Award recipient
Dr. Charles Tator (Toronto, Ont.), Chet Stewart Award winner Bruce "Buzz"
Olson
(Thief River Falls, Minn.), Adult Member of the Year Dr. Alan Murdoch
(Ames, Iowa) and the Walter Yaciuk Award recipient Harry McDonald
(Eagle River, Alaska).

USA Hockey will stage its 75th Anniversary Gala on Friday, June 8, at the
Broadmoor International Center. Honorees will include the Distinguised
Achievement Award winner Peter Karmanos (Raleigh, N.C.), the
Wm. Thayer Tutt Award recipient Paul Moore (Falmouth, Mass.) and the
Bob Johnson Award winner Jack Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich.).

The gala will also honor five of the most prominent teams in the history of
USA Hockey, including the 1960 Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, the
1980 Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, the 1996 World Cup Team,
the 1998 Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team and the 2010 U.S. Paralympic
Ice Hockey Team. 
Media are invited to attend both awards dinners. Please
contact Courtney Welch ( or 719-538-1169) in
USA Hockey's communications department by June 1 for accreditation and
seating. Athletes, coaches and dignitaries will be made available for
interviews upon request.
 
USA Hockey will honor its service award recipients and most of its top awards
on June 6 at its annual Night of Tribute Awards Dinner.   The award recipients
include Adult Ironman of the Year Bobby Lund (Roseau, Minn.), Bob Allen
Women's Player of the Year Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio), Dave Tyler
Junior Player of the Year Andrew Welinski (Duluth, Minn.), Dave Peterson
Goalie of the Year Ryan McKay (Palatine, Ill.), College Player of the Year Jack
Connolly
(Duluth, Minn.) and Disabled Athlete of the Year Ron Hermansen
(Coon Rapids, Minn.).   Other honorees will include Excellence in Safety Award
recipient Dr. Charles Tator (Toronto, Ont.), Chet Stewart Award winner
Bruce "Buzz" Olson (Thief River Falls, Minn.), Adult Member of the Year
Dr. Alan Murdoch (Ames, Iowa) and the Walter Yaciuk Award recipient
Harry McDonald (Eagle River, Alaska). USA Hockey will stage its 75th Anniversary
Gala on Friday, June 8, at the Broadmoor International Center. Honorees will
include the Distinguised Achievement Award winner Peter Karmanos
(Raleigh, N.C.), the Wm. Thayer Tutt Award recipient Paul Moore (Falmouth,
Mass.) and the Bob Johnson Award winner Jack Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich.).
The gala will also honor five of the most prominent teams in the history of
USA Hockey, including the 1960 Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, the 1980
Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team
, the 1996 World Cup Team, the 1998
Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team
and the 2010 U.S. Paralympic Ice
Hockey Team. 

 
 
Paul Moore
Wm. Thayer Tutt Award

Paul Moore has given countless hours of his time to not only help grow the game
of hockey in his home state of Massachusetts, but also in working to make sure
the game is available for kids of all ages and skill levels. After helping
Southeastern Massachusetts University — now UMass-Dartmouth — to three
consecutive ECAC Division III title in his four years with the team (1981-85) and
playing two years in in the International Hockey League (1985-87), Moore
returned to his hometown of Falmouth, Mass., focused on giving back to hockey
through volunteer efforts. He has had many notable accomplishments in helping
hockey since returning to Falmouth, perhaps none as significant as the new
eco-friendly ice arena that is scheduled to open in the town this June. Under
his leadership on the building and fundraising committees, Falmouth Youth
Hockey raised nearly $6 million to finance the one-and-a-half sheet facility,
when most thought it not possible. In his roles as director of development
and the director of coaching, Moore created a program that has resulted in four
elementary schools offering after-school skating and learn to play programs for
grades one-through-four. As a result of this program, Falmouth Youth Hockey
was awarded the Massachusetts Hockey Mike Cheever “Grow Hockey
Development” grant for the last two seasons. Moore has also been committed
to maintaining financial resources to offer “Try Hockey for Free” programs to
encourage new participation in the sport.