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    Hartman Joins CYA Team

    CYA is Proud to announce the addition of Alum, and current Northeastern Player, Maddie Hartman to our team. Maddie will be taking on the Alumni Relations role for CYA.  “Even as an Alum, Hartman still bleeds the Red, White and Blue,” commented Cimba. “I expect to see her on one of our benches after her college career wraps up”. Hartman’s first task is helping with the organization of CYA’s first annual Alumni Game, to be played on Dec. 23 at 8:10pm at Heartland Arena. 
    For all Alum who want to be added to our data base, please email Maddie at -

    2017-18 Coaching Line Up

    U12 Bud Simon
    Don Ridge
    U14 Frank Bisceglie
    Claire Santostefano
    U16 Bud Simon
    Greg Moskonas
    John Cimba
    Sanya Sandhal
    U19 John Cimba
    Sanya Sandahl
    Girls Director John Cimba
    Youth Director Bud Simon
    Girls Program Goalie Coach Sanya Sandahl

    John Cimba

    Girls' Hockey Director

    Phone: (847) 826-4115

    McMahon to Wesleyan

    CYA U19: Audrey McMahon

    CYA is proud to announce that Audrey McMahon has committed to play NCAA hockey at Wesleyan University. Located in Middletown, CT. Wesleyan is considered one of the top academic schools in the country and plays in the highly competitive NESCAC. “Nothing makes me prouder then to see a player who started their CYA career as a U12 land in the NCAA,” commented Cimba. “And to end up in the NESCAC’s is an unbelievable accomplishment. Aud is not only the heart and soul of this team, but she has been that for this club since the day she arrived. Coach McKenna is not only getting a top PK player with a great IQ for the game, she’s also getting a player who is a natural leader both on and off the ice.” The Cardinals play their home games on campus at the Spurrier-Snyder Arena. “I am incredibly excited to continue my academic and athletic career at an amazing school like Wesleyan,” commented McMahon. "I look forward to playing against some of my old teammates in the NESCAC, as well as being apart of a hockey program that is a perfect fit for me. I would like to thank my teammates for putting a smile on my face every time I come to the rink, and for making me a better person on and off the ice. Thank you to my coaches Cimba and Sanya for pushing me to reach my full potential and for their tireless commitment to our team. CYA has been an integral part of my life, and I am extremely grateful to have played for this program for seven years. Lastly, I would like to thank my family, especially my parents, for all that they do for me- I don't know where I would be without your constant love and support."

     Aud’s work at CYA isn’t finished as she helps the team prepare for a year on top of the JWHL standings and into the National Championship.

    We are all so proud of you Aud!

    Munson to Colby

    CYA U19: Taylor Munson

    The Chicago Young Americans are proud to announce that  defenseman Tay Munson has chosen Colby College to continue her hockey and academic career.  Colby is one of the highly sought after NESCAC schools, many also refer to them as the small Ivy’s. Coached by Holly Tyng, who is in her first year behind the bench, the Mules play their home games on campus at the Alfond Arena. “Tay has really stepped up this season,” commented Cimba. “She has worked her way into a very important part of our power play  and has really learned how adjust her game on the fly based on the competition we are seeing. I think she is going to bring hard work, grit and a play-making touch to the Mules next season.  I wish her the best of luck in the future. I am very proud of how hard she worked and she is by far one of our most improved players.” Munson has 16 points this season and is looking forward to joining CYA alum Carly Thomas next season. "I am so excited to play college hockey and continue my education at Colby,” said Tay. "I knew that I wanted to land at a school that gave me both the highest academic opportunity along with a hockey program I could be proud of. After  my visit to Colby, I knew it was the perfect fit for me.  I wanted to thank CYA for giving me an opportunity to play with great players over the years and against some amazing competition.   Thank you to all my teammates who have helped me on and off the ice with anything and everything.  Lastly, thank you to my family for supporting me and doing everything they could to support my dream.  My dream of playing college hockey has finally come true.”

    CYA Proud Munson!!!

    Hernandez to Umass Boston

    CYA U19: Jenessa Hernandez

    The Chicago Young Americans are proud to announce that veteran forward, Jenessa Hernandez has chosen to continue her academic and hockey career at UMass-Boston  The Beacons play in the talented NEHC hockey conference and call the Clark Athletic Center their home. The team is coached by Northeastern grad, Lindsay Berman, who is in her second season as head coach. “Every player has their own unique path and Nessa’s was Unique on steroids,” said Cimba. “Obviously my job is to move players on, but when Nessa made the decision to PG this season, it took a lot of strength not to look as excited on the outside as I was on the inside. Nessa represents everything I could ask for in a CYA player. Hard working, strong willed, big hearted and the ability to not sweat the small stuff. It’s no secret that it was a tough year for the entire Hernandez family after her Mom’s accident, but the effect on Nessa and the level of strength and focus it brought out in her is amazing. I am so proud and excited for her. She’s ready for this next step and I know she’s going to turn a lot of heads at the next level.” The feisty winger is excited about the remainder of the season, but is excited to start her next chapter in life. "I'm really excited to start my college hockey and academic career at UMass. I've always loved Boston so going to school there for the next four years is going to be amazing,” commented Hernandez. "I'd like to thank my teammates and friends for always supporting me. A special thank you to Coach Cimba and Sanya for always believing in me and pushing me to be the best I can be. A big thank you to my family for supporting me through it all and understanding the process. Lastly, thank you beyond words to my mom for molding me into the person I am today.  She always supports me without question and is my biggest fan. I couldn't be happier.”

    Congrats Nessa!!!

    Ellena to Augsburg (Minneapolis)

    U19:  McKenna Ellena

    U19: McKenna Ellena

    CYA is proud to announce another college commitment, as forward McKenna Ellena has chosen Augsburg College to continue her hockey and academic career.  Augsburg is currently in first place with a playoff bid in the highly competitive MIAC  league coached by Michelle McAteer. They play their home games at the Augsburg Ice Arena with 2 sheets of ice located right on campus.   “I can’t tell you how excited I am for Mack,” commented Cimba.  “She made the decision to come to CYA this year from Wisconsin not only for the hockey, but also for the exposure. It’s not easy to walk into a group that has been together for years, but Mack is a plug and play player, both on and off the ice. Her tenacity on the ice and positive outlook off ice were both welcomed additions to the team. Mack embraced this  season as a senior and made her mark.  I know she is going to bring hard work, grit and a scoring touch to Augsburg next season.” Ellena will be a dual athlete at Augsburg, playing both Hockey and Lacrosse- an amazing accomplishment. "I am very excited to play college hockey and continue my education at Augsburg,” said Ellena.   My visits and overnight stay were amazing, and I was  ultimatly blown away;  I knew it was a great fit for me. Besides the accomplished Team and Coaching staff, there is a state-of-the-art Science building opening soon to enhance my Biology major. I want to thank CYA  for giving me the best scenario to play my Senior year of hockey.  Thank you to all my teammates who have helped me on and off the ice with anything and everything.  Lastly, thank you to my family for allowing me (youngest of 5 siblings who all played college hockey!) to follow my dream! In tournaments from Vancouver to DC, my parents were always there to support me." 

    Way to go #5 Mack!!

    Katzman to Dartmouth

    CYA U19: Emma Katzman

    CYA is proud to announce that U19 Sophomore forward Emma Katzman has committed to play Division 1 hockey at Dartmouth for the 2019-20 season. The Big Green play their games in the highly competitive ECAC hockey conference, known to be one of the strongest leagues in the country. They are coached by Laura Schuler who is in her first year at the helm.  Katzman is the first CYA player to be selected by the Big Green, signs that Schuler and her staff are are focused on bringing great things their way.  “We are so excited for Kat, Dartmouth is a first for us,” commented Cimba. “Just in speaking with their coaches I know Kat will fit right in with their philosophy of speed and hard work. She brings intensity every day to games and practices and she’s going to have a great career on and off the ice. On a personal note I am very excited for the entire Katzman family,” The first year U19 gritty forward has been a spark plug for CYA this season and has earned everything she has received along the way. "I am so excited about the opportunity I have at Dartmouth both on the ice and in the classroom. It has always been a dream to play college hockey now I get to do it at a place with a great tradition, great facilities and an unreal coaching staff,” said Emma. “I knew in my gut after seeing the school and spending time with Coaches Schuler and Cobb that this was the place for me. I would like to thank CYA for getting me to the next level and working hard for me to find the right fit. I also know couldn’t have found my way on this crazy ride, if I didn’t have the support of my team and to all of you thanks for being there for me. Finally and most important, I would like to give a very s special thank you to my family who has supported me through this journey every step of the way.  From the craziness of our season travel, the opportunity to play in Europe and to multiple college visits you came to, without that support it would have been hard to make my dream come true. I am so excited and ready to spend the next two and a half seasons focusing on getting ready for that jump, both on the ice and in the classroom.” Emma is CYA’s seventh college commitment of the season. 

    Way to got Kat!!!

    Montembeault to Williams

    CYA U19: Gabi Montembeault

    CYA is proud to announce that Assistant Captain, Gabriella Montembeault has committed to the prestigious Williams College for 2017 where she will continue her hockey and academic career. The Ephs play in the tough NESCAC hockey conference and play their home games  at the Lancing Chapman Ice Arena. The skilled and speedy forward is currently playing her seventh season with CYA.”I am so proud and excited for Mobo,” commented Cimba. “She's going to an unbelievable school, the number one academic institution in the county.  She’s really stepped up as a leader of this team and is playing great hockey. I know she is going to be an even better college hockey player."   Gabi is CYA’s first commitment to the NESCAC’s this season and only the second Williams commit of all time.     

    "I am very excited to be joining the Ephs family for next season and to start the next chapter of my life,” commented Gabi. “I’ve  had an awesome time playing at CYA, they are my family and will be forever,  but I am also eager to go to College. When I visited Williams I fell in love with both the campus and facilities and think it is the perfect fit for me to not only continue my hockey career, but also get an amazing education. I would like to thank coach Gillis for giving me this opportunity. I would also like to thank my team for their never ending support and lifelong friendship, it’s been an amazing journey. I would also like to thank all of my coaches at CYA. My coaches have helped me tremendously throughout my CYA career. A special thank you to Coach Frank, Coach Sayna, and Coach Cimba. Coach Frank has always been here for me and i am so grateful for him. Coach Sayna always pushes me to get better and has always believed in my success. Coach Cimba has helped me through everything and I don't know where I would be without his constant support. On and off the ice, he is one of my biggest supporters and I know I can always count on him for anything. Last but not least I would like to thank my family. My mom, dad and sisters have been there supporting me since I was a little kid starting to play. Through the ups and downs they always had my back and helped me keep my head up high. I love them more than anything and wouldn't be where I am, or the person I am today without them. I will continue to work this year and in the off season and do everything I can do to be able to make the transition to that next level,"  It's a great day to be part of CYA! 

    Alexander to RPI

    CYA U16: MJ Alexander

    The Chicago Young Americans are proud to announce that U16 sophomore and defenseman MaryJane Alexander has committed to RPI to continue her hockey career in 2019. Alexander joined CYA in 2011 as a first year U12 player, supporting CYA’s emphasis on development of the complete player and that playing girls hockey is a strong development path to college opportunities. This season Alexander will be an anchor to the defensive unit on the U16’s, while also leading off the ice.  

    “MJ’s sharp skills, defensive composure, hockey IQ, and compete level generated interest from several college programs in the NCAA,” commented Cimba. "She has ultimately made the decision to join Coach Burke and the Engineers in the ECAC. With the focus and work ethic MJ has, there is no doubt she will be ready to make an impact at RPI in 2019.” Coming into her sixth season with CYA, Alexander reflected on her experience, stating "Hockey has been a huge part of my life ever since I was 4 years old, but it was when I came to CYA and started playing with some of my best friends that I realized I wanted to persue the game for as long as I could and to my best ability.” Alexander went on to say, "I have worked so hard to get to this point and my individual effort is only part of it. My teammates and my coaches at CYA have sincerely made a big impact on my game and have had a large influence in my life off the ice as well as on. I can't thank my parents and my coaches enough for motivating and pushing me to my limits and showing me that hard work can really take you far. I am more than excited to continue my path in the sport by putting in the hard work each day to improve myself and others, and to further my education and hockey at this excellent university."

     Alexander is pumped that the season is underway and is ready to help lead the U16’s to a State title and a trip to the National Championship. We are all so proud of you.

    Way to go MJ!

    Thurman to UConn

    CYA U16: Kate Thurman

    The Chicago Young Americans are proud to announce that veteran forward, Kate Thurman has committed to The University of Connecticut for the 2019/20 year. “Nothing makes me more excited then seeing a player whose been with us since she was a first year U12 getting a college committment,” said Cimba. “Thurm has been one of those players who has helped to build the CYA legacy while contributing to the success of the program both on and off the ice.  Watching her skill, character and overall work ethic develop over the years has been a lot of fun. She represents the complete CYA package and I know that’s a big part of what Coach Mack at UConn loves about her.”  Kate had a few offers and made her decision based on what she knows fit her both on the ice and in the classroom. 

    In reflecting on her experience with  CYA, Kate has said, “CYA has helped me to grow not only as a hockey player but as a person. Through the program I was able to learn more about myself and my ability to play college hockey, I owe so much to my coaches and teammates that I've had over the years. But even more important, I need to give a big thank you to my parents. The decision to play at CYA was a family commitment. Driving 2 1/2 hours each way was a big sacrifice and I can't thank them enough for supporting and believing in me through it all.” 

    Kate is being called on this year to help lead CYA’s U16 team to a State Championship and a trip to Nationals. While she has 3 years left at CYA, she plans to spend every minute focusing on giving her all to her team and the club, while getting herself ready to step in at UConn in 2019. We are all so excited for you Kate.

    Way to go Thurm!!

    Henry to The University of Toronto

    CYA U16: Avery Henry

    CYA is proud to announce their third college commit of the season. Avery Henry has committed to play college hockey at the University of Toronto for the 2018/19 season. U of T plays in the highly skilled CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) and is academically the 16th ranked school in the world. “Having been raised in Toronto, this commitment has a very special meaning for me,” said Cimba. “There are very few places that you can bring both world class sports and academics together. Avery has found one of those places. She has challenged herself last year and this off season to be the best she could be, and it really showed. She has the ability to be a top end play maker and the Varsity Blues have picked up on that, Coach Sunohara grabbed a good one.” Henry will be called upon to help lead this years CYA U16 team both on and off the ice this season. “Having roots back in Canada only makes this that much more exciting for me and I know my parents are thrilled too,” commented Henry "I want to thank all the coaches at CYA who have helped me develop and grow as a player and as a person this past year. I would like to thank all of my teammates for pushing me to improve my game and for also being some of the best friends I have ever had. I am so grateful for all the love and support I have received at CYA. Most importantly, I would like to thank my parents for all the support and dedication they have shown me. They have sacrificed so much time and energy so that I could play hockey, and I know that I would not have been able to do this without them." 

    We are all very proud of you.

    Congrats Avery!

    Weiss to RPI

    CYA U19: Delaney Weiss

    The Chicago Young Americans are proud to announce that Delaney Weiss has committed to play Division 1 Hockey at RPI for 2018/19 season. RPI is located in Troy New York and is coached by John Burke, who is in his 14th season at the helm. “I knew the day we landed Delaney as a second year U14 player, we had someone special in our program,” said Cimba. "She walked into a Captains position that season, stepped up as a role model to our younger players and never looked back. Watching Delaney grow as a player has been a real thrill. She represents a lot of what CYA is about. Burkie is getting a fantastic student/athlete at RPI.” Weiss will be joining team mate Morgan Ondrick who is set to begin her college career next season. “There is no doubt that hard work on your own is a big part in getting to where you need to be, but it also takes the support of others to help you through it all, especially your team to drive you and be with you,” commented Weiss. “I couldn’t have done this without my parents drive and support . I can’t thank you both enough. I also have to thank CYA for pushing me in the right direction as well as helping me through what could have been a very stressful process. Finally, I want to thank my teammates for not only being a motivation, but for also making me love coming to the rink every day, you supported me through everything, thank you so much. 

    Weiss is the second college commitment for the JWHL’s Chicago Young Americans this season, with more to come. 

    Way to go Weiss!!!

    Brush to Plattsburgh

    CYA U19: Abby Brush

    CYA is proud to announce their first college commit of the season. Alternate Captain, Abby Brush has committed to play NCAA hockey for the 2015/16 National Champs – Plattsburgh. Plattsburgh plays their games out of the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena and is coached by AHCA Coach of the year, Kevin Haule.  “I am so excited for Abby, she’s put a lot of work into her game both on and off the ice,” commented Cimba. "Platty is not only getting a great hockey player, but they are also getting someone who leads by example. She is also a player who works at being a student of the game, something you don’t come across very often.” Brush will also be pursuing a degree in Nursing at Plattsburgh, a program that is nationally recognized. “I am so excited about this opportunity” said Brush. “ To have the chance to play for one of the top programs and coaches in the country is unreal. Not to mention attending a school that has everything I’m looking for. I want to thank CYA and my teammates for  pushing me to be the best I can be. I also want to thank my parents. I don’t think this would have come together without you helping me to recognize what I am capable of achieving and believing in me.” 

    Abby will be called upon to be a big part of this season both on the ice and in the locker room. We are all so excited for you.

    Congrats Abby!

    Murray to Union

    CYA U19: Amelia Murray

    CYA is so excited to announce that Amelia Murray has commitment to play Division 1 Hockey at Union College for the 2016/17 season. Murray will also be joining fellow team-mate Katelynn Russ and plans to take the ECAC by storm. Her game has skyrocketed this season under the instruction of one of the top women’s goalie coaches in  the country, Sanya Sandahl  “Amelia has the make up to be a successful college hockey goalie.  She has size, moves well and competes very hard every day,” commented Sandahl. “I am so excited for Amelia,” Cimba went on to say. “It’s been a crazy ride for Amelia, but her maturity and overall focus is what kept her head on and her eyes focused on her goal. She has truly amazed me this season and will be missed by all of us here at CYA." This is also CYA’s 4th Division 1 goalie commitment in 3 years, proving we are the place for goalie advancement.   “I am extremely excited for this step in my hockey career.  College hockey has been my top goal since the beginning.  I would like to thank CYA for all the time and effort they put into helping me get to this point.  I would also like to say thank you to my family and friends for supporting me and pushing me to become a better hockey player and a better person,” said Murray.  
    We’re so proud Amelia!!!

    Maloney to Brown

    Shay Maloney: CYA U16

    The Chicago Young Americans are  excited to announce that Shay Maloney has committed to play Division 1 hockey at Brown University for the 2018 season.   Brown is located in Providence, RI and is ranked number 14 according to US News & World Report of National Universities . The Brown Bears are coached by Brown Alumni Bob Kenneally and play their games in the Meehan Auditorium.

    “Shay is an elite level player and a huge addition to CYA this season,” commented John Cimba  “She is a dedicated and hard working power forward whose attitude, grit, will to compete, battle and never give up play, is infectious and something that is really hard to teach.  It’s these ingredients in her game that will make Shay a big success at the next level,” added Cimba. “I couldn’t be prouder."

    "I look forward to four years at Brown with Coach Kenneally, it’s the perfect fit for me, ‘ commented Shay. “When I went to visit the school a few times with my brother who will also be playing hockey there, I knew that this was my dream school. When Coach Kennealy called, it was a dream come true." 

    “I would like to thank my teammates for helping to push me and for being such a big part of my life.  I would also like to thank my CYA coaches for their belief in me. In particular Coach Shines who has been instrumental in my development as a person and a player. Finally, and most importantly, I would like to thank my parents and my brothers  for their support and for all of the sacrifices made for me to play at this level. I never could have done this without you.”

    We are very excited to see Shay continue to grow at the U19 level over the next two seasons. She has become not only a big part of her team, but also a big part of our CYA family.

    So proud of you Shay!!

    Cusick to Trinity College

    CYA U19: Margaret Cusick


    The Chicago Young Americans are proud to announce that forward Margaret Cusick  has chosen Trinity College as the next chapter in her hockey and academic career for the fall of 2016.  Trinity is located in Hartford, CT and the Bantams play in the NESCAC, playing their home games at the Keppel Community Sports Center.  The team is coached by Head Coach Keith Maurice who just finished his first season behind the bench.  Cusick is very excited about the upcoming opportunity both on the ice and in the classroom over the next four years.  "I would like to thank my teammates for being there for me over the past two season. We have built a friendship that goes well beyond hockey, and will be life long,” commentated Cusick  “I also want to thank my family for the support and help they gave me throughout the process. It has been a long journey,  full of many ups and downs, and you have always been there for me.” Trinity is not only in what is arguably the highest Academic League in the country, but it is also known for sending teams to the Frozen Four each year, and expectations are high at Trinity. “Maggie has really come a long way this season. Her growth as a player and understanding of the game has evolved so much,” commented Cimba. “I know that its not always been easy, but the growth in the strength of her game and her character ’s is why she’s ready for the NCAA. She really is a special person who can lift a bench when things get tough. I am looking forward to watching her compete at that next level and we wish her the best of luck," We wish the entire Cusick family nothing but the best of luck in Margaret’s next chapter on and off the ice.

    Congrats Maggie!!

    Fisher to Hamilton

    CYA U19: Sarah Fisher

    CYA is proud to announce that Sarah Fisher has committed to Hamilton in the NESCAC Hockey conference for the 2016 season.   Hamilton is located in Clinton, NY and they play their games at the Russell Sage Rink on Campus. Hamilton is also known all over the country for its high academic standards in the classroom.  The Continentals are coached by 4th year Head Coach Emily McNamara and sit 6-3-1 on the season so far.   "This is an amazing opportunity for Fish,” commented Cimba.  “She is going where she truly wants to be and that’s the best part of her journey. Fish’s game has improved all season and I know with her continued hard work, she can be a very good forward in the NESCAC. She will also be joining CYA alumni CK at Hamilton who is doing very well  and I am expecting the same for Fish. We are very proud of her and wish her the best.”  "I could never imagine being where I am today without the awesome support I have received my whole life, both on and off the ice, Said Sarah. " Thank you to my teammates that have always been there for me, my coaches that have developed my skills as a player, my brothers for inspiring me to do my best, and most importantly my parents for sacrificing their time and tons of gas money on my hockey career. Being at CYA has taught me to love and respect the game more than I thought possible. I am incredibly excited to play at Hamilton while pursuing my academic and athletic goals! As my CYA career comes to a close, I'm really enjoying the time I get to spend on the ice with my best friends and look forward to watching them continue to do great things.”
    So Proud Fish!! 

    Glass to Bowdoin

    CYA U19: Tala Glass


    CYA is proud to announce that Tala Glass has committed to Bowdoin where she will continue her academic and hockey career.  Bowdoin is located in Brunswick, Maine and plays in the highly competitive NESCAC, a league that’s made up of schools many refer to as “The Small Ivy’s”. The Polar Bears play their games on campus at the Sid J. Watson Arena, arguably one of the most impressive rinks in NCAA Div III hockey.   The Polar Bears are coached by Bowdoin Alum Coach Marissa O’Neil, who is in her 7th season behind the bench. Tala is in her 7th season with CYA is one of the few players who can say they won a Gold, Silver and Bronze medal at the National Championship.  "Bowdoin is lucky to be getting a smart and diverse two way player able to play both forward and defense,” Commented Cimba. "She has great hockey IQ and a keen sense for the net in either position."

    “Thank you to my parents, the Dyneks and Coach Frank for all the support, and always knowing how to find the balance between hard work, integrity and fun.  I am grateful for the support of my amazing teammates throughout the years, I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for you.  It has been an amazing ride, and you girls are not just my teammate friends, but family.”


    Fantastic Job Tala!!

    Defenseman Ryan Chooses St. Mary's

    CYA U19: Natalie Ryan

    The Chicago Young Americans are proud to announce that Defenseman Natalie Ryan has committed to Saint Mary’s University Minnesota for the 2016 season.   SMU-MN is located in Winona, MN and they play their games on campus at the St. Mary’s Ice Arena, arguably the best ice in the MIAC.   The Crystal Lake, IL native has played a big part in CYA’s Gold and Silver Medal winning teams over the past 4 seasons. Currently this season she is 1st on the defenseman points list with 18 pts in 46 games.  “Nat has done a great job this season. She  made a point to challenge herself to be the best she can be this season and it shows both on and off the ice.  Nat has a lot to offer SMU as I know she is going to get better every year,” commented Cimba.  “ I truly believe she has the  ability to be a top end defenseman for the Cardinal’s.” The Cardinals play in the highly competitive MIAC. A league where only 4 points separate the top 7 teams. “I couldn’t be more excited about my decision,” commented Ryan. “To have the opportunity to play my college hockey at a school with a great hockey culture is what I was always looking for. Plus the academics at SMU is everything I could ask for in my college experience. I want to thank my family who supported me all these years, it’s been a crazy ride. I also want to thank CYA, my team mates and all the coaches I’ve had over the years.”
    The gritty blue liner will be a big part of the team’s success down the stretch and into the state playoffs. CYA will be counting on Natalie to continue her play if they are going to make a serious push at the National Championship.
    Congrats Ryan!!!

    Bloomer to Harvard

    CYA U16: Anne Bloomer

    CYA is proud to announce that U16 forward Anne Bloomer has set her sights to play hockey at Harvard University for the 2018-2019 season.  A strong offensive forward, Bloomer helps lead a very young and talented U16 team this season.  Harvard currently ranks among the top college teams in the National polls and is led by former Olympic Head Coach Katey Stone. 

    “From the time I coached and got to know ‘Bloom’ at U14, I knew she was a dedicated player,” commented Cimba.  “But the hard work she put in since then, both on and off the ice, has taken her game to the next level this season and she was noticed by many NCAA programs.  Athletically and academically, her no-nonsense, all business work ethic will serve her well at the next level.  I look forward to watching her develop and grow as a player over the next couple of seasons.”

    “The decision process took some time but I enjoyed meeting so many great coaches at so many amazing programs, and I am very grateful to them.  I learned through the process that Harvard is the right place for me.  Although this is a great opportunity, it is just the first step,” said Anne.  “I am fortunate to have a family who supports me and my goals.  I am also very lucky to have the support of CYA and all of my teammates and coaches.  I love my team and I want to work as hard as I can for it.”

    Bloom’s immediate focus is on continuing a strong finish with her teammates as they set their sights on a National Championship.   

    Congrats Bloom!


    Russ to Union

    CYA U19: Katelynn Russ

    CYA is proud to announce that U19 Assistant Captain, Katelynn Russ has committed to play Division 1 Hockey at Union College. Union is located in Schenectady, NY and plays in the ECAC Hockey Conference.  The Dutchwoman, who play their games on campus at the Achilles Center, are coached by Head Coach Claudia Asano Barcomb who is in her 9th season behind the bench. 

    “Russ is the perfect example of what a Student Athlete truly means,” commented Cimba. “It’s hard enough trying to crack a D1 program, but knowing exactly what you want to study and finding out that there are only a handful of D1 schools who offer that program and never bending on the importance school means to you,  is the ultimate definition of a student athlete,” Katelynn’s career with CYA has been filled with Medals. Winning the Gold Medal at the National Championship at U14 and then the Silver at U16. “Russ brings a level of smarts to the game that you really can’t teach. Her understanding of the game, the way she sees the ice and her work ethic both on and off the ice is what makes her so Special,” Cimba went on to say. “I can’t wait to see her compete at the next level”.

    “It definitely was a long road, but the end prize was so worth the wait,” said Katelynn. “I want to thank CYA for helping me to understand what it takes, not just in the game of Hockey, but also what it’s going to take to be a success at whatever I choose to do. I also want to say thank you to all my teammates for their support during this journey and pushing me to be my best every day at the rink.  When things got hard they always had my back and never let me give up on my dream.” Katelynn commented. “Most importantly I want to thank my parents.  You both made sure I kept my academic goals in first position at all times and I couldn’t have done this without your support and understanding.”

    Katelynn wants to see one more Medal on her mantel before she leaves for College. CYA is gearing up for another run at the National Championship.

    Congrats Russ!!

    Kliczko to Brown

    CYA U19: Hayley Kliczko

    CYA is excited to announce another college commitment. Junior goaltender, Hayley Kliczko, will be heading to Providence, RI to play Division 1 hockey at Brown University in the 2017/18 Season. Kliczko has been a big part of the CYA family, having started with the program as a first year U12 goalie.  Her career so far includes 2 Bronze, 1 Silver and 1 Gold Medal at the USA Hockey National Championships and now an Ivy League commitment to play College Hockey. “Hayley is truly a special person, both on and off the ice,” commented Cimba. “Not only has she made the cut every year for USA Hockey’s National Development Camp, but she’s also one of the most sincere individuals I’ve had the opportunity to coach. Brown is getting not only a great Tender in Hayley but also an unreal teammate.”

    “I’m so proud of Hayley and the effort she’s put forward all season to reach this goal,” commented CYA Head Goalie Coach Sanya Sandahl. “Hayley has improved tremendously over the course of the season and I know there’s still great upside to her game. Hayley’s work ethic is what will get her there.”

      “I knew I wanted to go to Brown the moment I stepped on to the campus and met Coach Kenneally. I really connected with him and fell in love with the school,” said Kliczko. “The combination of being an Ivy, offering Engineering and a chance to play Division 1 hockey is a dream come true. I want to thank CYA for being a big part of my life these past 5 years and most importantly, I want to thank my family. None of this could have ever been made possible without their support. It’s hard enough being the parent of a hockey player, but being the parent of a goalie brings a whole other level of dedication.” Kliczko’s job at CYA is not done yet, as she prepares for another run at the National Championship this coming season. 

    We are all so proud of you Hayley – Congrats!

    Sorkin to Harvard

    CYA U19: Sydney Sorkin

    CYA is proud to announce that defenseman Sydney Sorkin has committed to Harvard University beginning with the 2017-18 season. The strong blueliner is very excited about this incredible opportunity.  “Having the opportunity to play for one of the top hockey programs and study at one of the top academic schools in the country is a privilege,” said Sorkin. 
    "I would like to thank Hockey Director John Cimba and the entire CYA coaching staff who over the years have supported me and helped me grow as a player.  I would also like to thank my teammates. The friendships I have made with them will last beyond my hockey career.  Most importantly, I would like to thank my parents.  I could not have achieved this without your support and commitment.”
    Sorkin has two seasons remaining with CYA U-19. “Sydney is in a fantastic place in her development as a player,” commented Cimba. “I strongly believe that Syd’s work ethic both on and off the ice will bring her to an entirely new level over the next two seasons. Harvard is not only getting a hard worker but they are also getting a great young woman and an even better teammate. Syd is not only a very coachable player that has come through this organization but her dedication to her team is second to none. We are very happy for the Sorkin family and look forward to watching Syd continue to develop and play in the future.” 

    Morgan Ondrick to RPI

    CYA U16: Morgan Ondrick

    CYA is proud to announce their 10th college commitment of the 2014-15 season.  U16 forward, Morgan Ondrick, has accepted a full scholarship commitment to attend RPI in 2017.  The Rensselaer Engineers are located in Troy, NY where they play their games in the Houston Field-house Arena.  The team is coached by Head Coach, John Burke, who has been with RPI for 12 seasons.  Ondrick is in her second season with CYA and has been a big part of the U16’s offense.  Known as one of the toughest power forwards at the U16 level, she has been a very important  part of CYA’s game.  Morgan has been an outstanding student athlete for us. I think she will be a fantastic fit for RPI and I look forward to being a part of her continued development here at CYA over the next 2 seasons,” commented Cimba. “RPI is getting a great young woman and a very good hockey player.  I am very excited for Morgan and wish her and her family all the best and continued success..  Ondricks job here is not done yet, as she get’s ready for the both the HPHL and State play-offs. "I am very excited about choosing RPI, not only is it an incredible school, but they have a great hockey history.  After going on my visit, seeing the facilities and spending time with the coaching staff, I felt like I was at home and knew this was the place for me.  I could not have done any of this without the support of my family, friends and my teammates.  Playing at CYA was the best choice I have ever made.  The coaching staff pushed me to be the best player I could be and they helped me achieve my goal of playing at the next level.”  said Ondrick.  RPI is part of the ECAC Div I hockey conference, one of the top conferences in the country.
    Congrats Morgan!  We are all very proud!!!

    Tylke to St. Cloud

    CYA U19: Julia Tylke

    CYA would like to congratulate Julia Tylke for her commitment to St. Cloud State. St Cloud plays in the highly competitive WCHA Division 1 College Hockey Conference and plays their games in the famous Herb Brooks National Hockey Center, where Julia will be joining teammates Jordan Stewart and Ivy Dynek.  “Silky-Tylke,” as she’s known by her teammates, is currently sitting at 38 points in 48  games and has been a big part of the teams offense this season. “It’s been real special for me to see Tylke grow into an amazing person both on and off the ice,” commented Cimba. “She will be greatly missed. St. Cloud is getting themselves a hard working, tremendous young woman. It’s never easy when a player chooses to play a PG year, but Tylk’s hard work and dedication paid off. We wish Tylke and her family the best in the future.”  The “Silky-mittens" winger has spent the last 6 seasons with CYA preparing herself for the college hockey level and her dream of doing just that has come true. "I would like to thank CYA for my time with the organization over the past 6 years. I would also like to thank my family for supporting me throughout my hockey career, the Cwik family for a year of billeting, as well as the Hougard and Thomas families for the car pool. None of this would have ever happened if it hadn’t been for you all,” said Julia. “I would also like to thank my teammates past and present for making me the player I am today.  I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to play with all of you and can’t describe in words how excited I am for college hockey and continuing my academic future at St. Cloud. It was a dream of mine since I started playing travel hockey.”  Julia looks to keep CYA on track with their quest for the National Championship.
    We are all so proud of you Tylke!!!

    Chivers to Elmira

    CYA U19: Kristin Chivers

    CYA is proud to announce their fifth college commitment of the 2014-2015 season. Kristin Chivers has committed to Elmira College for the fall of 2015, currently sitting at #2 in the national rankings. The 1997-born forward is in her fourth season with CYA and has had an impact since she arrived. “Chiv is a great pick up for Elmira,” said Cimba. “She is a player with the ability to play both forward and defense, I know that this was a real attraction for Coach Jackson. That and her ability to rack up special team minutes on both the PP and PK only makes her that much more of a threat.”  Kristin will be joining CYA Alum Arianna Smith and Meagan Ondrick next season.

    When asked about her recent commitment Kristin had this to say, “I’m excited to play at a school with such a rich hockey history. It is an honor to be part of that alone with a great academic opportunity. I would like to thank my family, friends, coaches, and teammates for their support throughout my hockey career and pushing me as a player.”

    CYA would like to congratulate Kristin and her family on this great accomplishment and wish them the best of luck in the future.
    Congrats Chiv!!!

    Thomas to Colby College

    CYA U19: Carly Thomas

    CYA is proud to announce the commitment of Carly Thomas to Colby College for the 2015/16 season!  Carly is the first player this season to land in the highly competitive NESCAC, also referred to by many as the "Little Ivies". 

    On her future with the White Mules, “Words can’t describe how happy I am to have committed to Colby, and to be playing for Coach Michaeles.  My goal at the start of this season was to land in the NESCAC.  I still can't believe it’s come together the way it has.  It's a dream come true."  Carly went on to say, "I really want to thank my family for all their support and CYA for all they've done to help me develop into the player I am."

    “We are extremely proud of Carly and the work she has put in to get herself to where she is both academically and athletically," commented Cimba. "We are so excited for the entire Thomas family."

    Although Carly is happy to have made a decision about her future beyond CYA, she knows there is still a lot of work to be done. “Although my commitment is a big step forward, I do not want to lose sight of further development with my game and a chance to play in the National Championship.  I play with an amazing group of girls and know that our best play is yet to come."

    Congrats Gnarly!!!!!

    Conroy to Norwich University

    CYA U19: Maggie Conroy

    CYA is proud to announce that Maggie Conroy has decided to attend Norwich University next season for her academic and hockey future.  Norwich in located in Northfield, VT and plays in the competitive ECAC East. They are currently ranked #3 in the National Polls.  "While Maggie has been a big part of our defensive core this season, her ability to play both forward and defense is a huge asset to us and will be of big value to the Cadets as well," commented Cimba. "Maggie entered this season with one goal in mind,  to play college hockey for a top program and her hard work has paid off. We are very excited for Maggie and we wish her the best of luck. We will be counting on her heavily down the stretch to finish the season strong for us." Conroy will be spending the rest of this season preparing to bring her hard-nosed style of play to the next level. "I could not be more happy with my decision to attend Norwich next year.  I could not have done it without the support of my family, coaches and teammates who helped me along the way.  I look forward to finishing my season with CYA and continuing to develop for the start of my college career, " said Conroy.  CYA now has 4 college commitments in the 14-15 season and looks to add names to their ever growing college hockey commitment list.
    Congrats Margarita!!!!!

    Dynek to St. Cloud State

    CYA U19: Ivy Dynek

    CYA is proud to announce their 3rd college commitment of the 2014-15 season.  Ivy Dynek will be attending and playing Division 1 hockey at St. Could State next season. Dynek is another "home grown"  player who has been with CYA since U12 and has always had her sights set on playing college hockey at the highest level.  "Ivy has really matured her game and has been a threat in every game for us this season.  She is proof that the "rush" to play U19's isn't always the best way to go," commented Cimba. "The success Ivy had last season played a big part in St. Clouds decision. Ivy is going to do a great job for the Huskies next season and is going to bring a lot of energy to their offense,"  Dynek is preparing, and looking forward for the next chapter in her life.  "I would like to thank the CYA organization, all my coaches and people who helped me get here, of course my team mates, but especially my parents for the sacrifices they have made for me. Thanks for believing in me, keeping it fun, and pushing me to give my all everyday. As they say in blades of glory...if you can dream it, you can do it, I am very excited to be joining the Huskies family" said Dynek. 
    Congrats Ivy, we are all so proud!!!!

    Schneider to Wisconsin

    CYA U16: Caitlin Schneider

    CYA is proud to announce their second commit of the 2014/15 season. Second year U16  forward and alternate captain, Caitlin Schneider has committed to play Div 1 for Coach Johnson at the University of Wisconsin.  Schneider started her Tier 1 hockey career as a U12 player at CYA and went on to win a U14 National Championship with a group of very skilled and special players.  "Caitlin just keeps getting better and better every year growing to play with a high level of confidence," commented Cimba. "She has been a three year attendee to the national development camp, and is a player that finds determination in a challenge.  This past summer Caitlin took advantage of her opportunity at the development camp.  Her speed and work ethic earned her an opportunity to go to Lake Placid and participate in the USA Hockey National Festival "  Caitlin is really looking forward to the next few years on and off the ice as she continues to prepare for the next level.  "I'm so excited about my commitment. I still can't believe I'm going to be a Badger,"said Schneider.   I would like to thank my family, most importantly my mom and dad.  I would also like to thank all my coaches, teammates and friends that have supported and helped me along the way.  It has been a great journey so far,  but I know there is still a lot of work ahead for me and a lot that I want to accomplish."
    Caitlin, we are all so proud of you and your accomplishments and we all know the best is still to come.
    Congrats Schneider!!

    Thomas to RPI

    CYA U19: Makenna Thomas

    CYA hits the ground running with it's first commit of the 2014/15 Season. Makenna Thomas has accepted a full scholarship offer from Div 1 RPI.  The Rensselaer Engineers are located in Troy, New York and are part of the competitive ECAC. A two time National Camp Invitee, Thomas joined CYA last season. "Thomas just got better and better down the stretch last year and began to play with confidence.  She worked herself into becoming a big part of our PP.  She has had a great off season  preparing for this coming year and will continue to work on elevating her game for RPI.  I am very excited for Makenna and her family," said Cimba.  The '97  will take on a veteran role and be looked upon to contribute in all areas both on and off the ice while finishing up her senior year of HS. "I'm excited about my commitment to RPI.  I would like to thank my family. The commitment they have given to me and this game has been amazing. I can't thank them enough for their support with my decision to join CYA, knowing the distance we had to travel from Wisconsin.  I would also like to thank all the people that have helped me along the way.  It has been a journey this far and I know there is still a lot of work to be done," said the Hartland, WI native.  
    Congrats Thomas!!

    Cholak to Brown

    CYA U19: Rachael Cholak

    CYA is proud to announce that forward Rachael Cholak has committed to play D1 hockey next season in the Ivy League for Brown University, a member of the ECAC. Rachael finished her season with 17 Goals, 26 Assists for a total of 42 pts.

    “I am ecstatic for Rachael,” commented Cimba. “She never gave up on her dream and battled till the bitter end to make it happen. The way this whole thing played out sums up Rachael's entire Journey. She played CYA as a U12, was cut first year 14's and battled back to become a 3-year captain and visit the National Championship twice. She never, ever quit. It's that kind of focus and determination that will be the key factor to her success at the next level."

    "I can't thank Coach Cimba, Mrs. Cimba and my family enough for what they did for me. They never stopped believing in what I could accomplish if I put my heart and soul into it. That support is what kept me going," said Cholak. "I still can't believe I'm going to get an opportunity to live my dream – attending Brown and playing Hockey. I'm so honored that my perseverance paid off. I also want to thank my family for everything! Driving from Wisconsin all these years wasn't ideal but they never once questioned it."

    Cholak rounds out an exceptional season of commits for CYA and even more impressive, a season where every Senior was placed in a school where they will play NCAA hockey.

    2014/15 is just around the corner. Watch the excitement continue!

    Bruns to Stevenson

    CYA U19: Allie Bruns

    CYA is proud to announce that veteran defenseman Allison Bruns has committed to play college hockey for Stevenson (NCAA D3) next fall. Bruns has been a very important part of CYA both on and off the ice these past 4 years.  "I would like to thank my parents for supporting me through out my hockey career.  I also owe a huge thank you to CYA who pushed me to compete every day and helped prepare me for College Hockey.  I am very excited to attend Stevenson next season and play hockey with very competitive group of players.  I can't wait to start competing at the next level and further my academics as well," said Bruns.  The Prairie Grove, IL  defenseman came to the CYA four years ago.  "Allie has really improved over the last two seasons and became a warrior.  She learned what it takes to play at the next level and competed every day, that is what caught Stevenson's  eye as she got better and better through out the season.  She has a tremendous hockey IQ and is going to do a great job at the next level.  I am very happy for Allie and her family and I wish them the best of luck as she starts the next chapter in her life," said Cimba. "I can't say how much the Bruns clan has meant to CYA. You will be missed."

    Depinto to Yale

    CYA U19: Ariana Depinto

    CYA is proud to announce that veteran defenseman Ariana Depinto has committed to Yale University for the 2015-16 season. The Bulldogs are a part of the ECAC hockey conference and are located in New Haven, CT. Depinto is excited for the opportunity. "I would like to thank my Mom, my Dad, and my brother for giving me every opportunity to make it to the college level. Without them I would not be where I am today. I also want to thank all parents, coaches, and especially my teammates at CYA for pushing me and showing me what it will take to make it in college. I am very excited to go to Yale for both the academics and the hockey program. They are in a tough league that will challenge me to better myself every day, which is something that I am looking forward to," said the veteran. "I also want to give a special shout out to Mrs. Cimba – you always believed I could do it."
    Depinto will continue to develop with CYA and be a key part of our defensive core for the 2014/15 season. "We are very proud of Ariana but not at all surprised by her accomplishment," commented Cimba. "Ariana came to CYA as a very mature, focused, motivated, and determined player. At one of our meetings early on, she told me she wanted to play college hockey at an Ivy. I explained to her that it was no easy task and that she must prioritize academics and balance it with hard work on the ice to improve her skill level. Unfazed, her comment was a simple - "no worries Cimba, I got this."
    We are all very excited for Ariana and couldn't be prouder.
    Nice job Depinto!!!

    Mueller Commits to UConn

    CYA U19: Nikki Mueller

    CYA is pleased to announce their tenth NCAA college commitment of the season. Goaltender Nicki Mueller has committed to play Division 1 Hockey for the University of Connecticut, part of the highly competitive Hockey East.

    “I am so excited for Nicki. She’s worked very hard both on and of the ice these past few years and now that hard work has really paid off,” commented Cimba. Mueller came to CYA as a first year U16 in the 20011/12 season. “I’ll never forget it, it was a season where Nicki was learning what being the number two goalie was about. It wasn’t easy but she stayed focused on improving. Here we are at the National Championship and we make the decision to put her in vs. Shattuck St. Mary’s……….and that was all she wrote. Nicki had her break out game and never looked back. She found her new level of focus and desire. It was awesome to watch.”

    “This is a dream come true for me,” commented Mueller. “UConn has been my number one choice for a long time. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to play for Coach MacKenzie and represent the Huskie’s. I really want to thank my parents for all they’ve done. These long drives from Rockford haven’t been easy but they were always there for me. I also want to give a special thanks to all the CYA goalie coaches  – Coach’s Naumenko and Nelson. I especially want to thank Johnny Rutledge. All those painful hours with you Johnny have paid off. Thank you!”

    Nicki is the third goalie CYA has moved on to NCAA Division 1 in two years, making CYA the place for top Tenders. Please keep your eyes open for more commits to come.

    O'Connor to Cornell

    U19: Erin O'Connor

    In an interesting turn of events, Erin O'Connor has made the decision to de-commit from Harvard and will now be heading to Cornell. "It's been a bit of a roller coaster," commented O'Connor. "Harvard wanted me to PG a year but I'm ready for college right now. Cornell has everything I'm looking for, an Ivy league school and a chance to play for a top 5 team in the country. I really want to thank my family for supporting me through this crazy turn of events. They helped me keep everything in perspective." Cornell plays in the ECAC Conference and stands at number 4 in the national polls. "Erin is a blue chip defenseman and deserves to play hockey next season." commented Cimba. "She will have the opportunity to immediately be an impact at Cornell while attending a top end academic institution. Erin is proof how different every players journey can be. I'm so proud of how she stayed focused and so positive through this experience and she has all of the characteristics that will make her an exceptional student athlete.   Cornell is very lucky to have her". 
    Congrats Erin!!!

    Lindblad to Uconn

    CYA U19: Rebecca Lindblad

    CYA is proud to announce that Rebecca Lindblad has committed to The University of Connecticut to play Division 1 hockey beginning the 2015 season.  Lindblad is very excited about the opportunity that she will have in the next chapter of her life as she looks to bring her speed, tenacity and work ethic to Uconn. "My parents have always taught me that there are two things in life to focus on and that was to always work hard in everything that I do and to make sure that I was always viewed as a good person on and off the ice.  Without their never ending support and the support of my brother and sister I would have never achieved this dream of playing college hockey and attending a University like Uconn, " said Lindblad.  "I want to thank my coaches for keeping me honest and teaching me the game.  In particular, Coach Cimba, who not only has taught me what the next level of hockey is all about but also for the amount of time he spent with me and my family as we made this decision. My time with CYA is something I am very proud of, these have been the best years of my life.  I am so excited to start the next chapter at Uconn, but first I want to see a National Championship over these final two seasons at CYA." Lindblad will be looked upon heavily down the stretch of this season and into next to help the CYA 19's in their quest for that Championship.  "Becca is CYA hockey. She is the kind of inspiring student athlete we want in our program.  She is relentless in everything she does on and off the ice," commented Cimba. "I am so proud of both the player and the person Becca has become. She deserves all she is getting." 
    Congrats Becca!!

    Stewart to Union

    CYA U19: Jordan Stewart

    Union strikes again at CYA. Jordan Stewart has committed to the Dutchwomen to play D1 hockey in 2015. She joined CYA for the 2012-2013 season, a commitment that has been huge for both her and her family, coming all the way from Rockford.

    “I’m very excited about playing for Union and Coach Barcomb,” Stewart said. "When she offered me the opportunity to play on her team, I didn’t hesitate. It's the perfect fit for me both academically and athletically. This never would have happened if I didn't get the support I get from my family. I can't thank my Mom and Dad enough for all they have sacrificed for me," commented Stewart. "When I committed to playing for Coach Cimba, I knew how hard the drive from Rockford would be, but I also knew that I wanted to play for a program whose number one focus is moving players on."

    "From the moment Jordan put on the Red, White and Blue, she has made her presence known by providing a steady physical presence," said Cimba. “The contributions Jordan has made over the last two seasons do not necessarily show up in the boxscore,” Cimba reflected. “She has been a plus player over these two years and has a knack for really shutting down the attacking forwards from the opposing teams, not to mention a major factor on our PK. We are so excited that Jordan will be playing D1 hockey. I'm also real excited to see even more growth out of her game over both the remainder of this season and all of next."

    Congrats Stewart!!

    Smith to Elmira

    CYA U19: Arianna Smith

    The Defending National Champs have landed another CYA player. CYA is proud to announce that 1996 forward, Arianna Smith,  has committed to play next season for the Elmira Soaring Eagles.  Elmira,  part of the ECAC West Div III conference, is located in Elmira, NY and has become a top team in their conference over the last two years, under coach Dean Jackson.  Smith, a WI native,  joined CYA this season to improve her skills by competing in a full season of Tier 1 practices and games.  "This has been a good year with CYA.  Despite the drive, I love the intensity of our practices and the opportunity to play 50+ games against other NCAA bound athletes.  I would like to thank all of my current and previous coaches for helping me realize my goal to play NCAA hockey.  I would also like to thank my family for all the support they have provided me.  If it weren't for their never ending support and crazy dedication none of this would have happened.  I am so excited to join the Soaring Eagles next season and to have a chance to play for Coach Jackson.  He was, without question, the biggest inspiration in my decision to attend Elmira."  CYA is very excited for Smith and her family "this is a nice achievement for Ari. Her commitment to reach her goal has been unwavering. Never mind the long drive from WI to play CYA, the commitment she has made to her game both on and off the ice have been the key factors in her success.  Ari and her family have a lot to be proud of and we wish her the best of luck," said Cimba.  Smith becomes the sixth CYA commitment of the season as the organization looks to be the top program for college placement in the country.


    Congrats Ari!

    Knop to the NESCAC's – Hamilton College

    CYA U16: Caroline Knop

    CYA is proud to announce that captain and veteran defenseman, Caroline Knop (CK),  has agreed to play hockey in the NESCAC Div III hockey conference and attend Hamilton College next season. Hamilton is a prestigious academic college located in Clinton, NY. "I was thrilled to get the call from Coach McNamara  I have always wanted to play in the NESCAC  and now I will have an opportunity to do so.  I know with the intensity of my CYA team, coaches and the hard work I love to put in both on and off the ice, I will be prepared when I step on the ice next season. Most importantly I know that I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today if it weren’t for my family’s love and support.  I can’t thank my parents and coaches enough,"said CK. CYA will be counting on their Captain to continue her play for the rest of the season as they make their run towards the National  Championship.  "I am excited to watch CK play and continue to develop for the rest of the season.  She has really been a tough competitor and her game just keeps getting better.  She is going to be a tough player next season in the NESCAC and is going to do a great job at that level.  I am going to miss CK as she has been a great leader and she has been full of team pride every season.  I wish her and her family the best of luck,"said Cimba. 
    Congrats CK!!

    Mota Commits to Union

    CYA U16: Jackie Mota

    CYA is proud to announce that veteran forward Jackie Mota has committed to play NCAA D1  hockey at Union College for the 2015 season.  Currently a Junior and playing for CYA's U16's, "Mota proves that scouts will see you no matter what age group you are playing for, 16's or 19's", said CYA U16 Head Coach Anthony Booth. " It's all about standing out, and Jackie's quick feet and hands is hard not to notice".  "I am very excited about this opportunity. My goal was to end up at a school where my desire for high academics and D1 hockey would come together and Union is that place.  I would like to thank the CYA  Organization for all they have done helping me grow as a player and a person.  Most importantly, I would like to thank my mom, and dad for all the support that they have given me over the years,"said Mota.  The crafty forward will continue to help the CYA U16's stride towards a State, Regional and National Championship this season for the U16's and next for the U19's  next year." Jackie is a big part of our organization. Her hard work both on and off the ice is something we've all talked about as coaches," said Cimba  "She is going to be an incredible college hockey player , she has the, skill and  the compete level to make an impact at Union.  We are very excited for Jackie and wish her the best of luck in the future."  CYA will be announcing more college commitments over the next several weeks as they continue to be one of the best avenues to college hockey in the Mid West.
    Congrats Jackie!!!

    Ondrick to Defending National Champs - Elmira

    CYA U19: Meagan Ondrick

    CYA is proud to announce their third college commitment of the 2013 season.  Defenseman, Meagan Ondrick,  has agreed to play hockey for the NCAA D3 defending national champs -  Elmira. After just 14 games with the CYA the crafty defenseman chose Elmira over many other colleges on her plate.  Ondrick will focus the remainder of this season on honing and developing her skills to prepare for next season. The blue liner is very excited about her opportunity to continue her hockey career at the college level, "I was ecstatic to get the call from Coach Jackson.  Elmira's academics and hockey are outstanding, and I am so excited to start my college career.  I am so grateful for CYA  and my team mates, they have been the stepping stone for me to get to the college level.  I also wouldn't be here without my family's love and support, I really can't thank them enough."  Ondrick  becomes the third of many commitments expected from CYA this season.  "Players come here to get to the next level.  We are very proud of Megs and the academic scholarship she has earned – The Presidents Scholarship, as well as the opportunity she has earned to play for one of the top D3 schools in the country. She is a special player and a special young woman, we want to congratulate her and her family on this next chapter in life," said Cimba.

    Congrats Ondrick!!!

    Serviss to Providence

    CYA U19: Alanna Serviss

    CYA is proud to announce that Tender Alanna Serviss has committed to Providence College for the fall of 2014. 


    “I am beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to play Division I hockey for Providence. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to play amongst the best collegiate hockey players in the nation. It hasn't been an easy ride and I would not have this opportunity without the support I’ve received from my family and my coaches. I can't thank them enough," Said Serviss. "While there have been many ups and downs over the years, CYA stayed dedicated to me and my goal. I can't thank them enough for putting up with me for this long. 'cue everyone's sign of relief that I'm not PGing again,'"


    "Alanna is one of those players who's goal to play D1 hockey has been in her sights from the early years she started with CYA. She made a decision to play a second PG year, a decision she did not enter into lightly, and her decision has paid off" said Cimba. "Alanna is proof that things happen to everyone in their own time. That not getting caught up in what’s happening to everyone else around you and focusing on what you can control - hard work and dedication, is what gets you there."



    Renner to Northeastern

    CYA U16:  Andrea Rener

    CYA U16: Andrea Renner

    CYA is proud to announce their first Division I commitment from the 2013-14 season. Andrea Renner will be attending Northeastern in the fall of 2016. Renner was part of CYA's National Championship U14 team last year.

    “This couldn't have happened to a better kid,” said Cimba. “Renner was a big part of our U14 team’s success last season. Her character is that of which every coach wants in their locker room. We are talking about a player here that gives you her best effort in everything she does. I am so proud of her."

    “I didn't think anything could top last season's National Championship, but committing to Northeastern is the most exciting thing to happen to me," said Renner. "I am so excited about being a Huskie and joining the other recently committed to CYA players as teammates. I want to win a National Championship and I believe it's in the Huskie's future."

    Congrats Andrea!!!!


    Metanova to Concordia University Wisconsin

    CYA U19: Veronika Metanova

    CYA is happy to announce that Forward Veronika Metanova has committed to Concordia University Wisconsin in the NCHA Conference for 2013-14.  Metanova will be playing hockey and lacrosse at Concordia.

    She brings her quick  feet and  net sense to the Falcons as she led CYA's 19's in points this past season. She's also no stranger to the physical side of the game.


    "Veronica is a great player and is going to help CUW with their climb in the NCHA,” Cimba added. “She's a tremendous student and a great all around athlete. Being able to bring her love of lacrosse and hockey together, along with being able to study criminal law,  makes it such a great fit all around, on and off the ice.

    “We wish Veronica and her family the best of luck.”

    Tender Molotky to Lindenwood (CHA D1)

    CYA U19: Alexis Molotky

    CYA is proud to announce that goaltender Alexis Molotky has committed to Lindenwood University (NCAA Div I). Lindenwood competes in the very strong CHA.

    The 1993-born Molotky came to CYA for a PG year. “Alexis has been a true competitor this season and has earned everything she has received, ” said Head Coach Anthony Booth. "Alexis is very excited to be joining the Lions program, which is led by head Coach O'Mara."

    “I wanted to thank my parents and family for all their support over the years I have been playing hockey,” said Molotky. “I also wanted to thank the Devine family for making me feel like part of their family. I was very nervous about billeting this season but thanks to CYA I am leaving Chicago with a new extended family in the Devine's."

    Molotky becomes the 7th CYA player on this year’s roster to hold a commitment to an NCAA program (with others on the way).

    “I am very excited for Alexis. She has battled hard for us this season and Lindonwood is not only getting a great tender, but also a great person,” says girls director John Cimba. “ I wish the Molotky family the best of luck and I look forward to watching Alexis progress at the next level.”

    Matera to Concordia

    CYA U19: Leslie Matera

    CYA is proud to announce that veteran forward and Assistant Captain Leslie Matera has committed to Concordia for the 2013-14 season. The crafty forward is in her fifth season with CYA and currently sits 6th on her team in points. Concordia plays in the NCHA and Matera is looking to add to their climb to the top of the standings. “Leslie has been one of the best players to coach this season. She has done whatever the coaching staff has asked of her. Her hard work and determination will be a key to her success at the next level," Commented head coach Anthony Booth.
    "Having made it to National Camp in 2009, we knew we had a special player in Leslie. We are always so excited to see someone who has climbed the ranks through our program, reach their end goal of becoming an NCAA hockey player, "Commented John Cimba, Girls Director. "We're all so proud of you Leslie and wish you all the success in the world in your next adventure".
    Nice Job Leslie!!!

    Truschke to SUNY-Oswego

    CYA U19: Erika Truschke

    CYA is  proud to announced that forward Erika Truschke has committed to SUNY-Oswego for the 2013-14 season.
    “I’m very excited for Erika, and I know she’s going to be a very effective player in a very good league,” said CYA U19 head coach Anthony Booth. Truschke, was a new member to the CYA family this year, but was an immediate impact to the team. "Her speed and tenacity have been a major part of her game and a much needed addition".
    “The Lakers play in one of the strongest conferences in the country, have a great facility and are well coached (led by head coach Diane Dillon),” said girls director John Cimba. "As we like to say at CYA, college hockey is about finding the right school first and Erika has found a a place she is very excited to call home for the next 4 years"
    Congrats Erika!!!

    Crane Verbally Committed to by Northeastern University

    CYA U16: Morgan Crane

    The CYA U16's are proud to announce our 4th commitment. Morgan Crane will join team mate Maddie Hartman at Northeastern University for the 2015 season. Crane is going to bring strength and toughness to the Huskies. She has been one of the toughest Forwards to play against at the U16 level. Her size, strength and shot have been a lethal combination for both defenders and tenders all around the country. Crane currently sits 2nd on the team with 29pts in 29 games played. 


    “Morgan's commitment, dedication and work ethic has been tremendous and she is only going to get better at the next level" said John Cimba. "She isn't afraid to make the kinds of sacrifices a D1 power forward makes. I am very happy for Morgan and the entire Crane family and thank them for not only their dedication to CYA, but also for their dedication to the game".  


    Way to go Crane!!!!!

    Hartman Verbally Committed to by Northeastern University

    CYA U16: Maddie Hartman

     The Chicago Young Americans are pleased to announce that Defenseman Maddie Hartman has verbally committed to Head Coach Dave Flint and The Northeastern University Huskies for the Class of 2015.

    “Maddie's physical play along with her exceptional hockey IQ is what really catches your eye,” commented CYA Head Coach and Director of Player Advancement John Cimba. “Northeastern offers Maddie a fantastic education along with an outstanding hockey program. This is absolutely the right fit for her.”

    The CYA Team is very proud of Maddie's accomplishment and look forward to closely working with her so she is ready for her 2015 NCAA experience!!


    Emma Vlasic

    CYA U16: Emma Vlasic


    CYA is very proud to announce that U16 forward Emma Vlasic, has received a verbal commit from Yale University. Emma is a 4 year CYA player who, finished the 2011-12 season with a 42-32-74 Line in 51 games. Emma is now the second player from the U16 team to receive a commitment.

    Emma's commitment to the game along with her work ethic, character and respect for the her teammates and coaches will continue to bring her great success.

    Congrats Emma!!!!


    O'Connor Commits to Harvard

    CYA U16: Erin O'Connor


    Congratulation goes out to CYA U16 player Erin O’Connor, a 4 year CYA veteran, on her recent commitment to Harvard.


    Everyone at CYA is very proud of her for her hard work and dedication to the program. Congrats!!!