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2014-15 Coaching Line-Up

U12 Bud Simon
Sanya Sandahl (A)
Ben Adank (A)
U14 Ted Devine
Nicole Nelson (A)
U16 Frank Bisceglie
Claire Santostefano (A)
Joe Porcaro (A)
U19 John Cimba
Sanya Sandahl (A)
Girls Goalie Coach Sanya Sandahl
Nicole Nelson

John Cimba

Girls' Hockey Director

Phone: (847) 826-4115

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!!!

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