|TEAM - GIRLS||COACH|
Cassie Stein (A)
Sanya Sandahl (A)
Clair Santostefano (A)
Don Ridge (A)
|U16||Nicole Nelson/Chris Shines
John Cimba (A)
Sanya Sandhal (A)
|Girls Director||John Cimba|
|Youth Director||Bud Simon|
|Girls Program Goalie Coach||Sanya Sandahl|
Girls' Hockey Director
Phone: (847) 826-4115
CYA U19: Amelia Murray
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!!
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.
CYA U19: Sarah Fisher
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!!
CYA U19: Natalie Ryan
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.
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.
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!
CYA U19: Sydney Sorkin
CYA U16: Morgan Ondrick
CYA U19: Julia Tylke
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.
CYA U19: Carly Thomas
CYA U19: Maggie Conroy
CYA U19: Ivy Dynek
Congrats Ivy, we are all so proud!!!!
CYA U16: Caitlin Schneider
CYA U19: Makenna Thomas
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.
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."
CYA U19: Ariana Depinto
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.
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!!!
CYA U19: Rebecca Lindblad
CYA U19: Jordan Stewart
“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."
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.
CYA U16: Caroline Knop
CYA U16: Jackie Mota
CYA U19: Meagan Ondrick
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."
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."
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.”
CYA U19: Alexis Molotky
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.”
CYA U19: Leslie Matera
CYA U19: Erika Truschke
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!!!!!
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!!
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.
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!!!