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Welcome to the Lawrence Flames Website!

The Lawrence Flames are the premier youth hockey organization in Mercer County. Our players, coaches and parents work together to provide great opportunities for kids and to instill the Flames program with the core values of fun, focus, and fundamentals while displaying a genuine love for the game of hockey.    

  Thank you and Go Flames!   

 

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Pond Hockey League...REGISTER NOW!
06/12/2016
In its purest form hockey is played outdoors – on a pond, a...
We Are Growing & It's News Worthy!
05/04/2016
To Bolster Hockey Numbers, CVC Coaches Launch Program By S...
Introducing the Flames Limited Travel Program: the HEAT!
04/06/2016
2016-2017 Coaching Staff Annoucement
03/28/2016
2016-2017 Coaching staff is posted!  Click here to view.
Mite Madness - Flames Score a Second Place Finish in Ocean
02/29/2016
The Lawrence Flames Mites took the ice in March Mite Madness Tournament...
Squirt A Shines in Lake Placid
01/06/2016
In the home of the greatest hockey game ever played, the Flames Squirt...
Pee Wee B Stands Tall at Hershey Tournament
12/02/2015
After taking one on the chin to start the tournament, the Pee Wee...
Bantam Team Wins Columbus Day Clash
10/13/2015
The Bantam A team represented the Flames organization with pride...
Lawrence Flames Player Drafted by NY Islanders!
06/27/2015
Andong “Misha” Song was drafted in the 6th round, 172nd...
 
Pond Hockey League...REGISTER NOW!

In its purest form hockey is played outdoors – on a pond, a lake, or even a river. Competitive Edge introduced the PHL on the principals of learning the game in a fun, creative and competitive environment. The PHL is a 3 on 3 half ice summer hockey league which enables players to learn and understand the game at an accelerated rate accommodating both the experienced travel player and the player that loves the recreational sport.

Players participating in the PHL will learn how to read and react to various offensive and defensive situations in small areas and at a higher intensity. This ultimately forces the mind and body to move at a faster pace.

 

Schedule

For the eight session season we will be running a 30 minutes skills session accommodating all levels of play followed by organized 3 on 3 half ice games with referees for the additional 45 minutes of the session.  This format will avoid teams playing the same team each week throughout the session and provide for kids to play with other kids of similar age and level of experience.

Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:00pm

Sunday, June 26th at 4:00pm

Wednesday, June 29th at 6:00pm

Wednesday, July 6th at 6:00pm

Sunday, July 10th at 4:00pm

Wednesday, July 13th at 6:00pm

Sunday, July 17th at 4:00pm

Wednesday, July 20th at 6:00 pm

 

To register, complete this form.


by posted 06/12/2016
We Are Growing & It's News Worthy!

Junior James Gow in a game against Steinert at the Mercer County Park ice rink this season. On Gow’s team are players from Hightstown High School. (Photo by Suzette J. Lucas.)

To Bolster Hockey Numbers, CVC Coaches Launch Program

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By Samantha Sciarrotta

It’s no secret that ice hockey numbers are dwindling in Mercer County—the number of co-op teams in the Colonial Valley Conference alone tells that story. Teams across the county, like Lawrence and Hightstown, Nottingham and Hamilton West, and Robbinsville and Allentown are forced to combine due to low player turnout. That has been the case for several seasons.

So, a group of CVC coaches recently gathered together to discuss the state of ice hockey in Mercer County. Their goal was simply to brainstorm—what can be done to get more kids playing the sport at the high school level? Assisted by the Lawrence Flames travel hockey program, they figured it out, and launched a new outlet for local kids to access the sport.

The discounted program is open to new and inexperienced players 4-12, to be placed in separate divisions based on age: Atoms and Mites (4-8) and Squirts and Pee Wees (9-12). In addition, the Flames also launched the Lawrence Heat, an in-house, limited travel program intended for players (born 2004-5 for Pee Wee and 2006-7 for Squirt) just learning the sport. The program’s home rink is Louckes Arena at the Lawrenceville School.

Robbinsville/Allentown head coach Dan Bergan said the Heat will give children a “second chance” to get involved with the sport.

Competitive travel hockey is an integral part of success at the high school level, and the Heat’s goal is to give players two or three years of that experience that they might not have had otherwise before they enter ninth grade. Without that experience, they’re already at a disadvantage going up against powerhouse schools from areas like Bergen and Morris counties.

“In the past, high school coaches have just expected the talent to come to them, but in Mercer, the time has come for the high school coaches to take an active role in trying to promote, participate [in] and encourage hockey,” Lawrence/Hightstown head coach John Ritchie said.

Bergan called it an opportunity for kids who might not make elite travel programs, or athletes who got off to a late start playing hockey. The idea is that the more kids who enter high school with prior hockey experience, the more competitive CVC teams can become.

“The lack of participation at a younger age is what has caused our county’s teams to struggle,” West Windsor-Plainsboro North head coach Andrew Ferencevych said. “Many other counties have strong feeder programs, have leagues for middle school teams, and provide more opportunities for players to try hockey when they are younger. Early participation leads to increased amount of practice to hone skills.”

Lacrosse has seen a local renaissance over the last several years, and he said that younger kids might be more prone to gravitate toward that, as well the typical popular sports like baseball and soccer, rather than hockey.

Ferencevych also added that Mercer County teams had strong programs when IceLand had a sizeable house league, which allowed kids to at least try hockey. Now, they don’t have the option to test the waters.

“Where there were numerous travel programs feeding the local high schools, there are now very few,” Bergan said. “The sport is still healthy and strong as seen by the dominance of Jersey Shore teams. For the local high schools, teams that have been eligible for state tournaments have not been very successful, indicating we are in a bit of a down cycle and need to address that.”

The coaches hope to change that with the new Flames programs.

The majority of players from the top schools in other counties flow in through feeder programs. Here, though, they’ve dwindled over the last few years.

But those feeder programs are essential. Bergan added that if a child is athletic and a good runner, he or she can pick up most other sports fairly quickly. For hockey, though, players need two or three years’ worth of skating lessons before they’re considered skilled enough to start developing stick skills and taking part in contact play.

“Many potential players don’t realize what a great thrill it is to play the game until they are a little older,” Bergan said. “It has the hand-eye of baseball, the athleticism of basketball and the intensity of football, all rolled into one, all while flying over the ice at speeds unmatched by other sports. Because it takes those couple of years to be effective as a skater, perhaps the ‘immediate gratification’ factor lags a bit behind. But that is also what makes ice hockey players so special.”

The state of the economy, Ritchie added, has limited which sports are willing to try because tuition, ice time, and equipment can be expensive for a family unsure of whether or not their child will want to keep up with hockey. But prospective players eschewing hockey in favor of other less expensive (or less time consuming) sports is part of the down period it’s currently in.

But Bergan stressed the current situation is not “grave”—periods like this are normal, he said.

“All sports go through up and down cycles two to four years at a time,” he said. “I think hockey can be robust again without without this initiative, but this will certainly help us become more competitive on a statewide basis. I think the current Shore Conferences are a good benchmark…It’s simply time we take a proactive stace, rather than just taking whatever talent the pipeline feeds us and be satisfied with that. We’re taking a look at what top statewide programs do and hoping to duplicate that.”

The Atom and Mite programs cost $500 per player per season. The Heat program costs $600 per player and $300 per goalie per season. Half of the payment is due with registration and the remaining half is due by Dec. 31. Jerseys and socks are included with the price. For more information, call the Lawrence Flames organization at (609) 731-3083 or e-mail Rich Dickinson at rdickinson1625@gmail.com. On the web: lawrenceflames.org


by posted 05/04/2016
Introducing the Flames Limited Travel Program: the HEAT!

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by posted 04/06/2016
2016-2017 Coaching Staff Annoucement

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2016-2017 Coaching staff is posted!  Click here to view.


by posted 03/28/2016
Mite Madness - Flames Score a Second Place Finish in Ocean

The Lawrence Flames Mites took the ice in March Mite Madness Tournament at Ocean Ice Palace in Brick, NJ.  The Flames ran through their preliminary schedule a perfect 4-0.  Their crisp passing and solid defense led them to wins over Old Bridge, two of the home Brick teams and Riverbank Youth from New York.  All players scored at least one goal during the four games with key contributions from Simon Barnes, Ben Deutsch, Joseph Faiman, Will Farrell and Patrick Slajchert who scored the first of his career.  The Flames made it to the final to take on the other 4-0 team from the tournament, the Toms River Blackhawks.  Our Flames who had not trailed at all during the tournament found themselves 2-0 after 1, 4-2 after 2 and 5-3 early in the third when Andrew Darst and Dean Meissner found the back of the net to tie the game.  In the 5 minute Sudden Death Overtime, Matt Allen put on a goalie clinic making many great saves to get the team to the shootout.  Charlie Jackson scored the lone tally in the shootout as the Flames fell 2-1.  A tremendous second place finish in a hard fought game capped a tremendous season for the Mites. As you can see from the smiles and the medals, the team was happy with their play and the parents couldn't be more proud!


by posted 02/29/2016
Squirt A Shines in Lake Placid

In the home of the greatest hockey game ever played, the Flames Squirt A team turned in a stellar effort and earned a hard fought bronze medal at the American Cup tournament in Lake Placid, NY over the New Year’s weekend.

Led by “players of the games” Jake Lenox in game 1, Jamie Jackson in game 2, Liam Yeoman in game 3 and Luke Gensinger in game 4, the entire Flames team played their hearts out in four tightly matched games to earn their claim as tournament medalists.

Plus, Wyatt Ewanchyna proved to be the sniper of the tournament winning the shootout competition, while his big brother and team captain Ace Ewanchyna was the only player to score against the eventual tournament champion.

Congratulations to every player on a well-played tournament. Way to go Flames!


by posted 01/06/2016
Pee Wee B Stands Tall at Hershey Tournament

After taking one on the chin to start the tournament, the Pee Wee B team played tremendous hockey against serious competition at the always competitive Hershey Thanksgiving Weekend Tournament. Playing in a field with 14 Pee Wee B teams, our Flames overcame injury, odd playing times and the crowded field to finish with a thrilling 4-3 victory. Congratulations on the great showing team!  


by posted 12/02/2015
Bantam Team Wins Columbus Day Clash

Bantam players win Columbus Day Clash

The Bantam A team represented the Flames organization with pride and emerged victorious from the MyHockey Tournaments Columbus Day Clash in Pittsburgh, PA.

Playing to a stellar 5-0 record during the weekend, including a shootout victory that went 6 shooters deep in the playoffs, the boys won the championship game 3-1 over the Western Pennsylvania based Arctic Foxes.

Congratulations to coach Joe Lanza and the boys!


by posted 10/13/2015
Lawrence Flames Player Drafted by NY Islanders!

Andong “Misha” Song was drafted in the 6th round, 172nd overall by the New York Islanders in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Misha was the Captain of the Lawrence Flames Midget U18AA Red team in 2014.

Coach Andrew Ducko said of Misha’s draft, “He’s a really good kid. A great hockey player and I wish him the best of luck.”

According to the NY Islanders website, his scouting report says, “Andong Song becomes the first Chinese-born player to be drafted in the NHL Draft. Song, a native of Beijing, China, moved to North America at age nine, but captained the Chinese team at the 2015 U-18 World Jr. Championships (D-II). The Islanders selected Song from Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, where he captained the team in his senior season.”

Congratulations Misha!


by posted 06/27/2015
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