Nelson Hockey Family,
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Coach Shannon Jackson. Coach Jackson was an assistant coach of the U18 team where his son, Jett played and his wife, Heather was a co-manager. The Jackson family joined our club this past season and became a much-valued part of our hockey family. In addition to coaching for Metro, Shannon was also a founding member and player for the District Warriors, a disabled veteran's hockey club in DC. The District Warriors have set up a fund to support the family. There is an option to buy customized gear with all profits going to the family or to provide a direct donation via PayPal. Please follow the link below if you would like to contribute.
We know that Shannon's wife and two children, as well as his many friends and family members, are grieving this loss. We also recognize that this news will have an impact on members of our hockey family. If you or your child needs help processing this tragic loss, please feel free to contact us and we will connect you with the needed support.
Please keep the Jackson family in your thoughts and prayers. We will also be placing sticks out to honor Coach Jackson and his family. Be safe and well hockey family. RIP Coach Jackson.
2019-2020 18U Metro Maple Leafs
March 23, 2020
PVAHA Announcement Regarding 2020–2021 Tryouts
PVAHA is postponing all 2020–2021 team tryouts until further notice. This restriction applies to all Tier I, Tier II and Travel team tryouts that were scheduled to be held within Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia starting on or after April 8, 2020 for Tier I and April 25, 2020 for Tier II/Travel.
As everyone should be aware all ice rinks within PVAHA are currently closed based on state or local restrictions. The PVAHA board of directors will continue to monitor Federal and State restrictions and recommendations and reschedule 2020–2021 tryouts as soon as possible.
Until new 2020–2021 Season tryout dates are announced by PVAHA, and started for each level of play (Tier I, Tier II and Travel), no association or teams shall have any player or parent execute any player agreement or contract for the 2020–2021 season.
If any PVAHA association holds team tryouts for 2020–2021 teams or requests player contracts or agreements for the 2020–2021 season before PVAHA authorized tryouts start, that Association and all association teams will be sanctioned through PVAHA discipline proceedings. Sanctions will result in all association teams being ineligible for National Championship, District Championship and Affiliate State Playoffs. If PVAHA determines that an association violated PVAHA 2020–2021 tryout restrictions, all players with that association will be released from that association by PVAHA without any financial obligation and (subject to roster deadlines) be free to join other eligible teams.
Hello Again Nelson Hockey Family,
At this time, we have decided to PRESS PAUSE on all Nelson Hockey activities as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and attempt to make decisions that are in the best interest of our players, families, and community. While we all want to continue playing the game we love, right now we must recognize the seriousness of this pandemic, respect the advice of experts and act accordingly. We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available and decisions are made.
We will be issuing refunds for those who are registered for the spring clinics scheduled to take place this week as the system does not provide an option to issue credit for future sessions. We will begin this process immediately but ask for your patience as we are dependent on the processes in place with SignUpGenius.
Let's all hope that this passes quickly so we can get back life as we know it which includes hockey. In the meantime, get outside for some fresh air and exercise, practice your stick skills and shot in the yard and enjoy this time with your families. See below for some off-ice training links.
Thank you for your support and understanding. Be safe and well!
Please be aware that registration and payment for all Nelson Hockey activities including but not limited to spring clinics, scrimmages, Give it Shot, Fundamentals, etc., MUST be done via SignUpGenius. In light of the COVID-19 situations, we are limiting money handling and direct physical contact to the extent possible.
Nelson Hockey to Rebrand All Youth Teams as Jr. Black Bears starting Spring 2020
All Teams 8U-18U Will Incorporate New Name
ODENTON, MD – After more than 20 years as the Metro Maple Leafs, Nelson Hockey will rebrand its entire youth program and begin a new chapter as the Jr. Black Bears. The rebranding will begin in March. Formerly known as the Maryland Machine, spring tournament teams will bear the new name and logo. Tryout for spring hockey will take place the week of March 9th at the Piney Orchard Ice Arena. More info HERE.
Fall teams will follow suit with opportunities for every age and skills levels from beginners through the most competitive upper A and AA teams. Tryouts for the fall will take place week of April 25th.
"The time is right for this change. We've built a great relationship with the Maryland Black Bears organization and we're looking to expand upon it moving forward. The change in name is just a small piece of that." said Nelson Burton, Director of Nelson Hockey and former Washington Capital’s Winger. Maryland Black Bears players will be integrated into practice plans at all levels. "We want our coaches to take full advantage of the gift of having these talented young men included in some of our practice sessions. Not only are they an inspiration to our youth players but they can demonstrate skills that can help them raise their game," said Burton.
The rebranding has the endorsement of the league. “My son started playing hockey in 2004 as a Metro Maple Leaf. As a hockey mom, former team manager and present CBHL Commissioner, I have personally watched the club grow through their various learn to play hockey programs and rink expansions,” said Debbie Moon, Chesapeake Bay Hockey League Commissioner. “We, at the Chesapeake Bay Hockey League, are excited to have the Metro Maple Leafs rebranded as the Jr. Black Bears and welcome the Jr. Black Bears into the CBHL,” she added.
In addition to the name change, the Jr. Black Bears will have an increased presence at Maryland Black Bears games and events. They will co-sponsor a kickoff fundraiser for the Maryland Black Bears’ Guns & Hoses at the Sky Zone in Bowie on February 19 with the team. "We love sharing our Piney Orchard home with the Maryland Black Bears and are beyond excited to continue growing this relationship," said Burton.
Nelson Hockey will continue to offer team opportunities to players at all levels. They also offer “Learn to Play” and Adult League teams to players in Central Maryland. The introduction of the Jr. Black Bears will complement and expand Nelson’s current programs.
Nelson Hockey Association Inc. was created in1997 as a non-profit youth hockey organization to teach the fundamentals of ice hockey, promote character development and physical fitness, and instill the principles of fair play and healthy competition. Founder and Director, Nelson Burton, has spent more than 40 years playing and coaching hockey. He has played the game at every level from neighborhood pond hockey in his native Canada all the way to the NHL and continues to play in a local men’s league. Nelson’s goal is to provide a fun, competitive and inclusive environment for players to grow their skills, develop a love for the game and create life-long friendships.
All players are required to arrive at the rink wearing their hockey base layer or shorts and t-shirts under their street clothes or use the restroom to change into their hockey base layer or shorts and t-shirt. All members of the team must be wearing this minimum attire at ALL times while in the locker room to include both before and after games and practices. This policy will apply to ALL teams/players regardless of gender and will apply at home and away.