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The Raiders, a non-profit organization, skate out of SkateQuest of Reston. It is a twin-rink facility just off the Dulles Toll Road in Reston, well-positioned to serve the Northern Virginia and metro D.C. area. Read More

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LOCAL TRAVEL TRYOUTS - **UPDATED**
05/15/2020
  Our local USA Hockey Affiliate, the Potomac Valley Amatuer...
Raiders Board of Directors Election Results
05/10/2020
After completing the nomination period and candidate approval process,...
14U 2005 Blue - 2019-2020 EJEPL Playoff Champions
02/11/2020
Over the weekend of Jan. 31 – Feb 2, Reston’s 14U Blue...
 
LOCAL TRAVEL TRYOUTS - **UPDATED**

 

Our local USA Hockey Affiliate, the Potomac Valley Amatuer Hockey Association (PVAHA), released an update on local tryouts for the 2020-2021 Travel Hockey Season.  The full document is linked below if you would like to read it, but here are the highlights:

 

  • All local Tier I Programs (Washington Little Capitals, Team Maryland, and Washington Pride) may begin signing returning players to contracts on May 26th.  Those players must be registered with USA Hockey for the 2020-2021 season and also registered for that program's tryouts in order to sign the contract.
  • On June 1st, those Tier I Programs may begin signing new players for the 2020-2021 season. Again those players must be registered with USA Hockey for the 2020-2021 season and must be registered for that programs tryouts.
  • Supplemental Tryouts, fin order to fill-out any remaining roster spots, would be held for those programs once the Affiliate allows tryouts to begin.
  • Once the PVAHA has determined that all rinks can be open safely and support the numbers in the facilities that would allow tryouts to occur safely, tryouts would be allowed to commence for Tier I & Tier II Travel Programs. The Tier I Programs would have a two week period from that start date to conduct their tryouts, then the Tier II Programs can hold thier tryouts.
  • No Tier II Programs may sign players to contracts for the 2020-2021 season until Tier II tryouts have commenced.

 

Tier II Programs may begin or re-open tryout registration and the Raiders will be opening tryout registration shortly.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at president@restonraiders.com.

I hope everyone is safe and healthy.

Best Regards,

Kevin Burch
RRHC President
 

PVAHA Statement on Tryouts - May 15, 2020

 


by posted 05/15/2020
Raiders Board of Directors Election Results

After completing the nomination period and candidate approval process, we only had three candidates for our open Board of Directors positions. With only three qualified candidates, we did not open the election process and the following members are appointed to the Raiders Board of Directors for a three year term, which begins in June:

 

Jeff Bladek
Jonathan Cooper
Patrick Wildman
 

Congratulations to Jeff, Jon, and Pat and we look forward to working and continuing to work with them!!

 


by posted 05/10/2020
14U 2005 Blue - 2019-2020 EJEPL Playoff Champions

Over the weekend of Jan. 31 – Feb 2, Reston’s 14U Blue team won the club’s first ever EJEPL championship.   The top U14 division included 25 teams from Maine to Florida and included several of the top Tier 2 clubs in the nation.  It became clear early in the season that the Raiders could skate with the best and the Championship trophy was a fitting end to a highly competitive season.

Aston Ice Works was the setting of what would be a very close and hotly contested round robin playoff format.  Of the eight playoff games held on Friday, five went into overtime and two ended in ties after no scoring in 10 minutes of sudden death.  For the Raiders, the first contest was against the 13th ranked Charlotte Rush who wanted revenge for an OT loss to the Raiders earlier in the season.  Charlotte took a 1-0 lead into the second when team Captain, Conner McCarthy took advantage of a top-heavy Charlotte lineup and put away two goals including an impressive PP goal to take a 2-1 lead into the third.  Tucker Forrest was stellar in goal but their top line capitalized on a PP to tie the game and were able to score again to take the hard-fought win.

After some much-needed rest, Saturday would bring a highly skilled Atlanta Fire team and then Clearwater later that evening.   Aiden Arbuckle got the nod for the matinee and quickly made his presence known by turning away several quality chances.  But it was Will Cahill who was on fire in the first with two sweet tallies and Gavin Oglesby with another marker for a 3-0 lead mid-way in the second.  There was a lull in the second that made things close but Maddox Sheehan buried one more to squeak out a 4-3 win. 

The Clearwater Ice Storm knew they had their hand full when the Raiders pounced early and often.  With Tucker Forrest in goal, the Raiders took control of the game with relentless pressure and a phenomenal team effort.  Three balanced lines all had strong contributions and together with a solid blue line, the Raiders were able to deliver a 6-3 win.

Having emerged from the preliminary round as the top seed in their bracket, Reston would take on a strong York Devils club for the right to go to the championship game.   York had not lost a game during the regular season and Sunday morning saw them come out strong.  Will Cahill and Maddox Sheehan were quick to capitalize on some quality chances and a highly charged Reston team could sense something special was happening.  After York was able to close the gap in the second, it was again Conner McCarthy who put the game out of reach with two unanswered, for an emotional 4-1 Reston win. 

The win set the stage for an epic battle between the undefeated (and #6 ranked) Pro Tec Ducks and our undaunted Reston squad.  Having lost 4-2 to the Ducks earlier in the season, our boys knew full well of the challenges that lie ahead.  Early on, each team played with a great deal of structure and discipline.  The coaches had prepared the boys well and watched their group take a 1-0 lead when Maddox Sheehan converted on the doorstep.  The highly skilled Pro Tec team was able to tie it in the second but McCarthy was able to capitalize on a breakaway to make it 2-1.  The third saw tremendous efforts on both sides but it was Tucker Forrest who again controlled the destiny of our Reston group.  Tuckers’ dominant performance only served to fuel the emotionally charged Raider squad and helped Tommy Guthrie bury the ENG for a 3-1 win.

It was no surprise that Tucker Forrest would win the MVP but the performance of both Aiden and Tucker cemented the Arbuckle/Forrest tandem as the envy of the league.  This along with the tireless efforts of the coaches to prepare our boys in all facets of the game, made this accomplishment a true team success story.


by posted 02/11/2020
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