New Player FAQs / Local Rinks

1. Does my daughter need to know how to skate before playing?  No. The Developmental level is designed to introduce girls to both learning how to skate and the game of hockey. It doesn't matter what age your daughter is, coaches will help her learn to skate and have fun.

2. When are practice times?  Practice times vary depending on the level but practices are generally on weekday evenings after 5:00 PM.

3. Is there travel involved?  It depends on which team your daughter plays for but there will be some travel from time to time to play regional teams, usually on weekends but not always overnight unless there is a tournament.  The 8U teams will play "jams" which bring together three or four teams to play a mini-tournament for an hour or two.

4. Where do the teams play and practice locally?  Most teams will play/practice at SUNY Broome (BCC) and the Arena. Some will take place at the Ice House (formerly the Chenango Ice Rink).

5. Is it expensive to play hockey?   To play hockey you must have quite a bit of equipment and it can add up but kids grow up fast so there is always used equipment out there. The Blizzard have limited equipment bags to rent for the season.  Also, there is used gear online, at the STHA Hockey Swap at the Hockey Shop on Front St., Binghamton in early September, and some stores that sell used gear in Syracuse, Ithaca, and other nearby hockey towns.

6. How do I register my daughter to play Blizzard hockey?  Registration is a two-step process and is explained on our Registration page.  The reason it is two steps is because the first step is registering your daughter with USA Hockey and getting a registration number. Then you use that registration number to register with the Blizzard.  The Blizzard have a payment plan so you can choose to spread the registration fee out over a couple of months.

7. I don't know much about hockey, does that matter?  Absolutely not. Each team has a couple of coaches and a team manager. The team manager will answer any questions you have about equipment, volunteer opportunities, policies, etc. Each team has designated "locker room moms" who are in the locker room to help with equipment, tying skates, etc.

8.  What are Blizzard volunteer hours?  To help keep registration costs down we ask each registered player's parent(s) to volunteer 8 hours of time over the course of the season. Volunteer opportunities include helping out at Try Girls Hockey Day, at the pancake breakfast or Silent Auction fund raisers, or by signing  up with your family to help out at the Binghamton Senators Kids Korner.

9.  Where are the local hockey rinks? [ Acronyms used on Blizzard calendar are in brackets below ]
  • [IH]: The Ice House (formerly known as CIR) is located at 614 RIVER RD., Binghamton, NY  13901.  
  • [SBIC] or [SUNYB]: SUNY Broome Ice Center (formerly known as BCC) is at 907 UPPER FRONT ST., Binghamton, NY 13905
  • [Arena]: The Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena (The Arena) is at 1 STUART ST., Binghamton, NY 13901