25 Mar

Hockey at Home Challenge

Participate in our Hockey at Home challenge! We're stronger together!

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24 Mar

COVID-19 and Tryout Update

Tri City Eagles Players and Families, 

We hope this finds you and your families safe and healthy. We do have updated information to provide.

Right Now:

PVAHA has suspended all Tier I, Tier II/Travel tryouts. The situation is under constant evaluation and tryouts will be rescheduled as soon as safe and logical to do so. Until new 2020–2021 Season tryout dates are announced by PVAHA, no association or teams shall have any player or parent execute any agreement or contract for the 2020–2021 season. Basically, no associations are allowed to offer roster positions for the upcoming season prior to tryouts. Here is the current statement from PVAHA.

The Gardens Ice House, along with all other rinks within PVAHA, remains closed. 

Moving Forward:

Q. When will tryouts be rescheduled?   

A. This is a very fluid situation and we will depend on our affiliate for direction. The PVAHA board of directors will continue to monitor Federal and State restrictions and recommendations and reschedule 2020–2021 tryouts as soon as possible.

Q. Can we still register for tryouts?  

A. Yes. Our registration link is still available. Tryouts will take place; it is just a question of when. For those who have already registered, your tryout position is secure.  

Q. How do we stay sharp and prepared for tryouts?  

A. Based on information received from PVAHA, they are likely to build a period of time between announcing tryouts and the actual tryout dates. This will create a window for players to get on the ice in preparation for tryouts. As that evolves, Tri City will look to be active in providing quality opportunities for players to train. Also, you should all have received information on various off-ice and dryland training options. These are just sources to help you stay creative and motivated. Finally, we are launching our own #HockeyAtHome challenge, encouraging our players and families to post and interact on social media. More specific information will be provided in the very near future. 

Please let us know if there are additional questions we can address.  

Again, as the situation evolves, we will share information through our website and social media, and email when necessary.

With our thanks, 

Robert Trantin and The Tri City Eagles Board

CDC - Coronavirus Overview


WHO - Advice for Coronavirus

14 Mar

Message from Our Hockey Director Rob Trantin

Dear Current & Prospective TCE Players,

I am so grateful and excited for the opportunity to be named hockey director of the Tri-City Eagles, a program rich in tradition, achievement, and community. So much success lies in front of this organization and I am thrilled to be a part of that process. The leadership, coaches, players, and parents before me have done an amazing job setting the table for Tri-City to take its next step forward.  

My goal is to reinvigorate what it feels like to be a part of the Tri-City Eagles. By strengthening the bonds within this club, we can weave a fortified fabric, establishing an experience that is enjoyed by all, both on and off the ice. I am determined to reestablish a foundation based on community. There is a sense of pride in being a member of this club, and we are going to investigate every creative idea to continue that magic.  

For the 2020-2021 season, there will also be a renewed emphasis on winning. And I am not talking about where our teams are in the standings with W’s and L’s. I am talking about creating a winning mindset within our organization, from the most experienced player to the beginner. The mentality of a winner doesn’t alter based on results; they compete out of respect for themselves and others. Understanding what it takes to be a winner is very important and goes well beyond youth ice hockey. The commitment, sacrifice, discipline, and humility required for winning are traits which carry through all areas of life. These are skills which we will seek to develop. The winning mindset embraces obstacles and challenges, understanding that development is not possible without adversity. At the end of the day, while we may not be responsible for developing professional athletes, we are absolutely responsible for developing professional humans. And we will take that seriously.  

Our teams will continue to compete at the highest appropriate levels. Competition drives development. And we have a very talented group of coaches, some of the very best in the area, to lead the way. I love the passion they bring to the table regardless of the level they coach. I have immense respect and admiration for all our coaches, from girls to house to travel. The time they invest in our youth is remarkable and I am inspired by them all. I am really looking forward to working alongside and learning from them. Together, we will challenge our players, both in practices and games. We will also work together to create a clear system of progression through our club, so players and parents can be prepared and comfortable as they progress in age and/or competitive levels. A mission, a plan, and an expectation.  

Opportunity abounds for Tri-City moving forward. We are so privileged to call The Gardens Ice House home and look forward to progressing forward with them. We share their passion for our sport and are excited to work together with them in growing the wonderful game of ice hockey. We also look forward to strengthening relationships with those who also call TGIH home; one in hockey. Personally, I am looking forward to being my very best and being a positive influence amongst youth and our community. I can’t wait to get started. 


Rob Trantin

Tri-City Eagles Hockey Director


12 Mar

End of the Season Banquet Canceled

Dear TCE Community:

Tri-City Eagles has been monitoring developments regarding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have received some questions from concerned families regarding the Banquet this Sunday, March 15. After looking at the current health directives and at what USA Hockey and other organizations are doing for gatherings and public activities this weekend, we have made the decision to cancel the Banquet on Sunday.

We will be issuing refunds for all ticket sales and information on that will be forthcoming.

We regret having to make this decision. We are doing so out of an abundance of caution and concern for the welfare of our community.

As a youth sports association, we will continue to closely track and monitor all developments regarding this situation. It is our responsibility to make educated and calculated decisions as we move forward, keeping in mind the health and safety of all our club members, family, friends, and the community as a whole. Thank you all for your support and please stay healthy.

All the very best,

Robert Trantin and the Board of Advisors 

6 Mar

Tri-City Eagles Welcomes Rob Trantin as Hockey Director

The Tri-City Eagles organization is excited to welcome Rob Trantin as the new hockey director. Rob brings an extensive background to the position both as a player and coach. Growing up around the game, Rob played hockey locally at Archbishop Spalding High School and the Washington Little Caps. He also played college hockey at SUNY Morrisville and Junior Ice Hockey with the Baystate Breakers and the Boston Harborwolves. His coaching experience includes a variety of ages and levels from 10U to 18UAA and High School. Most recently Rob has been Head Coach and Program Director at Archbishop Spalding High School.

The Tri-City Eagles have been fortunate to have Rob as a past Skills Director and Assistant Hockey Director, as well as a head coach. His background, love of the game, and enthusiasm are apparent. Rob possesses the communication and leadership skills necessary to develop strong organizational relationships. He holds youth, parents, and staff in high esteem and interacts with confidence, honesty, and humility. He is extremely eager and excited to work with all of us. “I’m very humbled by this opportunity to lead one of the most prestigious organizations in the area. The Tri-City Eagles have a rich history of excellence, and I’m very excited to be part of that tradition continuing into the future. I’m looking forward to bringing my best and working alongside the entire community to help this club achieve its next step forward.”

On a personal note, Rob and his wife Marisa just had their second son last week! Congratulations Rob and Marisa!

The Eagles are excited to have Rob continue to lead our organization towards our goal of helping young individuals develop as athletes, leaders, and members of the community.

Welcome Rob!!

5 Mar

18U Blue to Battle Howard Huskies in Game 3 of State Title

Come cheer on the 18U Blue team as they battle for the state title against the Howard Huskies in game three of a very contentious series. The Eagles took the first game in a 7-5 win playing a very strong game. The Huskies came back in game two winning 3-2 in a nail biting shoot out.

The deciding game is 10:00 am on Sunday at Columbia Ice Rink. The winner will be the Maryland State Champs and go on to represent the state at Nationals in Anaheim, CA. So come to Columbia on Sunday March 8th at 10:00 am wearing your Tri-City Eagles jersey to cheer on our National bound team!

20 Feb

All TCE Girls' Teams Play Off Bound

Come cheer on TCE Girls as they battle in the play offs at Skate Frederick!

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14 Nov

Introducing TCE Skills Director Matt Haney

TCE has hired Matt Haney as our new Skills Director.

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25 Oct

USA Hockey Recognizes TCE Coach

TCE Coach Michael Vaccaro garners national attention for his service on and off the ice.

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12 Sep

Tri-City Board of Directors Expands

In keeping pace with the continued growth of our club, the Board of Directors of the Tri-City Eagles Hockey Association, member of the Capital Beltway Hockey League Inc., has voted to expand the number of Directors from three to four. Elected to the board as a director is Felicity McGrath, Esq. The Board of Directors now includes Russell Smith, Michael Pleszkoch, Robert Kriner and Felicity McGrath.