The stories of people who change their path are always impressive and inspiring, and today we’d like to share one such story. In this post, you will find out how the former hockey player managed to fool a drug-testing machine once, and years after started to work on cannabis products.

Meet Darren McCarty: Who is this man? 

Darren McCarty is a former player of the Red Wing hockey team of Detroit. He achieved pretty good results during plays, yet some of them were not only due to his talent as a hockey player. Darren used to improve his physical abilities with marijuana that he smoked the night before the game. He stated it helped him to fall asleep better. 

“How come he didn’t get caught?” you may ask. We don’t know all McCarty’s secrets yet since he did not reveal them, but it is known he used synthetic urine to pass the drug test before the game once and broke the testing machine. He got caught that time and was demanded to pay a substantial fine to the NHL. 

Why did he decide to join the CBD industry?

The mentioned case did not break Darren although he left his career as a hockey player. After his sports retirement, he decided to get back to the game in a new role: now, he is an owner of a CBD brand. 

Darren McCarty has gone a long way to becoming who he is now. It wasn’t a simple road since he had health issues after finishing his sports career: the doctors diagnosed him with a hernia. Then, he was given a pain-killing treatment that did not let him fall asleep so Darren decided to smoke some weed. He already knew that cannabinoids helped sleep, so he thought they would work out this time as well, and he appeared to be right. 

After that stage in his life, Darren started to study cannabis and concussions to find out how medical cannabis works. After educating himself, Darren understood that he could make cannabis products his lifework. He read many CBD oil reviews to make sure his decision was right, and after that, he started to take CBD products and weed daily. Besides working on his CBD brand, he advocates for NHL players using cannabidiol instead of addictive pain-killing drugs in his career. 

Benefits of CBD

So what are the advantages of cannabinoid products for hockey players and other sportsmen? They are the same as for all people:

  • Sleep improvement. Medical marijuana and CBD helps people to fall asleep and have quality 8-hour sleep throughout the night;
  • Killing pain. Whatever kind of pain one has, headache, muscle pain, or even cancer pain, it can be killed with CBD. You only need to pick the right dose for you;
  • Decreasing stress and anxiety. If a person suffers any anxiety disorder or even has signs of coming depression, CBD and medical marijuana can help. The overall mood will also improve.


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Fellow parents and association members,

The association is a non-profit, 501(c)3 registered charity.  As such, there are a wealth of fundraising tools that everyone can use in their daily online lives to help raise funds for your hockey assoc.  I’d like to introduce you to a couple and hope that you will quickly start adopting their use.

The first is Amazon Smile.  Every time you shop on, please use the following link :  This will take you directly to our page on Amazon Smile and we will get 0.5% of your eligible purchase.

The next is a tool that you can use for searching the internet.  Now I know that everyone loves Google, but by using this tool, again for every search you make, the association gets a donation.  The search tool is powered by Yahoo! and is called Goodsearch.

We have also partnered with Goodshop so that now you can feel great about your online shopping! Goodshop gives you the best coupons for thousands of stores like Target, Apple, Petco and more AND a percentage of what you spend on virtually every purchase is donated to our cause! Plus, with the Goodshop app for iPhone and iPad, you can shop, save, and give on the go.

Goodshop works with more than 5,000+ stores to provide the best deals and coupons and the top stores also donate up to 20% of their purchase back to our association.  Goodshop has already raised more than $11 million for various charities.

Please go to and and choose Hollis Youth Hockey Association as the cause your activity will benefit.  Or use these links:



Since the association is a non-profit charity, we are also eligible to receive charitable donations.  Please consider this when making your charitable donations and for those whose employers have a charitable giving matching scheme, that would immediately double your donation.

We are always looking for corporate sponsorship. There are a few sponsorship levels available (think of those names that are on the back of some team jerseys) – more details can be found here.  Perhaps your employer, or if you are a business owner, would consider sponsorship.

Finally I would love to hear your ideas on fundraising opportunities or activities, so please get in touch! Let me know if you have any questions on any of the above and please consider using the search and shopping tools outlined.  Every little helps to benefit the association and our players.


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A Look Back at Memorable HYHA Moments

Squirt 1’s VHL 2012-2013 Champions

Congratulations to Head Coach Michael Salzman, Asst. Coach Jay Kelly, Asst. Coach Greg Lennox, Asst. Coach Rindress MacDonald, Team Mgr. Trish Kelly, and of course to the players:  Jackson Gates, Colton Giersch, Thomas Kelly, Dylan LaLiberte, Peter Lennox, Matthew Lynch, Colin MacDonald, Joshua Salzman, Paul Vachon, Jr., Anthony Viola, and Torin White
Congrats to Jackson Gates … MVP!!!
What a great season, and a great group of Players and Coaches!!!

Squirt 2’s VHL 2012-13 Champions

Congratulations to Head Coach Brian Sullivan, Asst. Coach Paul Soule, Team Mgr. Laura Soule, and of course to the players:  Nik DiRenzo, Matthew Hinspeter, Liam Hovey, Ryan McInnis, Jacob Roy, Ty Soule, Kevin Sullivan, Clayton Thomas, and Sal Vella.
Congrats to Nik DiRenzo … MVP!!!
Great Coaches, Great Players, Great Season!!!!

Cavalier Teams find pot of gold at end of rainbow

March 16-18 2012

The Cavaliers Squirt AAA and Bantam teams competed in the St. Patrick’s Pot-O’-Gold Tournament 16-18 March 2012 at the Union Arena in Woodstock, VT.  Both teams captured the championship for their respective division.

In the Shamrock Division (Squirt) tourney opener Friday evening, the CAVs displayed their potent offense defeating the Middlebury (VT) Tigers by the score of 8-0.  The game initially seemed to be fairly evenly matched, but after the CAVs had their first goal called back mid-way through the first period the flood gates opened.  The CAVs scoring efforts was led by Brandon Hugh who tallied a hat trick.  Defensively CAVs goalie Ben Goolsby and defensemen Anil Rao/David Wang and Sean Kelly/Chris Sullivan prevented the Huskies from generating any offense.
With the stands packed with CAVs fan, the Blarney Division (Bantam) opener immediately followed the squirt game.  The CAVs battled the Middlebury Tigers to a 3-3 tie.  The CAVs displayed excellent passing in the offensive zone with Cam Richall netting 2 tallies for the CAVs.  While defensive lines Alex Fagan, Tom Johnson, Evan Daskalos, Jack Ruonala and Jack Shields did an excellent job controlling the puck in their zone late in the game.

The CAVs Squirt team could not celebrate too much Friday night with a 7:20am Saturday morning game against the Henniker Huskies, a team they would see again in the championship game. The CAVs front lines of Isaac Rogers/Austin Csizek/ Brandon Hugh and TJ Vitullo/Max Sears/Brendon Ferrio did an excellent job cycling the puck in the offensive zone and generated a ton of shots against a tough Huskies goalie, but could not break open the game.  With the CAVs fans sitting on the edge of their seats, a late game penalty and the Huskies goalie pulled, the CAVs faced 6 on 4 for nearly 2 minutes.  TJ Vitullo, Max Sears, Sean Kelly and Isaac Rogers battled to control the puck, while goalie Ben Goolsby made some key saves to help the CAVs come away with the 3-2 victory.

In their second game, the Bantams faced the hometown Woodstock Jr Wasps.  With a tie the previous evening the CAVs needed a big win to help to ensure they were in the best position to advance in the tourney.  Goalie Curtis Richall, who did an excellent job blocking shots and controlling rebounds, helping the CAVs shut down a good Woodstock team to notch a 5-1 win.  Offensively the CAVs Gordon Sears, Robbie Lavine, Evan Conners, Jeremiah Latham, Brett Pitre, Sean Chipman, Cam Richall, and Tyler Roberge did an excellent job passing the puck while serving out some hard hits to the Jr Wasps.

Saturday evening the CAVs Squirt team faced the hometown Woodstock Marauders.  Though the Marauders broke out early to take a 1-0 lead the CAVs Brendon Ferrio netted two quick tallies to put the CAVS up.  However, the Marauders continued to battle back and tied the game 2-2.  With the teams playing 4 on 4, Isaac Rogers made a beautiful pass to TJ Vitullo who beat Marauders goalie to put the Cavs up 3-2, The CAVs would net another goal in the third period defeating the Marauders by the score of 4-2.

In the last game Saturday Night the CAVs Bantams squared off against the Henniker Huskies.  In an extremely physical contest the teams were tied 1-1 when a serious of hits by both teams set the Arena in an uproar.  The Henniker team decided it had had enough and walked off the ice, forfeiting to the CAVs 2-1.

In the Championship match-up Sunday the CAVS squirt team again paired-off against a tough Henniker team, and their commanding goalie.  The first period ended and it looked like the game would be a repeat of their previous meeting.  However, the second period opened up and the front lines of Isaac Rogers/Austin Csizek/Brandon Hugh and TJ Vitullo/Max Sears/Brendon Ferrio created several scoring opportunities, while the Cavs defensive unit of Sean Kelly/Chris Sullivan, David Wang/Anil Rao and goalie Ben Goolsby shut-down the offense of their opponents. When the dust settled the CAVs had notched a 4-1 victory and swept the tourney.

The CAVs TJ Vitullo was selected as the Squirt MVP for his excellent two way play.  In the tournament skills competition the CAVs Isaac Rogers won the shooting drills, goalie Ben Goolsby took second in the goalie drills, and the CAVS relay team took third place.
In the final game of the tourney Sunday the CAVs Bantams faced the hometown Woodstock Jr Wasps. The Union Arena was a buzz from the events the previous evening.  Both teams displayed a lot of physical play early trying to knock the other team off their game.  However, the CAVs defensive unit of goalie Curtis Richall, Alex Fagan, Tom Johnson, James Young, Jack Shields, Evan Daskalos, and Jack Ruonala, soon took control of the game in the defensive zone.  Offensively the CAVs Cam Richall, Robbie Lavine, Jeremiah Latham, Gordon Sears, Dalton Dorie, Brett Pitre, Evan Conners, Tyler Roberge, XXX Chipman kept the Wasps scrambling with excellent passing and puck control.  As the clock ran down the CAVSs celebrated a 4-1 victory to capture the championship.  The CAVs Robbie LaVine was selected as the Squirt MVP.

February 2009

The Hollis Cavaliers Peewee 1’s took the Nation’s Capital by storm this weekend touring Washington DC, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and sweeping the competition in the Congressional Cup Tournament! The tournament was played in the Skatequest Rink in Reston VA and in the Ashburn Ice House in Ashburn, VA. The Cavaliers played against the Hollydell (NJ) Hurricanes, the Bridgewater (NJ) Bears and the Delaware Jr. Blue Hens beating all three teams and in the Finals, beat the Hollydell Hurricanes 4:2 on Monday February 16th.

This weekend, the Cavs came together on the ice and played as a team with a common goal, that being to take the “Cup” back to NH. Defenseman, Ian McNamara (age 11), put it best: “We didn’t drive 8 hours to take 2nd place!”

Saturday 2/14/09, in game 1 vs. the Hurricanes, the Cavs started off with intensity, and put great pressure on the Hurricanes goal tender right away. There were some great chances to score, but at the end of the 1st, it was still 0:0.

Early in the 2nd period, Liam Conners scored firing up the 50 or so Cavaliers fans who had made the trip from NH. Tom Johnson and Daniel Ash earned the assists. The battles continued on the ice from one end to the other. Goal tenders Travis Howard and Connor McDonald both stood tall between the pipes making great saves for Hollis.

With less than a minute in the game, the Hurricanes pulled their goalie, but it was not to be. Cam Blake broke free in the Cavs zone and made a perfect shot from mid ice to find the empty net making it 2:0 (Hollis).

Sunday 2/15/09, in game 2 vs. the Bears (NJ), both teams came out hard. It was a physical and aggressive matchup, but Hollis found the back of the net twice before the 1st period was over. Daniel Ash scored first for Hollis and, defenseman Connor Tierney made a head’s up play feeding Cam Blake who took the Bears goalie by surprise with a fast hard shot that he just couldn’t stop.

Every Cavalier gave it their best in this game. The defensive lines of Ian McNamara, Aidan Conlon, Jake Galgay, John Butler, Connor Tierney and Tyler Dodge did their job keeping the Bears out of the zone and away from Howard and McDonald. When they did get through, both Howard and McDonald performed flawlessly. Offensively, Cam Ricard, Cam Blake, Brendan MacVarish, Taylor Farrow, Tom Johnson, Liam Conners, Kyle Rogers and Daniel Ash swarmed in and out of the Bears zone serving up hard hits and nice passes giving themselves plenty of opportunity.

But, the Bears were not going down easily. With the score at 2:0 (Hollis), it seemed as if the gloves would come off and the whistle blew again and again. There were penalties on both sides and it seemed as if the last 5 minutes of the 3rd period crept by putting these Cavalier Hockey Mom’s on the edge! But, the clock did wind down and the boys from NH (and Mass) made their coaches and their families proud winning it 2:0 again!

Monday 2/16/09, in game 3 vs. Jr. Blue Hens (Delaware). The Cavs were up early for an 8:20 game and it was apparent that they had gotten a good night’s rest! Taylor Farrow scored 2 goals, one of which was unassisted and the other was an assist from Cam Ricard. The 3rd Hollis goal was a sharp wrist shot from Ian McNamara who received a pass from down low. Final score was Hollis 3:1 securing their spot in the finals later in the day!

Monday 2/16/09 – in FINALs Cavaliers vs. Hurricanes. Hollis came to the rink ready to serve the Hurricanes some humble pie and got on the score board first. Taking advantage of a 5 on 3 power play situation, Cam Ricard roofed the puck over the fallen goalie from the side of the net putting it home. Connor Tierney earned the assist. Ricard scored less than a minute later on the same power play on a pass to Taylor Farrow that deflected into the net off of a NJ defenseman’s skate. This made it 2:0 all in the 1st period.

Late in the 2nd period, NJ scored on a power play in their favor. Offensively Liam Conners, Daniel Ash, Kyle Rogers, Tom Johnson, Taylor Farrow and Brendan MacVarish played very well killing penalties as did the entire defense, to get the Cavs through the 2nd period during which they lead with a 3rd goal by John Butler. Butler deposited the loose puck after a mad scramble in front of the NJ net.

Cam Blake sealed the deal skating in from the center line making a move around the NJ defeneman and putting it in the 5-hole. When the clock ran down, the Cavs celebration of their 4:2 win was sweet with gloves high in the air.

Coach Bob Hug stated: “We went the first 8 periods without giving up a goal and only gave up 3 goals for the entire tourney. This was due to great TEAM defense and, of course, the co-MVPs Connor (McDonald) and Travis (Howard) (goaltenders).”

Cavaliers – 2006 Dual State Champions!

April 17,2006

Three Cavaliers teams win their divisions to become 2006 Dual State Champions.

Mite 1D.DoireMVP of the game
Squirt 1D.GillisMVP of the game
Bantam 2B.MooreMVP of the game

Congratulations to all the players, coaches and parents. Good job!

Mite 1 Team Wins Lobster Trap Tournament in Squirt Division

February 28, 2006

The Cavaliers’ Mite 1 team went to Maine expecting to play some stiff competition and to get some valuable experience- they got both and a Championship trophy to boot! The team registered in the Squirt B Division when the Mite A level of the tournament was eliminated from the program. The competition was fierce and we all found out that ‘they grow ’em big up there’, but the Cavs put it all together and, with the great goaltending of Alex Fansel, the superb and fierce defensive play of Ian McNamara, Michael Barrett, Aidan Conlon and Daniel Ash, the relentless forechecking and backcheking of our corps of forwards Adin Farhat, Michael Chiasson, Joe Nutting, Kyle Stephens, Alex Maresco, Tom Johnson, Noah Cote and Daniel Donovan the Cavs managed to fight their way into the playoff round. There they won an exciting game against the previously-undefeated Red Devils, 5-4, to gain a Finals berth.

The Championship game posed a bigger challenge as the Cavs would face the undefeated Eagles in a rematch. Joe Nutting’s goal gave the Cavs a 1-0 lead which was relinquished with only minutes to play in the game. The 1-1 tie brought us to overtime in which Kyle Stevens masterfully won a face off (less than 3 minutes into the OT frame), went around the opposing center and deposited the puck over the goalie’s shoulder and into the back of the net. The Cavaliers were CHAMPIONS! It was a great weekend for all. The coaching staff, the parents, the brothers and sisters, the grandparents and especially the players not only brought a trophy back from Maine but also tons of great memories and lots of respect! As the players would say it, we ‘ate the lobster!’

Bantams Take Gold at Lake Placid

February 28, 2006

The Hollis Cavaliers Bantam Hockey team traveled to Lake Placid this past weekend and took home the Gold from The Can/Am Challenge Cup. The tournament ended with a close 2-1 victory over a fierce competitor from Rye, NY

Congratulations to Kyle Beiter, Stephen Burgoyne, Patrick Clark, Mike Connolly, David Cyr, Lorin Field, Mark Firmani, Greg Girtatos, Bobby Horn, Kevin Johansen, Eric LaVigne, Matt Lemire, Derek Nutter, Sean Paradis, Peter Poulakos and Ryan Sharp. Head Coach Tim Clark Assistant Coaches Ed Horn, Wayne Allard.