Guilford, Conn., - As the Elite Hockey Program's tryout season has almost run its course, we are very excited to look ahead at the 2017-18 season. With the addition of new levels, and the strengthening of our current ones, Elite Hockey will be a force to be reckoned with come September. "We have made some really good changes in our personal for the upcoming season and I am exicted about the strong staff we have put together. We have also taken a closer look at our development program and training; we feel strongly about the direction our program and players are headed." Said Elite Hockey President, Peter Alden.
Take a look at what the Elite Hockey Program has in store for the upcoming season...
18U Midget Major:
The 18U Elite Hockey Program, will see a lot of new faces and talent for the 2017-2018 season. The newly revamped, 18U Program will compete in the AYHL, East Coast Elite League & the ECEL's New England Conference. Outside events for the upcoming season will include; ECC Labor Day Cup, Springfield Rifles East/West Invite & ECC College Cup. These leagues & tournaments provide maximum exposure and competition for our players against the best competition in the US & Canada. Our coaching staff at the 18U level consists of recent NCAA D1 & ECHL standout Luke Curadi, along with former NCAA D3 player and recent 16U coach, Austin Root. Together, this staff has the energy and passion to understand, work with and develop our players to prepare them for competition and advancement. For more information on player openings and program offerings, please email our head coach directly.
Luke Curadi (E) LCuradi@EliteHockeyAAA.com
The Elite Hockey Program is extremely excited to offer its first full season tournament team. This showcase team has attracted players nation wide and will compete in top events throughout the season, while the players will still be able to live at home. The 16U Showcase team will be spearheaded by Head Coach, Matt Vanden Berg. The Elite Hockey Showcase team will compete in the ECC Labor Day Cup, ECC College Cup, Mid-West Events and will have full membership to the East Coast Elite League. For more information on player openings and program offerings, please email our head coach directly.
Matt VandenBerg (E) MVandenBerg@EliteHockeyAAA.com
15U (2002) Midget Minor:
The 15U pure level is new to the Elite Hockey Program for the 2017-18 season. With a core of the 2016-17 Bantam Major team returning for the midget level and fantastic new additions from across the and internationally, we are excited to see what this team has in store for us. The 15U team will play in the top division of the AYHL & will be full members of the East Coast elite League 16U division along with the ECEL's, New England Conference. All three of these leagues contain some of top teams and players from across the country. Competition and exposure are readily available for the 15U group and our team is up for the challenge. Peter Alden & Dave Crandall will be leading the way for the Midget Minor 15U team. Alden,, a former player at Quinnipiac Univerity (ECAC D1) has over 10 years of coaching experience along with an 18U Tier 1 National championship in 2015. Dave Crandall brings a wealth of knowledge and strategy to the staff as he is a Scout in the USHL for the Youngstown Phantoms & has been at the helm of numerous high quality teams throughout his coaching career. Both Alden & Crandell have developed and advanced numerous players to NCAA, USHL, NAHL & Prep levels. For more information on player openings and program offerings, please email our head coach directly.
Peter Alden (E) PAlden@elitehockeyaaa.com
14U (2003) Bantam Major:
The 2003 Elite Hockey Program has the largest core of players returning for the 2017-18 season. Although, all of our players are entering their first year of high school, they have chosen to continue their growth and development with The Elite Hockey Program. Our 2003 team has a strong core of players who have played together for the last five seasons, and it is now complimented by top players from the tri-state area who are looking to build with Elite. The Bantam Major team is coached by TJ Schatz & Eric Germain. Combined, TJ and Eric have over 35 years of coaching experience from mites to college and everywhere in between. The two work extremely well together and know how to get the most out of their players. For more information on player openings and program offerings, please email our head coach directly.
TJ Schatz (E) TJXtreme@snet.net
13U (2004) Bantam Minor:
The Elite Hockey Program's Bantam Minor team is looking to make noise in the Atlantic Youth Hockey League. From the net out, this team has depth, size and serious potential. This club will take part in two ECEL Super Showcases & the ECC Prep Cup outside of AYHL league play. These showcases provide our players the opportunity to play against the top teams in the country in some of the best venues around. Our Bantam Minor team will be coached by long time CT youth hockey & high school coach, Rob Dow. Rob has over 20 years of coaching experience from mites to high school, and brings a wealth of knowledge to the table along with hard-nosed winning attitude. For more information on player openings and program offerings, please email our head coach directly.
Rob Dow (E) firstname.lastname@example.org
Elite Hockey Program - Goalie Training:
The Elite Hockey Program is extremely fortunate to work with one of the nation’s top goaltending schools in the country. ProCrease is run under the direction of Jared Waimon. Waimon is the current head goalie coach at NCAA powerhouse, Quinnipiac University. Jared is accompanied by Matt Michno, who is the current goalie coach at Brown University. Our goalies are able to work with ProCrease at practice during the week and in individual lessons on the side.
For more information on the Elite Hockey Program please contact Peter Alden at Palden@EliteHockeyAAA.com. For continued coverage, on the Elite Hockey Program, please follow us on Instagram (@Elite_Hockey_Program) & on Twitter (@EliteHockeyAAA.com).
Elite Hockey Program Midget Tryouts - Phase Two | April 29 & 30
Guilford, Conn., - The Elite Hockey Program will remain offering Full Season Tier 1 teams at the 15U (2002), 16U (2001) and 18U (1999-2001) in the 2017-2018 season. These teams will participate in the Atlantic Youth Hockey League (AYHL) and East Coast Elite League (ECEL) as well as top tournaments and showcases. After a very successful first phase of tryouts, the Elite Hockey Program is very close to solidifying their rosters across the board at the midget level.
Guilford, Conn., - The Elite Hockey Program is excited to announce that defenseman, Jaxon Rutkowski has committed to the Utica Pioneers for the 2018-19 season! Rutkowski tallied 3 goals and 20 assists this year with the Rochester Jr Monarchs, which led all Monarchs defensemen. In the 2015-2016 season, In 72 games with Elite Hockey last season, Rutkowski registered 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) and 126 penalty minutes.
“Jaxon has developed into a well-rounded defenseman while playing for the Elite Hockey Program” said President, Peter Alden. “He brings a great physical presence, has great vision and we are confident he will be successful at the college level. We are very excited for Jaxon and his family as he continues his hockey and academic career at Utica!”
A quote from the Utica Pioneers Head Coach Gary Heenan on committing another local product:
"I remember training Jaxon when he was 7-8 years old. Super kid who really knows his game. Makes a great first pass and is defensively responsible. Looking forward to having him wear the orange and blue."
“It’s such an honor to be able to commit to Utica College, especially as a hometown guy. It means the world to me, being able to play in front of all my friends, family, and the people who helped get me there. The Elite Hockey Program has given me the opportunity to play against some of the best players in the country last season and has provided a strong transition into the Junior hockey with the Rochester Jr Monarchs organization.” – Jaxon Rutkowski
For more information on the Elite Hockey Program, please visit us online: www.EliteHockeyProgram.com. Please make sure to save the date for our upcoming Midget tryouts held April 29 & 30 at the Northford Ice Pavilion.
Elite Hockey Program announce Spring/Summer team Elite Battalion
Join The Battle!!
The Elite Hockey Program is proud to announce the Elite Battalion, our spring and summer showcase team. Lead by Elite Hockey coaches Luke Curadi and Austin Root, Battalion teams will be heading to showcases for the U13, U14, U16, and U19 levels. Each team will be competing between two to three showcases during the spring and summer. These events the Battalion will be attending provides players the chance to compete and gain exposure at all levels.
The Battalio will play against top talent and be coached by staff at all levels (Prep, Midget, Junior, College). The following tournaments have been selected to give our players the best opportunity to be exposed to high-end scouts and to reach their goals:
NEWS | Elite Hockey Spring Skill Training @ Northford!
March 21, 2017
Guilford, Conn., - The Elite Hockey Program is pleased to announce the dates and times for the Elite Hockey Spring Skills at Northford Ice Pavilion! Spring skills will start Monday, March 27 through the end of April. The Elite Hockey Spring Skills will be directed by Peter Alden, Luke Curadi & Pro Crease Goalie Training. The Spring Skills will incorporate quality ice time that will focus on improving acceleration, change of direction, creating time and space and high tempo drills to increase your level of skills. Please see the information below to reserve your spot with us today!
Spring Skills Session Dates for Bantam & Midgets @ Northford Ice Pavilion
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March 27 | 5:45 PM
April 3, 10,19,26 | 5:45 PM
Spring Skills Session Dates for Mites @ Northford Ice Pavilion
NEWS | Elite Hockey Program Full Season Midget Offerings!
Guilford, Conn., - The Elite Hockey Program will remain offering Full Season Tier 1 teams at the 15U (2002), 16U (2001) and 18U (1999-2001) in the 2017-2018 season. These teams will participate in the Atlantic Youth Hockey League (AYHL) and East Coast Elite League (ECEL) as well as top tournaments and showcases.
Elite Hockey Program emphasizes a “Complete Development Model”; offering full-season Tier I hockey, optimal training, and the opportunity to play against the very best competition.
The Elite Hockey Program strongly believes in our culture and consistency. In order to develop a more complete student-athlete, we focus our energy on individual player development and teach our players to understand how their role fits into the identity of the team’s success.
• Goaltender Specific Development Training- Pro Crease
• Designated Team Locker Rooms (15U & 18U)
Driven Results. Exposure. Advancement.
The Elite Hockey Program is proud to offer our players several exclusive opportunities to play in front of heavily scouted events and top competition at all offered levels. Our teams belong to the best leagues in the Nation; Atlantic Youth Hockey Leauge (AYHL) and East Coast Elite League (ECEL). These leagues allow our players to play against the best competition at their level. By providing the strategic placement for exposure to multiple NCAA Division I/III, NHL and USHL scouts, we are offering players a chance to influence their own destiny.
Offering the Following Age Levels for the 2017-2018 Season
As players and families, start to prepare for the 2017/18 hockey season, the main question that will be asked is "Is this organization a place that I can call my home?". To begin to answer that question, let's take a look at our recently upgraded facility, Northford Ice Pavilion.
Located at the very base of the I-91 corridor, "The NIP" has recently added a third sheet of ice to become the only arena of its kind in the state of Connecticut. Before the Quinnipiac University Men's Ice Hockey program moved to TD Bank Sports Center, Northford was their home for close to a decade. Elite Hockey, now entering our second season at Northford, utilizes the facility for all team practices from Pee-Wee Major to Midget Major.
All teams have a classroom that will be used to for team video and concepts. For the Elite Hockey Midget teams (18U, 15U), Northford allows our players the privilege of having own respective locker rooms. This helps our players get a taste for what to expect as they move up the ranks into junior and NCAA hockey. For our Bantam/Pee-Wee level players, this is further incentive to put in the work and aspire to someday be "one of the big guys".
Also located at Northford is MB Sports Training, which is used by Elite Hockey as the organizations off-ice strength and conditioning facility. Mike Bouchard and the MB Sports Training Staff see Elite Hockey teams up to twice a week in Coach Bouchard's new facility.
The Elite Hockey Program is proud to call the Northford Ice Pavilion and it's first class amenities Our Home. Information for our Main Camps are below. Looking forward to seeing everyone in March!