Registration is open for First Strides, Connecticut’s Premier FREE Learn-to-Skate program developed by the Greater New Haven Warriors. The program provides aspiring players between the ages of 4 and up the opportunity to take their "first strides" in developing an interest in ice hockey. Emphasis is placed on the very basics of skating within a safe and fun environment. It is designed for first-time skaters only, please. Players who have previously participated in First Strides or another Learn-to-Skate program should register for the Warriors Learn-to-Play Hockey clinics.
Note: There is no cost to participate or use the loaner equipment (see equipment section below). All players must register with USA Hockey.
Coaching: GNH Warriors Learn-to-Skate Director, Mike Bouchard, and his coaching staff grew up playing youth hockey in the New Haven area, as well as in high school, prep school, college and at the professional level. In order to meet the needs of each child, Mike and his staff draw upon their personal playing experiences and their history of coaching many different ages and levels, as well as the USA Hockey ADM Model and their love of the game!
Equipment: Players should wear a helmet with full face guard, hockey gloves and hockey skates. Shin guards and elbow pads are recommended as well. A limited amount of skates and gloves are available for loan. Discounted new equipment packages are available from The Pro Shop of Northford Ice Pavilion and used equipment is also available from Hamden Sport Center at 2858 Whitney Ave in Hamden.
Dates: First Strides runs for 4 days in September and kicks off Saturday, September 19 at 8:40 am. All sessions last for 1 hour and are held at Northford Ice Pavilion. The full schedule for Fall 2020 is:
This program is designed for boys and girls making the transition from learn-to-skate and learn-to-play hockey programs to a more team-oriented, skill development hockey league.
The Warriors half-ice USA Hockey ADM format focuses on player’s ice awareness, skill development, and most importantly fun as they begin their journey in hockey. The focus in practice is on the fundamentals: skating, stick handling, shooting, and hockey IQ in a safe and fun environment. There are no tryouts for Mite Development. All players sign up and are evaluated at the beginning of the season before they are split into four teams.
Mite Development kicks off Sunday, September 13 at 9:50 am. All skills, practices, and games are held at Northford Ice Pavilion. Playoffs will be February 7, 9, 13, and 14.
$1350 Includes on-ice three times per week (excluding Holidays)
The Warriors Learn-to-Play Hockey clinic is a preparatory program designed to teach new and returning players 4-10 years old proper skating and introductory hockey skills. This program is for players who have recently completed GNH Warriors First Strides or similar program and want to advance to the next step in learning the game of hockey. It consists of 20, one-hour sessions at the Northford Ice Pavilion.
Full equipment is required. Discounted equipment packages are available from The Pro Shop at the Northford Ice Pavilion or Hamden Sports on Whitney Ave in Hamden. Players will receive a Warriors jersey.
Sundays 8:40-9:40 AM
$400 (New participants must register at USA Hockey Registration prior to participating.)
For more information, contact President Dennis Mastriano @ firstname.lastname@example.org or Bryan Leitch email@example.com
The Greater New Haven Warriors are excited to announce the launch of our U15&16 and U18 Tier 2 declared Midget teams. The Warriors Tier 2 teams will be comprised of the best local high school players in the area and will focus on development and preparation for the upcoming High School season while also competing in CHC Tier 2 Division in hopes of qualifying for the USA Hockey National Tournament in April 2021.
MIDGET TRYOUT DATES TBD
All players must register online for Midget tryouts.
U18 Level Coaches for the upcoming season at the will be Scott Page and Todd Forselius.
Coach Scott has been coaching with the Warriors for four seasons now following up his Major junior and Pro Hockey Career. Prior to the Warriors, Scott was coaching Tier 1 hockey in the New England District.
Coach Todd is entering his fifth season as a coach with the Warriors and has been both a head and assistant coach at the Tier 1 and 2 levels
U15&16 level Coaches for the upcoming season at the will be Bryan Leitch & Zack Currie.
Coach Bryan has been the Director of Hockey Operations for the Warriors for the past six seasons and has coached at the Tier 1 and Tier 2 levels. Bryan joined the Warriors after his 4 year career at Quinnipiac University where he was a Hobey Baker finalist and 1 year in the ECHL.
Coach Zack has been involved with the Warriors for the past three seasons coaching mostly at the midget level. Zack joined the Warriors after Captaining the Quinnipiac University Bobcats and a multi year pro-career.
If you have any questions please contact Bryan Leitch at Bryan_leitch009@hotmail.com 203-676-5229.