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Please review the following Health and Safety Protocols required to enter the ice arena:                    October 24, 2020


  1. Please be advised that the Health and Safety Protocols required to enter the ice arena have changed.

    These rules are in effect for all games starting October 24, 2020:  

  2.  Health Waivers must be completed by all individuals entering the rink. This includes players, coaches AND spectators. Please print and complete the attachment prior to entering the rink.  If a printer is unavailable, limited copies will be available at the rink. These will be collected by the front desk located to the right of the entrance.  
  3. In order to be admitted into the ice rink, every coach and spectator must have a wristband.  One certified team manager/coach will show the front desk staff their roster to receive their team's wristbands.  One spectator wristband will be given per rostered player and one coach wristband will be given per rostered coach.  Team managers/coaches will be responsible for wristbands and the distribution of the wristbands.  Lost/broken wristbands will not be replaced, and admission will not be granted without a wristband.  Rostered players do not need a wristband.  Players and coaches/spectators with wristbands may enter the facility 20 minutes before the game.  Once in the facility, you are asked to remain in the facility for the duration of the game. Spectators will follow direction areas and stand on tape marks to ensure social distancing.
  4. Players should arrive partially dressed.  If players cannot tie their own skates, please have them already on with skate guards before entering.  Players and certified coaches will follow the directed areas to preassigned locked rooms and stay within tape marks while in locker rooms.  The locker rooms have a capacity of 12 players - once this is reached, excess players must get dressed on benches around the rink perimeter. 
  5. Players must wear masks on property until their helmets are on; once helmets are removed after ice time, masks MUST be reapplied
  6. Spectators will follow direction areas to the exit immediately following the game.  Players and coaches will exit locker rooms 15 minutes after the game and meet spectators outside the facility.
  7. We appreciate everyone's cooperation in adhering to these guidelines. 

  8. The JAM Pro Shop will be open for skate sharpening and equipment.  Sk8ters Cafe will not be open, however, there are vending machines available for snacks and beverages. 


by posted 09/23/2020



Where Strong Girls
Become Strong Women

Free Learn-to-Skate – Ice Hockey Program Just for Girls
For girls and boys born between 2009 and 2016

The Connecticut Northern Lights Girls Hockey program is a girls-only hockey program serving Northern Connecticut.  In the Foundation Program, our goal is to teach girls the fundamentals of ice hockey – skating, stick handling, passing and shooting – while emphasizing skill development, cooperation, fair play, fitness, safety, and most importantly, fun.

Age:      For girls age 4 thru 10 (born during 2009 – 2016)
No experience required!

Session I:    October 3rd – December 20th
Saturdays 10:25 am – 11:25 am & Sundays 9:00 am – 10:00 am
No Practice 11/28 or 11/29

Session II:    January 2nd - March 7th
Saturdays 10:25 am – 11:25 am & Sundays 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Where:  International Skating Center of CT (ISCC) – Simsbury, CT.

Cost:  FREE for the first three weeks – NEW PLAYERS ONLY! Includes a Northern Lights hockey jersey. 
$199 fee for each Session
USA Hockey Registration fee of $56 per person is required and covers player insurance while on the ice (no fee for players 6 and under).  To register please go online to www.usahockeyregistration.com.

Equipment:  JAM Pro Shop (located at ISCC) is offering a starter equipment package that includes skates, helmet and hockey gloves (youth sizes only) for $125.  Players should visit the Pro Shop two weeks prior to their first session to be sized.



How do I register?

Online registration forms and instructions are available at www.nlgh.com under the Learn to Play/Foundation section

or use this link: http://assn.la/Reg/?r=2:205291

For more information, please contact Melissa Ruggieri at Melissa.Ruggieri@hotmail.com



How do I register?

Online registration forms and instructions are available at www.nlgh.com under the Learn to Play/Foundation section

For more information, please contact Melissa Ruggieri at Melissa.Ruggieri@hotmail.com

by posted 09/14/2020
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by posted 08/01/2020
Warren has committed to Becker College for the 2020-2021

The Connecticut Northern Lights and Coach Giordano are proud to announce that Alyssa Warren has committed to Becker College for the 2020-2021 season. 

 Coach Dan Giordano says, "I'm very excited for Alyssa to continue her studies and NCAA hockey career. She has always maintained a Team First attitude, on and off the ice. The Hawks will be glad to have her on the team as they play in the Colonial Hockey Conference NCAA D3."

 Alyssa says, "I am happy to announce that I am committed to furthering my education and athletic career at Becker College. I will be majoring in Health Science focusing on pre-medicine. I would like to thank all of my coaches and teammates on the Lights for helping me grow as a player and teaching me to be a better teammate. I am beyond excited to begin the next chapter of my life thanks to the endless support and help from my friends and family." 

 Coach Anthony says, “Alyssa has been a strong component for the Northern Lights defensive core. She’s developed her skills over the years and has built a strong hockey IQ. She’s a player that steps up and rises to the occasion for key moments in big games and always plays her hardest. Alyssa will do great at the next level!”

by posted 05/30/2020




The CT Northern Lights is the only all-girls ice hockey Tier 1 and Tier 2 hockey program in Northern Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. The program is committed to supporting the development of young women as athletes, leaders, and members of society through a competitive hockey environment that instills life values such as teamwork, sportsmanship, a consistent work ethic, and respect for self and others.

The Connecticut Northern Lights Girls Hockey program was founded in 2000 as part of the Avon-Canton-Farmington-Youth-Hockey organization. Connecticut Northern Lights Girls Hockey, then known as Avon Girls Hockey, had only one U-15 team in the 2000 - 2001 inaugural season. In the 2002 – 2003 season, Northern Lights also added an additional U-15 team and launched the Learn-to-Play and Learn-to-Skate (Foundation) program which was the first team called the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights became a standalone program in the 2003-2004 season. The program moved to the Newington Arena in Newington, CT for the 2003 – 2004 season and started a U-12 team and also a High School team. In the 2004 – 2005 season Northern Lights moved to the International Skating Center of Connecticut in Simsbury, CT, where the Northern Lights call home today. The Northern Lights continues to grow and offer programs to girls of all ages and abilities throughout the state of Connecticut.

The Lights have a great history of players who have gone on to play college hockey. Below is a list of their most recent alumnae and some of their current players who have college commits.

  • Rylie Griffith - Connecticut College (2020)

  • Grace Melanson - Nichols College (2020)

  • Nora Birmingham - Assumption College (2020)

  • Kori Bartko - Western New England (2020)

  • Samantha Kulman - Kings College (2020)

  • Ellen Cook - Utica College (2020)

  • Maddy Manser - Nichols College (2020)

  • Carly Duval - Assumption College (2020)

  • Samantha Ostrowski - Sacred Heart University (2020)

  • Abby Harris - Manhattanville College (2020)

  • Jill Croteau - Western New England (2020)

  • Julia Swanson - Assumption College (2020)

  • Andy Chancio - UNE tryout offer (2020)

  • Luci Alissi - Keene State (2020)

  • Audrey McMillen - Bentley College (2020)

  • Brigitte Goeler-Slough - Wesleyan University (2019)

  • Aishling Cavanaugh - Salve Regina (2019)

  • Meghan Stepka - University of Rhode Island (2019)

  • Katheryn Pettibone - Nichols (2019)

  • Kathleen Olmstead - Grand Valley State University (2019)

  • Jacqueline Howlett - Anna Maria College (2019)

  • Kelly Worthington - R.I.T. Club (2019)

  • Georgia Kraus - Dartmouth (2019)

  • Lindsay Madigan - University of Rhode Island (2019)

  • Cassie Nevers - Sacred Heart (2019)

  • Meredith Mack - University of Delaware (2019)

  • Allison DiPrato - Lebanon Valley College (2019)

  • Maya Borden - UMass Amherst (2019)

  • Tori Amaral - Salve Regina (2019)

  • Nikki Herz - UMass Amherst (2019)

  • Rachael DeLong - Sacred Heart University (2019)

  • Holley Riva - Elmira (2019)

  • Stephanie Nevers - Trinity College (2019)

by posted 05/14/2020



                                     PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S HOCKEY



CT NORTHERN LIGHT AND SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY CAPTAIN was drafted by the CT WHALE in the 5th round 27 overall. 


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by posted 05/13/2020
Congratulations to our CT Northern Lights ‘07 and ‘08 girls
Congratulations to our CT Northern Lights ‘07 and ‘08 girls on being selected for USA Hockey New England District Futures Development Camp. The girls will be heading to Burlington, VT next month to represent Connecticut and the CT Northern Lights at this highly competitive camp along with other top ‘07 and ‘08 female players. We are proud of you!
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by posted 03/02/2020
Ellen Cook Commits to Utica

Ellen Cook Commits to Utica


The Connecticut Northern Lights are proud to announce that Ellen Cook has committed to Utica College for the 2020-2021 season. 

"Ellen is a model athlete for outstanding work ethic, character, and consistency," says Coach CJ.  "She is the type of player that we rely on in big moments and her attitude is always steady, confident, and composed. Ellen always shows up focused and ready to play and she will immediately make an impact at Utica because of her dedication to the game and her development. We wish her much success!"

"I’m so excited for the opportunity to play at Utica next year. I’m also very thankful for my teammates and coaches who have always believed in me and for my parents who made so many sacrifices. I am especially grateful for Coach CJ,  Coach Dan and the Northern Lights organization!" says Ellen.

"Ellen is a true team player and can be asked to play forward or defense in a moments notice.  She was a key factor in our run last year in the U16 National tournament. We wish her all the luck at Utica, and we will continue to follow her college career," says Coach Dan.

Good luck to you Ellen!  We can't wait to see your success with Utica in hockey and beyond!

by posted 02/25/2020
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