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Mini Lights Start September 14th Registration is now Open!

Registration is now open for Session II

Mini Lights and Free Learn-to-Skate Ice Hockey Program‚ 
For girls born between 2008 and 2015

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 2008 - 2015)
No experience required!

Session I: September 14th -November 24th
Saturdays 10:25 am - 11:25 am & Sundays 10:10 am - 11:10 am

Session II: December 7th - March 10th
Saturdays 10:25 am - 11:25 am & Sundays 10:10 am - 11:10 am
No Practice 12/28, 12/29, 2/22, 2/23

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 you can use this link: 


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

Where Strong Girls
Become Strong Women

by posted 10/23/2019
Proud Member of the NEGHL

by posted 10/23/2019
Stephen Picard
The Northern Lights Girls Hockey Program is proud to announce Stephen Picard to our Coaching Staff.
Stephen began his hockey career at the young age of 5, playing with the Enfield Eagles.  Stephen quickly fell in love with the sport and appreciated every opportunity to be on the ice.  As an added bonus, Stephen was coached by, Dan Giordano during his 5 years playing for the CT Lazers before attending Loomis Chaffee.
As a freshman at Loomis Chaffee, Stephen was the only member of the 1994 birth year to play in the Founders’ League during the 2007-2008 season.  During the five years that Stephen played for Loomis, he contributed to the development of the varsity hockey program, as it transformed into a consistently competitive force within the Founders’ League.  In his final year on the team, Stephen was voted Assistant Captain and helped lead the team to their first winning record in over ten seasons!
After high school, Stephen attended Assumption College in Worcester, MA.  Off the ice, Stephen majored in economics and participated in the Honors Program.  His studies and his love for hockey were closely intertwined, however, as Stephen wrote his senior thesis on the relationship between AHL ticket sales and distance between NHL and AHL affiliates.  On the ice, Stephen played on the varsity hockey team during all four years at Assumption, steadily increasing his point totals each year.  As a junior, Stephen received awards for NE- 10 Player of the Week and Worcester Shootout All-Tournament Team.  Finally, as a senior, Stephen and his fellow teammates triumphed in the NE-10 Championship NCAA Div. 3, winning the title for the first time in school history.  
A lifelong hockey player, Stephen knows firsthand what the players endure both on and off the ice.  Reflecting on his own experiences as a player allows him to relate to those he coaches.

by posted 09/07/2019


Giordano Scores Two, Maine Drops Home Opener in Overtime to Quinnipiac 2-3


ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's hockey team was defeated by Quinnipiac, 3-2 in OT, on Saturday afternoon in the Alfond Arena.


First Goal (Maine 1-0): Maddie Giordano (Granby, Conn.) scored the first goal of the afternoon matchup. The forward took advantage of a huge rebound off of Liga Miljone's (Riga, Lativa) shot. 


Second Goal (1-1): Kati Tabin and Kate Reilly played tic-tac-toe at the blue for a while until Tabin dished the puck off to Alexa Hoskin. The forward's wrister found its way through traffic into the back of the Maine net. 


Third Goal (Quinnipiac 2-1): Exactly 00:10 after assisting on the goal, Tabin tallied one of her own. The two goals in 00:10 gave the Bobcats a two goal lead with four minutes to go in the first period.


Fourth Goal (2-2): It took virtually the entire period to find a goal, but Giordano tied the game at two for Maine. Ella MacLean (Antigonish, Nova Scotia) had her shot saved. Thinking she covered the puck, Abbie Ives did not react as Giordano picked up the loose puck and scored the Black Bears' second goal of the afternoon. At the end of two periods, the score was tied, 2-2.


Fifth Goal (Quinnipiac 3-2): Sadie Peart scored the game winning goal in the final minute of overtime. The game winner came off of Kate Reilly's slapshot. 


Notes: Carly Jackson finished with 25 saves, while Abbie Ives tallied 12 for Quinnipiac.


Maine went 1-4 on the power play, as the Bobcats were 1-7 on their player advantages.


The Black Bears blocked eight shots as a team.

by posted 09/01/2019
Former Light, Maddie Bishop named Captain at Sacred heart Univer

Former Light, Maddie Bishop named Captain at Sacred heart University

Bryant and Bishop Named Co-Captains While Women's Ice Hockey Releases 2019-20 Schedule

Bryant and Bishop Named Co-Captains While Women's Ice Hockey Releases 2019-20 Schedule

FAIRFIELD, Conn.- Sacred Heart University Women's Ice Hockey head coach Thomas O'Malley released the team's 2019-20 schedule this afternoon. The 31 game regular season slate features 21 NEWHA conference matchups leaving 10 non-conference games for the Pioneers this season. The NEWHA has just added LIU Brooklyn to the conference this year which increases the number of NEWHA members to six for the upcoming season.

The Pioneers will be captained this season by seniors Maddie Bishop and Olivia Bryant who each had impressive seasons last year as Bryant was named to the All-NEWHA First Team, NEWHA Defensive Player of the Year, as she netted three goals with eight assists for 11 points. Meanwhile Bishop tallied a career high 10 goals, with 13 assists for 23 points and was tied for fourth on team in goals scored. SHU returns 21 members to the team this season while welcoming in nine to complete the 30 women roster.  

The Pioneers kick off the season at home against the University of Maine for a two-game series beginning on Friday, October 4 at 4:00 p.m.  Six days later, the Pioneers will kick off a six game road stand beginning with Mercyhurst (10/11-10/12) followed by NEWHA rival Saint Anselm (10/18-10/19) and concluding the trip at in-state rival Quinnipiac (10/25-10/26).

SHU will return home to face the newest member of NEWHA LIU on Friday, November 8 with a 4:00 p.m. scheduled puck-drop. A day later, the Pioneers head to LIU to conclude the home at home series before heading to Franklin Pierce (11/15-11/16) as SHU looks for revenge after falling in the opening round of the NEWHA Playoffs to the Ravens last season.

The Pioneers will then host LIU again on Friday, November 29 for a 2:00 p.m. puck-drop and will be followed the next day by a 7:30 p.m. puck-drop against Johnson and Wales at home in Shelton. SHU kicks off the month of December with a home at home matchup with Nutmeg State rival and NEWHA member Post first at the Eagles home ice (12/6) followed by a home match (12/7) with a 7:30 p.m. puck-drop. 

After SHU has its winter break through the rest of December, the Pioneers will kick off the new year on the road at RIT (1/3-1/4). Then the Pioneers will host a two-game series with Saint Michaels beginning Friday Jan. 10 at 4:00 p.m. followed by a 2:30 p.m. puck-drop on Saturday Jan. 11. SHU then will take a mid-week trip to Johnson and Wales on Wednesday Jan. 15 for a single game with a 4:00 p.m. puck-drop. 

Two days later, the Pioneers will face Post for a home-at-home series (1/17-1/18). Friday's puck-drop is set for 2:00 p.m. while Saturday's will be at 7:30 p.m. Six days later the Pioneers will face LIU first at home on Friday, Jan. 24 at 4:00 p.m. followed by an away matchup at the Sharks at 7:45 p.m.

SHU will then host four games beginning with Franklin Pierce (1/31-2/1) followed by Saint Anselm (2/7-2/8). SHU will conclude the regular season on the road at Saint Michaels (2/14-2/15).

by posted 08/31/2019

Simsbury, Connecticut · Nonprofit Organization

 Get ready to cheer louder, because our girls are going to the quarter final game tomorrow morning at 10:15 am!


The CT Northern Lights Girls Hockey Organization U16's live another day in Nationals. Eight of 16 teams remain. Finished 2-1 in Pool play beating Alaska (2-1) and Amherst NY (8-2) and lost to #1 in U.S. East Coast Wizards 2-0. We move on to crossovers - single elimination now -now It gets real. Go Lights! (10:15 game Sunday) 


#CTNorthernLights #StrongGirlsBecomeStrongWomen #USAHNationals

by posted 04/06/2019
U13 Silver CGHL U14 Div.1 Champs

The Lights U13 Silver came into the CGHL Div 1 playoff on a 12 game winning streak.  The team ran the table in the round robin portion of the tournament, beating the West MA Blizzard, Shoreline Sharks Green, Brewster Lady Bulldogs, and the Capital Wolves.  The championship game was against the West MA Blizzard where the girls dominated the play with a 5-0 win.  The team played a spectacular tournament with contributions from every player, limiting opponents to just 2 goals in 5 games while scoring 13.  A well-deserved championship win for a hard working team of exceptional young ladies.  A perfect end to an excellent season!

by posted 03/27/2019
u16/u19 Silver CGHL Div 1 CHAMPS

u16/u19 Silver CGHL Div 1 CHAMPS


Congratulations to the U16/19 Silver team for winning the Championship (CGHL U19 Division 1) game in overtime with a score of 3-2 against Hamden.

by posted 03/10/2019
U19 Silver Connecticut State Champs!

U19 Silver Take the Title


We would like to congratulate the U12 Maroon, U16 Silver, and U19 Silver teams for advancing to Regionals/Sectionals.  All three Lights teams will be representing Connecticut at the New England Tournament March 15th - 17th in New Hampshire (U16/U19) and in Massachesetts (U12).  The winner of the U16 and U19 Tournament will go on to represent New England in the USA Hockey National Championship April 4th - 8th.  

by posted 03/04/2019
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