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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

We are excited to get back to hockey!  To ensure a safe start to our season, please review the following Health and Safety Protocols required to enter the ice arena: 


  1.  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. 
  2. All staff, players and anyone entering the facility will be required to wear a face covering such as a cloth or disposable mask to help protect against the spread of coronavirus. It is mandated by the Governor of the state of Connecticut that anyone ages 2 and up wear a mask. Masks are not required for players on the ice while their helmets are on. It is recommended that all coaches wear a mask while in the building and on the bench. 
  3. Locker rooms will be open for practices and games. Please see the monitor as you walk in for your rink and locker room assignment. Please practice social distancing while in the locker room.  It will be the coach/team manager's responsibility to ensure that players are allowing space in between one another.  In the event the locker room is too full, there are benches on the inside of the rink to get dressed.  We encourage all players to come partially dressed, so that they only need to tie skates and put on a helmet once at the rink. Showers will not be available. 
  4. Only skaters, coaching staff and officials will be permitted in to the rink 20 minutes before a game.  We ask spectators to enter the building 5 minutes before the game, and to exit the building immediately after the game has concluded.  Please do not congregate in the lobby, and practice social distancing measures when watching in the rink and sitting in the stands. 
  5. 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. 

We appreciate everyone's patience and cooperation in adhering to these guidelines.


by posted 09/08/2020


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by posted 08/01/2020
Pfalzgraf Has Committed to Boston University

Pfalzgraf Commits to BU


The Connecticut Northern Lights are proud to announce that Lexi Pfalzgraf has committed to Boston University for the 2020-2021 season. (ACHA) American College Hockey Association.

"Lexi is an all around athlete with outstanding hockey IQ, work ethic, and strength of character," says Coach CJ.  "She's a calm and motivational presence on the bench and she consistently leads her team through critical moments on the ice.  Her compete level is off the charts and she's there to set the example of how to earn the shift and win the battles.  Lexi is an incredibly bright student and we are confident that she is going to have much success at BU and beyond.  Lexi has worked diligently to reach this opportunity and is well-deserving of all the good things coming her way!"

Lexi says, "I'm so excited to continue my hockey career with the ACHA hockey team at Boston University!  I'm so grateful for all the support I've received from my coaches and teammates at the CT Northern Lights over the years.  I've met some of my best friends through hockey and the Lights, and for that I am grateful.  I can't wait to continue my academic and hockey career at Boston University!"

"Lexi has played with the CT Northern Lights for the past ten years, and has grown tremendously as an athlete," says Coach Giordano.  "She is a dependable player that can switch seamlessly between offense and defense, and provides great support to all of her teammates.  She brings great morale to the team, and is a strong role model to the younger girls within the organization.  She has passion and a strong work ethic, which has driven her success both on the ice and in the classroom.  We know that Lexi will find success at Boston University next year."

Congratulations Lexi!  We are so proud and wish you continued success at Boston University!

by posted 06/01/2020
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
Caitlyn Caldon Commits to Sacred Heart

Caldon Commits to Sacred Heart


The Connecticut Northern Lights are proud to announce that Caitlyn Caldon has committed to Sacred Heart for the 2020-2021 season. 

Coach CJ says, "Caitlyn has been a backbone for the Northern Lights U19 Silver team for the past two seasons, and I have personally had the chance to watch her develop as an athlete since her U14 year.  She brings remarkable athleticism to the crease and she's bailed her team out in the net more times than I can count.  When everyone is holding their breath, Caitlyn finds a way to make a glove save or stop the breakaway to keep us in the game.  Even more, Caitlyn shows up to every game and every practice ready to compete and make her team stronger in front of her.  We couldn't be more proud of her for earning a spot at SHU and can't wait to see how her hockey career continues to progress in college!"

"I'm beyond excited to have the opportunity to attend Sacred Heart and play on their women's ice hockey team.  This is an opportunity I have always dreamed of," says Caitlyn.  "It was the Northern Lights that prepared me for this opportunity.  Without these past few years on the Lights, I don't know where I would be and for that I would like to thank Coach CJ and Coach Dan for always supporting me and shaping me into the goalie I am today."

"Caitlin has been a great goalie for our program," say Coach Giordano.  "She comes to the rink prepared, and is always willing to put in the extra effort to work on her skills.  She's very passionate about the game, and encourages her teammates to step up and play their best as well.  She genuinely cares about the people around her, and has a natural ability to build morale in any situation.  Sacred Heart is very fortunate - they are gaining a great student athlete."

Good luck to you Caitlin!  We are so proud and look forward to seeing all that you accomplish at Sacred Heart!

by posted 05/13/2020



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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
Mackenzie Lynch Commits to UCONN



The Connecticut Northern Lights are proud to announce that Mackenzie Lynch has committed to the University of Connecticut for the 2020-2021 season. 

"Mackenzie brings every aspect of positive energy and consistency on defense that our team could ask of her," says Coach CJ Kenney.  "She's played an incredibly solid and physical game in front of the net and in the corners.  She leverages her speed and is confident to rush the puck to generate offense for us when we need it.  She's a delight to have on the bench and in the locker room as well - she supports her teammates and gets us through tough moments, often by finding a way to make everyone laugh!  Her accomplishment of going on to pursue Nursing at UCONN and continue her hockey career is applaudable and she's earned it through her hard work and dedication to her studies and athletics.  Congatulations Mackenzie!"

Mackenzie says, "I am beyond excited to attend UCONN in the fall as a Nursing major in the honors program, and even more excited to have the opportunity to continue playing the sport I love!  I want to thank all of my coaches and teammates who have made this possible, and a special thank you to my parents for the countless hours they spent driving me and watching my games.  I cannot wait for this next chapter of my life and hockey career!"

"Mackenzie is a solid player and strong student.  When playing defense, she has done a great job of clearing the zone, and isn't afraid to join the rush and generate scoring opportunities.  UCONN Women's Ice Hockey participates in the American College Hockey Association (ACHA) and it will be a great opportunity to keep playing competitive hockey, while focusing on her school work. She takes her studies seriously and has a warm care-giver mentality, which makes Nursing a natural fit for Mackenzie.  UCONN's School of Nursing is very fortunate to have her in their program.  We expect that she will do great things with both school and hockey," says Coach Giordano.

Congratulations Mackenzie!  We can't wait to see all that you accomplish at UCONN!

by posted 05/13/2020
Julia Swanson Commits to Assumption College

Swanson Commits to Assumption


The Connecticut Northern Lights are proud to announce that Julia Swanson has committed to play at Assumption College for the 2020-2021 season. 

"Julia has been an absolute pleasure to coach this season and she is a staple of our defensive presence.  She's incredibly tough and resilient, and she pushes herself to compete with off the charts intensity during every single shift.  She's gritty and smart," say Coach CJ.  "She creates speed on the breakout which has been huge for us this season.  We know that Assumption is going to love having her on the bench and we're confident that she'll bring all of her outsanding capabilities to their lineup.  Julie - great job, keep doing what you're doing!"

"I want to thank all of the coaches who have coached me during my years as a Light," says Julia.  "I have played for the Northern Lights since I was 7 and have played with some of the same teammates for years.  I'm so excited to move on and play at the next level at Assumption.  I would also like to thank Dan and CJ for all of their guidance and support, as well as my family and friends who have watched me grow up playing hockey."

Coach Dan Giordano says, "Julia plays solid defense, always putting the defensive zone first.  She has great speed and can generate offense when needed.  Julia is a great teammate and a strong role model for the program.  No matter how hard I am on Julia, she always responds with a smile.  Assumption is very lucky to have her as an incoming student-athlete."

The Northern Lights wish the you the best of luck, Julia! We cannot wait to see what you accomplish!

by posted 03/23/2020
Sam Ostrowski Commits to Sacred Heart

Commits to Sacred Heart


The Connecticut Northern Lights are excited to announce that Sam Ostrowski has committed to Sacred Heart for the 2020-2021 season. 

Coach CJ says, "Sam is the type of player that every coach wants on their bench.  She's speedy, smart, and tough on the ice, and her hockey IQ is essential to her ability to deliver every single shift.  Sam always comes to the rink ready to compete and takes her game extremely seriously, which is an asset to being competitive and drives our standards and expectations.  Sam has been a key factor to our success this season and we think Sacred Heart is incredibly lucky to have her.  Way to go Sam!"

"I am so excited to play Division 1 hockey at Sacred Heart University next year, a dream of mine ever since I was younger," says Sam.  "I want to thank the entire Northern Lights organization, all of my coaches (especially Dan and CJ), my family, and all of my teammates for always supporting me.  I'm so happy to have learned so much these past three years and I'm excited for what the future holds!"

"Sam was a big part of our success last season at Nationals.  Her offensive skill is strong due to her quick feet and speed.  She isn't afraid of hard work and keeps a great attitude at all times.  Her strong work ethic will take her far at Sacred Heart," says Coach Giordano.

Congratulations Sam!  We cannot wait to see what you you do at Sacred Heart!

by posted 03/13/2020
Maddy Manser Commits to Nichols College

Manser Commits to Nichols College


The Connecticut Northern Lights are proud to announce that Maddy Manser has committed to Nichols College for the 2020-2021 season. 

"Maddy Manser has delivered steady leadership by example for the Lights during her past two years as captain.  She's physical, determined, and helps the team through big moments on defense, setting the tone and doing everything she can to help us succeed," says Coach CJ.  "Maddy brings a level mindset and positive perspective that keeps the team focused and on track.  We couldn't ask for more from Maddy and know she has much success coming her way in her college career at Nichols!"

Manser is excited.  "Thank you to all my coaches, parents, my friends and family for all their support in getting me to where I am now.  I'm beyond excited to have the opportunity to play hockey with Nichols and I cannot wait for what my future holds!"

"Manser plays very aggressive defense, and is a true leader on and off the ice.  Being a smaller defenseman has never stopped her from playing a hard aggressive game.  Her speed, grit and tenacity will be a huge asset when she plays at Nichols," says Coach Dan.

Good luck to you Maddy, we can't wait to see what your future holds at Nichols!

by posted 03/09/2020
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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