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Try Outs and the 2020-2021 season
Try Outs and the 2020-2021 season,
At this time, USA Hockey and CHC have instructed us to continue to postpone Try Outs until further notice.  
That being said, in order to be considered for a team, please register your player for Try Outs by Sunday April 5th. If you signed up for the original tryouts you don't need to sign up again!
We intend to have an evaluation skate as soon as CHC allows us to, ensuring that your child is placed on the correct team.  Please email me directly to confirm if you are committed to signing with the Northern Lights for the 2020-2021 season, or if you would like to withdraw your interest.
Be Safe & Be Well, 
Dan Giordano

by posted 04/01/2020
Postpone our Spring Skills

Good Afternoon All, 

Given the current circumstances, the rink remains closed at this time.  As a result, we must postpone our Spring Skills which were set to begin on Monday March 30th.  At this time, we plan on holding the skills every Monday from April 27th through June 29th (including Memorial Day).  We will let you know if we need to change this revised plan. 

Please be safe and be well - we look forward to seeing you back at the rink!


Dan Giordano

by posted 03/27/2020
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


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 03/12/2020

by posted 03/10/2020
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
Jill Croteau Commits to Western New England

Croteau Commits to WNE


The Connecticut Northern Lights are pleased to announce that Jill Croteau has committed to Western New England University for the 2020-2021 season. 

"Jill demonstrates superior speed and quick decision making on defense," states Coach CJ.  "She is someone we rely upon heavily to help us stay competitive in games and she quite often generates offense for us.  She's a complete player with a strong spirit and sense of humor.  Jill has been an absolute pleasure to have in the locker room and on the bench, and we are confident she'll make an impact at Western New England!"

"I can't wait to be a part of the first ever womens hockey team at Western New England!" exclaims Croteau.  "This opportunity is truly unique and exciting, and I am so grateful to Dan for bringing me into the Lights organization and to CJ for making this possible.  I am so excited for what is to come, and I want to thank everyone at the Lights who have become like family over the past few seasons."

"Jill plays solid defense, has good offensive skills and is always willing to do extra to improve her game.  She has a fiery spirit and always maintains a positive attitude.  She will bring a lot to Western New England, and I wish her luck," says Coach Giordano.  "Oh, and I'll let Coach Zimmerman at WNE know that when you are on road trips, you can't stop at any pet stores."

Good luck at Western New England, Jill!  We know that you will do great things!

by posted 03/07/2020
Carly Duval Commits to Assumption College

Duval Commits to Assumption


The Connecticut Northern Lights are pleased to announce that Carly Duval has committed to Assumption College for the 2020-2021 season. 

"Carly has created an identity around being one of the hardest working, fiercest and most dedicated players in the Lights program," says Coach CJ Kenney.  "She is absolutely fearless on the ice and her positivity and competitive desire to win are contagious.  Carly is always the first one to show up and the last to leave at practice - we have to kick her off the ice!  It is that work ethic that has earned her the opportunity to play college hockey.  Carly, we will miss you and wish you the best of luck at Assumption!"

"I want to thank all my coaches, especially CJ and Dan, my parents, my brothers, the rest of my family and my teammates for supporting me and pushing me to succeed," says Carly.  "Thanks to the Lights for making me the player I am today and for making my deram of playing college hockey possible.  I'm super excited to continue my hockey career next fall at Assumption College."

"Carly is a player with excellent speed which is a key attribute to her being a successful hockey player.  She always puts the team first, and her dedication to improving her game has produced great results.  We wish Carly all the best in her future with Assumption," says Coach Giordano. 

Congratulations Carly, we wish you success in your college career!

by posted 03/05/2020
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
More Lights Named to Futures Camp

Schiavo, Ficaro & Tibbals Named to Futures Camp


Congratulations to Isabela Schiavo (2007), Liliana Ficaro (2007), and  Elliana Tibbals (2008) for their acceptance to the New England Future Development Camp. They join nine other previously announced Northern Lights players, which brings our representation to twelve players total #ctnorthernlights #stronggirlsbecomestrongwomen


by posted 03/01/2020
Nora Birmingham Commits to Assumption

Nora Birmingham Commits to Assumption


The Connecticut Northern Lights are proud to announce that Nora Birmingham has committed to Assumption College for the 2020-2021 season. 

"Nora is a champion of the Northern Lights culture of hard work, positivity, and outstanding sportsmanship," says Coach CJ Kenny.  "Beyond that, she is an incredibly dependable player on the ice and has contributed speed, strength, goal scoring and high energy to the U19 Silver lineup this year.  She has worked hard for the opportunity and has earned the priveledge of playing hockey in college.  We wish her luck and continued success at Assumption!"

Nora says, "I am so excited to continue my hockey career at Assumption College next year and to be part of the first women's hockey team at Assumption!  I am so thankful for the Northern Lights organization, my teammates, my coaches and my family, who have all helped me reach my goal of playing college hockey."

"Nora is a strong player with excellent stickhandling skills and a powerful shot," says Coach Dan Giordano.  "She is a two-way player with a Team First mentality.  She has been accepted into Assumption's prestigious nursing program, which is one of the top programs in New England. The Northern Lights are so proud that she was accepted into a great academic program, and that she can continue to compete at a high level of hockey."

Congratulations Nora! We wish you much success in your college career!

by posted 02/27/2020
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
Sam Kulman Commits to Kings College

Sam Kulman Commits to Kings College


The Connecticut Northern Lights are proud to announce that Sam Kulman has committed to Kings College for the 2020-2021 season!

From Coach CJ - "Sam has been an anchor on defense for the Lights for the past two seasons. She is incredibly reliable and demonstrates high hockey IQ against all levels of competition. We count on Sam to continuously make the smart and simple plays and she does an outstanding job protecting the front of the net and breaking us out of the zone quickly. Sam is a remarkable teammate with a top tier attitude and King’s is very lucky to have her. Way to go Sam!"

"I’m very excited to continue my athletic and academic career at King’s College," says Kulman.  "I want to thank my family, friends, and coaches for all the support and guidance they’ve given me over the years! I would especially like to thank Coach CJ for her dedication and hard work over the past three seasons in guiding me to become the player I am today.  I am also grateful to the entire Lights Organization for helping me achieve my goal of playing college hockey. I can’t wait to be a Monarch!"

"Sam is a hard worker, and is a consistent force on the team.  She is an aggressive defenseman that plays strong in her zone," says Coach Giordano.

We all wish you the best of luck in your academics and athletics at Kings College! 

by posted 02/24/2020
Melanson has committed to Nichols College

Grace Melanson Commits to Nichols


The Connecticut Northern Lights are excited to announce that Grace Melanson has committed to Nichols College for the 2020-2021 season.

"Grace has been key to the Lights success the past two seasons," says Coach CJ. "She brings strong work ethic, offensive presence, speed and skill on the ice.  Her character as a teammate is noteworthy - she keeps her composure and drives positivity and confidence in the locker room.  We look forward to her continued success at Nichols!"

"I am so excited to continue my hockey career at Nichols College!  I am so grateful for everything the Northern Lights has taught me.  I'd like to thank my family, coaches, and teammates for their support along the way, especially Coach Dan who has guided me on and off the ice."

Coach Dan says, "Grace has been with our program for many years, and has been a big player in our organization's success.  She is a strong force on the ice, and can be relied on during big game moments.  She always comes to the rink ready to work, and pushes herself and her team harder when faced with adversity. Grace is a great role model to all of the players within the organization, and a prime example of what it means to be a Lights player."

All of us here at NLGH wish you continued success Grace!

by posted 02/21/2020
Abby Harris Commits to Manhattanville

Abby Harris Goes to Manhattanville


The Connecticut Northern Lights are proud to announce that Abby Harris has committed to Manhattanville College for the 2020-2021 season. 

"I'm so excited to continue my hockey career at Manhattanville, and I'm very grateful for the many years I spent with the Northern Lights and all the coaches and teammates who have taught me and believed in me.  And I especially want to thank my family who have supported me through the years," says Abby.

"We are very proud to see Abby moving forward with her hockey career at Manhattanville," say Coach CJ.  "She has brought tenacity and relentless effort to our lineup and contributes to the positive culture of our team and the Lights program, both on and off the ice.  She'll bring extreme coachability, speed, offensive presence and strong character to the Valiants. Best of luck Abby!"

From Coach Dan Giordano - "Abby joined the Lights program back in 2007.  She has always maintained a Team First attitude, on and off the ice. For a smaller player, she has always played a big game.  She has fast feet and is a impact player during critical moments in the game.  Manhattanville currently sits in third place with an 11-2-1 record in the 12-team NCAA D3 United Collegiate Hockey Conference"

The Northern Lights Hockey Organization wishes you the best of luck and success Abby!

by posted 02/19/2020
Kori Bartko Commits to Western New England

Kori Bartko Commits to WNE


The Connecticut Northern Lights are excited to announce that Kori Bartko has committed to Western New England for the 2020-2021 season.

"Kori has been a cornerstone of leadership and positive energy for the Northern Lights," says Coach CJ. "She is a highly valuable contributor on the ice, and most importantly, Kori is humble, hard working, motivated, and highly aware of and accountable for the way she plays the game.  You never have to tell Kori that she needs to work harder, check her ego, put her team first... Kori always demonstates her grit and tenacity over and over again.  Kori wil be an invaluable addition to the team and we wish her the best of luck."

"I am so excited for the opportunity to be a part of the first ever Women's Ice Hockey team at Western New England and to play under Coach Zimmerman! I just want to thank all of my coaches, family, and friends for pushing me hard to this next level!"

Coach Dan says, "Kori has been with the program for over five years, and a big part of our success.  I'm very excited for Kori to continue her studies and NCAA hockey career.  The Golden Bears will be glad to have her on the team as they play in the NCAA D3 Commonwealth Coast Conference this upcoming season."

All of us here at NLGH wish you continued success Kori!

by posted 02/17/2020
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