We have put together a great coaching staff comprised of professional and college players and coaches as well as some top high school and junior players as camp counselors.
Connecticut College, Assistant Men’s Ice Hockey Coach
Joe Giordano ’17 is in his third season as an assistant men’s ice hockey coach at Connecticut College and seventh year overall in 2019-20. He is responsible for assisting head coach Jim Ward with all aspects of the program with an emphasis on recruiting, video and individual skill development.
Giordano, who also oversees the squad’s strength and conditioning program, was most recently a four-year letterwinner and team captain with the Camels. During his career, the forward registered 59 career points on 18 goals and 41 assists over 97 appearances. He also helped the team advance as far as the semifinal round of the NESCAC Tournament and earned a place on the NESCAC All-Academic Team for his efforts in the classroom.
Prior to coming to Connecticut College, Giordano was an ice hockey standout at Loomis Chaffee. He also played Jr A level for the Springfield Pics in the Eastern Junior Hockey League and the Bismarck Bobcats in the North American Hockey League. Drafted 2012, 7th round #130 overall by Bismarck Bobcats in the NAHL Entry Draft.
A native of Enfield, Connecticut, Giordano graduated from Connecticut College with a bachelor’s degree in history and economics in 2017. In addition to lettering in ice hockey, he served as a floor governor and house fellow through the office of residence life at the institution.
Robbie Baillargeon Enfield CT, A fifth-round draft pick (#136 overall) of the Ottawa Senators in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
In his draft year, Baillargeon put up 14 goals and 48 points in 54 games for the Indiana Ice in the USHL. He followed that up with 18 goals and 41 points over 55 games split between the Indiana Ice and the Omaha Lancers. He participated in the playoffs only in his first season in the USHL and scored four goals and six points in six games.
Following his two seasons in the USHL, Baillargeon joined the Boston University Terriers for the 2013-14 season. He had a successful freshman season with 10 goals and 27 points in 35 games. The following season, Jack Eichel joined the team along with former Tampa Bay Lightning second round pick Johnathan MacLeod. He played in 30 games as BU went on to win the national championship.
Baillargeon began his professional career with the South Carolina Stingrays before being traded to Orlando Solar Bears.
The Orlando Solar Bears are the ECHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
NLGH 17th Commit for 2019, Cavanaugh to Salve Regina!
NLGH 17th Commit for 2019, Cavanaugh to Salve Regina!
Coach CJ said, "Aishling is an incredibly coachable and balanced player. She’s receptive to her teammates and is always focused and consistent on the ice. She played a very physical and fast game for the Lights in her PG season and contributed a great deal to our success at the state and regional levels. Salve Regina is lucky to have her and we look forward to watching her continue to grow in her hockey career."
“I would like to thank my parents for all of their support and for the sacrifices they made to allow me to follow my dream of playing NCAA hockey," said Cavanaugh. "I would also like to thank the Northern Lights especially Coach Giordano and Coach CJ. I’m extremely excited to further my education at Salve Regina University. Go Seahawks!”
The Northern Lights Girls Hockey Program is proud to announce that Meredith Mack has committed to University of Delaware for the Fall of 2019.
Coach Dan Giordano said, "Meredith started with the Lights in 2012 and has been a great roll model to all Lights! "Growing up as a Light, she has worked hard every season, pushing herself to become a college hockey player. Everyone at NLGH is extremely proud and wish her luck."
"I am blessed to have the opportunity to pursue a nursing career and play hockey at the University of Delaware! I would like to thank my parents for always supporting me and believing in me over the years, I wouldn't be where I am today without them. I would also like to thank the Lights program for helping me grow and playing a huge role in helping me improve throughout the years. A special thanks you to Coach Dan and Coach CJ for encouraging me to continue my hockey career in college! None of this would be possible without evryones love and support!"
Coach Giordano is excited to announce that Nikki Herz has committed to UMass for the fall of 2019!
"I'm excited to further my education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s college of Engineering and continue my hockey career. I would like to thank my parents who have been to all my games and tournaments, it is your continued support that has really helped me reach my goals. Thank you to my teammates for always helping me and pushing me to do my best. Thank you to Coach CJ, Coach Dan, and all the coaches that have committed so much time developing hockey players."
Coach CJ said, "Nikki has shown strong commitment to achieving her goal of playing hockey in college. During her senior season with the Lights she worked hard in all aspects to develop and maintain her game - she gave her all in practice and in games, kept up with her academics, and brought a positive attitude to our team throughout all of our successes and challenges. We’re proud to send her off to Umass and know she will continue to be a consistent and dedicated athlete."
Madigan has committed to University of Rhode Island
Lindsay Madigan has committed to University of Rhode Island’s ACHA Division 1 women’s hockey team. Lindsay will be studying communicative disorders at URI and is hopeful to attend masters school for speech language pathology. Lindsay has been playing for the Northern Lights since their learn to skate program when she was 5.
"I would like to thank all of my coaches from the years I have been a light as well as my parents. Without them I would not be where I am today." She would also like to thank her teammates for pushing her to work hard and being great friends for life.
Coach Giordano says "Lindsay has been with us for over ten seasons and in that time she has grown tremendously as a student athlete. We wish her the best of luck at the University of Rhode Island!"
Stepka has committed to the University of Rhode Island
Connecticut northern lights are proud to announce that Meghan Stepka has committed to the University of Rhode Island’s team which competes in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA - D1). She will be studying Environmental Science and Management. Meghan has been playing hockey since she was 5 years old. After learn to skate in Avon, she became a Mini Light and has been in the NLGH program ever since. She has always been proud to be a Light! Meghan also played for Simsbury High School and was a starter and team Rookie of the year her freshman year. Her senior year she was named Captain and also was an All Conference player.
Coach Giordano said about Meghan, "She has the ability to contribute offensively, but her defensive is what truly separates Maghen from most. She is a tremendous two way player and her determination and work ethic make her a special player to coach. I Feel very lucky to have Meghan through the years with the Lights and proud of all the work she has done to achieve her goals."
Meghan would like to thank each and everyone of her NLGH coaches she has had over her career especially coach Giordano. Each one has taught her something different about the game and herself. She would like to also thank her SHS coaches Paul Melanson & Nicole Cournoyer. Lastly, she is thankful that her parents have given her the opportunity to play the sport she loves!
Olmstead has committed to Grand Valley State University
Olmstead has committed to Grand Valley State University
The Northern Lights Girls Hockey Program is proud to announce that Kathleen Olmstead has committed to Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, Michigan) ACHA Division 1. Kathleen will be pursuing a degree in Bio-Medical (Electrical/Mechanical) Engineering. Kathleen has been playing ice hockey for over 12 years and became a Light 5 years ago. Kathleen is the first female student at RHAM High School to Letter in hockey as well as the first to continue on to play in college.
For a number of seasons her high school coach was also her Lights coach. Coach Carrera had these words: “ A tireless worker and ultimate team player who captained her high school team and lead with her work ethic is the best way to describe Kathleen. I’m grateful to have had her with me over the last several seasons and was able to watch her mature into a great hockey player and even a better person.”
Kathleen would like to thank the entire Giordano Coaching staff (Anthony, Joe, Maddy and Dan) for all of their encouragement and expert direction upon arrival to the Lights. She would also like to thank her high school and Lights coach Mike Carrera, and other Coaches that have improved her game including Coach Bishop (her first coach at the Lights), Coach Roy, Coach McMillan and door opener.
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)
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!
The Northern Lights Girls Hockey Program is proud to announce that Worthington, Kelly Worthington has committed to RIT ACHA Div.2 (Mechanical Engineering Program). Kelly started with the Lights over 10 years ago.
Coach CJ Kenney says "Kelly has been a force for the Lights on defense all season. She’s strong, fast, and composed under pressure. It’s a total game changer when she’s on the ice. She’s a brilliant kid and we know she will do very well at RIT, academically and in her hockey career."
Kelly would like to thank her family, Coaches, the Northern Lights program, and her teammates for helping her along the way.
The Northern Lights would like to congratulate Jacqueline Howlettand wish her the best of luck at Anna Maria College!
Coach CJ Kenney says "Jackie has worked incredibly hard to achieve her goal of playing hockey at the collegiate level. She is a remarkably positive and supportive teammate, and we can always count on her to be consistent, smart, and strong on the ice. Anna Maria is lucky to have her, and we’re so excited to see her do great things in her college career."
I’m so excited to be able to get a great education while also being able to continue playing hockey at a competitive level." Jackie said.
"I would like to thank my parents, teammates, and Northern Light Coaches, for their support and guidance over the years. Without the Northern Lights Program I would not have been able to achieve my goal of playing NCAA division 3 hockey."
The CT Northern Lights are proud to announce that Brigitte Goeler-Slough has committed to Wesleyan University.
"I’m really excited to attend Wesleyan University this upcoming fall where I will have the opportunity to get a great education while also continuing to play hockey. I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this goal without the Lights organization, my parents and their love and support, my teammates and friends I’ve made along the way, and my coaches’ dedication to making me a better skater and more importantly a better person. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them."
Coach Dan Giordano says "Brigitte has been one of the teams most valuable players over the past few seasons. She has been a big part of our success. She is a team player and will play any position that she is asked to play, including goalie. Brigitte is always wiling to do the extras, on and off the ice, and in the classroom. We are proud of her success."
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.
The Northern Lights Girls Hockey Program is proud to announce that Tori Amaral has committed to Salva Regina for the 2019 season. Tori is from Glastonbury CT and has been with the Lights since 2012 starting with are u12 maroon team.
"I am super excited to receive a great nursing education and play college hockey at Salve for the next four years. I’d like to say thank you to my coaches and my teammates who helped me be where I am today. The Northern Lights and Coach Giordano were a huge part in that. Also, a big thank you to my family, especially my parents. I couldn’t have done anything without you and your support." said Tori
" Tori has done the extras on the ice and in the class room. She has always participated in Spring and Summer skills/camps. Her strong work ethic in the class room has help her get into the top Nursing promgram in RI." said coach Giordano.
The Northern Lights Girls Hockey Program is proud to announce that Cassie Nevers has committed to Sacred Heart. Cassie has been with the Lights for over 10 years.
"I’m excited to be a Pioneer next fall and play hockey at Sacred Heart. The Lights organization has helped me grow into a competitive player and I owe it all to my coaches and teammates for pushing me to the next level. Also a special thanks to my family for believing in me and getting me to every practice and game."
"She has been a big part of our success at the national level. She is a solid defenseman with great offensive ability," said Coach Dan Giordano.
The Northern Lights are proud to announce that Allison DiPrato has committed to playing at Lebanon Valley College starting in the fall of 2019.
"I'm excited to continue my academic career while playing hockey at Lebanon Valley College starting this fall. Thank you to my parents, teammates and coaches along the way who have made this all possible," says DiPrato.
Coach Giordano says "Allison has been with us for the past six seasons and in that time she has grown tremendously as a student athlete. One of Allison's greatest assets on the ice is her skating ability; her skating speed and strength will be huge benefit at the next level. Lebanon Valley is fortunate to have Allison play for them in the fall, as she will step right in and contribute to the season."
Congratulations Allison, wishing you continued success at Lebanon Valley College next year!
The Northern Lights Girls Hockey Program is proud to announce that Maya Borden has committed to UMASS Amherst for the 2019 season.
"I would like to say thank you to my mom for always supprting my love for hockey and my dad who was there for every game, tournament and showcase. This would not have been possible without you," says Borden. "Thank you to CJ and the entire NLGH coaching staff, who helped me realize that I could play college hockey and helped me get there. I love you all."
Coach CJ Kenney says "Maya has worked incredibly hard over the past two seasons to achieve her goal of playing college hockey. She has stayed laser-focused on her dream of making it to the next level and has shown remarkable passion for the game and commitment to being the best player she can be. She has been a great teammate and leader, and always wants to know how she can be better and improve her game. We're confident that she'll bring competitiveness and a positive attitude to UMASS and look forward to her success in her college career."
Coach Giordano and the Northern Lights would like to congratulate Maya on her achievement! GO MINUTEMEN!
Katheryn Pettibone Commits to Nichols College!!!!!
Katheryn Pettibone has committed to Nichols College for the Fall 2019.
"I am really excited to get a great business education at Nichols College while continuing to play competitive hockey," says Pettibone. "The Lights have been my family for more than ten years, and I am grateful for all the friends I've made along the way and the guidance of the coaches. Thanks to my family for allowing me to continue playing hockey all these years."
"KP is a solid defenseman, and her size and strength is an asset on the ice," says Coach Dan Giordano. "Growing up as a Light, she has worked hard every season, pushing herself to become a college hockey player. Everyone at NLGH is extremely proud of her and wish her luck at Nichols."
Congratulations to the Northern Lights for winning the inaugural CGHL U19 November Tournament. Great game tonight. Congratulations also go out to the Stars for making the finals. Nice job by all involved. This is a great way for the girls to finish their club season and head off to their high school seasons on a high note.
The Connecticut Northern Lights u19 are proud to announce that Molly Dowd has committed to the Suffolk University Rams for next season. Suffolk will compete in NCAA Division 3.
Molly worked extremely hard this year and never missed an opportunity to try and get better. She has had a great season so far in helping our team reach the regional tournament coming up in Maine. Molly has been one of our most consistent goal scorers coming up with timely goals all season.
Coach Dan Giordano stated, "I am very proud of Molly for achieving a goal of hers. Since the start of the season she has been very active in the college process and when I heard about her interest in Suffolk, I knew it would be a good fit. The coach at Suffolk is very eager to build a strong program and Molly will play a part in that. Molly is a great kid and worked hard to achieve her goals. I could not be more happy for her."
Molly would like to thank her family, as well as Coach Giordano, the Northern Lights program, and her teammates for helping her along the way.
Stephanie Proteau (Wolcott, CT) has committed to Division 1 Franklin Pierce University for the fall of 2018. FPU was 16-12-2 this season finishing in 3rd place of the NEWHA beating Holy Cross in double OT. Proteau has contributed a strong offensive presence for the NLGH the past few seasons helping the Lights in their National tournament runs at the U19 level. Proteau continues to develop as a person, and player through her time with the Lights. "She will bring tremendous value to the community, and a scoring presence at FPU. Proteau will bring her speed and scoring to FPU, which will allow her to contribute immediately to the team. Her work ethic and determination to be successful continues in driving her development to the next level", said coach Dan Giordano. Proteau would like to thank her parents, and her brother for the continuous support throughout the years.
The Northern Lights would like to congratulate Stephanie and wish her the best of luck at Franklin Pierce University!
Lights Forward Maddie Paydos, commits to Utica College
The Connecticut Northern Lights girls hockey program is proud to announce that U19 forward Maddie Paydos, from Simsbury, CT, has officially committed to Utica College for next season. Maddie has been with the Northern Lights since mini lights at the age of 5 and continued through at every level. Maddie is very eager for her chance to join the Utica College Pioneers women's program next year.
On every Northern Lights team Maddie has been on, she has always been one of the hardest workers. She is a great team player who prides herself in being a solid two way forward. Maddie is just as concerned with denying a goal against as she is trying to score a goal herself.
Utica competes in NCAA Division 3 women's hockey in the UCHC and is currently off to a 7-4 start having just beat the number ten ranked team in the country Hamilton College. Utica finished last season with a 17-9-1 record and Maddie is looking forward to joining Utica's strong hockey tradition.
Maddie caught the eye of several college coaches playing for the Northern Lights at Beantown and they continued to watch Maddie at the Burlington Vermont Jamboree in late September. After watching Maddie several times, Utica invited Maddie up for an overnight visit and this helped Maddie determine that she was the right fit for Utica. Maddie's hard work really helped her get to this position and the Northern Light's Staff could not be more happy for her.
Coach Dan Giordano said about Maddie, "She has the ability to contribute offensively, but her defensive ability as a forward is what truly separates Maddie from most. She is a tremendous two way player and her determination and work ethic make Maddie a special player to coach. I Feel very lucky to have coached Maddie through the years and am proud of all the work she has done to achieve her goals."
Maddie would like to thank her parents, teammates, and Northern Light Coaches, especially coach Giordano for his support and guidance over the years. Maddie said, "Without the Northern Lights Program I would not have been able to achieve my goal of playing NCAA division 3 hockey."