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NLGH 2020-21 Coaches

u19 Silver CJ Kenney (CHC/NEGHL)

 CJ is a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach who has been coaching girls hockey in Connecticut at the prep school, junior, and youth levels since 2013. She will be entering her third year with the Lights after leading the U19 Silver team to a 2nd state championship and to the NE Regional tournament in her first two seasons. She places a primary focus on developing complete athletes and helping them prepare to play hockey in college. She has helped dozens of players advance to playing in the NCAA and ACHA and is passionate about creating a positive and developmental environment for her players. 

 In the past two seasons with the Lights, she has helped more than 30 players to continue their hockey career in College!

 CJ played her college career at UMass Amherst and was an assistant captain in her senior season.  She also played tier 1 hockey in Massachusetts for Charles River throughout youth/high school.

u16 Silver Kelly Keane and Dan Giordano (CHC/NEGHL)

 Kelly is a USA Hockey Level 4 Certified Coach with a strong passion for the game who has been the Head Coach for the Lights U-16 team for two seasons. This past season was the Head Coach for Lights U-15 team. She has been coaching for the past 8 years for various age groups throughout New York and New England, leading teams to both State titles and Regional tournaments and helping players continue their education and playing careers at area prep schools. She has worked numerous camps over the years from Can-Am in Lake Placid to the Learn-to-Play programs in Enfield and Elmsford as well as Jeff Serowik’s Pro Ambitions Battle Camp in Rye, NY.

 Kelly played her youth and high school hockey in the Northern Ct/Western Mass region and was able to continue her career at the collegiate level at Manhattanville College playing for the Valiants from 2009-2013. She was a member of the 2011 ECAC East Championship winning team, was a three time ECAC East All-Academic Team member, and an Assistant Captain her senior season.


u16/19 Half Season Anthony Giordano (NEGHL/CGHL)


u15/16 Half Season Stephen Picard (NEGHL)

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 time playing for the CT Lazers.  

 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, 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.



High School Half Season Nicole Cournoyer (CGHL)

Nicole has been actively coaching hockey for the past 7 seasons.  She is USA hockey Level 4 certified as well as having her CT Coaching Certification.  Nicole is entering her 4th season as the head coach for the U16/19 NLGH high school split season team.  Prior to her current role in the Lights organization, she has been involved as both head and assistant coach for the NLGH Tier I U12 team for 4 seasons and assisted with the NLGH U14 team for 1 season. 

 Nicole is also involved with the Simsbury Girls Ice Hockey Program, as the varsity assistant coach. She is just finishing up her 4th season.  Prior to working with the varsity program she was involved as the JV head coach for the 2015-2016 season and as the assistant JV coach for 3 seasons prior.  Nicole has also helped with both adult and youth clinics at West Hartford’s Veterans rink.

  As an adult, Nicole became involved with some competitive women’s ice hockey teams in the area.  She participated in several B&C level tournaments. Currently, she still enjoys playing pick-up hockey in men’s pickup games or with the Simsbury Ducks women’s team. 

Other than hockey, Nicole has been involved with Simsbury High School sports programs as part of their coaching staff.  She is currently the assistant girl’s golf coach and she also assisted with the varsity softball team for 1 year prior to accepting the golf position.  

 Away from the bench Nicole spends her free time on the golf course, cycling and running.  She is continually training for her next race and has completed 2 marathons, several half marathons and a couple century cycling rides.

u14 Tier 1 Dan Giordano (CHC/NEGHL)



u14 Tier 2 Kayla Collins (CHC/NEGHL)

  Kayla is entering her fifth year coaching the Lights, previously coaching the U14 tier 1 team. She worked at the Pride Hockey Elite Camp in West Springfield, MA.

  Kayla played her youth career in the Northern Connecticut/Western Mass region playing for the Springfield Jr Pics. She then continued her career by playing for Northfield Mount Hermon a prep school located in Northfield, Ma. From there she continued at Nichols College, in Dudley, Ma from 2010 to 2014, where she was named ECAC East All-Academic Team member her sophomore, junior, and senior year.


u14 TBA (CGHL)


u12 Tier 1 Jim Walsh / Eric Fanelli (CHC/NEGHL)


u12 Tier 2 Mark Langlais (CHC/NEGHL)


u12 TBA (CGHL)


u10 Silver Allan Boothroyd / Stephen Banffy ( CGHL and CHC )

 Allan grew up playing hockey in Enfield, with the Springfield Jr. Pics in the Metro Boston Hockey League. He went on to play 3 years of varsity hockey with E.O. Smith High School. Allan was named captain as a junior and named to the NHC all conference team for 2 years. E.O Smith won back to back conference championships and went on to state playoff quarterfinals 3 years in a row.  After high school he joined the Marine Corps and served 8 years in the infantry working up to the rank of Sergeant. With Allan's hockey knowledge and military experience he will be a great asset to the Northern Light organization. 

-USA hockey certified coach 

-NLGH U10m Head Coach: 2019-2020 Season

-NLGH U8 Silver Coach: 2018-2019 Season

-NLGH U8 Coach: 2017-2018 Season

-NLGH Mini-Lights/Foundations instructor / coach: 2017 



u10 Maroon Philip Palazzo / Paul Faulkner

  - Northwood Prep High School in - Lake Placid N.Y.

  - Played 4 yrs Collegiate hockey at 

Curry College in - Eastern Mass. 

- Iona college in upstate New York. 

 - On Ice instructor : 7 years-

Maloney Brothers  Hockey School. 

 - Level - 4 - certified with - USA HOCKEY. 

 - Coached : Youth Travel Boys hockey:

-SYHA - from Mites - Midget  / 2004 - 2014.

-NLGH - U8/10 - 2017 - Present.



u8 Silver Jon Dumonski

Jon is USA Hockey Level 3 certified and has been coaching with the Northern Lights at the U8 and Mini Lights levels since 2015. Prior to that, he spent two seasons assisting Paul Faulkner with the Simsbury Youth hockey “Hockey Stars” program. 

 Jon played hockey at Central Connecticut State University and was an assistant captain.


 u8 Maroon Lauren Sanderson

 Lauren grew up in Avon, CT playing for Avon Girls Hockey, which served as the foundation for NLGH.  Lauren also played for Kingswood-Oxford School in high school. Lauren played at Hamilton College from 2006-2008 before transferring to St. Olaf College for 2008-2010 seasons.

-Attended Tier 1 USA Hockey Nationals in 2004 and 2006, placing 3rd in 2006.

-At Hamilton College led the team in points, goals, assists, and game winning goals as a freshman. Led all NESCAC rookies with the most points per game. Led the entire NESCAC in goals in conference play as a freshman. Was picked as the NESCAC player of the week twice.  As a sophomore, led Hamilton in points and goals.

-At St. Olaf College led the team in assists during junior year as well as total points in conference play.   Senior year led St. Olaf in points and goals in conference play. Led the MIAC in game winning goals in conference play as a senior and ranked 4th for goal scoring in conference play. Was selected to the All-MIAC team in 2009 and 2010. 

Lauren has continued her passion for hockey with the Mini Lights during the 2018-19 season and u8m 2019-20 season.  Lauren, her husband and three daughters live in Suffield.