Guilford, CT- We are pleased to announce the commitment of former Elite Hockey Program goaltender, Erik Gordon to the College of Holy Cross. Gordon (Duluth, GA) played for the Elite Hockey Program during the 2015-2016 season.
After his 16U season, he moved on to play in the NAHL for the Lone Star Brahmas and Fairbanks IceDogs. He finished the season with a 1.56 GAA and a .944 save percentage. Gordon was named the Midwest division star of the week on two different occasions and was also named the goalie of the month for the month of March. Gordon was also named the goaltender for the all Midwest division rookie team and the NAHL all rookie second team.
We are very excited for Erik and his family. He has always been a difference maker and will continue to develop and step into a key role at the next level. Gordon is a high character player that brings a lot of the intangibles to a hockey program and school. I am proud of him and all of his accomplishments and looking forward to watching his continued growth as a player and person." Said, Elite Hockey Program, General Manager, Peter Alden.
During the 2016-2017 season, Gordon was called up to play for the U.S National under 17 team. Gordon saw action in 4 games for the under 17’s.
Gordon, 18, made his college decision after his campus visit to Holy Cross last weekend. He said he plans to major in engineering there. “It’s a beautiful campus, and it’s in the heart of Massachusetts. They’re putting in a new multi-million dollar athletic complex that is unbelievable,” he continued. “You just walk in there and it’s like, ‘Wow, this is crazy.’ It’s just a great community and it’s an up-and-coming hockey team with a great coaching staff that really showed belief in me, and that was something I was looking for. I liked everything that they had to offer.”
We wish Erik luck on the next chapter of his career!
GUILFORD, CT,. – The Elite Hockey Program is pleased to announce its acceptance into the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) for the 2017-18 season. as new full-time members for the 2017-18 season. The Elite Hockey Program will be joining the NAPHL in the 18U, 16U and 15U midget levels. Participation in the prestigious North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), will allow Elite Hockey Program teams to attend NAPHL showcase events and compete against highly renowned programs from across the country.
Celebrating its 8th season in 2016-17, the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) is made up of 44 teams from 22 programs that compete at the 18U, 16U and 15U USA Hockey Tier I level. The NAPHL has established itself as one of the premier grounds for development and exposure. The success of teams on the National stage, as well as, the success of NAPHL players at the next levels of hockey, is further proof that the NAPHL is redefining exposure and has elevated itself to one of the premier training grounds for development and opportunity.
“We are excited to have the Elite Hockey Program as full-time members in the NAPHL,” said NAPHL Director Tony Zasowski. “With teams at all three levels, they will add significantly to the depth and competition of the NAPHL. In addition, they come from a hockey-rich area that is full of talented players that will be the future of top-level junior and college hockey programs.”
“The Elite Hockey Program is proud to be accepted into the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), said Peter Alden, Elite Hockey Program, General Manager. "We are always looking for ways to differentiate our program from everyone else and the NAPHL will be a great addition to our schedule. The NAPHL fields some of the strongest teams in the nation and is seen by many junior hockey and collegiate scouts as one of the top hockey leagues in the country. We look forward to becoming a strong partner in the NAPHL and providing Elite Hockey players with this additional opportunity.”
Peter Alden is the Elite Hockey Program, General Manager and also the 15U National Head Coach. Alden is a native of Connecticut and grew up playing in the NAHL for the Springfield Blues and furthered his playing career at UMass-Amherst (Hockey-East) and Quinnipiac University (ECAC). This is his 10th season as a club president and won a Tier 1 18U USA National Championship in 2015 with the CT Wolf Pack.
Luke Curadi is the Program Director and 18U National head coach for the Elite Hockey Program. Curadi played in the USHL for the Dubuque Fighting Saints and then went on to play division one at RPI. Curadi also played a year professionally in the ECHL and now also serves a scout for the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL.
The Elite Hockey Program operates out of the Northford Ice Pavilion in Northford, CT. The Elite Hockey Program is located right outside of New Haven, CT, just a few miles away from NCAA division one powerhouses, Yale University and Quinnipiac University. The Northford Ice Pavilion is a three sheet facility, equipped with custom locker rooms for the Elite Hockey teams and 5,000 sq. ft. training facility for program’s strength and conditioning.
At the Elite Hockey Program, we provide a complete hockey experience, to help our players prepare for their next level of play. It is our developmental path that our players are given, the exposure they receive and the location we are in that makes us an attractive destination for a strong student athlete. We strongly believe in our culture and consistency. In order to develop a more complete player, we focus our energy on individual player development and teach our players to understand how their role fits into the identity of our team’s success.
Visit us online for continued coverage and for more information on our team offerings for the 2017-2018 season, please visit www.EliteHockeyProgram.com. Follow us on Twitter @EliteHockeyAAA and on Instagram @Elite_Hockey_Program.
For more information about the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), visit http://www.naphl.com
GUILFORD, CT., - The Elite Hockey Program announced on Monday, that Peter Gintoli has been hired as an assistant coach for the 15U Elite Hockey Program. With Division III college hockey and professional playing experience, Gintoli rounds out the Program’s coaching staff that will also include Peter Alden & David Crandall.
“We’re really excited to have Peter on staff,” Elite Hockey Program general manager, Peter Alden said. “We think he’s going to be a great fit with myself and Coach Crandall. He’s a young passionate coach, fresh out the game, that will make him really influential to the development of our players.”
A native of Monroe, Connecticut, Gintoli played four seasons of Division III college hockey at Salve Regina and one year of professional hockey, spending time with the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). Gintoli is also a current member and Captain of the US Deaf National Team, where he has played internationally in Canada, Finland, and Russia.
“I’m really excited,” Gintoli said. “It’s going to be a great challenge — I know the Elite Hockey Program has a strong emphasis on skill and player development and I think it’s a great opportunity for me to grow as a coach in a strong program with a great staff..”
“The 15U Elite Program has really come together as it has a nice group of talented players and having a professional like Peter, working with them at a critical stage in their development is really important to our player focus,” Alden said.
“I am really excited about working with Peter Gintoli. His passion to learn and grow is something that will trickle down to our players and I know he is going to be a big asset to our organization.” Said Associate Head Coach and current USHL Scout, David Crandall.
To learn more about the Elite Hockey Program and our 15U tier 1 level, please visit www.EliteHockeyProgram.com. Follow us on Twitter @EliteHockeyAAA and on Instagram @Elite_Hockey_Program.
Elite Hockey Program announce Spring/Summer team Elite Battalion
Join The Battle!!
The Elite Hockey Program is proud to announce the Elite Battalion, our spring and summer showcase team. Lead by Elite Hockey coaches Luke Curadi and Austin Root, Battalion teams will be heading to showcases for the U13, U14, U16, and U19 levels. Each team will be competing between two to three showcases during the spring and summer. These events the Battalion will be attending provides players the chance to compete and gain exposure at all levels.
The Battalio will play against top talent and be coached by staff at all levels (Prep, Midget, Junior, College). The following tournaments have been selected to give our players the best opportunity to be exposed to high-end scouts and to reach their goals:
NEWS | Elite Hockey Program Full Season Midget Offerings!
Guilford, Conn., - The Elite Hockey Program will remain offering Full Season Tier 1 teams at the 15U (2002), 16U (2001) and 18U (1999-2001) in the 2017-2018 season. These teams will participate in the Atlantic Youth Hockey League (AYHL) and East Coast Elite League (ECEL) as well as top tournaments and showcases.
Elite Hockey Program emphasizes a “Complete Development Model”; offering full-season Tier I hockey, optimal training, and the opportunity to play against the very best competition.
The Elite Hockey Program strongly believes in our culture and consistency. In order to develop a more complete student-athlete, we focus our energy on individual player development and teach our players to understand how their role fits into the identity of the team’s success.
• Goaltender Specific Development Training- Pro Crease
• Designated Team Locker Rooms (15U & 18U)
Driven Results. Exposure. Advancement.
The Elite Hockey Program is proud to offer our players several exclusive opportunities to play in front of heavily scouted events and top competition at all offered levels. Our teams belong to the best leagues in the Nation; Atlantic Youth Hockey Leauge (AYHL) and East Coast Elite League (ECEL). These leagues allow our players to play against the best competition at their level. By providing the strategic placement for exposure to multiple NCAA Division I/III, NHL and USHL scouts, we are offering players a chance to influence their own destiny.
Offering the Following Age Levels for the 2017-2018 Season
David Crandall named Elite Hockey 15U Associate Head Coach
Crandall will also serve as the programs Director of Player Development
Guilford, Conn. -- The Elite Hockey Program is excited to announce that David Crandall will be joining Peter Alden’s coaching staff as the 15U Associate Head Coach and Director of Player Development for the 2017-18 season. Crandall is currently a Regional Scout for the Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) and has spent the past 17 years coaching Tier 1 midgets, most recently at New Jersey power house, the Delbarton School. He is thankful to have had the opportunity to work with several NCAA D1/D3, Junior and youth hockey coaches and players. He holds a MA in Psychology with a major concentration in leadership and team building.
“I am really excited to be joining the Elite Hockey Program. The emphasis the program places on player development and promotion compliments my player development experience and scouting role” said Crandall.
Crandall’s coaching success includes building strong teams that have won the Labor Day Tier 1 Face Off and more notable accomplishments that include an Atlantic District Championship, two Atlantic Youth Hockey League (AYHL) Championships, an International Silver Sticks Regional Championship and an International Silver Sticks Regional Finalist. His coaching experience also includes participating for several years in both USA Hockey’s Player Development camps and the Atlantic District Player Development program where he participated as an evaluator, coach and team leader.
“I am really excited to work with David for the upcoming season. He offers a unique perspective on player development and is very passionate about furthing players careers. David is a true professional and we are fortunate to have him in our organization” said Elite Hockey Program President, Peter Alden.
Crandall resides in Annandale, NJ with Audrey Melnick. His step-son, Josh Melnick, currently plays Division 1 for the Miami Redhawks.
The 15U level is a “pure” tier 1 division, meaning that only players of the 2002 birth year can compete at that level. The 15U level has been highly recognized and supported by USA Hockey, AYHL and college scouts. The Elite Hockey Program 15U team will compete in the AYHL 15U division and the East Coast Elite League 16U Premier division.
The 15U Main Camp Tryouts will be held at Yale University in New Haven, CT. For more information on the Elite Hockey Program, please contact Peter Alden (e)
and visit us online: www.EliteHockeyProgram.com.
As players and families, start to prepare for the 2017/18 hockey season, the main question that will be asked is "Is this organization a place that I can call my home?". To begin to answer that question, let's take a look at our recently upgraded facility, Northford Ice Pavilion.
Located at the very base of the I-91 corridor, "The NIP" has recently added a third sheet of ice to become the only arena of its kind in the state of Connecticut. Before the Quinnipiac University Men's Ice Hockey program moved to TD Bank Sports Center, Northford was their home for close to a decade. Elite Hockey, now entering our second season at Northford, utilizes the facility for all team practices from Pee-Wee Major to Midget Major.
All teams have a classroom that will be used to for team video and concepts. For the Elite Hockey Midget teams (18U, 15U), Northford allows our players the privilege of having own respective locker rooms. This helps our players get a taste for what to expect as they move up the ranks into junior and NCAA hockey. For our Bantam/Pee-Wee level players, this is further incentive to put in the work and aspire to someday be "one of the big guys".
Also located at Northford is MB Sports Training, which is used by Elite Hockey as the organizations off-ice strength and conditioning facility. Mike Bouchard and the MB Sports Training Staff see Elite Hockey teams up to twice a week in Coach Bouchard's new facility.
The Elite Hockey Program is proud to call the Northford Ice Pavilion and it's first class amenities Our Home. Information for our Main Camps are below. Looking forward to seeing everyone in March!
Tj Schatz and Eric Germain to coach Bantam Majors in 2017-2018
Schatz and Germain are no strangers to 14U Level
The Elite Hockey Program is excited to announced TJ Schatz and Eric Germain as associate head coaches of the 2017-2018 Elite Hockey Bantam Major (2003) team.
Coach TJ Schatz is entering his third season as Elite Hockey Bantam Head Coach. Before his coaching days, Schatz played collegiately at Quinnipiac University and professionally for the New Haven Nighthawks (AHL) and Roanoke Rebels (EHL).
Schatz brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the program. Schatz, who is a Connecticut native, has coached hockey in Connecticut for twenty-five years at all levels, including college. Notably, Schatz was the Head Men’s Hockey Coach for University of New Haven (D2-AHCA) from 2010-2013 and North Branford High School Head Coach (CT-HS) from 1998-2010. Schatz also coached at other well-known youth programs such as Mid-Fairfield. Additionally, Coach Schatz has served as the Connecticut Hockey Conference (CHC) coaching director and Select 16 & 17 director.
“Bantam Major is a very important year and I am here to help develop these players for their future in an elevated hockey career. I have over 20 years coaching experience from squirts to the college ranks and I know what it takes to make an impact at every level” said TJ Schatz.
Germain, who hails from Quebec City, PQ, had a hugely successful fourteen year professional playing career including time in the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings. Germain enters his fifth season coaching within the organization and has proven to be a knowledgeable and steady coach. During his time with Elite Hockey Program, Eric has been involved with both the bantam and midget levels.
Coach Germain’s son Jeremy, who is an alumni of the organization, is currently a forward on the Princeton University Tigers (D1-ECAC).
The Elite Program is a full year program that plays in the Tier 1 AYHL, one of the top leagues on the East Coast. For more information on this program, please email: Peter Alden (e) Palden@EliteHockeyAAA.com or Luke Curadi (e) LCuradi@EliteHockeyAAA.com.
Peter Alden named Elite Hockey 15U Head Coach for 2017-2018
Alden (right) shown here at East Coast Elite League All Star Game
January 10, 2017
Guilford, Conn., - The Elite Hockey Program announces that President and General Manager Peter Alden will be Head Coach for the 15U Elite team for 2017-2018. 15U is a newly made "pure" division, meaning that only players of that birth year can compete at that level.
Alden, who was born and raised in nearby Branford, CT, serves as the President and General Manager of the Elite Hockey Program. He has built power house programs in the northeast and has also been instrumental in bringing top players to the program and advancing their career paths. Alden has helped advance over 60 players to NCAA programs that include, University of New Hampshire, Holy Cross, Colgate, Princeton University, University of Vermont and more.
As a former Division I hockey player at UMass Amherst (Hockey East) and Quinnipiac University (ECAC). Alden furthered his playing career by playing Junior Hockey in the NAHL for the Springfield Blues and Capital District Selects in the EJHL.
Alden has coached at many different levels including prep at Choate Rosemary Hall, Tier 1 Midgets 2015 18U Tier 1 USA National Champions & Tier 1 Bantams with a USA national appearance in 2013.
Additionally, Peter serves as President of The East Coast Elite League (ECEL) and East Coast Classic (ECC) Tournaments. Elite Hockey Program 15U and 18U teams participate in the AYHL, ECEL and ECC Tournaments events throughout the year, as both are widely regarded throughout the country for exposure opportunities for its members.
Alden resides in Branford, CT with his wife Elisabeth and their two children Caiden and Connor.
To contact Peter Alden directly email: Palden@EliteHockeyAAA.com
Luke Curadi tabbed as 18U Head Coach for Elite Hockey Program
January 6, 2017
Guilford, Conn., - The Elite Hockey Program is excited to announce that Luke Curadi will be taking the helm of 18U Head Coach and Program Director for the 2017-18 season. A native of Cheshire, CT, Luke has been a valued member of the Elite Hockey staff since summer of 2016 and currently serves a 16U Associate Head Coach and Program Recruiting Coordinator of the Elite Hockey Program.
Coming from a strong playing background, Curadi played one year with the Adirondack Thunder in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) before his playing career ended due to injury. During his time in the ECHL, Curadi played in 55 games, contributed 8 points and had 88 penalty minutes while also being awarded the teams Community Service Award.
Prior to turning pro, Curadi attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (ECAC - NCAA D1), where he was a four year letter winner and served as an assistant captain during his senior year in 2015. He played junior hockey for the Penticton Vee’s in the BCHL before playing in the United States Hockey League (USHL) for the Dubuque Fighting Saints. In Dubuque, where he also served as the team's assistant captain, Luke won a Clark Cup Championship in 2011 under Jim Montgomery, current Head Coach of Denver University.
Elite Hockey is a full year program that plays a 60-65 game schedule in the Tier 1 AYHL & East Coast Elite League, two of the top leagues on the east coast and top tournaments and showcases. The Elite Hockey Program attracts players from all over North America and Internationally. For more information on this program, please email: Peter Alden (e) Palden@EliteHockeyAAA.com or Luke Curadi (e) LCuradi@EliteHockeyAAA.com.