Alex Esposito Commits to the University of Vermont
Cromwell, CT - 1996 Forward, Alex Esposito, has committed to University of Vermont. Esposito is good in all areas, is quick, shifty & a productive 6'0 skater. "Espo" a West Haven resident has been a member of the Connecticut Wolf Pack program since his Bantam Major year. Esposito is expected to join the Catamounts in the fall of 2017.
CT Wolf Pack - Accepting Application for Billet Families
We are currently accepting applications for families to host players for our Full Season U14, U16 and U18 Midget teams for the 2014-2015 hockey season. The billet program allows these players to complete their high school education, take college level courses and/or obtain part time employment in the local community while taking their hockey careers to the next level.
Host families serve as authority figures, role models and extended family to their assigned player. Hosts receive a monthly stipend to off-set some of the basic costs such as food, the true rewards are in the lasting relationships that are formed.
If you are interested in becoming a host family to a CT Wolf Pack Hockey player, please see the link below or email with any questions.
Wolf Pack Will Offer Mite Major Program for 2014-2015!
Connecticut Wolf Pack Mite Major Program for 2014-2015 Season
The Connecticut Wolf Pack is proud to announce that it will field a Mite Major team for the 2014-2015 season, coached by Sean Donohue & Justin MacGregor. The Wolf PackMite Major team will compete against top Atlantic Youth Hockey League teams from the Northern Division, CHC Competition and Tier 1 Jamboree / showcases.
This is a great program for young players looking to build a strong foundation with proper skill development and an opportunity to play at the elite level.
The Wolf Pack Mite Major team will be a member of USA Hockey and will comply with the ADM.
Tryouts are set for March 18 & 21st in Hamden from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.
Tryouts are FREE for 2006 & 2007's. All players must PRE-REGISTER for tryouts.
For more information about our NEW Mite Program, please email:
The Wolf Pack Organization’s mission is to develop top-quality hockey players by providing excellent education, proper training and exposure. The Wolf Pack Organization believes that through the advancement of each individual player, the collective team benefits. Wolf Pack players receive professional instruction from a dedicated coaching staff with a wealth of experience achieved from playing and coaching all levels, from Junior, Prep School, College (D1 and D3) to the NHL. The Wolf Pack Organization is passionate about furthering the growth of all its players while valuing good sportsmanship and teamwork.
The Wolf Pack are long standing members in the top Tier 1 Leagues in the Northeast and our Wolf Pack players are eligible to participate in Team Connecticut, New England Regionals, USA Nationals & More!
New Haven, CT – The Connecticut Wolf Pack is pleased to announce their exclusive membership with the The East Coast Elite League (ECEL) Tier I Showcase Series. The Wolf Pack will enter full season teams at the U14, U16 and U18 levels.
“This is an exciting opportunity for all those involved,” said Wolf Pack President, Donna Cahill. “For the top player that is looking for exposure and great competition , the "ECEL" provides all these opportunities in a Division one and three university settings. "The Wolf Pack organization understands how best to provide a structure that offers quality competition and prime exposure for our members and the "ECEL" is a great compliment to our teams schedules" said Wolf Pack Director, Peter Alden.
The East Coast Elite League’s Showcase Series is designed to provide top competition and exposure for the elite teams, and organizations, throughout the country. The Wolf Pack join the "ECEL" with the following teams at the U14, U16 and U18 levels: Boston Bandits, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders, Hill Academy and the New Jersey Rockets.
Don "Toot" Cahoon to join the Connecticut Wolf Pack Co
Don "Toot" Cahoon to Join the Connecticut Wolf Pack Coaching Staff
Nationally recognized coach Don "Toot" Cahoon will be the 2014-2015 head coach of the U-16 split season Connecticut Wolf Pack team. Coach Cahoon served 11 years as the head coach of the University of Massachusetts hockey program, the longest tenure of a unique and successful 25-year coaching career. Under his guidance, UMass achieved its best season in school history in 2006-07 capped by a berth to the NCAA Tournament and the Minutemen's first NCAA tournament win. In addition, he is the 2014 recipient of the JOHN "SNOOKS" KELLEY FOUNDERS AWARD:Named after the famed Boston College coach, this award honors those people in the coaching profession who have contributed to the overall growth and development of the sport of ice hockey in the United States.
While at UMass, he was named Hockey East Coach of the Year in 2003 and was the New England Hockey Writers Coach of the Year in both 2003 and 2007. His career mark as a college hockey head coach was 333-380-73.
Cahoon came to UMass from Princeton, where he rebuilt the Tigers struggling hockey program. He led the Tigers to their first-ever ECAC Tournament title, as well as the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1998, and produced five seasons of 18-plus wins over the last nine years.
Prior to his head coaching position at Princeton, Cahoon served as an assistant under Jack Parker at Boston University, helping guide the Terriers to the 1990-91 NCAA national championship game, which they eventually lost in three overtimes. The 1990-91 season at Boston University marked Cahoon's third stint as an assistant with the Terriers. He was also an assistant there from 1974-79 and during the 1987-88 season. Cahoon was primarily responsible for recruiting the players on the 1977-78 team that won the NCAA championship.
He began his coaching career as the head coach at Lehigh University (1973-74) where he guided the Engineers to the Mid-Atlantic Conference title with a 10-5-2 record before moving on to Boston University as an assistant coach. Cahoon then became the head coach at Norwich University from 1979-82, where he compiled a 48-35-2 record while leading Norwich to the ECAC Division II playoffs in each of his three seasons. In 1982, Cahoon went overseas to serve as the director of hockey operations and head coach of the Vienna Ice Club in the Austrian Ice Hockey Federation where he led the team to a 23-12-2 record. He returned to the United States the following season as an assistant at the University of Lowell, where he stayed until 1986.
Cahoon has also enjoyed success coaching various national teams for USA Hockey as well as serving as a profesional scout. He also works as a color commentator on college hockey broadcasts for the New England Sports Network.
A 1972 graduate of Boston University with a B.S. in education, Cahoon played left wing for the Terriers, earning two national championship rings as an instrumental part of both the 1971 and 1972 NCAA championship teams. Following his career with the Terriers, Cahoon represented the United States at the 1972 World Championships, helping the national team to capture the silver medal in Bucharest, Romania. He then signed a contract with the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association after graduation.
Born in Lynn, Mass., Cahoon graduated from Marblehead High School before attending Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, N.H.
The CT Wolf Pack U16 Split Season Tryouts will be held on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13, 2014 in Hamden, CT.
On-line Registration for Tryouts is open on the Wolf Pack web site.
Doug Messier to Join the Connecticut Wolf Pack Coaching Staff
Doug Messier to Join the Connecticut Wolf Pack Coaching Staff
Cromwell, CT: Nationally recognized coach Doug Messier will be the 2014-2015 head coach of the U-18 split season Connecticut Wolf Pack team. Coach Messier has been with the Mid-Fairfield Yankees for the past five seasons and has brought the U-16 and U-18 teams to the National tournament three of the past five years. Another accolade of Coach Messier’s career was winning the Elite Division of the Quebec Pee Wee tournament in 2011 with the PeeWee Rangers. Prior to coaching at Mid-Fairfield and the PeeWee Rangers, Messier had a long career in Canadian Junior hockey.
As a professional hockey player, Messier was a member of the Portland Beckaroo and Edmonton Flyer championship teams. Coach Messier has always been a pro-education, pro-player development type of coach. Messier has helped place numerous Division I hockey players, including two All-American goaltenders, and assisted with getting countless scholarships.
Coach Messier is excited about joining the Pack and said, “I look forward to getting each player on my team to be as good as they can be when tryouts come for the Prep School teams. I hope to bring the U-18 Wolf Pack team to Nationals, which is always the objective but also a bonus.”
Doug Messier has his Master’s degree from the University of Portland and taught school for 12 years after his pro career.
The CT Wolf Pack U18 Split Season Tryouts will be held on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13, 2014 in Hamden, CT.
On-line Registration for Tryouts is open on the Wolf Pack web site.
Wolf Pack U18 Forward, Dylan Holze commits to Wesleyan University!! Holze had 17pts (7g,10a) this fall for the Wolf Pack. Wesleyan is one of the top schools in the country and is a member of the highly competitive NESCAC Division. Congrats to Dylan and his family!
Wolf Pack Midget Major U18 & Midget Minor U16 – Tier 1 Full Season Teams
The Connecticut Wolf Pack is proud to announce full season U16 and U18 Tier I teams for the 2014-2015 season. The teams will provide opportunities for players to participate in the competitive Atlantic Youth Hockey League, Connecticut Hockey Conference Tier 1 and the East Coast Elite League as well as elite showcases and tournaments.
The Wolf Pack full season midget teams will compete in a high performance program that includes professional coaching, player development and exposure. Our objective is to prepare students athletically and academically with the ultimate goal of playing college hockey. Our efforts will focus on developing athletic excellence on the ice and creating well-rounded individuals off the ice. The Wolf Pack program’s success will not only be measured by wins and losses, but also by our players’ development and advancement.
U16 Full Season Head Coach: Steve Novodor - Coach Novodor has worked with over 15 Division 1 players. Novodor has a strong background in developing elite players to compete at the next level. His coaching experience includes: Current Head Coach of the #17 ranked 1999 Wolf Pack team, Assistant Boys Varsity Coach at Loomis Chaffee School, 2012 – 2013 Wolf Pack U16 National Champion finalist, USA New England Regional Development Coach & 2013 AYHL All Star Coach. Steve Novodor can be reached at:
U18 Full Season Head Coach: Jon Bellonio – Coach Bellonio has coached 3 NHL draft picks and over 45 Division 1 & 3 hockey players. He is currently an assistant coach at Wesleyan University and has held coaching positions with USHL, EJHL & Prep school teams. In addition to coaching, Bellonio has been responsible for recruiting and player development. Jon Bellonio can be reached at:
The Wolf Pack full season U16 and U18 program will offer:
3 practices per week
In-season strength training
Player profiles for coaches and scouts
Billet housing is available for players who need it
Wolf Pack members will have full access to:
State of the art training center
Participation in Prestigious & National tournaments
55 – 65 game count
CHC Tier 1 League
AYHL Tier 1 League
East Coast Elite League Tier 1
For more information, please contact Jon Bellonio for U18 Full Season & Steve Novodor for U16 Full Season or visit: www.ctwolfpackhockey.com
Griffin Luce - 6'2", 200 lb. Defenseman, a '98 birthdate, has committed to the University of Michigan!! Griffin is a member of the U16 Wolf Pack National team. Luce "I chose Michigan because of its great hockey history and I felt like it was the best fit for me as a player and a student."
"The Wolf Pack has better prepared me because I got great coaching throughout the season and I also got the experience of playing a more college like schedule. I am looking forward to playing fo the Wolf Pack next season!"
Congrats to Griffin and his family on such a great achievement!
Mike Santaguida - University of Vermont
Pat Feeley - University of Vermont
Robby Darrar - University of Vermont
Kevin Rooney - Providence College
Jake Kulevich - Colgate University
Jake Wood - RPI
Noel Acciari - Providence College
Drew Brown - Providence College
Dan Tirone - University of New Hampshire
Chris Izmirlian - Yale University
Taylor Carmola - Williams College
Petr Placek - Harvard University
Evan Smith - Yale University
Mitchell Smith - Yale University
Brett Supinski - Union College
Matt Muzyka - Quinnipiac College
Matt O'Donnell - University of Vermont
Mike Lee - University of Vermont
Zach Guittari - Brown University
Liam Murhpy - University of Connecticut
Griffin Luce - University of Michigan
Dylan Holze - Wesleyan University
Owen Powers - Holy Cross
Ryan Dmowski - UMASS - Lowell
Shane Sellar - Dartmouth
Philip Klitirinos - Colby College
Cory Swift - Connecticut College
Mark Dufour - Union College
David Hallissey - Princeton University
Trevor Hills - St. Lawrence
Mitch Gilliam - Cornell University
Josh Roberts - Army
Vincent Russo - Bentley College
Evan Nuegold - Middlebury College
Vincent Gisonti - Middlebury College
Matt Dupont - Middlebury College
Sean Orlando - Trinity College
Anthony Bird - Skidmore College
Marc Cibelli - Skidmore College
Jeff Celniker - Conn. College
Mark Liautude - Conn. College
Austin Essery - Conn. College
Dylan Podielski - Stonehill College
2012 - 2013 Bantam Major Prep Commits
Liam Murphy - Avon Old Farms
Eric Esposito - Loomis Chaffee
Nick Sorgio - Salisbury School
Alex Mella - Shattuck St Mary's
Congratulations to Brett Supinski on his division 1 college commitment to Union College for the fall of 2016-2017! Brett is currently playing for the CT Wolf Pack U18 National team. Brett currently has 22 points (11g, 11a) this season with the Pack!
Liam Murphy: 6'1 210 lb 1998 Power Forward has committed to UCONN for the fall of 2016.
The UConn men's hockey program has landed a verbal commitment from the most sought after high school sophomore in Connecticut. Forward Liam Murphy of the Connecticut Wolf Pack is also one of the most highly-rated sophomore players in the nation.
Liam has been a long time member of the Connecticut Wolf Pack and is currently playing for the Wolf Pack U16 National team. Liam commented on his experience with the Pack "I always had great coaching which really changed me as a player and great teammates to help me work harder."
UConn will join Hockey East in 2014-15 after playing this season in Atlantic Hockey.
Congratulations to Matt O'Donnell on his commitment to the University of Vermont! Matt is a '95 defenseman from California that was drafted in the USHL but elected to come to the east coast for school. Matt is in his second year with the CT Wolf Pack U18 National team, coached by Scott Robson. O'Donnell is currently a senior at Loomis Chaffee Prep School in Windsor, CT.
Congratulations to current U18 Wolf Pack forward, Matt Muzyka on his commitment to Quinnipiac University. Muzyka a '96 is from Cheshire, CT will follow his father footsteps, Ed Muzyka class of '86, a former Quinnipiac stand out and recently inducted into the Quinnipiac hall of fame. Matt has been with the Wolf Pack program since his bantam major year and it is great to see him grow within the program. Matt is currently a junior at the Salisbury School in Salisbury, CT.
Zach Guittari Goes Ivy & Commits to Brown University
Congratulations to Zach Guittari for his commitment to Brown University! Zach was a vital member of the U16 National team that lost in the USA National Championships in the 2012-2013 season. Zach is a current member of the U18 Wolf Pack team and will be a Juniior at Loomis Chaffee Prep School in Windsor, CT. Congratulations to Zach and his family! GO Pack!