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. Luke also serves as Director of Scouting for all Elite Hockey Program teams.
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 season 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.
Associate Head Coach
Elite Hockey has added Austin Root as Associate Head Coach for the 18U full season midget team. Root, who hails from Allendale, New Jersey, joins Luke Curadi on staff for the 2017-18 season. In addition to coaching 18U, he will also serve as Associate Director of Recruiting, Marketing and Player Development.
Austin comes to Elite with solid Tier 1 coaching background, having recently helped lead the NY Aviators 16U National team to a 35-16-6 record. Before that Austin assisted the NJ Avalanche 15U team that won AYHL 16U American division.
Prior to coaching, Root was a four year letter winner with the SUNY-Canton Kangaroos (NCAA D3), including being named an assistant captain his junior and senior seasons. Upon graduation, Austin earned a degree in sports management.