Coach Vanden Berg brings experience and energy to the Program
Guilford, Conn., - The Elite Hockey Program is an organization that believes that all players should have the opportunity to grow and develop and as players get older exposure and advancement become very important. The Elite Hockey Program is excited to offer a 16U (2001) Full Season Showcase team for 2017/18 season. Being centrally based in the hot bed of college hockey, the Elite Hockey Program provides top players from a wider geographical area, the chance to participate in a highly competitive and comprehensive development sessions and top shelf showcases and tournaments. The model is unique in that it provides more time during the week for players to develop their skills and their academics, while establishing an intense combine style weekend format providing on-ice and off-ice training, video sessions, team building, etc.
The Elite Hockey 16U showcase team practices follow a development model where players will have a minimum 3-4 hours of full ice practice, off ice training, video sessions, team building and more on scheduled combine weekends.
Additionally for one to two weekends per month, the team will travel to major tournaments in North America to receive the excellent exposure and competition. The Elite Hockey Program Showcase team will be a full member of the East Coast Elite League and participate in the Labor Day Cup, East Coast College Cup, Bauer Motown Classic, STX Shootout at Notre Dame, Belle Tire/Victory Honda Mid-Winter Classic and more!
The Elite Hockey Program has established a strong working relationship with players in the southeast and on the east coast. Additionally, Elite has named Matthew Vanden Berg as the head coach of the Elite Hockey Showcase Team. Vanden Berg has most recently been coaching the Charlotte Jr. Checkers 16U team in North Carolina. Vanden Berg brings a wealth of experience from the youth levels. Growing up in Michigan, Matthew played for top flight programs such as Little Caesars and Griffins hockey while also having a successful career in Michigan High School hockey.
“Midget Minor U16AAA is unquestionably one of the most important levels in an Elite Hockey player’s career,” stated Vanden Berg. “It is a level that requires each player to augment every aspect of themselves in order to be successful. The challenge of pushing each individual to strive through their thresholds to become the best possible version of themselves is a task that I take very seriously and it is also one of the aspects that I genuinely appreciate about this position.”
The Elite Hockey Program continues to thrive on its development path and methods of exposure, both of which the 16U Full Season Showcase team will allow. For more information, please contact Coach Vanden Berg
@EliteHockeyAAA.com and visit us online: www.EliteHockeyProgram.com.
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NEWS | Tryout Registration is Now Open for Elite Hockey Program!
Registration is Now Open for Elite Hockey Program AAA 2017-2018 Season Tryouts
Elite Hockey Program is pleased to announce tryouts, main camp dates and location for the 2017-2018 season! Tryouts will be held at the Northford Ice Pavilion in Northford, CT and Yale University in New Haven, CT. Please see the details below and stay tuned for further announcements including detailed information about the tryouts and 2017-18 coaching staff.
Pre-Tryout Camp Details:
The pre-tryout camp will take place between February 28th & March 2nd for players 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005's held at the Northford Ice Pavilion. Please click the link to register online today. Cost is $50.00
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!
Elite Hockey Program Bantam Minor (2004) Head Coach: Joe Mortali
Mortali Named Bantam Minor (2004) Head Coach
January, 30, 3017
Guilford, Conn-- Elite Hockey Program is proud to announce Joe Mortali as its 2017-2018 Bantam Minor Head Coach. Mortali, who was born and raised in Hamden, CT, currently serves as assistant coach with the Elite Bantam Minors under the direction of Peter Alden. Coach Mortali grew up playing in the Hamden Youth Hockey organization. He continued his playing career in Hamden as a varsity member of the Connecticut high school powerhouse, Hamden High School. Upon graduation, Coach Mortali attended Eastern Connecticut State University where he helped to start the hockey program. After playing four years and serving as team captain, Joe then served as Assistant Coach at the college level at Eastern.
"I'm honored and excited to accept the head coaching position for the Elite Bantam Minor hockey team," Mortali said. “Hockey has been one of the biggest positive influences on my life and I truly love the game. I'm looking forward to passing my knowledge onto another generation of players."
"Joe has done an excellent job with the bantam minor team this season. His commitment level to the team and the players is outstanding. We are fortunate to have a coach with the passion and desire to help develop and advance his players. He'll do an great job and I am excited to have him lead at the 2004 level." Said, Program President Peter Alden.
To contact Joe Mortali: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Message from Elite Hockey Program President; Peter Alden
Message from Elite Hockey Program President; Peter Alden
January 17, 2017
Guilford, Conn., - For the past year and a half, Cheshire Academy and Elite Hockey Academy, LLC (“Elite Hockey”) have worked together, under a mutual arrangement, to develop and conduct the Hockey Program at Cheshire Academy. The parties have decided that after the end of the current season, that relationship will no longer continue. Starting with the next school year, Cheshire Academy will be conducting a hockey program for its enrolled students, without the involvement of Elite Hockey Program, and Elite Hockey Program will be conducting its own hockey program, without the involvement of Cheshire Academy.
Looking ahead, the Elite Hockey Program will offer Full Season Tier 1 teams at 18U, 15U, 14U, 13U & 12U teams for 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. These leagues provide outstanding competition that attracts the best scouting and exposure for our players.
We have also been very pleased with our upgraded facilities at the Northford Ice Pavilion, the incorporation of MB Sports Training’s expertise working with hockey athletes and our continued relationship with Jared Waimon at Pro Crease goalie training.
With the separation of Elite Hockey and Cheshire Academy, Elite Hockey Program has gained the ability to work with other schools and academic programs at a lower cost point, while also being able to maximize our schedule and training program’s flexibility. Non-Connecticut residents and International student-athletes, should contact Elite Hockey Program for our educational offerings and housing options.
I am proud to have spearheaded the Elite Hockey Program at Cheshire Academy. I wish to extend my sincere appreciation to Cheshire Academy faculty and staff and wish them well in their future endeavors.
I look forward to continuing to build Elite Hockey Program into the 2017-2018 season. We strongly believe in our culture and our ability to develop more complete players.
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
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.
Alumni Update: Erik Gordon called up to NTDP U17 Team
Elite Hockey found out Wednesday that former 16U Captain and goaltender Erik Gordon has been called up to play for the USA National Team Development Program. Currently with the Lone Star Brahmas of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), Gordon has put up some pretty impressive numbers by posting a record of 11-2 and .909 SV%. His 2.23 GAA ranks him fifth among all NAHL goalies.
“Because of his ability, we knew that Erik wouldn’t be with Elite for very long before moving on to higher levels,” Elite Hockey President Peter Alden said about the news. “A natural leader, a tremendous goalie and a great kid, Erik exemplifies the term “its all about the team”. He is doing very well at a high level, and now he will be rewarded by playing in the USHL for Team USA.”
Jared Waimon, Owner, Pro Crease Goaltending, added this about Gordon: "Erik Gordon's passion for the position, work ethic and ability to perform on a day in and day out basis has everything to do to with his continued successes. We look forward to being a part of Erik's development on and off the ice."
Gordon will play this Friday against the Chicago Steel and then again Saturday versus the Youngstown Phantoms. As a proud organization, Elite Hockey wish Erik all the best with his upcoming games with the NTDP!
18U Head Coach Curadi (left) and 15U Head Coach Alden with Elite Hockey Program players at 2016 ECEL All Star Game
Guilford, Conn., - The Elite Hockey Program will remain offering Full Season Tier 1 teams at the 15U (2002) 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. The Elite Hockey Program will continue to emphasize a “Complete Development Model” which incorporates on and off ice components as well as individual player development. We strongly believe in our culture and our ability to develop more complete players and good citizens. We have a strong and experienced full-time coaching staff, whose main focus is to develop and advance our players.
For More information - Contact Luke Curadi: LCuradi@EliteHockeyAAA.com.
ELITE HOCKEY AAA MITE ADM (AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT MODEL) !!
MITE ADM - AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT MODEL
Registration for Mite ADM for the 2016-2017 season is now AVAILABLE!
ELITE HOCKEY AAA in conjunction with East Haven Youth Hockey and USA Hockey will be offering Mite Development this upcoming season!
Mites will continue playing half or cross ice with a focus and emphasis on skill development!
The Mite ADM will have two ice slots per week from October to February. The Mite Development program will be directed by Peter Alden and the Coaching staff will be drawn from regular Elite Hockey AA coaching staff. All ice sessions will be held at East Haven Ice Rink in East Haven, CT.
QUESTIONS? Contact Peter Alden: Palden@EliteHockeyAAA.com