Registration is open for First Strides, Connecticut’s Premier FREE Learn-to-Skate program developed by the Greater New Haven Warriors. The program provides aspiring players between the ages of 4-10 the opportunity to take their "first strides" in developing an interest in ice hockey. Emphasis is placed on the very basics of skating within a safe and fun environment. It is designed for first-time skaters only please. Players who have previously participated in First Strides or another Learn-to-Skate program should register for the Warriors Learn-to-Play Hockey clinics.
Note: There is no cost to participate or use the loaner equipment (see equipment section below). All players must register with USA Hockey at www.usahockey.com. There is a minimum cost to register for USA Hockey for players 7 and older.
Equipment: We have a limited amount of loaner equipment available on a first come, first served basis. Please indicate if you will be borrowing equipment or using your own when you register. Players will receive a helmet with full face guard, hockey gloves and hockey skates. We also recommend that players wear shin guards and elbow pads. Equipment packages are available at Hamden Sports.
Fall 2016 Schedule (Saturdays and Sundays):
September 17, 18, 24, and 25,
October 1 and 2
Note: All sessions will take place at the Northford Ice Pavilion and last 60 minutes. A second session if needed will immediately follow the first in order to maintain a proper instructor/player ratio.
For more information please contact:
Greg Juliano, Director of Player Development at 203-509-1395 or email@example.com
Bryan Leitch, Director of Hockey Operations at 203-676-5229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register for the Fall First Strides Session, click on the Register On-Line tab on the left.
Registration for Warriors Mite Development is now open
The Mite Development teams are designed for boys and girls making the transition from a learn-to-play hockey clinic to more team-oriented play as well as returning players who wish to continue their individual and team skills development. Players must be able to skate forward, backwards and stop to participate.
Four teams, the Nighthawks, Blades, Eagles and Tomahawks, all named after former New Haven minor pro teams, will play a 21-game regular season schedule of half-ice games against each other as well as other local organizations. The season will culminate in a two game playoff for the Patrick Cup (named after league founders Lynn and Lester Patrick). The teams also participate in a Holiday Jamboree.
The Warriors Mite Development half-ice format conditions and improves all aspects of a player’s game, including skating, stick handling, shooting and more importantly, their reaction time in a safe and fun environment. There are no tryouts. Players will be evaluated at the beginning of the season to ensure a competitive balance between teams.
Play takes place three times a week, Tuesday, Saturday & Sunday beginning Wednesday, September 7th and continues through February 12, 2017 excluding Columbus Day weekend & Christmas.
Full equipment is required. Discounted equipment packages are available from Hamden Sports, 2858 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Players will receive a Team jersey.
For more information, contact Bryan Leitch, Director of Hockey Operations at 203-676-5229 (
*9 & 10 year old players are eligible for Mite Development provided they have completed a learn-to-play hockey program and have not played on a house or travel team previously.
The Greater New Haven Warriors are pleased to announce the addition of two midget hockey teams, adding a U-18 and U-16 for the fall of 2016. These teams will be USA Hockey National Bound Tier 1 midget teams that will compete in the Connecticut Hockey Conference and the areas top Showcases and tournaments.
Both teams will be split season and offer a prep school and high school friendly schedule that will begin in late August and end in November at the New England District Regionals.
“We are really excited about offering these levels within our program and supplying the areas top players a program with deep history of promoting players to the next level and furthering their development as hockey players” said Director of Hockey Operations Bryan Leitch.
The teams will be managed and coached by two former NCAA Division 1 and professional players, RJ Gates (UMass-Amherst - 2001) and Bryan Leitch (Quinnipiac University – 2009).
For more information regarding the teams and if you are interested in becoming part of the Greater New Haven Warriors tradition please contact RJ Gates.