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.
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. Discounted equipment packages are available in the rink pro shop, HockeyGear.com if you wish to purchase your own equipment.
Fall 2015 Schedule: (Times TBD)
Saturday September 12th
Sunday September 13th
Saturday September 19th
Sunday September 20th
Saturday September 26th
Sunday September 27th
Saturday October 3rd
Sunday October 4th
Note: All sessions will take place at the Northford Ice Pavilion and last 60:00. A second session will immediately follow the first in order to maintain a proper instructor/player ratio.
For more information, contact Greg Juliano, Director of Player Development at 203-509-1395 or .
To register for the Fall First Strides Session, click HERE.
MITE DEVELOPMENT TEAMS NOW FORMING FOR 2015-16 SEASON!
Registration Open to Boys & Girls 8 & Under and Select 9 & 10 Year Olds*
Registration for the Warriors Mite Development teams 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, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday beginning Thursday, September 10th and continues through February 28, 2016 (24 weeks/66 sessions) 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.
To register for the Mite Development program, please click HERE