Connecticut’s #1 Hockey Rink
Learn to play hockey at Connecticut’s #1 hockey rink – and the world’s only double-decker NHL ice rink. Intro to Hockey at The Rinks at Shelton is structured to prepare and encourage children ages 3 and up, of all skill levels, to have the appropriate fundamentals for a positive, successful start and continuing career in the sport of hockey.
At SportsCenter of Connecticut, you can expect the finest player development, training and exposure opportunities for students of all ages and skill levels in an exciting positive learning environment. We believe that a players development is determined by his/her own dedication and effort in conjunction with the teaching of a highly trained and motivated staff. All activities and drills are designed to break down and develop each player’s critical skills through intensive technique training.
Side by side with this intensive training & development atmosphere, SportsCenter of Connecticut strives to create a positive, ‘no-fear’ environment. If the athletes feel safe and secure, they will feel comfortable pushing the envelope. Due to the tireless efforts made by our staff, each player is comfortable with what they are doing, learning what is being taught, and most importantly, improving. SportsCenter of Connecticut prides itself on its teaching skills, its ability to develop athletes, and most importantly, our instructors. Our instructors are skill & development specialists first, and passionate hockey players second.
Development Hockey – Learn to Play
This program is a fun and encouraging USA Hockey sanctioned atmosphere for skaters to learn the “ins and outs” of the game, while developing basic ice hockey skills in a pressure-free atmosphere.
New York Rangers Learn To Play Hockey
Learn to play is a USA Hockey designed introductory program that teaches new players, ages 5-9, the basic skills of skating, stick-handling, passing and shooting. In addition, children learn about hard-work and commitment on and off the ice. New registrants will receive a brand-new set of custom fitted CCM hockey equipment, instruction from Rangers staff as well as special appearances from Rangers Alumni.
Once you have successfully completed these programs, you are ready to move in to our Development League. You can learn more about the D-League here.
Purpose: The D-League at the Rinks at Shelton is the premier developmental hockey program in the state. The focus is on player development in a fun and competitive atmosphere.
Positioning: The D-League is an environment where your child can compete at the proper level and get the focus needed to develop their skills. This is a low-cost, low-travel option for the player that wants to eventually play high school hockey but does not have the current skills to play A level hockey. Also, the D-League is perfect for the travel hockey player that has been “pigeonholed” as a forward and defenseman and would like to expand their game beyond their current comfort zone.
Youth Hockey League
Our youth hockey leagues provide a fun and competitive atmosphere that focus on player development. The youth house hockey program offers weekly weekday practices and weekend games with certified coaches and referees. Length of seasons, dates and times for practices and games may vary depending on enrollment. Check out our Youth Travel Hockey teams!
Watertown Youth Hockey Association
Clinics and Private Lessons
Our clinics and privates cover the technical, and the tactical aspects of each position in-depth. Learn and develop the skills needed to be an elite player!
Technical: Puck control, puck protection, skating with speed & power, passing, shooting, shot tipping, puckhandling, dekes and fakes.
Tactical: Cycling, systems, positioning, movement, playing away from the puck, support, offensive attacks, communication, down low play, breakouts, power play theory and penalty kill theory.
Technical: Puck control, puck protection, body play, skating with speed & power, lateral movement, and shooting.
Tactical: Positioning, systems, offensive attacks against, playing odd-man rushes, pinching, breakouts, dumping the puck, proper gap control, joining the rush, angling, communication.
Technical: Movement, positioning, rebound control, playing the puck, and recovery
Tactical: Movement in the crease, save selection, and game situations
- Head Coach, Trumbull High School (’99-present)
- 2012 CIAC D2 State Champions
- Two Time FCIAC “Coach of the Year”/Two Time CT Post “Coach of the Year”
- Western New England College ’88
- Team Captain ’88/Outstanding Defensive Performer ’88
General skills for all ages
Skating and techniques for defenseman
For lessons or if you need help finding the best instructor to work with your hockey player contact:
Email: GMAX13@hotmail.com or Call 203-605-3739
Director of the D League
- D3 State Champion & NE Runner-Up for 2003 PeeWee A team
- Two Time Gold Medals in Lake Placid for 2003 PeeWee, 2004 Bantams
- General Manager of the D-League at The Rinks at Shelton since 2015
- Involved with Youth Hockey Since 1996
- Coached players from Learn to Skate through Midgets (3-18 years old).
- Past President and Emeritus Board Member of the CT Riverhawks
Coach Lavoie Continues to Provide Outstanding and Fun Hockey Experience to Thousands of Hockey Players.
Summer Hockey Camps
Through structured drills and innovative equipment like parallel bars, our intense on-ice instruction challenges each student to the best of his or her ability. We draw on traditional European methods to help students improve their game, and we strive to create an exciting and productive atmosphere where they can both learn and have fun. We’re also committed to maximizing the time students spend on the ice at each session.
The SportsCenter of Connecticut’s mission for hockey at The Rinks is to design programs and tournaments aimed at creating competitive, fun, fair and safe hockey. This environment. works to increase participation and improves skills, while developing respect for others, self confidence and teamwork in our student athletes. Learn more about our premier Spring hockey tournament!
High School Hockey
Catch the excitement of High School Hockey here at Rinks, the following teams call the Rinks at Shelton their Home for the upcoming 2019-2020 Season:
Boys Highschool Hockey:
Trumbull High Boys
Masuk High Boys
St. Joes Boys
Norte Dame Boys
Girls Highschool Hockey:
Trumbull High Girls
Norte Dame Girls
Picking up the game later in life? Or has it just been a while since you’ve put on the skates? Our adult hockey instructional program encourages the development of the beginner through premier player in a warm, friendly environment. Sessions include personalized instruction as well as controlled scrimmages. Players are grouped by skill level.
AHL-CT: Adult Hockey League of Connecticut
- Offering Tiers 2, 3, and 4
- Regular Season Games
- Playoffs and Championship
- Affordable Price
AHL-CT Future Seasons Forecast:
Fall (Late Aug-Nov)
Summer (June-Mid August)
For information, registration, schedules and results, please visit league website
For further information, please contact Nick Watson at nwatson@SportsCenterCT.com
Hockey Pro Shop | BlueLine Sports
Established in 1985, Blueline Sports has emerged as one of the largest hockey suppliers in Connecticut, Westchester County and the Northeast.
The emphasis is on only two sports; ice hockey/skating and lacrosse.
Blueline provides a high quality product with a high quality staff: our sales staff is comprised of Pro level down to high school.. Many of our sales reps coach local teams from the Youth Level up to College.
We work closely with all manufactures to maintain our high level of product knowledge, fitting and repair. We are experts at understanding what products are appropriate for a specific customer. None of our sales reps are paid by commission and at Blueline our motto is, “once a customer, always a customer”.
Over the years customers of Blueline have become accustomed to competitive pricing and excellent service. Just ask around and you will find that our reputation is everything we say!
For more information about blueline Click Here or Call 203-701-7924
SHARPENING & REPAIR
Blueline provides all types of sharpening shop for all types of skates. All of our employees are sharpening experts and will provide you with exactly the degree of sharpness you require. Whether you are a beginning goalie or experienced figure skater, Blueline will make it work!
Within each of our stores is a repair shop. Any problem with your skates or helmet, we can fix it. Our staff consists of trained experts and we have a vast inventory of repair parts on site.