Connecticut’s #1 Hockey Rink
Learn to play hockey at Connecticut’s #1 hockey rink – featuring the world’s only double-decker NHL ice rinks. Intro to Hockey at The Rinks at Shelton is designed 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 players of all ages and skill levels in an exciting nurturing 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 time tested training.
Side by side with our training and 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. SportsCenter of Connecticut prides itself on our staff’s teaching skills, their ability to develop athletes, and most importantly having fun. Our instructors are skill and development specialists first, and passionate hockey players second.
Have questions about lessons? Contact Our Hockey Director.
Director of the D League
- Youth Hockey Director since 1996
- 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, The Rinks at Shelton since 2015
- 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, Fun Hockey Experiences to Thousands of Hockey Players.
- Head Coach, Trumbull High School (’99-present)
- Two Time FCIAC “Coach of the Year”/Two Time CT Post “Coach of the Year”
- 2012 CIAC D2 State Champions
- Western New England College ’88
- Team Captain ’88/Outstanding Defensive Performer ’88
Coach Maxey Specializes in Competitive Skills for All Ages. He is Renowned for Skating Development and Techniques for Defensemen.
Development Hockey – Learn to Play
This USA Hockey designed program is a fun and encouraging atmosphere for skaters to learn the “ins and outs” of the game, while developing basic ice hockey skills in a pressure-free, fun atmosphere.
New York Rangers – Learn To Play Hockey
The New York Rangers sponsors a learn to play introductory program, in conjunction with USA Hockey, 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 and Jersey, instruction from New York 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 Connecticut. The D-League focuses 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 hockey skills. This is a low-cost, low-travel option for the player that seeks to eventually play high school hockey but does not have the current skills to play A level hockey or the player that loves hockey but does not have the time to commit to travel hockey. Also, the D-League is perfect for the travel hockey player that has been “pigeonholed” as a forward defenseman and would like to expand their game beyond their current comfort zone.
Clinics and Private Lessons
Our clinics and private lessons cover the technical, and tactical aspects of hockey. Learn and develop the skills needed to be an elite player!
Technical: Puck control, puck protection, skating with speed and 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
For further information regarding lesson or clinics, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-605-3739
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 intermediate player in a warm, friendly environment. Sessions include personalized instruction and controlled scrimmages. Players are grouped by skill level.
Adult Hockey League
AHL-CT: Adult Hockey League of Connecticut
- Offering Tiers 2, 3, and 4
- Regular Season Games
- Playoffs and Championship
- Affordably Priced
AHL-CT Future Seasons Forecast:
Fall (Late Aug-Nov)
Summer (June-Mid August)
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 the region serving Westchester County Connecticut.
Blueline Sports focuses on only two sports; ice hockey/skating and lacrosse with over 35 years of experience. Blueline provides a high-quality shopping experience. Our sales staff works closely with all manufactures to maintain a superior level of product knowledge, fitting and repair. We are experts at understanding what products are appropriate for a specific customer. As our sales staff are not commission based, our motto at Blueline 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!
SHARPENING & REPAIR
Blueline provides sharpening for all types of skates. All of our staff are sharpening experts and provide you with exactly the degree of sharpness you demand. Whether you are a beginning goalie or experienced figure skater, Blueline will meet your needs.
Within each of our stores is a repair shop. Any problem with your skates equipment or helmet, we can fix it. Our staff consists of trained experts coupled with a vast inventory of repair parts on site.