This year, as in prior years, DYHA will award a scholarship to a graduating Darien High School senior who has participated in the DYHA program. Named in memory of Darien High School student Todd Copeland Biggs, and funded by Friends of DYHA, please see the attached letter for additional information: The Biggs Award
For those of you who are new to the CT Ice Cats, here is a quick synopsis about each age group:
14U CT Ice Cats (2004-2005 birth years):
We were awarded Tier 1 status at the 14U level last season. This accomplishment will allow us to offer three (3) 14U teams next season. Our 14U Tier 1 team will be a national bound tournament team. While the practice (two times per week) and game schedule (approximately two per week) will be like the other 14U teams, the travel and time commitment will be significantly increased as is the expected commitment level of these players. The 14U A team will play a similar schedule and will play as a Tier 2 state/regional/national tournament bound team playing in the CHC. We are exploring new league options for the 14U A1 team. Our 14U A (Tier 2) and 14U A1 teams will have approximately two practices and two games per week with several tournaments (2-3) outside of state, regional and national (if applicable) tournaments throughout the year.
16U CT Ice Cats (2002-2003 birth years):
With the continued growth in our 12U and 14U programs, we are now at the point where we need a 16U team that will allow our girls to pursue their goal of playing hockey beyond high school. 16U will be a National Tournament bound Tier 2 team. This will be a split season team that will practice 2 times a week and play 1-2 games a week from late August to late November. The goal is to shut it down over the high school season with no practices or games. There is the possibility of having a couple of games during the winter if the team needs to get its required CHC games (14 games) completed. The CHC State Tournament will be played on Sundays in late February to early March and it will not interfere with any high school hockey games. This team will enter 2-3 college showcase tournaments including Beantown in July; attendance at these events will be mandatory. This team is for girls, who are committed to playing in the fall, and want to push themselves to the possibility of playing beyond high school.
19U CT Ice Cats (1999 -2001 birth years):
This split season team will play from early September through late November and will participate in CHC as an undeclared team. The team will practice 1-2 times per week with 1-2 games per weekend. Depending on the interest level of this team, it may enter one or two tournaments as well. This team is for older girls, who would like to play in the fall before the high school season begins.
Finally, we believe that our coaching staff is second to none! Please review our coaching lineup below:
Seth Hurley – Brown University Captain (2007-2008), San Jose Sharks AHL Affiliate, Elite Skills Instructor
Gray Weicker – Current Assistant Coach, Darien High School Varsity Girls
Jess Zimmerman – Manhattanville College, 4 year letter winner
Moe Tarrant – Current Head Coach, Greenwich Academy Varsity Girls
John Ludwig – Current Assistant Coach, Greenwich Academy Varsity Girls
Mark Fitzgerald – USA Hockey Level 4 Coach, Mid Fairfield Stars, Greenwich Skating Academy
Brendan Garvey – Wesleyan University Captain (1990-1992), NYC Cyclones and Central Park Lady Hawks
Rob Benson - Level 4 coach, CT Ice Cats, NCWC
Erin Brawley – Current Assistant Coach, Greenwich Academy Varsity Girls
Gray Weicker – Current Assistant Coach, Darien High School Varsity Girls
Rich Bulan – Current Head Coach, New Canaan High School Varsity Girls
Danielle Deceglie – University of Rhode Island, 4-year letter winner
Mike Mammone – ProCrease Instructor, Trinity College Goalie Coach
David Graichen - University of Wisconsin-Superior 3x All-American and Hall of Fame
Below is additional biographical information about of our newly added 14U coaches and goalie coach for the upcoming 2018-2019 season:
Moe Tarrant will be the CT Ice Cats Director of Skill Development and an assistant coach in our U14 age group. A USA Hockey Master Level Coach and the current Greenwich Academy Head Hockey Coach, Coach Moe brings the Ice Cats 30 years of coaching experience. In addition to Greenwich Academy, Moe has coached at the Hotchkiss School and founded the Mid Fairfield Stars, where he won two National Championships. We are excited for the Ice Cats to have such a wonderful resource in Coach Moe. As our girls will soon come to recognize, Coach Moe will share his knowledge of and passion for the game to not only help develop better hockey players, but players who are fulfilled in their experience with the Ice Cats and the relationships they develop while playing.
John Ludwig will coach in our U14 age group. John brings to the Ice Cats 25 years of experience in coaching girls hockey with multiple appearances in the Regional and National Tournaments. Coach “Luddy” currently works with Coach Moe as an assistant coach for the Greenwich Academy Varsity Hockey Team. In addition to a long history of developing successful hockey Coach Luddy brings to the Ice Cats the goal of improving our girls as players and people.
Mark Fitzgerald will also coach in our U14 age group. Coach Fitz grew up in Ridgefield an played through high school and has been coaching hockey since 1991. He holds his Level 4 Coaching Certification and has coached alongside Moe and Luddy for years as an assistant and head coach and taking his girls teams to regional and national tournaments. Not only has Coach Fitz been successful in developing girls who have gone on to play at the Division I and Division III levels, he had five of his own kids playing mite hockey and both of his daughters went on to play in college. Coach Fitz also has the goal of ensuring the girls have fun, learn the game of hockey, and realize the many life lessons that go along with competitive sports.
Brendan Garvey will be an assistant coach in our U14 age group. Brendan was a 4-year letter winner at Wesleyan University (ECAC Division II) from 1988-1992 and captained the team in his final two years there. Brendan went on to play minor league hockey in the CHL for the Oklahoma City Blazers and has over 20 years of coaching experience most recently with the NYC Cyclones and the Central Park Lady Hawks. Brendan co-founded and ran an intensive youth skating skill development program in Tuckahoe NY during the 2016/2017 season and continues to develop players of all ages and abilities out of that rink.
David Graichen will work with and develop the Ice Cats goalies. Dave was a standout goaltender at University of Wisconsin-Superior where he played in 4 Frozen Four Tournaments. A three-time All-American, Dave was also elected into his alma mater's hall of fame. We are thrilled to have Dave on staff to work with our goaltenders on a regular basis.
We are thrilled about the steady growth of our program and look forward to the beginning of the 2018-2019 season.
Ice Cats Governing Council (ICGC)
*(Non-registered player: Players from outside the DYHA or NCWC program who are not currently registered with the organization. Please click here for more information)
Mark Wilhelm has gained state and regional recognition for having won multiple championships at the Mite through Midget level. On the national level, Mark was the Head Coach of the 2016 USA Hockey TII U18 National Championship team. Mark’s experience coaching all age and ability levels through has allowed him to earn a reputation as one of the most well rounded and respected youth hockey coaches in CT. Mark’s coaching emphasizes skill development over all else at the younger levels, with a strong focus on teaching young players the importance of Respect, Responsibility, and Accountability. Mark is a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach. Mark played his youth hockey for the Southern CT Stars and Mid-Fairfield followed by high school hockey at Notre Dame of Fairfield under legendary coach Marty Roos.
Mike Carrano began his coaching career with the DYHA in 2012 season with the Bantam B and Midget Major teams and is a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach. He played high school hockey at Fairfield Prep and junior hockey for the New York Applecore in the EJHL. He played two seasons for the U.S. Air Force Academy and finished his collegiate career at Penn State University. He also played professionally for the Reading Royals of the ECHL.
U18 Age Eligible – TBD
U16 Minor Blue – Matt Stack, John Miserendino
Matt Stack played professional hockey with the Adirondack Ice Hawks of the United Hockey League, the “AA” affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes. He was a two-sport captain in hockey and lacrosse at New England College and helped lead the Pilgrims to three championships in eight seasons, with two finals defeats. In 2015 he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at New England College. Matt helped found BlueStreak Sport Training and his passion lies in development of the complete hockey player, on and off the ice. Matt is USA Hockey Level 4 certified and currently 14 of his students have been drafted into the NHL and he has helped coach and train numerous prep school, Division I/3, professional and Olympic athletes. Matt is the Sr. Membership and Rinks Advisor at Chelsea Piers CT and resides in Darien with his wife Tanya, and two beautiful children, Bryce and Avery.
John Miserendino has spent the last 10 years as a power skating and skills instructor and is the current head coach of the Wilton High School boys varsity team. John has a Level 4 USA Hockey certification, has served as Director of Youth Hockey at the Sono Ice House as well as a coach for the Norwalk Roughriders at the 18U, 14U and 12U levels.
U16 Minor White – Paul Hammer, Buzz Olson
Paul Hammer grew up in Minnesota and earned All-State and All-American honors playing for Aurora Hoyt Lakes High School. He was a 4 year letter winner at Boston College where his 1978 team was a Finalist in the NCAA Division I National Championship before playing professionally in Europe for a year. He has been involved in coaching with the DYHA since 1996 and has a USA Hockey Level 4 certification.
Buzz Olson began coaching at the DYHA in the 2009 - 2010 season and currently serves as Head Coach of the PW A1 team and Assistant Coach on the DYHA Midget Minor White team. Buzz is also the Co-Head coach of the St. Luke’s School Varsity Hockey team. He has been USA Hockey Level 4 certified since 1995. Buzz was a three-year varsity starter at Phillips Academy, Andover MA and a member of the Harvard Freshman and Junior Varsity teams. He was a three time Colorado State Speed Skating champion. His youth hockey coaching career began in 1983 with Mid Fairfield and he has since coached a total of 36 teams at all age levels in 6 different organizations including the Bay State Breakers (EHF, 7 seasons), Massachusetts Hockey Select League (2 seasons), Hingham Youth Hockey (8 seasons) and Stamford Youth Hockey, 1 season). Buzz has been fortunate to learn the game of hockey from some coaching greats including Tony Frasca (Colorado College All American, Head Coach), Bob Johnson (Head Coach, Colorado College, University of Wisconsin, 1976 US Olympic team, Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins) and Tim Taylor (Harvard Freshman Coach, Yale University Head Coach).
DYHA Skills Director – Brett Farson
Brett Farson is the newly named DYHA Skills Director and DYHA Squirt A head coach. Brett grew up in Greenwich and spent 15 travel seasons with the Greenwich Skating Club and Greenwich Blues programs. He played at Greenwich High School, Andover and Amherst College before serving as Head Coach for Brunswick Middle School, Greenwich HS Girls Varsity, King School Varsity (2016 FAA Champions), and his current position at Rye Country Day School where his team captured the FAA league title in 2017 and 2018. Brett founded and coached the Connecticut Nordiques spring program for seven years and now works with the CT Breakers. Over the years his former players have moved on to join college club teams at Cal-Berkeley, Duke, and Ohio State, and varsity teams at Amherst, Bowdoin, Dartmouth, Harvard, Michigan, Middlebury, Quinnipiac, RIT and Yale. Brett lives in Stamford with his Annie and three young daughters Jaquelyn, Melanie and Abigail.
The DYHA is seeking candidates to replace the retiring Junior House Director. The Junior House Director is a Board level position responsible for overseeing DYHA House programming from Mini-Mites to Squirts.
In conjunction with the Senior House director, priorities include House player evaluations, team formation, coach recruitment Shannon Cup and Super Sunday activities. The position requires enthusiasm, organization, communication skills, creativity and of utmost importance is a desire to make House hockey a fun and exciting environment for young players to develop lifelong hockey skills.
The candidate should be able to attend monthly board meetings and be able to oversee Junior House programming from mid October through early March.
Please contact Dave Kreppein at
if you are interested.
If you are interested in joining the DYHA Hockey program and your child DID NOT play in DYHA during the 2017 - 2018 season, please complete this online registration form. Submitting this form is not a guarantee of a position in the DYHA Hockey program, but it will place your son/daughter on our waitlist for the 2018 - 2019 hockey season. Please click here to apply to Waitlist.
You will be contacted by the DYHA Registrar after the completion of the returning player registration process (possibly as early as March) in the event a position becomes available. Other positions may become available as we form teams towards the end of summer.