Learn more about the Nanook Hockey program's history, philosophy, and current structure. Nanook Hockey is focused on offering every hockey player a great opportunity to get better. We want to offer a program for the player, the kid, and the family.
The Nanook Hockey spring program was founded by Coach Bud Brown in 2012. Coach Brown’s program philosophy is to provide every hockey player a great opportunity to get better while growing their love of the game. This emphasis on fun and enjoying the process of improvement while playing with your friends has been the key to Nanook's success in developing young hockey players at all levels over the past six years. As a result, the program became widely known as an elite spring development program in Fairfield County.
In 2018, Nanook Hockey and CT Flames spring hockey programs announced a new partnership. CT Flames, founded by Mike Carlucci in 2011, aimed to develop highly skilled ice hockey players in a fun, encouraging atmosphere. Without the stresses of regular-season games or season-end state tournaments, the program focused on skill development while also fostering teamwork and friendship among players from a variety of full-season programs.
With Nanook Hockey and CT Flames so closely aligned in both mission and methods, this partnership now combines the best of both programs and offers two complementary pathways to improving each player's hockey: Spring Training and 3v3 Play. Nanook Hockey and CT Flames will bring the best of their extremely experienced, dedicated professional coaching staff to help your player maximize his or her potential while growing their love of the sport.
The Nanook Hockey Spring 2019 program will take great care in developing the athlete, the teammate, and the person. We are dedicated to creating well-rounded athletes. Our unique hockey culture fosters the development of winning athletes and good people.
Spring Training offers twice-weekly practices based on the American Developmental Model created by USA Hockey that include station-based drills designed to reinforce both fundamental skills of skating and stickhandling as well as team play.
3v3 Play builds on Spring Training by providing a fun, competitive environment in which players build confidence using these skills in small area games.
In addition, select players will be invited to participate in two optional local tournaments during the Spring Training season. Players will be invited by coaches based on both skill level and work ethic as exhibited during their Spring Training practices. These tournaments will be an excellent opportunity for players looking to advance their skills, play with some of the best players in the tri-state region, and compete against the best spring programs in the Northeast.
Great coaches are the key to a great hockey program, and Nanook Hockey is fortunate to include some of the top coaches in the area on our coaching roster. Coaching is an extremely important element to the development of a player in the Spring. Training during the spring season with a new coach allows players to develop and improve their "coach-ability", a critical component of long-term development and success in any aspect of life.
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