Northern CT Hockey

The Connecticut Northern Lights Girls Hockey program was founded in 2000 as part of the Avon-Canton-Farmington- Youth-Hockey organization. Connecticut Northern Lights Girls Hockey, then known as Avon Girls Hockey, had only one U-15 team in the 2000 - 2001 inaugural season. In the 2002 – 2003 season, Northern Lights also added an additional U-15 team and launched the Learn-to-Play and Learn-to-Skate (Foundation) program which was the first team called the Northern Lights.

The Northern Lights became a standalone program in the 2003-2004 season. The program moved to the Newington Arena in Newington, CT for the 2003 – 2004 season and started a U-12 team and also a High School team.

In the 2004 – 2005 season Northern Lights moved to the International Skating Center of Connecticut (ISCC) in Simsbury, CT, where the Northern Lights call home today as a host to over ten (10) teams annually from the ages of U6 through U19.

Twenty Four (24) years since its inception, the Lights continue to grow and offer programs to girls of all ages and abilities as one of the largest girls programs in the state of Connecticut.

In the 2023-24 season, a renewed partnership with ISCC allowed us to offer an incomparable value proposition to our athletes. All Lights players participate in Sports Performance training to provide weekly dry land strength training focusing on strength, flexibility and mobility. Athletes also receive nutritional guidance and mental health resources to unlock their full potential on the ice.

As we celebrate our growth in girls hockey, we also recognize the changing landscape of competitive boys hockey across the state. Noticing the limited options in the northern portion of the state for elite players, we will expand our programs to offer boys USA Hockey National bound and Elite AAA teams in the 2024-25 season.

In 2024-25, we will rebrand as Northern CT Hockey, to celebrate the continued growth of our Northern CT Lights girls program and kick off our inaugural season of the Northern CT Nor’Easter boys teams. The storm is coming!

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