Hockey: Greenwich slams West Haven in season opener

WEST HAVEN – Three years ago, Greenwich hockey coach Bob Russel had a lineup which included 14 freshmen and a group pf sophomores. While that team may have gone through some growing pains, the Cardinals hope the results show this season. Scoring twice in a span of 2 minutes, 25 seconds in the second period […]

Wednesday’s New Haven County Hockey Roundup: Gozzo, Beaudoin lead Sheehan

BOYS SHEEHAN 7, BROOKFIELD 4 >> Sal Gozzo and Dylan Beaudoin each had a hat trick for the host Titans in this win at Wallingford. Paul Gozzo also scored for Sheehan (1-0). FAIRFIELD PREP  6, RIDGEFIELD 3 >> Ryan Deering, John Edmonds and Vinny D’Amore scored for the Jesuits in a season-opening rout. Jack Taubl […]

Hockey: Hand opens Division II title defense with victory over Guilford

Hand's Andrew Rossi  controls the puck as Guilford's Ryan Brand moves in during Wednesday's hockey opener (Photo Dave Phillips)

NORTHFORD – It’s not the same cast of characters, but Hand just keeps on winning. Despite losing five starters, the defending Division II hockey champions opened defense of their title Wednesday afternoon with a 4-1 victory over arch rival Guilford at the Northford Ice Pavilion. “We keep telling them other teams are going to gun […]

Winter sports: 2014-15 Litchfield County preview

Shepaug-Litchfield-Nonnewaug's Andrew Loya celebrates a goal during a game last season.
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High school basketball demands lots of area attention, but those who want a broader sports horizon have plenty of options. Most of the them start today, along with the beginning of boys basketball, a week later than girls basketball because of football playoffs. Here’s a rundown of the sports and their returning stars. Swimming Officially, […]

GameTimeCT / Register Preseason Top 10 Hockey Poll: Fairfield Prep is No. 1

Fairfield Prep celebrates their 2-1 win in overtime against Darien in the CIAC Division I Final at Ingalls Rink in New Haven on 3/22/2014.

The 2014-15 Register/GameTimeCT Top 10 hockey poll compiled by Dan Nowak. Team (Record)(First-place votes)………………………………..Points………Last 1. Fairfield  Prep (16-4-3) (11)…………………………………….136……1 Final result last season: Defeated Darien 2-1 (OT) in CIAC Division I state championship. Bottom line: Two-time defending CIAC D-I champ Prep has the talent for another strong postseason run . 2. Notre Dame-Fairfield  (18-5-1) (2)…………………………..111……3 Final result last […]

Hockey 2014-15: The Top 25 Hockey Players To Watch

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Ryan Deering of Fairfield Prep, left, watches Notre Dame goalie Wade Conlan block a shot in a game last season at the Wonderland of Ice in Bridgeport.

Justin Blanchette, F, Jr., Fairfield Prep: While Ryan Deering is expected to be the Jesuits’ playmaker this season Blanchette is expected to be the team’s primary goal scorer.  Sather said he has an excellent release and a nose for the net. Ryan Brand, Sr., D, Guilford: Brand is a physically strong player who should be […]

Hockey 2014-15: Branford’s Adolph Brink coaches son A.J. for final season

Branford hockey coach Adolph Brink and his son, the Hornets starting goalie, A.J. Brink at the Northford Ice Pavilion on Thursday, December 11, 2014. (Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register)

  NORTH BRANFORD >> A.J. Brink, who started playing youth hockey at age 3, dreamed of the day he would play for the Branford High boys hockey team. But early on during his youth career he never dreamed he would have the opportunity to play for his dad Adolph Brink. Adolph Brink, who has been […]

2014-15 Greater New Haven Boys Hockey Preview Capsules

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2014-15 New Haven Area Boys Hockey Capsules AMITY COACH: Gary Lindgren LAST YEAR: 17-9 (lost in CIAC D-II final to Hand) TOP PLAYERS: Kevin Ryan, F, Sr.; Zach Shelnitz, D, Sr.; Dalton Luciani, D, Sr.; Liam Caracciolo, F, Sr.; Tim Johnston, F, Jr.; Graham Hughes, F, Jr.; Nick Gallucci, D, Jr.; Anthony Uscilla, D, Jr.; […]

Boys Ice Hockey: A look at the CIAC schedules for the upcoming season

Fairfield Prep celebrates their 2-1 win in overtime against Darien in the CIAC Division I Final at Ingalls Rink in New Haven on 3/22/2014.

The CIAC recently released regular-season schedules for its 2014-15 boys hockey season and two-time defending Division I champion Fairfield Prep, which prides itself on having one of the toughest schedules in the state, kicks things off with a game against FCIAC rival Ridgefield on Dec. 17 at the Bridgeport Wonderland of Ice at 6 p.m. Three days […]

West Haven to induct nine into school’s Hall of Fame Nov. 29

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Former West Haven baseball coach Mike Anquillare will be among nine people getting inducted into the West Haven Hall of Fame on Nov. 29.

Nine members will be inducted into the West Haven Hall of Fame will be honored Saturday, Nov. 29, at the West Haven Italian-American Club. The newest members to be inducted are Joseph Morrell Jr., Stacey Breen Sao, Ron Conlan, Michael Anquillare, Michael Keyes, the late Joseph Giannotti, William Engels, Lindsay Michel and Robert Sveda. Morrell […]

East Haven to induct seven into school’s Hall of Fame Nov. 23

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The 28th annual East Haven High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame induction will be held on Nov. 23 at 12:30 p.m. Slated for induction are Tamara Highsmith (2004), Don Harrison (1957), Robert Sembler (1976), Dr. William McCormick (1988), Frank Higgins (1982), Jeff Fletcher (1991) and Joe Glenn (2001). Highsmith is the school record-holder in […]

St. Joseph names J.R. Bria next boys hockey coach

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St. Joseph athletic director Kevin Butler confirmed today (Wednesday) that J.R. Bria, a former assistant boys hockey coach at Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe and Notre Dame-Fairfield, has been named to replace Marty Crouse as the Cadets’ new boys hockey coach. The Connecticut Post first reported the story. Crouse stepped down after last season after 10 years as the […]

CCC: Adding Avon, enrollment changes cause conference realignment

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BRISTOL>> Starting in the fall of 2015, Avon will leave the NCCC and join the Central Connecticut Conference. The state’s largest conference becomes even bigger. But with the addition of a 33rd school comes division realignment. Under the current system for the majority of sports, there are four divisions based on geographic location. Under the new […]

CCC: Major realignment set for 2015-16

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BRISTOL >> The Central Connecticut Conference officially announced Monday afternoon a major realignment of its divisions for all sports for the 2015-2016 school year, as reported in The Middletown Press during the summer and again Monday. For boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross-country, girls volleyball, boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, boys and girls outdoor […]

Hockey: West Haven Penalty Box Club golf classic supports current hockey team

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On Sept. 6, the West Haven Penalty Box Club hosted the 11th Annual Blue Devil Golf Classic at Orange Hills Country Club. A record number of golfers, including over 30 Westie Hockey Alumni (pictured above) representing teams from the mid-1960′s through last season, turned out to renew old friendships and enjoy a round of golf in support […]

CIAC sets 2015-16 dates for preseason, regular season to begin

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Board of Controls voted last week to move back the start of the regular season in the fall of 2015. The 2015 fall season will begin on Friday, Sept. 11. While that is two days after the official start of this upcoming season (Sept. 9), it will only be four […]

New Canaan’s Bo Hickey retires as hockey coach

Longtime New Canaan hockey coach Bo Hickey, who guided the Rams to FCIAC titles and state championship games, has retired, the New Canaan Advertiser reported Monday. Hickey, 69, who also was an assistant coach for the school’s successful football team for 31 years and played professionally for the Denver Broncos, took over a 1-7 Rams […]

Amity hockey coach Lindgren is cancer-free, will return to bench

Last season was a tough one for Amity boys hockey coach Gary Lindgren. Lindgren discovered a cyst on his neck last fall. During surgery in November, doctors discovered that behind the cyst was a cancerous tumor in his lymph nodes. On Dec. 2 he had another surgery and 29 lymph nodes were removed, along with his tonsils, […]

Hockey: New Haven Register State Player of the Year: Christian La Croix, Notre Dame-Fairfield

(Arnold Gold-New Haven Register)  The NH Register State Player of the Year for hockey: Christian La Croix, Notre Dame-Fairfield.

Christian La Croix of North Branford has developed the qualities that transform high school hockey players into elite competitors. He leads by example, has the typical quickness and stick-handling skills that make him a force on both ends of the ice and great vision to be a step ahead of anticipated passes and plays. And […]