Coaches

EHF HEAD COACHES

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2008 ELITE

SCOTT ZYGULSKI

Head Coach

2022-2023 will be Scott’s first season with MassConn as Head Coach of the 08’s Elites. For the previous two seasons, he was the Head Coach of the Springfield Rifles 08 Elites helping the team capture both the Buffalo Cup Tournament and the CCM World Invite Boston tournaments during the 2021-2022 season. Scott’s hockey background includes playing prep hockey for Culver Military Academy before playing 4 years at Boston College, where he was an Assistant Captain and the Coaches Award recipient his senior year. Although a draft choice of the Detroit Red Wings, he attended training camp with the San Jose Sharks in 1993 and 1994, ultimately playing in the CHL for both Ft. Worth and San Antonio. Prior to its sale, Scott maintained a 30 plus year relationship with Minnesota Hockey Camps both as a player and coach. He currently holds a Level 4 certification from USA hockey.

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2008 TIER 1

JAKE KING

Head Coach

Coach King enters his first season as the head coach of the 2008 Tier Team.  Jake grew up locally and spent his youth hockey career playing within the MassConn United organization. He went on to play at Suffield High School where he led the team to a Division II State Championship in 2015 and then moved on to play ACHA hockey at Duquense University. Jake is currently the Head Coach at Suffield High school, a role he has held for the past 4 years. He has also helped coach at the Gary Dineen Hockey School and as well at the MassConn Training Center focusing on individual player development and hockey IQ through game like situations in small area games

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2009 ELITE

bob lachance

Head Coach

An NHL draft pick of the St. Louis Blues, Bob played his college hockey at Boston University where he amassed 140 points over four seasons and won the 1995 NCAA National Championship. He represented the USA at the 1994 World Junior Championships held in the Czech Republic. Bob continued on to a 440 game professional career with stops in the AHL, IHL, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany. Bob has been a part of hockey around the world and the MASSCONN family is lucky to have his experience and pedigree behind the bench.

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2009 TIER 1

nick may

Head Coach

Nick has been our 2009 Tier I coach for the previous 4 seasons.  He is loved by his players and brings a contagious energy to the rink every day. Prior to joining MASSCONN, Nick had been coaching in the youth ranks since 2004.

Nick has also coached High School Hockey for 8 years with stops at Rocky Hill and also Farmington High. Nick played junior hockey for the New England Sharks before moving on to Nichols College. He is an absolute pleasure to have in our organization and we look for bigger and better things next season for this very competitive team that Nick has built.

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2010 ELITE

Armand Latulippe

Head Coach

A defenseman during his playing career, Armand played two seasons at UMass Amherst where he scored 28 points in 39 games. He finished his college career at Plattsburgh where he helped the team to a SUNYAC Championship and an NCAA tournament appearance in 1997. Armand played one season of professional hockey in the CHL, before starting his coaching career the following season at Fredonia State University. We are lucky to have Armand as he brings experience and a special passion for teaching to the rink everyday.

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2010 TIER 1

Rob lane

Head Coach

Rob joins us for his first year with the organization. He grew up in Plymouth, MA as a three sport athlete. After high school he joined the military where he spent the following 30 years. He played hockey for the United States Marine Corps for 4 years and the Massachusetts Army National Guard for 25 years. His youth coaching career began in 2015 and he has coached every age group from Novice to Midgets. In 2019 he was hired as the first Head Coach of Worcester Polytechnic Institute Women’s Hockey team. Rob currently holds a Level 5 USA Hockey certification. Rob believes in the culture of MASSCONN and we are extremely lucky to have his passion and experience in the organization.

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2011 ELITE

David humiston

Head Coach

Coach Humiston enters his first season as Head Coach of our 2011 Elite team.  David has been an assistant coach in the organization since 2019.  Aside from coaching at MASSCONN, Dave is currently the Assistant Coach at South Windsor High School, a role he has been in for 18 years. In 2017 season Coach Humiston was awarded the Connecticut High School Association Assistant Coach of the Year for Ice Hockey Award.  He started his coaching career at Suffield High School as an assistant for two years. In 2000 he was named Head Coach, leading the team to a state championship that season.

 

Coach Humiston is also the  Athletic Director at Bolton High School.  Dave brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the game to our organization, and we are lucky to have him.

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2011 TIER 1

JOEL MADSEN

Head Coach

2021-2022 will be Joel's first season behind the bench with MASSCONN as a Head Coach.  Joel grew up playing hockey in Enfield and has given back as a coach at every chance he has been given.  Joel comes form a long line of hockey players and is surrounded by a family that grew up in this great game.  Joel has shown that he has the passion, desire, and heart to take this team from where it is today and bring it to an even better place by the end of the season.   He is a coach that challenges his players but rewards them at every chance he gets.  He has a passion for this game that just can't be duplicated and he loves seeing his team succeed.  We are lucky to have and Joel passion for coaching and teaching in our organization.  We are expecting great things from him and look forward to seeing all the success this team will have.

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2012 ELITE

joey mormina

Head Coach

Joey enters his second season as the 2012 Elite Coach. A native of Montreal, QC, Joey played his college hockey at Colgate University. He went on to play a 671 career professional games in both the NHL and the AHL. Joey started his coaching career as an assistant coach at NCAA Division 1 Mercyhurst. He coached in the AHL for two seasons in the Hartford Wolf Pack. We are are extremely lucky to have his playing experience and high level coaching pedigree behind our bench.

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2012 TIER 1

Steve Banffy

Head Coach

Steve started playing youth hockey at the early age of 4 and he quickly fell in love with the sport.  He was a standout High School hockey player and leader which earned him a "C" on his sweater.

He started his coaching career in 2004 and has not looked back since.  Steve understands the dynamics that connect both sports and personal development.  He is a big believer that life lessons are often more important that the results in games.  He understands the commitment that comes with working hard to play at an elite level and he is a believer that hard work and commitment pay off.

He has coached at both the youth levels and High School levels for many years.  His experience at the High School level for 8 years as an assistant really help develop his coaching philosophies.  These 8 years taught him how important having the passion for the game is and how important life lessons are.

He and his wife Bonnie have 3 kids and of those kids 2 play hockey now.  He is very much looking forward to a great year coaching at the youth level and helping his kids develop into next level players.

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2013 ELITE

AL GAGLIARDUCCI

Head Coach

He will be entering into his second season with the MASSCONN 2013 Elite team
Growing up, he played in the Springfield PICS organization as well as for Cathedral High School (now Pope Francis).

He went on to play in ECAC North at Nichols College.  He previously coached Learn to Play and Mite development at MASSCONN and has several years of experience coaching Mite/Squirt hockey at other organizations.

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2013 TIER 1

Tom May

Head Coach

Tom joins MASSCONN for a 4th year but 1st year as the Head Coach of the 2013 Tier I Team.  He grew up in Rocky Hill with his brother and fellow MASSCONN coach Nick May.  Tom played his youth hockey at Central CT Youth Hockey Association and his Juniors for New England Sharks under Chris Keeney.  He started his coaching career in Youth Hockey in 2004 and really has not looked back since then as its his true passion.  Tom has been instrumental in helping to get the LTS and MDP programs to the current levels they are at.

We feel very fortunate to have Tom in our organization as he has a passion for the game that is second to none and really loves helping the kids to develop.  Tom looks forward to an exciting year behind the bench and he can't wait to see how this team develops.

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2014

Keith Nadaeu

Head Coach

Keith takes the helm of the 2014 team this year and he is excited to start to mold this team together.  Keith grew up playing Junior Hockey in this very organization under Gary Dineen in 1999 where they won an EJHL championship.  He then went on to play 4 years of college hockey at Westfield State.

Keith loves the game and is around it daily, as he and his partner Dan, own and operate DK's.  Keith has helped develop our young players and build our mite program from within, helping coach the MDP the past 3 seasons.  Keith has strong ties to the organization and will be instrumental in the growth of our 2014s.  We are extremely excited to see where Keith takes this 2014 team.

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FUTURES

Paul Dowe and Paul Thompson

Head Coaches

Paul Dowe will be in his second year leading the Futures Team.  He has worked hard at developing our younger kids and is dedicated to ensuring they have a great experience and learn to love the game.  After an impressive four year career at Plattsburgh where he won a NCAA Division III National Championship, Paul started his coaching career at Tri-Town High School.  In his thirteen years at the school he grew the program from a Division III school to a yearly contender at the Division I level in Northern CT.  He is a big believer that each one of  our young players need to develop their skills in a certain order; skating, puck handling, passing and shooting.

Paul Thompson is currently in his 10th season of professional hockey playing with the Hartford Wolfpack. Paul has played over 600 professional games in both the NHL and AHL. He captained the Springfield Thunderbirds for three seasons. Paul found his passion for coaching youth hockey at his hockey camp which runs annually. He has been a part of developing our young players helping with the MDP.

NEGHL HEAD COACHES

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U19 ELITE

Chris Eitel

Head Coach

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U16

John Birmingham

Head Coach

John grew up playing in the Enfield Hockey Association through Midgets.  He then went on to play college hockey at Western New England College.

Coach Birmingham has been coaching for 13 years. He has coached Learn to Skate, Mites, Squirts, and Peewee’s all with EHA.  He has won state championships at the Squirt and Peewee level.

He has been a vital part of our Girls Program for some time now and has done a tremendous job in helping us build a very strong competitive Girls program.  He has coached at the U12, U14, and U16 T1 Tier Levels.

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U14 TIER I

Chris Shuman

Head Coach

Chris has been instrumental in the development of young hockey players as a coach since 1995.  His coaching experience began under the leadership of Lincoln Flagg and Gary Dineen. Chris played junior hockey for Gary Dineen as well as for Cathedral High School where he was awarded the Eddie Shore award – given to the best defenseman in Western Mass High School hockey.  Chris played collegiate hockey for Fairfield University.

He has coached boys’, co-ed and girls’ teams from mites through midgets.  Former players have gone on to achieve success at the high school, prep school, junior, college and professional (including the National Hockey League) level. Chris focuses on a long-term developmental approach with a positive perspective. We are appreciative to his wife, Kellye, and his family for their support in his efforts to be a positive role model and influence on his players in their development both on and off the ice.

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U16 TIER II

Fred Provencher

Head Coach

Fred is a staple within the Enfield Twin rinks as he both refs games and has been a coach for years in this area.  He grew up coaching within Enfield Youth Hockey Organization at almost every level.  He has coached with The CT Clippers and Enfield High School.

Fred has been a coach in our organization since 2013.  We are extremely lucky to have Freddy on our staff as he bring a passion for the game that is second to none.

 

 

 

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U12

Greg Prayzner

Head Coach

Greg joins MASSCONN as Head Coach of our U12 team, he previously coached in the organization at the 2011 level.  He played high school hockey at Enfield High under Chris Keeney.  Greg went on to play at Central CT State University for 4 seasons. Greg's experience and excitment for the game will be a vital part of our programs success.

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U10

PAUL DOWE

Head Coach

Paul Dowe will take the lead as Head Coach of our U10 team. He has worked hard at developing our younger players for the past two seasons  at the MDP and Futures level. He is dedicated to ensuring they have a great experience and learn to love the game.

Paul grew up in the MASSCONN organization and played his college hockey at  Plattsburgh where he won a NCAA Division III National Championship. He started his coaching career at Tri-Town High School.  In his thirteen years at the school he grew the program from a Division III school to a yearly contender at the Division I level in Northern CT.

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