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CT Ice Cats are thrilled to announce Jordan Gragnano (Brickner) to...
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CT Ice Cats are thrilled to announce Jordan Gragnano (Brickner) to the newly created role of Hockey Director.  In Coach Jordan's new role, not only will she coach the CT Ice Cats' U12 Tier 1 Team, but she will lead the skills offering for all ages of our travel teams. Additionally, Coach Jordan will be a visible resource for players of all ages and teams in terms of development and guidance. 


Jordan Gragnano is one of the most accomplished female hockey players in the region and many of you already have had the pleasure of working with her. Not only did she play hockey at the highest collegiate and professional levels for women, she excelled academically and we are confident in her ability to serve as a role model for hockey players of all ages and levels. Jordan played prep school hockey at the Hotchkiss School where she was a tri-varsity athlete and was All-School President. While at Hotchkiss, she played for the Mid Fairfield Stars (for another Ice Cats Coach, Moe Tarrant) and went on to play at Colgate and University of Wisconsin where she achieved academic and athletic excellence in being named Academic All-Big 10 Team and served as an Assistant Captain for the National Champion Runner Up. Coach Jordan played professionally in Austria and Switzerland being named as an All Star in both leagues and then for the CT Whale of the NWHL. While with the Whale she was a 2x All Star, Assistant Captain and Foundation Award Winner which is awarded to the player who most actively applies the core values of hockey to her community as well as growing and improving the hockey culture. We are lucky to have such an accomplished individual to coach our girls.


Coaching slate for U12 and below:


U8 Coaches - Mike Komisarek and New Coach to program to be named later in March


U10 A - Jamie Tropsa

U10 A1 - New coach to program to be named later in March and Brett Farson


U12 T1 - Jordan Brickner/James Duval

U12 A - Mike Carlucci/James Duval

U12 A1 - Johnnie Chiapperino/James Duval


CT Ice Cats U8 will be moving to a full season experience. The dramatic growth and increased interest in our U8 girls hockey has been a conspicuous element of success for the CT Ice Cats program over the last several seasons. With this season's program participation now numbering thirty U8 skaters, we are excited to announce the launch of a full year U8 program option. 


Consistent with the primary Ice Cat program, the full year U8 offering promises:


+A more comprehensive//programmatic full season approach to girls’ hockey skills development with a continued emphasis on nourishing a passion for the game in the irresistible setting of an all girls’ sports environment


+Experienced, highly trained professional coaches including a new to the program, but seasoned hockey coach and former division 1 college hockey player as well as a coach in Mike Komisarek, a former first round draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens and 11 year NHL veteran


+Unmatched camaraderie, fun and learning for the U8 girls in a constructively competitive environment


The full year U8 Ice Cats’ program option will likely include a second team whose partial year offering will mirror the complementary “Mite” program offered in prior years.


Tryouts for CT Ice Cats U8 teams will be held in late August. The offering for U8 will be enhanced substantially with experienced, professional coaches for both teams who will be announced in 2 weeks, focused skill development, and a consistent, competitive game schedule.


We remain excited about this important enhancement to the current U8 Ice Cats program and the launch of the full year program for the 2021-2022 season. Please contact the ICGC for further information about the newly expanded U8 girls program.

by posted 03/01/2021
New Canaan Winter Club Members,
The final stretch of the New Canaan Winter Club is upon us and in order for our membership to remain safe, vigilant and open, we recommend that you read AND follow the NCWC Covid protocols which are listed on the website. We also added the link to the Connecticut Addendum 5. We recommend that you read and suggest that you follow the Connecticut DPH guidance. 
  • If a member shows signs/symptoms of Covid-19, that member MUST take a PCR test. A negative rapid test will NOT be accepted because a rapid test is not as accurate as a PCR test.    
  • If a member is asked to quarantine, that member may NOT participate in NCWC activities until the quarantine period has ended. This includes, but is not limited to, all games, practices, lessons, skills sessions, open skates and other off-ice team activities.  To be clear, you can not test out of a quarantine.  
  • If an individual does not have Covid-19 symptoms BUT had close contact to someone diagnosed with Covid-19, they should have a test taken no earlier than 5 days after last exposure consistent with CT DPH Interim Recommendations. (linked here)
  • If quarantined member has no symptons, close contacts do not need to test in order for siblings and family members to participate in NCWC activities.
Annie Watson
NCWC Safety Rep

by posted 02/15/2021
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