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Mike Backman - Coaching 2009 and 2006 

The only NHL experienced Hockey Director in Fairfield County. Mike was an All-Star in the Canadian Hockey League before joining the New York Rangers. He has been the Hockey Director at Twin Rinks for 20 years, and has coached elite level youth teams to state and regional championships, and many of his individual players have gone on to play at top New England Prep schools, Division 1 Colleges, and professionally.

Brett Farson - Coaching 2008 and U16 

Played prep hockey at Philips Andover and then played at Amherst College. He has been coaching youth hockey for 12 years and is currently the head coach of King Low Heywood Thomas school and is the Hockey Director for the Greenwich Blues Hockey Association.

Chris Myhro - Coaching 2007

Played for The University of Connecticut before playing professionally overseas for 2 years and then in the Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars organizations for three years. Chris has been coaching youth hockey and training elite players in Fairfield County for the past few years.

Pat Gore - Coaching 2005

Pat is the current head coach of the New Caanan Boys’ Varsity Hockey team and also coaches for Darien Youth Hockey. Prior to his coaching career, Pat played his high school hockey at Fairfield Prep.

Tucker Grose - Coaching 2004

Currently the Assistant Hockey Director at Twin Rinks, Assistant Coach at King Low Heywood Thomas School, and Head Coach of the Greenwich Blues Peewee A.

David Volfson - Coaching 2003

Played with the Moscow Soviet Wings, and since 2008 he has coached for several local organizations and runs DV Hockey, which focuses on skill development, hockey fundamentals, and skating techniques, advanced stick handling and off ice athletic training.

Mike Kennedy - Coaching 2002

Coach at the Brunswick School for the past 10 years, running the offense and planning all practices. He played prep at Westminister and then moved on to four years at Middlebury College, winning a National Championship as a senior in 2004.

Jamie Tropsa - Coaching U14 Girls

Jamie has coached every level of hockey from the collegiate level to the youth level. He is the current coach of the Darien High School girl’s hockey team, where he has lead the team to three consecutive FCIAC championships. He is also the head coach of the CT Ice Cats U-14 girls team and brings years of experience to the staff.

Erin Brawley - Coaching U12 Girls

Erin is a former standout player at Manhattanville College, where she earned ECAC East All-Conference First team honors in her senior season, and served as a captain for two seasons. She has been a coach in the CT Ice Cats program for several seasons now.

Anya Battaglino - Coaching U10 Girls

Anya joined the Boston University women’s hockey after playing for the Waltham High School boy’s hockey team for 5 years where she was an All-State selection her senior year.  At BU, Anya’s team was runner up in 2010-11 National Championship and was the Hockey East champion for the 2011-2012 season.  After graduating from BU, Anya played for the Boston Blades and currently plays for the Connecticut Whale of the NWHL.  In 2014 Anya was named Head Coach of the Walpole Express Women’s Junior Hockey League team.

 

Victor Baryshevtsev - Skating Coach

Victor is an Olympic level skater and a pioneer of Russian hockey skating techniques. He was an alternate on the 1988 USSR Olympic Team. He has worked with numerous Olympic skaters and NHL players, draft picks and prospects. He has trained NHL Players, Max Pacioretty (Montreal Canadians), Alexei Semenov, Matt Moulson (New York Islanders), Sean Backman (New York Islanders), Colton Orr (Maple Leafs) and Artem Anisimov (NY Rangers)

Jared Waimon – Founder and Coach, ProCrease Goaltending

Jared is currently the goaltender coach for Trinity College and Quinnipiac University. He has been with Trinity for seven seasons, during which time he helped the Bantams capture the 2015 Men’s D3 National Championship. At Trinity, he has coached two men All Americans, two women All Americans as well as a  Laura Hurd Award Winner (women’s D3 Player of the Year). At Quinnipiac University, a perennial D1 top ranked program, Jared works with Michael Garteig who received All ECAC accolades in 2014- 2015 and is a Hobey Baker Award candidate for the 2015 – 2016 season. Jared has served with USA Hockey as New England District Coach, Atlantic District Head Goaltender Coach, and East Regional Mentor for the Warren Strelow Goaltending Program. A product of New Milford Youth Hockey, Waimon played for Sacred Heart University and Stonehill College.

 

Ben Prentiss

Off Ice Training Coach- Ben is the owner of Prentiss Hockey Performance, where he trains numerous NHL superstars and other elite athletes in their off seasons. His unique training system encompasses structural balance, speed and strength, power, agility, along with body composition and nutrition. His current NHL athletes are Jonathan Quick, Matt Moulson, Cam Atkinson, Max Pacioretty, James Van Riemsdyk, Nathan Gerbe, and others.