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WELCOME BACK, NICOLE PALAZZO - 2019-2020 U14 HEAD COACH
01/21/2019
  Northford, CT -- The Connecticut Polar Bears are pleased...
2019 VAULT SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAM
01/18/2019
The Connecticut Polar Bears will offer the fourth annual Vault...
2018 U16 Tier 1 New England Regional Champions
11/19/2018
Congratulations to our U16 team on capturing the Tier I New...
VAULT WINTER SKILLS CLINIC
11/04/2018
Vault Winter Skills Clinic   Sunday's @ 9:40...
2019-2020 U14 Team
10/24/2018
We are pleased to announce we will be fielding a U14 team in the...
Follow Us On Social Media
10/23/2018
USA Hockey National Camp
05/23/2018
Congratulations to these Polar Bears who earned a spot at the 2018...
2018-19 Coaches
04/12/2018
U19: Maurice FitzMaurice & Janice Yang U16: Janice Yang &...
 
WELCOME BACK, NICOLE PALAZZO - 2019-2020 U14 HEAD COACH

 
Northford, CT -- The Connecticut Polar Bears are pleased to announce that Nicole Palazzo will be the Head Coach of the U14 team for the 2019-2020 season. 

Nicole, a former Polar Bear, attended Westminster School and graduated in 2008. She then matriculated to Sacred Heart University where she had a successful four-year career and served as the team captain her junior and senior years. After graduation, she was retained as the Assistant Coach of the Sacred Heart University Women’s Ice Hockey team. 

“The U14 team will focus on development and exposure, and we felt that Nicole was the right person for the position,” said President Maurice FitzMaurice. “As a player who attended prep school and played and coached at the collegiate level, she understands what it takes for our players to pursue and balance their academic and athletic careers. Nicole is familiar with our organization and our core values. We are very fortunate to have her back.”

Following her collegiate coaching career, Nicole spent several years coaching with various local Connecticut youth hockey teams. In addition to her playing and coaching background, Nicole has extensive experience in fitness training and is a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach. She has served as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Jim Ronai's Competitive Edge and Total Athlete Conditioning and is presently a Manager at The Edge Fitness Clubs, LLC.

“I am excited to be back with the Polar Bears and be a part of the development of our U-14 team.  Our focus will not only be developing and sharpening our tools on the ice but also understanding what it takes to be a student athlete.  Our goal is to guide each player to their highest potential to ensure success as they progress throughout their career as an athlete.”

Nicole will be assisted by Janice Yang and Gwil Jones. To read more about Yang and Jones, click here.

Tryouts for the U14 team will be held in April. The U14 team will play at the highest national and international competitive levels and will include Vault Summer Training. We look forward to continuing to release more information in the coming weeks.

About the Connecticut Polar Bears
The Connecticut Polar Bears, the first all-girls ice hockey program in Connecticut, have competed internationally since 1985. The Polar Bears have won 10 National Championships. Nine Polar Bears players have competed in the Olympic Games, and many have played on the U.S. National Team. Four Polar Bears have gone on to win the Patty Kazmaier Award, given to the top female college ice hockey player. The Polar Bears organization has placed more than 240 players in college, and 39 of those players have become coaches at the college or prep school level.
 
 

posted 01/21/2019
2019 VAULT SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAM

The Connecticut Polar Bears will offer the fourth annual Vault Summer Training Program for the 2019-20 season. 

Players will receive 125 hours of on-ice training, 2 sessions a week of off-ice training, and 20 games, including participation in the Beantown, NAHA, and Stoney Creek tournaments.
 
The U14 group will be open to birth years 2005-2007.

The U16 group will be open to birth years 2003-2005.

​The U19 group will be open to birth years 2000-2003. 

The training will be led by current Polar Bear coaches as well as current & former female collegiate players at the Division I and III levels. 

​Training will focus on skill development, small games, and game situational training. For a sample of the tempo and pace of our practices, check out the videos on this page or visit the Training Blogs.

NEW FOR 2019:
A limited number of outside players will be considered for admission to the Vault program. 


Tryouts will be held in April. Dates will be announced shortly. Click Here to sign up to our mailing list to stay up to date.

For more information, please contact 
 

posted 01/18/2019
2018 U16 Tier 1 New England Regional Champions

Congratulations to our U16 team on capturing the Tier I New England Regional Championship. The team went 2-0 over Mid-Fairfield in the best of 3 series. The group will travel to Irvine, California in April for the 2019 National Championships. 


posted 11/19/2018
VAULT WINTER SKILLS CLINIC
Vault Winter Skills Clinic
 
Sunday's @ 9:40 AM-10:40 AM @ Trinity College
 
Remaining Sessions:
Jan: 27
Feb: 3, 10, 17, 24
 
Open to boys & girls birth years 2000-2006. Registrants do not need to be Polar Bear players.
 
 
 
For more information, please contact 
 
About The Vault Training Program
 
 

posted 11/04/2018
2019-2020 U14 Team

We are pleased to announce we will be fielding a U14 team in the 2019-2020 season. This will be a full season team that will play at the highest national and international competitive levels and will include Vault Summer Training.

​More information coming soon.

 

Click Here to sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date with program news.


posted 10/24/2018
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posted 10/23/2018
USA Hockey National Camp

Congratulations to these Polar Bears who earned a spot at the 2018 USA Hockey National Camp.

posted 05/23/2018
2018-19 Coaches

U19: Maurice FitzMaurice & Janice Yang

U16: Janice Yang & Gwil Jones

 

About Our Coaches:

Maurice FitzMaurice

  • As head coach, has won 7 National Championships and finished 2nd 6 times
  • Coached in 28 USA Hockey National Championship Tournaments
  • Coached 9 Olympians and 35 players that have gone on to coach at the prep or collegiate level
  • Joe Burke Award winner from the American College Coaches Association for outstanding contribution, support, and dedication to women’s ice hockey

Janice Yang

  • Played for Brown University 2011-2015
    • ECAC All-Academic Team 2014 & 2015
  • Played for Choate Rosemary Hall
    • ​NEPSAC First Team All-Star
  • Former Polar Bear
  • Four-year USA Hockey national camp participant

Gwil Jones

  • 20 Years coaching in Massachusetts and New York
  • New York State Champion
  • 2x runner up at Mass State Championship. 
  • EHF champion 
  • Coached dozens of national camp players who have gone on to play college hockey
  • Focuses on player development

posted 04/12/2018
Vault Summer Training Program