Below are our professional instructors that run our camps & clinics and are available for private lessons
Mike Backman is a former New York Ranger and has been the hockey director at Twin Rinks for 20 years coaching countless youth teams to state and regional championships. Many players who have played for Mike have gone on to play in the NCAA and the NHL including Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens, William Nylander of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ben Smith of the Toronto Maple Leafs and many more. Mike founded the CT Condors Development program in 2016.
Tucker Grose is currently the Assistant Hockey Director at Twin Rinks. Tucker captained Newtown High School before going on to Endicott College. Tucker has coached youth hockey and high school hockey for the past 5 years and he was named the WCYHA Coach of the year in 2013-14, coached the Newtown High School hockey team to a state championship in 2014 and was an assistant coach with King Low Heywood Thomas the past 2 years. Tucker currently coaches the Bantam A team for Darien Youth Hockey and coaches with the CT Condors Development Program.
Kevin Erving played his prep hockey at St. Marks before going on to play club hockey at St. Lawrence University. Kevin currently works in the hockey department at Twin Rinks and coaches individual players from beginner to elite. Kevin has coached teams in youth hockey and high school for 3 years. Kevin led the Darien Mite A1 team to a state championship in 2017 and also coaches with the CT Condors Development Program.
Brett Backman grew up playing youth hockey locally in Fairfield County before playing his prep hockey at Avon Old Farms. Brett completed 2 years of juniors most recently with the CT Oilers in 2016-17 season in which he tallied 18 goals and 20 assists in 45 games played. Brett will start his college career in the fall of 2017 at Plymouth State University.
Brett Farson played prep hockey at Philips Andover and then moved on to Amherst College. He has been coaching youth hockey for 12 years and currently the hockey director with the Greenwich Blues. Brett is currently the head coach of the Rye Country Day School who he led to a conference championship in 2017.
Victor Baryshevtsev is the pioneer of Russian hockey skating techniques. Victor was an alternate on the 1988 Russian Olympic Team. He has trained NHL players Max Pacioretty, Artem Anisimov, Matt Moulson and more.
Chris Ardito One of the original members of CT Crease, Chris has been coaching goalies of all ages and abilities for 14 years. Chris has also coached at the collegiate level. From 2008 – 2012 Chris served as assistant and goalie coach for Southern Connecticut State University and has served as goalie coach for the Yale University Women’s Ice Hockey Team since September 2012.