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Welcome to the Northern Lights Girls Hockey Website!

Players with the Northern Lights come from Connecticut, Western Massachusetts and Vermont.  Connecticut Northern Lights teams compete at the highest level in state, regional and national play as members of the
New England Girls Hockey League and the Connecticut Hockey Conference
.  However, the Northern Lights are also provide multiple opportunities for girls who are looking for a less serious or more recreational commitment to participate in the sport of ice hockey.  




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Girls Festival (Birth Years 00-03)
Greetings-   Welcome to hockey season! The link below...
2and2 Gold!
We are pleased to announce that we have achieved GOLD status for...
Welcome Back Message
Northern Lights Families   Hockey Season begins on Thursday,...
Congratulations to our U19 Team!
U19 New England Regional Champs!
U16 State Champs!
U16s went 4-0 in the state tournament with a 3-2 win over the Polar...
Try Hockey for Free Day a Success!
NLGH Proud to Announce College Commitments for Hallisey & Bishop
Maggie Hallisey has committed to play ice hockey at The College of...
NEWJHL and NLGH Announcement
The Northern Lights continue to grow and expand girls hockey...
U19A Polar Bear Tournament Champions
The Northern Lights Winter Team went through the U19A bracket...
Girls Festival (Birth Years 00-03)



Welcome to hockey season! The link below will allow you to register for the New England District (NED) Select team tryout being held at Tri-Town Ice in Hooksett, NH on Sunday, October 23. Your daughter must attend the tryout in order to be eligible to be selected to attend the NED Festival being held in May 2017 at a location TBA. There will be no exceptions unless granted by USA Hockey Girls/Women's Department.


Online registration ($80) will close October 1. The walk in fee for the tryout will be $175. A list will be posted online and emailed to the email on record regarding tryout details and which tryout ice slot your daughter has been assigned. This tryout is for birth years 2000-2003. 


Do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or need assistance.




Bill Leidt​
New England District - USA Hockey
Girls/Women Section

by posted 08/26/2016
2and2 Gold!

We are pleased to announce that we have achieved GOLD status for the USA Hockey 2 & 2 Challenge!

The goal of this program is is to acquire 2 new players and retain 2 additional players than the previous season in the 8 and under category.  Our Learn to Skate and Mini Lights Programs far surpassed these goals last year thanks in large part to the efforts of Amy Fairchild, Dan Giordano and others.

A few of the national programs we participated in last year were the Welcome Back Week, the Try Hockey For Free Day.

Our GOLD status earned us:

  • National recognition from USA Hockey
  • Banner for display in your rink
  • Receive $250 credit with Total Hockey. This credit can be used for items that will help your association continue its growth and development.  

Way to go Lights!


by posted 08/24/2016
Welcome Back Message

Northern Lights Families


Hockey Season begins on Thursday, September 8th!  If you are a new family to the Northern Lights – Welcome!  If you are returning – welcome back!  On behalf of your board of directors, coaches, and staff, we are very excited to kick off the 2016-17 season!


Schedule Notes

- Our teams will have their first night of practice on Thursday, September 8th.  After that we will practice on our typical Monday and Thursday schedule.

- Off ice will begin the week of September 12th for U8 – U12 teams.

- Your team schedulers have begun scheduling your games and you should see games on your team web page.

Note all practices and games are posted on the website under ‘Team’ at nlgh.com.  As always, please check the schedule regularly for updates, changes, etc.


Key Personnel

We’re excited to bring back a great staff to ensure all of our teams have a fantastic season.  Dan Giordano will continue to lead our player & coaching development program this season, including all on and off-ice activities.   Our Division Directors are also available to assist with any on or off-ice questions you may have:

U8/U10 – Matt Boehm

U12/U14 – Eric Fairchild

U16/U19 – Larry Hallisey

Note all contact info is available under ‘contacts’ at nlgh.com.



Just a reminder that ALL teams are transitioning to the new uniforms this season.  If you have not placed your order, please contact Dan Giordano.  Please also note that our standard is black or navy blue helmets and pants.


Season Kickoff Party

Our annual season kickoff will be Saturday, Sept 10th at the ISCC – please block the whole afternoon to be able to play some scrimmages and to participate in the cookout! 


Golf Tournament

Our 3rd Annual Golf Tournament and Harvest Fair will be held at Blue Fox Run on Friday, October 14th.  Please SAVE THE DATE and plan on joining for golf or (for non-golfers) dinner & drinks!


Please don’t hesitate to contact me, Dan, or your NLGH staff if you have any questions.  Now let’s hit the ice!





President, CT Northern Lights

by posted 08/21/2016
Congratulations to our U19 Team!

by posted 04/04/2016
U19 New England Regional Champs!

by posted 03/20/2016
U16 State Champs!

U16s went 4-0 in the state tournament with a 3-2 win over the Polar Bears, 4-1 against the CT Ice Cats and a 6-1 win over Yale and a 1-0 win against the Polar Bears in today's Championship game. Way to Go Lights, Good Luck in NE Regionals!

by posted 02/29/2016
Try Hockey for Free Day a Success!

by posted 02/21/2016
NLGH Proud to Announce College Commitments for Hallisey & Bishop

Maggie Hallisey has committed to play ice hockey at The College of the Holy Cross, and Maddie Bishop has committed to play for Sacred Heart University! 

Maggie is a senior at East Catholic High School. She is an AP Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society as well as Captain of the Girls’ Ice Hockey team, Captain of the Swimming and Diving Team, and a Varsity Lacrosse player. Maggie started playing hockey with CCYHA . During her mite season at Central she also skated in the foundation program of The Northern Lights. She began playing full time for the Lights at the age of 9. The College of the Holy Cross is located in Worcester, Massachusetts and participates in the New England Hockey Conference. The Crusaders are currently 19-2 Overall and 11-2 in the New England Conference for the season. “I am so excited and thankful to be playing at Holy Cross next year,” says Hallisey, “The athletic facilities are going through a major renovation and expansion this year and there’s a really great energy on campus and of course it’s a really strong school academically.”

Maddie Bishop is also a senior at East Catholic High School. Maddie is a member of the National Honor Society, Captain of the Girls’ Ice Hockey Team, and a Varsity Lacrosse Player. Maddie started her hockey career at CCHYA and started playing with the Northern Lights her first year of U12. Sacred Heart University is located in Fairfield, CT and the Women’s ice hockey team plays an independent schedule. The Pioneers have a record of 11-10-2 this season. When asked about her commitment, Bishop shared, “It’s very exciting to me. Hockey has always been a passion of mine. I have played my whole life and knowing that I can continue to do what I love makes me really excited for college.”

Throughout their time with the Lights, Maggie and Maddie’s teams have won two state championships, competed in New England Regionals every year, and advanced to the Tier I Nationals in Green Bay, WI. They were State Champions, and co-MVPs for East Catholic Girls Ice Hockey team last year. Hallisey added, “We’ve had some great teammates throughout the years. I really appreciate my time with the Lights.” Both girls credit their coaches, Dan Giordano (NLGH) and Frank Usseglio (ECHS) for pushing them hard on the ice, and advocating for them during the recruitment process.

The Northern Lights want to congratulate Maggie and Maddie and their families on a great accomplishment, and we wish them the very best in the future. Look for an update next year when the two face-off against each other for the first time in 8 years!

by posted 02/09/2016
NEWJHL and NLGH Announcement

The Northern Lights continue to grow and expand girls hockey opportunities for female athletes across Connecticut.  We are pleased to announce a new partnership with the youth division of the NEWJHL which will provide competitive girls hockey opportunities and new showcases for players who aspire to play prep/college.  For additional information, please see the official announcement below.

SIMSBURY, Conn. – The Connecticut Northern Lights Girls Hockey Club is announcing participation in the New England Women’s Junior Hockey League (NEWJHL) for 2016-17.  The NEWJHL recently announced the addition of divisions at the U12, U14 and U16 levels.  The goal of the NEWJHL youth division is to coordinate a stable, showcase-based platform and operate a well-organized system that will:

• Provide an entertaining atmosphere at showcases for girls and their families to attend.

• Provide an easy method to schedule a number of competitive games each year, whether teams are looking to compliment their schedules or create solid bases for their schedules.

• Work towards the future to create a network of teams on the East Coast that will bring solid definition to girls youth hockey and keep travel costs under control, while providing each club with like-minded teams and parity in competition.

Club president Eric Herbek noted, "we are very excited and feel the goals of the NEWJHL align very closely with our mission statement - supporting the development of young women as athletes, leaders, and members of society through a competitive hockey environment that instills life values such as teamwork, sportsmanship, a consistent work ethic, and respect for self and others. Participation in NEWJHL will provide greater opportunities for our teams without increasing travel and expenses for our families.  Given the league’s emphasis on showcase tournaments, it will also provide opportunities for players who wish to continue to play after high school."

The Lights plan to field teams in the U12, U14, and U16 youth levels and participate at the U19 level in NEWJHL showcases.

The CT Northern Lights was founded in 2000 and is the only all-girls hockey program in Connecticut with programs from the learn to skate level through U19.  The club is based at the International Skating Center of Connecticut in Simsbury.

The Northern Lights will commence tryouts for next season in the late March and April.  Information on joining the Northern Lights can be found at nlgh.com.

by posted 01/20/2016
U19A Polar Bear Tournament Champions

The Northern Lights Winter Team went through the U19A bracket of the Polar Bear Tournament undefeated, and dominated the championship game with a 4-1 win over the Skaneateles Lakers.  Way to go Lights!

by Larry Hallisey posted 12/31/2015
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