Where are they now?

In our first 2010-2011 season, we interviewed some awesome CT Hockey youth players. Ten years later, we're checking in to find out where they are now, and how hockey helped get them there!

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Colin Powell


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CT Riverhawks Bantam

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Colin played all of his youth hockey with the Riverhawks, one year for the CT Wolfpack U-18 team, and then DIII hockey for Endicott College.

He currently works for a marketing automation company in Boston called Klaviyo.

Favorite hockey memories:
"My most exciting hockey moment was seeing the rink be built at Endicott. Ray Borque (former Boston Bruin legend) built a rink on our campus the summer I was entering my freshman year. On top of that, our home opener at the new rink was also an awesome time. Ray Borque came and spoke before the game, and the student section was packed with crazed fans."

Lessons learned:
"The biggest life lesson I took away from hockey was discipline. Especially when I was in college, it was difficult to manage all my classes and social life while spending 5+ hours a day at the rink."

Why should kids consider playing hockey?
"I met majority of my best friends that I am still close with today from youth hockey. Spending time with your friends at rinks, tournaments, and the locker room is when all the memories happen. Thinking about Lake Placid still makes me smile."

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Michael Erickson


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Watertown Bantam A

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Michael graduated Post University cum laude in 2019. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Post where he is also the Assistant Golf Coach. He was named Cleveland-Srixon All American golfer with Post for his last 2 years.

Favorite hockey memories:
"My fondest hockey memory is a reunion game where we got our Bantam A team back together to play a Thanksgiving Midget tournament at Watertown. It was in High School playing with some of my closest friends and even playing against a few others that still played for Watertown Midgets. Everyone was back together doing what we loved so much for all those years growing up."

Lessons learned:
"My hockey career is something I'll always remember as a stepping stone to wanting to be better—always wanting to make the best team or be as good as my teammates and be a part of the team. I think that really helped me in college when I did commit to play Golf in such a competitive environment."

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Maddie Giordano


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CT Northern Lights U12

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Now age 20, Maddie continued to play for the CT Northern Lights, The Loomis Chaffee School, and now the University of Maine. In high school, she also played lacrosse, softball and field hockey.

Maddie is a Food Science and Human Nutrition major and hopes to become a Registered Dietician. She also enjoys baking, painting, singing and hanging out with friends.

Most exciting hockey memories:
"Definitely when I did my first crossover. I still remember coach Nancy and how she stayed on the ice with me until I successfully did crossovers and she was encouraging me the entire time."

Other huges milestones for Maddie include making it to the championship game at Nationals for the U19 tier 2 Northern Lights and to the championship game of New England's for Loomis.

Lessons learned:
"Hockey has taught me to never give up and always follow your dreams. A lot of people did not believe I could make it to play Division 1, but I worked my entire life to make my dreams come true....I also learned many social skills and have made life long friends from playing hockey. I would not be the person I am today without hockey. Every team I have ever been on has become a second family to me, and I am very grateful for that."

Why should kids consider playing hockey?
"It is an amazing way to make friends, connections, and memories that will last forever. I still remember going to tournaments and playing knee hockey in the hotels and dressing up for the ceremony at Nationals. Hockey has taught me more than anything else in life and has given me people I consider family. Young people, especially girls, should also consider playing hockey because of the amazing strides women's sports have made all over the world. Young players have amazing role models today, not just like Sidney Crosby or Patrick Kane, but women like Kendall Coyne and the entire USA women's soccer team. With these type of athletes paving the way, young kids have an opportunity now more than ever to keep the tradition going."

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Jake Monroe


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Now a senior at Westminster School, Jake plays hockey, lacrosse, and tennis.

Future Plans:
Jake has committed to play hockey at Williams College.

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James Hanville


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ECHO Stars Mite

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James moved to North Carolina and has played goalie for high school and for the Rush Hockey 16U Premier team out of Charlotte.

He also plays lacrosse and enjoys participating in camps for both sports.

Favorite hockey memories:
Winning the state tournament

Lessons learned:
Being a goalie taught James teamwork as a huge skill.

Why should kids consider playing hockey?
It's such a fun sport!

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Matthew Abery


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ECHO Stars Mite

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Matthew went on to play for the Whalers, the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack, and the Connecticut Chiefs. Now a senior, he is currently the assistant captain for the E.O. Smith/Tolland Bucks high school co-op team.

Matthew is now a senior in high school and also plays lacrosse for Tolland High. He enjoys water sports, including wake boarding, and plans to become a pilot when he goes to college.

Favorite hockey memories:
Winning the Lakers Tournament as a ECHO Stars Mite, and winning the CT State Tournament and the Northeast Regional as Whaler

Why play hockey?:
"It's extremely fun, keeps you in shape, and you meet many new friends."



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Ryan Child


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Greater New Haven Pee Wee

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Ryan played his youth hockey through Bantams with the Greater New Haven Warriors. As a midget, he played for East Haven, followed by 4 years of Division 1 Hockey at Xavier High School.

Ryan is now a junior at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where he is the Captain of their Ice Hockey Team. Ryan's goal is to achieve his doctorate in Pharmacy in a 6-year accelerated program.

Favorite hockey memories:
As a midget with East Haven, winning the Tier 2 State Championship and participating in USA Hockey's National Championship in 2014.

Lessons learned:
Ryan attributes his drive and commitment to his career to what he learned through the years as a hockey player. Hard work, dedication and the determination to be the best at what he does comes from years of playing hockey. Hockey helped him understand that you can achieve anything in life by focusing on what you do today, and what you can do to make yourself better: as a person, in sports and in your career.

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Bobbi Roca


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Bobbi Roca


Darien Youth Hockey Squirt B

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Bobbi Roca

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Bobbi later moved to the Mid Fairfield CT Stars program and currently plays on the Stars U19 team. She has also played high school hockey at Greenwich Academy and currently plays for Loomis Chaffee. She will play at Hamilton College next fall!

Bobbi has also enjoyed lacrosse, rowing, soccer, playing the violin...and TikTok! (LOL)

Favorite hockey memories:
Playing in National Tournaments & Playing on Regional Team.... Hockey helped me make great friends, go to excellent schools, and create memories!

Lessons learned:
If you put in the effort, the success will come. Doing the little things when no one is watching goes a long way. The path everyone else takes isn't always going to be the same as yours. Always play to your strengths, and work until your weaknesses become your strengths!

Why should kids consider playing hockey?
Playing hockey builds character. Your team becomes your family, and you build friendships that'll last a life time. You also learn to compete and push yourself both on the ice and in everything else you do.

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Christina Halloran


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Christina Halloran


Darien Youth Hockey Squirt B

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Christina Halloran

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Christina moved to the Mid Fairfield CT Stars as a U12 player and currently plays on the Stars U19 team. Additionally, she played during middle school at New Canaan Country School and now plays on the Deerfield Academy girls' varsity team.

Christina has been a 4-year varsity player and senior captain at Deerfield for ice hockey, field hockey, and lacrosse. She has played club lacrosse for the CT Grizzlies 2020 team and plans to play D3 hockey and lacrosse in college.

Hockey Takeaway:
Hockey friends are the best friends!

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Emily Ferguson


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Emily Ferguson


Darien Youth Hockey Squirt B

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Emily Ferguson

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Emily later moved to the Mid Fairfield CT Stars program and currently plays on the Stars U19 team. She also currently plays varsity hockey and varsity field hockey at The Hotchkiss School

Emily will play hockey at Hamilton College in the fall!

Favorite hockey memories:
2016 Nationals in Minneapolis; Minnesota 2018 Nationals in Marlboro, MA; 2019 Nationals in Irvine, CA

Lessons learned:
"Playing hockey has taught me to be competitive and taught me to work with a team."

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Michael Rayher


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New Canaan Winter Club Mite B

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Michael played the last five years out of Sono Ice House with the CT Oilers/ Ct Jr Whalers. This season, he will play for the Yale 15 Tier 1 National Split Season team and also New Canaan High School.

Michael also plays lacrosse at New Canaan High School, and he golfs too!

Favorite hockey memories:
Winning back-to-back Atlantic Youth Hockey League Championships and the Pittsburgh Invitational Mid-Winter Classic tournament.

Lessons learned:
"Hockey has taught me the importance of being a good team mate. It has taught me the level of commitment and discipline needed to reach goals. It's a great team sport where you can make lifelong friends."