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U8 Program Information

The U8 team will continue the Elite Skill Development & Player Placement the Connecticut Chiefs are known for in the hockey community.The Connecticut Chiefs have advanced over 385 players to Prep School, Junior, & College Hockey. The U8 program will deliver an exceedingly competitive schedule

  • 2012 & 2013 Birth Years
  • Head Coach Dave Desrosiers (Bio Below)
  • 40 Plus Games Competitive Games
  • Full Ice Experience
  • 2 Tournaments
  • On-Ice Team Practice 2x per Week 
  • On-Ice Skill Session 2x per month led by former NHLer Ike Corriveau
  • Off-Ice Training 1x per Week with PHG Training Center
  • Weekly Game Film Review using HUDL
  • ProCrease Goalie Training: 3 sessions per month
  • HUDL Video Highlight System for Coaches and Scouts
  • Billet Family Program
  • Clearly Defined Player Development Path

    Comprehensive Spring/Summer Program
  • South Windsor Spring League Entry
  • The Tribe Spring Hockey​: 1 Tournament & Practices
  • Triple Threat Chiefs Camp: June 29-July 2
  • Individual Off-Ice Training Programs

U8 Head Coach Dave Desrosiers

Coach Dave brings a wealth of coaching and playing experience to the Connecticut Chiefs. Dave played Junior Hockey for Weyburn Jr Red Wings in the SJHL which led him to Oswego College. Dave then played the AA Minor Pro Level in the UHL and ECHL for two seasons. During the summers while playing junior, college, and pro hockey Dave was a hockey school instructor at Paul Vincent's Dynamic Skating, Huron Hockey School, Planet Hockey, Robbi Glantz Power Skating, and Rick Heinze Player Hockey School. 

While playing in SJHL Dave coached  PeeWee AA Grenfell Spitfires (Saskatchewan). After Pro Hockey Dave came back home to be Head Coach of the Northern Lights U19 & CT Clippers PeeWee AA.   Dave then moved up to the Junior Ranks coaching the Hartford Wolfpack JR A and CT Clippers Jr B for two seasons.  Recently Dave has been coaching Mite Hockey in the Avon Youth Program. 

Development Plan:
The Mites range from ages 6-8 years old.  The growth of players at this level is tremendous, however is also the time in their skating where the will learn the most good/bad habits that will either enhance their future abilities or hinder their best.

Our plan is to focus on skating technique and correction to create the best foundation for our young hockey players.  During the ages of 6-8, player focus and routine is the approach we take to create maximum rep time with limited down time.  Speaking with many teaching professionals, it can take 20-50 reps per player before muscle memory sets in.  The Connecticut Chiefs use fast pace practice routine that creates maximum movement time, while still working on the corrective fundamentals that will make your player better.

(2)  One Hour Ice Practices per week.

  • Focused on Power Skating, Turning, Transitions, Edge Work, and Foot Reaction.
  • Focused on Skills, Shooting, Stick Handling, Positioning, Body Control, Passing, Heads Up play

(1-2) Off Ice Practices per week

  • Focused on personal growth.  Stick handling, Body Strengthening, Reaction Speed, Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Focused on Mental growth.  Video Sessions, Chalk Talks, Open conversations to make players learn hockey from a different prospective.

Why Choose Connecticut Chiefs:

 Director of Player Development Yvon Corriveau assists the Head Coach  throughout the season in developing  and implementing the curriculum for the Long Term Player Development of the mite players.

Focus on Long Term Success:

The CT Chiefs are a strong hockey minded organization.  As professionals, we understand that every family want to win, however fun and growth are the keys to success.  At the mite level, we specifically focus on these 2 ideas to create a serious yet fun environment for our young players.  Being an organization that has  placed over 385 top level players into Prep Schools, Junior and College Hockey, we know what scouts & coaches are looking for and asking about.  No Scout has ever asked, “How many points did your child have in mites”.  Understanding that your player’s developments is the #1 focus of Mites.  Position, Points, and Shift Time on ice are three ideas that have no bearing to your players development.  Teaching your players that practice is where you get better, games are for showing what you have learned in practice.  A love for the game, respect for their families and teammates, and have the best experience is what this age is all about.