Total Hockey Development (THD) is a premier hockey skills partner to the Darien Ice House. THD skill development programs were born from the idea that dedicated players should have a place to go in the offseason to work relentlessly on their skill set……..with elite instructors in small groups. Think of us like that boxing gym churning out elite talent, or that soccer club in Sao Paulo producing world class soccer players. It is our job to help the athletes fall in love with the “process ” of preparation and training, and understand the mechanics of the total skill set. We don’t believe in gimmicks. Through THD programs, players enter a world of learning, of mechanical break down, of positive teaching, and ultimately tremendous results.

THD Skill Development programs are run by Clark Jones and Chris Gragnano, two elite skill development instructors that have been training beginners to elite athletes (prep, junior, college, & professional) for up to 20 years. At THD programs you will see Mites – NHL players working on their craft through our comprehensive development program focused on the mechanics of the foundational skill set, movement patterns, and motor patterns. Our program instructors also include multiple gold medalist figure skaters, former professional hockey players, and current Division 1 College Hockey players. Commit your time and dedicate yourself and we will help you maximize your potential!

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Rising Stars offers a unique learn-to-skate program that instills confidence right from the start. With the use of games and interaction with peers, this playground on ice offers a positive experience for first time skaters. Full hockey equipment is required.

For more information on Rising Stars, contact Kyle Bensen: or call 203-932-0035.


Blueline Hockey Academy (BHA)

For over 30 years the BHA staff has worked with all ages from beginners at age 3, to college aged players & beyond. Staffed by local youth & high school coaches, BHA focuses on the fundamentals & skills aimed towards your specific player, while implementing game strategy through clinics. The BHA goal is to make your player the best they can be, while keeping it fun and always have them come back wanting more.

For more information please contact Jamie Tropsa 203-655-8251.


Erik Nates Euro Hockey

At Erik Nates Euro Hockey, we offer a variety of focused training programs to help hockey players develop their individual skills and take their game to the next level. Our intense training system draws on traditional European methods to help students improve in all aspects of the game-and get the edge over the competition.

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New Canaan Winter Club

The New Canaan Winter Club (NCWC) is a premier partner of the Darien Ice House. Founded in 1957 by Jane and Stan Resor, NCWC has been home to the NCWC Wildcats travel hockey programs, CT Ice Cats Hockey and a robust figure skating program.  As its programs expanded, NCWC formed a partnership with the Darien Ice House to further grow its programs locally. The Winter Club is a private club that is only available to members.

For more information, please visit NCWC’s website HERE


Connecticut Ice Cats

The Connecticut Ice Cats are also a premier partner of the Darien Ice House. The Ice Cats is a competitive Tier 2 girls program that was established in 2000. With a goal to be one of the top competitive teams, encourage every players skills and develop players knowledge of the game, the Darien Ice House is proud to be partnered with the Connecticut Ice Cats.

For more information, please visit the Darien Youth Hockey Association website HERE.


CT Condors

The CT Condors is an elite program designed for highly motivated players who have set their sights on playing at top high school (prep) programs and beyond. With a practice to game ratio of over 3:1, the program has been modeled after researching a selection of highly successful Canadian, European, and US player-centered programs which focus on skill development and knowledge of the game while keeping hockey fun! The hallmark of the program is the significant amount of ice time, as well as focused one-to-one coaching attention, allowing each player to reach their maximum potential.

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CT Jr. Whalers

The CT Jr Whalers offers youth hockey programs for ages 3 through 16 at Tier I, Tier II, and Mite Development levels. With practice plans drawn from the America Developmental Model created by USA Hockey and led by highly experienced professional coaches, the CT Jr Whalers program seeks to develop both the hockey skills and the love for the game of every player in the program. The CT Jr Whalers are based out of the SoNo Ice House in Norwalk, CT.

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