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Saturday, March 9, 2014
CT Oilers®/CT Oil Kings are Excited About Newest AYHL Membership
Norwalk, Connecticut -The AYHL is proud to announce it’s newest member the Connecticut Oilers® based out of the new state-of-the-art SoNo Ice House® in Norwalk, Connecticut, in Norwalk, CT. The CT Oilers® are a AAA program that travels primarily across the Northeast competing against top teams. Marvin Minkler is Director of the Connecticut Oil Kings® which will field teams at the 01’, 02’, 04’ 05’ birth years at the CT Oil Kings®and CT Oilers®. They are the only AAA organization in Lower Connecticut in a league. The CT Oilers® number one goal is the development of players not only on the ice but also off the ice and advancing them to the next level.
CT Oilers® President Ryan Hughes says:
“We are excited at the opportunity of being a member of the AYHL’s AAA League and to continue the CT Oilers®advancement of competing at the highest level in youth hockey available for USA Hockey member teams”.
Eric Lind, former Yale University Bulldogs Assistant Coach and current CT Oilers® General Manager and EHL Head Coach, is thrilled about AYHL membership.
“As an organization the CT Oilers® are grateful for the opportunity to participate in such a high developmental league, allowing the growth of players to mature to the next step in their hockey careers.”
CT Oilers® teams interact with one another unlike the typical youth hockey organization. With an emphasis on development, the organization's teams provide CT Oilers® coaching staff and outside recruiters an opportunity to view their players within a system, as they grow both physically and mentally as hockey players. Each player within the CT Oilers® ranks will have an opportunity to play at the "next level" within the CT Oilers® organization. As such, the organization will be a true "feeder" system, where players will be groomed to participate at their U20 level team.
The CT Oilers® organization is a gateway for athletes to develop both as players and as students. Player talent in their developmental model will be nurtured with a view towards both academic and athletic careers. They expect responsible and committed scholar athletes to strive towards excellence; as an organization it is their goal to expose players to hockey opportunities at the collegiate level and beyond.
CT Oilers® teams adhere to USA Hockey’s High Performance Long-Term Athlete Developmental Training Model. With professional coaching, goaltending staff, video staff, state-of-the-art training facility at the Athletic Edge at SoNo Ice House®, dedicated pro-style locker rooms, and Spring Hockey & showcase tournaments, these elements make the CT Oilers®the ideal hockey developmental program.
The CT Oil Kings® established in 2013 is a program designed by hockey players for hockey players. The CT Oil Kings® put an emphasis on coaching and on ice instruction. The goal for the CT Oil Kings® is to get every player to realize their potential and play at the next level: Mite to Squirt, Pee-Wee to Bantam, Bantam to beyond. Championships mean nothing unless players can develop and compete at the next level – and that is where we win.
“My team competed in the AYHL for years and the league gets better and better with each age group, year by year. When I had the 97’s something like 8 of the top 15 Bantam teams in the country came from the AYHL – that how good the league is. What is also shows is when good teams battle against each other in a well run league the act of playing against each other each week rivalries form and teams, push, chase and excel – the competitive fire burns and elite development happens – That is the AYHL. “
“The AYHL is a fantastic developmental tool, well run and respected it is an honor to have my CT Oil Kings® compete there.”
The Atlantic Youth Hockey League is a Tier-I youth ice hockey organization, based in McAfee, New Jersey, that operates in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The league develops young student-athletes at the Squirt-Midget levels. Thousands of AYHL alumni have gone on to play college hockey and many have gone on to professional careers.