Philosophy & Curriculum

The CT Breakers are dedicated to promoting confidence and maximizing each player’s potential by actively, intently, and intensely training the individual skills, tactics, and competitive approach which are vital to competitive hockey. All skills and concepts taught are products of USA Hockey & Hockey Canada development curriculums.

Player’s environment

  • Coaches communicate with players and parents in a positive & constructive manner.
  • Players will be expected to lead by example and show a positive attitude toward the game and all its participants.
  • Practices are FUN. Youth players should enjoy each session and want to return for the next one.
  • Making mistakes is OK. Mistakes are common and a part of sports and development. Maintaining the confidence to attempt new skills or push themselves further is important to development, as is continuing to work on correcting mistakes.

Individual Skills

Players will regularly train Skating, Puck Control, Shooting & Passing & Receiving skills which are fundamental pillars that require constant, consistent and proper development to achieve any form of success in ice hockey.

Offensive Tactics

Players will be taught and encouraged to:

  • Pursue loose pucks and support the puck during team possession in all zones.
  • Drive the middle lane and attack the front of the net
  • Taking the puck wide with speed and attacking defensive opponents
  • Use deception and change of pace as means to gain time and space in all zones
  • Anticipate and find open seams, lanes & ice for puck movement & creating offensive chances

Defensive Tactics

Players will be taught and encouraged to:

  • Support the middle of the ice in the defensive zone by playing sound positional hockey
  • Actively & Intently anticipate opponent mistakes & bobbles to forcibly create turnovers and gain possession.
  • Retrieve loose pucks and win 50/50 battles by outpacing their opponent

Allowable contact with opponents is a large component of the game in which many players face challenges. Players will be taught what types of physical contact are allowed with an opponent. Players must learn the importance of having their stick and body in proper positions during puck battles so that good body contact habits are established early.

Players will learn that they are part of a team and are expected to act accordingly. Respect for teammates, coaches, opponents, officials and all those involved in the game will be instilled by coaches.

Players will continue to develop the foundation of a strong work ethic by consistently participating in practices with a high level of engagement & activity.