Started in 2000, Shoreline Sharks Youth Hockey is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering developmental and competitive hockey programs for girls ages 3-19. It is the largest and fastest growing girls’ hockey program in Southern Connecticut with 230+ girls registered for the 2017-2018 season. We’ve built a reputation for our focus on development for all levels of play from girls new to the sport to nationally competitive players.
The Sharks fields 12 teams ranging from U08 to U19, with varying levels of competitiveness from developmental to national tournament bound. We are affiliated with three leagues including the Connecticut Girl's Hockey League (CGHL), the Connecticut Hockey Conference (CHC) and the New England Girl’s Hockey League (NEGHL) that allow us to match the competition to the team. We are proud of our 2016-17 U14 Black team that won USA Hockey Tier II National Championship.
Aside from team play, the Sharks offer 20-week Learn to Skate and Play Hockey Clinics that start in September and end in February. Girls from ages 3 – 19 are grouped by age and ability into the Junior Sharks (11+) and SandSharks (3 – 10). A variety of drills, games, and scrimmages are used to build individual hockey skills and boost confidence in a fun, yet challenging, environment. We’ve been recognized as a model organization by USA Hockey for our commitment to growing the sport.
We have expanded beyond the Shoreline with girls coming from Cheshire and Hamden to the North; Fairfield and Stratford to the West; New London to the East and most of the towns in between. Our primary practice rinks are in East Haven and Hamden.
The Sharks Difference
Over the years, the Sharks have built a reputation built upon inclusion, community, a focus on the fundamentals, hard work, commitment, and fun. Our player-centric approach puts the skater first, delivering the appropriate level of development to take each to the next level of play. The USA Hockey American Development Model (ADM) guides our structured skill and age-based instruction with an emphasis on development over winning games. Success for the Sharks is player growth – on and off the ice – and a positive experience for players and families that results in lasting memories.
We wouldn’t exist today if it wasn’t for the foresight of Co-Founders Bill Greim and Gary LaChance. In the process of launching the Guilford High School girls’ hockey program, they started the Guilford Youth Hockey Association which evolved into the Shoreline Sharks. Their shared vision and values continue to anchor our organization today. Bill and Gary have shaped girls hockey in Connecticut; we thank them for their drive, commitment, and passion.
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