Mass/Conn United

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Overview

 

Mission

Mass/Conn United is committed to delivering the most comprehensive hockey program available to area youth. 

The scope and depth of our program will be second to none in creating an atmosphere that will foster player self- confidence and build strong character. 

We will provide qualified, professional staff to instruct our players and offer programs that are designed for youth to learn and play the sport of ice hockey. 

Our teams, regardless of level, will be structured to provide players with the opportunity for individual growth that will enable each participant to reach their maximum potential and help prepare them to succeed in life's competitive environment. 

The driving principle of this organization is our commitment to youth. 

 

Core Values:

  • Teamwork

  • Respect

  • Integrity

  • Discipline

  • Hard Work

  • Winning Attitude

  • Professionalism

  • Good Sportsmanship

 

Management


 

Keith Hillebrecht

President and General Manager

khillebrecht@etrinks.com

Keith is responsible for overseeing all functions and responsibilities of the organization and is the primary point of contact for any operational concerns that may arise throughout the season. Keith is also Director of Gary Dineen Legacy.

Carol Lessard

Vice President of Hockey Operations

clessard@etrinks.com

Carol is responsible for all USA Hockey requirements for our players and coaches and is the master scheduler for the organization. Carol is also the primary point of contact for any questions relating to our girls and novice programs.

 

 

Shad Hanrahan

Vice President of Community Development

shad@kingslax.com

Shad’s focus is to ensure the successful implementation of development projects that promote and stimulate Mass/Conn United pride and invigorate the family concept that is the foundation of the organization.  Shad is also Director of the Mass/Conn United Training Center.

Tom O’Connor

Director of Player/Coach Development

toc623@aol.com

Tom is responsible for creating a systematic approach and age-appropriate skill development plan for all teams and is the primary point of contact for any development-related questions regarding our teams.

 

 

Rachelle King

Director of Finance and Travel

rking@etrinks.com

Rachelle is the primary contact for all questions relating to tuition collection, tournament expenses and travel arrangements.

 
 

Player Development

 

GARY DINEEN HOCKEY SCHOOL

garydineenhockeyschool.com

Mass/Conn United emphasizes skill development across all levels of the program and will provide opportunities through practices, individualized instruction and skill-specific clinics. All players will be provided with power skating and puck skills clinics as part of their in-season tuition. 

Additional player development opportunities are available through the Gary Dineen Hockey School. 

GDHS is widely known as one of New England's finest day hockey school for boys and girls and provides students with a well-disciplined and fun environment. Entering its 43rd year, GDHS staff focuses on good hockey habits and building a strong foundation of skills that will allow young players to play the game with confidence. 

More than 25,000 student-athletes have benefited from the GDHS system and nine alumni have gone on to play in the National Hockey League.

All Mass/Conn United players will receive a 30% discount on GDHS classes.

 
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TRADITION AND OPPORTUNITY

GARY DINEEN LEGACY

garydineenlegacy.org

Gary Dineen Legacy is built on the ideals and beliefs of legendary coach Gary Dineen. Coach Dineen was at the helm of one of the most successful amateur hockey organizations in the United States for almost three decades before his passing in 2006. His program, originally called the Springfield Olympics, is responsible for shaping the lives of many young hockey players. 

After a long career that included playing on the Canadian Olympic team and the AHL Springfield Kings, Coach Dineen settled in West Springfield, Massachusetts and formed what would become one of the most respected amateur hockey programs in the United States. 

More than 320 players have moved on from the program to play hockey at some of the finest colleges and universities in the United States. Thirty-three former players have gone on to professional careers. Gary Dineen was inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame, in addition to being honored with the USA Hockey President’s Award and the American Hockey Coaches Association's "Snooks Kelley Award".

 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The organization understands that hockey requires a significant financial and time commitment from families, many of whom do not have the means to participate at the highest level of amateur hockey in New England. For those families that require additional financial assistance, Mass/Conn United offers a “needs based” scholarship in the form of the Gary Dineen Legacy-sponsored Gary Dineen Memorial Scholarship Fund. Applications are submitted to and reviewed by an independent committee. Awarded funds are applied against player participation fees up to a maximum of 50% of the season’s total tuition. Criteria considered as part of the review process includes financial need, academic record, community service and the player’s positive contributions to his/her team and the organization. 

For more information on Gary Dineen Legacy, please contact Keith Hillebrecht at khillebrecht@etrinks.com.

 
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Developing More Than Athletes

 

Coaching

Mass/Conn United has assembled a coaching staff comprised of the area’s premier coaching talent to lead the program, many of whom played the game at the highest levels. The coaching staff follows an age-specific progression plan designed to provide players with the ability to achieve their individual potential while emphasizing the team-first environment. 

All coaches are USA Hockey certified and have successfully completed background screening and USA Hockey’s SafeSport training. 

 
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Academics

On-ice performance is an important element to the organization. However, our goal is for our coaches to provide positive life lessons that will groom our players into well-rounded student-athletes who will positively impact our community. Our coaches emphasize academics and may designate periods of time on tournament road trips for study time and homework. They may also request to review players’ report cards during the season. While on extended road trips, the organization encourages team visits to cultural destinations, preparatory schools and college campuses.

 
 

Lecture Series

In addition to off-ice training sessions, Mass/Conn United will provide an on-going educational series for players and parents relative to nutrition, mental training, concussions and injury prevention. The first in the series will take place during our pre-season Training Camp.

 
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Player/Parent Guidance

The organization has a long history of advancing players to prep school and NCAA programs. Each of these options provides an opportunity for players to continue their development process at a higher level of competition. With so many options available, the organization recognizes the need to educate parents and players on each league and the opportunities that may be offered. We are happy to assist in determining which may be the best option for your athlete.

 
 

Test Preparation

Mass/Conn United has partnered with Tutor Doctor, a leader in exam preparation, to give players in our organization exclusive SAT and SSAT test prep opportunities. Classes are held at Enfield Twin Rinks and are scheduled to best accommodate practice times. Tutor Doctor also offers in-home subject based tutoring tailored to everyone’s needs.

 
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Community Service

The organization believes in giving back to our community. As such, each team is required to complete a minimum of one community service project each season. In the past, teams have donated time to assist at soup kitchens, participated as guest instructors during Learn to Skate sessions and helped raise funds for several local charities.