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Hi all,


As we get closer to the end of the current season and 2015-2016 tryouts we wanted to let everyone know about our projected practice schedule and some changes we are making to improve the program for the future.


Next year the Barons plan on having the following teams:




For all families new to Travel Hockey, we will be setting up a Q&A session sometime in February to answer all your questions.


Midget Major (1997, 1998 and select 1999 birth years)

Midgets 18U half season (August until early November)


Midget Minor (1999, 2000 and select 2001 birth years)

Midgets 16U half season (August until early November)


Bantam Level (2001 and 2002 birth years)

Bantam 14U

Bantam 13U

Bantam A


Pee Wee Level (2003 and 2004 birth years)

Pee Wee 12U

Pee Wee 11U

Pee Wee A


Squirts (2005 and 2006 birth years)

Squirts 10U

Squirt A

Squirt B


Mites (2007 2008, 2009 birth years)

Mite A

Mite  B




Little Barons (2010 and younger)

11 and over House League (birth years 2004 and older)

10 and under House League (birth years 2005 and younger)




The Barons in working with SoNo Ice House have come up with the followng projected practice schedule for the Barons for the 2015-2016 season.  The Off Ice training schedule in The Athletic Edge will be determined at a later date.


Squirts, Pee Wees and Bantams will all have their ADM practices on Monday nights. We believe that the Squirts and Pee Wees can use the main ice for its ADM practice but the Bantam ADM will include both the main ice as well as training rink to spread the players out a bit more based upon their size.  The PW 11U, PW 12U, Bantam A, Bantam 13U and Bantam 14U will also have a 3rd practice per week on Fridays on the training rink approximately 2x per month. We will add more ice for Squirts and PW A when it becomes available. We have also increased the amount of time each Pee Wee and Bantam team will get full ice on a weekly basis.  Midget practice schedules will be finalized shortly.



Main Rink

5:30 – 6:40pm          Squirt ADM

6:50pm – 8:00pm     Pee Wee ADM

8:10pm – 9:20pm     Bantam ADM

Training Rink

4:30pm – 5:30pm     Mite A

5:40pm – 6:40pm     Mite B

8:00pm – 9:10pm     Bantam ADM



Main Rink

5:40pm – 7:00 pm    PWA/PW11U

7:10pm – 8:30pm     PW 12U/Bantam A

8:40pm – 10:00pm  Bantam 13U/Bantam 14U

Training Rink

3:30pm - 4:20pm     Try Hockey for Free

4:20pm – 5:20pm     Little Barons

5:30pm – 6:30pm     Squirt B

6:40pm – 7:40pm     Squirt A



Training Rink

4:30pm – 5:30pm     Mite A

5:30 pm – 6:30pm    Mite B

6:40pm – 7:40pm     Squirts 10U



Training Rink

5:00pm – 6:00pm     PW12U/PW11U/Bantam A

6:10pm – 7:10pm     Bantam 14U/Bantam 13U/Bantam A

Saturday or Sunday

Training Rink

7:00AM – 9:00AM     Little Barons




The final tryout schedule will be finalized within the next few days. Mites through Bantams will be March 17-22 while Midgets will be after the High School Season ends in April. The final tuition will be announced before tryouts as well. Registration for tryouts will begin around February 5. AT Tryouts we will also do the sizing for uniforms and other equipment. There will be a separate fee for the uniforms and any gear you may need to purchase. Those costs will be determined prior to tryouts.




The Coaches for the 2015-2016 season will be announced by mid February as well.  We will be adding various coaches to our staff and look forward to making these announcements.




All travel players that accept positions on a Barons team for the 2015-2016 season will be placed on a 3 v 3 (4 v 4 for Mites) for the Spring League being run by the Barons. The spring league will begin in early April and run through mid June. This league is games ONLY between Friday night and Sunday night. The Barons want the players to continue skating without formal instruction and play old school “Pond Hockey”.




At the Mite level, the Barons will be running a Mite level spring clinics/team led by our Mite A coach, Lou Giannattasio. More information about the Spring Mite Barons will be available soon. The Barons also support the CT Ice Hawks and more information can be found at www.cticehawks.com.




Each team will have on and off ice training camps in August. The on ice camp will most likely consist of full ice practices coupled with some off ice sessions to get the teams ready for the season that will begin in late August/Early September.




The Barons have secured the CT Crease as their goalie coaches for the 2015-2016 season. The CT Crease will work with each team on a weekly basis.




The Barons will be registering  the Bantam 14U, Bantam 13U, Pee Wee 12U, Pee Wee 11U, Squirt 10U, Midgets 18U, and Midgets 16U teams in the EJEPL (Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League) for the 2015-2016. As we have found this year the level of play in the EJEPL is extremely high. The EJEPL is scouted by Prep Schools and Junior programs. Additionally, the EJEPL  holds end of year playoffs and an All Star game. The EJEPL will hold a minimum of 2 showcases for each level.


Additionally, the Barons are part of the National Youth Hockey Alliance which is growing and will also have an end of year tournament.


The Barons are hopeful that after a 2 year waiting period (the same period that the Wonderland Wizards had to wait in the early 2000’s) that they will become full members of the Connecticut Hockey Conference. This would allow our Tier 2 and 3 Level teams to participate in the State Tournaments. As we are current Allied Members we can only participate in Tier 4/Open division State Tournaments.





As part of our initiative in growing the program, we are making some additions to the Barons Management. 


Wally Brown has agreed to assist Francine and I and become our President. In his role he will be our CHC Representative and develop relationships with the other CHC organizations.  For the 2015-2016 season he will not be on the bench for any specific team but will assist Gary in developing the ADM model and fill in for coaches when needed.


Steve Ulbrich has agreed to become our Tournament Director and will be responsible for working with Francine and I in choosing which tournaments the organization will attend.


Katie Hall has agreed to become our the organization’s liaison with Stamford Hospital in providing medical education seminaries to the Barons families. She will be working closely with Francine in providing programs that are of interest including nutrition and concussions.


Melissa Hawkins is now our Women’s Hockey Director. She will lead the development of all women’s programs across the Barons and Oilers.


John Miserendino is our House League Director and will help coordinate the House League for the 2015-2016 season.


We are also looking for people to volunteer to help drive our Social Media plan going forward as well as we are looking for someone to assist in some technology initiatives that we want to address.


Anyone interested please let me know at info@ctbarons.com.




One of our major initiatives is to continue to build Hockey in Norwalk. We are going to have a used equipment drive in February (dates to be announced) but are also looking for volunteers to help in the fundraising efforts of Hockey in Norwalk.


Anyone interested in assisting please email me at .


Thank you again for all the support. We look forward to a great finish to the current season and getting ready for an exciting 2015-2016 season.


Thank You


Francine and Steve Ehrlich

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Tryouts for the 2015-2016 season will take place March 17-22.

This allows families to get into their Spring routine and get started with Spring Sports.

Exact times and Coaches to follow soon.




by posted 01/20/2015

The Barons take over Sono Ice House for our end of season gala on March 8 from 5pm - 8pm.

More information to follow in the coming weeks!!!!




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Connecticut Oilers bring two girls teams into the SoNo Ice House fold

Posted: Friday, January 2, 2015 11:00 pm | Updated: 9:00 am, Sat Jan 3, 2015.

In 2010, he and his wife Francine helped start a girls high school team in Stamford, then co-founded the Connecticut Barons, the first youth hockey program to play out of Norwalk, in 2013.

Now the man of many hats has taken on a new endeavor -- developing a girls program that will be modeled after the Connecticut Oilers, who are in their third season.

The Lady Oilers' teams will begin play next season at the under-14 and under-19 levels in the Eastern Junior Elite Prospect League, the same league in which the Oilers' U-14, U-16 and U-18 boys teams compete.

Serving as the head coach for both clubs will be Melissa Hawkins, who also is in charge of the Wilton-Norwalk-McMahon girls team and coaches a Pee Wee squad for the Barons.

Since she's taking on added responsibility, Hawkins is not sure what her role with the Barons will be next season.

"Melissa and I decided let's go out and try to build a really elite girls program around here," said Ehrlich, the Lady Oilers' general manager. "We're trying to find some of the best girls in the area and we think we can build a pretty good team."

The Lady Oilers complete their inaugural season in the Connecticut Girls Hockey League on Jan. 11, but are switching to the EJEPL because it's a more competitive brand of hockey.

"It's going to be one of the top leagues," said Hawkins, who also is coaching the team in its first season.

"That's why it's going to be really important in the offseason to try to get a good selection of girls to come in for tryouts so we can get that top-notch team."

They will continue to play under the Oilers' banner because of the name recognition and use of the SoNo Ice House as their home rink.

The U-19 girls' EJEPL is Tier 1 with five current teams (Lady Bulldogs, Quakers Hockey, Lady Islanders, New Jersey Rockets and Westchester Wild) while the CGHL is Tier 3 and more recreational.

According to Ehrlich, the closest tier one girls' programs in the area are Mid-Fairfield, which plays out of Shelton, and the Simsbury-based Connecticut Polar Bears.

"The Oilers' name carries a lot of weight and this should be exciting for girls to play for a team where they don't have to travel so far," he said.

Like Eric Lind and Ryan Hughes with the Oilers, Ehrlich and Hawkins will stress skill development with the ultimate goal of getting players into NCAA Division I, Division III and college club programs.

"The best girls have been going to prep school to play," Ehrlich said. "It's the same concept as the Oilers. Instead of paying $50,000 a year to go play prep school, come play for an elite tier one team here and get to play for your high school.

"It's the best of both worlds at the fraction of the cost to play on this high level team. That's why we think we can do it because it'll keep some of the girls home rather than going off to prep school."

The Oilers hierarchy welcomes a girls program with open arms.

"When we envisioned the SoNo Ice House in 2008, we envisioned girls hockey being a huge part of our development," said Ryan Hughes, Oilers President. "The Oilers are looking to grow at all levels and there is a huge demand in the girls market. We hope we can provide the opportunity to girls so they can get to the next level, be it prep school or college or whatever."

The U-19 roster should be comprised of a number of players from the Wilton-Norwalk-McMahon and Stamford-Staples-Westhill high school teams because of the Oilers' ties to those programs.

While Hawkins has an obvious connection to the former, Eli Williams, who coaches the Oilers' U-16 American team, previously guided the Stamford/Staples/Westhill program.

Still, Hawkins wants to cast a wider net and would love to develop a program that is on par with the Polar Bears and Connecticut Ice Cats, a Tier 2 association based in Darien.

"I think next year we're going to try to reach out to a couple other schools," Hawkins said. "I'm going to try to get some New Canaan kids to come and play, kids from Amity up that way, maybe a few kids from the Polar Bears will come down and join us."

Hawkins points to the success of the Darien youth program, where girls join at eight-years-old and stay through high school.

"If we can start to do that here with the Oilers and Barons, I think that would be huge for Norwalk and the girls in general," she said.

The U-14 season will run from September to March while the U-19s will play a half season from August to November with the possibility of added select games later.

According to Ehrlich, the reason for that is because he doesn't want to over-burden players with too much hockey once they re-join their high school teams, though the CIAC does allow dual participation for girls.

Depending on the demand, Ehrlich said the possibility exists of fielding Tier 1 and Tier 3 teams next year.

"With the Oilers' name and Melissa coaching, I think we're going to attract a little bit higher level of talent than we have today," he said. "We will support as many teams as girls who come to play.

"If we have a high level tier one team and a tier three in the CGHL, we're happy to have that at the same age level. We want to support the growth of girls hockey."

The way Ehrlich and Hawkins see it, the more kids playing hockey, whether they be male or female, the better.

The Hour's managing sports editor John Nash contributed to this report.

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