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Effective immediately, The Connecticut RoughRiders, along with other area hockey organizations, is taking special precautions for the next few weeks because of an increase of influenza (flu) in the state of Connecticut. Although anyone can get the flu, it is most serious in the elderly, very young children, people with chronic illnesses (such as lung disease, cancer, heart disease, or diabetes), or those with weakened immune systems. Influenza spreads easily in discharges from the nose and throat, usually when an infected person coughs or sneezes.   

We ask that you do the following to help us prevent further spread of flu among our families:

  • Do not attend practices or games if you know you are sick.  Wait to until you have been without a fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication).
  • Frequent and thorough hand washing is a MUST. Wash your hands frequently using antibacterial soap or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • There is to be no sharing of water bottles during practices or games.
  • Players must bring their own water bottles to games and practices.
  • Gloves are to remain on at the end of the games on the handshake line.
  • Please be diligent in either washing/spraying/wiping down all hockey equipment (including sticks, bags, etc). 


 If you or your players(s) experience flu-like symptoms or a fever please see your physician or pediatrician.

We appreciate your cooperation in helping us to manage this situation and will let you know when the flu outbreak precautions are no longer necessary.

by posted 01/16/2018

by posted 01/15/2018
Grief counselor Karen Kravec will be available for all parents, players and coaches tomorrow at the rink. Please see below for the schedule:
4:30-5:30 2007 Team gathers for pizza in restaurant 
4:30-5:30 2007 Parents meet with Karen (upstairs party room)
6:00-7:30 Practice 2007 & 2004
6:00-7:00 Parent meeting for other age groups and any parents of 2007 that couldn't make 4:30 meeting
7:30-9:00 Karen available to meet privately with any 2007 players or parents or others. 

by posted 01/15/2018

It is with a heavy heart that the entire CT ROUGHRIDERS organization (players, family, coaches and managers) shares the news of the sudden passing of one of our 07 players, Nico Mallozzi. 


Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mallozzi family right now.


It is a very sad day for all of us, Nico was a great kid with a great smile and he will be missed greatly.


We will never forget you, Nico.

by posted 01/14/2018
O’Connor EHL/TSR Defensive Star of the Month

Colin O’Connor EHL/TSR Hockey Defensive Star of the Month for November

By By Neil Ravin - EHL Director of PR & Social Media

BOSTON, MA -- In less than 24 hours we will turn the page over to December, and the final month of the 2017 calendar year. Looking back at November in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), there was tons of great action amongst the 16 teams and numerous candidates for the latest set of TSR Hockey Stars of the Month.

The EHL is pleased to announce that Colin O’Connor (Connecticut RoughRiders) has been named the TSR Hockey Defensive Star of the Month for November.


O'Connor led the EHL in defensive scoring with a solid 1.33 points per game average in November. The '98 is in his first season in the EHL, and has 21 total points in 22 total games so far this season. The Connecticut native has filled the void of one of the RoughRiders all-time leading scorers, Marc Happy, who is now manning the blue line up at Plymouth State. O'Connor will look to continue to lead the way for the RoughRiders, as they begin December with an 11-point lead in the Central Division. The December schedule includes seven more games for the RoughRiders, with just three of them in the friendly home confines of the SoNo Ice House.

by posted 12/02/2017
Thelven EHL/TSR Star of the Week

BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League (EHL) finished off the second showcase of the season this past weekend at the Haverhill Valley Forum. In total, 10 of the 16 EHL Showcase Series games were decided by just two goals or less, with the North Conference holding an 11-5 edge over the South Conference when the action concluded. Through it all, 82 total goals were scored over the two days, and there were plenty of worthy candidates for our weekly honors.

The EHL is pleased to announce that Alex Ochterbeck (Philadelphia Little Flyers), Nick Grinvalds (Boston Jr. Rangers), and Jeremy Thelven (Connecticut RoughRiders) have been named the TSR Hockey Stars of the Week.


Thelven and the RoughRiders split their pair of games in Haverhill this past weekend. The native of Taby, Sweden was in net for the victory on Monday, as Connecticut shutout the New Hampshire Avalanche by the score of 2-0. The '98 netminder was solid in net, turning away all 31 shots he faced in route to his 7th victory of the season. After picking up his 1st career EHL shutout, the RoughRiders' anchor will look to continue to lead his team as they host the New York Applecore on Friday and face-off in a home-and-home series against the New York Bobcats Royals on Saturday and Sunday.

by posted 11/15/2017
Tier 3/EHL Player of the Week C. O'Connor

BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League (EHL) was in full gear this past week, with 17 total games from Thursday to Sunday. With all 16 teams hitting the ice, there were plenty of worthy candidates for our weekly honors

Colin O'Connor, Connecticut RoughRiders - Defense: O'Connor and the RoughRiders won 1 of their 3 games this past week, as they maintained control of the top spot in the Central Division. While the final results of a pair of the games were disappointing for the RoughRiders, it was a very good week for the '98 defenseman. O'Connor tallied a pair of goals and dished out 4 assists, increasing his overall point total up to 15 for the season. The native of the Connecticut has been rock solid for his team this year, as he is averaging a point per game all while also playing very well in the defensive zone. The week ahead for the RoughRiders includes just a pair of games at the November Showcase. Connecticut will wrap-up their season series with the New England Wolves on Sunday, and then face-off with the #1-ranked New Hampshire Avalanche on Monday.

by posted 11/09/2017
RoughRiders in NHL

CEDAR RAPIDS — Eight former Cedar Rapids RoughRiders begin the 2017-18 season in the National Hockey League.
The list includes five defensemen: Matt Tennyson (Buffalo Sabres), Alec Martinez (Los Angeles Kings), Anthony DeAngelo (New York Rangers), Chris Wideman (Ottawa Senators) and Ivan Provorov (Philadelphia Flyers). This will be the ninth NHL season for Martinez, who played in Cedar Rapids in the 2004-05 season, and has 419 NHL games under his belt.
Goaltender Alex Stalock is with the Minnesota Wild. Forwards Justin Abdelkader (Detroit Red Wings) and Tommy Wingels (Chicago Blackhawks) also are on opening-night NHL rosters.
Stalock, Abdelkader and Martinez played together on C.R.’s 2004-05 Clark Cup championship team.
All 31 NHL teams have at least one USHL graduate. In all, 128 former USHL players are on NHL rosters.
by Jeff Johnson The Gazette (Cedar Rapids)
Oct 4, 2017 at 8:37 pm 

by posted 10/05/2017
Top Performers: Week 2 of the 2017-18 Tier 3 Junior Hockey


Cullen Kane - CT RoughRiders EHL in his first season playing at the Tier 3 Junior Hockey Level, Forward Cullen Kane registered the first (and only to date) natural hat trick of the 2017-18 season.  The New York native currently ranks 3rd (tie) among all Tier 3 skaters in Goals Scored and Top 25 in points (tie).

by posted 09/11/2017
CTRoughRiders: Talent signed for 2017-18 from all over the world

The Connecticut RoughRiders EHL  have added a great deal of talent to their team, both at the goalie and forward positions as they gear up for the rapidly approaching season.

By Brian Lester for USA Junior Hockey Magazine

Two new goalies and six forwards are among the newcomers for 2017-18.

The group includes goalie Jeremy Thelven, a native of Sweden whose father (Michael) played for the Boston Bruins in the 1980s. Thelven has been attracting a lot of college interest and will be familiar with at least one of his teammates. Fellow newcomer Andrew Ray played with Thelven at North Yarmouth Academy in Maine.

The RoughRiders also welcome in goalie Ryan Bonnvie from the Tilton School, of New Hampshire. Like Thelven, he’s generating a lot of interest from colleges and will have an opportunity to play a key role on the defense.

The forward position has been solidified as well, especially with the addition of Ray, who is one of two 1997-born players on the roster.

Like Thelven, Adam Sandberg-Nilsson also hails from Sweden. Blake Halfpenny comes to the RoughRiders after playing for the Spokane Braves of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League last season.

Cullen Kane, the cousin of Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane, is taking his talents to Connecticut. He played for the Fort Erie Meteors last year.

The other forwards are Tommy Schwartz and Mitchell Parsons. Parsons played for the North Iowa Bulls of the NA3HL. Schwartz is a product of the RoughRiders’ program (and the Oilers, as the RoughRiders were previously known). He has attended the program’s summer hockey schools.

RoughRiders head coach Eric Lind is thrilled about the additions to the team. He can’t wait to see how things work out for them in their first season with the RoughRiders.

“I’m real excited about this team,” Lind said, about a week before the start of camp. “The players we added have great character. I have a feeling this could be one of our better teams we’ve had here.”

The Connecticut RoughRiders have a very unique training and development program that focuses on Periodization, splitting the halves of the season into two specific phases of preparation, competition and rest.

For more information about Periodization and the Connecticut RoughRiders program, go online to or call Eric Lind at 888-326-7989.

RoughRiders players play in between 50-70 games per season. This includes games at four well-scouted Eastern Hockey League showcases and in the EHL playoffs.


by posted 09/11/2017
Billets Needed for EHL Team

With the recent signing of several out of state players to our EHL CT RoughRiders Junior Team we are looking for additional billet families to house our EHL players for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

If you can billet or know of someone interested please let us know!

Thank you!!

Please email Nancy James our Billet/Housing Coordinator

by posted 07/22/2017
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