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If you are having trouble locating the information you need, head over to the Contact the ECHO BOD Page on the left hand menu or contact Brian Wry/Gary Gordon at
We are happy to assist you with any question or concern you may have.
In 2015, ECHO introduced its summer camp/clinic: Rising Stars! Our camp integrates dry land training and on-ice drills to benefit the total youth athlete. Year after year, our players return for both the skills training and team comraderie. Click on the Rising Stars Summer Clinic tab (on the left side menu) for more information.
The Total Athlete philosophy was also carried over to our Travel Team Program and outlined in the information provided below; our curriculum document gives an overall view of our program goals, standards and drive. So again, welcome to our site, we hope you stay and look around and come away with an idea of what it means when we say #proudtobeECHO!
ECHO Curriculum 2019
To develop children’s hockey and life skills such as; self-confidence, motivation and
determination while providing a welcoming environment for families
To maintain and foster an atmosphere for players and coaches to develop and excel at all ability levels.
ECHO’s current membership base spans multiple counties and towns.
Counties – Hartford, Tolland, New London, Middlesex and Windham
Towns – Manchester, East Hartford, Glastonbury, East Hampton, Colchester, Hebron,
Marlborough, Bolton, Columbia, Andover, Coventry, Willimantic, Willington, Ashford, Vernon,
Tolland, South Windsor, Windsor, Ellington, Mansfield, Avon, Stafford and Wales, MA
- ECHO maintains a heavy marketing presence in these communities with regular distribution of
marketing materials in schools and supporting organizations.
- ECHO maintains a presence on the internet and social media with our regularly updated website,
Facebook page and email blasts to membership.
#ShiningStars #WeareECHO #proudtobeECHO
The foundation of ECHO’s programs starts with our Learn to Play and Mite Limited Travel programs.
These programs offer a fun, skill based introduction to the sport and develop our
skaters in their preparation to travel hockey.
For those who are not looking for the commitment of travel hockey ECHO offers an In-House program for skaters of all ages.
ECHO offers full travel hockey for the Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam age groups.
ECHO’s travel teams are USA Hockey sanctioned and participate in the Connecticut Hockey Conference
in tiers 2, 3 and 4. All tier placements are based upon a full team talent evaluation.
ECHO has a target roster size of 10-13 skaters and 1-2 goalies. Manageable roster sizes allow for
maximum player development in games and practices.
ECHO’s uniform features a personalized jersey with matching socks and pant shells which provide our players
with a professional look as they take the ice.
Whether you are looking to continue your hockey career at the high school level, prep level
collegiate level ECHO offers a program for everyone.
ECHO believes in developing “Hockey Players for Life”
RECENT ECHO SUCCESS
2014-2015 CHC Tier 4 Champions – ECHO PWB
2015 Avon Thanksgiving Tournament Runner-up – ECHO PWB
2015 Avon Thanksgiving Tournament Runner-up – ECHO Mite B
2015 Hanover Thanksgiving Tournament Runner-up – ECHO PWA
2015 Newport Christmas Tournament Runner-up – ECHO PWB
2015 Newport Christmas Tournament Champion – ECHO Mite B
2015 Newport Christmas Tournament Champion – ECHO PWA1
2016 Avon Invitational Champion - ECHO PWA1
2016 CHC Tier 4 Patrick Division Champions - ECHO Bantam A
2016 CHC Tier 4 Founders Division Champions - ECHO Mite B
2016 CHC Tier 4 Smythe Division Runner-up - ECHO Mite A
2016 CHC Tier 4 Norris Division Runner-up - ECHO Squirt B
Newport (RI) Christmas Tournament – held annually in the week between Christmas and
New Year’s. All travel teams participate with group lodging taking place so that our entire “hockey family” is under one roof for the holidays!
Year End Banquet – Held annually at Star Hill Athletic Center in Tolland. All programs and teams are invited for Food, Fun and year end awards.
Picnic at the Pond – Held annually in August. A great way to spend a hot summer afternoon.
Food, games, prizes and three on three hockey help bridge the gap until the season begins.
Golf Tournament Fund Raiser – ECHO’s main fundraiser for the year includes a shotgun golf tournament, food, drinks,
auctions and a raffle all to support the growth of our organization.
Pink the Rink – ECHO’s show of support for Breast Cancer Awareness and raise money for local pediatric programs. "Kids Helping Kids"
Held during the month of October featuring Pink Game uniforms, Bake sales, special ECHO attire and
raffles to support pediatric oncology programs at CT Children's Medical Center .
ECHO focuses on skills development using a station based approach to practices. Each team is allotted two on ice practice sessions per week.
80% of practice time is spent on skills stations with an emphasis on maximizing player repetitions and puck touches.
To supplement and reward the practice development each team will play 35-50 games per season. ECHO teams traditionally participate
in 1-2 competitive tournaments per season.
ECHO runs in-season skills clinics for each age level. There clinics are based upon USA Hockey’s American Development Model(ADM)
These station based clinics focus on skill development and competition.
Power skating development is offered as part of the in-season practice regimen. The power skating sessions are led by a paid
professional skating instructor and incorporated into the regular practice schedule.
ECHO has partnered with CT Crease to provide and implement a goalie development curriculum.
CT Crease attends team practices and gives individual training to each goalie in the organization.
In addition CT Crease offers goalie clinics over the course of the season that offer training in a group session.
ECHO knows that better athletes make better hockey players. ECHO offers an off-ice training program during the entire season.
The program is led by a paid professional trainer with a focus on the development of each player’s core strength, agility,
endurance and athleticism.
Player development is continually monitored with mid-season and year end development assessments.
To supplement development needs in the off season ECHO offers “ECHO Rising Stars”
Summer Camp. This camp offers 8 weeks of on-ice and off-ice development.
ECHO’s coaching staff is comprised of 100% volunteers. Every coach is USA Hockey certified
and committed to continue their coaching education throughout their entire coaching career in
the organization. ECHO’s coaches are both non-parent and parent volunteers.
Team coaches are not named or determined until after the team rosters have been determined.