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In 2015 ECHO introduced its summer clinic Rising Stars!  Our clinic focuses on-ice drills to help keep skaters on point in the off-season and be well prepared to return to the ice more aggressively in the fall.  Year after year our players return for both the skills training and team comraderie. 

Click on the Rising Stars Summer Clinic tab in the horizontal menu for more information.   

 

 

  ECHO Curriculum 2021 / 2022

Mission
To develop children’s hockey and life skills such as; self-confidence, motivation and
determination while providing a welcoming environment for families


Philosophy
To maintain and foster an atmosphere for players and coaches to develop and excel at all ability levels.


Territory
ECHO’s current membership includes 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

 

Organization Structure
The foundation of ECHO’s programs starts with our Learn to Play and Mini Mite programs.

These programs offer a fun, skill based introduction to the sport and develop our
skaters in their preparation to travel hockey.

 

ECHO offers full travel hockey for the Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam age groups.

 

 

For those who are not looking for the commitment of travel hockey ECHO offers

an In-House program for skaters of all ages.
 

 

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 per team.

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”

 

 

ECHO's Commitment

to Athlete Development shines though in teams successes 

 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

 

 

Organization Events
 

 

Year End Banquet. All programs and teams are invited for Food, Fun and year end awards.
 

 

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 .

 

Player Development
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.

In addition to practice development each travel team plays 35-50 games per season.

ECHO teams traditionally participate in 1-2 competitive tournaments per season.


 Practices are modeled after USA Hockey’s American Development Model(ADM)

which focuses on skill development and competition.

 


ECHO has partnered with ProCrease to provide and implement a goalie development curriculum.

 

ProCrease offers goalie clinics througout the season which offers training in a group session.

 


To supplement development needs in the off season ECHO offers

“ECHO Rising Stars”summer clinic.

This clinic offers 8 weeks of on-ice development that keeps skaters active in the off-season

and well pepared for the upcoming season.

 

COACHING
ECHO’s coaching staff is 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 who bring to the ice decades of

hockey experience to help shape the next generations of hockey players.

 

Team coaches are named once final team rosters are posted for the next season.