MEET MIKE CARLUCCI

Mike is the Founder and President of the CT United Spring Hockey. Prior to creating his new independent program, Mike was the Founder and President of the CT Flames since its inception in 2011. His dedication to our young hockey players is both generous and inspiring to watch.

Prior to coaching a broad variety of highly successful youth hockey teams and creating elite spring hockey programs, Mike grew up playing “A” level travel hockey for 8 years, including 6 state titles and 2 New England Regional Championships.  He played on Team Connecticut, 4 years of Trinity Catholic Varsity Hockey, earning 2 State Championships and 1 State title, followed by 2 years of University of Connecticut Club hockey.  Mike’s extensive coaching career includes the Greenwich Blues, Trinity Catholic High School, the New Canaan Winter Club, CT Jr Whalers, and the Southern Stars.  Mike has also been Hockey Director for the Rinks at Shelton as well as SoNo Ice House and Travel Hockey Coordinator for the Fairfield Ice Academy.

MIKE’S PHILOSOPHY

My hope in creating CT United is to give each player the opportunity to develop their skills and hockey IQ in a positive environment free from the pressures and expectations of regular winter-season hockey. 

As a coach I have had the opportunity to work with players of all ages and abilities. This has given me a unique perspective into the type of environment that a player needs to develop not only as an individual but as a teammate.  High-energy practices, dedicated coaching, and high caliber competition make up the basis for developing our players.

The CT United Youth Hockey program is based at Terry Conners Ice Rink, but it is not affiliated with any particular hockey program in Fairfield County, CT, and we do not attempt to recruit players away from their home programs.  Our coaches’ backgrounds vary and we attract players from different programs throughout the state of Connecticut and New York. The CT United program is open to all and players will be assigned to small groups based on skill level as determined by our coaches during the start of the program.

The CT United Spring Hockey program is my way of giving back to a sport that has shaped my life in many ways.

Yours in Hockey,

Michael Carlucci

“There is a moment when you watch it all come together; the kids feel it, the parents see it and the coaches knew it was there all along.”– Coach Mike Carlucci

Coaching roster

CT United Spring Hockey is delighted to announce the following coaches will be running our spring program: 

Mike Carlucci

Mike grew up playing “A” level travel hockey for 8 years, including 6 state titles and 2 New England Regional Championships. He played on Team Connecticut, 4 years of Trinity Catholic Varsity Hockey, earning 2 State Championships and 1 State title, followed by 2 years of University of Connecticut Club hockey. Mike’s extensive coaching career includes the Greenwich Blues, Trinity Catholic High School, the New England Generals, and the New Canaan Winter Club. Mike has also been Hockey Director for the Rinks at Shelton and SoNo Ice House and Travel Hockey Coordinator for the Fairfield Ice Academy.

Jamie Tropsa

I began playing hockey at the age of 5 on the ponds. I then played organized hockey with MidFairfield Youth Hockey. I played for Stamford High School, coached by Al Gurney who is instrumental in the success of Darien High School girls hockey program. I went on to play for Suffolk University where I was a 2 year MVP and team captain. After college I came back to Stamford and opened my business Blue Line Sports at the Darien Ice Rink. I continued my partnership with Al Gurney running our summer hockey camp, Darien Hockey School, now in its 35th year and renamed Blue Line Hockey Academy. I have had the great privilege of coaching ice hockey at all levels. I coached 1 year at Iona College, 5 years with the Darien High School Boys, 13 years with the NewCanaan High School boys, and now I am in my 6th year with the Darien High School girls team. Along the way I have coached Mites, Squirts and Peewee house teams at DYHA. I have also coached Bantam and Midget boys. I have been a coach within the extremely successful Ice Cats girls program, switching coaching duties between U12 and U14. 2013 was a “banner” year for me as Darien High School girls team won their 2nd FCIAC championship and our IceCats U14 team made it all the way to the finals at the National Tournament where we earned a silver medal. I was also honored with FCIAC co-coach of the year and the SCHRA Walt Mather Coach of The Year at the youth hockey level. My passion is hockey, and my goal every season is to teach and inspire young hockey players to love and learn the game.

Pat Maldonado

 Pat grew up playing in the Stamford Youth Hockey program and played for Stamford Catholic High School. Pat has been involved in the DYHA program helping instruct at the Mini, Mighty, Mite and Squirt House levels over the past several years. Pat has coached for the CT Flames Spring Hockey program for many years as well. He is a USA Hockey Level 1 certified coach and has two kids who play youth hockey, Ella and Lucas.

Brendan Baranowski

Bio coming soon

Scott Valenzano

Bio coming soon

Contact Us

At CT United, we strive to provide as much information as possible to our parents and players. On our website, we list practice schedules, coaching rosters and bios, and explain the program’s format and philosophy.

Do you have a specific question not answered on our site? We’d love to hear from you. Send us a message and we will get right back to you. We hope to see you on the ice this spring!