Head Coaches: Rob Salzano, Stephen Thibault

Goalie Coach: Craig Ryan

Strength Coach: Mike Bouchard


16U Prep Team Information 

  • 3 Practices Per Week
  • 1-2 Additional Skills Per Week

Competition and Game Count:

  • 65-70 Games Per Season
  • Competition vs New England Prep Schools
  • Games vs Tier 1 Teams and Academy Team

Primary League Affiliation

  • East Coast Elite League (ECEL)
  • Atlantic Youth Hockey League (AYHL)
  • Connecticut Hockey Conference (CHC)

Full-Time Strength And Conditioning Coach

  • 2-3 Team Workouts with Certified Strength Coach

Video Analysis Classroom

  • Access to Video Classroom as a team and individually

Housing and Billeting Offering

  • Certified Host Stay Family

High Level Tournaments and Showcases

  • League Showcases in the ECEL and AYHL
  • Labor Day Showcase/Tournament
  • All-Star Game Opportunities
  • College Cup Exposure Tournament
  • More TBA

First Class Facilities

  • Northford Ice Pavilion, Three Sheet Arena
  • Full On-Site Pro Shop
  • Top Notch Strength Training Facility

Advancement Assistance 

  • Advancing Players to 18U or 16U Academy Teams
  • Advancing players to New England Prep School
  • Preparing Players to Play for their High School Team

Academic Information: Schooling Options

  • Traditional High School
    • Players will be able to attend their local school 
  • Notre Dame of West Haven.
    • Notre Dame High School is an all boys private high school located in West Haven Connecticut. Their mission is to inspire academic excellence and nurture personal growth. NDWH is located in West Haven, Connecticut, a coastal suburb of New Haven, Connecticut.


April 5 & 6 - 6:50pm at Total Mortgage Arena

April 15 - 7:00pm at Northford Ice Pavilion

April 16 - 9:00am at East Haven




Rob grew up playing local youth hockey in Connecticut. He played for Guilford HS ‘92-‘96 and helped bring his team to a DII State Championship.  After high school Rob went on to play at the University of Scranton ‘96-‘00. He has been coaching youth hockey for the last 12 years. In 2019 he further pursued his passion and love for hockey and opened SKATE Training Facility in Hamden, CT. Rob spent his last 3 years working with numerous youth hockey players, Mites through Prep School. His reputation has grown for outstanding individual training and skill development. 
"I have always enjoyed this pivotal age in hockey, where as a coach I can focus on enhancing individual skills while building a strong team community", said Salzano.


Stephen Thibault is entering this third season as a coach for Elite Hockey Academy. Thibault came in as an assistant coach for the 13U and 14U programs in the 2021-2022 season and is now the acting head coach for the 14U team, served as the Head Coach for the 16U Full season Prep team for the 2022-2023 season and will not be coaching the 16U Split Season team. Thibault has an extensive hockey background with 20 years of playing experience including high school and junior level hockey. He served has head captain at Guilford High School where he lead his team through a playoff season. He was honored with being named MVP and All State during his senior year. He actively assisted in and around Connecticut youth hockey during and post his playing career. Thibault currently attends Southern Connecticut State University where he is pursuing a business degree.