Welcome Back to New London.
The Hockey Team thanks all alumni, parents, and friends who have supported the team through the Bear Club. To learn more about the Bear Club visit www.cgaalumni.org/bearclub.
2019-2020 Season News
05-01-2019: NECHA Spring meeting was complete on 27 April in Keene, NH. Some minor changes to the Colonial Conference, including a minimum of 10 games to be playoff eligible however required Home and Home games are not required within the conference. Colonial South remains composed of Coast Guard, Springfield College, UCONN (BLUE), University of New Haven, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. We have added Harvard (South) and Dartmouth (North) as provisional member schools this coming year. Dewey Worker is engaged in working on the schedule for next year as we look forward to getting through the summer season and back on the ice in September.
2018-2019 Season News
02-21-19: Bears finished as the 11th ranked team in the Atlantic Region closing out the regular season. A final battle with Connecticut College for the seniors was widely attended and marked a solid close to a successful season. We are losing our senior leaders to Coast Guard units this summer: #17 Drew Connelly (Flight Training, Pensacola, FL), #7 Charlie Jacobson (USCGC POLAR STAR, Seattle, WA) , #5 Dave DeMaio (USCGC VIGILANT, Cape Canaveral, FL), and #12 Ryan Brumm (USCGC ALERT, Warrenton, OR). Rising Senior #4 Joe Menesale will be taking over next year as the captain of the team. We look forward to meeting the new 4/c once they receive appointments to the Academy and begin the summer training program.
02-11-19: Bears finished as the #2 seed in the NECHA Colonial South. Our game against UCONN has been moved to Wednesday 13JAN19 due to forecast inclement weather. The game is at the Champions Rink in Cromwell CT at 2110 (upper deck). While we understand that hockey is a winter sport, UCONN is not allowed to host the game if school is cancelled due to weather. Rescheduling was prudent to ensure we get the game in before the weekend and determine who moves forward to the NECHA semifinals.
02-09-19: Bears are @ University of New Haven this afternoon at the Bennett Rink 1 McDonough Plz West Haven, Connecticut 06516. This game determines seeding for the playoffs among the top three finishers in the Colonial South Conference. The Bears are slated to travel to UCONN on Tuesday 12 February for the NECHA Colonial South Quarterfinal game to determine who moves on to the playoffs in Nashua NH the 16th and 17th. The Bears moved into the 8th spot on the most recent ACHA DIII rankings for the Atlantic. The top 2 teams are invited directly to nationals, while the 8 teams in the #3-#10 spots on the 21 February rankings will be invited to Regionals to compete for the remaining two Northeast spots for the national tournament.
CGA returned from break with a home win over MIT Friday and then traveled to Webster Bank Arena to record a 10-2 win over SUNY Maritime and a 4-2 win over Mass Maritime. The wins carried home the SLOT championship in a maritime focused tournament this year. This coming week has WPI 5:45 on Wednesday at Dayton Arena and Middlesex 5:45 on Thursday at Dayton Arena (the game times were adjusted to accommodate ref and rink needs) . The Bears are off for the MLK long weekend after this stretch of 5 games.
CGA is on break this week for the winter holidays returning to campus on Sunday January 6th. The next game is scheduled for Friday 11 January 2019 vs MIT at Dayton Arena which kicks off 5 games over 7 days to start the semester. The team travels to Bridgeport CT on Saturday and Sunday for the Service Leaders of Tomorrow tournament with SUNY, Mass Maritime, and Navy. The Bears finished the Fall with 9-0-0-2 record and remain in a good position to compete for the NECHA playoffs this season.
CGA is off to a fast 6-0 start, though the majority of the games were on the road. Today marks the 3rd PPD contest of the year, tonight’s game was postponed due to a weather based rink closure in Maine. We will continue to look for an opportunity to reschedule the game(s).
Saturday @ Sacred Heart (1930 start at the Wonderland of Ice in Bridgeport CT) and Sunday at home vs Springfield College (1700 @ Dayton Arena in New London CT) are the remaining games before Thanksgiving Break.
The team appreciated all of the support last weekend in Tarrytown and Midtown Manhattan and looks forward to seeing more of you over this weekend.
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About our Program:
The United States Coast Guard Academy is one of five Military Service Academies. As a Service Academy, we focus on recruiting student athletes with strong moral character and leadership skills to produce Commissioned Officers in the United States Coast Guard. In addition to the four year top notch education, every student will spend approximately 10 weeks each summer honing their leadership skills and spending time side by side with active duty Coast Guard members completing our everyday missions.
Summers are memorable with travels and adventures that take students all over the globe. While at the Academy, time is highly regimented, but students graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science with a heavy emphasis on math, science, engineering, and commissioning as an Ensign with associated service in the US Coast Guard for the next five years. Graduates from our institute, hockey players included, have pursued notable careers in various Coast Guard missions such as aviation; operations afloat and ashore, engineering, law, environmental protection, communications, intelligence, and computer information and technology.
Our hockey program is an ACHA Division III member school, playing in the North East Collegiate Hockey Association (NECHA-South Division). The team generally plays a 20-25 game season, traveling to states all around the New England area, playing schools such as Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Springfield College, the University of New Haven, the University of Connecticut, the Naval Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy and Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Hockey is one of the more popular sports within the student body of our school, the games are generally well attended, and we are competitive within our league. As a club sport, we are an excellent program for the most competitive hockey player to one who is still honing their skills.
The coaches for the Ice Hockey Team have attended the Coast Guard Academy, played for the team, and are active duty members of the U.S. Coast Guard. Each coach is part of the faculty or cadet staff and stay involved in the success of each hockey player on and off the ice. There are very few schools that will have the teacher/staff ratio that you get at the Coast Guard Academy.
The Coast Guard Academy is open for campus visits daily. We have a great admissions staff that can assist you with your application, or can arrange a visit for you to a local Coast Guard Unit. I also invite you to come to any of our games or practices.
Attending the United States Coast Guard Academy will not just help you take your passion for hockey to the next level but will also give you the opportunity of a lifetime. Here at the Academy, you can attend a tuition-free school that will set you up for success with a very rewarding career in the United States Coast Guard. I encourage you to learn more about the Academy at www.uscga.edu.
Please be sure to submit your application prior to the January 15th deadline. The Coaching staff look forward to hearing from you; please feel free to reach out to any of the coaches at the Contact/Recruiting Page.