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    John Hayden - Yale University (NCAA I - ECAC), NHL Entry Draft 2013 round 3 #74 overall by Chicago Blackhawks: “Coach Lind does a tremendous job with skills and skating development. He understands how the game of hockey is trending and ultimately what it takes to succeed at the next level. He has the unique combination of being a great teacher and having junior, college, and pro experience. Coach Lind is a great coach but a better person who truly cares about his player’s success."

    Brett Pesce -  University of New Hampshire (NCAA I - Hockey East), NHL Entry Draft 2013 round 3 #66 overall by Carolina Hurricanes: “I worked Eric and he really helped me take my game to the next level. He changed my entire stride and I am a faster player because of him. Not only is he a great mentor on the ice, but he is an incredible guy off of it. I only have positive things to say about Eric Lind.”

    Chad Krys - Boston University (NCAA I - Hockey East), NHL Entry Draft 2016 round 2 #45 overall by Chicago Blackhawks: “I think the CT Roughriders  was my first exposure to college hockey recruiting and opportunities to play division one college hockey. I think the on-ice combined with the off-ice training they had there propelled me to the next step on my hockey career, that’s for sure. Coach Lind is someone who stresses skating and skill development, he’s developed so many great players from Connecticut for a while now, I still skate with him in the summer and he challenges me every time I’m on the ice. Lindy is not only a great coach but he’s a great person who will do anything to help you, whether it’s make a phone call for you or work with you on and off the ice.”

    Alex Wilkinson - Army West Point (NCAA DI – Atlantic Hockey): “I mainly wanted to improve on my skating technique. I was an average skater. Since I arrived three years ago and it has improved immensely with the constant guidance of Coach Lind. Lindy has been the best coach I have ever had not only in skills and development, but in the way he coaches and leads. I look up to him the most, follow his example and lead by his example.”

    Todd Jackson - Norwich University (NCAA III - NEHC), NCAA III Championship 2016-17: “Coach Lind’s developmental work on skating, individual skills and critiquing of the small technical issues of the game was another reason. I now have better puck handling skills, better hockey vision, a keener understanding of the game and the ability of using the ice to my advantage.” 

    Charlie Pelnik - SUNY-Oswego (NCAA III - SUNYAC): “The  coaching staff ’s focus and time spent on each player individually is like no other I have experienced,” Pelnik said.  “The staff takes time during practice drills to make corrections – that makes a huge difference. At the Roughriders, not all the focus is on winning results and ticket sales,” said Pelnik.  “The coaches are not worried daily about job security, so they can focus totally on player development.” 

    Jason: Kalinowski -  Endicott College (NCAA III - Colonial Hockey):
    “I have not had the time to focus on stride and edge work in a couple of years.  The RoughRiders and Coach Lind have dedicated technical skating sessions weekly and I have seen tremendous improvement since my arrival here,” said Kalinowski.  “We are also able to be creative in our game play offensively, as long as we make sure we back-check and take care of all zones defensively.”

    Michael Meisenbacher - Trine  University (NCAA III - NCHA): The difference with the Connecticut RoughRiders program is the amount of work they spend on and off the ice improving their players.  Also, the exposure to college and the tremendous amount of connections the coaching staff and organization has access to is second to none.

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    Andrew Bella - Manhattanville College (D3 - UCHC)
    Will Christensen - Saint Anselm College (D2 - Northeast-10)
    Adam Hawkins - SUNY Fredonia (D3 - SUNYAC)
    Tao Ishizuka - Curry College (D3 - CCC)
    Christopher Morrison - University of Southern Maine (D3 - NEHC)
    Grey Owens - Babson College (D3 - NEHC)
    Thomas Schwartz - Saint Anselm College (D2 - Northeast-10)
    Connor Snowdy - Saint Anselm College (D2 - Northeast-10)

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    The Connecticut RoughRiders® are based out of the SoNo Ice House in Norwalk, Connecticut. The CT RoughRiders® are members the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) for Junior "A". The CT RoughRiders® are affiliates of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders® - members of the United States Hockey League® (USHL) since 1999. The CT RoughRiders® number one goal is the development of our players not only on the ice but also off the ice and advancing them to the next level.


    • NHL Entry Draft 2016 round 2 #45 overall by Chicago Blackhawks
    • IIHF U18 WJC Gold Medal US National Team
    • IIHF U17 WHC Silver Medal US National Team
    • IIHF U20 WJC Bronze Medal US National Team
    • IIHF U18 WJC Bronze Medal US National Team
    • Rockford IceHogs (2019-Present)
    • Boston University (2016-19)
    • Boston University Assistant Team Captain (2018-19)
    • NCAA (Hockey East) Champion (2017-18)
    • NCAA (Hockey East) All-Tournament Team (2017-18)
    • CT RoughRiders 18U & 16U (2012-13)
    • EJEPL 18U Most Assists (25) (2012-13)

    Nicholas DeSimone

    • San Jose Barracuda AHL (2016-Present)
    • Union College (2014-2017)
    • Buffalo Jr. Sabres OJHL  (2013-14)
    • Buffalo Jr. Sabres OJHL Team Alternate Captain (2013-14)
    • OJHL First All-Star Team (2013-14)
    • CT RoughRiders EHL (2012-13)

    Shawn Weller

    • NHL Entry Draft 2004 round 3 #77 overall by Ottawa Senators
    • Currently in his 12th Pro Season: AHL, ECHL & DEL 2 (Germany)
    • DEL2 Champion (2017-18) - Bietigheim Steelers
    • DEL2 Playoffs MVP (2017-18) - Bietigheim Steelers
    • Clarkson University
    • NCAA (ECAC) Champion (2006-07)
    • Capital District Selects (2002-04)

    Roman Pfennings

    • Hannover Indians Germany3 (2017-Present)
    • Löwen Frankfurt DEL2 (2016-17)
    • DEL2 Champion (2016-2017)
    • Westfield State University (2014-16)
    • CT RoughRiders EHL (2012-14)
    • Jungadler Mannheim U18 DNL (2009-12)
    • DNL U18 Champion 2011-2012
    • DNL U18 Champion 2009-2010


    • Lake Forest College 
    • CT RoughRiders EHL (2017-18)
    • EHL First All-Star Team (2016-17)


    • Manhattanville  College
    • CT RoughRiders EHL (2015-18)
    • CT RoughRiders Team Captain (2017-18)

    Patrick Harper

    • NHL Entry Draft 2016 round 5 #138 overall by Nashville Predators
    • IIHF U20 WJC Gold Medal US National Team (2016-17)
    • IIHF U20 WJC Bronze Medal  US National Team (2017-18)
    • Boston University
    • NCAA (Hockey East) Champion (2017-18)
    • NCAA (Hockey East) All-Rookie Team (2016-17)
    • CT RoughRiders 16U (2012-14)
    • USHS All-USA Hockey Second Team (2015-16)

    Alex Wilkinson

    • Army West Point
    • NCAA (AHA) All-Conference Team (2017-18)
    • NCAA (AHA) All-Rookie Team (2016-17)
    • CT RoughRiders EHL (2013-16)
    • CT RoughRiders Team Captain (2015-16)
    • EHL Second All-Star Team (2015-16)


    • University of Alabama-Huntsville
    • CT RoughRiders EHL (2015-16)
    • Rocky Mountain Roughriders 16U (2014-15)

    Walker Harris

    • Wesleyan University
    • All-NECAC First Team (2018-19)
    • NCAA III (AHCA) Third Team All-American
    • NESCAC Rookie of the Year (2016-17)
    • CT RoughRiders EHL (2015-16)
    • Colorado RoughRiders WSHL (2014-15)

    Oscar Arfelt

    • Manhattanville College
    • NCAA III (AHCA) First Team All-American (East) (2018-19)
    • NCAA III (MAC) First Team All-Conference (2018-19)
    • NCAA III (MAC) Sportsmanship Team (2018-19)
    • NCAA III (UCHC) First Team All-Conference (2018-19)
    • CT RoughRiders EHL (2015-16)

    Marc Happy

    • Plymouth State  College
    • CT RoughRiders EHL (2014-17)
    • CT RoughRiders Team Captain (2016-17)
    • EHL (South) First All-Star Team (2016-17)
    • EHL Most Points by Defenseman (44) (2015-16)
    • EHL Defenseman of the Year (2015-16)
    • EHL First Team All-Star (2015-16)
    • EHL Most Points by Defenseman (41) (2015-16)

    Scott Darling

    • Chicago Blackhawks NHL Stanley Cup Champion (2014-15)
    • NHL Entry Draft 2007 round 6 #153 overall by Arizona Coyotes
    • Currently with the Carolina Hurricanes
    • University of Maine
    • Capital District Selects (2006-07)
    • EJHL Best SVS% (.924) (2006-07)

    Joseph Widmar

    • Atlanta Gladiators ECHL (2018-Present)
    • Peoria Rivermen SPHL (2017-18)
    • SPHL All-Rookie Team (2017-18)
    • UMass Amherst(2015-2017)
    • Des Moines Buccaneers  USHL (2014-15)
    • CT RoughRiders EHL (2013-14)
    • EHL Second Team All-Star (2013-14)

    Josh Victor

    • Atlanta Gladiators ECHL (2018-Present)
    • Fitchburg State University (2015-2019)
    • Fitchburg State University  Team Captain (2018-19)
    • NCAA III (MASCAC) Champion (2107-18)
    • CT RoughRiders EHL (2013-15)

    Lucas Bombardier

    • Knoxville Ice Bears SPHL (2017-Present)
    • American International College (2015-2016)
    • CT RoughRiders EHL (2014-15)
    • CT RoughRiders Team Alternate Captain (2014-15)


    • Colorado College
    • Cedar Rapid RoughRiders  2013-14
    • CT RoughRiders EHL (2012-14)


    • The College at Brockport, State University of New York 
    • CT RoughRiders EHL (2017-18)
    • CT RoughRiders Team Alternate Captain (2017-18)
    • EHL All-Conference South Conference  - 2nd Team (2017-18)

    Blake Halfpenny

    • Chatham University  
    • CT RoughRiders EHL (2017-19)
    • CT RoughRiders Team Alternate Captain (2017-18)

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