We are a non-profit youth hockey association offering programs for children ages 3-18 years old. Programs include travel teams from the Mite through Midget level, and a TYKES (Teaching Young Kids the Essentials of Skating) program. The Ice Dogs skate at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum, the home of the UCONN Huskies.
If you have a future hockey star in your family and want to learn more about our program, please click on TYKES (Teaching Young Kids the Essentials of Skating) or contact us. No prior skating experience is necessary for TYKES.
Coach Scott Dunnack - Inaugural Ice Dogs Coach of the Month!
Coach Scott Dunnack
Coach Scott Dunnack (Pee Wee A and TYKES) is the inaugural Ice Dogs Coach of the Month for December, 2014!
Scott’s father Jerry had a dream, and it became Scott’s life. Jerry built an ice rink in his front yard and lovingly groomed the ice every winter for pond hockey. Scott learned to skate almost as soon as he could walk, and he grew up playing hockey with all the neighborhood kids and cousins.
There were no youth hockey leagues in this area at that time, so as a teen Scott played with his father and his uncles on a team in Worcester. This turned out to be good preparation for Scott’s career at the University of Connecticut, where he played on the men’s hockey team from 1965-1970 under Coach John Chapman.
After college, Scott played on various men’s teams based in Worcester, New London, UConn, Bolton, South Windsor, and Norwich. Scott hung up his skates at the age of 56.
Scott’s coaching career began in 1970, as soon as he finished his hockey career at UCONN. First he was a player-coach for the Columbia Americans, and then he started helping Jerry coach youth hockey in the Columbia Youth Hockey Association. Together they coached hundreds of children. They coached Scott’s three children, and a number of nieces and nephews through all levels. Sadly, Jerry died before he could coach his great-grandchildren.
Scott continues to coach for the Ice Dogs, and is now coaching his grandchildren. His daughter, Samantha (“Coach Sam”), is now helping him coach. Sam’s children, Trystan and Christina Randazzo, each play for the Ice Dogs.
“I loved coaching with my Dad. It meant so much to me to spend time with him traveling to games and on the ice. I’m so happy to be coaching with Sam, because it means the Dunnack-ice hockey tradition continues.”
Scott is a great coach because of his extensive experience in the game, and his long mentorship with the legend, Jerry. He is a favorite coach because he loves coaching and it shows. “Coaching ice hockey is more than just teaching skills; it is teaching the kids about life.”
20% Discount on Learn-to-Skate Packages at DK's Hockey Shop!
The NEYHA Ice Dogs are thrilled to announce an agreement with DK's Hockey Shop in Enfield that provides our new and beginning skaters with a 20% discount on DK's new player Learn-to-Skate gear packages! Just present this coupon and get your skater outfitted in everything that they need to play. Go Ice Dogs!