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  • Ice Hockey - Boys Varsity

    2019 - 2020

    2013-2014 Edward G. Watkins New Years Tournament Champion
    2014 New England Elite Eight Tournament Runner-up
    2015-2016 Edward G. Watkins New Years Tournament Champion
    2016 New England Elite Eight Tournament Champion
    2017 Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic Champion
    A strong tradition of excellence exists within The Gunnery Boys’ Ice Hockey program. Since the program’s inception in 1918, The Gunnery always has competed at the highest level with success. The program reached its pinnacle in the late 1980s and early 1990s (1987, 1988, 1990) when the Highlanders captured three New England championships in four years, followed by an official move to Division I status in 1995.  The team recently carved out a rare niche in the prep school hockey world as an elite level program with a small school experience. Most all other top New England programs also find themselves categorized as “large” based on student body population. The Gunnery provides a personalized, “small” school experience with elite level hockey. Recent program success includes seven consecutive 20-win seasons, seven consecutive NEPSIHA West titles (2008-2009 through 2014-2015), and six Elite Eight New England Tournament appearances (2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016).   The team finished runner-up for the Elite New England Championship in 2013-2014 and won the New England Championship in the 2015-16 season. In the past 15 years the program boasts 2 NHL draft picks, 70+ NCAA Division I placements, dozens of NCAA Division III placements, and one Hobey Baker Award finalist (award for the top player in college hockey).
     
    Our Alumni
    Recent graduates have gone on to play at both the NCAA Division I and III levels as well as the OHL, QMJHL and various pro leagues throughout North America and Europe.
     
    Alumni Currently Playing in College:
     
    Connor Eckenrod 2014 Western New England NCAA D 2/3
    Nate Sucese 2014 Penn State NCAA D 1
    Joey Fallon 2014 Princeton NCAA D 1
    Alec Mehr 2015 Brown NCAA D 1
    Kevin Darrar 2014 Holy Cross NCAA D 1
    Ryan Dmowski 2015 Umass Lowell NCAA D 1
    Robert Cerepak 2014Colby NCAA D 2/3
    Oscar Arfelt 2014 Manhattanville NCAA D 2/3
    Max Luukko 2016 Sacred Heart NCAA D 1
    Mike Lee 2015 Sacred Heart NCAA D 1
    Nick Quillan 2015 Colgate NCAA D 1
    Evan Lugo 2016 Post NCAA D 2/3
    Shawn Knowlton 2015 Air Force NCAA D 1
    Jake Marrello 2015 RPI NCAA D 1
    Zach Pellegrino 2018 JR. Bruins (Bentley) NCDC (NCAA D 1)
    Noah Bauld 2015 Cornell NCAA D 1
    Trevin Kozlowski 2016 Army NCAA D 1
    Gustaf Westlund 2016 Ohio State NCAA D 1
    Chad Varney 2016 Hamilton NCAA D 2/3
    Jordan Robert 2016 Surrey (Clarkson) BCHL (NCAA D 1)
    Evan Johnson 2016 Williams NCAA D 2/3
    Ethan DeStefani 2017 Merrimack NCAA D 1
    Daniel Haider 2016 Army NCAA D 1
    Cam Donaldson2016CornellNCAA D 1
    Connor Dahlman 2016 Babson NCAA D 2/3
    Mckay Flanagan 2016 Colorado College NCAA D 1
    Tyler Scot 2017 Williams NCAA D 2/3
    Matt Danner 2017 Middlebury NCAA D 2/3
    Noah Williams 2017 Norwich NCAA 2/3
    Cedrick Andree 2017 Ottawa 67s OHL
    Niko Grollman 2018 Post NCAA D 2/3
    Albert Washco 2018 Bowdoin NCAA D 2/3
    Marc Gatcomb 2018 Uconn NCAA D 1
     
    Contact Us
    If you have an interest in playing boys hockey at The Gunnery, please do not hesitate to reach out. You can also follow us on Twitter / Instagram @GunnHockey1850
     
    About Our Coaches
    Head Coach: Craig Badger
    Wesleyan University - BA
    Wesleyan University - MA
    860-350-0188
     
    A native of Clinton, NY Craig Badger joined The Gunnery in 2005.  A defenseman, Craig earned 1st team New England honors at Williston Northampton during the 1999-2000 season, before moving on to Wesleyan University where he was a 4-year varsity letter winner.  Upon graduation, Craig worked as an assistant coach at Williams College for one season before moving to The Gunnery. Coach Badger served as an Assistant Coach here for 10 seasons before taking over the role as Head Coach for the 2015-2016 season.  
     
    Associate Head Coach: Shane Gorman
    Norwich University - BS
    860-350-0143
     
    A native of Trumbull, CT Shane Gorman '10, joined the Highlander staff in 2015. Prior to his return, Gorman was a four-year player for the Norwich University men's ice hockey team, registering 29 goals and 54 assists for 83 points in 110 career games played. He helped lead Norwich to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, three NCAA Division III Frozen Four appearances, two ECAC East Tournament titles and four ECAC East regular-season titles. He also was a finalist for the Joe Concannon Award. During his time as a Highlander, Shane excelled as a two-sport athlete. He served as team captain in both Hockey and Baseball and was the recipient of the Harold A. Anson Memorial Award. Upon graduation from Norwich, Gorman served as an Assistant Coach for one season with Norwich University and then returned to the Gunnery for the 2015-16 school year.
     
     
    Associate Head Coach: Chris Gragnano
     
    A native of Hazlet, NJ Chris Gragnano, joined the Highlander staff in 2015. Prior to his entering The Gunnery, Gragnano was named All-County and All-State at Christian Brothers Academy. Upon Graduation, Gragnano attended Providence College. After some time with the Friars, he went on to Vermont where he joined the Green Mountain Glades of the EJHL. Since 2007 he has coached many nationally ranked youth teams, has won Regional championships, brought teams to nationals and was named coach in the 2011 AYHL All-Star Game. Chris has been a skills instructor in the area over the last 10 years and is the owner of Total Hockey Development. Throughout the year Chris trains many high-level players from prep schools, junior programs, and colleges as well as professionals that play in Europe, ECHL, AHL, and the NHL.
     
    2018 Post-Season Award Winners
    Albert Washco '18 - 1st Team All-New England West
     
    2016 Post-Season Award Winners
    Cam Donaldson '16 - 1st Team All-New England West
    Trevin Kozlowksi '16 - New England Player of the Year

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  • Head Coach:  Craig Badger
    860-350-0188
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  • Assistant Coach Shane Gorman
    860-350-0143
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The Gunnery

gps address: 22 Kirby Road, Washington, CT 06793
mail address: 99 Green Hill Road, Washington, CT 06793
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Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.