Gil Alicea (Bantam A) Gil is a lifelong Ridgefield resident who began his hockey career at the age of five. He graduated from Ridgefield High School in 2008 where he played four years of varsity hockey and two years of varsity baseball, earning All-FCIAC honors in baseball. In his junior year, his team won the Fairfield County Interscholastic Conference tournament, Ridgefield’s first title in more than 20 years. Gil attended Indiana University, graduating in May 2012 with a BA in public financial management. At Indiana he played men’s league hockey and won two school/town championships. Gil currently works in Shelton for the Department of Defense with the Defense Contract Management Agency.
Peter Bafundo (Bantam AA) Peter grew up in New Fairfield and played all of his youth hockey in Ridgefield. He was a four-year starter at Siena College in Albany, NY, including two trips to the CHA national championships. He is in his fourth year of coaching and couldn't be happier giving back to a program that gave him so much as a child growing up.
Andy Marchison (Peewee AA) A lifetime Ridgefield resident, Andy began his hockey career at the age of five, playing Mites to Midgets. He was a two-time state champion, winning as both a PeeWee and a Bantam. Andy graduated from Ridgefield High School in 2000. After playing three years of varsity hockey for Ridgefield, he left his senior year to play junior hockey, playing for the Connecticut Jr. Whalers for three seasons. Andy joined the RAHA family for the 2010-11 season with great success. Coaching the Squirt B team, Andy led his team to the Norris Division State Championship. Andy currently lives in Ridgefield. He is married and works for the town.
Nate Allen (Squirt A) Nate Allen grew up in Yarmouth, Maine, and played youth hockey in the Casco Bay Youth Hockey Association. He attended Yarmouth High School where he played varsity hockey for four years. As a senior Nate was the assistant captain and led his team in points. He was also chosen for the Western Maine Senior All-Star Team. After high school Nate attended Bryant University, where he earned a BA in business administration with a concentration in marketing. Nate and his wife recently moved to Ridgefield and are excited to be part of such a great community. This season marks his sixth season coaching for RAHA. He is excited to be able to continue to pass on his knowledge of the game to the players of RAHA.
Hunter Alicea (Squirt AA) Hunter has lived in Ridgefield his entire life and graduated in May 2015 from Indiana University with a degree in public financial management and a business foundations certificate. He began playing youth hockey at age 5 with Ridgefield before moving to Mid-Fairfield and Brewster. He graduated from Ridgefield High School in 2011 where he played four years of varsity hockey and two years of varsity baseball, being named captain of both teams his senior year. He was also named to a Connecticut senior all-star team for baseball and in college played men’s league hockey and won two school titles. Hunter’s proudest hockey moment came when he played with RAHA and had the opportunity to play at Madison Square Garden during a New York Rangers intermission. He has four years of coaching experience with Ridgefield youth baseball and has been a coach with RAHA for four seasons.
Michele Gintoli (Squirt A1)
Michele graduated from Kent in 2006. This is her tenth year coaching and she has her Level 4 CEP. In addition to RAHA, Michele coaches with the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association at the USA Disabled Hockey Festival every year. She also co-captained the first ever US women's deaf national team. She currently plays on two teams in Danbury including a women's travel team called the Danbury Battle Axes. Michele resides in Danbury where she works as a physical therapist assistant for Danbury Hospital home care.
Cathie Bonner (Skating Coach) Cathie has been a professional skating instructor for more than thirty years, teaching everyone from young children to children with special needs to adults. Cathie is also a hockey coach for the development program at Rippowam School. Skating is her passion and she has taught and directed at numerous rinks in both New York and Connecticut. Her three children all played hockey; her son played his entire career with RAHA and her two daughters played throughout prep school and college. Cathie lives in Ridgefield with her family, where her son is a Ridgefield firefighter. She enjoys spending time with her children and defrosting at the lake.
Gary Bingham (Asst Coach) Gary is back for a second year coaching RAHA's Mite A team. Gary has a long hockey career playing varsity hockey for Lawrenceville School and the NCAA division 1 program at Miami University. formally Gary was head coach of Rye Country Day and the University School in addition to the work he did with the Washington Capitals. Gary is a USAH CEP Level 4 coach bringing tremendous experience and coachin expertise to our youngest players in the program.
Jack Christian (U18 Open) A native of Wilton, Connecticut, Jack played youth hockey for RAHA and the Connecticut Yankees. Before attending Harvard University, he played three years of hockey and lacrosse at The Taft School, captaining both teams his senior year. At Harvard, Jack was a four-year letter winner and earned a B.A. in Psychology. He skated in over 100 games on the Crimson blue line, helping his team win both Ivy League and ECAC championships. Jack returns to RAHA as a coach after a several year hiatus.
Chris Seifert (U16) Chris Seifert is coming to CJR for his first season. Chris has been coaching youth hockey in the area for many years.
Chris grew up playing AAA Connecticut youth hockey and played for his town high school. At Joel Barlow Chris lead the team in scoring all 4 years and at the end of his career was the all-time leading scorer. He received the 4 year MVP award his senior season. From there Chris went on to play junior hockey in what was known as the EJHL, for the Junior Coyotes.
Chris went on to play at Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY. During his time at Manhattanville, he was named to the all-conference team. He led the team in scoring in both his junior and senior seasons. His senior year he was named ECAC West Player of the Year.
After receiving his degree Chris pursued his dream of playing professional hockey. Chris’ professional experience includes stops in the “A” & “AA” ranks.
Chris has been involved with teaching the last 20 years in that time has worked for some well-respected summer programs in Fairfield County. He also has been doing individual instruction with many elite players.
TJ Cline (U16) TJ has 20 years of coaching experience across all levels and ages and this will be his 4th season with CJR. TJ is a premier skill development & shooting coach who focuses on mechanics and fundamentals. Coach Cline is the hockey development director for Top Shelf Hockey in Ridgefield and currently owns and operates the Hockey Shop at the Winter Garden Ice Arena in Ridgefield CT. TJ grew up In Buffalo NY where he played youth & Junior College hockey for the ECC Kats(NJCAA). Tj was recruited to Manhattanville College (NCAA lll) where he played and graduated in 2004. After college TJ played a few years seim-pro for the New England Stars (NEHL), Vally Forge Freedom (MAHL) and the Hudson Vally Bears (EPHL).
TJ resides in CT and has been involved in and or around hockey his entire life and continues giving back to the game he loves!
Sean “Sully” Sullivan (U18, Director) Sean has played organized hockey for 19 years. Sean played Junior A Hockey in both the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) for the Philadelphia Revolution, as well as, the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL)for the Collingwood Blackhawks. Collegiality Sean played for SUNY Cortland in the SUNYAC and then went on to play as a member of the Federal Hockey League (FHL) for the Brewster Bulldogs and Cornwall Nationals.
Sean has coached for over 10 years working with all ages and skill levels. Throughout his years of playing and instructing Sean has gained valuable coaching experience. Sean privately runs lessons, group lessons and clinics on and off the ice. This experience has led Sean to being one of the most sought after coaches in the area. Sean’s passion on the ice translates to the players he coaches, ensuring each player reaches their full potential while having the best on ice experience.
Prior to SHA, Sean was the Director of Hockey Operations for Bronxville Youth Hockey Association for three years. In this role Sean was responsible for all coaches on staff and putting together a curriculum and methodology for the coaches to follow. Sean has also served as one of BYHA’s skills coach. He worked individually with each BYHA team on ice for scheduled skill/skating sessions throughout the season.
Mike “Buzzy” Schneider (Bantam AA & PW AA Asst Coach)
Buzzy graduated from Ridgefield High School in 2001, where he played on the varsity ice hockey team for four years. He attended Norwich University in Vermont his freshman year and also attended Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Buzzy still plays hockey on local men’s teams. In 2017, Buzzy’s Bantam A team won the Tier 2 state tournament and represented Connecticut in the USA Hockey National Tournament in Coral Gables, Florida.