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CT Hockey Impact Coach of the Year Contest

Help us recognize CT Hockey coaches who make a difference in youth hockey players' lives!

Calling all CT Hockey Conference league players! Is your hockey coach special? Does he or she go the extra mile to impact your character and your life?

If your coach helps develop you as both an athlete and a person, we want to know! Nominate your coach for the inaugural CT Hockey "Impact Coach of the Year" Contest!

How to Enter:

There are two ways to nominate your coach or assistant coach! either:
  1. a written essay (500 words or less, hand-written or typed)
  2. OR, a link to a video (2 minutes or less). ( is a free way to transfer video files)

Either way works, as long as you answer these questions:
  • What makes your coach special?
  • How does your coach develop you as an athlete and a person?
  • How does your coach go the extra mile to impact your life?
  • Please include in your email:
    • Player's name
    • Coach's name & role
    • CT Hockey Conference league program and team level (e.g. Enfield 10U A, Darien 12U B)
    • Parent's name
    • Parent's telephone number
    • Parent's email address

The submission deadline is Friday, December 28, 2018!

Nominated coaches may be featured on our website and social media sites! Finalists will featured in a special episode this winter.

Please note:
  • Who is eligible to win? Coaches or assistant coaches of CT Hockey Conference league registered teams for the 2018-19 season.
  • Who can nominate a coach? A player on the coach's CHC team as referenced above.
  • What happens if I'm finalist? Finalist entrants' parents and coaches will be contacted after December 28 in order to schedule a time to film a brief segment at either a team practice or game. In order to film this segment, we'll rely on you to help us interview the coach, the entrant player, and other players and parents! If we are unable to schedule a date to film in a timely fashion, a runner-up finalist will be chosen to advance instead.
  • How will winners be chosen? Finalists will be chosen by GottaLoveCTHockey staff. The winner will be the coach who receives the most votes in a public online survey.

By submitting your essay or video, you agree to the terms and conditions below.

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