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NLGH 2019-20 Coaches

U8 Maroon: Lauren Sanderson  (CHC)

 Lauren grew up in Avon, CT playing for Avon Girls Hockey, which served as the foundation for NLGH.  Lauren also played for Kingswood-Oxford School in high school.   Lauren played at Hamilton College from 2006-2008 before transferring to St. Olaf College for 2008-2010 seasons.

-Attended Tier 1 USA Hockey Nationals in 2004 and 2006, placing 3rd in 2006.

-At Hamilton College led the team in points, goals, assists, and game winning goals as a freshman. Led all NESCAC rookies with the most points per game. Led the entire NESCAC in goals in conference play as a freshman. Was picked as the NESCAC player of the week twice.  As a sophomore, led Hamilton in points and goals.

-At St. Olaf College led the team in assists during junior year as well as total points in conference play.   Senior year led St. Olaf in points and goals in conference play. Led the MIAC in game winning goals in conference play as a senior and ranked 4th for goal scoring in conference play. Was selected to the All-MIAC team in 2009 and 2010. 

Lauren has continued her passion for hockey with the Mini Lights during the 2018-19 season.  Lauren, her husband and three daughters live in Suffield.


U8 Silver: Jon Dumonski  (CHC)

 Jon is USA Hockey Level 3 certified and has been coaching with the Northern Lights at the U8 and Mini Lights levels since 2015. Prior to that, he spent two seasons assisting Paul Faulkner with the Simsbury Youth hockey “Hockey Stars” program. 

 Jon played hockey for Central Connecticut State University in the National Collegiate Hockey Association. He was an assistant captain, regional All Star, and led CCSU in scoring from the defensive position in the 2002-2003 season.



U10 Maroon: Allan Boothroyd  ( CGHL and CHC )
 Allan grew up playing hockey in Enfield, with the Springfield Jr. Pics in the Metro Boston Hockey League. He went on to play 3 years of varsity hockey with E.O. Smith High School. Allan was named captain as a junior and named to the NHC all conference team for 2 years. E.O Smith won back to back conference championships and went on to state playoff quarterfinals 3 years in a row.  After high school he joined the Marine Corps and served 8 years in the infantry working up to the rank of Sergeant. With Allan's hockey knowledge and military experience he will be a great asset to the Northern Light organization. 
-USA hockey certified coach 
-NLGH U8 Silver Coach: 2018-2019 Season
-NLGH U8 Coach: 2017-2018 Season
-NLGH Mini-Lights/Foundations instructor / coach: 2017  



U10 Silver: David Peltz  ( CGHL, NEGHL and CHC )

 Dave brings a wealth of hockey knowledge and experience to the Northern Lights Girls Hockey Program. Dave is a Level 4 coach (USA Hockey) and has 19 years coaching experience behind the bench at both the Junior and Tier 1 youth hockey levels. Dave has had 3 Junior Hockey National appearances with several Regional and State championships. Dave has coached Connecticut and Massachusetts area teams successfully earning him a loyal following among hockey families who has now seen numerous players matriculate to Professional, Division 1 and Division 3 college hockey programs and prep school. Dave lives in Simsbury CT, with his wife and two children.

Most recent achievements:
  • 2018 USA Hockey Squirt Major New England Regionals
  • 2018 USA Hockey Squirt Major State Finalists
  • 2017 USA Hockey Squirt Major New England Regional finalists
  • 2017 USA Hockey Squirt Major State Champions
  • Assistant Coach Select 14/15 camp Burlington, VT (Team New England)
  • Honey-Baked / Compuware spring skills staff member ( Oak Park, MI )
  • Pro Hockey Development Group (Toronto) clinic / skills staff member – Toronto, CAN
  • East Coast Selects / SHD New England Director
  • 2016 Shamrock Elite Invite Squirt AAA Finalists
  • 2015 EHF Elite Mite Minor Finalists
  • 2014 CT Kings Invitational Champions
  • Head Coach New England Freezers Squirt Major Elite (2016-18)



U12 Silver: Eric Fanelli  ( NEGHL and CHC TIER I )
 Eric is a level 3 certified coach entering his seventh season with the Lights coaching the foundation program, U8, U10, and U12 travel teams.  He has coached the Wethersfield High School hockey team for the last 23 seasons.  In that time he has been behind the bench for over 500 games as an assistant coach. At Wethersfield he has been in charge of the goalies and the defense.  Eric has coached dozens of all conference players and All State players. Helping some of them move onto junior and college hockey.