All of the professional staff at Twin Rinks have achieved success in their own hockey careers and have demonstrated excellence in both teaching skating & hockey skills and in coaching competitive hockey teams.
Players of all skill levels who are committed to improving their skills more rapidly will benefit from one-on-one or small group private lessons from the Twin Rinks’ hockey professionals. All instructors have the experience and teaching skillset needed to make a significant impact on a player’s game.
Contact our Hockey department to find the best private coach, call 203 968-9000 x14. See the available times below.
Attention outside coaches: In order to attentively abide by new state mandates and regulations, private lessons will be conducted by approved Twin Rinks staff coaches only.
John Miserendino, Director of Hockey Operations
John has spent the last 10 years as a professional power skating & skills instructor and coach. Formerly the Head Coach of the Wilton High School boys’ varsity team, John currently coaches with DYHA at the Midget & Mite levels and serves as one of DYHA’s player development coordinators. He is a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach and has served and Director of Youth Hockey at Sono Ice House where he was the coach of the U12, U14, and U18 Norwalk Roughriders, teams. John has also served at the lead instructor of the New York Rangers Assist Program and the Hockey in Norwalk Foundation.
Chris Gragnano, Head Hockey Pro
Grags played high school at Christian Brothers Academy, wherein his senior year he was named team captain. That year he was also named to the All-County and All-State teams. Upon graduation, he went on to play hockey at Providence College. After some time with the Friars, he went on to Vermont where he joined the Green Mountain Glades of the EJHL. Chris currently serves as the assistant coach at the Gunnery, coming off a New England Prep School Championship in 2016-2017 and runs Total Hockey Development where he trains local collegiate and professional players in the summer.
Victor Baryshevtsev, Skills Development Director
An alternate on the 1988 USSR Olympic Team, Victor was a pioneer in the development of the unique Russian Power Skating technique. His clients have included the U.S. National Junior C team, NHL players from the Montreal Canadians, Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Columbus Blue Jackets, KHL (Russia), and the AHL. One NHL coach stated, “I saw Victor do things on hockey skates that no one else in the World can do”.
Corey Badeau, Assistant Hockey Director
Corey was a four-year varsity hockey player at Woonsocket High School where he was named All-State Defenseman in his junior and senior years. He was a recipient of the Hobey Baker Award in 2010 as the team’s captain. After High School, Corey went on to play 4 years of club hockey at Sacred Heart University where he won two NECHA Conference Championships in 2013 and 2014. Corey serves as the Assistant Director of Hockey Operations at Stamford Twin Rinks and currently coaches DYHA Bantams, Squirts, and the CT Breakers spring program.
Jordan Brickner, Skills Development Coach
A native of the Chicagoland area, Jordan attended the Hotchkiss School where she played four seasons for the Bearcats, as well as the Mid Fairfield CT Stars. Played 2 seasons with Colgate followed by 2 with the University of Wisconsin in the NCAA. After a successful college career, Brickner player in Europe with the Salzburg Eagles and Hockey Club Lugano. Once returning from Europe she joined the Connecticut Whale in the NWHL where she is currently in her 4th season. Brickner has led many learn to skate programs, coached summer camps and currently instructs private lessons and coaches with the CT Breakers & Ice Cats organization.
Chris Furtak, Skills Development Coach
Chris grew up in Fairfield County, played youth hockey for New Milford Youth Hockey. Was a standout player for New Fairfield Immaculate, then went on the play hockey for Manhattanville College and UCONN. For 4+ seasons Furtak has been the Assistant Coach for New Canaan High School and currently coaches Squirts for DYHA.