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.
Private lessons will be conducted by approved professional 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 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, Powerskating & Skills Coach
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, Skill Development Coach
A native of the Chicagoland area, Jordan attended Hotchkiss School where she played four seasons for the Bearcats, as well as the Mid Fairfield CT Stars. Jordan played 2 seasons at Colgate followed by 2 at the University of Wisconsin. After a successful college career, Brickner played in Europe with the Salzburg Eagles and Hockey Club Lugano and is now in her 4th season as a member of the CT Whale of the NWHL.
Chris Furtak, Skill Development Coach
Chris grew up in Fairfield County and played youth hockey for New Milford Youth Hockey. Chris was a standout player for New Fairfield Immaculate High, then went on the play hockey at Manhattanville College and UConn. For 4+ seasons Furtak has been the Assistant Coach for New Canaan High School and currently coaches DYHA’s AA Squirt team.
Michele Gintoli, Skill Development Coach
Michele boasts international hockey coaching and playing experience, representing Deaf and hard of hearing hockey as Head Coach of the National USA D/HH hockey program and currently serves as co-captain of the US National women’s deaf ice hockey team. Michele spent 4 seasons coaching the Notre Dame of Fairfield Girls Varsity hockey team, 8+ years coaching Travel Hockey and currently coaches the Girls Varsity team at Wilton High School.
Barbara Julian, Powerskating Coach
Barbara is a former figure skater with four gold medals from United States Figure Skating Association, with all disciplines completed at a master level. Her expertise is bio-mechanics of the body, use of the blade’s pressure and the angle to properly shift body weight. This will create not only a strong and powerful skater but one with fluidity, agility and speed. Barbara can effectively locate the players inefficiencies and works tirelessly to address them. Never settling for mediocrity and always dedicated to making a better skater.
Skill Center Rental
Our QuikRink synthetic surface is a great alternative to training on-ice! Perfect for practicing shooting, passing, stickhandling and even skating! All players must wear a helmet and gloves at all times.
- When registering you must include your requested date & time in the comments section.
- If the requested time is available you will receive a confirmation email.
- Your order is not complete until you have received this email.
- The confirmation email will include a link to our online waiver which all participants must sign before using the Skills Center.
- Currently the maximum number of participants is 5
Reserve your time HERE