Coaches and Captains
1st Team (Varsity)
Head Coach: Jim Gaudet
Assistant Coach: Garrett Allen
Assistant Coach: Matt McDonald
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Steve Darling
24 years of experience working with elite high school athletes and ice hockey players.
Coach Darling oversees all pre-season, in-season and off-season strength and conditioning workouts.
Coach Darling will work with all players on improving their speed, power, strength, balance, coordination, flexibility. agility and overall athleticism.
He oversees our Milton Hockey Physical Testing conducted in September and June.
Coach Darling is a member of the Off-Ice Training Staff of the Mass. Select Hockey Training Program during the summer months.
Graduate of Northeastern University.
Coach Darling is the House Head of Norris House on the Milton campus and resides with wife Kelly and two sons (Jack 14 and Henry 12).
Captains: Curt Heath ’24 & William Cannata ’24
Assistant Captains: Dylan Hunt ’25 & Ryan Shea ’24
2nd Team (Junior Varsity)
Head Coach: Nicholas Messina
Assistant Coach: Jake Cass
Frequently Asked Questions
Milton plays in the ISL Keller Division of the Division I New England Prep School Hockey League. This league is commonly considered by college recruiters as the top prep school hockey league in the country. The better graduating players from the Keller Division will go on to play at the NCAA Division I and top Division III levels. Hence, Milton is seeking players with the determination and ability to play at the highest level of prep hockey.
Milton Academy also offers hockey players a junior varsity program for competitive play and skill development.
2. How long is your season?
Prep schools play approximately 30 games including league and tournament play. Milton co-hosts the Annual Flood Marr Holiday Tournament prior to Christmas and will participate in a second tournament during the season. The Flood Marr participants are Milton, Nobles, Westminster, Salisbury, Andover, Deerfield, KUA and Hotchkiss.
3. Do college coaches scout your games?
Our Keller Division games are routinely attended by head and assistant coaches from all levels of college hockey. Our Flood Marr Tournament is a must stop for NHL and College scouts from around the United States. A bundle of former league players are currently on the rosters of Hockey East, ECAC, CCHA and NESCAC teams. As a player, you will receive ample exposure to college coaches of all levels.
4. Do your players train off the ice as well?
Yes. One of our Athletic Trainers, Steve Darling, prepares thorough, contemporary and beneficial off-ice speed, strength and conditioning programs for all seasons. The teen years provide a tremendous window of opportunity for an athlete to develop on and off the ice. Our focus within the Milton hockey program will be to maximize this opportunity. Ideally, a hockey player will enter Milton at one athletic level and graduate a stronger, quicker and more skilled hockey player.
The players are also encouraged to play another sport in addition to ice hockey. We are confident that this improves their overall athleticism which is critical to the long term development of a hockey player.
Boys' Hockey Facilities
The Milton hockey teams train daily during the season and play their home games within the state-of-the-art Athletic Center located on campus. The Milton Athletic Center contains an indoor field house, running track, weight room and ice rink.
The boys’ varsity hockey team wins the Joshua H. Weeks Tournament at Tabor Academy
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