The Little Caps are pleased to announce Connor Cunningham will serve as Head Coach of the 18U Midget for 2022-23 season. Cunningham is a proud product of the local hockey market, playing for the Reston Raiders, Virginia Statesmen Junior B, and the Washington Junior Capitals in the Atlantic Junior Hockey League. He spent three years at Salisbury School, where he helped win the New England Prep League Championship. He also played junior hockey for the Valley Junior Warriors in the EJHL before moving on to play hockey at St. Lawrence University.
Cunningham previously coached the 2003 group for the Little Caps from 2014-2016 . He also coached at Broad Run High School, and was the Head Skills Instructor at Cold Rush from 2015-2016. He has had the opportunity to learn about player development from former NHL players like Paul Mulvey and Jeff Halpern as well as current professional players. In 2018-19 Cunningham was the head coach for the U15 team, taking the team to play in the USAH Southeast District Championships in Tampa. In 2019-20, he coached the Bantam Minor (2006) squad that played in an epic AYHL American Championship game, falling in overtime after twice battling back to tie the game. And last season he led the PeeWee Major (2008) group to remarkable success.
"Connor is dedicated to developing the hockey talent in the region," notes Hockey Director Matt Thomas. "He is passionate about teaching the skills of hockey as well as the life lessons it has to offer. Connor has a knack for this window of development—teaching players to compete, respect the game and each other, and win a lot of games along the way."