The Atlantic Girls Hockey Federation is delighted to welcome CP Dynamo, a prominent girls’ hockey program from Clifton Park, NY, as its newest member for the upcoming 2023-24 season. With three teams—10U, 12U, and 14U—joining the league, CP Dynamo is set to make a significant impact in the AGHF. Led by accomplished coaches, including Amanda Castignetti, Rob McCarthy, and Don Booth, the program brings a wealth of experience and a strong commitment to developing talented female hockey players. Their home rink at the Capital Arena in Clifton Park will serve as a hub of excitement and competition for the CP Dynamo teams.
The CP Dynamo Girls program, established under the Clifton Park Youth Hockey Association, aims to provide female hockey players in the area with a dedicated platform to grow as athletes and as confident young women. The program emphasizes the development of individual skills such as passing, skating, and shooting, while also fostering teamwork and a shared goal-oriented mindset. By challenging players both physically and mentally, CP Dynamo encourages each participant to reach their full potential.
One of the featured coaches at CP Dynamo is Amanda Castignetti, whose extensive hockey background and coaching expertise have made her a driving force behind the program’s success. Amanda’s journey in hockey began at Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep school in Minnesota, where she played for four years and secured three National Championships at the U19 Tier I level. As a Division I athlete at RPI, Amanda excelled as a four-year starter. She later joined Clifton Park as a coach in 2012 and played a pivotal role in establishing the Girls Dynamo Tier I Program in 2014.
CP Dynamo takes pride in its alumni who have gone on to excel in their hockey careers at various levels. Notable alumni include Allie Kelly, a goalie who played for St. Anselm at the Division I level, Gabby Cox, who represented Boston College at the Division I level, Jayden Kelly, who competed for SUNY Cortland at the Division III level, and Katie Nealon, captain of the University of Vermont’s Division III team. These accomplished athletes serve as inspirations for current CP Dynamo players, highlighting the program’s commitment to nurturing talent and facilitating opportunities for success.
With CP Dynamo’s entry into the AGHF, the league is poised to witness new competition. The dedication of the coaching staff and the commitment of the players will undoubtedly contribute to the growth and development of female hockey in the region. As CP Dynamo embarks on its first season as an AGHF member, anticipation is high for the exciting matchups and achievements that lie ahead.