Coach Chic

Coach Dennis

The seeds for the New England Hockey Institute sprouted in 1976, when Dennis Chighisola attempted to fill what he thought was a growing need in the region, these being skill oriented training sessions that included game-related skating, puckhandling, passing and shooting.  The popularity of those early sessions grew such that Dennis ultimately expanded and operated some of the most successful hockey schools in the Northeast, with locations in MA, RI and PA.  (Numerous former and current NHL-ers have been among Coach Chic’s students.)

In 1979, Coach Chighisola studied at the Institute for Sport and Physical Culture in Moscow of the old Soviet Union.  As you will discover within the pages of his web site at, that eye-opening experience still influences the way he teaches today.

Coach Chic possesses a BS Degree in Physical Education & Coaching, with a Minor in Instructional Media.  Furthermore, he holds USA Hockey’s highest certification as a Level 5 – Master Coach.

Over the course of his long career, Dennis has been a head coach at every level of amateur hockey — Mites through Junior.  In addition he spent 3-years as a high school head coach, another 7-years as a college head coach, and ended that chapter in his life with several minor league professional coaching/GM interviews.  In more recent years, he coaches teams under the New England Hockey banner.

Dennis recently traveled to Florida to assist with the development of a Junior league in the Orlando area.

Dennis is committed to developing hockey skills and believes the H-Box Pro Hockey Game to be an invaluable tool that can be used to great benefit in hockey development camps as well as at home.

To read more about Dennis and his company please go to his web site at