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Tier I Girls Program

Mission Statement & Program Summary


The Belle Tire Girls AAA Hockey program is committed to helping female hockey players develop as athletes, leaders, and members of society through a competitive hockey environment that instills life values such as teamwork, sportsmanship, a consistent work ethic, and respect for self and others. 

At Belle Tire your daughter’s development will not only focus on what she does on the ice, but will also concentrate on the importance of:

  • Prioritizing academics
  • Nutrition
  • Mental preparation
  • Physical conditioning
  • Off ice skill development

The hockey program is based on the belief that the development of a hockey player integrates physical, mental, and tactical training while continuing to develop a strong skill base for each player. 


The Belle Tire Girls AAA Program is comprised of 12U, 14U, 16U and 19U teams. All teams play a highly competitive schedule that prepares players for success at the MAHA State Playoffs, USA Hockey National Tournament, Collegiate and Olympic levels.


  • 2016-17 Season: 
    • 16U USA Hockey National Champions
    • 16U MAHA State Champions
  • 2017-18 Season:
    • 16U USA Hockey Nationals Participant
    • 19U USA Hockey Nationals Finalist
    • 19U MAHA State Champions
  • 2018-19 Season:
    • 14U MAHA State Finalist
    • 16U USA Hockey Nationals Participant
    • 16U MAHA State Champions
    • 19U USA Hockey Nationals Semi-Finalist
    • 19U MAHA State Champions
  • 2019-20 Season:
    • 14U MAHA State Champions
    • 16U MAHA State Champions
    • 19U MAHA State Champions

Belle Tire has a reputation for developing girls willing to put in the time and effort to achieve higher levels of play.

  • 2019/20 - 13 players received college commitments
  • 2018/19 - 8 players  received college commitments
  • 2017/18 - 10 players received college commitments

Congratulations to our College Commits!

2021 Commitments

Brooke Hammer University of New Hampshire 2021

2020 Commitments

Celesta Paolucci Saint Anslem College 2020
Grace Garby Lake Forest College 2020
Alli Green St. Cloud State University 2020
Kelsey Swanson Long Island University 2020
Amada Thiele Ohio State University 2020
Riley Brengman Ohio State University 2020
Payton Luff Long Island University 2020

2019 Commitments

Abby Latorella Long Island University 2019
Hannah Turnage Lake Forest College 2019
Madison Schroeder Nazareth College 2019
Bethany Ross Franklin Pierce University 2019
Mikayla Lantto Penn State University 2019
Anna Segedi St. Lawrence University 2019
Elana Zingas Cornell University 2019
Danielle Hartje Yale University 2019
Anna Fairman Robert Morris University 2019
Haley Hodge Rochester Institute of Technology 2019
Sarah Beck Rochester Institute of Technology 2019
Delany Goniweicha Middlebury College 2019
Samantha Smigilani Colgate College 2019

2018 Commitments

Kelly Solak Sacred Heart University 2018
Angelina Wiater Amherst College 2018
Frankie Sanchez Sacred Heart University 2018
Carlie Magier Holy Cross University 2018
Maria DiCresce Nazareth College 2018
Kenzie D'Ascenzo Adrian College 2018
Annalise Andrews Adrian College 2018
Angela Bucci Miami of Ohio 2018

Tribute to our Coach, Mentor and Friend John Vigilante

John Vigilante's mission to help kids through the game of hockey continues with John's Youth Hockey Foundation.

Donations can be made at:

He was known to many in professional and amateur hockey, and at Belle Tire we knew him as “Coach John”.

Coach John sadly passed away at the age of 33. He was our mentor and friend.

While his passing was much too early in life, Coach John left a lifelong mark with anyone that had the pleasure of knowing him. He had a "heart of gold" and spent countless hours helping his teams and players reach their goals. 

Always first to the rink, Coach John was often seen on the bench outside the locker room drafting the days practice plan. Always last to leave the rink Coach John stayed after practice and worked individually with players fine tuning their skills.

Coach John had a way of bringing out the best in his players. He often said, “you gotta grind if you want to be the best”! Words that continue as the fabric of the Belle Tire Girls program.

His passion for the game was unmatched - the reason he was so successful.

Some of John’s player and coaching accomplishments:

  • USA Development Program (International)
  • USA World Junior Festival
  • Plymouth Whalers
  • Milwaukee Admirals / Nashville Predators
  • Syracuse Crunch / Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Grand Rapids Griffins / Detroit Red Wings
  • Belle Tire 16U National Champions
  • Belle Tire 16U State Champions
  • Belle Tire 19U State Champions
  • Belle Tire 19U National Championship Runner Up

Coach John also made an impact off the ice. While with the Griffins he was named the team’s “Man of the Year” for his “outstanding contributions to the West Michigan community” after participating in children’s hospital visits, volunteering at youth hockey practices, talking to kids during school visits and more. Heart of Gold!

Coach John touched so many lives. He will be missed!

Rest in Peace Coach John - Thank You!