Hamden alum Bill Reynolds new boys hockey coach for Green Dragons

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Hamden alum Bill Reynolds is the new boys hockey coach for Green Dragons.

Hamden alum Bill Reynolds is the new boys hockey coach for Green Dragons.

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For Bill Reynolds, Hamden’s new boys hockey coach, there’s the family tradition — he, his brothers and his nephews all played for the Green Dragons.

He’d like to get an alumni game together and strengthen the bonds between the current team and the legendary Hamden teams of the past.

“It’s really not me,” Reynolds said. “I want the kids to have a good time.”

Reynolds said he has met most of the players, put faces to names and tried to give them an idea of who he is.

He played three varsity seasons at Hamden in the early 1970s under legendary coach Lou Astorino, whose name is on Hamden’s rink.

“We had two winning teams and were in the final all three years, for what that’s worth today,” Reynolds said.

In addition to stints coaching Cheshire and Guilford, he coached over 20 years in youth hockey.

“I’ve been out for 20 years, realizing there’s a lot to life other than hockey,” Reynolds said.

But recently retired after 28 years as a West Haven teacher, Reynolds learned this job was open.

“Who wouldn’t want to get the opportunity to coach where you played, where you had fun over the years?” Reynolds said.

Reynolds replaces Hamden Hall of Famer Todd Hall, who stepped down in April after two decades on the coaching staff, the last seven years as head coach.

“Bill has a wealth of experience coaching and as an educator,” Hamden athletic director Tom Dyer said in an email. “Bill was also a player at Hamden HS under a legendary coach and understands the Hockey Tradition at HHS.”

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