STAMFORD -- For the extent of its time as a program, the Greenwich Academy ice hockey team has bounced from one rink to the next, searching for a facility and a place to call home.

That problem is now in the past, and if their new home is any indication, it was well worth the wait.

Chelsea Piers, a 400,000 square-foot facility in Stamford that houses a variety of recreation opportunities for local residents, opened in July and is now the home of the Gators. The new ice is beneficial for the program in a variety of ways.

"From the side of a regular routine it's amazing," GA coach Moe Tarrant said. "We used to have to wake up at 4:30 (a.m.) to practice and would be practicing late at night at Brunswick. (Chelsea Piers) is a state of the art facility and one of the best in the country. For us to call it home is unbelievable."

Still, the previous homes have played a major role in developing the program as a whole, and Tarrant understands how vital time at any rink is teaching his players the sport of hockey.

"Dorothy Hamill, Brunswick and Boys & Girls Club; we have to thank all three because without them giving us ice time we wouldn't be here," Tarrant said.

The Gators have won two of their three games so far this season: a 3-2 win over Portledge and a 6-0 win over Canterbury. GA's next contest is a home tilt on Saturday against Millbrook.

"We have seven or eight seniors and a nice blend of juniors and sophomores," Tarrant said. "We are pretty excited about this year; they are in a good spot right now."

AT THE HELM: This is Tarrant's 12th season as head coach, during which time he has lead GA to three Division II New England championships.

WHO'S GONE: The Gators lost four players to graduation, including senior captains Justine Daum and Rachel Manaster.

WHO'S BACK: Pam Schulman, Eva Rosencrans and Janka Hlinka will serve as tri-captains this season and all bring something different to the squad. Schulman led the team in scoring as a junior, Rosencrans (out until Christmas with a hand injury) brings a combination of offensive versatility and toughness, and Tarrant sees Hlinka is one of the best two-way players in the league.

WATCH OUT FOR: The Gators. This could be a breakout season for GA. Tarrant brings the pedigree of a winning coach and the Gators improved their win total from six in 2010 to 11 a year ago.

STRENGTHS: Tarrant believes the biggest asset of his squad is its depth and balanced offensive attack. This combined with all the experience will prevent opponents from keying in on one particular player.

"We made the playoffs last year and one of the tournaments we had 14 goals and 10 different players scored," Tarrant said. "I'm hoping to keep that same mix, we have some tremendous players."

WEAKNESSES: Focusing on the defensive end will be one of the most important tasks for the Gators if they hope to achieve their goals. "It is like anything in life, if you don't take care of your home the windows will be broken and the paint will chip away," Tarrant said. "We have to start in our defensive zone and be comfortable, and then move into the neutral zone and the offensive zone."

SHOWDOWNS: The Gators get a visit from FCIAC member Darien on Jan. 8 and face rival Gunnery on Jan. 16 (home) and Feb. 13 (away). Tarrant will face Taft, coached by his daughter Shannon on Feb. 6.

DID YOU KNOW?: Greenwich Academy will be playing one game a year at a university for the foreseeable future in an attempt to expose the Gators to different competition. This year's game will be at Middlebury College against Vermont Academy on Jan. 13.