The South Kent Selects Academy U-18 National program allows those players moving on from the U-16 levels to continue their education without disruption while offering a widely desired and, until now, unavailable alternative to New England prep school hockey. This U-18 National team plays the most competitive Tier I Midget schedule, participating in the top U-18 tournaments in the northeast and across the country. By continuing their high school education at South Kent School, our U-18 players position themselves to make the transition to higher levels upon graduation including the NCAA, USHL and CHL. South Kent students on the U-18 National team are receiving college commitments from some of the top academic and Division 1 NCAA schools in the country. In addition, our students regularly receive attention from NHL scouts. They are being placed on the NHL Central Scouting List and are projected as future NHL draft picks.
Coach Uber started at South Kent during the 2017-2018 season. Uber played four years of Division 1 hockey at the University of Connecticut from 2002-2006, captaining the team his senior season. Following his time at Uconn, Coach Uber began his career in coaching, program, and player development. From 2006 to 2012 he managed the Youth Hockey Departments for the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers and later the Boston Bruins with a focus on growing the game and developing the youth athletes and families committed to it in those markets.
Prior to his arrival at South Kent in 2017, Uber spent three seasons as the hockey director for the Long Island Gulls. In that role, in addition to coaching at the U16 level, he was responsible for day to day business operations, assisting with the building of 18 teams (Mini Mite – U18), and the coaching and development of over 250 youth players per season.
Karl Linden started at SKS in 2018 as Head of Skill Development and Assistant Coach for U18 . Linden, a 2011 graduate of Elmira College with a degree in Political Science joined South Kent Selects Academy after spending the previous year as the Head Coach and General Manager for the Connecticut Oilers in the Eastern Hockey league.
At Elmira, the Soaring Eagles, Linden amassed 80 points in 103 games, becoming the 6th Defenseman Reebok All-American in program history, earning ECAC West First team honors, Voted USCHO Rookie team and made the NCAA tournament all four years.
During his professional career, Linden spent time in Central Hockey League that merged into ECHL with Arizona Sundogs & Wichita Thunder, Making it to the Presidents Cup Playoffs once. After retirement from playing, Linden pursued a college coaching opportunity with Castleton University in VT. As the Assistant Coach for the Spartans, Linden coached the team defense, special teams, scouted and recruited while pursuing his Masters Studies in Athletic Leadership.
A native of Stockholm, Sweden Linden grew up playing for the distinguished AIK organization finishing with Juniors J18 & J20 SuperElite League. Prior to college, Linden also spent time playing Jr A in Canada with the Bradford Rattlers in the Greater Metro Junior Hockey League, earning the League Best Defenseman and League MVP awards.
Linden currently owns and operates Konquer Hockey, a leading Skill & Development Company in CT. Linden & Konquer Hockey has a clientele consisting of (NHL), European & Minor Professional, DI, DIII and Prep School players. Linden resides in East Haven, CT with his wife Ariana.