MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

Dave Maksymiu- Master Instructor

Dave has spent a lifetime developing his craft. Here in Rochester, Dave has been coaching, teaching and doing skill and skating development for 25 years. Personally he has taught more than 40,000 private lessons and has worked with hundreds of thousands of hockey players of all ages.

Dave is a USA Hockey Level 5 Master certified coach. He is a USA Hockey Select Festival Head Coach and Goaltending Coach. Also, he has had the opportunity to be a speaker at several USA Hockey Coaching Certification seminars from Level 1 to Level 4. In his 25 years in Rochester, Dave has coached well over 40 teams from Mite to Junior A and college. Throughout his playing and coaching life, Dave has won 6 State Championships and 3 National Championships. Dave played youth hockey in Michigan culminating with a National Championship with the Little Caesats hockey program as a midget. He went on to play D1, D3, and 2 seasons of professional hockey in the minor pro leagues.

 

Jared Blank- Senior Goalie Instructor

Tom McDonald- Senior Instructor

Tom played youth hockey growing up in Schenectady, NY and went on to play hockey at SUNY Canton from 1990-92. In 1992, he was honored to be a member of Canton's 14th National Championship team. From there, Tom played at SUNY Brockport in 1993. His coaching career started in 1998 at Penfield High School and he coached 7 seasons for them. Next, Tom coached juniors for 11 years and while coaching he also taught private and group lessons for 10 years. Hockey is and always be a big part of Tom's life.

 

John Mosca-Instructor

Mosca grew up in Rochester and started playing at 5 years old. His travel career was at the AAA level for the Red Wings, Americans, and Eagles. From there, he played varsity for Gates-Chili. John has always played forward, whether it is center or wing. He attended St. John Fisher for college and played 2 seasons there and graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Finance.

Conner Davis- Instructor

Connor currently plays Division III for Nazareth.  Connor played Junior A prior to playing college hockey.  Connor has taken lessons for years and has been a part time instructor, as well, for many years.

Zach Bell-Instructor

Billy McGwin- Instructor

Currently a Junior A player, Billy will play college hockey next season.  Billy has taken lessons himself for years and has been a part time instructor. as well, for many years.

Ethan Kaiser- Goalie Instructor

Began playing goalie for the Syracuse Nationals AAA, played for 3 years then transferred to u16 monarchs AAA, played there for two years qualifying for states both years. Also played high school for fairport from 10th-12th grade. Won a sectional championship sophomore year starting. Won 1st team all county twice. At age 17 played for Buffalo Regals u18 AAA one of the top teams in the area. Coached by Matthew Barnaby, 14 year NHL veteran. Made a good run in states making it all the way to the finals eventually losing to the jr. Sabres. After high school played for the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers in the EHL and midway through the season switched over to Boston Jr. Rangers in the EHL. Once the season ended came home and decided to spread my knowledge of the game and begin college.

Mikaela Thompson- Goalie Instructor

Mikaela has been playing hockey since the age of 4 and has been involved ever since. Growing up, she played for the Buffalo Bisons and the Rochester Edge. While on those teams, she has won 2 State Championships and was selected for the USA Hockey Festival. Along with playing with the girls, Mikaela played in net for her boys high school varsity team, Webster Schroeder for 3 years. Mikaela continued her hockey career at St. Lawrence Univeristy playing Division I Women's ice hockey. In the spring of 2016, Mikaela graduated with a double major in economics and environmental studies, with a minor in sports studies and exercise science.