Bruce Boudreau enters his second season as Head Coach of the Minnesota Wild after serving as Head Coach to the Anaheim Ducks from 2011-2016 and the Washington Capitals before that from 2007-2011, leading his teams to a divisional title in eight of the nine seasons he has been an NHL head coach.
As a player, Boudreau played parts of eight NHL seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks between 1976-86, recording 28-42=70 points in 141 career games. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Boudreau was originally selected by the Maple Leafs in the third round of the 1975 NHL Entry Draft but spent a majority of his career in the AHL. As a Canadian junior playing for the Toronto Marlboros in 1974-75, he scored 68-97=165 points, a Canadian Hockey League record until Bobby Smith and Wayne Gretzky surpassed the mark during the 1977-78 season. Boudreau, a 2009 AHL Hall of Fame inductee, ranks 11th all-time in scoring in AHL history with 316 goals and 799 points.
Bruce began his coaching career in the Colonial Hockey League with Muskegon in 1992-93 and was named the International Hockey League Coach of the Year in 1993-94 with Fort Wayne. He also served as head coach and director of hockey operations for Mississippi (ECHL), where he won the 1999 Kelly Cup championship before spending 9 seasons as an AHL head coach, including a Calder Cup championship with the Hershey Bears in 2006.
As Head Coach of the Washington Capitals, Boudreau won the 2007-08 Jack Adams Award and led his club to the 2009-10 Presidents’ Trophy. He compiled a record of 201-88-40 (.672 winning percentage) with the Capitals and won the Southeast Division four times. He became the fastest coach in modern day NHL history to win 200 and 300 games and recorded more wins (184) in his first 300 NHL games than any NHL coach all-time. Bruce currently leads all active NHL coaches in win (points) percentage with a .663 mark (min. 100 games).
On May 30, 2019, Ben Boudreau was named the head coach of the ECHL Fort Wayne Komets. Boudreau had been an assistant coach in the ECHL the previous four seasons, with the Bakersfield Condors in 2014-15 and the Norfolk Admirals from 2015-2017. Ben joined the Komets as an assistant coach for the 2017-2018 season.
Prior to stepping behind the bench, the 34-year old St. Catharine's Ontario local played minor league hockey in North America for parts of three seasons from 2009-2012 in the IHL, ECHL, CHL and SPHL as a 5-foot-10 and 170 pound center. Boudreau concluded his playing career in France the following season before returning home to coach.
Since 1999, he's been very involved in youth instruction at a few different schools and academies, and continues that role in the offseason running Golden Horseshoe Hockey School with his brother Andy. Boudreau leads skill development workshops, instruction and team-building for a 16th straight year. In 2011-2012, he also served as the assistant coach for Okanagan Hockey Academy in Epenticton, British Columbia, then operated in the same capacity with the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna.
After growing up playing in the St. Catharines minor hockey system, Andy Boudreau played 3 seasons in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) for the Mississippi Surge and CIS for Brock University before beginning his off-ice hockey career.
Andy worked with the Brock Women’s hockey team as a strength coach in 2015-2016 before being hired by the Banff Hockey Academy as a player development coach to run their strength program, as well as handle assistant coaching duties for the program’s Junior B team.
For the 2019-2020 season, Andy has been named the head coach for the Banff Hockey Academy’s Male Varsity (16U) team.
Andy has extensive experience teaching in sports camps around the Niagara region and now takes great pride in handling the administrative duties for the Golden Horseshoe Hockey School as well as providing On-Ice instruction for 2 of the 4 groups at camp.
Joining the Golden Horseshoe Hockey School for a fifth summer this August, Murray Nystrom brings his 18 years of experience behind the bench as head coach of the Brock University men’s hockey program.
After playing several years of Major Junior for the London Knights, Murray Nystrom attended the University of New Brunswick to captain the Red Devils before joining Western University’s Men’s Hockey team as an assistant coach. He later rejoined the Knights to begin his post-playing career as a coach and scout.
Appointed coach of the men’s hockey program at Brock in the spring of 1998, the team progressed into post-season play in 12 of his 18 seasons, Clinching the OUA Mid-West Division title in 2007-08 where the Badgers posted a 17-8-2-1 regular season record. On several occasions that year the team held a spot in the CIS National Top Ten. Nystrom was recognized as the OUA Coach of the Year for 2007-08, where the Badgers advanced to the CIS National Championships earning Nystrom his second nomination in four years for CIS Coach of the year.
In his 18 seasons at the helm, Nystrom has had eight 10-plus win seasons, including five of the top winning seasons in school history. Nystrom is the all-time winningest coach in the program history with 161 conference victories.
Golden Horseshoe Hockey School coach Bob Woods is in his second season as an Assistant Coach with the Minnesota Wild after being named to the position on June 24, 2017. He recently served as an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres during the 2016-17 season. Before working with the Sabres, Woods spent two seasons (2014-16) as general manager and head coach of the Saskatoon Blades in the Western Hockey League (WHL).
Woods has previously been an assistant coach on Bruce Boudreau's staff with the Anaheim Ducks (2012-14) and Washington Capitals (2009-12) in the NHL, and with the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League (AHL) from 2005-07. Woods was Boudreau's successor in Hershey, becoming head coach 15 games into the 2007-08 season after Boudreau was named head coach in Washington. Woods helped Hershey win the AHL's Calder Cup championship in 2006 and 2009.
A former defenseman, Woods played professional hockey for 13 seasons (1988-2001), including stops in the IHL, ECHL and AHL. He won a Calder Cup while playing with Hershey in 1997, and won the ECHL's Kelly Cup with the Mississippi Sea Wolves in 1999 - where Boudreau served as head coach. Bob Woods was inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2012 and was originally selected by New Jersey in the 10th round (201st overall) of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.
Cory Mickey joins the Golden Horseshoe Hockey School for a fourth summer in 2019. He is the owner/skills coach of 3D.Hockey and in 2018 was an assistant skills coach with the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL- National Women's Hockey League.
Cory graduated in 2005 from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management, where he played Division II hockey and lacrosse. After college, Cory played two seasons of professional hockey in the NEHL for the Mohawk Valley Ice Cats and Norfolk Ice Cats in Simcoe, Ontario before returning to Western New York.
Cory has worked with some very prominent hockey schools, including Jason Dawe Prospects, Pro Ambitions Hockey, Maksymum Hockey, Sports International Hockey Academy, Ben Vanderklok Goaltending Camps (Nashville Predators), and Mitch Korn’s Goaltenders & Defensemen Camp (Washington Capitals).
In addition to his wide-ranging professional experience, Cory excels in community service by offering his time, support and heart to many community groups such as S.A.B.A.H., Erie County FCA, Variety Club of Buffalo and U.S.A. Sled Hockey.
Cory is the son of the late Larry Mickey. Larry was a professional hockey player for several teams, retiring from the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres in 1975.
Mark Zarbo joined the Golden Horseshoe coaches in 2018 and brings a wealth of hockey knowledge to our camp. Mark is a former USHL, NAHL, and NCAA Division I player and is currently the owner/skills coach of Mark Zarbo Hockey Training in Buffalo, NY.
Mark started his junior hockey career at the age of 15 playing for the Wheatfield Blades of the Empire Junior B Hockey League. By his senior year of high school, Zarbo was playing for the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders in the USHL and the Youngstown Phantoms in the NAHL. Mark also spent time with the Capital District Selects of the EJHL.
After juniors, Mark played NCAA Division 1 hockey at Bentley College for 1 season and 3 seasons at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where he graduated with a BS in Business and Management in 2010.
Mark has had the benefit of playing and training under some of the top coaches in North America including Darryl Belfry (NHL/Pro Skills Coach), Jim Montgomery (Head Coach Dallas Stars NHL/Former RPI Assistant Coach), Seth Apert (Head Coach USA 17-U National Team/Former RPI Head Coach), Jon Christiano (Pro Scout) and Gary Reeves (Skills Coach).
As a skills coach Mark is known for being very detailed oriented. His clinics and camps offer a wide variety of training including the Hockey IQ Program, 3 on 3 Cross-Ice League, Small Group Skill Sessions and Checking Camps.
Away from the rink Mark is a Physical Therapist, graduating from the University of Buffalo in 2014 with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT), specializing in orthopedic injuries.
Golden Horseshoe Hockey School coach Andrew Dovey was hired as a full-time assistant coach at the University of Toronto in August, 2017. Previously, he spent two seasons as a graduate assistant with the NCAA Division 1 Canisius College Golden Griffins in Buffalo, NY.
Dovey completed a Master’s of Science in Health and Human Performance while at Canisius College after completing his undergraduate studies playing for the Adrian College Bulldogs in Michigan. While at Adrian College, Dovey captained the team for his final two seasons, winning four league championships and two playoff title from 2009-13.
After graduating, Andrew played one season for the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), notching 11 points in 34 regular season games. Dovey then returned to the Bulldogs the following season, serving as an assistant coach and helping the team to a first-place finish in the NCHA with a 16-1-1 record in 2014-15.
Niagara Falls native Wes Wolfe enters his third season as an assistant coach with the Erie Otters (OHL) in 2018-2019. Wes has already built an impressive resume early in his coaching career, including an OHL Championship in his first year in the OHL in 2017.
Before moving to Erie, in 2015-2016 Wolfe served as head coach and assistant general manager of the St. Catharines Falcons of the GOJHL, where he led the team to a second-place record of 33-12-5 in the regular season and a Golden Horseshoe Conference Final berth.
Prior to joining St. Catharines, Wolfe held coaching positions with the Pelham Pirates of the GOJHL. His experience also includes the OHF U15 Program of Excellence, OHL Performance Development League and Draft Combine, CAN/AM Hockey Camps and several years as a minor hockey level coach with the Niagara Falls 1997 age group Minor and Major Midget AAA teams.
Wes has a background in analytical data systems and worked for Stathletes Inc. doing comprehensive video and hockey analytics for NHL, NCAA and Major Junior teams across North America. He is a Hockey Canada High Performance 1 trained coach and brings passion, enthusiasm and positivity to the game every day.
Born & raised in St. Catharines, Ontario, Jason grew up as a goaltender in the Niagara region before graduating into the coaching ranks as a lifelong student of the game. A graduate of the Brock University Sports Management Program, Jason currently works with Ben Vanderklok Goaltending where has has been for the past 12 years; the last six seasons as Head Instructor & Regional Coordinator of the program. Ben Vanderklok is currently the Goaltending Coach with the Nashville Predators in the National Hockey League. Through his time with Ben Vanderklok Goaltending, Jason has helped develop many goaltenders that are playing College, Junior & Prep hockey currently.
In addition to his work with Ben Vanderklok Goaltending, Jason is a Player Development Associate, working with the goaltenders in the Erie Otters organization in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He is also currently the Goalie Coach & Hockey Operations Coordinator with the Ridley College Prep Hockey Program. Jason has experience working with Hockey Canada in their goaltender development programs, including as a Goalie Coach with Team OMHA for the OHL Gold Cup in 2016. Prior to coaching with the Otters & at Ridley College, Jason coached in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL Jr. B) & the Niagara North AAA hockey program. Jason has experience coaching internationally having worked a hockey school in Beijing, China in 2017.
Ryan Ludzik is the owner and operator of Ryan Ludzik Goaltending out of Southern Ontario’s Niagara Region.
Ludzik now 30 years of age opened Ryan Ludzik Goaltending in 2013 following a career that saw him play Junior B, OHL, and Pro in the IHL and CHL.
During a span of 6 seasons Ryan has worked for the Niagara Falls Canucks (GOJHL), Brock Badgers Men’s Hockey (CIS,OUA), Brock Badgers Women’s Hockey (CIS,OUA), and most recently the Niagara Icedogs (OHL).
Ryan has trained and saw the development of countless goalies in Southern Ontario. Ryans philosophy is based around mobility, movement, speed and angles. There is no universal or ONE way to teach each goaltender. Different styles, stances, weakness’, strengths and height will dictate how each goalie can use proper save selections for their individual style.
Ryan has seen his goaltenders graduate to the AAA level, as well as Junior C, Junior B, Provincial Junior A, NCAA, CIS, QMJHL and OHL.
Brady Boudreau is a 20 year-old goaltender with Minnesota Blue Ox USPHL Junior team in Coon Rapids, MN where he posted a 15-5-1 record with 2 shutouts in the 2017-2018 season. Previously Brady was tending the nets for New Ulm Steel (NA3HL) in 2016-2017 and the Potomac Patriots (USP3HL) in 2015-2016.
Brady has had goalie training with some of the best coaches in the world. His instructors have included Jim Bedard (Detroit Red Wings), Ben Vanderklock (Nashville Predators), Dwayne Roloson (Anaheim Ducks), and many more.
Graduating with a degree is in Sports Management, Brady is currently pursuing his MBA. Brady has also recently interned for the Las Vegas Golden Knights of the NHL.
Attending the Golden Horseshoe Hockey School since three years-old, Brady has been an instructor for the past four years, learning from his Dad, Ben and Andy. Brady looks forward to teaching and working with your child this summer!
Joining the Golden Horseshoe Hockey School for a fourth summer this August as our Dry-land Coordinator, Aline LaRochelle brings 15 years of teaching experience as an elementary school teacher with the Limestone District School Board and a lifetime commitment to health and fitness.
With extensive experience coaching a variety of elementary level sports teams, LaRochelle has developed a passion for promoting mental and physical wellness in children of all ages. In 2011, her students began the Daily Physical Activity Leadership Program. Four years later, LaRochelle’s grant application earned her funding from the Limestone Learning Foundation to finance her mission of furnishing each classroom in her school with child-sized stationary bikes from the Run For Life Sparks Fly Program. These bikes have fostered self-regulation in all children, optimizing learning and mental wellness with research based data that demonstrates the link between movement and learning. Her continued devotion to active living earned her the 2017 Wess Garrod HEAL Award, in recognition of outstanding commitment to health and wellness of Limestone District School Board’s students and staff.
Prior to joining the Golden Horseshoe team, LaRochelle is no stranger to the ice rink. She spent the entirety of her childhood figure skating competitively. Similar to hockey life of a young teenager, she traveled around the province, billeting with families, in order to receive coaching from former Olympians and veteran international figure skating coaches. As an adult, LaRochelle sustains her enthusiasm of maintaining a healthy, yet balanced lifestyle of nutrition and daily physical activity, promoting and advocating for wellness of mind and body alike.
Katerina Jackson joins the Golden Horseshoe Hockey School for the summer of 2019 and is the owner of REPS Sports & Fitness Training, located in St.Thomas, Ontario. Katerina’s business was recently named the “Best Place to Get Fit” in St.Thomas, as she helped over 1000 people reach their fitness goals — including many young athletes.
As a lifelong hockey player, sports nutrition expert, and certified personal trainer, Katerina is particularly skilled at developing sports performance training programs for hockey players. Katerina, born in Niagara, is passionate about helping young athlete improve their on-ice performance through dry-land training that focuses on improving strength, agility, speed, and stamina.
Noah Church is back for a second year with the Golden Horseshoe Hockey School as an assistant instructor. Noah will be playing for the OJHL Junior A Milton Menace for the 2019 -2020 season. For 2018-2019, playing for the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League's Brampton Bombers, Noah was awarded his teams best defensemen and was invited to London Knights rookie and Main Camps.
Noah played his Midget AAA hockey for the local Southern Tier Admirals and played in the Greater Toronto Hockey League in his Minor Midget Year, which he was nominated for the Alex Shapiro Memorial Award; which is awarded to a player that demonstrates a team first attitude and strong leadership on and off the ice.
Noah attended the Golden Horseshoe Hockey School as a player for two years.