Army West Point Hockey: Three things to watch this season

For Army West Point , they do not start with an exhibition as a lot of teams are. Their work starts today to prepare for the grind of the conference that added some of the most talent through the transafer portal. They take on the Friars of Providence College on the road this afternoon, and then begin Atlantic Hockey play next weekend at home against RIT to round out their first two weeks. Here are three things to watch for the Black Knights this season that could determine how far this team goes.

Non conference results

The Black Knights, like every Atlantic Hockey team, will get a full non conference schedule with two added games due to the suspension of the Robert Morris program ( we hope the suspension is only for this year and that the Colonials are back in short order).

With that, Head Coach Brian Riley’s group gets to face the Friars today, and in a couple of weeks faces the Badgers of Wisconsin on the road. These, along with the rest of their non conference schedule helps figure out the pairwise. If the Black Knights want a spot in the NCAA Tournament without winning the Atlantic Hockey Tournament they have to start strong here.

New Impact Makers

Michael Sacco hasn’t played a hockey game since the pandemic started. Army’s goaltenders have about three games of experience coming into this season. All of them, combined with players like Patrick Smyth and Kendrick Frost who did not play last year have to step up to fill the roles of those who are now Second Lieutenants.

Being about “us”

While this article is going up at 2nd intermission of Army-Providence, it is good to look at how the game has gone so far. The Friars have done a lot of things well, and today , they reminded everyone why they are a threat to win Hockey East this season. With that said, the Black Knights have had their fair share of chances and done a lot of things to let the Friars take a 4-0 lead into the third. How the Black Knights respond in the third and what changes the staff makes before Army takes on RIT next week. The Tigers are a strong offensive team that will be studying today’s film for ways to attack this group. For the Black Knights to do well this season they have to be able to adjust after moments like the first two periods against Providence. A lot of new faces are on this group but the goals remain the same, if the new faces can help and returners can take the positives in to this season than all potential positives are on the table for the Black Knights.

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NAHL Northeast Generals Player Profile : Brent Keefer

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For Division One College Hockey teams, they are looking to add more players like 2001 born Generals’ forward Brent Keefer to their group.

Why?

Keefer not only competes hard but also is consistently one of the fastest skaters on the ice and also has an eye for the net. On a few plays this season he has already sped ahead of the opponent and made his own breakaways. So far he has visited at least one Division One school, and has more than a few that are interested in him. His development from the end of last season to where he is now generated interest at the NAHL Showcase, and he is drawing looks from many schools so far. If Keefer contributes to show the speed and eye for the net he has in the first nine games, combined with his hard working personality then he could get even more Division One interest. Like his favorite player, Keefer does not cheat the game, and more schools are realizing that each time they see him play.

Player Profile Questions

Why did you decide to play hockey?
“Because I love the game , and it’s the sport my dad introduced to me.”


What is your favorite food and why?
“Chicken Parmesan and pasta , because I love chicken and pasta.”


What is your favorite thing about the Generals?
“The boys”


Where are you from ?
“Oklahoma”


What is your favorite subject and why?
“History , I like learning about the past.”


Tell us about the type of player you are
“Fast skilled player , I like to use my speed and my hands and vision”


Which NHL player past or present do you model your game after?
“I try to model my game after Matthew Barzal or Connor McDavid.”


What is your best hockey memory?
“Winning a state championship”


What are your goals on and off the ice this year?
“On the ice I want to be a consistent player who is relied upon in every situation and off the ice get stronger.”


What is your favorite tv show or movie to watch?
“Movie Remember the Titans , tv show Criminal Minds”


What is your favorite place to go around the rink in Attleboro?
“Going to eat sushi with the boys”


What is your favorite video game or thing to do in your spare time?
“Playing Warzone”


Who do you look up to most in your life and why?
“Sidney Crosby and because he is a complete hockey player and doesn’t cheat the game.”

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Generals earn 4-0 shutout over Jamestown: Read More, and what comes next

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While Generals Head Coach Bryan Erikson is right to divide his team’s season into six ten game segments, the Generals have shown a marked improvement in their first nine games this year, compared to after game nine of last season. Tonight was one of the best games his team played as they earned a 4-0 shutout over the Jamestown Rebels, with Carson Limesand securing his first NAHL shutout, making 25 saves on the evening.

The scoring got off to a strong start in the first, with Paul Minnehan getting the first of his two goals. Joe Schubert got a clean wrister off, similar in form to his goal against Danbury, while Jared Scott also contributed as well. On the goals and compete level of the night, Erikson had this to say ” I thought we did a good job early getting to the net. Creating opportunities. Great to get Minnehan going. And of course great for Schubert to bury that one and Scott to stay hot. Loved the compete especially in the first 20.”

One player that did not score, but has consistently elevated his game is Matt Boczar. In front of dozens of college teams he shined bright tonight, and has played well this year, elevating his game in a bigger role. As Erikson said of Boczar, with the nickname of “Box”, ” Box is the man. He just works and works and works. The buzz on him has been great. And this is a kid that has literally never been given anything. He just competes. Love him as a person and love how he owns mistakes and doesn’t get too high on great plays.”

One other group of standouts that Erikson has hated to keep apart is the line of Joe Schubert, Kyle Schroder, and Landon Kolnik. Tonight Kolnik had two assists and drove his line with his consistent energy. On why the line works together, Erikson was honest about its genesis, and what they bring, saying ” Sometimes you draw something up and it stinks. Other times you draw it up and it just clicks. And those three love each other on the ice and off the ice. 3 amazing kids that all play with such passion, grit and energy. I love that line.” That line will be a big part of the Generals goal to finish their first block of the season with a 7-3 record tomorrow night. Erikson and his staff will work to keep the team in the moment. Even after tomorrow, they will only have a winning record over one of the six ten game segments this season is divided up into. While the start is positive, tonight showed that this team could have a higher ceiling than many would have thought heading into the year.

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NA3HL Northeast Generals Player Profile: Caiden Hess

Caiden Hess is making his mark on Junior Hockey this year and has a high celing. He is being asked to step into a big role for an NA3HL team that had a lot of its Fraser Cup group move on to higher levels. Hess is a speedy forward with the capacity to put up points in bunches, and plays a strong defensive game in his own end. If he can help the NA3HL group get back in that realm, then a lot of options at the NAHL level could rise.

As Head Coach of the NAHL group Bryan Erikson said of Hess’s game ” Caiden Hess has NA potential. He could push for a spot at some point this year (a game or a few) and a potential full time role next year. But he needs to continue to improve away from the puck. My favorite part of his game is his fearlessness. He hits everything that moves even though he is an undersized forward. He takes pucks to the net very well and he can rip it. I like his speed a lot but would like him to continue to lengthen his stride.”

Player Profile Questions

Why did you decide to play hockey
“My dad played and I picked it up when I was little and I have loved it ever since.”

What is your favorite food and why?
“I love steak it’s just the best food you can eat”


What is your favorite thing about the Generals?
” I liked the facility and my coach”


Where are you from ?
“Abington, MA”

What is your favorite subject and why?
“I love history because I like to learn about how different our lives are now then along time ago.”

Tell us about the type of player you are
“I would say I play fast and really gritty.”


Which NHL player past or present do you model your game after? *
“Phil Kessel”

What is your best hockey memory?
“Winning games with my high school hockey team”


What are your goals on and off the ice this year?
“My goals are to make it to the next level and finish my senior year”

What is your favorite tv show or movie to watch?
“The boys”


Tell us one unique thing about you off the ice
“I love comic books”

What is your favorite place to go around the rink in Attleboro?
“I’m new to the Attleboro area so I don’t know yet”


What is your favorite video game or thing to do in your spare time?
I love to read comic books and play call of duty”


Who do you look up to most in your life and why?
“My grandmother who was officer in the air-force she always does the best she can no matter what”

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AIC Hockey goes “into the deep end of the pool” with exhibition against Boston College: Read More on what to expect

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Last year, AIC ended its season playing a North Dakota team unlike any Head Coach Eric Lang has ever faced. Now he gets to open up the 2021-2022 campaign in exhibition play on the road against a Boston College team, that as Lang does not think he will see anything comparable to all season.

As Lang said of the Eagles “Boston College’s speed and swagger are their best assets. They can make plays from anywhere. I’m not quite sure we will see a team like them at any point in our regular season. It’s great to throw our guys in the deep end of the pool right away.”

Lang will dress five forward lines and eight defenders, and will get as much info on his new players as he can. As Lang said of the evening, and of getting info from it, relative to making lineup decisions, “we have historically leaned on returning players early in the season. They have more credit in the bank. It will be nice to get an evaluation on the young players in an exhibition game.”

AIC will get a unique opportunity in this exhibition, thanks to Boston College’s Legendary Head Coach, Jerry York. As Lang said of getting to prepare with three-on-three overtime and a shootout regardless of score “Jerry called and wants to do a 3 v 3 and a shootout which is a great idea and experience for our kids early on. Ironically in 2 years we have only been involved in one shootout.”

Given how tight Atlantic Hockey is expected to be, as always every point matters, and practicing overtime against the Eagles will help Lang’s group prepare for the early gauntlet of teams they see in Providence, National Champions the University of Massachusetts, oh and their Atlantic Hockey opener against an always tough Army West Point group. This weekend is a chance for Lang and his staff to see their group against another team, it will give new players a chance to earn some credit and some time later on, and it will help the Yellow Jackets prepare for the gauntlet of a schedule they face early on.

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Atlantic Hockey: Three games to watch

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Given that, finally, it is a game week for Division One Men’s College Hockey, and given that many teams in Atlantic Hockey have a chance to make their mark this week, let’s look at three games to watch, and what we will be looking at from each Atlantic Hockey team in them.

Army West Point Vs. Providence

The back end of the Black Knights is the most glaring thing to keep an eye on. While the team up front has a preseason Hobey Baker Candidate in Colin Bilek leading them, their defense and goaltending has a lot to be figured out. The team has about two games of experience in net amongst their three netminders. Their rear guard does have some intriguing folks looking for playing time right away. One player that reminds us a bit of recently graduated Firstie, and current Second Lieutenant John Zimmerman, who played a big physical game for Brian Riley’s group for four years is Andrew Gilbert. The 6’5″ defender, like Zimmerman, will step up and look to earn time on the penalty kill pretty quickly. You will not measure his impact on the stat sheet, unless it has blocked shot, hit, and turnover columns in it. The Hitmen were the best team in the NCDC last year and won the Dineen Cup Championship with him at the helm. If he can help the defense, along with players like Hunter McCoy up front (a player Bilek singled out for his strong release) then the Black Knights could be poised to give the Friars more than they bargained for in the early Saturday opener.

AIC vs. Boston College (EXH)

Eric Lang has one of if not the biggest rosters in this sport, and seeing who gets a chance to battle for time against one of the perennial favorites to win Hockey East should be intriguing. Lang will surely want his top returners to get looks, so expect players like Chris Dodero, Chris Theodore, Parker Revering, and Luka Maver to all get some reps. The bigger story for AIC is in their depth. We will be tracking this game to see how Alex Tertyshny does if he gets his shot. Wherever he may see time, should he draw in, he, the many transfers AIC has, and the freshmen brought in will all be under observation by Lang and his staff. He likes playing all four lines pretty equally early on, and there is where players make it hard on him to keep them off the ice. Look at Aaron Grounds last year, the now sophomore competed against a full roster to earn time, and could not be kept out of the lineup after his early season stretch putting up three points in his first four games to compliment the physical nature with which he plays the game.

Oh, and AIC is integrating two Robert Morris transfers including Brian Kramer, who Lang called “the best defender in our league.” How the depth players looking for time like Tertyshny, who can earn looks in the regular season with his early season play, and the new transfers integrate will be the story of this exhibition in setting the stage for the rest of the way for Lang and his group.

Colgate Vs. RIT

The only home game that counts features the Tigers as the home team. The Tigers have Senior Will Calverley leading the way, who is a dark horse pick to take the Atlantic Hockey scoring title from Bilek. He is one of the fastest players in this league who can score in an instant, and like Bilek is not afraid to block shots and lead in the defensive end. Unlike Bilek’s group who is heavy on underclassmen looking to step up and lead sooner, Head Coach Wayne Wilson’s group has ten seniors, with not many question marks in their key positions. The Tigers have the chance to, like Army West Point did last season, utilize their depth and leadership in key positions to spoil the top three of the preseason Atlantic Hockey poll that had them slated to finish fourth. The Tigers have depth and top end skill in all of their groups, and how quickly they put things together will go a long way to determining their fate this season.

The Tigers get to play the Black Knights in the second week of the season, in the Atlantic Hockey Association opening series in two games that could serve as a guide of trends for both teams, after seeing Colgate this weekend.

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A special night for a Colin Bilek sees the Generals earn a 6-3 win: Read more

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In their series finale against Johnstown, the Generals faced a seesaw match that went their way. Arguably retiring Colin Bilek’s number six, and playing the Saturday game had an effect on the result.

The team again got the first goal, but their opponents, the Johnstown Tomahawks fought throughout the game and kept it close until a Jared Scott empty netter gave us the final result.

On the night, Head Coach Bryan Erikson said of the Bilek number retirement

” It was really special for me. And I know it was for him and his family. We were able to keep it a secret all the way until we actually announced it. We hid his parents, had a ton of family here. It was great. I always get emotional talking about Colin because he means to much to not only me and the ownership but also the entire Organization. We wouldn’t be what we are without his leadership in those first 2 years. He is the model of the player we are looking for. He is a great person first. Yes he is a great hockey player. But it is his heart that shows through. It is why we have such a high standard for the type of kid we will take here. We don’t care if Colin plays hockey after college (even though I think he will). His number is retired because of the person he is and what he means to not on the Generals but to each of us personally.”

Once again, Brent Keefer and Matthew Boczar chipped in with key goals and showed their development. Of the Generals’ returners for this season, those two have shown immediate improvement both on the ice and the score sheet. Keefer is visiting at least one Division One school and has interest from many more for the speed game he plays, and Boczar has developed his playmaking over the past year. Both are a point or more per game players right now.

As Erikson said of their work

” They are both special young men. They have elevated their games, shown what their hard work in the off season can translate to on the ice. They also both have a full buy in. They boys love them. They work hard and they generate a ton of offense and they are capitalizing on their chances.”

As to two former Charlotte Rush players, CJ Zezima and Jared Scott, Erikson made some good points about their contributions, and the importance of effort and hard work even when you do not have your best game.

He said of Zezima’s work, after he put home his first NAHL goal yesterday ” Zez has really impressed me with his growth in the Defensive zone and his ability to play all 3 Forward positions. He had great coaching with the Charlotte Rush last year with Ryan Cruthers and Troy Schwabb and you can see how it has helped his transition to us. He was a bit unlucky through 7 games hitting posts and not getting the bounces so it was great to see him put one home. But I love him on the Power Play and has prove to be a good player on the PK as well.”

On Jared Scott, who put in the rebound for the game winning goal, he added It was great, Erikson said last night, “I just said to Jared in the locker room. I thought you were terrible tonight. But what defines us as people is what we do when we don’t have it. And he hustled and beat that icing in the 3rd on the shift he scored and that changed everything. It completely changed the game. And we talk about that a lot. One play, one shift, the game can change. So don’t get too high or too low. Just focus on each play every shift.”

That same focus for the Generals is essential heading into their next series against the Johnstown Rebels. They impressed with their effort at the Showcase, and took teams all over the league, including the Lone Star Brahmas, to task with their effort and speed game that allowed them to get ahead quick and hold down leads.

As Erikson said of what to build on ” I thought our effort level was there for all 60 minutes tonight. We did a good job keeping them to the outside. We still have consistency issues and I thought Johnstown bullied us a little bit on the walls. We will need to clean that up in order to beat a good Jamestown team that is always very tough to play against.” The next test for the Generals takes place next week, as they look to continue to build on their start.

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Colin Bilek: A player with a positive legacy is honred by the Northeast Generals-Read More

The photo graphic showing the banner hung tonight in Bilek’s honnor is courtesy of the Northeast Generals

The article photo is credited to Army West Point Athletics.

For Colin Bilek, and what he brings to everywhere he plays, Associate Head Coach of Army West Point Zach McKelvie summed up the impact of Bilek, “His compete level and work ethic in games is evident the moment you watch him in games but what people don’t realize is that there is no on/off switch for him. His switch is always on, he has spent hundreds of hours on his own working on every aspect of his game. More importantly though is that his attitude is infectious, he elevates everyone because he genuinely loves the grind of becoming a better athlete and team. So the things that make him so special which often go unnoticed are that his grit is unmatched and he is humble.”

Those special and often overlooked things are just some reasons why no Northeast General will ever wear the number six ever again, as tonight, in a surprise ceremony (the other alums attending knew of the plan to retire Bilek’s number, but not Bilek, his jersey was retired and a banner will hang at New England Sports Village to remind all those who come to Attleboro of who the first model General is, Colin Bilek.

When you think of positive leaders, you tend to think of those that inspire others in their team to be better. Whether on the rink, in the class or in serving our country, Colin Bilek fits all of those things. The former Northeast General had his number retired by an organization that has built on the first two years of legacy Colin helped make. As you see the alums from that group back at Attleboro tonight, remember that the two year timeline for the Generals was one of the most dramatic for an NAHL Expansion team. The group went from single digit wins to the playoffs the following season, and had Colin leading the way.

Despite leading that turnaround, Bilek had one, and only one Division One Offer, Army West Point. He took that offer, and went and consistently worked to improve the Black Knights every day. The legacy of Bilek as a Cadet is not yet finished, but the record of success he has not just on the ice, he’s the leading returning goal scorer, and Captain of the Black Knights is already a remarkable one.

As for Bilek at West Point, McKelvie knew Bilek was in the right spot quickly, saying ” What makes Colin an excellent fit for our program is that he is just a good human being & he pushes everyone around him to be better, coaches included .No doubt a lot of the credit has to go to his parents as they raised a great athlete, leader and person. He is everything we look for in our Cadets.”

On the ice, and beyond for Bilek McKelvie added ” It didn’t take us long to figure out Colin was a good fit for Army.  Every time we watched him he stood out because his compete level and his leadership. It’s easy for us to say now but even in the recruiting process we felt like he was a no brainer for both his ability and who is as a human.”

McKelvie also said of Bilek’s night with the Generals for getting his jersey number retired tonight “It’s huge honor for Colin to have his jersey retired. He was a great player for the Generals but his impact on the organization extends far beyond just his play.”

When talking with him for a story coming soon, as a leader of his group getting ready for Army’s season opener one week from today he took the time to talk about positives not just of his line mates, but of every single element and aspect of his team that he could in the 15 minutes we had to chat with him. He is ready to lead the Black Knights, and his legacy inspires the Generals, Army West Point Hockey, and those whom he will lead after his 47 month time at West Point is done. Whether he leads as a second lieutenant right away, or as a professional hockey player as three Black Knight Alums are, those around him wherever he ends up will be better for it, just as the Generals, and the Black Knights are.

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Quick start and fast finish gives Northeast a home opening 5-1 win: Read More

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In their NAHL Showcase Finale against Amarillo, the Generals had plenty of looks as the game wore on, but could not find the equalizing goal. The team looked better playing from behind for most of the showcase than they did tied or with a lead.

Tonight, they never trailed the Johnstown Tomahawks in their home opener at New England Sports Village.

For the Generals, Ryan Gordon, Douglas Friberg, Ryan Corcoran, Martin Marnauzs, and Brent Keefer all pitched in with goals. Friberg’s was the game winner, and one that pushed the team forward in their three goal first period. For that he was given first star honors.

As Head Coach Bryan Erikson said of what he liked from his group tonight:

” I liked how we protected the lead in the 3rd. We played really smart hockey. Stayed out of the nonsense for the most part and forced them to the outside. It was a solid 20 minutes.”

As to his first goal scorers (first NAHL goal scorers) Erikson said ” Great to see Doug score. Thought he struggled a bit on the puck early in the game and then once he scored he was able to relax and get more into the flow. It’s a huge monkey off the back for him. Same goes for Ryan Corcoran. Played real well. Stepped up when Kolnik got the 15 minutes for fighting and earned a regular shift. Excited for him”

Going forward, Erikson was clear, the third period for this team in how they played a complete game, and added scoring is the example period moving forward.

As he said ” If we can take that into every game I would love for that to be the standard, [with us playing] smart, intelligent, disciplined hockey.”

One General that has stood out more and more each game, as the speed Erikson saw in him at the NAPHL level and is showing more and more of his game breaking potential is Brent Keefer. He took the puck on a partial breakaway, skated into the pass, and then easily deposited the puck in the back of the net to earn the final goal of the night.

Erikson noted that Division One interest in him is picking up, saying ” Yes Keefer and I have spoken to a few D1 schools. Interest is picking up. He will be a huge get for any school. Has a visit coming up and then we are scheduling a few more. Great goal by him today.”

Tomorrow, with around 20 alums from the first Generals team, including Army West Point Captain Colin Bilek in attendance, the spotlight will be on this group. Erikson summed up what he is looking for from them saying of what he wants to see his team be “better on the puck, better F3, better communication. Just be more disciplined in executing our systems. I loved a lot of stuff but we didn’t see the best of Johnstown. They will bring a lot more tomorrow and we need to be ready for it.”

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Chris Dodero: Developing a business and career with his hockey development

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AIC fifth year senior Chris Dodero has taken a path to leading the back to back to back Atlantic Hockey Champions that was on the road less traveled. That is, he has gone from routine healthy scratch as a freshman to a complete two way forward with pro ambitions. He has also used the development tools he has gained to start helping others. He does this through his hockey consulting business, Prodero Hockey.

Dodero took his reality of not playing a lot as a freshman and looked to skills. He said that “I was thinking, how can I improve myself and how can I get better?”

The name Prodero came just from being around the team and Dodero’s initial work, his teamates made the nickname, and Dodero ran with it. The goal of Prodero Hockey is to help all players maximize their potential. In addition, the sessions are customized to meet the needs of each client and include things like video breakdown of NHL players’ high end skills in part to give players a model for what Dodero wants to do.

Dodero loves the AIC program, and loves the opportunity he has built. His Head Coach Eric Lang knows Dodero can be a NHL skills coach, and Dodero sees that in his future. For now, he wants to play the sport he loves for as long as he can. Lang’s program and its structure gives time for players to develop at their own speed, and Dodero is racing ahead as he is excited to see fans back in buildings.

As he said of having fans back ” It’ll mean everythng.” Of the culture Lang has built at AIC Dodero was similarlly effusive with praise “We don’t have the amount of resources that early every other Division One College Team has but at the end of the day we find a way to get the job done.. we’re kind of a family, thats the culture we have here.” Dodero hopes to come back as a graduate to an on campus rink one day in the distant future as well. He also had so many positive things to say about all of his teammates, both returning and new that we could not discuss all of them in this interview.

The AIC culture extends to its leader on the media side, Seth Dussault, he wears many hats but is the play-by-play broadcaster and key media contact who always serves as a valuable resource to those looking to learn more about the Yellow Jackets. Dodero shared a story showing what an ” elite human” Seth is. In Arizona at an In-N-Out Out Burger, someone accidentally grabbded two and he made sure the rest of the team had one, at the end of a road trip, giving up the elusive treat (for those who do not know, In-N-Out is a regional delicacy with a worldwide following, they do not have any restaurants in or near Massachusetts, but have them all over the Western United States.) Like Dodero in putting the team first with developing his game to get more playing time, Seth put the needs of the players ahead of his own.

As for Chris, he spends all of his free time “growing the brand” that is Prodero, and he launched this business during the middle of the pandemic. He is excited for the year ahead.

In addition, for a great resource to better understand the game, whether you are a player looking to get better, a fan looking to understand how your favorite NHL player does what they do, or anyone who likes just watching clean hockey skills and drills, we would strongly reccomend that you give his business page on Instagram a look and a follow if you are so inclined.

Here is the link to his page:

https://www.instagram.com/prodero_hockey/?hl=en

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