- 2nd Round 22 overall in the 2008 USHL draft
- NCAA D1 ALL-ECAC Rookie Team (2009-2010)
- NCAA D1 All-American 2nd Team, ECAC 1st Team (2012-2013)
- NCAA D1 Defensive point leader 2012-2013 with 37pts in 38gp
- 105 points in 150 NCAA games played
- 2 year Captain at St. Lawrence (2011-2013)
- Played 11 games in AHL
- One season in the ECHL 65gp
- Head Coach of AAA Mid Fairfield Jr. Rangers Bantam Major
George Hughes, known as a "smooth skating, offensive defenseman" was an American professional player. Before turning Pro, Hughes played NCAA Men's Division I ECAC hockey for St. Lawrence University, where he was 2-year team captain. In his senior of college, he was voted 2012-2013 All-American after leading the NCAA in defensive scoring - scoring 37 points in 38 games - and ultimately ending his collegiate career with 105 points in 150 NCAA games played. He made his professional debut at the end of the 2012–2013 season with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League and ended his career after a full season of playing for the Bakersfield Condors in 2013-2014. More recently, Hughes worked in sports media broadcasting for the NHL on NBC Sports, breaking down film, building highlight segments and pitching storylines. Also, Hughes is currently serving as Head Coach of AAA Mid Fairfield Jr. Rangers Bantam Major team.
Hughes has a creative and innovative perception of the game as well as a great understanding of what is required of the modern-day defenseman. Hughes’ personal style mirrors what is now demanded of players today, in terms of: skating ability, puck movement, and adding opportunistic offense while remaining solid defensively to win on both sides of the puck. He believes the game is won with the speed of the players mind and understands the power of video for players to identify how to improve. Hughes has applied his experience in hockey video analysis since his playing days to now analyzing and breaking down clips for the NHL on NBC and his Bantam Major team.
Finally, George has hockey in his blood. His grandfather founded Somerville, Mass youth hockey in the 1960’s. His Father and Uncle were NCAA starts in the late 1970 and both played professionally. He and his siblings each had impressive collegiate and professional hockey careers. George aims to give back to the game and help players achieve their goals and dreams the same way his grandfather and father did.
Who should work with George?
Players, especially Defenseman, looking to add offense to their game, whether it be even strength or on the Power Play - should work with George. First and foremost, George believes hockey is a game of reading and reacting as fast as possible to make the best play available. Players looking to improve their range of skills, such as: retrieving a puck on a Breakout, joining the rush to make a 2 on 2 into a 3 on 2, using deception to fool defenders and create opportunities, or finding a lane for a shot-pass...George can help. He can also help any Forwards looking to gain insight into the mind of the Defenseman they aim to beat, as he can provide ways to expose a Defenseman’s vulnerabilities. George is happy to work with any player that truly loves the game and is serious about improving their skills.
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Testimonials for George Hughes
I have coached at the highest levels of hockey and have been a Head Hockey Coach at the NCAA Division One level for the last nine years. Over that time I have coached some outstanding hockey players, like George Hughes, who was a great leader and captain for one of my teams. George led the entire country in scoring by a defenseman as a senior, was voted First Team All-League and extremely cerebral. George was an exceptional skater and he read the game remarkably well. George was an exciting player to watch as he made uncommon plays on a regular basis. What drove George was his passion for the sport and his incredible hockey IQ. He was on the forefront of what today’s modern day defensemen looks like… fluid, tough, mobile, up the ice and was a big part of the team’s offense. He was a pleasure to coach and genuinely enjoyable to watch play the game. He was a pure hockey player.
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