I was playing in a hockey tournament when I was 12. My dad made me stay after one of my games because he said we had to stay and watch this 14 year old play. Within the first shift, this player went end to end, put the puck through the defenseman’s legs and ripped a shot top shelf over the glove. I was in awe. The player was Rob Schremp.
I continued to follow his career and watched endless clips of him on YouTube. The “shoot to thrill” London Knights highlight video was one, my Knights teammates and I, enjoyed the most. It got us excited about the game.
He played the game the way I always thought it should be played. Skilled, productive, entertaining, flare for the dramatics, and a lot of showtime.
Not only did he have these abilities but he thought the game at the highest level as well. And after discussing the game with him, he still sees things on the ice no one else does. Anyone would be lucky enough to work with Robbie.
I coach Sarah with the CT whale. I have always been impressed with her work ethic and leadership Qualities. She was never afraid to speak up in the dressing room and is always leading by example. Sarah was always looking for new ways to improve her game, asking lots of questions and took the extra time to perfect those skills. Sarah’s love for the game and how much she enjoys working with young athletes really shows in her coaching style.
Sarah is one of the best people I’ve come across while coaching or playing the game of hockey. It’s evident right away that she is someone who loves hockey and she was an integral part of our program here for the four years. The growth she demonstrated from her freshman year to her senior year where she was named first team All-American shows her passion for the game. She’s a student of the game and was constantly working on it whether it was skill development or video of her shifts. Her knowledge and skillset will be an advantage for any young aspiring player.
Diana helped me focus on fine tuning specific skills that were important in preparing myself for the upcoming season.
She takes each skill and breaks it down into a step-by-step process that is easily understood and really works.
Craig was a real student of the game and a joy to coach. His detail, preparation, leadership and passion were a pleasure to be around every day. He refused to be out worked and the adversity and challenges he went through fueled him.
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.
Don Kirnan’s knowledge and experience in player development is unparalleled. He was the pioneer of player development in New York and was the #1 reason so many players from Central New York have made it to the NHL. I owe my 4 years of NCAA hockey and entire 17 year pro hockey career to him.
I have been working with Jeff for two years and I’ve never been in better shape. He takes the time to understand what each athlete needs, physically and mentally. He is always working to learn and better himself in order to help his athletes reach their goals. His mentorship goes far beyond the gym, he truly cares about every person he works with. All young athletes would be lucky to learn from him.
Jeff has opened my eyes to a more efficient way of working out. Never have I felt better and stronger in so many different areas of my body. His positive energy is contagious and he continuously finds ways to keep his training innovative and FUN. Every day is a new challenge that I cant wait to attack because I know I will be better version of myself.
I unfortunately broke my fibula December 12 and had surgery with a plate and seven screws. I obviously had extensive rehab to try to get me back in time for 2019/2020 season. I started working out with Jeff LoVecchio in early January when I still had a walking boot on and was unable to put any weight on that leg. But he created A workout program for me to try to build up my strength and get me back on the ice as soon as possible. Not only is Jeff one of the most genuine and sincere people I’ve ever met, he is absolutely the best trainer I have ever met in my life as a referee in the National Hockey League for 22 years. His knowledge and strength training and how to properly get you prepared mentally and physically for the sport of hockey in my mind is unprecedented. If it wasn’t for Jeff I never would’ve got back in time for 2019/2020 season.