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.
Jeff has completely changed the way I approach off season training. With a lot of programs you are training to be a hockey player. His knowledge and attention to detail has been instrumental in helping me make the transition from college to pro, I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am in my career without him.
Working with Venla Hovi has been one of the best coaching experiences yet in my career. Her professional approach to training and preparing herself for competition was second none. Venla was willing to communicate and share how she felt at all times so we could best plan for the competition at hand. She also understood how to play in the long game, and that what she did now had an effect on the outcome we would get in both the short and short long term futures because she asked questions and used her experience as a professional athlete.
With Venla’s help, I have been able to take my game to the next level. She has an incredible amount of hockey knowledge and is passionate about sharing it with others. Venla has always created a constructive environment that facilitate success and motivates me to push past my limits!
Jordan is an exceptional player and teacher. She has great attention to detail and communicates those details very well to her students. Jordan’s knowledge of the game is second to none, and she does an excellent job conveying that knowledge in her drills and teaching points with students.