The Boch & Charles River Blazers are preparing for a new and exciting season in the most convenient ice rink location Southwest of Boston. The Boch Ice Center is proud to have the Blazers call it home once again in 2015-2016. Under the new direction of Mike Bavis on the ice, and Harry Taylor off the ice, the Blazers organization is equipped to excel in providing an elite youth hockey experience. While all of our teams’ continue to have varying levels of success in their respective leagues, more importantly our development model continues to improve and evolve to help each player reach their potential. Our area of focus on individual puck skill, game awareness and overall improved hockey IQ is the clear direction in which we are taking all of our teams’, this approach continues to be in line with USA Hockey Development Model.
We will continue to bring Blazers Skills, a once a week program directed by Jamie Rice, Head Coach at Babson University and former Boston University Assistant Coach Mike Bavis. One of the most successful skills programs offered in regards to participation, live game speed skills and overall improvement in hockey IQ. In addition the 2015-2016 skills program will see a once a month position practice for Defensemen and Forwards. One final improvement, Goalie Instruction will take place during team practices, providing 1 to 1 attention to goaltenders.
Continuing hockey knowledge is a major focus for the Boch & Charles River Blazers program. Program Directors are committed to the continued improvement and teaching of our coaches. This summer Boch & Charles River coaches will receive a clear and concise coaching curriculum along with a comprehensive coaching seminar presented by Jaime Rice and Mike Bavis. Our coaches will be given clear direction in development philosophy, practice format, positive messaging and methods of providing constructive feedback to players. That feedback may be in the areas of skill development, game situations, competitive attitude, team concepts and team tactics.
In the offseason, Boch and Charles River Blazers are committed to seeking experts in the area of development for our players to continue their improvement in the offseason. Throughout the summer Blazers players and families will have the convenience of training at the Boch Ice Center facility for specific on-ice instruction and off-ice training in the newly equipped 3500sq ft strength and conditioning center.
It is the goal of the program to help each coach create and implement a development plan that will benefit the player’s individual ability and the teams on ice success. The ONLY goal with this coaches’ education model is to enable each player and team to reach their maximum potential by exposing them to the best technical, physical, mental and emotional coaching to aid in this endeavor. It is imperative that the philosophies are not only shared and carried out, but adhered to within the framework of the team practices and environment. As parents and as coaches we want the same thing all of you do; player improvement on the ice, growth as individuals and a program that attracts and RETAINS the best possible players/families for us to work with! We are committed to providing our players and their families with an outstanding overall hockey experience, individual skill development and an environment of growth and learning for all the players in our program. We are confident that you will like the future of the Boch & Charles River Blazers.
Blazers Hockey Operations
Jamie Rice grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, and currently resides in Walpole, Massachusetts with his wife, Stephanie, his 12-year old son, Mark, and eight-year old twin daughters, Erika and Kayla. He played four seasons as a forward for the Babson Beavers from 1986 to 1990. Rice returned to Babson in 2004 after spending 14 years as an assistant coach at Colby College, Dartmouth College, Brown University, and Northeastern University. During his five-year tenure at Brown, he helped guide the Bears to a 1993 NCAA Tournament appearance and a 1995 Ivy League Championship.
A two-time conference coach of the year and Edward Jeremiah Award finalist, and 2007 New England Coach of the Year, Rice has led the program to four NCAA Tournament berths, including back-to-back national quarterfinal appearances in 2013 and 2014.
Mike Bavis, a native of Roslindale, Massachusetts currently resides in West Roxbury, with his wife, Kim, their son, Jack, and daughters, Ciara and Tyler. Bavis played four years at Boston University from 1989 to 1993. During that span, the Terriers won three Beanpots, a Hockey East title and played in the NCAA tournament all four years. As a sophomore during the 1990-91 season, Bavis helped the Terriers reach the national title game.
In both 1992 and 1993, he was voted New England's Top Defensive Forward Award by the New England Hockey Writers Association. In addition, both years he was voted the Bennett McInnis Award for team spirit.
In the 1989 NHL entry draft Bavis was drafted 245th overall by the Buffalo Sabres. He went on to play professional hockey in the Sabres organization for the Rochester Americans in the AHL for two seasons and then moved on to play for the South Carolina Stingrays in the ECHL for one season.
He then joined Global Hockey Consultants as an agent, and remained there two years before returning to his alma mater in 1998, where he coached for fifteen seasons from 1998 to 2013.
In addition, Bavis has been both a head coach or an assistant coach at USA Hockey Select 15, 16, and 17 festivals. In 2006, Bavis was selected to represent Hockey East on a committee whose responsibility was to create the framework and content for the new college hockey marketing website, PlayCollegeHockey.com.
Ian Moran grew up in Acton, Massachusetts. He attended all catholic schools including Belmont Hill School. He then went to Boston College with on a full ice hockey scholarship. He was drafted 107th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft and made his debut for the Penguins during their playoff run in the 1993-94 NHL season.
Moran spent the majority of his NHL career playing 8 years for the Pittsburgh Penguins where he played in 433 games, had 19 goals, and 44 assists earning a combined total of 63 points. During the 2002-03 season he was traded to Boston Bruins where he spent 3 years and later retired after spending time with both the Anaheim Ducks and New Jersey Devils organizations. Moran is currently the assistant athletic director at Catholic Memorial School in West Roxbury.
Dan Gordon, a Lynnfield, Massachusetts native, graduated High School from The Pingree School in South Hamilton, MA. He then went on to Hockey-East school, University of Massachusetts-Amherst on a scholarship and played 25 games as a freshman during the 2004-05 season. In 2005-06 Gordon redshirted and played 19 games for the New England Junior Huskies. After two years at UMass Gordon went on to the University of Southern-Maine where he totaled 64 points in two seasons, and was a finalist for the Joe Concannon Award for best American-born in the NCAA Division II/III ranks.
Dan’s coaching career began at his alma-mater, as an assistant at the University of Southern Maine. His role that year included film breakdown and review of the games with players, along with orchestrating practices. Gordon then moved on to the Single-A semi-professional ranks with the now defunct Cape Cod Bluefins of the Federal Hockey League from 2011-12 as Head Coach and Assistant General Manager. Last Season he took over as Head Coach of the Boch Blazers in January of 2013 eventually guiding them to an ESHL Championship and a berth in the USA Hockey Tier III Nationals in Rochester, MN.
Pat Bowen, a Marshfield Massachusetts local, was Marshfield High Schools team MVP as a freshman and went on to play Junior hockey for the Chicago Steel in the USHL and then for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs in the EJHL. Bowen played four years of college hockey at Hockey-East school, Merrimack College from 2006 to 2010. He played in 124 games there earning 4 goals, 39 assists with a total of 43 points. Bowen later went on to play professional hockey spending 2 years with the Ontario Reign in the ECHL and 1 year in the EIHL with the Dundee Stars.
Joe Loprieno, a native of Bloomington, Illinois played two years of Junior hockey from 2004 to 2006 for the Chicago Steel of the USHL before spending three years at Hockey-East school, Merrimack College. From 2006 to 2009 he played in 88 games there, scoring 5 goals, and had 8 assists with a total of 13 points. After the 2008-09 season concluded, Loprieno signed an entry level contract with the San Jose Sharks on March 30th, 2009. He spent two years playing in the San Jose Sharks organization for the Worcester Sharks in the AHL from 2009 to 2011. Loprieno went on to play for the Bakersfield Condors in the ECHL where he was named captain for the 2011-12 season.
A native of North York, Ontario, Sean McCann graduated from Harvard where he was a standout defenseman from 1990 to 1994 and was Harvard’s 98th captain. McCann appeared in 120 games, recording 32 goals and 43 assists for a total of 75 points. He holds the school record for goals by a defenseman in a season (22).
He was the first pick overall in the 1994 NHL Supplemental Draft by the Florida Panthers and went on to a seven-year career in the IHL and AHL. In more than 500 professional games, McCann scored 117 goals and recorded 174 assists for a total of 291 points. He was the IHL Rookie of the Year with the Cincinnati Cyclones in 1994-95 and served as an assistant captain with three teams. Twice he earned an "Iron Man" award, in 1995-96 with the Greensboro Monarchs in the AHL and in his final season with the Houston Aeros in the IHL in 2000-01.
Dan Donato, a native of Dedham, Massachusetts played three years at Boston University from 1991 to 1994 where he played in 80 games, had 8 goals, and had 28 assistants for a total of 36 points. Donato was very versatile and decided to go into education as a teacher and coach after a career in baseball with the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He taught History at Catholic Memorial in West Roxbury. Donato went on to be the Associate Director of Admissions at Salisbury School in Connecticut for eight years. He now is the Associate Director of Admissions for Dexter School, where he has been part of the admissions team since 2008. Donato also is the Head Coach of Hockey and Baseball at Dexter School.
JP McKersie, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, was drafted 239th overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft as a goaltender by the Minnesota North Stars. He played one year of Junior hockey for the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL during the 1990-91 season. McKersie went on to play four years at Boston University from 1991 to 1995. During his time there McKersie helped the team to be the 1994 NCAA Division One National Champion Runner Up and 1995 NCAA Division One National Champions. He was also the 1996 recipient of the Inaugural Humanitarian Award. McKersie went on to play one year of professional hockey for the South Carolina Stingrays in the ECHL in 1996-97.
He started his coaching career in 2000 where he spent ten years as the Head Goaltending Instructor of Puckmasters Norwood. From 2001 to 2003 McKersie was also the Boston College Women's Head Goalie Coach. In 2010-11 he spent the season as the Harvard University Women's Head Goalie Coach. Today McKersie is the Holy Cross Men's Head Goalie Coach, Mass Satellite Goaltending Instructor, USA Hockey Goaltending Certification Speaker, and Rob Barletta Hockey, Goaltending Director.