Bruce was taught the game at an early age in Canada and advanced through the system eventually playing for an elite college team out of Toronto, Ontario.
He’s developed programs for both beginners and advanced individuals of all ages. These programs develop proper skating technics and include puck movement and positional play. It’s Bruce’s belief that even at a young age these skills need to be taught to advance their ability to read and anticipate the play.
Over many years Bruce has trained hundreds of players in developing and advancing their skills. In addition, he’s worked with many outstanding individuals and parents over the years who have expressed their thoughts regarding his clinics, some of which can be found on our ‘Testimonials’ tab above, starting with David Lehanski and Mike Fasulo below.
“I’ve been around hockey my entire life and I can’t say I’ve met anyone more passionate about teaching the game than Bruce. He has an incredible interest in helping each and every student on the ice, and his commitment to their overall development is unparalleled. With deep hockey knowledge and the highest level of honesty, integrity, and compassion, Bruce is a true model for teaching the game. I’m so happy to have my son skating with Bruce and would encourage every aspiring hockey player to do the same.”
SVP, Business Development and Global Partnerships at the National Hockey League.
“Buds4Hockey has been an incredible partner in helping grow the game. One of the most important aspects of hockey is its accessibility and our ability to reach new families who have never experienced the sport before. Bruce shares our passion for creating those environments to help kids not only find their passion, but he ensures programs are built for any level of commitment.”
Director, Fan Engagement & Alumni Relations New York Rangers
B - Skating is where it all begins!
BASIC skating drills will be taught on proper edges and balance. These drills will result in increased speed and agility. Backward skating will be taught at all levels and transitional drills for all levels of skating.
U - Skating is not enough!
UNDERSTANDING how to anticipate the play and be in the proper position is extremely important. Cross-ice play with stoppages to give instructions during play will be part of each session. Hockey is a cerebral sport and becomes more important as the game speeds up.
D - Our mandate for each clinic.
DEVELOPING all players regardless of level is our commitment to participants of BUDS 4 HOCKEY. Through instruction from our experienced coaches the player will improve in all aspects of playing the game.
S - Playing the greatest game in the world!
SKILLS such as stick-handling, passing and shooting will be taught at all levels. The earlier these skills are taught through repetition the more natural they will become and will translate more easily to game situations. Puck movement will be taught to advanced players as the pace of play speeds up as they continue their development.
Buds 4 Hockey has partnered with Active Goaltending to provide goalie-specific training at Fritz Dietl Ice Rink and Palisades Ice Rink for all ages. The instructors have years of experience in the game at various levels of college and professional hockey. Additionally, we have been working alongside USA Hockey and their goaltending development program both nationally and regionally.
If you would like to book a private or semi-private lesson at Fritz Dietl Ice Rink, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited to maintain small student-to-coach ratios.
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