The Outlaws have a new look, but the same commitment to player development!
Monday isn't everyone's favorite day of the week. We put a fun weekend behind us and go back to work or back to school.
For Outlaws hockey players, Monday nights are when we get back to basics. That's when we hit the ice for our weekly skill sessions.
This season, the Outlaws will be using Peter Belisle to run these weekly sessions. Peter has been the Head Coach at the University of Massachusetts-Boston for nine seasons, and is part of New England’s premier hockey coaching family.
Belisle is a two-time ECAC Coach of the Year, and is the winningest coach in the history of the program with 100 wins and seven straight seasons with 10 or more victories – including a 17-6-4 record in 2013-14 and a first-ever ranking in the national Division 3 polls.
As a player, Belisle was a four-year letter winner at the University of Connecticut, winning the Huskies’ 7th Player Award in 1994. Prior to going to Storrs, Belisle was a member of a National High School championship team at Mt. St. Charles, where he played for his father – legendary Mt. St. Charles coach Bill Belisle.
Peter has coached at the USA Hockey Team New England Select 14 and Select 15 Player Development Camp and has served as head instructor at Bill Belisle’s Hockey School, the Mount Saint Charles Instructional Hockey Program, and the Connecticut Hockey Experience.
Joining Peter on the ice for our skills sessions will be UMass-Boston assistant coaches Ryan Weston and Shawn Walsh.
For the second-straight year, the Outlaws will feature goaltending skills from Bertagna Goalie Schools. All goaltender programs will be held under the supervision of former USA Olympic and Boston Bruins goalie coach Joe Bertagna, currently commissioner of the Hockey East Association. Goalies at all levels of the Outlaws program will have unprecedented access to Bergtagna Goaltending coaches, Instructional DVDs, and one-on-one dialogue with one of the nation’s top goaltending coaches.
“We believe the combination of Peter Belisle and Joe Bertagna gives us the best skills instruction any program is offering in the state,” said Outlaws Director Tom Caron. “USA Hockey has made it clear that our players need to get back to the roots of the game – individual skill instruction, small-side games, and an environment that promotes development, passion for the game, and character. Peter and Joe have made careers instilling those traits in players and we’re thrilled to have them doing it for the Outlaws. Bringing this level of skill instruction to all of our teams – from House to Premier – will help our boys and girls develop into the hockey players they are meant to be.”
This season, all skill sessions will be held at the Blackstone Valley Ice Arena in Hopedale, MA, the home of the Outlaws. Players should check their individual team schedules to find out when their skill sessions take place this season.