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Brian Eklund new Goalie Coach of Boston Junior Eagles
The Boston Junior Eagles are proud to announce Brian Eklund as our goalie coach for the 2014/15 season. Currently, Brian is the owner Mass Crease Training Center, a state of the art goaltender development studio. In addition, he is the goalie coach for the Harvard University Men’s Hockey team.
Brian brings a plethora of playing experience and coaching expertise to Massachusetts Crease. He is a local coach, who grew up in Braintree and attended Brown University. Upon completing his college career, he went on to pro hockey. Brian played at every level of the minors before making it to the NHL playing with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Made his NHL debut with the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Montreal Canadiens (2005/2006)
Played two and a half seasons with the Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Played half a season for the Providence Bruins (AHL)
Played two seasons with the Pensacola Ice Pilots (ECHL)
Played four years at Brown University (NCAA, Division I ECAC)
Played for Archbishop Williams H.S. (MA)
Official member of the 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning
Was voted the Springfield Falcons team MVP for the 2004-2005 season
Set four separate single-season league records while playing for the Pensacola Ice Pilots for wins, minutes played, saves in one season and saves in one game
Selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 7th round (226th overall) of the 2000 Entry Draft
Named to ECAC All Academic squad three years in a row
Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic Team selection his junior and senior seasons in high school
Voted to Boston Globe and Boston Herald Dream Team his senior high school season
Won the D-1 State Championship as junior with a 3-0 shutout of Malden Catholic
Went undefeated during the regular season of his senior year in high school and suffered his only loss to eventual champion Catholic Memorial (CM) in the Super 8 Finals
Named high school male athlete of the year by School Sports Magazine
Recipient of the John Carlton Award presented by the Boston Bruins
David Hymovitz joins Jr. Eagles as Director of Hockey Operations
by Admin posted 03/07/2014
The Boston Junior Eagles are proud to announce that David Hymovitz has been named the new Director of Hockey Operations. In this newly created role, he will be overseeing all aspects of the Junior Eagles operations.
David comes to the Junior Eagles with a rich hockey background. He played 4 years at Thayer Academy where he was inducted into the Thayer Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. Shortly after his senior year at Thayer, he was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. From Thayer, he went on to a stellar career at Boston College, culminating in a senior season where David served as team captain, was named team MVP, and was selected to the 1996 All-Hockey East team. In his BC career, David tallied 72 goals and 58 assists in 135 games, which upon his graduation was good for 28th on the all-time points list and 13th on the all-time goals list.
After his collegiate success, David enjoyed a 10 year professional career in the AHL, IHL, ECHL, and UHL as part of the Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, and Ottawa Senators organizations. David was selected to play in the IHL All Star game in 1999 in the midst of a 46 goal season and he also played in UHL All Star games in 2005 and 2006.
In addition to his on-ice success, during his professional career David consistently was recognized by his peers and by the community for his leadership skills and charitable work. Among the notable awards David earned was the AHL “Man of the Year” Award in recognition of his community service for the Binghamton Senators in 2002-2004 and for the Lowell Lock Monsters in 2000. David also served as player representative for 8 years and on the executive board of the Professional Hockey Players Association for 2 years, elected by his teammates to represent and advocate for their interests.
Currently, David remains active in the prep, college and professional hockey worlds in his role as an amateur scout for the New York Islanders. In this role, David is responsible for covering the entire New England region for the NHL Entry Draft, and for evaluating free agents as well. David began his scouting work with the Islanders at the start of the 2007-2008 season.
As a coach, David has worked hundreds of hockey development camps and clinics for players of all ages and skill levels. In addition, he currently is in his 3rd season assisting the Needham U10 Girls team in his hometown. In those 3 years, the girls have won 2 Middlesex Yankee Conference Girls Hockey League championships and have qualified for the MA state tournament every year.
“I am very grateful to John for the opportunity to join the Junior Eagles, one of the elite hockey organizations in the area. I look forward to sharing my experiences and relationships at the prep, college, and pro hockey levels in order to help every Junior Eagle achieve his or her potential. It is great to be a member of the Junior Eagles family – a community dedicated not only to hockey development, but more importantly to molding boys and girls into respectful – and respected – young men and women.”
Glen “Dr. Shot” Tucker has been instrumental in developing and refining the shooting skills of elite players at the NHL, NCAA, OHL and minor hockey levels. Glen has had the opportunity to train players internationally, across North America and Europe. Current NHL players and future prospects include: Rick Nash (Columbus Blue Jackets, NHL); Manny Maholtra (Columbus Blue Jackets, NHL); Matt Stajan (Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL); Anthony Stewart (Florida Panthers, NHL); John Tavares, the first 15 year old ever to play, drafted first overall, and scoring leader of the OHL, (Oshawa Generals, OHL); Matt Price, (Boston College, NCAA) and Ryan Murphy, (Lowell, AHL). Initiating the “Shoot to Score” training program at younger ages and consistent repetitive classes helped these players develop strong fundamentals to help them achieve their personal goals at their own level of play.
Glen Tucker is a world renowned specialist in shooting instruction with a unique focus on developing puck confidence. Glen founded Shoot to Score in 1990, and over the past 18 years he has formulated a shooting program based on development of the body and utilization of technique over strength to develop a player’s accurate shot with accuracy, speed and efficiency.
Glen has applied his understanding of the game and developed his scientific “10 Point Shooting System” which is the basis of his instruction program. His system focuses on the development of the body before the development of the shot, breaking down the fundamentals and body mechanics of shooting in a way that a player of any level can understand and master. Glen’s priority is to ensure that all coaching and instruction is done in “game situations” so that a player will experience a smooth transition from class to game-day.
Technical shooting instruction includes development of all shots, including wrist, wrist-snap, snap-slap, slap and backhand shots. Teaching an understanding of the “puck/blade” relationship ensures players understand the mechanics of the shot as the puck leaves the stick and emphasizing technique prior to strength. Glen’s shooting instruction is the most technical program offered anywhere, enabling players to gain a strong, accurate, technically sound shot coupled with playmaking, and the puck confidence required for players to take their game to the next level. It’s no wonder they call him… “Dr Shot”.