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.”
The 2007 Jr. Eagles Elite team, coached by John Joyce, invites potential players to attend one or more pre-tryout open skates. There is no charge for these skates. This is an opportunity for your 2007 player to get on the ice and get a feel for some of the skills they will be asked to perform during the tryouts. It’s also an opportunity for you to meet the coaches of next year’s team. The skates will be held on the following dates:
A native of Tbilisi, Georgia, Russia, Besa began skating at the age of five. He had the good fortune of being introduced to hockey and figure skating under the intense and rigorous programs of the former Soviet Union athletic programs, experiences which helped him to develop into a world class athlete. In 1990 Besa graduated from the Georgian University with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Culture.
In 1997 Besa came to the United States and he started developing and perfecting his own hockey skating teaching system working with individual hockey players and organizations. In 2005-2010 Besa was hired to provide team and one-on-one training for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Besa has helped to hone the skills of professional hockey players such as Evgeni Malkin (NHL), Sergei Gonchar (NHL), Konstantin Koltsov (Russian Super League), Colby Armstrong (NHL), Andrei Zubarev (KHL) and numerous others. He tailors his work to individual players and teams, working to address weaknesses and turn them into strengths.
Besides working with Pro players, Besa prides himself in working with the next generation of hockey players. From 2004-2010 Besa was the power skating coach for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Junior Knights, who went on to win the 2011 National Title. Besa constantly improves, innovates and develops new ways to help each and every player learn the proper techniques and gain the endurance and strength it takes to stand out during a hockey game. His understanding of edges and skating techniques and his ability to apply those skills to the game of hockey is what distinguishes him from many power skating coaches today.
In 2011 Besa relocated to the Boston area. He currently works as a consultant for the Boston Bruins organization and their elite prospects and affiliates. Besa is also the exclusive Skating Coach for the Boston Junior Eagles Youth Hockey Program which fields 8 Elite boys’ hockey teams in the Eastern Hockey Federation and 5 Elite girls’ teams in the New England Girls Hockey League.
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”.