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Coach François Methot, Academy Director and Lead Instructor

Francois Methot

Francois Methot

A native of Montreal, Quebec, François Methot was a 3rd round NHL draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres in 1996 out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).  He began his QMJHL career as a 16-year old with the St. Hyacinthe Lasers for the 1994-95 season.  In just his 2nd QMJHL season, Methot registered 94 points in 68 games and led the Lasers in scoring as a 17-year old.  Following that season, the Buffalo Sabres made Methot their 3rd round pick in the 1996 entry draft and made his professional debut with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL) during the 1998-1999 season at the age of 20.

Methot spent the the first five seasons of his professional career with the Amerks, playing in 334 regular season games with the club and another 39 Calder Cup playoff contests.  After a season with the Portland Pirates in the AHL, Methot moved on to a very successful career in Europe until he retired from playing professionally.

Upon retiring following the 2014-2015 season after a 17-year professional playing career he returned to Rochester full time and immediately was brought on by the Rochester Monarchs AAA Hockey Club as their Director of Hockey.

Coach Francois Methot with Boris Dorozhenko

Coach François Methot with Boris Dorozhenko

Methot has continued to develop his knowledge of the game even after completion of his playing career.  This past summer he spent time in Arizona at the elite skating camp of renowned power skating coach Boris Dorozhenko of Next Generation Hockey schools.  Methot has brought this system and philosophy back to Rochester to work with players of the area.  Dorozhenko’s reputation became known nationally this spring as one of his longtime students, Auston Mathews, was selected overall #1 by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2016 NHL draft.  Dorozhenko worked with Mathews from the time the Leafs prospect was seven years old until Matthews moved onto the US National Team Development program U-17 and U-18 teams.

Coach Methot is excited to bring an expanded set of skating and hockey skill instruction and development to players of all ages throughout the Rochester area.

François Methot

François Methot

Phone: 585-330-9055

Dave Maksymiu - Lead Instructor

Dave has spent a lifetime developing his craft. Here in Rochester, Dave has been coaching, teaching and doing skill and skating development for nearly 30 years. Personally he has taught more than 50,000 private lessons and has worked with hundreds of thousands of hockey players of all ages.

Dave is a USA Hockey Level 5 Master certified coach. He is a USA Hockey Select Festival Head Coach and Goaltending Coach. He has also had the opportunity to be a speaker at several USA Hockey Coaching Certification seminars from Level 1 to Level 4. In his years in Rochester, Dave has coached well over 50 teams from Mite to Junior A and college. Throughout his playing and coaching life, Dave has won 6 State Championships and 3 National Championships. Dave played youth hockey in Michigan culminating with a National Championship with the Little Caesars hockey program as a midget. He went on to play D1, D3, and 2 seasons of professional hockey in the minor pro leagues.

Dave is excited to bring his nearly 3 decades of experience back to the Rochester Ice Center, where it all began for him back in the early 90s.  Dave teaches Skating, Shooting, Puckskills, Goaltending, Game Situations and much more.  However, he specializes in building confidence and cultivating a lifetime love for the game.

Dave is currently available for private instruction of all ages and abilities for on ice lessons and off ice lessons in RIC's new shooting area.

Coach Nathan Paetsch, Lead Instructor

  • Entering 17th year of pro hockey
  • Currently alternate captain for the Rochester Americans
  • 2 time Calder Cup champion in 2013 & 2017
  • 2016-2017 Grand Rapids Griffins Captain
  • 3 time Rochester Americans McCulloch trophy winner
  • 2 time AHL team man of the year winner
  • 850 pro hockey games played
  • 167 NHL games played
  • President trophy winner with Buffalo Sabres in 2007
  • 2006 AHL all star
  • 2005-06 Rochester Americans MVP
  • 2 time silver medalist world junior championship

Coach Casey Winn, Junior Instructor

Casey Winn SUNY Brockport Hockey Instruction lessons

In Casey's last season in the Rochester area, he played with the Rochester Monarchs 16U AAA team for Coach Ryan Gage.  While playing for the Monarchs, he also played for Webster Schroeder and was a key defensive cog in their run to the first ever State Championship hockey title for the School.  Casey was named Defensive MVP in the Section V Championship game.  Following that season with the Monarchs and Webster Schroeder, Casey moved on to Trinity-Pawling in the New England Prep Founders League.  He played 2 seasons; the 1st under Rob Hutchison (now at Skidmore College, NCAA DIII) and the 2nd under Robert Ferraris (formerly Associate Head Coach with Mercyhurst, NCAA DI).  Casey previously played Tier I Jr A Hockey in the CCHL for the Nepean Raiders under Coach Darcy Findley where he played in all 62 regular season games.   Currently Casey attends and plays for SUNY Brockport.  He is entering his third season as an instructor for the Rochester Ice Center Hockey Academy.

Coach Nick Gullo, Junior Instructor

Nick is a recent graduate from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science.  He grew up in Penfield, New York and played junior hockey for the Syracuse Stars and Buffalo Junior Sabres.  Nick went on to play in NCAA DIII hockey for four years.  Two of those years were spent at SUNY Brockport and two years were at King’s College.  He made All Tournament Team in the WSYB Catamount Radio Invitational Tournament in 2017.  Nick is currently training off ice at Next Level Strength and Conditioning as he pursues a professional hockey career in Europe or the United States.  He is also an assistant strength coach at Next Level. He has been coaching private lessons and team camps for the last eight years.

Coach Ryan Winn, Junior Instructor

Ryan played with the Rochester Monarchs during his Bantam years and as a 1st year Midget.  After his Bantam Major season, Ryan was selected to participate in the USA Hockey Select 15s Camp.  During his only season in Rochester as a Midget, he played along side his brother Casey on Coach Gage's team as well as on the State Champion Webster Schroeder Hockey team.  As a sophomore, he was named to the All Tournament team in the HS State Tournament and received Honorable Mention for All Greater Rochester.  Ryan moved on to Trinity-Pawling in the New England Prep Founders League where he played 3 seasons and is currently a senior.  Ryan has committed to play NCAA DIII hockey next season for Bowdoin College in picturesque Brunswick, ME under Coach Jamie Dumont.  Ryan excelled in baseball as well and is also committed to Bowdoin College's baseball program.  

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