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Girls First Look Weekend

Rochester Ice Center Hockey Academy proudly offers an incredible opportunity for female youth and college players, from Rochester and nationally, to enhance their ability through hands-on work with current college coaches and former professional players.  

The 4th Annual Girls First Look Weekend will take place July 12th-14th at the Rochester Ice Center and is open to all female youth players born between 2007 and 2015 (groups segmented by age), as well as current college or professional players looking to better their game by being surrounded by equally dedicated and driven women.  

This event will provide development, exposure (for appropriate ages) and information from coaches and experts in the hockey world.  

Groups for 2024:

Group 1 (2013s to 2015s) - Weekend Camp Style (Full day with skills, Next Level, Off Ice Activities, and a game each day).  Game only on Sunday (no skills or other activities).

Group 2 (2010s to 2012s) - Showcase Style (Skills and Game Friday and Saturday.  Game only on Sunday morning)

Group 3 (2006s to 2009s) - Showcase Style (Skills and Game Friday and Saturday.  Game only on Sunday morning)

Group 4 (Current D1 and Pro Players) - Showcase Style (Skills and Game Friday and Saturday.  Game only on Sunday morning.) - Group 4 is invite only.  

  • Group 1: 2013-2015 (24 Total)
  • Group 2: 2010-2012 (24 Total
  • Group 3: 2006-2009 (24 Total)
  • Adult Group:  Current College and Professional Players (30 total) - Invite Only
  • Each girl receives a t-shirt, reversible jersey (to allow team changes for the 3 games), and a special commemorative gift
  • Dinner provided Friday Night
  • Camp Barbecue Saturday from 3:00pm-5:00pm (some overlap with sessions, but plenty of time for all to enjoy
  • Breakfast items or snacks provided Saturday and Sunday
  • Panel presentation/Q&A session with guest speakers Saturday at 11:15am
  • 1 (80) minute skills session and (1) 75 minute game on Friday
  • 1 (80) minute skills session and (1) 75 minute game on Saturday
  • 1 (75) minute game on Sunday
  • Dynamic warm ups prior to each game provided by Next Level Strength and Conditioning

Camp Director: Francois Methot

  • 3rd round NHL draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres in 1996 
  • Five seasons of his professional career with the Rochester Americans (AHL)
  • Successful career in Europe until he retired from playing professionally. 
  • Skills Coach at the Nashville Predators (NHL) development camp
  • Director, Rochester Hockey Academy and Rochester JR Amerks
  • Current and former clients include:  Alex Tuch (NHL), Charlie Coyle (NHL), Kiara Zanon (USA Hockey U18 National Team), Haley Winn (USA Hockey U18 National Team) and more

Guest Coach, Chris Baudo, Nazareth University

Under Baudo's direction, the Nazareth Golden Flyers (Rochester, NY) burst onto the scene in 2018.  Seventy-two wins, one UCHC title and an NCAA Tournament berth later, Nazareth has emerged among the sport's elite programs.

Baudo's initial recruiting efforts resulted in an experienced, senior-laden roster in 2021-22 and the Golden Flyers were rewarded with a 27-2 overall record, including a perfect 20-0 mark in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference.

In winning their first conference championship, Nazareth gained an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament and Baudo was named as the league's Coach of the Year for the second time. The Golden Flyers were awarded a home game against Elmira in the NCAAs, where they suffered a hard-fought 2-1 defeat before a spirited crowd at home.

The Golden Flyers have been successful since their inaugural puck drop in 2018. With a roster comprised of 23 freshmen and three sophomores, Nazareth finished 19-5-2 overall in 2018-19. They followed that up with a records of 18-5-3 in 2019-20, 8-2-0 in the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season and 27-2-0 last season. The total is 72-14-5 (.819) for one of the top winning percentages in the country. Over four seasons, 17 players have earned UCHC all-star honors.

Baudo came to Nazareth after previously serving as the Director and Head Coach at Selects Academy, housed at Bishop Kearney High School in Rochester.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Baudo was responsible for building the Selects Academy hockey program from scratch by recruiting elite-level female hockey players from across the United States. For the first year, he recruited 20 players that competed in the 16U level and he guided the team to a record of 49-10-7 while competing in tournaments across the country. A 19U team was added later.

Baudo used a similar recruiting approach in assembling Nazareth's first team for 2018-19. The current roster includes players from 13 different states and two from Canada.

"We feel fortunate that we were able to attract a coach with Chris' credentials," Nazareth Athletic Director Pete Bothner said at the time of Baudo's appointment as coach. "He comes equipped with strong organizational skills and a proven record of program building."

Before joining Selects Academy, Baudo spent 15 years at The Gunnery prep school in Washington, Conn. He was director of the ice hockey program and boys head coach from 2003 through 2016 and compiled an overall record of 239-120-26 with eight 20-win seasons.

Other roles at The Gunnery included Assistant Head of School, Dean of Students and Senior Associate Director of Admissions. Baudo also spent one year coaching boys hockey and baseball at The Culvers Academies in Indiana.

Baudo is a 2000 graduate of Hamilton College, where he played four seasons of hockey and was twice named team MVP. He has a Master of Arts degree from George Washington University. His coaching experience includes serving on the player development committee for the New York State Amateur Ice Hockey Association and coaching at the USA Hockey National Festival in 2002, 2006 and 2008.

Baudo resides in Pittsford, N.Y. with his wife Shannon and twins, Connie and Henry.

This will be Baudo's 4th year with us for Girl's First Look.

Guest Coach, Shelly Picard, Long Island University

Shelly Picard joined the LIU women's hockey staff as an assistant coach during the summer of 2023

An Olympic silver medalist and four-time IIHF World Champion, Picard spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach with Princeton.

Prior to entering coaching, Picard was a standout defenseman at Harvard. She was a three-time All-Ivy League selection and, in 2015, she was a key contributor to the Crimson's run to the national championship game. 

In between her sophomore and junior year, she joined Team USA for its silver-medal run in the 2014 Olympics.

From 2016 through '19, Picard played for the NWHL's Metropolitan Riveters alongside LIU head coach Kelly Nash. Picard capped her professional career in 2019 with a gold medal at the IIHF World Championships.

Shelly also worked at the Buffalo Sabres Development Camp in the summer of 2023.

Guest Coach, Edith Racine, Cornell University

• Associate Head Coach, Cornell University (2019-current)
• Assistant Coach, Cornell University (2009-2019)
• Assistant Coach, Brown University (2008-09)
• Volunteer Assistant Coach, Brown University (2007-08)

• Elmira College (2005)

In the first season as Associate Head Coach, Racine coached the first-ever Cornell goalie to earn All-America honors and a Patty Kazmaier Top-10 Finalist nod, Lindsay Browning. A junior in 2019-20, Browning was one of the top-two goaltenders in the nation, ranking either first or second in save percentage, goals against average, winning percentage, and shutouts throughout the entire season. Her first season as a starter, Browning finished first in the country with a 0.91 goals against average, 12 shutouts and a .894 winning percentage. The 2020 Second-Team All-America goalie finished second with a .952 save percentage, behind only Northeastern's Aerin Frankel. With a shortened season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Racine coached Browning as she broke the single-season record for shutouts (12), wins (28) and save percentage (.952). Currently, the 2020 Ivy League Player of the Year and ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Year is fourth with 13 career shutouts and eighth with 32 career wins. After her junior season, Browning sits first with a .944 save percentage and a 1.15 goals against average on the Big Red career record list.

Prior to the 2019-20 season, Racine was promoted to Associate Head Coach. In 10 years of serving as an assistant coach she has been instrumental in the continual development of the Big Red’s net-minders.

During the 2016-17 campaign, Racine helped both of the Big Red goaltenders to spots among the nation’s elite. Paula Voorheis finished her career ranked second all-time in save percentage (.925) and saves (2,238), third all-time in goals against average (2.14) and fourth all-time in wins (42) and shutouts (9). In her senior season, Voorheis recorded career lows in save percentage (.944) – which was also the second-best single season save percentage in program history – and goals against average (1.59), numbers that ranked her third and eighth overall in the nation. Additionally, sophomore Marlene Boissonnault went 10-1-2 for the nation’s second-best winning percentage (.846) while posting the fourth-best goals against average (1.52). Both Voorheis and Boissonnault earned All-Ivy Second Team honors.

In 2012-13, Lauren Slebodnick took over the starting goaltending role and had the country’s sixth-best goals against average, its sixth-best winning percentage and its 10th-best save percentage. Slebodnick finished her senior year in 2013-14 with the top spot in Cornell history for career wins with 68, fourth-most saves (1,668) and fourth-best save percentage (.924).

As her career came to a close in 2011-12, Amanda Mazzotta became the team’s then-all-time leader in wins (53). The tandem of Slebodnick and Mazzotta finished fourth and fifth in the country in goals against average during the 2011-12 campaign, and Slebodnick had the nation’s best winning percentage.

In 2010-11, Mazzotta finished as the national leader in goals-against average, allowing a mere 1.11 goals per game, with Mazzotta’s backup, Lauren Slebodnick, finishing second in the country with 1.15 goals allowed per game. The pair also finished second and third, respectively, in save percentage, with both netminders stopping better than 94 percent of the shots faced during the season.

In 2009-10, Racine’s first season with the team, Mazzotta picked up a spot on the all-tournament team at the NCAA championships, setting a championship game record for most saves in a game. That season, she finished sixth in the nation in goals-against average (1.53) and 11th in save percentage (.928), but led the nation with 11 shutouts, the most in a single season by a Cornell goaltender, male or female.

Before joining the Big Red, Racine coached for two seasons at Brown University, first as a volunteer assistant during the 2007-08 season and then as a full-time assistant coach in 2008-09. Under her guidance, Brown goaltender Nicole Stock posted a .922 save percentage last year, good for 16th in the nation and sixth in ECAC Hockey. 

Her coaching career also includes six summers as the head goaltending instructor at the Elite Hockey Camp in Hanover, N.H.

As a player, Racine played four seasons with the Elmira College women’s hockey team, guiding her squad to a pair of national titles and a national runner-up finish. She was twice named All-American by the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

Guest Coach, Reagan Rust, Boston University

Former Boston University captain Reagan Rust ’19 returned to the women's ice hockey program in October 2023 as an assistant coach.

Rust recently wrapped up a playing career in the Premier Hockey Federation (PHF) and the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) in addition to stints in Hungary and Sweden. She played in all 24 games for the PHF’s Metropolitan Riveters in 2022-23.
Rust, who has served as a mental performance coach and mentor with the Female Athlete Society, which she founded, never missed a game in her two seasons with the Terriers after transferring from RIT in 2017. In her 143-game collegiate career she amassed 63 points on 17 goals and 46 assists.
“Reagan will also be an immediate asset to our group, bringing a great deal of experience as an athlete and fellow Terrier with her," said head coach Tara Watchorn. "I had the pleasure of coaching Reagan during her time at BU and after watching her have a tremendous amount of leadership, passion and grit then, I am so excited to see what she can do behind the bench as a Terrier.”  

As a senior captain, Rust was a 2019 Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star and won the John B. Simpson Award, which is given to a Terrier senior who demonstrates enthusiasm and leadership. She scored the game-winning shootout goal in the 2019 Beanpot semifinals and was inducted into the Beanpot Hall of Fame in 2020.
Rust graduated from BU in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration & management with a concentration in marketing from the Questrom School of Business.

Schools represented by D1 & Pro Teams in PAST Years

- PWHPA (Professional Women's Hockey Players Association)
- Toronto Six (Premiere Hockey Federation - PHF)
- Metropolitan Riveters (Premiere Hockey Federation - PHF)

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