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Girls First Look Weekend

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 tentatively 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.  

Official Schedule will be out in April.

Tentative 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 (2007s 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: 2007-2009 (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.

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)

D1 Schools