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Rochester Ice Center Acquires Rochester Hockey Academy; Names Methot Director of Hockey Operations

February and March Power Edge Pro pre-tryout clinics open for registration

ROCHESTER, N.Y., February 13, 2017 – Rochester Ice Center today announced the acquisition of Rochester Hockey Academy, now named Rochester Ice Center Hockey Academy. Former Rochester Americans forward, Francois Methot, will lead the new youth hockey development program as director of hockey operations.

Methot brings the experience of his 17-year professional playing career to the Rochester Ice Center Hockey Academy, along with a training system like no other in the area. Based on the philosophy of Power Edge Pro Hockey, the Academy’s training curriculum focuses on a mix of high-tempo power skating, stick handling, speed and agility known as Reactive Countering Training. This progressive training system helps players get faster with reflexes, change in direction, and countering moves—skills that are translatable to game situations.

“Rochester Ice Center Hockey Academy now offers the same training curriculum that is used by NHL teams, Division I NCAA hockey programs, as well as major junior teams in the Canadian Hockey League,” said Tom Masaschi of the Rochester Ice Center ownership team. “In addition, Francois is a beloved coach throughout the youth hockey community in Rochester. He connects with young athletes and motivates them to reach their full potential. His dedication to the sport and focus on high quality instruction will benefit athletes of all abilities and levels of hockey, from mites to the pros.”

Rochester Ice Center Hockey Academy has pre-tryout clinics available throughout February and March. This includes both Power Edge Pro and skills clinics for squirt, peewee, bantam, midget, and girls hockey. Individual and small group lessons are also available.

In addition, Rochester Ice Center Hockey Academy will expand its hockey development program to include year-round clinics, summer camps, private lessons, and off-ice performance training for all levels of youth hockey.

“There is rich hockey history and talent right here in Rochester, and Rochester Ice Center Hockey Academy is just getting started,” added Masaschi. “We’re building a development program that facilitates the growth of youth hockey in the area, and will keep young players in town as they pursue their hockey dreams.”

For a current schedule of clinics and registration call Rochester Ice Center at (585) 223-2160 or visit

80 Lyndon Road
Fairport, NY 14450

(585) 223-2160

Robert Hensel

General Manager

Phone: 585-223-2160 x22