Dave is a native of Rochester, NY. Throughout his career, Dave has had the chance to play under some very well renowned junior, college, and pro coaches including Chris and Peter Masters (Boston Jr. Bruins – EJHL), Don “Toot” Cahoon (UMass Amherst), Red Gendron (UMaine), Rick Kowalsky (Albany Devils), and Lane Lambert (Washington Capitals).
Growing up Dave was selected to represent Team New York for the 15U, 16U, and 17U USA Hockey festival. From there, he moved to Hopkinton, MA to play for the Boston Jr Bruins full season Midget AAA team where he was named captain. The following season, Dave played for the Boston Jr Bruins (EJHL), helping them to the EJHL finals. As a defensemen with the Jr Bruins, Dave amassed 21 points in 37 games. While with the Jr Bruins, Dave earned a full scholarship to UMass Amherst where he played as a true freshman. During his career at Umass Amherst, Dave was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie team, Hockey East All-Academic team, and was named one of the team captains his senior year. In his 4 years at UMass, Dave registered 33 points and was a major contributor to UMass’s first ever NCAA appearance. After college, Dave went on to sign as a free agent with the Trenton Devils of the ECHL. As a pro, Dave played 3 seasons with the Trenton Devils and 1 season with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL totaling 114 points. Dave was able to get a couple of brief stints with the Albany Devils and Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL as well.
After his playing career, Dave helped coach the Connecticut Jr Wolkpack (1999) to the USA Nationals. His coaching and development that year led to a commitment to UConn and many premier prep schools. Dave’s most recent coaching was with the U14 Rochester Monarchs leading them to over 40 wins and the New York State Tournament. His promise is that each player will receive excellent training in both the tactical and skill part of the game. Dave will use is large network of former coaches, players, scouts to help the advancement of his players.
As a Rochester native Rory Fitzpatrick came up through the local hockey ranks playing with the Rochester Jr. Monarchs before moving on to the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) to play for the Sudbury Wolves. He was an OHL 1st round draft pick, 10th overall by the Wolves. Fitzpatrick was later drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2nd round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. He scored his first NHL goal in the 1996 playoffs versus the New York Rangers. His career spanned 15 professional seasons where he appeared in 287 NHL regular season games and another 20 post-season contests with the Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers. He also appeared in 474 games in the American Hockey League, including 211 with his hometown Rochester Americans.
Since retiring as a player following the 2009-2010 season Coach Fitzpatrick has remained very active in the Rochester hockey community. He is the owner of Rochester Hockey Academy and has trained and mentored the area’s best up and coming hockey talent over the last several years. He is active in beginner hockey programs and has coached in the Monarch program the last five years with the 2002 and 2001 birth year teams.