The Rochester Monarchs AAA Hockey Club is pleased to announce several program enhancements beginning with the 2016-2017 travel hockey season to fulfill its mission, which simply put, is TOTAL PLAYER DEVELOPMENT. This development will come both on and off the ice for players in the organization.
The first program enhancement has come with the creation of the Director of Hockey position to oversee and organize all functions of the Monarchs’ program. Former Rochester American Francois Methot accepted the position last year. A native of Montreal, Quebec, Methot was a 3rd round NHL draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres in 1996 and played the first five seasons of his professional career with the Amerks. Upon retiring following the 2014-2015 season after a 17-year professional playing career he returned to Rochester full time and has joined the Monarch organization in his new role.
“Upon retiring I knew I was not retiring from hockey but only from playing the sport [professionally],” said Methot. I played with [Monarch coaches] Rory Fitzpatrick and Scott Nichol with the Amerks and knowing they were both standup people, the idea of working with them towards building and improving the program was extremely attractive to me.”
Many Monarch teams have already seen the benefit of having Methot in the program by utilizing his on-ice instructional talents for skill development and power skating sessions. This benefit will expand next season as one of the program enhancements for 2016-2017 will be the addition of a weekly on-ice development session for each team. These sessions will be led by Methot with skill development and power skating being the focus. These sessions will be in addition to the two regularly scheduled weekly practice sessions for each team, for a total of three on-ice sessions each week for every Monarch team.
“I really enjoy helping kids get better and by focusing on skill development and skating, I can take a kid at a young age and see him grow into his full potential as a hockey player,” Methot said about the focus on skill development he will bring to the program. “My goal as Director of Hockey is to help bring this program to the next level where kids from Rochester would not need to leave the area to find a top program and put the Monarchs on par with the top national programs. I also want to help the coaches grow and attain their goals.
I feel fortunate to be part of this organization as the people in charge are true hockey people and care about every kid that wears the colors.”
Another major program enhancement beginning in the 2016-2017 season is the expansion of the Midget Program. The Monarchs will field the following teams next season at the Midget Levels:
15U Tier I / AAA NYS and National Tournament Bound (2001 Birth Year)
16U Tier I / AAA NYS and National Tournament Bound (2001 & 2000 Birth Years)
18U Tier I / AAA NYS and National Tournament Bound (1999 & 1998 Birth Years)
Midget Director Ryan Gage is currently in the process of finalizing league affiliation and accepting coaching applications and resumes. More exciting details of the expanded midget program will be forthcoming in the very near future.
The rest of the Monarch team roster for 2016-2017 includes:
Squirt Minor AAA (2007 Birth Year)
Squirt Major AAA (2006 Birth Year)
Pee Wee Minor AAA (2005 Birth Year)
12U Tier I/AAA NYS Tournament Bound (2004 Birth Year)
Bantam Minor AAA (2003 Birth Year)
14U Tier I/AAA NYS and National Tournament Bound (2002 Birth Year)
Additionally, teams will increase their video education with expanded use of HUDL, a leading software company revolutionizing the way coaches and athletes prepare for and stay ahead of the competition. The organization will also make a goalie instructor available to all teams for on-ice practice assistance, with video training and during goalie-specific skill sessions on the ice.
To learn more about the Rochester Monarchs AAA Hockey Club, be sure to visit www.rochestermonarchs.org and check back often for upcoming announcements regarding the 2016-2017 coaching roster, tryout dates for the 2016-2017 season and more developments with the Midget Program.